WSL Title decider preview – Hobart Zebras FC v Olympia FC Warriors

After 19 rounds of WSL TAS, we come to the final round of the season. And luck has it we have the two teams in 1st and 2nd fighting it out to decide the title winner on the last match day.

1st placed Hobart Zebras FC hosting the travelling 2nd placed Olympia FC Warriors.

Will it be the Zebras time?
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Or is it the year of the Warriors?
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Let’s break down how important this game is.

Having the game at KGV should bring in a decent crowd and respectfully so. No NPL TAS games in the South on Saturday so there is every reason for a good attendance to come in and watch the battle for the title.

The Women’s Super League this season has been a pleasure to watch and cover. The girls give just as much (if not more) effort than the men would on game day and that’s a credit to the women at every club.

Hobart Zebras perhaps have a home ground advantage here, but Olympia also play on artificial turf at Warrior Park, so it’s an even split there.

The Ladder

Minus the goal difference, just look how close these two teams are.

Hobart Zebras FCW D L FOR AG GD PT
15 2 2 106 22 84 47
Olympia FC Warriors W D L FR AG GD PT
15 2 2 77 16 61 47

Their wins, draws and losses can’t be separated. However the Warriors go into the clash undefeated against the Zebras for season 2019.

Round 1: Zebras 2 – Warriors 3

Round 6 : Warriors 2 – Zebras 2

Round 15 Warriors 3 – Zebras 0

Zebras need only a draw however to win the title because of their goal difference.

The key players

Zebras

Allie Berry (Midfield) Captain.

Allie has certainly came back to the Zebras with a point to prove. After taking time off for the birth of her child last season, Berry has stormed back into form with a whopping 26 goals for the season! Berry will certainly be the key to finding the net for the Zebs if they are to lift the title come Saturday.

Berry in action.
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Zoe Nichols (Center Forward)

Zoe in her own right as well has had a fantastic season at the Zebras. The CF has bagged 27 goals in 2019. Nichols is quick on her feet and loves a long range hit so the Warriors will need to try keep her quiet if they are going to shut out the brilliance Nichols could bring come game day.

Nichols on the ball
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Warriors

Bonnie Davies (Winger)

What a star this one is. Bonnie is a joy to watch on the ball. Her pace and skill have led her to notching 16 goals for the season. You know your gonna have your work cut out when Davies gets onto one of her runs down the wing and crosses/shoots for glory!

Davies turns her opponent inside out!
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Madi Chambers (Winger)

Not to be outdone by her fellow winger but Madi Chambers is a wonderful footballer in her own right. Chambers has also bagged 16 goals which is some feat for two wingers to combine like that. Perhaps her best feat was when she was named Football Tasmania’s 2019 NTC (National Training Centre) player of the tournament. Zebras are really gonna have to try keep these two closed down if they want to lift the championship crown.

Maddi displays the award.
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FINAL PREDICTION

I honestly can’t split these two teams. I’ve seen both live and they are a joy to watch. The two teams are a great example of how development can be used right in women’s football.

Chris Hey (Zebras) and Alistair Russell (Warriors) can be very proud of how they have coached their sides to the final dance.

But there can only be one.

And if I had to choose..

I’m going Olympia to win the WSL TAS title.

I believe that the talent of other key Warrior players like Inocent Michael and Olivia Bomford just might get the away side over the line.

However you can’t count out the class that the Zebras have with players like Lily Hulton and Danielle Kannegiesser who you can bet they will want to unleash on the Warriors.

And now i’m split with my choice again!

I’ll leave you with the final details for the game

Saturday 2pm THE DECIDER.

Hobart Zebras v Olympia FC Warriors

KGV.

Free entry, you can’t go wrong there!

A win will get the title for either side, but once again the Zebras can win the title with a draw.

Be there to witness just how far women’s football has come. Not just in Tasmania but Australia. The World. They deserve a full house and a standing ovation for both teams efforts throughout the season.

Bring it on!