Thursday, 15 May 2014

Rangers have a lot to play for this week

Rangers V Devonport 1pm Saturday NTCA
Rangers host Devonport in a do or die game for the club. A win will keep them firmly in the 4 but a slip up and they could find them selves just in the 4 with Burnie and Prospect a point behind.
Rangers have had problems this year with selections due to V League and only allowed to pich 3 starwalt players. Coach Litchtendonk said this"Devonport is always a tough match, Victory League, Premier League, any where we play them, its a hard slog, so we expect more of the same.

Devonport's form coming into this match has been super, I was able to catch a little bit of their match last week against Prospect, and its not for good luck that they are third on the table.

Its a must win, our passing speed and accuracy must improve this week to stand a chance, the one good thing is we will basically put the same team on the park as last week against Burnie, and in our situation, that is a very rare set of circumstances.  By rights we should have players coming back into the squad with McCarragher and Hingston back into the Victory League squad, but injuries to Josh Burk and Ayden Demeijer mean we wont get any extra support this week.

That's not all together a bad thing, as some players are applying their trade to new roles in the team, and two weeks in a row with the same line up will do everyone the world of good.

I was happy with parts of our game against Burnie, but we must move the ball much quicker, I just cant stress to our lads how important our ball speed is in our combination play, if we take our time, everything we are working on goes out the window, we don't want to rush, we just need to be decisive, Devonport will play like this on Saturday we expect.

Mike McKenna will take up our No 1 role to get some time into his hands, Zac Chugg has been superb for us in goal so far this year, but the whole team will benefit from Mike's presence this week in terms of his communication and distribution.

There all must wins, but this is a 6 pointer, and a loss will see us lose touch with the top three.

Somerset V Launceston City 2:30pm Shark Park
Somerset will need to win this one at home after some what throwing a point or even a win last week. Jeremy DeBomford has had his troops go through their paces during the week and will be fired up to prove that they are still title contenders. Kyrone Johnson will be back this week after having to work last week. Josh Goodwin will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring strain.
"Coach DeBomford said this" After last weeks loss we will be looking to restructure our forward line and capitalise on the chances we are creating. A few of the younger lads will be dropped this week as we look to strengthen our side. Last week we had enough of the ball and created many chances but due to some outstanding saves from their keeper and our discipline in front of goals denied us the win.

Launceston United V Riverside 2:30 pm Burch Ave
Even with Launceston having a home game this week Riverside will be to strong and will look to keep their winning record in tac. Riverside now have the title favourites hanging over their head and will be accepting every challenge that comes with that title. United will have to double team Christopher Wademan as he is the league leader in goals and will be looking to further his lead tomorrow.
United have gained the services of Alex Rossetto who has been linked with Hobart Olyimpia V League squad and played for Launceston City V League last year.
Wayne Penfolds expectations are hi and said this"Launceston United is going to be a tough game this week. Our result last week against Somerset won’t mean anything unless we can back up for a win on Saturday. United have recently recruited Alex Rossetto from Olympia’s V-League squad and he will add extra strength to a squad that has already been bolstered this year. They are an improving outfit and will pose a threat, but we have the belief

within the squad and I expect us to come out on top.
We have Nick Meldrum missing through suspension but Taylor Neilson is available after suspension himself. Matt Chapman will come back through the Reserves after missing last week through injury. Otherwise we have a clean bill of health and have trained the house down this week. The players enjoyed the win last week, but are well aware that the hard work starts now.

Prospect V Ulverstone 2:30pm Prospect Park (SUNDAY)
Prospect were hit hard last week and will be looking to rebound pretty hard to redeem the selves. A loss here and will have them virtually miss out on the top 4 after making it last year. The Knights will be looking to their more senior players to get them across the line. Mark Baker and the likes of the Balym brothers would be seething at the teeth last week and would have told the juniors through the week it is not acceptable to loose like that. Ray Heald would of had his boys training hard for this week and should get across the line. He had this to say"Two players back in the seniors this week Mitchell Chugg, Xuechen Zhang, last week losses against Devonport were very disappointing for the club.
Players availability and commitment have had a impact on the club this year,  will be interesting to see how some players react after last week results.
Six plays seven a loss and Ulverstone push us down to seven, we will be more competitive this week 

4Nth Rangers
8L'ton United
9L'ton City

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