Huge support for 2023 NPL NNSW grand finals

There was huge support for the NPL NNSW grand finals over the weekend with large, vocal crowds helping to create two of the best grand final events in recent memory. 


More than 4,000 people attended the NPL Men’s NNSW grand final on Saturday night and the NPL Women’s NNSW decider on Sunday as Northern NSW Football showcased its top tier men’s and women’s competitions. 


Approximately 2061 people attended the NPL Men’s NNSW first grade and reserve grade grand finals at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday, with Kale Bradery’s 93rd minute winner providing an incredible end to an outstanding afternoon of football. 


While an estimated 2143 people then attended the NPL Women’s NNSW first grade and reserve grade deciders and PYL Girls grand finals at Magic Park on Sunday as Adriana Konjarski’s stunning stoppage time volley saw Broadmeadow secure the premiership-championship double on its home patch. 


There was impressive support for all teams that participated in the weekend’s fixtures, with boisterous crowds creating an electrifying, if at times tense, atmosphere for all to enjoy and endure. 


CEO Peter Haynes was thrilled with the success of the grand final weekend.  


“It’s fantastic to see so many people from the football community come together to support our NPL NNSW grand final days,” Haynes said.  


“It was incredible to see a larger crowd at the NPL Women’s grand final day than at the NPL Men’s deciders. Obviously Magic Park hosted three additional matches with the PYL Girls grand finals also being played but I think it shows the momentum from the FIFA Women World Cup 2023ᵀᴹ continues to flow on into local football. 


“We’re so thankful for everyone who came out to support their clubs and teams. They clearly enjoyed themselves, had a great time and contributed brilliantly to the atmosphere and mostly did so in a respectful manner.  


“I’d also like to thank our NNSWF staff for administering two excellent events. The days ran smoothly, we had great crowds, strong performances from our match officials across the board and, most importantly, some absolutely fantastic matches on the pitch.” 


Lambton Jaffas completed their NPL Men’s NNSW premiership-championship double when they downed Broadmeadow Magic 2-1 in the first grade grand final at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday night. 


Edgeworth FC won the reserve grade decider 3-0 over Newcastle Olympic, an incredible effort from the Eagles who had finished fifth on the league table. 


Magic secured its elusive NPL Women’s NNSW championship with an exciting 2-1 victory over Olympic in the first grade grand final at Magic Park on Sunday. 


Charlestown Azzurri took out the reserve grade grand final when they downed premiers Newcastle Olympic 2-1. Maitland FC fell 2-0 to Olympic in the PYL Girls under-17s decider, while the Magpies also went down 3-2 to Adamstown Rosebud JFC in the under-15s grand final. 


Adamstown also secured the under-13s championship after edging Charlestown on penalties.