Friday, December 21, 2018

Knights face searching test of their credentials this evening against South Hobart

 Photo:  South Hobart's Gilly Desouza (third from right) has signed after leaving Kingborough during the past season and returning interstate for a while [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights will play South Hobart in a pre-season friendly at KGV Park today at 7pm.

Knights have been promoted to the NPL Tasmania top-flight competition after three years in the wilderness of the Southern Championship.

They showed they were the best team in that second-tier competition by winning the league title three years in a row and they deserve to be included in the new 9-team top-flight league.

“I’m happy with the preparation pre-January and looking forward to returning after the break,” said Knights’ new senior coach, James Sherman.

“We’ve added two or three really good signings to the squad to strengthen us for our NPL return.”

One of those signings is Thomas Bellini from Olympia Warriors, who will team-up again with his brother, Alex Bellini, who is already with the Knights.

South Hobart have beaten NPL rivals Olympia Warriors 4-1 in a pre-season scrimmage recently, but they lost 4-3 on Wednesday night to Hobart Zebras.

Fullback-cum-midfielder Connor Schmidt suffered a broken leg in the game against Zebras and he will be badly missed by South Hobart.

 Photo:  Jack Bowman (second from left in background), Gilly De Sosa and Tobias Herweynen against Zebras' Matthew Pace and Mathew Sanders on Wednesday night [PlessPix]

Their defence is clearly missing the experience of Daniel Brown and Hugh Ludford, while the loss of midfielder Kobe Kemp to Victoria is also a blow.

More responsibility is therefore being placed on Jack Bowman in defence, while much is expected of captain Nick Morton, Loic Feral and Alex Walter.

The return of striker Ben Hamlett is a huge plus, while the club has also signed midfielder Gilly Desouza and defender Tobias Herweynen, who both played for Kingborough last season.

Conditions will be wet tonight and the artificial surface at KGV Park should be slick and fast.

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