- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 31 March 2013
Photo: Coaches Stephen Pitchford (left) and Chris Hey have big decisions to make [PlessPix]
Tilford Zebras have the opportunity to get things right when they host Devonport City at KGV Park at 2.30pm tomorrow in the quarterfinals of the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy.
It’s a bit early in the season to have reached this stage of the competition as teams have yet to hit form, but Zebras have much to prove after a dismal start to their league campaign and will go flat out to reach the semi-finals.
Photo: Knights will expect big things from Jal David (second from left) and Justin Letiko (right) tomorrow [PlessPix]
This will be the fourth meeting between the clubs and Zebras have yet to win.
But, this could be the day that Adam McKeown and Alex Leszczynski re-establish their understanding that proved so effective for them at New Town Eagles last season.
Devonport were let off the hook by Zebras two weekends ago, and Devonport lost to Olympia Warriors on Saturday, which indicates that the Coastal side isn’t exactly firing on all cylinders yet either.
The Warriors host Riverside Olympic at noon at Warrior Park and the home side should win comfortably.
South Hobart should make light work of Glenorchy Knights, despite the two teams drawing 3-3 recently.
Knights are struggling for a goalkeeper after Michael McKenna was injured in the 5-0 loss to Northern Rangers on Saturday.
Photo: Jayden Hey (right) will be a key player for the Knights against South Hobart tomorrow [PlessPix]
Sam Cornish is too inexperienced, while Ben Peter is still recovering from a broken collarbone.
“I have no doubt South are going to be totally focussed on putting half a dozen in the back of the net on Monday and putting on a totally dominating display of football,” said Knights coach, Chris Hey.
“Last week’s gains in credibility by us will mean nothing if we allow this to happen as all the doubters will cry louder than ever.”
Ulverstone face giant-killers Taroona at Ulverstone at noon tomorrow and the home side will need to be wary of the southerners.
Photo: South Hobart's 'three Musketeers', Shae Hickey, Nick Morton and Kostas Kanakaris, will spell trouble for Knights [PlessPix]
“We travel away to Ulverstone for the quarter final clash of the State-wide cup in pretty good form,” said Taroona coach, Andy Tye.
“John Burridge returns in goal releasing Darragh Carey to his normal position in defence.
“Hugo Luttmer, however, was injured in our clash with the NTC on Friday night and will be replaced in the squad by Jordan Wright.
“Ulverstone have been very strong for a number of years and, although they have lost a number of players to the Victory League, I would expect them to provide stiff opposition, especially at home.
“We are pretty confident of producing enough chances to kick a winning score but need to tighten our overall defence to continue our improvement to date.”
My tips (in capitals):
TILFORD ZEBRAS v Devonport City (KGV Park, 2.30pm)
OLYMPIA WARRIORS v Riverside Olympic (Warrior Park, noon)
ULVERSTONE v Taroona (Ulverstone, noon)
Glenorchy Knights v SOUTH HOBART (KGV Park, 4.45pm)
Photo: Taroona's James Cherry (white shirt) in action against Somerset. Somerset came without a strip and had to borrow Taroona's ornage away-strip. Win or lose, Taroona will give a good account of themselves away to Ulverstone. [PlessPix]