Friday, February 11, 2011

New site is up and running

Well, the day has finally dawned.

My new site is up and running.

This site will remain open, but no new material will be added. All the material on this site has been transferred to the new site so that’s where you can also find archival material and photographs.

My new site is:

Happy reading.

Thursday night A-League result

Photo: Newcastle Jets take off against Perth to keep alive their finals hopes [Qantas VH-VYF taking off from Hobart, PlessPix]


Newcastle Jets 4 (Haliti 13, Brockie 55, Petrovski 67 pen, 69) beat Perth Glory 0

Att: 7,286

Ref: M Breeze

Start of Summer Cup throws up some interesting rivalries

Photos (Top to Bottom): Metro's Aaron Marney is unlikely to play against Nelson; Northern NSW coaching director David Smith and FFT CEO John Boulous examine Olympia's new artificial pitch yesterday; Portable goals are being used for training and a 68m x 6m fence will be built at this end of the ground; Looking at the goal at the Bligh Street end of the ground; David Smith (left) and John Boulous (right) discuss the new ground with Olympia president George Mamacas. The ground will not be used for the Summer Cup series [PlessPix]

South Hobart begin their defence of the Summer Cup when they take on Clarence United in the opening round of the competition at KGV Park on Saturday at 2pm in a Group B match.

At first glance, this seems an easy fixture for South Hobart, who won all five trophies on offer last season.

But, this is 2011 and not last season and things have changed.

Clarence have certainly been weakened by a number of departures, but South Hobart will also be missing some key players from last season.

And, Clarence have had some good cup results against South Hobart in the past, so nothing can be taken for granted.

In a departure from last season’s format, this season’s Summer Cup matches will be 90 minutes in duration and sides will need to be up to speed from the start of the tournament if they are to do well.

“Saturday’s team will be fairly strong,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, whose team will also be in action on Sunday in Launceston in the Steve Hudson Cup series.

“Mostly the senior squad from last year will play, and I think that’s only fair, considering the efforts of last year and pre-season so far.

“On Sunday, we’ll take a fairly young side, but most of them have played Premier League.

“We’ll be fairly strong across the board on Saturday. We’re in both competitions to win them, but we’re still having to juggle to get people through the weekends. We’re not wanting to put too much stress on people.

“The only one that is a doubt is Luke Huigsloot [the former Clarence player], who is injured.

“It looks something like Moncur, Pennicott, Brown, Ludford, Loic, and if Huigsloot plays, it’ll be him, Roach and Hickey, and then Brennan, Kanakaris and Lo. It’s fairly strong. Hugo Bladel will be in there, too.”

Ben Parker is the new captain of Clarence and he will lead the side with his usual no-nonsense approach.

Chris Tsakiris is likely to play, as are two new 17-year-olds, including Will Malovnek, while Trent Cornish will be in goal.

“The rest have all played before,” said Clarence coach, Andrew Brown. “Some reserve players will be stepping up.

“I have no idea how we’ll go as we’ve only been training for four weeks.

“I expect we’ll cause a few problems and I also suspect we may run out of legs.

“But, either way, we’ll go out there and try and win it. It’s a cup game, and you’ve got to win cup games.

“We’ll go out and attack South Hobart and see what happens. We’re looking forward to it.”

The noon match at KGV Park is between Tilford Zebras and University in Group A.

Zebras have recruited at least eight new players over the summer and should be much too strong for University, who have lost coach Kevan Wright, who has moved to Broome in his employment for three months.

Liam Scott and Sam McIntyre are two of the recruits who should see action against University.

In an all-Division One clash at North Chigwell at noon, Nelson Eastern Suburbs from Group B meet Metro from Group D. This is a cross-group pairing because these groups have only three teams each.

Metro will field German exchange student, 17-year-old Lars Engisch, and NSW newcomer Lee Yuell, as well as Adam Woodward and Nathan Daniels.

Jayden Wiggins and Aaron Marney are injured and are unlikely to play, which means Kye McQueen and Geoff Wicks will probably get a run.

Nelson will be without midfielders Bill Hanley, Andrew Gaskell and Pat Lenck, all of whom are unavailable.

Under-19s from last year, Henry French, Max Caulfield, Rhys Endall and Joel Dredge will come into the starting eleven.

Ollie Burdon has taken over in goal after impressing in the pre-season work, while Adam Mills will skipper the side, which includes his younger brother, Ryan, 18, who was last year’s top scorer.

Another brother, 23-year-old Nathan Mills, is also in the side. He is a former State youth player who switched to AFL and played for the Mariners.

Nelson hope to include 14-year-old Troy Westbury in their squad, providing he is cleared to play by Football Federation Tasmania.

The 2pm game at North Chigwell pits Premier League opponents Glenorchy Knights and New Town Eagles against each other in a Group D match.

Knights will be without Corey Smith, who still has a 2-game suspension to serve, while Jade Clay and James Hope have cricket commitments.

Jason Dawes, signed from Metro, is injured and may need a knee reconstruction.

Callen Griffin also has a knee injury and will be absent.

The Knights squad is likely to be: Ben Peter, Will Roberts, Jacob Huigsloot, Alex Holmes, Lindsay Millington, Brendon Garth, Andrew Robb, Jackson Marsh, Matthew Nowicki, Matthew Russell, Tom Sherman, Brad Grainger, Trent Delaney, Peter Frank, Daniel Langdale.

Eagles are without seven players and will be hard-pressed to win.

Shane Kent, Alex Leszczynski, Michael Anderson, Nick Ferrall, Mark Page, Chris Wass and Alex Gordon are all unavailable due to holidays, work or injury.

“We will be very competitive and it will be great to see some of the young players stepping up,” said an optimistic Eagles coach, George Krambousanos.

The Group A clash between Beachside and Taroona at Olinda Grove No. 1 Ground at 2pm should be interesting. Beachside were promoted to Premier League at the end of last season and Taroona were relegated to Division One, so there is a lot to prove for both sides.

Beachside coach Brett Pullen said: “I will be able to field a strong side and will be closely looking at some of the new, young players over this Summer Cup period.

“The Cup will be a great opportunity for me to look at how I will blend our experienced players with the new youth available.

“It will also give me the opportunity to introduce our new signings.

“The regulars at training have included Michael Soszynski, Nathan Robinson, Ben Davis, Patrick Dunne and Jamie Pennicott, but Bernhard Klasen, Luke Atkin and Colin Shepherd will miss this pre-season series.

“That will give some of the new, young players the opportunity to prove themselves.

“I also congratulate FFT on the format for this year. The interchange, the flexibility between seniors and reserves, and the 90-minute games will make the cup a great pre-season competition.”

Olympia Warriors come up against Hobart United in a Group C encounter at Olinda Grove No. 2 Ground at noon.

Olympia’s morale will have improved after their 1-0 win over Ulverstone in the Steve Hudson Cup in Launceston last Sunday and they should just scamper over the line against Hobart United.

Kingborough Lions United should be much too strong for DOSA in their Group C match at Olinda Grove No. 2 Ground at 2pm.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Please fence me in

Photos (Top to Bottom): The penalty area and goal at the opposite end to the highway; Portable goals enable shooting activities away from the highway end of the ground [PlessPix]

Olympia’s new ground seems complete and it will be interesting to watch the first competitive games played there.

The markings certainly look good, but I believe that a high fence needs to be constructed at the highway end to stop balls landing on the road and causing accidents.

Once this fence is constructed, the ground can be used for matches.

Olympia president George Mamacas said the fence would be constructed within the next two weeks.

Training has already commenced at the ground and, from the positioning of the goals shown in these photos, I think that players are only allowed to shoot towards the non-highway end of the ground.

Overnight results from overseas

Football truly is the world game and it always delights me when there are international matches.

Looking at the list of results is a lesson in geography, religion, politics, economics, culture, music, language and many other things apart from just sport.

As a former teacher, it makes me want to take a class of young students again and use such international results to further their understanding of the above-mentioned subjects.

Why was the Egypt versus USA match postponed? Why did the Algeria versus Tunisia game not go ahead? In which continent are DR Congo and Gabon? What are the capital cities of all these nations?

Gee, it really does almost make one want to teach again.

While on this topic, a book you may want to look at is "The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup", edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey. It's published by Abacas.

It includes chapters by Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, Nick Hornby, Henning Mankell and Eric Schlosser.

Although it deals with the 2006 World Cup, it's a fascinating read.

Ask Ian Campbell, the former DOSA coach and manager of Dymock's in Centre Point, to get it for you.

Anyway, here are the overnight results. They make fascinating reading.

International Friendlies

Egypt v United States of America (postponed)

Libya 3-2 Benin

Tanzania 1-0 Palestine

Malaysia 2-0 Hong Kong

Armenia 1-2 Georgia

Mozambique 1-1 Botswana

DR Congo 0-2 Gabon

Moldova 2-1 Andorra

San Marino 0-1 Liechtenstein

Belarus 1-1 Kazakhstan

Greece 1-0 Canada

Bolivia 1-2 Latvia

Russia 0-1 Iran

Republic of Macedonia0 0-1 Cameroon

Croatia 4-2 Czech Republic

Azerbaijan 0-2 Hungary

Swaziland 0-4 Zambia

Israel 0-2 Serbia

Turkey 0-0 Korea Republic

Nigeria 2-1 Sierra Leone

Cyprus 1-1 Romania (Romania won on penalties)

Sweden 1-1 Ukraine (Ukraine won on penalties)

South Africa 2-0 Kenya

Albania 1-2 Slovenia

Bulgaria 2-2 Estonia

Denmark 1-2 England

Luxembourg 2-1 Slovakia

Algeria vTunisia (postponed)

Belgium 1-1 Finland

Holland 3-1 Austria

Malta 0-0 Switzerland

Norway 0-1 Poland

Germany 1-1 Italy

Scotland 3-0 Northern Ireland

Argentina 2-1 Portugal

France 1-0 Brazil

Morocco 3-0 Niger

Spain 1-0 Colombia

International Friendlies (Under-21)

Finland 4-1 Estonia

Cyprus 0-0 Ireland

Israel 0-1 Serbia

Slovenia 1-1 Croatia

Switzerland 1-1 Ukraine

Turkey 1-0 Romania

Greece 0-0 Germany

Holland 0-1 Czech Republic

Portugal 3-1 Sweden

Wales 2-0 Northern Ireland

International Club Friendlies

Zlin 3-0 Trencin

AC Horsens 1-2 FC Midtjylland

Dynamo Moscow 2-1 Rad Belgrade

CFR Cluj 3-2 Litex Lovech

Bochum 2-1 1. FC Cologne

FC Vestsjælland 2-3 OB Odense

Levski Sofia 2-1 Teplice

Hjorring IF 0-2 Aalborg BK

Honefoss 0-0 Asker