Saturday, 31 May 2014

Saturdays And Sundays Results

Launceston United 1 lost to Somerset 8

Burnie United 1 def Ulverstone 0

Launceston City 0 lost to Prospect 3

Sundays Results

Rangers 0 lost to Riverside 4(Todd Mitchell
Lyndon Prince
Matt Chapman
Mitchell Neilson)

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Burnie United to go pink for a good cause

It will be a sea of pink at Montello tomorrow with Burnie jumping on the McGrath foundation. With all mens team wearing pink and black stripped socks and the women who also play on Saturday will be wearing a full pink kit.
Club president Darlene Jaques said the club would be trying to raise at least $500 for the foundation and will be also having lucky balloons for sale on the day.
This is a great thing to be held by the club and i personally tip my hat to the club for doing it.

Launceston City V Prospect Knights 2pm Mitsubishi Park
This match has rivalry written all over it. Both clubs share a fence,the hatred for each other is massive and add that Prospect have lost 2 of their senior players to City this year will just ass more fuel to the fire.
Both clubs are struggling and are slipping away from the leading pack. City had its first win last week and now know what it tastes like to win.
Prospect on the other hand have had a bad start to the season after loosing key players through injury and aged players hanging up the boots.
Prospect sit only on 2 wins for the year and sit 2 points above City and will want to extend thier gap on them. The real eye opener is if the Knights do beat City and Rangers stumble against Riverside, The Knights will only be 1 point out of the top 4.
Ray Heald said this"Going into tomorrow games with same starting 11 from last week first time for the season, the senior group has trained well this week, hopefully that form carry’s into Saturdays game   , the commitment from the core group has been great considering  our run of injuries and players unavailability.
Mitch Duffy and Trent Mitchell play their second game for the season this week, both players had an impact in the second half last week against Riverside, when moved forward, Mark baker had a big influence in the game when coming on in the second half.
Tomorrow’s game could be a decided by the Goal keepers, young Jye Balym keeping for City With Dad Nathan Balym Keeping for Prospect, can imagine the banter at home.

Launceston United V Somerset Sharks 2:30pm Birch Ave
Launceston will have another daunting task this week in hosting the fresh Somerset out fit after having the bye. United should have some of its suspended players back this week which will strengthen their depleted side. Somerset will be on a high after the last game scoring 12 goals and will be looking to slaughter United as well.
Chris Smith who usually is in the sticks for the Sharks scored 5 in his last outing and will start on the field again. Steven Treloar has proved he is the keeper he was when he left the game 6 years ago to play AFL. This gives the Sharks another avenue to goals with the experienced Smith.
Club president Nigel Brown said this"Probably missing Elliott and Ross Smith this weekend so Micky Forsyth and. Andrew Wilcox will come in
With us and Olympic fighting it out it may come down to goal difference so we are keen to have our forwards firing this Saturday
Boys are keen to do well after the bye and no games next weekend
Ressies playing well and should be same team as last games great defeat of City
They are enjoying being at the top end of the ladder as against the last 2 years at the bottom
Women are full strength and looking for 2 in a row against United on Sunday

Burnie United V Ulverstone 2:30pm Montello
There is so much at steak this week in all games and probably this one that matters most to start shaping the top 4. United sit a game and a bit behind the Reds who have been the team in form over the last few weeks and making 3 wins in a row.
Burnie will welcome back Brodie Best this week and the combination of Best and Stuart Batt is one Ulverstone will have to shut down if they want to take the 3 points home with them. Brad Ryan has been a rock in between the sticks and the likes of the Meaney brothers

Rangers V Riverside 2:30pm SUNDAY NTCA
This is another clash with high importance. Riverside are the bench mark this year and the Rangers find them selves 2 points adrift of the top 4. Rangers have been hit hard from the get go with the V League playing a big factor with the NPL squad. One must ask are these the right rules by FFT, Yes they suit the Southern Leagues but defiantly not the NPL.
This game would be a great spectacle on how the NPL should be played. A high fast passing and attacking game. Both coaches are full of confidence and they both has this to say. Rangers coach Brendan Litchendonk"Playing top of the table comes with its own set of pressure, but there will be plenty of pressure on Riverside to maintain top spot now they are there, and no one would back us in to win this one, so we are happy to go in as under dogs.

Bitterly disappointed to get a touch up last week to Ulverstone, but credit to them, they are good side with an eye for goal, and we cant hit a barn door with a beach ball at the moment.

We have a young inexperienced forward line, they need some time to find their feet at this level, but we are confident these guys will serve us well in the future, so they will get the time they need, we are creating opportunities in every game, in fact more than enough, but when you miss open goals from 5 metres out, well its not too hard to see what we need to do better.

We will take Gabe Tams out of the starting line up this week as he has not been able to train all week, Jack Harrison will start and he looked comfortable when he came on so I have confidence in him.

Nearly everyone is claiming to be fit, but we will resist the urge to start players who have been out injured, for safety and for match practice reasons.

Adam McIntyre, Dylan Headland, Gabe Tams and Ayden Demeijer are all recovering from injuries but will all play some part, but we wont go throwing on 4 guys returning from injury into one starting line up.

With regards to Riverside, I have not seen them play, but we just have to fine tune our style of play, and if we can do that better this week, there is no reason why we cant give them an upset on our home turf on Sunday at the NTCA.

Again, our line up will be finalised after we know who plays on Saturday in the Victory League, but there will be some changes from last week.

Ladder After Round 8
5Nth Rangers72231317-48
8L'ton United7115822-144
9L'ton City7115930-214

Wayne Penfold is champing at the bit for this game and said this"

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Saturdays Results

Riverside 3 ( Chris Wademan,Steve Gulbrandson,Taylor Neilson) def Prospect 1

Devonport 1 def Burnie United 0

Launceston City 3 def Launceston United 2

Ulverstone 4 (Laing. Vaughn. C.Meanie 2) def Rangers 1 (Alkhzraj) 1:1 ht

NL1 Ulverstone 4 def Rangers 1

U18s Ulverstone 5 drew Rangers 5

Friday, 23 May 2014

Friday night V League result

Final Result.  Northern Ranger 3 (Y.Towns 31, S.Brassington 58  T.Hingston 66.)  def Launceston City 0. crowd 214.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Riverside can take top spot

This week Wayne Penfolds troops can stamp their authority on the league and go a game clear at the top with Somerset having the bye. Burnie could be sitting in the 4 if Ulverstone and the Rangers draw and at Mitsubishi Park it will be the battle of the cellar dwellers and if City win they equal United on points.

Devonport V Burnie United 2:30 pm Valley Road
Burnie United will be looking to get their season back on track with an away win to Devonport. United had the week off last week and will be fresh and ready to fire early. After watching them against the Rangers Burnie look as if they have a new game style and working a treat. Andy Gibson will no doubt be a work horse that he is known for and with his left hand man Trent Potts in the mix Burnie should control the midfield. If Brad Ryan is on song it will be 3 points for United.

Launceston City V Launceston United 2:30 pm Mitsubishi Park
City will no doubt be looking to rebound after last weeks thrashing by the Sharks. The game didn't really reflect the score line. Yes Somerset were good but in patches Citys formation and game plan worked and looked really good. City looked really strong in the back line with veteran Roger Mies controlling the ship. Add Launceston United having three players sent off last week and City will know they are in with a chance.

Ulverstone V Rangers 2:30 pm Ulverstone show ground
Apart from the out come of the Riverside V Prospect game. This would be the game of the round. Both clubs fighting at the moment to cement thier place in the top 4. Ulverstone had a strong win last week away from home and would be feeling very confiedent that they can match the Rangers at home. John Wood and Kiren Meaney have been the avenue to goal for the Reds so far this year and Ulverstone will be looking for these guys to fire.
The Rangers know how important this game is for the club and the team at the end of the year, Rangers play a very fast attractive passing game and on their day could punish any team in the competition. Rangers coach would of had his boys up and about this week at training and would have drilled into his players head how important this game is. Add 2 new signings to the starting 11 and it could be a happy trip back to Launceston Saturday night. Brendan Litchendonk said this"This week we travel to Ulverstone for a tough match against a resurgent Reds.

I caught their game against Prospect last week and was impressed with what Stuart Mack has put together given the concerns at the start of the year.  Some boys have obviously returned who have been missing in the last couple of years, and that is a terrific thing for Ulverstone, a club I have a soft spot for, but that will go hard on Saturday, given we want to win.

Laing looked super in the middle for them against Knights, and they have some pace up front, so we will work to counter these things, and couple of other moments in their game.  Our forward three will need to be clinical as Smith in goals for them will be hard to beat.

We lost Adam McIntyre before kick off last week with a quad tare, realistically I knew he wouldn't get up as he had been sore for a couple of days, we put him through the test before kick off and it was evident he was no good, that caused a bit of a re shuffle at the last minute, as we are bare bones at the moment with the ridiculous restrictions on us, and I think City suffered dearly to these rules against Somerset as well.  But that is a story for another day.

As a result we have signed two new players this week to the club, Lewis Fazackerly from Beachside and Jack Harrison from Tilford Zebras, both these lads will provide that depth we are craving at the moment, and it looks as though Dylan Headland might be ready for an early return next week too, all of these lads have looked really sharp at training and I know they are chomping at the bit to get out there, so we are starting to get back to where we should have been at the start of the year.

Final line up wont be known until after Friday's Victory League clash with City, but we know basically who we have, baring another injury at training.

Ulverstone will be tough, but we need to go there for 3 points, as the draw on Saturday did neither us nor Devonport any good, only two wins to this point of the year is not good enough, so the boys know we must start winning.

Riverside V Prospect 2:30 pm Windsor Park
In a must win game for Olympic,They will have to pass the hurdle of Prospect.Even if the Knights are not travelling well they still will put a fight up against the undefeated Riverside.Christopher Wademan had been a wrecking ball and causing headaches this year for all clubs leading the goal scoring wit 10 goals and Todd Mitchell is chasing him down with 6. 16 goals between to players is massive and the Knights will have to shut these 2 down to atleast stop the goals but the flow to the forward line is massive too. Ray Heald aid this"
Zac Vanasch and Roy Bwabi out this week red cards.
Injuries and availabilities have had a huge impact on the seniors this year so far, with only three players, playing every game.
Two  players back in this week Trent Mitchell, Mitch Duffy, our effort last week against Ulverstone was very disappointing, and will need to improve vastly, if we are to be competitive against Riverside undefeated this year.

Wayne Penfold is proving he has the team to go all the way this year and that his coaching skills are up there with the best, He had this to say"This week we face Prospect who are somewhat of a bogey side for us. I felt that the game we played against them last year was the worst performance we have put together in the last 18 months. That’s been a motivation for us this week on the track.

A win this week will see us take the lead at the top of the table as current leaders Somerset have the bye this week. It’s all irrelevant at this time of the year though as we haven’t even reached the half way mark of the season. It’s a great position to be in, but there is plenty of action left in the season.

 Matthew Chapman returns to the side and Matthew Youd makes way and will have a run in the Reserves.

Ladder after Round 7

4Nth Rangers62221213-18
8L'ton United6114619-134
9L'ton City6015628-221


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

City look to end derby drought

Shane Brassington and Tim Lunnon of Northern Rangers speak to the
media regarding Friday Nights Victory League Derby.
The Victory League’s northern rivalry will heat up again this Friday night, with the second match of the 2014 Launceston Mitsubishi and Launceston Mazda Derby Cup between Northern Rangers and Launceston City.

Northern Rangers host Launceston City in the second match of their best of three Derby Cup series, to kick off Round 8 of the Victory League. City must win the match to keep the Derby Cup alive, after falling 4-1 to the Rangers in game one of the series earlier this year.

Since the Victory League’s inception, while there has been a competitive rivalry between the clubs, the Northern Rangers have held a strong winning record up against their northern counterparts, defeating them 5-0, 7-0, 6-0 and 4-1 in their four meetings. 

This weekend, Launceston City will look to end the derby drought and down the Rangers for the first time in the Victory League.

Launceston City went winless in the competition last season but the club have made significant in-roads this season with four points to their name after the first round of fixtures, including their historic first Victory League win over Tilford Zebras in round five. This week they will be looking to create further club history and clinch their first win up against their bitter rivals, to keep the battle for the Derby Cup alive going into their last meeting in July later this year.

City struck first against South Hobart last week, opening scoring inside a minute through Mark Cristy and although they eventually went down Kurt Reynolds' squad will draw confidence from netting two past last season’s champions.

City welcome back skipper Nathan Bartlett from suspension for the derby, as well as Chris Hill who was also out with a red card from their round six loss to Glenorchy Knights.

Northern Rangers are second on the Victory League table and are five points behind South Hobart, meaning every result could prove critical to their tilt for the 2014 title. A win for the Rangers would also secure them the inaugural Launceston Mitsubishi and Launceston Mazda Derby Cup.

The match kicks off this Friday night from 7:00PM at Northern Rangers home ground NTCA.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

A Look at the Table after Round 7

 After 7 rounds, the ladder is starting to look pretty set for the top three, with a fight developing for the final spot for the finals.
Riverside and Somerset have some breathing space now with Devonport and Rangers drawing, while that result is great for the chasing pack hunting down fourth spot.
Devonport's Dan McGinn controls in front of John Wani for Rangers
Ulverstone looked sharp in their match today against Prospect, controlling most of the game, it wasn’t until Van Asch was sent off for defending his team mate Jarvis, that Prospect started to play really controlled passing football.
Ulverstone attacked well in wide areas and found two goals from cut backs, while their sole second half goal was a fine drive from their midfield off the boot of Lang.
Prospect looked like they might have clawed the lead back early in the second half when two shots narrowly missed their target, having beaten Smith in Ulverstone’s goal.
The 3-0 away win to Ulverstone leap frogs Prospect into sixth spot on the table.
Launceston United had a weekend to forget, succumbing to 3 send offs in their match with Riverside, but the damage was already done with Riverside leading 3-0 before the unusual events took place.
5-0 win to Riverside cements them in top spot, despite the big turnaround from Somerset.
The Sharks gave City a lesson in football and goal scoring, bagging 12 goals against their younger opposition, who were reduced to 10 men before you could blink, making the big task insurmountable for Lino and his lads.  12-1 the final score at Shark Park.
Rangers and Devonport played out a 2 all draw after the first hour was scoreless.  Devonport opening the scoring through a McGinn free kick just outside the area, before Stef Hamilton drove a shot after he made his way up field from right back.  Chris Collins put Rangers ahead from the corner but Devonport headed home shortly after to put things all square and he final result.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Saturdays and Sundays results

Somerset 12 def Launceston City 1

Launceston United 0 lost to Riverside 5 (united 3 men sent off)

Final Scores.
Vic League Rangers 1 (Edwards) Olympia 1 (Mearns) HT 0:1

Rangers 2 (Hamilton, Collins) Devonport 2 (McGinn) HT 0:1

League 1 Rangers 2 Devonport 2

U18s Rangers 3 def Devonport 0

Women Rangers 3 lost Devonport 7

Sundays results

Ulvetstone 3 (C.Vaughn, K.Baldock, J.Lang) def Prospect Knights 0.
HT 0-2.
Vanasch sent off after 70 minutes.

League 1. Prospect 3 lost Ulverstone 4.

U18s Pospect 1 lost Ulverstone 6

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Rangers have a lot to play for this week

Rangers V Devonport 1pm Saturday NTCA
Rangers host Devonport in a do or die game for the club. A win will keep them firmly in the 4 but a slip up and they could find them selves just in the 4 with Burnie and Prospect a point behind.
Rangers have had problems this year with selections due to V League and only allowed to pich 3 starwalt players. Coach Litchtendonk said this"Devonport is always a tough match, Victory League, Premier League, any where we play them, its a hard slog, so we expect more of the same.

Devonport's form coming into this match has been super, I was able to catch a little bit of their match last week against Prospect, and its not for good luck that they are third on the table.

Its a must win, our passing speed and accuracy must improve this week to stand a chance, the one good thing is we will basically put the same team on the park as last week against Burnie, and in our situation, that is a very rare set of circumstances.  By rights we should have players coming back into the squad with McCarragher and Hingston back into the Victory League squad, but injuries to Josh Burk and Ayden Demeijer mean we wont get any extra support this week.

That's not all together a bad thing, as some players are applying their trade to new roles in the team, and two weeks in a row with the same line up will do everyone the world of good.

I was happy with parts of our game against Burnie, but we must move the ball much quicker, I just cant stress to our lads how important our ball speed is in our combination play, if we take our time, everything we are working on goes out the window, we don't want to rush, we just need to be decisive, Devonport will play like this on Saturday we expect.

Mike McKenna will take up our No 1 role to get some time into his hands, Zac Chugg has been superb for us in goal so far this year, but the whole team will benefit from Mike's presence this week in terms of his communication and distribution.

There all must wins, but this is a 6 pointer, and a loss will see us lose touch with the top three.

Somerset V Launceston City 2:30pm Shark Park
Somerset will need to win this one at home after some what throwing a point or even a win last week. Jeremy DeBomford has had his troops go through their paces during the week and will be fired up to prove that they are still title contenders. Kyrone Johnson will be back this week after having to work last week. Josh Goodwin will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring strain.
"Coach DeBomford said this" After last weeks loss we will be looking to restructure our forward line and capitalise on the chances we are creating. A few of the younger lads will be dropped this week as we look to strengthen our side. Last week we had enough of the ball and created many chances but due to some outstanding saves from their keeper and our discipline in front of goals denied us the win.

Launceston United V Riverside 2:30 pm Burch Ave
Even with Launceston having a home game this week Riverside will be to strong and will look to keep their winning record in tac. Riverside now have the title favourites hanging over their head and will be accepting every challenge that comes with that title. United will have to double team Christopher Wademan as he is the league leader in goals and will be looking to further his lead tomorrow.
United have gained the services of Alex Rossetto who has been linked with Hobart Olyimpia V League squad and played for Launceston City V League last year.
Wayne Penfolds expectations are hi and said this"Launceston United is going to be a tough game this week. Our result last week against Somerset won’t mean anything unless we can back up for a win on Saturday. United have recently recruited Alex Rossetto from Olympia’s V-League squad and he will add extra strength to a squad that has already been bolstered this year. They are an improving outfit and will pose a threat, but we have the belief

within the squad and I expect us to come out on top.
We have Nick Meldrum missing through suspension but Taylor Neilson is available after suspension himself. Matt Chapman will come back through the Reserves after missing last week through injury. Otherwise we have a clean bill of health and have trained the house down this week. The players enjoyed the win last week, but are well aware that the hard work starts now.

Prospect V Ulverstone 2:30pm Prospect Park (SUNDAY)
Prospect were hit hard last week and will be looking to rebound pretty hard to redeem the selves. A loss here and will have them virtually miss out on the top 4 after making it last year. The Knights will be looking to their more senior players to get them across the line. Mark Baker and the likes of the Balym brothers would be seething at the teeth last week and would have told the juniors through the week it is not acceptable to loose like that. Ray Heald would of had his boys training hard for this week and should get across the line. He had this to say"Two players back in the seniors this week Mitchell Chugg, Xuechen Zhang, last week losses against Devonport were very disappointing for the club.
Players availability and commitment have had a impact on the club this year,  will be interesting to see how some players react after last week results.
Six plays seven a loss and Ulverstone push us down to seven, we will be more competitive this week 

4Nth Rangers
8L'ton United
9L'ton City

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Saturdays Results

Burnie United 1 lost to Northern Rangers 2
Riverside 2 beat Somerset 1
Ulverstone 2 (Chris Vaughn. Chris Woods) def Launceston United 0
Devonport 8 def Prospect 3

Friday, 9 May 2014

Who Will Be On Top After This Round?

Match of the round is played at Windsor park tomorrow with Riverside hosting Somerset and both clubs are undefeated.
Riverside are coming off two weeks of byes and will be firing on all cylinders. Olympic and Wayne Penfold will be happy with where the club is at the moment after the wheels falling off the cart last year. One would think if they can get across the against the Sharks tomorrow they would have to be the title contenders.
Somerset will have to shut down the leagues marks man if they want to have a chance. Wayne Penfold said this"After 2 byes in 3 weeks we are champing at the bit to take on the current champions Somerset this week. It should be a cracking match with both teams undefeated at this stage of the season.
As the Champions, the Sharks would probably be the favourites for the match, but we think we match up well against them and will try and take the game up to them. Somerset have quality players across the park, but so do we, and we want to prove ourselves against the best teams in the competition.
There is a fitness concern over Matt Chapman leading into the game, so he will be assessed on Saturday morning to see if he will start. Taylor Neilson will be forced to watch as he completes his suspension, but Mitch Jones returns to the Senior line-up this week after a trundle in the Reserves.
We are expecting a big crowd to turn up for the game, so hopefully the game will live up to the expectations of a top of the table clash.

Somerset are still with out a few of their senior players but over the weeks have shown the juniors are up to the task. Especially led by Josh Goodwin and Kiren Whitehouse.
President Nigel Brown said this"Coach Jeremy DeBomford still out with bad knee also Kyrone Johnson leading scorer is out due to wok commitments and have dropped Micky Forsyth to ressies to bring young speedster Nick Freeman into defence.
Freeman had a great game in ressies last week and earns his call up

Burnie United V Northern Rangers

Burnie are at home again and so far this season are undefeated there. It is becoming a fortress and hard to knock down. Burnie are starting to get the name back that they held many years ago as strong club and you can never get a win at Montello. United are at full strengh and will be firing on all cylinders against the Rangers.
The Rangers will be out to get redemption after a few bad rounds and tyring to keep their toop 4 chances alive. Coach litchtendonk said this"A tough match always away to Burnie, and a club that seem to be on the up this year.

We always expect a physical game against the Emu's.

The two weeks off hasn't helped us, with injuries, suspensions and work commitments to the Victory League, leaving us thin on the ground again this week.

James Ower comes back to centre back after a week off, and apart from that we are close to where we were against Prospect two weeks ago.

We just need to start finishing chances now, we are doing the rest of our things pretty well, so putting the ball in the  back of the net more times than our opposition will be helpful.

Devonport v Prospect
Prospect will be looking to keep their winning ways when they travel to Valley Road. Prospect have been getting the job done under coach Ray Heald and had this to say"4 plays 3 should be a good game, three senior players missing this week thru work commitments, and with three seniors still out injured starting to stretch the senior group for numbers, Greg Duffy still a few weeks away brother Mitch Duffy should be back any week now.
Liam Jarvis and Rhys Kinslow back into seniors this week Sam Copper in for his first senior start, this  gives an opportunity for under eighteen lads to fill some holes in reserves and seniors.

Prospect should be too strong and singing their club song all the way home.

Ulverstone V Launceston United
This is a match that could go either way After the Reds holding Somerset to a goalless second half in the last round they will be looking to roll United and start moving up the table.