Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup MRP RESULTS: ROUND 16

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 16

Tasmanian State League

1. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston) referred for a dangerous tackle on Lachlan Watt (Tigers)

The Match Review Panel found that the free kick paid was the correct outcome, and that no further action is required.


Mercury Cup

2. Tyler Hughes (Tigers) reported for kicking Zach Griffiths (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found that the incident was intentional, with low impact to the body. Hughes has been offered a base sanction of one match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Hughes has accepted a reprimand.

SANCTION: Reprimand
3. Joshua Wells (Lauderdale) referred for an off the ball incident on Mason Chatwin (Burnie)

Due to a lack of evidence, this case will be heard by the Independent Tribunal on Friday night.


Havea hits Devonport for six

Lauderdale’s impressive form continued, making it ten wins in 11 games with a dominant 59 point victory over a young Devonport outfit at Lauderdale Oval.

It was a tip of the cap from the Bombers to their beloved Coach, winning in style to mark Darren Winter’s 150th game in charge.

Skipper Bryce Walsh was outstanding, leading the way in midfield with over 30 possessions and the dynamic Toutai Havea starred with six exquisite goals, while Thor Boscott was a fantastic foil with four of his own.

The Bombers shot of the blocks in style with a ferocious attack on the ball, gaining midfield supremacy, moving the ball fast and with precision, leaving the Magpies shellshocked in the opening term.

Thor Boscott set out where he left off from his nine goal haul last week with an early mark and goal to get the ‘Dale going, they then piled on another three goals six for the term with Hooker, Sutton and Havea getting on the board to take complete control and lead by 30 at the first break.

The Bombers were ruthless in the middle of the ground with Walsh leading an awesome midfield brigade, Devonport barely had a look forward of centre in the first quarter with the hosts proactive in their intercept play seeing the Magpies scoreless at the close of quarter one.

Devonport started the second with some promise with two quick goals from both their co-captains, Beau Sharman struck first before Dylan Riley curled back Devonport’s second to cut the margin to three goals, the closest the Magpies would get all day. Ray Hill played predominantly forward and he took a fantastic pack mark to engineer his first of two for the day, answering Devonport’s brief reply before the Bombers heaped on the pain with five more including a couple from Havea. The Richardson medalist took a liking to the right forward pocket at the far end, threading the needle from difficult angles to get his outstanding day roaring. Riley added the visitors’ third courtesy of a high free kick in the dying embers of the half but the Magpies were a long way back as the siren sounded.

The third quarter was an impressive response from the young Devonport outfit, owning the quarter to outscore the home side four goals two behinds to two goals seven behinds. Youngster Giacomo Milluci stood up with two of his three goals for the day coming in the third quarter response, trimming the margin to 45 at the final break.

Mitch Thorp was well restricted, held to just one behind for the afternoon. Ethan Whish-Wilson was terrific in denying Thorp opportunities inside the arc and was well supported by a strong defensive unit.

The last quarter saw the Bombers kick away again with five goals five behinds to run out 59 point victors. Toutai Havea kicked two more in the late flurry to finish with a six pack in a dominant day out by the utility.

Despite defeat Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was impressed that his Magpies stuck in there after a tough start.

“They started well and we didn’t and they put a gap in us and we were chasing arse all day. But we’ve got some character in the group, we’ve got a lot of young blokes and they didn’t throw the towel in.”

Thorp said it was a contrast between a young team in a rebuild and a team right in the premiership frame.

“We know where we are at and we know where Lauderdale are at, they looked very very good. It would be a good team to stop them at the moment.

“We had 11 players today that had never played at Lauderdale footy ground but thats okay… all those experiences is what we are after.”

Lauderdale Assistant Clint Brown was delighted with his side’s attack on the ball and the victory.

“It was a good win. The pleasing part was our start, our defensive pressure was probably the best we’ve seen it all year.”

The Bombers face Glenorchy next week in a mouth watering matchup that will shape the make up of the top five.

“Any time you play Glenorchy is always an exciting time, they are the defending premiers and it is good to see where we are at. I guess everyone sees us as the form team in the competition at the moment so you want to take that into the game and show why you’ve gotten that reputation.”

Round 16 – 22/07/2017

Lauderdale                              4.6,  10.10,  12.17,  17.22  (124)

Devonport                               0.0,  3.0,  7.2,  10.5  (65)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Havea 6, T. Boscott 4, R. Hill 2, R. Sutton 1, C. Hooker 1, M. Anderton 1,
R. Wiggins 1, P. Bellchambers 1

Devonport :
G. Millucci 3, B. Sharman 2, D. Riley 2, B. Symmons 1, B. Scott 1, B. Butler 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
B. Walsh, R. Hill, E. Whish-Wilson, A. Hevey, M. Kleverkamp, T. Havea

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



Written by Anthony Osborn

Clarence bounced back onto the winners list with an impressive 55-point win over the Hobart City Demons in an entertaining contest at North Hobart Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The 15.16 (106) to 7.9 (51) victory was sweet revenge for the Roos, who were inflicted with their first loss of the season by the Demons back in round seven, while also coming off the back of a disappointing loss to arch-rival Glenorchy last week.

After suffering their first loss of the year at the hands of the Demons in round seven, Clarence brought an elite level of ferocious intensity to the contest, both at the contest and the opposition.

“They beat us earlier in the year and we had to come here and hunt the ball carrier and get the game on our terms… They outhunted us over at Bellerive- they wanted the game more. We knew they were going to come out fired up,” Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley said.

The opening term was a highly pressurised affair, making for some enthralling football to watch.

The Demons began to assert control over the match late in the opening term, but were not quite able to capitalise on the scoreboard and faced an 11-point deficit at the first break as a result.

Much like they did in the last clash between these two sides, the Demons matched the Roos ferocity for passages of the match, with two early second term goals from Will Hay and Hugh NJ Williams temporarily handing the hosts a slender lead as a repeat of the round seven upset loomed.

It quickly became clear, however, that history was not going to repeat itself as the ‘Roos regained control as the second term progressed, with the Demons’ defensive unit forced to deal with a barrage of Clarence attacking surges, resulting in a 21-point Clarence advantage at the main break.

This trend continued throughout the third term, as Clarence slammed on five unanswered goals to make the difference 55 points by the start of the final change, with the disposal and ball-handling skills of Clarence on full display.

The ball became locked inside the Clarence attacking half for the majority of the third term, with the likes of Tyson Hanslow and Jason Bailey playing the roles of intercept sweepers as the Clarence defensive press made the Demons’ efforts to move into attack fruitless.

The hosts ran the match out well in the final term and ensured the deficit remained at 55 points by the final siren, but the damage was well and truly done by the time the final term started.

It was an impressive performance by the ‘Roos, particularly so with the late withdrawal of star ruckman Sam Siggins, who injured his shoulder at training during the week- however, Webberley was confident that the damage was not too extreme.

“He (Siggins) hurt his shoulder on Tuesday night at training, and he probably could have nearly played today, but just a bit of precaution so he should be ok for next week.”

Wade Wall was highly impressive in Siggins’ absence, with his tap work providing the likes of Brady Jones and Jackson O’Brien with first use of the football at the coalface.

After weeks of his return to the side being teased, Jake Cox proved how valuable he is to this side with two goals and a genuine mark of the week contender in the third term surely bringing smiles to the faces of the Clarence faithful.

Webberley was impressed with the way both Cox and Jason Bailey slotted back into the side,

”It took him (Cox) a half to work into the game, but the first ten minutes of the third he really took the game by the scruff of the neck. They (Cox and Jason Bailey) are quality players that will only be better for the run.”

Livewire forwards Aiden Grace and Michael Blackburn impressed as they worked their way into the contest, while the usual suspects of Jones, O’Brien, Ian Callinan and Trent Standen proved to be dangerous throughout the afternoon.

Hanslow and Jordan Roberts were also influential in the victory.

After a disappointing loss to Glenorchy last weekend, a victory over the Demons was crucial for the ‘Roos in the lead up to September action.

“Our last month has been a little bit flat- Glenorchy showed us what finals footy is all about (last week). To come here today and get the four points against a good team is good for the team going forward.”

Tassie Mariner Nic Baker was impressive in a variety of roles as a midfielder, relief ruckman and forward.

Captain Hugh NJ Williams was also fantastic for the Demons in a forward-role, providing a key target and hitting the scoreboard.  Will Campbell and Baxter Norton were also among the Demons’ best in the loss.

Hobart City Demons coach Kane Richter was disappointed in the loss, but remained upbeat after the match,

“I am disappointed in the loss. If you weren’t human, you wouldn’t be disappointed. But, our boys applied themselves well in the first quarter and a half.

“There are some positives, but also some fundamentals of the game we have got to continue teaching our group. We just need to keep teaching them and over time it will become habit and we will get better.”

The Demons’ quest September action will all go on the line with a trip to Windsor Park next Saturday to face Launceston, while Clarence play hosts to the Burnie Dockers at Blundstone Arena in round 17.

Round 16 – 22/07/2017

Clarence                                4.3,  7.8,  12.13,  15.16  (106)

Hobart City Demons                      2.4,  4.5,  4.6,  7.9  (51)

GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 4, Z. Buechner 2, J. Cox 2, T. Hanslow 2, I. Callinan 1, M. Fisher 1,
J. Roberts 1, M. Blackburn 1, J. Harper 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Barwick 2, H. Williams 1, W. Hay 1, J. Charlton 1, E. Cole 1, N. Baker 1

BEST, Clarence :
W. Wall, M. Fisher, T. Standen, B. Jones, M. Blackburn, J. O’Brien

Hobart City Demons :
N. Baker, B. Norton, H. Williams, W. Campbell


Bombers sneak home

Written by Andrew Johnston

North Launceston remain on top with thanks to a come from behind four point win over Glenorchy in one of the matches of the year at the University of Tasmania Stadium, in Launceston.

The Bombers trailed at every change, but ran over the top of an undermanned Glenorchy in the final quarter to lead when it mattered. The Pies were headed but again mounted a late charge in a dramatic finish but the Bombers hung on for a four point win.

Taylor Whitford was a late withdrawal for the hosts, with Tom Couch, Jay Foon and Tarryn Thomas all taking their place. Bradley Cox-Goodyear was dominant for the Bombers in midfield, while Jaye Bowden kicked two and was prevalent in midfield, despite recent hamstring troubles.

The Magpies were on top in the opening quarter, kicking four goals four and nearly doubling North’s inside 50’s. Jaye Bowden started brightly and Cameron Duffy took early dominance in the ruck battle.

The second quarter saw the Bombers take back a degree of control, limiting the Magpies to just the one goal, hitting the scoreboard with three of their own. Bradley Cox-Goodyer took control through the middle of the ground and was well supported by Josh Ponting, who delivered one of the goals of the year with a 50 meter dribble kick rolling through. Despite North’s improved quarter, the Magpies held a lead at the main break.

Glenorchy lost Captain and superstar Brayden Webb and Brady Quinn with both succumbing to injury and ruled out of action prior to half time.

The third quarter was a hard-fought slog with only one goal scored by each side. Glenorchy had multiple chances to kick away but were stung by inaccuracy, scoring six behinds for the quarter. The Premiers were held back with two players off the ground and limited rotations, missed opportunities took their toll. In the middle of the ground, North ruckman Alex Lee began to take control in the ruck contest and silky midfielder Rhys Mott continued his impressive form.

In the early stages of the final quarter, the dam wall finally broke, with the Bombers running game providing them with a dominance on inside 50’s. Bart McCulloch and Zach Burt began to take marks inside 50 and young gun Tarryn Thomas came to life. With five minutes remaining, the Bombers lead by 16, and looked home against a Glenorchy side out on their feet.

But the Magpies wouldn’t go away. A moment of magnificence from Jaye Bowden saw him take the ball 70 from goal, get around a defender and goal to give the Magpies life. Josh Watts would sneak into a mark moments later to pull the margin back to three points. But the experienced Bombers shut the game down, managing to run out the clock with Thomas adding another point to hold on in one of the most exciting games of the season.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornellius was very impressed with his team’s fight.

“We had our scoring opportunities, didn’t capitalise, down rotations, but a lot of fight within the team to push through.

“It was disappointing not to get the result, but very proud (of the team).”

Injured North captain Taylor Whitford, who took the role of coach for the week, was happy with the team’s return to form.

“It was a finals like intensity. It’s good to start playing some footy that we want to play.”

He also spoke highly of the team’s ability to stick with the Magpies, and then finish the game off strongly.

“We knew that if we stayed with them, and hung on, we could come home strong.”

The first placed Bombers head to Twin Ovals to take on Tigers next week, whilst Glenorchy head to the tip to take on the white hot Lauderdale.


Round 16 – 22/07/2017

North Launceston                        2.3,  5.4,  6.6,  9.10  (64)

Glenorchy                               4.5,  5.6,  6.12,  8.12  (60)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 2, Z. Burt 2, C. Harrison 1, T. Thomas 1, L. Hollmer 1, B. Cox-Goodyer 1,
J. Ponting 1

Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 3, J. Webb 1, J. Geard 1, H. Pearce 1, J. Watts 1, M. Hills 1

BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Ponting, J. Avent, T. Mansell, T. Bennett, T. Thomas

Glenorchy :
M. Dilger, L. Smith, J. Bowden, B. Reynolds, J. Arnold, J. Arnold

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 16

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Saturday 22nd July

North Launceston vs Glenorchy (UTAS Stadium) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met:

North Launceston 13.13.91 def Glenorchy 11.7.73 (Round 7, 2017, at KGV Oval)

A four goal to two first term saw North Launceston take an early lead and they were never headed from that point on, with Tom Couch dominant and Bart McCulloch finishing with five majors.

Form Guide:

North Launceston (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers have won three on the trot, but not by the margins most would have predicted, especially against coastal sides Devonport and Burnie.  Having said that, many key players have been sidelined across this period due to injuries, with North Launceston still ticking along nicely to hold down top position on the ladder.

Glenorchy (WWW) – HOT:

The boys from KGV have well and truly bounced back into flag conversations, with a big win over Burnie in Round 14 and a 23 point victory over Clarence last week reminding the other teams that they’re still very much a powerhouse.  Along with Lauderdale, the Magpies are the form team of the comp in recent weeks.

Key Matchups:

The ruck battle between Alex Lee and Cameron Duffy will be huge, with both dominant big men giving their gun midfielders first use of the ball regularly this season.  Tom Couch is likely to be manned up by Pies captain Brayden Webb, with both prime movers in great form this season through their respective midfields.

Fire Starters:

Taylor Whitford has been sidelined with injury as of late, but cut teams to shreds early in the season with his delivery inside forward 50, and he’ll have a big say in which way the result goes. Tarryn Thomas is back in the fold and is a player that is highly capable of lighting a fire under his team.

James Webb may have flown under the radar earlier this year, but not anymore.  The classy left foot utility has been damaging, having kicked nine goals in the past fortnight, and the Bombers would do well to pay him some closer attention than other sides have. Zac Webster is another, the Pies are a different beast with him fit and firing.


North Launceston
In: T. Whitford, K. Wadley, T. Thomas, J. Foon, T. Couch

Out: D. Clayton, D. Headland,  M. Donnelly, H. Goss, J. Singline


In: J. Bowden

Out: M. Joseph

Fitz’s Tip: Undoubtedly the match of the round, and one that North Launceston would have been tipped to win by a reasonable margin only six weeks ago.  But with the Magpies in ominous form and North Launceston’s returning stars out of match practice, the game is as evenly poised as one could hope.  An upset win is well and truly on the cards.  Glenorchy by 12.


Lauderdale vs Devonport (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 15.14.126 def Devonport 13.4.82 (Round 7, 2017, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport took an early lead at quarter time, but were overrun by a strong Lauderdale midfield, with McManus and Walsh starring.  Thor Boscott booted five for the victors, while Devonport first year players Brodie Connelly played a break out game to finish with four goals of his own.

Form Guide:

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers have been in sensational form, seeing off Launceston in Round 13 before smashing Hobart City Demons and the Tigers by a combined 181 points over the past fortnight.  Players across all lines are firing, with a genuine belief among the confident young group that they can go all the way this season.

Devonport (LLL) – MILD:

While Devonport have lost their past three matches, they put up a fight against an undermanned North Launceston side in Round 14, and were gallant in defeat against Hobart City Demons last week.  They have not disgraced themselves by any means, with the young playing group starting to gel as the season wears on.

Key Matchups:

Midfielders Dylan Fyfe and Bryce Walsh are likely to take on Devonport co-captains Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley, with all four having been in solid form.  Walsh has been used to shut down opposition ball-winners of late, and should go to Sharman at the first bounce.  Whoever Mitch Thorp sends to Bombers goal machine Thor Boscott is in for a tough day and a learning experience, with the improving Sherrin Egger a chance to get first crack on one of the most exciting players in the competition. Alex Hill may well be switched back to man the imposing Thorp, who has got Devonport motoring in recent weeks.

Fire Starters:

It’s hard to go past Thor Boscott for the second week running here.  The dangerous forward has the ability to fly for a high mark, and is equally as dangerous when the ball hits the deck.  He can move into the midfield and win key clearances when needed, and is in season-best form, as his nine goal haul last week showed.

Devonport playing coach Mitch Thorp has been singing the praises of teenager Sherrin Egger for a while now, and his last two weeks across half back have been fantastic, with the youngster’s attack on the ball and disregard for his own wellbeing stirring his side to some impressive efforts against more-fancied opponents. Thorp himself has proven time and time again to be a firestarter.



In: J. Williams

Out: B. McGuinness


In: B. Chard

Out: J. Whelan

Fitz’s Tip: Devonport won’t give up until the final siren sounds, but with Lauderdale needing to make up percentage to catch third-placed Glenorchy, they’re likely to continue on their winning ways and put the young Magpies to the sword in front of a vocal home crowd.  Lauderdale by 75.


Launceston vs Tigers (Windsor Park) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 15.14.104 def Tigers 3.5.23 (Round 7, 2017, at Twin Ovals)

Launceston played a complete match to obliterate the hapless Tigers, with Sam Lonergan dominant through the midfield.  Leading forward Sonny Whiting had a big day up forward, slotting six goals, with the only sour note for the Blues being youngster Chayce Jones suffering a season-ending leg injury.

Form Guide:

Launceston (LLL) – MILD:

Launceston have lost their last three matches by margins of under five goals to sides all inside the top four, so they’re not as far off the pace as some might assume.  Having said that, the Blues need a win to boost their confidence and to stay ahead of a Hobart City Demons outfit gunning for the fifth spot on the ladder that they currently occupy.

Tigers (LLL) – COLD:

The Tigers are battling as their results show, with the close loss to Glenorchy in Round 13 the only highlight from the past month.  Injuries and inconsistency have plagued the boys from Twin Ovals all season, with a big gap between their best and worst football.

Key Matchups:

Sonny Whiting was a major thorn in the Tiger’s side last time these sides played, and stubborn defender Tyler Carter is likely to get first crack at the Blues’ spearhead.  The ruck battle between young Hamish Leedham and Tigers’ captain Tim Peterson should be one to watch, with both players known for their physicality and determination. Rulla Kelly-Mansell is back in the team and he and Whiting form a formidable 1-2 punch when firing.

Fire Starters:

Brodie Palfreyman could be one of the most underrated midfielders in the league at the moment, with the 18 year old’s fitness and ball-winning ability a big part of the reason the Blues sit inside the five at the moment.

Mitchell Walker has been one Tiger who has competed well every week, with the young forward possessing the ability to take contested overhead grabs and calmly convert difficult set shots.  He brings the small forwards into the game as well, and when he’s firing the Tigers lift around him. Hugh Dixon is a star and will be important with Daniel Archer not named to take part.



In: R. Kelly-Mansell, S. Lonergan

Out: M. Hutchinson, J. Boyce


In: B. Livingston, L. Griggs, C. Woolley, C. Sawdy, O. Burrows-Cheng

Out: J. Pearce, J. Huizing, S. Rice, M. Booth, T. Gogolin

Fitz’s Tip: Launceston are overdue for a win, and with a tough month out of the way and a bye to freshen up some key cogs, they should play themselves back into some form at home over a tired Tigers outfit.  Launceston by 58.


Hobart City Demons vs Clarence (North Hobart Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Hobart City Demons 12.8.80 def Clarence 11.13.79 (Round 7, 2017, at Blundstone Arena)

A five goal second term saw Hobart City Demons serve it up to the previously undefeated Clarence side, with the visitors holding on in a tense final term to snatch victory by the slimmest of margins.  Sean Willis kicked four goals for the Hobart City Demons, while Trent Standen claimed four of his own for the Roos.

Form Guide:

Hobart City Demons (WLW) – MILD:

The Hobart City Demons defeated coastal sides Burnie and Devonport by four goals margins respectively either side of a walloping at the hands of Lauderdale.  Nipping at the heels of Launceston, they would want to keep any losses to a minimum as they look to challenge for a finals position in what has been a promising season for most parts. An upset win would serve their finals ambitions well.

Clarence (WWL) – HOT:

Clarence may have gone down to the Magpies at home last week, but in the last quarter showed that they still have what it takes to claim top spot by the season’s end.  A convincing win over Devonport and a five goal victory over Launceston preceded last week’s loss, with the non-events maybe affecting the impressive Roos’ preparations for last week’s big game.

Key Matchups:

Ryan Matthews is always influential through the midfield for the Hobart City Demons, expect Gabby Chambers to go to the gun inside midfielder. Will Campbell’s return was just the tonic the Demons midfield needed last week and his support will be important up against an impressive Roos midfield that boasts the returning Jake Cox.

Hugh Williams has been in strong form down back, and either him or tall swingman Charlie White could be given the job on dangerous Clarence tall forward Zac Buechner, whose eight marks in the second half against Glenorchy last week sparked a comeback.

Jason Bailey is back for the Roos and he is the general of their defence and sets them up so well. The height of Glenorchy troubled Clarence but the Hobart City forward line is a much nicer fit for Webberley’s defensive unit to contain. Sean Willis stung the Roos last time and it is the Ws in Willis and Williamson that cut teams apart when the Demons are firing. Holding them will be integral for Clarence.

The ruck duel could prove interesting with rumours abound that Sam Siggins may miss, the inclusion of Wade Wall is important, especially if rumours are found to be accurate.

Fire Starters:

Big-bodied on-baller Will ‘Soup’ Campbell bounced back from a two-week suspension to have an immediate impact in the midfield for the Hobart City Demons last week.  His two long goals from outside 50 highlighted his ability to be dangerous moving forward, and he’ll have a big say in the result.

Ian Callinan may not have kicked a bag last week, but his ability to sidestep opponents to give himself time to find team mates with pinpoint kicks was a class above.  The former Adelaide Crow only need a handful of touches to cut a game wide open, and cannot be given any room around goal.

The TSL world has been waiting for Jake Cox for what seems like an age. As one of the competition’s very best he may well blow the game apart on his return.


Hobart City Demons

In: C. Kilpatrick

Out: C. Dell


In: W. Wall, J. Bailey, J. Cox

Out: L. Murfitt-Cowen, T. Hanslow, K. Howlett

Fitz’s Tip: While Hobart City Demons match up well on the Roos, there will be no repeat of an upset.  The loss to Glenorchy last week will only fuel an in-form Clarence side, who should rise to any challenges put to them. As far as inclusions go, Clarence’s are game changers.  Clarence by 34.



Round 15 was on the most part highly competitive with three results within 27 points margins. As a result we see a wide range of representation with all but one club featuring.

Since suspension Thor Boscott has been in the last three Team of the Week sides! James Webb has also been a surprise packet for the resurgent Glenorchy and has been in the last three all star outfits, across different positions. Brayden Webb again appears, the Premiership pie doesn’t spend too many weeks outside of the best 22 in the competition.

Tom Mundy, Ben Reynolds and Haydn Smith are all newcomers to Team of the Week selection, getting their first gong after eye catching games in Round 15.



Jordon Arnold (Glenorchy)
Arnold continued his stellar 2017 campaign with another impressive performance in the back half. Arnold was again a fantastic user of the football and was instrumental in setting up the Magpies’ victory.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

McGuinness’s running game came to the fore throughout the second half when Lauderdale got on top of the Tigers. The absence of Tigers forward Daniel Archer freed up McGuinness and he put the Tigers to the sword.

Sherrin Egger (Devonport)

Showed class and maturity beyond his years from defence for the Pies, and even snuck forward to hit the scoreboard in the third term. One of the genuine young stars of the comp.



Tyran Mansell (North Launceston)

Underlined his status as an emerging star of the league with an excellent performance in defence for North Launceston. Rarely beaten in the contest and assured disposal by hand and foot.

Tom Mundy (Burnie)

Started the game up forward, but stayed in the same area of the ground with the Dockers kicking against the wind in the second quarter. Put on a superb display of reading the play and giving his team the drive forward they needed to stay in the game for as long as they did.

Tim Castle (Clarence)

In a severely undermanned backline, Tim Castle stood up for the ‘Roos, handling the difficult task of manning young gun Harrison Gunther with aplomb. Castle was successful in keeping Gunther goalless, while providing countless contests inside defensive 50.



Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

Glenorchy’s victory came off the back of superior ball use under immense pressure, and Rhys Mott’s efforts were exemplary of this. Mott used his natural kicking ability sublimely against Clarence, with his ability to handle the pressure being thrown at him and to still use the ball cleanly a telling factor in this result.

Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons)

Provided run and dash through the midfield, but it was two long range goals in the second that really broke the game open. Clearance work was impressive.

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale)

One of Lauderdale’s on-field generals, McManus led from the front, kicking two majors playing off a wing and collecting close to 40 touches.


James Webb (Glenorchy)

James Webb had an electric afternoon at Blundstone Arena, finishing with five goals, including two in the opening term, to set the ball in motion for a memorable Glenorchy victory. Webb used the ball efficiently by foot and proved to be a handful for Clarence.

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Boscott singlehandedly destroyed the Tigers with a massive bag of nine goals, playing predominantly through the midfield. Boscott had three goals to his name at half time, but kicked a further six throughout the final two terms to finish with a personal best haul.

Zac Webster (Glenorchy)

Webster delivered arguably his best performance in the black and white this season, kicking two goals in a role that saw him split his time between the wing and attacking 50. Webster was able to use his natural speed, sound decision-making and clean disposal use to seriously hurt the ‘Roos. A performance like this will leave the Glenorchy faithful licking their lips at what Webster may be able to do in the remainder of 2017.


Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons)

Was very dangerous and lively throughout on a day where the footy was anything but. Followed a great mark with a very nice goal in the third in one of the highlights of the day.

Ben Reynolds (Glenorchy)
Reynolds provided a big marking target up forward for the Magpies all day, finishing with three majors in an impressive display. Reynolds’ seemed to have no troubles taking contested grabs and further stretched an already undermanned Clarence back six with his height and marking ability.

Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

Similar to Avent, Cox Goodyer showed the way for his younger teammates when it mattered most, regularly bullocking his way through the sticky West Park centre in the second half and capping off his good work with four goals.


Haydn Smith (Lauderdale)

Lauderdale’s primary big man won the ruck duel against Tigers FC counterpart Marcus Gardner. Was prolific around the ground, particularly throughout the second half as the Bombers took control.

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

Brayden Webb did as Brayden Webb does against the ‘Roos, finishing as the standout midfielder of the match. Webb’s work around stoppages was second-to-none, with his clearance efforts a decisive factor in the Magpie victory.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien did all he could to drag Clarence over the line on the weekend, with his work around midfield keeping the ‘Roos in the match after Glenorchy’s rampant opening term. O’Brien’s clearance work was highly impressive in a performance that pleased his coach Jeromey Webberley.



Harry Walters (Burnie)

Spent plenty of time in the forward half of the ground and played one of his best games for the season. Kicked one goal which could have easily been more and had a hand in a couple of others.

Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

Part of a well organised and settled Demons’ defence, he was key in getting the ball out of Devonport’s forward-line as an extra number back there..

Jack Avent (North Launceston)

With North Launceston needing an improvement in the second half, it was Avent who answered the coach’s call with a dominant performance through the middle of the ground. Kicked 1.2 in the last quarter himself to help propel the Bombers to victory.

Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)
The Bombers wingman once again had a standout performance, as he continues his strong form throughout season 2017. His use of the ball by foot in particular was a standout.



Big Callan Dell is very unlucky to miss the cut. The most dominant forward on the ground and seemingly got everything that came his way. Only a hamstring complaint that ended his day before three quarter stopped him from ending his day with a big bag.
Young Mitch Anderton again impressed for the Bombers. The backman was influential in restricting the away side to just 7 goals for the game.

Campbell Hooker had a good game for the Bombers as one of the fringe players making strides and snaring his opportunity in the best 22.

Bailey Boag was exceptional for the Burnie Dockers in another fine defensive performance from a star on the rise.

Lewis Hollmer kicked a couple of crucial goals and had an impact for the Northern Bombers.






Round 16 – 22/07/2017


North Launceston

B: T. Mansell, Z. Burt, J. Avent
HB: A. Richter-Salter, C. Young, J. Foon
C: K.  Baker, B.  Cox-Goodyer, T.  Whitford
HF: T. Couch, T. Bennett, T. Thomas
F: L. Hollmer, B. McCulloch, J. White
R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, J. Ponting
Int: T. Donnelly, K. Wadley, J. Pearce, C. Harrison
Emg: H. Goss, J. Singline, F. Bennett, R. Mansell

In: T. Whitford, K. Wadley, T. Thomas, J. Foon, T. Couch

Out: D. Clayton, D. Headland,  M. Donnelly, H. Goss, J. Singline

B: J. Arnold, J. Arnold, L. Smith
HB: R. Mott, J. Watts, T. Butterworth
C: B.  Quinn, B.  Webb, M.  Dilger
HF: M. Hills, J. Bowden, Z. Webster
F: H. Pearce, B. Reynolds, H. Gunther
R: C. Duffy, J. Geard, B. Kamaric
Int: J. Webb, R. Banks-Smith, M. Rainbird, C. Salter
Emg: J. Millhouse, D. Grant, C. Daly, T. Bowden

In: J. Bowden

Out: M. Joseph


Round 16 – 22/07/2017



Hobart City Demons
B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, M. Bidgood
HB: H. Williams, W. Hay, N. Hutchinson
C: J.  Charlton, W.  Campbell, B.  Norton
HF: B. Grant, C. Kilpatrick, S. Caswell
F: S. Willis, T. Millhouse, J. Williamson
R: C. White, N. Baker, R. Matthews
Int: J. Barwick, E. Cole, C. Ransom, B. Walker
Emg: K. Wisniewski, J. Doran, R. Cowie, S. Fros

In: C. Kilpatrick

Out: C. Dell 


B: J. Holmes, J. Bailey, T. Castle
HB: Z. Mastrocola, K. Wylie, M. Fisher
C: M.  Ling, J.  Cox, K.  Palmer-Hughes
HF: I. Callinan, M. Blackburn, B. Jones
F: T. Standen, W. Wall, G. Chambers
R: S. Siggins, J. Gleeson, J. O’Brien
Int: A. Grace, J. Harper, Z. Buechner, J. Roberts
Emg: K. Howlett, N. Douglas, A. Gaul, T. Hanslow

In: W. Wall, J. Bailey, J. Cox

Out: L. Murfitt-Cowen, T. Hanslow, K. Howlett


Round 16 – 22/07/2017



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

In: J. Williams

Out: B. McGuinness 


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

In: B. Chard

Out: J. Whelan


Round 16 – 22/07/2017



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

In: R. Kelly-Mansell, S. Lonergan

Out: M. Hutchinson, J. Boyce

B: L. Gadomski, T. Peterson, O. Burrows-Cheng
HB: M. Carter, T. Carter, L. Griggs
C: J.  Bilson, M.  Davies, W.  Cleeland
HF: C. Nield, M. Walker, B. Livingston
F: C. Bryant, H. Dixon, L. Clifford
R: M. Gardner, L. Watt, B. Batchelor
Int: B. Rees, C. Woolley, T. Cowen, C. Sawdy
Emg: B. McCulloch, C. Rawson, E. Brock, B. Graham

In: B. Livingston, L. Griggs, C. Woolley, C. Sawdy, O. Burrows-Cheng

Out: J. Pearce, J. Huizing, S. Rice, M. Booth, T. Gogolin



Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 15


1. Bailey Boag (Burnie) referred for a dangerous tackle against Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found that the action did not constitute a reportable offence and the match day free kick was the correct decision. No further action required.


2. Josh Ponting (North Launceston) referred for making contact against Jaidyn Cox (Burnie)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental and as a part of the contest. No further action required.


3. Alex Lee (North Launceston) referred for making high contact against Darcy Crane (Burnie)

The Match Review Panel found that the action was a part of the play and player Lee was entitled to block/shepherd his opponent as the ball was within 5 metres.  There was no evidence to suggest the contact was to the head.  No further action required.


4. Chris Nield (Tigers) referred for making late contact to Ray Hill (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact between player Nield and player Hill did not constitute a reportable offence and the match day free kick was the correct decision. No further action required.


5. Clarence & Glenorchy players were involved in a melee at three quarter time

The Match Review Panel found that no further action required.


6. Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy) referred for making high contact against Keegan Wylie (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel found that player Joseph’s shin made contact to the face of Wylie. The Panel deemed that the act was unnecessary in the circumstances and was charged with rough conduct.  The panel assessed the incident as careless conduct, high contact and low impact.

Joseph’s previous record requires the base sanction to be increased to 2 matches. This can be reduced to ONE match with an early guilty plea.

Joseph has accepted a one match suspension.



7. Darcy Layh (North Launceston) reported for striking Liam Bucknell (Burnie)

The Match Review Panel found that Layh’s strike was intentional with low impact to the head. Layh has been offered a base sanction of 2 matches reduced to 1 match with an early guilty plea.

Layh has accepted a ONE match suspension.


8. Liam Bucknell (Burnie) reported for striking Darcy Layh (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found that Bucknell’s strike was intentional with low impact to the head. Bucknell has been offered a base sanction of 2 matches reduced to 1 match with an early guilty plea.

Bucknell has accepted a ONE match suspension.




Written by Anthony Osborn

A Jaye Bowden-less Glenorchy have registered their first victory over a top-five side in season 2017 in an impressive 23-point victory over archrival Clarence at Blundstone Arena, earning the reigning premiers the Bingley Linton Cup.

The 16.13 (109) to 12.14 (86) victory was built off the back of an exceptional opening term, where Glenorchy’s cleanliness with ball in the hand shone through, despite the late withdrawal of star Jaye Bowden.

In a finals-like contest, Glenorchy’s ability to hit the scoreboard early proved invaluable as the Magpies held off several Clarence charges to secure what could be a season-defining victory.

The opening term was a relatively even affair around the ground as both sides applied the heat. However, poor Clarence disposal efficiency and alternatively cleanliness from the Magpies saw Glenorchy kick five unanswered goals before the first break.

The ‘Roos skill execution improved after the first term as the pressure continued to grow, with Clarence still well and truly in the hunt at the main break, particularly after a Jordan Roberts goal late in the half cut the deficit to just 16 points.

Glenorchy responded well to this challenge in the third term, finishing with five third-quarter majors to take a 29-point lead into the last change.

A final quarter Clarence surge saw the Roos cut the deficit back to just 18 points and brought the home crowd to their feet as the slight brewing of an upset began to emerge, but a late Zac Webster goal snuffed out any chance of a remarkable turnaround, handing Clarence their second loss for season 2017.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was pleased to get the victory, but also by how his side started the match and responded in the third term.

“They (Clarence) are a hard team to beat – it was good to get the four points. The way we bought into that first quarter was outstanding through our pressure and ability to score.

“It was pretty even with scoring shots at half-time. We understood where we were and needed to respond in the third quarter,” Cornelius said.

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley shared a similar view on the match and was left to rue some poor skill errors and decision-making in the opening term.

“Both sides had enough of the ball in the first term, Glenorchy were just more polished… It was a really good, red-hot game of TSL footy (and) was pretty even after quarter time.

“Full credit to Glenorchy, they really hunted us. They closed down our transition footy which we have been able to get sides with – this game will really help us,” Webberley said.

The likes of Brayden Webb and Rhys Mott found plenty of the football for the Magpies, while Zac Webster proved to be a handful all afternoon.

Liam Smith, Jordon Arnold and Josh Watts were all similarly impressive, while James Webb finished with five majors, including two in the opening stanza, in an eye-catching display.

For the ‘Roos, Jackson O’Brien was prolific around the contest with his clearance work, while Tim Castle also impressed in nullifying the impact of Glenorchy gun Harrison Gunther. Trent Standen was also impressive, finishing with three majors.

Despite the win against such a high quality opponent, Cornelius insisted that his side are not getting too far ahead of themselves, particularly with matches against premiership hopefuls North Launceston and Lauderdale across the next fortnight.

“I know it is a cliché, but it is week in, week out for us at the moment. North Launceston are a very good side- they won’t take us lightly and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly. It’s been a great rivalry over the last couple of year’s and both teams will be going to battle next Saturday.”

Glenorchy escaped from the match with a clean bill of health, besides the hamstring injury to Jaye Bowden that ruled him out as a late withdrawal.

“Yeah, Jaye was a late player to pull out. It is all about managing him and making sure it is not a four to five week injury,” Cornelius said.

Clarence will be forced to manage the rolled ankles of both Keegan Wylie and Zac Mastrocola throughout the week, while Jake Cox was again a late omission from the named side, but all three are expected to be fully fit to play next week.

While Glenorchy face the imposing trip to UTAS Stadium to face North Launceston next Saturday, Clarence will be looking to get back on the winners list against the Hobart City Demons at North Hobart Oval, the only other team Clarence have lost to in season 2017 thus far.


Round 15 – 15/07/2017

Glenorchy                               5.3,  6.7,  11.10,  16.13  (109)

Clarence                                0.5,  3.9,  6.11,  12.14  (86)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Webb 5, B. Reynolds 3, Z. Webster 2, H. Pearce 2, M. Rainbird 2, M. Hills 1,
R. Banks-Smith 1

Clarence :
I. Callinan 3, J. Roberts 2, T. Standen 2, G. Chambers 2, M. Blackburn 1, L. Murfitt-Cowen 1,
T. Hanslow 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Webb, B. Webb, L. Smith, Z. Webster, J. Arnold, J. Watts

Clarence :
J. O’Brien, T. Standen, M. Ling, T. Castle, S. Siggins, K. Palmer-Hughes


Boscott bag buries Tigers

Written by Richard Bannon


A divine nine goal masterclass from Thor Boscott has led Lauderdale to a percentage-boosting 92-point victory over Tigers FC at Lauderdale Oval.

Boscott’s bag singlehandedly outscored the visiting side, who were demolished by a hungrier Bombers outfit, 20.22-142 to 7.8-50.

Boscott kicked the first and third goals of the game to get the Bombers off to a dream start, and kicked another in the second term to enter the main change with three majors.

The enigmatic midfielder/forward then exploded in the second half, kicking three in the third term and three more in the final to cap off a dominant display, leaving just one goal shy of the magical ten-goal milestone.

Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown praised Boscott’s versatility.

“He’s got so many strings to his bow. He can play half back, he can go on ball, he can go forward, and he’s really hard to match up on, as he’s powerful, he’s explosive, and he can do the miraculous things more often than not.”

Already facing the daunting road trip across the Derwent to face Lauderdale, the Tigers were dealt with a massive blow following the late withdrawal of key forward and former AFL player Daniel Archer to a knee injury.

Despite this, the Tigers remained in touch with Lauderdale at quarter time, trailing the home side 4.3-27 to 2.4-14 as the Bombers appeared to look sluggish.

Lauderdale’s lacklustre approach continued into the second term, evident in the home side kicking an inaccurate 3.8 to the Tigers’ 2.2.

This kept the Tigers in the hunt, trailing by just 23 points at the main break, 7.11-53 to 4.6-30.

Lauderdale then kicked into gear in the second half, kicking 13 goals to three throughout the final two terms to run out convincing winners.

Tigers FC senior coach Aaron Vince praised his side’s effort in the first half, but was left to lament the drop off in intensity from his troops for the remainder of the game.

“It just goes to show that you’ve got to play four quarters of footy, and conceding 70 points in the second half won’t win you many games of footy.

“Our foot use today was pretty poor to be honest.

“We got beaten quite comprehensively throughout the midfield, just mainly through their run and their willingness to run from contest to contest.”

Playing in his 50th senior match for Tigers FC, Lachlan Watt received praise from Vince.

“Lachie Watt has probably had his breakout year this year, and has become one of the senior members of our side.”

Lauderdale next host a Devonport side which is improving each week, whilst Tigers FC will make the drive up the Midlands Highway to play Launceston at Windsor Park.