Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Ten things we learned this weekend

Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan walks after being show a second yellow card and then a red [PlessPix]

Ten things we learned this week.

1.  There were three send-offs in the four NPL Tasmania games, which is most unusual.

South Hobart’s Andy Brennan marred his debut when he collected two yellow cards in the 1-0 win over Clarence Zebras.

Brennan was shown a yellow card when he entered the field of play without permission after replacing the injured Kobe Kemp seconds before half-time.  He was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time at the end of the game for a desperate and reckless tackle from behind on Clarence Zebras captain, Jayden Hey.  Andy must have been keen to impress on his debut, but for a player of his experience, and for one who has played in the A-League, it was rash of him.

Launceston City’s Rob Gerrard was sent off against Devonport after collecting two yellow cards. 

Kingborough Lions United’s Davis Bryan was sent off 13 minutes from the end of the 3-3 draw with Riverside Olympic.  The Lions and Riverside were drawing 2-2 when Bryan was dismissed.  Fortunately for him, Kingborough were able to salvage a draw with 10 men after going behind immediately after his send-off when Adam McKeown netted his first goal for the club in his second appearance.

Photo:  Kobe Kemp leaves Wentworth Park on crutches as he heads to hospital [PlessPix]

2.  There were some bad leg injuries this weekend.

South Hobart’s Kobe Kemp probably suffered the worst injury when he tangled with Clarence Zebras’ Luke Huigsloot and had to be taken to hospital to assess the damage.  His injury was on the shin and he was in considerable pain and hobbled to a car on crutches after the half-time break to be driven to hospital.

Photo:  Clarence Zebras' trainer Gary Pitchford accompanies the injured Noah Smithies-Sharples for the treatment rooms [PlessPix]

Clarence Zebras’ Noah Smithies-Sharples also suffered a leg injury and made his way back to the dressing room on crutches.

3.  The assessment of concussion is important.

Glenorchy Knights’ defender Jack Bowman fell heavily when he climbed above Olympia’s Warren Wadawu and fell to the ground from shoulder height.  It looked as if Bowman, who is a medical student, had sustained a whiplash-like injury as his head hit the artificial pitch at KGV Park.  He was assessed by Knights’ support staff and was allowed to play on.  He tackled as ferociously as ever after the incident and it will be interesting to see whether he did sustain concussion and whether he plays next weekend.

Photo:   Glenorchy Knights' Jack Bowman lies on the ground after a heavy fall [PlessPix] 

Photo:  Bowman's team-mates surround him as he lies on the ground [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s Championship team’s young goalkeeper, Nathan Reid, suffered a knock to the head against his former club, Clarence Zebras, about 20 minutes into the game between these two clubs at Wentworth Park.  Reid, a university student, went to hospital for assessment and certainly had a sore head the following day.  I wonder whether he’ll play next week.

Photo:  Clarence Zebras' injured Korean defender, Ahn Byunate, watching Saturday's game at Wentworth Park [PlessPix]

4.  Even bad injuries can’t keep some players away from their team’s games.

Clarence Zebras’ Korean defender, Ahn Byuntae, will be out for some time after suffering two fractures to his tibia in the game against Olympia Warriors the weekend before last.  Byuntae was watching Saturday’s game against South Hobart from the sidelines with his leg in plaster.  I’m sure all football supporters wish him well and hope to see him in action again soon.

5.  A drone stops a game.

A drone flew over the Wentworth Park pitch during the first half of the game between Clarence Zebras and South Hobart.

Referee Monty Piesse stopped the game according to regulations and players left the field.

Photo:  The drone hovering over Wentworth Park on Saturday [PlessPix]

Photo:  The teams return to the field after the drone flies off [PlessPix]

The ground announcer explained that the game would not continue until the drone flew away.  It did just that after the announcement was made and the game was able to resume.

The mystery surrounding the drone operator and the reasons why it flew over the ground during the game remain.

6.  Players should not go into a team huddle before a game.

Football Tasmania had an observer at the Clarence Zebras versus South Hobart game to check that COVID-19 guidelines were being followed.

Photo:  The Clarence Zebras huddle [PlessPix]

Photo:  The South Hobart team huddle [PlessPix]

That observer was not thrilled to see both teams go into a huddle before kick-off.

Such behaviour goes against the regulations applying to sport according to the COVID-19 guidelines.

Will there be repercussions?

The traditional handshake between the teams has ended, but the huddle is a worry.

7.  Excellent standard of play at Under-12 level.

I watched an Under-12 game on Saturday morning at Eady Street between Glenorchy Knights and Princes Street.

Photo:  Action from the Under-12 game [PlessPix]

It’s been a while since I watched a game in this age group and was really impressed.

There were some very skilful players on view and there was no kick-and-rush tactics employed.  Team-work and individual skills were evident and some of these players are certain to go a long way in the game.

Photo:  Metro's John McIntyre tests his injured hamstring [PlessPix]

8.  Some players just go on and on…

On Sunday afternoon I watched a Social League 4 game at North Chigwell between Metro and Taroona.

Some notable names from the past were on view and their enthusiasm was impressive, even though the speed and physical stamina had gone.

Metro won 2-1 and also hit the woodwork twice.

9.  Video streaming of games is impressive.

Football Tasmania is providing excellent coverage of many games by video streaming matches live.

Not all coverage includes commentary, but sometimes that’s a good thing.

If you are unable to attend a game, this is the next best thing.

10.  South Hobart's Kieran Brown is home for a while.

Former South Hobart goalkeeper Kieran Brown was an interested spectator at Saturday;s NPL game between Clarence Zebras and South Hobart.

Brown went to America last year to play college football in Kansas.

He returned home because of the  COVID-19 pandemic but hopes to return to the U.S.A. soon to resume his college career.

He said he thoroughly enjoyed his football in the States and can hardly wait to return.

Photo:  Kieran Brown at Saturday's game [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

Correction to your story, Walter. Gerrard wasn't the guilty party for the tackle on Pitchford after the Lonny City goal - that came from Samuel Ridgard. Gerrard had been sent off earlier for his second yellow (around the 69th minute) for a incident with Joel Stone in general play.

Anonymous said...

Barnard with the miss of the season currently, will be hard pressed to top it.

Unknown said...

Great write up Walter , 10 out of ten!
Monky safe as houses this week regardless of who is visiting.

Anonymous said...

Great photo of the Korean guy from Clarence Zebras watching his team play Walter .I have read a couple of stories now of the loyalty and commitment of some of the players from that club lately , could this have something to do with the turnaround in form and effort they are currently showing ? Before any smart comments start appearing obviously they have some finishing problems up front but that’s only a player away from correcting and then look out they could be finishing top 3 at seasons end . If that happened that would be an absolutely fantastic achievement for the New club in there inaugural year . Good luck to them and wishing the young Korean lad a quick recovery , As long as they keep beating Olympia I don’t begrudge them anything ever again .