Blackberry backs Blues path ahead of game 150

Ahead of his 150th senior TSL game, Jay Blackberry sees exciting similarities between his current team and the 2013 premiership team he played in at South Launceston.

This is Blackberry’s second season as a Blue, previously playing his footy at South Launceston and as captain of the now defunct Western Storm. The 25 year old midfielder’s 150 games has seen a rollercoaster ride but he can see there are many more highs to come on that roller coaster, with his current team building something special.

“It is special reaching 150, it feels like it has been a long time coming.

“I haven’t had as many wins as I would have liked across my career but to get here and be two and zip to start the year and to be playing North, I don’t think it could have worked out any better,” he said.

Blackberry compares his current team to the promising team at South Launceston in 2012, and he hopes the end result will be just as sweet as it was at the Bulldogs.

“I have seen a lot of highs and a lot of lows in the 150 games, I’ve been on some really big losses at South and then obviously we went on to win the flag.

“It’s a big thing where we are going at the moment because I think there are a lot of positives and a lot of signs of where we were at South in 2012 leading into that Grand Final year.”

Whether that means Launceston will lift the cup in 2017, Blackberry isn’t sure but he knows the club is on the right path.

“What Sam (Lonergan) has been able to do is very similar to what Thorpy (Mitch Thorp) was able to do in the lead up year to the flag. I think having Sam (Lonergan) out last year puts us a little bit behind where we could be but if you asked him he’d be pleasantly surprised at where we are at.”

Jay Blackberry lays a tackle v Devonport.

Launceston sit two wins and zero losses after the first two rounds and meet rivals North Launceston, who also sit unbeaten. Despite the winning start, Blackberry believes his Blues still have gears to find.

“Its been good but Burnie outscored us in two out of four quarters so if you look at it that way we haven’t put four quarters of footy together yet. Going forward though we are in a really good place and we’ve really controlled the two matches so far.”

Blackberry enters game 150 in really strong individual form. The skilful midfielder loves the footy in his hands and to his joy, he has had quite a bit of it early on in the season.

“It is good to get a few touches and kick a few goals, it’s fantastic to be in a good team around good people. It’s always good to be getting some footy but it’s not always about that it’s about laying a tackle and applying pressure, doing the team things,” he said.

Milestone games have not been kind to Blackberry in the past but he is hoping that can change on Good Friday when the two Launceston clubs face-off.

“I don’t think I’ve won a milestone game yet.

“A win would be great but regardless of result we want to do the right things, if we do that we can be happy with where we are going.

“We have plenty of respect for North and we will be looking to beat them but it is more about us then it is them.”

 

 

Southern Cross TSL Preview with Alex FitzGerald – Round 3

Written by Alex FitzGerald

 

Friday 14th April – Good Friday

Burnie vs Devonport  (West Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 12.11.83 def Devonport 10.14.74 (Round 19, 2016, at West Park)

Burnie are coming off a 62 point Round 2 away loss to Launceston, and will be looking forward to their first home game at West Park.  Devonport are heading into the match following a demoralising 154 point defeat at the hands of last year’s Premiers Glenorchy, with the young side unable to score their second goal until the final quarter against the southern powerhouse.

Recent history has shown that ladder positions mean little when the two sides from the coast meet, with all three encounters last season decided by under four goals.  Last time they met, retiring Docker great Kade Munday was best afield in a close win for Burnie, with young Tom Mundy playing well also.  Devonport was well served by Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley, who are now the Magpies’ co-captains.  Given that both sides are yet to open their account in 2017 and that the Dockers are fielding a significantly younger side than last season, this game could shape up to be the contest of the round.

With coastal pride on the line, expect players from both sides to step up and play to their potential this week.  Mundy and Blair Rubock are the young Dockers in the middle leading the way so far in 2017, and veteran Clint Proctor has been more than able support across half back.  While yet to fire this season, the Burnie forward line has the ability to be potent, with Jamieson House kicking 4 goals last week, Nick McKenna booting 3 in the opening match, and both the Walters brothers, Nick and Harry, capable of long range goals from half forward.

For Devonport, the younger players who have turned heads early have been Mitchell Perry and Dylan Schnoor, with Ben Hawkes also impressing last week in the heavy defeat.  Co-captains Sharman and Riley have led by example, and must lift another level again at West Park on Saturday.  The Magpies have plenty of potential in their forward line, and will be hoping targets Brodie Connelly and Giacomo Milluci can kick a number of goals between them with Mitch Thorp expected to miss up to a month of football. Although in a curve ball the playing-coach has been named as an emergency but logic would say that is merely a mind game from Thorp.

Another close coastal derby seems likely, with Burnie slightly favoured due to the loss of Thorp and the home ground advantage, having only lost two matches at West Park last season.  The outcome may rely on which forward line delivers on their obvious talent, and which young side is prepared to contest the hardest in the latter stages of the game.

 

Tigers vs Hobart City Demons (Twin Ovals) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 15.15.105 def Tigers 9.8.62 (Round 20, 2016, at Twin Ovals)

Tigers FC have started the season with a win over Burnie in windy conditions, and a close loss to an impressive Clarence in the mud.  While last week’s match wasn’t ideal for the fast-paced style the Tigers play, they were able to break free in patches, and will look to run Hobart City Demons off their feet this week.

The roster hasn’t done the Hobart City Demons any favours, meeting 2016 Grand Finalists Glenorchy and North Launceston in the first fortnight of the season, resulting in consecutive heavy defeats.  They can take solace in the fact that they led the Magpies at quarter time, and matched the Bombers until the final quarter last week, and will be looking to put four consistent quarters together as they hunt their first victory of 2017 this weekend.

Despite the tough loss last weekend and the five day turnaround, the Tigers have plenty of positives to take into this match.  Their strength in moving the ball quickly from one end of the ground to the other has stood out, and they’ll be relying on Mitchell Carter to continue his impressive rebounding from half back, and Ash Humprey to negate any forward targets.  The Tigers’ forward line is full of talent, with the strong-marking Brandon Batchelor and Mitch Walker with five goals apiece so far, and young Hugh Dixon coming off an eye-catching two goals display for the Tassie Mariners.  Lachie Clifford was also best afield for the Mariners with a crucial three goal high possession game from the midfield.

Hobart City Demons have had some impressive young players step up against tough opponents, with Will Campbell standing out, supported by Eddie Cole and Bailey Walker.  While a few injuries haven’t helped their start to the season, the Hobart City Demons will need key playmakers such as Ryan Matthews, Kane Richter, and Brodie Schade to stand up and lead from the front this week if they are to topple the rejuvenated Tigers.

The Tigers play to the conditions well at Twin Ovals, and will look to run and carry all afternoon to provide quick delivery to their tall forwards but the Demons are also exponents of quick ball movement when they are on song.  Negating the influence of Carter, as well as the Tiger forwards, will be the key to victory for the Hobart City Demons. They also need Josh Williamson to have an impact in the forward 50. The battle between the younger players will also decide who comes out on top, expect Tigers FC to just come out on top in the closest match of the season so far.

 

Launceston vs North Launceston (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 18.12.118 def Launceston 4.7.31 (Round 19, 2016, at Windsor Park)

North Launceston have been pushed in both of their matches in the first half so far, before putting on the jets in the third quarter and running away comfortable winners against Lauderdale and Hobart City Demons respectively.  Widely regarded as Premiership favourites, North Launceston have not got ahead of themselves, and would be happy going about their business while the hype builds around Glenorchy’s two sizeable victories.

Launceston have perhaps been the most impressive side of 2017 so far, outmuscling coastal sides Devonport and Burnie over the past fortnight.  Both matches featured strong performances by almost every Blues player, with a rebounding backline, deep midfield group and a forward line full of agile goal kickers.  To push the Bombers in this Northern derby would give Launceston great confidence heading into the rest of the season.

North Launceston have started relatively slowly in both of their matches so far, and will look to put goals on the board early this week.  The Bombers welcome back Tom Couch from an ankle injury he sustained during an impressive debut for the Bombers in Round 1, and will also be bolstered by the return of captain Taylor Whitford, who will play his 100th match for the club.  Tarryn Thomas also returns from AFL Academy representative duties, and will slot into a young forward line consisting of dangerous targets Mark Walsh and Thomas Bennett.

Launceston have the midfield to match the Bombers’, with Sam Lonergan likely to match up on Couch, and Jay Blackberry, playing his 150th match, in strong form.  The Blues’ backline has been superb, with Jack Donnellan, Jordan Harris and Corey Shepherd running the ball out of danger zones confidently over the past fortnight.  They will be joined by half back Jake Hinds, who racked up possessions for the Tassie Mariners last weekend, and impressive young ruckman Tim Auckland.  The forward line at Windsor Park is the most intimidating in the TSL, with Sonny Whiting coming off a 7 goal haul in Round 2 and Rulla Kelly-Mansell often ruling the aerial contests and dishing off some great goal assists.

This clash should be the most exciting northern derby in years, with both teams coming in with 2 wins apiece and in a rich vein of form.  Launceston most definitely have a sniff at victory here, especially if their forward line gets going.  The return of Couch and Whitford will help the smaller Bombers in their physical battle with the Blues, and fittingly it may be the key ins that help get North Launceston over the line at the final siren. With no other footy on in the north, one would expect a massive crowd at Windsor Park.

 

Saturday 15th April

Clarence vs Lauderdale (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 16.16.112 def Clarence 10.9.69 (Round 16, 2016, at Lauderdale Oval)

Clarence head into their second match of season having defeated the Tigers in a high scoring match in the mud last week.  An all-round team effort saw the Roos lead at every change, and with a 10 goal second half against an improved Tigers side, they looked far from the team that missed finals in 2016.

Lauderdale are coming off the bye, and were defeated in a physical clash by North Launceston at home in Round 1, which saw three players reported and defender Toutai Havea suspended for one match.  The Bombers kicked away to a shock lead early in that game, but were overrun by a fitter North Launceston side, and will be determined to redeem themselves this week after a long break.

Clarence recruited heavily going in this season, and it was no shock to fans when Jackson O’Brien, Sam Siggins and Michael Fisher turned it on against the Tigers.  Siggins was a man-mountain in the ruck last week, and twice threw his opponent off the ball to twice kick crucial goals.  Midfielders Jake Cox and Brady Jones picked up in Round 2 where they left off last season, and will look to give the forwards fast delivery from the stoppages.  Young Roos Zach Buechner and James Brenner were among the Mariners’ best against the GWS Academy side last week, and could have an influence if called upon, alongside youngster Tyson Hanslow. It will also be a significant game for Trent Standen, who will lineup for game 150 in the red and white.

Lauderdale have a strong young group with the potential to serve it up to Clarence, and will welcome former Brisbane-listed player Ben McGuinness in for his first game of the season.  Thor Boscott had a great start to his 100th game in Round 1, and will need to pair up well with captain Bryce Walsh to win the ball out of the middle against an experienced Clarence group.  Dylan Fyfe is in strong form, as is Nat Franklin, who had his 2016 season ruined by injury, and they both have the potential to break the game open if left unattended. Lauderdale have two massive ins with Josh McGuinness playing his first match for Lauderdale since leaving the Brisbane Lions and Ryan Wiggins returning from a brief stint in Victoria. These inclusions are massive for Lauderdale’s spine, McGuinness adds a significant presence to the Bombers backs, he reads it well and is a leader. Wiggins provides a vital forward target to kick to and he has game breaking ability.

Sam Siggins made headlines last year when he crossed over from Lauderdale to Clarence and one would expect some extra attention for Siggins, when the two fierce rivals go toe to toe on Saturday. His involvement adds an extra layer to an already juicy matchup between two teams that simply do not like each other.

The Bombers love to play a physical brand of football, but they’ll meet their match in Clarence, who manhandled the Tigers at times last week.  Lauderdale have speed on their side, and when they get going they have the ability to kick goals in quick succession.  The Roos tend to play the long game, and pace themselves across a whole match, and if both of these tendencies play out, the final quarter could be telling in what is sure to be a fiery clash at Blundstone Arena. Its a must watch match and you can watch it live wherever you are with our live stream!

 

TEAMS: Southern Cross Tasmania State League + Mercury Cup ROUND 3

THE HEADLINES

Return of the Kings – North regain Coach Tom Couch and Captain Taylor Whitford for local Launceston nderby

5% chance, says Thorp– Thorp an outside chance to play? The Devonport playing-coach broke two ribs in Round 1 but has named himself as an emergency! Surely he is just ‘ribbing’ the Dockers.

Docker debut – Baldock Medalist Matt Elliott will also make his TSL debut for the Dockers.

My Goodness McGuinness – Josh McGuinness will play his first game for Lauderdale since returning from the Brisbane Lions. Ryan Wiggins also returns to the fray at the Bombers in a major boost.

BURNIE DOCKERS v. DEVONPORT 

Round 3 – 14/04/2017

West Park – 1:00PM

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Burnie Dockers

B: S. Kalbfell, N. McKenna, B. Boag

HB: C. Proctor, J. House, E. Jackson

C: J.  Murray, N.  Walters, J.  Dowling

HF: B. Keiselis, H. Walters, J. Cox

F: T. Charles, D. Brazendale, G. Dowling

R: T. Morrison, R. Barrett, B. Rubock

Int: D. Crane, M. Elliott, F. Poke, B. Challis

Emg: M. Chatwin, B. Murray, O. Fryett, K. Bracken

In: M. Elliott
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Devonport

B: B. Chard, K. Byard, M. Perry

HB: B. Hawkes, B. Butler, L. Williams

C: L.  Bissett, B.  Sharman, G.  Millucci

HF: B. Symmons, B. Connelly, H. Barker

F: B. Scott, D. Riley, S. Egger

R: P. Davis, Q. Byard, T. Enniss

Int: J. Clayden, R. Kelly, L. Creedon, D. Schnoor

Emg: J. Forster, C. Castles, T. Auton, M. Thorp

In: S. Egger

Out: E. Stephenson


LAUNCESTON v. NORTH LAUNCESTON 

Round 3 – 14/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

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Launceston

B: C. Savage, J. Nunn, M. Hutchinson

HB: S. Williams, S. Vandervelde, J. Donnellan

C: R.  Kelly-Mansell, S.  Lonergan, T.  Sheppard

HF: J. Harris, J. Smith, J. Blackberry

F: J. Boyd, M. Spohn, S. Whiting

R: H. Leedham, C. Sheppard, S. Rundle

Int: J. Boyce, B. Palfreyman, B. Taylor, J. Hinds

Emg: C. Brown, Z. Griffiths, A. Wright, J. Gillow

In: J. Boyce, J. Hinds.

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North Launceston

B: A. Richter-Salter, J. Pearce, J. Avent

HB: J. Foon, C. Young, R. Mansell

C: J.  Ponting, T.  Couch, J.  Lockhart

HF: T. Thomas, T. Bennett, L. Hollmer

F: B. Cox-Goodyer, B. McCulloch, Z. Burt

R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, T. Whitford

Int: T. Donnelly, T. Mansell, K. Wadley, C. Pearton

Emg: H. Goss, K. Baker, D. Headland, C. Harrison

In: T. Mansell, T. Whitford, T. Thomas, T. Couch

Out: D. Clayton, N. Jackson


TIGERS v. HOBART CITY DEMONS 

Round 3 – 14/04/2017

Twin Ovals – 2:00PM


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Tigers

B: C. Rawson, A. Humphrey, C. Sawdy

HB: M. Carter, C. Johns, J. Bilson

C: B.  Rees, M.  Davies, B.  Livingston

HF: C. Nield, J. Pearce, J. Lister

F: B. Batchelor, M. Walker, T. Hughes

R: T. Peterson, W. Cleeland, S. Rice

Int: B. McCulloch, R. Rinaldi, T. Carter, L. Watt

Emg: T. Gogolin, M. Gardner, M. Booth, L. Griggs

In: C. Sawdy

Out: E. Brock

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Hobart City Demons

B: N. Lee, L. Azzopardi, P. Kearney

HB: K. Wisniewski, K. Richter, B. Walker

C: T.  Millhouse, W.  Campbell, R.  Cowie

HF: J. Williamson, J. Maple, J. Barwick

F: R. Matthews, C. Dell, B. Grant

R: C. White, N. Baker, J. Charlton

Int: E. Cole, H. Thompson, S. Duigan, C. Kilpatrick

Emg: S. Willis, W. Hay, S. Caswell, J. Guesdon

In: N. Baker, H. Thompson.


CLARENCE v. LAUDERDALE  

Round 3 – 15/04/2017

Blundstone Arena – 2:00PM


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Clarence

B: J. Holmes, J. Bailey, T. Castle

HB: J. O’Brien, K. Wylie, J. Webberley

C: M.  Ling, J.  Cox, J.  Harper

HF: A. Grace, M. Blackburn, G. Chambers

F: T. Standen, S. Siggins, I. Callinan

R: W. Wall, B. Jones, M. Fisher

Int: L. Murfitt-Cowen, J. O’Brien, J. Brenner, Z. Mastrocola

Emg: K. Howlett, T. Hanslow, N. Raglione, B. Hay

In: A. Grace, J. Brenner
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Lauderdale

B: J. Roberts, H. Smith, E. Stanley

HB: M. Kleverkamp, B. McGuinness, J. McGuinness

C: R.  McManus, P.  Bellchambers, A.  Hevey

HF: B. Walsh, A. Hill, E. Whish-Wilson

F: R. Sutton, R. Wiggins, R. Hill

R: T. Boscott, D. Fyfe, N. Franklin

Int: S. Hill, B. Newell, L. Meagher, C. Laoumtzis

Emg: M. Anderton, J. Perkins, D. Johns, J. Williams

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MERCURY CUP

LAUNCESTON v. NORTH LAUNCESTON 

Round 3 – 14/04/2017

Windsor Park – 10:30AM

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Launceston

To be selected from: J. Gillow, G. Ferguson, T. Miller, B. McShane, C. Brown, L. Gee, J. Tyrrell, O. Cook, T. Cooper, Z. Griffiths, J. Aganas, J. Boyce, J. Dakin, C. Curtis, C. Downie, G. Holt, G. Holt, L. Walsh, Z. Oldenhof, B. Taylor, J. Bangura, J. Bott, B. Neil, M. Hutchinson, E. Conway, M. Hodge, A. Dickenson, J. Hinds, C. Smith

In: J. Boyce, J. Dakin, C. Brown, E. Conway, J. Hinds, B. Taylor, J. Tyrrell, L. Walsh, J. Aganas, Z. Griffiths, M. Hutchinson

Out: N. McElwee, K. McCabe, D. Sellers 

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North Launceston

To be selected from: H. Rand, H. Goss, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, K. Baker, D. Clayton, C. Praciak, C. Haines, A. Jefferies, C. Lowe, J. Singline, J. Harris, B. de Bomford, D. Headland, E. Perry, B. Holmes, F. Bennett, M. Gray, N. Jackson, C. Harrison, J. McCowan, J. Rowlands, S. Hudson, L. Young, D. Layh, B. Maynard , C. Anderson, J. Lanham, B. Denman, J. White

In: J. Lanham, J. White, D. Clayton, C. Haines, S. Hudson, D. Headland, H. Goss, N. Jackson

Out: E. Davey, B. Simpson 

 


TIGERS v. HOBART CITY DEMONS 

Round 3 – 14/04/2017

Twin Ovals – 11:30AM


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Tigers

To be selected from: O. Farid, S. Webb, Z. Fleming, P. Reihana, R. Blakers, T. Gogolin, A. Webster, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, M. Gardner, A. Huizing, H. Crack, R. Walker, M. Booth, J. Keogh, L. Knowles, B. Donnelly, E. Brock, B. Gordon, H. Graham, B. Graham, L. Griggs

In: B. Donnelly, E. Brock 

Out: B. McDermott, K. Riley, E. Pretyman 


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Hobart City Demons

To be selected from: T. Harling, B. Williams, T. Clark, N. Lee, P. Barrett, J. Clements, H. Jubb, C. Ingram, W. Doyle, W. Hay, H. Johnstone, J. Denehey, S. Caswell, M. Grace, J. Barwick, J. McCulloch, Z. Doran, C. Ransom, A. Bidgood, M. Bidgood, P. Fisher, S. Fros, C. Kilpatrick

In: J. Barwick, S. Fros, M. Grace, C. Kilpatrick, N. Lee, S. Caswell, W. Hay, H. Jubb, T. Harling

Out: B. Shepherd, J. Guesdon, L. Hibberd, J. Cleaver, M. O’Neill, M. Paolini 


CLARENCE v. LAUDERDALE  

Round 3 – 15/04/2017

Blundstone Arena – 11:30AM


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Clarence

To be selected from: J. Young, J. Havea, C. Berry, K. Howlett, A. Silver, D. Howlett, K. Bailey, P. Howlett, J. Booth, B. Dart, T. Marshall, T. Birchall, S. Williams, A. Gaul, H. Richmond, T. Hanslow, N. Raglione, J. Pulford, C. Leek, T. Hope, F. Turner, A. Morton, M. Spong, B. Hay, S. Bradford, B. McGuinness, B. Fewkes, J. Mazengarb

In: B. Hay, K. Howlett, B. Fewkes, T. Hanslow 

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Lauderdale
To be selected from: H. Bodnar, Z. Paget, J. Turnbridge, K. Byfield, M. McGuinness, T. McKnight, N. Grubb, E. Steele, Z. Berry, T. Daff, C. Brown, R. Hooker, C. Hooker, J. Perkins, J. Lewis, T. Steele, K. Nordstrom, S. Adams, D. Johns, B. Newell, J. Williams, T. Bluett, D. Stewart, W. Francis, A. Brewster, C. Best, B. Anderton 

In: Z. Berry, J. Lewis, S. Adams, B. Anderton, T. Steele, K. Nordstrom, J. Williams, M. McGuinness, R. Hooker

Out: A. Hevey, C. Laoumtzis, B. Allie, S. Hill, L. Meagher

Southern Cross TSL Tribunal Results

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 2

1. Tyler Bowden (Glenorchy) reported for striking Kurt Byard (Devonport)
Not visually recorded, to be heard Tuesday 11th April 6:00PM.

Sanction: To be heard by the independent tribunal

The tribunal found Tyler Bowden guilty but reduced the charge to a low level offence and as such, sanctioned him with a ONE week penalty. Given that the player had not had a prior opportunity to plead he was afforded an early guilty plea, which reduced his sanction to a reprimand.

Tribunal Result: Reprimand

Southern Cross TSL Team of the Week – Round 2

Round 2 saw the flag contenders again come to the fore with very healthy victories. None healthier than the reigning Premiers, who demolished Devonport by 154 points. They had contributors across the ground and as such nearly have one player selected on each line of the Team of the Week, for Round 2.

Launceston and North Launceston again finished off well in second round victories, kicking six and five goals in the last term to run away with it. Both of the teams have four players picked in this week’s best 22.

Clarence had their first taste for 2017 and got off to a strong start, downing the Tigers on a muddy Blundstone Arena. Four Kangaroos bounce into the team of the week, while the defeated Tigers have their Mitches picked once again. Burnie and Hobart City also broke through with their first representatives in the team.

Check out this week’s team!

BACKS

Jack Donnellan (Launceston)

Donnellen gave plenty of run from the back half and set up a lot of Launceston attacking movement. He provided a particular highlight with a golden fist moment which saved a certain goal for Burnie.

Jay Foon (North Launceston)

Foon makes it back to back nods. Foon minimised the damage done by Hobart City’s forwards. Foon was the leader of a backline that only allowed six goals to be kicked. Strong direct 1 on 1 opponent work throughout, as well as showing excellent leadership in clutch moments of the game.

Josh Arnold (Glenorchy)

Arnold was strong defensively and provided good drive from the back half. Also popped up in the forward 50 to boot two in quick succession.

 

HALF BACKS

Brady Quinn (Glenorchy)

Glenorchy were very rarely troubled defensively but their defence provided some zip and Quinn was no exception. Found a fair bit of the ball.

Keegan Wylie (Clarence)

Wylie was airtight in a key post for the Roos. 

Mitch Carter (Tigers)

Carter has started life strongly at Tigerland. It was another excellent game in the Tigers defence from Carter. Not conditions for marking but did well to intervene and used the ball well out of the backline.

 

CENTRES

Jake Cox (Clarence)

Cox found plenty of the footy in the clinches and used it well, conditions considered. Tackling and pressure was also good in what was a scrappy, contested game.

Jay Lockhardt (North Launceston)

A very strong performance from Jay. He racked up a considerable amount of the footy, but had incredibly good usage, consistently earning the ball and keeping North on the attack. Was extremely good in the third quarter when the game was in the balance.

Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy)

Rainbird is an entertainer. He tries some ambitious things at times but he is a player of immense quality. He had plenty of the ball and got it on the outside to cut apart a young Devonport. 

 

HALF FORWARDS

Thomas Sheppard (Launceston)

Sheppard fought hard for the footy with ferocious pressure. Finished off well with two goals and was generally creative with ball in hand when he pushed forward. 

Thomas Bennett (North Launceston)

Rated by his coaching staff as the top contributor. Bennett finished with two goals, and also was involved in a number of other scores. Was a dangerous presence in the forward half all game, and went up a notch when the game was there to be won in third quarter.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien settled back in to TSL life with consummate ease. Racked up the footy and kicked two early goals.

 

FORWARDS

Sonny Whiting (Launceston)

It was seventh heaven for Whiting, as the crafty Launceston forward kicked seven in an outstanding individual outing. Whiting pushes from the bench and into the starting lineup on the team of the week.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

Class was in sessions and the lesson was goal kicking. Bowden kicked 11 wonderful goals. It was ndoubtedly the performance of the week. Bowden was simply brilliant and was the chief destroyer in an emphatic Magpies win.

Jamieson House (Burnie)

This is Jamieson’s House. The youngster was the shining light out of a loss with four goals in a promising performance for the future of the Dockers.

 

FOLLOWERS

Sam Siggins (Clarence)

In a new role, Siggins stamped himself on the contest playing in the ruck. In conditions not suited to the big men, Siggins was fantastic and showed great appetite for the contest. He also floated forward at a crucial time in the game and found two majors.

Mark Walsh (North Launceston)

Walsh had a major impact through the middle as well as at the top of the ground. Set the tone for the Bombers with a long goal in the opening stages of the first quarter, and didn’t slow down from there. Remained a constant presence throughout, and stood up as a leader when the game was up for grabs.

Liam Smith (Glenorchy)

Smith had a heap of it and rarely misused it, found time and space frequently and punished Devonport with it. Smith also kicked three goals as he pushed forward to provide a dangerous goal threat.

 

INTERCHANGE

Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

58 hitouts and another outstanding performance from the Glenorchy ruckman. Duffy gave his midfielders first use and also took some nice marks around the ground.

Jake Smith (Launceston)

Smith worked tirelessly all day finding plenty of the ball and providing as key playmakers for their sides. He directed a lot of Launceston’s slick ball movement. 

Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons)

A highlight for Hobart City throughout the night. Campbell was involved consistently in the contest, keeping up the Demon’s supply around the ground. Campbell’s involvement was a key factor in Hobart City remaining in the game throughout the first three quarters.

Mitch Walker (Tigers FC)

Another great game leading the way in the Tigers forward line. The key forward has some serious X factor and knows where the goals, kicking another three goals.

 

Unlucky omissions…

There are always unlucky people that just miss the cut..

Launceston’s ruckman Leedham has been in good touch but can’t creep his way in this time around as Siggins and Duffy were too hard to ignore. Rulla Kelly-Mansell was electric again and Rundle was great but neither is able to make the team despite having good days at the office.

Devonport were dismantled by Glenorchy but their best in a tough day was Hawkes, who showed a bit in trying circumstances. For Glenorchy, the prolific Mott could have gone back to back and Millhouse was a good contributor.

North Launceston’s experienced heads were really good and Brad Cox-Goodyer is definitely unlucky to miss, while Ponting also put up a case for selection.Young Mansell was sensational again off half back. For Hobart City Demons, Matthews had a good day and Kearney came into conversation due to his work in the back half.

Clarence’s new man Michael Fisher showed flashes and Brady Jones was his reliable self. For the Tigers, one Carter got in but the other had a good game at the other end of the ground, with three goals and was unlucky to be edged out.

 

 

Round 2 Match Review Panel Findings

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 2
1. Tyler Bowden (Glenorchy) reported for striking Kurt Byard (Devonport).
Not visually recorded, to be heard Tuesday 11th April 6:00PM.

Sanction: To be heard by the independent tribunal.

2. Bradley Chard (Devonport) reported for rough conduct against Liam Smith (Glenorchy).
MRP assessed incident as: intentional, low impact body contact. Base sanction of ONE week, reduced to reprimand with early guilty plea.

Sanction: Reprimand ACCEPTED.

3. Chris Nield (Tigers) referred for striking Jake Cox (Clarence).
MRP assessed incident as: Intentional, low impact body contact. Base sanction of ONE week reduced to reprimand with early guilty plea.

Sanction: Reprimand ACCEPTED.

4. Josh Ponting (North Launceston) referred for high bump on Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons).
MRP assessed incident as: contact was made in the act of play, no further action.
Sanction: No further action.

5. Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons) referred for high bump on Haydyn Goss (North Launceston)
MRP assessed incident as: contact made in the act of play, no further action.

Sanction: No further action.

6. Jay Blackberry (Launceston) referred for bump on Clint Proctor (Burnie).
MRP assessed incident as: push contributed to contact, no further action.

Sanction: No further action.

7. Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons runner) referred for making contact with Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston).
MRP assessed incident as: to be dealt with according to the TSL rules & regulations.

Sanction: to be dealt with according to the TSL rules & regulations.

Roos bounce into season 2017

Written by Row Hancock

Clarence have got their 2017 campaign off to a perfect start, with a 33-point victory over the Tigers in muddy conditions at Blundstone Arena, on Sunday afternoon.

Coming off a round one bye, the Roos were quick to add their name to the winners list, running out the superior side in difficult conditions. The Tigers put up a fight in a physical and often scrappy encounter but the Roos found another gear late in the game to run away with the win.

Clean possession was difficult to come by in the opening quarter of the game; a slippery surface in addition to constant, immense pressure from both sides ensuring frequent hacks out of packs. As the conditions eased up, goals became far more frequent for both sides with 23 majors piled on after quarter time.

The Tigers were able to hit the lead briefly early in the third quarter and looked to have the momentum coming out of the half before an instant response from the Roos saw the hosts reclaim the ascendency.  The Roos kicked away in the final term to find some breathing space and ensure a first up win.

Despite going down, Mitch Walker and Tyler Carter kept the Tigers in the contest for the majority of the game, backing up their brilliant start to the season with three goals apiece.

Sam Siggins may be in for a big 2017, he played a leading hand in his new role in the ruck and booted two crucial goals, while the returning Jackson O’Brien settled back in nicely, racking up the football and providing a lively goal threat. Jake Cox also found plenty of the footy in the clinches. But it was largely a team effort for Clarence, with 12 separate goal kickers contributing to the win. Clarence playing coach, Jeromey Webberley, was pleased with the performance, praising his team’s versatility and the wide range of contributions.

“It’s probably a strength of our team,” Webberley said.

“Going forward we’ve got a number of guys who can play a number of positions, including up forward, so we become really hard to play against once we get the ball in there.”

While it was a strong performance against a Clarence outfit that has been hyped up as a contender Tigers coach Aaron Vince was far from content, aware of the chance his side had to win the game. Vince, suggesting the game may have been one that got away.

“The boys are extremely disappointed,” Vince said.

“I thought we had an opportunity there to get a win. We had a good period in the third quarter – we got ourselves in front and then we just slacked off a little bit towards the end of that third quarter.”

The Tigers will now come against Hobart City at Twin Ovals on Good Friday, while the Roos will face fierce rivals Lauderdale back at Blundstone Arena next Saturday, in what is guaranteed to be a hotly contested match.

“It’s always a big game versus Lauderdale, we have to be right on our game,” Webberley said.

“If we give the same sort of effort we got today, we’ll be in the contest.”

 

CLARENCE v. TIGERS
Round 2 – 09/04/2017

Clarence                                3.3,  6.4,  12.9,  16.11  (107)

Tigers                                  1.4,  4.7,  9.7,  11.8  (74)

GOALS, Clarence :
I. Callinan 2, J. O’Brien 2, M. Blackburn 2, B. Hay 2, S. Siggins 2, K. Howlett 1,
J. Harper 1, J. Cox 1, M. Ling 1, Z. Mastrocola 1, L. Murfitt-Cowen 1

Tigers :
T. Carter 3, M. Walker 3, J. Lister 1, C. Nield 1, B. Batchelor 1, J. Pearce 1,
T. Hughes 1

BEST, Clarence :
S. Siggins, K. Wylie, M. Fisher, B. Jones, J. Cox, J. O’Brien

Tigers :
S. Rice, M. Walker, J. Lister, T. Carter, W. Cleeland, C. Nield

Bombers Surge to Victory

By Andrew Johnston

A six goal final quarter has seen North Launceston run over the top of Hobart City, winning by 37 points at University of Tasmania Stadium on Saturday night.

Poor kicking from both teams kept the game even until three quarter time, with only 11 points separating the sides but the Bombers kicked away in the final quarter to ensure a comfortable victory.

Hobart City, who were looking to regain some form after a poor opening performance against Glenorchy, had the upper hand in the opening quarter, taking a six point lead into the first break. Will Campbell and Jayden Charlton were impressive in the clinches.

Bart McCulloch continued his impressive start to season 2017, and Connor Pearton went forward and kicked one of his two goals, helping give North the lead at half time.

The third quarter, whilst low scoring, saw a spiteful edge come into the game, with a number of heavy knocks by both sides across a fiery quarter. Hayden Goss was injured in a tackle late in the third quarter, and did not return, leaving North down a player for the remainder of the game.

But the Bombers clicked into another gear in the final quarter, outscoring the Demons by five goals to run away to a 39 point win.

North Launceston coach Tom Couch was full of praise for his opposition.

“We knew after last week they would respond…they really brought it up to us.”

Couch was proud of his leaders and their ability to stand up to see the Bombers comfortably.

“It was really about character, and the boys stood up….Coxy, Walshy, Lockhart. Tommy Bennett, it was terrific…”

Hobart City backline coach Richard Robinson was happy with their overall response following a disappointed round one.

“We were obviously looking for a response. All players and coaches we were all disappointed with what happened last week. We had a good week on the track, and came up with a good mindset. Obviously the first three quarters we were quite good but obviously you need to play four quarters, especially against a quality side that’s well coached.”

Next week Hobart City Demons face the Tigers in an interesting tussle and the Bombers face their fierce rivals, Launceston.

NORTH LAUNCESTON v. HOBART CITY DEMONS
Round 2 – 08/04/2017

North Launceston                        1.4,  4.8,  5.12,  11.16  (82)

Hobart City Demons                      2.4,  3.5,  4.7,  6.9  (45)

GOALS, North Launceston :
N. Jackson 2, C. Pearton 2, M. Walsh 2, T. Bennett 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 2, B. McCulloch 1

Hobart City Demons :
B. Grant 2, C. Dell 2, E. Cole 1, J. Williamson 1

BEST, North Launceston :
J. Ponting, T. Bennett, R. Mansell, J. Foon, B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Lockhart

Hobart City Demons :
R. Matthews, C. White, P. Kearney, W. Campbell, J. Maple

Bowden blitz sees Glenorchy destroy Devonport

Written by Richard Bannon

Glenorchy ontinued their exceptional start to the 2017 TSL season, dismantling a hapless Devonport by 154 points in the Magpie’s first home game of the season at KGV, highlighted by an outstanding 11-goal haul by star Jaye Bowden and a 58 hit-out rucking masterclass from Cameron Duffy.

Spurred on by the unfurling of their 2016 premiership flag, Glenorchy smashed Devonport in every facet of the game, on their way to a 28.18-186 to 4.8-32 victory.

Glenorchy flew out of the blocks, kicking seven goals in the opening quarter to rip the game away from the visitors. By half time, the contest was all but over, as the Magpies took a stunning 105-point lead into the main-break. Devonport’s only score at half-time was a solitary point, which came courtesy of a rushed-behind from the ‘Pie’s defence.

The onslaught continued into the third term, as Glenorchy heaped the pain on Devonport through manic pressure, and denying Port any access into the corridor of KGV. It took Devonport until the 14 minute mark of the third term to register their first goal, kicked by Bradley Chard, who was only moments earlier reported for a massive hit on Glenorchy’s Liam Smith.

With Glenorchy on track to kick a cricket score, Devonport mustered a bit of spirit and finished the game with three goals in the final term. Across all four quarters, Jaye Bowden was at his destructive best with an 11 goal bag, again demonstrating why he is one of the league’s very best.

Having the bye next weekend, Glenorchy must now wait 17 days before their next match, which is an intriguing fixture against the Tigers on ANZAC Day but the reigning premiers couldn’t of asked for a better start to 2017.

“We’ve got a training schedule booked in. We’ve had it for a while now, and we knew that this was coming up.” Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius said post-game.

“It’s a tough one. The Tigers are playing some good footy”.

Devonport coach Mitch Thorp conceded that Glenorchy were simply too good for his inexperienced side.

“It was men against boys today. Credit to ‘Ace’ (Cornelius) and the team they’ve got down here.”

Thorp acknowledged that there is a way to go before Devonport can match it with the top sides of the TSL.

“We are at ground zero at the moment. I signed a three-year deal to start again. We had twelve players today who had played less than ten games of TSL footy,”

“It was a tough day at the office. We’ll lick our wounds, review the game, and then we’re back on Friday against Burnie”.

Glenorchy unfurled their 2016 TSL premiership flag before a healthy home crowd on what was a lovely night for footy. Celebrating the club’s first senior premiership since their 2008 triumph in the SFL, it provided Cornelius with an opportunity to reflect on a special achievement.

“It was exciting to get back here (KGV), and just to appreciate the senior guys who played in a flag last year”

“Now we can get on with this season, and what we’re trying to get out of this one.”

GLENORCHY v. DEVONPORT
Round 2 – 08/04/2017

Glenorchy                               7.4,  16.10,  21.14,  28.18  (186)

Devonport                               0.1,  0.1,  1.4,  4.8  (32)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 11, L. Smith 3, J. Arnold 2, T. Bowden 2, M. Joseph 2, B. Webb 2,
Z. Webster 1, J. Arnold 1, M. Hills 1, M. Dilger 1, J. Geard 1, J. Millhouse 1

Devonport :
B. Butler 1, D. Schnoor 1, G. Millucci 1, B. Chard 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, B. Quinn, M. Rainbird, R. Mott, J. Millhouse, L. Smith

Devonport :
B. Hawkes, B. Symmons, D. Riley, T. Enniss, B. Sharman, D. Schnoor

Sonny day as Launceston go two from two

Written by Matt Hill

Launceston made it two from two to start the season with a convincing 62 point win over Burnie, at Windsor Park.

Launceston’s first home game of the season was an emphatic performance in what saw their slick ball movement and overlapping run dominate the Dockers in slightly wet conditions. A goal to Sonny Whiting within the first minute of the game signalled things to come for Launceston and Whiting, who enjoyed a day out up forward.

The Blues dominated the early stages of the first term to kick away to a 19 point lead mainly due to the dominance of forwards in Sonny Whiting (who kicked three goals in the first term), and Rulla Kelly-Mansell. Burnie did well to fight back in the later stages of the quarter with Jamieson House providing a strong forward target to help the visitors snatch a lead by one point at quarter time.

From there on in the game it was all Launceston with their fantastic quick ball movement and well executed game plan seeing them storm home over the Dockers. A six goal second quarter in the second set up Launceston’s lead as Corey Sheppard, Kelly-Mansell, Whiting, Palfreyman and Rundle all goaled for the Blues. At the other end, Launceston’s defence was rarely troubled in the second as Burnie struggled to get the ball dangerously into their forward fifty and hence only registered one behind for the term.

After the main break Burnie showed glimpses of finding a way back into the game but some crucial disposal errors cost them dearly. As well as an undisciplined act that saw a one hundred metre penalty which gifted the Blues a goal. The Dockers were able to trade goals with Launceston at stages but some inaccurate goal kicking made the score line a lot closer than what it could have been with the Blues booting two goals and five behinds compared to Burnie’s three goals straight for the stanza.

Down by 36 points going into the final term Burnie needed to shut down Launceston’s outside run and ball movement but unfortunately were not up for the challenge, as Launceston put the pedal to the metal and booted five goals to one in the last quarter to run out 62 point winners.

Jack Donnellan’s run and ball movement out of the backline set up a lot of Launceston’s play, teaming up effectively with Jordan Harris and Corey Sheppard the Blues had constant pressure on the Burnie defence. Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Sonny Whiting were extremely dangerous up forward, Kelly-Mansell presented all day and ran the Burnie defence off their feet; he kicked only two goals for the game but could have easily kicked five. Whilst partner in crime Whiting booted a monstrous seven goals in a match winning display. What was even scarier for the Burnie defence was that if the rain had have stayed away and Whiting kicked straight he could have been looking at a haul of more than ten goals. For Burnie, House was a hard battler up front for the Dockers kicking four goals in what was a tough day for the north west side.

Launceston had plenty of positives to take out of the game and with a mouth watering Good Friday clash next week against neighbours  North Launceston atUniversity Of Tasmania stadium, some added confidence will certainly put the Blues in a good mind set for next week’s cross town derby. A game not to be missed.

Burnie also take on rivals Devonport next week at West Park in a must win-game game for both sides. Both teams are coming off consecutive losses after the first two rounds and will desperately be searching for the four points in order to redirect their seasons.

LAUNCESTON v. BURNIE DOCKERS
Round 2 – 08/04/2017

Launceston                              4.1,  10.4,  12.9,  17.14  (116)

Burnie Dockers                          4.2,  4.3,  7.3,  8.6  (54)

GOALS, Launceston :
S. Whiting 7, R. Kelly-Mansell 2, C. Sheppard 2, J. Blackberry 1, Z. Griffiths 1, B. Palfreyman 1,
M. Spohn 1, S. Rundle 1, S. Lonergan 1

Burnie Dockers :
J. House 4, H. Walters 1, C. Proctor 1, F. Poke 1, J. Murray 1

BEST, Launceston :
J. Smith, J. Donnellan, S. Rundle, S. Whiting, C. Sheppard, R. Kelly-Mansell

Burnie Dockers :
J. House, C. Proctor, E. Jackson, R. Barrett, J. Cox