Bombers lock up top spot with Docker demolition

Written by Andrew Johnston

North Launceston will claim the 2017 TSL minor premiership after a monstrous 142 point demolition of the Burnie Dockers at UTAS Stadium.

The Bombers kicked 23 goals on the way to their victory, whilst holding the Dockers to just two goals six, their lowest score since the 2009 rebirth of the State League.

The Bombers were dominant from the first bounce, keeping the Dockers scoreless to quarter time, whilst kicking seven goals of their own. Tom Bennett was brilliant in the opening quarter, taking six marks inside 50 to set up his teams early dominance.

The Bombers second quarter however saw kicking issues arise, booting just three goals to seven behinds. Returning captain Taylor Whitford began to impact the game for the Bombers, kicking his second. Burnie’s tackling pressure was majorly improved in this quarter but the soon to be wooden spooners were unable to make a major impact on the scoreboard, scoring just the one behind.

After half time, Bard Cox-Goodyer took control of the match booting four third quarter goals, and was a constant presence in the centre of the ground. Coach Tom Couch’s decision to move Tarryn Thomas to the midfield saw the rising Bomber have a major impact, as the Bombers added seven goals with Thomas having a hand in many. Burnie finally hit the scoreboard with Rudy Barrett kicking the Dockers first of the game.

The final quarter saw the Bombers begin party time, adding a further six goals, including two for Lewis Holmer and Tom Couch, saw the Bombers lead blow out to 160 points. The Dockers were brave in the final, adding one goal three, but were convincingly beaten by the best side in the competition.

Burnie ruckman Tyrone Morrison hoped the young coastal outfit would learn from the tough outing.

“Looking at the scoreline there is probably not a lot to take out of it but in terms of our rebuild North Launceston are a really good side and we are always looking at the top sides and how they do things.

“It would be nicer to be a bit closer to these top teams but we can go back and look at the tape and we have a lot more to show our young fellas to show where they are going wrong and they can take it onboard.”

North Launceston Assistant Adrian Smith said the effort and ball movement was really pleasing.

“Our link play between the halves has been really good our ability for our defenders to just hit that target inside and open the game up or change the direction is something we have been working on and it is starting to come together.”

In the final round of the season, the Dockers return home to West Park for a West Coast showdown with Devonport, whilst the Bombers head across the Tamar to Windsor Park to play Launceston, as both Launceston teams prepare for finals.

 

NORTH LAUNCESTON v. BURNIE DOCKERS
Round 20 – 19/08/2017

North Launceston                        7.5,  10.12,  17.18,  23.22  (160)

Burnie Dockers                          0.0,  0.1,  1.3,  2.6  (18)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer 5, J. Ponting 3, T. Bennett 3, L. Hollmer 2, B. Simpson 2, B. McCulloch 2,
T. Couch 2, T. Whitford 2, K. Baker 1, T. Thomas 1

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

BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Ponting, T. Bennett, M. Walsh, J. Foon, T. Thomas

Burnie Dockers :
N. McKenna, R. Barrett, B. Keiselis, E. Jackson, H. Walters, B. Rubock

ROOS HANG ON IN SEPTEMBER TEASER

Written by Anthony Osborn

In a tantalising sample of what we can expect in the first week of September, Clarence have hung on to register a nail-biting one-point victory over archrival Lauderdale to celebrate captain Brady Jones’ 100th match in style.

In a clash that saw both sides keep a few tricks up their sleeves in preparation for finals football, Clarence’s 9.10 (64) to 9.9 (63) victory ensured the ‘Roos remained the only side to have not lost to the Bombers in 2017.

In a match lacking any real starring individual performances, both sides engaged in an enthralling low-scoring and pressurised tussle that saw both defensive groups stand tall.

The opening term was a scrappy affair due to the pressure of the contest, with a late goal to Ian Callinan in the dying seconds of the quarter proving to be the only difference in the arm wrestle as the hosts took a six-point lead into the first break.

The hosts threatened to blow the contest apart in the early part of the second term as the match opened up, with a Jake Cox goal and two in quick succession from Sam Siggins extending Clarence’s lead to 20 points, before a supreme finish from Ray Hill and Campbell Hooker’s first kept the door ajar for a Bomber resurgence come the main break.

The third term saw the contest tighten right up again, with a goal to Gabriel Chambers early in the quarter not matched by Lauderdale until the 20-minute mark when Hooker booted his second. However, the hosts again found a rebuttal through Cox to maintain a 12-point buffer leading into the final term.

These opening three terms laid the foundations for a stunning finish to the contest, with goals to Alex Hevey, Jordon Roberts and Nat Franklin in the first half of the final term turning a 12-point deficit into a one-goal advantage as the Bombers threatened to run away with the points.

But with the game on the line it was time for the milestone man Brady Jones to step up, and step up the Clarence skipper did – kicking a sensational goal to regain the lead for his side before a tidy Kyle Palmer-Hughes snap at the 18-minute mark somewhat settled the nerves of the home fans.

These nerves were only temporarily eradicated, however, with a Josh McGuinness goal soon after reducing the deficit to just a solitary point at the 24-minute mark, but time proved to be the enemy for the Bombers as Clarence held on, to register a thrilling victory by the narrowest of margins.

Brady Jones led from the front in his 100th match with a solid four-quarter effort, capped off by the clutch captain’s goal in the final term. Jack Gleeson provided an impact when he rolled through the midfield while Jake Cox and Sam Siggins further underlined their credentials with two majors each. Playing-coach Jeromey Webberley was also impressive in his return from injury with class and leadership.

While no Bombers dominated the likes of McGuinness, Bryce Walsh, Ryan Wiggins, Nat Franklin and Thor Boscott were again impressive.

Clarence Assistant Coach Mitch Swan was pleased with the result, particularly after the disappointing loss to North Launceston a fortnight ago.

“We haven’t had a great two months. This was not our greatest game but it was important for us to get momentum and we got a good win against a good opposition – we took some steps forward today.”

Swan refused to claim that Clarence have a mental edge over the southern Bombers, despite the ‘Roos three-from-three record over the enemy in 2017.

“I don’t necessarily think that- we have some confidence that we have been able to beat them three times. But they are still a good team, we both held a few things back today… Confidence, yes- but not much more than that,” Swan said.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter agreed with this sentiment, instead reinforcing the confidence his side have gathered across the season.

“Not really- we have probably had the wood over them (Clarence) over the past couple of years. If losing by a point is a mental edge, well maybe they have but I don’t think so. The boys are pretty comfortable with the season to date and have done enough for a double chance.

“The intensity will be different come the first final.”

Winter was far from upset by the loss, insisting that it was timely preparation for September.

“It was a good solid pressure game we needed going into the finals- and although the result was not what we wanted it was a good hit out.

“It was a strange game, both sides were trying to get through it without any injuries and it seemed like it was a bit of a nothing game with no fight. We didn’t want to get involved in any of that stuff,” Winter said.

Lauderdale further explored their versatile list by throwing forward-turned defender Ryan Wiggins back into the attacking 50, as well as the likes of Josh McGuinness and Max Klverkamp into the midfield.

“We weren’t getting drive in our forward half and (we) threw things around a bit. Wiggins can change that- he is a big rooster and he took some big marks and changed the game a little bit. McGuinness and Kleverkamp will play through the middle more in the finals” Winter said.

Injuries to Jason Bailey (ankle) and Jackson O’Brien (shoulder) will leave Clarence with plenty to think about leading into September, with Bailey’s rolled ankle ending his day prematurely, while O’Brien’s shoulder concern didn’t end his day but may require some management over the next fortnight.

Lauderdale emerged unscathed from the clash heading into the bye to finish the home and away season, but Rhys Sutton proved to be a costly late withdrawal, with his groin injury depriving the Bombers’ of his trademark drive, carry and work ethic on the wing. But with Sutton, Robbie McManus and Ben McGuinness set to return for the first final, Clarence will almost certainly be faced with a vastly different Lauderdale outfit.

Swan insists his side will approach next week’s clash with fellow finals side Glenorchy as ‘business as usual’, but admitted it may also provide an opportunity for those on the verge of selection.

“Luke Murfitt-Cowen, Justin O’Brien and Alex Silver have all been knocking on the door but we just need to keep winning and build momentum leading into the finals series.”

 

CLARENCE v. LAUDERDALE
Round 20 – 19/08/2017

Clarence                                2.2,  5.5,  7.7,  9.10  (64)

Lauderdale                              1.2,  4.3,  5.7,  9.9  (63)

GOALS, Clarence :
S. Siggins 2, J. Cox 2, I. Callinan 1, B. Jones 1, G. Chambers 1, K. Palmer-Hughes 1,
T. Standen 1

Lauderdale :
C. Hooker 2, J. McGuinness 1, J. Roberts 1, R. Wiggins 1, T. Boscott 1, N. Franklin 1,
A. Hevey 1, P. Bellchambers 1

BEST, Clarence :
B. Jones, J. Gleeson, M. Ling, S. Siggins, M. Fisher, T. Castle

Lauderdale :
N. Franklin, J. McGuinness, T. Boscott, B. Walsh, J. Williams, R. Wiggins

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 20

 


Saturday 19th August

Clarence vs Lauderdale (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Clarence 14.7.91 def Lauderdale 11.7.73 (Round 12, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

Clarence kicked the first six goals of the contest, and despite Lauderdale hitting back to be in the hunt at half time, they were unable to claw back the lead.  Ian Callinan kicked three to be best afield for the Roos, while the tall duo of Josh McGuinness and Alex Hill played well for the Bombers.

Form Guide:

Clarence (WWL) – MILD:

The Roos stumbled in Round 18 when they were convincingly beaten by North Launceston in what was only their third loss of the season to date.  Solid but not spectacular wins over Hobart City Demons and Burnie preceded the loss, with the Roos still sitting pretty in third spot.

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers have won seven on the trot, with the 13 point win over Glenorchy in Round 17 followed by 78 and 82 point victories over Burnie and Hobart City Demons respectively.  The form side of the competition at the moment, with the ability to kick 100-plus totals on a regular basis.

Key Matchups:

Lauderdale captain Bryce Walsh is in damaging form, with the midfielder racking up 39 disposals and two goals last week, supported by Dylan Fyfe who had 29 touches to go with his two majors.  Gabby Chambers has run with Walsh in the past and should again, with the in-form Jackson O’Brien likely to go head to head with Fyfe. Brady Jones will play his 100th and his work inside will also be important if the Roos are to emerge victorious.

Roo’s big man combination of Sam Siggins and Wade Wall can be a damaging one as Wall in the absence of Siggins has emerged as a dominant force in the ruck over the past couple of months, and Hayden Smith will have a big job on his hands, with Toutai Havea playing a supporting role.

Alex Hill and Ryan Wiggins were dominant in the air against the Hobart City Demons, with the duo able to play at either end of the ground.  Jason Bailey will man up one of them in a defensive role, while Michael Blackburn or resting tall Sam Siggins is likely to take the other.

Fire Starters:

Ian Callinan continues to dazzle for Clarence despite his veteran status, with the small forward having booted 26 goals so far this season.  His ability to impact a game inside minutes through his evasiveness and his dead eye goal sense was on show last time these sides played.

Josh McGuinness has showcased why he was on an AFL list last season, with his versatility and marking prowess on display last week.  McGuinness can play all over the ground, shutting down forward thrusts in defence and then hitting the scoreboard at the other end, as his two goals inside 30 seconds against Hobart City Demons proved.

INS & OUTS:

In: J. Webberley, J. Gleeson, A.Grace
Out: J. Roberts, Z. Mastrocola, T Hanslow

Mastrocola is done for the season which stings the Roos as the defender has been a real asset since crossing from Old Scholars footy. Tyson Hanslow has been a find this season but he is ready for a rest while Jordan Roberts has struggled to fire a shot in recent weeks and is a casualty out of the heavy North Launceston defeat. Jeromey Webberley returns to rev up ahead of September action, while the Roos have performed without him you sense they need their Coach performing if they are to lift the cup. 2016 BnF winner Jack Gleeson will be thrown back into the senior side in a high-intensity matchup and Aiden Grace returns to the side to add forward potency.

In: J. Roberts
Out: C. Laoumtzis

Lauderdale don’t have to change too much at the moment. Jordon Roberts is back from his lengthy ban for a dangerous tackle to add further attacking prowess to an already dangerous scoring team.

Fitz’s Tip: Clarence are the only side that Lauderdale are yet to beat in season 2017 and they will want the monkey off the back in a finals dress rehearsal.  Clarence match up well on the Bombers, however, with their small forwards particularly hard to contain.  The battle for second spot will be a strong indicator of who will prevail when these two powerhouses meet in a fortnight’s time in the finals.   Lauderdale by 12.

WATCH LIVE

Tigers vs Glenorchy (Twin Ovals) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Glenorchy 14.13.97 def Tigers 10.12.72 (Round 13, 2017, at Twin Ovals)

Daniel Archer led from the front in his first match for the Tigers, who trailed by just 2 at half time, but Glenorchy finished strongly to take the chocolates.  Jaye Bowden was influential for the Pies, while Matt Joseph and Josh Watts were hard to contain, kicking three goals each.

Form Guide:

Tigers (LLL) – COLD:

The Tigers fought hard to go down to fifth-placed Launceston in Round 16, but were convincingly beaten North Launceston the week after.  The Tigers then went down to coastal youngsters Devonport in a close game in Round 18, with the cue now looking to be in the rack already for the boys from Twin Ovals.

Glenorchy (LLW) – MILD:

Despite having lost two of their last three games, Glenorchy have come out of a tough month of football, with their winning opponents being the top two sides in North Launceston and Lauderdale.  The combined losing margins tallied just 17 points, with the gutsy six point win over Launceston in Round 18 displaying the Pies’ determination to finish in the top four.

Key Matchups:

Who takes Jaye Bowden is always the million dollar question, in his 200th expect Jaye to run riot. Marcus Davies got the job way back on Anzac Day and Aaron Vince may look his way again but a younger Tiger such as the emerging Lachlan Gadomski should be given that role as a learning experience.

Former Brisbane Lion Josh Watts’ aerial ability has caused sides a lot of issues at both ends of the ground this season, with the forward reinventing himself as an attacking defender across the past month.  Key forward Mitch Walker has similar strengths, and could even stay on Watts at the other end of the ground, with Walker being used in defence on Mitch Thorp in Round 18.

Jordon Arnold has been a pillar in defence, and he is likely to take game-breaking Tiger Brandon Batchelor, who booted four goals against Devonport.

Fire Starters:

Mitchell Carter started the season with a bang, but as the Tigers have dropped off he has flown under the radar.  The former Carlton-listed defender possesses a booming line-breaking kick and generates crucial run off half back, and when firing can repel repeated opposition forward 50 entries at will.

Mitch Rainbird has the ability to hit opposition teams hard, with the Glenorchy midfielder making a name for himself as a final term specialist.  He booted the final two goals against the Blues to drag his side over the line in Round 18, and also slotted two late in the game against the Tigers in Round 13, with his clearance work also exceptional.

INS & OUTS:

In: B. Rees, D. Archer, T. Carter
Out: M. Gardner, C. Nield, C. Woolley

Tigers will miss Nield through suspension and big man Gardner in the middle of the ground against the might of Duffy, however, ins don’t come much bigger and better than Daniel Archer for the Tigs. Archer hasn’t played since these two teams last met and expect him to have an impact just like he did on that day. Tyler Carter also comes in to provide another defensive option for Glenorchy’s forward half weapons.

In: H. Gunther, B. Kamaric
Out: B. Webb, W. Atkin

It is a mixed bag for Glenorchy with strong inclusions and some injured players refreshing from the bye to take their place. The return of draft prospect Harrison Gunther gives Aaron Cornelius options and other avenues to goal. The negative news for the pies is they are without one of the guns of the competition in their skipper, Brayden Webb. A blow that would impact any team.

Fitz’s Tip: With Glenorchy looking to head into the finals in winning form, they are likely to put a strong emphasis on scoreboard pressure on Saturday.  The Tigers have nothing to lose, but might be steeling themselves for a winnable final-round encounter with Hobart City Demons, with the hosts likely to drop this game after a strong start.  Glenorchy by 54.

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

Last Time They Met:

North Launceston 11.17.83 def Burnie 9.9.63 (Round 15, 2017, at West Park)

Burnie led an undermanned North Launceston outfit by a point at three-quarter time, but were unable to hang on for an upset win as the Bombers kicked five goals in the final term to run out 20 point winners.  Tom Mundy and Blair Rubock showcased their skills for the Dockers, while Bomber defenders Tyran Mansell and Jack Avent controlled the game from half back.

Form Guide:

North Launceston (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers put Clarence to the sword in Round 18, defeating the then-second placed Roos by 69 points in what was expected to be a much closer game  A big win over the Tigers and a four point victory over Glenorchy make up the previous two results, with the clear premiership favourites regaining key personnel from injury at the right time as they prepare to continue their winning run before the finals.

Burnie (LLL) – COLD:

The Dockers have lost their last three matches to finals-bound sides, with the 20 point margin and a fighting first half against Clarence the only real positive to take out of what has been a tough month in an even tougher season for the coastal youngsters.

Key Matchups:

Nick McKenna has stood tall in defence and up forward all season to lead from the front for Burnie, and he’ll take one of the Bombers’ big forward targets in Bart McCulloch or Thomas Bennett, who booted nine majors between them in against Clarence in Round 18. The beauty of McKenna is he is more than capable of swinging forward if Proctor looks to stretch the Bombers defence that is not flush with talented defensive talls.

The battle between big men Alex Lee and Tyrone Morrison should be an enthralling one, with Lee best afield last week and Morrison the TSL Team of the Year ruckman in 2016.

The term ‘big-bodied midfielder’ is best personified by Brad Cox-Goodyer of North Launceston and Harry Walters of Burnie, with the duo finding plenty of the ball while also able to directly impact the scoreboard.  The two have kicked 45 majors between them while also putting in the physical work at the coalface, with this matchup likely to be a mini-highlight.

Fire Starters:

Thomas Bennett has been a man mountain up forward, and although he can go missing, he’s unstoppable when running hot.  The Bomber target has a bag of six to his name and twice has managed hauls of five, for a total of 23 goals for the season to be truly damaging in big games.

Jamieson House has had a promising year up forward, with the young Docker holding his own against more experienced opponents most weeks.  His ability to compete in the air and remain in the contest at ground level has seen him find his feet in the competition this season, with his work rate often sparking back to back Burnie goals.

INS & OUTS:

In: T. Whitford, K. Wadley
Out: M. Donnelly, K. Curtis

A significant inclusion for the Bombers with Captain Taylor Whitford returning to the fold to meet Burnie. Whitford has been out for some time and North haven’t missed a beat in his absence but adding a fit Whitford to their team with finals on the horizon spells danger for rival sides.

In: Brad Rubock
Out: Blair Rubock

B. Rubock replaces B. Rubock, a rare happening and it is unfortunate for the Dockers they will be without the nifty Blair Rubock.

Fitz’s Tip: It’s first against last, with the scoreboard likely to reflect the ladder positions when these sides leave the field on Saturday.  The Dockers will look to learn from their opponents and stick to their structures with a winnable game against Devonport next week but North Launceston will be looking to rev up their engine with finals on the way.
North Launceston by 80.

 

TEAMS: SOUTHERN CROSS TSL (ROUND 20) + WREST POINT TSLW (ROUND 13)

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NORTH LAUNCESTON v. BURNIE DOCKERS

Round 20 – 19/08/2017

2:00PM – UTAS STADIUM

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North Launceston
B: J. Foon, C. Young, R. Mansell
HB: T. Thomas, T. Donnelly, J. Pearce
C: K.  Baker, B.  Cox-Goodyer, L.  Hollmer
HF: J. Avent, B. McCulloch, T. Whitford
F: M. Walsh, Z. Burt, T. Bennett
R: A. Lee, T. Couch, J. Ponting
Int: H. Goss, B. Simpson, F. Bennett, K. Wadley
Emg: C. Lowe, J. Harris, M. Donnelly, K. Curtis

In: T. Whitford, K. Wadley
Out: M. Donnelly, K. Curtis

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Burnie Dockers
B: B. Hayes, N. McKenna, S. Kalbfell
HB: H. Walters, D. Brazendale, B. Keiselis
C: E.  Smith, J.  Cox, E.  Jackson
HF: D. Crane, J. House, B. Boag
F: J. McCulloch, R. Barrett, B. Rubock
R: T. Charles, N. Walters, J. Dowling
Int: B. Brown, F. Poke, B. Murray, B. Rubock
Emg: S. Redman, J. O’Donnell, B. Challis, A. Bates

In: Brad Rubock
Out: Blair Rubock


TIGERS v. GLENORCHY 

Round 20 – 19/08/2017

2:00PM – TWIN OVALS

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Tigers
B: B. Graham, T. Carter, L. Griggs
HB: M. Carter, T. Peterson, L. Gadomski
C: J.  Bilson, M.  Davies, W. Cleeland
HF: B. Livingston, D. Archer, L. Clifford
F: C. Bryant, H. Dixon, B. Batchelor
R: M. Walker, S. Rice, L. Watt
Int: B. Rees, O. Burrows-Cheng, T. Cowen, C. Sawdy
Emg: M. Cooke, A. Webster, C. Rawson, J. Keogh

In: B. Rees, D. Archer, T. Carter
Out: M. Gardner, C. Nield, C. Woolley

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Glenorchy
B: J. Arnold, C. Salter, L. Smith
HB: J. Watts, H. Gunther, M. Dilger
C: R.  Banks-Smith, M.  Rainbird, J.  Webb
HF: T. Butterworth, B. Reynolds, M. Joseph
F: C. Daly, C. Duffy, J. Bowden
R: M. Hills, H. Pearce, R. Mott
Int: B. Rowbottom, J. Geard, B. Kamaric, T. Bowden
Emg: W. Atkin, H. Parker, C. Goodsell, D. Coppleman

In: H. Gunther, B. Kamaric
Out: B. Webb, W. Atkin


CLARENCE v. LAUDERDALE 

Round 20 – 19/08/2017

2:00PM – BLUNDSTONE ARENA

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

In: J. Webberley, J. Gleeson, A.Grace
Out: J. Roberts, Z. Mastrocola, T Hanslow

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

In: J. Roberts
Out: C. Laoumtzis


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WREST POINT TSL WOMEN’S

ROUND 13 TEAMS

TIGERS v. CLARENCE 

Round 13 – 20/08/2017

12:00PM – TWIN OVALS

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Tigers
B: J. Murphy, E. Johnstone,
HB: K. Baker, S. Thomas, A. Esam
C: H.  Flakemore, C.  Brooke, H. Upston
HF: M. Lawler, G. Millar, O. McKee
F: S. Grimsey, M. Absolom,
R: L. Ochayi, E. Lucas, M. Neal
Int: R. Roberts, I. Willis, M. Smith, J. Wynter
Emg: I. Coughlan, S. Atkins-Collins

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


BURNIE v. LAUNCESTON

Round 13 – 20/08/2017

1:00PM – WEST PARK

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Burnie
B: S. Loring, S. Skinner, L. Stevenson
HB: K. Sheehan, L. Haines,
C: C.  Haines, J.  Brown, C.  Loring
HF: C.Chandler, , K. Johnson
F: I. Duffie, J. Mercer, S. Ferguson-Stevens
R: M. Wright, E. Humphries, K. Loring
Int: C. Keogh, S. Edwards, G. Eade, K. Goodson
Emg: J. Whelan

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Launceston

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

 

MATCH REVIEW PANEL RESULTS: ROUND 19

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 19


SOUTHERN CROSS TASMANIAN STATE LEAGUE

1. Baxter Norton (Hobart City Demons) referred for a bump on Mitch Anderton (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined that the action does not constitute a reportable offence.

NO FURTHER ACTION

2. Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons) referred for an elbow on Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined that the action does not constitute a reportable offence.

NO FURTHER ACTION

3. Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons) referred for striking Sam Adams (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike contained insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence.

NO FURTHER ACTION

***PLEASE NOTE CHANGE***

4. Ben Hawkes (Devonport) referred for a dangerous tackle on Cameron Downie (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that the dangerous tackle was careless, with medium impact to the head. Hawkes has been offered a base sanction of TWO matches, which can be reduced to ONE match with an early guilty plea.

Devonport have withdrawn their rejection of the offer within the afforded time frame and have ACCEPTED the Match Review Panel’s offer.

The Tribunal will no longer sit tonight.

SANCTION: ONE MATCH

MERCURY CUP

5.  Matthew Cossins (North Launceston) reported for striking Jacob Boyd (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the head. Cossins has been offered a base sanction of TWO matches, which can be reduced to ONE match with an early guilty plea.

Cossins has ACCEPTED an ONE match suspension.

SANCTION: ONE MATCH

6. Clinton Brown (Lauderdale) reported for striking Samuel Fros (Hobart City Demons)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with medium impact to the head. Brown has been offered a base sanction of THREE matches, which can be reduced to TWO matches with an early guilty plea.

Brown has ACCEPTED a TWO match suspension.

SANCTION: TWO MATCHES

Demons finals ambitions dashed

Written by Alex FitzGerald, Damian Gill

Hobart City Demons final hopes were powerfully dashed by an awesome Lauderdale who piled on 13 goals after the main break to belt Hobart City Demons by 82 points at Lauderdale Oval.

The Demons now are merely a mathematical chance of finals with Launceston’s victory over Devonport and their large loss to Lauderdale all-but drawing curtains on an up and down season that teased of greater glory.

With their season on the line, the Demons were bitterly disappointing, falling to a free scoring Bombers who made it seven straight wins in emphatic fashion. Ahead by just 24 points at half time, the Bombers kicked five goals in the third quarter, then slammed on half a dozen majors inside the first 12 minutes of the final term to run out 17.13 (115) to 4.9 (33) winners.

Kicking into the wind in the first quarter didn’t seem to concern Lauderdale, who registered the opening two goals in quick succession through a Toutai Havea set shot and a converted 50m penalty from Scott Hill.  The breeze dropped out halfway through the term, but Hobart City Demons’ stubborn defence ensured no further majors were conceded.  Josh Williamson slotted a long goal for the visitors as the siren sounded, and they went into quarter time trailing 1.2 (8) to the Bombers’ 2.6 (18).

The second term was a game of patience, as both sides struggled to have an impact moving the ball forward.  Second gamer Will Peppin provided a rare highlight when he flew high above the pack in the Hobart City Demons’ attacking goal square to almost take mark of the year, but that was as close as the visitors got up forward for the quarter.  Lauderdale goals to Alex Hill and Phil Bellchambers broke the deadlock, with the hosts holding a 4.9 (33) to 1.3 (9) lead at the main break.

The third stanza saw Lauderdale hit their straps, with Cam Hooker and Alex Hill both taking strong contested marks and converting the subsequent shots on goal.  The Bombers’ midfield brigade showed why they’re so highly regarded, highlighted by the performance of Dylan Fyfe, who pushed forward to kick two classy left foot goals on the run.  The Hobart City Demons kicked a late consolation goal through Williamson again, but the hosts were well and truly in control, striding into the final huddle with a 9.10 (64) to 2.8 (20) advantage.

The final quarter showcased just how damaging Lauderdale have been in season 2017, with the Bombers relentlessly slamming on six goals inside the first 12 minutes.  Hooker, captain Bryce Walsh and defender Josh McGuinness all kicked two goals apiece for the term, with McGuinness’ majors sailing through just a minute apart.  Lauderdale’s defence was near-unpassable, with the Bombers full of run.  The visitors kicked two late goals but it was all too late, with Lauderdale all smiles as they left the field convincing 82 point winners.

Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown lamented the overuse of his side’s possession in the first half but was full of praise for how the Bombers attacked the game with more direction after the main break.

“I think the pleasing part was that we haven’t finished teams off in the back end of the year; if you’re going to win the premiership you need to be able to do that.

“I think today we tried a lot of guys in different positions in the last quarter, so to do that and kick eight was a massive positive.”

Brown acknowledged that the Bombers’ ability to put together high scoring matches all season had been a strength, highlighting the versatility of the squad.

“We’ve got a number of guys that are able to go forward and it’s good that if we are struggling to find avenues to goal that we can call on (a number of players) from the backline.

“It’s a massive string to our bow that we can do that and accumulate scores.”

The Lauderdale midfield accumulated some huge numbers, with Bryce Walsh racking up 38 disposals, 14 of which were in the final term where he also kicked two goals.  Dylan Fyfe collected 29 touches, while inside midfielder Nat Franklin had 27 for the afternoon.  Alex Hill was the standout target up forward, booting three goals from his nine marks.

The Bomber defenders’ ability to generate run was crucial in the second half, with Ryan Wiggins a rock and Josh McGuinness taking 13 marks to go with his 29 disposals and two running goals, performance singled out by Brown.

“Our defensive coach will tell you it’s the best defensive unit in the game at the moment; we’ve been able to hold teams to low scores, but that’s going to be a big challenge next game against Clarence.”

Hobart City Demons’ coach Kane Richter was candid following the loss and impressed with Bombers’ game.

“It was a real opportunity for us and we’re disappointed.  Although we were with them early, we were grinding pretty hard.

“We’ll take learning out of the game, but to Lauderdale’s credit they were fantastic; They move the footy well, care for each other and give the footy first. They take the game on and are very offensive from the stoppages.”

Richter was positive however when reflective on his side’s 2017 campaign.

“We’ve got some young guys in the group and it’s exciting that we are thereabouts in terms of finals footy; We’ve played 36 players for the year, and as disappointed as we are, we can’t underestimate how far we’ve come.”

Hobart City Demons’ winger Kyle Wisniewski played well on dangerous Bomber Rhys Sutton, while Blake Grant provided some drive up forward, with captain Hugh Williams’ one defender who was rarely beaten.

Meanwhile, in Devonport, Launceston all-but secured themselves finals football with a 27-point victory over Devonport.

In a game that was heavily influenced by conditions, both teams managed just eight goals between them with a dominant Blues first half setting up victory.

Devonport were held scoreless in the opening half with the Blues kicking 4.3 with goals from Jake Nunn, Conor Smith and two from Rulla Kelly-Mansell (the day’s only multiple goalkicker) to see them in complete control.

The ball was in Launceston’s attacking half for the bulk of the first half and Devonport did well to limit the damage with youngster Sherrin Egger again impressive.

Toby Ennis fianlly got Devonport on the board in the third term but Brendan Taylor and Nathan O’Donoghue also split the middle to keep the Blues in the driver’s seat.

Charlie Castles rounded out the scoring with the only goal in an uneventful last term that saw Launceston scrap their way to a vital victory that should ensure September action.

Both Round 19 results all-but consolidate the top five for the finals to come in three weeks time.

LAUDERDALE v. HOBART CITY DEMONS
Round 19 – 12/08/2017

Lauderdale                              2.6,  4.9,  9.10,  17.13  (115)

Hobart City Demons                      1.2,  1.3,  2.8,  4.9  (33)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
C. Hooker 3, A. Hill 3, J. McGuinness 2, D. Fyfe 2, B. Walsh 2, A. Hevey 1,
T. Havea 1, M. Kleverkamp 1, S. Hill 1, P. Bellchambers 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 2, W. Peppin 1, J. Charlton 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
J. McGuinness, B. Walsh, N. Franklin, R. Wiggins, A. Hill, D. Fyfe

Hobart City Demons :
K. Wisniewski, N. Hutchinson, B. Grant, H. Williams

 

DEVONPORT v. LAUNCESTON
Round 19 – 12/08/2017

Launceston                              2.2,  4.3,  6.6,  6.8  (44)

Devonport                               0.0,  0.0,  1.3,  2.5  (17)

GOALS, Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 2, C. Sheppard 1, C. Smith 1, J. Nunn 1, B. Taylor 1

Devonport :
T. Enniss 1, D. Riley 1

BEST, Launceston :
J. Aganas, J. Donnellan, B. Palfreyman, S. Vandervelde, J. Blackberry, S. Lonergan

Devonport :
S. Egger, Q. Byard, B. Symmons, B. Sharman, M. Perry, D. Riley

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 19

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Saturday 12th August

Devonport vs Launceston (Devonport Oval) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Launceston 11.16.82 def Devonport 8.4.52 (Round 10, 2017, at Windsor Park)

After defeating Devonport in Round 1 by 34 points, the Blues made it two wins over the Magpies for season 2017 with a five goal win when they met again in Round 10.  A four goal to one second quarter saw Launceston break away from Devonport, with four players kicking multiple majors for the Blues in the win.  Midfielders Jay Blackberry and Brodie Palfreyman did the damage for the victors, while Mitch Thorp booted three to be Devonport’s best on the day.

Form Guide:

Devonport (LLW) – MILD:

A valiant loss to premiership favourites North Launceston in Round 15 was offset by the ten goal defeat against Lauderdale in Round 16, but Devonport bounced back after the bye to defeat the Tigers in the mud at home by nine points last week.With key players in red hot form and belief high, the young coastal unit will be looking to finish the season strongly.

Launceston (WLL) – MILD:

The Blues played in one of the games of the season against Glenorchy at KGV last week but conceded the final two majors in time-on to go down by just six points meaning finals are not yet locked away.  Going down in an upset to the Hobart City Demons at home in Round 16 put the pressure on the Blues, who only just scraped across the line against the Tigers in Round 15.  Fifth position on the ladder can be all but sewn up with a victory on Saturday afternoon, and with the Blues hitting their stride last week expect them to come out firing.

Key Matchups:

Mitch Thorp was a focal point up forward for Devonport last week, booting six of his side’s 11 goals, and he’s likely to be manned up by developing 18 year old Blues’ tall defender Simon Vandervelde, who made a number of key spoils on the Glenorchy forwards last week.

Devonport sensation Sherrin Egger is in the middle of a purple patch at half back, and he could take Blue’s half forward Connor Smith.  Likewise, Magpie Giacomo Millucci has been effective at ground level in the forward line.

Devonport co-captain Dylan Riley and Launceston teenager Brodie Palfreyman both have the ability to provide drive inside their respective forward lines from midfield, and with similar builds and running ability, they’re almost a certainty to spend some time alongside each other.

Fire Starters:

Beau Sharman has led from the front as co-captain of Devonport this season, with the game against the Tigers last week arguably his best.  The slick midfielder’s inside work and composure on the outside saw him deliver the ball with pinpoint accuracy time and again, and if given any space this week he will make Launceston hurt.

Jake Hinds has grown in confidence this season, with his stints playing for the Allies and Tassie Mariners seeing him return to Launceston’s side with a clear willingness to help the Blues into the finals through action.  Hinds’ runs to the right places to receive the football and impact contests, with his damaging left foot breaking many lines against Glenorchy last week as he spent the majority of his time in the midfield.

Ins/Outs:

Devonport

NO CHANGES

Launceston

In: J. Donnellan, N. O’Donoghue, C. Downie
Out: T. Auckland, C. Brown, J. Smith

Fitz’s Tip: Both sides come into this match after impressive efforts in Round 18, with Devonport hunting their third win of the season and Launceston looking to cement their place in the top five.   Despite the Magpies’ improvement, Launceston have everything at stake on Saturday afternoon, and should take this contest out but a fast start from the hosts could see an arm-wrestle for much of the game.  Launceston by 26.

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

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 21.19.145 def Hobart City Demons 8.8.56 (Round 14, 2017, at North Hobart Oval)

A physical Lauderdale defeated the Hobart City Demons for the second time this season, with 13 individual goal kickers joining the party at North Hobart Oval.  Thor Boscott and Nat Franklin booted three majors apiece, with Phil Bellchambers and Mitch Anderton among the Bombers’ best.  Midfielder Ryan Matthews tried hard and Jonty Barwick slotted three majors for the hosts, who kicked four of their eight goals in the final term when the game was well and truly over.

Form Guide:

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers accounted for coastal sides Devonport and Burnie either side of a hard-fought win over fourth-placed Glenorchy at home.  With six straight wins to their name, Lauderdale will be determined to continue their strong run of form on Saturday with only two matches remaining before the finals.

Hobart City Demons (WLW) – MILD:

The boys from North Hobart defeated a resilient Devonport in Round 15, before falling to Clarence by 55 points the following week.  Round 17 saw Hobart City Demons upset fifth-placed Launceston at Windsor Park, keeping their slim finals hopes alive before last weekend’s bye.

Key Matchups:

Lauderdale captain Bryce Walsh has been in great form offensively, but with Ryan Matthews likely to fire in midfield, Walsh could get the run-with job in an attempt to quell his effectiveness.

Josh Williamson has kicked 30 goals for the season, but only three in the two matches against Lauderdale, with the Hobart City Demons’ forward struggling to deal with the physicality and close-checking employed by Ben McGuinness.  He could do battle with brother Josh on Saturday, with Williamson again expected to receive similar treatment from the Bombers’ backline.

With Bomber midfielder/forward Thor Boscott in red-hot form, he must be more closely monitored than last time these sides met when he kicked three goals and set up countless others at will.  Liam Azzopardi could be the right man for the job, with the Hobart City Demons’ defender doing some important jobs this season but the question will be whether he can go with Boscott further up the ground.

Fire Starters:

With 26 goals to his name this season, Lauderdale forward Ray Hill possesses football smarts and reads the play well to take strong marks in damaging positions in front of the big sticks.  He booted five goals last week, and with hauls of five and four to his name in previous matches, he cannot be underestimated or given any space inside attacking 50.

Sean Willis is another barometer up forward, with the Hobart City Demons hoping he can recapture some of his early-season form.  Willis kicked 12 goals in his first six games, and despite not hitting the scoreboard of late, must be closely checked, as his ability to kick quick back to back goals can spark his side into action.

Ins/Outs:

Lauderdale

In: R. Wiggins, P. Bellchambers
Out: R. McManus,  R. Hooker

Hobart City Demons

In: W. Hay, K. Wisniewski, S. Caswell, J. McCulloch
Out: C. Dell, M. Bidgood, K. Richter, C. Ransom

Fitz’s Tip: Lauderdale are on fire this season, having defeated every side in the competition bar Clarence this season.  On the other hand, Hobart City Demons have their season to play for, they must win their final two games to keep their finals hopes alive and will throw everything at the Bombers on Saturday.  With the home deck advantage and enviable firepower across all lines, Lauderdale should prevail in a fast-moving and physical clash, with the margin somewhere between the 13 and 89 point results decided earlier this season.  Lauderdale by 36.

 

 

TSL INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES

 

The Southern Cross Tasmanian State League has concluded its investigation into a half time incident in the match between North Launceston and Clarence. The incident was an altercation between a Clarence trainer and a North Launceston Assistant Coach.

The following has been determined following the investigation:

The matter was assessed as a breach of Section 6.6 of the TSL Rules and Regulations, BEHAVIOUR DETRIMENTAL TO FOOTBALL.

Clarence trainer Randall Castle was offered a TWO match suspension, (as per MRP Guidelines) reduced to a ONE match suspension with an early guilty plea.

Clarence Football Club has ACCEPTED the offer.

In addition, both clubs (North Launceston and Clarence) have been issued suspended $200 fines as per 6.6 of the Rules and Regulations, due to inappropriate conduct in the interchange area.

Both fines are suspended on condition that both club’s support groups and interchange areas are effectively managed, to the extent that no further breaches of such nature occur for the balance of this season, including the finals series.

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DEVONPORT v. LAUNCESTON 

Round 19 – 12/08/2017

1:00PM – Devonport Oval

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

NO CHANGES

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

In: J. Donnellan, N. O’Donoghue, C. Downie
Out: T. Auckland, C. Brown, J. Smith


LAUDERDALE v. HOBART CITY DEMONS 

Round 19 – 12/08/2017

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval

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

In: R. Wiggins, P. Bellchambers
Out: R. McManus,  R. Hooker 

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Hobart City Demons

B: W. Hay, L. Azzopardi, H. Williams
HB: T. Millhouse, H. Williams, N. Hutchinson
C: R.  Cowie, W.  Campbell, B.  Norton
HF: S. Willis, N. Baker, J. Williamson
F: B. Grant, K. Wisniewski, J. Barwick
R: C. White, R. Matthews, J. Charlton
Int: S. Caswell, E. Cole, J. McCulloch, C. Kilpatrick
Emg: J. Maple, W. Peppin, M. O’Neill, J. Doran

In: W. Hay, K. Wisniewski, S. Caswell, J. McCulloch
Out: C. Dell, M. Bidgood, K. Richter, C. Ransom


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WREST POINT TSL WOMEN’S

ROUND 12 TEAMS

GLENORCHY FOOTBALL CLUB v. TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 12 – 12/08/2017

11:00AM – KGV

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Glenorchy Football Club
B: T. Wiggins, R.Siely,
HB: G. Allan, H. Ryan,
C: G.  Terry, T.  Corrie, S.  Davis
HF: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch, M. Jacobs
F: E. Barwick, N. Daniels, K. Rattenbury
R: E. Fornells Vernet, B. Barwick, S. Eaton
Int: E. Loveless, S. Flack, T. Hudson, G. Sullivan

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Tigers Football Club
B: H. Upston, R. Roberts,
HB: K. Baker, E. Doyle, J. Murphy
C: H.  Flakemore, C.  Brooke, L.  Reid
HF: M.Lawler, , O. McKee
F: S. Grimsey, M. Absolom, A. Esam
R: M. Smith, L. Ochayi, M. Neal
Int: S. Thomas, E. Johnstone, J. Noye , R. Jones


 CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB v. BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB  

Round 12 – 13/08/2017

12:00PM – Blundstone Arena

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

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Burnie Football Club

B: S. Loring, S. Skinner, K. Johnson
HB: L. Stevenson, K. Sheehan,
C: C.  Loring, J.  Brown, S.  Rodman
HF: I. Duffie, C. Haines, C. Chandler
F: S. Ferguson-Stevens, J. Mercer,
R: M. Wright, E. Humphries, K. Loring
Int: S. Edwards, J. Whelan

 

TSL TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 18

It is a sea of red and black this week, with SEVEN Northern Bombers and four Lauderdale Bombers picked in the team. The two Bombers outfits smashed their opposition, combining for a margin of 147 points in Round 18!

Devonport’s victory hasn’t gone unnoticed at the selection table with four Magpies making the cut. Launceston versus Glenorchy was a sizzling sneak peek of what is to come in September and as a result, five players feature from both clubs in this week’s team.

Brandon Batchelor hasn’t been a name in the mix for quite some time but he has come into the team as has Jay Foon, who is looking sharp since a return from injury.

Jaye Bowden, Rhys Mott and Josh Ponting are running hot and have been mainstays of late and that continues this week!

BACKS

Sherrin Egger (Devonport)

Again showed that he is seemingly headed for higher honours with another clever game off half-back, with his footy smarts and tackling pressure a highlight. Played beyond his 16-years-of-age.

Simon Vandervelde (Launceston)

The 18 year old long-sleeve enthusiast played an admirable role in the backline, willing himself to influence every contest.  His tackling pressure and timely spoils defied many a Glenorchy foray forward, especially in the first quarter when the Magpies could have easily put ten majors on the board instead of five.

Jack Avent (North Launceston)

Avent has stepped up in some big games this year and the weekend’s top of the table clash was just another. Continued to play his role well,  came across to defend and support in contests, helped keep Clarence’s goals to a minimum and was really good on rebound.

HALF BACKS

Jay Foon (North Launceston)

Was a key to North’s success, taking a number of intercept marks, and rebounding the ball out of the Bombers defence. Has been in good form since returning from injury and this continued against the Roos.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

Attacked the game from half back and although his defensive prowess wasn’t tested to its maximum due to ‘Dale midfield dominance he handled his opponents with aplomb. His adventure out of the back half hurt the Dockers and he is an exciting utility able to float right across the lines and have an impact.

Joe Boyce (Launceston)
The Launceston half back played his role to a tee, involving himself in contests and leading the charge to drive the Blues forward against the run of play in the first half.  His strength and ability to release the ball cleanly from congested stoppages gave the Blues’ outside runners the chance to move the ball quickly.

 

CENTRES

Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)

Sutton is the king of finding space and cutting teams apart with it. Found plenty of the pill and used it well on most occasions. Also chimed in with two goals.

Beau Sharman (Devonport)

Dominated the midfield and delivered the ball on a platter to coach Mitch Thorp. Continuing a fine season in the middle for the Magpies.

Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

Ponting’s superb run of form continued with a 30+ possession game, taking control in the middle as a lead hand in North’s midfield dominance.  Gave the Bombers countless clearances, and competed strongly at the coal face and provided run and carry.

HALF FORWARDS

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

The form player of the competition played a strong role across half-forward, with his stints on the ball also damaging.  Bowden kicked three goals and set up a number of others, often through his ability to read the play and intercept opposition kicks.  Put simply, he was influential every time he was near the ball.

Mitch Thorp (Devonport)

Took an advantage of having just the one opponent and delivered with a haul of 6.3. He broke the game open in the third term and helped deliver his side their second win of 2017.

Brandon Batchelor (Tigers)

Was the only Tiger to really stand up in the first three goals, with his four goal haul invaluable on a day where goals were hard to come by when the heat was on.

FORWARDS

Ray Hill (Lauderdale)

Part of the reason Lauderdale has made a quantum leap is the improvement of players. Ray Hill is one of those players that has improved to be an ever reliable utility. He blew Burnie to bits with a strong marking game in tricky conditions. Kicked five goals including a couple of beauties and presented all day.

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

McCulloch has continued to make a serious impact on the Bombers forward line, kicking four goals and taking a number of strong marks. His partnership with fellow twin tower Bennett played a key role in the Bombers big win.

Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

Bennett ended the day with five goals and was a strong marking presence all day for the Bombers. His ability to contest and win the footy in the air lead to goals for himself but also many for his team mates.

FOLLOWERS

Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Coming up against Wall and Siggins, Lee dominated the ruck all day long. Gave his mids first use of the ball throughout the match, giving the Bombers ascendancy and control of the ball, leading to the Bombers win.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

The Bombers coach continued his strong form as one of the competition’s elite, gathering a ton of the football as well as sneaking forward to kick two goals, including a long dribble goal that will go down as one of the goals of the season.

Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

Walsh was a pig in mud. It was a tough contested game in muddy conditions and the Lauderdale skipper was phenomenal. He had plenty of the ball and was tenacious in and under.

 

INTERCHANGE

Dylan Riley (Devonport)

Impacted the game both in attack and forward for the Magpies and was one of the reasons the home side got on top in the third.

Jake Hinds (Launceston)

The Mariner played through the middle with confidence in what was a close contest, backing himself to hit targets in heavy traffic, and opening up the play with his long left shoe.  Hinds pushed forward to kick two crucial goals and was one of Launceston’s best.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

The Glenorchy midfielder continued his strong run of games, with a high number of inside 50’s in the first half, and close to 30 disposals overall.  Mott’s ability to hit targets reliably in a high-pressure game stood out, and he was clearly one of the best afield.

Zac Buechner (Clarence)

Buechner was a rare highlight on a dirty day for the Roos. Kicked two of the Roos goals and also provided a target in the forward line and moved through the midfield at stages, playing his best game of the year as the Roos best on the ground.

 

Unlucky Omissions…

Zach Burt – The third member of North’s killer bees (with Bennett and Bart), Burt’s recent play in the backline has been a major advantage for the young and often undersized North backline. Minimising Siggins’ impact on the game, Burt also managed to sneak a goal of his own later in the game.

Tall defender Jimmy Aganas’ tackling efforts were huge, with the first-year Blue winning a number of free kicks in the process.  Midfielder Jay Blackberry also stood up in crucial parts of the close loss to Glenorchy, booting two huge goals in the Blues’ second quarter fightback.

Glenorchy captain Brayden Webb was again dominant through the middle of KGV, capping off his effective kicking game with two goals.  Calen Daly impressed across half back in his first win as a Magpie, while Mitch Rainbird won some key clearances in the middle and kicked two clutch goals late in the final quarter to see Glenorchy over the line.

Plenty of options from Lauderdale, we really enjoyed Dylan Fyfe’s game, as well as fellow on-baller Nat Franklin. Mitch Anderton continues to catch eyes with his gutsy attack and endeavour out of defence.

Tigers young gun defender Lachlan Gadomski seems to be in the conversation each week as he continues to shine at TSL level. His team mate Jacko Bilson was also a strong performer at the weekend. Devonport had some experience heads crack the team this week but Brad Symmons is one who is bitterly unlucky with a strong hand in their second win for the season.