|Northern Rangers coach, Peter McBeath is confident that|
Rangers can bring the State Title north.
Northern Rangers Coach Pete McBeath has spoken to the media on the eve of his sides State Title match against Tasmanian Power house, South Hobart.
Rangers go into this match in some good form, but under dogs to the most successful side in recent Tasmanian Football history, South Hobart.
Rangers last played in a State Final in 2010, missing out to a Tom Roach header in the second half to go down 1-0 to South Hobart at their peak.
In fact, if Rangers do succeed on Saturday, they will be the first Launceston based club to win a state title since Launceston United in 1967. It has been 45 years since a Launceston club has etched their name on a State Championship Trophy.
Stewart Bain was a 17 year old striker for Launceston United back then (67), and addressed the Northern Rangers players prior to training on Monday night, encouraging them to take their chances and seize the day.
McBeath is confident of his side’s chances.
|McBeath Answers questions today.|
“we are hitting some of our best form right now, our last two games have been really encouraging, and we will take that into tomorrow’s game with South Hobart”
When asked if the 7-1 loss to South Hobart in the 2011 State Wide Cup would be in the back of the players’ minds, Mcbeath said flatly “No”
“This is a different set of players, and that was in the past, the guys are in great shape at the moment, and we expect to put in a great show for the game tomorrow”
Quizzed about the reliance on Ambrose and Hunt up front for Rangers, McBeath said “Ambrose and Hunt ...and Tams, they are all a big part of the team, but not just them, we have great players across the park. Marshall Pooley has recently returned from the UK and has played the last couple of games in goal, his conversation at the back keeps us organised and he is just as important as the next guy.”
“The bench are important, we have great quality wanting to come onto the park, and all the guys in the club have had a part to play in this, so the club as a whole, everyone is important”
The match will kick off at 5:30pm at KGV with Launceston City’s Women looking for their first state Premiership after a long dominance of Northern Women’s Football, when they take on Olympia Warriors at 3pm.