Friday, February 14, 2020

This sort of performance will not entice new fans to the game

Photo:  Knights' appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears when Danny Cowen brought down Tom Young [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania Summer Cup (KGV Park, Thursday, 13 February 2020)

Kingborough Lions United 0
Glenorchy Knights 0

HT:  0-0  FT:  0-0  Penalties:  3-4   Att:  120   Ref:  N Coad

Kingborough Lions United:  Hayers  -  Douce, Bighin, Cowen, Sanchez  -Vivarelli, Downes, Trac  -  Hall, V Turner, Kantzos  (Subs:  Cartwright, M Khasif, Mackie (GK), Nugent, Sammut)

Glenorchy Knights:  Hart  -  Aitken, Thomas, Harrison, Bowman  -  Muller, Schmidt, Young  -  Smith, Nowicki, Backhouse  (Subs:  Burgess, Castaneda, Hallard, Kamano, Naden)

Photo:  Kingborough's Luke Bighin beats Knights' Tom Young to a header [PlessPix]

The less said about this goalless stalemate the better.  Knights have spent a lot of money on new signings, but one had to struggle to see where the benefits are from the evidence of this match.

Nick Naden again started on the bench, as did Eduardo Castaneda.  Are these guys still not fit, or are they carrying injuries?  They appear to be the type of players Knights need to spark some life into the team.  Were they being kept in reserve?  Only coach James Sherman and the two players know the answer, but the pair would have done as well, if not better than some others who started.

Kingborough are in danger of becoming just what they were last season  -  perpetual triers.
They had former star Shane Cartwright on the bench, as well as the impressive Moses Khasif, who played well when he did come on.

Photo:  Kingborough's Javier Verdu Sanchez clears as Knights' Cade Smith rushes in [PlessPix]

New Spanish signing, left-back Javier Verdu Sanchez, was not as affective as last week, when he scored against Olympia, while Vincent Turner was mobile but his shooting was poor.

In fact, the finishing by both sides was lamentable and that’s exactly why this game ended without a goal.  Neither goalkeeper was really tested as shots either went well wide or straight at the custodian.

Even in the penalty shoot-out, which Knights won 4-3, five of the 12 spot-kicks failed.

The technical quality of both sides left much to be desired.  I am reminded of one of George Best’s quotes:  “Most players’ first touch is about as far as I can kick the ball.”

Photo:  George Best with Walter Pless

There were some excellent passes, but many poor ones.  Both teams failed to retain possession for any length of time and there were signs that some players are not yet fit.

Things can only get better we must fervently hope.  At the moment, only club supporters would be attracted to games.  If the appeal of football is to spread to the general populace, they have to be served better fare than what was dished up on this evening.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkely can talk up the increase in participation rates of football, but the truth is that football ranks way down the pecking order when it comes to the overall standing of the game in the eyes of the populace.  It ranks 7th in a survey of Tasmanians' favourite sport.

Photo:  Knights' Connor Schmidt has a good view of the ball as Kingborough's Chris Downes moves in [PlessPix] 

Photo:  Knights' Jack Bowman crosses before Kingborough's Phil Kantzos can block [PlessPix]

Photo:  Jordan Muller, who joined the Knights from Clarence Zebras, goes to take a corner.  Muller would send his team-mates a signal about where he would place the corner by pretending to tie his boot laces.  It sure beats raising one or both arms. [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

The game was so bad I actually enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree anymore Walter. The standard is dropping year after year at the moment. Something needs to change drastically. To many clubs and these clubs have to many teams and the quality is awful

Anonymous said...

Spot on comments Walter. Another site published comments that the game
was exciting and entertaining or words to that effect.
The half time break was as entertaining as the game.
Agree with your entire report Walter.

Anonymous said...

It's not a site it's a Facebook page.

Anonymous said...

8.54 pm. My apologies Mr Facebook. You know what I mean you twat

Anonymous said...

To be honest I think the pitch has something to do with the poor performances.
I don't know anyone who is confident playing on KGV and I don't know anyone who likes playing at KGV.

Anonymous said...

Reply to February 14, 2020 at 8:54 PM

Great comment mate. Facebook IS a website..

ontheball said...

what needs to change dramatically is not in the hands of Football Tas. Its lies with the clubs to develop their players with the best coaches. At present the standard of the coaches is poor, they place no emphasis on becoming better educated or attending courses conferences or seminar to learn. Young players should look to sign with clubs with the higher qualified coaches, if your club doesn't offer decent coaching walk out. Its easier for clubs to recruit using $$ than providing class coaching...Coaching makes the difference.