Friday, May 14, 2010

Some intriguing ties in first-round proper of Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy this weekend

The first-round proper of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy state-wide competition on Saturday has thrown up some intriguing pairings.

Tilford Zebras, for example, are at home to Ulverstone at KGV Park in the second fixture of a double-header which kicks off at 4pm.

These sides last met in 2001, but back in 1982, they played each other in the final of the State-wide Cup.

They drew 1-1 in Hobart after extra-time, but because there was no such thing as a penalty shoot-out in those days, the governing body decreed that the final should be replayed in Ulverstone.

Ulverstone, who were coached by Otto Klaus at the time, won that game 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out and became the State cup-holders.

Interestingly, one of Ulverstone’s players was former Hobart Juventus star, Ron De Felice, who had moved to the North-West Coast in his work. Ron is now a youth coach at Tilford Zebras.

Zebras should have their usual line-up, but will need to be at their best to eliminate the visitors.

Last weekend, they trailed Taroona 3-0 at half-time before coming back to level at 3-3 and then losing to a stoppage-time penalty.

They cannot afford to allow Ulverstone to take such a lead as they won’t be able to come back against this well-drilled outfit.

“We had a good come-from-behind win last week against Riverside Olympic,” said Ulverstone coach, Kim Rigby. “We were trailing 2-0 with about 15 minutes to go and came out 3-2 winners, with a hat-trick from Brayden Mann and great contributions from all the other players.

“From all reports, Tilford Zebras are travelling pretty well and sitting third on the southern ladder. We are also currently sitting third on the northern ladder, so we are looking forward to the challenge.

“From our current squad, we will be without our captain Adrian Beard for the next four games, including Saturday’s cup game, as he is heading to the mainland for a XPD Challenge event.

“I’m not totally sure who will replace him in our starting eleven, but it will come from Adrian Foote, Jason Singleton, Ben Hutchinson or Sam Wood. I won’t make a decision until after our final training session.

“With Adrian’s absence, age undisclosed, our eldest player will be Brian Tabrett at 23, with the rest of the squad’s players’ ages being between 16 and 23, so what we might lack in experience we should well and truly make up with youthful enthusiasm.”

The opening fixture of the double-header at KGV, kicking off at 2pm, is between Glenorchy Knights and Burnie United.

Knights are second on the southern ladder and Burnie are sixth on the northern ladder, which indicates the home side should move through to the quarterfinals.

Knights will be coached by Nick Harrison following the resignation of Eamonn Kelly.

Burnie have excellent goalscorers in Sam Cocks and Chris Smith and the sometimes brittle Knights defence will need to keep a close eye on this pair.

Knights had enough chances to beat New Town Eagles last week but drew 0-0, so they will need to take their chances this time out.

History favours the Knights. The clubs have met 15 times and Burnie has won only one of those encounters.

Reigning southern league champions South Hobart travel to Birch Avenue to take on reigning northern champions Northern Rangers.

These sides have met nine times in the past and the Rangers have yet to record a victory.

South have an 8-point lead at the top of the southern ladder and are racing away with the league title, while Rangers lie second in the north.

Home-ground advantage is unlikely to count for much and, with a full-strength side available, the southerners are favourites to win.

South coach Ken Morton is determined to win everything on offer this season in the club’s one hundredth year and he and his team should remain on course for that objective after Saturday.

Fourth-placed northern outfit Riverside Olympic entertain second-last southerners Taroona at Windsor Park in what should be a close cup-tie.

“I don’t know much about them because they are the only Launceston team we haven’t played in the last couple of years in the Steve Hudson Cup,” said Taroona coach, Ben Horgan. “But, from what I’ve been told, they’re doing pretty well in what is a strong Northern Premier League this year, so I expect it to be a tough game.

“We’ll have Garry Hamilton missing due to university commitments, but I expect Hugo Luttmer and Ben Schaap to be recovered from minor injury worries, so we should be fairly close to full strength.

“I’ll start Jordan Wright and Hamish Macgregor this week because they’ve spent a fair bit of time on the bench and need 90 minutes to stay fit and sharp because they’re both versatile players than can carry out a few different roles in our team and I’m sure they’ll be called upon to play an important part at some stage during the season.”

New Town Eagles, currently sixth in the Southern Premier League, host Division One side Nelson Eastern Suburbs at Clare Street. Nelson are third in Division One.

Eagles will be missing Mark Page, Ethan Menzie and Chris Wass through injury, but newcomer from New South Wales, Blayne Hudson, has been looking tops in training and may get a game.

“He’s a good provider of the ball and a fine utility player and I love his attitude,” said Eagles coach, George Krambousanos. “He’s looking good and may even start.

“Jacob Clamp will also be back in the side.

“Michael Roach has coached Nelson for a few years now and he’s constantly upgrading his qualifications and so he knows what the game is about and we won’t be complacent.

“We’ll just pick our best 15 players and anything can happen.”

Nelson will miss Craig Stockdale because of a hamstring injury, but striker Tom Gordon is back from holidays and may come straight into the team.

Other than that, the team will be the same as the one which succumbed 4-0 to Beachside last weekend, with the talented 17-year-olds Pat Lenck in midfield, Ryan Mills in attack and Will Stalker in defence.

Rhys Endall and Nick Roberts will be on the bench after withdrawing from last week’s squad because of minor injuries.

“We are expecting a tough, physical match against Eagles, but we have confidence in our young squad,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“We fell away in the second half against Beachside last week for our first loss of the season, but this week we are flying the flag for Division One and the players are up and ready to show what they can do.

“There are some connections with Eagles, with goalkeeper Tom Clamp playing against his brother Jacob in the Eagles line-up, while coach George Krambousanos has had previous involvement with Nelson coaching the Premier women’s team.”

The Nelson squad is: Tom Clamp, Bill Hanley, Will Stalker, Cameron Rush, Matt Fone, Adam Mills, Pat Lenck, Cody Flynn, Ryan Mills, Andrew Gaskell, Tom Gordon, Nick Roberts, Troy Hoppitt, Rhys Endall, Richard Flood.

Kingborough Lions United entertain Devonport City at Lightwood Park and the visitors are quite capable of winning as they are top of the Northern Premier League while the Lions are fourth in the south.

Chris McKenna is the leading marksman in the northern competition and he will keep the Lions defenders on their toes.

“We’re hoping to be able to field the same squad as against South Hobart last weekend,” said Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman.

“Marcello Marchioli has a corked calf and may struggle to be fully fit, but other than that, we have no concerns.

“Devonport are a strong side with a few very talented players, with McKenna being the biggest danger, and we will have to keep them quiet if we are to progress to the next round.

“I have spoken to a few contacts in the north and expect a tough and physical game.”

These two sides have met three times in the past and Devonport have recorded a hat-trick of wins.

Somerset, seventh in the Northern Premier League, come up against the Tasmanian Institute of Sport at Cardigan Street and the home side cannot afford to take the talented visitors lightly.

The TIS are playing exceptional football and they may well come home with a big scalp.

Prospect Knights, fifth in the north, welcome fifth-placed southerners Clarence United, the holders of the trophy, to Harley Parade.

They have met each other only once and that was in 2001, when Clarence won.

Meanwhile, Clarence look like losing promising youngster Alex Nandan to Olympia Warriors. Nandan has not played senior football for some time now and was unlikely to have been included in the squad for this match.

There are eight Women’s State-wide Cup matches scheduled for Sunday.

Northern Rangers travel to Montello to take on Burnie United at 12.30pm, while all the other games kick off at 2pm.

Ulverstone host University at the Ulverstone Showground, Devonport City entertain Metro at Valley Road, and Glenorchy Knights meet the Tasmanian Institute of Sport/FFT team at Prince of Wales Bay.

Nelson Eastern Suburbs take on Launceston City at North Warrane, New Town Eagles meet Somerset at Clare Street and Taroona play Clarence United at Kelvedon Park.

The remaining match is at Queens Walk, where Tilford Zebras clash with Beachside.

Nelson have rebuilt their team after a mass defection to Olympia two seasons ago and it will consist of 10 teenagers in the 15-member squad.

Madison Smith is an exciting young striker who scored all four goals last week in the win against Clarence.

Other players to watch are midfielders Maddy Boucher, Meg Beton and Hettie Adams.

Central defenders Stevie Triffitt and Kaitlyn Wright have been excellent all season, but will find it a tough assignment against the powerful and fast City strikers.

Experienced keeper Michelle Castle will captain the side.

The Nelson squad is: Michelle Castle, Michelle Gossage, Stevie Triffitt, Kaitlyn Wright, Bek Lay, Meg Beton, Kirby Lovell. Michaelea Plunkett, Hettie Adams, Madison Smith, Maddy Boucher, Chantelle Nowicki, Charlotte Adams, Liberty Cleal, Lauren Stephens.


Anonymous said...

Richard Flood may destroy New Town with his Biceps.

Bill said...

With Gordon up front, anything's possible. May even see another bicycle kick from close range hit the back of New Town's net.

simon said...

its good to see richard flood back in the team after having a couple weeks off for the birth of his first child morley flood, congrats to richard and sharon

Anonymous said...

Nandan to olympia not best move for a talented kid, who is this going to benifit? not nandan thats for sure a kid with so much future going to a club that look like it wont have a future in SPl...............

Anonymous said...

But how was playing under 19s and reserve at Clarence good for a talented teenager like Nandan now he is at a club he will push for seniors and get to push his ability. He wasn't even interested in the last round in the 19s which is fair enough as it was a joke. Good luck to nandan at Olympia.

Anonymous said...

Walter, Unless you include Hudson Cup (Which are preseason games with interchange) Northern Rangers have only played South Hobart 6 times, REcord is 5 wins to South and a draw in 2005 at 1-1 at South Hobart. Just a small corection.
Regards Brendan Lichtendonk

Anonymous said...

Walter. "The remaining match is at Queens walk"?? I think you've made a mistake. You already mentioned Zebras dear friend.

Walter said...

Anonymous (9.25am), I don't think I've made an error. If you read carefully you'll see I'm referring to the women's State-wide Cup match on Sunday between Zebras and Beachside, which is at Queens Walk.

Anonymous said...

nandan would play seniors at every single club in the south except south hobart if he was picked purely on ability! why ruin your career alex?

Brian Roberts said...

Somerset -v- T.I.S 1-2 (aet)
Glenorchy Knights -v- Burnie United 1-2
Kingborough Lions -v- Devonport City 0-5
Northern Rangers -v- South Hobart 1-2
New Town Eagles -v- Nelson Eastern Suburbs 3-0
Prospect Knights -v- Clarence United 1-2
Riverside Olympic -v- Taroona 3-2 (aet)
Tilford Zebras -v- Ulverstone 16:00 Sat