Youth Previews: Top of the table clash, Women kick-off season

Our Jets Men youngsters are off to Sydney this weekend as they face off with ladder leaders Hawkesbury City with the chance to take back top spot, while our Women will begin their season against Sydney University.

Our Men are still undefeated in the competition and are yet to concede but their opponents have managed to find the back of the net 13 times this season and will prove a handful.

Are having their first round washed out, the Women will face off with Sydney Uni away from home too looking to begin their year on the right foot.

League Three Men’s Reporter Jack George and NPL NSW Women’s Chief Writer Nikola Pozder preview our weekend’s clashes:

Hawkesbury City vs Newcastle Jets, Saturday 5:30pm @ David Bertenshaw Field

Hawkesbury City will be taking on Newcastle Jets in an electrifying top of the table clash, with both sides yet to lose this campaign.

The home side’s coach Dean Bertenshaw has praised the young guns who have helped propel his side to the top of the table to begin the season, praising Harry Drew, Zach Reardon, William Gafa, Zac Miletic and Zane Hickman for their performances this campaign.

He’s stated that they’re “learning how to handle first grade every week” and that the aim now is to “develop into a 90-minute side.

‘We’re nowhere near our best yet, but with the leadership of Marco Turpeinen upfront we are on track.”

Hawkesbury City and Newcastle Jets both dropped points for the first time this season in round five, with the latter team drawing with Nepean FC at home.

Both sides will be looking to set a statement to the league with a victory in a tense top of the table clash, and it promises to be a compelling game.

By Football NSW League 3 Men’s Reporter, Jack George

Sydney University v Newcastle Jets, Monday 5:00pm @ Sydney Uni Football Ground, 3:20pm 

In the first match of round two, Sydney University and the Emerging Jets will go head to head at Sydney Uni Football Ground at 3:20pm.

Uni coach Emily Husband has not had the preparation she would have liked, but they will not be looking for any excuses come Sunday.

They have strengthened well and having Annabelle Martin back from injury, it will feel like a new signing for the students.

Scott McCarter will be entering his first season as the new Head Coach of the Jets full of energy and excitement.

The Jets are a young team who has found the transition to the NSW competition tougher than expected.

Similarly to the Institute, it will be interesting to see how the Jets’ new crop of talented youngsters perform.

By NPL NSW Women’s Chief Writer and Commentator Nikola Pozder