- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 26 January 2013
Photo: South Hobart's Nick Morton (left) is tackled by Glenorchy Knights' Mynonge Kamba [PlessPix]
South Hobart beat Glenorchy Knights 7-1 in a Victory League pre-season match at South Hobart today.
In a curtain-raiser between the clubs, South Hobart ran out 11-2 winners, but they fielded several senior players, including Shae Hickey, Hugh Ludford, Matt Lewis, Chris Hunt and Mark Ambrose.
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Brodie Holmes (right) collides with South Hobart's Hye Min Yun [PlessPix]
In the senior match, Mizael gave South Hobart the lead after just four minutes of the opening third.
Nick Morton added the second and Josh Williamson the third to put South Hobart in control.
Andy Brennan then hit a hat-trick as South Hobart over-ran their opponents.
Knights pulled a goal back through George Kamano, but Williamson netted his second and South Hobart’s seventh before the end.
Both sides were missing players because of the Australia Day long weekend.
Photo: Newcomers Alessandro Fici (left) of South Hobart and Hugh Foley of Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]
But, both had new faces on view.
South Hobart had their new English midfielder, import Nick Hill, a recent Italian arrival in Alessandro Fici, Harrison Thomas, from the FFT/NTC side, and a 21-year-old Korean midfielder, Hye Min Jun, who has also been training with Olympia Warriors.
Hill only arrived in Hobart this morning from England, while Fici, a midfielder or defender, is far from fit and carrying a slight injury.
Glenorchy Knights’ new faces included Hugh and Declan Foley, from the FFT/NTC side, Jeremy Marshall, and Bradley Ayres from New Town Eagles, Mynonge Kamba, from Hobart United, Rohan Heggie from Tilford Zebras, Alex Bellini from Olympia Warriors, Phineas Aldridge from Clarence United and goalkeeper Sam Cornish.
Photo: South Hobart's new English import, Nick Hill (left), tries to stop Glenorchy Knights' Corey Moore [PlessPix]
In the curtain-raiser, South Hobart’s marksmen were Colin Wain, with four goals, Max Clarke, with a hat-trick, Chris Hunt, with a brace, and Mark Ambrose and Chris Downes with a goal apiece.
Meanwhile, Tilford Zebras have a new goalkeeper, 21-year-old Luca Lentini, arriving from Sydney next week.
Lentini had a trial with A-League club Sydney FC last week but nothing has eventuated yet as a result.
Lentini and Fici are family friends of former Zebras and Olympia coach Franco Previdi, who persuaded both players to give Tasmania’s Victory League a try.
Nothing too much can be read into these pre-season games. They tend to be played in three thirds of 30-minutes each, designed to give the entire squad a run.
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Declan Foley (left) clears ahead of a South Hobart opponent [PlessPix]
That means a team can be massively disrupted by the changes and that can often affect the outcome.
Coaches, quite rightly, wish to see what talent they have at their disposal and that is usually more important than the result.
In a follow-up story, I will interview both of today’s coaches, Ken Morton, of South Hobart, and Chris Hey, of Glenorchy Knights, to ascertain their view of today’s proceedings.
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Jayden Hey (right) in possession [PlessPix]
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Phineas Aldridge (right) shields the ball from a South Hobart opponent [PlessPix]
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Jeremy Marshall tries to head a cross clear as South Hobart attack [PlessPix]
Photo: South Hobart's Hye Min Yun takes on Glenorchy Knights' Rohan Heggie (No.12) and Alex Bellini [PlessPix]