Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 15


Saturday 16th July

Devonport vs Hobart City Demons (Devonport Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Hobart City Demons 14.22.106 def Devonport 7.11.53 (Round 6, 2017, at North Hobart Oval)

Devonport were unable to overcome a five goal deficit at quarter time, with Hobart City Demons’ midfielders Jayden Charlton and Ryan Matthews racking up the disposals.

Form Guide:

Devonport (WLL) – Form Temperature Gauge – MILD:

The young coastal side took down Burnie in Round 12, before a 94 point loss to Clarence knocked the wind out of their sails.  Bounced back to nearly defeat North Launceston last week, which should set them up for a big game.

Hobart City Demons (WWL) – Form Temperature Gauge – COLD:

Hobart City Demons convincingly beat the Tigers at home, before limping over the line at West Park against the last-placed Dockers.  Despite upsetting Clarence and Launceston earlier in the year, they were brought back to Earth with a thump last week after Lauderdale handed them an 89 point flogging.

Key Matchups:

The in-form  Hugh Williams is likely to get the job on dangerous Devonport playing coach Mitch Thorp, who booted 5.5 last week.  The midfield battle between Magpie co-captains Dylan Riley and Beau Sharman on Ryan Matthews, the returning Will Campbell and Eddie Cole should also be a ripper.

Fire Starters:

Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley have been in sensational form for Devonport, and their physicality and ability to win key possessions early will be crucial in igniting the Magpies.

Josh Williamson was targeted by the Lauderdale defenders last week for good reason.  When he gets going, he’s capable of kicking a bag and leading the Hobart City Demons to victory.



Hobart City Demons
In: W. Hay, C. Ransom, W. Campbell
Out: K. Richter, C. Kilpatrick, H. Johnstone

Fitz’s Tip: This will be a close game if last week’s respective form is anything to go by.  With the way the Magpies stood up against quality opposition, they’re every shot here.  Devonport by 6.


Clarence vs Glenorchy – BINGLEY LINTON CUP (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm 

Last Time They Met:

Clarence 14.7.91 def Glenorchy 8.7.55 (Round 6, 2017, at KGV Oval)

A seven goal to no score final term saw Clarence stun southern rivals Glenorchy at their KGV fortress, with Trent Standen booting seven for the victors in a game-breaking effort.

Form Guide:

Clarence (WWW) – Form Temperature Gauge – HOT:

The Roos have dispatched of finals sureties Lauderdale and Launceston in the past three weeks, as well as smashing an improving Devonport.  With only one loss to their name, ladder leaders Clarence are in blistering form.

Glenorchy (WWW) – Form Temperature Gauge – HOT:

Glenorchy have won their last three matchups, and while they have all been against the current bottom three sides, the Magpies’ 144 point obliteration of Burnie last week sees them in impressive nick heading into this huge clash.

Key Matchups:

The ruck battle between two in-form big men of the competition, Sam Siggins and Cameron Duffy, should be an enthralling one.  Containing Jaye Bowden is a must for the Roos, and proven run-with specialist Gabby Chambers may be given first crack at the RACT Player of the Year award leader if he is in midfield but if forward, expect returning backman Jason Bailey to play a part.

Fire Starters:

Zac Mastrocola has been in sensational form for Clarence, and the big-bodied defender/midfielder’s disposal out of the back half could set Clarence up for fast forays forward.  Dangerous small forwards Trent Standen and Ian Callinan are also capable of turning a game in short periods of time.

If Jake Cox returns that in itself may light a fire under Clarence, as well as the return of last year’s Best and Fairest winner Jack Gleeson and the competition’s form full back, Jason Bailey. All are game changers in their own right.

The aerial capabilities and versatility of Josh Watts has caused teams trouble in recent weeks, with his ability to play as a leading forward or intercepting defender making him hard to contain.  Half forward Zac Webster is only just hitting his peak form, and when given any room he can cut a defence to shreds.


In: J. Bailey, J. Gleeson, J. Cox
Out: L. Murfitt-Cowen, T. Hanslow, J. Brenner

In: R. Banks-Smith
Out: D. Coppleman

Fitz’s Tip: While Clarence head into the match favourites, Glenorchy have shown they still possess the skills required to completely dismantle sides, and head into this game with a deeper squad to choose from, with the return of Watts, Reynolds and Butterworth since these sides last faced off.  Expect fireworks and a shootout between these bitter rivals.  Clarence by 12.

Lauderdale vs Tigers (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 12.18.90 def Tigers 9.4.58 (Round 6, 2017, at Twin Ovals)

An inaccurate Lauderdale failed to bury the Tigers under lights at Kingston, but were hardly challenged as Ray Hill booted three goals and Dylan Fyfe collected close to 40 disposals.

Form Guide:

Lauderdale (LWW) – Form Temperature Gauge – HOT:

Lauderdale come into the match hot off a big win over Hobart City Demons, having defeated Launceston and fallen just short of first placed Clarence in the fortnight previous.  At their best, Lauderdale is an exciting and unstoppable force with enviable depth in its squad.

Tigers (LLL) – Form Temperature Gauge – COLD:

The Tigers lost three straight games before last week’s bye, but showed some much-needed fight against Glenorchy in Round 13 after a very disappointing showing against the Hobart City Demons in Round 12, where they managed a miserable three goals.

Key Matchups:

Bomber tall Josh McGuinness could get the job on former St.Kilda listed key forward Daniel Archer, who dominated his first match of the season against Glenorchy. The inclusion of Hugh Dixon coupled with the return of Archer could prove a powerful one-two punch for the Tigs. Young Tiger Oliver Burrows-Cheng played a superb shutdown role on Harrison Pearce in Round 13, and may be a surprise match up on explosive midfielder/forward Thor Boscott or do we see Marcus Davies deployed in defence?

Fire Starters:

Thor Boscott is in incredible form, and as he has shown across the past fortnight, is capable of breaking open a game inside a quarter, with damaging runs forward towards goal.

Mitchell Carter is arguably the best kick out of defence in the league, but has been quiet of late compared to his impressive start to the season. If he can intercept the Bombers’ kicks forward across half back and contain a key forward in the process, he’ll be able to have a huge say on how the match pans out with his pinpoint disposal.


In: H. Dixon, T.Cowen, L. Gadomski
Out: M. Booth, B. Graham, J. Pearce

Fitz’s Tip: Beyond Round 3, Lauderdale have been near-impossible to stop this season, and their run and class should again see them comfortably prevail, especially in front of the vocal crowd at Lauderdale Oval.  Lauderdale by 60.

Sunday 17th July

Burnie vs North Launceston (West Park) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

North Launceston 20.31.151 def Burnie 3.6.24 (Round 6, 2017, at UTAS Stadium)

North Launceston dismantled the young Dockers with a nine goal third term doing most of the damage to the scoreboard.  Captain Taylor Whitford dominated, as the Bombers had a dozen individual goal scorers.

Form Guide:

North Launceston (WWW) – Form Temperature Gauge – HOT:

While they haven’t smashed teams in recent weeks, the Bombers are going about their business confidently, and would be pleased that the attention has been on Clarence and Lauderdale.  The Bombers should get some younger players back this week, and get some practice moving the ball quickly to hit the scoreboard harder than the last fortnight.

Burnie (LLL) – Form Temperature Gauge – COLD:

The Dockers played arguably their worst match of the season last week, and were handed a 144 point thumping by Glenorchy.  They had a sniff in the 22 point loss to the Hobart City Demons the week prior after losing to fellow coastal youngsters Devonport in Round 12.

Key Matchups:

Docker giant Nick McKenna is likely to be given a role on one of the big Bombers in Tom Bennett or Zac Burt, in what should be an enthralling side duel. The ruck battle could also be interesting with last year’s best against potentially this year’s best. Alex Lee has taken many scalps this year but he will have his work cut out for him against last year’s premier ruck.

Fire Starters:

Bomber playing coach Tom Couch is out along with Captain Taylor Whitford and gun half back Jay Lockhart. Brad Cox-Goodyer has had a fine season and often ignites the Northern Bombers with his ability to find the footy and send long bombs sailing through the sticks.

Nick Walters is one of the Dockers’ leaders capable of influencing contests.  A big-bodied midfielder with a booming shoe, Walters loves a goal from outside the 50, and is a player Burnie can count on to give his all every week. Tom Mundy is a big in for Burnie and he is capable of influencing right across the ground.


In: T. Mundy, B. Challis, D. Crane
Out: C. Proctor, F. Poke, B. Rubock

North Launceston
In: T. Mansell, C. Young
Out: T. Couch, K. Wadley

Fitz’s Tip: North Launceston should win this match by close to triple digits if they choose to put the jets on.  However, the Bombers may use the match as a chance to rest sore bodies with the skipper Taylor Whitford and gun half back Jay Lockhart both unlikely they may trial players in different positions or utilise different structures, which could result in a lesser margin.  North Launceston by 85.

TEAMS: Southern Cross TSL Round 15



Round 15 – 15/07/2017

2:00PM – Devonport Oval


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



Hobart City Demons

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

In: W. Hay, C. Ransom, W. Campbell
Out: K. Richter, C. Kilpatrick, H. Johnstone


Round 15 – 15/07/2017

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena


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

In: J. Bailey, J. Gleeson, J. Cox
Out: L. Murfitt-Cowen, T. Hanslow, J. Brenner


B: R. Banks-Smith, J. Arnold, J. Arnold
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, J. Millhouse, M. Joseph, L. Smith
Emg: M. Rainbird, T. Bowden, S. Hall, C. Salter

In: R. Banks-Smith
Out: D. Coppleman


Round 15 – 15/07/2017

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval

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



B: L. Gadomski, M. Booth, T. Carter
HB: M. Carter, T. Peterson, B. Rees
C: J.  Bilson, M.  Davies, W.  Cleeland
HF: C. Bryant, D. Archer, T. Cowen
F: M. Walker, H. Dixon, B. Batchelor
R: M. Gardner, S. Rice, L. Watt
Int: T. Gogolin, C. Nield, B. Livingston, L. Clifford
Emg: C. Rawson, J. Pearce, J. Huizing, B. Graham

In: H. Dixon, T.Cowen, L. Gadomski
Out: M. Booth, B. Graham, J. Pearce


Round 15 – 16/07/2017

2:00PM – West Park


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

In: T. Mundy, B. Challis, D. Crane
Out: C. Proctor, F. Poke, B. Rubock


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

In: T. Mansell, C. Young
Out: T. Couch, K. Wadley


CLARENCE v. GLENORCHY  Round 15 – 15/07/2017

To be selected from:
H. Bailey, J. Havea, K. Howlett, A. Silver, J. Booth, J. O’Brien,
B. Dart, T. Marshall, T. Birchall, S. Williams, N. Douglas, A. Gaul,
H. Richmond, J. Fisher, C. Alcorso, N. Raglione, J. Pulford, C. Leek,
T. Hope, A. Morton, J. Gleeson, B. McGuinness, J. Young

Out: D. Howlett

To be selected from:
W. Atkin, I. Memory, N. Newman, A. Peach , J. Deegan, J. Douglas,
B. Rowbottom, R. Banks-Smith, H. Parker, C. Goodsell, J. Bearman, A. Brennan,
B. Patterson, T. Morgan, T. Grant, D. Grant, D. Coppleman, C. Mcknight,
J. Davie, S. Deverell, A. Roberts, J. Farrow, J. Negri, C. Daly,
J. Lincoln, J. Sharp, J. Ling, L. Rowbottom, S. Berry, R. Oakley

LAUDERDALE v. TIGERS  Round 15 – 15/07/2017

To be selected from:
C. Best, J. Wells, Z. Paget, O. Shaw, L. Fazackerley, N. Grubb,
S. Clayton, E. Steele, T. Daff, C. Brown, R. Hooker, J. Perkins,
T. Steele, J. Bunyan, S. Adams, D. Johns, B. Newell, J. Roberts ,
C. Burridge, J. Williams, S. Perkins, P. Hudson, L. Meagher, W. Francis,
A. Brewster, L. Hitchens

To be selected from:
L. Griggs, S. Webb, R. Blakers, B. McCulloch, R. Rinaldi, H. Bradburn,
J. Cummins, M. Coad, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, C. Rawson, J. Pearce,
A. Huizing, J. Huizing, H. Crack, J. Lister, J. Wells, A. Humphrey,
J. Keogh, T. Hughes, E. Brock, H. Graham, B. Graham, C. Sawdy


Burnie Dockers
To be selected from:
C. Bracken, A. Good, L. Rollins, S. King, S. Redman, B. Brown,
L. Ryan, F. Poke, J. Jones, L. Jaffray, H. Cobbing, B. Hayes,
B. Walker, S. Saward, D. Saward, M. Chatwin, T. Woods, L. Jaffray,
L. Mohell, L. Evans, L. Bucknell, J. Weller, A. Bates, O. Fryett,
B. Keiselis

North Launceston
To be selected from:
B. Denman, L. Cronley, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, D. Clayton, C. Praciak,
C. Lowe, W. Loone, J. Harris, E. Perry, B. Holmes, F. Bennett,
M. Gray, K. Wadley, N. Jackson, J. McCowan, J. Rowlands, S. Hudson,
D. Layh, B. Maynard , C. Anderson, J. Lanham, K. Curtis


Two teams piled on goals for fun in Round 14 in emphatic style. As a result, Glenorchy and Lauderdale combine for half the team.

This is the first week we have three ruckman feature, we also have fresh faces in Mitch Anderton and Josh Ponting.

Jaye Bowden, Thor Boscott, Zac Mastrocola, James Webb, Sam Rundle and Josh Watts all backed up all star selection from Round 13.



Mitch Anderton (Lauderdale)

Whilst the offensive game of Lauderdale was highlighted against Hobart City, the Bombers defence held up exceptionally as a complete unit, with backman Anderton playing a key role in restricting the home side to just four majors to three quarter time, and a total of eight goals for the game. He is a young gutsy player that has a lot of go in his game.

Zac Mastrocola (Clarence)

Mastrocola had a real break out game as one of the Roos very best in a close game at the Pouch. He was defensively sound and kickstarted a lot of counter attack through fast and effective ball movement.

Sherrin Egger (Devonport)

Egger played an outstanding game, drawing strong plaudits from his Coach. The young defender threw his body on the line on numerous occasions and tried his absolute heart out to stop the North forward’s scoring. Playing on some dangerous forwards, Egger held his own and was able to foil many North Launceston attacks. Egger also helped set up Devonport’s play out of the back half in which helped his sides forward movement.


Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

The Glenorchy captain was unlucky not have finished in the RACT Player votes, as he was everywhere against the hapless Dockers.  Webb was influential all over the ground, winning possessions in the back half, but also pushing forward to capitalise on the Magpies’ quick ball movement.  Webb booted three goals, all in the first half, to see his side into half time with a 12 goal lead.

Josh Watts (Glenorchy)

The former Brisbane-listed utility booted three goals in a dominant role up forward last week, but his switch to centre half back this week paid instant dividends for Glenorchy and suggested they may have unearthed their late-season swingman.  Watts dominated in the air to take a number of key intercept marks in defence, and fought hard to win one on one battles at ground level.  He was a big reason behind Burnie’s inability to score more than three goals.

Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)

Lining up on a wing, Sutton roamed throughout the course of the afternoon, as his influence on the contest highlighted the lack of midfield depth of Hobart City. Whilst providing continual drive forward for his side, Sutton capped off a terrific display by scoring a goal of his own.


Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

The underrated midfielder played arguably his best match of the season to date, racking up the disposals through the midfield and on the grandstand wing.  His third term was exceptional, where he sent the ball inside 50 four times and had two rebounds 50’s, as well as kicking two goals.  Combined well with Zac Webster across half forward to ensure there would be no easy rebounds 50’s for the young Burnie defenders.

Sam Rundle (Launceston)

Rundle was one of the prime movers for Launceston in winning the ball from the stoppage. Hunted the footy well with clean hands in traffic. Another strong game from a leader of the Blues.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

Franklin was amongst the goals with three majors, as Lauderdale kicked 21 goals spread across 13 players. Against a depleted Hobart City midfield, Franklin was one of a number of Bombers who dominated in the centre of North Hobart Oval. Franklin has really hit his straps in season 2017.



Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Boscott proved just why he is among the most damaging players in the TSL, kicking an equal game-high three majors as he ran riot throughout North Hobart Oval against a sluggish Hobart City Demons. When Boscott took the footy from the centre bounce and goaled on the run from 50m in the second term, both sides of the crowd at North Hobart sat back in awe of one of Tasmania’s best.

Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

Bennett was North’s influential key forward booting two goals in a game where he seemed to grab every marking opportunity that came his way. Bennett took numerous marks around the ground and asserted himself upon the game in a physical manner. He worked well across the ground all day and was the man North looked to when going forward.

Zac Webster (Glenorchy)

The former Hawthorn-listed small forward was electric in his return from suspension, running hard on the wing and half forward line to send the ball inside 50 well over half a dozen times.  His pace troubled the Dockers, and they had no match up for Webster, who had a field day to finish with two goals and was influential across all four quarters.



Ian Callinan (Clarence)

The little master was at it again. Four well taken goals and involvement in many others. Something happens every time he gets the footy. Was particularly important when the game was in the balance.

Mitch Thorp (Devonport)

Coach Thorp was the most formidable forward on the ground for the magpies on the weekend in his side’s narrow loss to North Launceston. Thorp was impossible to stop in the first quarter booting four majors which saw a potential upset on the cards at Invermay Park. Anything that come his way he marked or at least provided a strong contest in which caused some nervous times for the North defenders. Whilst kicking five goals for the game, Thorp’s leadership and direction was even more impressive in inspiring his young developing side to really challenge their more highly fancied opponents.

Sonny Whiting (Launceston)

Whiting made a lot out of limited looks at the footy. Kicked five goals and was deadly when presented a chance. Despite the defence doing their best, they could not contain Sonny.




Alex Lee (North Launceston)

It was another outstanding performance from Lee who won a large amount of the ruck contests to give his midfielders first usage around the ground. When his side needed to win key clearances, Lee directed his hit-outs sensationally to his team’s advantage. From his recent performances, it would be fair to say Lee is currently the form ruckman in the competition.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

Bowden was again dominant, and Glenorchy are reaping the rewards of his move higher up the ground, with Bowden’s ability to win the ball in the midfield and hit forward targets, elite.  He took an astonishing 20 marks, and while he finished with four goals it was his hand in many others that stood out on the day.  One of the Magpies’ best, and a deserved leader in the RACT Player of the Year award.

Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

Walsh was assigned a tagging role against Hobart City star Ryan Matthews, and nullified the influence of the Demons most influential player, whilst finding plenty of the football himself. Walsh slammed home a commanding goal in the opening term, as he swooped upon a loose footy and converted on the run from 52m.



Hamish Leedham (Launceston)

His ruck work was sublime and he dominated stoppage and hit outs, the element of the game that saw Launceston in with a chance.

Sam Siggins (Clarence)

It is perhaps bizarre to see opposing rucks feature but Siggins was extremely good around the ground, particularly when resting forward. Had some key touches that had a say in setting up the result.

Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

Ponting was important in North’s rebounding game out of defence. He had a lot of effective disposals assisting to set up multiple scoring opportunities for the Northern Bombers.

James Webb (Glenorchy)

The usual defender played more of a floating role, spending time all over the ground to be part of key possession chains.  Webb used his pace to burn off opponents and was particularly ruthless in the final term, when he slotted three of his four majors for the afternoon.  Capped off a strong few weeks with a well-deserved place in the Team of the Week, this round.


Unlucky Omissions…

Harrison Gunther – Earned coach Aaron Cornelius’ praise for his efforts as the main leading forward target, and his presence in the first term set the standard for his team mates up forward.  Gunther booted three of his four majors in a strong second quarter, but it was his repeat efforts when the ball hit the deck that stood out and led to goals for his team mates.  Gunther is part of the Mariners program, and will be looking to string some solid performances together in the coming weeks to keep the Magpies in the hunt for a top 3 spot and do his draft chances no harm.

Phil Bellchambers again was a strong performer for the Bombers and is unfortunate to not sneak into the team. Off half back and in the middle he is an impact player. Hayden Smith battled well in the ruck and did some nice things around the ball to engineer clearances.

Joe Boyce had a strong game for the Blues with two quick goals in the second term decisive in giving his side a sniff. James Holmes also was his reliable self in defence for the Roos, and Gabby Chambers did a good defensive job on Brodie Palfreyman.

As he so often is, Dylan Riley was terrific for the Magpies with clean hands and plenty of dash in a much-improved Devonport display. Zach Burt, Brad Cox-Goodyer and Tom Donnelly were all good contributors in North Launceston’s resurgence beyond quarter time.


APPEAL RESULT: Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale)

The TSL appeals board this evening dismissed Lauderdale FC’s appeal against the severity of suspension to Jordon Roberts.  Roberts was suspended for six matches from a rough conduct charge sustained in round 13 v Launceston.

Lauderdale challenged the grading of the conduct; arguing the tribunal had erred in their decision of classifying the conduct as intentional as opposed to careless.   However in considering the matter; the TSL appeals board found no compelling evidence to suggest that the tribunal had erred in its decision making process.  Therefore dismissed the club’s appeal.

Roberts will be ineligible for the next five Lauderdale matches, as he served week one of his suspension in the weekend’s match versus Hobart City. Roberts will be eligible for selection in round 20.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 14

Tasmanian State League

1. Clarence and Launceston players were referred for engaging a melee

The Match Review Panel found that Launceston player Connor Smith instigated the melee by being the third player involved, and has been offered a low level reprimand. Launceston’s Ryan Tyrrell was also offered a low level reprimand for re-instigating the melee.

Both Connor Smith and Ryan Tyrrell have accepted low level reprimands


Mercury Cup

2. Alex Gaul (Clarence) reported for striking Ethan Conway (Launceston)

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

Gaul has accepted a reprimand.


3. Dylan Howlett (Clarence) reported for striking Joseph Bangura (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found the strike was intentional, with low impact to the head of Bangura. Howlett has been offered a base sanction three matches, reduced to two matches with an early guilty plea. An additional match was added to the base sanction due to Howlett having a poor record.

Howlett has accepted a two match suspension.


North hold on against valiant Magpies

Written by Matt Hill

It was the first time the Bombers had played on their traditional home ground Invermay Park in the TSL and it brought out a healthy crowd to see the Bombers edge out a much-improved Devonport by 19 points.

Mitch Thorp was the star for the Magpies with five goals, while Tom Bennett and Alex Lee were both terrific as North Launceston came from behind to win.

With key players Jay Lockhart and Taylor Whitford out for the premiership favourites, the Magpies sensed an opportunity to create an upset and ruin North’s homecoming. Devonport started strong, piling on pressure against their more highly fancied opponents and this reflected on the scoreboard with the visiting side booting the first four goals of the game to cause some headaches for the Bombers coaching staff. Coach Mitch Thorp was a colossal up forward, booting all four of Devonport’s opening goals and causing young key defender Jock White all kinds of problems.

Both co-captains for the Pies in Sharman and Riley rallied their troops and controlled the midfield early on to see the equal bottom side lead by a healthy 18 points at quarter time. A late first quarter goal from star player Brad Cox-Goodyear gave the Bombers a much-needed boost before heading into the break.

Despite controlling the first quarter, coach Mitch Thorp demanded more from his team as he knew North would charge back and that is exactly what transpired.

In the second stanza, if you had have arrived late to the game you would have assumed North owned the contest, as they piled on six goals to one to take the lead going into the main break. Goal to Couch, Walsh, Harrison, Bennet and two to McCulloch put the home side back on top and erased Devonport’s early first quarter dominance. Brad Cox-Goodyer again dominated through the middle and got a lot of the ball in which helped set up numerous opportunities for his team mates. At the main break, the Bombers lead was 14 points.

The third quarter was evenly balanced with both sides trading goals to set up an interesting final stand. Thorp added his fifth for the game before Walsh and Couch slotted goals to see the Bombers out to a five goal lead. The Magpies would not die though, striking two goals within a minute  late in the third giving them belief that they were still a fighting chance going into the decisive quarter.

It was not to be, with the Bombers holding on to claim a win against a very competitive Devonport. McCulloch and Bennett slotted last quarter goals in which saw the Bombers got home. Late goals to dominant Devonport players Sharman and Symmons on the siren saw the margin reduced to 19 points, giving a fair reflection on a strong game from the visitors.

With that victory, the Bombers retained second spot with Devonport left to think only what could have been. Despite the loss, Magpies Coach Mitch Thorp was wrapt with the effort.

“Proud of the boys, North are organised and fit and in Launceston to go down by 19 points was a good result. Yep, we are disappointed with the loss by you have got to crawl before you can walk.

“There is a lot of belief in the group. There is some character and there is substance to what goes out on the park each week. The desire to compete was very impressive today.”

North Launceston coach Tom Couch wasn’t happy that they were bettered for effort early but was happy to get out with the win.

“We got the win and we move on…We are pleased with a few of the boys that stepped but full credit to Thorpy and Devonport.”

Next week North take on bottom side Burnie at West Park who are coming off a massive 144-point thumping at the hands of Glenorchy. North should also regain captain Taylor Whitford for the clash who is recovering from a niggling ankle injury.

For the Magpies, they will host the Hobart City Demons who are also coming off a tremendous loss. The Demons lost by 89 points to Lauderdale and more importantly missed an opportunity to be equal third with Launceston and Glenorchy on seven wins. Now they sit in sixth position on six wins, one game behind a finals spot. This match should be a tight contest with the Demons in desperate need of the four points to remain in reach of a finals, whilst Devonport will have high hopes after a good confidence boosting performance against North.


  1. Devonport will be a promising side in the future.

With the leadership and role of key players such as Symmons, Thorp, Riley and Sharman the Magpies are going through a period similar to of which Launceston went through a couple of seasons ago. They have promising young players who are gaining valuable experience this year in which will suit them up well for the future.

  1. Inaccuracy will hurt the Bombers one day.

The Bombers kicked 11.17 and have had numerous games this year in which they have almost cost themselves victories. With the finals close approaching the Bombers can’t afford to waste their scoring opportunities as it will inevitably cost them a victory.

  1. Dylan Riley has some of the best hands in the competition.

The co-captain has an excellent vertical leap and is extremely strong overhead. The skipper is tremendously hard over the ball and has been one of the best players not only for Devonport this season but also in the league.
Round 14 – 09/07/2017

North Launceston                        1.1,  7.3,  9.11,  11.17  (83)

Devonport                               4.1,  5.1,  8.1,  10.4  (64)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 3, T. Couch 2, M. Walsh 2, T. Bennett 2, C. Harrison 1, B. Cox-Goodyer 1

Devonport :
M. Thorp 5, B. Sharman 1, L. Bissett 1, D. Riley 1, C. Burnett 1

BEST, North Launceston :
T. Bennett, Z. Burt, B. Cox-Goodyer, A. Lee, T. Donnelly, J. Ponting

Devonport :
M. Thorp, D. Riley, B. Symmons, S. Egger, Q. Byard, B. Butler

Relentless Pies floor Dockers

Written by Alex FitzGerald

A complete four quarter performance from Glenorchy has seen the Magpies blow away a hapless Burnie side to the tune of 144 points at KGV Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The home side booted six goals to one in the first term and only got better as the match wore on, finishing with a dozen individual goal kickers in 2016 Premiership defender Ben Reynolds’ return game, to run out huge 26.22 (166) to 3.3 (21) winners.

The first quarter saw Glenorchy cut the Dockers apart with their ball use, and early on it was clear that the coastal side were in for a tough day.  Jaye Bowden was brilliant from the start, slotting two goals for the term and having a hand in two others as the Magpies kicked six unanswered goals in a show of strength.  Rudi Barrett responded just before the siren for Burnie with a long left shoe, but his side went into the first break well behind, trailing 1.2 (8) to 6.5 (41).

The Dockers managed the first goal of the second term, with Bailey Boag marking in the square and kicking truly to give his side a sniff of hope.  But despite some valiant efforts in defence, Burnie were unable to stem the flow, as the Magpies’ stars went to work.  Tassie Mariner forward Harrison Gunther led up hard and was rewarded for his efforts, finishing with three goals for the quarter, with captain Brayden Webb showing his class with two punishing majors of his own.  Glenorchy piled on seven goals in total as winger Zac Webster starred, and at the main break the home side led 13.10 (88) to 2.2 (14).

With Burnie coach Clint Proctor off with a suspected broken arm, the Glenorchy domination continued in the third term as they booted 5.7 to 0.1.  Midfielder Rhys Mott was everywhere, finishing the quarter with four inside 50’s and two goals, as his side went into the final huddle leading the coastal youngsters 18.17 (125) to 2.3 (15).

The third term opened with the familiar sight of spearhead Jaye Bowden slotting a clinical set shot goal from the boundary for Glenorchy.  Second majors respectively to Butterworth and Watts soon followed as the Magpies peppered the goals, and while Walker gave the Tigers some hope late in the term with a banana goal from a tight angle, the visitors slammed on two more six pointers inside the final minute to head into the three quarter time huddle ahead 11.10 (76) to 7.9 (51).

The final quarter saw three more individual Glenorchy players hit the scoreboard, with defender Jordon Arnold rewarded for his hard work in the back half with a rare major.  James Webb pushed forward to kick two of his four goals, as the Magpies ran the game out until the end, claiming a percentage-boosting 144 point victory.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was pleased with how his players kept the foot on the pedal for the whole afternoon.

“It was a great result; the way the guys played the game and their body language was very positive for our club.”

Despite the overwhelming margin however, Cornelius wasn’t entirely satisfied with the performance, and conceded the Magpies had some areas they needed to work on.

“I think we had a few lapses and we were wasteful in front of goal; We had too many missed tackles and gave away too many free kicks.”

Harrison Gunther and  Jaye Bowden finished with four goals apiece, and Cornelius was full of praise for the work ethic of the duo, highlighting Gunther’s presence and repeat efforts and Bowden’s 20 marks.  Usual defender James Webb also booted four goals, with forward target Josh Watts playing at centre half back, and the coach was happy with how those players performed in their different roles throughout the match.

“I thought he (Webb) was exceptional today, and has been really dangerous across the last few weeks with his pace.  Wattsy made the transition to centre half back this week, and I thought he was really good with his intercept marks and his one on one efforts at ground level.”

Midfield trio Rhys Mott, Zac Webster and captain Brayden Webb were all prolific throughout the match, combining to drive the ball inside attacking 50 too many times to count, with the latter making the most of his opportunities to finish with three goals.

For the Dockers, it was another big loss in what has been a transition period for the club, but coach Clint Proctor was proud of how his players tried hard against quality opposition.

“Effort and intensity is something that you can control, but obviously our skill and application is not at the standard the competition requires at the moment.  We’re in the development stage, and we’re hoping it improves in time.”

The future looks promising for Burnie, with teenagers Ethan Jackson and Jamieson House running hard through midfield and on the wing to win a number of possessions, with Darcy Brazendale also competing admirably in defence.  Captain Nick McKenna made a large number of spoils in the backline, ensuring that the Magpies had to work around his imposing frame en route to goal.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Dockers, who host North Launceston at West Park next weekend before their well-earned bye.  Glenorchy face southern rivals Clarence at Blundstone Arena in Round 15, and are scheduled to face off against all of the sides currently making up the top 5 at present in the following weeks.

While it will be a make or break month for the Magpies, Cornelius is looking forward to the challenge and the clarity it will give him on where they sit.

“In about four weeks’ time  we’ll be able to get a gauge on where we’re at; it’s all about doing things right and our processes, and giving ourselves the best opportunity to play some finals deep into the end of the year.”

Round 14 – 08/07/2017

Glenorchy                               6.6,  13.11,  18.17,  24.22  (166)

Burnie Dockers                          1.2,  2.2,  2.3,  3.4  (22)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
H. Gunther 4, J. Bowden 4, J. Webb 4, B. Webb 3, Z. Webster 2, J. Geard 1,
D. Coppleman 1, C. Duffy 1, T. Butterworth 1, B. Reynolds 1, R. Mott 1, J. Arnold 1

Burnie Dockers :
E. Jackson 1, B. Boag 1, R. Barrett 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, R. Mott, B. Webb, Z. Webster, J. Webb, M. Hills

Burnie Dockers :
N. McKenna, R. Barrett, J. House, E. Jackson, H. Walters, D. Brazendale

Bomber brilliance destroys Dees

Written by Richard Bannon


The Southern Cross Tasmanian State League’s top five is all but locked away following Lauderdale’s barnstorming 89-point victory over a sluggish Hobart City Demons outfit at North Hobart Oval.

In perfect conditions, the Bombers smashed the Demons in just about every facet of the game on their way to a 21.19-145 to 8.8-56 victory, and in doing so highlighting the gulf of class between the TSL’s top five and the rest of the competition.

Goal kicking was well spread for the brillian Bombers with Thor Boscott and Nat Franklin booting three, Campbell Hooker, Dylan Fyfe, Ray and Alex Hill all kicking two, amongst 13 individual goalkickers.

The result now leaves the Demons a win and considerable percentage outside of the five, with the home side’s finals hopes now hanging by a thread.

Lauderdale’s Corey Laoumtzis kicked the first goal of the game 12 minutes into the opening term, which was quickly followed by Robbie McManus converting to give the Bombers the early advantage.

Demons forward Sean Willis goaled for his side to steady the ship, but the Bombers kicked two of the next three majors to take a 4.4-28 to 2.2-14 lead into the first change.

It was in the second term that the Bombers took flight, with an impressive seven goal to one quarter snatching the game away from the Demons, putting the game to bed at the major break. A barrage highlighted by a superb set shot from the boundary by backman turned forward, Alex Hill.

Lauderdale continued their momentum throughout the second half, adding a further ten goals across the third and fourth terms, whilst restricting Hobart City to just eight goals total for the game.

Hobart City’s primary scoring tactic of fast ball movement and isolation within their forward 50 was snuffed out by Lauderdale, with Demons forwards Willis, Josh Williamson, and Callan Dell combining for just four goals.

Lauderdale monstered Hobart City in the midfield. Whilst the ruck battle between Lauderdale’s Haydn Smith and Hobart City’s Charlie White was an even contest, the Bombers’ star trio of Nat Franklin, Dylan Fyfe and Bryce Walsh were relentless in their run, spread and forward drive.

Hobart City displayed little response to the Bombers’ midfield masterclass. Already missing gun Will Campbell, who was serving the second of his two match ban, the Demons needed its star on baller Ryan Matthews to match what Lauderdale had brought to the contest but Matthews was well blanketed by Walsh, who performed a run-with roll on Hobart City’s most influential player.

Lauderdale Coach Darren Winter was pleased with a fantastic overall team performance.

“I thought our midfield was pretty good, Franklin finished with three goals and got a fair bit of the ball, Bryce Walsh was good again and (Phil) Bellchambers is outstanding.

Hobart City Demons Assistant Richard Robinson said his charges were beaten by a better side.

“After quarter time they were harder at the footy than us. Their foot skills have gone to another level since we played them last, their ball movement was really good and to be honest they were much better than us all over the ground which was really disappointing.”

Lauderdale next host the Tigers at Lauderdale Oval, whilst Hobart City faces their second road trip to the north west coast in three weeks when they travel to play Devonport.
Round 14 – 08/07/2017

Lauderdale                              4.4,  11.8,  16.15,  21.19  (145)

Hobart City Demons                      2.2,  3.3,  4.3,  8.8  (56)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 3, N. Franklin 3, C. Hooker 2, D. Fyfe 2, A. Hill 2, R. Hill 2,
R. Sutton 1, B. McGuinness 1, B. Walsh 1, R. McManus 1, T. Havea 1, C. Laoumtzis 1,
J. McGuinness 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Barwick 3, J. Williamson 2, S. Willis 1, M. Bidgood 1, C. Dell 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
P. Bellchambers, M. Anderton, N. Franklin, R. Sutton, H. Smith

Hobart City Demons :
R. Matthews, M. Bidgood, B. Norton, B. Walker

Roos see off Blues

Clarence answered every challenge from Launceston to kick away and win by 27 points in an entertaining battle at Blundstone Arena, on Saturday afternoon.

The Roos stay atop the ladder but Launceston lost no friends with a plucky display, undermanned against the league leaders. The Blues were without playing-coach Sam Lonergan and were dealt a further blow with Rulla Kelly-Mansell a late withdrawal.

Zac Mastrocola was terrific in defence for the Roos and Sam Rundle was the pick of the Blues on-ballers, in a dominant stoppage game from the visitors.

The small forwards shone with Ian Callinan, Trent Standen and Sonny Whiting all kicking multiple goals.

The Roos lead all day but were made to work for the win with a see-sawing contest going deep into the final stanza. Big ruckman Hamish Leedham gave the Blues first look and they were dominant inside from the stoppage, while Clarence looked explosive when slingshotting, turning defence into attack regularly.

The Roos dominated the opening term but some poor decision making and ill discipline keeping the Blues in touch. Clarence were first on the board with Aiden Grace sending a long raking kick over the back for Michael Blackburn to finish off. Grace then went from hero to zero with a poorly executed switch landing out on the full, gifting Sonny Whiting his first and the Blues a quick reply. Standen and Sam Siggins both were on fire early, setting the tone. A Hamish Leedham turn over saw Grace again involved, this time finding Standen over the back for his first of the afternoon. It was quickly followed by a long bomb from Siggins, loading up from the arc to be two straight kicks ahead. Brendan Taylor struck back for the Blues with a free kick seeing him fire home the Blues second. Siggins doubled up, working Vandervelde under the ball to take a strong mark before converting from 30 metres out.  Standen booted his second from a set shot following a sharp string of hand balls and then Tyson Hanslow rounded out the quarter, finishing off from a free kick to take a 26 point advantage into the first break.
Standen started the second as he did the first, selling some candy before snapping from the left forward pocket to extend Clarence’s control. Joe Boyce then sparked Launceston into action, bursting through traffic to launch from 40 metres. Keegan Wylie had a moment to forget next, poking a kick out straight to James Gillow, who finished off to make it two in a row. Whiting then delivered a ‘Sonny Special’ sneaking home a snap on the non-preferred hard against the boundary to extend the Blues fightback. Boyce then cut the margin to two straight kicks with a 45 metre beauty before Hamish Leedham took a strong mark on the lead to be just one goal adrift. The Blues could have hit the front on the edge of the half when a free kick deep in the forward line was reversed following remonstration, seeing the Roos take a five point lead at the major break.
The third quarter belonged to the Roos as they kicked back out to a strong lead with Ian Callinan, Siggins and then Blackburn all adding majors. Blackburn’s coming from the play of the day with the Roos moving the ball coast to coast Blackburn to finishing off from close range.  Whiting made it three goals to his name and reduced the margin to 24 with a quarter to run taking a great mark and finishing following superb delivery from young Ryan Tyrrell.
Launceston started the final term with intent with Gillow taking a great mark before delivering an even better kick to find Jake Smith who made no mistake from a set shot. Whiting then added his fourth courtesy of a 50 metre penalty and then a fifth with a 45 metre goal from a mark on the lead, seeing Launceston just a kick adrift with momentum on their side. The Blues then had several opportunities including one from Whiting fall desperately short with Mastrocola proving instrumental on the last line. Zac Buechner had a quiet day but fired when it mattered helping his Roos with two assists and a goal turning a four point lead into a 21 point one. Blackburn then put the cherry on top for the hosts with his third, finishing off some fine Siggins work to see the Roos bound home by 27 points.

Clarence Coach Jeromey Webberley was relieved to get out with four points.
“I’m happy. We were probably extremely lucky to get away with it to tell you the honest truth, I think we were -20 down from stoppage and we probably lost stoppage in every quarter but in the second and third they started to get some scores from stoppage and basically beat us up around the ball.
“(We were) lucky to get away with it, our transition and our ability to get it over the back saved the day in the end.”
Webberley was impressed by his small forwards and the improving Zac Mastrocola in defence.
“Our small forwards are always quality Standen set the game up for us early and I thought Callinan late probably won us the game, every time he went near it he did something with it.
“Zac has been terrific, he really wants to play high level TSL footy and he is doing that at the moment.”
The Roos face traditional rivals Glenorchy next up in a massive game at Blundstone Arena and are hopeful to welcome back some big ins.
“They have been going under the radar, I expect them to be right there at the end. It shapes as a massive day and they are the type of games you want to play in… Cox, Bailey and Gleeson should all be back in for it.”
Injured playing-coach Sam Lonergan was happy with what he saw from the arm wrestle.
“Really positive, another one where we ticked a lot of boxes.
“To give our guys exposure to that level of footy is what we really need at the moment and I thought they held up really well for three and a half quarters and we just didn’t have the legs to run out the game.”
The Blues get the bye and a change to take stock before a big finish to the season.
“We had some players out today so they get a good break and focus on the back end of the year and the six weeks leading into finals. It is a positive position to be in.”
Round 14 – 08/07/2017Clarence                                6.3,  8.3,  12.6,  16.8  (104)Launceston                              2.1,  7.4,  8.6,  11.11  (77)GOALS, Clarence :
I. Callinan 4, S. Siggins 3, T. Standen 3, M. Blackburn 3, T. Castle 1, Z. Buechner 1,
T. Hanslow 1Launceston :
S. Whiting 5, J. Boyce 2, J. Smith 1, B. Taylor 1, J. Gillow 1, H. Leedham 1BEST, Clarence :
I. Callinan, Z. Mastrocola, S. Siggins, K. Palmer-Hughes, J. Holmes, G. ChambersLaunceston :
J. Donnellan, H. Leedham, S. Rundle, B. Palfreyman, C. Sheppard, S. Whiting

Round 14 Preview with Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 8th July

Glenorchy vs Burnie (KGV Oval) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 20.22.142 def Burnie 2.6.18 (Round 5, 2017, at West Park)

Glenorchy stamped their authority on the game against the Tigers, with a strong third term setting up the Magpies for a 25 point win.  An undermanned Burnie outfit went down by 22 points to the Hobart City Demons at home in an at times unsightly match.  Last time these sides met, Glenorchy handed the coastal side a 124 point flogging, with Harrison Gunther and Jaye Bowden combining for a lazy seven goals.

Glenorchy played a solid but not spectacular game against the Tigers, which coach Aaron Cornelius called a ‘game of two halves’ as the Pies hit their straps after half time.  Jaye Bowden was fantastic all day through the midfield, and was well supported by Mitch Rainbird and James Webb.  Ben Kamaric was a standout in defence, while Rhys Mott provided plenty of drive off half back.  Josh Watts and Tim Butterworth were hard to contain up forward, combining for five majors, while Matt Joseph made the most of his opportunities to finish with three goals of his own.  The Magpies will be without suspended duo Rainbird and Connor Salter this week, but will welcome back dynamic forward Zac Webster from suspension and Harrison Gunther from Mariners.

Burnie have had a tough season, and despite going down by 22 points last week, were never able to close in on the quarter time margin against the Hobart City Demons.  While the Dockers were missing a host of younger players through state representative duties, this gave some other first and second year players the chance to stand up.  Ben Keiselis and Darcey Brazendale were among the best, while James Dowling impressed coach Clint Proctor who will miss this week.  Usual standouts and leadership group members Nick Walters, Nick McKenna and Tyrone Morrison all tried hard on what was a rough day out for Burnie.

The big story has been the return of retired Pies Premiership player Ben Reynolds who sparked debate and rumour on whether he would return. He is back in and stiffens up a fearsome looking Magpies spine.

A long season for the Dockers will get even longer against Glenorchy at KGV on Saturday, as the Pies will be determined for their home ground to regain the ‘fortress’ reputation it held up until recently.  Expect the Magpies to show the young coastal side no mercy, with the game a good learning opportunity for Clint Proctor’s charges.

Clarence vs Launceston (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 10.11.71 def Launceston 4.9.33 (Round 5, 2017, at Windsor Park)

Clarence claimed top spot on the ladder with a convincing win over Devonport.  Launceston played another strong first half as they did in Round 12, but were blown away by Lauderdale in the third term, with some consolation goals meaning the 27 point loss flattered the Blues.  When these two sides faced off in Round 5, Clarence dominated, led by a breakout game from recruit Zac Mastrocola and three majors from Michael Blackburn,

Clarence are on fire at the moment, and they showed no mercy against Devonport last week, spanking the coastal side by 89 points.  Defender Zac Mastrocola led from the front in defence as did the impressive Kyle Palmer-Hughes, who is starting to make a name for himself as an emerging midfielder in the competition.  Brady Jones has been in blistering form, and stepped up in the absence of injured playing coach Jeromey Webberley to again win plenty of the ball, aided by the strong ruck work of Sam Siggins.  Michael Blackburn booted five goals, while Aiden Grace and Luke Murfitt-Cowen added three apiece, the latter kicking major of the day on the run from well outside the 50.  Jake Cox will have at least one more week on the sidelines as he eyes off a return from a broken hand.

Launceston have lost two matches in a row, but on their day are undoubtedly a class act.  Despite conceding a seven goal third quarter against Lauderdale and a number of key players performing well below their capabilities, several Blues stood out on Saturday.  18 year old midfielder Brodie Palfreyman was again prolific in the midfield, alongside co-captain Sam Rundle.  Hamish Leedham had close to 30 hit outs in a strong performance in the ruck, while Joe Boyce and Tom Sheppard used the ball well when they won possession.  Rulla Kelly-Mansell drifted in and out of the game up forward, but the three goals he kicked were all worth a replay. Jay Blackberry and Sonny Whiting were well held for the bulk of the day and  tough playing coach Sam Lonergan was unfortunately knocked out in a tackle and will be sidelined this week.

This clash has the potential to be a great one, should both sides play to their full abilities.  Launceston are hard to stop when moving the ball quickly inside their forward 50, but their defence has looked susceptible at stages this season.  Losing Lonergan is far from ideal, but Palfreyman and co have shown they can step up when required.  Clarence are the benchmark at the moment, and are rightly favourites heading into the match, but here’s hoping for a four quarter effort from the Blues and a closer result than in Round five.


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

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 10.14.74 def Hobart City Demons 9.7.61 (Round 5, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

Hobart City Demons battled away at West Park to defeat Burnie by 22 points last Saturday, while Lauderdale blew Launceston away in the third term at Windsor Park before easing off late to finish 27 point winners.  Last time these two sides met, Lauderdale won a tight contest at home, led by midfield trio Dylan Fyfe, Thor Boscott and Bryce Walsh.

Hobart City Demons have been the surprise packet of the TSL this season, having inflicted the only loss on Clarence and upsetting an in-form Launceston at home.  After two wins against lower positioned opponents, they face a real test this week.  Eddie Cole and Blake Grant put in solid performances in the midfield last week, while Michael Bidgood and Baxter Norton also impressed in trying conditions.  Hugh Williams put in another strong effort down back, and developing tall Charlie White played his second good game in a row, with his intercept marking a highlight.  Josh Williamson finished with two goals up forward, with Sean Willis looking dangerous at times and booting a goal of his own. Will Campbell missed the first of a couple of weeks on the sidelines and his presence will be missed against one of the very best midfield groups.

Lauderdale put any doubts regarding their flag aspirations to bed following their win against Launceston on the road last week.  Thor Boscott was sensational in turning the game for the Bombers, rotating between the midfield and up forward to kick three crucial goals, one coming from a big pack mark.  Usual defender Alex Hill stepped up in his role as the main forward target to kick five goals, while Ryan Wiggins impressed in his role change as a rebounding defender.  Phil Bellchambers put in another strong performance at half back, while midfielders Dylan Fyfe and Nat Franklin led the way yet again, continuing the form that saw them selected in the state squad.  The Bombers will be without tough defender Scott Hill and the enigmatic Jordon Roberts for a number of weeks, with suspensions from unsightly tackles resulting in long lay-offs.

It would be easy to say that Lauderdale will win this match, but the Hobart City Demons have shown they’re more than capable of matching it with more-fancied opponents.  The keys to the outcome lie in the midfield battle, with both sides boasting hard running onballers, and limiting the influence of the goal kicking forwards, with Williamson and Willis just as dangerous as Boscott and Wiggins on their day.  This game should be decided by under four goals, with plenty of feeling and physicality in the contest, as was demonstrated the last time they met.

Sunday 9th July

North Launceston vs Devonport (Invermay Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 24.9.153 def Devonport 9.3.57 (Round 5, 2017, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport crashed back to Earth after their first win against Burnie the week previous, going down to an impressive Clarence by 89 points on Saturday.  North Launceston enter this match off the bye, having defeated Launceston by 21 points in the rain in Round 12.  North Launceston taught Devonport a big lesson last time they played, with Zac Burt, Tom Couch and best on ground Mark Walsh combining for 13 goals in a 96 point win on the coast.

North Launceston were leapfrogged by Clarence into top spot on the ladder across their bye week, but kept themselves in touch after defeating the Blues in a tight game last week.  In that game, Brad Cox-Goodyer dominated, seeing plenty of the ball to finish with two goals, while Bart McCulloch slotted three majors of his own.  Defender Tyran Mansell and Jay Foon provided plenty of drive forward, with Arion Richter-Salter, Josh Ponting and Jock White also prominent contributors.  Tom Couch kicked two goals in an ever-present game, but the damaging Jay Lockhart limped from the field and along with his skipper Taylor Whitford, will not be risked this week.

Devonport had a tough day against Clarence last week, but there were still positives to come out of the match for Magpies’ coach Mitch Thorp.  Sixteen year old Harry Barker played his best game of the season, running hard to find space on the wing, while Tait Highet kicked his first senior goal in his second match.  Beau Sharman continues to toil away in the midfield and was arguably the Magpies’ best, and was well supported by the hardworking Dylan Riley and Brad Symmons.  Tough nuts Toby Ennis and Brayden Butler also tried hard in what was otherwise a dirty day for Devonport.

This game is likely to go the same way as the last time these sides met each other, with the Northern Bombers regarded as the fittest side in the competition.  North Launceston possesses stars across all lines, and unfortunately for Devonport, if one player has an off day another steps up in his place.  The Magpies have undoubtedly improved since Round 5 however, and will head into the match determined to implement their game plan and learn from one of the best sides as they look towards the future.