Dockers keen to bounce back on road

By Alex Fair

Burnie defender Darren Banham admits at times he and his teammates were guilty of having the ‘’lack of care’’ that coach Clint Proctor spoke about after last week’s loss to North Launceston.

But Banham was confident it wouldn’t happen twice in a row as the Dockers hit for the road for a clash with Lauderdale on Saturday for a first versus third contest.

A loss will likely to send the Dockers to third spot on the State League table.

‘’There were patches of play last week with that lack of care and unwillingness to work hard,’’ he said on Friday.

‘’We have a chance now this week to make amends for that.’’

But Baham said it wouldn’t be an easy task against the Southern Bombers  who with Thor Boscott, Bryce Walsh, Michael Cassidy and Sam Siggins are a dangerous opponent.

‘’They are very traditional type of footy side, they play the game hard and tough and they have big bodies,’’ he said.

‘’It is always a good challenge, but we have been lucky enough to win our last couple of games down there. But they are up and about this year.’’

The Dockers will be without midfield star Zane Murphy due to a shoulder injury.

‘’We can’t replace him, but we can cover him.

‘’ He is a big body who can accumulate the football, and we will miss that drive through the middle.

‘’But we have guys who are craving that opportunity to get a run through the midfield.’’

Magpies target key win at home

By Phil Edwards, The Examiner

DEVONPORT coach Mitch Thorp is looking for his team to bounce from last week’s loss on the road to Clarence when they take on the Tigers in their TSL clash on Saturday.

“It’s good to be back home at Devonport Oval where we play some reasonable footy and it is a pretty important game given we are fifth on the ladder and they are sixth and they have had some good wins early in the year,”  he said.

“There is no doubt they will be up for the challenge and so we will.”

Thorp said a poor start and first quarter cost them dearly against Clarence which proved the difference in the end.

“We will aim to start the game well and hopefully that makes for a better day

“We’ve been in reasonable touch before last week and the travel to Hobart has been a challenege for the club over a number of years.

“We’re still in the five which is positive and this is an important game to hopefully go a game clear in there this week.”

Roos add tall for Rooza

By Phil Edwards, The Examiner

CLARENCE coach Trent Bartlett has flagged the possibility of adding another tall for their State League clash against North Launceston to try to counter the influence of Daniel Roozendaal in the ruck.

“They like to get the ball on the outside and run and their outside players are the key,” Bartlett said.

“Roozendaal in the middle certainly gives them first crack of the footy with Cox-Goodyer and Whitford and those sort of guys and if they get the ball they run really well so we have to counteract their run and take their space away and put pressure on their ball carriers.

“We will maybe bring in another tall to try to counteract Roozendaal and Lee in the ruck because we’re a little bit light in terms of our talls.”

North coach Zane Littlejohn said he had faith in his group to avoid a let down after last week’s win over Burnie.

“We’ve proved a lot of people wrong over a long period of time and we did that again last week when not many people thought we could go to West Park and win.

“ This group have a lot of pride in their performance and they drive each other and our leadership group work hard to make sure our standards are adhered to.”

Littlejohn said he had everyone contribute and play their role against Burnie and was looking forward to playing Clarence.

“They will be super confident after winning last week and have been in every game and will come up here confident they can put in a good performance.

“The rivalry between the two club is still quite healthy and it should be a really good contest on the weekend.”

Traditional foes to battle

By Phil Edwards, The Examiner

NORTH Launceston hosts traditional arch rival Clarence in their State League round six clash at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.

The Bombers are coming off a confidence-boosting win over Burnie at West Park last Saturday while the Roos claimed their own morale lift from their first victory of the season over Devonport.

North coach Zane Littlejohn said he had discussed with his playing group the expectation of producing that winning form against Burnie, week in and out.

“That’s what we want the players to understand and they can’t pick and choose when they do it,” he said.

“We shouldn’t need a loss to have to find that form again so we have really stressed that with the playing group this week and planned professionally like we always do and stressed that’s the expectation we need to have every week.”

Tarryn Thomas goes out of the winning side to play with the Mariners and Stephen Witkowski returns after two weeks unavailablility.

Clarence coach Trent Bartlett said their first win had been good for the group but felt they had opportunities to win games before that which they let slip.

“Our footy hadn’t been that bad but we just had to find a way to win and get enough contributors in a game to make sure we got a win and we got that on the weekend against Devonport so I was really pleased with that,” Roos coach Trent Bartlett said.

“It’s a massive challenge with a road trip to Aurora Stadium to play the best team in Tasmania and the form team at the moment on their home ground – so there is no bigger challenge for our footy club to see where we are at.”

Bartlett said they were looking forward to playing on the big Aurora ground and expected the Roos to have an unchanged team to that which defeated Devonport.

In other games, Burnie had some big inclusions for their challenging road trip to play Lauderdale regaining Kyle Harman, Clint Proctor, Brodie Knight and Nick McKenna but loses ball magnet Zane Murphy.

Devonport regained former South Launceston TSL premiership player Ryland Coombe for their clash with the Tigers and named Mariner Ethan Stephenson, Cody Thorp and Brayden Butler on an extended interchange.

Glenorchy hosts Hobart City in the other game under lights at KGV.

Launceston have the bye.

Injury sidelines Murphy

By Brad Cole, The Advocate

BURNIE have received a blow on the eve of its trip south to face Lauderdale, with on-baller Zane Murphy set for an extended spell on the sidelines

Murphy injured his left shoulder in the early stages of the Dockers 35-point loss to North Launceston and took no further part in the game.

After heading to Hobart to see a surgeon this week, Murphy will get the final call on the injury on Monday when he gets further scans.

But at this stage he is resigned to missing a significant chunk of the season.

“I’ll be in a sling for the next few weeks and look likely to miss at least the next six weeks,” Murphy said.

“We’ve got a couple of byes in there, so hopefully that lessens the impact a little bit.

“It should be okay if I give it a rest and let all the ligaments mend themselves.”

Murphy said it was frustrating to be out of the team after running into some good form with the club.

“The last two weeks I had started to find a bit of form with my new teammates and was looking forward to the middle part of the season.

“It’s frustrating after the last few years of injuries I have had.”

The news isn’t all bad for the Dockers however, with coach Clinton Proctor recovering from a bout of concussion and hamstring soreness to take his place in the middle of the ground.

The goal-kicking power also receives a boost with tall forward Nick McKenna returning from his one week suspension.

McKenna’s return will be vital for a team that only managed four goals after quarter time last week against North Launceston.

Also named on an extended interchange bench are Kyle Harman, Brodie Knight, Emmitt Smith and Jaidyn Cox, while Jason Ling drops out of the team.

Lauderdale made it two wins a row last week when they disposed of Launceston, but will be coming off a short break having played on Anzac Day.

Coach Darren Winter has two confirmed inclusions at this stage with ruckman Jack Siggins and full back Josh Roberts returning.

Ryan Sweet is the only player to miss at this stage.

Devonport’s two-game winning streak hit a speed hump at the hands of Clarence last week, and the Magpies will be keen to resume their charge back up the ladder when they host the Tigers.

Key midfielder Ryland Coombe returns to the team after his wedding and subsequent honeymoon.

He is the only definite inclusion for coach Mitch Thorp at this stage, with Ethan Stephenson, Cody Thorp and Brayden Butler named on the interchange.

The Tigers will make the long journey up without the influential Marcus Davies, who suffered a torn finger tendon in the teams loss to Glenorchy and will miss the next two months.

Hobart City in transfer fee row

By James Bresnehan, The Mercury

SANDRINGHAM has been slammed for refusing to pay a $15,000 transfer fee that has left Hobart City and Tasmanian full-forward Julian Dobosz twiddling his thumbs in Melbourne.

Dobosz left the Demons this season to try his hand in the VFL.

However Sandringham, St Kilda’s VFL club coached by Tasmanian Paul Hudson, has not stumped up the mandatory $15,000 fee to gain his clearance from Hobart City.

TSL operations manager Wayne Povey is incensed by Sandringham’s lack of urgency.

“It drives me crazy that other competitions want to pick the eyes out of our players and expect to get them for free,” Povey said.

The $15,000 fee was set by under the National Transfer Rules and Regulations.

“When a player transfers from our competition to the VFL competition, the transfer fee is $15,000,” Povey said.

“They put a transfer application in two months ago and then they’ve done absolutely nothing about trying to resolve the transfer fee issue with Hobart City.

“Hobart City have at least once have allowed him to play just out of good faith.

“But Sandringham have been dragging their feet so Dobosz can’t play because Sandringham won’t negotiate.

“They keep saying we’ll come back to you, we’ll come back to you, and they just don’t.”

Hobart City wants Dobosz to play VFL, and are seeking a solution.

“Hobart City are tearing their hair out trying to get some resolution,” Povey said.

“If the TSL allows other states league on the mainland to openly pillage our players and not expect to pay a transfer fee, we will get pillaged every year.

“That’s exactly why the national policy puts those transfer fees in place.”

Hobart City gave Dobosz a match-day permit to play in Sandringham’s reserve two weeks ago.

Demons coach Kane Richter was hopeful of getting a full clearance done this week.

“We want him to play and go over there are make a massive case for himself in terms of his footy,” Richter said.

“But there are rules in place to safeguard TSL clubs against interstate clubs taking our players, otherwise clubs are going to lose quality players all the time.

“To date we haven’t been able to communicate well enough with Sandringham to get the clearance for him.”


Smith free to face Southern Bombers

By Alex Fair, The Advocate

BURNIE midfielder Zac Smith has escaped a State League suspension for the second week in a row.

Smith on Tuesday accepted a reprimand following his match day report for high contact on North Launceston’s Tarryn Thomas during Saturday’s loss to the Bombers at West Park.

It is his second week in a row his name has appeared in AFL Tasmania’s weekly match review panel findings.

A match day report for tripping Glenorchy’s Scott Bennetts in round 4 was dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Coach Clint Proctor will now have the services of one of his most important midfield weapons for a trip to Lauderdale on Saturday that he has forecast as ‘’tough’’.

But the Dockers will have the advantage of more preparation time as the Southern Bombers played in Launceston on Monday.

The ladder-leaders lost for the first time in 2016 when they fell to the Northern Bombers by 35 points.

Unlike Smith, Glenorchy’s Bennetts and Matthew Rainbird were unable to escape suspension.

Bennetts has been suspended for two matches, and will miss games against Hobart City and North Launceston.

Rainbird has been suspended for a week.

Both players were charged with striking the Tigers’ Matthew Coad.

A melee  which took place in that same game between Glenorchy and the Tigers on Anzac Day will see nine players fined.

AFL Tasmania did not reveal the name of those nine.

Meanwhile, Burnie and Devonport footballers feature strongly on the Player of the Year leaderboard after round 5.

Devonport’s Dylan Riley and Docker duo Zane Murphy and John Holland have polled four votes for the year, to sit equal third in the award.

Holland was the only one to pick up a vote, getting one against the Bombers.


Clarence v Devonport: 3. Jack Gleeson (Clarence), 2. Aiden Grace (Clarence), 1. Ian Callinan (Clarence).

Burnie v North Launceston: 3. Taylor Whitford (North Launceston), 2. Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston), 1. John Holland (Burnie)

Launceston v Lauderdale: 3. Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale), 2. Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale), 1. Sonny Whiting (Launceston)

Tigers v Glenorchy: 3. Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy), 2. Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy) , 1. Brayden Webb (Glenorchy).

LEADERBOARD:  9. Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy), 6, Taylor Whitford (North Launceston), 4 Dylan Riley (Devonport), Zane Murphy (Burnie) John Holland (Burnie).

Two Magpies suspended for melee actions

By Corey Martin, The Examiner

GLENORCHY will be without Scott Bennetts and Matthew Rainbird in coming weeks after the pair accepted penalties for striking Tigers Matthew Coad during an Anzac Day melee.

A costly bout broke out in the dying minutes of the Twin Ovals encounter, which Glenorchy comfortably won by 94 points.

Nine individual players were also fined by the TSL match review panel for their involvement.

Bennetts has been ruled out for two matches, while  Rainbird will miss one week.

The Magpies face Hobart City, followed by the bye and a 2015 grand final re-match with North Launceston on May 14.

Bennetts will be available for selection in time for Glenorchy’s away game against Devonport.

Burnie’s Zachary Smith received a reprimand for high, front-on contact on North Launceston speedster Tarryn Thomas in the game at West Park.

Last year’s premiers defeated the 2016 premiership contenders by 35 points.

Whitford makes his mark

By Corey Martin, The Examiner

TAYLOR Whitford does not take North Launceston ruckman Daniel Roozendaal for granted.

It is the Northern Bombers big man that skipper Whitford credits for his solid start to 2016.

Whitford, 24, was instrumental in leading his side to a 35-point victory over highly-fancied contenders Burnie at the hostile West Park on Saturday.

His efforts earned him three votes in the 2016 TSL player of the year award – moving him into second place.

“Daniel Roozendaal makes my game enjoyable and he has been fantastic in the past couple of weeks, he is the best big man in the competition and when he is playing well it helps the midfield,” the Port Dalrymple teacher said.

“We’ve lost four or five leaders with Allan (O’Sign), Geoff (Mohr), Andrew (Cox-Goodyer), Ethan (Petterwood) leaving and it has been refreshing having young players like Tarryn Thomas, Ryan Choveaux and the likes come in – it’s been good.”

He said the win over the Dockers was a fantastic result.

“It helps when you have 22 blokes playing their role and against Lauderdale last week you could count our best players on one hand,” Whitford said.

“There was a complete difference from last week to this week, which shows when you have the right mindset anything is possible.”

Whitford’s hard nut mate Brad Cox-Goodyer also received two votes.

Jack Gleeson got maximum votes in Clarence’s maiden win for 2016 over Devonport, while Aiden Grace (two votes) and former Adelaide forward Ian Callinan (one vote) were rewarded for effort.

At Windsor Park Lauderdale dominated Launceston with Ryan Wiggins (five goals) claiming three votes, Rhys Sutton picked up two and Blues captain Sonny Whiting secured one for his four-goal performance.

Glenorchy star Jaye Bowden extended his lead with top votes against Tigers to go with his eight-goal haul, which has rocketed him to sit alongside Devonport coach Mitch Thorp as the competition’s highest goalkicker.

Southern Magpies Mitch Rainbird and Brayden Webb also jumped on the board.

Devonport’s Dylan Riley is tied with Burnie duo Zane Murphy and John Holland for third spot after five rounds.


  • 9 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
  • 6 – Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)
  • 4 – Dylan Riley (Devonport)
  • 4 – Zane Murphy (Burnie)
  • 4 – John Holland (Burnie)

Launceston struggle to keep pace against Lauderdale

By Andrew Mathieson, The Examiner

Launceston coach Chris Hills has given his players a stinging rebuke, suggesting they have lost their ability to win in the clutches.

The side trailed Lauderdale all game at Windsor Park, but twice came back in contention only to fizzle away.

In the backdrop of Anzac Day, Lauderdale’s bigger bodies and crunching hits pummeled the Blues to all but surrender in a 13.15 (93) to 8.6 (54) state league clash.

Hills lamented the lack of intensity when the match was on the line.

“I think we need to re-learn how to win a game,” Hills said.

“We were a very successful club a few years ago and we’ve now lost that killer instinct to win.”

The signs weren’t good early for the Blues, as Lauderdale at one stage had nine shots on goal to three.

The Bombers’ big forwards had also clunked down five marks inside the 50m in the first 15 minutes.

After Launceston took 25 minutes to register its first goal, the Blues got within three points of the Hobart club midway through the second term.

Midfielder Kurt McCabe initially kept Launceston in the game with three of his side’s first four goals.

Lauderdale had extended the lead to 17 points at half-time and kicked the next goal after the break.

But inspired by spearhead Sonny Whitings’s accurate boot, the home team was one point down heading into time-on.

Whiting scored four of their five goals in the third quarter from distance, including a boundary line ripper.

Launceston was all of a sudden full of run and began opening up the defence.

But the Bombers managed to settle, scoring the last two of the term that curbed their rival’s momentum.

Lauderdale kicked all four final-quarter goals of the match, including two to Ryan Wiggins.

The centre-half forward pulled down marks from all over the expansive Windsor Park, but had the know-how to double back to slot five goals for the game.

“I don’t think we ran hard enough through the game – all credit to Lauderdale,” Hills said.

He believed three of the Blues’ four losses – including Monday’s – were results that could have been overturned.

“There is a strong possibility we could have been 4-1 rather than 1-4,” Hills said.

“On all the numbers and statistics, we’ve been ahead.

“We just have to learn to use it better and take our opportunities when they come.”

Launceston has now sunk to the bottom of the TSL ladder, one of two sides with one win, along with Tigers.

Glenorchy blew Tigers off the park with 41 shots to 12 during the other Anzac Day fixture. The Magpies finished off the encounter, 16.25 (121) to the Tigers’ 7.5 (47).