Sunday, June 28, 2020

South Hobart on the front foot already

Photo:  Clarence Zebras coach David Smith [PlessPix]

South Hobart beat Clarence Zebras 4-2 at Wentworth Park today in an NPL Tasmania pre-season friendly.

Nick Morton scored for South Hobart in his second appearance since badly breaking a leg last season.

Morton also played in Friday’s night’s 6-0 win over Taroona at KGV Park.

Tom Walpole netted twice for South Hobart, while Samson Juju scored the remaining goal.

Lachie Burt and Matthew Pace were Clarence Zebras’ marksmen.

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton [PlessPix]

“It was a pretty good second game for us against good opposition,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“I felt that our young lads acquitted themselves well.  We knocked the ball around quite smartly in the opening 20 minutes.

“Overall, I was very pleased with the intensity with which we played.

“Nick Morton did well.  He just has to get his rhythm back in his play but he’s passing well and he had some good moments and scored a good goal today.  His work-rate, which is never in doubt, was good.  He’s coming back well.

“The midfield is a good unit.  Kobe Kemp is one of the best players in the league and Bradley Lakoseljac is not far behind as well, so the three of them are quite tidy in there.”

South Hobart will play Kingborough Lions United at Lightwood Park on Thursday night and Beachside at South Hobart Oval next Saturday.

Clarence Zebras coach, David Smith said:  “To be honest, I was quite happy with the first 65 or 70 minutes.  It was a good introduction after being away for 13 weeks.  That’s probably the best way of putting it.

“We had to restructure a bit as we lost a few players.  We have to put a few things back in and see how we go.

“At the end of the day, we saw a few things that we liked and lots of things we need to work on.

“But, it wasn’t too bad, realistically, in our first game after such a long break.

“It’s a short re-start time and that was our first competitive game that we’ve had.

“It was just a numbers game for us.  Both teams were lacking numbers and from what I saw we’re probably not as far off the pace as I thought we might be.

“We’re probably a fair way behind a couple of the top teams, but maybe we might be a little bit more competitive than what I saw.  I mean, we lost our imports and we had a few out (Cook, Price) that makes a fair difference.

“We’ll just have to move forward and see how we go.”


Clarence Zebras:  Jimmy Ackerley, Lachie Burt, Olaf Conforti, Kane Hatcher, Riley Dillon, Jayden Hey, Sam Hills, Luke Huigsloot, Nick O’Connell, Matt Pace, Nathan Reid, Ed Reynolds, Noah Smithies-Sharples, Adam McKeown, Jake Thompson, Dwayne Walsh.

South Hobart:  Mark Moncur, Ewan Larby, Reilly Morton, Patrick Kibler, Tobias Herweynen, Nick Morton, Kobe Kemp, Bradley Lakoseljac, Kasper Hallam, Sam Tooze, Sam Berezansky, Tae Evans, Lachlan Semmler, Samson Juju, Tom Walpole.

In the Championship curtain-raiser, South Hobart were 4-1 victors over Clarence Zebras.

Josh Divin hit a hat-trick for South Hobart, while Caleb Verdouw scored the remaining goal.

Alon Coutinho replied for Clarence Zebras.

“We were a bit light on and missing a few and there are areas to work on,” David Smith said.

“We had a mixture of Championship players and Under-16s and Under-18s as we have four or five players out.

“We’ve got a policy that if you get the ‘flu you have to have a COVID test, so anyone who gets the ‘flu now has to be tested and bring in a certificate.  So, we’ve got two of those and another couple of guys out as well.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton was pleased with the result despite missing the second half as he had to prepare the senior side.  Enzo Botte is the coach of South Hobart’s Championship side and must have been delighted with the win over his former club.

“I was quite happy overall, especially since we’d had a hit-out on Friday night as well,” Morton said.


Clarence Zebras:  Josh Jones, Sam Boscoe, Simon Stankovich, Harrison Lange, Kane Hatcher, Jeremy Price, Alex Smith, Alon Coutinho, Zane Wright-Dawes, Chris Kannegiesser, Romnolo Moynihan, Cody Snell, Zac Hall, Matthew Ditton, Toby Atwell, Matthew Dyson.

South Hobart:  Jed Schultz, Sam Cornelius, Nelson Quan, Lucas Dzalowski, Marcus Eugster, Connor Bastock, Jacob Lancaster, Declan Taylor, Josh Divin, Mason Atfield, Noah Gardner, Mitch Tarte, Caleb Verdouw, Yianni Skalkos, Jake Pullen, Sam Jones.

In another pre-season hit-out, Kingborough Lions United drew 3-3 with University at Lightwood park on Saturday.

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights coach James Sherman (left) and Olympia Warriors coach Andrew Brown [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach James Sherman was delighted with his side’s 3-0 win over Olympia Warriors in Saturday’s NPL pre-season friendly at KGV Park.

“We’re pleased to be back playing,” Sherman said.

“I was happy with patches of the game and not so pleased with some moments, but it gives me an idea on what we need to focus on.

“It was a good match against strong opposition and to get through it with no fitness concerns as well was a positive”

Olympia Warriors coach, Andrew Brown, said:  “I think we were really rusty at both ends.

“We were rusty in our finishing and a little bit rusty with our defending, but overall I was comfortable with our play.

“I was very impressed with some of the Knights boys, particularly Alex Walter.  I thought he did a super job.

“Some of the Knights boys were good and some of our boys were not so good.

“Generally, we were rusty after three months.

“We’ll play in-house during the week and try and arrange some friendlies as well.

“We thought we had one with Riverside organised but apparently they’re away at Devonport on that day.

“If anyone wants a game, we’re up for it.”

[I am indebted to Tanner Coad for the team sheets and to Ben Smith for results and scorers.  Thanks, lads.]

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Pre-season friendlies, Liverpool's EPL title, and 2023 Women's World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand

Competitive football resumes in Tasmania on 11 July after a three-month shut-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The weekend of 11 July will see games in the Lakoseljac Cup, the Women’s State-wide Cup and the Under-20s State-wide Cup.

The roster competitions will resume the following weekend.

Several clubs were involved in pre-season friendlies this weekend.

Last night, South Hobart beat Taroona 6-0 at KGV Park through goals by Berezansky (2), Tooze, Lakoseljac, Kemp and Walpole.

Today at KGV Park, Glenorchy Knights beat Olympia Warriors 3-0 in an NPL pre-season game, while Glenorchy Knights drew 3-3 with New Town White Eagles in a Championship pre-season friendly.


Liverpool has at last been declared the 2019-20 EPL champions.

Manchester City effectively handed Liverpool their first EPL title when City lost 2-1 to Chelsea.

That meant that Liverpool could not be overtaken, with seven rounds remaining.

The title ended a 30-year league-winning drought for Liverpool, which last won a league title in 1990 (the First Division title).

It’s been a successful four years for manager Jurgen Klopp, though, as Liverpool also won the Champions League title last season, their sixth in the elite European competition, which was once the European Cup and then became the Champions League.


Australia and New Zealand have been awarded hosting rights for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will involve 32 nations.

Launceston’s UTAS Stadium has been listed as a possible venue.

It will be interesting to see if any group games will be held there as the stadium was ranked bottom in a list of potential venues.

It has been suggested that Tasmania may be the training base for some teams.

The World Cup is still just over two years away, so we’ll have to wait and see what eventuates.

Australia has twice hosted the FIFA Under-20 World Cup  -  in 1981 and 1993.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Referees prepare for resumption of the 2020 season

Photo:  Tony Peart issues instructions at today's training session [PlessPix]

The referees had their sixth training session for southern-based officials at KGV Park this morning in anticipation of the 2020 football season resuming in mid-July.

Fifteen referees went through their paces under the supervision and instruction of Referee Development Manager, Tony Peart.

Sessions such as these are held in Launceston on Wednesdays for northern-based referees and at KGV Park for southern-based officials on Saturdays.

Photo:  The southern-based referees training at KGV Park this morning [PlessPix]

“The group is training well, although it’s not the same as achieving match intensity,” said Peart.

“The group have slotted back into training well, though.”

The word around the traps is that referees will be officiating at friendlies prior to the re-start of the season, but they will do games free of charge.

No refereeing courses have been conducted due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but there are several new arbiters in the pipeline.

Photo (L-R):  James Hamilton, Nathan Coad, Ian Colhoun and Brenton Kopra go through their paces [PlessPix]

“There are several practical elements in such courses and we haven’t been able to do those,” Peart said.

“We’re just waiting now for Football Federation Australia to give us the go-ahead.

“FFA put a blanket ban on any courses during COVID.”

Photo:  The southern referees training at KGV Park on a cold but fine morning today  [PlessPix]

Once games resume, referees will change certain practices.

They will turn up for games 30 minutes before kick-off for their warm-up.

A minimum amount of time will be spent in change rooms before and after games.

Photo:  Referee Development Manager Tony Peart in action this morning [PlessPix]

As for the players, there won’t be any pre-match handshakes, nor the usual walking out onto the pitch by the two teams.

No spitting and nose clearing will be allowed during games.

Announcements in regard to the resumption of play and the rules to be observed are expected to be made by Football Tasmania next week.

Photo:  Two of the leading referees, Nathan Coad (left) and Brenton Kopra, observe social distancing during the training session [PlessPix]

Photo (L-R):  Toby Butler, Brenton Kopra (partly obscured), Craig Phillips, Nathan Coad, Eugene Rosenzweig and Ian Colhoun at today's training session [PlessPix]

Photo:  Tony Peart (left) and his 15 referees [PlessPix]

Photo:  Tony Peart makes a point during training [PlessPix]