Thursday, 13 June 2013

Half Way Point Is Already Here

The half way mark is about to approach us and boy has it come around quick. There are some quality game up for show this week and we could also see some movement in the ladder. I once heard that the ladder at the end of the first leg is just about where you finish at the end. I still cant work that out but we will see.

Somerset V Rangers 2:30pm Saturday Cardigan St

1st place Somerset host the Rangers in another home game which seems like that is all they have played. After both teams having the week off and 2 consecutive weeks for the Ranger s both teams will be fresh and ready to fire. One would think this will be a fast flowing game with many opportunities from both sides.
Somerset welcome back Sam Cocks who missed the Devonport game after getting his weeks wrong and going on holidays. Somerset over the last few games have looked flat and struggled against sides that have had a very attacking centre mid. But with the week off Coach Considine has had time to work on this and his sides formation. He had this to say
The Sharks take on the impressive Northern Rangers this week at Shark park and will be keen to get its season back on track after its first defeat against Devonport last round. Even though the Sharks are struggling with injuries at the moment, they will need to improve enormously from its last match if they are to regain their great early season form.

The Rangers are sitting in 5th place at the moment and will be looking to climb the ladder sooner than later and will be looking to roll the Sharks away from home. A win for the rangers would see them leap frog Prospect who have the bye and pending on the Riverside Ulverstone result could see them in 3rd if they took the points. Rangers spokes person Brendan Litchendonk had this to say
We have just signed NSW keeper Michael Nicholson who will most likely come into the Victory League 20 for Brendan Lichtendonk, who will not play again this year through injury, Michael arrives on Thursday and will train with the NPL side Thursday night and come straight into the NPL side after playing 3 games for his former club last weekend. He has been in the youth squad with the Central Coast Mariners and is a great addition to the club.

The injuries and exams have caused our NPL coach all manor of headaches this week, both in terms of selection and training, Ash Fisher will be given the chance to play out 90 minutes after serving as the substitute for the Victory League many times this year, while Luke Tuma has suffered from the flu and will be given the opportunity to get his touch back in the Premier League.

We have some quick and skilful young players in our club, and will have to call on many of them with the U20 restrictions on our side having so many players out of the Victory League side, but we are more than confident they can serve it up to the Sharks, who are strong and skilful themselves. We expect a close and tough match with Somerset at Cardigan st.

Launceston City V Burnie United
In a game where both clubs need a win this should be a cracker and a high scoring but physical game. Burnie will be on a high after rolling Launceston United last game very easily and would have faith they can grab another 3 points in consecutive games. Mitchell Stitz is back for his second senior game this year and you can count on that when he plays Burnie will score. When asked about the game Peter VanEk had these comments” Burnie will be looking for another 3 points after the win against Launceston United last round. The line up will be unchanged against Launceston City.

We expect a hard fought game against City. Not sure what the ground conditions will be like but this time of the year its normally like playing in puddles so we will have to adapt quickly, City have played a wide game in the past, trying to stretch the oppositions defence and using the better part of the ground. The intention will be to take control of the game through possession and looking for the counter attack with Mitchel Stitz and Brodie Best playing well up front.
We welcomed back Trent Potts to the senior line up last game who controlled the game from a defensive centre mid roll, Trent will produce the same stability again this week providing support for the midfield.

Well Done Socceroo’s Tuesday, Time to do a job against Iraq!!

Riverside V Ulverstone Reds 2:30pm Olympic Park Riverside

This should be a belter of a game and the winner will either be comfortable in the 4 or be an inclusion to the 4, Ulverstone are on a role and look like they will be the team to beat in the second half of the year. With both Adam and Shaun Conkie on fire and Connor Meanie scoring as well Riverside will be a little worried but on
the other hand the ever reliable Sam Hughs is a worry with in him self and the Reds will have to stop his play if they want the 3 points.

Devonport V Launceston United 4:30 pm Valley Road
Devonport will be looking to close the goal margin on Somerset this week at home against an under strength United. Peter Gilham should further his golden boot lead and Devonport will control this game with ease. This game is played after the V League game at 4:30.

Ladder After Round 8

5Nth Rangers7403139412
8L'ton City71241124-135
9L'ton United7007330-270


  1. sam cocks talking about himself, nice...

    1. Well Annon next time I would be more than happy to talk about you next time but until you start using your real name and not your closet name I can't now can I?
      Any way got a reply lol