A huge congratulations to our Men’s Championship 3 team who were one of the few senior teams to play over the weekend. They won their clash against Hobart United (4-3) after a tight and fiery contest. Well done to Kaspar Deane on an impressive hat trick, and Edward Strugnell for providing the additional goal.
The main attraction last weekend was the Women’s Statewide Semi Final held at home, when our Senior Women’s squad challenged the WSL ladder leaders Launceston United. Although the first goal of the game came 5 minutes in, our Pirates held strong in an incredibly tight and hard-fought match-up, regaining composure and looking like they would equalise on more than one occasion. The equaliser eventually came shortly after play resumed in the second half, with Holly-Lace Ayton bursting through the Launceston United defence and capitalising on a well-placed corner. Unfortunately the relief of the goal was only temporary, with the away side scoring twice more to end the game 1-3, leaving Launceston United to play Kingborough United in the Grand Final next weekend.
WSL Head Coach, Warren Burt, says: “Recent performances from our WSL team have illustrated that the players are beginning to settle into the team’s revised structure and developing purposeful combinations… [The Statewide Cup Semifinal] was a great game of football, with both teams having periods of dominance and opportunities to score. The Launceston United coach said after the game that our performance had them worried during the game.”
Looking to the next WSL game he says: “This weekend we play Devonport Strikers who lost a Statewide Cup semifinal in an upset last week to Kingborough. They will be determined to put that game behind them and we will need to remain focused and strong to counter their physicality. However, I am confident that we will again be very competitive and continue to play our creative attacking football. Thank you to all the family and friends that support the team and volunteer their time. I am looking forward to our next few games and encourage all Taroona supporters to attend and be vocal in their supporting.”
This Saturday boasts an incredible lineup at Kelvedon Park, with our Men’s Championship 1 and Men’s Championship teams looking to use their home ground advantage to full potential against their Olympia counterparts. Our WSL Pirates take to the field afterwards to take on the Devonport Strikers, who have also been freshly-booted from the Statewide Cup.
Best of luck to all our teams playing this weekend! The Kiosk will be open for Saturday’s games, it looks to be a fantastic day at Kelvedon for all of those who can make it out to support and cheer on our teams.
10.30am: Men's Championship 1 vs Olympia FC Warriors, Kelvedon Park
12.30pm: Men's Championship vs Olympia FC Warriors, Kelvedon Park
2.30pm: WSL vs Devonport Strikers, Kelvedon Park
12.30pm: Men’s Championship 3 vs Kingborough Lions, Gormley Park
2.30pm: Women's Championship 1 vs South Hobart, Kelvedon Park
5.45pm: U18s: Taroona FC Black vs South Hobart Red, Bell Street