Photos (Top to Bottom): Di Falco gets a pass away ahead of Garth; Mizael (right) shadowed by Cannamela; Olympia's goalkeeper Robert Kay gets in a head of Mizael; Olympia's Alex Nandan in possession as South's Hugh Ludford and Kwong prepare to defend; Mizel tucks away the opening goal; South Hobart's newest Korean recruits watch the match from the sidelines; Mizael and Luke Cripps watch the ball passing by; South Hobart's Cameron Williams and Olympia's Brendan Garth battle for possession; Olympia's Youssef Mohamad (left) keeps possession despite the attentions of Andy Brennan; Mohamad is show a yellow card by referee Sean Collins [PlessPix]
South Hobart gave Olympia Warriors a 6-0 drubbing this afternoon at Olinda Grove.
The signs are ominous for an Olympia side that faces South Melbourne Hellas next week, and coach Chris Hey knows it.
To go into such a big match with just one practice game under the belt could be regarded as folly.
Olympia had several new faces on view - Brendan Garth (Glenorchy Knights), Luke Cripps (Clarence United), Sam Cannamela (Clarence United) and Rowan Heggie (formerly of Clarence United).
Missing from last season’s side were goalkeeper Dmitri Nester, Mark Wakefield, Adam Hedge, Hugh Richardson, Kosta Grillas, Fletcher Tracy, Rory McCallum and Chris Kumpulainen.
Even if all of these were to return, which is impossible, the task against one of Australia’s best teams outside the A-League will be difficult, especially given the limited preparation.
This is not meant as an attack on Olympia. It is fact.
Mizael Linhares Caires was in excellent form for South Hobart today. His first touch was excellent and he was fast off the mark and sharp in his thinking.
He opened the scoring, while Andy Brennan struck twice to make it 3-0 at the interval.
Shae Hickey scored a fine fourth just after the break, while goals by Jonathon Lo and Jim Pennicott completed the tally.
South also hit the woodwork on three occasions.
“It was a lovely work-out for us,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton. “A good work-out.
“We utilised 19 players today and it was a really good hit-out for the players, so that was one of the main criteria.
“I thought the football was of a good standard. We tried to pass it and move it forward well. We got good width and I think we limited them to very few chances so, obviously, we defended quite well.
“So, it was a very good work-out for us. Now we’ve got training on Monday and Tuesday just to fine-tune things and get us a little bit fitter, a little bit sharper so that we go out and compete against South Melbourne.”
South had a couple of injury scares, with Andy Brennan in agony after being winded in a challenge by Luke Cripps and Tom Roach possibly needing a couple of stitches after a head clash.
Their latest three Korean imports watched the game from the side-lines as they missed training on Thursday and Morton has a 'no train, no play' rule, regardless of who it affects. Incidentally, Olympia has the same rule and coach Chris Hey stuck to it rigidly last season.
Josh Fielding did well in midfield for South, while Kostas Kanakaris was mobile and elusive.
South fielded a stronger side for the second half and Shae Hickey and Jonathon Lo pulled the strings which enable them to add three more goals.
Olympia utilised muscle at times and Youssef Mohamad was booked for a tackle on Cameron Williams.
“I thought for the first 20 minutes we played reasonably well, but after that it was absolutely abysmal,” said Olympia coach, Chris Hey.
“South Hobart were superb. They knocked the ball about well. Their work-rate, movement off the ball, their willingness to work for one another, playing the simple ball, were superb.
“We took three or four touches, got shut down, and by the time you have that amount of time on the ball, your options are cut out and you end up playing long, hopeful balls.
“And, even when we had options to play to feet, we just didn’t do it. We didn’t get our heads up enough.
“I’m disappointed. I thought we had some opportunities, but they were few and far between.
“If that’s South Hobart’s squad, then they did extremely well in the game and they’re a strong unit.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do.”