Saturday, April 3, 2021

Lakoseljac Cup and State-wide Cups could throw up some surprises this Easter weekend

The Round-of-16 of the Lakoseljac Cup is on this Saturday and Monday and there could be some giant-killing feats on the menu.

The traps have been baited and set, so let’s see what they produce.

Olympia have an early start away to Ulverstone at noon.  The southerners would have to have set off early this morning and perhaps that was the strategy adopted by the Coastal side to swing things in their favour.

The Warriors, last year’s losing finalists, have a very young side this time around and this promises to be a very interesting game.

Holders Glenorchy Knights travel to Launceston to take on Riverside Olympic at Windsor Park at the rather late time of 3.30pm.

Knights should be favoured to win, but Riverside have shown glimpses of promise in their two league games so far this season.  Knights cannot afford to be complacent if they wish to progress and keep alive their hopes of retaining the trophy.

Reigning NPL Tasmania champions Devonport City face Northern Rangers away at the NTCA Ground in Launceston and Devonport’s shock loss to Launceston City in this competition last season will be a niggling thought in the back of their minds.

The North-West Coast side should win, but you just never know.  They are probably still smarting after last week’s 1-0 loss at home to South Hobart, so they have much to prove.

Second-tier outfit New Town White Eagles host NPL Tasmania side Kingborough Lions United at 2pm at Clare Street and this will give Eagles some inkling of where they sit in the pecking order of Tasmania football.

The Lions have one trophy under their belts already this season and they will be keen to keep their hopes for another piece of silverware alive by winning this cup-tie.

Somerset entertain Launceston City at 2pm at Cardigan Street and extra-time could be required to separate the Northern Championship hosts and the visiting NPL Tasmania side.

South Hobart should progress to the next round when they confront Clarence Zebras at South Hobart Oval at 2pm.  South won 6-2 in the recent league meeting between the sides at this venue and South will be buoyed by their away win against the reigning league champions last week.

University welcome fellow Southern Championship side Beachside to Olinda Grove at 2.30pm in what should be a close contest.

Beachside coach Romilton Amaral has success at University as a coach in the past and he will have done his homework about the Students’ current status.

On Monday, Taroona host South East United at Kelvedon Park at 1pm and the home side should be good enough o progress to the next round.

The Women’s State-wide Cup schedule for today is:

University v Kingborough Lions United (Olinda Grove, Noon)

Launceston United v Glenorchy Knights (WMPS Park, 1pm)

Ulverstone v Taroona (Ulverstone, 2.30pm)

Clarence Zebras v Riverside Olympic (Wentworth Park, 2.30pm)

[South Hobart have the bye]

The Under-20 State-wide Cup schedule for today is:

Ulverstone v Somerset (Somerset, 9.30am)

Devonport City v Launceston City (Valley Road, 11am)

Clarence Zebras v South East United (South Hobart Oval, 11.30am)

Northern Rangers v South Hobart (NTCA Ground, Noon)

Taroona v Riverside Olympia (Kelvedon Park, 2pm)

Kingborough Lions United v Launceston United (Lightwood Park, 2pm)

Burnie United v Glenorchy Knights (Valley Road, 2pm)

Olympia Warriors v Beachside (Warrior Park, 4pm)


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