Wednesday, February 26, 2020

South Hobart take on Clarence Zebras, and Gallo head honcho again at Devonport

Photo:  South Hobart will rest Ewan Larby (left) for tonight's game [PlessPix]

South Hobart will be without Kobe Kemp, Reilly Morton and Ewan Larby when they host Clarence Zebras in an NPL Summer Cup game at 6pm at South Hobart Oval today.

All three have niggling injuries and will not be risked.

Lachie Semmler will get a start, while Jacob Lancaster has earned a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton will bring in more youngsters [PlessPix]

Clarence Zebras will be missing James Ackerley, who has an eye injury and will probably be out for several weeks.

Goalkeeper Nick O’Connell’s knee has flared up and he will also sit out this game.  He had last season off after knee ligament surgery.

Former Clarence players Jeremy Price and Cody Snell are likely to start, while Sam Hills is also a possibility after he played while ill last weekend.

Photo:  Much will be expected of Clarence Zebras' new signing, Quentin Parant (foreground) [PlessPix]

Luke Huigsloot, who netted a hat-trick last weekend in the 4-1 win over Kingborough Lions United, is a 50/50 proposition because of work.

Clarence Zebras coach, David Smith, said he would make up to five changes after an hour or so in order to run his eye over players.


Devonport City, the reigning NPL champions, have parted company with new coach Suraj Pillai only four months into his tenure.

Chris Gallo, who had a very successful stint as Devonport coach in 2017 and 2018 has been appointed as the club’s new coach.

Photo:  Chris Gallo is back at the helm of Devonport City [PlessPix]

Gallo had a brief but unsuccessful stint in Queensland after leaving Devonport and returned to the North-West Coast last year as Football Tasmania’s development officer for the North-West region.

The word is he would like to keep that job while coaching Devonport.

A reliable source said Football Tasmania was unaware of Gallo’s appointment as Devonport coach, so it will be interesting to see if he is able to keep the two jobs.

There are questions about a conflict of interest if Gallo does hold both jobs.


Anonymous said...

How can it not be a conflict of interest?
Gallo’s judgement will be biased towards Devonports development.
The north west is getting screwed on this one.

Anonymous said...

Completely agree, Gallo's FFT position untenable!
FFT must act or they run the risk of being perceived as corrupt.

Anonymous said...

The Gallo thing is the biggest scandal in Tasmanian football gee the board must be spewing what a mess.

Anonymous said...

FFT love Devonport so wouldn't suprise me at all. They have overtaken South ad the biggest sooks in the league

Anonymous said...

This is a massive scandal Football Tasmania at the cross roads again surely Bob Gordon must step here .

Anonymous said...

Yep sadly Tasmania Football is going from worse to awful at a fast rate think their is more to come on this one .

Anonymous said...

If this is approved then Tassie Footy is stuffed !

Unknown said...

Regardless of Chris' approach to balancing these 2 roles it will always be perceived as a conflict of interest, even if nothing untoward happens. Institutionalised incompetence yet again from the governing body.

Charles Calthrop said...

I so love a good conspiracy !!!

Anonymous said...

As opposed to Glen Mcniel's situation which would have been a clear conflict of interest given he is the competition manager. I think this is much of a lesser issue, it would be a lot to take on and I don't think he necessarily would want to be long term in both roles, otherwise he probably would have taken the Strikers job when it came up last year.

Its not like talented players who could get to NPL level on the coast wouldn't be going to Devonport or encouraged to go to them anyway, Devonport has that catchment advantage and can extend talent more than other clubs. People love to overreact about this type of stuff, but don't necessarily realise how things are working up there as they are currently and are so entrenched in a club based conflict mindset .

Anonymous said...

You work for FFT does not matter what role you do this is disgusting

Anonymous said...

Don't bring that North and South crap into it it's called intergity mate !

Anonymous said...

I was talking about the "club based conflict mentality"10.04.