PS4 NPL Tasmania Round 12 Preview

South Hobart and Devonport are set to renew hostilities just five days after meeting in the Lakoseljac Cup Final.

Kingborough v Hobart JEEP Zebras, Lightwood Park, 2.00pm

Last Time They Met: Round 5, KGV, Hobart Zebras 2-1 Kingborough Lions  
League Form
Kingborough: WLLLW  
Hobart Zebras: DDWWL

The Kingborough Lions welcome third placed Hobart JEEP Zebras to the Den having registered their second victory of the season prior to the week off when they beat Northern Rangers 2-1. The Zebras will have used the week off to lick their wounds after their 2-1 loss to Devonport that saw them fall four points behind in the title race. Last time they met it was an Adam McKeown brace that fired the Zebras to a 2-1 win at KGV.

The Lions have improved under their new coach Ian Shaw but they are still yet to claim a major scalp this season. Back on home turf down at the Den, they will see this as a prime chance to do just that against a Zebras side whose form has been a bit patchy in recent weeks and is still in the process of trying to assimilate new players into the starting lineup.


South Hobart v Devonport Strikers, Valley Road, 2.00pm

Last Time: Lakoseljac Cup, KGV, Devonport 1-0 South Hobart
League Form:
Devonport: WWWWW  
South Hobart: DWWWW

With Devonport winning the Cup 1-0 they know that a repeat effort here would put them in pole position to add a league triumph to their cup victory. Already two points clear on top, they could extend that gap to five points with a win in this clash whilst South Hobart could exact some revenge and climb back to the top of the league if they were to turn the tables here.

Devonport will be looking to pick up right where they left off. They were the better team on Monday and fully deserved their victory. Twice now this year, their game plan has completely stifled South Hobart and it appears that they might just have their number. 


Olympia FC Warriors v Northern Rangers, Warrior Park, 3.00pm

Last Time: Round 5: NTCA, Northern Rangers 2-3 Olympia
League Form:
Olympia: WLLWW   
Northern Rangers: LDLLL

The Olympia Warriors will be looking to make it three wins in a row when the host Northern Rangers at Warrior Park.

Last time they met, Nicholas Mearns was superb, scoring a hat-trick including a last minute winner to sneak a game that Rangers will feel they should have taken something from.

There has been plenty of upheaval at both clubs since that game, with significant personnel changes, but after both sides experienced tumultuous times in the first half of the season they will be hoping for a more steady run home.


Clarence United v Launceston City, Wentworth Park, 4.30pm

Last Time Round 5: Mitsubishi Park, Launceston City 5-0 Clarence
League Form:
Clarence: LLWLL 
Launceston City: LWLLL

Two teams with similar form lines meet as Launceston City travel to meet Clarence. Both teams looked to be turning a corner by registering wins and then pushing Hobart JEEP Zebras before turning in disappointing performances before the bye week.

Both will probably feel that the week off has come at a good time for them to recharge the batteries and let players get over some niggling injuries.

Clarence United have had just the two games at home this season and this week marks the turning point of their fixture with 8 of their final 10 games set to be played at Wentworth.


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