Thursday, 8 August 2013

Will Round 17 Be Washed Out


 Round 17 has a big question mark over its head. How many games will actually be played with the weather we have at the moment. Riverside are at home again and with last weeks ground condition and the rain we are having now will that go ahead, Also Launceston United host Burnie in another ground that may be deemed dangerous as well. Then to add the cherry on the cake Somerset have had to move their Under 18s and Reserves to Frederick Street in Wynyard to allow the NPL game against Devonport to go ahead on their home ground.

Launceston United v Burnie United 2:30pm Birch Ave

In a game that both sides would be eager to take the points, This should be a close affair with both clubs improving over the second leg. Even though results haven't gone both their ways they have proven to match it with the top clubs.

Both clubs also will be fresh after Burnie having the bye and Launceston's game called off.

Burnie should take the chocolates this week, After a good result against Rangers away.

Burnie will be with out their solid defender Pete Vanek but welcome back Brodie Best, Tyler
Johnstone and Xavier Smith. Along with Trent Potts and the ever reliable Brad Ryan in goal Burnie should be singing "Nah Nah Nah Naaaah" at 4:30.

Somerset Sharks v Devonport 2:30pm Shark Park

In a do or die game for both cubs this week should be a great game and with bad conditions guaranteed for the game it should level the skill out a bit. Somerset were very disappointed last week not having the game go on as they felt they were in a prime position after the half hour of play.

They have a full squad to choose from and this will allow 2 fresh subs for only the second time this year.

New signing Ash Smith will make his first start for his new club after coming off the bench over the last few weeks.

This will allow gun Kaimon Johnson to push forward with Jeremy DeBomford and create havoc against Devonport.

The Strikers have had a not so great month with results, Injures and V League selections loosing their secret weapon Pete Gilham to the V League, But in saying that you can never write of the young strikers as they are coached well and a very well drilled out fit.

Rod Andrews said this"

injuries have really taken a toll on our NPL side over the past month which has impacted on our ability to win the ball back consistently. That said, both Mal and I have been really impressed with how our Seniors, which is really an Under 17 Team with a couple of exceptions, have continued toSomerset will start clear favorites this weekend, but our boys are really looking forward to the challenge. I just hope that pitch conditions are conducive to a good game....and more importantly Somerset provide good post match food!
play positive creative football. Naturally

Ulverstone Reds V Launceston City 2:30 pm Ulverstone Show Grounds 2:30pm

Ulverstone have been the inform team of late and will be full of confidence after last weeks mauling of their rivals Devonport.

Ulverstone will be favorites at home and will be looking to seal second spot and would be hoping Somerset to slip over the next month as there is still an ever so slight sniff at the title if the Sharks were to loose.

Connor Meanie as i say every week will be the danger man and after snagging 5 last week will be looking to add to that tally.

Launceston City find them selves back where they were at the start of the year with selection problems as the V league side is in Hobart at the same time.

City will be looking to press the Reds all the way and after a win against a much fancied River side a few weeks ago would know with in them selves they have what it takes .

Riverside V Prospect Knights 2:30pm Windsor Park

In a game looking like it is going to be washed out Prospect will be hoping the game goes ahead. If they beat Olympic they will jump into 4th with the Rangers having the bye.
Riverside will be eager to get another win on the bored especially at home. Wayne Penfold said this"
This week we are looking to earn some respect in our game against Prospect Knights. Despite our poor run of form, I believe our game first round against Prospect was our worst 90 minute performance of the year. We didn’t play the way we like to play at all during the match and Knights capitalised on our mistakes to take the victory.

Its been a frustrating couple of weeks with the weather, so the boys are keen to get back on the park and finish what has been a bitterly disappointing season, with a couple of wins.  We head into the game today with our best squad available and are confident of getting the 3 points.

Ladder After Round 16
1 Somerset 12 11 0 1 55 10 45 33
2 Ulverstone 14 10 0 4 42 23 19 30
3 Devonport 13 9 1 3 42 26 16 28
4 Nth Rangers 14 8 1 5 30 26 4 25
5 Prospect 13 7 2 4 33 20 13 23
6 L'ton City 13 3 2 8 21 43 -22 11
7 Riverside 12 3 1 8 16 25 -9 10
8 Burnie 13 3 1 9 17 37 -20 10
9 L'ton United 12 0 0 12 3 49 -46 0


  1. Sharks v strikers at Wynyard?! Now i've heard it all! Be interested to know what facilities are there (dugouts, changerooms, undercover viewing etc).

  2. Annon you are a critic aint you. Somerset have gone off their own backs to allow games to be played this week. Now if you knew you would understand that the u/18s and Reserves are playing in Wynyard to allow the seniors to actually play their game instead of it being called off.
    Frederick St used to hold state cups there and have a fully facilitated club room so im sure both clubs will be well accommodated.
    Oh and Devonport have closed their ground until the V League now so that wasn't an option, But thank you Devonport for accepting the change.

  3. Not a critic just asking the question really. No need to be so defensive.

    Personally I would think Montello would've been a better option seeing as they play away this week. Perhaps that isn't in good enough condition also?

    I just hope plenty of football can still be played because it isn't looking great outside today!

  4. Riverside v knights cancelled

  5. Montello ground is in great condition , as it has great drainage . It is available to any club to use if there ground is unacceptable to play on with great chanerooms, and clubrooms . So keep that in mind .

  6. Yes!!!! The Montello Rec does have the best facilities on the coast if not Tasmania and all the credit should go to the past president.
    It's a shame what's comes with Montello though!!!