South Hobart FC have been winning trophies for 100 years but an FFA Cup run would be the crowning glory of their second century in football.
The club sitting in the shadows of the majestic Kunanyi, also known as Mount Wellington, have lifted the title of champions of Tasmania on 19 occasions since 1919.
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They can boast some 80 plus trophies in their storied history, but one claim they do not hold is an FFA Cup victory. Twice they reached the Round of 32 — in 2014 and 2015. Twice they fell in crushing penalty shootout defeats.
A highly-dramatic 2-0 Milan Lakoseljac Cup win over Devonport City Strikers booked their first date on the national stage in four years. One thing is for sure when they take to the field against Marconi Stallions at Blundstone Arena — they will have done their spot-kick practice.
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Competition: National Premier Leagues Tasmania
Home ground: South Hobart Oval, Darcy Street, Hobart
State Champions: 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1929, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1959, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy (Statewide Cup): 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2019
National Premier Leagues Tasmania Premiers: 3, 2013, 2014, 2017
Southern Premierships: 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1959, 1978, 1980, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
KO Cup: 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1938, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955
Summer Cup: 2001, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2016
NPL Summer Series: 2018
Vase Cup: 2001
Falkinder Cup: 1919, 1921, 1924, 1928, 1946, 1948
Steve Hudson Cup: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
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South have collected some serious silverware since their humble beginnings in 1910 but a huge portion of that success has arrived in the past decade, since current head coach Ken Morton took over the reins in 2008.
Morton guided the team to an unprecedented five Premier titles in a row between 2008 and 2012, on three of those occasions they were crowded champions and, in both 2010 and 2011, they captured the state quintuple of cups (that's right, all five! — the Statewide Cup, Southern Premier League, Statewide Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy, Summer Cup and the Steve Hudson Cup)
Up until July 2011, Morton boasted a 63-match unbeaten run as the team lost only twice in two years. Further success has followed, and there's no doubt South Hobart are hungry for more.
Tobias Herweynen struck a stunning 89th-minute volley which tipped the Lakoseljac Cup final in South Hobart's favour and proved he is capable of a moment of brilliance.
Eighteen-year-old Bradley Lakoseljac carries the torch from his grandfather, the man the Lakoseljac Cup was named after.
Adam Gorrie and Ben Hamlett are industrious going forward and Graham Wright is a safe pair of hands between the posts.
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Round of 32 Match Details
South Hobart FC v Marconi Stallions
Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Venue: Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
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