Brilliant Bowden hits 200

Written by Damian Gill

“He is too good for here, he should have played AFL.”

It isn’t a famous quote or attributed to anyone in particular but when you talk about the local superstar that is Jaye Bowden these are the remarks that frequently ring through your ears, and the sentiment is undeniable.

Jaye Bowden has dominated local football like few have in the modern era and it is near unthinkable an AFL club has at no stage come a-knocking. But what it has meant is that Tasmanians have been treated to a freakish football talent on their doorstep; a player capable of regularly winning games of footy off his own boot.

199 games, 445 goals, three premierships (two SFL, one TSL) two Peter Hudson Medals, three Alastair Lynch Medals and five-time club Best & Fairest. It is a remarkable football resume and this week, the Tasmanian State League’s most decorated player will add another accolade to the long list.

Bowden celebrates one of his 49 goals so far this season IC: Solstice Digital

Bowden will notch game 200 for his beloved Glenorchy Football Club when he runs out against the Tigers in Round 20. He has pulled on the black and white since Under 13s and has played regular senior football since 16 years of age, and in that time, he and the club have achieved a lot.

“It has come around pretty quick, to be honest,  you are 18 and you blink and all of a sudden you are 28…it sneaks up on you,” he said.

Bowden has ridden the waves of a career at one football club tasting the trials and triumphs of senior footy.

“I’ve been through a couple of builds. When I first came through we built for a few years and had some success and then we had a lean run for a few years and then Aaron (Cornelius) came on board and we built back up again to where we are now.

“It is a bit of a different perspective now I was one the young kids first of all and now I am one of the old heads, trying to get the best out of the young kids.”

For any player Premierships reign supreme but when it comes to individual honours despite all the medals and accolades that have come his way over 11 dominant years of senior football it is the life membership at the club that is his most cherished.

“The flags are well above anything but the life membership probably means the most to me, I’ll look back and be pretty proud of it.

Bowden celebrating the 2016 premiership with team mates.

“Individual honours you don’t aim for but if they come along the way you take them and are certainly humbled by them.”

In an era where loyalty is not common place, the high flying Bowden has remained committed to Glenorchy, despite much rival and interstate interest.

“I have family history at the club which is why I joined the club in the first place but like anyone that has spent a lot of time at a football club, it is the friendships and people that you have been on the journey with that keep you there.

“It always just felt like home and I’ve never had any reason to change or wanted to change.”

Widely considered as hard done by, a player that should have been given a shot at an AFL dream, the reigning Lynch medalist doesn’t think too much about what could have been.

“When you are younger it bites at you a bit, probably because of how you are talked up but you learn pretty quickly and it comes with age too that you need a bit of luck.

“I look back now and I’m not regretful if not getting drafted is the worst thing that happens to me then life is pretty good to me.”

Round 20 will mark a major milestone for Bowden but he is hoping that isn’t the last cause for celebration for him and his Magpies in 2017. He has booted 49 goals so far this season and is on his way to another Hudson medal and the goalkicking superstar strongly believes Glenorchy can go back-to-back if they find their groove come September.

“It is really even this season. On our day we can beat anyone but you can say the same of the other four in the top five and as we have learnt in 2015 it only takes a month of good footy and you have a chance.

“On our day we can beat anyone but you can say the same of the other four in the top five and as we have learnt in 2015 when we lost, it only takes a month of good footy and you have a chance.

“Our best I truly believe is as good as anyone’s, we need a bit of luck with injuries but so does everyone. You just need that four weeks of good footy.”

And while the eye remains firmly fixed on the ’17 prize and again lifting the cup, 2018 may see less of Bowden strutting his stuff at KGV as he seeks some foreign sun.

“I haven’t thought about it too much…I might need to escape a little bit of the Tassie winter at some time,” he joked.

“If that it is the case I wouldn’t be able to play a full year but we will have a look at it at the end of the year and what it all looks like.”


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 19


1. Baxter Norton (Hobart City Demons) referred for a bump on Mitch Anderton (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined that the action does not constitute a reportable offence.


2. Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons) referred for an elbow on Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined that the action does not constitute a reportable offence.


3. Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons) referred for striking Sam Adams (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike contained insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence.



4. Ben Hawkes (Devonport) referred for a dangerous tackle on Cameron Downie (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that the dangerous tackle was careless, with medium impact to the head. Hawkes has been offered a base sanction of TWO matches, which can be reduced to ONE match with an early guilty plea.

Devonport have withdrawn their rejection of the offer within the afforded time frame and have ACCEPTED the Match Review Panel’s offer.

The Tribunal will no longer sit tonight.



5.  Matthew Cossins (North Launceston) reported for striking Jacob Boyd (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the head. Cossins has been offered a base sanction of TWO matches, which can be reduced to ONE match with an early guilty plea.

Cossins has ACCEPTED an ONE match suspension.


6. Clinton Brown (Lauderdale) reported for striking Samuel Fros (Hobart City Demons)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with medium impact to the head. Brown has been offered a base sanction of THREE matches, which can be reduced to TWO matches with an early guilty plea.

Brown has ACCEPTED a TWO match suspension.


Demons finals ambitions dashed

Written by Alex FitzGerald, Damian Gill

Hobart City Demons final hopes were powerfully dashed by an awesome Lauderdale who piled on 13 goals after the main break to belt Hobart City Demons by 82 points at Lauderdale Oval.

The Demons now are merely a mathematical chance of finals with Launceston’s victory over Devonport and their large loss to Lauderdale all-but drawing curtains on an up and down season that teased of greater glory.

With their season on the line, the Demons were bitterly disappointing, falling to a free scoring Bombers who made it seven straight wins in emphatic fashion. Ahead by just 24 points at half time, the Bombers kicked five goals in the third quarter, then slammed on half a dozen majors inside the first 12 minutes of the final term to run out 17.13 (115) to 4.9 (33) winners.

Kicking into the wind in the first quarter didn’t seem to concern Lauderdale, who registered the opening two goals in quick succession through a Toutai Havea set shot and a converted 50m penalty from Scott Hill.  The breeze dropped out halfway through the term, but Hobart City Demons’ stubborn defence ensured no further majors were conceded.  Josh Williamson slotted a long goal for the visitors as the siren sounded, and they went into quarter time trailing 1.2 (8) to the Bombers’ 2.6 (18).

The second term was a game of patience, as both sides struggled to have an impact moving the ball forward.  Second gamer Will Peppin provided a rare highlight when he flew high above the pack in the Hobart City Demons’ attacking goal square to almost take mark of the year, but that was as close as the visitors got up forward for the quarter.  Lauderdale goals to Alex Hill and Phil Bellchambers broke the deadlock, with the hosts holding a 4.9 (33) to 1.3 (9) lead at the main break.

The third stanza saw Lauderdale hit their straps, with Cam Hooker and Alex Hill both taking strong contested marks and converting the subsequent shots on goal.  The Bombers’ midfield brigade showed why they’re so highly regarded, highlighted by the performance of Dylan Fyfe, who pushed forward to kick two classy left foot goals on the run.  The Hobart City Demons kicked a late consolation goal through Williamson again, but the hosts were well and truly in control, striding into the final huddle with a 9.10 (64) to 2.8 (20) advantage.

The final quarter showcased just how damaging Lauderdale have been in season 2017, with the Bombers relentlessly slamming on six goals inside the first 12 minutes.  Hooker, captain Bryce Walsh and defender Josh McGuinness all kicked two goals apiece for the term, with McGuinness’ majors sailing through just a minute apart.  Lauderdale’s defence was near-unpassable, with the Bombers full of run.  The visitors kicked two late goals but it was all too late, with Lauderdale all smiles as they left the field convincing 82 point winners.

Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown lamented the overuse of his side’s possession in the first half but was full of praise for how the Bombers attacked the game with more direction after the main break.

“I think the pleasing part was that we haven’t finished teams off in the back end of the year; if you’re going to win the premiership you need to be able to do that.

“I think today we tried a lot of guys in different positions in the last quarter, so to do that and kick eight was a massive positive.”

Brown acknowledged that the Bombers’ ability to put together high scoring matches all season had been a strength, highlighting the versatility of the squad.

“We’ve got a number of guys that are able to go forward and it’s good that if we are struggling to find avenues to goal that we can call on (a number of players) from the backline.

“It’s a massive string to our bow that we can do that and accumulate scores.”

The Lauderdale midfield accumulated some huge numbers, with Bryce Walsh racking up 38 disposals, 14 of which were in the final term where he also kicked two goals.  Dylan Fyfe collected 29 touches, while inside midfielder Nat Franklin had 27 for the afternoon.  Alex Hill was the standout target up forward, booting three goals from his nine marks.

The Bomber defenders’ ability to generate run was crucial in the second half, with Ryan Wiggins a rock and Josh McGuinness taking 13 marks to go with his 29 disposals and two running goals, performance singled out by Brown.

“Our defensive coach will tell you it’s the best defensive unit in the game at the moment; we’ve been able to hold teams to low scores, but that’s going to be a big challenge next game against Clarence.”

Hobart City Demons’ coach Kane Richter was candid following the loss and impressed with Bombers’ game.

“It was a real opportunity for us and we’re disappointed.  Although we were with them early, we were grinding pretty hard.

“We’ll take learning out of the game, but to Lauderdale’s credit they were fantastic; They move the footy well, care for each other and give the footy first. They take the game on and are very offensive from the stoppages.”

Richter was positive however when reflective on his side’s 2017 campaign.

“We’ve got some young guys in the group and it’s exciting that we are thereabouts in terms of finals footy; We’ve played 36 players for the year, and as disappointed as we are, we can’t underestimate how far we’ve come.”

Hobart City Demons’ winger Kyle Wisniewski played well on dangerous Bomber Rhys Sutton, while Blake Grant provided some drive up forward, with captain Hugh Williams’ one defender who was rarely beaten.

Meanwhile, in Devonport, Launceston all-but secured themselves finals football with a 27-point victory over Devonport.

In a game that was heavily influenced by conditions, both teams managed just eight goals between them with a dominant Blues first half setting up victory.

Devonport were held scoreless in the opening half with the Blues kicking 4.3 with goals from Jake Nunn, Conor Smith and two from Rulla Kelly-Mansell (the day’s only multiple goalkicker) to see them in complete control.

The ball was in Launceston’s attacking half for the bulk of the first half and Devonport did well to limit the damage with youngster Sherrin Egger again impressive.

Toby Ennis fianlly got Devonport on the board in the third term but Brendan Taylor and Nathan O’Donoghue also split the middle to keep the Blues in the driver’s seat.

Charlie Castles rounded out the scoring with the only goal in an uneventful last term that saw Launceston scrap their way to a vital victory that should ensure September action.

Both Round 19 results all-but consolidate the top five for the finals to come in three weeks time.

Round 19 – 12/08/2017

Lauderdale                              2.6,  4.9,  9.10,  17.13  (115)

Hobart City Demons                      1.2,  1.3,  2.8,  4.9  (33)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
C. Hooker 3, A. Hill 3, J. McGuinness 2, D. Fyfe 2, B. Walsh 2, A. Hevey 1,
T. Havea 1, M. Kleverkamp 1, S. Hill 1, P. Bellchambers 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 2, W. Peppin 1, J. Charlton 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
J. McGuinness, B. Walsh, N. Franklin, R. Wiggins, A. Hill, D. Fyfe

Hobart City Demons :
K. Wisniewski, N. Hutchinson, B. Grant, H. Williams


Round 19 – 12/08/2017

Launceston                              2.2,  4.3,  6.6,  6.8  (44)

Devonport                               0.0,  0.0,  1.3,  2.5  (17)

GOALS, Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 2, C. Sheppard 1, C. Smith 1, J. Nunn 1, B. Taylor 1

Devonport :
T. Enniss 1, D. Riley 1

BEST, Launceston :
J. Aganas, J. Donnellan, B. Palfreyman, S. Vandervelde, J. Blackberry, S. Lonergan

Devonport :
S. Egger, Q. Byard, B. Symmons, B. Sharman, M. Perry, D. Riley

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 19

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Saturday 12th August

Devonport vs Launceston (Devonport Oval) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Launceston 11.16.82 def Devonport 8.4.52 (Round 10, 2017, at Windsor Park)

After defeating Devonport in Round 1 by 34 points, the Blues made it two wins over the Magpies for season 2017 with a five goal win when they met again in Round 10.  A four goal to one second quarter saw Launceston break away from Devonport, with four players kicking multiple majors for the Blues in the win.  Midfielders Jay Blackberry and Brodie Palfreyman did the damage for the victors, while Mitch Thorp booted three to be Devonport’s best on the day.

Form Guide:

Devonport (LLW) – MILD:

A valiant loss to premiership favourites North Launceston in Round 15 was offset by the ten goal defeat against Lauderdale in Round 16, but Devonport bounced back after the bye to defeat the Tigers in the mud at home by nine points last week.With key players in red hot form and belief high, the young coastal unit will be looking to finish the season strongly.

Launceston (WLL) – MILD:

The Blues played in one of the games of the season against Glenorchy at KGV last week but conceded the final two majors in time-on to go down by just six points meaning finals are not yet locked away.  Going down in an upset to the Hobart City Demons at home in Round 16 put the pressure on the Blues, who only just scraped across the line against the Tigers in Round 15.  Fifth position on the ladder can be all but sewn up with a victory on Saturday afternoon, and with the Blues hitting their stride last week expect them to come out firing.

Key Matchups:

Mitch Thorp was a focal point up forward for Devonport last week, booting six of his side’s 11 goals, and he’s likely to be manned up by developing 18 year old Blues’ tall defender Simon Vandervelde, who made a number of key spoils on the Glenorchy forwards last week.

Devonport sensation Sherrin Egger is in the middle of a purple patch at half back, and he could take Blue’s half forward Connor Smith.  Likewise, Magpie Giacomo Millucci has been effective at ground level in the forward line.

Devonport co-captain Dylan Riley and Launceston teenager Brodie Palfreyman both have the ability to provide drive inside their respective forward lines from midfield, and with similar builds and running ability, they’re almost a certainty to spend some time alongside each other.

Fire Starters:

Beau Sharman has led from the front as co-captain of Devonport this season, with the game against the Tigers last week arguably his best.  The slick midfielder’s inside work and composure on the outside saw him deliver the ball with pinpoint accuracy time and again, and if given any space this week he will make Launceston hurt.

Jake Hinds has grown in confidence this season, with his stints playing for the Allies and Tassie Mariners seeing him return to Launceston’s side with a clear willingness to help the Blues into the finals through action.  Hinds’ runs to the right places to receive the football and impact contests, with his damaging left foot breaking many lines against Glenorchy last week as he spent the majority of his time in the midfield.





In: J. Donnellan, N. O’Donoghue, C. Downie
Out: T. Auckland, C. Brown, J. Smith

Fitz’s Tip: Both sides come into this match after impressive efforts in Round 18, with Devonport hunting their third win of the season and Launceston looking to cement their place in the top five.   Despite the Magpies’ improvement, Launceston have everything at stake on Saturday afternoon, and should take this contest out but a fast start from the hosts could see an arm-wrestle for much of the game.  Launceston by 26.

Lauderdale vs Hobart City Demons (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 21.19.145 def Hobart City Demons 8.8.56 (Round 14, 2017, at North Hobart Oval)

A physical Lauderdale defeated the Hobart City Demons for the second time this season, with 13 individual goal kickers joining the party at North Hobart Oval.  Thor Boscott and Nat Franklin booted three majors apiece, with Phil Bellchambers and Mitch Anderton among the Bombers’ best.  Midfielder Ryan Matthews tried hard and Jonty Barwick slotted three majors for the hosts, who kicked four of their eight goals in the final term when the game was well and truly over.

Form Guide:

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers accounted for coastal sides Devonport and Burnie either side of a hard-fought win over fourth-placed Glenorchy at home.  With six straight wins to their name, Lauderdale will be determined to continue their strong run of form on Saturday with only two matches remaining before the finals.

Hobart City Demons (WLW) – MILD:

The boys from North Hobart defeated a resilient Devonport in Round 15, before falling to Clarence by 55 points the following week.  Round 17 saw Hobart City Demons upset fifth-placed Launceston at Windsor Park, keeping their slim finals hopes alive before last weekend’s bye.

Key Matchups:

Lauderdale captain Bryce Walsh has been in great form offensively, but with Ryan Matthews likely to fire in midfield, Walsh could get the run-with job in an attempt to quell his effectiveness.

Josh Williamson has kicked 30 goals for the season, but only three in the two matches against Lauderdale, with the Hobart City Demons’ forward struggling to deal with the physicality and close-checking employed by Ben McGuinness.  He could do battle with brother Josh on Saturday, with Williamson again expected to receive similar treatment from the Bombers’ backline.

With Bomber midfielder/forward Thor Boscott in red-hot form, he must be more closely monitored than last time these sides met when he kicked three goals and set up countless others at will.  Liam Azzopardi could be the right man for the job, with the Hobart City Demons’ defender doing some important jobs this season but the question will be whether he can go with Boscott further up the ground.

Fire Starters:

With 26 goals to his name this season, Lauderdale forward Ray Hill possesses football smarts and reads the play well to take strong marks in damaging positions in front of the big sticks.  He booted five goals last week, and with hauls of five and four to his name in previous matches, he cannot be underestimated or given any space inside attacking 50.

Sean Willis is another barometer up forward, with the Hobart City Demons hoping he can recapture some of his early-season form.  Willis kicked 12 goals in his first six games, and despite not hitting the scoreboard of late, must be closely checked, as his ability to kick quick back to back goals can spark his side into action.



In: R. Wiggins, P. Bellchambers
Out: R. McManus,  R. Hooker

Hobart City Demons

In: W. Hay, K. Wisniewski, S. Caswell, J. McCulloch
Out: C. Dell, M. Bidgood, K. Richter, C. Ransom

Fitz’s Tip: Lauderdale are on fire this season, having defeated every side in the competition bar Clarence this season.  On the other hand, Hobart City Demons have their season to play for, they must win their final two games to keep their finals hopes alive and will throw everything at the Bombers on Saturday.  With the home deck advantage and enviable firepower across all lines, Lauderdale should prevail in a fast-moving and physical clash, with the margin somewhere between the 13 and 89 point results decided earlier this season.  Lauderdale by 36.





The Southern Cross Tasmanian State League has concluded its investigation into a half time incident in the match between North Launceston and Clarence. The incident was an altercation between a Clarence trainer and a North Launceston Assistant Coach.

The following has been determined following the investigation:

The matter was assessed as a breach of Section 6.6 of the TSL Rules and Regulations, BEHAVIOUR DETRIMENTAL TO FOOTBALL.

Clarence trainer Randall Castle was offered a TWO match suspension, (as per MRP Guidelines) reduced to a ONE match suspension with an early guilty plea.

Clarence Football Club has ACCEPTED the offer.

In addition, both clubs (North Launceston and Clarence) have been issued suspended $200 fines as per 6.6 of the Rules and Regulations, due to inappropriate conduct in the interchange area.

Both fines are suspended on condition that both club’s support groups and interchange areas are effectively managed, to the extent that no further breaches of such nature occur for the balance of this season, including the finals series.




Round 19 – 12/08/2017

1:00PM – Devonport Oval


B: K. Byard, L. Bissett, M. Perry
HB: B. Sharman, L. Williams, S. Egger
C: H.  Barker, D.  Riley, G.  Millucci
HF: Q. Byard, B. Butler, B. Symmons
F: J. Chaplin, M. Thorp, B. Scott
R: P. Davis, T.Enniss, D. Schnoor
Int: B. Hawkes, C. Castles, C. Burnett, T. Donald
Emg: J. Whelan, B. Connelly, T. Highet, B. Chard


B: J. Boyce, S. Vandervelde, C. Savage
HB: J. Donnellan, J. Aganas, R. Tyrrell
C: R.  Kelly-Mansell, S.  Lonergan, C.  Smith
HF: C. Sheppard, J. Nunn, T. Sheppard
F: S. Whiting, N. O’Donoghue, J. Blackberry
R: H. Leedham, J. Hinds, S. Rundle
Int: S. Williams, C. Downie, B. Palfreyman, B. Taylor
Emg: J. Boyd, A. Wright, M. Hutchinson, E. Conway

In: J. Donnellan, N. O’Donoghue, C. Downie
Out: T. Auckland, C. Brown, J. Smith


Round 19 – 12/08/2017

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval

B: M. Anderton, E. Whish-Wilson, S. Hill
HB: M. Kleverkamp, R. Wiggins, J. McGuinness
C: R.  Sutton, B.  Walsh, D.  Fyfe
HF: R. Hill, A. Hill, A. Hevey
F: T.Boscott, T.Havea, E. Stanley
R: H. Smith, N. Franklin, P. Bellchambers
Int: C. Hooker, S. Adams, J. Williams, C. Laoumtzis
Emg: M. McGuinness, O. Shaw, W. Gergel, D. Johns

In: R. Wiggins, P. Bellchambers
Out: R. McManus,  R. Hooker 

Hobart City Demons

B: W. Hay, L. Azzopardi, H. Williams
HB: T. Millhouse, H. Williams, N. Hutchinson
C: R.  Cowie, W.  Campbell, B.  Norton
HF: S. Willis, N. Baker, J. Williamson
F: B. Grant, K. Wisniewski, J. Barwick
R: C. White, R. Matthews, J. Charlton
Int: S. Caswell, E. Cole, J. McCulloch, C. Kilpatrick
Emg: J. Maple, W. Peppin, M. O’Neill, J. Doran

In: W. Hay, K. Wisniewski, S. Caswell, J. McCulloch
Out: C. Dell, M. Bidgood, K. Richter, C. Ransom





Round 12 – 12/08/2017

11:00AM – KGV


Glenorchy Football Club
B: T. Wiggins, R.Siely,
HB: G. Allan, H. Ryan,
C: G.  Terry, T.  Corrie, S.  Davis
HF: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch, M. Jacobs
F: E. Barwick, N. Daniels, K. Rattenbury
R: E. Fornells Vernet, B. Barwick, S. Eaton
Int: E. Loveless, S. Flack, T. Hudson, G. Sullivan

Tigers Football Club
B: H. Upston, R. Roberts,
HB: K. Baker, E. Doyle, J. Murphy
C: H.  Flakemore, C.  Brooke, L.  Reid
HF: M.Lawler, , O. McKee
F: S. Grimsey, M. Absolom, A. Esam
R: M. Smith, L. Ochayi, M. Neal
Int: S. Thomas, E. Johnstone, J. Noye , R. Jones


Round 12 – 13/08/2017

12:00PM – Blundstone Arena

Clarence Football Club
B: S. Bale, T. Nichols,
HB: T. Ford, Z. Crawford, J. Farrow
C: L.  Gwynne, N.  Bresnehan, C.  Kenny
HF: S. Harris, J. Limbrick, M. Wise
F: J. Minifie, G. Mitchell,
R: C. Wells, G. Pennicott, S. Pennicott
Int: S. Hinks, N. Pearce, N. Taylor
Emg: H. Bromfield

Burnie Football Club

B: S. Loring, S. Skinner, K. Johnson
HB: L. Stevenson, K. Sheehan,
C: C.  Loring, J.  Brown, S.  Rodman
HF: I. Duffie, C. Haines, C. Chandler
F: S. Ferguson-Stevens, J. Mercer,
R: M. Wright, E. Humphries, K. Loring
Int: S. Edwards, J. Whelan



It is a sea of red and black this week, with SEVEN Northern Bombers and four Lauderdale Bombers picked in the team. The two Bombers outfits smashed their opposition, combining for a margin of 147 points in Round 18!

Devonport’s victory hasn’t gone unnoticed at the selection table with four Magpies making the cut. Launceston versus Glenorchy was a sizzling sneak peek of what is to come in September and as a result, five players feature from both clubs in this week’s team.

Brandon Batchelor hasn’t been a name in the mix for quite some time but he has come into the team as has Jay Foon, who is looking sharp since a return from injury.

Jaye Bowden, Rhys Mott and Josh Ponting are running hot and have been mainstays of late and that continues this week!


Sherrin Egger (Devonport)

Again showed that he is seemingly headed for higher honours with another clever game off half-back, with his footy smarts and tackling pressure a highlight. Played beyond his 16-years-of-age.

Simon Vandervelde (Launceston)

The 18 year old long-sleeve enthusiast played an admirable role in the backline, willing himself to influence every contest.  His tackling pressure and timely spoils defied many a Glenorchy foray forward, especially in the first quarter when the Magpies could have easily put ten majors on the board instead of five.

Jack Avent (North Launceston)

Avent has stepped up in some big games this year and the weekend’s top of the table clash was just another. Continued to play his role well,  came across to defend and support in contests, helped keep Clarence’s goals to a minimum and was really good on rebound.


Jay Foon (North Launceston)

Was a key to North’s success, taking a number of intercept marks, and rebounding the ball out of the Bombers defence. Has been in good form since returning from injury and this continued against the Roos.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

Attacked the game from half back and although his defensive prowess wasn’t tested to its maximum due to ‘Dale midfield dominance he handled his opponents with aplomb. His adventure out of the back half hurt the Dockers and he is an exciting utility able to float right across the lines and have an impact.

Joe Boyce (Launceston)
The Launceston half back played his role to a tee, involving himself in contests and leading the charge to drive the Blues forward against the run of play in the first half.  His strength and ability to release the ball cleanly from congested stoppages gave the Blues’ outside runners the chance to move the ball quickly.



Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)

Sutton is the king of finding space and cutting teams apart with it. Found plenty of the pill and used it well on most occasions. Also chimed in with two goals.

Beau Sharman (Devonport)

Dominated the midfield and delivered the ball on a platter to coach Mitch Thorp. Continuing a fine season in the middle for the Magpies.

Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

Ponting’s superb run of form continued with a 30+ possession game, taking control in the middle as a lead hand in North’s midfield dominance.  Gave the Bombers countless clearances, and competed strongly at the coal face and provided run and carry.


Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

The form player of the competition played a strong role across half-forward, with his stints on the ball also damaging.  Bowden kicked three goals and set up a number of others, often through his ability to read the play and intercept opposition kicks.  Put simply, he was influential every time he was near the ball.

Mitch Thorp (Devonport)

Took an advantage of having just the one opponent and delivered with a haul of 6.3. He broke the game open in the third term and helped deliver his side their second win of 2017.

Brandon Batchelor (Tigers)

Was the only Tiger to really stand up in the first three goals, with his four goal haul invaluable on a day where goals were hard to come by when the heat was on.


Ray Hill (Lauderdale)

Part of the reason Lauderdale has made a quantum leap is the improvement of players. Ray Hill is one of those players that has improved to be an ever reliable utility. He blew Burnie to bits with a strong marking game in tricky conditions. Kicked five goals including a couple of beauties and presented all day.

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

McCulloch has continued to make a serious impact on the Bombers forward line, kicking four goals and taking a number of strong marks. His partnership with fellow twin tower Bennett played a key role in the Bombers big win.

Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

Bennett ended the day with five goals and was a strong marking presence all day for the Bombers. His ability to contest and win the footy in the air lead to goals for himself but also many for his team mates.


Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Coming up against Wall and Siggins, Lee dominated the ruck all day long. Gave his mids first use of the ball throughout the match, giving the Bombers ascendancy and control of the ball, leading to the Bombers win.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

The Bombers coach continued his strong form as one of the competition’s elite, gathering a ton of the football as well as sneaking forward to kick two goals, including a long dribble goal that will go down as one of the goals of the season.

Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

Walsh was a pig in mud. It was a tough contested game in muddy conditions and the Lauderdale skipper was phenomenal. He had plenty of the ball and was tenacious in and under.



Dylan Riley (Devonport)

Impacted the game both in attack and forward for the Magpies and was one of the reasons the home side got on top in the third.

Jake Hinds (Launceston)

The Mariner played through the middle with confidence in what was a close contest, backing himself to hit targets in heavy traffic, and opening up the play with his long left shoe.  Hinds pushed forward to kick two crucial goals and was one of Launceston’s best.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

The Glenorchy midfielder continued his strong run of games, with a high number of inside 50’s in the first half, and close to 30 disposals overall.  Mott’s ability to hit targets reliably in a high-pressure game stood out, and he was clearly one of the best afield.

Zac Buechner (Clarence)

Buechner was a rare highlight on a dirty day for the Roos. Kicked two of the Roos goals and also provided a target in the forward line and moved through the midfield at stages, playing his best game of the year as the Roos best on the ground.


Unlucky Omissions…

Zach Burt – The third member of North’s killer bees (with Bennett and Bart), Burt’s recent play in the backline has been a major advantage for the young and often undersized North backline. Minimising Siggins’ impact on the game, Burt also managed to sneak a goal of his own later in the game.

Tall defender Jimmy Aganas’ tackling efforts were huge, with the first-year Blue winning a number of free kicks in the process.  Midfielder Jay Blackberry also stood up in crucial parts of the close loss to Glenorchy, booting two huge goals in the Blues’ second quarter fightback.

Glenorchy captain Brayden Webb was again dominant through the middle of KGV, capping off his effective kicking game with two goals.  Calen Daly impressed across half back in his first win as a Magpie, while Mitch Rainbird won some key clearances in the middle and kicked two clutch goals late in the final quarter to see Glenorchy over the line.

Plenty of options from Lauderdale, we really enjoyed Dylan Fyfe’s game, as well as fellow on-baller Nat Franklin. Mitch Anderton continues to catch eyes with his gutsy attack and endeavour out of defence.

Tigers young gun defender Lachlan Gadomski seems to be in the conversation each week as he continues to shine at TSL level. His team mate Jacko Bilson was also a strong performer at the weekend. Devonport had some experience heads crack the team this week but Brad Symmons is one who is bitterly unlucky with a strong hand in their second win for the season.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 18

Tasmanian State League

1. Mitch Hills (Glenorchy) reported for striking Jay Blackberry (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found the strike to be careless, with low impact to the head. Hills has been offered the base sanction of one match, but can accept a reprimand with the early guilty plea.

Hills has taken the early guilty plea and accepted a reprimand.



2. Rhys Mott (Glenorchy) referred for making high contact against Joe Boyce (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental and as a part of the play. The Match Review Panel agreed that a 50m penalty was the correct decision.

No further action is required.



3. Sam Lonergan (Launceston) referred for making high contact against Matthew Dilger (Glenorchy)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental and as a part of the play. The Match Review Panel also deemed that neither player could have avoided making contact.

No further action is required.


4. Christopher Nield (Tigers) reported for striking Quade Byard (Devonport)

The Match Review Panel found the strike to be intentional, with low impact

to the body. Due to the fact Nield has already received sanction in season 2017, his base sanction increases by one match. Nield has been offered a base sanction of two matches but can accept a one match suspension with the early guilty plea.

Nield has taken the early guilty plea and accepted a one match suspension.


5. Tim Castle (Clarence) reported for striking Tom Couch (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the body. Castle has been offered the base sanction of one match but can accept a reprimand with the early guilty plea.

Castle has taken the early guilty plea and accepted a reprimand.


6. Trent Standen (Clarence) reported for rough conduct against Fletcher Bennett (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental and as a part of the play.

No further action is required.



7. Brady Jones (Clarence) referred for making high contact against Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental and as a part of the play.

No further action is required.



8. Bart McCulloch (North Launceston) referred for rough conduct against Jason Bailey (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel found the action to be intentional, with low impact to the body. McCulloch has been offered the base sanction of one match but can accept a reprimand with the early guilty plea.

McCulloch has taken the early guilty plea and accepted a reprimand.


9.  An incident that occurred at the half time interval of the North Launceston vs. Clarence match at UTAS Stadium is currently being investigated by AFL Tasmania.

Further information will be provided by COB Thursday (10/08/2017).

10. Tyrone Morrison (Burnie) referred for striking Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel found the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the head. Morrison has been offered the base sanction of two matches but can accept a one match suspension with the early guilty plea.

Morrison has taken the early guilty plea and accepted a one match suspension.



Glenorchy prevail in arm-wrestle with Blues

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Glenorchy defeated a resilient Launceston by six points in what was undoubtedly one of the games of the season as fourth squared off against fifth at KGV Oval in a tantalising taster of September action.

The Blues fought back after conceding five goals to one in the opening term to lead with five minutes remaining, but two clutch Mitch Rainbird goals in time on saw the Magpies fall over the line to finish 14.6 (90) to 12.12 (84) winners.

Glenorchy opened their account in the first term through a Brodie Rowbottom major, with follow up goals to Jaye Bowden and Harry Pearce seeing the visitors on the ropes early as they desperately defended the barrage of forward entries.  Sonny Whiting converted from a tight angle to register the Blues’ first goal, but back to back Glenorchy goals inside a minute saw the accurate hosts take a healthy 5.0 (30) to 1.3 (9) lead into the first change.

The second quarter saw a fired up Launceston wrestle back control, with a long goal to Mariner Jake Hinds swinging through the big sticks early.  Two crunching tackles on the wing from tall defender Jimmy Aganas led to a turnover and Connor Smith goal, and when ruckman Hamish Leedham kicked truly soon after, the Blues were within a point.  Second majors to Pearce and Tyler Bowden settled things down for the Pies, but another Launceston three goal streak, including two classy Jay Blackberry majors, saw the visitors head into the rooms at half-time ahead 7.6 (48) to 7.1 (43).

The third term opened with 10 minutes of goalless play, as both sides battled to take control.  A dangerous kick across half back by the Blues was intercepted by Jaye Bowden, who set up a Glenorchy goal, and the Magpies slotted another soon after to hit the lead.  Two free kicks from physical contests resulted in Launceston goals not long afterwards as they reclaimed the lead, but the Magpies tumbled two quick goals through in response to set up a tense final term, going into the three quarter time huddle holding a slim 11.4 (70) to 9.9 (63) lead.

The Blues kicked the first two goals of the final stanza through Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Sam Rundle, but Rowbottom’s timely second major offset the damage for the Magpies.  Launceston defender Thomas Sheppard’s brave mark midway running back with the flight of the ball midway through the term highlighted the desperation of both sides, with the vocal crowd clearly enjoying the enthralling contest.  When Kelly-Mansell somehow managed to kick truly on the run from an impossible angle late in the quarter to give the Blues a seven point lead, it looked like Launceston might hang on.  Enter Magpie midfielder Mitch Rainbird, who pushed forward to take two contested marks, converting both from long range to see his side edge ahead for a thrilling 14.6 (90) to 12.12 (84) victory.

The Magpies again had injury woes as Josh Watts and Mitch Hills both limping off, a relieved Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was happy to get the four points.

“It was a good result but again we limped to the line with injuries.  I’m really proud of the boys and how they dug in; our younger guys were really good today.”

Cornelius was full of praise for the efforts of Launceston, who he had described as one of the best sides in the competition earlier in the week.

“They’re a formidable side; they’re very hard, they’ve got some physical guys and they’re very potent up forward.  I think that the move the ball in nice and quick and their foot skills have gone to another level.”

He conceded that the Magpies’ leaders had spoken to the playing group with passion at half time after conceding six goals in the second term and that a return to playing their signature style of football had seen his side regain control.

“I think we made a few structural errors (in the second term); we had to make sure we played the way we did in the first quarter and that the guys stuck to the structures that we designed for the game.”

Glenorchy’s midfield brigade was solid throughout the match, with polished left-footer Rhys Mott a standout with his disposal at both ends of the ground.  Jaye Bowden and captain Brayden Webb collected plenty of the ball to finish with three and two goals respectively, but it was final quarter hero Rainbird who earned a special mention from Cornelius post-game.

“He’s a bit of an x-factor and I think he really showed that today; Mitch was on the bench with 14 minutes to go and we put it to him and he responded really well and stood up.  He won some crucial clearances and impressed with his two-way running.”

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan was not happy to go down in a nail biter but was proud of the character shown.

“As a coach, every time you lose you walk off disappointed, but with their four quarter effort, I thought our boys were fantastic today and probably a bit unlucky in the last couple of minutes not to get the win.”

He was pleased with how his side stood up in a match played with finals like-intensity, and hoped that the game would set them up to hold down a place in the top five.

“We’ve got a bit of work ahead of us to make sure we get there; I think once we get there we can really shake a couple of sides up.  We’ve got to focus week by week and make sure we try to lock away that fifth spot.”

Lonergan was full of praise for the brave efforts of his defenders, particularly Jimmy Aganas and Simon Vandervelde.

“It’s his (Vandervelde’s) first full year of senior football; he’s 18 years old and really raw to the sport.  His year has been fantastic and we’ve got some guys like him who are putting their hand up and having a massive crack and taking their opportunity.”

Jake Hinds played well above his years to have an influence on the match through the midfield for the Blues, as did Joe Boyce and Jay Blackberry.  Thomas Sheppard and Mariner Casey Brown also impressed Lonergan with their willingness to embrace the physicality of the contest, while Rulla Kelly-Mansell stood up in the final term to slot two crucial goals.

The Blues face a resurgent Devonport on the road next week before the bye gives them some extra time to prepare for the Northern showdown with North Launceston at Windsor Park in the final round of the home and away fixture.  Glenorchy have a fortnight to recover for a clash with the Tigers at Twin Ovals, then face rivals Clarence in what will be a huge match before finals commence.


Round 18 – 05/08/2017

Glenorchy                               5.0,  7.1,  7.1,  14.6  (90)

Launceston                              1.3,  7.6,  7.6,  12.12  (84)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 3, B. Rowbottom 2, H. Pearce 2, B. Webb 2, T. Bowden 2, M. Rainbird 2,
J. Webb 1

Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 2, J. Hinds 2, J. Smith 1, H. Leedham 1, C. Smith 1, S. Whiting 1,
J. Nunn 1, J. Blackberry 1, B. Palfreyman 1, S. Rundle 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
R. Mott, C. Daly, J. Bowden, B. Webb, C. Duffy, M. Rainbird

Launceston :
J. Boyce, J. Hinds, S. Vandervelde, C. Brown, J. Blackberry, T. Sheppard

Bombers blitz shores up top spot

Written by Andrew Johnston

North Launceston have all but locked down the minor premiership and have rung out the alarm bells to the competition with a stunning 69 point thumping of Clarence at University of Tasmania Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A commanding victory that justifiably positions Tom Couch’s men as Premiership favourites with their Captain and Vice-Captain still waiting in the wings.

The Bombers never looked troubled, kicking an astonishing 21 goals, including 10 goals without a blemish after half time to solidify their home final chances.

Tyran Mansell came out of the North lineup late but the ladder leaders were unshaken, starting with five goals in the opening quarter. The ever reliable Josh Ponting was solid in the opening quarter, gathering nine disposals and live wire Tarryn Thomas booted two goals and handed off a third in a dominant quarter from the hosts.

Jackson O’Brien and Zac Buechner started strongly for the visitors, keeping the ‘Roos in the fight.

The second quarter saw the Bombers pull away from their old rivals, booting six unanswered goals. Tom Bennett and Bart McCulloch both kicked their third goals in the quarter, while the in-form Ponting moved to 17 disposals. It was a dirty quarter for the Kangaroos, who managed just 6 behinds, and ended the quarter with stars Trent Standen and Jake Cox on report after a number of spot fires broke out.

Clarence were marginally better after the break, kicking three goals through Harper, Roberts and Buechner, with the Mariners youngster a major shining light in a bleak day for the Roos. Despite an improved showing from Clarence the quarter again belonged to North, who kicked six goals without a single blemish to take an unassailable 70 point lead into the final change.

The Roos again lifted in the final quarter but the game was well beyond them, kicking four goals in a number of string bursts of play. The day belonged to the Bombers, who added another four goals to run away with the huge win that rings out a stern warning to the rest of the competition on the eve of finals. Tom Bennett and Bart McCulloch both ended with four goals, while Josh Ponting gathered over 30 disposals as the standout midfielder of the day.

Clarence coach Jeremy Webberley spoke of his disappointment in his team’s performance.

“I thought we came up in training, throughout the week was quite good so to come up and deliver that sort of effort is unacceptable.

“Really disappointed, fuming actually to tell you the honest truth.

“We think we’ve been flat the last six weeks, and we thought it was just going through the colder months, but, today just wasn’t acceptable. It wasn’t good enough.”

Injured North Captain Taylor Whitford spoke highly of his team but said they were focused on finishing off the season strong.

“We want to keep improving, so today’s a step forward in our improvement on last week. But we’ve got a bye now, and Burnie after that, so we want to improve in that game.”

Both teams enter the bye in round 19, with North taking on Burnie afterwards, whilst Clarence enters a battle of the eastern shore against Lauderdale.

Round 18 – 05/08/2017

North Launceston                        5.5,  11.7,  17.7,  21.7  (133)

Clarence                                2.2,  2.8,  5.9,  9.10  (64)

GOALS, North Launceston :
T. Bennett 5, B. McCulloch 4, T. Thomas 2, T. Couch 2, M. Walsh 2, K. Baker 1,
Z. Burt 1, B. Cox-Goodyer 1, M. Donnelly 1, L. Hollmer 1, K. Curtis 1

Clarence :
T. Standen 3, Z. Buechner 2, J. Roberts 2, I. Callinan 1, J. Harper 1

BEST, North Launceston :
A. Lee, T. Bennett, J. Ponting, J. Pearce, J. Avent, F. Bennett

Clarence :
Z. Buechner, M. Ling, J. O’Brien, N. Douglas, G. Chambers, W. Wall