Hoppers start with loss


It was a less than ideal start to the FV state league 2 north-west season for Hoppers Crossing on Saturday.

In their first game under new coach Kevin Smart, the Reds faced the Whittlesea Ranges, who were relegated in the off season having been in the National Premier League competition not long ago.

The Reds were unable to come after the points with the Ranges winning 3-1.

Liam Zacharias was the goal scorer for the Reds.

The Point Cook Jets started their season with a draw against Diamond Valley United on Saturday.

Diamond Valley was in front 1-0 at half time before Reng Tung scored for the Jets to level the scores.

Neither side could find a winner, with the match finishing 1-1.

In state league 4 west, Truganina Hornets had a 2-1 loss to Melbourne City after scores were 0-0 at half time.

Van Lal Sang Bualthang was the goal scorer for the Hornets.

It was a tough start for West Point in the state league 4 west competition.

Having been promoted in the off season, West Point started its season on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Barwon.

In state league 5 west, Wyndham and Tarneit United both suffered first up losses.

Wyndham fell short against Surfside Waves, 2-1 after leading 1-0 at half time.

Emmanuel Abiona was the goal scorer for Wyndham.

Tarneit started its season against Spring Hills, going down 1-0.

There is no state league action this weekend due to Easter with round two the following weekend.

Several teams though will be in action in the fourth round of the knock out Australia Cup. This the first round NPL and Victorian Premier League teams, including Werribee City, will be in the competition.

Hoppers Crossing will face state league 1 side Brimbank Stallions on Thursday night, while Werribee City will face Bentleigh Greens on Saturday night.