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MyState Women’s Super League Round 13 Preview

Devonport Strikers vs Taroona FC

Date: Saturday July 10

Venue: Valley Road

Kick-off: 12:00 PM

2021 record
Devonport Strikers: 4-0-5 (fourth in WSL)
Taroona FC: 1-2-6 (seventh in WSL)

Top scorers
Devonport Strikers: Jazmin White (8)
Taroona FC: Eli Cropp (2)

Preview:

Taroona have continued to impress as the season has progressed, but they face one of the toughest trips in Tasmanian football in round 13 as they travel to Valley Road and take on the Strikers.

Devonport are coming off a tough two-week stretch, playing the ladder-leading Clarence Zebras and second-placed Olympia in consecutive weeks. They lost both games to now sit squarely in the centre of the mid-table traffic, and they could drift up or down depending on the result here. They battled hard against the Warriors last round, and a late goal made the 2-0 margin look much more flattering for the winners than the general play would suggest. Maddy Payne was outstanding once again as she continues to put together a strong season, and she was ably supported in what was a well-rounded display. The only issue was execution in the attacking third, which is usually not a problem with Jazmin White present. If the Strikers can nail their service to her against Taroona that will go a long way towards a winning performance.

Taroona put forward a similar performance against Launceston United, battling hard but ultimately falling 2-0 on the road. Faced with a second consecutive trip into the north of the state, they should still be hopeful of claiming a result here after pushing United all the way. Their defence has improved tremendously since the start of the season– after conceding 29 goals in their first five games, they have allowed just five in three games since. Their biggest problems lie at the other end of the field, where they are scoring less than a goal per game across the season. They will need all of that newfound defensive steel against a dangerous Strikers lineup, but they may also need to find a spark of their own to force a result.

Key player: Eli Cropp, Taroona FC

Cropp is a proven performer at this level and has been impressive once again this season. As Taroona’s only multiple goalscorer in 2021, she seems the most likely candidate to step up late in the season. A move up from the bottom of the ladder is still within reach, but Cropp and her fellow senior players will need to do plenty of the heavy lifting.

 

South Hobart vs Clarence Zebras

Date: Sunday July 11

Venue: Darcy Street

Kick-off: 2:15 PM

2021 record
South Hobart: 3-1-6 (sixth in WSL)
Clarence Zebras: 9-1-1 (first in WSL)

Top scorers
South Hobart: Pishon Choi (4)
Clarence Zebras: Allie Berry (12)

Preview:

The Zebras survived yet another close call to win last round, and they will take on South Hobart this week hoping for something a little more comfortable.

With just one win in their past seven games, South have been battling after a fast start to the season. Injuries have certainly played their part, and it’s hard to fault the effort they have put forward week in and week out. That doesn’t make this matchup any easier, though, and they will need to hit the ground running as they resume after last week’s bye. They have the talent on paper to make life difficult for the Zebras attack, with Eleni Moutsatsos leading a backline that blends experience and youth, but slowing down the league leaders is a seemingly impossible task on their day. Even if South can minimise the damage they may struggle to find enough goals of their own to stay in the contest, with only 12 scores in their ten games this season.

There have been no such issues for the Zebras as they continue to score goals at a torrid pace. Even their close games are goal-fests, and they netted three times to just barely squeak past the Kingborough Lions in stoppage time. That marked their eighth consecutive game with three or more goals, a streak going all the way back to round three in April. It only takes one glance at their lineup to see why that is the case, with the league’s two leading scorers in Allie Berry and Zoe Nichols and two more players sitting in the top ten. While their defence has been shaky in patches in recent weeks, that should be less of a concern against a defensively-minded South Hobart side.

Key player: Louisa Marmion, Clarence Zebras

After scoring the winner against the Lions last week, Marmion now has three goals in her last two games. With so much time and energy devoted to the “big two” of Berry and Nichols, she looms as an important player for the Zebras as opposing teams look for a defensive gameplan to slow them down.

 

Olympia Warriors vs Kingborough Lions

Date: Sunday July 11

Venue: Warrior Park

Kick-off: 2:15 PM

2021 record
Olympia Warriors: 6-2-2 (second in WSL)
Kingborough Lions: 3-2-4 (fifth in WSL)

Top scorer
Olympia Warriors: 
Mia Cane (8)
Kingborough Lions: Laura Davis (7)

Preview:

The Warriors need every single point they can get if they want to keep close to the top of the table, and they will face a challenge in round 13 against a Lions side that very nearly beat the ladder leaders last week.

Olympia overcame a stubborn Devonport side last round to record a 2-0 win, and while it wasn’t their most fluent performance it was another three points in the bank. That’s all that matters at this stage of the season, and they will need maximum reward again here as the Zebras continue to eke out wins ahead of them. The Warriors would have been glad to see Madi Chambers back on the scoresheet against the Strikers, ending a run of five straight league games without a goal, and they will need her in top form ahead of next week’s clash with the Zebras. She will be a key player this week too, as will former Lion Mia Cane, with both always dangerous down the wings at Warrior Park.

The Lions put forward a gallant performance against the Zebras but fell at the last hurdle, conceding the wining goal from a stoppage time set piece. While that result would sting, their effort should provide plenty of confidence heading into this clash. Laura Davis may be known as a goalscorer, but she has turned provider recently and had two assists in their most recent win over Launceston United. That will be important here as the Warriors may look to choke off her supply, forcing others to do the work in front of goal. A brace to young gun Kate Bonertz-Benn last week took her tally to five for the season, and between she, Danielle Kannegiesser (four goals) and Bronte Gadon (four goals), the Lions may have enough firepower to stay in the game.

Key player: Mia Cane, Olympia Warriors

There’s nothing better than a revenge game, and with Cane’s Warriors hosting her former side here it will be interesting to see how she performs. With eight goals from her ten games this year, it’s hard to imagine her shrinking under the spotlight.