Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Olympia set unenviable record

Photos (Top to Bottom): Clarence kick off against Olympia; Part of the crowd at Wentworth Park in the portable stands; Olympia coach Chris Hey cuts a lonely figure; Hey wanders back to the technical area after half-time while Clarence return to the field; Clarence players hold a pow wow while Olympia's Youssef Mohamad receives treatment and the game is held up; Chris Hey takes the opportunity to instruct his players; Fletcher Tracy prepares to come on for Olympia as Hey and president George Mamacas look on; Clarence technical director Franco Previdi looks at the Olympia bench as the Clarence players gather in a huddle during a break in play [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (Wentworth Park, Saturday, 8 May 2010)


Clarence United 3 (A Barron 27, B Parker 38, L Huigsloot 85)

Olympia Warriors 1 (K Grillas 23)

HT: 2-1 Att: 100 Ref: I Jozeljic

Clarence United: Sweeney - Toghill, Parker, Cannamela, McMahon - Barron (E Tsakiris 86), S McIntyre, L Huigsloot, Stevens (Rees 90), Hamlett (Malcolm 86) - Cripps [Substitute not used: Sweetten]

Olympia Warriors: Nester - Mohamad (Percy 80), Richardson, A Hedge, Wakefield - Wadawu (McCallum 32), Phillips (Tracy 80), Mason, J Hey - Cronk, Grillas [Substitute not used: Undy]


Olympia Warriors made it 10 games without a win after going down 3-1 away to Clarence United at Wentworth Park on Saturday night and this was a new record for the club. They went nine games without a win back in the early 1990s.

A minute's silence was observed before kick-off in memory of Don Finegan, a former Olympia chairman, who had passed away the previous week.

It was a promising start for the visitors as Brady Cronk forced a good save from Cameron Sweeney after just three minutes.

But, when Luke Cripps hit the crossbar two minutes later, Olympia knew what they were in for.

In the 14th minute, Sam McIntyre fired wide for the home side, but Olympia took the lead in the 23rd minute with a well-worked goal. Jayden Hey took a throw-in from the left and Ben Phillips slipped the ball through for Kosta Grillas to fire home.

In the 27th minute, a long clearance from Sweeney was headed down by Youssef Mohamad, but only into the path of Luke Huigsloot, who rattled the crossbar with a bullet-like shot. Ben Hamlett was following up and, when Dmitri Nester could only parry his shot, Andy Barron slotted the ball home to make it 1-1.

Warren Wadawu, who was one of Olympia’s most promising players on the night, was injured and replaced by Rory McCallum just past the half-hour mark.

Clarence took the lead in the 38th minute following a corner from the left by Mattias Toghill. The ball cannoned off a defender and Ben Parker bundled it home to make it 2-1.

Hamlett should have added a third five minutes before the interval, but his effort lacked power.

Clarence almost found a third goal in the 74th minute, but Nester parried Barron’s shot and McIntyre’s effort from the rebound was blocked.

Olympia’s Mohamad was carried off on a stretcher after injuring his back 10 minutes from the end.

With five minutes remaining, Adam Hedge fouled an opponent just outside the box and this led to Clarence’s third goal. McIntyre played the free-kick towards the near post and Huigsloot bundled it home to complete the victory.


· Clarence United technical director, Franco Previdi, said:

“I believe that we were in control of the game.

“I mean, they had a few chances in the first half. They had a couple of good chances, but overall I thought we deserved the three points.

“They’ve got a young team as well, the same as us, but they’ve got a long way to go to be dominant in the game.

“Overall, I think it was a good game for us. We put the ball in the net and got three goals. We should have had a few more, but we’ll take the three points.”

· Olympia Warriors coach, Chris Hey, said:

“We couldn’t control the ball. It kept bouncing away from us. It just seemed as if it bounced away from us and to one of their players.

“It was one of those games. I felt we were a bit flat tonight.

“We were 2-1 down at half-time, but I felt we were lucky to be in the game.”

· Olympia Warriors midfielder, Lee Mason, said:

“We tried to shut people down, but it just didn’t work today.

“The effort was lacking on our part.

“Abysmal. I didn’t enjoy it.”


ho hum said...

Not much of a game to be fair. Lots of end to end, high tempo stuff but almost no finesse from either side. Thought the best bit of play was the Olympia goal, well made and taken but the rest was solid huff and puff which you could rightfully expect from the boys in blue but disappointing from Clarence who are playing a pretty ordinary style of football compared to last year.

Anonymous said...

i wonder if hey is going to stay on when they go to div. 1 next year.i know some of the players wont play div.1, they will go elsewhere.if olympia dont get any results there way in the next 2 weeks they have no chance in catching the teams above them.

Anonymous said...

good to see clarence have portable seating!! i used to play there and was never really interested in watching the seniors because of the fact you were standing or sitting on those old chairs from inside the bar where you couldnt see because everyone would just keep creeping forward untill they were pretty much sitting on the feild. alot more reason for people to want go to wentworth park for the evening. all that is need now it a wind break to stop the freezing icing winds of the derwent!

jerrie kruijver said...

anonymus 8.27. if and only if olympia is going down it is going to show who really cares about the club.if those players have not got any loyalty in them why would any other club want them when other clubs will know they will only leave when the going gets tough.if they have character they stay with the club and fight like hell to stay in the premierleague and if that fails play their hearts out to win promotion again.there is no shame attached in being relegated every year some club will go down but another will go up.

Anonymous said...

Despite being outlayed from 25 minutes on thought Olympia could have snatched a leveller with 15mins to go but a second injury for the night took the wind out of their sails. Not enough depth to have subs come on and make a difference. Instead they get worse. Was fourth time Olympia have gone 1-0 up this season but can't go beyond 30 minutes. Still not enough bods at training - soft, not committed. Most of quality is in young players (see ho hum comment re first goal) but they need support from more experienced players and I don't see it at the mo.

Spectator said...

jerrie i fully agree with you there. if you look at uni from last year the whole team fought to the end to try to stay up, but unfortunately like olympia here had a horrible start to the season so were too far behind. this year the majority of players have remained with the club, also gained new players and are fighting for promotion, sitting second behind beachside

jerrie kruijver said...

spectator people have to learn that socalled succes is a very fickle thing.the strength of the club is the calibre of the people in it.

Anonymous said...

maybe getting rid of the tsakiris' boys wasnt such a good thing, alot of experience who could of helped the younger ones at the club.

Anonymous said...

getting rid !!!...not quite how things unfolded...they were great leaders and servants of the club