Statewide Cups’ Quarter Finals Draw/Preview

FT Competition Manager Glen McNeill facing the media Credit Tanner Coad

Football Tasmania today announced the Milan Lakoseljac, Womens’ Statewide and U20s’ cup quarter finals draw at KGV Football House, Glenorchy.

The games will be played on the weekend of September 4-6.

TTGB, Seven Tasmania and WIN TV were all present for the draw.

I will say that is fantastic to see long time WIN Journalist Brent Costelloe back reporting. Costelloe has been off work due to having recent surgery. It was great to chat to you Brent and i’m glad we can see you back in action.

McNeill got our draw started with the U20s’ Cup. Some of the highlight fixtures included Olympia FC Warriors v South Hobart and Riverside Olympic v Devonport City Strikers FC.

Warriors v South is always an intriguing contest and you can bet the youth will be wanting to go out full guns blazing. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict South to win this one.

Glen McNeill reads out the draw Credit Tanner Coad

Riverside v Strikers will also be a good match up to get to as we have two Northern Championship sides doing battle. I predict that Riverside will defeat the travelling Strikers.

Onto the Womens’ draw.

Coming off an impressive 7-0 victory over Devonport on the weekend, Clarence Zebras will host another northern team in the Northern Rangers. If the Zebras keep their consistency I can see them winning this one fairly comfortably.

(L) Zebras’ Danielle Kannegiesser & Zara Dixon may prove too strong for the Rangers’ Credit Tanner Coad

Another big victor on the weekend were Olympia FC Warriors. The home side were able to hold Ulverstone SC 4-0 at Warrior Park.

Olympia will have to travel to Sandown Ave to face Beachside SC. Beachside had a respectable 4th place finish in the Veto Womens’ Southern Championship competition last year so it could prove an interesting test for Warriors Coach Alastair Russell.

Russell will hope his team can kick goals similar to his efforts back in March, pictured middle, showing his skill at the FT Summer Cup festivities as onlookers await the shot. Have a look at Tony Pearts’ smile here pictured far right! Credit Tanner Coad

And now let us switch focus to the Milan Lakoseljac Cup.

Before the draw commenced, McNeil told TTGB that the Lakoseljac family were contacted to attend the draw but they did not make an appearance.

One of my favourite clashes I am looking forward to is Hobart United v Launceston City FC.

United are the defending Southern Championship title holders and play host to City who have just come off a massive upset win over NPL TAS champions Devonport. Cup football can surprise us all but I’m tipping Launceston to get over the line.

Celebrations galore. Credit and used with the permission of Jamie Richardson and Launceston City FC

Olympia have been handed a favourable draw as they will host UTAS Soccer Club. The students should not be taken lightly though as they knocked off the NPL TAS Riverside Olympic 4 goals to zip on the weekend. Uni have also been great to watch with some memorable cup runs in recent memory.

I remember back to when they hosted Devonport in the semi-finals. A full house crowd was in and we even had the BION Stream crew positioned on the outside of the pitch.

Bions’ team of Ashley Wilkes and Vlasta Collins deserve to be commended for their hard work streaming games, and they are a joy to work alongside.

Finally we will finish this preview with our interest to South Hobart FC v Kingborough Lions

South’s youthful side is evident but to Coach Ken Morton’s credit he has done very well with their pre season campaign, making the FT Summer Cup final.

Players like Bradley Lakoseljac and Kasper Hallam are a joy to watch on the ball so perhaps Morton doesn’t need experienced players.

Lakoseljac is no stranger to the goals. Pictured after his brace v Kingborough Lions earlier this month. Credit Tanner Coad

That didn’t stop Morton however signing up former striker Andy Brennan who returns to his old club after a stint with Hyundai A-League side Newcastle Jets, and more recently NPL VIC Hume City FC.

Let’s move focus to the Lions.

Saturdays’ win at the Den last week was huge and it will surely give Coach Jez Kenth a world of confidence. Speaking of confidence Lions will take their earlier pre season win over South into the match. Consistency is the key however. Callies’ fans have long cried for a season of more highs than lows.

The mediocre results have to change this season. I still believe Jez is the man to get the Lions looking for their pray, and Lions fans will be hoping to get them playing above their levels.

Jez Kenth Credit Tanner Coad

Featured below is the draw in full with kickoff times and dates to be confirmed.

Statewide Under 20โ€™s

Somerset Sharks v South East United

Riverside Olympic v Devonport Strikers

Olympia Warriors v South Hobart

Kingborough Lions v Glenorchy Knights

Womenโ€™s Statewide Cup

Clarence Zebras v Northern Rangers

Beachside FC v Olympia Warriors

Kingborough Lions v Riverside Olympic

University v South Hobart

Lakoseljac Cup

Hobart United v Launceston City

Taroona v Glenorchy Knights

Olympia Warriors v University

South Hobart v Kingborough Lions