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The Alternative Guide to TAS Football: Week 3

Hello again, and welcome back for the week 3 edition of your ‘Alternative Guide to NPL TAS’. Or perhaps for this week, Guide To Tasmanian Football. We will start with the NPL though.

Focus on: Kingborough Lions

After finishing with the wooden spoon in 2017; 2018 has been a bright year for Kingborough on the field. A 2-2 draw with South Hobart in round 2 provided the first upset of the 2018 NPL season, and put the rest of the league on notice. After witnessing the game on Saturday down at Lightwood Park, I was impressed with the positivity surrounding the club, both on and off the field.

The Challenge League team posted their first win of the season against the highly fancied Olympia Warriors 4-1. In the NPL season, the two defeats have come due to goals conceded after the 87th minute. Despite how frustrated coach Mark Broadbent must be with these late lapses in concentration, a team with an average age of only 19 can be somewhat excused for still learning the art of playing for the full 90 minutes, and they will only grow from this experience early in the season.

The injection of some import star power in Tim Baker and Gilly De Souza should provide the team with some play making ability and experience through the spine. Combine this with club stalwarts Joel Schuth and Danny Cowen providing leadership to this young team, Kingborough are certainly on the improve this 2018 NPL Tasmania season.

Off the field, the new Lightwood Park pitch is coming along nicely, and the improved viewing area from behind the goals, which I am dubbing the ‘Willie Smith End’, should hopefully improve the match-day experience, especially when the planned lighting upgrade is finished in the next couple of months.

My final impression was this photo I spotted by the main entrance to the clubrooms. Club legend Bernie Siggins, who sadly passed away in December of last year, surround by 2 of Manchester United’s Holy Trinity, in Denis Law and George Best.

Salad of the week

This particular salad caught my eye during round 2, only narrowly missing out on the title that particular week to Gabby Markaj’s 3 stripe effort. A stand out during the Lakoseljac Cup, and still on show during the Launceston Derby last weekend, Week 3’s Salad of the week goes to Launceston City’s FIFO defender, Liam Scott.

Solstice Photography

Neuroscientists and other academics argue that humans are heavily influenced by our surroundings. With this particular salad, I just can’t quite tell if it is Melbourne hipsters, or some of Ravenswood’s finest characters that have influenced Scotty’s latest trim. One thing is for certain, this crisp salad is worthy of more praise than our beloved Central Coast Mariners season has been. Another year of disappointment for the Yellow Army, but hopefully there is some consolation for him in receiving a ‘Salad of the Week’ gong.

Photos of the week

I admit, I am cheating a little here by using a photo(s) from the Lakoseljac Cup Round of 16, but my column, my rules. With Linda going around the grounds throughout Hobart on Lakoseljac Cup day, visiting an impressive number of games in one day, there was plenty of great photos to chose from. First up is Captain of Launceston City, Daniel Syson, is pictured here engaging in an…. interesting tackle from behind on Lions’ Francis Kenyi.

Solstice Photography

Easter Monday football at Clare Street Oval saw the second (or is it third?) coming of Jesus Christ out on the field.  Zach Laddrak for New Town Eagles long blonde locks and head band was reminiscent of the man upstairs, as well as former Argentinian strike Hernan Crespo. Unfortunately, no help from above was coming for the Eagles as they went down 7-0 to a rampant Devonport Strikers team.

Christ has risen- Solstice Photography

Bonus – Goals of the week

Not a segment that I intend to use regularly here on the ‘Alternative Guide’, but after watching the Youtube highlights, I could not resist sharing with those who may not have seen them. Last weekend’s Women’s Super League match between Clarence United and South Hobart features two absolute belters. The first is Lara Sims’ first time chip over the keeper from 25 metres out, to put Clarence 2-1 up. The second is Pishon Choi’s acrobatic volley in the 90th minute to win the game for South Hobart. Watch the goals below.

See you all in two weeks time.

Wannabee sports historian, advocate of Tasmania Tourism, Watcher of Salad and Man United/Central Coast Mariners diehard.