Friday, June 5, 2009

University beat Olympic easily in wet conditions at KGV Park

University beat Hobart Olympic 2-0 tonight in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League competition through goals by Alexis Bull, in the first half, and Edward Opira in the second.

In the Reserves, Olympic drew 1-1 with University, who had Joseph Ferguson sent off.

After a goalless opening half, strikes by Olympic’s Omar Shabaneh and University’s Brook Teale saw the teams share the points.

Only one Division One match will be played this weekend after heavy rain forced the postponement of all Premier League and Division One matches on Saturday and Sunday.

The only Premier League game on Monday will be at KGV Park, where league-leaders Tilford Zebras will take on bottom-side University.

The Division One game between Hobart United and Beachside at Pontville on Sunday will go ahead at 6.30pm.

Beachside will be without the injured Luke Atkin, the suspended Ben Davis, and Sam Howarth, who is unavailable.

Andrew Reason, Anthony Grzinic and last week’s four-goal hero from the reserves, Sam Ryan, are the replacements.

“We have seen Hobart United steadily improve over the first round and we are aware that we will need to apply ourselves with the same determination as last week against Metro if we are to get maximum points,” said Beachside player-coach, Nathan Robinson.

United have goalkeeper Stefan Kowalik back from South America and he will vie with Alex Dand for the keeper’s position.

Several players, including Akuel Guot and Peter Otto, have returned to United from Hobart Olympic and this will strengthen the side as it seeks to halt an alarming decline this season and avoid relegation.


Shinpad said...

You could have bigged Uni up a bit more Walter. It's their first win and they seem to be coming together as a side. Olympic are a good passing side and Uni did well to beat them. It would be good to hear more about the lower sides. They are still playing and being supported each week even though they are in the lower part of the league. They should be encouraged by being given as much coverage as the top teams.

Walter said...

Dear Shinpad

I coached University seniors for three years, so please don't insinuate that I am biased against the club. They were amongst my happiest years as a coach at senior level.

The fact is that they are bottom of the league this year and struggling. Given the limited space I am given in The Mercury, I cannot justify covering the teams near the bottom of the ladder if there are more appealing games involving teams in the top half of the ladder being played on the same day as University's game.

Besides, I have never written University off and have often said they must soon turn the corner because they are too good a side to stay last.

My final point is that University hardly ever provide me with team news. Were it not for the efforts of Hume Moase and, in recent weeks, Julian Proud, I would not have received any information from them at all, despite phone calls that I made. That explains why they rarely rate a mention in the previews in Friday's paper. Today's preview gave them a little more space because both Hume and Julian provided me with information.

University never inform me of their results after games. Last week, they drew 1-1 with Kingborough but do you think they even bothered to tell me, or to give me their scorer? No way.

Shinpad said...

Thanks for the answer Walter. I wasn't insinuating you were against Uni just that I would like to read about the team I support as well as the the top teams on the blog.

Unknown said...

just to clarify, season 2009 for DIV there is no relegation. only from the southern premier league.

This sunday Hobart United might just surprise a few. Heres hoping anyway :)

Chaffey said...

A shock result tonight all.

Hobart United 3 Beachside Nil

the floater said...

It was good to see a report about the University Seniors getting a win at last. I think the club should be recognised on the great performances of their Premier League under 19s who are unbeaten on top of the table having scored over 60 goals whilst conceding just 7. Have watched the team play a few times and they play like English Premier League players. The boys, most aged only 14 and 15, and the coaching staff should be congratulated.