Southern Cross TSL Team of the Week – Round 3

Round 3 sees a significant change to the complexion of the Team of the Week.

For starters, Glenorchy had a bye so the Magpies who have dominated the previous two editions do not feature for Round 3.

It was a more competitive round with more exciting contests and rivalries on show and as such all but one of the teams that participated are represented in the team.

North Launceston top the charts with six picked from their massive win over Launceston, Clarence are next cab off the rank with five, while the Dockers and Tigers have three selected.

Mitch Carter has not missed out on selection yet this year with the Tiger back producing some eye catching form, while Jay Lockhart, Jake Cox and Sam Siggins all earned a spot for the second time in as many rounds.

Check out this week’s team.

 

BACKS

Jack Bilson (Tigers FC)

Bilson has had a good start to 2017, he was defensively sound for Tigers and was instrumental in holding off the Demons, he was defiant and punched and competed well, with the defence coming under great pressure, conceding 15 more entries than their opponents.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

Bailey was good in a key post for the Roos, did his job and battled away well against a dangerous ‘Dale forward line.

Bailey Boag (Burnie Dockers)

Boag is a young defender with a lot of promise.  Was strong at the back and showed a cool head with ball in hand.

 

HALF BACKS

Mitch Carter (Tigers FC)

Mitch Carter was a behemoth in defence for the Tigers, only further enhancing his reputation as one of the state league’s finest defenders. The Tigers defence faced a barrage of forward 50 entries, and it was the efforts of Carter that kept the Tigers in the match. Carter was probably the difference in the match, and with the help of Jack Bilson down back, the Tigers have their hands on some of the competition’s most damaging defenders that will have the yellow and black army licking their lips.

Connor Young (North Launceston)

Connor Young controlled the backline extremely well for a young player and was able to create much of the play for North and also stopped Launceston half forwards from having a major influence and hitting the score board.

James Holmes (Clarence)

The youngster provided dash off half back for the Roos, despite his inexperience he looked comfortable in the back six in a good win.

 

CENTRES

James Dowling (Burnie Dockers)

Dowling kicked three for the Dockers in a best on ground performance for his team. Found plenty of the ball with 25+ and used it well too, particularly forward of centre.

Jay Lockhart (North Launceston)

Another outstanding outing for the North gun. Jay Lockhart was the architect in midfield and also down back as the leader in a stable and creative game for the Bombers.

Dylan Riley (Devonport)

Riley was Devonport’s standout performer in a tight loss, he lead from the front kicking two goals and accumulating the ball through the middle of the ground.

 

HALF FORWARDS

Nick Baker (Hobart City Demons)

Young Nick Baker was instrumental in the Demons’ promising performance, providing plenty of energy, enthusiasm and drive out of the middle. Richard Robinson believes that Nick Baker is more than qualified for a Mariners call-up, and it is safe to say that a performance like this will only enhance this reputation further.

Blair Rubock (Burnie Dockers)

Young Rubock booted four goals and was the Dockers major avenue to goal.  He is a great link for the Dockers and is a good finisher. He read it well and was a key cog in everything Dockers did in the forward half.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Tom Couch again deployed himself as a forward, booting five well finished goals. Whilst playing second fiddle to Burt, Couch leading and goalkicking was superb. He also kicked a miraculous goal from the boundary line which was one of the goals of the week.

 

FORWARDS

Jake Cox (Clarence)

Cox is a prolific midfielder but he proved to be a more than dangerous forward against Lauderdale, booting six goals in a best on ground effort. Undoubtedly one of the best players in the TSL at the moment, Cox is in a rich vein of form to start the year.

Zac Burt (North Launceston)

Zac Burt was the standout forward for the day booting six majors. He used his shear strength to his advantage and marked nearly anything that came his way.

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)

Described as one of the most underrated players in the competition by Hobart City Demons assistant coach Richard Robinson, Matthews’ Good Friday performance through the half-forward flank and middle of the ground will have opposition sides taking note.  With a knack for finding the football, Matthews was certainly one of the Demons’ very best in a disappointing loss.

 

FOLLOWERS

Sam Siggins (Clarence)

Another fantastic game on ball for Sam Siggins. The former Bomber didn’t hold back against his old team, getting involved around the contest and across the ground, using his athleticism to boss the ruck.

Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

Bradley Cox Goodyear was awarded the Adam Sanders medal for best on ground and rightfully so. He was absolutely dominant in midfield winning many clearances and setting up much of North’s attack. Whilst being an absolute ball magnet in the middle, he also kicked three goals on his own including a spectacular 60 metre long bomb.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)

Had his own ball at Blundstone. Was Lauderdale’s best in a fighting loss, he finds the footy with aplomb and isn’t afraid to go in hard to hunt it.

 

INTERCHANGE

Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Alex Lee gave first use to North’s midfield and was the superior ruckman on the day. He worked tirelessly in the middle and was a major reason North’s midfield was top notch.

Gabby Chambers (Clarence)

Clamped down on the Lauderdale Captain Bryce Walsh and didn’t give the ball magnet a sniff. A stellar stopping job and it went a long way to Clarence’s second win of the season.

Lachie Watt (Tigers FC)

Handed the daunting task of locking down the in-form Will Campbell, Lachie Watt was seriously impressive in shutting down one of the competition’s most damaging players, proving to be a significant contributor to the Tigers’ nail-biting victory.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

Just like Fyfe, Franklin found a heap of the footy and was influential in a fighting Lauderdale loss.

 

Unlucky Omissions:

Both Walters brothers were fantastic for the Dockers but unfortunately it was a tough midfield to break into this week.

Jay Blackberry put his hand up for yet another selection as Launceston’s best in a big loss but unfortunately he wasn’t able to sneak in to the team.

Walsh was superb again for North Launceston and can consider himself unlucky not to be picked.

Marcus Davies found plenty of footy for the Tigers and Kane Richter was strong in defence for the Dees but neither managed to find their way in.

Lauderdale’s Robbie McManus was a livewire and ignited a lot for the Bombers, while Alex Hevey on his long bomb alone could have almost warranted selection. In his milestone match, Trent Standen was also very good with three goals, as was the man with the Kennedy-inspired run up, Grace who also kicked three.

Team by Team Breakdown:

Tigers: 3

Clarence: 5

Burnie: 3

North Launceston: 6

Devonport: 1

Hobart City Demons: 2

Lauderdale: 2

Launceston: 0