Saturday night saw our Pirates have a successful night at the Southern Championship Awards, with Toby Dove earning a joint Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals in the Men’s Championship Reserves league and Noah Gardner winning the Men’s Championship Best & Fairest award!
Men's Championship Reserves Head Coach, Matt Chapman,says:
"Congratulations to Toby Dove for winning the Championship Reserves Golden Boot! It's a credit to Toby and his efforts over the season and we're proud of his contributions and the leadership he brings to the playing group!" Men's Championship Head Coach, Llewyn Tubb, had a few words of congratulations for our rising star: "After an injury disrupted year last year, it’s great to see Noah back to his best. He’s a phenomenal talent and a pleasure to watch. A well deserved winner! This is second time Noah has won the Vic Tuting. Likely making him the youngest player to win the medal twice."
We are incredibly proud of these incredible individual feats, as well as the overall performances of the Men’s Championship and Reserves teams this season. A second-placed finish in the Championship Reserves League, as well as a Championship League Cup victory is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic players and their phenomenal coaches, Llewyn Tubb, Matt Chapman, and additional support members, Greg McVeigh and Jon Burridge. Well done to all on an incredible 2023 season!
On Sunday our Men’s Championship Reserves team took on University of Tasmania FC at Kelvedon Park in the Semi Final of the league finals series. After a resolute start, our Pirates lost focus for a fateful 10 minutes and conceded an onslaught of goals right before the half time whistle. They dug deep to compose themselves and came out in the second half fighting fiercely, but ultimately they couldn’t get any goals on the score board and had to settle for a 0-4 defeat. It was a slightly salty end to their 2023 campaign, but it doesn’t detract from the other stellar performances they showed us throughout the season. We look forward to cheering them on next year!
Also run over the weekend was The Launceston Cup which saw 3 teams competing, including a junior team for the first time. In total, we had U11 Orange, U14 Black, and U16 Black representing Taroona FC up north. Lots of fun was had by kids and parents alike. There was soccer, swimming, socialising, food, drink, and the happy drive home after a great weekend. A huge thank you to all our wonderful players, parents, volunteers and coaches for making the trip a fun-filled success!
And now, we are sitting tight until October 7th when our WSL squad takes on Burnie United FC in a friendly match. Stay tuned for details!
Men's Championship Reserves Semi Final: Taroona FC vs University FC: 0-4 loss
Photos of the Southern Championship Awards Night courtesy of Solstice Digital: