#1. Kahibah not going to be easy-beats
Before a ball had even been kicked in 2019, South Cardiff were touted as one of the NEWFM Northern League One title contenders while Kahibah were tipped to finish towards the other end. On Sunday night however, that thought has been flipped on its head as the Rams beat the Gunners 3-1 away from home in their game of the year.
While for South Cardiff this result won’t be too deterring as they have the class across the squad to easily bounce back, however for Kahibah, it’s a result that has instantly put the rest of the league on notice and will create a lot of confidence throughout the side.
With experienced guys like Reece Tippett causing chaos combined with youthful players such as Jason Zechel and Asher Beasley, they’ve already proved that they may be challengers after all.
#2. Delightful Derbies
How good was that NPL NNSW Derby weekend! The El Clasicoal took place on Saturday evening sporting a terrific contest between Weston and Maitland that had everything – brilliant goals, a red card, and even a goalkeeper hitting the post with the last shot of the game.
Weston were able to hold on by the skin of their teeth for the 2-1 win, while Broadmeadow Magic did the same at home against Hamilton Olympic in the Red and Blue Derby a day later. After a fiery, cagey affair, super-sub John Majurovski jumped onto the scoresheet to score the winner much to the delight of the home fans.
If everything has been proven from this weekend is that the derbies that we very lucky to have such top-class derbies in the NPL, as well as throughout the rest of the Premier Competitions. Fans of the leagues should make a note in their calendars to try and attend one of these matches next time around.
#3. Goalkeeper of the Year to Goalscorer of the Year?
After winning the Herald WPL Goalkeeper of the Year award last season, Merewether United’s Alison Logue is obviously not content with just being an excellent shot-stopper. On the weekend, due to having multiple players out for their match with Football Mid North Coast, the Llamas made the bold call of playing their usual goalkeeper up front and she didn’t disappoint, bagging a double in her team’s 5-1 victory.
It is one of the more amazing and unbelievable changes and occurrences to have happened in a league of such high quality and highlights just how good Logue really is.
Although coach Cass Koppen will probably be happy to have her regular first-grade team back which includes having Logue back in between the sticks, it must be nice knowing she has that kind of goal-scoring arsenal at her disposal.
#4. Stunning goals galore
We’re only three rounds into the Premier Competitions but we’ve already seen some incredible goals scored across all three leagues.
Thanks to BarTV Sports, fans have been able to watch back the pearlers witnessed in the NPL NNSW such as Josh Rose’s scorching volley and James Virgili’s individual effort in Round 1, and Riley McNaughton and Jason Tjien-Fooh both lit up their respective venues with their goals over the weekend.
A special mention must also be made to the looping header Tara Andrews somehow pulled off against Adamstown last Sunday and the long-range effort from Ash Brodigan scored in Round 2.
From all reports, Kahibah’s Jye Hodson’s goal on the weekend verse South Cardiff could also be held in the same category, but regardless, considering there’s still lots of football still to be played this year, the signs are all pointing towards more spectacular goals occurring which is very exciting.
See some of the goals mentioned here: https://www.facebook.com/nplnnsw/
#5. Remembering Humbo
West Wallsend and New Lambton played out a thrilling 4-3 contest on Sunday afternoon, but what was more fantastic to see was what took place prior.
During the match-day at Johnston Park, a beautiful and touching tribute for Jaryd ‘Humbo’ Hayter took place with a special balloon release and jersey presentation, as well as an announcement that EnergyAustralia have set up a Memorial Fund in Jaryd’s name which will be used to support the club he loved so much achieve their future goals and ambitions.
In what will have been such a difficult time for the Hayter family and friends, it’s wonderful to see such support shown from the club and community and the Northern NSW football community as a whole in remembering and celebrating Jaryd’s life.
A video of the tribute can be found HERE courtesy of NewySports.