Written by Roy Hay.
National Youth League News Volume 8 Number 6 9 November 1997 Round 6 Southern Division Friday 7 November 1997 South Melbourne 0 Heidelberg United 2 (Mile Medjedovic, Dragi Jugovic) Altona Magic 0 Bentleigh Greens 2 (S Kourkoutzelos, Chris Christou) Saturday 8 November 1997 Gippsland Falcons 3 Albury Wodonga 2 (J McEvoy, Hugo Giminez, Al Cheney) (T Pezzini, Z Tudor) V I S 4 South Melbourne Rockets 1 (Zoran Petrevski 2, Bill Petrovski, (Leigh Squillaciotti) Adrian Cuzuppe) Carlton 2 Melbourne Knights 1 (Alan Hunter, Adam Pongho) (Mijo Trupkovic) Bye v Bulleen Inter Northern Division Friday 7 November 1997 Sydney United 2 Newcastle Breakers 2 (Joel Griffins, Jason Culina) (Tony Bauer, Peter Juchniewicz) Saturday 8 November 1997 N S W I S 5 A C T A S 0 (Daniel Watkins 2, Joseph Corrente, Paul Wearne, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff) A I S 3 Q A S 3 (Mile Sterjovski 3) (Daniel Invincibile 2, Andrew Packer) Sunday 9 November 1997 Marconi Fairfield Colts 1 Sydney United Colts 1 (Hakan Celik) (Mario Jerman) Wollongong City 1 Marconi Fairfield 6 (George Mananeis) (S Pellecrino 3, Joe Bruni 3) Round 13 brought forward UTS Olympic Colts 2 AIS 1 (Husseyn Bayhen 2) (Mile Sterjovski) Bye v UTS Olympic UTS Olympic Colts v Bye League Ladders Southern Division Team P W D L F A Pts Carlton 5 5 0 0 13 2 15 Gippsland Falcons 4 4 0 0 8 2 12 Melbourne Knights 4 3 0 1 19 5 9 Bulleen Inter 5 3 0 2 5 4 9 Heidelberg United 5 3 0 2 6 6 9 Bentleigh Greens 5 2 1 2 6 5 7 V I S 3 1 0 2 5 5 3 Altona Magic 4 1 0 3 3 10 3 South Melbourne Rockets 4 1 0 3 6 22 3 South Melbourne 4 0 1 3 3 8 1 Albury Wodonga 5 0 0 5 5 10 0 Northern Division Team P W D L F A Pts Q A S 5 3 2 0 17 5 11 Marconi Fairfield 5 3 1 1 14 6 10 Wollongong City 5 3 1 1 13 7 10 UTS Olympic 4 3 0 1 14 8 9 A I S 5 2 2 1 24 9 8 Newcastle Breakers 4 2 1 1 11 8 7 N S W I S 5 2 0 3 12 10 6 Sydney United 6 1 3 2 12 14 6 A C T A S 5 1 2 2 5 18 5 Marconi Fairfield Colts 5 1 1 3 6 15 4 UTS Olympic Colts 5 1 0 4 6 21 3 Sydney United Colts 4 0 1 3 1 14 1 Leading goalscorers Southern Division Name Team Goals Jovanco Novacevski Carlton 5 John Kalabric Melbourne Knights 4 Northern Division Name Team Goals Mile Sterjovski AIS 11 Rees Tolleneare Queensland Acad of Sport 6 Round 7 Southern Division Saturday 15 November 1997 Gippsland Falcons v South Melbourne (3.3.0 pm, Falcons Park) Albury Wodonga v V I S (4 pm, Diamond Park) Sunday 16 November 1997 Melbourne Knights v South Melbourne Rockets (3.30 pm, Knights Stadium) Monday 17 November 1997 Bulleen Inter v Altona Magic (7 pm, Veneto Club) Bentleigh Greens v Bye Bye v Carlton Heidelberg United v Bye Northern Division Friday 14 November 1997 Newcastle Breakers v Marconi Fairfield Colts (5 pm, Topper Stadium) Saturday 15 November 1997 N S W I S v UTS Olympic Colts ((5 pm, Valentine Park) A C T A S v Q A S (4 pm, Seiffert Oval) Sunday 16 November 1997 UTS Olympic v Sydney United (4 pm, Sydney Football Stadium) Sydney United Colts v A I S (5.30 pm, Sydney United Sports Stadium) Marconi Fairfield v Bye Bye v Wollongong City National Youth League (Southern Division), 7-10 November 1997 by Roy Hay Carlton continued its winning ways with a two-one win over Melbourne Knights at Optus Oval. Club captain Alan Hunter made his long-awaited return to competitive soccer in this match and scored after twelve minutes. Adam Pongho made it two in 33 minutes and it took the Knights till 83 minutes to get on the scoresheet through Mijo Trupkovic. Andy Vargas was sent off for his second cautionable offence for Carlton. Albury-Wodonga seemed to be about to break its duck when it took a two-nil lead over Gippsland Falcons in the Latrobe Valley within 20 minutes of kick-off. T Pezzini and Z Tudor gave Albury its lead. But in a spirited come-back the Falcons got a goal through Al Cheney in 56 and then two later efforts by J McEvoy and Hugo Giminez saw the Falcons through, but only just. The Victorian Institute of Sport recorded its first win of the season against South Melbourne Rockets by four goals to one. Bill Petrovski scored inside a minute as the VIS pressurised the Rockets straight from the kick-off. Zoran Petrevski added a second with a header from a Petrovski free kick. Leigh Squillaciotti pulled a goal back for the Rockets in 51 minutes, but Petrevski converted a cross from Damian Cassar on the hour and in the final minute Serhat Hulusi made a fine run and his pass was controlled with one touch of his right foot by Adrian Cuzuppe, who finished with his left. Ben Cassar was sent off in injury time. Heidelberg United caused an upset with a two-nil win over South Melbourne on Friday night. Mile Medjedovic scored after 15 minutes and Dragi Jugovic just before the interval. South Melbourne hit the cross-bar with a shot, but the Bergers were delighted with the victory and might have had a couple more goals. After a tight goal-less first half Bentleigh Greens scored twice in the second to defeat Altona Magic at Paisley Park. S Kourkoutzelos and Chris Christou were the goalscorers. National Youth League (Northern Division), 7-9 November 1997 There were some very tight matches in the Northern Division, starting with a two-alld raw between Sydney United and Newcastle Breakers at Parramatta Stadium. Peter Juchniewicz put the visitors ahead in 33 minutes, and Joel Griffins equalised for United in 42. Jason Culina's goal in 56 minutes put United in front and the turning point came when the home team were awarded a penalty. Had it gone in it might have settled the match, but the miss gave the Breakers a chance, and Tony Bauer equalised in 70 minutes. The AIS and the QAS drew three-all in a very physical, but high quality match at the AIS Soccer Stadium. Mile Sterjovski was the individual hero with a hat-trick, starting in 22 minutes. Daniel Invincible equalised six minutes later, only for Sterjovski to score his second a further ten minutes aftewards. When Sterjovski completed his hat-trick in 75 minutes it seemed the points were secure for the AIS, but in a remarkable turnaround Andrew Packer scored twice in 79 and 85 minutes for the Queenslanders, who had two players sent off in a tousy finish. Both coaches, Steve O'Connor and Gary Phillips wanted to concentrate on the numerous passages of highly skilled play earlier in the game. Apart from the goalscorers, midfielder Gianni Culpo stood out for the QAS. New South Wales Institute of Sport had a comprehensive five-nil win over the ACT Academy of Sport. Goals came a steady stream from Daniel Watkins 2, Joseph Corrente, Paul Wearne and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff. Hat-tricks by S Pellecrino and Joe Bruni took Marconi Fairfield to a comprehensive six-one win away to Wollongong City. George Mananeis scored the only goal for the home team. Marconi Fairfield Colts and Sydney United Colts drew one-all, with Hakan Celic scoring for Marconi and Mario Jerman equalising for the United Colts. In a Round 13 match brought forward to Sunday, UTS Olympic Colts beat the AIS by two goals to one. Husseyn Bayhen scored for Olympic Colts in 29 and 52 minutes and these were sandwiched on either side of a goal for the AIS by Mile Sterjovski, his eleventh of the season already, in 43 minutes.