Sunday, December 9, 2018

The coaches' verdict

Photo:  Olympia's new coach, Rob Clarke, watches the game [PlessPix]

Olympia coach Rob Clarke said:

“It was really only about minutes today so I’m happy that, number one, we didn’t get any injuries, and that we got 60 minutes into the core group, really.

“In the first half probably, when we had seven or eight of our possible starting eleven on, I’m pretty happy with some of the stuff.

“But, we really haven’t had the chance to work with the first eleven as a unit.  There’s work and there are other commitments.  It’s the same for all the other teams.  So, you’ve just got to make the best of it.

“I was happy for [James] Ross.  We didn’t have a keeper today so for young Ross, at just 15, to step up, that was great.

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton shakes hands with his opposite number, Olympia's Rob Clarke [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach Ken Morton said:

“It was a good run out for us.  The major aim was to get 45 minutes or an hour into the legs of the top players, the senior squad players, and then, in these types of games, obviously to blood a few youngsters we think are in with a chance of being in and around the squad.

“I think overall it was a good performance.  A little bit untidy in the first half in terms of possession.

“But, it’ll come and I thought it was a good workout for us.

“Ben [Hamlett] looked good.  That was probably enough for him, 45 minutes.  Probably next Saturday a little bit more, and a bit more in the next two games coming up before the break.  We’ll get him close."

 Photo:  Olympia coach Rob Clarke in deep discussion with his assistant, Andy Tye [PlessPix]

Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Jake Pullen played for South Hobart today [PlessPix]

Photo:  Olympia's squad after today's game [PlessPix]
Photo:  South Hobart squad after the game [PlessPix]
Photo:  Glenorchy Knights players watching today's game.  They'll come up against these two teams this season. [PlessPix]
Photo:  Olympia's Joel Sammut (left) and South Hobart's Alex Walter watch the ball.  Walter was substituted because of an ankle injury. [PlessPix]

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