Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 17 March 2017
Glenorchy Knights have a full squad from which to select their team to play Hobart United at KGV Park at 2.30pm today in the opening round of the Southern Championship.
The sides met last week in the Summer Cup Final and drew 1-1 after extra-time before Knights won the penalty shoot-out 5-3.
This is a league match and there is no such thing as extra-time or penalty shoot-outs so the prize for the victor after 90 minutes is 3 precious points.
The Knights’ recruit from Hobart Zebras, Kurt Engels, has completed two full training sessions after a long lay-off because of a knee injury that required surgery and he will be considered for selection.
The club’s medical and coaching staff are pondering over how much game time he requires before being introduced to senior action.
Club stalwart and utility player Jade Clay played a full game in the Challenge League ranks last week and is being considered for selection.
The Knights players are understood to have assessed their Summer Cup campaign and the consensus is that the form was ‘just okay and nothing flash’.
A club spokesman said the squad is determined to continue to improve and work hard.
“This is week 1 of a 16-game roster season and there are 48 points up for grabs and this week is 3 of those points,” the spokesman said.
In other games in the opening round today, Metro host New Town Eagles at North Chigwell, Southern FC play Nelson at Cambridge, and University entertain Beachside at Olinda Grove.
All games today kick off at 2.30pm. Taroona have the bye.