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Last game of the season- Deferred Round 29 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sun 07 May, 2000
SOUTH MELBOURNE 4 (Anastasiadis 5, Trimboli 42, Magnacca 81, Curcija 88) defeated NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 0
at Bob Jane Stadium, Sth Melbourne
( H/T 2-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - nil; SM - YC - ?; Referee: Perry Mur ?/10 ; Game: ?/10; Crowd: 5,011; Best: NB - ?; SM - ?

Squads: South Melbourne: Jones, De Amicis, Iosifidis, Culibrk, Lozanovski, Clarkson (Tsekinis 65), Panopoulos, Coveny, Trimboli(c) (Demourtzidis 81), Curcija, Anastasiadis (Magnacca 65); Newcastle Breakers: Catlin, McManus, Smith (Trpcevski 59), Moore, Sprod (c), Dodd, Owens (Tancheski, 46), Wilson, Roberts, Harper (Juchniewicz 78), Buonavoglia.

Deferred Round 29 of the 99/00 NL Season - Tues 2nd May, 2000
NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 0 lost to PARRAMATTA POWER 1 (Griffiths 30 pen)
at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 0-1 )
Cards: NB - YC - Pryce; PP - YC - Griffiths; Referee: Brett Hugo 6/10 ; Game: 5/10; Crowd: 4,481; Best: NB - Weizcorek, McManus, Sprod; PP - Eagleton, Burns, Barrett
A very poor performance but could have won with the chances missed and 2 penalties (yes 2) missed by Harper!

Round 33 of the 99/00 NL Season - Frid 28th April, 2000
NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 1 (McManus 23) lost to SOUTH MELBOURNE 2 (Clarkson 36, Trimboli 66)
at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 1-1 )
Cards: NB - YC - nil; SM - YC - Liparoti; Referee: Simon Micallef 5/10 ; Game: 6/10; Crowd: 5,709; Best: NB - Sprod, Weizcorek, McManus; SM - Clarkson, Jones, De Amicis
Controversial refereeing again. A blatant hand ball by Trimboli allowed him to score his 100th goal. Crunch time - 2 games - at least 4 points needed!

Round 32 of the 99/00 NL Season - Tues 25th April, 2000
at Edensor Park
( H/T 1-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - McManus, Moore; SU - YC - Hughes, Palapanis; Referee: Mark Shield 7/10 ; Game: 5/10; Crowd: 2,873; Best: NB - Catlin, Pryce, Moore; SU - Kupresak, Pondeljak, Moric
6th now with Adelaide breathing down our nekc! A game in hand however.

What may be Velimir Kupresak's last home game before taking up a new role at the club turned into homage to both his hardly diminished skills and to his captaincy. Leading by example, and ably supported by his midfield, he tripped up Newcastle Breakers who stumbled on their journey toward the finals. Across the park the weary Breakers, still aching from their battle with Carlton 3 days before, were closed down early on a paddock of a pitch. United attacked from the whistle and with Tom Pondeljak freely prompting it seemed likely they would score first. After a corner on the right was poorly cleared to Ante Moric he lobbed in a 'hand-grenade' which the defence failed to clear and Tom Maric struck out and nailed it into the net in the 15th minute.

It was Catlin's only lapse as he steadied the ship, took well a Bosevski shot 20 mins later, and also lapped up what little came his way thereafter. For the rest of the game Newcastle had more possession and better chances but despite good effort by Pryce and Moore the midfield went missing. Even the dynamic duo up front could not prise open the barriers set by United. Only a header by Harper and a last gasp screamer from substitute Tancheski troubled Hughes. United's last game at home turned into a celebration but Newcastle may rue the lost opportunity to step forward with three hard games to come and Adelaide coming round the bend fast.

Round 31 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sat 22nd April, 2000
at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 0-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - Roberts x 2 (RC), Buonavoglia; C - YC - Lapsansky, Markovski ; Referee: Eddie Lennie 4/10 ; Game: 6/10; Crowd: 5,735; Best: NB - Sprod, Pryce, Harper
With the referee inexplicable - Andy Roberts being off in the 36th min - the lads showed guts to hold a draw! 5th on table tonight with a game in hand.

Squads: Newcastle - Catlin, Pryce, Moore, Sprod, Ferguson, Roberts, Dodd (Smith), Wilson (Tancheski), Owens (Wieczorek), Harper, Buonavoglia. Carlton squad - Anastasiades, McPherson, Douglas, Colosimo, Marth, Atkinson, Moriera, Lapsansky, Markovski, Slater, Thompson, Horvat, Packer, Vasilevski.

After assuring my Rowdie colleagues that we had been assigned a good ref, Mr Lennie proceeded to have a total shocker. He was lucky if he wasn't torn limb from limb in the player's race. I am sure glad I didn't encounter him in the road house on the way down the M3. Carlton are a big side and the physical battle told on the Breakers who were constantly penalised. Their speed did cause some problems but with ten men the advantage always went to Carlton.Andy Harper celebrated his 300th NSL game tonight with a plaque presented for the Supporters club by Frank Farina. Crowd looked about 6-6,500 but announced at 5,735!

Last game - Round 30 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sun 16th April, 2000
PERTH GLORY 1 (Schwertz 68) lost to NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 2 (Buonavoglia 20, Harper 71)
at East Perth Oval
( H/T 2-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - McManus, Sprod ; PG - YC - ? ; Referee: Simon Micaleff 6/10 ; Game: 7/10; Crowd: 11,393; Best: NB - Catlin, McManus, Buonavoglia
Despite only having 40% of possession we kept the Perth hoodoo going! Fine commitment lads! 4th on table tonight with a game in hand.

Round 29 v. Parramatta Power -Washed out- To be played Tues 2nd May at 7.30pm.

Round 28 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sat 1st April, 2000
BRISBANE STRIKERS 2 (Grierson 19, North 42) drew with NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 2 (Buonavoglia 61, 70)
at Suncorpe Stadium
( H/T 2-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - ? ; BS - YC - ? ; Referee: Gerry Connolly ?/10 ; Game: ?/10; Crowd: 2,093; Best: NB - ?
First half 2 down but fought back. 5th on table tonight though!

Round 27 of the 99/00 NL Season - Frid 28th March, 2000
NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 3 (Tomich 39, Buonavoglia 62, 87) defeated CANBERRA COSMOS 2 (Roberts 18, Purdue 22)
at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 2-1 )
Cards: NB - YC - Trpcevski ; CC - YC - ? ; Referee: Matthew Breeze 5/10 ; Game: 5/10; Crowd: 3,826; Best: NB - Buonavoglia, Wilson, Sprod.
First half shocker, redeemed by 3 goals to come back to win. 4th on table tonight though!.

Round 26 of the 99/00 NL Season - Frid 17th March, 2000
ADELAIDE CITY 2 (Pelosi) defeated NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 1 (Buonavoglia)
at Hindmarsh Stadium
( H/T 0-1 )
Cards: NB - YC - ? ; AC - YC - ? ; Referee: ? ?/10 ; Game: ?/10; Crowd: ?; Best: NB - ?
Defensive in 2nd half let Adelaide back in. Top 6 drive faltering. Still 4th on table tonight though!.

ADELAIDE, March 17 AAP - Italian striker Claudio Pelosi returned from suspension with two goals in the final 12 minutes as Adelaide Force produced a grand escape to sink the Newcastle Breakers 2-1 at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight. Pelosi pounced in the 79th and 91st minutes to break the Breakers' hearts after they had led most of the match on the back of a 32nd minute goal by striker John Buonavoglia. But Newcastle's defensive second half tactics cost it dearly when Pelosi snatched what seemed an improbable home win in the final minute. The win kept the Force's slim hopes of an 11th straight finals campaign flickering and dampened Newcastle's quest to make history by reaching it's first NSL finals. Pelosi produced a signature header from a Nick Sabljak corner for the equaliser and poked home a far post cross from Sabljak again for the winner. The wily former Italian Serie A player retuned from a quick trip to Italy less than 48 hours earlier but showed his prowess in lifting his season goal tally to nine. Buonavoglia rounded off some neat work from the Breaker's midfield when he rounded the goalkeeper to easily net his 12th goal of the season. The Breakers should have been well in front by half time but came away with nothing after a number of missed chances. Midfielder Mark Wilson sent striker Luke Tomich through the Force defence in the 17th minute but the striker shot directly at advancing keeper Vilson Knezevic, who had accepted a transfer to a Croatian club just hours before the match. Buonavoglia flashed a volley passed the far post in the 19th minute and then fired agonisingly wide after Knezevic spilled a cross at his feet in the 27th minute. The Force attacks were sporadic but Pelosi tested Breaker's keeper Bob Catlin with a swerving drive in the 38th minute which was beaten away for a corner. Catlin also tipped a Carl Veart shot on to the crossbar in the 47th minute but Pelosi cashed in just before the finish to keep the Force hanging onto finals aspirations.

Round 25 of the 99/00 NL Season - Frid 10th March, 2000
at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 0-0 ) - A Report off Optus 12 C7
Cards: NB - RC - Harper, YC - Pryce; MK - YC - Vukadin, Silic, Nastevski; Referee: Brian Precious 5/10 ; Game: 6/10; Crowd: 4,591; Best: NB - Pryce, Dodd, Weiczorek
Unlucky to lose but again you have to score the chances even if you dominate. 2nd loss at home this season but still 4th on table.

Squads: Breakers - B Catlin (gk), S Pryce, A Roberts, T McManus (Trpcevski 80), G Sprod, T Dodd, M Wilson (R Angievski 80), J Buonavoglia, G Owens (L Tomich 64), B Wieczorek, A Harper; M Knights - M John (gk), J Rajher (A Pelikan 73), A Kovacevic, J Vukadin, M Silic (S Rados 69), D Nastevski, I Kelic, P Magdic, A Kiratzoglou, Z Susa, R Vargas; sub nu - A Cervinski

A team wearing a Breakers logo won the game but why Melbourne Knights were wearing borrowed shirts is a mystery. The Melbourne Knights hoodoo continues (is it something in the name?) with the team which dominated proceedings failing to win - perhaps Sterrey being outplayed at his own game by Vlado Vanis.

The game started at a slow pace and it wasn't until the 11th minute that I noted a mixup in the Breakers area and shortly after Mark Silic (MK) hitting a shot which Bobby Catlin palmed over, whilst Newcastle got into the Knights area with intent after 17 mins. The Breakers then kicked up a gear and at 26min Johnny Buonavoglia (JB) hit wide from a corner by Sprod and then wide off a Travis Dodd pass. Dodd was causing problems with his running on the right. At 35mins Pryce hit a soft shot straight at Knights keeper Martin John who was in my humble opinion Man of the Match. Andy Roberts just before half-time had a great chance when his volley off a Brad Weiczorek (Witchy) pass was well save by that same John. After the oranges the game again took time to lift but by 67 mins Sprod hit an absolute screamer from 25m which John blocked then Pryce miss-kicked while on the ground in the box. Witchy hit wide and then Andy Harper 'cleaned up' John off-camera. He was then a marked man. Knights were playing on the break and this was rewarded in the 70th min when they forced a corner and when Rados hit his tight low cross Mark Wilson' glancing contact steered the ball over Catlin and in for an own goal. The Breakers dominated from then on and throwing men forward in waves which constantly broke on the rocks of the Melbourne defence. Harper had a great chance with a header straight to John off a Dodd cross, and Tomich hit weakly straight at John. Newcastle were to get no Joy from the game and the final omen was Harper's Red Card by NZ referee Brian Precious for retaliation (off camera) and Breakers captain Pryce a Yellow for desent.

If the Breakers are to make the final we must be able to 'kill off' teams and win these ones at home. This will be made harder by Harper's at least 2 games absence. The limbo bar has been lifted. Can Newcastle respond by bending their backs and getting those 10 points from 27?

Round 24 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sun 5th March, 2000
MARCONI STALLIONS 1 (Awaritefe 82) drew with NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 1 (Wilson 85)
at Marconi Stadium
( H/T 0-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - Harper; MS - YC - Nil; Referee: Simon Micaleff ?/10 ; Game: 7/10; Crowd: 3,409; Best: NB - Harper, Wilson, Dodd
Unlucky to draw but you have to score the chances. 1 point off 1st place but 4th on goal difference!

Round 23 of the 99/00 NL Season - Frid 25th Feb, 2000
NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 2 (Roberts 45, Wieczorek 55) defeated GIPPSLAND FALCONS 0
at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 1-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - Wieczorek; GF - YC - Durakovic, Puca, Mandic; Referee: Con Diomis 7/10 ; Game: 6/10; Crowd: 7,024 ; Best: NB - Roberts, Pryce, McManus
At last - 1st on the table overnight!

Breakers - Catlin, McManus, Pryce, Dodd, Sprod, Roberts (Tancheski), Weiczorek, Smith (Angievski), Owens (Trpcevski), Harper, Buonavoglia; Falcons - Jevdjevic, Fak (Robertson), Gotis, Durakovic, Vargas, Bell, Puca (Nilo), Hutchinson, Marcina, Mandic.

The striking things are: Gippsland had never been beaten by us before, and many players were a bit off their best, but we could have beaten them 6-0 with better finishing yet they really did not create one real chance.
With both the 'revelation of the season' Glen Moore and underated Mark Wilson out of the match it started with Breakers having trouble getting forward and the midfield struggling for dominance. Soon however it became evident that Gippy's own forays in attack were running into the re-formed Pryce / McManus wall whilst the use of Witchy on the left enabled Newcastle to stretch the Falcons defence where Andy Roberts was running 'box to box'. From an Andy Harper cross Roberts scored in the crucial 45min with a forcefull header from the right.

After the oranges Newcastle came out and dominated proceedings but it wasn't until the 55th min when 'Jockey' sent a ball out wide to Witchy from an exquisite overhead kick Witchy placed the ball well past the advancing Gippy keeper. After the game Sterrey identified that ball as the game killer. Falcons coach Hopkins said that from that point his team lost shape and were lucky to escape 0-2. This was very true as there were 3 clear chances in the 1st half when balls just passed the goal from angles and at least 5 more in the 2nd. Sterrey played down the result saying that although it was nice to be 1st overnight he was just focussed on the 6 and the 3 points were very nice. he was wary of the poor and at times selfish finishing.

The Breakers move to 1st on the table overnight - 2 points in front of Olympic who play Spirit on Sunday. There are teams chasing with games in hand so we are not clear yet. Thanks to the crowd again ... "we're on top and we're enjoying it!"

Round 22 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sat 19th Feb, 2000
at Westpac Stadium, Wellington NZ
( H/T 0-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - Wilson, McManus; FK - YC - Bunce; Referee: Jeremy Blaney ?/10 ; Game: ?/10; Crowd: 7,800 est. ; Best: NB - ?
Back to 2nd for now on the table!

Football Kingz - Michael Utting, Marcus Stergiopoulos (Suri 45), Che Bunce (Rufer 75), Riki Van Steeden, Levent Osman, Jonathan Perry, Ivan Vicelich, Chris Jackson, Harry Ngata, Aaran Silva (Elrick 45) , Fred de Jong; Subs: Batram Suri, Mark Elrick, Wynton Rufer; Newcastle Breakers - Bob Catlin, Shane Pryce, Todd McManus, Glenn Sprod, Travis Dodd, Mark Wilson, John Buonavoglia, Brad Wieczorek, Greg Owens, Andy Harper, Glenn Moore; Subs: Andy Roberts, Chris Tancheski, Vasko Trpcevski (Roberts on for Wieczorek, Tancheski on for Moore, Trpcevski on for Tancheski)

"First half not worth mentioning. Worst piece of football seen so far this season.
Second half improved markedly with Breakers working hard, particularly Harper and Buonovoglia causing problems for the Kingz. Wilson's goal in the 64th minute was set up by good work by Buonovoglia and although it was a soft goal conceded by the Kingz, it really put the home side under a lot of pressure. Mark Elrick hit the post for the Kingz in the 71st minute and Solomon Island international Batram Suri caused problems on the left for Breakers. Ivan Vicelich was the pick of the Kingz players while Harper really did do a power of work for Newcastle. The Kingz piled on the pressure in the last 4 minutes and Fred de Jong narrowly missed in the 91st minute. Breakers defended well and it was that man Harper doing his share in defence as well. In the 93rd minute Buonovoglia had a chance to make it 2-0 but his delivery to Harper wasn't the best and the ball ended up being bundled out for a corner. The final whistle blew in the 94th minute much to the delight of the 29 Breakers fans waving their flags with pride. The Kingz let themselves down badly and it was hard to see how they beat South Melbourne last week, such was the poor performance put up by the team today. Breakers put up a solid performance and deserved to sneak the away win and also second position in the league. Back to the drawing board for the Kingz...top six for sure for Breakers"
By Grant Stantiall (of NZ's Sitter! Fanzine - Thanks!)

Round 21 of the 99/00 NL Season - Frid 11th Feb, 2000
NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 4 (Buonavoglia 35, 50, Angievski 80, Tancheski 87) beat NORTHERN SPIRIT 1 (Lyons 85)
at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 1-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - Wilson; NS - YC - Nil; Referee: Gerry Connolly 8/10 ; Game: 7/10; Crowd: 6,978 ; Best: NB - Harper, Dodd, Pryce; NS - Enes, S Cranney, Slater.
Well fought win with discipline again. For at least one night - 2nd! Sterrey says we need 56 pts.

Squads: Breakers - Catlin, Pryce, Roberts, McManus, Moore, Sprod (Angievski), Dodd (Smith), Wilson, Buonavoglia, Owens (Tancheski), Harper. Spirit - Perosh, Moss (Snyder), Sobczyk, Bilokapic, Cunico, T Cranney, A Griffiths(Prentice), Langdon (Lyons), Slater, S Cranney, Enes.

After the hot day the match started in milder conditions in front of a large Breakers support and 3-400 Spirit away fans. The sadly delpleted Spirit with 6 changes started well and were on top for the first 25 but despite not reaching the heights of the 2nd half in Wollongong on Sunday the Newcastle team, themselves with two midfield changes, performed well enough to blot out Spirit's flank men and get behind their defence. Great to have 4 goals scored and it could have been more. Breakers lost the way a bit at the end of the first half with Catlin forced to make some good saves. To give Spirit their due they never gave up and it could have been different if Catlin triple save in the 2nd half hadn't come off. Everyone put in in another great team effort! Sterrey says there's a long way to go - we need 56 pts before the hard 2 games v. SM run in. Lee, Lee, Lee Sterrey!!

Round 20 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sun 6th Feb, 2000
WOLLONGONG WOLVES 1 (Chipperfield 8) lost to NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 2 (Buonavoglia 64, Owens 86)

at Brandon Park, Fairy Meadow.
( H/T 1-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - Sprod, Trpcevski; WW - YC - Horsley; Referee: Brett Hugo 7/10 ; Game: 8/10; Crowd: 4,438 ; Best: NB - All really but let's say - McManus, Sprod, Wilson
Best 2nd half for ages. Now 5th!

Wolves: Pogliacomi, Souris, Ceccoli, Stanton, D Cervinski, Horsley, Surjan, Young, Chipperfield, Petrovski, Huxley, Subs- Harlock, Spencer, Lahanas; Breakers: Catlin, Pryce, Moore, McManus, Sprod, Wilson, Tancheski (Dodd), Buonavoglia, Weiczorek, Trpcevski (Smith), Roberts (Owens).

With Wolves sitting 2nd on the table and being rarely beaten these days at Brandon Park it was with hope of a point perhaps but needing three that the Breakers, weakened by the suspension of striker Andy Harper, came south. Attacking from the whistle the Breakers were stunned when against the run of play lethal Scott Chipperfield drew Bobby Catlin out and getting past him plugged the shot after 8 mins. The Breakers continued to attack but gradually Wollongong crept out of their clutches and in turn dominated for the rest of the half - and always looked likely to grab another on the break whilst Newcastle's moves broke down in the last 20m. Coming out firing the Breakers grabbed control of the game and had the Wolves on the back foot. Inspired substitutions increased the dominence and with little Johnny scoring at 68mins, after slipping his marker and fooling the keeper, it seemed that we would have to defend a whirlwind attack. Despite forcing back at us the Wolves never again got on top and indeed Newcastle could have scores 2 more from Smith and JB. It was however the long hard strike of sub Greg Owens which rebounded off the right upright and off Pogliacomi into the net. A fine win with a terrific 2nd half performance. Who says this is a defensive team!? Bollocks! Youth League 3-1 winners also.

Deferred Round 16 of the 99/00 NL Season - Wed 2nd Feb, 2000
NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 2 (Harper 29, 38) drew with SOUTH MELBOURNE 2 (Coveny 6, Curcija 76)

at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 2-1 )
Cards: NB - YC - Harper, Bounavoglia; SM - YC - Lozanovski; Referee: Brett Hugo 5/10 ; Game: ?/10; Crowd: 4,448 ; Best: NB - ?
Back to 6th, however fleetingly!

"In a topsy-turvy match in front of and excellent 4,448 crowd, the Breakers shared the points in a 2 - 2 draw with South Melbourne Lakers tonight. The Breakers started lethargically and went down to a soft tap in goal form Vaughan Coveny as early as the sixth minute. It was not until late in the first half that Andy Harper lead the charge and propelled the Breakers into a half time lead by scoring a brace in the 29th and 38th minutes with a super header, and burying a point blank opportunity. The match see-sawed from that point on with plenty of goal mouth action on both sides. A final mad scramble in the Breakers goal mouth saw South Melbourne's Michael Curcija take advantage of an out of shape Breakers defence in the 76th minute to set up a thrilling finish. The results lift the Breakers back into the top six. In the earlier game the Breakers Colts played the Breakers Youth in a local derby for full competition points. The Youth side ran out winners in a close tussle by 2 (J Rufo 32, P Juchniewicz 57) - Colts 1 (own goal)". Mostly off the official Breakers site

Round 19 of the 99/00 NL Season - Sun 30th Jan, 2000
SOUTH MELBOURNE 2 (Lozanovski 65, Curcija 93) beat NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 0

at Bob Jane
( H/T 0-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - Wilson 66, McManus 89; SM - YC - Lozanovski 38, Vlahos 57; Referee: David Dwight 7/10 ; Game: 7/10; Crowd: 7,458 ; Best: NB - Harper, Weizcorek, Sprod

After a dogged but tactically interesting battle right through the first half (with SM ahead on points only with a few more chances) the Breakers came at SM after the break but were unable to get the early goal they needed. SM gradually came to creat more chances and it was a matter of time whether they could break Newcastle down. The goal when it came was from a long range strike by Lozanovski. The Breakers refused to lie down and created a number of chances but left exposed at the back gave Curcija an easy lob over Catlin to run out 2-0 at the 93rd minute. Sth Melbourne deserved to win, but Breakers made them work for it! Drop to 7th!

> Best: NB - Harper, Weiczorek, Sprod; SM - Blatsis, Trimboli, Lozanovski

South Melbourne: Jones, Blatsis, Liparoti, Iosifidis, Goutzoulis, Vlahos (Tsekinis 80), Panopoulos (Alagich 63), Lozanovski, Trimboli (c), Anastasiadis (Coveny 63), Curcija.
Newcastle Breakers: Catlin, McManus, Pryce, Moore, Wilson, Trpcevski (Dodd 63), Roberts, Sprod, Wieczorek (Tancheski 78), Buonavoglia, Harper. Sub not used: Owens.

Round 18 of the 99/00 NL Season - Wed 26th Jan, 2000

at Hindmarsh
( H/T 2-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - ?; AC - YC - ?; Referee: G. Connolly ?/10 ; Game: ?/10; Crowd: 3,400; Best: NB - ?

Round 17 of the 99/00 NL Season - Frid 21st Jan, 2000
NEWCASTLE BREAKERS 1 (Weiczorek 76) defeated ADELAIDE CITY 0

at Breakers Stadium
( H/T 0-0 )
Cards: NB - YC - nil; AC - YC - nil; Referee: S Micaleff 7/10 ; Game: 6/10; Crowd: 7,674; Best: NB - Wieczorek, Pryce, Catlin.

Dour battle, but now 9 games undefeated & 'cemented' in the top 6 !! 2nd highest crowd ever - yr avg. now 5,697

Breakers - Catlin, Pryce, Roberts, McManus, Sprod, Wilson, Buonavoglia (Smith 82), Wieczorek (Tancheski 90), Trpcevski (Owens 74), A Harper, G Moore.
Adelaide City Force: Knezevic, Hornjik, Kemp, Costanzo, Mori, Tobin (Hassell 49), Pelosi, Veart, Vidmar, Sabljak (Brain 66), Kim.

The Breakers web site reports that "The Newcastle Breakers continue their new millenium form with a 1-0 win over the Adelaide Force. Brad Wieczorek the scorer in the 74th minute. Congraulations Bobby Catlin for 300 NSL appearances equalling Jeff Olvers goalkeeping record for appearances!"

In a very crowded stadium the Breakers scored a vital 1-0 win over the usually powerfull Adelaide City Force side tonight. In front of a crowd of 7,674, the 2nd highest yet, the Breakers showed discipline and the ability to vary tactical plans in an otherwise scrappy but tightly fought game. This makes it nine straight without loss. It took a shot from Brad Wieczorek from bad defending by City to break the deadlock with about 20 minutes remaining of the second half. Bob Catlin saved on the line on a number of occasions but Adelaide were too steriotyped whilst the Breakers cganhed attack to Withcy and Pryce out wide after pumping early corsses into lanky Knecevic's hands.. A late free kick for Adelaide right in front of the Breakers goal never had a chance. Bob Catlin pulled off a great save to prevent the Force spoiling his night. A deserved win, putting us 5th..

Note: NYL Match - Newcastle Breakers Colts 5 (Angevski 20 pen, 90; Haynes 40; Tomich 45; Blanning 86) beat Olympic Youth 0. The Colts had a great win over Sydney Olympic Youth who are in the top four by the wide score of 5 - 0. Goalscorers included Robbie Angievski 20th & 89th, Peter Haynes 40th, Luke Tomich 45th and Andrew Blanning in the 88th.The Colts played their first game in front of the Breakers Senior side tonight and took full advantage. The Youth teams match against N.S.W.I.S. has been put back until May 3rd which will be played at Breakers Stadium.

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