Alastair Lynch Medal – Top 30 named

Southern Cross State League 2016 Alastair Lynch Medal Top 30:

Rudy Barrett – Burnie Dockers
Brandon Batchelor – Tigers
Thor Boscott – Lauderdale
Jaye Bowden – Glenorchy
Ian Callinan – Clarence
Jake Cox – Clarence
Bradley Cox-Goodyer – North Launceston
Sam Douglas – Devonport
Matthew Drury – Clarence
Clinton French – Glenorchy
Dylan Fyfe – Lauderdale
Jack Gleeson – Clarence
Jobi Harper – Burnie Dockers
Jay Lockhart – North Launceston
Ryan Matthew – Hobart City Demons
Nick McKenna – Burnie Dockers
Rhys Mott – Glenorchy
Zane Murphy – Burnie Dockers
Joshua Ponting – North Launceston
Mitch Rainbird – Glenorchy
Ben Reynolds – Glenorchy
Clint Riley – Burnie Dockers
Dylan Riley – Devonport
Sam Rundle – Launceston
Jack Siggins – Lauderdale
Bryce Walsh – Lauderdale
Mark Walsh – North Launceston
Harry Walters – Burnie Dockers
Taylor Whitford – North Launceston
Hugh Williams – Hobart City Demons


Next week the list will be reduced to 20 before finally being cut to 10 leading into the 2016 Southern Cross State League Grand Final.

The winner will join past recipients:
2009 Kurt Heazlewood
2010 Brett Geappen
2011 Tim Bristow
2012 Jaye Bowden
2013 Mitch Thorp
2014 Daniel Roozendaal
2015 Jaye Bowden


TSL MRP/Tribunal Results – Finals Week 1


Zane Murphy (Burnie)
Reported for rough conduct against Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston)
Incident not visually recorded, referred directly to the tribunal.
Tribunal Result: Guilty.

The tribunal found Murphy had other options and under the circumstances his actions were unnecessary.  Found guilty of the rough conduct charge and given a sanction of 1 match.

Nick McKenna (Burnie)
An incident against Lochlan Young (North Launceston) was reported but as it was not visually recorded, referred directly to the tribunal.

Tribunal Result: Dismissed.
The tribunal found on the evidence provided McKenna could not be found guilty and therefore dismissed the charge.

Tom Mitchell (Burnie)
Reported for striking Jake Pearce (North Launceston).
MRP assessed as insufficient force to warrant a charge, free kick awarded to North Launceston was appropriate decision.


Shayne Goldfinch (North Launceston)
Reported for striking Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
Assessed as intentional, low impact, high contact with a base sanction of 2 matches reduced to 1 with an early guilty plea.

Toutai Havea takes out Matthew Richardson Medal

By Liam Evans

Lauderdale utility Toutai Havea has taken out the 2016 Matthew Richardson medal as the most promising rookie in the Tasmanian State League.

First awarded in 2010, the Matthew Richardson medal recognises the best player under 23 years of age. They must have played under twenty games prior to the start of the season and have been on a TSL list for no more than two seasons.

2016 marked Havea’s first full season of senior TSL football, having only picked up the game from rugby three years ago. He has gained a reputation in the league for his tackling presence, strong kick and his vertical leap.

Known as a utility, his skills have allowed him to excel in almost all parts of the game, spending periods of the season in the ruck, the forward line and defence in his eighteen games.
A just reward for all his hard work in learning the game, Havea was overjoyed to have won the medal:

“I was very happy. They told me I won the award and I didn’t believe it. I’m so grateful to have this award.”

He credits much of his rapid development to the tutelage of his teammates, “The boys have been helping me so much throughout the season and preseason. They have been explaining and teaching to me the skills. Just play from there, I picked it up fast and quickly.”

While he has learned a lot from his senior teammates, his development is mostly due to the diligence he has shown in learning the game on the fly.

This diligence extends beyond the football field according to Lauderdale’s General Manager Andrew Hopwood, “To see the young man now who is being so productive, not only on the football field but in society I think it’s a fantastic story… he just wants to show everybody that he wants to be part of our community, of which he is now being and also showing off his football skills. He’s a lovely young man.”

Finals Week 2

Finals Week 2
First Semi Final
Sat 3rd Sept 2.00pm
Second Semi Final
Sat 3rd Sept 2.00pm
DL First Semi Final
Sat 3rd Sept 11.30am
DL Second Semi Final
Sat 3rd Sept 11.30am
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Bombers get best of breeze over Burnie

By Simeon Thomas-Wilson, The Mercury

A SECOND half masterclass saw North Launceston complete a smash and grab at West Park, holding off Burnie in the TSL qualifying final.

With a breeze described as the strongest all season blowing down one end of the Dockers’ fortress, it was always going to be a match decided by which team either blew the other away with the wind at their backs or held strong in the face of it.

After a fairly even first half, Burnie took an eight-point lead into half time, but in the third the class of the dual reigning premiers shone through.

Not deploying a spare defender behind the ball despite Burnie having the wind behind it, North Launceston kept the home side goalless while classy 16-year-old Tarryn Thomas kicked one for the Northern Bombers to result in the two teams going into the final term with the scores level.

It took just five minutes for Mark Walsh to give the Northern Bombers the lead and, while Burnie tried hard to get back into the match, with the wind behind them the Northern Bombers were too strong and held on for a hard-fought 7.11 (53) to 5.7 (37) win.

The Bombers now face Glenorchy at Blundstone Arena next week.

On top of the loss, Burnie could be without a key player for next week’s cutthroat semi-final against Lauderdale at West Park.

Hard onballer Zane Murphy was booked for an off-the-ball incident in the third when he threw Thomas over his shoulder and onto the hard cricket wicket, which incensed North Launceston’s players and support staff.

Lauderdale kept its season alive, defeating Devonport at Blundstone Arena in an elimination final for the second year in a row.

A 9.10 to 2.3 second half saw the Bombers dismiss the Magpies 14.23 (107) to 7.4 (46).

Lauderdale had 11 individual goal kickers, with Rhys Sutton, Daniel Blazely and Robbie McManus bagging two each.

For Devonport, which went scoreless in the third quarter, Phil Crowden kicked three goals.

Read more on the TSL finals in the Sunday Tasmanian.

Fit and able

By Brad Cole, The Advocate

A fresher and fitter Burnie team look set to make plenty of noise in the 2016 TSL finals series, starting on Saturday at West Park against North Launceston.

Coach Clinton Proctor admitted his team limped to the line last season, resulting in a preliminary final loss to the Bombers.

But with a turnover of players and a different approach to injury management this season, the Dockers enter the game in far better shape.

“There’s been a conscious effort behind the scenes in getting our timing right – we were pretty sore this time last year and patching a few guys up,” Proctor said.

“But it’s also come about with the transition of our list and getting more younger guys in our side like John Holland, Josh Handley and the Mitchell brothers (Nick and Tom), who are coming into their prime.

“The balance is much better and we have been cautious not to carry any injured players into a game this year and we’ve improved our record by one win.

“But this is a different season now and it all starts again.”

Proctor admitted forward Andrew Lee is all but out of the line-up after stomach pains forced him to hospital last weekend.

But he was confident the rest of his forward line, which contains six other players with over 15 goals to their name this year, will still function well.

“Lee kicked six last week but has only kicked 28 for the year, which shows he is not our only avenue to goal,” Proctor said.

“We’ve got a really good mix of goalkickers in the team and it will take a collective of them to get the job done on Saturday.

“Another strength of ours that we will have to show is the versatility of Jobi Harper, Rudy Barrett and the Walters boys (Nick and Harry) to play a little bit taller in the forward line.”

Rudy Barrett is one of many options the Dockers can use forward.

One surprising fact in North Launceston’s favour is their excellent record at West Park, which has recovered well from the winter deluge that saw plenty of the surface reduced to mud.

The Bombers have been able to win at the fortress both this year and last year, and Proctor knows opposition coach Zane Littlejohn will have his team enter the game with a siege mentality after their 10-goal loss a fortnight ago.

“It’s pretty evident that when they have their backs against the wall and things aren’t going their way, they find a way to get up and we respect that,” Proctor said.

“This time last year they lost to Devonport in the final round and to us in the first week of the finals then went on to win their second consecutive flag.”

Saturday’s game starts at 1.00pm.

Devonport primed for elimination final

By Brad Cole, The Examiner

The teams and venue may be the same, but Devonport coach Mitch Thorp believes his team is better equipped this year in Saturday’s TSL elimination final with Lauderdale at Blundstone Arena.

Nine new players will take the field for the Magpies from the team that lost by 36 points in the corresponding game last year, including Thorp himself, who missed with an ankle injury.

“I sensed last year’s team was a bit nervous about playing finals football, but I think this year we are really excited about it and really want to get out amongst it and you can tell that by the way they have been training,” Thorp said.

“Having said that, Lauderdale have played in this game the last five years in a row – they know how to prepare and win these games.”

Devonport will take the same 22 that was named on Thursday night, with pre-season recruit Ben Richmond missing out.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter has had plenty of experience of elimination finals and said it was up to his team to give a good performance when it matters or they would gone for the season.

“There is a lot of desperation into every week now and I don’t think there are too many people in Tasmania who give us much of a chance (in this finals series),” Winter said. “We haven’t played as good footy this year as we have but we know our best footy is good enough and we’ve knocked North Launceston and Glenorchy off and the only team we haven’t beaten is Burnie.”

Proctor wary of visitors’ threat

By Adam Smith, The Mercury

DISHING out a 10-goal hiding the last time they met is still not enough to convince Burnie coach Clint Proctor his men will start favourites in today’s TSL qualifying final against North Launceston.

The clubs squared off a fortnight ago in their last roster match with hosting rights for the first final on the line, with the Dockers restricting the Bombers to just five goals on route to a 60-point win.

It set up a replay of the corresponding fixture 12 months ago at West Park and although Burnie looks in much better shape than last year, Proctor refuses to accept his troops enter as the ones to beat.

“You would be absolutely a fool to write North Launceston off,” Proctor said.

“Last year they lost by 60 points to Devonport [in the last round] and then obviously we beat them at home.

“Then they won every game and won a premiership.

“They were definitely off against us two weeks ago and certainly had a lot of good players down who won’t be again.”

Proctor is aware the visitors have felt just at home on the Coast in recent years.

“They are the reigning premiers, back to back, and have three wins out of their last four games at West Park against us, I think they will certainly go in as favourites,” he said.

“We are not naive and are certainly setting ourselves for a really tough game.”

Further tilting the odds in Burnie’s favour is the addition of key midfielder Claye Hardy, who has overcome a knee ­injury which has sidelined him since round seven.

The Bombers will be without ruckman Daniel Roozendaal because of a one-week suspension, the second consecutive final the big man has missed.

But as North has already proven, it does not rely on one player to get the job done.

“Daniel Roozendaal isn’t the reason we win games, yes he helps us win games but he will even come out and say he is not the sole reason we win games,” coach Zane Littlejohn said.

“You never win big games with one player playing well, you need a collective group ­effort.

“If one or two or three or four players don’t do that like we saw a few weeks ago, the ­result will go against you.

“Full credit to them two weeks ago, they came with a plan and came to win and we are going to have to make sure we are willing to get dirty and hunt the footy in numbers and get it going our way.”

Bombers and Pies say they’re in it to win it

By Adam Smith, The Mercury

HISTORY suggests Lauderdale and Devonport are making up the numbers in the State League finals, but Darren Winter firmly believes the fourth and fifth-placed teams cannot be written off.

For the second consecutive season the Bombers and Pies square off at Blundstone Arena in the elimination final, striving to prove they are more than just bit parts in the bigger picture.

No side that has missed the top three has reached a preliminary final since the inception of the TSL and though aware his side is not playing great footy, Winter is con­fident they have the exper­ience to lift when the whips are cracking.

“While we are not playing great footy, we know we are capable of getting a good result,” Winter said. “I don’t think anyone should write off the fourth and fifth-position teams, I think they can cause a bit of damage through finals.

“We’ve been in this position a few times before, we know what it’s all about.

“We have to go in and give it our best performance on the day.”

Devonport enters the clash in arguably its best form of the season, having pushed heavyweights Glenorchy and Burnie before rounding out its roster season with a victory over Launceston.

Coach Mitch Thorp — who signed a two-year contract extension during the week with an option of a third — is backing his troops in despite carrying the underdog tag.

“I have sensed a real excitement around the group, arguably our best form has been over the last three weeks,” he said.

“We haven’t won all those games but our games against Glenorchy and Burnie in particular highlight that our best footy is around the mark.

“I’m aware of the challenge that Lauderdale will provide, but it is the right time of the year to still be playing footy.

“It [last year] hasn’t been mentioned at all, the only mention of Lauderdale has been this year and the evidence alone on the two games we have had, the first game we won by four points and the second one they won by a point.

“The teams on their day are fairly similar.

“We want to make sure we play the best possible game we can and give ourselves a chance to move on in the finals series.”