Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Sunday Summer Cup games were far from rubbish and produced exciting football

Photo:  Aerial gymnastics in the Hobart United versus University game on Sunday. [PlessPix]

 Sunday was a much cooler day than Saturday, but the various Summer Cup games were as exciting as the ones on Saturday.

Olympia Warriors easily smashed Nelson Eastern Suburbs 5-1, despite having captain Brayton Allen sent off after just half an hour.

Nelson actually took the lead on the half-hour through Will Stalker, but the Warriors recovered and, playing with just 10 men, scored five goals.

Olympia led 2-1 at the break after Joel Sammut and Tyson Barrett netted within five minutes of each other just before the interval.

Barrett went on to complete his hat-trick with goals in the 50th and 75th minutes, while Jacob Clothier also got on the score-sheet in the 70th minute.

Photo:  Hobart United's Sean Heathorn is just a fraction late to stop University's Lachlan Brown from heading at goal. [PlessPix] 

Hobart United lost their goalkeeper in the warm-up as they prepared to take on University.

United led 2-1 at the break with goals by Elhadi Eldayar and Solomon Lagu, on either side of a goal by University’s Jeremy Goddard.

John Wani increased United’s lead to 3-1 a minute after the resumption, but University then began an amazing comeback in a very exciting game.

George Ivanov’s goal in the 58th minute made it 3-2 before a strike by Lachlan Brown with 20 minutes to go made it all square at 3-3.

Photo:  A joyous celebration by Univesrity's Lachlan Brown after scoring. [PlessPix] 

Zachary Piesse added a fourth for the Students in the 75th minute before Ivanov completed his brace with a penalty to make it 5-3 for University.

Photo:  University's Zachary Piesse roars with delight after scoring. [PlessPix] 

It was a fast and furious encounter and United felt the loss of their first-choice keeper before the game even began contributed significantly to their downfall.

In the women’s game between Taroona and Kingborough Lions United, a mistake by the Lions keeper gave Taroona a shock lead in the opening seconds through Daisy Parsell.

It took the Lions keeper a while to settle down and she also gave a free-kick away later after inexplicably picking up the ball outside the penalty area.

Photo:  Taroona celebrate their unexpected opening goal after just mere seconds from kick-off. [PlessPix] 

She redeemed herself later with a fine save when she turned a goal-bound shot onto the crossbar to deny Taroona goal.

Goals by Maeve Dunbabin, Laura Davis and Rosemary Rodden put Kingborough 3-1 up at half-time.

Two goals by Samantha Watkins after the break put Kingborough in the driving seat at 5-1 before Parsell pulled a goal back for Taroona in the 73rd minute.

Laura Davis completed the scoring with a goal 8 minutes from the end to seal a 6-1 win for the Lions.

Photo:  Taroona's Caitlin Riley with the ball. [PlessPix] 

I ventured to the top of the grandstand at KGV Park for the first time this season to watch the action and get out of the drizzle and I was disgusted at the mess on the seats.

Discarded hot chips and other food items and wrappings littered the top row and provided a real safety hazard.  If someone were to stand on a chip, they would slip and could suffer a serious fall.  I don’t know if the scraps were from that day or from Saturday, but it’s unacceptable.

Photo:  Discarded food scraps near the back of the grandstand at KGV Park. No big deal some might say, but a safety issue for old codgers like me. [PlessPix]
Photo:  A slip could be the result of this mess. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Unsightly and unhygienic at best in the grandstand at the headquarters of football. [PlessPix

 If the mess had been made on the Sunday, the people responsible should have cleaned it up, while if it had been made on Saturday, it was a health and safety issue and should have been cleaned up.

There’s my gripe for the weekend.  Fortunately, it didn’t detract from the exciting football, but it was an accident waiting to happen, especially for us older folks.


Photo:  Kingborough coach Simon Edwards sends on Laura Davis. [PlessPix]

Photo: Laura Davis and Danielle Kannegiesser celebrate a Kingborough goal. [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

Beachside vs Taroona in Men's Southern Championship equally as exciting!

Leigh Giles said...

Perhaps we need a team called the seagulls