Lauderdale hold on to claim scalp

Written by Andrew Johnston

In the game of the season so far Lauderdale hung on against a fast finishing North Launceston to win by a point in a thriller at University of Tasmania Stadium, stamping themselves as a genuine premiership threat in 2017.

It was a blistering start to the game from Lauderdale, with the southern Bombers kicking out to an early lead in no time with skipper Bryce Walsh booting the first two majors from two consecutive forward entries and Thor Boscott dribbling through a beauty to set the tone for Lauderdale.  North Launceston hit back with Zach Burt proving a strong target inside 50, marking and finishing off well before goals to Josh Ponting and Jay Lockhart cut the margin before the southerners kicked away again with three goals including an outstanding Alex Hevey finish that has to be seen to be believed, threading it through from the outside of his boot in the right forward pocket.

The second quarter was played more on the home team’s terms as the game became a lot more congested, with Mark Walsh and Taylor Whitford taking charge in the midfield, helping North score the only two goals of the quarter, including Tom Bennett’s first of six for the game.

After half time, the game went to a new level. Eleven goals were scored in a phenomenal quarter where momentum and the lead swung, with Lauderdale going into the final break with a narrow seven point lead. Nat Franklin starred in midfield as the Lauderdale on-ball brigade took control against North’s midfield maestros. Wiggins and McManus both hit the scoreboard for Lauderdale, while North’s Killer B’s, Burt and Bennett, made a big impression on the North score line.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

North looked likely to run away with it as they struck early in the last to claim the lead early in the final quarter with Bennett and Burt both kicking majors, before control the game swung back and forth for a number of minutes. Ryan Wiggins booted one of his three to square the score up before the playing-coach Tom Couch hit the scoreboard to reclaim a North lead. Ed Stanley leveled it again and started a run of five unanswered goals. Lauderdale were ferocious in their attack and clinical in the forward fifty and when Hevey kicked his third, the game looked over as the southerners kicked out to a 25 point lead.

But North had other ideas, clawing back, kicking four goals swiftly to fall agonisingly short, Zach Burt kicking the last as the siren sound to see North go down by just one point.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter says the group will take a great deal of confidence from the win on North’s home ground, where they have lost multiple finals but played down his side’s threat to the flag.

“To come up here was good for the boys confidence. To be able to beat North Launceston up here gives us a lot of confidence if we do come back here later in the season, we’re able to get a win.

“You win the games a long the way to give yourselves an opportunity to play finals and that is what we are doing at the moment.

North Launceston coach Tom Couch was not impressed with his team’s inablitiy to hit targets, an area they pride themselves in.

“Sometimes when you are winning it covers the cracks but it has been a really good learning experience. Whats our team look like when the pressure is on, today was a good example it was finals footy out there.

“Maybe we’re not as good as what we think we are. It was a good day today, perfect day. There’s no excuses. Not good enough.”

The win was Lauderdale’s sixth on the trot, seeing them just one win adrift from the top two and right in the frame to go deep into September. Both teams now break for the bye as the TSL state team meet the NEAFL.

Round 10 – 03/06/2017

Lauderdale                              6.1,  6.1,  12.2,  18.3  (111)

North Launceston                        3.1,  5.5,  10.7,  17.8  (110)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
R. Wiggins 3, A. Hevey 3, B. Walsh 3, T. Boscott 2, R. McManus 2, P. Bellchambers 2,
R. Sutton 1, M. Kleverkamp 1, E. Stanley 1

North Launceston :
T. Bennett 6, Z. Burt 4, B. Cox-Goodyer 2, T. Couch 1, J. Lockhart 1, J. Ponting 1,
T. Whitford 1, M. Walsh 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
N. Franklin, B. Walsh, P. Bellchambers, T. Boscott, R. Sutton, J. McGuinness

North Launceston :
T. Bennett, Z. Burt, J. Avent, J. Lockhart, A. Richter-Salter, T. Whitford

First half enough as Blues down Devonport

Written by Matt Hill

It was no Lonergan, no worries for the Blues, as Launceston continued their impressive form at Windsor Park, defeating Devonport by 30 points in round 10 of the Tasmanian State League.

The Blues consolidated a top four position, moving to third on the TSL ladder, they now only trail competition leaders North Launceston and Clarence by one game at the half way stage of the season. Launceston were without their playing-coach but collected all four points with a dominant opening half steering them to victory over a Devonport team that continues to impress.

Devonport remain winless at the bottom of the ladder but showed considerable growth, winning the second half against their highly fancied opponents.

With recent form at front of mind, this game loomed to be one dominated by Launceston and while it started that way, Magpies lost no fans with their second half. While the Blues controlled a large portion of the game and lead from start to finish, they never felt comfortable as Devonport continued to apply intense physical pressure on Launceston which resulted in the Magpies winning the second half but ultimately it was Launceston’s first half where the game was decided.

A late change for Launceston saw playing coach Sam Lonergan restricted to coaching duties which left a slight hole in the Launceston midfield. However in form Launceston players in Jay Blackberry and Brodie Palfreyman were dominant early and helped Launceston get out to a 12 point lead at quarter time.

Nathan O’Donoghue kicked the first of the game for Launceston followed by Rulla Kelly-Mansell, Jake Nunn and James Gillow were also able to kick majors for the blues in the first term. The first quarter was hotly contested with both teams applying strong tackling displays. Both sides were wasteful with their disposal in the first and hence neither was able to maximise their impact forward of centre. Devonport played a very open forward line in the first quarter with the north west side trying to get out the back of the Launceston’s defence which has been a problem for the Blues in earlier weeks but they were able to hang on with good defending coming from the Blues back six. A deliberate rushed behind against Launceston late in the first quarter resulted in Mitch Thorp kicking his first of the day and more importantly a seven point play for Devonport.

In the second term, Launceston dominated much of the proceedings barely letting Devonport register any inside fifties. This was where the Blues essentially won the game booting four goals to just Devonport’s one to extend their lead to 35 at the main break. The margin could have been even larger if the Launceston forwards had have been more accurate, kicking six behinds for the quarter. Kelly-Mansell was exciting up forward and threatened to take the game apart but was unable to finish off his good work. Young gun James Gillow once again found his way into dangerous positions and was rewarded snapping a nice goal for his second of the game. Jordan Harris slotted two goals in the second term with star forward Sonny Whiting kicking Launceston fourth major of the term as they raced to what proved to be an unassailable advantage.

Coming out from the main break Devonport began to control the game and kicked early goals to give themselves a slight chance. Mitch Thorp booted his second and this lifted the Devonport side, they lifted their intensity and constantly battled to find a way back into the contest. Although Devonport’s improving efforts, Launceston were able to stem the flow of Devonport’s control through goals to Whiting and Kelly-Mansell which kept the game at a comfortable margin for the Blues.

Heading into the last, it was going to have to need to be a mammoth term if Devonport were going to overrun the Blues. Mitch Thorp willed his team on in the last kicking his third major for the game and then soon after Harrison Barker kicked another for the Pies, the margin was within 20 and a come from behind win wasn’t too far off the cards. Despite Devonport’s charge, Launceston were able to regain control and put a final nail in the coffin and seal the game up courtesy of a Jay Blackberry goal. In the end the Blues could have won by more than thirty points but wasteful shots on goal resulted in one goal and six behinds for the Blues in the last.

The match was really a game of two halves with Launceston dominating the first half but Devonport earning plaudity for their sensational second half. Coach Sam Lonergan said it was an interesting win in which they can take a lot from it to enhance their game in the coming weeks.

“We fell away in certain parts of the game.”

Overall so far this season the Launceston coach is really pleased with his side’s position half way through the season.

“A fantastic achievement and a great result for the footy club.”

Devonport coach Mitch Thorp said that even with the loss the feedback was pretty positive with his side who matched it with Launceston in the second half, coming away winning both the third and fourth quarters.

Thorp was very proud of how his team stayed in the game and competed against the Blues. The Magpies were super competitive in the second half of the match and if not for a poor first half could have potentially grabbed an upset win. Even though Devonport haven’t registered a win so for this season, Thorp said that the progression is significant within the team and with 15 debutant so far this season and twelve seventeen year olds playing against the Blues, the team knew what the season would be like and overall is happy with how the team is positioned, moving forward.

There were some injuries that eventuated from the game with Launceston’s Jordan Harris pulling up sore with a potential hamstring injury, Jack Donnellan also received a corked leg and was quite sore, Simon Vandervelde also was in the hands of medicos with a cut to his eyebrow which was monitored throughout the game. Sam Lonergan’s late withdrawal from the game was due calf soreness, with the bye coming at a good time for the playing-coach. For Devonport, ruckman Levi Creedon has injured his patella and was moving very gingerly and will benefit from the week off.

Moving forward, next week the Tasmanian State League squad will play the North East Australian Football League squad at Blundstone Arena next Saturday which means no action in Tasmanian State League. However the following week Launceston will take on Burnie at West Park before taking on ladder leaders North Launceston the following week in what should be a mouth-watering clash at the University of Tasmania Stadium. The next two weeks will be telling points into how consistent the Blues can be and to whether they can fine tune some areas of their game to really challenge North Launceston. Lonergan said that when his team play at their best they can match it with the best and from what they have displayed so far this season, Launceston can win any game of football as long as they play four quarters of football.

Devonport will face Glenorchy at home after the bye week and with the reigning premiers in a slight form slump, Thorp is giving his side a ‘chance’ to take the four points and register their side’s first win of the season. With Glenorchy struggling of late if Devonport can play like they did in the second half in this match for the entirety of the clash against the southern magpies then this could be an intriguing game in round 11 of the Tasmanian State League.


Round 10 – 03/06/2017

Launceston                              4.1,  8.7,  10.10,  11.16  (82)

Devonport                               2.1,  3.2,  6.3,  8.4  (52)

GOALS, Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 2, S. Whiting 2, J. Harris 2, J. Gillow 2, J. Blackberry 1, N. O’Donoghue 1,
J. Nunn 1

Devonport :
M. Thorp 3, B. Symmons 1, H. Barker 1, L. Bissett 1, D. Schnoor 1, G. Millucci 1

BEST, Launceston :
J. Blackberry, B. Palfreyman, H. Leedham, J. Boyce, S. Williams, S. Vandervelde

Devonport :
M. Thorp, D. Riley, B. Symmons, M. Perry, G. Millucci, B. Sharman

Southern Cross TSL Round 10 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Written by Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 3rd June

Burnie vs Tigers (West Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Tigers 10.11.71 def Burnie 6.12.48 (Round 1, 2017, at Twin Ovals)

Tigers started slowly against Devonport last week, before overrunning the Magpies in a big final term.  Burnie were thrashed by a rampaging Lauderdale, and will be disappointed after a competitive showing against Clarence a week earlier.  Last time these sides met, the Tigers led a close game at every change to win by 23 points.  Brandon Batchelor starred up forward with four majors, while the Tigers’ defensive unit of Johns, Humphrey and Mitchell Carter were all solid.

Burnie sit on one win after playing each team once, but have had chances to pinch a couple of other matches along the way.  The young coastal side were disappointing last week, but were able to make the most of their forward line chances, kicking an accurate 9.2 for the day, including four goals in the final term.  Vice captain Rudy Barrett continued his strong season, leading from the front alongside Nick Walters and captain Nick McKenna, with the leadership group trio all kicking two goals apiece.  Youngsters Jamieson House, Darcy Brazendale and Samuel Kalbfell stood up in the big loss, alongside 50 game midfielder James Dowling.  With a number of Mariners available on a more consistent basis after an interrupted couple of months, the Dockers will look to improve as a unit across the back half of the season.

The Tigers were scoreless at quarter time last week, but bounced back to steal the match with a resilient effort against Devonport at Twin Ovals.  Mitchell Carter repelled many an attack with intercept marks and long clearing kicks from defence, and was well supported by the underrated Tyler Carter, who held Mitch Thorp to just the one goal. Marcus Davies was again solid in the midfield, along with teenagers Lachy Watt and Toby Cowen, who capped off a determined performance with two long range goals.  Mitch Walker competed well in the air to finish with two majors, while small forward Ethan Brock slotted four crucial goals, taking his haul to seven in the past fortnight.  Coach Aaron Vince has made it clear he wants his side to compete and run out matches, which is something the Tigers have been able to address across their last two games.

The Tigers have shown a willingness to play their preferred fast-paced brand of football of late, with huge defensive efforts resulting in forward attacks igniting from defence.  Burnie have shown that they’re able to compete with the top sides in patches, holding leads over Hobart City Demons and Clarence until late in recent weeks.  While recent form would suggest that the Tigers win here, West Park is a tricky ground to play on, and the Dockers at their best may push the Tigers well into the final term, particularly if the Dockers have the wind on their side early.  A fast start to either side will be the key to a confidence-boosting victory.

Launceston vs Devonport (Windsor Park) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Launceston 11.13.79 def Devonport 6.9.45 (Round 1, 2017, at Devonport Oval)

Launceston well and truly announced themselves with a huge 70 point upset win over Glenorchy at Windsor Park on Saturday, restricting the reigning premiers to just four goals.  Devonport led Tigers at every change, but were overrun late to fall short of their maiden 2017 win by 11 points.  When these two sides met in Round 1, Launcston kicked away in the second half to win, led by Hamish Leedham and Jay Blackberry.

Launceston bounced back from the loss to Hobart City Demons to obliterate Glenorchy at Windsor Park, in a match many predicted would go the other way.  James Gillow worked hard to kick four goals, with first quarter specialist Rulla Kelly-Mansell booting three majors and Jake Nunn presenting well as the main forward marking target.  Jay Blackberry and Brodie Palfreyman both found plenty of the ball, but it was their pinpoint delivery inside 50 that hurt the Magpies the most, with the former forging a reputation as one of the best kicks in the competition.  Jake Smith played another good game through the midfield, while Mariner Ryan Tyrell had 25 disposals in defence and was a big part of an impressive defensive unit on what was a rewarding day for the Blues.

Devonport continue to improve each time they take to the field, with the young players Mitch Thorp is building his side around growing in confidence, leading the Tigers until late in the match last Saturday.  Sherrin Egger played a breakout match, running out of the backline to lay several impressive tackles and moving well through heavy traffic.  Giacomo Millucci slotted three goals in the first half, and had a hand in a number of others, while Corey Burnett played his best match of the season to date.  Veteran midfielders Beau Sharman and Brad Symmons has plenty of the ball, and were damaging with their kicking into the Magpies’ forward line.  Mitchell Perry provided glimpses of the player he will develop into, as did young Harry Barker, who kicked an incredible banana goal from the boundary line.

Both sides head into this game arguably as confident as they’ve been all season, which suggests that the crowd is in for some great football.  While Launceston boasts the experience of bigger bodies, the young Magpies showed they won’t take a backward step last week, and while the Blues will come away with the win, Devonport will provide some highlights and contest until the final siren.  Don’t be surprised if both sides hit the scoreboard hard early, as they have proven reputations as fast starters.


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

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 16.16.112 def Lauderdale 7.9.51 (Round 1, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

North Launceston suffered their first defeat of the season, going down to Clarence by 17 points after beating every other side so far in 2017.  Lauderdale continued their impressive run, smashing Burnie to the tune of 112 points to make it five wins in a row.  Last time the two Bombers met, Lauderdale booted the first five goals but could only manage two majors to North Launceston’s 16 after quarter time, going down by a big margin in a physical clash at Lauderdale Oval.  North’s young players stood tall and big Zac Burt kicked four up forward.

North Launceston lost their first match of the year, but coach Tom Couch was level headed after the game and won’t let the loss affect his side’s preparation going into what now looks like their most crucial match of the season.  Couch kicked six goals and used the ball extremely well in the loss, solidifying his reputation as the best player of the TSL.  Jay Lockhart again put on a clinic across half back with his elite kicking skills and brave intercept marks, with Couch suggesting a player of his calibre should be on an AFL list post-match. The ever-reliable Jay Foon also played well off half back, and Jack Avent stood up, kicking a clutch goal to almost turn the tide of the game, late.

The Lauderdale juggernaut continued to roll on with a relentless display against Burnie last week.  Ray Hill continued to impress up forward, booting four goals, while Ryan Wiggins has regained the form all knew he was capable of, and finished with three majors.  Robbie McManus had another huge game on the wing, and without a doubt would be one of the most underrated players in the competition.  Midfield trio Bryce Walsh, Nat Franklin and Dylan Fyfe all had big games, and Thor Boscott again showcased his versatility rotating into the middle from half forward.  Max Kleverkamp was the standout in defence, with his intercept marking and clearing kicks ensuring the Bombers didn’t give away any cheap goals.

While not many would have predicted it, this match is probably the most anticipated of the season to date.  Both sides are in sensational form, boasting winners across all lines.  The battle of the midfield will be a colossal one, as will any duels between the impressive defence and attacks at either end.  North Launceston have the home ground advantage and the mental benefit of a win earlier in the season, but Lauderdale could not be meeting the Northern giants at a better time, coming off five straight wins, having not booted less than 90 points in any game across the past month.  This game could go either way, but one guarantee is that it will be physical, especially considering the conjecture around the season opener.


Glenorchy vs Hobart City Demons (KGV) 6:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 24.10.154 def Hobart City Demons 8.8.56 (Round 1, 2017, at North Hobart Oval)

Glenorchy suffered their fourth loss in a row, going down to an impressive Launceston outfit by 70 points, and have fallen to fifth on the ladder.   Hobart City Demons head into this match after a bye, having defeated Launceston in a great match at home the week prior.  Last time they played, Hobart City Demons led the Magpies at quarter time, before Glenorchy booted 22 goals to five after quarter time.  The Bowden brothers kicked nine majors between them, with ruckman Cameron Duffy announcing himself as one to watch in season 2017.

While everyone knows Glenorchy are still a powerhouse and at their best, are hard to beat, a fourth straight loss certainly raises questions about their ability to compete for the flag.  Despite the heavy loss to the Blues, there were several positive signs.  Brady Quinn put in a four quarter effort to be the Magpies’ best, with Premiership defender Tim Butterworth also recapturing some of his 2016 form.  The efforts of midfielders Mitch Rainbird and Brayden Webb could not be questioned, and Jaye Bowden continued to toil away with many hard earned touches across half forward.  Rhys Mott also bounced back from a relatively quiet month by his lofty standards, and young Harrison Gunther battled hard up forward against a strong Launceston defence.

Hobart City Demons played one of their best games of the season against Launceston a fortnight ago, with their ability to stifle the dangerous Blues forward line and win the midfield battle in the second half surprising many onlookers.  Josh Williamson and Sean Willis were unable to be contained up forward, with the two working well together and positioning themselves smartly to finish with five and three goals respectively.  Ryan Matthews and Eddie Cole played huge games in the midfield against highly experienced opponents, while both Hugh Williams’ dominated the backline and held the highly-regarded Whiting and Kelly-Mansell to just four goals in total.  Charlie White played a big game in the ruck, and chopped off many a Launceston foray forward as a spare man down back.

This game is huge.  Glenorchy will be as hungry as we’ve seen them after a winless month and tough fortnight for coach Aaron Cornelius, while Hobart City Demons have competed beyond expectations and can leapfrog the Magpies into fifth place with a win.  With Glenorchy out of form, and Hobart City Demons playing as well as they have all season, this game will be decided by a much slimmer margin than we saw in Round 1, but Glenorchy should throw everything they have at Hobart City Demons to emerge with a hard fought win to remind the competition that they’re still a threat.

TEAMS: Southern Cross TSL Round 10 + Wrest Point TSL W Round 5



Round 10 – 03/06/2017

1:00PM – West Park

Burnie Dockers
B: B. Murray, D. Brazendale, B. Keiselis
HB: H. Walters, N. McKenna, J. Dowling
C: E.  Smith, C.  Proctor, S.  Kalbfell
HF: D. Crane, R. Barrett, B. Rubock
F: T. Morrison, J. House, T. Mundy
R: T. Charles, J. Cox, N. Walters
Int: E. Jackson, J. O’Donnell, J. Weller, B. Challis
Emg: F. Poke, J. Murray, M. Chatwin, A. Bates

In: T. Mundy, B. Challis, J. Weller, J. O’Donnell
Out: B. Boag,  W. Purton, F. Poke, M. Chatwin

B: L. Gadomski, T. Carter, B. Graham
HB: M. Carter, M. Booth, M. Davies
C: J.  Bilson, W.  Cleeland, T.  Gogolin
HF: C. Nield, C. Sawdy, L. Clifford
F: B. Livingston, M. Walker, E. Brock
R: M. Gardner, L. Watt, S. Rice
Int: A. Webster, B. McCulloch, B. Rees, T. Cowen
Emg: C. Woolley, C. Rawson, A. Humphrey, J. Keogh

In: B. Livingston, S. Rice, C. Sawdy
Out: J. Pearce, O. Burrows-Cheng, T. Peterson


Round 10 – 03/06/2017

2:00PM – UTAS Stadium 

North Launceston
B: C. Young, J. Pearce, J. Lockhart
HB: J. Avent, A. Richter-Salter, J. Foon
C: L.  Hollmer, B.  Cox-Goodyer, J.  Ponting
HF: T. Couch, T. Bennett, K. Wadley
F: C. Pearton, B. McCulloch, Z. Burt
R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, T. Whitford
Int: T. Donnelly, T. Mansell, K. Baker, B. Denman
Emg: H. Goss, C. Lowe, N. Jackson, C. Harrison

In: T. Mansell, K. Baker, J. Ponting
Out: K. Thomas,  R. Mansell, J. Singline

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

In: A. Hevey

Out: C. Laoumtzis


Round 10 – 03/06/2017

2:00PM – Windsor Park

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

In: C. Smith

Out: M. Hutchinson


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


Round 10 – 03/06/2017

6:00PM – KGV

B: J. Arnold, J. Arnold, M. Dilger
HB: B. Quinn, J. Geard, B. Webb
C: T.  Butterworth, R.  Mott, J.  Webb
HF: J. Millhouse, T. Bowden, M. Joseph
F: T. Morgan, J. Bowden, C. Salter
R: C. Duffy, Z. Webster, L. Smith
Int: M. Hills, B. Kamaric, H. Pearce, H. Gunther
Emg: W. Atkin, A. Brennan, M. Rainbird, D. Coppleman

In: Z. Webster, T. Bowden

Out: M. Rainbird, W. Atkin

Hobart City Demons
B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, T. Millhouse
HB: N. Hutchinson, H. Williams, B. Walker
C: B.  Norton, W.  Campbell, C.  Kilpatrick
HF: S. Willis, J. Maple, J. Williamson
F: B. Grant, K. Richter, J. Barwick
R: C. White, N. Baker, R. Matthews
Int: M. O’Neill, S. Caswell, E. Cole, J. Charlton
Emg: H. Johnstone, K. Wisniewski, C. Ransom, M. Bidgood




Round 5 – 04/06/2017

12:00PM – Twin Ovals


Tigers Football Club

B: A. Esam, R. Roberts,
HB: K. Baker, E. Lucas, H. Upston
C: H.  Flakemore, C.  Brooke, S.  Grimsey
HF: R. Cassidy, , J. Devereux, B. Harris
F: S. Atkins-Collins , M. Absolom,
R: G. Millar, H. Squires, M. Neal
Int: I. Coughlan, L. Ellis, E. Johnstone, R. Jones
Emg: N. Iduteyiteka , J. Murphy

Burnie Football Club
B: L. Haines, K. Sheehan,
HB: S. Skinner, L. Stevenson, J. Whelan
C: C.  Loring, E.  Humphries, K.  Loring
HF: C. Haines, M. Singleton, Z. Knight
F: S. Loring, J. Brown,
R: J. Mercer, S. Rodman, K. Goodson
Int: M. Wright, I. Duffie, C. Nicholls, S. Edwards
Emg: J. Bader, S. Ferguson-Stevens


Round 5 – 04/06/2017

2:00PM – Windsor Park


Launceston Football Club
B: M. Smith, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte
HB: M. Gardner, C. Thuringer, C. Webb
C: , K.  Child,
HF: M. Binns, A. Green, G. Hill
F: N. Celebre, A. Bowen, M. Cuthbertson
R: C. Britton, D. Bannister, M. Clark
Int: M. Sinclair, H. Viney, E. Manix-geeves, P. Hamilton
Emg: S. Brown, D. Corcoran


Glenorchy Football Club

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


Round 9 was a fascinating week of football with two big upsets as the Roos handed North Launceston their first defeat for season 2017 and the Blues smashed the highly favoured Glenorchy.

Elsewhere Lauderdale dismantled the Dockers by 112 points and Tigers clawed back to pip a much-improved Devonport.

Representation is split across six teams with the two teams that suffered major defeats the only clubs not to feature.

Lauderdale were simply awesome and have five picked from a formidable display, while Launceston’s jaw dropping performance sees five blue baggers get the nod.

Clarence are next best with four, while the vanquished North had two absolute standouts in a losing cause. Devonport and Tigers have five between them from a tight tussle at Twin Ovals.


Sherrin Egger (Devonport)
The 16 year old is the cousin of co-captain Dylan Riley, and attacks the ball with a similar hunger.  Described by Mitch Thorp as  ‘walk-up start’ into Devonport’s 22, the boy named after a football moved well in heavy traffic to deliver the ball to first options time and again.  He did things that stood out in each of the four quarters, with a great rundown tackle in the third quarter in the Magpies’ forward line resulting in a shot on goal highlighting his ability.  One to watch this season.

Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale)

Kleverkamp was productive playing down back for the Bombers, and was instrumental in restricting Burnie to just five goals by three quarter time. The dynamic defender provided an avenue out of defence, where he fed the footy to the run of McManus and Franklin all day.

Ryan Tyrrell (Launceston)

The young defender played exceptionally well down back for the Blues, coming back from the Tassie Mariners. He helped string together many of Launceston’s forays forward and with his efficient disposal usage, he was very damaging down back for Blues having 25 touches.




Jay Lockhart (North Launceston)

Lockhart is having some sort of season, but his performance against Clarence was something to behold. Lockhart’s disposal by foot was sublime across halfback while some brave marks only further underlined his standing as one of the League’s best. Bomber coach Tom Couch was so impressed by Lockhart’s efforts that he suggested he should be on an AFL list. A fair compliment, and one that only makes more sense after a performance of this calibre.

Mitch Carter (Tigers)

One of the form defenders of the competition, Carter had close to 10 disposals in the first term when Devonport were on the attack, rebounding the ball from defensive 50 and at times sending inside the Tiger’s forward 50.  Stood out with his intercept marking, and long pinpoint kicking, ensuring the ball was cleared with accuracy from dangerous positions.

Keegan Wylie (Clarence)

The Clarence faithful would be ecstatic with how Keegan Wylie’s development is coming along as he yet again stood tall in defence for the Roos. Wylie has become a pillar in Clarence’s back half, and while he demonstrated this again with another terrific outing in defence, he also showcased how damaging he can be at the other end of the ground with a huge goal from the 50 metre arc in the third term that extended Clarence’s handy lead.


Beau Sharman (Devonport)
Devonport’s best, co-captain Sharman did it all on Saturday.  The tough midfielder not only won the hard ball, but ran hard to receive across half-forward as well, sending at least eight kicks inside his side’s forwards 50, four in the first quarter alone.  He won a number of free kicks from crunching tackles, and pushed forward late in the final term to demand the ball, kicking a clutch goal from 40m to put Devonport in front.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

Franklin showed just why he is one of the TSL’s premier midfielders, as he ran ragged on Lauderdale Oval. Franklin pushed forward in the final term to cap off a stellar display, finishing with two classy goals.

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale)

McManus starred with a best on ground performance, and was instrumental in his side’s crushing win over Burnie. The Bombers winger run and carry on the wing was telling, as he provided a link for when the Bombers transitioned the ball from defence to attack. McManus snuck forward throughout the course of the match to finish with two majors.


Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

Palfreyman has had a breakout season and has played a lot of good footy for the Blues this season. He had another fantastic game on the weekend and had 31 touches. He provided a lot of run all day and with his burst of speed was able to break the game open. He found a lot of the ball and was able to use the ball effectively in order to help Launceston achieve a massive win against Glenorchy. For his efforts, Palfreyman was awarded with 2 votes in the RACT insurance player of the year voting.

Raymond Hill (Lauderdale)

Hill was the most dominant forward on the ground, kicking four goals for the afternoon. Hill booted the second of the match to give the Bombers the early ascendency over the Dockers, and consistently hit the scoreboard throughout the game.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Although his Bombers lost to Clarence on the weekend, Couch did all he could to almost drag his side over the line. Roaming across half forward, the playing-coach bagged six goals in a dominant display. Couch’s ability to extract the football from traffic and to then use it efficiently makes him an incredibly exciting footballer to watch, and all those at Blundstone Arena witnessed yet another demonstration of this on Saturday.



Jake Nunn (Launceston)

Nunn presented all day long for the Blues and was very strong and dominant up forward, taking some very impressive marks and winning some key one on one battles that saw him as the key man up front for Launceston. This rewarded Nunn in 1 vote in the RACT insurance player of the year voting.

Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale)

Wiggins played out of the goal square and provided the Bombers with a genuine target within their forward 50. Wiggins, who finished with three goals, stamped his authority on the game in the second term, when the right-footer slotted a classy set shot from 50m on the change room boundary.

Jarrod Harper (Clarence)

A key reason behind Clarence’s victory on the weekend was the output of its medium-sized towards, and Harper was a perfect example of that. Harper was lively all day and booted two majors in the win, with his goal late in the final term when the Bomber surge was at its most rampant essentially sealing a hard-fought Clarence victory.


Sam Siggins (Clarence)

Siggins was the dominant big man on Saturday as his Roos defeated the highly fancied Northern Bombers. Siggins competed well in the air and across the ground while also chipping in with two vital goals of his own to set up a memorable victory.

Jay Blackberry (Launceston) 

He may be one of the most in form players in the competition right now. He had 33 disposals on the weekend with 12 of those being contested whilst also laying 13 tackles. He was Launceston’s best midfielder and the best player on the ground. He used his lethal left boot to pierce through the Glenorchy defence and constantly hit up Launceston’s key forwards. Blackberry was awarded 3 votes in the RACT insurance player of the year voting.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

Jackson O’Brien did as Jackson O’Brien does on the weekend, accumulating plenty of the football, kicking a goal and moving well through traffic to provide the Roo forwards with plenty of opportunity and his direct opponents with plenty of headaches.


Brad Symmons (Devonport)
A constant presence across the middle of the ground, Symmons put his head over the ball to win key clearances all afternoon.  He also took the game on when the Magpies needed a spark, with a three-bounce run through the middle of Twin Ovals and long kick inside 50 a highlight of the day.

James Gillow (Launceston)

The young gun played a fundamental role for Launceston in the forward line. The youngster kicked four goals against Glenorchy and was the leading goal kicker on the ground. He found his way into some very dangerous positions and with his clean ball skills was able to make the most of his opportunities.

Michael Blackburn (Clarence)

Blackburn continued his promising 2017 with another valuable contribution to a terrific team performance that guided the Roos to a significant victory over North. Blackburn’s day included two goals, several goal assists and a big ‘double cobra’ to the crowd after he kicked a clutch goal in the third term.

Ethan Brock (Tigers)

The slightly-built Brock backed up his three goal haul from last week with four majors for the Tigers, all coming at important times in the match.  Not content to just crumb as a small forward, Brock led hard to be a target up front and converted all of his set shots, one a spectacular banana from a tight boundary position.  In a tense final term, he relished the pressure to slot his final two goals, with both giving the home side the lead in a see-sawing match. the 16 year old celebrates every major, and at 16 years of age, why wouldn’t he?

Unlucky Omissions…

Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Sonny Whiting were both in great touch inside the forward 50 for the Blues, while Smith was on fire in the middle.

Jay Foon and Jack Avent came into the game in the second half and were a big reason for North Launceston’s final quarter surge. Clarence had a host of players that could have been picked with the likes of Holmes, Brady Jones, Hanslow and Bailey all playing their part.

Lauderdale were utterly dominant and could have had a host of players picked. Thor Boscott continued his strong form, as did the Captain Bryce Walsh and defensive general Josh McGuinness.

Tyler Carter held the dangerous Mitch Thorp to a solitary goal from three shots, often leading the forward out of the Tiger’s defensive 50.  Made a number of key spoils, and his pressure and efforts could not be questioned.

Mitch Walker is the main tall target up forward for the Tigers, Walker contested well in the air, someones double-teamed as he flew for marks.  Brought to ball down to ground for the crumbing forwards, and was unlucky not to have been awarded a number of free kicks,  His persistence paid off as he finished with two goals, a vote, and a wrap from coach Aaron Vince.
Giacomo Millucci stood out early in the match to have three goals next to his names at half time, the elusive teenager played well above his years and build up forward fro Devonport, finishing with the three majors for the match and setting up a couple of other goals from direct kicks.  Watch out if he’s able to break free for an entire match.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 9

Tasmanian State League 

1. Sam Lonergan (Launceston) referred for making high contact to Matthew Dilger (Glenorchy).

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental and as part of the contest. In assessing the contact the panel concluded player Dilger was off balance and contact occurred whilst losing his feet.The video evidence was inconclusive in determining where contact was made by Lonergan. 

The panel concluded: the incident does not constitute a reportable offence and no further action will be taken. 




2. Sonny Whiting (Launceston) referred for rough conduct against Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy).

The Match Review Panel found the incident occurred more than five metres off the ball, behind play and after the ball had gone out of bounds on the full.

The panel concluded the action was unnecessary in the circumstances and assessed the conduct to be intentional, low impact to the body.

Whiting has accepted the base sanction of ONE match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

SANCTION: Reprimand



3. An off the ball incident between Bart McCulloch (North Launceston) and Aiden Grace (Clarence) has been referred directly to the TSL tribunal.

Due to insufficient video evidence the independent tribunal will hear the case on Tuesday night.


Mercury Cup

4. Clarence & North Launceston players were referred for engaging in a melee.

Following evidence provided from the match day umpires an incident from the Clarence and North Launceston Mercury Cup the MRP concluded no further action was required.  

Tigers down Devonport

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Tigers FC overcame a scoreless first quarter to claw their way back and defeat a spirited Devonport outfit by 11 points in a match full of highlights at Twin Ovals yesterday afternoon.

After trailing the young coastal side at every break, the Tigers booted five goals in a tense, seesawing final term to eventually overpower the Magpies and finish the game 11.8 (74) to 9.9 (63) winners.

The first term well and truly belonged to Devonport, as the visitors put immense pressure on the Tigers’ defence, with the ball spent in the Magpies’ forward half for most of the term.  Brayden Butler ran hard through the middle of the ground to kick Devonport’s first major, and goals to small forward Giacomo Milluccci and Mitch Thorp soon followed.  The final 10 minutes of the term saw the ball in dispute, but unluckily for the home side Millucci composed himself to kick truly from a set shot after the siren, as the Magpies went into the first break ahead 4.1 (25) to no score.

The second term started with a third Millucci goal, but from then onwards the Tigers imposed themselves physically and began to reap the rewards. A big hit on Brad Symmons after a three-bounce run towards goal saw the crowd come to life, and two ferocious tackles across half forward led to goals for the home side soon afterwards.  In the final minutes, Mariner Toby Cowen kicked a long goal, and when Lachy Watt goaled on the siren, the Tigers were back in the contest, heading into the race down 4.5 (29) to Devonport’s 5.4 (34).

The third stanza was evenly matched, with the defence of both sides tackling up a storm, with clear shots on goal a rarity.  Ethan Brock seized his moment to convert for the Tigers with an incredible checkside set shot following a mark on the boundary, and moments later was one-upped by young Magpie Harry Barker’s left foot banana on the run from tight in the pocket.  By the quarter’s end, both teams had managed two goals each, and Devonport held a slender 7.8 (50) to 6.6 (42) lead.

The Tigers kicked the first two majors of the final term to hit the lead for the first time all afternoon, with Mitch Walker converting a difficult set shot and Lachy Clifford chipping a goal under pressure from 40 metres out.  Brock followed up with his third goal to push the lead out to 10 points, but clutch majors to Liam Williams and Beau Sharman saw the visitors back in front late in the match.  In a fitting ending to a game where youth took centre stage, teenagers Brock and Cowen capped off fine games with another goal each in red time, with the Tigers outlasting Devonport to be ahead 11.8 (74) to 9.9 (63) at the final siren.

Tigers’ coach Aaron Vince was a happy man following his sides’ win, but praised the visitors’ blistering first term.

“To Devonport’s credit they came with some real heat early, and we were probably a bit slow out of the blocks.

“We lacked intent, and we showed that if we bring that intent into matches like we did against North Launceston (last week) we can compete against any side; to the boys’ credit, they changed and we had some winners around the ground.”

Vince put the turnaround down to his charges being first to the football, and being willing to take the game on and move the ball quickly.

“We had some really good transition plays, and showed the ability to outwork our opponents and catch them on the other side of the ground.  If we’re going to make mistakes, let’s make them trying to play out style of game; it’s the only way we’re going to learn.”

With Brandon Batchelor out with a foot injury, Mitch Walker was a focal point up forward all match, finishing with two goals and providing a contest in the air.  But the standout forward of the afternoon was clearly the dangerous Ethan Brock, who followed up his three goal outing against North Launceston last week with a four goal haul, pleasing Vince.

“We wanted him to play a certain role as a small crumbing forward, and today was lively up forward.  I think his last two weeks have been exceptional.”

Tigers’ defender Mitchell Carter played another outstanding match, intercepting a number of forward entries and kicking long to team mates on the wing.  Tyler Carter was also among the home side’s best, holding Mitch Thorp to a solitary goal and running hard to provide a link out of defence.  Marcus Davies played a strong game through the midfield, and was well supported by trio Lachy Watt, Toby Cowen and Lachlan Clifford.

While the Magpies playing group were visibly disappointed after the final siren, Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp could not have been more proud of his young side and their attitude throughout not only the match but the season so far.

“They were fantastic; we led at every change.  When the real pressure hit late in the game, we just couldn’t quite execute a few of our skills.  It’s been our challenge to put four quarters together, and I reckon we got three and a half today.”

“I’m very proud of the group, they’re a very resilient group.  We’ve endured a bit of pain at the start of this year but we know where we’re headed, and we’re starting to get a little bit better each week.”

Thorp highlighted the performances of several of his younger players.

“I was super pleased with four or five of our 17 year olds; I thought they were arguably our best players, and that’s a good sign for our future.

“Millucci, (Corey) Burnett, (Mitchell) Perry and (Sherrin) Egger were unreal today; they looked like 25 year olds and yet they’re 16 and 17 (years of age).  Put another 30 or 40 games on top of the seven they’ve played, and we’re going to have a pretty good side.”

Devonport were arguably best served by co-captain Beau Sharman and Brad Symmons, with both tirelessly accumulating a high number of possessions and sending the ball inside attacking 50 close to a dozen times combined.  Small forward Millucci finished with three majors, all kicked in the first half, while Brodie Connelly provided a few highlights and kicked one goal.

The Tigers will hit the road next week as they travel to West Park to play a Burnie side still searching for a second win of season 2017, but cannot underestimate the former coastal giant, who have played some strong football in patches.  Devonport will head to Windsor Park to face off against a red hot fourth-placed Launceston side, who are coming off a resounding victory over Glenorchy.

Round 9 – 27/05/2017

Tigers                                  0.0,  4.5,  6.6,  11.8  (74)

Devonport                               4.1,  5.4,  7.8,  9.9  (63)

GOALS, Tigers :
E. Brock 4, M. Walker 2, T. Cowen 2, L. Clifford 1, W. Cleeland 1, L. Watt 1

Devonport :
G. Millucci 3, B. Connelly 1, H. Barker 1, M. Thorp 1, L. Williams 1, B. Butler 1,
B. Sharman 1

BEST, Tigers :
M. Carter, T. Carter, M. Davies, L. Watt, M. Walker, E. Brock

Devonport :
B. Symmons, B. Sharman, S. Egger, C. Burnett, G. Millucci, M. Perry

Lauderdale too strong for young Dockers

Written by Richard Bannon

The Lauderdale Bombers made light work of a developing Burnie outfit, casting the Dockers aside in a 112-point belting at Lauderdale Oval yesterday afternoon; propelling themselves to third on the ladder.

After losing their first three matches of the TSL season, the Bombers have bounced back superbly, having won their past five encounters, with the 25.18-168 to 9.2-56 victory an essential percentage boost for Darren Winter’s side.

Lauderdale’s win can be attributed to the manner in which the Bombers spread their goal kicking load, with 13 players registering majors. Raymond Hill (four) and Ryan Wiggins (three) led the way and five other players scored at least two goals.

Kicking towards the Eastern end of Lauderdale Oval, the Bombers got off to a fast start, as Jordan Roberts goaled within the opening minute of the match to set the tone for the afternoon.

When Raymond Hill kicked a goal two minutes later, the hallmarks of a dominant victory were imminent.

However, Burnie vice-captain Rudy Barrett converted a set shot to peg the margin back, and gave his side some hope of wrestling back the momentum.

Bombers skipper Bryce Walsh quickly snuffed out a Docker resistance, goaling to help set up a handy 22-point lead at the first change.

Lauderdale flexed their muscle in the second term, piling on 6.5 to the Dockers solitary goal. The second stanza was highlighted by a classy set shot from Bombers forward Ryan Wiggins, slotting it from the boundary right before the adoring Lauderdale faithful.

Taking a 57-point lead into the main break, Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was aware of the opportunity to gain a much needed percentage boost.

“We had the chance to get a big win on the board today, and it’s a positive that we were able to capitalise” Winter said post game.

Spurred on by this, Lauderdale kicked away, whilst restricting the Dockers to just two goals in the third term, while the Bombers scored eight for themselves.

In an attempt to salvage some pride, Burnie lifted in the last quarter with four goals, including the first two of the term, courtesy of Dockers captain Nick McKenna, as well as Rudy Barrett, who both finished with two and three goals respectively.

Burnie assistant coach Guy Grey said post game that his young side values the opportunity to travel as a group, and are better for the experience.

“Where our group is at, it’s not all about getting the ‘W’ at the end of the match, but it’s more about getting the small ‘W’s’ on the field.”

Lauderdale now travels to the wide expanses of UTAS Stadium to face off against North Launceston, who are coming off a defeat to the hands of Clarence, whilst Burnie will play host to the Tigers at West Park.


Round 9 – 27/05/2017

Lauderdale                              5.5,  11.10,  19.12,  25.18  (168)

Burnie Dockers                          2.1,  3.1,  5.1,  9.2  (56)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
R. Hill 4, R. Wiggins 3, N. Franklin 2, B. Walsh 2, E. Stanley 2, R. McManus 2,
T. Havea 2, J. McGuinness 2, J. Roberts 2, R. Sutton 1, L. Meagher 1, T. Boscott 1,
J. Williams 1

Burnie Dockers :
R. Barrett 2, N. Walters 2, B. Rubock 2, N. McKenna 2, T. Morrison 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
R. McManus, M. Kleverkamp, T. Boscott, N. Franklin, B. Walsh, R. Hill

Burnie Dockers :
J. House, R. Barrett, N. Walters, N. McKenna, J. Dowling, S. Kalbfell


Written by Anthony Osborn

Another chapter was written in this unpredictable 2017 Tasmanian State League season at Blundstone Arena as Clarence ran out 17-point winners over premiership favourites North Launceston.

After losing at home against the Hobart City Demons a fortnight ago, Clarence made Blundstone Arena their own once again, handing the travelling Bombers their first loss of the year in the 16.7 (103) to 12.14 (86) victory.

Clarence looked on top in the early stages of the match as both sides stamped their intensity and physicality on the contest. Three goals to Bombers playing-coach Tom Couch, including one from a controversial free-kick after his opening goal, however, kept North Launceston right in touch as the home side took a one-point lead into the opening break.

The second term was a similarly contested clash as both sides traded blows. Two late Clarence goals, courtesy of Gabby Chambers and Jackson O’Brien threatened to blow the match out of North Launceston’s grasp, but a fifty-metre penalty and subsequent goal to Mark Walsh provided the Bombers with a sniff.

The third stanza was a wave of red and white as Clarence’s attacking and daring brand of football cut the Bombers line-up to shreds as the ‘Roos slammed on five goals to one to set up a 37-point advantage at the final change.

The early stages of the final term looked as if Clarence would run away with a comfortable victory, however, as this season has tended to do, a spanner was thrown in the works through a North Launceston surge.

The Bombers kicked five goals to two in the final term, with a flurry of goals via Couch, Jack Avent, Lewis Hollmer and Avent, again, cutting the deficit back to just 16 points as the Red and White army began to look a little unsettled in their seats.

The Bomber midfielders peppered the goals late in the game as the Clarence faithful became increasingly uneasy, but when Jarrod Harper kicked the sealer at the 21-minute mark of the final term, the home fans sent Blundstone Arena into raptures.

Clarence transitioned the ball from defence into attack brilliantly all day, and playing-coach Jeromey Webberley was pleased with the intent his side displayed against such a high quality opposition.

“I’m really proud of the boys, it was great reward for effort. No one really gave us a hope today and we wanted to get that defensive pressure and want for the contest. We wanted to make North Launceston a target and outhunt them.”

Webberley, despite such a strong showing, held off declaring his side as the new premiership fancy, believing that they have major improvement to come.

“We will keep a lid on it. We would have taken being six wins and one loss by the break at the start of the year, especially with wins over the two best teams in the competition. It’s more about confidence that we can take it up to the best when we play our way.”

It was an even performance across the board for Clarence, with Jason Bailey and Keegan Wylie, who kicked a huge goal in the third term, standing tall in defence. Brady Jones and Jackson O’Brien further enhanced their reputations as two of the gun midfielders in the competition, while Michael Blackburn, Aiden Grace, Jarrod Harper, Sam Siggins and Webberley shared the goal-scoring load, with two goals each.

Webberley was understandably ecstatic with such an even contribution by his side.

“The last couple of years the perception and reality has been that we have relied too heavily on our top five or six players. Today our midfielders applied forward pressure and our unsung forwards kicked goals.”

Tom Couch was understandably disappointed in the loss, but remained upbeat about where his side is at.

“We learnt a lot today. It’s disappointing, but we will move on. As long as you learn something from it, it’s not a bad day at the office.”

Both Tom Couch and Jay Lockhart were phenomenal for North Launceston, with Couch booting six majors and Lockhart accumulating plenty of the football, including several brave marks back with the flight in defence. Jack Avent was also impressive with his three majors.

After a shock loss to the Hobart City Demons a fortnight ago and a physical win in the torrential conditions of West Park last week, Clarence will relish having the bye next week and the week off after that for the representative match. North Launceston, meanwhile, will play host to a red-hot Lauderdale outfit in round ten.


Round 9 – 27/05/2017

Clarence                                3.4,  9.4,  14.6,  16.7  (103)

North Launceston                        3.3,  6.7,  7.11,  12.14  (86)

GOALS, Clarence :
M. Blackburn 2, J. Webberley 2, J. Harper 2, A. Grace 2, S. Siggins 2, J. O’Brien 1,
W. Wall 1, G. Chambers 1, T. Standen 1, L. Murfitt-Cowen 1, K. Wylie 1

North Launceston :
T. Couch 6, J. Avent 3, T. Bennett 1, L. Hollmer 1, M. Walsh 1

BEST, Clarence :
J. O’Brien, J. Harper, M. Blackburn, M. Fisher, J. Holmes, S. Siggins

North Launceston :
J. Lockhart, T. Couch, J. Foon, J. Avent, T. Bennett, C. Pearton

Launceston leapfrog Glenorchy

Written by Matt Hill

Launceston stunned reigning premiers Glenorchy at Windsor Park, pushing themselves above the Magpies on the Tasmanian State League ladder with an astonishing 70 point win.

The Blues big victory handed Glenorchy their fourth consecutive loss and delivers some tough questions for coach Aaron Cornelius to answer in the coming days. The Blues led for nearly the entire game in what was a dominant display to cause a stunning boil over.

Both sides had a point to prove, entering off the back of disappointing losses last week. Zac Webster (Glenorchy) and Sam Rundle (Launceston) were both key late outs for each side, hurting both teams midfield stocks but the Blues dealt best with the late change and were superior in the midfield battle. Jay Blackberry was superb in the opening quarter winning a lot of the ball and laying immense pressure on the Glenorchy midfielders. Despite Blackberry’s dominance, Glenorchy were able to snag the first goal of the game courtesy of Jaye Bowden who was lively in the opener and after the first five minutes of the game there were signs that potentially Glenorchy were firing up. However, this was not to be as Launceston quickly replied thanks to Rulla Kelly-Mansell who kicked two first quarter goals. Kelly-Mansell changed numbers for this weekend’s game wearing the number 67 in recognition of the 1967 referendum and the Sir Douglas Nicholls AFL Indigenous round. After Kelly-Mansell slotted his first the flood gates opened for Launceston who put in a tremendous first quarter display to lead at quarter time by 23 points.

After some choice words from coach Aaron Cornelius, Glenorchy came out of the first break and kicked a goal courtesy of Tim Butterworth within the first fifteen seconds, which appeared to get the Glenorchy boys pumping. Glenorchy continued to press and looked very likely to get back into the contest but poor disposal efficiency going forward hurt the Magpies and saw Launceston hold their lead. The second term was evenly balanced before Launceston kicked away late with four goals towards the back end of the quarter extending their lead to 37 at the main break. At half time Launceston had only three more inside fifties than Glenorchy but had kicked ten goals straight to the wasteful Glenorchy’s three goals and five behinds.

In the premiership quarter the Magpies needed to show some fire and desire for the ball but looked flat footed and going forward their forward line was as useful as a car with no fuel. In a very low scoring third quarter which resembled table tennis at some stages, the Magpies were only able to register one behind whilst Launceston kicked one goal and two behinds. Young gun James Gillow kicking his third for the match.

Glenorchy needed to climb a massive hill in the final quarter if they were to pose an unlikely comeback but they were not up for the challenge with the home side running away with it in the last quarter, booting five goals to just one to jump above Glenorchy on the ladder. Last quarter goals to Gillow, Boyce (two), O’Donoghue and Kelly-Mansell made sure that Launceston enjoyed the win whilst showcasing how dangerous they can be when on song. Going forward the blues had fifty inside fifties, twelve more than their opponents which also were a lot more damaging due to the fact that Launceston turned every second inside fifty into a scoring opportunity whilst Glenorchy only turned 39.5 percent of their inside fifties into shots on goal. The Blues were able to continually use the ball efficiently and move the ball forward a lot more superiorly than Glenorchy. In the end Launceston ran out 70 point winners in what was a statement to the rest of the competition.

Launceston’s midfield was superb and was the driving factor behind their victory. Jake Smith gathering 35 disposals and eight marks for the day to be the leading ball winner on the ground. Jay Blackberry’s impressive form continued collecting 33 disposals, 12 of which were contested and laying 13 tackles. Young star Brodie Palfreyman also was dominant with his outside run and ball movement, having 31 disposals.

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan said he couldn’t be prouder of his playing group after the performance being extremely pleased that his side played a full four quarter game.

“We implemented what we wanted to achieve.”

After last week’s defeat to Hobart City and poor efficiency going forward, Lonergan said that his team focussed on their disposal effectiveness during the week and was pleased with the way his side moved the ball in the comprehensive win.

“All three lines of the ground hit their KPI’s this game and performed well as a whole.”

Lonergan was also happy with his own game, with 13 tackles and 21 disposals for the match with 13 of those contested.

“My body is going to start recovering better and hopefully string together good games together week in week out.”

Looking forward Launceston will be full of confidence heading into a clash at home with Devonport next weekend and will be hoping that they can get another win on the board. Whilst on the other hand Glenorchy will take on an improving Hobart City who will be no push overs next weekend. After four consecutive loses, Glenorchy will be searching for a much needed win.

Round 9 – 27/05/2017

Launceston                              6.0,  10.0,  11.2,  16.5  (101)

Glenorchy                               2.1,  3.4,  3.6,  4.7  (31)

GOALS, Launceston :
J. Gillow 4, R. Kelly-Mansell 3, J. Boyce 2, S. Whiting 2, N. O’Donoghue 2, J. Blackberry 1,
J. Donnellan 1, J. Nunn 1

Glenorchy :
J. Arnold 1, J. Bowden 1, H. Gunther 1, T. Butterworth 1

BEST, Launceston :
B. Palfreyman, J. Blackberry, J. Nunn, R. Tyrrell, J. Smith, J. Gillow

Glenorchy :
B. Quinn, T. Butterworth, J. Bowden, M. Rainbird, B. Webb, R. Mott