Slice of Cheese

Veto Championship Wrap: May 12-13

Men’s Northern Championship

It was a largely one sided weekend of action in the Men’s Northern Championship, with three blowouts and just the one close match. That was the battle between Riverside and Launceston City, where the points were shared between third and fourth. Goals from Ryan McCarragher and Daniel Smith respectively leading to a full time result of a 1-1 draw. Ladder leaders Somerset continue to look the side to beat as they easily accounted for Launceston United 7-1. The red hot Stuart Batt continued his streak, making it 3 hat-tricks in as many games for the competitions leading marksman. Second on the scoring charts with 8 is Connor Lizotte of Devonport, whose hat-trick took his tally to 8 on the season and secured a thumping 8-1 win over Ulverstone. Finally it was all one way traffic at Montello, where Northern Rangers claimed a 6-0 victory

Women’s Northern Championship

There were some similarly lop sided scorelines in the Women’s Championship with ladder leading Northern Rangers continuing on their merry way as they downed Burnie 11-0. Moana Chamberlin scored four times whilst Febey Pearce managed 3. Hot on their heels are Launceston United who claimed an 8-2 win over Somerset thanks to a dazzling display from one of the brightest prospects in the state in Emily Heazlewood, scoring five times. In third place, currently five points adrift of the summit, Riverside edged out Launceston City 2-1 thanks to goals from Nicole Irwin and Madison Gilpin, Kendal Peters scoring the goal for City. Lastly, Devonport were too strong for Ulverstone as they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in the coastal derby, moving them 3 points clear in fourth place.

Veto Southern Championship

With the wild weather impacting games there wasn’t much action in the South to speak of, just the Olympia v Hobart Zebras game in the Women’s Championship which Wayne Johsnon has reported on.

In perfect conditions at KGV Zebras got off to a great start with two goals to Zoe Nichols early in the game to lead 2-0 against the general run of play. Nichols and Danielle Kannegiesser combined well up forward to put Zebras ahead but Olympia always looked dangerous and capable of scoring. It wasn’t long before Olympia struck back with two goals to Georgia Crawford to level things up before half time. I’m not sure what Alastair Russell said to the girls at the break because The second half was all Olympia. They continued to dominate possession and the midfield took control of the game. For much of the game Zebras had 10 and sometimes all 11 players in their defensive third of the ground to stop the relentless Olympia attacks.  Five unanswered goals in the second half saw Olympia dominate with another to Georgia Crawford (3 for the game) to take her tally to 13 for the season which sees her the equal leading goal scorer in the competition. Goals also to Olivia Bomford (2), Jade Williams and Heather Russell made for a good overall team performance.  This result makes for an intriguing statewide cup match next weekend between the Taroona Super league team and this young Olympia team to decide who will progress to the final of the Statewide Cup. -Wayne Johnson

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