Slice of Cheese

Summer Cup Wrap: Opening Statements

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With the Summer Series offering more friendly style round robin practice games for sides, the most competitive football on offer locally can found in the Summer Cup competitions. Whilst not all sides are going hammer and tongs at this time of year, the silverware on offer has most sides looking to get their 2018 started off right.

The Women’s competition has now seen all sides playing at least one game and most have now had two. In Group A, an Olympia side that aren’t in the Super League this season appear determined to make the Cup competitions count as a result of that. They have started off red hot claiming a commanding 4-1 win over Taroona, before this week annihilating University 10-0 in a devastating reminder of their attacking quality. Despite the loss of some key movers from 2017, having the likes of Madi Chambers coming into their side will offset that and see that they remain a force. They had the game against University wrapped up 15 minutes in as they booked their Semi Final place in style. One gets the impression they are yearning for a crack at the Champions in a potential final.

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Taroona seem the most likely side to join them from Group A as they eventually broke through a stubborn Clarence outfit in their weekend game. After the Reds started the stronger and took the lead through new signing Chantelle Nowicki in the opening minutes it looked as though they could be on track for a second win for the week having dispatched University 3-0 the Saturday prior. But Taroona had the attacking bite the Students lacked and after knocking on the door for long periods of the match, two late goals ensured they claimed the 3-1 win. New signing Eli Cropp scored a goal and offered some attacking flair that was lacking at times in 2017. It should mean they need just a point against University (barring a Clarence upset of Olympia) to progress to the next round where a semi final with Hobart Zebras would await

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Zebras have locked away their spot after they downed Kingborough Lions 5-1 to secure top spot in Group B. Lucy Johnson hasn’t taken long to leave her mark at her new side, scoring a hat-trick in the game to underline just how terrifying a prospect Zebras will be this season. Take an undefeated, treble winning juggernaut and add in the best attacking player in the state, and well…. good luck everyone else!

With just the 3 sides in the group, Zebras 4-1 win over South the week prior means that Kingborough and South will now play each other this weekend in a virtual quarter final, with Olympia awaiting the victor. It should be a good test for both young sides. Both had moments where they troubled Hobart Zebras in their group games, but turning those moments into more sustained periods is the challenge for these 2 developing teams in 2018.

South gave a good account of themselves against Zebras- Solstice Photography

On the Men’s side of things Taroona caused an upset out of the blocks when they earned a 2-2 draw with big spending Glenorchy Knights on Friday night. Taroona took their chances and twice took the lead before being pegged back by a Knights side who had late chances to win, but couldn’t find a way past Edwards in the Taroona net. In this competition, in the case of a draw, the game goes to penalty kicks for a bonus point and it was Taroona who held their nerve from the spot and claimed an epic shootout win 7-6 after a massive 9 rounds of spot kicks!

There was more penalty drama in what has to go down as the most entertaining tie of the round between Metro and Southern FC at Warrior Park. Regulation time was exciting enough as the sides exchanged goals in an attacking game that saw Southern leading 3-2 heading into the final minutes of the game. But a last gasp leveler from Metro saw the game headed to the penalty spot to cap off a classic game. Enter Daniel Bowerman, who made himself the hero by making 3 consecutive saves to snatch the extra point for his side and claim a 3-0 win in the shootout.

Bowerman was a wall in the shootout- Solstice Photography

Elsewhere in Group B, University overcame New Town Eagles to start things off on a high with a convincing 3-0 win. Goals from Ottavi, Howcroft and Fahey secured the Students a valuable three points in a game they controlled and fully deserved the win in. In the groups other game, last season’s runner up Beachside also claimed the points in regulation as they snuck past Hobart United 2-1 in a gritty and at times over physical affair. The two winners are set to play each other next weekend in what could prove the decisive game of the group between two of the lead contendors for the 2018 Veto Southern Championship crown.

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Women’s Summer Cup

Olympia 4-1 Taroona

Hobart Zebras 4-1 South Hobart

Clarence 3-0 University

Taroona 3-1 Clarence

Olympia 10-0 University

Hobart Zebras 5-1 Kingborough

Men’s Summer Cup

Glenorchy Knights FT: 2-2 Taroona FC (Taroona 7-6 on penalties)

Metro 3-3 Southern FC (Southern FC 3-0 on penalties)

University 3-0 New Town Eagles

Beachside 2-1 Hobart United

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