Once unstoppable striker Jemma House hits two at Darling Street, Newcastle Olympic fans must just start adding the third to the scoreline in their heads; the 23-year-old has already scored four hat-tricks so far this season.
It was the same tune in round eight last weekend too, as House sealed Olympic’s 4–0 win over a travelling Mid Coast outfit at Darling Street Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill dubbed House “unstoppable” back in late July, and she’s well and truly lived up to that moniker in the weeks since. Her two-half hat-trick against the Middies was her fourth in just seven games.
The WPL leading goalscorer was the first to strike in the round eight match-up, putting two away to give Olympic a half-time lead. Brooke Summers added a third to make it 3–0, and House finished her hat-trick late-on off Keely Gawthrop’s free-kick.
The win keeps Olympic at the top of the standings after seven games, though heavyweight contenders Broadmeadow are also level on 16 points. The ladies in blue have the lead in the two-way tie, however, thanks to a hefty +25 goal difference.
Magic accounted for Warners Bay on the weekend to keep pace with the league leaders, downing the Panthers 2–nil at John Street Oval.
Kobie Ferguson got Broadmeadow on the board early in the windy battle in Warners Bay. Jen Hoy nearly levelled the score midway through the first half with a poke-in, but Magic were able to retain their one-goal lead.
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Maddi Dean had two bites of the cherry late on for the travelling side too. The first was a looping deflection she sent just wide. The second was Broadmeadow’s second goal of the game, a late-on strike that sealed all three points for the ladies in red.
Top-spot threats Merewether also kept pace with the leaders in Round 8, putting three past champs New Lambton to move to 14 points. The Llamas have two games in hand as well, meaning if they can win the catch-ups they could go clear into first.
Finally, Adamstown got back to winning ways with a 3–2 win over Thornton. The Rosebuds fought back from two goals down to grab the chocolates, in what coach Ryan Campbell described as the team’s “best performance with the ball all season.”
STANDINGS: Newcastle, Broadmeadow (16), Merewether (14), Warners Bay (12), Adamstown (10), Mid Coast (9), New Lambton (4), Thornton (0).