Round 2 of the PlayStation 4 Victory League will see two fierce cross-town rivalries in action, with Hobart Jeep Zebras hosting their traditional rivals Olympia FC Warriors and Northern Rangers facing Launceston City.
Hobart Jeep Zebras and Olympia FC Warriors have long held a fierce a fiery rivalry and it has only blossomed in the PS4 Victory League. They last met in the Summer Cup Grand Final, with Olympia thumping the Zebras 4-0 to lift the Summer Cup. This Friday night, the two proud clubs will meet again with points on the line, in a match that could well prove crucial to their pursuit of the 2015 title.
If the first round said anything about the competition, it said that 2015 could be the closest and most hotly contested season of the Victory League to date, with plenty of clubs on the up.Both Zebras and Olympia kicked off their seasons in winning ways last week with wins against their closest competitors from 2014, as a result both teams will enter this Friday night's encounter full of confidence and ready to make it two on the trot, particularly following reigning Champions’ South Hobart’s first round loss.
At the other end of the state, the Launceston Derby heats up with Northern Rangers and Launceston City meeting for the first time in 2015 on Saturday night. The meeting of the cross-town northern teams is a strong rivalry that has only got stronger with the advent of the PS4 Victory League. Northern Rangers have had the better of their six previous encounters in the Victory League, collecting the Launceston Mitsubishi and Launceston Mazda Derby Cup in 2014.
The Derby Cup is a best of three series between the two northern Victory League clubs and will kick off for 2015 with the first meeting between the two clubs at Mitsubishi Park this Saturday night.
In the round’s other clashes, Devonport Strikers host South Hobart at Valley Road and last week’s surprise packets Glenorchy Knights will head down the Southern Outlet to take on top four hopefuls Kingborough Lions at Lightwood Park.
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PS4 VICTORY LEAGUE - ROUND 2
Hobart Jeep Zebras v Olympia FC Warriors – 8:00PM/ Friday 27 March 2015 (KGV Football Park, Glenorchy)
Devonport City v South Hobart – 2:00PM/Saturday 28 March 2015 (Valley Road, Devonport)
Kingborough Lions v Glenorchy Knights – 2:00PM/Saturday 28 March 2015 (Lightwood Park, Kingston)
Launceston City v Northern Rangers – 7:00PM/Saturday 28 March 2015 (Mitsubishi Park, Prospect)