Round 15 is upon us and the final straight for the PlayStation 4 NPL Tasmania 2017 Season is in sight.
The mad sprint to the finish now begins as everybody plays everybody one more time. Round 15 is headlined by a 1st v 3rd showdown as South Hobart host Olympia at Darcy Street on Sunday. The ladder has certainly shifted over the last full round of fixtures, the Warriors now sit seven points adrift, leaving the Sword of Damocles dangling over their head and no room for error, whilst the Zebras, who were right in the thick of the title race after 7 weeks are now as close to fifth place as they are third.
With South Hobart charging into the final straight by surging past the Strikers last week they look capable of racing away with it, but first they need to consolidate top spot, with a huge game on Sunday with Devonport having the potential to temporarily reclaim top spot on Saturday.
Having climbed back to the top of the table, South Hobart now look to defend top spot as they face their second huge Darcy Street showdown in as many weeks, playing host to the Olympia Warriors on Sunday.
After defeating Devonport 3-0 to move top of the NPL Tasmania last weekend, the chaser has now becomes the chased, with South Hobart looking to ensure their stay at the summit is not a short one. To do so, they need to get past an Olympia side that they have dominated in their recent meetings, beating the third placed Warriors 3-0 in the season opener and more recently, 6-2 back in Round 10.
The game became infamous for the post-game, ‘sandwich gate’ but it was on the field that the biggest fallout from the game happened as the thumping defeat saw the Warriors falling off the pace in the title race.
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PS4 NPL Tasmania
Saturday 8 July
Kingborough Lions v Hobart Zebras, 2:00pm, Lightwood Park LIVE BLOG
Launceston City v Devonport Strikers, 4:30pm, Buckby Landrover Park LIVE BLOG
Northern Rangers v Clarence, , 4:30pm, NTCA Ground LIVE BLOG/STREAM
Sunday 9 July
South Hobart v Olympia Warriors, 2:00pm, Darcy Street LIVE BLOG/STREAM