TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 14
Two teams piled on goals for fun in Round 14 in emphatic style. As a result, Glenorchy and Lauderdale combine for half the team.
This is the first week we have three ruckman feature, we also have fresh faces in Mitch Anderton and Josh Ponting.
Jaye Bowden, Thor Boscott, Zac Mastrocola, James Webb, Sam Rundle and Josh Watts all backed up all star selection from Round 13.
Mitch Anderton (Lauderdale)
Whilst the offensive game of Lauderdale was highlighted against Hobart City, the Bombers defence held up exceptionally as a complete unit, with backman Anderton playing a key role in restricting the home side to just four majors to three quarter time, and a total of eight goals for the game. He is a young gutsy player that has a lot of go in his game.
Zac Mastrocola (Clarence)
Mastrocola had a real break out game as one of the Roos very best in a close game at the Pouch. He was defensively sound and kickstarted a lot of counter attack through fast and effective ball movement.
Sherrin Egger (Devonport)
Egger played an outstanding game, drawing strong plaudits from his Coach. The young defender threw his body on the line on numerous occasions and tried his absolute heart out to stop the North forward’s scoring. Playing on some dangerous forwards, Egger held his own and was able to foil many North Launceston attacks. Egger also helped set up Devonport’s play out of the back half in which helped his sides forward movement.
Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)
The Glenorchy captain was unlucky not have finished in the RACT Player votes, as he was everywhere against the hapless Dockers. Webb was influential all over the ground, winning possessions in the back half, but also pushing forward to capitalise on the Magpies’ quick ball movement. Webb booted three goals, all in the first half, to see his side into half time with a 12 goal lead.
Josh Watts (Glenorchy)
The former Brisbane-listed utility booted three goals in a dominant role up forward last week, but his switch to centre half back this week paid instant dividends for Glenorchy and suggested they may have unearthed their late-season swingman. Watts dominated in the air to take a number of key intercept marks in defence, and fought hard to win one on one battles at ground level. He was a big reason behind Burnie’s inability to score more than three goals.
Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)
Lining up on a wing, Sutton roamed throughout the course of the afternoon, as his influence on the contest highlighted the lack of midfield depth of Hobart City. Whilst providing continual drive forward for his side, Sutton capped off a terrific display by scoring a goal of his own.
Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)
The underrated midfielder played arguably his best match of the season to date, racking up the disposals through the midfield and on the grandstand wing. His third term was exceptional, where he sent the ball inside 50 four times and had two rebounds 50’s, as well as kicking two goals. Combined well with Zac Webster across half forward to ensure there would be no easy rebounds 50’s for the young Burnie defenders.
Sam Rundle (Launceston)
Rundle was one of the prime movers for Launceston in winning the ball from the stoppage. Hunted the footy well with clean hands in traffic. Another strong game from a leader of the Blues.
Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)
Franklin was amongst the goals with three majors, as Lauderdale kicked 21 goals spread across 13 players. Against a depleted Hobart City midfield, Franklin was one of a number of Bombers who dominated in the centre of North Hobart Oval. Franklin has really hit his straps in season 2017.
Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)
Boscott proved just why he is among the most damaging players in the TSL, kicking an equal game-high three majors as he ran riot throughout North Hobart Oval against a sluggish Hobart City Demons. When Boscott took the footy from the centre bounce and goaled on the run from 50m in the second term, both sides of the crowd at North Hobart sat back in awe of one of Tasmania’s best.
Tom Bennett (North Launceston)
Bennett was North’s influential key forward booting two goals in a game where he seemed to grab every marking opportunity that came his way. Bennett took numerous marks around the ground and asserted himself upon the game in a physical manner. He worked well across the ground all day and was the man North looked to when going forward.
Zac Webster (Glenorchy)
The former Hawthorn-listed small forward was electric in his return from suspension, running hard on the wing and half forward line to send the ball inside 50 well over half a dozen times. His pace troubled the Dockers, and they had no match up for Webster, who had a field day to finish with two goals and was influential across all four quarters.
Ian Callinan (Clarence)
The little master was at it again. Four well taken goals and involvement in many others. Something happens every time he gets the footy. Was particularly important when the game was in the balance.
Mitch Thorp (Devonport)
Coach Thorp was the most formidable forward on the ground for the magpies on the weekend in his side’s narrow loss to North Launceston. Thorp was impossible to stop in the first quarter booting four majors which saw a potential upset on the cards at Invermay Park. Anything that come his way he marked or at least provided a strong contest in which caused some nervous times for the North defenders. Whilst kicking five goals for the game, Thorp’s leadership and direction was even more impressive in inspiring his young developing side to really challenge their more highly fancied opponents.
Sonny Whiting (Launceston)
Whiting made a lot out of limited looks at the footy. Kicked five goals and was deadly when presented a chance. Despite the defence doing their best, they could not contain Sonny.
Alex Lee (North Launceston)
It was another outstanding performance from Lee who won a large amount of the ruck contests to give his midfielders first usage around the ground. When his side needed to win key clearances, Lee directed his hit-outs sensationally to his team’s advantage. From his recent performances, it would be fair to say Lee is currently the form ruckman in the competition.
Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
Bowden was again dominant, and Glenorchy are reaping the rewards of his move higher up the ground, with Bowden’s ability to win the ball in the midfield and hit forward targets, elite. He took an astonishing 20 marks, and while he finished with four goals it was his hand in many others that stood out on the day. One of the Magpies’ best, and a deserved leader in the RACT Player of the Year award.
Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)
Walsh was assigned a tagging role against Hobart City star Ryan Matthews, and nullified the influence of the Demons most influential player, whilst finding plenty of the football himself. Walsh slammed home a commanding goal in the opening term, as he swooped upon a loose footy and converted on the run from 52m.
Hamish Leedham (Launceston)
His ruck work was sublime and he dominated stoppage and hit outs, the element of the game that saw Launceston in with a chance.
Sam Siggins (Clarence)
It is perhaps bizarre to see opposing rucks feature but Siggins was extremely good around the ground, particularly when resting forward. Had some key touches that had a say in setting up the result.
Josh Ponting (North Launceston)
Ponting was important in North’s rebounding game out of defence. He had a lot of effective disposals assisting to set up multiple scoring opportunities for the Northern Bombers.
James Webb (Glenorchy)
The usual defender played more of a floating role, spending time all over the ground to be part of key possession chains. Webb used his pace to burn off opponents and was particularly ruthless in the final term, when he slotted three of his four majors for the afternoon. Capped off a strong few weeks with a well-deserved place in the Team of the Week, this round.
Harrison Gunther – Earned coach Aaron Cornelius’ praise for his efforts as the main leading forward target, and his presence in the first term set the standard for his team mates up forward. Gunther booted three of his four majors in a strong second quarter, but it was his repeat efforts when the ball hit the deck that stood out and led to goals for his team mates. Gunther is part of the Mariners program, and will be looking to string some solid performances together in the coming weeks to keep the Magpies in the hunt for a top 3 spot and do his draft chances no harm.
Phil Bellchambers again was a strong performer for the Bombers and is unfortunate to not sneak into the team. Off half back and in the middle he is an impact player. Hayden Smith battled well in the ruck and did some nice things around the ball to engineer clearances.
Joe Boyce had a strong game for the Blues with two quick goals in the second term decisive in giving his side a sniff. James Holmes also was his reliable self in defence for the Roos, and Gabby Chambers did a good defensive job on Brodie Palfreyman.
As he so often is, Dylan Riley was terrific for the Magpies with clean hands and plenty of dash in a much-improved Devonport display. Zach Burt, Brad Cox-Goodyer and Tom Donnelly were all good contributors in North Launceston’s resurgence beyond quarter time.