North Hobart’s Bear ready to growl

He was a Premiership player for the club in 2003 and in 2018 he is the main in charge of leading North Hobart back toward footy’s promised land.

Richard ‘Bear’ Robinson has been confirmed as North Hobart’s new coach for season 2018, following the recent departure of General Manager and Coach, Kane Richter.

Robinson steps up to the top job after fulfilling the role of assistant at the club. The experienced journeyman has been in the system for some time, including serving as an assistant in Clarence’s 2010 premiership and after serving a lengthy apprenticeship, the man they call ‘Bear’ is now ready to take charge.

“I thought this group needs someone that has been there for the last couple of years to keep improving and to continue the journey and it is about time I got out of my comfort zone a bit and had a crack.

“It has always been an ambition but you just never think you are going to get the chance.”

The self-confessed footy nut said he fell out of love with the game and it was a return to his home club to work with Kane Richter that rekindled his affinity for the game.

“Five or six years ago I nearly took on the Glenorchy job but I stayed at Clarence and then coached at St Virgils. Obviously, my time at the Saints wasn’t ideal and I sort of lost my love for the game a bit and lost a bit of confidence. And then in the last few years with Kane (Richter), I got that love back again.

“When Kane (Richter) decided to move I decided to throw my hat in the ring (for the job).

While he was in favour of the change back to the traditional moniker, it was not the shift to North Hobart that inspired ‘Bear’ to put his hand up for the top job.

“Whether we were called Hobart City or North Hobart I didn’t care, I was still keen to have a crack at it. It is the people and the players that are important.”

He played in the club’s last premiership 14 years ago and is keen to steer the Dees back up the top end of the ladder but acknowledges it will not be a quick journey.

“It has been a big part of my life and I’ve made some lifelong friends that are still very close today and it is nice that they are going to jump back on board and help the club.

“I’m here to keep developing these kids and continue the work Kane started.”

To see the Demons breakthrough for a finals berth, a greater emphasis will be needed on pressure, Robinson explains.

“Defensively we need to get better we have conceded too many points, all around the ground we need to create a stronger emphasis on restricting the opposition and create more pressure.”

Plenty has been made of fellow former Demons assistant Trent Baumeler’s move to the Tigers, and what it may mean for the Demons playing stocks. Robinson welcomes a friendly rivalry between the two young outfits with his mate now a worthy adversary.

“We are good friends, we were on the phone having a good laugh looking at the paper. Kane Richter thinks he is the Alastair Clarkson of the TSL.

“It is good he has an opportunity as well, he deserves it and I wish him all the best.”


Tigers unveil new coach

The Tigers have become the latest TSL team to lock down a coach, unveiling the sought after Trent Baumeler as the club’s new head honcho for season 2018.

Baumeler arrives at Twin Ovals after two seasons at the Hobart City Demons, while also impressing with recent work with the state academy, coaching the Under 17s team.

The new Tigers coach replaces Aaron Vince at the helm, who sensationally stepped in at the last hour following the sacking of Scott Mathieson on the eve of the season.

The Tigers beat off rival suitors to secure the services of Baumeler with North Hobart also keen to secure the young coach for the upcoming season.

While he crosses over from a TSL rival, Baumeler is no stranger to Kingborough, spending two years playing for the club in 2005/06. His yellow and black return makes it the club’s fourth coach since joining the TSL, with the hope that their newest arrival will lead the club to September action.

“The Board believes that Trent will be an outstanding Coach for the Tigers group and we look forward to watching him implement his plan with the playing group beginning with pre-season which will start in the next couple of weeks,” President Steve Old shared on the club’s Facebook page.

Baumeler is excited to take the step up to senior coaching with the title of Tigers Senior Coach sitting well with the former Demons assistant.

“There are only nine of these jobs going around in the state so it is an honour and a privilege to get an opportunity to be a senior coach but the hard work starts now.

“I’ve got to get to work making sure we retain our list, getting pre-season organised and meeting the players and the board to start to assimilate myself into the Tigers Footy Club.”

Baumeler was approached by the Tigers to present for the role of Senior Coach and he says the impressive process and vision the club has made Twin Ovals a desirable destination for his coaching future.

“The board, the facility, the playing list they have been developing over the journey since they came into the TSL were all appealing factors. If we can put some good things in place I think we can make some real quick strides in what we can achieve on and off the field,” he said.

The Tigers faithful are eager to taste success and while Baumeler is similarly keen for improvements on ladder position, he preaches a broader focus.

“It would be beautiful to have some quantum jumps and improve massively in the win/loss column but firstly it is about relationships and culture and getting some structure and standards. Not just in how we play footy but how we act as people around the club and with the footy community.”

While the Tigers opportunity excites, Baumeler admits it was a difficult decision to leave North Hobart.

“It is always hard to leave, you spend two years there and you spend time at a footy club you build relationships, you get close with people and you see their improvement. It is always a difficult decision to move on but when you get an opportunity that is new and exciting, where you can put your stamp on things with a new group it is really hard to pass up.”

The incoming Tigers supremo is confident he is ready for the step up into senior coaching, fulfilling a long-held ambition.

“The good thing about working with Kane (Richter) is he gave the coaching staff a lot of rope to make decisions but also to implement things into the gameplan, to take blocks of training and pre-game stuff. That along with the exposure to the state academy system, working with Matty Armstrong and Lance Spaulding has really helped my development, it enables you to fast track yourself pretty quickly and I feel pretty comfortable sitting in the senior coach’s chair.”

“I spent some time at Hutchins developing my coaching craft and I didn’t want to be one of those blokes that sat back and thought I should have gone and had a crack at coaching TSL level. So there was always that little ambition and Kane (Richter) was great in pushing me to try and become a senior coach so I imagine he is smiling as well.”

In taking on the job, Baumeler wants his 2018 Tigers to be known for defensive pressure and effort.

“Effort is key. We want to play high defensive pressure and I also want the guys to be aggressive with how they use the footy and not be afraid to make mistakes and take the game on and use the big ground with leg speed.

“Defensive pressure and effort for 120 minutes is the first building block and getting that mindset right and the offence will flow from that.”



Darren Winter (Lauderdale Coach) was reported for behaving in an abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene manner towards or in relation to an umpire in the first quarter.

The matter was referred directly to the TSL Tribunal for hearing on Thursday (28th September) night at 6:00 pm.

Darren Winter pleaded guilty to the charge.

It was alleged Winter approached the emergency umpire in the first quarter and said: “tell them to stop it.” The emergency umpire then told Winter to “cool down” and leave. It was then alleged Winter again approached umpires later in the quarter and said “you cheating f**king c**ts” whilst angrily gesturing at the field of play.

The emergency umpire said he was intimated and scared by the exchange and following the incident placed Winter on report at quarter time. The umpire’s evidence was reinforced by a TSL matchday official who witnessed the altercation between Winter and the umpire.

All parties agreed that the remarks were said.

Lauderdale Football Club’s defence was that the remarks were not directed at the emergency umpire or other officials, and were instead directed at the North Launceston interchange bench. They also unsuccessfully argued Winter was not looking or gesturing at the emergency or on-field umpires when making the remarks.

Lauderdale argued that it was a volatile situation with regular exchanges taking place between both interchange benches in the lead-up to the incident. The club also argued that emotional crowd behaviour contributed to the situation.

The Independent Tribunal found Winter GUILTY and handed down a sanction of FOUR MATCHES with a 50% loading, taking his overall suspension to SIX MATCHES.

As well as the evidence presented, the tribunal in handing down a verdict took into strong consideration that Winter engaged with the umpire on multiple occasions in the same game and the sport’s zero-tolerance stance on umpire abuse.

The Tribunal used its discretion to hand down a 50% loading with regard to rule 5.5 in the tribunal guidelines referring to: The tribunal has the right to apply (at its absolute discretion) a loading of up to 100% for any reportable offence committed during a Grand Final.

The six-match suspension is to be served from Round 1 of the 2018 Home and Away season and Winter will not be allowed to have any official match day role.




There were so many good goals in the 2017 season that we have to break them up into three categories to crown the very best!

Category 1 – Snaps, Checksides and Bananas – the ever creative/freakish finishes that have no right to bend their way in!

Category 2 – Running Goals – Long range running efforts, big booming boots and much, much more.

Category 3 – Set Shots – Standing and delivering from long range or impossible angles.

Each category will go to public vote before the winner from each will face-off for the 2017 TSL Goal of the Year.

We start with Category 1 – Snaps, Checksides and Bananas!


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
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Best Snap, Checkside or Banana for season 2017?

Dominant North Launceston claim 2017 TSL Flag

Written by Alex FitzGerald, Anthony Osborn

North Launceston capped off the most impressive of TSL seasons on Saturday afternoon by claiming a dominant 87-point victory over Lauderdale in the 2017 Grand Final in front of over 6000 fans at UTAS Stadium.

The Northern Bombers blew away their southern counterpart in an equally disciplined and dynamic display that was built off the back of a stunning ten goal second term – earning North Launceston a third TSL flag in four seasons.

An eight-goal haul from Baldock medallist Brad Cox-Goodyer was just one of a number of stunning individual performances from the hosts as they put on a clinic to run out 21.22 (148) to 9.7 (61) over an ill-disciplined and stunned Lauderdale outfit.

Tom Bennett with a strong grab – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

The atmosphere at UTAS Stadium was electric following the Mercury Cup and Wrest Point TSLW deciders and after a morning of showers, the ground was bathed in sunshine as fans of both sides found their voice and players tussled on the eve of the season’s biggest match.

The opening term had all of the hallmarks of a typically fiery grand final encounter, with both sides applying plenty of physical pressure both around the contest and off the ball. North Launceston dominated the midfield battle early, however, and put the Lauderdale defence under enormous pressure, with the opening goal of the match going the way of Cox-Goodyer from long range.

Lauderdale’s frustration as not being able to get their hand on the ball showed early, with defenders Max Kleverkamp and Josh McGuinness both uncharacteristically reported for ill-disciplined acts within minutes of each other.

North Launceston were dominant right across the ground in the opening term and should have been further in front at the main break, with clinical finishes from Mark Walsh and Jack Pearce capping off slick ball movement and handing the Northern Bombers a 3.6 (24) to 1.2 (8) lead at the first change.

North Launceston’s charge towards the cup continued in the second term, with Pearce, Walsh and Cox-Goodyer all adding second majors in the early minutes.

Lauderdale’s opening shot on goal was reversed following an off the ball Jordon Roberts hit on Louie Hollmer, an act which summed up the quarter for the southern outfit as they were blown away by a disciplined North Launceston master class.

The hosts went on to kick ten goals for the term, including three in a matter of minutes after Tarryn Thomas was put down behind play after curling through his first major. Thomas went on to kick a second as a result of the free kick before the following centre clearance resulted in Tom Couch’s first as his side edged closer to the ultimate prize.

The dominance continued as the term progressed, with the midfield brigade of Couch, Taylor Whitford, Mark Walsh and Josh Ponting guiding North Launceston to a commanding 13.10 (88) to 3.4 (22) lead at the main break.

Cox-Goodyer was on fire – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

Lauderdale came out in the third term with intent, kicking three of the first four goals, but the quarter belonged to bullish midfielder Cox-Goodyer, who was playing as a permanent forward.

The competition’s answer to Dustin Martin slotted three majors for the quarter to subdue any outside chance of a comeback as North Launceston extended their lead, taking a 17.13 (115) to 6.7 (43) advantage into the final quarter of the season.

The Northern Bombers enjoyed the fourth quarter, playing with passionas the prospect of another premiership became closer and closer to reality.

Cox-Goodyer added another two majors from half a dozen shots on goal to take his tally to eight.  Ryan Wiggins slotted three late goals of his own to finish with four for the afternoon, but it was a jubilant home side who celebrated at the final siren, with the ground stormed by celebrating fans as North Launceston’s 2016 defeat was all but forgotten in the afterglow of an 87 point win.

When the game was there to be won Brad Cox-Goodyer continued his brilliant season, using his brute strength and classy skills by foot to take the game by the scruff of the neck and ensure the Northern Bombers stifled any hope of a southern Bomber resurgence.

While Cox-Goodyer rightfully won the Baldock Medal for his outstanding display he had plenty of support around the ground with Jake Pearce and Josh Ponting finding plenty of the ball, and the duo of Tom Bennett and 2018 draft prospect Tarryn Thomas providing plenty of assistance up forward.

The North Launceston defence also proved to be irresistible for much of the afternoon, with Arion Richter-Salter and Jay Lockhart leading a cohesive effort from the back six in a truly impressive team performance.

Couch racked up the touches – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

North Launceston coach Tom Couch reflected post-match on achieving the team’s sole focus on winning the premiership.

“It’s a bit surreal; we’ve worked pretty hard for this moment.  You think about it every day, especially for the last ten weeks.

“It’s great and just (full) credit to the boys; they’ve worked so hard,”

Couch spoke about being welcomed into the club with open arms in his first year as coach, with the playing group all focused on avenging their 2016 loss to Glenorchy.

“To lose the Grand Final last year, you need to take that next step.  The boys were pretty fit and we changed a few things about the game plan; they all bought in and they deserve it.”

Couch himself played a sensational game in the midfield, alongside the underrated Mark Walsh and captain Taylor Whitford, with the trio ensuring they were first to the ball and delivering it with class to North Launceston’s forwards while hitting the scoreboard themselves.

Lauderdale didn’t win many one on one match ups, but young defender Mitchel Anderton and inside midfielder Nat Franklin worked tirelessly all afternoon, with forward targets Alex Hevey, Alex Hill and Ryan Wiggins also having moments of promise on a disappointing finish to the club’s most successful season in the TSL.

The Southern Bombers are likely to come under MRP scrutiny for a number of clashes, but should take plenty out of a ground-breaking season to push for a berth deep in September again in 2018.

With North Launceston now having established themselves as the most successful club in the Tasmanian State League, the question is not whether they have the ability to go back to back next year, but whether the players have the drive and motivation after claiming the ultimate prize.

If Couch’s emotional address to club supporters and the player’s post-match comments in the rooms are anything to go by, however, the bulk of the young playing group remain hungry to add more trophies to the UTAS Stadium cabinet and continue to build upon the dynasty they’ve created.

Celebrations in the rooms begin – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography


NORTH LAUNCESTON    3.6          13.10     17.13     21.22 (148)

LAUDERDALE                     1.2          3.4          6.7          9.7 (61)                

GOALS; North Launceston: Cox-Goodyer 8, Walsh 3, Pearce 2, Whitford 2, Couch 2, Thomas 2, Bennett, Simpson

Lauderdale: Wiggins 4, A Hill 2, Hevey, Kleverkamp, McManus

BEST; North Launceston: Cox_Goodyer, Walsh, Pearce, Whitford, Richter-Salter, Ponting

Lauderdale: A Hill, Hevey, Anderton, Roberts, Bellchambers, Franklin

North Launceston; 2017 Tasmanian State League Premiers – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography






Southern Cross TSL Grand Final – 23/09/2017



North Launceston

B: Z. Burt, C. Young, A. Richter-Salter

HB: R. Mansell, J. Foon, T. Thomas

C: K.  Baker, T.  Couch, J.  Ponting

HF: J. Lockhart, T. Bennett, K. Wadley

F: J. Pearce, B. McCulloch, T. Whitford

R: A. Lee, J. Avent, B. Cox-Goodyer

Int: T. Donnelly, L. Hollmer, B. Simpson, M. Walsh

Emg: K. Curtis, H. Goss, C. Harrison, J. White

In:  A. Lee
Out: T. Mansell


B: M. Kleverkamp, A. Hill, E. Whish-Wilson

HB: M. Anderton, J. McGuinness, S. Hill

C: R.  McManus, B.  Walsh, R.  Sutton

HF: D. Fyfe, B. McGuinness, A. Hevey

F: T.Boscott, R. Wiggins, T. Havea

R: H. Smith, N. Franklin, P. Bellchambers

Int: R. Hill, J. Roberts, E. Stanley, J. Williams

Emg: S. Adams, C. Hooker, C. Laoumtzis, L. Meagher

In: J. Roberts, T.Havea
Out: S. Adams, C. Hooker



Wrest Point TSLW Grand Final – 23/09/2017





B: C. Thuringer, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte

HB: E.Barrenger, G. Hill, M. Smith

C: , K.  Child,

HF: M. Clark, M. Sinclair, E. Manix-geeves

F: N. Celebre, K. McLaughlin, M. Cuthbertson

R: A. Green, A. Dickson, D. Bannister

Int: M. Binns, D. Corcoran, M. King, C. Webb

Emg: A. Bowen, M. Gardner, J. Retallick


B: T. Wiggins, R. Siely,

HB: T. Corrie, N. Daniels, S. Davis

C: S.  Eaton, E.  Barwick, Z.  Manjerovic

HF: J. Rattenbury, N. Lynch, J. Tate Turvey

F: K. Rattenbury, H. Ryan,

R: G. Sullivan, B. Barwick, G. Allan

Int: M. Fish, E. Fornells Vernet,M.Jacobs , G. Terry

Emg: E. Loveless

LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE  Mercury Cup Grand Final – 23/09/2017

Int: L. Gee, J. Marsden, J. Dakin, G. Holt, J. Bott, M. Blazely
Emg: S. Bruinewoud, J. Bangura, A. Dickenson

To be selected from:
J. Boyd, T. Miller, T. Cooper, Z. Griffiths, C. Curtis, J. Rice,
J. Harris, C. Downie, G. Holt, A. Wright, Z. Oldenhof, B. Neil,
M. Hutchinson, B. Killalea, E. Conway, M. Hodge, M. Spohn, T. Auckland

To be selected from:
J. Young, J. Havea, C. Berry, K. Howlett, A. Silver, D. Howlett,
L. Murfitt-Cowen, K. Bailey, S. Green, J. O’Brien, B. Dart, T. Marshall,
T. Birchall, A. Gaul, H. Richmond, T. Hanslow, C. Alcorso, N. Raglione,
J. Pulford, C. Leek, T. Hope, F. Turner, J. Brenner, K. Palmer-Hughes,
A. Morton, J. Gleeson, J. Roberts, S. Bradford, B. McGuinness, J. Mazengarb

Umpires named for Grand Final

Two North West Field Umpires, Matt Clarke and Nic Saltmarsh have been named alongside Mark Tuckett to officiate in the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) Grand Final, this Saturday.

Field umpire of the year Matt Clarke (27) has been named to officiate in his fifth Grand Final having previously officiated in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Saltmarsh (26) has been appointed to 3 previous grand finals in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Clarke and Saltmarsh will be joined in the middle by Mark Tuckett (29), umpiring his third TSL grand final in a row. Boundary umpire Adam Reardon has been named for his seventh consecutive TSL grand final. Of the other boundary umpires, Rhys Goodyer and Lucas Chamberlain will be officiating in their second grand final and Lochie Bromfield (17) will be making his grand final debut.

In the goals, Bradley Chamberlain and Dylan Geeves will be officiating in their second consecutive grand final together with Dylan having also been appointed to the match in 2015. Ryan Guy (field) and Michael White (goal) have been named as emergencies.

TSL General Manager Carl Saunder congratulated the umpires on their appointment for the biggest day of the season.

“This is a very experienced and talented team that has been selected with a total of 18 State League Grand Final appearances between them,” Saunder said.

“The three field umpires are the most experienced crew to have ever officiated in a TSL grand final with 467 senior matches and 9 grand finals between them.”

State Umpiring Manager/Coach Mike Brown made special mention of the achievement of Reardon.

“This is Adam’s seventh consecutive grand final which is a remarkable effort particularly given he is still only 25 years old.

“Adam has already been appointed to over 150 TSL senior matches, including 24 finals.

“His consistency of performance has been outstanding this year which resulted in him being appointed to the interstate match between Tasmania and the NEAFL in June.

“Another strong performance in the match will assist in Adam’s goal of making the AFL Boundary Umpiring Panel,” said Brown.

Umpire Appointments

North Launceston v Lauderdale – Southern Cross TSL
Field: M Clarke, N Saltmarsh, M Tuckett
Emergency Field: R Guy
Boundary: A Reardon, L Chamberlain, 
Goodyer, L Bromfield
Goal: B Chamberlain, D Geeves Emergency Goal: M White

Launceston v Clarence – Wrest Point TSLW Grand Final
Field: J Dietrich, C Hardstaff, C Doyle
Boundary: J Gaffney, A Dennison, D Schiliro
Goal: M Hardstaff, P King

Launceston v Clarence – Mercury Cup Grand Final
Field: N.Butler, T McIntee, A.Cornish Emergency Field: G.Morton
Boundary: J Lesek, B Laing, R Graham-Daft, S Stubbs
Goal: M White, B Guy Emergency Goal: K Wynwood


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Preliminary Final

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale) reported for rough conduct against Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

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


2. Scott Hill (Lauderdale) reported for striking Jake Nunn (Launceston)

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


3. An incident was referred for contact made by Nat Franklin (Lauderdale) at the three-quarter time interval to Sam Lonergan (Launceston)

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






2:00PM – Blundstone Arena


B: M. Kleverkamp, A. Hill, E. Stanley
HB: J. McGuinness, E. Whish-Wilson, J. Roberts
C: R.  McManus, N.  Franklin, R.  Sutton
HF: T. Boscott, B. McGuinness, A. Hevey
F: D. Fyfe, R. Wiggins, R. Hill
R: H. Smith, P. Bellchambers, B. Walsh
Int: M. Anderton, S. Hill, L. Meagher, J. Williams
Emg: S. Adams, A. Brewster, C. Hooker, C. Laoumtzis

In: L. Meagher                                                                                                         
Out: T. Havea
B: C. Brown, S. Vandervelde, C. Savage
HB: J. Donnellan, J. Aganas, R. Tyrrell
C: J.  Blackberry, R.  Kelly-Mansell, T.  Sheppard
HF: J. Gillow, J. Nunn, S. Rundle
F: S. Lonergan, N. O’Donoghue, S. Whiting
R: H. Leedham, J. Hinds, B. Palfreyman
Int: J. Boyce, C. Smith, B. Taylor, S. Williams
Emg: T. Auckland, J. Boyd, J. Harris, M. Hodge






9:50AM – Blundstone Arena


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



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

In: M. Fish
Out: S. Flack


2017 Southern Cross TSL Team of the Year

The 2017 Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) Team of the Year has been selected.

All nine TSL clubs were asked to nominate players they believed worthy of Team of the Year consideration. An assembled TSL panel then selected the best 22 of the 2017 season, with the consultation of coaches and external opinions, where required.

The selection panel picked the team and positions as if the team were to play a game.

Please see the team listed below.


Jordon Arnold (Glenorchy)
At just 21 years of age, Arnold has cemented his reputation as a key member of the Glenorchy side and as one of the most consistent defenders in the TSL.  The 2015 Matthew Richardson medallist excelled in his third season of regular senior football with his team-first approach, showcasing his ability to not only shut down direct opponents but provide drive out of defence on a weekly basis.  Arnold was selected in the state side that took on the NEAFL in June and performed admirably and with courage against a stacked forward line. His third
striaght Team of the Year nod.
Jason Bailey (Clarence)
The big-bodied Clarence full back had a huge start to the season, named among the ‘Roos best players four times in five matches as he consistently prevailed in his match ups with the competition’s key forwards.  Bailey’s intercept marking and physical presence meant that opposition scoring chances were usually hard-earned, and he set the standards as the leader of a young ‘Roos back six.  The defensive general of Blundstone Arena, Bailey was sorely missed when sidelined mid-season with injury, but returned to form late in the season. Without a doubt the best full back in the state.
James Holmes (Clarence)
One of the stories of the season, Holmes made his senior debut for Clarence in Round 2 and played 19 games, winning the Matthew Richardson Medal as the competition’s best emerging youngster.  The pint-sized defender announced himself in his second game against Lauderdale in Round 3, with a courageous performance dashing out of the backline, and didn’t look back.  Remarkably, the19 year old has had no previous involvement with any state pathway programs, instead rising through the ranks of the Clarence junior program, with his intercept marking and willingness to involve himself in the play likely to see him develop into a future leader of the club.  Holmes’ determination to play through a late-season shoulder injury and endearing personality suggest Clarence have themselves a star in the making.


Mitch Carter (Tigers)
Carter was arguably the recruit of the year, with the former Boulder City and Carlton-listed defender a shining light in an otherwise trying season for the Tigers.  The medium defender’s intercept marking and pinpoint long kicking saw him stand out every week, regardless of the result.  Carter’s ability to set up team mates in space with his elite disposal and his calm repeat defensive efforts when his side was under attack revealed a player among the upper echelon of the competition.  Named in his side’s best 11 times in 18 matches, fans will be hoping the classy Tiger will remain in the state next season.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)
The former Brisbane Lion returned to Lauderdale this season and made an immediate impact, with his versatility on full display.  McGuinness played predominantly in defence, where he organised the Bomber’s back six, but had a strong impact during midfield stints and as a resting forward.  McGuinness’ strong marking and line-breaking disposal saw him among Lauderdale’s strongest players in the club’s highest finish ever, with a particularly impressive second half of the season setting the Bombers up for a shot at September glory.

Jay Foon (North Launceston)
The classy rebounding defender shifted his game up a gear this season, with his intercept marking and reading of the play clear strong points of the Bombers’ game.  Foon’s ability to maintain form when key Bombers’ playmakers succumbed to injury highlighted his importance to the side’s makeup, with a purple patch coming in the middle of the season, resulting in a deserved selection in the state side.  The dashing Bomber provided a few highlights this year with his reliable disposal and his reading of the game but will be perhaps remembered most for his mark of the year contender against the Tigers at Twin Ovals.


Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)
The Glenorchy wingman was a model of consistency this season, often shaking off close-checking opponents to break games open with his lethal left boot.  Mott’s knack of covering a remarkable amount of ground a game saw him rack up a number of rebound 50’s and kicks inside attacking 50 each and every game, often having a direct hand in a number of Magpie majors. 
Mott’s ability to stand out in a team full of impressive players is testament to the former North West Coaster’s phenomenal work rate and skill level, which has seen him graduate from last season’s Team of the Year interchange bench into a field position.

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy) – CAPTAIN
Not too much needs to be said about Glenorchy’s captain, with Webb again leading from the front for the boys from KGV this season. Named in his side’s best 13 times from his 16 matches, the hard-nosed midfielder worked hard on the inside then ran hard to space all season, often linking up to be a part of a large number of Magpies’ possession chains each week.  Webb booted multiple goals six times this season to finish with 16 majors, preferring to unselfishly set up team mates in front of goal as well. Named captain of the Team of the Year after leading both Glenorchy and Tasmania with aplomb in 2017.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

With his 2016 season wiped out by a broken leg, the 19-year-old returned to Lauderdale’s side to have a huge impact this year.  Often sighted at the bottom of packs and winning clearances around stoppages, Franklin racked up disposals in most of the Bombers’ games as he worked hard and put his body on the line time and again to feed the ball to outside runners.  Named in the best a staggering 13 times in 16 games, Franklin certainly delivered on the potential discussed in Tasmanian football circles in recent years.


Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)
Boscott has been around the fringes of the state side for a while now, the 23 year old had a break out 2017 season, adding consistency to his growing resume.  While pulling down hangers and booting flashy goals has always been a part of the Bomber’s repertoire, his ability to remain in the game across four quarters stood out this season.  Often lining up across half forward, Boscott booted 41 goals from 17 roster matches, with his nine goal haul against the Tigers a treat for Lauderdale and football fans alike.  Able to switch into the midfield and win key clearances, Boscott is sure to have caught the eye of AFL scouts as a potential mature-age recruit, with his back half of the season key in Lauderdale’s success.

Tom Bennett (North Launceston)
The big forward took his game to a new level this season, with his 28 goals including hauls of six and five against quality opposition sides in Lauderdale and Clarence respectively.  Bennett played most of the season up the ground as a lead up forward, being a strong link but also showed great skill when playing deep. His work rate up the ground and at times off a wing was a real feature and saw him preferred as a true centre half forward. His strong contested marking and his ability to bring the ball to ground for crumbing forwards made him a dangerous tall target to match up on, with his three matches in the month of August as good as it gets.Tom Couch (North Launceston)
The addition of the former Melbourne midfielder and 2012 VFL  J.J. Liston Trophy Runner-up as playing coach has seen North Launceston remain a force, with the Bombers heading into the season with a reputation as the fittest club in the TSL under Couch.  He has led from the front with the goal kicking midfielder often playing forward, quickly forging a reputation as one of the TSL’s most damaging players just a few games into the year.  Despite missing a number of games through injury, Couch booted 41 goals from 16 home and away games, kicking multiple goals a dozen times; including a seven goal haul on his birthday against a luckless Hobart City Demons outfit in Round 11.


Dylan Riley (Devonport)
Undoubtedly one of the league’s finest midfielders, the Devonport Co-Captain spent a lot of time forward in 2017 and had a profound effect. He continued to break games apart through midfield with his ability to find the footy in a league of 
it’s own. It was his work forward of centre though that made him a new-found threat this season, often playing deep forward and showcasing brilliant one on one contested work. He kicked 16 goals and was a constant for a young Devonport side.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
Bowden continued to take all before him in 2017 with the Glenorchy star goal kicker again claiming the Hudson Medal for the league’s top goal kicker. Playing right across the park, Bowden kicked 53 goals and featured in his side’s best an astonishing 15 out of 18 games. Bowden’s work in front of the big sticks was clinical but it was also his marking, use by foot and ability to have an influence in any position that continues to make him the competition’s benchmark. His best goal kicking effort came in round two with a bag of 11 against Devonport. He kicked 3 or more on 10 occasions in a season that again earned him the RACTI Player of the Year.

Trent Standen (Clarence)The best small forward in the competition, Standen only went goalless on one occasion in 2017 on his way to 43 goals in 18 games. Standen was constantly a threat in a smaller Roos forward line with the goal sneak often putting his side in winning positions, kicking three or more goals on eight occasions, including a seven goal game against Glenorchy in Round 6.


Alex Lee (North Launceston)
Lee made the ruck role at North Launceston his own, taking the mantle at North Launceston vacated by Daniel Roozendaal. His work around the ground is solid and improving but it is his tap work that has him top the charts with consistent 
hit out dominance and first rate supply all season, frequently giving his midfielders first look. The big man was rarely beaten and stood up late in the season against opposing rucks of quality to stamp himself as the best ruckman in 2017.

Brad Cox-
Goodyer (North Launceston) – VICE-CAPTAINThe Dustin Martin of the TSL, Brad Cox-Goodyer is a beast of a footballer. The big bodied midfielder often seems untackleable, with the ability to bustle his way from congestion and send booming balls inside 50. His ability to kick long running goals is elite with the North Launceston Vice-Captain dangerous from anywhere within 60 metres. Playing predominantly midfield Cox-Goodyer has kicked 37 goals and has at times single handedly destroyed teams. Without a doubt one of the season’s top performers.

Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
A break out year for Launceston’s Palfreyman, becoming one of the competition’s premier midfielders. His beard and in more recent times moustache has become a distinctive feature for football fans to look out for. Palfreyman has featured in his team’s bests in 10 of 19 matches and has been a clearance leader in a deep midfield brigade at the Blues. His ability to burst away from the stoppage and create space and ignite attacks has been big for Launceston in 2017, seeing him receive greater defensive attention towards season’s end. The 18 year old plays above his years and is a vital cog in an ever-improving Launceston.


Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)
Matthews lead from the front for the Demons week in week out, to have a dominant season as the leader of an inexperienced midfield. Matthews rarely had a down game, frequently racking up over 30 touches for his team. He is hard at the contest with outstanding tackling pressure and damaging with 
ball in hand. Shows strong leadership to bring the team with him, standing up in some crucial moments.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)
Fyfe took his game to another level in 2017 with the pocket rocket a major reason why Lauderdale has become a force of the competition. His poise and cleanliness in traffic sets him apart and sets the Bombers attacking ball movement up frequently. The young gun finds plenty of the footy but also has been given stopping jobs and has been floated forward to kick 14 for the season, showing great versatility. Was rewarded with state selection and now Team of the Year honours.Sam Siggins (Clarence)
Siggins settled into a new role in the ruck at the Roos which allowed the agile big man to use his athletic prowess to cut apart opposition teams. The former Adelaide Crow shot out of the blocks with an outstanding first month that setup a standout season. His ability to cover the ground and his athleticism saw him get a hold of many ruck battles this year and his forward craft became a trump card for Clarence, booting 16 goals for the season.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

Kelly-Mansell has been a huge inclusion into the Blues lineup in 2017, across half forward and the wing the exciting Kelly-Mansell has consistently been a spark for Launceston. Aerially dominant and crafty when the ball hits the ground, Kelly-Mansell booted 32 goals and consistently threatened opposition sides, capable of bursts in quarters that rip the game away from the opposition. His haul of 7.7 at West Park included some amazing goal kicking and a hanger that exemplified his game breaking ability in a strong season.


Tom Couch (North Launceston)
Lead North Launceston to the minor premiership in his first season in charge.

Jeromey Webberley (Clarence)
Took the Roos from seventh to second in a season of significant improvement for Clarence.Darren Winter (Lauderdale)
Winter reinvented the Lauderdale side and playing style to steer the Bombers to their highest ever finish.


Matt Clarke (27) has been named as the Field Umpire in the team. Matt who hails from Morairty on the North West Coast has had a very consistent year which has resulted in him being appointed to 24 Senior Matches.

Earlier in the season, Matt was appointed as one of the Tasmanian umpires in the Tasmania v NEAFL match at Blundstone Arena. Matt’s top form has continued in the latter half of the year and he has been appointed to a Senior Game in each week of the TSL Final series.


Some positions were really difficult to decide and the panel acknowledges the unlucky omission of a number of players.

Zach Burt and Mitch Thorp both came into strong consideration for Centre Half Forward with Bennett preferred for his ability to influence as a lead-up player. Glenorchy’s James Webb had a phenomenal season through midfield and up forward but couldn’t quite squeeze in. Lauderdale’s workhorse Ray Hill was solid for the Bombers as was impact player Phil Bellchambers but neither could edge their way into a highly talented half forward line.

Max Kleverkamp and Jay Lockhart both featured strongly in the discussion on defenders, with the amazing defensive record of Glenorchy and Jordon Arnold just preferred ahead of the impressive Kleverkamp. Lockhart was one of the top players in the competition at the season’s half way point but unfortunately, injury cruelled the end to his season and it is that lack of football that saw him miss selection. North Launceston small utility Jack Avent and Glenorchy duo Matt Dilger and Josh Arnold were also strongly considered.

Nick McKenna played at both ends for Burnie as did Ryan Wiggins for Lauderdale but Jason Bailey was preferred in defence as he was the most consistent full back and was a barometer of Clarence all season.Youngster Keegan Wylie’s work in defence was also discussed but ultimately Josh McGuinness and Jason Bailey was preferred in the key defensive posts.

In midfield, there were a number of names that were discussed but despite great individual seasons were unable to crack the final 22. Launceston’s smooth mover Jay Blackberry, Lauderdale skipper Bryce Walsh, Hobart City Demons’  big bodied mid Will Campbell, North Launceston’s much-improved duo of Josh Ponting and Mark Walsh and experienced Clarence duo of Jackson O’Brien and Brady Jones all were prominent in the discussion.

The ruck role was a position that occupied a lot of time and deliberation with Alex Lee preferred ahead of Cameron Duffy and Hamish Leedham, with Sam Siggins landing the second ruck spot on the bench. It was considered Lee’s form was the most consistent and as his confidence grew his performances late in the season against the likes of Duffy and Leedham were outstanding.