Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The coaches' verdict about the semi-finals

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights coach, James Sherman [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights beat South Hobart 3-2 last Saturday to qualify for the 2020 Lakoseljac Cup Final next Saturday.

They will play Olympia Warriors in the final.

The sides also met in 2017 in the Lakoseljac Cup Final and Olympia won 4-2.

I spoke to the coaches after Saturday’s semi-final.

James Sherman (Glenorchy Knights) said:

“I wish it wasn’t that stressful, if I’m honest.

“I thought our first half, we showed great intent and we probably could have had three or four goals and really maybe killed the game off.

“They’ve looked dangerous on set pieces today.  I thought South Hobart were quite good for large parts of the match but, at the same time, Lachie [Hart] Hasn’t had a lot to do.

“Every time we went forward we looked a real threat.

“I would have liked to see us control the game a little more, but they’re a good side and I think tonight we deserved to go through.

“We’re really looking forward to next week.

“On the whole tonight, the best side’s gone through and we’re happy to be in the final.”

Photo:  South Hobart coach, Ken Morton [PlessPix]

Ken Morton (South Hobart coach)

“A little bit disappointed.

“I thought we pushed them all the way and at the end we had a couple of half-chances that might have gone in for us, but they didn’t.

“But they were quick on the break. I mean, Alex Walter has good pace and he hurt us.

“That’s football.

“I think it was a good, open game and both teams had a go.”

On Sunday, Olympia Warriors demolished Launceston City 7-0 at Warrior Park.

Photo:  Olympia Warriors coach, Rob Clarke [PlessPix]

Rob Clarke (Olympia Warriors coach) said:

“I was probably happy with the second half more than the first half.

“We were thankful that Elliot [Hoysted] had a fantastic game in goal for us, otherwise we probably deserved to be two-nil down early on.

“In the second half, we got a lot better and maybe the season was one game too long for Launie in the end.

“I’ve got a few gripes [about the coming weekend’s cup final].  We’re not allowed to train and it’s difficult because, obviously, it’s the home ground of the other team and there’s training here every night but for some reason we can’t get on.

“that’s okay.  We’ll just mark out a pitch the same size and go through our normal procedure during the week.

“We can’t fit it in because they’ve [Knights] got it booked for Tuesday and Thursday.

“It’s always great to be in a cup final and we’re lucky we’ve got three teams in cup finals on Saturday, which is a great thing for the club.

“All the coaches and support staff have been great all year and I guess it’s a reward, especially NPL, because we haven’t had a consistent league season, that’s for sure.

“It’s a one-off game and anything can happen.”

[KGV Football park measured 100 x 70 metres, while Warrior Park measured 99 x 60.9 metres in 2012.]



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