Saturday, October 31, 2020

The usual suspects should qualify for the Women's State-wide Cup Final

Photo:  Three players who will have a huge influence on the semi-finals this weekend are (L-R) Madison Chambers and Bonnie Davies of Olympia, and Georgia Burt of Clarence Zebras [PlessPix]

The semi-finals of the Women’s State-wide Cup will be played this weekend, with one game on Saturday and one on Sunday.

It looks like another showdown between the two top teams, Olympia Warriors and Clarence Zebras, in the final next weekend.

On Saturday, Clarence Zebras take on Kingborough Lions United at 4pm at KGV Park in one semi-final and these two teams must be getting sick of the sight of each other.

They played each other on Wednesday night at Lightwood Park and drew 2-2, which was a shock for Clarence Zebras, who generally have the edge over the Lions.

This is a cup match and there could be another surprise, but Clarence Zebras will be better prepared this time and should win.

Coach Chris Hey missed Wednesday’s game but should be back at the helm for this semi-final.

Clarence Zebras had beaten the Lions 5-1 and 4-0 (the latter, just over a week ago) in the Women’s Super League before drawing 2-2 in that competition last Wednesday, so it could be argued that the Lions are starting to get the measure of Clarence Zebras.

Laura Davis provides the greatest threat to Clarence Zebras but the latter’s defence should be up to the task this time.

Photo:  Olympia's Bonnie Davies (left) is the top scorer in the Women's Super League, while Bronte Gadon is a huge force in midfield for Clarence Zebras [PlessPix]

The other semi-final is at Warrior Park at 4.3opm on Sunday, when Olympia Warriors host South Hobart.

South Hobart are a rapidly improving team, but home-ground advantage and greater experience should see the Warriors win the battle to qualify for the cup final.

Olympia have won the league encounters between the sides 1-0, 3-0 and 7-2, so that is a good indication of the way this game should go.

Both semi-finals in the Men’s State-wide Under-20 Cup will be played in the north of the State.

Somerset host Glenorchy Knights at Cardigan Street on Saturday at 2pm, while Riverside Olympic entertain Olympia Warriors at Windsor Park the same day and at the same time.

Home-ground advantage could be crucial in these two semi-finals, although Olympia could be the more likely away winner.


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