In a rematch of the 2017 decider Olympia FC Warriors will meet Glenorchy Knights in the Lakoseljac Cup Round of 16. The marquee match up was the biggest of an intriguing set of fixtures drawn out to be played on Monday 2 April.
There were two all NPL affairs drawn, with Kingborough Lions hosting the team quickly becoming everyones ‘dark horse’ in Launceston City down at the Den. Whilst in the other, it’s Clarence United who will be playing host to South Hobart. After winning 5 Lakoseljac Cup titles from 2008-2015 South have relaxed their monopoly on the trophy in the past couple of seasons but like everyone in the draw they will be burning to reach the national stage of the FFA Cup that awaits the 2018 champion.
Having already copped a tough round of 16 draw where they downed Beachside 3-1, University at least avoided top division opponents but fresh off a 10-0 win over Launceston United, Taroona looms as a tough opponent for them at Kelvedon Park.
After their comfortable 4-0 win over Southern FC, New Town Eagles have also drawn a home game, but they will face an uphill battle against the 2017 Champions and one of the tournament favourites in the Devonport Strikers.
In the North of the State Riverside Olympic have a home cup tie and they will face a Hobart Zebras side that last claimed the cup in 2003. Riverside earned their passage through to the round of 16 after a hard fought 1-0 win over Metro at North Chigwell on Saturday.
After their dramatic penalty shoot out triumph over Burnie, Ulverstone were rewarded with a home game and will host Northern Rangers in an all Northern affair. Rangers will undoubtedly be on their guard against Championship opposition having been bounced by Nelson last season.
There will be no repeat heroics for Nelson but their conquerors in Hobart United will host Coastal opposition for a second year in a row, drawing a home tie against 2016 semi finalists and Northern champion’s Somerset.
The biggest game is undoubtedly the 2017 final rematch though, with big spenders Olympia and Glenorchy in the midst of strong preseason campaigns and boasting two of the strongest squads in the state. Both sides look even stronger heading into 2018 than they did heading into last years final, a game that Olympia won 4-2 before going on to represent Tasmania in the FFA Cup.