- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 March 2013
Photo: Dean May and his NTC team will be familiar with the KGV Park artificial surface when they take on Taroona tonight [PlessPix]
Taroona will experience the new artificial surface at KGV Park for the first time in a match when they play the NTC in a Southern Premier League game at 8pm tonight.
“We trained on the new surface last week and were very impressed,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.
“Both teams play a passing game, which will be assisted by the true bounce of the artificial surface.
“The NTC squad will be well drilled under Dean May and present a great challenge.
“James Cherry comes in to our team for John Burridge, who is unavailable.
“We will be keen to continue our current form and will be looking to create enough opportunities to win the game.”
The NTC will add Mark Ortmann and Xavier Castenada to their squad but coach Dean May said defender Paul Stevens will be out through injury for another six weeks.
Henry Pritchard is unavailable for the NTC tonight.
“We’re looking forward to playing Taroona, who are known as a team that tries to play a passing game, especially on the new surface at KGV,” said May.
“It will also be good to catch up with Eli Luttmer and his dad, with Eli being a former NTC scholarship holder.”
Glenorchy Knights meet Nelson Eastern Suburbs at KGV Park at noon tomorrow in the Southern Premier League competition.
“Matt Fone comes back into the starting eleven after missing last week, replacing defender Oliver Ireland, who will play Under 20s and drop to the SPL bench,” said Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach.
“Also joining the squad this week are midfield utility players Matthew Russell, and new signing Andrew Reason, who is a former Nelson player who has been at Beachside and then Olympia over the last six seasons.
“Goalkeeper Nic DeCarpentier is an injury concern and may miss this match pending an assessment from his physio on Friday afternoon.”
Olympia Warriors take in Beachside at noon at Warrior Park tomorrow.
Olympia v Beachside Sat noon Warrior Park
Beachside will welcome back Cameron Sweeney, but they will miss Taylor Nielson, who is unavailable, Josh Westfield, who is injured, and the suspended Alex Gordon.
“I will have to see how the players train before adding another couple to the squad,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.
“We had a good month on Warrior Park during the Summer Cup and this will, hopefully, assist us in Saturday’s game.
“We are hoping to get Josh Thorpe and Daniel Lapolla up to speed in the next few weeks to bolster our attack.
“Olympia scored five goals away from home last week, so, clearly, at their home ground, we will have to be wary of their strikers.”
University take on New Town Eagles at Olinda Grove at 2.30pm tomorrow and the Students are still recovering from the loss of Mexican striker Eduardo Garza Cabello, who was signed by Victory League club Olympia Warriors at the last moment.
Olympia president George Mamacas was desperate to sign the Mexican and is reported to have even offered to sponsor University if he could have the player.
University declined the offer but Olympia are reported to have reimbursed University the cost of Cabello’s registration and other expenses.
Cabello does not drive and lives in Sandy Bay and Olympia will arrange for his transport to training and games.
He used to ride his bicycle to University training at Olinda Grove.
“Eduardo’s transfer two days before our first game did not help our cause,” said University coach, Romilton Amaral.
“We had been working on developing our team for a month prior to his departure and everything had been based around his style of playing as he was to be our main player.
“It was a blow to our goals for the year and we had to replan everything as a result of this situation.
“Lindsay from Knights and Toby from Zebras have now joined us, which is fantastic, but it will take a bit of time until they get a grip on the way we want to play as well as to adapt to their new team mates.
“We are also investing in the complete renovation of the team and we are currently working with five young Under-20s playing in our SPL team, Rhys, Takano, Aiden, Elliot and Obsa.
“We are all aware of the need to perform and turn around our fortunes, particularly after the weak performance against Taroona.
“Still, at the end of the day, we must be more centred upon the development of the players instead of just being results driven.
“New Town Eagles drew their first game and will also be looking for a comeback in the competition.
“I think this is going to be a great match to watch and I’m sure our boys will give a good account of themselves.”
New Town Eagles are without suspended goalkeeper Craig Minty.
Nathan Pitchford will resume in goal in Minty’s absence after playing in the outfield in recent matches.
Nick Ferrall is also doubtful because if a hamstring strain, while Chris Stingle and Grant Nutting will come into the side.
Nutting is working in the mines in Western Australia but will return home and play when he is on leave.
“We’re building this side brick by brick and we’re looking forward to every match,” said Eagles coach, Dale Itchins.
“We haven’t got an abundance of good defenders and we need to strengthen that back-four of ours.
“Selection is easier when we have everyone available and it means we have 16 or 18 players from which to choose.”
Clarence United entertain South Hobart at Wentworth park at 4.30pm tomorrow.
“We go into this week’s game against South Hobart with four players out due to suspension, injury, family commitments and work,” said Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton.
“On the plus side, we welcome back Sam Karas to add a bit of class to our midfield.
“It will be an early test of the depth and versatility of our squad and the players that take the field will give 100 per cent for CUFC.
“This is all part and parcel of coaching.”
Tilford Zebras meet Kingborough Lions United at KGV Park at 6.30pm tomorrow.
“Four players from the Victory League squad will be dropping down again to start for me, along with Alex Dand, who will play in goal after being on the bench for the south Hobart match,” said Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Harrison.
“The four outfield players will be finalised at training this evening [Thursday].
“Sam McIntyre will miss the game after suffering a knee injury last week against Nelson, which will mean Ryan Woodford will come in and replace him.
“Otherwise, it will be a similar team to the one which beat Nelson 3-0 last weekend.”