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Tassal Super League Round 1 Preview (TAS)

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Tas Super LeagueThis week sees the first round of the Tassal Super League take place at Aurora Stadium (Creek Rd, New Town) in what is expected to be an action packed night of Futsal.

It would be great to see as many supporters as possible come out to the games and support the highest level of Futsal currently being played in Tasmania.

The competition features the cream of Tasmanian Futsal in a unique 6 team state tournament over summer. For fixtures click HERE.

This year’s venue is fantastic for the event, with the Aurora Stadium having a huge grandstand capacity and canteen and bar facilities available on the night.

6pm – Southern Strikers vs Northern Fusion

This game sees the fancied pre-tournament favourites Southern Strikers take on the pride of the North in Northern Fusion. With both teams making the semi final stage last year this could go right to the wire. Southern Strikers is a unique side featuring a whole squad of ex-Tasmanian youth team representatives and loads of Futsal experience, the team is very even across the board with the Clamp brothers Jacob and Tom to be solid in defence and DiPendra Kunwar supplying their main threat forward. We expect that with an extra year of experience the Strikers will be a big threat to this years crown. Northern Fusion has recruited well in the off season with Greg Duffy coming into the team that already consists of several strong players. The big question mark is whether they can gel against this well oiled unit.

Tip – Southern Strikers

7pm – Remax Stripes vs Derwent Storm

The Grand Final replay is always a big game on the sporting calendar and Futsal is no different. With both teams undergoing name changes this season it will do little to hide the extensive rivalry of the Stripes and the Storm. These two teams dominated last season’s super league and both teams have recruited well over the winter and have retained many of their state representative players. The big battle will be the Storm’s Corey Smith once again face to face with Stripes and Australian National Rep. Goalkeeper Michael McKenna and if last years final is anything to go by the crowd will not go home disappointed. This game could be decided by the form of the new signings in both teams with Stripes bringing in Liam Scott, Seth Otte, Sahm Taheri and Ash Beardwood to their line up while Storm include Ricky Chew, Danny White, Amadu Koroma and Alvaro Gonzalez into theirs.

Tip – Remax Stripes

8pm – North West Dynamite vs Zebras FC

The final game on the opening night of competition is between the two new boys of the competition. North West Dynamite have recruited star youth player Mitch Duffy along with several other players from the dispanded Northern Youth side while also bringing in some fresh faces to the competition. News from the North say that these guys could challenge anyone if they hit their straps early. Zebras FC on the other hand are the team that will bring all levels of professionalism to the competition coming off the back of a successful training campaign in the lead up. With the club having several junior sides they are looking at this season as a way to establish themselves and provide pathways within Futsal which is great to see. The main threat from Zebras will be Ricky Self and if he can have a good game with Troy Kaden doing well in goals they will be hard to stop. The biggest plus for Zebras FC is the experience of coach Romeo Frediani who has just returned from the National School Championships and with him at the helm Zebras FC could be a team to look out for.

Tip – Zebras FC (just)

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