Written by Roy Hay.
National Youth League Round 9 Southern Division Friday 28 November 1997 South Melbourne Rockets 0 Bentleigh Greens 2 (Leandros Refojos, Steve Gogos) Sunday 30 November 1997 V I S 2 South Melbourne 1 (Zoran Petrevski, Fabio Lettieri) (Kozaris) (From Round One) Albury Wodonga 3 Melbourne Knights 0 (Pedro Afonso, Adam Carmody, Quentin O'Grady) Gippsland Falcons 4 Altona Magic 0 (Billy Mitroulas 2, Adrian Savage, Alex Halikias) Monday 1 December 1997 Bulleen Inter Carlton () () Bye v V I S Heidelberg United v Bye South Melbourne v Bye Northern Division Friday 28 November 1997 A C T A S 1 Sydney United Colts 0 (Jimmy Baxter) Marconi Fairfield 2 Marconi Fairfield Colts 2 (Ali Karnib, Jason Lucia) (Mark Hagger, Alan Lo Prota) Newcastle Breakers 3 Q A S 2 (Greg Owens, Chris Tancevski, (Royce Brownlie 2) Mark Nicholson) Saturday 29 November 1997 UTS Olympic Colts 1 Wollongong City 4 (Bruce Ghamraoui) (Colin Luss 3, Chad Bishop) Sunday 30 November 1997 UTS Olympic 0 AIS 1 () (Mile Sterjovski) NSWIS 0 QAS 0 (Match brought forward from Round 13) N S W I S v Bye Bye v Sydney United League Ladders Southern Division Team P W D L F A Pts Carlton 6 6 0 0 16 2 18 Gippsland Falcons 6 6 0 0 13 2 18 Melbourne Knights 7 5 0 2 28 11 15 Heidelberg United 6 4 0 2 10 7 12 Bulleen Inter 6 3 1 2 8 7 10 Bentleigh Greens 7 3 1 3 8 8 10 V I S 6 3 0 3 11 10 9 South Melbourne 7 1 1 5 8 13 4 Altona Magic 7 1 1 5 7 21 4 Albury Wodonga 8 1 0 7 10 15 3 South Melbourne Rockets 6 1 0 5 6 29 3 Northern Division Team P W D L F A Pts A I S 8 5 2 1 39 9 17 Q A S 9 4 3 2 23 11 15 UTS Olympic 7 5 0 2 21 11 15 Wollongong City 7 4 2 1 18 9 14 A C T A S 8 4 2 2 11 21 14 Marconi Fairfield 7 3 2 2 16 11 11 Newcastle Breakers 7 3 1 3 14 19 10 Sydney United 8 2 3 3 17 19 9 N S W I S 8 2 2 4 13 13 8 Marconi Fairfield Colts 8 2 2 4 11 19 8 UTS Olympic Colts 8 2 0 6 10 27 6 Sydney United Colts 7 0 1 6 1 25 1 Leading goalscorers Southern Division Name Team Goals Jovanco Novacevski Carlton 7 John Kalabric Melbourne Knights 5 Northern Division Name Team Goals Mile Sterjovski AIS 15 Reece Tollenaere Queensland Acad of Sport 6 Round 10 Southern Division Saturday 6 December 1997 Altona Magic v South Melbourne (5.30 pm, Paisley Park) V I S v Bentleigh Greens (4 pm, Kim Reserve) Carlton v Heidelberg United (4 pm, Optus Oval) Sunday 7 December 1997 South Melbourne Rockets v Bulleen Inter (5 pm, Bob Jane Stadium) Bye v Albury Wodonga Bye v Gippsland Falcons Melbourne Knights v Bye Northern Division Friday 5 December 1997 Wollongong City v A C T A S (5 pm, Brandon Park) Sydney United v N S W I S (5 pm, Parramatta Stadium) Saturday 6 December 1997 Q A S v UTS Olympic (4.30 pm, Suncorp Stadium) A I S v Marconi Fairfield (7 pm, AIS Soccer Fields) Sunday 7 December 1997 Sydney United Colts v Newcastle Breakers (5.30 pm, Sydney United Sports Stadium) Bye v UTS Olympic Colts Marconi Fairfield Colts v Bye National Youth League (Southern Division), 28 November-1 December 1997 by Roy Hay Bentleigh Greens caused a bit of an upset with a two-nil win away to South Melbourne Rockets. Both goals came in the first half, with Leandros Refojos scoring after 14 minutes and Steve Gogos just before the interval. The second half was very even, and the Rockets came close to scoring on a number of occasions, including one effort which seemed to run along the goal-line before being cleared. Ozan Kara fired a free kick over the bar for the Rockets, and Greens substitute Mark Clitnovici tried hard to force his way through with several solo runs. Gippsland Falcons had a comfortable four-nil win over Altona Magic in the Latrobe Valley. It was three-nil at half time after Billy Mitroulas had scored twice, the latter on the stroke of half-time. Adrian Savage got the other goal in 28 minutes. Alex Halikias added a late goal for the Falcons, whose top players included Jonathan Buhagiar and Antony Collins, while the pick of the Magic were Goran Bogdanovski and Nick Bogoevski. Albury Wodnoga finally got its first win for the season and a pretty comprehensive one it was by three goals to nil against Melbourne Knights at home. It was an even and scoreless first half, though much of it was played in the Knights defensive area, but then Pedro Afonso scored after 52 minutes and the Knights had no answer. Adam Carmody made it two in 77 minutes and Quentin O'Grady added a third in the last minute. The Knights could not buy a goal and even failed with a penalty kick which hit the post. In a match from Round One the VIS beat South Melbourne by two goals to one at Kim Reserve. Zoran Petrevski put the VIS ahead from the penalty spot after 21 minutes and Fabio Lettieri added a second goal in 61 minutes just before Kozaris pulled one back for South Melbourne. Murray Baume reports that the VIS played a strong game and was pleased to get the win in a very competitive match. Carlton has temporarily lost Alex Josifovski, Pece Siveski, Serdar Pir and Cameron Pino who are off to New Zealand with the Australian Schoolboys team. National Youth League (Northern Division), 28-30 November 1997 The ACT Academy of Sport beat Sydney United Colts by a goal to nil scored by a youngster called Jim Baxter. If he turns out to be as good as the Glasgow Rangers star he will a great asset to soccer in this country. Marconi Fairfield and its Colts team shared the points in a two-all draw. Ali Karnib and Jason Lucia scored for the senior side and Mark Hagger and Alan Lo Prota for the Colts. Newcastle Breakers hung on to beat the Queensland Academy of Sport by three goals to two in a thriller. Greg Owens, Chris Tancevski and Mark Nicholson were the Breakers scorers and Royce Brownlie scored twice for the Queenslanders. A Colin Luss hat-trick in 1, 63 and 67 minutes was the highlight of Wollongong City's four-one away win over UTS Olympic Colts. Chad Bishop added a fourth goal for the Wolves in 34 and Bruce Ghamraoui pulled one back a minute later. Mile Sterjovski scored in the first minute and this proved to be the only goal of a tightly fought match between the league leaders in the Northern Division with the AIS getting up over UTS Olympic as a result. In a match brought forward from Round 13 the NSWIS and QAS drew nil-all in Sydney. It was a tight game between two teams which know each others play and two fifteen year olds, Dylan McAllister and Shane Cansdell-Sherrif stood out for the Institute, while Royce Brownlie, Daniel Invincible and Chris Day at the back were the pick of the Academy players. Gary Phillips, the QAS coach brought himself on as substitute after 84 minutes, and lasted the full six minutes he was on the park!