Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Goals galore in three Summer Cup Finals

Photo:  The victorious University squad for Saturday's Southern Championship Summer Cup Final. [PlessPix] 

University won the 2023 Men’s Southern Championship Summer Cup on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Olympia Warriors.

It was a dour contest and neither side was impressive.

Photo:  The Olympia Warriors starting XI with coach Kurt Reynolds before Saturday's final. [PlessPix]

Olympia seemed to have the better of the game, but in the 63rd minute, all that came to nought as University scored a shock goal.

After some sustained University pressure and Olympia’s inability to clear, Andrew Wilcox broke down the right and fired in a powerful low cross which was turned home by Lachlan Brown for what was to prove the only goal of the match.

Photo:  University's George Ivanov (right) up against Olympia's Brayton Allan and Hugo Swartz. [PlessPix]

University had Rhys Goold sent off with 10 minutes to go, but Olympia could not make their extra man count.

“Olympia outplayed us for 60 minutes of the game,” said University coach, David Butler.

“We went in at half-time and reflected on how we had played and we changed what we wanted to do in the second half.

“I think the guys came out and executed that well.

“We were able to score, and then, I think, Olympia dropped their heads and allowed us to play our style of football a bit more.

“Even though we didn’t necessarily play the way we wanted to, we got there in the end.”

Photo:  A desperate tackle by Nicholas Devereaux on Olympia's Samuel Cummins. [PlessPix] 

The sides will meet again at Warrior Park on Wednesday (tomorrow) in the preliminary round of the State-wide Lakoseljac Cup competition.


Clarence Zebras took out the 2023 Women’s Summer Cup in a penalty shoot-out triumph over South Hobart.

South Hobart should clearly have won in normal time, but two free-kicks by Clarence Zebras’ Georgia Burt kept her side in the game and led ultimately to extra-time and the penalty shoot-out, which Clarence Zebras won 4-2, after the game finished 4-4 at the end of 90 minutes and after extra-time.

Photo:  Brigette Wright had an excellent game for South Hobart and hist the crossbar with one effort. [PlessPix] 

South Hobart started like a house on fire and Josie Mamic took advantage of a defensive mix-up by Clarence Zebras to stab home the opener after less than a minute.

Adilat Otto added South’s second in the 12th minute with a powerful drive from 12 metres.

Two long-range free-kicks by Burt, in the 15th and 32nd minutes, made it 2-2 and put Clarence Zebras back in the game.

Photo:  Clarence Zebras' Caitlin Stalker in a race with South Hobart's Emily Navabpour. [PlessPix] 

South still looked dangerous, with Eva Swain and Brigette Wright particularly impressive as they dictated play.

Lucy Booth restored South’s lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Caitlin Stalker, who had been in excellent form in the first half, equalised for Clarence Zebras 3 minutes after the resumption when she was put through by a precise pass from Eliza Wylie and finished with a low drive inside the right-hand post.

South rose to the challenge and Amy Ollington restored their lead with a goal in the 56th minute to make it 4-3.

Photo:  Caitlin Stalker surrounded by three South Hobart opponents. [PlessPix] 

Clarence Zebras displayed endeavour and resilience to equalise yet again at 4-4 when Caitlin Stalker netted from the penalty spot after she had been fouled by Emily Navabpour.

Extra-time produced no more goals and Clarence Zebras won the penalty shoot-out 4-2 with successful spot-kicks from Caitlin Stalker, Burt, Elianna Diafokeris and Wylie.

Only Pishon Choi and Sophie Westwood converted their penalties for South Hobart.

As South Hobart’s senior men’s coach Ken Morton said:  “If you don’t want to concede goals from free-kicks, then don’t give away fouls within range of goal.”

Photo:  Clarence Zebras' Caitlin Stalker does battle with South Hobart's Emily Navabpour. [PlessPix] 


Ulverstone produced an upset in the Men’s Northern Championship Summer Cup Final by beating the favourites Northern Rangers 5-4 after extra-time.

Luke Smith and Reg Sharpe gave Ulverstone a 2-0 lead after just 11 minutes before William Brandsema reduced the arrears in the 26th-minute with a penalty.

Cedric Cox-Haines restored Ulverstone’s two-goal buffer before half-time.

Luke Klug made it 4-1 early in the second half before Ashley Vandervelde pulled another goal back for Northern Rangers a minute later.

Jonny Burk and Bryley Jordan then struck for Rangers to make it 4-4 and take the match into extra-time.

Sharpe popped up in the 102nd minute for his second goal of the game, which proved to be the winner at 5-4.

Photo:  Caitlin Stalker in a battle with South Hobart's Sophie Westwood and Emily Vanabpouri. [PlessPix] 

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