Friday, February 28, 2020

Busy weekend of Lakoseljac Cup and Summer Cup football

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton [PlessPix]

The preliminary round of the Lakoseljac Cup will be conducted on Saturday with one game in southern Tasmania and one in the north of the State.

Southern Championship winner in 2019, Hobart United, travel to Sorell to take on home side South East United at Pembroke Park at 2pm.

In the other game, Northern Rangers meet Ulverstone at Valley Road 2 at 2pm.

Hobart United and Northern Rangers are the two likely winners to progress to the first-round proper of this State-wide knockout cup competition.

Meanwhile, an NPL Summer Cup double-header is scheduled for KGV Park on Saturday evening.

At 6pm, Glenorchy Knights play South Hobart, while at 8.15pm, Olympia Warriors meet Clarence Zebras.

Gate takings will be for the bushfire appeal.

Knights face a real test against South Hobart, given they have recruited several new players, including three South Hobart players in Connor Schmidt, Oscar Thomas and Alex Walter.

Although it’s early days, a Knights defeat would be unacceptable for their fans, who have high hopes for the club this season.

South Hobart have lost most of their players from last season and are in a serious rebuilding phase.

They have American imports in goalkeeper Chase Webert and centre-back Patrick Kibler, but coach Ken Morton is relying on academy youngsters and other youth players rising to the occasion.

“It’s not easy to replace eight players,” said Morton.  “That’s the hard part.

“But, the young boys have stepped up and stepped in and done a great job and we’re really proud of the way they’re going.”

Morton did not rule out the return to action of experienced centre-back Hugh Ludford at some stage of the season.

He also defended the robust play of Declan Foley, who has been criticised in some quarters for an over-physical and aggressive style of play.

“He’s a good footballer,” Morton said.  He outs his body on the line and tackles ferociously and I don’t think there’s any malice in his body whatsoever.

“He’s a hard player and he’s a strong player and he’s very competitive and we’ll stick by him.

“He gives us 100 per cent.  He’s courageous and he hurts himself sometimes in the way he tackles.  He may not be a polished defender and the cleanest of tacklers but he’s robust and he does a good job for us.”

Olympia Warriors are in the Summer Cup Final after three wins and they look too good for a Clarence Zebras side that is still finding its feet after the merger.

Olympia may give their new American goalkeeper, Davis Smith, his debut, while Declan and Callum Brown are back from overseas but may not be fit enough yet to earn a place in the side.

Zebras will be without the injured Luke Huigsloot and Jeremy Price.  Huigsloot may have broken a rib in the game against South Hobart in midweek, while Price appears to have strained a knee ligament.

Jayden Hey may have a slight nose injury but is likely to play.


Photo:  Action from tonight's Metro versus DOSA game at North Chigwell [PlessPix]

In tonight’s Social Summer Cup at North Chigwell, Metro beat DOSA 4-1 and Beachside won 2-1 against Phoenix.

Photo:  DOSA's Eugene Rosenzweig in possession against Metro [PlessPix] 

Photo:  A DOSA player comes away with the ball in the game against Metro [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

If Clarence are still finding their feet Walter, if they look down towards the ground they will find them below their ankles.

Anonymous said...

South Hobart 4-1
Clarence Z 3-1

Olympia implosion to begin this evening at about 10pm. Cant wait.

Anonymous said...

Yes I’m afraid I can hear the excuses from David already ,, “ well we have had 3 games in 8 days “ and what I would say to him would be “ Then why not field some younger more enthusiastic players that will give you a 90 minute effort and can endure playing that much ! It really seems like it’s working for Ken Morton but then again he is the Development Master I hate to admit .