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Devonport have withdrawn their rejection of the offer within the afforded time frame and have ACCEPTED the Match Review Panel’s offer.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






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

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 18

Written by Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 5th August

Burnie vs Lauderdale (West Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 25.18.168 def Burnie 9.2.56 (Round 9, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

Lauderdale had nine multiple goal kickers, with Ray Hill and Ryan Wiggins combining for seven majors as the Bombers, led by Robbie McManus, put the Dockers to the sword.

Form Guide:

Burnie (LLL) – COLD:

The Dockers are in the midst of a rebuild and big losses like the one to Glenorchy in Round 14 can be expected occasionally.  A fighting 20 point loss to ladder leader North Launceston pleased coach Clint Proctor, and a strong first half against Clarence last week shows there is plenty of upside and determination among the young coastal group.

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers shook off a strong challenge from Glenorchy last Sunday to win by 13 points, and now are highly unlikely to be unseated from third position on the ladder.  Big wins over the Tigers and Devonport in Rounds 15 and 16 have Lauderdale full of confidence, with the boys from MyState Park playing as well as any side in the competition at the moment.

Key Matchups:

Mariner squad member Ethan Jackson has shown promise for the Dockers on the wing this season, and he may line up on Rhys Sutton, who was damaging on the outside for Lauderdale last week, with a number of kicks inside attacking 50 early in the match.

Jamieson House kicked two goals last week from half forward, and rebounding small defender Mitch Anderton will look to curtail his influence and hurt the Dockers with his run the other way, as he did with his 22 disposals and a running goal against Glenorchy.

Fire Starters:

The Walters brothers are prime movers for the Dockers and with wet weather expected their big bodies and ability to get it done in tough conditions, they will be vitally important.

Dylan Fyfe may not have garnered the attention some of his team mates have in recent weeks, but the tough inside midfielder is capable of turning a game by racking up key touches in a short period of time. His burst out of the middle to give and receive the football before goaling from long range last week showed just how damaging Fyfe can be.


In: B. Challis, J. O’Donnell
Out: T. Mundy,  B. Rubock 


In: R. Hooker
Out: P. Bellchambers

Fitz’s Tip: Lauderdale are on a roll, with their strong form and lack of injuries seeing them put together eye-catching performances week in, week out.  Burnie will no doubt try to limit the damage, but the Bombers should claim their first win at West Park in a long time on Saturday.  Lauderdale by 54.


Devonport vs Tigers (Devonport Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Tigers 11.8.74 def Devonport 9.9.63 (Round 9, 2017, at Twin Ovals)

A fired up Devonport kicked the opening four goals of the match, with midfielders Brad Symmons and Beau Sharman influential, but the Tigers overran the visitors in the final term, with the late charge led by defender Mitchell Carter and four goal standout Ethan Brock.

Form Guide:

Devonport (LLL) – MILD:

The coastal Magpies continue to put faith in their youth policy, with narrow losses to Hobart City Demons and North Launceston preceding the ten goal defeat at the hands of Lauderdale in Round 16.  Devonport will see this week as a very winnable match, as they’ve outscored the Tigers in season 2017 so far.

Tigers (LLL) – COLD:

While the Tigers almost snatched a victory on the road against Launceston in Round 16, heavy losses on either side of that match to Lauderdale and North Launceston clearly demonstrate the current gap in form between the top four sides and the rest.  With consistency, an issue, this weekend’s result depends on which Tiger outfit shows up.

Key Matchups:

Devonport midfielder Brad Symmons accumulated possessions at will last time these two sides met and was particularly damaging with his kicking inside attacking 50.  The experienced Marcus Davies, with his physicality and tight-checking ways, would be the ideal match up.

Key forward Mitch Thorp is hard to curtail once on a roll, as he showed against North Launceston, but one player who has been able to shut him down in the past has been stingy Tigers’ defender Tyler Carter.  If he doesn’t come back into the side, then the determined Marcus Gardner should stand the imposing Magpies playing coach.

Fire Starters:

Brayden Butler has been in damaging form for Devonport, with the strong-bodied utility among his side’s best in the last four games.  His knack of finding the football and using it well is coupled with a keen goal sense, with the underrated 20-year-old having booted 11 majors so far this season.

Brandon Batchelor has had an interrupted season, with a foot injury sidelining the long-kicking medium sized forward for over a month.  Now fully fit, he has booted five majors from further up the ground in the last fortnight and looks in ominous form, with a dominant performance not far away.





In: B. Graham
Out: B. Rees

Fitz’s Tip: Both sides are looking to arrest losing streaks, and with finals off the table, expect a real contest at Devonport Oval on Saturday.  The result will come down to effort and desire, with the improving Magpies now arguably matching the Tigers in ability and form.  Devonport by 5.


Glenorchy vs Launceston (KGV Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Launceston 16.5.101 def Glenorchy 4.7.31 (Round 9, 2017, at Windsor Park)

An accurate Launceston kicked 10 straight goals in the first half to blow the more-fancied Magpies away at Windsor Park.  James Gillow and Rulla Kelly-Mansell combined for seven goals, with Blues’ midfielders Brodie Palfreyman and Jay Blackberry at their damaging best.

Form Guide:

Glenorchy (WLL) – MILD:

The Pies have had a dramatic few weeks, upstaging Clarence without superstar Jaye Bowden in Round 14, before succumbing to North Launceston by a miserly four points the next week.  Glenorchy finished the hard-fought 13 point loss against Lauderdale last week with only one fit player on the bench, with the hamstrung Zac Webster a big concern for the club as finals near.

Launceston  (LWL) – MILD:

The Blues are clinging onto fifth position on the ladder after going down to nearest challenger Hobart City Demons by nine points at home last week.  The fortnight prior saw a 27 point loss to Clarence, with a five point win over the Tigers giving Launceston a much-needed victory.  A strong handful of games before finals is needed as the Blues seek the form they’ve shown they’re capable of in patches this season.

Key Matchups:

Hamish Leedham and Cameron Duffy are two of the form ruckmen of the competition, and when firing both are capable of having a huge influence on their respective midfield’s performances.  Expect a physical and entertaining duel. Duffy is able to influence around the field but Leedham is a contested beast.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell is a difficult forward to match up on, given his aerial and kicking abilities.  Glenorchy and State representative defender Jordon Arnold will most likely get the job on RKM, with the fearless Magpie in stellar form of late.

Fire Starters:

Jaye Bowden is reportedly managing a leg injury but hasn’t let it affect his form on the field.  The RACT Player of the Year leader was a cut above against Lauderdale last week with his poise and disposal, setting up a number of goals while booting five of his side’s nine majors for the afternoon.  His three goals in the third term shifted the game in his side’s favour, with everything he did influential.

Jay Blackberry possesses one of the best kicks in the competition, with his lethal left boot often sending perfect drop punts into waiting team mates’ hands.  His midfield game is all class, and his ability to link up play at either end of the ground as well as kick crucial goals can cut teams apart in a short period of time.



In: B. Rowbottom, A. Brennan, B. Webb, R. Banks-Smith
Out: B. Kamaric, Z. Webster,  D. Grant, C. Salter


In: S. Vandervelde, T. Auckland
Out: N. O’Donoghue, J. Donnellan

Fitz’s Tip: Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius holds Launceston in high regard, publicly declaring them as one of the best sides in the state during the week.  The Blues may have obliterated the Magpies last time they met, but strong additions to the side in recent months, as well as form, indicates that the hosts should turn the tables this time around.  Glenorchy by 18.

North Launceston vs Clarence (UTAS Stadium) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Clarence 16.7.103 def North Launceston 12.14.86 (Round 9, 2017, at Blundstone Arena)

Clarence kicked eleven goals across the second and third quarters in a strong showing, with the Roos having five multiple goal scorers for the day.  Midfielder Jackson O’Brien dominated for the winners, while Tom Couch finished with six majors for the Bombers.

Form Guide:

North Launceston (WWW) – HOT:

The ladder leaders can do no wrong, and despite a run of injuries to key personnel, have won their last three games, with the highlight being the four point thriller against Glenorchy.  Classy half back Jay Lockhart is still a week away, with captain Taylor Whitford also still on the sidelines. Tom Bennett returns to add to their forward half and importantly Tarryn Thomas looks likely to play after a twist to his knee last week. Richter-Salter’s suspension is a serious blow to their defensive setup mind you.

Clarence (LWW) – HOT:

Clarence remains second on percentage only after winning their last two matches against Hobart City Demons and Burnie by a combined total of 98 points.  The Roos were defeated by a fired up Glenorchy at home in Round 15, but played well enough to suggest it was a minor stumble. Mobile big man Sam Siggins comes back in and Jeromey Webberley is an outside chance after naming himself as an emergency.

Key Matchups:

Tom Couch got off the chain last time these sides met, dominating the midfield and kicking six goals, so don’t be surprised if specialist run-with player Gabby Chambers is given the task on him.

Experienced Clarence small forwards Ian Callinan and Trent Standen have been on fire, and the Bombers could try a rotation of rebounding defenders in Jay Foon and Tyran Mansell on them in an attempt to run the duo ragged and keep them accountable going the other way.

Fire Starters:

Josh Ponting is coming off a big three weeks, with the unheralded midfielder stepping up in the absence of regular ball-winners Whitford and Lockhart to stamp his authority on games with his clearance work.  Ponting’s ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard has seen him become a damaging part of the side.

Jake Cox reminded us how good he is last weekend, with the pacy wingman gathering ten touches and booting three goals in the opening term alone.  With his long-term hand injury now forgotten, Cox is a player capable of breaking a game open within minutes, as he has done a number of times in season 2017.


North Launceston

In: T. Bennett, F. Bennett
Out: A. Richter-Salter, C. Lowe


In: S. Siggins
Out: A. Grace

Fitz’s Tip: This is a salivating match up between the current first and second placed sides, with the winner to move a game clear in first.  With both sides possessing enviable firepower up forward and elite midfields, expect a shootout at UTAS Stadium, with the Roos slight favourites due to them being closer to full strength. Clarence by 14.


Young talent time.

Some young guns shone in Round 17 of the TSL with Anderton, Gadomski, Norton, Baker, House all getting a call up into the all-star outfit.

Fisher makes it back to back nods, as well as O’Brien, Standen and Wall all from the red and white. Cox-Goodyer, Ponting, Baker and Mott are also back to back representatives.

Clarence are top of the pops with five picked, while North Launceston, Lauderdale and Hobart City Demons have four-apiece.


Mitch Anderton (Lauderdale)

The helmeted defender made a huge impact, with his defensive pressure and rebounding work fighting off many a forward entry.  Brave beyond his size, Anderton had 22 disposals for the game and pushed forward to kick a crucial goal after breaking a tackle in the final term.

Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

Holding Launceston to five goals was a terrific outcome as the skipper lead a tight defensive unit to nullify some dangerous options. Sonny Whiting and Rulla Kelly-Mansell combined for just one goal.

Lachlan Gadomski (Tigers FC)

The Tigers youngster was brilliant at the back and was his team’s best in a loss. A quality young defender. Went for his marks and made good decisions.



Michael Fisher (Clarence)

Fisher played a key role in defusing Burnie’s attempts at scoring throughout the game. He provided strong run for the Roos to clear the footy and set up Clarence’s end to end attacks.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

Earned the praise of assistant coach Clint Brown for his match and understandably so.  McGuinness worked hard in defence, spent time in the middle and was utilised up forward in what was a strong all-round performance from the lanky former Brisbane Lion. His numbers weren’t huge, but his influence was.

Joe Boyce (Launceston)

Boyce was the pick of the Blues with a fantastic game right across the ground. Got things moving for Launceston and had a key influence behind the ball and in transition.


Nic Baker (Hobart City Demons)

Continues to impress and was the stand out player on the ground with his run and carry. A quality player with a bright future.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien played one of his best games of the season, and was a force in the centre of the ground for the Roos. His ball movement at key times for the Roos was essential for their victory. O’Brien was singled out post-match for his impact.

Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

Ponting continued his purple patch of form in the Northern Bombers’ engine room, working well with the likes of Couch and Cox-Goodyer to help the visitors get on top around the ground and grind out a convincing victory



Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

The Tigers had no answer to the strength and class of Cox-Goodyer on Saturday afternoon as the Bomber ran riot through the midfield, finishing with three goals. Perhaps the most influential player on the ground, Cox-Goodyer’s standing as one of the competition’s guns was only further enhanced at the Twin Ovals, and he looms as a serious threat leading into September action.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

A last-minute inclusion after being under an injury cloud, Bowden was sensational.  His poise and ball use set up a number of goals for team mates, and he finished with five majors himself, including a long bomb in the final term to give the Magpies hope.  His third term alone was full of highlights, with the superstar kicking the only three goals of the quarter, one on his non-preferred foot.

Alex Hevey (Lauderdale)

The half forward was at his enigmatic best, gathering 20 disposals, six clearances and five marks in an ever-present performance.  Both of his goals came at times when Lauderdale needed them the most, in the second and final terms, and his eight last quarter disposals displayed his will to run out the match when many were at a standstill.


Trent Standen (Clarence)

Standen kicked four of the Roos 17 goals, and was one of the more accurate shots on the day for a side that kicked 17 behinds as well.

Zach Burt (North Launceston)

Burt finished with four majors, including three in the first half at the Twin Ovals when the match was in the balance, taking advantage of the delivery his Bomber teammates provided him.

Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons)

A return to form for Williamson, his forward pressure was up and his speed was on show with four goals coming from his explosive running.



Wade Wall (Clarence)

Wall was dominant in the ruck throughout the day, giving his team first use of the ball at almost every stoppage. He was essential in Clarence’s midfield dominance.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

The North Launceston playing-coach may have conceded that he hasn’t been at full fitness across the past few rounds, but he has clearly done a good job at hiding this with yet another inspired performance. Couch spent much of his afternoon in the Bomber engine room and finished with four goals in a performance that oozed class, poise and leadership.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

The hardworking midfielder had in excess of 30 disposals and nine clearances, the most for the game, with his in and under work around stoppages tireless.  Franklin was a part of key possession chains all day to be the best midfielder on the park, with 19 of his possessions coming in the second half.



Tim Castle (Clarence)
Clarence’s backline dominance was due in a large part to Castle’s role throughout the day. Played strongly across the line, preventing Burnie from taking many marks on entry, as well as moving the ball back out and preventing repeat entries to hold the Dockers to three low scoring quarters

Baxter Norton (Hobart City Demons)

Another great game for Norton who continues to show his wares as a quality emerging midfielder. Attacking the footy hard and is becoming more and more prevalent with ball in hand.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

The evasive midfielder was at his best, finding time and space where there was none, and often hitting team mates with pinpoint left foot passes.  With injuries hitting the Magpies, Mott stood up in a big way and played a solid four quarters.

Jamieson House (Burnie)

House was one of the shining lights for a Dockers side that put up an impressive game. He kicked two goals in quick succession during the Dockers dominant second quarter, and played a key role in keeping them in the game.


Unlucky Omissions…

Rhys Sutton – Had twelve disposals in the first half, with close to half of those being kicks inside attacking 50.  Sutton ran hard on the wing to try and keep a stoppage-riddled game moving, often finding himself in space away from his opponent.

Magpie tall Mitch Hills had a solid game in the ruck and was a presence when resting forward, kicking two goals.

Lauderdale midfield trio Bryce Walsh (25 disposals, 11 tackles), Dylan Fyfe (25 disposals, eight tackles and a goal) and Thor Boscott all had big games.

Jay Blackberry is a star and he had another influential game with some pristine ball use off half back and through the middle. Casey Brown was outstanding again out of defence.

Rudi Barrett lead from the front for the Dockers, while red-head duo Ethan Jackson and Tom Mundy both had bright moments and Blair Rubock snared three.

Young Simpson had a top game for North Launceston and looks to have made himself a part of Tom Couch’s plans.