Expression of Interest – 2017 TSL State Team Head Coach Position

The Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) State Team will be playing a representative team from the NEAFL at Blundstone Arena, on Saturday 10 June 2017.

The TSL request Expressions of Interest for those wishing to be considered for the Head Coach role for the 2017 TSL state team.Applications should include:
– Current level of National Coaching Accreditation (Minimum level 2)
– Evidence of experience coaching and/or playing at State League level or higher
– Understanding of current game styles and structures of AFL football
– Understanding of the TSL competition
This voluntary position will require the successful candidate to be available for all training sessions, team meetings and match day activities during the period of the State Team program (2 May – 10 June 2017). In addition, the successful candidate would be expected to be available to observe TSL matches and communicate regularly with TSL staff and club representatives.
Applicants currently coaching or involved in an official capacity at club level, require the written approval and support of club management as part of their application.
A letter of introduction of no more than 2 pages can be emailed to TSL State Manager Carl Saunder:

Expressions of Interest close 5pm Friday 27th January 2017.
Further information:
Carl Saunder
TSL State Manager
PO Box 405 Rosny TAS 7018
Phone- 6282 1808/0418 352 255

Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest

AFL Tasmania invites expressions of interest to organisations who wish to be considered for providing filming and coverage of the 2017 Southern Cross TV Tasmanian State League. The primarily requirement is for the vision will be used internally by clubs and AFL Tasmania. In addition the vision will at times be provided to broadcasters for news and television purposes.

AFL Tasmania is also interested in exploring how it provides more content to fans of the TSL via live streaming and social media platforms.

Applications are asked to cover:
 An operational overview of how the filming of all TSL Home & Away matches would be completed
 The quality of filming and vision that would be provided
 Options regarding multiple camera angles / graphics
 Potential for live-streaming of some matches
 Ability to leverage vision of games to support TSL communications and marketing

To be considered as a potential provider, applicants are invited to forward an application and any additional information to State Manager, TSL Carl Saunder.
The Expression of Interest process will close on Friday 16th December 2016.

Please forward applications to
Carl Saunder
State Manager, TSL
PO Box 405
Rosny Park TAS 7018

Via email:

Further enquiries please contact Carl Saunder- 03.6282 1808 or 0418 352 255

Pies are a club united

By Alex Fair, The Advocate

When you think of the Devonport Football Club, do not think of a State League and a NWFL team.

ONE CLUB: Devonport TSL and NWFL players are committed to having a ”one club” culture moving forward. Picture: Alex Fair

Think of the Magpies as being one club.

A collection of State League and NWFL listed players have come together to deliver this message of unity, amid rumours of an unsettled environment at Devonport Oval.

Among those was club great Kurt Heazlewood, who will remain working with the club, although it has yet to be determined in what capacity.

“Everyone here is really happy, and I think we are heading in a right direction,’’ Heazlewood said.

“We need to make sure that everybody, whether they are playing at the NWFL level or the State League, going in the one direction to ensure we are ‘one club’.”

NWFL skipper Kaidyn Howe agreed with Heazlewood that there was a positive vibe at the club.

He said support from those within the State League squad helped him.

“The playing group is united and it is set in stone, and we are all going in the one direction, no matter what the level,’’ he said.

“It is paramount that we are united, as culture is just so important. If you are not happy at the club, you are not going to play here no matter what the level is.”

To further dispel rumours of a lack of player numbers, the club have announced the re-signing of Braden Van Buuren and the arrival of Giacomo Millucci, Levi Creedon and Harry Barker from Ulverstone.

“I’m really excited about the future here,’’ Van Buuren said.

President Shane Yates said the club was in good shape entering into the third year as a TSL/NWFL entity.

“We have worked through a few teething issues, and think we are confident that we are ensuring the club can have a sustainable future,’’ he said.

Yates said an “exciting” announcement about the off-field structure of the NWFL team, which will be coached by Troy Davies, would be made next week.

The Magpies will hold a barbecue for all players at the clubrooms from 6pm to re-establish this message.

Future is very exiting for women’s Football

By Alex Fair, The Advocate

You can’t deny the passion for football in this state, no matter what gender is partaking in the game.

The fairer sex have made up a lot of ground in recent times when it comes to the sport, no doubt evident with the launch of the AFLW, a competition which will feature four players from Tasmania.

Despite the quartet that will be taking part in the inaugural league (Ellyse Gamble, Emma Humphries, Brittany Gibson and Jessica Wuetschner), which is a remarkable number considering our population and competition standard, now is not the time to rest on our laurels.

This was the mantra of a “meeting of the minds” in Launceston on Saturday, where AFL Tasmania tackled the subject head-on at its Female Football Forum.

Those in attendance know that there is still some work to be done to ensure Tasmania isn’t left behind, a fact that was emphasised.

The one thing to come from it though was that there is a united front, made up of those that play, manage, coach and observe the game, to ensure better for its female participations.

There is this collective vision to ensure that football is a natural choice for young girls coming through the ranks, that it is not seen as a novelty.

There is also that desire to ensure the women’s team are seen as part of a club as whole, rather than just a team that could be viewed as a separate entity.

The final piece of the puzzle is ensuring that the pathway to the elite level is one that is smooth, to give the best possible opportunity for the next Gamble, Humphries, Gibson or Wuetschner.

READY TO GO: Coastal football stars Emma Humphries and Brittany Gibson are ready for the AFLW. Picture: Brodie Weeding

This will involve a change in the game’s structure.

Starting with a girls-only Auskick, there will also be regional competitions and a high-performance/State League model will be introduced in the not too distant future.

The new-look State League is set to be more of a condensed version, to ensure a higher standard of competition.

How this will look, only time will tell, but under the watchful eye of Darren Flanigan, who has helped transform Victoria’s women’s competition into the powerful league it is now, it will be exciting.

Excitement was the one major emotion to get out of the forum.

Excitement for what is to come from a national level, and also what they will mean for the game here in this state.

Those in our football family have to ensure that we don’t drop the ball.

If the enthusiasm, passion and vision displayed on the weekend is anything to go by, we are in good hands.

Watch this space, it will be worth it.

Aaron Cornelius wins role as coach for Simon Black Academy in state’s South

By James Bresnehan, Mercury

GUIDING Glenorchy to this year’s State League premiership has come with a huge reward for Magpies coach Aaron Cornelius — he’s now the main man for the Simon Black Academy in the state’s South.

Academy chief executive Mark Aldridge confirmed he had signed Cornelius as Black’s first coach in Tasmania – and joining him will be former Melbourne player Tom Couch as their man in the North.media_cameraAaron Cornelius has signed on as the Simon Black Academy’s coach in the state’s South.

“They both will add great strengths to our business and we are delighted to have them,” Aldridge said.

Cornelius and Couch will be introduced to the public by Simon Black in three weeks, Cornelius at KGV and Couch in Launceston.

Aldridge said the academy would not stand in the way of Cornelius coaching Glenorchy next season, allowing “Ace” to continue his goal to make the Magpies a TFL powerhouse.

“He’s a champion of the game and a great Tasmanian AFL player,” Aldridge said.

“You can see by the way he has fought back from his leg injury to rehabilitate himself from one of the all-time worst breaks in the game, and his dogged determination to do that.

“He has proven himself by coming back and winning the premiership this year.

“He’s a great coach and an all-round good guy.”

 Couch, 28, is the son of late Geelong legend and Brownlow medallist Paul Couch, who passed away in March.

Tom was at Melbourne between 2012-13 and played three AFL games before joining Richmond in the VFL.

Aldridge said Couch would also have a dual role of academy coach and North Launceston’s senior coach, replacing dual Bombers premiership coach Zane Littlejohn, who is now Brisbane Lions’ development coach.

“He’s bringing another strength. Tom has a masters in strength and conditioning and he’s about to finish another degree in sports science,” Couch said.

As doors were opening for Cornelius and Couch, the door closed for three Tasmanian players yesterday as they were cut by their AFL clubs.

Hawthorn chopped forward Zac Webster, Gold Coast delisted Henry Schade and St Kilda delisted Eli Templeton.

All three can nominate for next month’s AFL Draft

Lauderdale’s Werribee players swap plan hits snag

By Simeon Thomas-Wilson, Mercury

LAUDERDALE’S proposal to create an in-season player swap with VFL club Werribee has hit a road block, with AFL Tasmania boss Rob Auld saying there is still significant work to be done around how it will be governed.

The Bombers announced their plan to establish an agreement with Werribee, which is aligned to North Melbourne, earlier this week.

Auld met club officials yesterday to hear their 2017 proposal in detail.

Auld said he still liked the plan but there was a lot that needed to be done around how the transfer of players between the two clubs would work and how it would affect the TSL salary cap.

“Personally, after hearing it, I think there’s still some significant amount of due diligence that needs to take place around the governance side of things,” Auld said.

“How does a transfer take place between the two clubs without being ineligible?

“How does the salary cap work with this?

“I think this needs to be addressed before further movement can be made.”

The Bombers were hoping the player swap would create the opportunity for Lauderdale’s best players to play games in the VFL, and surplus Werribee players to taste TSL football instead of playing country or suburban football on weeks they are not required.

 Werribee’s top brass has toured Lauderdale’s facilities and Bombers coach Darren Winter was set to go to Melbourne on Thursday to put the finishing touches on the agreement.

Werribee has also raised the possibility of playing a VFL game for premiership points in Hobart next season.


TSL clubs’ creativity gets full marks from AFL Tasmania

By James Bresnehan, Mercury

TSL clubs Lauderdale, Glenorchy and North Launceston have been applauded for thinking outside the square in mapping out the future of their clubs.

AFL Tasmania boss Rob Auld likes Lauderdale’s plan for an in-season player-swap with VFL club Werribee next year, although he would not endorse the deal until after meeting with the Bombers tomorrow to hear their proposal in detail.As for TSL grand finalists Glenorchy and North Launceston’s proposed coaching futures – to have senior coaches double as Simon Black Football Academy coaches – Auld was also impressed.

“Anything a club is doing that is creative and lateral and trying to explore options, I encourage,” Auld said.

“I don’t yet know the precise details around Lauderdale’s arrangements with Werribee and how mature they are. I’ve got a meeting with them later this week.

“With Glenorchy and North Launceston, that’s an interesting one that fits into that innovative, creative space from clubs. I think that’s good and I applaud them for thinking outside the square.

“They are both very good, well-run clubs – both premiers and runners up over the past few years.

“So they would be doing their due diligence and their presidents John McCann [Glenorchy] and Thane Brady [North Launceston] are high-class operators so I trust they are making sure their arrangements meet their respective needs in the dual-role model.”

Auld said AFL Tasmania would also support Werribee’s plan to play a VFL game in Hobart next year while its ground was under renovation, but stopped short of offering financial assistance.

Werribee CEO Mark Penaluna said it was not a done deal.

“Our facility is undergoing an $11.7 million redevelopment – our changerooms and social facilities are being demolished – so the ground will be out of action for most of the first half of the year,” Penaluna said.

“We are looking at alternative venues and Hobart is an option but it could be cost prohibitive.

“To bring down our team and support staff, and an opposition team and support staff, have accommodation, food and internal travel, it will cost around $35,000. It’s probably going to be too cost-prohibitive but it’s something we would very much like to do. It might be possible with the help of Football Victoria.”

Werribee hopes to play here on the same weekend its AFL affiliate North Melbourne plays at Blundstone and ideally against the Victorian club the Kangaroos are playing – but not at the same venue.

New Lauderdale Bomber Josh McGuinness seeks pathway back to AFL

By JAmes Bresnehan, Mercury

DASHING defender Josh McGuinness is back where it all began in the hope a season at Lauderdale will help him work his way back to an AFL career.

McGuinness was taken at pick 81 by Brisbane Lions in the AFL Draft of 2014 but after two injury-riddled seasons, did not play a senior game.

The Lions cut McGuinness in September and the 21-year-old, who signed on with the Bombers yesterday, maintains a steely resolve to have another crack at the big time.

“I still have the passion to play at the highest level,” McGuinness said.

“At the moment what’s best for me is to come home and be around my family and the footy club, which is really supportive of me.

“I’ve come back to play the best I can and hopefully get noticed again next year.”

McGuinness will increase his chances of being seen by AFL recruiters if Lauderdale completes a player-swapping deal with VFL club Werribee, which is aligned to North Melbourne, next season.

Werribee’s top brass has toured Lauderdale and Bombers coach Darren Winter will go to Melbourne next Thursday to put the finishing touches on the agreement.

It will create the opportunity for Lauderdale’s best players to play games in the VFL and surplus Werribee players to taste TSL football instead of playing country or suburban football on weeks they are not required.

Werribee also hopes to play a VFL game for premiership points in Hobart next season.

McGuinness described his time in Brisbane as “two tough years”.

“I haven’t had injuries that have stopped me playing footy before I went to Brisbane,” he said.

“Mentally, that hurts when you can’t play and that’s what you get paid to do.

“That makes it hard, and the footy club wasn’t playing good footy in those two years, so it wasn’t the best environment to be around.”

Known for his Grant Birchall-like running off halfback, McGuinness was stopped in his tracks by stress fractures in his foot followed by a series of hamstring tears.

His troubles began about Round 13 last year when he got a stress fracture in his foot, which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Once he got it right, he was into full-on preseason but the fracture returned just before Christmas. He was sidelined until March.

“I missed most of the preseason which is where you get all your improvement from. That put me behind the eight-ball,” he said.

After six promising games for the Lions in the NEAFL this season, McGuinness had a grade one hamstring tear in Round 7, followed by three more over the rest of the season, ending all hope of a senior debut.

“I feel like I didn’t really get a crack at AFL footy because of the injuries,” he said.

New Tigers coach will crack whip to get young clubs running

By Simeon Thomas-Wilson, Mercury

HE has arguably the toughest job in Tasmanian footy, but the Tigers’ new senior coach Scott Matheson says he is up to the challenge and will have the cubs baring their teeth by adding some defensive steel.

As revealed by the Mercury, the former WAFL premiership player with Subiaco yesterday flew into Tasmania from Queensland to sign a three-year contract with this year’s TSL wooden spooners.

He will replace Adam Henley, who coached the Tigers in their first three seasons in the State League, and said the young list his predecessor had helped build was a key attraction of the job.

“First and foremost it was probably the ground size [at the Twin Ovals] and the young group,” Matheson said.

“We want to develop a team that can really outrun other teams.

“We do have a young group, but it’s exciting the energy they bring.”

In 2015 the Tigers tasted their first victory ever, and then added three more to the win column.

The TSL’s youngest club won its first two games of 2016 before going winless for the rest of the season and claiming a second wooden spoon.

Matheson, who last played in Tasmania for Clarence two years ago, said he was up to the challenge of turning the side into a consistently competitive side.

 “I am up for it,” he said.

“I’m very discipline-orientated, hard on defence, so we’ll structure around that and go from there.

“It’s going to be the running style for me – if you can’t run you won’t play, it’s as simple as that.”

The 38-year-old, who also played with Burnie in its 2001 NTFL premiership win and in the VFL with the Devils in 2004, said most of the Tigers group had signed on for 2017 and beyond.

But Matheson said it was still too soon to tell whether state team representative and vice-captain Brandon Batchelor would be in black and yellow next year.

“That’s yet to be confirmed,” he said.

Matheson’s appointment leaves just North Launceston and Glenorchy to lock down their senior coaching positions.

Tom’s lead pick

By Phil Edwards, Examiner

Tom Couch, son of the late Geelong Brownlow Medallist Paul Couch, is believed to be the frontrunner for the Simon Black Academy coaching position in Launceston and is highly likely to fill a joint role as North Launceston’s next TSL senior coach.

Fairfax Media understands that Couch is one of a shortlist of three candidates left in the race to fill the position left vacant with the move of two-time State League premiership coach Zane Littlejohn to a development role with the Brisbane Lions.

It is believed that two of the remaining candidates are from interstate and one is an internal applicant from this year’s coaching staff.

FRONTRUNNER: Tom Couch, playing VFL football for Richmond during the round two match against Footscray Bulldogs at Punt Road Oval in April. Picture: Getty Images

A 28-year-old, Couch was picked up in the 2011 AFL rookie draft and played three AFL games for Melbourne over two seasons before being delisted at the end of the 2013 season.

An inside midfielder, he has played VFL football with Richmond and Collingwood and was Richmond’s strength and conditioning coach this year.

He won a best and fairest with Melbourne’s VFL affiliate the Casey Scorpions in 2012 and finished runner-up in the Liston Trophy the same year.

Couch has also travelled the world working closely with professional tennis players in preparation for major tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

He has also specialized in AFL junior development for youngsters aspiring to play AFL football and has been a fitness consultant for multiple local football clubs across the country.

It is understood that Couch will fill the Academy coaching role in the North of the state with the Northern Bombers having already stated their preference for the successful applicant to fill a dual role as their senior coach.

North expects to bring the two external candidates to Launceston this week for a tour of the club and further discussions before making a final decision.

The club plans to make an announcement of their new coach by the end of the month.

It is understood Couch has future ambitions to become an AFL coach.