Dave chats with new Launceston City coach Roger Hardwicke ahead of round 3 in the NPL
xtra fuel is set to be added to Saturday’s first Launceston Derby of the NPL Tasmania season with the inception of the Guardian Pharmacies Challenge Cup, with the new sponsor on board to provide an extra incentive in the form of silverware.
The Cup will be played for each time Riverside Olympic and Launceston City play in the NPL Tasmania from now on, and it promises to add an extra element to an already burgeoning rivalry between the two sides that has developed nicely since Riverside’s promotion to the NPL in 2019.
All three editions of the Launceston Derby were extremely closely fought out in 2019, with Riverside winning the first and third games and City winning the second. All three games were won with a scoreline of 2-1 and were games that could easily have gone either way.
Both sides will be chasing a first victory of the season with Launceston City, who will host the game at Buckby Landrover Park, having played well but found themselves losing twice. A 3-2 loss away to South Hobart was followed by a 2-1 loss to Devonport, as they pushed but ultimately came up short against competition heavyweights. The signs have been good for City though, who proved with their Lakoseljac Cup win over Devonport prior to Round 1 that they are much improved and dangerous side.
Riverside have also been close in their first two games, pushing Devonport in a narrow 1-0 loss before last weekend claiming a 3-3 draw away at Kingborough. That draw could so easily have been all three points however, having led the game 3-2 after 85 minutes and would have been a frustrating end score.
In other Round 3 NPL action on Saturday.
NPL Round 3
South Hobart Glenorchy Knights Darcy Street 2:00 PM
Devonport Olympia Valley Road 2:15 PM
Clarence Zebras Kingborough Wentworth Park 4:30 PM
Launceston City v Riverside Olympic Buckby Land Rover Park 4:30 PM
Sat Olympia FC Warriors Ulverstone SC Warrior Park 2:00 PM
Sunday Clarence Zebras Kingborough Wentworth Park 2:15 PM
Sunday University SC South Hobart Olinda Grove 2:15 PM
Sat August 1 – Melbourne City vs Sydney FC Olympic Stadium
Sun August 2 – Newcastle Jets vs Western United (McDonald Jones Stadium)
Mon August 3 – Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners Kograh Jubilee
Tue August 4 – Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory (Bankwest Stadium)
Wed August 5 – Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar (Bankwest Stadium)
Thu August 6 – Adelaide United vs Sydney FC Olympic Stadium
Fri August 7 – Western United vs Western Sydney Wanderers Kograh
Sat August 8 – Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory Kograh
Sun August 9 Rest day