Slice of Cheese

PS4 NPL TAS: Round 6 Team of the Week

GK- Jakob Cole (Olympia)

Realistically there were about five keepers whose efforts would warrant selection and in another week their performances would have got them in (Mercuri and Zaikos are especially stiff). Cole gets the nod though for his clean sheet and penalty saving heroics for his Warriors side against Launceston City though, in a week of sensational glove work.

RB- Edward Bidwell (Devonport Strikers)

Has got very similar traits to the man he has replaced in the side from last season in Adam Gorrie. Bidwell was tireless down the right flank, providing superb overlapping runs and offering a constant outlet. He was great defensively too, making a number of key challenges.

CB- Dom Smith (Devonport Strikers)

Is evolving into a real leader at the back for the Strikers. Smith was a stand out as the Strikers blunted a previously red hot South Hobart, something he helped contribute to in 2016 and his outstanding efforts in the heart of defence ensured that it would be the case once again in 2017.

CB- Raphael Reynolds (Devonport Strikers)

Shifted from midfield to the middle of defence, Reynolds put in a commanding shift as part of an extremely effective back five. Reynolds passing ability was crucial to the Strikers playing out from the back and helped set their counter attacks away.

CB- Nicholas Groenewold (Hobart Zebras)

Another dominant display at the back from a man who has been a staple of these sides in 2017. Defended with authority, caused problems with his long range passing and was his usual vocal self organising the defence.

LB- Richard Heath (Clarence United)

Heath is having a very effective season for Clarence and that continued against the Lions with another strong showing. Tough in the challenge and rarely beaten at the back, he also offers plenty of drive forward and is always looking to overlap.

CM-Harry Thannhauser (Northern Rangers)

The Town House scored a crucial goal for his side to help them claim a point against the previously ladder leading Zebras and he managed to exert a fair amount of influence in the midfield in an accomplished display.

AM- Gavin Hoy (Olympia)

Didn’t start but such was his influence off the bench that he demanded selection. Broke open the game with a scintillating performance and scored twice to guide his side past a stubborn City side that had threatened to take something from the game until his introduction.

LW- Nick Lanau-Atkinson (Northern Rangers)

Has clearly put his injury woes from 2016 behind him and continued his rich vein of form with a bright display against Zebras. The Rangers captain was a constant goal threat and looked classy on the ball throughout, offering the biggest attacking threat for his side.

RW- Tyler Fischer (Devonport Strikers)

Was lively throughout the game, coming close to scoring and setting up a great chance for Mann before he bobbed up for a clinical brace in the second half to help secure his side a massive three points.

ST- Benjamin Kovadio (Kingborough Lions)

Unfortunately that will be the last we see of Kovadio as he is set to return to Western Australia and the league will certainly be worse off for it, as evidenced by an all action display against Clarence. He bagged a goal and caused plenty of headaches with his searing pace and ability to make defenders miss.

FFT Media and Communications Coordinator, Everton tragic, long form journalism devotee, Andrea Pirlo enthusiast and admirer of the parked bus.