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Traditional rivals meet under Friday Night lights as the Hobart JEEP Zebras look to close within a point of Devonport when they host the Olympia Warriors at KGV.

Hobart JEEP Zebras v Olympia FC Warriors, Friday 1 July, KGV, 8.00pm

Last Time They Met: Round 6 NPL TAS, Olympia 0-4 Hobart JEEP Zebras, Warrior Park

League FormHobart Zebras:  WWLWW     Olympia: LWWWL

It’s always a big occasion when these two teams meet and this will be no different.

When the two teams last met back on ANZAC day it was all one way traffic as Toghill and Walsh ran riot down the right wing and were the catalyst for a big 4-0 win. Olympia were stretched at the back that day and with Aidan Farquhar to miss this game, they will likely need to draft Jack Callan into centre back alongside Vandermey this week which could disrupt things. 


Northern Rangers v Launceston City, Saturday 2 July, NTCA Ground, 12.30PM

Last Time They Met: NPL TAS Round 6, Launceston City 1-1 Northern Rangers, Mitsubishi Park

League Form:             Northern Rangers: LLLLL                   Launceston City: LLLLW

Northern rivals Launceston City and Northern Rangers are set to renew their rivalry when the pair meet for the second time this season at the NTCA ground on Saturday.

As well as the vital three points on offer, the game represents the second leg of the Derby Cup that is played for between the two sides over the course of their three league meetings during the season. Northern Rangers are the current holders, having won it on goal difference in 2015.

The first meeting between the two teams in 2016 was a 1-1 draw, leaving the 2016 cup firmly in the balance and giving both sides something to play for in addition to the local bragging rights heading into this game.


Kingborough V Devonport, Saturday 2 July, Lightwood Park, 2:00PM

Last Time They Met: NPL TAS Round 6, Kingborough 0-5 Devonport Lightwood Park

League FormKingborough: WLLLW                       Devonport: WWWWW

A difficult road trip awaits the league leaders who will look to make it 10 consecutive league wins in a row as they head down the Den to face an improving Kingborough Lions side.

The Lions have looked a much more organised unit under Ian Shaw and will be riding high on confidence following their thumping 6-1 win over Clarence last week.

The Strikers have had the Lions number in 2016, they thumped them 7-1 at the Den in the Lakoseljac Cup and then 5-0 at Valley Road in the league with Brayden Mann helping himself to 8 goals across the two games. 


Clarence United v South Hobart, Saturday 2 July, Wentworth Park, 4:30pm

Last Time They Met: NPL TAS Round 6, South Hobart 8-0 Clarence, Darcy St

League FormClarence: WLLWL       South Hobart: WWWLL

Two teams reeling after a difficult round 13 meet at Wentworth Park with points to prove. For Clarence, they had their pride wounded last week, copping a belting from a side that had been below them on the table on their home turf was extremely disappointing and they need to show more fight this week.

South Hobart need to win their final 8 games and hope for results to go their way, the title looks beyond them but strange things can happen in football, and if they win out, they can at least put the pressure on Zebras and Devonport. That starts by getting the job done with an undermanned squad against Clarence.


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