Monday, 17 March 2014
Final 16 in state wide cup begins this weekend
With a fair bit at stakes this time around every team will be out to win this as the winner goes into the FFA cup. This is like the FA cup in England and will see the winner of this comp taking on all the state league winners of their competitions and also the A League teams.
This was structured a few years ago and when it was the talk was if a club draws an A League club, The A League team will have to come and play at your home ground.
Launceston City V Somerset Sharks
This should be the game of the round as both teams have recruited well over the summer and are chomping at the bit to get going.
Launceston City have been the big improver over th summer and had some very successful signings. They have two imports. One is a Korean centre midfielder who has shown he already has what it takes and a Dutch goal keeper who is very sharp between the sticks. Add locals Andy Compaign and Toby Omenihue and Mark Christy and City are starting to look really good on paper.
Somerset have also been on a drive after loosing some players over the off season. They welcome back ex state champion captain Keegan Wells and Dr Garry Hamilton who has been in Hobart for a few years learning how to fix people. Also they have picked up another player by the name of Tom Luckman. as i have never heard of him time will tell.
This will be a great match and i think that Somerset will beat City but may need to defend hard in the last quarter as fitness may be an issue.
Devonport V Ulverstone
This is going to be another great game as its the cross river rivals. Devonport will be out to prove an early point that they can still be competitive after loosing a few key players of late. Their English import will be on show and im not sure if their back packing Frenchman has signed but would be a handy pick up even if he is only here for a little while. Bobby Eaves has fast tracked his injury and could also be a possible starter for the strikers. Also Chris McKenna may also be playing in this game as well.
ulverstone have been very quite this summer and not a lot is known. I think the Conkies are not playing so that is a big hole to fill.
Rangers V Hobart Olympia
This has two V League giants facing off in the round of 16. Olympia have to travel to the NTC to take on the Rangers. Both clubs have just won both pre season cups respectively. This will be a fast paced game with a
lot of short passing happening.
Ranger s should be too strong at home.
Glenorchy v Universirty
South Hobart v Nelson
Taroona V Clarence
Tilford -Pass through
Beachside v Kingbourough
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