Written by Roy Hay.
National Youth League News Volume 8 Number 4 26 October 1997 Round 4 Southern Division Saturday 25 October 1997 Carlton 6 South Melbourne Rockets 1 (Jovanco Novacevski 4, (Erhan Bayraktar) Alex Josfiovski, Cameron Pino) Altona Magic 1 Melbourne Knights 5 (Steve Bogdanovski) (Festim Zekiri 2, Damon Collina, Joey Rajher, John Kalabric) Heidelberg United 2 Albury Wodonga 1 (Paul Konstantos, Tony Ouliaris) (Pablo Palamaras) Sunday 26 October 1997 South Melbourne 2 Bentleigh Greens 2 (Sam Klidonas, Tas Tragakis) (Nick Rossios, Nick Gatzonis) Gippsland Falcons 1 Bulleen Inter 0 (Luke Cheney) Bye v V I S Northern Division Friday 24 October 1997 Sydney United 1 Queensland Academy of Sport 5 (Mario Jerman) (Wade Baldwin 2, Rees Tolleneare 2, Royce Brownlie) Saturday 25 October 1997 UTS Olympic Colts 2 UTS Olympic 7 (Philip Marzec, Liam Austin) (Steve Karavatakis 3, Nick Carle 2, Mathew Galea, Jim Bakis) Marconi Fairfield 2 N S W I S 1 (Dominic Longo, Joe Bruni) (Anthony Mondello) Sunday 26 October 1997 Wollongong City 1 Newcastle Breakers 0 (Paul Tutereski) Marconi Fairfield Colts 1 A I S 8 (Mark Hagar) (Mile Sterjovski 3, Michael Ferrante 2 Eddie Bazner, Ante Duer, Marco Bresciano) Bye v Sydney United Colts Bye v A C T A S League Ladders Southern Division Team P W D L F A Pts Melbourne Knights 3 3 0 0 18 3 9 Carlton 3 3 0 0 9 1 9 Gippsland Falcons 2 2 0 0 2 0 6 Heidelberg United 3 2 0 1 4 3 6 Bulleen Inter 4 2 0 2 4 4 6 Bentleigh Greens 4 1 1 2 4 5 4 Altona Magic 3 1 0 2 3 8 3 South Melbourne 2 0 1 1 3 5 1 V I S 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 Albury Wodonga 3 0 0 3 1 4 0 South Melbourne Rockets 2 0 0 2 2 16 0 Northern Division Team P W D L F A Pts UTS Olympic 3 3 0 0 13 4 9 Q A S 3 2 1 0 10 1 7 Wollongong City 3 2 1 0 8 0 7 Newcastle Breakers 3 2 0 1 9 6 6 A I S 2 1 1 0 10 3 4 Marconi Fairfield 3 1 1 1 4 5 4 N S W I S 4 1 0 3 7 10 3 Marconi Fairfield Colts 2 1 0 1 4 9 3 A C T A S 2 0 2 0 3 3 2 Sydney United 4 0 2 2 6 12 2 Sydney United Colts 2 0 0 2 0 9 0 UTS Olympic Colts 3 0 0 3 4 16 0 Leading goalscorers Southern Division Name Team Goals Jovanco Novacevski Carlton 4 John Kalabric Melbourne Knights 4 Mathew Collina Bulleen 3 Ivan Razov Melbourne Knights 3 Northern Division Name Team Goals Mile Sterjovski AIS 4 Rees Tolleneare Queensland Acad of Sport4 Greg Owens Newcastle Breakers 3 Daniel Watkins NSWIS 3 Steve Karavatakis UTS Olympic 3 Round 5 Southern Division Saturday 1 November 1997 Heidelberg United v Gippsland Falcons (4 pm, Olympic Village) V I S v Carlton (4 pm, Dendy Park) Sunday 2 November 1997 South Melbourne Rockets v Albury Wodonga (5 pm, Bob Jane Stadium) Monday 3 November 1997 Bulleen Inter v South Melbourne (7 pm, Veneto Club) Bentleigh Greens v Bye Bye v Altona Magic Melbourne Knights v Bye Northern Division Saturday 1 November 1997 Marconi Fairfield v UTS Olympic Colts (4.30 pm, Marconi Stadium) Q A S v Marconi Fairfield Colts (4.30 pm, Suncorp Stadium) ACT Academy of Sport v AIS (3.30 pm, Seiffert Oval) Sunday 2 November 1997 UTS Olympic v Wollongong City (4 pm, Sydney Football Stadium) Sydney United Colts v Sydney United (5.30 pm, Sydney United Sports Stadium) Bye v N S W I S Newcastle Breakers v Bye National Youth League (Southern Division), 25-6 October 1997 by Roy Hay Carlton had a convincing six-one win over South Melbourne Rockets at Optus Oval. The match was refereed by Krystyna Szokolai, making her debut at National Youth League level, after a season as Assistant Referee in the Victorian Premier League. The Rockets stung Carlton with an early goal by Erhan Bayraktar who combined with George Loupos to cut through the home defence after 29 minutes. Carlton replied instantly with a penalty converted by Cameron Pino, then Jovanco Novacevski took over with four goals in 35, 42, 57 and 60 minutes, with assistance from Pece Siveski, Adam Pongho, Pino and Alex Josifovski who rounded off the scoring in 64 minutes. Serdar Pir was sent off and Carlton was lucky not to lose another player towards the end, which would have spoiled an impressive performance. Melbourne Knights proved too strong for Altona Magic at Paisley Reserve in a five-one win. Damon Collina and Festim Zekiri scored in the first half, and Zekiri added a second before his penalty kick was well saved by Robert Sokolevski to prevent a hat-trick. Joey Rajher scored immeidately after and John Kalabric waltzed through for a an excellent individual goal before substitute Steve Bogdanovski pulled a goal back in a late rally by the Magic. Heidelberg United grabbed a late winner to defeat Albury Wodonga which is seeking its first victory in the NYL South. There were no goals in the first half and Paul Konstantos opened for the Bergers in 56 minutes. Pablo Palamaras equalised after 80, but an 87th minute penalty kick by Tony Ouliaris secured the points for the home team. South Melbourne went ahead against Bentleigh Greens through Sam Klidonas after 40 minutes, but the Greens mounted a great second half fight back to gain a two-all draw. Nick Rossios after 67 and Nick Gatzonis after 72 scored for the Greens and the Lakers' second goal came from Tas Tragakis. Gippsland Falcons had Luke Cheney's late goal to thank for a narrow one-nil win over Bulleen. Bulleen had much of the play and might count themselves unlucky that they did not take one point, if not all three, from the game. Altona Magic and South Melbourne Rockets will arrange a date to replay their abandoned Ropund Two fixture. National Youth League (Northern Division), 24-6 October 1997 Queensland Academy of Sport kicked off the round with a five-one win over Sydney United. The Academy dominated the first half scoring four goals, but then took the foot off the pedal and United came back with a Mario Jerman goal in the second half. "It was a coach's dream and a pleasure to watch", said Gary Phillips after the first half. The Academy goals were scored by Wade Baldwin and Rees Tolleneare, who each got two, and Royce Brownlie. Gianni Culpo, who is off to the AIS for a trial, starred for QAS in midfield, while Andrew Packer, a member of the Joeys squad, and Baldwin were others to stand out. UTS Olympic defeated its Colts team by seven goals to two. Steve Karavatakis scored a hat-trick in 25, 60 and 63 minutes, while Nick Carle with two, Michael Galea and Jim Bakis added the others for the Youth team and Philip Marzec and Liam Austin replied for the Colts. Dominic Longo and Joe Bruni gave Marconi Fairfield a narrow two-one win over the NSW Institute of Sport, for whom Anthony Mondello scored. Wollongong City left it late before converting outfield dominance into a one-nil win over Newcastle Breakers. The Breakers had a player sent off and struggled to contain the Wolves thereafter, but though the woodwork took a hammering Wollongong could not score till Paul Tuterevski popped up to do so after 85 minutes. Marconi Fairfield Colts lost at home by eight goals to one to the Australian Institute of Sport. Mark Hagar scored for the Colts after half an hour, but Mile Sterjovski's hat trick, two goals by Michael Ferrante and a penalty by Eddie Bazner put the AIS out of reach. Ante Duer and Marco Bresciano scored the other goals for the AIS.