Slice of Cheese

Knights Win Championship, Promotion

Solstice Photography

The Glenorchy Knights defeated Hobart United 1-0 on Saturday to claim the Veto Southern Championship crown for a third consecutive season. The win confirms Knights ascension to the NPL Tasmania for the 2019 season.

After being replaced in the NPL by Clarence following a disastrous 2015 season, the Knights rebuilt and invested well to assemble a squad that has completely dominated the second tier ever since.

This season they are just one game away from an undefeated season, posting a 13-1-0 record through 14 games so far. It takes their combined record in the Championship to 42-5-3, an 84% winning record, underlining their dominance.

The Knights coaching staff cut happy figures- Solstice Photography

Long considered an NPL side in a Championship team’s body, the Knights seemingly proved this with their march to the Lakoseljac Cup Final in 2017 and they will be expected to make an immediate impact in the top division next season.

With a number of top quality players, including arguably the best player outside of the NPL in Callum Brown, Knights appear well equipped to make some noise upon their return.

It has been a big turn around from all involved Knights and whilst the financial muscle has undoubtedly set them up, big credit must go to all involved at the club behind the scenes volunteering their time as well as the leadership of Tony Basic, leading the club out of what was a dark time in their history.

The club are now well positioned to return to being a force in Tasmanian football, whilst its impossible to not notice that the side who replaced them, are winless this year and forfeited their Challenge League game against Knights yesterday. Whilst you could argue the relegation was the catalyst behind Knights sorting themselves out, the direction of the two clubs since that fateful decision could hardly be more stark.

Nick Naden switched from Clarence to Knights- Solstice Photography

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