Devonport Vs Riverside Olympic – Valley Road.
|Mcdonald will be on the look out for |
more goals in his first year with Devonport
Devonport should have little trouble getting past Riverside at Valley road, Riverside have certainly dropped off the pace this year after what was building to a promising tilt at the championship. The loss of Robbie Hughes took the puff out of the Riverside sails, but they are still not out of the finals equation. A win against Devonport will be a tall order, but if they can pull it off, finals are still on the cards.
For Devonport, well they can do little wrong at the moment, popping in plenty of goals and currently have the best goal difference of the top three, and they look likely to retain that joker in their hunt for the title. There is far more ridding on this for the home team, and you can expect a hungry Devonport to be out for blood. Riverside have not troubled Devonport for some time now either so a home win is highly expected.
Launceston City Vs Ulverstone – Mitsubishi Park.
Here starts the battle for the last place in the State Wide Championship Final Series. A win to Ulverstone will discount one of their rivals, but City will be eager to make a late charge at the valuable fourth spot. Not sure if you can say for certain who the favourite is going into this match, but both will want the three points. City still with a few injury concerns but Nick Owen should have a close to full strength side to choose from. I’m sure there will be a few people about all the same
Launceston United Vs Prospect Knights – Birch Avenue.
|Nathan Balym has commanded the best defence in |
the league this year, while Mark Baker has been instrumental
in Knights' success this season
I don’t think too many outside the Launceston camp would be expecting anything other than a Prospect win, and by a few goals at that. Launceston certainly display the self belief at times, and almost got back into the game against Rangers before a late fade out in the last 20 minutes. They will need a steely resolve, some luck and a big effort to cause an upset this week.
Prospect have the best defence in the league to date, and would be pretty confident of a clean sheet, and slipping into second place on goal difference by 4:30pm on Saturday. A win by 4 goals and they will be second, and looking pretty solid going into the business end of the season. I would suggest they might even get more than their required 4 goal boost, unless Mark Eagan can wave a little magic amongst his troops.
Burnie United Vs Somerset – Montello.
|Andrew Gibson in defence for Burnie.|
No love lost between these clubs over the years, form generally goes out the window too when they match up. Sam Cocks would be still smarting after the lesson receive from Devonport at the weekend, while his friend and opposite number this week in John Wheeler will be keen to continue what has been a pretty good run of late. Somerset are hitting their straps now, and should not be discounted from a possible inclusion in the final series, but it will need to continue this week in the coastal derby. Chris Smith will be eager to prove a point, and may find himself pretty close to Cocks during the game as its expected the coach will again occupy the sweeper role. Both sides are pretty young now, though Burnie have the experience in defence. Couldn’t pick a winner at this point, but it will be close