Newcastle Olympic has scored a double boost just two weeks out from the official Women’s Premier League restart date, after securing New Lambton duo Georgia Amess and Stacey Day for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Amess and Day both played key roles in the Eagles’ unstoppable march to the premiership and championship double in the Hunter’s top-flight women’s competition last year. Amess was part of New Lambton’s fearsome trident alongside golden boot winner Tara Andrews and Lauren Allan. The trio scored 94 goals between them.
The pair both joined New Lambton during the club’s first-ever Women’s Premier League run in 2018. The fledgling Eagles outfit finished third in their maiden campaign, before turning on the heat to claim a historic club double.
The offseason was a less momentous occasion for the champions. Tara Andrews and Lauren Allan both headed out the door to play in the NPL NSW Women’s competition in Sydney.
Goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone and midfielder Sophie Jones also left the club, as did coach Keelan Hamilton, who joined the Newcastle Jets’ W-League as an assistant coach.
Olympic have also been hit with some key departures ahead of the 2020 restart.
Just a week ago, Jenna Kingsley, Alesha Clifford, and Olivia Kennedy confirmed they would not be returning to the WPL for the resumption date in mid-July. That sparked the club’s move in the player market to snap up the Eagles pair.
“I’m disappointed with how it happened with just two weeks to go, but they want to try something else and I really do wish them well and I hope they find what they’re looking for,” Eagles coach Brad Jones said after the news broke.
“We had a chat as a playing group last night at training and there’s probably a few girls in our squad who were fringe first-grade players that probably could’ve got a first-grade start elsewhere this season.
“We just turned around and said the competition is there, the spots are there, step up and take them if that’s what you want to do. Some of those girls were probably staring down the barrel of seeing a few minutes, now they see an opportunity to have a go at it.”
According to Georgia Amess, who spoke to the Newcastle Herald following confirmation Olympic had secured her’s and Day’s signature for the remainder of the 2020 season, it was “not an easy decision to make,” and not one driven by money.
“Firstly, I want to thank the club for the last two seasons. It’s been great and it was probably two of the best seasons I have ever had, physically and personally for myself as well as in a whole group environment,” she said.
“It was a tough decision and it’s something we’ve been stewing on for quite a while. It was hard to leave the girls and the club but we were just after a bit of a different challenge and we feel like Olympic will offer that.
“We approached Olympic. There’s no money involved at all. It’s purely just to try to enjoy football and we’re just looking for that extra challenge.”