Written by Roy Hay.
National Youth League News Volume 8 Number 2 12 October 1997 Round 2 Southern Division Saturday 11th October Altona Magic 1 South Melbourne Rockets 1 (Steve Bogdanovski) (Aytec Yilmaz) (Match abandoned after 66 minutes following a power failure) Heidelberg United 0 Bentleigh Greens 1 (Abdul Haidar) Bulleen Inter 1 Albury Wodonga 0 (Paul Salvatore) Sunday 12th October South Melbourne 1 Melbourne Knights 3 (James Kasikakis) (John Kalabirc 2, Damian Vojtek) Bye v Carlton Bye v V I S Gippsland Falcons v Bye Northern Division Friday 10 October Wollongong City 0 Queensland Academy of Sport 0 Saturday 11th October N S W I S 3 Newcastle Breakers 5 (Daniel Watkins 2, Simon Catanzaro) (Greg Owens 2, Peter Jakowicz, Chris Tancevski, Shane Gowan) Marconi Fairfield 1 A C T A S 1 () () Sunday 12 October Sydney United 1 Marconi Fairfield Colts 3 () () Sydney United Colts v UTS Olympic Colts (postponed until 2 January 1998) Bye v A I S Bye v UTS Olympic League Ladders Southern Division Team P W D L F A Pts Bulleen 2 2 0 0 3 1 6 Melbourne Knights 1 1 0 0 3 1 3 Carlton 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 Bentleigh Greens 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 Albury-Wodonga 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 Heidelberg United 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 South Melbourne 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 Altona Magic 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 Gippsland Falcons South Melbourne Rockets V I S Northern Division Team P W D L F A Pts Queensland Acad of Spt 2 1 1 0 5 0 4 Newcastle Breakers 1 1 0 0 5 3 3 Marconi Fairfield Colts 1 1 0 0 3 1 3 UTS Olympic 1 1 0 0 3 1 3 New South Wales I Sport 2 1 0 1 5 5 3 ACT Academy of Soccer 2 0 2 0 3 3 2 Wollongong City 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 Sydney United 2 0 1 1 3 5 1 Marconi Fairfield 2 0 1 1 2 4 1 Sydney United Colts 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 UTS Olympic Colts 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 A I S Leading goalscorers Southern Division Name Team Goals Mathew Collina Bulleen 2 John Kalabric Melbourne Knights 2 Northern Division Name Team Goals Rees Tolleneare Queensland Academy 2 Angelo Coots Queensland Academy 2 Greg Owens Newcastle Breakers 2 Daniel Watkins NSWIS 2 Round 3 Southern Division Saturday 18 October 1997 Bentleigh Greens v Gippsland Falcons (2.45 pm TBA) V I S v Altona Magic (4 pm, Dendy Park) Sunday 19 October 1997 Albury Wodonga v Carlton (3 pm, Diamond Park) Monday 20 October 1997 Bulleen Inter v Heidelberg United (7pm Veneto Club) Bye v South Melbourne Melbourne Knights v Bye South Melbourne Rockets v Bye Northern Division Friday 17 October 1997 Newcastle Breakers v UTS Olympic Colts (5 pm, Topper Stadium) Saturday 18 October 1997 A C T A S v Marconi Fairfield Colts (4.30 pm, Seiffert Oval) A I S v Sydney United (7 pm, AIS Soccer Stadium) Sunday 19 October 1997 UTS Olympic v N S W I S (4 pm, Belmore Sports Centre) Sydney United Colts v Wollongong City (5.30 pm, Sydney United Sports Stadium) Q A S v Bye Marconi Fairfield v Bye National Youth League (Southern Division), 11-12 October 1997 by Roy Hay Bulleen and Bentleigh Greens had narrow one-nil wins over Albury Wodonga and Heidelberg United respectively on Saturday. This was Albury Wodonga's first game in the NYL after winning the Vic Health Youth League in 1996-7 and the boys from the border impressed Bulleen's Frank Ruffolo. "It was a fair game and they are not a bad side", he said. The only goal came from Paul Salvatore and the best Bulleen players included stopper Nathan Thomas, midfielder Berkan Sakaci and striker Mimo Orlando. Bentleigh Greens survived the loss of Stefan Oter for his second bookable offence to beat Heidelberg. Abdul Haidar scored the winner in the 78th minute. The lights went out at Paisley Park after 66 minutes leaving Altona Magic and South Melbourne Rockets locked at one-all. Altona had the better of the first half but the Rockets were firing when the game had to be abandoned. Steve Bogdanovski scored for the Magic in 31 minutes and Aytec Yilmaz replied in 65. South Melbourne took an early lead against the run of play and the Melbourne Knights, but the Knights came back strongly to win by three goals to one. Robert Liparotti sprung James Kasikakis for the first goal for the Blues after 32 minutes following a period of Knights' dominance. Just after the hour, Mijo Trupkovic crossed and John Kalabric had an unchallenged header for the equaliser. When South Melbourne conceded a free kick just beyond the corner of the penalty area Damien Vojtek threaded it past the wall and keeper Theo Patsiotis. John Kalabric rounded off the scoring in 88 minutes. National Youth League (Northern Division), 10-12 October 1997 Wollongong Wolves and the Queensland Academy of Sport played a nil-all draw at Win Stadium last Friday night. It was a very even match and both teams had chances to score. Star player was young QAS goalkeeper Graham Ross, with a number of fine saves. QAS coach Gary Phillips said afterwards "A draw was a fair result". Newcastle Breakers beat the NSW Institute of Sport by five goals to three at Valentine Park in what must have been one of the most exciting games so far. Daniel Watkins put the Institute ahead in ten minutes, and Greg Owens replied a minute later, only for Watkins to strike again in thirteen minuts. When Simon Catanzaro scored just before the break it looked as if Newcastle was gone, but a second half fight back with goals by Owens again, then Peter Jakowicz, Chris Tancevski and Shane Gowan gave the Breakers victory. Marconi Fairfield and the ACT Academy of Sport drew one-all at Marconi Stadium on Saturday. The Marconi Colts went one better with a three-one win away to Sydney United.