ROUND 1 TEAMS

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League Teams – Round 1

HOBART CITY DEMONS v. GLENORCHY  Round 1 – 31/03/2017

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

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

TIGERS v. BURNIE DOCKERS  Round 1 – 01/04/2017

Tigers
B: B. McCulloch, A. Humphrey, L. Gadomski
HB: M. Carter, C. Johns, J. Bilson
C: B.  Rees, M.  Davies, M.  Brouwer
HF: B. Livingston, J. Pearce, E. Brock
F: C. Nield, M. Walker, L. Clifford
R: T. Peterson, B. Batchelor, W. Cleeland
Int: S. Rice, C. Rawson, L. Watt, H. Dixon
Emg: J. Shaw, M. Booth, T. Hughes, T. Cowen


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

LAUDERDALE v. NORTH LAUNCESTON  Round 1 – 01/04/2017

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


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

DEVONPORT v. LAUNCESTON  Round 1 – 01/04/2017

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


Launceston
B: C. Savage, J. Nunn, R. Tyrrell
HB: J. Boyce, S. Vandervelde, A. Wright
C: S.  Rundle, S.  Lonergan, T.  Sheppard
HF: C. Sheppard, M. Spohn, R. Kelly-Mansell
F: J. Harris, H. Leedham, J. Hinds
R: N. O’Donoghue, J. Smith, J. Blackberry
Int: S. Whiting, J. Donnellan, B. Palfreyman, C. Jones
Emg: J. Gillow, Z. Griffiths, B. Taylor, M. Hutchinson

 

Mercury Cup Teams

TIGERS v. BURNIE DOCKERS  Round 1 – 01/04/2017

Tigers
To be selected from:
O. Farid, R. Blakers, T. Gogolin, A. Webster, R. Rinaldi, H. Bradburn,
O. Burrows-Cheng, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, M. Gardner, T. Carter, A. Huizing,
H. Crack, R. Walker, J. Lister, M. Booth, J. Keogh, T. Hughes,
T. Cowen, L. Knowles, B. Donnelly, H. Graham, B. Graham, C. Sawdy,
L. Griggs

Burnie Dockers
To be selected from:
C. Bracken, S. Hamilton, J. Nankivell, B. Martin, A. Good, J. Doust,
M. ODonnell, S. Redman, B. Brown, C. Carpenter, B. Jackson, L. Ryan,
R. Jackson, F. Poke, H. Cobbing, B. Hayes, B. Walker, S. Saward,
M. Chatwin, B. Colgrave, L. Evans, J. O’Donnell, C. Beamish, J. Bugg,
J. Weller, N. Belbin, A. Bates, O. Fryett

LAUDERDALE v. NORTH LAUNCESTON  Round 1 – 01/04/2017

Lauderdale
To be selected from:
C. Best, J. Wells, J. Turnbridge, K. Byfield, M. McGuinness, N. Grubb,
T. Daff, C. Brown, R. Hooker, C. Hooker, J. Perkins, D. Johns,
B. Newell, S. Perkins, P. Hudson, Z. Pagent, A. Brewster, B. Allie, I. Francis,
H. Bodnar, C. Hooker, Z. Berry, T. Steele, S. Adams, D> Stewart, T. Bluett,

North Launceston
To be selected from:
H. Rand, T. Donnelly, H. Goss, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, T. Mansell,
K. Baker, D. Clayton, C. Praciak, C. Haines, A. Jefferies, C. Lowe,
J. Singline, J. Harris, B. de Bomford, B. Holmes, B. Simpson, F. Bennett,
M. Gray, C. Harrison, J. McCowan, J. Rowlands, L. Young, E. Davey,
B. Maynard , C. Anderson, M. Donnelly, J. Lanham, K. Curtis, B. Denman

HOBART CITY DEMONS v. GLENORCHY  Round 1 – 01/04/2017

Hobart City Demons
To be selected from:
P. Kearney, B. Williams, T. Clark, N. Lee, J. Cleaver, P. Barrett,
J. Clements, C. Ingram, W. Doyle, W. Hay, J. Denehey, M. Grace,
K. Wisniewski, J. McCulloch, Z. Doran, C. Ransom, R. Cowie, A. Bidgood,
J. Guesdon, P. Fisher, S. Fros, C. Kilpatrick

Glenorchy
To be selected from:
H. Gunther, N. Newman, A. Peach , J. Douglas, B. Rowbottom, R. Banks-Smith,
C. Goodsell, J. Stevenson, J. Bearman, A. Brennan, B. Patterson, T. Morgan,
J. Millhouse, D. Grant, D. Coppleman, J. Davie, S. Deverell, A. Roberts,
J. Farrow, H. Pearce, J. Sharp, L. Barwick, L. Rowbottom, S. Berry,
R. Oakley, C. Salter

Round 1 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Friday 31st March

Hobart City Demons vs Glenorchy (North Hobart Oval) 6:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 27.9.171 def Hobart City Demons 6.8.44 (Round 15, 2016, at North Hobart Oval

Hobart City Demons face the ultimate home and away test, meeting league powerhouse and reigning Premiers Glenorchy in the season opener under lights at North Hobart Oval. Coach Kane Richter has spoken about improving the Demons’ ability to withstand pressure from the top teams, and he’ll be pulling on the boots to lead the young midfield group, alongside pre-season standouts Eddie Cole and Will Campbell.  With captain Hugh Williams unlikely to play due to injury, the young Demons will need to step up from the get-go at North Hobart on Friday.

The off-season has seen seven of the players from Glenorchy’s 2016 Premiership side depart the club, but a number of younger players are ready to step up and fill their spots following impressive pre-seasons according to coach Aaron Cornelius.  The Magpies will welcome the inclusion of former Hawthorn small forward Zac Webster, and should form part of a strong attack alongside last year’s Alastair Lynch and Hudson medallist Jaye Bowden.

The Demons are expected to be big improvers this season, and hosting Glenorchy first up will demonstrate how close or far away they are from a top side.  Expect the seasoned Magpies players to lead from the front, with a few lesser names to stand out as they start 2017 in winning fashion.

Saturday 1st April

Tigers vs Burnie (Twin Ovals) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 16.9.105 def Tigers 13.7.85 (Round 12, 2016, at Twin Ovals

After a less than ideal pre-season, which included the dismissal of senior coach Scott Matheson just a fortnight before Round 1, the Tigers face coastal giants Burnie at home to kick off 2017.  New coach Aaron Vince and senior assistant Brad Willis are confident that the young Tigers lineup, including up to half a dozen Mariners representatives, can lift their game be remain competitive throughout entire matches this season.

The Dockers, who finished third in 2016, have been predicted to fall down the ladder this year by many pundits, but despite the loss of a number of club stalwarts, a core group of players remain hungry for the ultimate success in 2017.  With a pre-season focus on building speed and endurance, coach Clint Proctor expects his leaders to play at another level this year, and developing players to prove themselves capable of playing strong senior football.

With two of the more exciting young lists in the competition, expect a much closer contest between these sides in Round 1 than last year’s scorelines suggest.  Hosting at Twin Ovals may give the Tigers a slight advantage, but they must not underestimate the Dockers, who are able to score goals in quick succession, and having lost only three home and away matches last season.

Lauderdale vs North Launceston (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 16.7.103 def Tigers 9.5.59 (Round 11, 2016, at UTAS Stadium)

Lauderdale head into 2017 without Nick Dodge, Jack Siggins, Michael Cassidy, and a number of other names that have helped to propel the southern Bombers into a string of semi-finals over the last few seasons.  However signing former Brisbane Lion Josh McGuinness and the return of the highly-rated Nat Franklin should see a younger Bryce-Walsh led Bombers outfit again pushing for a finals appearance this season.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter sees North Launceston as one of the teams to beat in 2017, and the Northern outfit will start the season as flag favourites, having played in the last three grand finals and just falling to Glenorchy in the 2016 decider in former Coach Zane Littlejohn’s last game in charge of the club.  New playing coach Tom Couch is known for his love of fitness, and pre-season reports have the North Launceston squad looking quicker than ever.  The loss of  key big man Daniel Roozendal should be covered by the additions of Couch and Bart McCulloch, who bring AFL experience into the club.  Expect Mark Walsh and 17 year old Tarryn Thomas to build on their strong 2016 form.

2016 saw a clear gap between the top 3 sides and the rest, and this clash should give fans an idea of whether this has closed or remains the same.  Both teams like to move the ball quickly, and spectators should be treated to some spectacular high-standard football  at Lauderdale Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Devonport vs Launceston (Devonport Oval) 4:30pm

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Last Time They Met: Devonport 12.8.80 def Tigers 6.8.44 (Round 20, 2016, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport head into the season 2017 with a swag of young recruits, and have spent the pre-season focusing on fitness and work rate as they look to again challenge for a finals position.  Coach Mitch Thorp has built a strong culture at Devonport, and as a result the highly respected Dylan Riley and Beau Sharman will lead the players as co-captains.  Thorp is excited at the recruitment of goalkicking forward Brodie Connolly, and expects him to make an immediate impact on the TSL this year, along with youngsters Mitchell Perry, Brad Chard and Sherrin Egger.

Launceston coach  and former Essendon and Richmond player Sam Lonergan was the happiest man at the TSL Season Launch in March, and his return to football and positive outlook should drive Launceston to finish inside the top five after missing the finals for the last three seasons.  The development of youth at Windsor Park has been a positive, with Chayce Jones, Jake Hynds, Jack Donnellan and Tim Auckland predicted to put together strong performances for the Blues in 2017.  With an upbeat outlook and a hungry young list, Launceston could be the bolters this year, and are definitely a team to keep an eye as the season progresses.

Devonport play well at their home ground, and will be looking to start their season with a strong performance against Launceston in Round 1.  The match should see some of the TSL’s most impressive young players line up on one another, and the outcome could rely on which side has the most who are ready to step up across four quarters in 2017.

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Munday calls time

After 305 games in purple and white, Kade Munday has hung up the boots.

The all time Burnie Dockers games record holder has had a glittering career with a number of individual accolades as part of a hugely successful club.

Coach Clinton Proctor found it difficult to quantify the impact of Burnie’s departing great.

“Kade has been an outstanding leader at our football club, one of the most durable and reliable players I have coached,” Proctor explained.

“Every week we knew that he would be at the coal face, and leading by example for his players.

“A true champion of the Burnie Football Club and will go down as one of the greatest ever,” Proctor said.

Munday’s time in the game has seen five premierships – including the Dockers’ 2012 Tasmanian State League flag, a Baldock medal and three club Best and Fairests. A startling record and an amazing career that the departing Burnie leader found difficult to walk away from.

“I plan on going to most games this year and no doubt it will be hard going to watch the boys play,” the departing Captain said.

“Any decision to stop doing something you’ve done full time for the last 16 years is definitely hard but it had to come to an end sometime and I feel (my body) that it was probably a good time to finish before things go past you.

“On the flip side, it was an easy decision to be able to spend more time at home with a young family so I’m looking forward to that.

Munday has a significant career highlight reel but of all the accolades and success, there are a few clear cut moments that stick out for the departing skipper.

“The biggest highlight is the 2012 TSL premiership, being ask to captain and to and to have the opportunity to captain the Burnie Footy Club was also very special and I always enjoyed singing the song after winning a game against Devonport.”

Proctor describes Munday as reliable, Munday attributes that reliability to training hard.

“I had a very lucky journey with injury, and the friendships I formed as well as being part of a successful club. Started off playing without a lot of care and preparation but finished off the opposite, I did not have a lot of pace but probably kept the same pace for most of the game. Something I did pride myself on was my skills and being able to use both sides and like training hard and ask others to do the same.”

The departure of Munday and other experienced heads has seen a change of the guard at the Dockers with the club likely to field one of the youngest teams in the TSL in 2017. Despite a regeneration, he believes the new-look dockers can compete but ultimately he only desires one thing from his beloved Burnie, they must beat Devonport.

“I will find it tough to beat the top teams but will challenge them for the majority of games. It appears that the standard of teams may have dropped a bit with a lot of player movement but they will have fun and play without pressure this year. As long as they beat Devonport…”

Local rivalries aside, Munday believes in the path the club is following and hopes Burnie fans won’t have to wait long for further success.

“Clint (Proctor) has a clear vision of junior development and retention is so hard on North West coast but he is the right man to make this happen. Let’s hope they can challenge within the next three years again.”

Kade Munday

– 305 club games
– All time games record holder
– 5 X premiership player (02,03,04,05 & 12)
– 3 X B&F winner
– 5 X runner up B&F
– Top 3 finish 13/16 seasons B&F
– 2008 Baldock medalist
– 2 X NTFL representative team
– Tasmania State League representative team

 

2017 TSL Season Preview – Tigers

 

Written by Alex FitzGerald

TSL Inception: 2014

Home Ground: Twin Ovals, Kingston

Guernsey Colours: Yellow and Black

Head Coach: Aaron Vince

Senior Assistant Coach: Brad Willis

Senior Coaching Staff: Marcus Davies, Jon Lister.

Captain: Tim Peterson

Leadership Group: TBC

Rivals: Hobart City Demons, Lauderdale Bombers

Key Clashes: Round 1 vs Burnie at Twin Ovals on April 1

Round 3 vs Hobart City at Twin Ovals on April 14 (Good Friday)

Round 4 vs Glenorchy at KGV on April 25 (Anzac Day)

2016: Ninth

Ins: Mitchell Carter (Boulder City), Cameron Johns, Cameron Woolley, Hayden Crack, Josh Huizing (Huonville), Toby Cowen (Cygnet), Huw Graham, Ben Graham (Sandy Bay), Michael Booth, Ryan Rinaldi (year off)

Outs: Josh Halton (Cygnet), Daniel Golding, Jarrod Lawler, Ben Bowerman, Bevan Roberts, Luke Graham (Huonville), Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale), Micah Reynolds (Interstate), James Caulfield, Daniel Caulfield (Hobart Tigers)

2016 Recap:

2016 started well for the Tigers, smashing Hobart City in Round 1 and backing it up with a strong win over Clarence at home in Round 3.  From then on it was tough going, with a number of senior players such as Josh Halton, Marcus Davies, Tim Peterson and Jordon Roberts all succumbing to injury, and a number of big losses followed as a result. The young Tigers rallied to challenge Launceston and Lauderdale late in the season, showing glimpses of their potential, but by that stage finals were out of the question.

The new leader at the Twin Ovals, Aaron Vince!

2017 Pre-Season:

With the shock departure of newly appointed Head Coach Scott Matheson announced just a fortnight prior to the season opener against Burnie, it could be argued that the Tigers are heading into 2017 in less than ideal fashion.  President Steve Old has been quick to throw his support behind the young playing group and the board’s decision, with a replacement from inside the club in Aaron Vince, installed as new head honcho.  Senior Assistant Coach Brad Willis has already seen the positive effects that the off-season break has had on his charges, with all players eager to impress at training and putting their hands up to play Round 1.  The Tigers’ coaching group are pleased with how the whole list is developing over the pre-season, and believe every single player on the list is capable of playing senior football in 2017.  The professional approach shown by 2016 Best and Fairest winner Will Cleeland has impressed, with a club insider describing him as “at another level with his preparation.”

While the club are focused on team performance over that of individuals, the word from inside the Tiger camp is that Cameron Johns, Oliver Farid, Jack Pearce, Hugh Dixon and Jakob Lister have the potential to be break-out players this season.

The Season Ahead:

The Tigers will go into the season with a focus on improvement on last year’s scorelines and structures, and how they handle themselves both on and off the field.  Willis believes that Strength and Conditioning Coach Alistair De Winter has prepared his players to be more competitive physically against the bigger bodies in the TSL in 2017.  Off-season issues are believed to have brought the young Tigers closer together, a united front that cannot be underestimated when they take to the field this season.  Having a group of players recently surpassing the 50 games mark and the resultant experience and  maturity will also assist the Tigers throughout the 18 home and away matches.

The leadership group is still to be confirmed, but according to Willis it will consist of some younger players and those who have displayed leadership qualities across the pre-season.  If the Tigers stay fit and enthusiastic, play consistent football, and beat the teams they match up well on, such as Lauderdale, they have every chance to improve on last year’s ninth-place finish in 2017.

2017 Prediction: 7th-8th.

2017 TSL Preview – North Launceston


Written by Andrew Johnston.

Nickname: Bombers

Colours: Red and Black

Coach: Tom Couch

Captain: Taylor Whitford

Home Ground: University of Tasmania Stadium

Biggest Rival: Launceston

2016 Review: After premierships in 2014 and 2015, the Bombers had a strong season, getting through to a third successive Grand Final, where the club fell to Glenorchy

Ins: Tom Couch, Bart McCulloch

Outs: Daniel Roozendal

2017 Preview: The Bombers have lost Coach Zane Littlejohn to the role of the Brisbane Lions development coach. However, the club has gained an experienced head as their new coach, with Tom Couch joining the club. Last year, he was the strength and conditioning coach with Richmond, and has played at AFL level with Melbourne.

The club will be aiming to return to the top of the table, and to remain the benchmark of the competition this season. The club are looking incredibly fit, and early pre-season results show the club is tracking well towards another finals tilt.

Watch out for Launceston derby’s in rounds 3, 12 and 21, as well as Grand Final rematches with Glenorchy in rounds 7 and 16.

Solstice Digital: the former Melbourne Demon Tom Couch will lead North Launceston in 2017

 

The Coaches say on…

2017 Aspirations: “We want to be competitive in every game, and to play finals at the end of the year.”

Key Focus Areas of Improvement: “It’s not so much what we needed to work on, but more things that I felt are important. I brought in a few things I see as important, and put my spin on it. They’ve had a great pre-season. They attack every session, they care for each other and they push each other.”

Most Impressive Off-Season: Mark Walsh.

Who will have a breakout 2017: Mark Walsh, Jack Avent, Arion Rickter-Salter Jock White.

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “Glenorchy obviously being the reigning premiers. I think teams are quick to write off the previous champs in any league, but I think they’re still the team to beat.”

Prediction: 1st

 

2017 TSL Season Preview – Launceston

2017 TSL Season Preview – Launceston

Written by Matt Hill.

Founded- 1875           Nickname- Blues        Colours- Navy Blue and white

Club Song- Onwards to Victory         Coach– Sam Lonergan                        Captain- TBA

Home ground- Windsor Park             Biggest rival– North Launceston

2016 Review- Launceston finished 8th in the regular season last year, winning only four of their home and away games and losing the other fourteen. Making it the third year in a row that Launceston did not qualify for the finals.

Leading Goal Kicker 2016- Sonny Whiting (34 Goals)

McAuley Medal Winner 2016 (Best and Fairest)-  Joe Groenewegen

Player gains and losses

Ins Outs
Jordon Partridge
 Sam Lonergan Kyran McMahon
Ben Killalea (From Deloraine) Kurt McCabe (retired)
Stewart Williams (From Wodonga Raiders) Joseph Groenewegen
Grant Holt (From Prospect)
Gareth Holt (From Prospect)
Mitch Hutchinson (From Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Blues)

 

Joseph Bangura (From Hobart City)
Lachlan Gee (From Prospect Hawks)
Bayley Neil (From Bracknell FC.)

2017 will see the highly anticipated return of playing Coach Sam Lonergan take over the reins at Windsor Park. After last season ruled out for Lonergan, he is now ‘eager and excited’ to get back involved with his former club and lead them back to the top of the Tasmanian State League.

The last three seasons have been hard going for the blues as they have disappointingly missed out on the finals. The departures of last season’s best and fairest Joseph Groenewegen and club legend Kurt McCabe won’t help their case in climbing the table, however things are broadly looking up for the blues as they have had strong numbers on the track, including some fresh faces and are in a really solid and positive position as a club according to their excited coach. With plenty of youth and Lonergan’s AFL experience, be sure to keep an eye on the boys from Windsor Park, as with a capable and experienced player/coach in their ranks. It would seem that Launceston could be a wild card this season and should certainly press for a position in the finals series.

Look out for Launceston’s clashes with arch rivals North Launceston in round 3, 12 and 21 as these are sure to be full of fire and passion for the title of the best team in North.

Solstice Digital

The Coaches Say On…

Aim for the Season- “To improve on our recent seasons performances and hopefully challenge for a spot in the finals series.”

Where do you believe the club is positioned– “The club is in a really positive and upward position right now, with a lot of youth and hunger to return back to the finals, I’m sure we can be competitive this season.”

Who has had a strong preseason? – “Stewart Williams has had a strong preseason and has impressed through his training and will be one to watch this season.”

Who to watch out for this season- Young players Zac Griffiths and Brodie Palfreyman could both have break out seasons. Zac could fill the injured Payne’s shoes in the middle and Palfreyman is a speedy good user of the ball across the backline with the potential to play on the wings and also forward.

How excited are you to be back at your home town club and most importantly back in footy? – “I’m very excited and eager to be stuck back into it and I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds ahead for us.”

Prediction- 4th-6th

2017 TSL Season Preview – Lauderdale

Written by Anthony Osborn.

Nickname: Bombers

Colours: Red and Black

Coach: Darren Winter

Captain: Bryce Walsh

Home Ground: Lauderdale Oval

Biggest Rival: Clarence

2016 Review: Lauderdale’s finished 4th in the regular season, but lost in the first semi-final against Burnie, marking a third successive year of semi-final heartbreak.

Ins: Jordan Roberts, Josh McGuinness

Outs: Jack Siggins, Kaine Waller, Michael Cassidy, Nick Dodge, Ryan Sweet, Ryan Wiggins, Adam Duggan, Weston Tate-Turvey, Alex Sweet, Jamie DiIenno, Josh Roberts, Zac Plant

2017 will see a new-look Lauderdale side continue to push for an elusive premiership after three successive semi-final losses. The departure of several key players, including Nick Dodge, Jack Siggins and former captain Michael Cassidy, has resulted in the southern Bombers having a strong focus on the continued development of a younger crop of players this off-season; while the addition of former Brisbane Lion Josh McGuinness looks set to strengthen the experience and skill of the squad significantly.

Keep an eye out for grudge matches against Eastern Shore rivals, Clarence, in rounds 3, 12 and 20.

 

The Coaches say on…

2017 Aspirations: “We have set our sights on playing finals footy

Key Focus Areas of Improvement: “Our key focus is to build on our team defensive pressure as well as developing the younger group of players we have coming through”

Most Impressive Off-Season: “Josh McGuinness has been our most impressive performer over the offseason. It’s been great having a player come back from the AFL who is prepared to put the team first band continue to help guys get better”

Who will have a breakout 2017: “Nat Franklin- a former captain of the Mariners. He had an injury interrupted season last year, but we are really looking forward to seeing this talented young man play”.

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “I think the two Launceston based teams will be very hard to combat this year”

Prediction: 4th – 6th 

 

2017 Season Preview – Hobart City Demons

Written by Andrew Johnston.

Nickname: Demons

Colours: Blue, Red and White

Coach: Kane Richter

Captain: Hugh Williams

Home Ground: North Hobart Oval

Biggest Rival: Clarence

2016 Review: Hobart City competed well throughout the 2016 season, especially in the back half of the season, but ended up two wins outside of the five and missed the finals.

The Demons will be out to improve on 2016’s six win season. In the latter half of the season there was a noticeable improvement in form, with the team being able to hold up to the pressure and skill level of the clubs who played in the finals. With a big pre-season and some early practice match form showing good signs, Hobart City should majorly improve on their win record from 2016, and if a few results can go their way, there is a real chance to see the Dees take a spot in the finals this year.

It is interesting to see Head Honcho Kane Richter is pulling on the boots in 2017, with the veteran midfielders’ looking to impart his leadership and wisdom onto a young group.

The season starts with a big test for Hobart City, up against the reigning Premiers in the season opener.

Keep an eye out for games against city rivals Clarence in round 7 and 16.

 

Solstice Digital: Coach Kane Richter will be pulling on the boots again in 2017

The Coaches say on…

2017 Aspirations: “Our aim is to play in September. We are pretty keen to continue our improvement from the back end of last year and play in September, which we haven’t done in a few years.”

Key Focus Areas of Improvement: “Our consistency within games, we want to withstand pressure from the big teams. We got better in the back half of 2016 and were able to match it with the top five clubs, and we are keen to set standards to increase our ability to withstand the pressure from those teams.”

Most Impressive Off-Season: “A lot of the boys have been looking good across the pre-season, but especially in the practice games Will Campbell and Eddie Cole have shown the benefits of a big pre-season.”

Who will have a breakout 2017: “Along with Will and Eddie, quite a few of the players. The group have been training well together and should have a strong season.”

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “I think North Launceston will be up there again. The culture that has been established over the last few years will hold them in good stead for a couple of years. I also think Clarence are going that way too and that will be good for them.”

Prediction: 6th

2017 TSL Season Preview – Glenorchy

Written by Alex FitzGerald.

TSL Inception: 2009 (Founding Team)

TSL Premierships: 2016 (17 Premierships across other competition formats)

Alastair Lynch Medals: Jaye Bowden (2016, 2015, 2012)

Hudson Medallists: Jaye Bowden (2016, 2015), Aaron Cornelius (2014)

Home Ground: KGV Oval, Glenorchy

Guernsey Colours: Black and White stripes

Head Coach: Aaron Cornelius

Captain: Brayden Webb

Rivals: North Launceston, Lauderdale

Key Clashes:  Round 4 vs Tigers at KGV on April 25 (Anzac Day)

Round 7 vs North Launceston at KGV on May 13

Round 8 vs Lauderdale at KGV on May 20

2016: Premiers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ins: Zac Webster (Hawthorn), Harry Parker, Dylan Grant, Chris McKnight, Josh Davie (Brighton), Adrian Peach (Burnie NWFL), Lachie Barwick, Nate Newman.

Outs: Ben Reynolds (retired), Tom Cleary, Clinton French, Jordan Hayden, Daniel Joseph, Tim Butterworth, Daniel Muir, Scott Bennetts, Simon Spencer, Luke Webb, Liam Grace, Alex Blair, Matt Rainbird, Kobey Phillips, Michael Badcock.

2016 Recap:

Glenorchy went into 2016 with a fierce determination to redeem themselves after narrowly losing the 2015 Grand Final to North Launceston.  The Magpies sat at 2-2 after Round 4, but then put together a 14 match winning streak, with seven of those victories being decided by more than 100 points.  Glenorchy was defeated by North Launceston in the Semi-Final, but bounced back to smash Burnie in the Preliminary Final, setting up a Grand Final rematch with their Northern rivals.  The Magpies claimed the decider by 20 points, putting the icing on one of the most dominant seasons played by a club in the TSL.

Individually, Glenorchy had many standout performers in 2016.  Jaye Bowden made it back to back Alastair Lynch Medals as the TSL’s best and fairest player, also reclaiming the Hudson Medal he won in 2015 as the league’s leading goal kicker.  Aaron Cornelius was named as TSL Coach of the Year, and the Magpies also had six players named in the TSL Team of the Year: Jordon Arnold, Tom Cleary, Ben Reynolds (captain), Daniel Joseph, Jaye Bowden and Rhys Mott.

2017 Pre-Season:

The main focus of the pre-season at Glenorchy has been on developing player fitness and skills, according to Cornelius.  Time trial results have shown improvement across the list, not just in younger players but club veterans.  A recent weekend camp and intra-club practice matches have given Development League and fringe players the chance to put their hand up for senior selection, displaying that the player pathway program at the Magpies is thriving.

Former Hawthorn player Zac Webster has set an elite standard over the summer, and Captain Brayden Webb is reaping the rewards of an injury-free pre-season.  Other players to impress at training have been Jordon and Josh Arnold, Cameron Duffy, Mitch Hills, and the formidable Jaye Bowden.

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The Season Ahead:

Undefeated at KGV Oval in 2016, the Magpies look set to continue their stronghold on the TSL in 2017.  While one third of last season’s Premiership side have departed the club, many experienced players and developing juniors ready to play senior football remain, keen to add another trophy to the Glenorchy cabinet.  North Launceston looks to be the strongest challenger, with all four match ups between the two sides decided by four goals or less last season.  A fast start to the year would set the Magpies up for another tilt at the cup, and with five of their first seven matches scheduled to be played at KGV, they are every chance to assert their dominance early and maintain that form throughout the 2017 season.

2017 Prediction: 1-4.

2017 TSL Season Preview – Devonport

Written by Anthony Osborn.

Nickname: Magpies

Colours: Teal, Black and White

Coach: Mitch Thorp

Captain: Beau Sharman, Dylan Riley

Home Ground: Devonport Oval

Biggest Rival: Burnie Dockers

 

2016 Review: Devonport finished fifth in the regular season, but were bundled out of the finals series in the first week, falling to Lauderdale for a second year in a row.

Ins: Brodie Connelly, Mitchell Perry, Liam Williams, Kurt Byard, Harry Barker, Ryan Kelly, Dylan Schnoor, Giacomo Millucci, Levi Creedon, Sherrin Egger, Brayden Scott, Ty Auton

Outs: Kurt Heazlewood, Phil Crowden, Klay Griffiths, Sam Douglas, Beau Thorp, Jarrod Watling

Fresh faces and vibrant energy – this is is what we can expect from Devonport this year as they look to take that next step and make a significant impact upon the TSL finals series. After having one of the oldest lists in the competition last year, the Magpies have made a clear effort to rejig their list, and as a result, will be a team to watch in season 2017. The recruitment of Brodie Connelly and Mitch Perry has had the club buzzing over the offseason as the club hope to not just reinvigorate their playing list, but also push to become a genuine flag contender after being knocked out of the finals in the first week in both 2015 and 2016.

Keep an eye out for grudge matches against coastal neighbour Burnie in rounds 3, 12 and 21.

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The Coaches say on…

Solstice Digital: Thorp talks through 2017 at Devonport

2017 Aspirations: “We aren’t putting a ceiling on our aspirations for this year. It’s been disappointing to be knocked out in the first week of finals the past two years, but our key goal for this year is to continue our improvement by getting games into new players. We have a really young list, but so does the rest of the competition, so we will be definitely be going along with the old footy cliché of approaching things ‘one week at a time’.”

Key Focus Areas of Improvement/Development: “After having the second oldest in the competition last year, we have made refreshing our list with a different age group our biggest priority. We have probably lacked a bit of fitness in previous seasons, so we have invested heavily in working on our overall fitness, and the injection of youth has really lifted the energy, attitude and work rate of our entire list, including the older guys”

Most Impressive Off-Season: “I’ve been impressed with all of our guys over the offseason, but new recruits Brodie Connelly and Mitch Perry have both been definite standouts with their work rate, good habits and energy. I’ve also been really impressed by Harry Barker, who played one game for us last year- he is one of the best young players I’ve seen”.

Who will have a breakout 2017:Quade Byard, a former captain has been hampered by injuries in recent years, but now at 25 and hopefully injury-free, he looks set to be that big, solid midfielder that we probably missed last year”

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “North Launceston will definitely be right up there, as will Glenorchy again, but I also think Clarence will probably be the biggest movers in the competition”

My Prediction: 4th– 6th