Round 2 TSL Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Saturday 8th April

Dylan Riley will need another spirited display if the ‘Port are to surprise the reigning premiers.

Glenorchy vs Devonport  (North Hobart Oval) 4:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 12.10.82 def Devonport 6.9.45 (Round 18, 2016, at KGV)

Glenorchy kicked off the season with a commanding win over Hobart City Demons at North Hobart Oval under lights last Friday. After a tight contest in the first half, the Magpies booted nine goals in the third quarter to run out comfortable 98 point winners, dispelling any rumours of a Premiership hangover in the process.  Jaye and Tyler Bowden kicked nine goals between them up forward, and were well supported by Harrison Gunther.  A host of other Magpies were strong contributors, including midfielders Rhys Mott and Brayden Webb, young gun Harrison Pearce and big man Cameron Duffy.

Devonport fought hard in their loss to Launceston at home in Round 1, with the hosts unable to match the Blues in the second half of what was a physical encounter.  Playing Coach Mitch Thorp bravely played on after copping a huge knock to the ribs, but eventually had to leave the field with what turned out to be two broken ribs.  Mitchell Perry impressed all with an outstanding game across defence, and was well supported by co-captain Dylan Riley and youngster Brad Schnoor, who stood up following the loss of Thorp.

This week it is the meeting of the Magpies! The two sides head into this match up having fared very differently in their opening encounters. With Glenorchy’s undefeated record at KGV in season 2016, things won’t be getting any easier for Devonport in week two, especially without leader and forward presence Thorp on the field.

Glenorchy will be unfurling the premiership flag and will undoubtedly want to mark the occasion with a win but they will be without last week’s standouts Gunther and Pearce due to Mariners commitments.  Glenorchy have stars across almost every line and it is difficult to see Devonport having enough to limit their impact and their defensive system looks well drilled. The southern Magpies forward line is frightening with targets in the Bowden brothers and Hills and the skills of Matt Joseph and the class and pressure of Zac Webster.

Devonport will need strong leadership and ball winning from Riley and Beau Sharman, and the return of former skipper Brad Symmons is a boost with Thorp fixed to coaching from the box. The loss of Thorp makes it difficult for Devonport but expect the coastal youngsters to give everything they’ve got, but Glenorchy’s experienced heads should see them start the year 2 and 0 with a healthy percentage at the game’s end.


Launceston vs Burnie (Windsor Park) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 20.8.128 def Launceston 10.10.70 (Round 16, 2016, at Windsor Park)

Launceston started the season strongly with their bigger and more experienced players outmuscling Devonport to celebrate Sam Lonergan’s return to football with a 34 point win, at Devonport Oval.  Ruckman Hamish Leedham asserted himself physically to control the ruck, with onballers Lonergan and Jay Blackberry benefiting from his hard work.  Sonny Whiting and Rulla Kelly-Mansell were a handful up forward, clunking some big marks and slotting five goals between them. Their dangerous and make for a handful for opposition defences to contain.

A new-look younger Dockers 2017 squad made the TSL’s longest trip with the long journey down to Kingston to take on the Tigers at Twin Ovals, and a scoreless third quarter contributed to a 23 point loss in windy conditions.  The Dockers competed well, with Nick and Harry Walters impressive, and young Mariners Blair Rubock and Thomas Mundy looking at home in the midfield, especially in the first half.  Captain Nick McKenna was deployed as a swingman, he was a handful up forward, kicking three goals, and also worked hard to maintain a presence in the back half.  Clint Proctor was a solid contributor, and was proud of the efforts of all of his younger players, with the side focusing on development and not necessarily results in season 2017.

Launceston look like a much stronger side this season, and will enjoy hosting Burnie at Windsor Park, but will do so without Chayce Jones, Tim Auckland and Ryan Tyrell, who have representative side matches.  Another road trip for the Dockers will be a challenge, especially with the fierce showing the Blues displayed in Round 1. With a game under his belt, one would expect Lonergan to find another gear against the Dockers and with the likes of Rundle, Smith and Blackberry also in the mix, it makes winning midfield a tall task for the coastal outfit. If the experienced players at Burnie can cover the loss of Mundy (Mariners) and lift their midfield game to another level, the result may be closer than predicted, but the dangerous Launceston forwards and the effect of ruckman Leedham must be curtailed for the Dockers to have a chance at what would be a major upset victory.

Can Williamson break the game open for Hobart City?


North Launceston vs Hobart City Demons (UTAS Stadium) 6:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 11.12.78 def Hobart City Demons 11.11.77 (Round 18, 2016, at North Hobart Oval)

North Launceston overcame a fast start from Lauderdale to overrun the southern Bombers side in the final quarter, kicking seven goals to zip to down the hosts by 61 points.  It was a fiery clash at Lauderdale Oval, with three reports laid in what Coach Tom Couch diplomatically described as a ‘unique experience.’  The performance was an impressive one, especially considering North were without captain Taylor Whitford.  Couch dominated the midfield and helped himself to two goals, aiding four goal forward Zac Burt with a hand in offence.  Exciting draft prospect Tarryn Thomas ran hard all game to kick two goals, with the ever-reliable Jay Foon, Connor Young and the emerging Rhyan Mansell proving plenty of drive from the backline.

Hobart City Demons flew out of the blocks in the season opener to lead last year’s Premiers Glenorchy at quarter time, but in the end were defeated to the tune of 98 points.  Coach Kane Richter lamented the fall away of key performance indicators such as pressure acts after the first quarter, and the side will look to maintain more consistent performances as the season progresses.  Will Campbell, Eddie Cole and debutant Bailey Walker all performed admirably, with Callan Dell and Brodie Schade managing 2 goals apiece up forward.

Widely regarded as Premiership favourites, North Launceston will look to put 4 quarters of hard-running football together as they host Hobart City Demons this weekend.   They will have to do so without  first round dominators Couch (ankle), Thomas (AFL curtain-raiser selection), and captain Whitford again missing through injury. The young Hobart City Demons welcome in debutant Kyle Wiesnewski, but lose Hutchison to Mariners duties. North Launceston dominated the middle of the ground last week and will be looking to back it up, with the likes of Cox-Goodyer, Avent and Lockhart all capable of breaking a game apart. Tall Bart McCulloch had a really promising first up run and he will be a player to watch up forward and in the ruck. For Hobart City, they will need to take the game on and use their pace to break it open, Josh Williamson teased with bright moments in round one and he looms as a likely game breaker if they are to reign supreme, come Saturday.

The southerners weren’t unable to run with Glenorchy last week, and with the Bombers regarded as the fittest team in the competition, Hobart City Demons may find themselves on the receiving end of another big loss at UTAS Stadium.


Sunday 9th April

Clarence vs Tigers (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 19.13.127 def Tigers 10.12.72 (Round 13, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Clarence play their first match of season 2017 in Round 2, having sat out the opening weekend of the TSL with the bye.  The Roos finished 7th in 2016, in a season that saw the mid-season resignation of Coach Trent Bartlett.  New Coach Jeromey Webberly is like a new signing and his fitness should significantly strengthen the club, as will recruits Sam Siggins, Jackson O’Brien and  Zac Mastrocola.  TSL veterans Brady Jones, Jake Cox, Ian Callinan and Tim Castle all remain at the club, and insiders are predicting a big season for young players Kyle Palmer-Hughes, Tyson Hanslow and Keren Howlett.  With a Mercury Cup Premiership under their belt in 2016, expect some developing players to make an impact for Clarence this year.

The Tigers started their 2017 campaign strongly, with a commanding 23 point victory over Burnie in difficult weather conditions at Twin Ovals.  The Tigers played a fast-paced brand of football, and embraced the physicality of the encounter to maintain a lead for most of the afternoon.  Recruits Mitchell Carter and Cameron Johns starred across half-back, with Ashley Humprey impressing in his battle with big man Nick McKenna.  Many Mariners-listed players stepped up, and forwards Mitch Walker and Brandon Batchelor capitalised on the hard work to kick two and four goals respectively.  Coach Aaron Vince said he believed the performance will help to shake the ‘cub’ tag his young side have been labelled with over the past few seasons.

This encounter should be match of the round, with both sides determined to improve on their lowly 2016 seasons, where they split the results at one win a piece on the two times they faced each other.  The result will depend on which side is prepared to take the game on and run the longest.  The Tigers squad have been weakened by the loss of  Hugh Dixon, Lachy Gadomski and Lachy Clifford, who are taking part in the Mariners match on Saturday, while Clarence will go into their first game without Hanslow (Mariners) and Palmer-Hughes (hamstring). The midfield battle will be an entertaining one, as will be whoever lines up on the key talls in Siggins, Carter, and Batchelor in an attempt to quash their influence. Clarence’s ins in Obrien and Fisher will be looking to start with a bang and Callinan provides an ominous edge to their forward line that is tough to contain. For the Tigers, growth will be measured on their ability to produce a strong follow up display to their first round win. While for the Roos, round two will help indicate whether the pre-season buzz for Clarence has been appropriately placed or ill-directed. An outcome of under five goals seems likely, and would set the sides up for an exciting rematch in Round 11.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League – Round 2


North lose leaders

North Launceston Coach Tom Couch will miss Round 2, failing to get up following an ankle injury sustained last week against Lauderdale. Skipper Taylor Whitford was set to play his 100th game but despite hope he’d get up for the clash, he remains on the sidelines.

Thorp hit for four

Devonport’s playing-coach Mitch Thorp will not lineup as ‘port face the reigning Premiers. A sickening clash with Launceston big man Hamish Leedham saw him in hospital and unable to see out the game. It is a tough break for Devonport with their fearless leader breaking two ribs and now set to be out of action for a month.

Missing mariners

Many teams look a little different in week two, with the Tasmanian Mariners playing against GWS Giants Academy. There are plenty of names missing, Tarryn Thomas and Chayce Jones will link up with the AFL Academy to play in a pre-cursor to Carlton v Essendon. Harrison Gunther and Harry Pearce were great for the Pies in the opening round and both will don the map and miss the meeting of the magpies on Saturday afternoon.

New Roos

This Sunday, the football world gets the first look at Clarence. On paper the team looks formidable with their publicised ins of O’Brien and Fisher as well as a fit Jeromey Webberley.

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

2:00PM – Windsor Park


B: J. Donnellan, J. Nunn, M. Hutchinson
HB: C. Savage, S. Vandervelde, A. Wright
C: J.  Harris, S.  Rundle, T.  Sheppard
HF: J. Boyd, R. Kelly-Mansell, J. Blackberry
F: C. Sheppard, S. Whiting, M. Spohn
R: H. Leedham, J. Smith, S. Lonergan
Int: S. Williams, B. Palfreyman, B. Taylor, J. Gillow
Emg: Z. Griffiths, C. Downie, M. Hodge, C. Smith

In: C. Downie, B. Taylor, J. Gillow, Z. Griffiths, J. Boyd, C. Smith, M. Hutchinson, M. Hodge, S. Williams

Out: J. Boyce,  N. O’Donoghue,  R. Tyrrell,  C. Jones,  J. Hinds


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

In: A. Bates, J. Weller, C. Carpenter, F. Poke

Out: T. Mundy, J. Ling

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

4:00PM – KGV


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

In: B. Rowbottom, B. Kamaric, C. Salter, D. Grant

Out: H. Pearce,  H. Gunther


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

In: J. Forster, C. Castles, B. Symmons, T. Auton

Out: M. Thorp


6:00PM – UTAS Stadium

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

In: K. Wadley, C. Harrison, T. Donnelly, L. Young

Out: T. Thomas,  T. Couch

Hobart City Demons
B: H. Williams, K. Richter, M. Bidgood
HB: K. Wisniewski, B. Walker, P. Kearney
C: T.  Millhouse, W.  Campbell, R.  Cowie
HF: J. Williamson, J. Maple, S. Duigan
F: B. Grant, B. Shade, C. Kilpatrick
R: C. White, R. Matthews, J. Charlton
Int: C. Dell, E. Cole, J. Guesdon, L. Azzopardi
Emg: N. Lee, W. Hay, S. Caswell, J. Barwick

In: J. Guesdon, H. Williams, C. Kilpatrick, N. Lee, S. Caswell, W. Hay,
R. Cowie, K. Wisniewski

Out: N. Baker, H. Johnstone, N. Hutchinson, H. Williams, B. Norton

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

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena

B: J. Holmes, S. Siggins, T. Castle
HB: J. O’Brien, K. Wylie, J. Webberley
C: K.  Howlett, J.  Cox, M.  Ling
HF: J. Harper, M. Blackburn, B. Hay
F: T. Standen, J. Bailey, I. Callinan
R: W. Wall, B. Jones, M. Fisher
Int: L. Murfitt-Cowen, J. O’Brien, G. Chambers, Z. Mastrocola
Emg: S. Williams, N. Raglione, F. Turner, S. Bradford


B: S. Rice, A. Humphrey, B. McCulloch
HB: M. Carter, C. Johns, J. Bilson
C: B.  Livingston, M.  Davies, M.  Brouwer
HF: C. Nield, J. Pearce, C. Rawson
F: B. Rees, M. Walker, T. Hughes
R: T. Peterson, W. Cleeland, B. Batchelor
Int: R. Rinaldi, T. Carter, L. Watt, J. Lister
Emg: H. Bradburn, M. Booth, E. Brock, O. Farid

In: T. Hughes, R. Rinaldi, T. Carter, J. Lister, M. Booth, H. Bradburn

Out: L. Clifford, H. Dixon, L. Gadomski



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

11:30AM – Windsor Park


To be selected from:

A. Dickenson, G. Ferguson, T. Miller, B. McShane, L. Gee, J. Tyrrell,
O. Cook, T. Cooper, J. Tuthill, N. McElwee, J. Boyce, M. Dikkenberg,
C. Curtis, G. Holt, G. Holt, L. Walsh, Z. Oldenhof, T. Clark,
J. Barrett, B. Taylor, J. Bangura, J. Bott, B. Neil, M. Hodge

Burnie Dockers

To be selected from:

C. Bracken, S. Hamilton, B. Martin, A. Good, J. Doust, M. ODonnell,
B. Brown, C. Carpenter, B. Jackson, L. Ryan, R. Jackson, F. Poke,
H. Cobbing, B. Walker, M. Chatwin, B. Colgrave, J. O’Donnell, C. Beamish,
J. Weller, N. Belbin, A. Bates, O. Fryett

In: C. Beamish, N. Belbin, R. Jackson

Out: J. Bugg, S. Saward, B. Miller, L. Evans


3:30PM – UTAS Stadium

North Launceston

To be selected from:

H. Rand, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, K. Baker, C. Praciak, A. Jefferies,
C. Lowe, J. Singline, J. Harris, B. de Bomford, E. Perry, B. Holmes,
B. Simpson, F. Bennett, M. Gray, T. Radford, C. Harrison, J. McCowan,
J. Rowlands, S. Hudson, L. Young, E. Davey, D. Layh, B. Maynard ,
C. Anderson, B. Denman

In: M. Gray, S. Hudson, D. Layh, B. de Bomford, T. Radford, E. Davey,
J. McCowan, E. Perry

Out: T. Mansell,  K. Wadley,  J. Lanham,  K. Curtis,  T. Donnelly,  M. Donnelly

Hobart City Demons

To be selected from:

C. Kilpatrick, B. Williams, T. Clark, N. Lee, P. Barrett, J. Clements,
C. Ingram, W. Doyle, W. Hay, J. Denehey, S. Caswell, K. Wisniewski,
J. Barwick, J. McCulloch, Z. Doran, C. Ransom, R. Cowie, A. Bidgood,
M. Bidgood, J. Guesdon, P. Fisher, L. Azzopardi

In: M. Bidgood, L. Azzopardi

Out: S. Fros, M. Grace, J. Cleaver


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

6:30PM – KGV


To be selected from:

C. Salter, N. Newman, A. Peach , J. Douglas, B. Rowbottom, R. Banks-Smith,
C. Goodsell, J. Stevenson, J. Bearman, A. Brennan, B. Patterson, T. Morgan,
D. Grant, D. Coppleman, J. Davie, S. Deverell, A. Roberts, B. Kamaric,
J. Farrow, J. Sharp, L. Barwick, L. Rowbottom, S. Berry, R. Oakley

In: J. Davie, B. Kamaric


To be selected from:
H. Bodnar, B. Allie, Z. Paget, J. Turnbridge, K. Byfield, B. Kingston,
N. Grubb, T. Daff, C. Brown, C. Hooker, J. Perkins, D. Johns,
S. Hill, B. Newell, S. Perkins, A. Hevey, D. Stewart, L. Meagher,
W. Francis, C. Laoumtzis, A. Brewster, C. Best

In: A. Hevey, C. Laoumtzis, S. Hill, B. Kingston, L. Meagher, B. Newell

Out: Z. Berry, T. Bluett, M. McGuinness, P. Hudson, J. Wells, R. Hooker,
T. Steele

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

11:30AM – Blundstone Arena


To be selected from:

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


To be selected from:

O. Farid, Z. Fleming, P. Reihana, R. Blakers, T. Gogolin, B. McDermott,
A. Webster, E. Pretyman, H. Bradburn, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, M. Gardner,
A. Huizing, H. Crack, R. Walker, M. Booth, K. Riley, J. Keogh,
L. Knowles, B. Donnelly, E. Brock, B. Gordon, H. Graham, B. Graham

In: P. Reihana, E. Pretyman, E. Brock, R. Walker, B. McDermott, K. Riley,
Z. Fleming, B. Gordon

Out: T. Hughes, R. Rinaldi, T. Cowen, L. Griggs, O. Burrows-Cheng, T. Carter,
C. Sawdy, J. Lister

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League and Mercury Cup Tribunal Results


MRP + Tribunal

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League and Mercury Cup Results

1.Toutai Havea (Lauderdale) reported for striking Jay Foon (North Launceston).

Match Review Panel (MRP) assessed as – careless / low impact / high contact.

Sanction: Accepted ONE week suspension with an early guilty plea.

2.Thor Boscott (Lauderdale) reported for striking Zac Burt (North Launceston).

No footage recorded of the incident and therefore the matter was heard by the Tribunal on Tuesday 4th April at 6pm.

Based on the evidence presented the tribunal panel downgraded the charge to a low level offence; attempting to strike.

Sanction: Low level reprimand.

3. Max Kleverkamp  (Lauderdale) referred for an alleged incident involving Nathan Jackson (North Launceston).

No footage recorded of the incident and therefore the matter was heard by the Tribunal on Tuesday 4th April 6.30pm.

Based on the evidence presented to the tribunal, the panel found there was insufficient evidence to sustain a charge so the case was dismissed.

Sanction: Dismissed

4. Hamish Leedham (Launceston) referred to the MRP for making rough contact to Mitch Thorp (Devonport).

MRP assessed the contact was as a part of the contest and had no case to answer.

Sanction: Dismissed

5. Ben McGuinness (Lauderdale) referred for striking Lewis Hollmer (North Launceston.

MRP assesed as careless / low impact / high contact.

Sanction: Accepted reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Southern Cross TSL Team of the Week – Round 1

A fascinating opening round that saw two considerable blowouts with last year’s premier and runner up flexing their muscle to show they are still forces to be reckoned with in 2017.

As a result, it is Glenorchy (seven) and North Launceston (six), who dominate selection in this week’s team.

While the Tigers first round win didn’t go unnoticed with two backs and two forwards picked. Devonport are the only losing team to make the grade this week with two of their players featuring, while the victors in that clash Launceston, have three in the team.


Mitch Perry (Devonport)

Mitch Perry was the stand out defender in Devonport’s matchup with Launceston and was arguably the home side’s best player. Against a forward line with multiple threats Perry did his best to blunt Launceston, he read it well and also helped drive it up the ground.

Jay Foon (North Launceston)

Jay Foon had a very solid game in defence for North Launceston. The Northern Bombers did well to shut out their southern counterparts beyond quarter time and Foon was a big part of it at a key post. They conceded just two goals from Lauderdale beyond the first change.

Mitch Carter (Tigers FC)

A sizzling start for Mitch Carter in yellow and black.  The former Carlton listed player was a class above down back, he must have had close to 30 touches and 10 grabs. He started with purpose with dominant first term including a dozen good involvements and three or four fantastic intercept marks.



Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

Webb found plenty of the footy and punished the Demons with aplomb. He kicked a nice crumbing goal late in the game as part of the Demon demolition.

Cameron Johns (Tigers FC)

Johns played through the middle and off half back and was adjudged the best man on the ground in the RACT Insurance Player of the Year votes. He was part of some seriously slick movement from hand and foot for the Tigers, especially considering difficult blustery conditions.

Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)

The youngster impressed with a strong first up showing for 2017. Coach Tom Couch singled him out after the game as one who impressed with his run and carry and attack on the footy.

Solstice Digital: Tarryn Thomas was dominant



Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston)

A joy to watch. Thomas had a big hand in winning the game for North. His use by foot was clean and precise, his appetite to win the ball was tenacious and he got into dangerous areas to hit the scoreboard. Lauderdale could not find a matchup for him.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

Mott took his own football to North Hobart Oval.

The silky left footer’s use by foot is in the top echelon of the TSL, and he was particularly prolific under lights on Friday night. The best midfielder on the ground in the season opener.

Dylan Riley (Devonport)

The Devonport co-captain played a strong hand in a losing cause for the Magpies. Ran hard, kicked it long and was Devonport’s most influential mover through the middle. His leadership was also important with playing-coach Mitch Thorp going down early.



Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

Kelly-Mansell showed enough in round one to demonstrate he is going to be a handful for opposition defences.

High flying and a nose for goal is Kelly-Mansell’s charm, the electric half forward booted two and had a hand in a couple more, as part of a strong and dynamic Blues forward line.

Mitch Walker (Tigers FC)

Walker was a real livewire for the Tigers, took a great hanger and slotted an outstanding long range goal from beyond the arc. Buzzed about half forward and provided a lively option.

Harrison Gunther (Glenorchy)

Gunther is a young player with a lot of promise and is one that will get added opportunity through the departure of premiership stars. He hit up nicely at half forward and booted two goals and brought others into the game. An impressive game, seeing him adjudged in the RACT Insurance Player of the Year votes as best afield.

CMW Photography: Batchelor breaks away


Brandon Batchelor (Tigers FC)

Batchelor kicked 4.2 from close to 10 shots at goal in a match winning effort up forward. Got into pockets of space and presented well, the dominant forward on the ground.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

Bowden played a mixture of roles. He started as one of two loose men behind the ball and then worked his way through midfield and up forward. He kicked four goals and terrorised a helpless Demons defence beyond half time. His goal tally could have easily been greater if he had not unselfishly given a few off in the last.

Zac Burt (North Launceston)

Burt kicked four and was the dominant forward in a runaway win by North Launceston. Lauderdale struggled to contain him as he played a leading hand in their revival and comfortable win.



Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

Duffy was excellent in the ruck. The dominant big man on the ground and gave his midfielders first use, whilst working around the ground to good effect.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Despite being named on ball Couch actually spent most of his time up forward after suffering an ankle niggle but his performance sees him named in the followers in a week where half forwards starred. Couch exerted himself onto the game, scoring an eye catching snap from the left forward pocket to help ignite a second quarter turn around.

Jay Blackberry (Launceston)

Blackberry looks set for a big year. Won a lot of the ball and saw the visitors on top in the middle and also kicked a couple of well-taken goals.



Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

McCulloch settled back into life in the TSL well with a great first round game. The big man helped North climb on top in the middle and kick away.

Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy)

Covered a lot of ground and found a fair bit of footy. Roamed the ground and played an instrumental role in propelling Glenorchy forward in a dominant second half. Also chimed in with two goals of his own.

Sonny Whiting (Launceston)

Whiting remains one of the finest forwards around. He snagged three, finishing off well as part of a fearsome Launceston forward line.

Tyler Bowden (Glenorchy)

Was a really strong target and presented well out of the square. He and his brother tore Hobart City apart in a third quarter goal fest.


Unlucky Omissions

There are always more good performances than spots in the team.

You could have argued a case for just about every Glenorchy player but brothers Arnold, Dilger and even Pearce were unlucky to not sneak their way into the side. Hobart City’s best were Will Campbell and debutant Bailey Walker.

Humphrey had a good game for the Tigers in defence and nearly found a home in the week’s top 22 but just missed out. Davies also showed plenty plying his trade in midfield. Burnie skipper Nick McKenna was Burnie’s best with bright moment at both ends of the field.

Just like Lauderdale Thor Boscott started strong with two goals but fizzled out, while Ben McGuiness was perhaps the pick of the bunch in a trying day at ‘Dale.

Young, Lockhart, Cox-Goodyer and Avent were all excellent for North Launceston and can consider themselves unlucky not to be named.

For Launceston, Vandervelde, Savage and Tyrell were defiant in defence and played noteworthy parts in the Blues first up win.


Round 1 Match Review Panel Findings


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League and Mercury Cup Reports

1.Toutai Havea (Lauderdale) reported for striking Jay Foon (North Launceston).

Match Review Panel assessed the incident as – careless / low impact / high contact.

Player Havea can accept a ONE week suspension with an early guilty plea.

Player Havea has accepted a ONE match sanction.

2. Thor Boscott (Lauderdale) reported for striking Zac Burt (North Launceston).

No footage recorded of the incident and therefore the matter will be heard by the Tribunal on Tuesday 4th April, at 6:00PM. 

3. Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale) referred to MRP for an alleged incident involving Nathan Jackson (North Launceston).

No footage recorded of the incident and therefore the matter will be heard by the Tribunal on Tuesday 4th April, at 6.30PM.

The tribunal hearings will be conducted at AFL Tasmania offices at Blundstone Arena.

Lonergan’s perfect return

Written by Jakson Peach/Damian Gill

It was the perfect return to football for Sam Lonergan, with his Launceston Blues triumphing over Devonport Magpies by 34 points, at Devonport Oval on Saturday evening.

It was an arm wrestle early but Launceston’s forward firepower proved too much for Devonport, with the Blues kicking away in the second half. The forward line was potent with three goals from usual suspect Sonny Whiting, while Jay Blackberry, Jordan Harris and Rulla Kelly-Mansell all chimed in with two a-piece in a fearsome showing.

It was fast and frenetic early with the Blues taking a one goal lead into the first change, things settled in the second term with weather playing a part in blunting scoring with only two goals scored. There was still plenty on offer for the faithful spectators though, with physicality and tensions flaring between the two teams as well as a well executed piece of footwork from Sherring Egger and an extraordinary hanger from the creative Kelly-Mansell.

The Blues looked in control but only took a slender seven point lead into the major change and it was cut down to a point by the Magpies before the visitors exploded into action, kicking away to a 28 point advantage at three quarter time, a lead that would prove unassailable.

It was the perfect script for Launceston Coach Sam Lonergan on return. However, the same could not be said for his opposition number Devonport coach Mitch Thorp, who finished the day in hospital after suffering a knee to the kidney in the third quarter. His absence did not help the Pies fortunes and despite a fourth quarter goal from Kurt Byard bridging the gap to 22, the visiting team finished off well to bring Lonergan back to footy in style.

Lonergan was pleased with his side’s application in finishing off a healthy away win on a venue that hasn’t been kind to the club.

“A positive start, you come into round one unexpected of what may happen. For us, we set out to tick the boxes that we’d planned for and we did that today and luckily enough the result has come with that.”

The Blues coach believes was impressed with the emergence of young key position prospect Simon Vandervelt and acknowledged that his forward line may prove a handful for opposition teams.

“We had probably four or five guys that really stepped up today. There is some good diversity across the ground and I think that forward line may cause some trouble at times and they will only get better the more they work together.

Personally Lonergan was pleased with his own retun to football and his contribution but hopes it will only build as he plays more footy.

“It was nervous to start with when you have 15 months out of any sport you worry about your body but got through really well today. Didn’t overdo it probably played bout 75% game time, I’ll look to build on that in the next few weeks and hope that the football grows and I become a better player across the course of the year.

Assistant Simon Dent stood in for the injured Thorp post-game and said the prognosis was unknown for the injured Devonport Coach.

“Tough day for him (Mitch Thorp) personally but really bouyed by the efforts he’d seen on the field,” Dent explained.

“He (Mitch Thorp) is just willing them to keep their heads up and go again, its round one. Key message is concentration, just those small lapses and we let Launi off the leash and when they run it is really hard to stop.”

Next week, Launceston will look to make it two from two when they host Burnie and Devonport need to pick up the pieces quickly to face the difficult assignment of the reigning premiers, Glenorchy.
Round 1 – 01/04/2017

Launceston                              3.2,  4.6,  8.11,  11.13  (79)

Devonport                               2.2,  3.5,  5.5,  6.9  (45)

GOALS, Launceston :
S. Whiting 3, R. Kelly-Mansell 2, J. Blackberry 2, J. Harris 2, M. Spohn 1, C. Savage 1

Devonport :
E. Stephenson 1, G. Millucci 1, K. Byard 1, B. Butler 1, S. Egger 1, B. Connelly 1

BEST, Launceston :
H. Leedham, J. Blackberry, R. Tyrrell, R. Kelly-Mansell, S. Vandervelde, C. Savage

Devonport :
M. Perry, D. Schnoor, T. Enniss, D. Riley, B. Butler, B. Hawkes

Cubs no more as Tigers roar

Written by Alex Fitzgerald

Tigers FC brushed aside any concerns regarding off-field dramas with a hard-fought 23 point win over Burnie in blustery conditions on the first Saturday match of the season, at Twin Ovals.

The two young sides displayed clean skills despite the weather in what was a tight, physical contest up until half-time, before the Tigers booted seven goals in the second half to run out 11.10.71 to 6.12.48 victors.

The speed of the game in the first quarter was noticeable, with new Tiger Mitchell Carter racking up intercept marks across half back and driving the ball forward. It looked like the term would be a goalless one until Brandon Batchelor kicked two quick majors to see the Tigers leading 2.5.17 to 0.3.3 at the first break.

The Dockers lifted in the second quarter off the back of two Nick McKenna goals to go into the main change trailing 3.7.25 to 4.7.31, which pleased coach Clint Proctor.

“We were surging to match the pace of the Tigers and players were accountable,” he said of the Dockers’ first half.

Aaron Vince, a fortnight into the role of Tigers’ coach after the sensational sacking of Scott Matheson, urged his players to play ‘their style’ of football at the half-time address, and to bring the physicality and pace back into the game.

The third quarter saw the Tigers respond, intercepting the Dockers’ forward thrusts and running the ball well out of the backline to hit targets up forward.  They booted 4.2 for the term and kept the frustrated Dockers scoreless, taking a handy 22 point lead into the final term.

Kicking with the wind, Burnie had opportunities to narrow the margin, but were wasteful at times up forward, kicking 3.5 for the quarter.  The home side maintained their run and carry throughout the final term to kick a stingy 3.1, and to ensure a 23 point advantage when the final siren pierced the wind.

When asked about the youth of the Tigers’ side, Vince said he hoped his side had graduated.

“We wanted to shrug the ‘cubs’ tag, we’re Tigers now.”

Younger players did indeed prove they were Tigers in what was a physical game included Lachy Clifford, Jack Bilson, and a host of other Tassie Mariners in the side.  Cameron Johns was a solid contributor in his first game for the club, and he was supported in defence by Ashley Humphrey, who battled manfully against Burnie captain Nick McKenna.  VFL recruit and former Carlton-listed player Carter was a class above at half back, setting up many Tigers possession chains with his clean disposal, and Marcus Davies had plenty of the football in his return from injury.

Brandon Batchelor finished with four majors, and could have had more if luck had gone his way, whilst being well supported by Mitch Walker, who kicked two.

Proctor was proud of the efforts of his young players in what was a first senior game for many.

“They all put their heads over the footy and I was proud to be playing alongside them.

“Our list last year was the oldest in the competition, and this season we will be focusing on development of the young guys coming through.”

Blair Rubock was a standout in just his fourth senior TSL game, having plenty of the ball in the midfield early, and Nick McKenna was a handful up forward and down back, finishing with three goals.  Proctor had a strong second half, as did Nick and Harry Walters with a goal apiece, and ruckman Tyrone Morrison toiled all day long in the ruck.  Blair Challis and new Docker Jamieson House both stood up in key moments, and undoubtedly the young Dockers will be better for the run.

The Dockers have a long month on the road ahead, with matches against Launceston and coastal rivals Devonport, with the latter opponent proving to be an even match for Burnie regardless of ladder position over the past few seasons.

The Tigers face Clarence next week, before playing southern rivals Hobart City and last year’s Premiers Glenorchy on Anzac Day.  Vince and assistant coach Brad Willis are taking one week at a time, with a focus on being competitive in every game.  If round one is anything to go by, the tight knit Tigers are set to regain some roar in season 2017.

Round 1 – 01/04/2017

Tigers                                  2.5,  4.7,  8.9,  10.11  (71)

Burnie Dockers                          0.3,  3.7,  3.7,  6.12  (48)

GOALS, Tigers :
B. Batchelor 4, M. Walker 2, B. Livingston 1, M. Brouwer 1, J. Pearce 1, J. Bilson 1

Burnie Dockers :
N. McKenna 3, H. Walters 1, N. Walters 1, T. Mundy 1

BEST, Tigers :
C. Johns, B. Batchelor, A. Humphrey, M. Carter, M. Davies, M. Walker

Burnie Dockers :
N. Walters, N. McKenna, T. Mundy, H. Walters, J. House, E. Jackson


North blow away Lauderdale

Written by Andrew Johnston, Row Hancock

The battle of the bombers was convincingly won by North Launceston, as they reminded the TSL they are still a force to be reckoned with. The Northern Bombers overcame a goalless first quarter to storm home over Lauderdale to the tune of 61 points, at Lauderdale Oval.

Lauderdale shot out of the blocks with five unanswered goals in a dominant opening stanza from the hosts. Thor Boscott was a stand out early for Lauderdale, kicking two first quarter goals, setting the tone in his 100th match.

With the wind at their back in the second quarter, North responded with seven unanswered to take a 13 point lead into the main break. Young gun Tarryn Thomas was outstanding for the Bombers in the second quarter revival with a goal, some slick movement and a number of key contested possessions.

Solstice Digital: Tarryn Thomas was electric for North

Overall, the wind had a telling influence on the clash, it took until the 13th goal of the game for a major to be registered at the clubhouse end. The third quarter was an arm wrestle, with the teams going goal for goal throughout the quarter. The game also showed a distinct increase in intensity, with both clubs contested possession and tackle counts drastically increasing.

The fourth quarter saw North dominate and kick away to an unassailable lead. The Northern Bombers kicked seven last quarter goals, including three in the first four minutes. Forward Zach Burt kicked two of his four goals in the period, putting the icing on the cake for the visitors.

Coach Tom Couch, had a big impact in his debut for North Launceston with two tremendous goals, he was extremely pleased with the team’s effort beyond quarter time.

“I’m not sure if the boys were still in preseason mode, but we didn’t need to say anything as coaches at quarter time, they knew it themselves.”

Couch also heaped praise on the clubs new players, including Bart McCulloch, on his return to TSL football.

“Bart, playing his first game, I thought he was outstanding, especially in the second quarter.”

North next week take on Hobart City at the University of Tasmania Stadium, and Couch says the team are looking forward to playing on their home turf.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was less than impressed with his team’s performance. Whilst Lauderdale have the bye in round two, Winter says there will be no rest for his team.

“Unfortunately the players won’t get a breather now, they’ve been put on notice and we certainly won’t stand for that kind of performance.”

Round 1 – 01/04/2017

North Launceston                        0.1,  7.6,  9.8,  16.16  (112)

Lauderdale                              5.5,  5.5,  7.8,  7.9  (51)

GOALS, North Launceston :
Z. Burt 4, T. Thomas 2, T. Couch 2, L. Hollmer 1, H. Goss 1, J. Avent 1,
C. Pearton 1, D. Clayton 1, T. Bennett 1, B. Cox-Goodyer 1, J. Lockhart 1

Lauderdale :
B. Walsh 2, T. Boscott 2, P. Bellchambers 1, D. Fyfe 1, M. Kleverkamp 1

BEST, North Launceston :
C. Young, J. Avent, B. Cox-Goodyer, R. Mansell, T. Thomas

Lauderdale :
D. Fyfe, N. Franklin, B. McGuinness, H. Smith

Reigning Premiers make early statement

Written by Anthony Osborn, Richard Bannon 

Any concerns of a premiership hangover at Glenorchy were quickly washed away this evening. As the reigning premiers emphatically stamped their intentions for the 2017 season, running out 98-point winners over the Hobart City Demons, at North Hobart Oval.

On a big night for the club, the Demons impressed early but eventually faded as a menacing Glenorchy took the game to another level of intensity, to storm home to a healthy win in a bold statement to the rest of the competition. The reigning premiers overran the faststarting Demons side to run out whopping 24.10 154 to 8.8 56 winners.

The Magpies dominated much of the play early on, but failed to capitalise on their opportunities, trailing the efficient Demons by seven points at quarter time.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was not surprised with the young Demons’ early intensity, having forecast an early Hobart City assault.

“We had to absorb the pressure and start to settle into the game and start playing our own footy”

Solstice Digital: Richter in action.

Hobart City Demons coach Kane Richter was pleased with his side’s strong start but was disappointed in their drop off in pressure.

“We matched Glenorchy in the first quarter… (But) in the second we began to fall away… Glenorchy raised the bar”.

The Glenorchy defence proved instrumental in the second term turn around, generating rebound after rebound, as the home side broke down at half-forward, with these defensive plays resulting in Glenorchy pushing forward to boot six goals to two in a dominant quarter.

However, a Blake Grant goal after the half-time siren kept the Demons in touch and gave the North Hobart Oval faithful reason to roar as they sensed opportunity for an upset.

A 10 goal third term from the Magpies quickly squashed any sniff of an upset though, with the reigning Premiers demonstrating their capacity as an attacking force as they continuously peppered their forward 50, and unlike earlier in the match, they capitalised on their opportunities to kick away from the Demons.

The Glenorchy midfield got on top in a big way, with Rhys Mott and Brayden Webb prolific, while the forward line executed efficiently. Jaye and Tyler Bowden combined for nine goals throughout the match, with their strength, agility and skill proving to be too much for the Demons backs to handle. Jaye was imperious in the third quarter blowout in particular, booting four majors while Harrison Gunther also showed his wares as a promising half forward, kicking 2.2.

Zac Webster, in his first game back in the black and white after returning from Hawthorn in the AFL impressed Cornelius, as did Mitch Hills, Harrison Pearce, Cameron Duffy and Harrison Gunther in an overall strong team performance.

Despite an emphatic victory, Cornelius believes that there are still some areas for his side to work on ahead of a showdown with Devonport next week.

Things don’t get any easier for the fallen Hobart City, with a daunting away matchup with the 2016 runners up to follow the loss to the Premiers. Richter believes his inexperienced Demons will benefit from playing the competition’s heavyweights early in the season.

On the night the North Hobart/Hobart City Demons football club celebrated their 1000th player since 1945, Richter was impressed with the debut of Bailey Walker, who was officially the 1000th player for the club, the Demons Coach conceding that alongside Will Campbell, Walker was one of very few who took the game on consistently throughout the match.

Solstice Digital



Round 1 – 31/03/2017

Glenorchy                               2.2,  8.5,  18.9,  24.10  (154)

Hobart City Demons                      3.3,  5.3,  7.5,  8.8  (56)

Glenorchy :
T. Bowden 5, J. Bowden 4, H. Gunther 2, M. Hills 2, M. Dilger 2, M. Joseph 2,
B. Webb 2, Z. Webster 1, H. Pearce 1, C. Duffy 1, J. Webb 1

Hobart City Demons :
B. Shade 2, C. Dell 2, P. Kearney 1, B. Grant 1, K. Richter 1, J. Williamson 1


Glenorchy :
C. Duffy, M. Joseph, H. Gunther, B. Webb, J. Bowden, M. Dilger

Hobart City Demons :
W. Campbell, B. Walker, N. Hutchinson, E. Cole, J. Maple



Introducing the Mercury Cup

The second tier competition previously known as the ‘Development League’ will now become the Mercury Cup, in an exciting new partnership between the Mercury and AFL Tasmania.

The Mercury Cup is the home of emerging talent across the state and is a showcase of what is to come for the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL).The Mercury’s support of the competition is part of a transformation of the competition model.

“We are delighted to partner with the Mercury for our statewide second tier competition, it will be an exciting competition to watch,” TSL Manager Carl Saunder said.

“Our best talent will play in the Mercury Cup before long and fruitful careers in our TSL or the AFL, it will be a breeding ground of future stars.”

“Historically the competition has been known as the ‘D’ league and it does not resonate well with what the competition actually is. It is a talent competition and an important stepping stone to senior statewide football.”

In 2018 and 2019 the competition will transform and transition to an age restricted talent competition, with an Under 23 age limit in 2018 and a Under 21 limit in 2019. This will assist the competition to better connect with the talent pathway and make for stronger development and more meaningful competition for young ambitious footballers.

“For a lot of young players it is their first experience of being involved in a TSL club environment and it’s an important breeding ground for players to hone their skills and all round game. 

“We look forward to the Mercury Cup providing a fitting stage for the best emerging young talented footballers,” Saunder explains. 

Mercury General Manager Damon Wise believes the partnership is a fantastic fit.

“Local footy is one of our key passions and we are rapt to be involved with promoting the league which helps develop the stars of the future,” Wise explains.

A new fixture for the Mercury Cup has been released with Burnie Dockers recent inclusion to the competition. CLICK HERE to access the Mercury Cup fixture.

The competition kicks off this Saturday with Tigers hosting Burnie at Twin Ovals from 10:30AM.