Glenorchy prevail in arm-wrestle with Blues

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Glenorchy defeated a resilient Launceston by six points in what was undoubtedly one of the games of the season as fourth squared off against fifth at KGV Oval in a tantalising taster of September action.

The Blues fought back after conceding five goals to one in the opening term to lead with five minutes remaining, but two clutch Mitch Rainbird goals in time on saw the Magpies fall over the line to finish 14.6 (90) to 12.12 (84) winners.

Glenorchy opened their account in the first term through a Brodie Rowbottom major, with follow up goals to Jaye Bowden and Harry Pearce seeing the visitors on the ropes early as they desperately defended the barrage of forward entries.  Sonny Whiting converted from a tight angle to register the Blues’ first goal, but back to back Glenorchy goals inside a minute saw the accurate hosts take a healthy 5.0 (30) to 1.3 (9) lead into the first change.

The second quarter saw a fired up Launceston wrestle back control, with a long goal to Mariner Jake Hinds swinging through the big sticks early.  Two crunching tackles on the wing from tall defender Jimmy Aganas led to a turnover and Connor Smith goal, and when ruckman Hamish Leedham kicked truly soon after, the Blues were within a point.  Second majors to Pearce and Tyler Bowden settled things down for the Pies, but another Launceston three goal streak, including two classy Jay Blackberry majors, saw the visitors head into the rooms at half-time ahead 7.6 (48) to 7.1 (43).

The third term opened with 10 minutes of goalless play, as both sides battled to take control.  A dangerous kick across half back by the Blues was intercepted by Jaye Bowden, who set up a Glenorchy goal, and the Magpies slotted another soon after to hit the lead.  Two free kicks from physical contests resulted in Launceston goals not long afterwards as they reclaimed the lead, but the Magpies tumbled two quick goals through in response to set up a tense final term, going into the three quarter time huddle holding a slim 11.4 (70) to 9.9 (63) lead.

The Blues kicked the first two goals of the final stanza through Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Sam Rundle, but Rowbottom’s timely second major offset the damage for the Magpies.  Launceston defender Thomas Sheppard’s brave mark midway running back with the flight of the ball midway through the term highlighted the desperation of both sides, with the vocal crowd clearly enjoying the enthralling contest.  When Kelly-Mansell somehow managed to kick truly on the run from an impossible angle late in the quarter to give the Blues a seven point lead, it looked like Launceston might hang on.  Enter Magpie midfielder Mitch Rainbird, who pushed forward to take two contested marks, converting both from long range to see his side edge ahead for a thrilling 14.6 (90) to 12.12 (84) victory.

The Magpies again had injury woes as Josh Watts and Mitch Hills both limping off, a relieved Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was happy to get the four points.

“It was a good result but again we limped to the line with injuries.  I’m really proud of the boys and how they dug in; our younger guys were really good today.”

Cornelius was full of praise for the efforts of Launceston, who he had described as one of the best sides in the competition earlier in the week.

“They’re a formidable side; they’re very hard, they’ve got some physical guys and they’re very potent up forward.  I think that the move the ball in nice and quick and their foot skills have gone to another level.”

He conceded that the Magpies’ leaders had spoken to the playing group with passion at half time after conceding six goals in the second term and that a return to playing their signature style of football had seen his side regain control.

“I think we made a few structural errors (in the second term); we had to make sure we played the way we did in the first quarter and that the guys stuck to the structures that we designed for the game.”

Glenorchy’s midfield brigade was solid throughout the match, with polished left-footer Rhys Mott a standout with his disposal at both ends of the ground.  Jaye Bowden and captain Brayden Webb collected plenty of the ball to finish with three and two goals respectively, but it was final quarter hero Rainbird who earned a special mention from Cornelius post-game.

“He’s a bit of an x-factor and I think he really showed that today; Mitch was on the bench with 14 minutes to go and we put it to him and he responded really well and stood up.  He won some crucial clearances and impressed with his two-way running.”

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan was not happy to go down in a nail biter but was proud of the character shown.

“As a coach, every time you lose you walk off disappointed, but with their four quarter effort, I thought our boys were fantastic today and probably a bit unlucky in the last couple of minutes not to get the win.”

He was pleased with how his side stood up in a match played with finals like-intensity, and hoped that the game would set them up to hold down a place in the top five.

“We’ve got a bit of work ahead of us to make sure we get there; I think once we get there we can really shake a couple of sides up.  We’ve got to focus week by week and make sure we try to lock away that fifth spot.”

Lonergan was full of praise for the brave efforts of his defenders, particularly Jimmy Aganas and Simon Vandervelde.

“It’s his (Vandervelde’s) first full year of senior football; he’s 18 years old and really raw to the sport.  His year has been fantastic and we’ve got some guys like him who are putting their hand up and having a massive crack and taking their opportunity.”

Jake Hinds played well above his years to have an influence on the match through the midfield for the Blues, as did Joe Boyce and Jay Blackberry.  Thomas Sheppard and Mariner Casey Brown also impressed Lonergan with their willingness to embrace the physicality of the contest, while Rulla Kelly-Mansell stood up in the final term to slot two crucial goals.

The Blues face a resurgent Devonport on the road next week before the bye gives them some extra time to prepare for the Northern showdown with North Launceston at Windsor Park in the final round of the home and away fixture.  Glenorchy have a fortnight to recover for a clash with the Tigers at Twin Ovals, then face rivals Clarence in what will be a huge match before finals commence.

 

GLENORCHY v. LAUNCESTON
Round 18 – 05/08/2017

Glenorchy                               5.0,  7.1,  7.1,  14.6  (90)

Launceston                              1.3,  7.6,  7.6,  12.12  (84)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 3, B. Rowbottom 2, H. Pearce 2, B. Webb 2, T. Bowden 2, M. Rainbird 2,
J. Webb 1

Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 2, J. Hinds 2, J. Smith 1, H. Leedham 1, C. Smith 1, S. Whiting 1,
J. Nunn 1, J. Blackberry 1, B. Palfreyman 1, S. Rundle 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
R. Mott, C. Daly, J. Bowden, B. Webb, C. Duffy, M. Rainbird

Launceston :
J. Boyce, J. Hinds, S. Vandervelde, C. Brown, J. Blackberry, T. Sheppard

Bombers blitz shores up top spot

Written by Andrew Johnston

North Launceston have all but locked down the minor premiership and have rung out the alarm bells to the competition with a stunning 69 point thumping of Clarence at University of Tasmania Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A commanding victory that justifiably positions Tom Couch’s men as Premiership favourites with their Captain and Vice-Captain still waiting in the wings.

The Bombers never looked troubled, kicking an astonishing 21 goals, including 10 goals without a blemish after half time to solidify their home final chances.

Tyran Mansell came out of the North lineup late but the ladder leaders were unshaken, starting with five goals in the opening quarter. The ever reliable Josh Ponting was solid in the opening quarter, gathering nine disposals and live wire Tarryn Thomas booted two goals and handed off a third in a dominant quarter from the hosts.

Jackson O’Brien and Zac Buechner started strongly for the visitors, keeping the ‘Roos in the fight.

The second quarter saw the Bombers pull away from their old rivals, booting six unanswered goals. Tom Bennett and Bart McCulloch both kicked their third goals in the quarter, while the in-form Ponting moved to 17 disposals. It was a dirty quarter for the Kangaroos, who managed just 6 behinds, and ended the quarter with stars Trent Standen and Jake Cox on report after a number of spot fires broke out.

Clarence were marginally better after the break, kicking three goals through Harper, Roberts and Buechner, with the Mariners youngster a major shining light in a bleak day for the Roos. Despite an improved showing from Clarence the quarter again belonged to North, who kicked six goals without a single blemish to take an unassailable 70 point lead into the final change.

The Roos again lifted in the final quarter but the game was well beyond them, kicking four goals in a number of string bursts of play. The day belonged to the Bombers, who added another four goals to run away with the huge win that rings out a stern warning to the rest of the competition on the eve of finals. Tom Bennett and Bart McCulloch both ended with four goals, while Josh Ponting gathered over 30 disposals as the standout midfielder of the day.

Clarence coach Jeremy Webberley spoke of his disappointment in his team’s performance.

“I thought we came up in training, throughout the week was quite good so to come up and deliver that sort of effort is unacceptable.

“Really disappointed, fuming actually to tell you the honest truth.

“We think we’ve been flat the last six weeks, and we thought it was just going through the colder months, but, today just wasn’t acceptable. It wasn’t good enough.”

Injured North Captain Taylor Whitford spoke highly of his team but said they were focused on finishing off the season strong.

“We want to keep improving, so today’s a step forward in our improvement on last week. But we’ve got a bye now, and Burnie after that, so we want to improve in that game.”

Both teams enter the bye in round 19, with North taking on Burnie afterwards, whilst Clarence enters a battle of the eastern shore against Lauderdale.

NORTH LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE
Round 18 – 05/08/2017

North Launceston                        5.5,  11.7,  17.7,  21.7  (133)

Clarence                                2.2,  2.8,  5.9,  9.10  (64)

GOALS, North Launceston :
T. Bennett 5, B. McCulloch 4, T. Thomas 2, T. Couch 2, M. Walsh 2, K. Baker 1,
Z. Burt 1, B. Cox-Goodyer 1, M. Donnelly 1, L. Hollmer 1, K. Curtis 1

Clarence :
T. Standen 3, Z. Buechner 2, J. Roberts 2, I. Callinan 1, J. Harper 1

BEST, North Launceston :
A. Lee, T. Bennett, J. Ponting, J. Pearce, J. Avent, F. Bennett

Clarence :
Z. Buechner, M. Ling, J. O’Brien, N. Douglas, G. Chambers, W. Wall

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 18

Written by Alex FitzGerald

 

Saturday 5th August

Burnie vs Lauderdale (West Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 25.18.168 def Burnie 9.2.56 (Round 9, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

Lauderdale had nine multiple goal kickers, with Ray Hill and Ryan Wiggins combining for seven majors as the Bombers, led by Robbie McManus, put the Dockers to the sword.

Form Guide:

Burnie (LLL) – COLD:

The Dockers are in the midst of a rebuild and big losses like the one to Glenorchy in Round 14 can be expected occasionally.  A fighting 20 point loss to ladder leader North Launceston pleased coach Clint Proctor, and a strong first half against Clarence last week shows there is plenty of upside and determination among the young coastal group.

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers shook off a strong challenge from Glenorchy last Sunday to win by 13 points, and now are highly unlikely to be unseated from third position on the ladder.  Big wins over the Tigers and Devonport in Rounds 15 and 16 have Lauderdale full of confidence, with the boys from MyState Park playing as well as any side in the competition at the moment.

Key Matchups:

Mariner squad member Ethan Jackson has shown promise for the Dockers on the wing this season, and he may line up on Rhys Sutton, who was damaging on the outside for Lauderdale last week, with a number of kicks inside attacking 50 early in the match.

Jamieson House kicked two goals last week from half forward, and rebounding small defender Mitch Anderton will look to curtail his influence and hurt the Dockers with his run the other way, as he did with his 22 disposals and a running goal against Glenorchy.

Fire Starters:

The Walters brothers are prime movers for the Dockers and with wet weather expected their big bodies and ability to get it done in tough conditions, they will be vitally important.

Dylan Fyfe may not have garnered the attention some of his team mates have in recent weeks, but the tough inside midfielder is capable of turning a game by racking up key touches in a short period of time. His burst out of the middle to give and receive the football before goaling from long range last week showed just how damaging Fyfe can be.

Ins/Outs:
Burnie

In: B. Challis, J. O’Donnell
Out: T. Mundy,  B. Rubock 

Lauderdale

In: R. Hooker
Out: P. Bellchambers

Fitz’s Tip: Lauderdale are on a roll, with their strong form and lack of injuries seeing them put together eye-catching performances week in, week out.  Burnie will no doubt try to limit the damage, but the Bombers should claim their first win at West Park in a long time on Saturday.  Lauderdale by 54.

 

Devonport vs Tigers (Devonport Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Tigers 11.8.74 def Devonport 9.9.63 (Round 9, 2017, at Twin Ovals)

A fired up Devonport kicked the opening four goals of the match, with midfielders Brad Symmons and Beau Sharman influential, but the Tigers overran the visitors in the final term, with the late charge led by defender Mitchell Carter and four goal standout Ethan Brock.

Form Guide:

Devonport (LLL) – MILD:

The coastal Magpies continue to put faith in their youth policy, with narrow losses to Hobart City Demons and North Launceston preceding the ten goal defeat at the hands of Lauderdale in Round 16.  Devonport will see this week as a very winnable match, as they’ve outscored the Tigers in season 2017 so far.

Tigers (LLL) – COLD:

While the Tigers almost snatched a victory on the road against Launceston in Round 16, heavy losses on either side of that match to Lauderdale and North Launceston clearly demonstrate the current gap in form between the top four sides and the rest.  With consistency, an issue, this weekend’s result depends on which Tiger outfit shows up.

Key Matchups:

Devonport midfielder Brad Symmons accumulated possessions at will last time these two sides met and was particularly damaging with his kicking inside attacking 50.  The experienced Marcus Davies, with his physicality and tight-checking ways, would be the ideal match up.

Key forward Mitch Thorp is hard to curtail once on a roll, as he showed against North Launceston, but one player who has been able to shut him down in the past has been stingy Tigers’ defender Tyler Carter.  If he doesn’t come back into the side, then the determined Marcus Gardner should stand the imposing Magpies playing coach.

Fire Starters:

Brayden Butler has been in damaging form for Devonport, with the strong-bodied utility among his side’s best in the last four games.  His knack of finding the football and using it well is coupled with a keen goal sense, with the underrated 20-year-old having booted 11 majors so far this season.

Brandon Batchelor has had an interrupted season, with a foot injury sidelining the long-kicking medium sized forward for over a month.  Now fully fit, he has booted five majors from further up the ground in the last fortnight and looks in ominous form, with a dominant performance not far away.

Ins/Outs:

Devonport

UNCHANGED

Tigers

In: B. Graham
Out: B. Rees

Fitz’s Tip: Both sides are looking to arrest losing streaks, and with finals off the table, expect a real contest at Devonport Oval on Saturday.  The result will come down to effort and desire, with the improving Magpies now arguably matching the Tigers in ability and form.  Devonport by 5.

 

Glenorchy vs Launceston (KGV Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Launceston 16.5.101 def Glenorchy 4.7.31 (Round 9, 2017, at Windsor Park)

An accurate Launceston kicked 10 straight goals in the first half to blow the more-fancied Magpies away at Windsor Park.  James Gillow and Rulla Kelly-Mansell combined for seven goals, with Blues’ midfielders Brodie Palfreyman and Jay Blackberry at their damaging best.

Form Guide:

Glenorchy (WLL) – MILD:

The Pies have had a dramatic few weeks, upstaging Clarence without superstar Jaye Bowden in Round 14, before succumbing to North Launceston by a miserly four points the next week.  Glenorchy finished the hard-fought 13 point loss against Lauderdale last week with only one fit player on the bench, with the hamstrung Zac Webster a big concern for the club as finals near.

Launceston  (LWL) – MILD:

The Blues are clinging onto fifth position on the ladder after going down to nearest challenger Hobart City Demons by nine points at home last week.  The fortnight prior saw a 27 point loss to Clarence, with a five point win over the Tigers giving Launceston a much-needed victory.  A strong handful of games before finals is needed as the Blues seek the form they’ve shown they’re capable of in patches this season.

Key Matchups:

Hamish Leedham and Cameron Duffy are two of the form ruckmen of the competition, and when firing both are capable of having a huge influence on their respective midfield’s performances.  Expect a physical and entertaining duel. Duffy is able to influence around the field but Leedham is a contested beast.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell is a difficult forward to match up on, given his aerial and kicking abilities.  Glenorchy and State representative defender Jordon Arnold will most likely get the job on RKM, with the fearless Magpie in stellar form of late.

Fire Starters:

Jaye Bowden is reportedly managing a leg injury but hasn’t let it affect his form on the field.  The RACT Player of the Year leader was a cut above against Lauderdale last week with his poise and disposal, setting up a number of goals while booting five of his side’s nine majors for the afternoon.  His three goals in the third term shifted the game in his side’s favour, with everything he did influential.

Jay Blackberry possesses one of the best kicks in the competition, with his lethal left boot often sending perfect drop punts into waiting team mates’ hands.  His midfield game is all class, and his ability to link up play at either end of the ground as well as kick crucial goals can cut teams apart in a short period of time.

Ins/Outs:

Glenorchy

In: B. Rowbottom, A. Brennan, B. Webb, R. Banks-Smith
Out: B. Kamaric, Z. Webster,  D. Grant, C. Salter

Launceston

In: S. Vandervelde, T. Auckland
Out: N. O’Donoghue, J. Donnellan

Fitz’s Tip: Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius holds Launceston in high regard, publicly declaring them as one of the best sides in the state during the week.  The Blues may have obliterated the Magpies last time they met, but strong additions to the side in recent months, as well as form, indicates that the hosts should turn the tables this time around.  Glenorchy by 18.

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

Last Time They Met:

Clarence 16.7.103 def North Launceston 12.14.86 (Round 9, 2017, at Blundstone Arena)

Clarence kicked eleven goals across the second and third quarters in a strong showing, with the Roos having five multiple goal scorers for the day.  Midfielder Jackson O’Brien dominated for the winners, while Tom Couch finished with six majors for the Bombers.

Form Guide:

North Launceston (WWW) – HOT:

The ladder leaders can do no wrong, and despite a run of injuries to key personnel, have won their last three games, with the highlight being the four point thriller against Glenorchy.  Classy half back Jay Lockhart is still a week away, with captain Taylor Whitford also still on the sidelines. Tom Bennett returns to add to their forward half and importantly Tarryn Thomas looks likely to play after a twist to his knee last week. Richter-Salter’s suspension is a serious blow to their defensive setup mind you.

Clarence (LWW) – HOT:

Clarence remains second on percentage only after winning their last two matches against Hobart City Demons and Burnie by a combined total of 98 points.  The Roos were defeated by a fired up Glenorchy at home in Round 15, but played well enough to suggest it was a minor stumble. Mobile big man Sam Siggins comes back in and Jeromey Webberley is an outside chance after naming himself as an emergency.

Key Matchups:

Tom Couch got off the chain last time these sides met, dominating the midfield and kicking six goals, so don’t be surprised if specialist run-with player Gabby Chambers is given the task on him.

Experienced Clarence small forwards Ian Callinan and Trent Standen have been on fire, and the Bombers could try a rotation of rebounding defenders in Jay Foon and Tyran Mansell on them in an attempt to run the duo ragged and keep them accountable going the other way.

Fire Starters:

Josh Ponting is coming off a big three weeks, with the unheralded midfielder stepping up in the absence of regular ball-winners Whitford and Lockhart to stamp his authority on games with his clearance work.  Ponting’s ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard has seen him become a damaging part of the side.

Jake Cox reminded us how good he is last weekend, with the pacy wingman gathering ten touches and booting three goals in the opening term alone.  With his long-term hand injury now forgotten, Cox is a player capable of breaking a game open within minutes, as he has done a number of times in season 2017.

Ins/Outs:

North Launceston

In: T. Bennett, F. Bennett
Out: A. Richter-Salter, C. Lowe

Clarence

In: S. Siggins
Out: A. Grace

Fitz’s Tip: This is a salivating match up between the current first and second placed sides, with the winner to move a game clear in first.  With both sides possessing enviable firepower up forward and elite midfields, expect a shootout at UTAS Stadium, with the Roos slight favourites due to them being closer to full strength. Clarence by 14.

TSL TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 17

Young talent time.

Some young guns shone in Round 17 of the TSL with Anderton, Gadomski, Norton, Baker, House all getting a call up into the all-star outfit.

Fisher makes it back to back nods, as well as O’Brien, Standen and Wall all from the red and white. Cox-Goodyer, Ponting, Baker and Mott are also back to back representatives.

Clarence are top of the pops with five picked, while North Launceston, Lauderdale and Hobart City Demons have four-apiece.

BACKS

Mitch Anderton (Lauderdale)

The helmeted defender made a huge impact, with his defensive pressure and rebounding work fighting off many a forward entry.  Brave beyond his size, Anderton had 22 disposals for the game and pushed forward to kick a crucial goal after breaking a tackle in the final term.

Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

Holding Launceston to five goals was a terrific outcome as the skipper lead a tight defensive unit to nullify some dangerous options. Sonny Whiting and Rulla Kelly-Mansell combined for just one goal.

Lachlan Gadomski (Tigers FC)

The Tigers youngster was brilliant at the back and was his team’s best in a loss. A quality young defender. Went for his marks and made good decisions.

 

HALF BACKS

Michael Fisher (Clarence)

Fisher played a key role in defusing Burnie’s attempts at scoring throughout the game. He provided strong run for the Roos to clear the footy and set up Clarence’s end to end attacks.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

Earned the praise of assistant coach Clint Brown for his match and understandably so.  McGuinness worked hard in defence, spent time in the middle and was utilised up forward in what was a strong all-round performance from the lanky former Brisbane Lion. His numbers weren’t huge, but his influence was.

Joe Boyce (Launceston)

Boyce was the pick of the Blues with a fantastic game right across the ground. Got things moving for Launceston and had a key influence behind the ball and in transition.

CENTRES

Nic Baker (Hobart City Demons)

Continues to impress and was the stand out player on the ground with his run and carry. A quality player with a bright future.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien played one of his best games of the season, and was a force in the centre of the ground for the Roos. His ball movement at key times for the Roos was essential for their victory. O’Brien was singled out post-match for his impact.

Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

Ponting continued his purple patch of form in the Northern Bombers’ engine room, working well with the likes of Couch and Cox-Goodyer to help the visitors get on top around the ground and grind out a convincing victory

 

HALF FORWARDS

Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

The Tigers had no answer to the strength and class of Cox-Goodyer on Saturday afternoon as the Bomber ran riot through the midfield, finishing with three goals. Perhaps the most influential player on the ground, Cox-Goodyer’s standing as one of the competition’s guns was only further enhanced at the Twin Ovals, and he looms as a serious threat leading into September action.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

A last-minute inclusion after being under an injury cloud, Bowden was sensational.  His poise and ball use set up a number of goals for team mates, and he finished with five majors himself, including a long bomb in the final term to give the Magpies hope.  His third term alone was full of highlights, with the superstar kicking the only three goals of the quarter, one on his non-preferred foot.

Alex Hevey (Lauderdale)

The half forward was at his enigmatic best, gathering 20 disposals, six clearances and five marks in an ever-present performance.  Both of his goals came at times when Lauderdale needed them the most, in the second and final terms, and his eight last quarter disposals displayed his will to run out the match when many were at a standstill.

FORWARDS

Trent Standen (Clarence)

Standen kicked four of the Roos 17 goals, and was one of the more accurate shots on the day for a side that kicked 17 behinds as well.

Zach Burt (North Launceston)

Burt finished with four majors, including three in the first half at the Twin Ovals when the match was in the balance, taking advantage of the delivery his Bomber teammates provided him.

Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons)

A return to form for Williamson, his forward pressure was up and his speed was on show with four goals coming from his explosive running.

 

FOLLOWERS

Wade Wall (Clarence)

Wall was dominant in the ruck throughout the day, giving his team first use of the ball at almost every stoppage. He was essential in Clarence’s midfield dominance.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

The North Launceston playing-coach may have conceded that he hasn’t been at full fitness across the past few rounds, but he has clearly done a good job at hiding this with yet another inspired performance. Couch spent much of his afternoon in the Bomber engine room and finished with four goals in a performance that oozed class, poise and leadership.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

The hardworking midfielder had in excess of 30 disposals and nine clearances, the most for the game, with his in and under work around stoppages tireless.  Franklin was a part of key possession chains all day to be the best midfielder on the park, with 19 of his possessions coming in the second half.

 

INTERCHANGE

Tim Castle (Clarence)
Clarence’s backline dominance was due in a large part to Castle’s role throughout the day. Played strongly across the line, preventing Burnie from taking many marks on entry, as well as moving the ball back out and preventing repeat entries to hold the Dockers to three low scoring quarters

Baxter Norton (Hobart City Demons)

Another great game for Norton who continues to show his wares as a quality emerging midfielder. Attacking the footy hard and is becoming more and more prevalent with ball in hand.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

The evasive midfielder was at his best, finding time and space where there was none, and often hitting team mates with pinpoint left foot passes.  With injuries hitting the Magpies, Mott stood up in a big way and played a solid four quarters.

Jamieson House (Burnie)

House was one of the shining lights for a Dockers side that put up an impressive game. He kicked two goals in quick succession during the Dockers dominant second quarter, and played a key role in keeping them in the game.

 

Unlucky Omissions…

Rhys Sutton – Had twelve disposals in the first half, with close to half of those being kicks inside attacking 50.  Sutton ran hard on the wing to try and keep a stoppage-riddled game moving, often finding himself in space away from his opponent.

Magpie tall Mitch Hills had a solid game in the ruck and was a presence when resting forward, kicking two goals.

Lauderdale midfield trio Bryce Walsh (25 disposals, 11 tackles), Dylan Fyfe (25 disposals, eight tackles and a goal) and Thor Boscott all had big games.

Jay Blackberry is a star and he had another influential game with some pristine ball use off half back and through the middle. Casey Brown was outstanding again out of defence.

Rudi Barrett lead from the front for the Dockers, while red-head duo Ethan Jackson and Tom Mundy both had bright moments and Blair Rubock snared three.

Young Simpson had a top game for North Launceston and looks to have made himself a part of Tom Couch’s plans.

 

 

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BURNIE DOCKERS v. LAUDERDALE 

Round 18 – 05/08/2017

1:00PM – WEST PARK

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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: T. Morrison, R. Barrett, B. Rubock
R: T. Charles, N. Walters, J. Dowling
Int: F. Poke, B. Murray, J. O’Donnell, B. Challis
Emg: B.Jackson, S. Redman, B. Brown, A. Bates

In: B. Challis, J. O’Donnell
Out: T. Mundy,  B. Rubock 

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

In: R. Hooker
Out: P. Bellchambers


DEVONPORT v. TIGERS 

Round 18 – 05/08/2017

2:00PM – DEVONPORT OVAL

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

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Tigers
B: O. Burrows-Cheng, T. Peterson, L. Griggs
HB: M. Carter, M. Walker, L. Gadomski
C: J.  Bilson, M.  Davies, W. Cleeland
HF: C. Nield, C. Sawdy, B. Livingston
F: C. Bryant, H. Dixon, B. Batchelor
R: M. Gardner, L. Watt, S. Rice
Int: C. Woolley, T. Cowen, B. Graham, L. Clifford
Emg: M. Cooke, M. Coad, J. Lister, E. Brock

In: B. Graham
Out: B. Rees


GLENORCHY v. LAUNCESTON 

Round 18 – 05/08/2017

2:00PM – KGV

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

In: B. Rowbottom, A. Brennan, B. Webb, R. Banks-Smith
Out: B. Kamaric, Z. Webster,  D. Grant, C. Salter

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Launceston
B: C. Brown, S. Vandervelde, R. Tyrrell
HB: J. Boyce, J. Aganas, C. Savage
C: J.  Smith, J.  Blackberry, T.  Sheppard
HF: C. Sheppard, J. Nunn, R. Kelly-Mansell
F: C. Smith, T. Auckland, S. Lonergan
R: H. Leedham, J. Hinds, B. Palfreyman
Int: S. Williams, S. Whiting, S. Rundle, B. Taylor
Emg: C. Downie, J. Donnellan, M. Hutchinson, M. Hodge

In: S. Vandervelde, T. Auckland
Out: N. O’Donoghue, J. Donnellan


NORTH LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE 

Round 18 – 05/08/2017

2:00PM – UTAS STADIUM

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

In: T. Bennett, F. Bennett
Out: A. Richter-Salter, C. Lowe

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

In: S. Siggins
Out: A. Grace

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LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB v. CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 11 – 06/08/2017

12:00PM – WINDSOR PARK

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

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


 BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB v. GLENORCHY FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 11 – 06/08/2017

1:00PM – WEST PARK

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Burnie Football Club
B: S. Rodman, L. Stevenson,
HB: K. Sheehan, L. Haines,
C: C.  Loring, J.  Brown, E.  Humphries
HF: C. Chandler, S. Skinner, K. Loring
F: S. Loring, S. Edwards,
R: M. Wright, K. Goodson, C. Haines
Int: S. Ferguson-Stevens, K. Johnson, S. Overall, M. Boscoe
Emg: K. Vos

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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 

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact Damian Gill on 0400 714 353

TRIBUNAL RESULTS

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Two matters were heard at last night’s tribunal hearing, please see below for the results.

Tasmanian State League

Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston) referred for making contact with an umpire 

The Match Review Panel offered Richter-Salter a low-level reprimand. Since Richter-Salter has received a low-level reprimand already in season 2017, his base sanction is increased to two matches. The base sanction of two matches can be reduced to one match with an early guilty plea. 

Richter-Salter rejected the offer with the case heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday Night (01/08/2017).

Richter-Salter pleaded not guilty to the charge but was found guilty so therefore was unable to have the early guilty plea benefit and was sentenced to a TWO match suspension.

SANCTION: TWO MATCHES
Mercury Cup

Joshua Wells (Lauderdale) referred for an off the ball incident on Mason Chatwin (Burnie)

Due to a lack of evidence, this case was heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday night (01/08/2017).

A charge of striking was laid against Wells to which he pleaded not guilty.

After a hearing lasting almost three hours, the tribunal found that player Wells was guilty of striking and considered the act was careless with high contact and severe impact and sentenced him to an EIGHT match suspension.

SANCTION: EIGHT MATCHES

 

MATCH REVIEW PANEL RESULTS: ROUND 17

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 17

 

Tasmanian State League

1. Josh Watts (Glenorchy) was reported for umpire abuse

The Match Review Panel offered Watts a low-level reprimand.

Watts has accepted a low-level reprimand.

SANCTION: Reprimand

2. John Geard (Glenorchy) was referred for making high contact against Phil Bellchambers (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental as a part of the contest. No further action is required.

NO FURTHER ACTION

3. Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy) referred for tripping Mitch Anderton (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental as a part of the contest. No further action is required.

NO FURTHER ACTION

4. Tyrone Morrison (Burnie) referred for making high contact against Jake Cox (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was incidental and the force did not constitute a reportable offence. No further action is required.

NO FURTHER ACTION

5. Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston) referred for making contact with an umpire

The Match Review Panel offered Richter-Salter a low-level reprimand. Since Richter-Salter has received a low-level reprimand already in season 2017, his base sanction is increased to two matches. The base sanction of two matches can be reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Richter-Salter has rejected the offer. This case will now be heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday Night.

TO BE HEARD AT TRIBUNAL HEARING ON TUESDAY (01/08/2017) NIGHT

6. Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston) & Samael Rice (Tigers) were referred for making contact with an umpire

The Match Review Panel found that both players were engaged in contesting the stoppage and could not avoid contact. No further action.

All clubs will be placed on notice for any contact of similar nature to this incident.
7. Corey Sheppard (Launceston) referred for making high contact against Ed Cole (Hobart City Demons)

The Match Review Panel found that a free kick paid was the correct decision and that the action did not constitute a reportable offence. No further action.

NO FURTHER ACTION

8. Brendan Taylor (Launceston) reported for striking Blake Grant (Hobart City Demons)

The Match Review Panel found the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the body. Taylor has been offered a base sanction of one match, which can be reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Taylor has accepted a reprimand.

SANCTION: Reprimand

 

Lauderdale prevail over winged Magpies

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Lauderdale has all but locked down third spot on the ladder after defeating Glenorchy by 13 points in a tight affair at a blustery Lauderdale Oval on Sunday.

Glenorchy led the see-sawing match between the two powerhouses by two points at the final change after Jaye Bowden kicked three majors in the third term before the home side ran over the top late to walk off 13.16 (82) to 10.9 (69) winners.

Liam Meagher was a late withdrawal from the Lauderdale side after freakishly being knocked out by a football in the pre-game warm up, with teenager Corey Laoumzis replacing him minutes before the first bounce.  Jaye Bowden was cleared to pull on the boots for the Magpies despite being under an injury cloud, with anticipation high among the strong crowd.

The first quarter saw Glenorchy draw first blood through a Zac Webster goal from the boundary, with Mitch Hills kicking the Pies’ second just seconds later.  The two sides traded goals from then on in fast-moving fashion, with the visiting side holding a slim 4.2 (26) to 3.4 (22) lead at the first break.

It was Bowden who got the ball rolling in the second term, with the Magpie booting the opening goal and having a major influence with ball in hand early on.  From then on the home side lifted their effort and intensity, with Thor Boscott’s midfield influence resulting in three straight Lauderdale goals via the boots of Alex Hevey, Josh McGuinness and Toutai Havea.  Hills kicked his second major for Glenorchy to temporarily halt the Bombers’ charge, but late goals to swingman Ryan Wiggins and midfielder Dylan Fyfe saw the Bombers head into the rooms after a jostle at half time with a handy 8.9 (57) to 6.5 (41) lead.

Both sides started the half a player down, with a poke in the eye sidelining Lauderdale wingman Phil Bellchambers while Magpie defender Dylan Grant was unable to recover from a collision with Boscott just a minute into the third term.  With the wind picking up and light rain falling, Glenorchy did all the attacking early, and the quarter well and truly belonged to the classy Bowden.  Playing forward, he kicked three crucial goals to be the difference between the sides, and with Lauderdale failing to seize their opportunities at the other end and managing just five behinds for the term, Glenorchy went into the final stanza ahead 9.9 (63) to 8.13 (61).

The fourth quarter began in dramatic fashion, with a 100 metre penalty against Glenorchy’s Josh Watts seeing Josh McGuinness slot his second goal from 30 out after originally being paid a free kick at half back.  Alex Hevey followed with a second major of his own after a brilliant Ed Stanley tackle on Mitch Rainbird at half forward, and when Mitch Anderton kicked the Bomber’s third for the term on the run, the home side were out to a 17 point lead.  Magpie midfielder Rhys Mott found Bowden with a pinpoint kick late in the term, and when Bowden sold the man on the mark the dummy to kick his fifth goal from long range, the margin was cut to 13 points.  A number of forced stoppages on the wing followed, and the Magpies were unable to apply further scoreboard pressure, as Lauderdale recorded a hard-fought 13 point victory at the final siren.

Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown was pleased with the win.

“It was a scrappy affair, but to get the four points against Glenorchy, who are in really good form at the moment, was a great result,”

He admitted that there was concern among the Bomber camp at three quarter time, but praised several versatile players’ efforts in the decisive final term.

“We probably could have pushed away with the breeze (in the last) but didn’t use it that smartly if you look at how many points we kicked.

“We pushed Max Kleverkamp forward in the last quarter and he created a lot of scoring opportunities.  I think Josh McGuinness was one of our best players for the day; he controlled the back, went into the midfield, and even went forward at times and created scoring opportunities as well.”

Lauderdale was served well by McGuinness and Kleverkamp, with midfield quartet Nat Franklin, Alex Hevey, Dylan Fyfe and Bryce Walsh all complementing solid performances with big final terms respectively.  Thor Boscott was damaging every time he touched the ball, with Ryan Wiggins also solid in a mainly defensive role.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was proud of his wounded charges and impressed with the Lauderdale outfit.

“It’s obviously disappointing not to get the win, but I’m very proud of the boys and how they went about it again; we’ve had an interesting year with injuries and things aren’t going our way, but you have to deal with it.

“Lauderdale played the ground really well; they hunted in packs they tackled well, they moved the ball on.  They’re a classy side with a good midfield.”

Cornelius was pleased with the efforts of utility Mitch Hills, who finished with two goals, and how Rhys Mott broke free of his close-checking opponents to move the ball effectively, but it was the game of five goal hero Bowden that had him smiling the most.

“He’s very patient with the footy and understands the game; he reads it quite well.  He’s a classy player and if you get the ball in his hands he makes a difference.”

The Magpies will be counting the cost of Sunday’s match, with pacy wingman Zac Webster re-injuring his hamstring compiling knocks sustained by defenders Dylan Grant and Jordon Arnold.  Cornelius’ side faces Launceston next week, a club he rates as one of the better sides in the competition, with the coach expecting a four quarter effort of his likely-to-be depleted 22.

Lauderdale will travel to West Park to meet last-placed Burnie, with the Bombers not having won at the ground in some time and determined to build on their strong form by returning with the four points.

 

LAUDERDALE v. GLENORCHY
Round 17 – 30/07/2017

Lauderdale                              3.4,  8.9,  8.13,  11.16  (82)

Glenorchy                               4.2,  6.5,  9.9,  10.9  (69)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
J. Williams 2, A. Hevey 2, T. Havea 1, T. Boscott 1, A. Hill 1, E. Stanley 1,
R. Wiggins 1, M. Anderton 1, D. Fyfe 1

Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 5, M. Hills 2, Z. Webster 1, M. Rainbird 1, B. Reynolds 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
J. McGuinness, N. Franklin, A. Hevey, R. Wiggins, D. Fyfe, M. Kleverkamp

Glenorchy :
R. Mott, J. Bowden, M. Hills, J. Arnold, T. Butterworth, J. Arnold

Roos kick away

Written by Andrew Johnston

A classy Clarence held off a much improved Burnie Dockers to claim a 43 point win at Blundstone Arena, further tightening their grip on a home final.

The Roos had a whopping 34 scoring shots but inaccurate kicking minimised the damage for the Dockers, who made the most of their opportunities to kick 11 goals for the day.

Clarence opened the game with a dominant first quarter, starting with a frenzy kicking the first six goals to a wind assisted Boon Stand end.

Jake Cox was a force for the home side in the first quarter, kicking three individual goals and dominating the middle of the ground. The Dockers made a number of skill errors throughout the first quarter but their effort at the contest meant they remained in touch at the first change.

With the second quarter came a massive lift from Burnie, finding their groove with an impressive term of footy to see them within striking distance of a lead. The back six of the Dockers worked hard to keep the Roos goalless, while Jamieson House kicked two of the Dockers five goals to head into the major break down by just one point to open the door for an upset for the ages.

The Roos responded strongly to the mounting Dockers challenge, kicking eight goals in the third quarter to get on top. Captain Brady Jones began to dominate in the midfield, while Ian Callinan kicked three. But the Dockers bucked the trend, kicking three goals against the wind, sending the Roos in with a 30 point lead at the final change.

In the final quarter, Clarence’s class held the Dockers at bay, managing to score three goals against the wind, while holding Burnie to just two. The Roos continued their dominance in the middle, with Wade Wall providing his midfielders with good service and  Jackson O’Brien played one of his best games of the year as the Roos increased the margin for a 43 point win.

Clarence assistant coach Mitch Swan spoke highly of his team’s resolve after half time.

“I just thought our good players got their hands on the ball at important times of the game.

“It was good to get the lead in that third quarter but full credit to Burnie, I thought they were pretty good.”

Burnie coach Clint Proctor was happy his team remained competitive in games late in a difficult season.

“When you’re in the position we are it is easy to fall away, so it’s great that the effort and intensity was there throughout the day.

“I thought we really adapted and put in a great effort, and we’re really looking forward to building on that.”

The Dockers host Lauderdale next week at West Park, whilst Clarence head north to UTAS Stadium to take on top placed North Launceston, in what shapes as one of the games of the year.

 

CLARENCE v. BURNIE DOCKERS
Round 17 – 30/07/2017

Clarence                                6.4,  6.8,  14.11,  17.17  (119)

Burnie Dockers                          1.2,  6.7,  9.10,  11.10  (76)

GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 4, I. Callinan 3, J. Cox 3, G. Chambers 2, M. Blackburn 2, J. O’Brien 1,
J. Harper 1, A. Grace 1

Burnie Dockers :
B. Rubock 3, R. Barrett 2, J. House 2, T. Charles 2, T. Mundy 1, B. Boag 1

BEST, Clarence :
M. Fisher, T. Castle, J. O’Brien, W. Wall, T. Standen, B. Jones

Burnie Dockers :
R. Barrett, T. Mundy, T. Morrison, J. House, N. Walters, E. Smith

 

Demons keep finals hopes alive

Written by Richard Bannon

Hobart City’s hopes of making the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League’s top five have received a massive boost, following their stirring nine-point victory over Launceston at Windsor Park yesterday afternoon.

The Demons remain in sixth place on the ladder but have now drawn level on points with the Blues following the 8.8-56 to 5.17-47 win.

Launceston, who have played one less game than Hobart City, boast a significantly higher percentage than the Demons.

Essentially, Hobart City needs to win their remaining two games of the season against Lauderdale (away) and Tigers FC (home) by massive margins to make up for percentage, whilst relying on Launceston to drop at least two of their remaining three matches against Glenorchy (away), Devonport (away), and North Launceston (home).

Hobart City’s victory came on the back of a four-goal haul from star forward Josh Williamson, with two of his goals coming in the opening term to give the Demons an ideal start.

Launceston’s Jake Nunn also kicked two majors in the first term, but it was the Demons who led at the first change, 3.4-22 to 2.2-14.

Inaccuracy cruelled Launceston in the second, kicking a wasteful 1.6 to the Demon’s 1.2 to trail the away side by four points at half time.

With its season on the line, Hobart City came out firing in the third term, kicking three goals to skip ahead of the Blues

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan converted a major to keep his side in the contest, but still trailed Hobart City by 15-points at the last change.

The goal kicking yips then crept back into the game of the Blues, as they kicked a wayward 1.6 to 1.1 in the final term to let Hobart City off the hook despite dominating the general play.

LAUNCESTON v. HOBART CITY DEMONS
Round 17 – 29/07/2017

Hobart City Demons                      3.4,  4.6,  7.7,  8.8  (56)

Launceston                              2.2,  3.8,  4.10,  5.17  (47)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 4, S. Willis 1, J. Charlton 1, B. Grant 1, N. Baker 1

Launceston :
S. Lonergan 2, J. Nunn 2, R. Kelly-Mansell 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
N. Baker, B. Norton, C. White, H. Williams, B. Grant, J. Williamson

Launceston :
J. Boyce, J. Hinds, C. Brown, J. Nunn, S. Rundle, J. Blackberry