THE Northern Rangers are confident they can become the first Launceston soccer club to win a state championship in 45 years.
But they must overcome South Hobart, one of the most successful senior soccer clubs in Tasmania’s history, in the grand final at KGV today.
The squad was spoken to at training by Stewart Bain, who was a teenager playing up front for Launceston United when it won the title in 1967.
Rangers coach Peter McBeath has the same starting 11 as the one that beat Devonport City 2-1 last week.
“The boys are fit and enthusiastic, and everyone is feeling confident that we can win and just want to get down there,” McBeath said.
“To win and enter the V-League as state champions would be fantastic.”
McBeath said his side had the greatest respect for South Hobart but the Southerners were not as strong as previous years, having only just secured the Southern Premier League with a draw on the last day of the season.
“They’re a cracking team, they’re the benchmark but we’re confident we can beat them.”
McBeath said his side had been getting better and better over the finals series, particularly defensively with goalkeeper Marshall Pooley and centre back Luke Tuma back in the side.
“We’ve worked hard on our defensive shape and changed it around. Our forward structure is playing really well with the introduction of Gabriel Tams at centre forward and Mark Ambrose and Chris Hunt are in devastating form.
“I’d like to think the opposition would be worried about us. I saw Ken Morton watching our game, and he’d have seen our forward structure and know he’d need to get his defensive structure organised.”
Launceston City is competing for the women’s state championship against Olympia FC Warriors at 3pm.
City is the most successful women’s team in the state having won 10 flags in 12 seasons and only losing two games in 10 years.
But the side has only won one state championship in 2007.
The players will have extra motivation as it is coach Jason Jones’s last game in charge of the side.
WOMEN’S STATE FINAL: Olympia FC Warriors v Launceston City at KGV (3pm).
MEN’S STATE FINAL: South Hobart v Northern Rangers at KGV (5.30pm).
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