Newcastle Olympic have been crowned Women’s Premier League premiers, icing their first-place run with an 8–0 victory over defending NNSWF premiers and champs New Lambton at Darling Street Oval in Round 14.
Olympic joined the WPL for the first time ahead of the 2020 season with just one ambition: the heavyweight Hunter club wanted silverware in the women’s league.
The first step in that goal — claim the season premiership — has been completed, thanks to a 34 point haul, three ahead of 2020 title rivals Broadmeadow Magic.
Olympic stormed to an 11-1-2 record across their 14 matches. Since the restart in July, the minor premiers dropped twice on just two occasions. The first was a 2–2 draw with Magic in Round 6. The second was a narrow 2–1 loss to Merewether three weeks later.
Outside of those two high-profile clashes, Newcastle has been perfect post-restart.
Jemma House found the back of the net again in the Round 14 clash at Darling Street Oval, a common occurrence in the 2020 season so far. She’d scored 27 ahead of the final-round game, and added four more to her golden tally for good measure.
The lethal Olympic striker was joined on the team sheet in the 8–0 pile-on by Georgia Amess, who scored twice.
Newcastle led by six at the half, an advantage they would stretch to eight before the final whistle. Brooke Summers and Keely Gawthrop also scored for Olympic in Round 14.
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The premiership is certainly an “impressive feat,” coach Harmonie Atwill said to NNSWF media after the win, but the team’s eyes are very much on finals, and the next prize the club can claim in the 2020 season: the grand final championship.
“We are definitely excited by winning the minor premiership, but at the same time we know the season isn’t over. We still have work to do,” Atwill said.
“We will celebrate… it’s well deserved, but we still have a challenge to overcome.”
Olympic’s postseason campaign begins next Sunday afternoon at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, when they face Broadmeadow (second, 31 points).
Magic kept on Newcastle’s tail for much of the 2020 sprint, and finished their season with a 4–2 over Mid Coast, who have been the surprise package of the year. Lucy Jerram, Chelsea Lucas, Maddie Dean, and Gemma Harrison all scored in Taree.
The heavyweight newcomers will be joined in playoffs by Warners Bay and Merewether, both of whom are no strangers to the Women’s Premier League finals series.
Last season, Merewether came within a goal of reclaiming the Hunter championship, falling to New Lambton in a high-scoring 4–3 battle in Weston. This weekend they booked their spot in the minor semifinal with a four-goal victory against Thornton.
United will play finals rivals Warners Bay for a right to face the major semifinal loser the following weekend. Merewether finished second on 30 points, five ahead of the Panthers, who won eight of their 14 games in 2020.
STANDINGS: Olympic (34), Broadmeadow (31), Merewether (30), Warners Bay (25), Mid Coast (19), Adamstown (17), New Lambton (7), Thornton (0).