TSL TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 18

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!

BACKS

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.

HALF BACKS

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.

 

CENTRES

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.

HALF FORWARDS

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.

FORWARDS

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.

FOLLOWERS

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.

 

INTERCHANGE

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.

Inaccurate North hold on

Written by Matt Hill

North Launceston remain undefeated but they were made to work for the four points, winning by just 16 against a spirited Tigers in wet conditions at UTAS Stadium, yesterday.

It could have been more comfortable for the Bombers if not for inaccuarate kicking, registering 22 behinds in a wayward day in front of goal. The Tigers took their chances and applied plenty of pressure to the ladder leaders, making for a fierce game of wet weather footy.

It was first taking on seventh position on but it didn’t play out that way for much of the game with Tigers responding from a dismal Round 7 showing. The first quarter were fierce and highly contested with both sides adjusting to the wet and slippery conditions. Both teams tackling was impressive in the first quarter with the Tigers bringing the heat in a pressure cooker of an opening term.

Ethan Brock kicked a great crumbing goal for the first major of the game for the Tigers before North skipper Taylor Whitford and Haydn Goss booted North’s first two majors of the game. Jay Lockhart was instrumental in setting up numerous attacks for North Launceston, intercepting many of Kingborough’s kicks and being the play maker for the bombers off a wing, with his lethal peg a joy to watch. The highlight of the first quarter however did belong to Brock who kicked a goal of the year contender with a miraculous snap from forty metres out on the boundary to send the soaked crowd into raptures. At quarter time the game was certainly anyone’s ball game with Tigers letting North Launceston know that the win was certainly not going to be given to them without a fight.

In the second stanza Tigers were looking a lot more impressive then where their position on the ladder suggests, with the visitors booting three goals to one to take a well-deserved lead into the main change. The Tigers leaders stepped up in the second when they needed it with vice-captain Braden Livingston kicking two majors for the term and captain Tim Peterson also kicking a goal for the Tigers, whilst youngster Kaleb Thomas booted North’s only goal for the term. The Tigers defence held on quite well with great defensive efforts from their back six which restricted the home side to just the one goal. Tigers defender Mitchell Carter provided an tremendous smoother which prevented Whitford the opportunity to kick another goal for the Bombers.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

Coming out from the main break the Bombers asserted their dominance on the game but inaccurate kicking cost the Bombers a larger lead with North kicking two goals and five behinds in the third to keep the Tigers still in the ball game at three quarter time. Coach Tom Couch kicked both of North’s goals with classy finishes to provide as an example for his teammates on how it was done. However it clearly didn’t rub off on Bart McCulloch, who missed an easy shot from the goal square from a similar position at the same venue where St.Kilda forward Josh Bruce missed a couple of weeks ago.

Going into the last term the game was certainly on the line with North only leading by four points but North’s leaders lifted to put the game to bed for the ladder leaders. Brad Cox-Goodyear took a strong mark in the wet conditions before wheeling around and snapping a goal early on in the last to set the tone. Big man McCulloch played a strong last quarter along with Whitford, Zac Burt and Karlton Wadley, who all helped North get over the line. In the end North showed their experience and strength in the last to run out 16 point winners.

If North had’ve lost they would have only had themselves to blame with the Bombers booting seven goals and twenty-two behinds and two goals seven behinds in the final term.

Tigers Coach Aaron Vince was happy with the response of his boys after a poor showing against Launceston.

“We were extremely disappointed with last week’s result against Launceston particularly our contested ball but I thought today we gave a four quarter effort, regardless of result that is all I can ask for as Coach.

“We gave ourselves a real chance today, the competition is really even and if we bring our effort each week we can compete with the top sides.”

North Launceston Coach Tom Couch was frustrated by his side’s inaccuracy in front of goal but could not question his charges effort.

“It probably took us a quarter and a half to adjust to the conditions, I thought we were a bit quite but full credit to the Tigers, they came to play. They did their research and they put up a good fight. I didn’t question the boys effort at all today it was just a match between two good sides.

“We had 16 more scoring shots in a 16 point win…it was just one of those days, we are a good goal kicking side so I’m not too worried about it.”

Looking forward it is a blockbuster, North play Clarence at Blundstone Arena next week and will certainly need to have their kicking boots on if they want the four points against a Clarence side who are in reasonable form. Whilst Tigers will have a lot of added confidence heading into the next two weeks against the two bottom sides in the competition in Devonport and Burnie. Kingborough play Devonport at home next week before travelling to Burnie the next week. With the strong game the Tigers played today they would be confident that they can string together two wins before heading into the bye.

 

NORTH LAUNCESTON v. TIGERS
Round 8 – 20/05/2017

North Launceston                        2.4,  3.10,  5.15,  7.22  (64)

Tigers                                  2.1,  5.4,  6.5,  7.6  (48)

GOALS, North Launceston :
T. Couch 2, K. Thomas 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 1, T. Whitford 1, H. Goss 1

Tigers :
B. Livingston 3, E. Brock 3, T. Peterson 1

BEST, North Launceston :
J. Foon, J. Lockhart, M. Walsh, A. Lee, T. Whitford, T. Bennett

Tigers :
M. Davies, L. Watt, M. Carter, S. Rice, M. Gardner, E. Brock