Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Olympia stay last but pick up a valuable point

Photos (Top to Bottom): Kingborough and Olympia enter the playing arena; Olympia captain Kosta Grillas and Lions captain Marcello Marchioli shake hands before the game; The Lions build up an attack through midfield; Kingborough's Marcus Bremner prepares to send over a cross from the left; Olympia's Fletcher Tracy and Kingborough's Brett Andrews go for a header in midfielder; Kingborough's Tom McDonald in a battle for possession with Olympia's Fletcher Tracy; Kingborough's Marc Iseli tackles Olympia's Brady Cronk; Referee Sean Collins has words with the Kingborough coach; Part of the crowd in the main grandstand [Quiz: Find George?]; Olympia defenders marking no-one; Olympia still have spare defenders while Kingborough's Tom McDonald is in possession on the half-way line; Olympia's Kosta Grillas drops deep to collect the ball and initiate an attack; Kingborough's defending, with the left-back available should they gain possession; Kingborough's pattern of marking at the back [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (South Hobart, Sunday, 6 June 2010)


Olympia Warriors 1 (B Phillips 9)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (M Marchioli 43)

HT: 1-1 Att: 100 Ref: S Collins

Olympia Warriors: Nester - J Hey (Howell 69), Mohamad, A Hedge, Wakefield (Richardson 50) - Phillips, Mason, Tracy, Nandan - Cronk, Grillas [Substitutes not used: Undy, Kay] [Coach: Chris Hey]

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Brown, Davies, Iseli, R Hinkley - McDonald, Andrews, T Pearce, Marchioli - Bremner, Greg Freeman (Schuth 87) [Substitutes not used: D Pearce, Chas Hughes, Colin Hughes] [Coach: Geoff Freeman]


There did not seem all that much difference between these sides, even though Olympia are last and Kingborough were fourth at the start of the match. Eleven points separated the teams, but it wasn’t showing.

Kingborough might have scored a couple of goals early on, but weak finishing saved Olympia as Tom McDonald and Marcus Bremner failed to make the most of good service from Greg Freeman.

Having spurned these chances, it was no surprise that Olympia took the lead when it was their turn to attack. In the 9th minute, an outside-of-the-foot pass from Mark Wakefield found Brady Cronk, who cut the ball back for Ben Phillips, who was untroubled in firing home from 12 metres.

Olympia might have added a second goal in the 23rd minute after a poor attempt at a clearance by Kingborough goalkeeper David Leamey, but Lee Mason’s shot was blocked.

Six minutes later, Marcello Marchioli fired over the Olympia bar from range as both sides took it in turn to attack.

Olympia goalkeeper Dmitri Nester saved his side’s bacon in the 32nd minute when he produced a brilliant save from McDonald’s header after a right-wing cross by Bremner.

Kingborough’s persistence paid dividends two minutes before the interval when McDonald went on a long run down the left flank. His speed and clever control enabled him to race past three opponents on the way before delivering the ball into the middle, where Greg Freeman was bundled off the ball and had a legitimate claim for a penalty. But, fortunately for the Lions, the ball ran loose to Marchioli, who stabbed it into the net to make it 1-1.

Kingborough were desperately unlucky two minutes after the resumption. Trent Pearce knocked a good free-kick into the box and Marc Iseli’s header came back into play off the under-side of the bar.

In the 64th minute came another one of those well-worked free-kicks that are Kingborough’s speciality (they work on them at training). Trent Pearce took it from the left this time and there was Iseli again, but this time he volleyed over the bar from inside the 6-yard box. It was a terrible miss.

With 15 minutes to go, Kingborough were stunned at the dismissal of key midfielder Brett Andrews. Earlier in the game, Andrews had yelled out an expletive which could be heard all over the ground and no action was taken by the officials. This time, the assistant referee called the referee over and, after a brief chat, Andrews was shown the red card for using offensive language.

Kingborough were also disappointed at two off-side decisions in the second half. Both times the flag went up incorrectly under the new interpretation of the off-side law because the player in an-off-side position made no attempt to chase the ball or interfere with play. He was not even near the ball. Yet, when a player on the flank arrived from deep and chased the ball, up went the flag.

Despite being a man down, Olympia could not take advantage of the situation and the agme petered out into a draw.


· Olympia Warriors coach, Chris Hey, said:

“Once again, I went into the change room at half time and talked about that 30 to 35-minute period again. It seems to be the situation with us all year. We played good football and I thought we dominated and I thought we were well in control and then, for whatever reason, we start to panic, we don’t look for players’ feet, we overdo the ball in terms of the amount of touches we have, and they got back into the game.

“Someone called out to me there were five minutes to go and I thought, ‘I hope it’s a quick five minutes because they’re going to score’, and they did.

“In the second half there, obviously, towards the end there, we dominated. They were one [player] down. I don’t know what the send-off was for, to be quite honest. We dominated that period of time.

‘When we’re a man up, we’ve got to be disciplined in what we do. I don’t think we were disciplined as a unit. We had players wanting to go forward all the time and that sort of stuff. Now, we’re better than that.

“I suppose it was a fair result. It was a win we wanted. We move forward now to next week.”

· Kingborough Lions United assistant coach, Tim Dale, said:

“I thought we started poorly. We started slowly and for the first 15 minutes Olympia played pretty well. I thought for the latter part of the first half we were pretty good and worthy of going in [at half-time] at one-all.

“In the second half, we started slowly again and, then, obviously, once the sending-off came, we were happy to take a point. It was very hard to go at them with only ten players.

“At the end of the day, I suppose we’re happy to take just a point.”


Anonymous said...

Interesting your comments on foul language, two weeks ago a Zebra player clearly used a four letter word in front of the linesman , it was audible to all on the sideline including an older couple with visitors from overseas and a Dad and his two young daugters , what happened ? Nothing , one person even asked the linesman about it and was ignored. The rule is there for a reason yet is poorly implemented by the officials of the game . It is no wonder that pepole are turning away from the game if they have young Kids , this is becoming a problem on a week to week basis. Andrews clearly should have been sent for the first expletive .Not a good look at all .

Anonymous said...

no one should be sent off for swearing, maybe a warning and a yellow at most, most stupid rule ever.

Anonymous said...

What world is everyone living in, kids swear, adults swear, people on tv swear, professional players in all sports swear.

If you want to play a gentlemens game go play some Golf.

Anonymous said...

you go to a senior game is tassie, you have to expect a little language. it just happens, its not like players' allowance drops if they swear in a game.

Anonymous said...

The issue with swearing - complex indeed. As a few people have pointed out here - swearing happens often so why should we discipline it? Fair enough in a way.

HOWEVER, swearing is NOT an essential part of the game. You do not NEED to swear to play the game. I understand it is just a natural reaction for some people to swear when something happens.

No doubt swearing happens a lot during the game and as long as it isn't directed at anyone I'm pretty sure most refs let it slide.

UNLESS, it is so loud that it can be heard clearly by spectators. Sure, you might not be offended by it, the person next to you might not be offended by it, but the person 3 rows back might be. The kids shouldn't have to hear it either. If it is that loud - well, then I say fair enough to send them off.

As i said, it isn't a vital part of the game, it can be offensive to some and so to discipline it is fair enough in my opinion. Just don't do it! If you must, don't yell it out for all to hear - I doubt a referee is going to send you off if you are bundled over and an expletive slips out. It's also about keeping a clean atmosphere at the matches.

Tommy said...

I received one red card in my 'career' and that was for swearing at my own teammate. It was my own fault and borne from frustration but I knew the rule going into the match so should have reacted better at the time. It seems to me that in the last few years the referees have gone soft on the rule, which I don't mind, however there needs to be a level of consistency as to when the red card is produced for swearing. That way all players know where they stand. If it's all the time then great, if it's never fine again, if it's only when above a certain decibal and directed at the crowd or referee whatever, as long as it's consistent and players know when they've crossed that line.

Personally I like the rule, I swear like a trooper and really there is no need for it and as a new father I'd be loathe to think that my daughter went to a sporting event and learnt such language - (I am censoring myself at home).

The bigger issue comes when you think of the elite players. Not a game goes by where you don't get a close up of Wayne Rooney shooting expletives at referees - and nothing ever happens!

He's finally been warned about it http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jun/08/world-cup-2010-wayne-rooney-england

but what are we to expect from local players when it's the norm at the elite level? Rooney is not the only culprit of course, I use him as an example because he does it a lot.

Anonymous said...

I do find it a little harsh that Andrews receives a 3 match ban for swearing and another player receives a 3 match ban for head-butting.... not sure the punishment fits the crime.

Anonymous said...

Andrews 2nd red of the season

Anonymous said...

Andrews was given the red card for swearing directly at the linesman so fair enough I say. He obviously cannot control his temper as he was lucky not to have been sent off earlier and should have learnt his lesson then.

Anonymous said...

It was Andrews 1st red for the season so still not sure why 3 matches how can that be the same as head butting?

Anonymous said...

fair enough directed at an offical but the refs need consistancy olympia players and offical were calling sean collins much worse than what andrews calling the linesman....... ALSO find in funny kingborough at the attach most of the half and a red card produce from and olympia player/linesman....FFT use yr brains he shouldnt have been doing that game in the first place.

Anonymous said...

At the end of the day no one will dispute the fact the Andrews use of language where it could be heard by all deserved a card. But the fact you can get 3 weeks for swearing and 3 weeks for head butting a player, which seems hardly fair. You can get charged for assault for head butting someone yet FFT think that on a soccer field warrants the same penalty as swearing... surely they know they have got it wrong and should review that punishment for Andrews.

Anonymous said...

Spoke to FFT last week about a similar issue in regards to swearing and I think they are using a commonsense approach. If you swear at an official automatic 3 week ban, If you swear at an inury or a player and its not audible it is reduced based on the report.

FFT also said there need to be changes made to the send off penalties

Anonymous said...

directed toward an official - what more is there to say?

jerrie kruijver said...

if you want good refereeing then the officials should be allowed to do their job without having to worry about their safety.threatening language is part and parcel of that.by the same token if an expletive slips out because you are anoyed with yourself because you made a mistake or nearly lost your ankles in a challenge is a different thing alltogether.maybe the spectators are too close to the ground.in a lot of cases what is said on the ground should simply stay on the ground

Anonymous said...

but not if its heard off the ground.

jerrie kruijver said...

i suppose it all depends what we think personally what bad language is.i for instance find everything a politician says offensive.we often hear a lot worse amongs the spectators.from now on the few spectators we get will be issued with earplugs at the gate and the players will stuff their spare socks into their mouths during games

Anonymous said...

what about tucking in the shirt or sticking finger up to the crowd or wearing the same colour shorts or spitting continually on the ground or marking the centre of your goal or flicking the ball up and heading it back to the goal keeper or hanging your towell off the goal net or having scores updated on the score board or referees holding up coloured cards or ... - does any of it matter at all??