THE Glenorchy Knights have emerged victorious, defeating Olympia Football Club Warriors two goals to one in the final of the Lakoseljac Statewide Cup.
Despite the crowd being restricted to 1000 people due to COVID-19 restrictions, many Knights supporters were in attendance and were ecstatic with the win.
The win takes the number of statewide cups won by the Glenorchy Knights to eight – the highest of any club in Tasmania.
After the game, National Premier League (NPL) Tasmania awards were presented by club patron Josh Willie and Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie, who are both strong supporters of the Glenorchy Knights and Tasmanian football.
A number of awards were won by Glenorchy Knights, including James Sherman for Coach of the Year, Alex Walter for the NPL Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot for most goals, and Lachlan Hart for the Golden Glove Award.
Thomas Young was also named the Lakoseljac Cup player of the match and Alex Walter was presented with the inaugural Ibro Cahut Memorial for leading goal scorer.
“Creating a side that supporters are proud to have represent them is the ultimate goal as a coach,” Glenorchy Knights coach James Sherman said.
“To be able to do that and also provide the supporters with a Lakoseljac Cup really is something I personally will always cherish.
“The players have been superb.”
Glenorchy Knights president Paul Woodham said that after a shortened season due to COVID-19, he was very pleased that Football Tasmania were able to deliver competitions for all age groups in 2020.
Along with the senior team, he was also thrilled for the club to have reached the Under 20 Statewide Cup final, and despite losing, the young team gained valuable finals experience.
“To have three Statewide Cup games played on the same day with Glenorchy Knights in two of them, was testament to the commitment of coaches, technical staff, parents, players and our hardworking committee,” Mr Woodham said.
Glenorchy Knights has teams for boys and girls from Under 6 to Under 18, a youth academy program, and senior men’s and women’s teams.
For more information, visit www.glenorchyknights.com.