TSL Round 9 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

 

Saturday 27th May

Tigers vs Devonport (Twin Ovals) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Devonport 22.13.145 def Tigers 10.12.72 (Round 15, 2016, at Twin Ovals)

Tigers bounced back from a poor showing against Launceston to put in four quarters of effort against flag fancies North Launceston, eventually going down by a respectable 16 points in torrential conditions.  Devonport had the bye last week, following a spirited contest against an in-form Lauderdale side at home.  Last time these two sides met, Mitch Thorp booted five goals and Dylan Riley was best afield as the Magpies dominated at Twin Ovals.

Coach Aaron Vince was full of praise for his players after their narrow loss to the Bombers, after challenging them to respond following an ‘insipid’ showing against Launceston.  The four quarter effort was highlighted by constant defensive pressure and contests at stoppages, with Lachy Watt and Sam Rice the players who stood out.  Marcus Davies was strong through the midfield, as were Mitchell Carter and Marcus Gardner with their work to clear the ball from defence.  Vice-captain Brayden Livingston stood up to kick three majors, and was well-supported by Ethan Brock who also chimed in with three goals, with one an absolute ripper snapped across his body from the boundary.  Vince has said he’s not worried about results as long as his players contest well, but the Tigers will see this match as one they must win.

Devonport have been improving every week, and the efforts of his young side against Lauderdale prior to the bye would have pleased Coach Mitch Thorp.  Exciting youngster Dylan Schnoor kicked two majors in a good game across half forward, but the highlight was definitely the four goal haul from leading forward Brodie Connelly.  The long-sleeved first year player had showed glimpses of his ability leading up to the clash with the Bombers, but his straight kicking highlighted a breakout performance, and he will be looking to take that form into this weekend.  Dylan Riley and Quade Byard continued their strong form to win a number of clearances, while young tall Levi Creedon played his best game of the season as Thorp continues to get senior games into his core group of young coastal boys.  Teenager standouts Sherrin Egger and Harry Barker should match up well on the Tigers, as they look to form a key part of the Magpies’ squad moving forward.

If the Tigers maintain the pressure and quick ball movement they have shown they’re capable of in patches, they should chalk up their third win of the season at home.  The potential and exuberance of Devonport cannot be underestimated however, and the physicality and experience of Thorp, Riley and Beau Sharman could well see the Magpies in the hunt for their maiden win of season 2017.

 

Lauderdale vs Burnie (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 14.15.99 def Lauderdale 10.16.76 (1st Semi Final, 2016, at UTAS Stadium)

Lauderdale defeated Glenorchy in strong fashion last week, making it four wins in a row for the impressive southern Bombers.  Burnie competed well in biblical conditions to lead Clarence at West Park at three quarter time, before being overrun but the Roos to lose by 30 points.  Last time they played, Jobi Harper kicked three goals to be best on ground as the Dockers eliminated Lauderdale from the 2016 finals.

Lauderdale are arguably in the best form of any side in the competition, with four wins in a row and a low score of 74 points across their last five matches.  Defeating Glenorchy at LGV was a testament to how well the Bombers are travelling, with a strong team effort put in week in, week out.  Spearhead Ryan Wiggins has returned to form after a spell in the Mercury Cup, and booted five goals last week, taking his total to eight majors inside the fortnight.  Thor Boscott was again strong in rotating through the midfield and forward line, finishing with two goals, and midfielder Dylan Fyfe helped himself to three as well.  Bryce Walsh was imposing with 40 disposals, and formed a formidable trio through the middle of the ground with Robbie McManus and Nat Franklin.  Max Kleverkamp and Ethan Whish-Wilson also performed strongly, along with the rest of the defensive line.

Burnie have had a tough start to the season, but their resilience in the driving rain against a more fancied Clarence outfit pleased Coach Clint Proctor.  Darcy Crane was a standout against the bigger bodies of the Roos, kicking three goals to earn himself one RACT Player of the Year vote for his efforts.  Harry and Nick Walters again starred, as did Rudy Barrett, with youngsters Bailey Boag and Darcey Brazendale also lifting to compete across four quarters.  Proctor chose to coach from the bench, but is likely to take to the field this week, and alongside Nick McKenna and Tyrone Morrison will add some experience and toughness to a young squad facing a physical Lauderdale side.

A focus on sticking to the structures that kept them in the match for most of last week will be integral to the Dockers’ chances of upsetting the Bombers, as they search for their second win of the season.  They face a Lauderdale side at the fortress that is Lauderdale Oval in arguably as impressive form as they’ve been in some time, and unfortunately for the coastal side, the locals should run away strong victors to claim their fifth straight win.

 

Clarence vs North Launceston (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 21.10.136 def Clarence 11.14.80 (Round 15, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Clarence started slowly again Burnie last Saturday, before booting seven goals in the final term to run away winners by 30 points.  An inaccurate North Launceston made it seven wins in a row last week, defeating a spirited Tigers outfit by 16 points in the rain, although the margin could have been much greater.  Last time they met, North Launceston finished comfortable winners, aided by a five goal haul from Zac Burt.

Clarence have started the season well, with the upset loss to Hobart City Demons the only loss the Roos have suffered so far.  They took a while to get going last week, but when they did it was experienced midfield trio Jackson O’Brien, Brady Jones and Jeromey Webberley who led the charge.  Justin O’Brien, Keegan Wylie and Jarrod Harper all performed well, highlighting the depth of the boys from Blundstone Arena.  Trent Standen and Aiden Grace battled all day in the slippery conditions up forward, as did Luke Murfitt-Cowen, who finished up with two goals in a physical showing.  This game will prove to be Clarence’s biggest challenge of the season to date, having defeated Glenorchy already, and will show if they are truly a chance to challenge for the flag in 2017.

North Launceston are flying, and Coach Tom Couch wasn’t fazed by the closeness of last week’s match against the Tigers on paper as the Bombers’ winning run continued. Couch himself has been in astounding form, rotating between the midfield and forward line to close the gap on team mate Zac Burt to one vote in the RACT Player of the Year award. The highly regarded Taylor Whitford and Jay Lockhart were at their damaging best again last week, providing clean passes to forwards Bart McCulloch and Mark Walsh despite the conditions.  Kaleb Thomas was lively in the attacking 50 and booted two majors, while the ever-reliable Jay Foon was on song in repelling the Tiger attacks.  Andy Lee was the standout ruckman of the round, and his battle with big Roo Sam Siggins this week should be one to watch.  Youngster Tarryn Thomas will be unavailable as he represents the Allies in the Under 18 Chamionships.

This is undoubtedly the most anticipated match of Round 9, perhaps even the season, with both sides heading into the game with one loss between them. Both teams boast impressive forward targets, as well as fierce defensive units.  Hosting the match should result in an even closer result than predicted, and with many big game performers and cool heads on both sides, the outcome may be decided by the performances of the least experienced players on the day. Games like this one are ones you mark down on the roster as must watch matches, it should be a cracker and could well go down to the wire.

 

Launceston vs Glenorchy (Windsor Park) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 26.14.170 def Launceston 6.8.44 (Round 13, 2016, at Windsor Park)

Launceston played well in patches last week, but were overrun by an energetic Hobart City Demons at North Hobart Oval, going down by 27 points.  Glenorchy suffered their third straight loss, going down a rampant Lauderdale at KGV, after facing perhaps the toughest draw of the competition in May.  Last time they played, Jaye Bowden kicked five goals and was best afield as the Magpies kicked 13 majors in the final term to run out big winners.

Launceston picked up where they left off against the Tigers last week, with a fast start against the Hobart City Demons, before running out of legs late in the match.  Nathan O’Donohue rucked tirelessly in the absence of Hamish Leedham, who should return this week to battle Magpie Cameron Duffy, with the duo widely regarded as the form ruckmen of the competition.  Stuart Williams was again good in defence, as were Chris Savage and Jake Smith in patches.  Rulla Kelly-Mansell kicked two goals in a dominant first term, but was well held in the second half, as was Sonny Whiting, who also managed two majors but often found himself competing against two defenders. Jay Blackberry and Sam Lonergan were good across four quarters in the midfield, but needed more support, and the Blues will need more help if they are to compete with the Magpies’ accumulators.  Jake Hinds will miss through representative duties, but athletic defender Casey Brown should return after missing last week with school commitments.

Glenorchy will be disappointed to have lost three games in a row, but as Coach Aaron Cornelius said after last week’s loss, they know how to play football.  The Magpies should bounce back this week, with the side likely to be buoyed by the returns of Zac Webster and Tyler Bowden, as well as Mariner forwards Harrison Pearce and Harrison Gunther.  Jaye Bowden was outstanding against the Bombers, kicking two goals and finding a lot of the football.  Brayden Webb and Mitch Rainbird continued their strong seasons with impressive matches in the midfield, with Cameron Duffy again dominating the ruck.  Joel Millhouse was best afield for the Pies in defence, with youngster Tom Morgan continuing to improve in his first season of senior football.  With a number of younger players having come into the side this season, expect Glenorchy to hit their straps and regain vintage form from now on.

This game is a must win for both sides, with Launceston determined to hold onto fourth spot with Lauderdale and Hibart City Demons nipping at their heels.  Similarly, Glenorchy need a victory after a tough month to hold onto third position and in striking distance of southern rivals Clarence.  Expect nothing to be left in the tank as these sides fight for the four points, with a more experienced Glenorchy just coming out on top at the final siren.

TSL W TEAMS – ROUND 4

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ROUND 4

LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB v. TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 4 – 28/05/2017

12:00PM – Windsor Park

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Launceston Football Club

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

To be selected from:
P. Hamilton

In: M. Cuthbertson, A. Bowen, P. Hamilton, S. Brown, C. Webb
Out: S. Townsend,  J. Retallick,  D. Corcoran,  A. Dickson,  K. Child

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Tigers Football Club

B: I. Willis, J. Noye ,
HB: I. Coughlan, E. Lucas, J. Murphy
C: K.  Baker, C.  Brooke, S.  Grimsey
HF: O. McKee, G. Millar, J. Devereux
F: H. Flakemore, M. Absolom,
R: M. Smith, H. Squires, M. Neal
Int: H. Upston, E. Johnstone, R. Jones , S. Atkins-Collins
Emg: L. Ellis, J. Wynter, B. Harris

In: I. Coughlan, S. Atkins-Collins , R. Jones , E. Johnstone, G. Millar

Out: A. Esam, R. Cassidy, N. Iduteyiteka , R. Roberts



CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB v. GLENORCHY FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 4 – 28/05/2017

12:00PM – Geilston Bay Oval

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

In: R. Archer, M. Green
Out: C. Pennicott,  C. Kenny

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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,
R: M. Fish, B. Barwick, S. Eaton
Int: E. Fornells Vernet, T. Hudson, S. Davis

To be selected from:
J. Wessing, G. Terry, E. Loveless, S. Flack, S. Jenkins, N. Daniels

TEAMS – ROUND 9

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TIGERS v. DEVONPORT 

Round 9 – 27/05/2017

1:00PM – Twin Ovals

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Tigers
B: L. Gadomski, T. Carter, B. Graham
HB: M. Carter, M. Booth, M. Davies
C: B.  Rees, J.  Bilson, O.  Burrows-Cheng
HF: C. Nield, J. Pearce, L. Clifford
F: W. Cleeland, M. Walker, E. Brock
R: M. Gardner, L. Watt, S. Rice
Int: T. Gogolin, A. Webster, T. Peterson, T. Cowen
Emg: B. McCulloch, C. Rawson, C. Sawdy, L. Griggs

In: J. Pearce, T. Cowen, L. Clifford, B. Rees, T. Gogolin,
L. Gadomski

Out: B. Livingston,  T. Hughes,  C. Johns, B. McCulloch, C. Rawson, J. Keogh

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


 CLARENCE v. NORTH LAUNCESTON 

Round 9 – 27/05/2017

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena

MATCH OF THE ROUND STREAM GAME

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Clarence
B: J. Holmes, J. Bailey, T. Castle
HB: Z. Mastrocola, K. Wylie, M. Fisher
C: T.  Hanslow, J.  O’Brien, K.  Palmer-Hughes
HF: A. Grace, M. Blackburn, J. Harper
F: T. Standen, L. Murfitt-Cowen, J. Webberley
R: S. Siggins, B. Jones, J. O’Brien
Int: K. Howlett, W. Wall, G. Chambers, J. Brenner
Emg: K. Bailey, A. Gaul, C. Leek, F. Turner
 
In: K. Howlett,T. Hanslow

Out: M. Ling, S. Bradford
 
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North Launceston
B: C. Young, J. Pearce, J. Lockhart
HB: C. Pearton, A. Richter-Salter, J. Foon
C: T.  Donnelly, B.  Cox-Goodyer, T.  Mansell
HF: T. Couch, T. Bennett, K. Wadley
F: J. Avent, B. McCulloch, Z. Burt
R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, T. Whitford
Int: K. Thomas, L. Hollmer, R. Mansell, B. Denman
Emg: D. Clayton, J. Singline, N. Jackson, K. Curtis
 
 
In: T. Mansell, L. Hollmer, R. Mansell, B. Denman, T. Donnelly.
 
Out: K. Baker, H. Goss, D. Clayton, J. Singline, K. Curtis


 LAUDERDALE v. BURNIE DOCKERS 

Round 9 – 27/05/2017

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval

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

In: J. Williams, M. Anderton

Out: B. Newell, D. Johns

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Burnie Dockers
B: B. Murray, D. Brazendale, B. Keiselis
HB: H. Walters, N. McKenna, B. Boag
C: E.  Smith, J.  Dowling, S.  Kalbfell
HF: D. Crane, R. Barrett, W. Purton
F: C. Proctor, J. House, B. Rubock
R: T. Morrison, J. Cox, N. Walters
Int: F. Poke, B. Miller, M. Chatwin, E. Jackson
Emg: J. Murray, T. Charles, J. Weller, B. Challis

In: M. Chatwin, W. Purton, J. House

Out: J. Murray, T. Charles, B. Challis.


LAUNCESTON v. GLENORCHY 

Round 9 – 27/05/2017

2:00PM – Windsor Park

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

In: C. Brown, R. Tyrrell, H. Leedham, B. Taylor,
J. Gillow

Out: M. Blazely,  J. Harris,  C. Downie, J. Donnellan, M. Hodge

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

In: Z. Webster, H. Pearce, H. Gunther, T. Bowden
Out: J. Farrow, D. Grant, C. McKnight, W. Atkin

SOUTHERN CROSS TSL TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 8

It was wet and contested in Round 8. A strange old week of wet weather footy sees all eight teams with players picked with some arm wrestles amongst the matchups. It also saw two upsets with Lauderdale and Hobart City Demons winning over highly favoured opponents. As a result, it is the two upset victors that dominate representation in this week’s team with six and five respectively.

Tigers nearly caused a shock by taking it right up to North Launceston at UTAS Stadium, North Launceston’s class shone through though and as a result both teams have strong representation.

In a wet weather game that was far from a classic, Clarence have two picked and Burnie, one. With the conditions not allowing for fantastic footy.

BACKS

Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

The younger Hugh Williams put the clamps on Sonny Whiting, with the prolific forward restricted to just two goals for the day. As well as blunting Whiting’s work, Williams had 12 touches, six spoils and four rebounds.

Ethan Whish-Wilson (Lauderdale)

Tasked with manning the imposing Jaye Bowden, one of the most damaging forwards in the competition, Whish-Wilson did well to hold the key Magpie to two goals. Bowden accumulated quite a bit of the ball, but Whish-Wilson’s efforts to create contests curtailed Bowden’s scoreboard impact, and were a critical factor in the Bombers victory. There was a lot of responsibility resting on Whish-Wilson’s shoulders, but coach Darren Winter and the Lauderdale faithful will be rapt with his dour performance.

Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale)

Kleverkamp is quickly becoming a regular in the team of the week conversation, and his performance against Glenorchy did nothing to detract from this. Although he didn’t accumulate a stack of the football, Kleverkamp used it well when he had it in the defensive half while constantly providing contests to nullify Glenorchy’s attacking prowess. All of Lauderdale’s defensive six were impressive in the Bombers’ memorable victory, but none more so than Kleverkamp.

HALF BACKS

Jay Foon (North Launceston)

Foon was strong in defence once again for North and won nearly all contests that came his way. He used his experience and strength to outplay his opponents and be a key fundamental for the north backline. His ability to bounce out of defence and create is a real feature of his game.

Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

The Skipper was moved onto Rulla Kelly-Mansell who looked likely to blow the game apart in the first term. Kelly-Mansell’s impact was limited beyond the first term because Williams had his number and controlled the one on one battle. He had 15 touches and five spoils.

Marcus Davies (Tigers)

Davies was the Tigers major ball winner for the day and provided his team with various opportunities to set up dangerous play. In the wet conditions he willed himself at the ball and gave his team every chance to getting an upset win over North.


CENTRES

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien was brilliant for the Roos, winning it at the coal face in atrocious conditions. He, like his skipper adapted to the conditions well and was integral in guiding Clarence to victory. Particularly against the wind in a tough third term.

Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

Lauderdale captain Bryce Walsh was exceptional in difficult conditions against the reigning premiers at their home ground. Walsh led from the front all day to accumulate plenty of the football, and be the architect behind many of Lauderdale’s successful forays inside 50. Walsh was justifiably awarded the three votes in the RACT Player of the Year Award for best afield, with this being almost the complete inside and outside captain’s performance.

Jay Lockhart (North Launceston)

Lockhart was the architect for all North ball movement. He was influential in setting the bombers up structurally and was their best man on the ground. Conditions weren’t conducive to good foot skills but Lockhart’s were supreme.


HALF FORWARDS

Darcy Crane (Burnie)

Crane was the Dockers best, booting three goals in a brave losing effort. Crane’s goal kicking heroics gave the Dockers a fighting chance, leading into the final change.

Sean Willis (Hobart City Demons)

Willis’ energy and pace forward of centre was tremendous and his chemistry with Williamson is something to behold making them a very dangerous duo. The half forward had 24 disposals, six marks, five inside 50s to go with 3.5.

Jay Blackberry (Launceston)

Blackberry was the Blues best, winning a stack of the ball in midfield and across half forward. He found the footy but also was Launceston’s best creator in linking up and finding team mates in advanced positions.


FORWARDS

Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons)

Williamson was outstanding with a bag of five goals, he was undoubtedly the most dangerous player on the ground. His ability to get out the back with pace exposed Launceston and he was able to take his marks and finish off well.

Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale)

Difficult weather conditions across the weekend made it a tough round for key forwards, but clearly no one informed Wiggins of this as he booted a bag of five in his most successful match of the year so far. Wiggins took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first term, and his three opening stanza majors were critical in keeping Lauderdale in touch early before they ran away with a memorable victory.

Ethan Brock (Tigers)

Brock came into the side and was the live wire up forward for Tigers, causing a lot of havoc for the North defenders. He slotted three majors for the game including a beautiful snap from the pocket.


FOLLOWERS

Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Lee continued his strong form and battled hard in the ruck all day in the wet conditions. He won the majority of ruck contests and stood up when North needed it, taking some vital marks and providing good spoils.

Brady Jones (Clarence)

The Roos Captain led from the front to inspire victory in the worst of conditions at West Park. Kicked two well taken goals and won the hard ball in the contest, to steer Clarence to a win.

Mark Walsh (North Launceston)

Walsh played a crucial role for the Bombers in getting them over the line winning a lot of inside ball and having a strong presence in the middle, laying multiple tackles for the game.

 

INTERCHANGE

Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

The wet and slippery conditions of the weekend made it difficult for the big men, but Duffy was one of Glenorchy’s best in their disappointing loss on the weekend. Duffy was impressive in the air, but also used his mobility to get around the ground to win his own ball and create contests. It was another impressive display for Duffy as he continues to put together a very consistent season.

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)

Matthews continued his form with 38 disposals including 20 contested, 10 tackles and a whopping 14 clearances as the leader of the Demons midfield. Matthews stood up when they needed them and fired up the midfield brigade after an early onslaught from the Blues. He was the contested ball winner against a formidable contested outfit.

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale)

Robbie McManus continued his impressive 2017 season while providing plenty of run and drive off the wing at KGV. McManus is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Lauderdale line-up, and it is his capacity to use the ball in a damaging fashion, but also his tendency to get in the face of the opposition and provide grunt around the contest that makes him such a dangerous player, with this again displayed on the weekend.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

Nat Franklin continued his fine form, finding plenty of the pill in an overall dominant Lauderdale midfield. Impacted contests across the ground and complimented Walsh well.

The Unlucky Omissions…

Sam Lonergan was fantastic for Launceston, won plenty of the ball on the inside and showed signs he is inching back to his best.

If you were picking a team at quarter time Rulla Kelly-Mansell would have been a walk up start but he was well clamped down on beyond the first change. Chris Savage applied himself well after a lay off and Jesse Maple was decent for the Demons at either end of the ground.

Keegan Wylie did well in defence up at Wild West Park, battling away at a key post in a day for the smalls and coach Jeromey Webberley’s leadership proved invaluable as well, winning some important ball.

Eddie Cole is probably the most unlucky not to sneak in the team. His second half in particular was terrific as he used the ball nicely to hit up targets and create opportunities in the forward 50. He kicked a lovely goal and had 28 disposals including 10 contested and a team high seven inside 50s.

Thor Boscott chimed in with a couple of well taken goals for the Bombers as he continues to prove a handful for opposition defences. Millhouse continues to be a contributor for the Pies and stars in Brayden Webb and Jaye Bowden were both very good in a tough day at the office.

The North Launceston skipper and coach both had impacts when needed with Couch kicking two key snags and Whitford finding the footy inside, while for the Tigers Watt continued on his way in the midfield and Mitch Carter did a job down back.

MATCH REVIEW PANEL RESULTS: ROUND 8

Tasmanian State League

1. Luke Murfitt-Cowen (Clarence) reported for striking Finlay Poke (Burnie)

MRP assessed incident as: action does not constitute a reportable offence.

NO FURTHER ACTION

 

2. Rudy Barrett (Burnie) and Tim Castle (Clarence) referred for wrestling

MRP assessed incident as: incident does not constitute a reportable offence.

NO FURTHER ACTION

 

3. Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale) reported for rough conduct against Matthew Dilger (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: action does not constitute a reportable offence. Free kick paid was correct decision.

NO FURTHER ACTION

 

4. Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale) referred for rough conduct against Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: action does not constitute a reportable offence.

NO FURTHER ACTION

 

5. Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) referred for rough conduct against Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: intentional, high contact with low impact.

Sanction: Accepted base sanction of ONE match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

 

6. Thor Boscott (Lauderdale) referred for a dangerous tackle against Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: careless, high contact with low impact.

Sanction: Accepted base sanction of ONE match reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

 

Mercury Cup 

7.       Hayden Crack (Tigers) reported for striking Brandon Maynard (North Launceston)

MRP assessed incident as: careless, medium impact to the body.

Sanction: Accepted base sanction of ONE match reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Inaccurate North hold on

Written by Matt Hill

North Launceston remain undefeated but they were made to work for the four points, winning by just 16 against a spirited Tigers in wet conditions at UTAS Stadium, yesterday.

It could have been more comfortable for the Bombers if not for inaccuarate kicking, registering 22 behinds in a wayward day in front of goal. The Tigers took their chances and applied plenty of pressure to the ladder leaders, making for a fierce game of wet weather footy.

It was first taking on seventh position on but it didn’t play out that way for much of the game with Tigers responding from a dismal Round 7 showing. The first quarter were fierce and highly contested with both sides adjusting to the wet and slippery conditions. Both teams tackling was impressive in the first quarter with the Tigers bringing the heat in a pressure cooker of an opening term.

Ethan Brock kicked a great crumbing goal for the first major of the game for the Tigers before North skipper Taylor Whitford and Haydn Goss booted North’s first two majors of the game. Jay Lockhart was instrumental in setting up numerous attacks for North Launceston, intercepting many of Kingborough’s kicks and being the play maker for the bombers off a wing, with his lethal peg a joy to watch. The highlight of the first quarter however did belong to Brock who kicked a goal of the year contender with a miraculous snap from forty metres out on the boundary to send the soaked crowd into raptures. At quarter time the game was certainly anyone’s ball game with Tigers letting North Launceston know that the win was certainly not going to be given to them without a fight.

In the second stanza Tigers were looking a lot more impressive then where their position on the ladder suggests, with the visitors booting three goals to one to take a well-deserved lead into the main change. The Tigers leaders stepped up in the second when they needed it with vice-captain Braden Livingston kicking two majors for the term and captain Tim Peterson also kicking a goal for the Tigers, whilst youngster Kaleb Thomas booted North’s only goal for the term. The Tigers defence held on quite well with great defensive efforts from their back six which restricted the home side to just the one goal. Tigers defender Mitchell Carter provided an tremendous smoother which prevented Whitford the opportunity to kick another goal for the Bombers.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

Coming out from the main break the Bombers asserted their dominance on the game but inaccurate kicking cost the Bombers a larger lead with North kicking two goals and five behinds in the third to keep the Tigers still in the ball game at three quarter time. Coach Tom Couch kicked both of North’s goals with classy finishes to provide as an example for his teammates on how it was done. However it clearly didn’t rub off on Bart McCulloch, who missed an easy shot from the goal square from a similar position at the same venue where St.Kilda forward Josh Bruce missed a couple of weeks ago.

Going into the last term the game was certainly on the line with North only leading by four points but North’s leaders lifted to put the game to bed for the ladder leaders. Brad Cox-Goodyear took a strong mark in the wet conditions before wheeling around and snapping a goal early on in the last to set the tone. Big man McCulloch played a strong last quarter along with Whitford, Zac Burt and Karlton Wadley, who all helped North get over the line. In the end North showed their experience and strength in the last to run out 16 point winners.

If North had’ve lost they would have only had themselves to blame with the Bombers booting seven goals and twenty-two behinds and two goals seven behinds in the final term.

Tigers Coach Aaron Vince was happy with the response of his boys after a poor showing against Launceston.

“We were extremely disappointed with last week’s result against Launceston particularly our contested ball but I thought today we gave a four quarter effort, regardless of result that is all I can ask for as Coach.

“We gave ourselves a real chance today, the competition is really even and if we bring our effort each week we can compete with the top sides.”

North Launceston Coach Tom Couch was frustrated by his side’s inaccuracy in front of goal but could not question his charges effort.

“It probably took us a quarter and a half to adjust to the conditions, I thought we were a bit quite but full credit to the Tigers, they came to play. They did their research and they put up a good fight. I didn’t question the boys effort at all today it was just a match between two good sides.

“We had 16 more scoring shots in a 16 point win…it was just one of those days, we are a good goal kicking side so I’m not too worried about it.”

Looking forward it is a blockbuster, North play Clarence at Blundstone Arena next week and will certainly need to have their kicking boots on if they want the four points against a Clarence side who are in reasonable form. Whilst Tigers will have a lot of added confidence heading into the next two weeks against the two bottom sides in the competition in Devonport and Burnie. Kingborough play Devonport at home next week before travelling to Burnie the next week. With the strong game the Tigers played today they would be confident that they can string together two wins before heading into the bye.

 

NORTH LAUNCESTON v. TIGERS
Round 8 – 20/05/2017

North Launceston                        2.4,  3.10,  5.15,  7.22  (64)

Tigers                                  2.1,  5.4,  6.5,  7.6  (48)

GOALS, North Launceston :
T. Couch 2, K. Thomas 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 1, T. Whitford 1, H. Goss 1

Tigers :
B. Livingston 3, E. Brock 3, T. Peterson 1

BEST, North Launceston :
J. Foon, J. Lockhart, M. Walsh, A. Lee, T. Whitford, T. Bennett

Tigers :
M. Davies, L. Watt, M. Carter, S. Rice, M. Gardner, E. Brock

Williamson and Willis spark Dees Day Out

Written by Andrew Johnston

Hobart City Demons put further credence to claims they are a finals quality side with a strong 27 point win over Launceston at North Hobart Oval.

The Demons showcased fantastic free flowing, fast football with the W duo of Josh Williamson and Sean Willis, integral in earning the W for the improving Demons.

Willis (three) and Williamson (five) inspired an electric second half with their pace on the break a feature of a dominant performance. The win boosts their finals credentials and draws them level with the Blues on points and in the top five logjam with percentage only separating third through sixth.

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Launceston went into the game without gun ruckman Hamish Leedham but it didn’t seem to hinder them, as they shot out of the blocks with Rulla Kelly-Mansell threatening to break the game apart in the opening quarter. The dynamic half forward led up well and took his grabs but did not make the hosts pay on the scoreboard, kicking 2.2 for the opener.

It looked ominous for the Demons with Launceston starting the second stanza with intent.  Sonny Whiting had a quiet game but he had an impact to start the term with three shots on goal in quick succession, he kicked one of the Blues two seeing them shoot out to a handsome early quarter lead.  City nailed their tactics all day and they did well to quickly stifle the dangerous Kelly-Mansell after quarter time, with the skipper Hugh Williams lining up on the forward to blunt his influence. The Demons responded emphatically as Josh Williamson lit a fire under Hobart City that turned the game their way. Williamson kicked two goals in the space of a minute, and set up another, steering his team to a seven point lead at the major break as the wet weather set in.

The Demons kept the foot to the pedal with a dominant third quarter, kicking three goals in the early stages of a quarter where scores were hard to manage. Sean Willis led up beautifully, while Ryan Matthews led a spirited response from the on ball brigade. Eddie Cole had a great quarter, finding the footy and kicking a beatiful goal, while Will Campbell’s defensive work through the guts was tremendous. A late goal from Blue Jay Blackberry gave Launceston a lifeline, trailing by 19 at the final break.

Joel Smith breathed greater life into a comeback for the Blues when he finished off the first of the last but the Demons responded promptly and kicked away. Willis and Williamson continued their brilliant game, cutting apart the Launceston defence on the break. Jay Blackberry and Sam Lonergan battled hard for the visitors but it wasn’t to be with Demons making it three wins on the trot.

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Hobart City assistant coach Richard Robinson was incredibly satisfied with their performance following up their upset win over Clarence last week

“I think it’s just a sign the group is maturing. They’ve been able to train really well in the week, and we’ve backed it up with another win today.”

The loss of Leedham changed their plans with Nathan O’Donoghue forced to play the bulk of the game in the ruck.

“I thought we played some really good footy in patches. We knew we had our backs against the wall, with some internal things and some outs, some significant changes and we knew we were in for a pretty tough challenge.”

Hobart City enter the bye with a lot of confidence from a winning run while for Launceston, it’s a difficult showdown against Glenorchy at Windsor Park.

Hobart City Demons                      3.1,  7.3,  10.6,  14.8  (92)

Launceston                              3.5,  5.8,  6.9,  9.11  (65)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 5, S. Willis 3, J. Maple 1, K. Wisniewski 1, S. Caswell 1, B. Grant 1,
E. Cole 1, H. Williams 1

Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 2, S. Whiting 2, J. Blackberry 1, J. Smith 1, C. Savage 1, J. Nunn 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
J. Maple, J. Williamson, E. Cole, S. Willis, H. Williams, H. Williams

Launceston :
J. Blackberry, C. Savage, J. Boyce, S. Lonergan, S. Williams, M. Hodge

BOMBERS BREAK KGV HOODOO TO CONTINUE SURGE

IC: Photos by Kristi

Written by Anthony Osborn

Lauderdale have sent an ominous warning to the rest of the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League with a stunning 42-point victory over Glenorchy at a slippery KGV.

In tough, wet conditions, the 13.15 (93) to 7.9 (51) victory was built off the back of a scintillating second half which saw Lauderdale kick seven goals to the Magpies’ two.

Lauderdale’s fourth consecutive victory, and first at KGV since 2012, resigned the reigning premiers to a unheard of third consecutive loss at home in a result that opens the TSL finals race right open.

The momentum of the first term ebbed and flowed as both sides traded blows before a clutch Jaye Bowden finish in the final minutes of the term provided Glenorchy with a one-point lead at the first break.

A deluge of rain at the quarter-time break severely affected the second term, as both sides struggled to play with any kind of freedom. Jaye Bowden kicked the opening goal of the term, but after Thor Boscott immediately responded with a goal of his own the game turned into a war of attrition as both sides were forced to slog it out in slippery conditions.

A late goal to Dylan Fyfe, however, handed the Bombers a seven-point lead at the main break and a wave of momentum.

Glenorchy again kicked the opening goal of the term through James Webb, but from there on out it was all Lauderdale as they kicked three third-term goals through Dylan Fyfe, Ryan Wiggins and Boscott to one to take a 19-point lead into the final change.

Lauderdale dominated play throughout the third term, and continued that trend into the final term, restricting Glenorchy to just two second-half goals, with the second of those, a mere consolation goal for Liam Smith in the final minutes.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was clearly thrilled with how his side responded to some difficult conditions in the victory.

“To come out here and win for the first time in five years was very pleasing. We have a solid side in at the moment, and we were confident coming out.  We had to change our game plan because of the weather and I was pleased with how the boys were able to do that and play some good football”

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Ryan Wiggins was the dominant forward of the afternoon, booting five in a commanding display that impressed coach Darren Winter.

“He (Wiggins) is quick and strong and (his three first-quarter goals) kept us close to Glenorchy at quarter-time. He played some really good footy and got some great reward”.

Lauderdale skipper Bryce Walsh was a clear standout through the midfield in the victory, with his second-half particularly impressing Winter.

“We put the acid on him at half-time and he came out firing to end up with 40-odd touches, good clearances and tackles.”

Max Klverkamp was again impressive across halfback, as was Robbie McManus on the wing while Ethan Whish-Wilson showed plenty of promise while manning Glenorchy superstar Jaye Bowden.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was disappointed in the loss, citing a lack of dare as a key aspect of why his side fell short.

“A few of our guys played within themselves. Lauderdale came here to win and threw everything at us. We got caught on our heels.”

Joel Millhouse was impressive for the Magpies across half-forward and through the middle, as were Josh Arnold, Brayden Webb and Jaye Bowden, who found plenty of the ball, even without kicking a bag of goals that he is known for. Tim Butterworth also showed plenty of promise in his return to the senior side.

Cornelius is confident his side can get back on the winners list in the near future.

“Our team know how to play footy, we have just been playing too safe.”

Lauderdale will play host to the Burnie Dockers next Saturday, while Glenorchy face an intriguing trip up the Midlands Highway to play Launceston at Windsor Park.

 

GLENORCHY             4.2      5.4      6.9      7.9 (51)

LAUDERDALE           4.1      6.4      9.10    13.15 (93)

 

GOALS

Glenorchy: J Bowden 2, Kamaric, Quinn, J Webb, Smith, Rainbird

Lauderdale: Wiggins 5, Fyfe 3, Boscott 2, Stanley 2, Bellchambers

 

BEST

Glenorchy: J Bowden, B Webb, Duffy, Josh Arnold, Millhouse, Dilger

Lauderdale: Wiggins, Kleverkamp, McManus, Walsh, Whish-Wilson, Franklin

Southern Cross TSL Preview with Alex FitzGerald

 

Saturday 20th May

Burnie vs Clarence (West Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 14.22.106 def Clarence 4.2.26 (Round 17, 2016, at West Park)

Burnie had a well-earned bye last week after back to back games against top sides Glenorchy and North Launceston.  After upsetting Glenorchy the week previous, Clarence were surprisingly beaten by a point by the Hobart City Demons in a hard-fought match in the wet last Saturday.  Last time these two sides met, Burnie were a significantly more experienced unit, and brushed the Roos aside by 80 points at the West Park fortress.

Burnie are in a similar position to fellow coastal side Devonport in that they are blooding a lot of young players this year.  They have just the one win for the season so far, but there have been plenty of positive signs.  Leaders Nick and Harry Walters and Rudy Barrett have picked up where they left off in 2016 and are all playing consistent football.  Blair Rubock, Sam Kalbfell and a host of other youngsters have impressed. Darcey Brazendale played his two best games of the season against the Pies and Bombers, as did defender Ben Keiselis, who kept the dangerous Zach Burt to a solitary goal.  Captain Nick McKenna is a huge in for the Dockers as he returns from suspension, while Clint Proctor and Tyrone Morrison have recovered in time for this week, despite leaving the ground injured against the Bombers.

The Roos suffered a shock loss to the Hobart City Demons, Trent Standen was in impressive form across half forward, kicking four majors to make it 11 across the past two games.  Veterans Jarrod Harper and Jackson O’Brien played their best games of the season, while the underrated Gabby Chambers, Matthew Ling and Michael Blackburn continued their strong starts to the season.  The Roos will look to Aidan Grace to support Standen up forward, with Jake Cox out with a broken hand and Ian Callinan out with a hamstring injury, and will expect Jason Bailey and first year player James Holmes to again hold down the defence.  Jeromey Webberley limped from the field last week and may sit this week out with heavy rain expected on the north west coast.  Sam Siggins will be looking to impress in the ruck after a quiet week, as competition for big man spots in the state squad heats up.

Clarence will be gutted that they let last week’s match slip in the final term, and should bounce back this week.  Burnie haven’t been at full strength all season for various reasons, and if Proctor or Morrison can get up, could challenge the Roos early on their home turf of West Park.  This game will be another learning experience in the end for the Dockers, who appear a couple of seasons off being challengers again, as they get games into their impressive younger brigade. The heavy rainm expected will now doubt prove a leveler for the young Dockers but you’d anticipate it won’t do enough to see them victorious.

 

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

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 19.10.124 def Launceston 16.12.108 (Round 12, 2016, at North Hobart Oval)

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Hobart City Demons provided the upset of the season last week, hanging on to defeat the highly fancied Clarence by one point at Blundstone Arena.  Launceston played a strong brand of football, with winners all over the ground as they defeated the Tigers by 81 points.  Last time they met, Sean Willis booted four and Ryan Matthews dominated as Hobart City Demons beat the Blues in a shootout.

Hobart City Demons put in a huge performance to defeat Clarence on Saturday, and have now won three of their past four matches.  Midfielder Ryan Matthews was huge again, with his clean ball use in the wet a cut above the rest, while Nicholas Baker was equally as impressive according to coach Kane Richter.  Sean Willis and Blake Grant are slowly building their reputation as a dangerous duo up forward, and kicked seven goals between them against the solid Roos’ defence.  Jesse Maple and young Bailey Walker have put together a strong month of football across half forward.  Liam Azzopardi has shown he’s capable of running off his man while holding down defensive lockdown roles, and has been well supported by captain Hugh Williams, who now has three games under his belt after being hamstrung in the opening rounds.

Launceston reminded doubters last week that they are indeed a top four side, putting the Tigers to the sword with relative ease at Twin Ovals.  Stuart Williams and Jake Smith were outstanding in defence, as was overlooked Mariner Casey Brown, whose intercept marking and run out of the backline was praised by coach Sam Lonergan.  Sonny Whiting booted six goals to solidify his reputation as one of the competition’s best leading forwards, while Jake Harris chimed in with two goals.  Nathan O’Donohue and Rulla Kelly-Mansell were dangerous across half forward, while in the middle Lonergan benefitted from Hamish Leedham’s presence in the ruck.  Jake Hinds has also been in strong form running off half back but will be out due to Mariners commitments. Captain Chris Savage enters the fray for the Blues in a major boost for a clash that will have a major say on ladder positions.

This could be the match of the round, with both sides in a rich vein of form and as confident as they’ve been all season.  Hosting the game could give Hobart City Demons an advantage, but the battle in the wet against Clarence last week may result in some heavy legs late in the match.  Launceston should prevail here, with body size and experience the key factors, but don’t be surprised if the hosts again silence the doubters with a fast start against the more experienced Blues, who will miss Mariner standout Chayce Jones after he injured his ankle in the first term last week. With just one game between both teams, this one is a biggen.

 

Glenorchy vs Lauderdale (KGV Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 18.8.116 def Lauderdale 11.8.74 (Round 12, 2016, at KGV Oval)

In the Red Saturday clash for the Red Shield Appeal, Glenorchy head into this week after a tough fortnight, with two successive losses to Clarence and North Launceston. It is their fourth consecutive game at home and they will be looking to snap the home ground losing streak at two.  Those sides are expected to finish alongside the Pies in the top three in 2017, so expect the Pies to regroup for this crucial clash.  Lauderdale have won three in a row, overrunning Devonport on the coast last week.  Last time they played, Liam Smith kick five goals in a best afield display for Glenorchy in a convincing win.

After three games played across ten days, Glenorchy should come into this game more rested than last week, with a full week’s rest under their belts.  They will welcome back some fresh legs in Matthew Joseph from suspension, and 2016 premiership player Tim Butterworth will also come in after a move home from interstate. The club will take time on star Zac Webster, who is on his way back from hamstring issues. Lesser lights Tom Morgan and Connor Salter impressed coach Aaron Cornelius with their efforts against North Launceston last week, as did Mariner forward inclusions Harrison Pearce (three goals) and Harrison Gunther. Unfortunately both will be in South Australia when this week’s match takes place. Captain Brayden Webb was a solid performer in the midfield as per usual, while Liam Smith and Jaye Bowden worked hard to kick two goals apiece in a rare challenging afternoon for the Magpies.

Lauderdale have been in tremendous form, with the southern Bombers moving the ball well from defence to hit the scoreboard hard to win their last three games in a row.  They have picked up the pieces after a tough start to the year, leveling the ledger at 3 and 3. Thor Boscott and Ray Hill have been constant targets up forward, and booted five goals apiece against Devonport last week.  Ryan Wiggins returned from a week in the Mercury Cup to kick three majors in his 100th game, with Toutai Havea also dangerous up forward after making the switch from defence in the last month.  Midfielders Bryce Walsh and Dylan Fyfe continue to rack up crucial touches and key clearances, with Fyfe’s running goal from the centre square one of the highlights of the round. Wingman Robbie McManus has been in damaging form, and could count himself unlucky to have missed selection in the state squad, along with Boscott.

Both sides are likely to view this match as their most important of the season to date, with the more-favoured Glenorchy keen to stay in touch with North Launceston and not fall back to the pack, and Lauderdale eyeing off fourth position on the ladder.  Both sides will be close to full strength, and the crowd at KGV can expect a physical, high scoring encounter, highlighted by elite ball movement.  The Bombers were able to take it up to Clarence until late a few weeks ago, and if they can curtail the influence of the Magpie stars and maintain their impressive forays forward, they’re a real chance to knock off the Magpies at home and hand them an unheard of third straight lost at their fortress.

 

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

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 30.19.199 def Lauderdale 3.6.24 (Round 12, 2016, at KGV Oval)

North Launceston remain undefeated after beating Glenorchy last week in their closest match of season 2017.  The Tigers are at the other end of the spectrum in terms of form, having lost their past three games after things were looking bright following a narrow win over Hobart City Demons in Round 3.  Last time they met, the Bombers obliterated the young Tigers, with up and coming forwards Dakota Bannister and Tarryn Thomas combining for 11 goals.

North Launceston put four quarters of consistent football together to emerge victorious in their toughest game so far against Glenorchy.  Bart McCulloch starred up forward, bagging five goals, while Jack Avent chimed in with three majors and Zach Burt two.  The humble Tom Couch again dominated the midfield, with his form worthy of  speculation that he may be the best player in the competition.  Ruckman Alex Lee was sensational around the ground, winning his battle with the highly rated and in-form Magpie Cameron Duffy.  Josh Ponting played well for the second week in a row, and the underrated Jake Pearce was also among the Bombers’ best, highlighting the player depth of the premierships favourites.  Captain Taylor Whitford and Tarryn Thomas were quieter than usual, but expect the Bombers skipper to bounce back this week, along with big-bodied midfielder Brad Cox-Goodyer.

Coach Aaron Vince was bitterly disappointed with the Tigers’ efforts last week, describing them as insipid.  The Tigers could manage only one behind in the second half against a dominant Launceston side, and will be determined to prove they’re better than that this week against quality opposition.  Tyler Carter was clearly the best Tiger last week, with numerous spoils, tackles and possessions in a determined effort off half back.  Mitchell Carter also tried hard with a number of rebound 50’s, but the midfield group was comprehensively beaten.  One positive was the performances of debutants Ben Graham and Toby Cowen, who never stopped trying, and the constant tackle pressure of Mariners captain Lachlan Clifford. The Tigers will need fewer passengers this week if they are to turn things around. But it is easier said than done against North Launceston at UTAS Stadium.

North Launceston should win this match comfortably, as their form and fitness has so far proven to be unparalleled.  Vince will be looking for improvement from his Tigers, and while the result won’t go their way, their effort and contests are the measuring points the coaching staff will look for.  Both sides are likely to use this clash to see where their younger players fit into the respective squads moving forward.

TSL TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 7

This week sees representation from all-but one team, as we saw some of the best contests of the season to-date.
 
The Demons were the big story, producing a major turn up to pip Clarence by just one point. For their troubles, they have four players picked this week.
 
The Blues blew away the Tigers to the tune of 81 points and top this week’s selection with five in the best 22, including two defenders from a strong defensive display.
 
Once again there is plenty of red and black with the Northern Bombers having four and Lauderdale with three making the cut.
 
Of the losing sides, an undermanned Glenorchy impressed and as a result they are the best represented with three players in the team, while Clarence and Devonport had one each.
 
Continuing their red-hot form, Matthews, McCulloch, Lee, Couch and Boscott all made it back to back nods for the team of the week.

 

BACKS

Tom Morgan (Glenorchy)

Morgan was terrific on debut for the Magpies, accumulating plenty of the ball in the back half and using it with poise and class.

Liam Azzopardi (Hobart City Demons)

Hobart City’s backline general stood up for the Demons in their upset win over Clarence. In dark and moist conditions for most of the afternoon, Azzopardi was instrumental with ten big spoils to compliment his ten possessions, which included one rebound 50, three tackles, and two marks. Azzopardi’s performance was capped off by keeping dangerous Roo Sam Siggins goalless.

Jake Pearce (North Launceston)

Pearce was a vital reason behind North’s memorable victory over Glenorchy. With his ability to create contests and to use the ball cleanly out of the back half, Pearce was instrumental in restricting the dangerous Magpie forward line.

 

HALF BACKS

James Webb (Glenorchy)

James Webb was impressive in his side’s loss to North Launceston as he gathered plenty of the ball and kicked a big time goal late in the third term to keep the Magpies in the hunt for an unlikely victory.

Stuart Williams (Launceston)

Williams showed off his athleticism to run hard from half back, gathered touches across all four quarters, but especially strong in the first with a number of inside 50’s, one resulting in a Whiting goal, and in the third, where he had three rebounds 50’s. His great game was rewarded with three RACT Votes.

Jake Smith (Launceston)

Smith has been a consistent player all season, with close to 25 touches per game, had another 25 in this match, and provided plenty of drive from the backline as Launceston moved the ball forward, with a number of inside 50’s.  Kicked a goal as well, and his run both ways was damaging, breaking the Tigers’ lines repeatedly.

 

CENTRES

Nick Baker (Hobart City Demons)

The Tassie Mariner proved just why he is one of the best up and coming talents in the TSL, with a genuinely dominant performance by the midfielder. Baker drove the ball forward with conviction, evident in his 24 possessions, ten clearances and two inside 50’s. Baker was just as damaging without the ball, laying 16 crunching tackles, whilst also proving his worth in ruck when required, registering six hit outs.

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)

The Demon’s premier midfielder had the ball on a string as he racked up 28 touches, 13 of which were contested. Matthews set the tone for a standout display after he slotted a classy set shot from the pocket in the crucial opening stanza of this contest. The dominance of Matthews was highlight throughout the stoppages, registering eight clearances to go with ten tackles.

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale)

McManus was the best midfielder on the ground at Devonport Oval, the winger was one of the main reasons the Bombers started to get on top in the game to then run away with a win. W=He worked hard, harassed, chased and made sound decisions with ball in hand.

 

HALF FORWARDS

Jack Avent (North Launceston)

Avent was the perfect foil to big Bart McCulloch, booting two opening quarter goals and a dashing running goal late in the game to seal a victory over the reigning premiers. Avent was without question one of the liveliest and most dangerous players for North.

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Another fantastic game from Boscott as the big beast again proved to be a formidable forward. He was able to make the most of mismatches, take some grabs and kick a handful of goals to be the most dominant man on the field.

Sean Willis (Hobart City Demons)

Willis was one of the better forwards on the ground, registering four goals. After kicking the opening major of the game, Willis got on the end of a quick transition of play from the Demons to have two goals by the first change, and played a key role in Hobart City’s fast start over Clarence. Willis went on to kick two more in the second term to take his tally to four at the main break, but was held goalless throughout the second half. Willis’s nine pressure acts and six tackles proves that when he isn’t kicking goals, he’s working hard to lock the ball inside the Demon’s forward 50.

 

FORWARDS

Brodie Connelly (Devonport)

The youngster enjoyed a new found role deeper in the forward 50, getting good supply and finishing off four well taken goals.

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

McCulloch was a huge presence up forward for the Bombers and looked like taking every mark that came his way. The key forward booted 5 in his best performance of season 2017 to date.

Sonny Whiting (Launceston)

Predicted to be a handful for the Tigers’ defence pre-game, Whiting was a target up forward all match. Outmarked his opponent one on one for the first goal of the match, and followed up with a strong contested pack mark and goal soon after. Dominant one on one with his strength, his booted two goals in each of the first, third and fourth quarters, to be the real difference up forward, and proved that he remains one of the best leading forwards in the competition. Finished with six goals from 8 or 9 shots on goal, the majority coming from marks and converted set shots.

FOLLOWERS

Hamish Leedham (Launceston)

Controlled the ruck with his size and determination, and beat Peterson and the Tiger’s pinch hitters at stoppages more times than not.  Imposed himself on the game with some strong tackles, and was part of possession chains, releasing his midfielders with quick handballs as they moved the ball from the backline.  Lonergan described his game as fantastic, and echoed the opinion that Leedham has to be pushing for selection in the eventual state side to face the NEAFL. Without a doubt in the top three ruckmen in the competition, and backed up his strong game against Clarence.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Couch was a class above on Saturday at KGV, providing drive, grunt and slick skills out of the middle of the ground. After spending much of the early part of the year in the forward half, Couch thrived as a midfielder against the ‘Pies and was crucial in dragging his Bombers over the line.
Sam Lonergan (Launceston)

After a big pre-season, Lonergan is starting to hit his straps in the midfield.  He was first to the ball from a number of key stoppages, doing the in and under work for the Blues, as well as taking some intercept marks down back and driving the ball inside 50.  A real leader on and off the field, he lets his footy do the talking, and had a big second half, and capped his game off with a great goal kicked over his head in the final term.

INTERCHANGE

Alex Lee (North Launceston)

A key reason behind North Launceston’s crucial win over the reigning champs was the ruckwork of Alex Lee. The tall Bomber gave his midfielders first use all day as North dominated the clearances, while also showcasing his mobility around the ground. Getting the better of Duffy is no mean feat.

Harry Pearce (Glenorchy)

Pearce slotted straight back into the ‘Pies side and had a big impact with three goals. Pearce was one of the Magpies best in their loss against the Bombers, with his three goals and manic defensive pressure really standing out.

 

Ray Hill (Lauderdale)

Hill has found some fine form in recent weeks and he was at his goal scoring best against the Magpies, putting them to the sword with a strong marking game and five goals.

Trent Standen (Clarence)

The Clarence veteran worked his way into this contest, having remained relatively quiet throughout the first half. Standen, much like many of his Clarence teammates, lifted in the third term as the rain began to come down and the Roos started to get on top. Standen finished with four telling goals, including what can only be described as a freakish effort from the forward in the final term. Standen raced to get front and centre of a contest deep in his side’s attacking 50. As the ball was knocked down from the pack, a quick soccer off the ground by Standen somehow floated through the big sticks.

 

Unlucky omissions…

Bryce Walsh was part of a second half midfield dominance from Lauderdale and was a really strong contributor in guiding the Bombers to a good away win. Josh McGuinness stamped himself on the game in the back half and Jordon Roberts and Ryan Wiggins both had strong impacts inside forward 50.

Magpie Brayden Webb has been a fixture of the TSL team of the week throughout the early part of season 2017 and he only just misses out this week, in round 7 he produced yet another classy performance with his foot skills and drive out of the back half. Harrison Gunther was also fantastic on his return to the fold for the Premiers. Josh Ponting was also great for North Launceston and Mark Walsh found plenty of the football. Jay Lockhart also rarely wasted it off half back.

The Blues had a bunch picked but such was their dominance they had some others that could consider themselves a little stiff! Casey Brown – Mariner-listed defender who broke the game open in the third term with some key intercept marks and run from half back.  Lonergan described his third quarter as ‘unbelievable.’ Nathan O’Donohue – The big man played predominantly across half forward, and was damaging in the second quarter, where he had four inside 50’s and two rebounds 50’s.  Also pinch hit in the ruck at times, and used his size and experience to his advantage.