Slice of Cheese

Cup Semi Finals Drawn

Jamie Richardson

The Launceston based NPL clubs have been given home Lakoseljac Cup Semi Final ties following the draws for the Semi Finals of the Statewide Cup’s that were conducted at KGV Football house on Wednesday afternoon. The games will be played on the weekend of the 19th/20th of May.

Northern Rangers are set to meet the Devonport Strikers at the NTCA ground in a rematch of their thrilling NPL game that took place 2 weeks ago. On that day Devonport rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2, the exact same score line from their 2017 meeting at the venue as well. Devonport most recently won the competition in 2016 and went on to advance to the FFA Cup Round of 16, something they will be hoping to repeat.

In the second Semi Final, Launceston City and South Hobart are set to meet in the Lakoseljac Cup for a remarkable fifth season in a row! South Hobart were the victors in their 2013, 14 and 15 clashes but last year it was City who knocked them out with a 2-1 win. This will be the most advanced stage of the competition that any of those meetings have occurred. The game is also a rematch from the NPL 2 weeks ago, with that game ending locked at o-0 suggesting a tight cup tie is in prospect.

Meanwhile in the Women’s Statewide Cup, the undefeated in 2018 Ulverstone SC, have been given a home game against the Kingborough Lions. The North West side will be warm favourites for that one given their red hot start to the year. The sides will be very familiar with each other, as they meet in the Super League the weekend before the cup tie.
The other Semi Final throws up Olympia against Taroona who both surprised with their progression by knocking out last season’s finalists, Launceston City and Hobart Zebras over the weekend. Ensuring that a new champion will be crowned for 2018.

Cup Draw 

Lakoseljac Cup

Northern Rangers v Devonport

Launceston City v South Hobart

Women’s Statewide Cup

Olympia v Taroona

Ulverstone v Kingborough

Statewide Under 20’s

Northern Rangers v South Hobart

Olympia v Beachside

Statewide Vase

University v Phoenix

Olympia v Metro