Women’s League Cup Final Preview: Magpies chase the cup double in finals clash against Olympic

Maitland FC v Newcastle Olympic FC 
Lisle Carr Oval, Sunday 7:30pm  

Maitland will be looking for their second piece of silverware for the season when they go head-to-head with Newcastle Olympic in the inaugural Women’s League Cup final at Lisle Carr Oval this Sunday night.  

Both teams were successful in progressing through the new knockout competition between the eight NPL Women’s NNSW teams to this weekend’s final showdown.  

The Magpies have the opportunity to go for the treble of trophies, already claiming the 2023 Women’s State Cup in July, playing in the Women’s League Cup final this weekend and are guaranteed to play finals football in the NPLW NNSW competition. 

Coach Keelan Hamilton is eager to take part in the final of the new competition and hopes to add to Maitland’s trophy cabinet.  

“I think it is always exciting when you are in a cup final. We are looking forward to it and are really glad that we get to be a part of it,” Hamilton said.  

“It’s another good experience for the players. 

“We have done exceptionally well in 2/3 competitions so far but we still have a little more to achieve. 

“When we started the season there were four trophies on offer. We have picked up one and are still in the running for two more. 

“Anytime you enter a competition you want to be successful in it. We want to be as successful as we can be.” 

Despite coming off the back of a 3-2 loss to Broadmeadow Magic on last weekend, Hamilton backs his side to get the job done this weekend against a strong Maitland side.  

“I was happy with the performance against Magic but largely disappointed with the result,” Hamilton said.  

“It will be a good game, both teams play decent football and have a decent attacking threat. 

“All three fixtures have been really tight and could have gone either way.” 
The Magpies captain Sophie Stapleford returned to the pitch last weekend after being sidelined with an ankle injury and is likely to take part in the cup final to help boost her side.  

But the Magpies have confirmed that they will be without defender Tahlia Gossner after she strained her hamstring in the pre-match warm-up in last weekend’s clash against Broadmeadow.  

Olympic have also had disruptions within their squad, with striker Jemma House returning from suspension and Sophie McDonald and Jorjia Hogg out in a double injury blow.  

Owen’s confirmed that McDonald has suffered an ACL strain after dislocating her knee in Round 18 and is doubtful to return this season. Hogg was forced from the field in last weekend’s 3-1 win over New Lambton after sustaining a knee injury and is not set to return for at least two weeks.  

Coach Neil Owens is disappointed to lose another player to injury but was impressed with how his team bounced back against New Lambton after going down to Broadmeadow Magic the weekend before.  

“The only bad thing to come from the match was the injury to Jorgia Hogg,” Owens said.  

“It was a really good performance, the girls played really well. 

“It was all really pleasing. We showed a bit more patience. The result of the Magic game was due to a lack of patience.”  

Owens is focused on the job ahead with one goal in mind and is looking forward to seeing his side in a high-pressure game against the Magpies ahead of the upcoming finals series in the NPLW NNSW competition.  

“Really looking forward to the cup final before the semis,” Owens said.  

“We aren’t going there to experiment. I want to win. 

“I think that it’s a great introduction to see if we can maintain what we do under pressure. We are looking pretty good. 

“It will be a good game against Maitland. We are very similar kinds of teams so I guess it will come down to who takes their chances.” 

The Olympic gaffer believes that adding more competitions like the Women’s League Cup will help grow the game for females.  

“I think the more games the better, especially with the women’s game. We need to build it and kind of give the teams the opportunity to,” Owens said.  

“I think it is a great development of the women’s game and having a cup final a few weeks out from the semis.” 

Before the first grade match, the Women’s League Cup will also feature finals for Reserve Grade, Under-17s, Under-15s and Under-13s this Sunday Lisle Carr Oval.  

To kick off the day, Charlestown Azzurri FC will play Adamstown Rosebud JFC in the Under-13s at 8:30am. This will be followed by the Under-15s match which will also feature Charlestown Azzurri FC and Adamstown Rosebud JFC at 11am. 

The Under-17s final will see Maitland FC and Adamstown Rosebud JFC go head-to-head at 1:30pm. The Reserve Grade final will see Maitland FC take on Newcastle Olympic FC at 4pm before Maitland FC meets Newcastle Olympic FC in the First Grade final at 7:30pm.