Friday, February 21, 2020

New club Clarence Zebras makes competitive debut on Saturday against the Lions

Clarence Zebras will be in action for the first time in the NPL Tasmania Summer Cup tomorrow [Saturday] when they meet Kingborough Lions United at noon at KGV Park.

Clarence Zebras beat Riverside Olympic 3-1 in a pre-season friendly last weekend, while they lost to South Hobart 4-2 a few weeks ago in another friendly.

Kingborough have been in action twice.  They lost 3-1 to Olympia Warriors and drew 0-0 with Glenorchy Knights before losing the penalty shoot-out.

Clarence Zebras have three games in 8 days coming up and coach David Smith will give the entire squad a run in these games.

“We had a good run-out against Riverside  last week and we’ll look to build on that performance,” Smith said.

“Each game, I’ll play a different squad and have a good look at everyone.”

The Zebras component of the new club Clarence Zebras have lost nine players from last year’s team, which puts them on a par with South Hobart’s losses.

Mathew Sanders has moved to Moreland City, while goalkeeper Sam Whatman has retired.

Ryu Yonezawa is with Queensland’s Western Pride, while Jordan Muller is with Glenorchy Knights.

Jan Charuza has returned to Europe, while Tom Little is and Ben Robinson are at university in Melbourne.

Chase Clark is in Brisbane and Nicky Edwards in Melbourne, while Henry Fagg has retired.

“This season, the Summer Cup will provide good opportunities for our news players to link up together,” Smith said.

The Clarence Zebras squad is:  N O’Connell, N Reid, J Jones, D Walsh, Q Parant, J Price, R Dillon, S Hills, S Stankovich, B Ahn, M Pace, D Gorniak, L Huigsloot, R Cook, C Snell, L Burt, J Ackerley, A McKeown, S Tuyishime, J Thompson, J Hey, A Smith, B Jones.

Kingborough’s problem so far has been lack of scoring power and they will need to remedy this soon if morale is not to drop.


In tonight’s Championship Summer Cup, Taroona beat Beachside 2-0 at KGV Park through goals by Oliver Maxwell and Dongke Zhao.

Olympia Warriors downed South East United 6-1 at Warrior Park through four goals by Austin Yost and a goal apiece by Jacob Herbert and Warren Wadawu, the latter with a penalty.

Nicholas Roland netted South East United's goal to give his side a 1-0 lead at half-time.


Anonymous said...

Zebras have lost alot of talent on that list. They better hope there imports are very good players. Big year for the likes of Walsh,Huigsloot and Hey who have been poor the last couple of seasons

jerry kruijver said...

funny thing that,i would be pleased to have players of that calibre at my club.

Anonymous said...

Jerry not saying that I'm not, they just need need to step up this season with the above loss of players mentioned above. I'm not knocking them but they need to have a greater output