Saturday, November 27, 2021

Youth game today between South Hobart and Kingborough Lions United

Photo:  Dangerous play? [PlessPix] 

South Hobart hosted Kingborough Lions United at Bell Street today for some youth games.

I watched the game between the two clubs' under14/15 sides.

Kingborough won 2-1, but South Hobart were unlucky when they hit the crossbar in the second half.

South's goal came from a penalty.

Photo:  Kingborough dominated the first half and South Hobart the second. [PlessPix] 

The game was refereed in the second half by Metro's young Queensland goalkeeper, Indigo Sharp, who has been out on loan to Metro from South Hobart.

With South Hobart's senior keeper Nick O'Connell now with the Brisbane Roar Academy, Sharp has been recalled by South Hobart for the 2022 NPL Tasmania season.

Meanwhile, Football Tasmania's planning for the 2022 season has suffered a hiccup with the resignation of recently appointed competitions manager, Chris Garret.

Garrett joined Football Tasmania in July this year.

Photo:  The grounds were in excellent condition today making ball control and passing relatively easy. [PlessPix] 

Football Tasmania will need a replacement soon to organise the 2022 rosters and competitions.

I do hope there will be 28 rounds in the NPL Tasmania competition as that ensures that sides will meet each other four times, twice at home and twice away.

That seems much fairer than the current set-up of three rounds, namely 21 games, where some sides meet opponents two at home and once away, which is hardly equitable.

Photo:  Action from today's Under 14/15 game. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Indigo Sharp (right) refereeing the game. [PlessPix]

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A litle dip into history, and some recent newsclips

Photo:  A couple of badges of Eastern Suburbs SC and Clarence City from the 1970s and 80s. [Courtesy of Steve Omant] 

The history of Tasmanian football has always interested me.

I recall filming a game at the Domain Number 3 ground in about 1972 between Eastern Suburbs and Harimau, the reserve side of Malaysian Tigers.

The footage is not great as it was filmed with a Bauer wind-up movie camera using Standard 8mm colour film.

I only filmed a few minutes of the game as a spool of Standard 8 film had a running length of about 5 minutes.

That footage is now available on Youtube if you’re prepared to look for it.

To my surprise, I was recently contacted by Stephen Omant, who, after attending Rose Bay High School, began his senior career with Eastern Suburbs Soccer Club, which was founded in 1971 and was in existence until 1980.

The club then became Clarence City in 1981 until 1984.

Photo:  Clarence reserves of 1982 at Wentworth Park.  Back Row (L-R): Stephen Omant, Nigel Grainger, Colin ?, Mike Szabo, Martin Sloane, Peter ?, Karl Schwesinger.  Front Row (L-R): Terry Potter, ?, Derek Wills (Goalkeeper), Peter Krause, Karl Schwesinger's son. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]  

A breakaway club from Eastern Suburbs in 1978 was Phoenix, who also lasted until 1984 but are still a lower-league social club now.

Barnstoneworth broke away from these clubs in 1996.  Chris Hindmarch, a founding member, passed away a week ago aged in his early 70s.

They originated from one of the reserve teams and still exist today, while in 1997, a new club Clarence United was formed.

Clarence United latest iteration is as Clarence Zebras, formed in 2019 when Clarence United and Hobart Zebras merged to form a new NPL Tasmania club.

Photo:  Eastern Suburbs senior side in 1974 at South Hobart.  Back Row (L-R):  Peter Pearce, Mike Barter, Ian Morrisby, Peter Lakin, Klaus Eleveld, Patrick 'Paddy' Gibson, Stephen Omant.  Front Row (L-R): Steven Grainger (Goalkeeper), Bob Risk, ?, Syd Cairns, Michael Walker, Michael Page, Jim Atkinson. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]  

Stephen Omant has provided me some historical photos of Eastern Suburbs.

There are some names missing in the line-ups and readers may be able to provide these missing names.

Photo:  Eastern Suburbs SC Division 2 Knock-out Cup side at KGV Park. Back Row (L-R): Michael Walker, Peter Nunn, Mathew Eastman, John Geappen, Mike Barter, Michael Murtagh.  Front Row:  Stephen Omant, John Glancy, Andrew Eastman, Malcolm Allen, Grant Hall. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]  

Photo:  The Eastern Suburbs SC shirt from the early 1970s. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]
Photo:  The Eastern Suburbs badge showing the club was founded in 1972. [Photo courtesy of Steve Omant]


The merger between the non-existent Hobart City (disbanded in 1991) and Beachside has been approved at the Beachside AGM.

I had posted a detailed article about this merger late last month, but apparently some people were not happy and I was asked to take it down, which I did.

I have since heard that the merger has gone ahead and the new club even has a badge and a playing strip for the 2022 season.

How this merger will work, I have no idea.

I am presuming that some former Hobart City people will provide money and Beachside will provide the players.

I asked for quotes form some of the leading lights in the merger proposal, but nothing has been forthcoming.

So, good luck fellas.  I hope it all works out.  I never was asked to re-publish the story, but it’s now old news anyway.


Clarence Zebras have signed South Hobart fullback, Marcus Eugster.

He was unable to command a regular NPL berth at South Hobart and decided to move across the River Derwent, as did South Hobart striker, Sam Tooze.

Clarence Zebras commence training on Thursday, 2 Decemeber, under senior coach Franco Previdi.


South Hobart’s senior NPL goalkeeper Nick O’Connell has moved to Queensland to join A-League club Brisbane Roar’s Academy.

I wouldn’t be surprised if his replacement is young Queenslander Indigo Sharp.

Sharp came down for trials with South Hobart a year ago before being sent on loan to Metro for the 2021 season.

He got plenty of experience there in the Southern Championship and may well be recalled by South Hobart, where Nathan Reid is reported to be content to play in the Southern Championship because of his study and work commitments.


Former South Hobart assistant coach, Peter Savill, has been announced as senior coach at Northern Championship side Northern Rangers.

Savill, one of the most experienced players and coaches to have ever graced the game in Tasmania, will be in his second stint with Northern Rangers.

Savill played for England Schoolboys and was an apprentice at Leeds United during Brian Clough’s short tenure there in 1974.

Savill came to Tasmania in the late 70s as an import for Launceston Juventus.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Glenorchy Knights' 2021 Awards

Photo:  Nick Mearns won the Knights' NPL side's players'-player-of-the-year award. [Photo by Lisa Creese]


NPL Tasmania

Players’ Player, Nick Mearns

Coach’s Award, Tyler Harrison 

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights held their awards night at Blundstone Arena. [Photo by Lisa Creese]  

Men’s Championship

Best and Fairest, Aaron Marney

Players’ Player, Aaron Marney

Coach’s Award, Joey McShane 

Photo:  A toast to the club. [Photo by Lisa Creese]

Men’s Championship One

Best and Fairest, Brady Watson

Most Improved, Bary Karia

Coach’s Award, Brady Watson 

Photo:  Tyler Harrison is presented with the NPL Coach's Award by senior coach James Sherman. [Photo by Lisa Creese]]  

Women’s Championship

Top Goalscorer, Chantelle Nowicki

Best and Fairest, Tahlia Foster

Coach’s Award, Josie Gargioni 

Photo:  The Glenorchy Knights' women players. [Photo by Lisa Creese]  

Women’s Championship One

Top Goalscorer, Kim Browning

Best and Fairest, Danielle Duffin

Players’ Player, Tiahna Tomac 

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Southern Championship side. [Photo by Lisa Creese]  

Men’s Championship Four

Top Goalscorer, Ben Coates

Best and Fairest, Emil Lesa

Players’ Player, Luke Sterpin

Coach’s Award, Elmer Cano and Gary Morris 

Photo:  Portia Reid receives her award from Marina Brkic. [Photo by Lisa Creese]  


Billy Krawczyk, Encouragement Award – Austin Yost

Women’s Outstanding Achievement – Portia Reid

Milan Lakoseljac Top Goalscorer – Nick Mearns

Stipe Majic Most Improved Senior Player – Lucas Hill

Michael Furjanic Best and Fairest senior player, Nick Mearns

Peter Huigsloot Most Dedicated player, George Ivanov

Vin McKay Best Club Person, Anthony Bonnitcha

Photo:  Nick Mearns won the Milan Lakoseljac Top Goalscorer Award. [Photo by Lisa Creese]

Photo:   Austin Yost is presented with the Billy Krawcyk Encouragement Award by Robbie Baric. [Photo by Lisa Creese]

Photo:  George Ivanov (left) is presented with the Peter Huigsloot Most Dedicated Player Award by Tom Huigsloot. [Photo by Lisa Creese]


Photo:  Nick Mearns (right) receives the Michael Furjanic Award for the Best-and-Fairest Senior Player from Robbie Furjanic and Mrs Furjanic. [Photo by Lisa Creese]

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' senior NPL side with their league trophy. [Photo by Lisa Creese]