Round 13 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Written by Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 1st July

Clarence vs Devonport (Blundstone Arena) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 19.8.122 def Devonport 8.9.57 (Round 4, 2017, at Devonport Oval)

A six goal to none first term saw Clarence defeat Eastern shore rivals Lauderdale by 18 points last week, while Devonport claimed their maiden victory of season 2017 with a convincing display against fellow coastal side Burnie.  Last time these sides met, Clarence defeated Devonport by 65 points, with defender Jason Bailey leading a strong team effort.

Clarence booted the first six goals at Lauderdale Oval last week and outside of a few minutes in the second, remained in front all afternoon, with Ian Callinan kicking two unbelievable majors, early.  He finished with three for the day to be among the Roo’s best, while Sam Siggins also imposed himself on the match to finish with two goals.  Jason Bailey and James Holmes were outstanding in defence, although Bailey will miss this week after being suspended for striking Ryan Wiggins.  Brady Jones and Jackson O’Brien controlled the midfield, but it was the performance of Kyle Palmer-Hughes that stood out as he finds his feet at senior level.  Jake Cox will still be out of action but in the story of the weekend Jordan Roberts returns to senior football after two and a half years on the sidelines thanks to two ACLs.

Devonport broke through for a well-deserved win over the Dockers, with Mitch Thorp’s 60-game plan starting to pay dividends as the young playing group improves each time they step onto the field.  Thorp was solid up forward in booting three goals, and he was joined in attack by usual midfielder Dylan Riley, who finished with three majors of his own playing at full forward.  Riley’s co-captain Beau Sharman was best afield, and the tough midfielder now has a solid month of football under his belt.  Teenager Mitchell Perry continues to show he belongs at TSL level, with a standout game in defence and lively when up forward late in the match.  Brayden Butler and Brayden Scott also played well across the four quarters, but will welcome the inclusion of Brad Symmons this week after serving a one match suspension.

Clarence will leave nothing in the tank this week, with a win meaning they will be on top of the ladder and a game clear of North Launceston.  Devonport will go into the game confident, however, with the taste of a win in their mouths and nothing to lose.  The absence of Bailey means that a mismatch on Thorp is likely, and while the Roos should win comfortably with their strong list depth, don’t be surprised if the boys from Devonport push them at stages.


Launceston vs Lauderdale (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Launceston 15.11.101 def Lauderdale 13.12.90 (Round 4, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

Launceston matched North Launceston in the Northern derby until half time last week, but fell away in the third quarter to go down by 21 points.  Lauderdale fought back after conceding the first six goals again Clarence at home last Saturday, but ultimately fell short by 18 points.  Last time these sides faced off, Launceston prevailed in a shootout, with Blues midfielder Brodie Palfreyman best afield and Rulla Kelly-Mansell slotting three goals.

After a run of wins, Launceston let North Launceston get on top late in the match last Friday night to fall short at the final siren.  Brodie Palfreyman continued his strong run of form, with the midfielder now among the names on the RACT Player of the Year Leaderboard.  Jack Donnellan recaptured some of his early season form with a fine game capped off with a crowd-pleasing long goal.  Sam Lonergan, Sonny Whiting and Sam Rundle all kicked two goals, with the dangerous Rulla Kelly-Mansell held to a single major after his seven goal haul the week previous.  Ryan Tyrell, Brendan Taylor and the lesser known Jimmy Aganas all put in admirable performances for the Blues under lights as well.

Lauderdale’s run of six straight wins came to an end at home last week, but not without a spirited fight back from the Bombers.  Josh McGuinness impressed after being switched from defence into the midfield, while Jordon Roberts made the most of limited opportunities up forward to finish with a four goal haul.  Phil Bellchambers continues to impress of late, and Saturday was no exception.  Alex Hill and tough nut Scott Hill also showed why they’re so highly regarded with strong performances as a number of the bigger names were unable to fire against a more experienced Roos outfit.  Lauderdale will welcome back the lively Thor Boscott from suspension, and his inclusion should inspire a much improved performance from the Bombers.

This clash in undoubtedly the match of the round, with both sides having proven at stages this season that their best football is not far off that of Clarence or North Launceston.  Hosting the game will give Launceston an advantage, but the Bombers have shown that travelling doesn’t faze them, having defeated North Launceston on the road only a few weeks ago.  With both sides boasting strong midfields and depth in defence, the key to the four points could well be locking down the respective forward targets.  Expect a margin of less than five goals as both sides are known for playing with conviction deep into final terms. A win is important for Lauderdale, as a loss would leave their spot in the top five very vulnerable.


Tigers vs Glenorchy (Twin Ovals) – 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 15.15.105 def Tigers 5.5.35 (Round 4, 2017, at KGV Oval)

Glenorchy had the bye last week after defeating Devonport in lazy fashion on the road in Round 11.  The Tigers undoubtedly put in their worst performance of the season last week, managing only three goals as they went down to Hobart City Demons without as much as a whimper.  Last time these sides met was the Anzac Day clash, where Jaye Bowden booted five goals and midfielders Mitch Rainbird and Brayden Webb dominated all afternoon.

Tigers’ coach Aaron Vince said he felt let down by his players following their loss to Hobart City Demons, so don’t be surprised with the wholesale changes made to the field last week.  Mariners’ trio Lachlan Gadomski and Lachie Clifford continued their strong seasons with resilient efforts in a difficult match last week, while Mitch Carter was one of few who stood up in defence. Don’t be surprised if challenges are issued to forward targets Brandon Batchelor and Mitch Walker this week, as the Tigers’ results seem to depend on whether they fire or not.  With finals all but out of the question, Vince will blood some fresh faces who show the hunger to play TSL football.

Glenorchy sit in fourth spot on the ladder, but their healthy percentage means that they can move up a rung if Launceston are defeated by Lauderdale.  The Pies put in a good team effort against Devonport the week before the bye, without playing spectacularly.  Jaye Bowden went goalless, but worked hard to finish with more than 30 disposals.  Cameron Duffy rucked well all day, and captain Brayden Webb benefited from his work to get busy in the midfield.  Connor Salter and Brady Quinn were named among the Pies’ best, as was Tim Butterworth, who has worked himself into form after a late start to the season.  Zac Webster will be unavailable this week after being suspended for an undisciplined strike on his Devonport opponent.

This game is a must-win for Glenorchy, who will be keen to silence any doubters with a strong four-quarter performance against an out of sorts Tigers outfit.  The hosts are out with something to prove themselves after bitterly disappointing Vince last week, and while the Tigers have the talent to challenge the top sides in patches, it will be a strong effort that will be required if they are to come close to a pleasing result.  The Magpies should win comfortably here, but expect a physical and tough contest at Twin Ovals.


Burnie vs Hobart City Demons (West Park) 2:30pm

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 10.12.72 def Burnie 9.9.63 (Round 4, 2017, at Queenborough Oval)

Burnie started slowly last week and found it hard to close the gap against Devonport, going down by 34 points.  Hobart City Demons showed what they are capable of when playing confident fast-moving football, beating the Tigers comfortably at North Hobart Oval.  When these two sides played earlier in the season, Burnie threatened to steal the match late before two clutch goals to the Hobart City Demons saw them claim a narrow victory after being the more impressive side for most of the contest.

Burnie will be disappointed with how they played last week in what was a winnable match up, and now find themselves last on the ladder.  The upside of blooding so many young players has been the form of a number of teenagers.  Last week highlighted this, with a strong number of first and second year players named among the best.  Bailey Boag, Sam Kalbfell and Darcy Crane all stood up in the loss, and have surprised many with the rate of their development as they grow in confidence each week.  Crane kicked two majors, as did playing coach Clint Proctor and the in-form Rudi Barrett.  Nick McKenna also had a good second half when moved onto Mitch Thorp in an attempt to quell his influence up forward.

Hobart City Demons showed why they’re the dark horse of the competition, with an impressive display resulting in a 54 point win over the Tigers.  Josh Williamson booted three goals, including one from well outside 50, while youngster Sam Caswell chipped in with two of his own from a good game across half forward.  Charles White was dominant, with the big man starting to impact games in a big way.  Hugh Williams put in another big effort in defence, while Jesse Maple rounded out a big month of June with a solid game in the midfield.  Mariner Baxter Norton played his best game of the season, with the youth policy of the club starting to pay dividends.  Will Campbell will miss the next fortnight after being suspended for a high bump, with a midfield spot now up for grabs.

If they are any chance of making a finals appearance this season, the boys from North Hobart Oval will need to win this game comfortably and boost their percentage in the process.  The trip to West Park is a daunting one however, with Burnie’s knowledge of the ground giving them a big advantage, as they’ve proven already in a number of contests this year.  With a tough run of games ahead, expect the Dockers to challenge as they eye off a coveted second win.  This game will go down to the wire, and while the Hobart City Demons enter as favourites, don’t be overly surprised if there’s an upset result come late Saturday afternoon.


This week’s team is dominated by the Roos with a jaw dropping five roos in the team, fellow victors Hobart City Demons (four), North Launceston (four) and Devonport (three) also had strong representation. Of the losing teams, Lauderdale went down swinging and have two in the team, while Launceston and Burnie have one a piece feature, while the Tigers miss out.


Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

The Hobart City skipper controlled the Demon’s backline all afternoon. After Tigers skipper Tim Peterson goaled for his side late in the first term, the away side kicked just two goals for the rest of the game, which can be attributed to the dominance of Williams.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

Jason Bailey was again a standout in defence for the Roos, restricting Lauderdale key forward Ryan Wiggins to just one major. Bailey played with tenacity and fearlessness and was duly awarded the medal for best afield.  Without question one of the most consistent defenders in the competition.

Bailey Boag (Burnie)

Young Bailey Boag has continued to perform at a high level for the Dockers. He was one of the shining lights in a losing cause, taking on the game and performing strongly.



Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston)

Is very reliable, seems to beat his man most weeks and does his job the other way. Another solid game.

Charlie White (Hobart City Demons)

White was far and away the dominant player on the ground for the Demons against the Tigers. White took the centre bounces and then floated through the Demons defence as a spare to pick up plenty of the ball to further restrict the away side’s attacking options.
Tyran Mansell (North Launceston)

Tom Couch said it was his best game for the club, the young gutsy Mansell took them on and attacked the game with ferocity off half back. A top game.



Kyle Palmer-Hughes (Clarence)

Palmer-Hughes impressed with his clean disposal and ability to find the football on Saturday afternoon, with his footy smarts and skill execution critical in setting up countless Clarence forays inside 50.

Beau Sharman (Devonport)

The Co-Skipper was terrific, with grunt out of the middle, finding plenty of the footy, particularly early to bust apart the contest for the Magpies.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

McGuinness played close to his best game of the season against the ‘Roos, with Darren Winter’s decision to move him into the midfield a masterstroke that not only got McGuinness into the thick of the action, but also the Bombers into the contest due to impressive work around the ball.



Ian Callinan (Clarence)

Callinan was at his best in the Stay ChatTY cup, finishing with three sensational goals, including two in the first term that set up a significant victory for the Roos against their Eastern Shore rivals.

Mitch Thorp (Devonport)

Thorp was magnificent especially early when his Magpies outfit took the game away from Burnie. Kicked three for the day and had a hand in plenty more, was a formidable target.

Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

Cox-Goodyer continued a terrific season with two well taken goals and some rampaging running through the guts.



Dylan Riley (Devonport)

Played out of the square for large portions of the game and was brilliant. Showed amazing strength in the contest and finished off well with three goals.

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

Big Bart was crucial up forward for North being their main target kicking three and setting up others whilst playing on one leg.

Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale)

Roberts was the liveliest of the Bomber forwards, kicking four goals, including two at the beginning of the second term that put Lauderdale right back in the contest after a scoreless opening term.



Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Coach Tom Couch was thoroughly impressed by his ruckman, taking the points against Hamish Leedham, palming it down to perfection while covering the ground well.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien did as O’Brien does against the Bombers, delivering another terrific performance in the middle of the ground that was critical in the Clarence victory, while also chipping in with a goal himself.

Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

Palfreyman got a lot of the ball again and was damaging by foot. Is one of the emerging guns of the competition.



Sam Siggins (Clarence)

Siggins was influential in Clarence’s victory over his old club, playing a starring role as a mobile ruckman by taking strong marks across the ground, competing well in the air and finishing with two goals.

Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons)

Williamson kicked three majors to finish the leading goal kicker on the ground against the Tigers, highlighted by a massive goal from outside 50 in the second term.

Baxter Norton (Hobart City Demons)

Playing on a wing, Norton provided an avenue in which the Demons could transition the ball from defence to attack. Norton’s superior outside run proved telling on the confines of North Hobart Oval.

Brady Jones (Clarence)

Jones worked well with O’Brien in the middle of the ground to give Clarence the upper hand around the contest in a typically industrious performance that was capped off with a goal.


Unlucky Omissions…

As always there were some unlucky individuals to miss the cut on the final 22.

James Holmes has featured a lot this season but couldn’t quite creep in despite another fantastic display against Lauderdale.

North Launceston’s Josh Ponting and Jay Foon were both fantastic for North but couldn’t quite find a spot, despite providing run and carry.

Jack Donnellan kicked a tremendous goal and was outstanding for the Blues on the flank. He was perhaps the most unfortunate to not find a home in the 22.

Mitchell Perry was very solid for the Magpies, while Rudi Barrett continued a stellar season for the Dockers.

The Demons were on fire against the Tigers, Jesse Maple and Sam Caswell both had good games as part of a brilliant team effort.

Wade Wall is a handy player for Clarence and the Roos big man put in four great quarters playing across the park as an integral utility in their setup. Michael Fisher put together another strong game as he is hitting his straps. Lauderdale’s Phil Bellchambers moved to halfback and provided plenty of class and drive out of the back half.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League

Round 12

1.  Callan Dell (Hobart City Demons) referred for a head-butt on Marcus Gardner (Tigers).

Due to the lack of evidence and absence of visual recording, the Match Review Panel concluded that there was no other option then to refer the incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.

The tribunal found that the evidence provided to them did not substantiate the charge and therefore dismissed the case.


 2. Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons) referred for rough conduct against Samael Rice (Tigers).

The MRP was unable to assess the incident due to the need for additional information and accordingly referred incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.

The tribunal in considering all evidence presented, concluded that player Campbell made high contact to player Rice as a result of a bump. Once he made that decision and high contact was made, the tribunal had no option other than to find him guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of TWO weeks suspension.


For further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Damian Gill – 0400 714 353.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup
Round 12

1. Jason Bailey (Clarence) referred for striking Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was intentional, low impact and high contact. Bailey was offered a TWO match suspension, but could downgrade to ONE match with an early guilty plea.

Bailey has ACCEPTED a ONE match suspension.




2. Hobart City Demons and Tigers were involved in a melee at Half Time.

Due to the general nature of the melee and the number of players involved, both clubs have been sanctioned with a fine.

3. Callan Dell (Hobart City Demons) referred for a head-butt on Marcus Gardner (Tigers)

Due to the lack of evidence and absence of visual recording, the MRP concluded that there was no other option than to refer the incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night

This incident has been referred to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.


4. Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons) referred for rough conduct against Samael Rice (Tigers)

The MRP was unable to assess the incident due to the need for additional information and accordingly referred incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.

This incident has been referred to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.


5.  Zach Burt (North Launceston) referred for kicking Hamish Leedham (Launceston).

The Match Review Panel found that the action did not constitute a reportable offence.
No further action to be taken.







Written by Anthony Osborn

Clarence continued their surge towards September in a blockbuster Stay ChatTY Cup clash against their Eastern Shore archrivals, Lauderdale, running out 18-point winners.

In the marquee clash of the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY round, Clarence registered their second victory over the enemy this season in a 14.7 (91) to 11.7 (73) victory that saw Clarence defender Jason Bailey awarded the medal for best afield.

A first half of seismic momentum shifts and a second-half arm wrestle made for an enthralling contest that largely lived up to the hype that preceded it during the week, even if Clarence’s selection of star Jake Cox proved to be smoke and mirrors.

Cox’s omission didn’t seem to affect the ‘Roos, however, with his side starting the game in scintillating touch at a chilly and breezy Lauderdale Oval.

After eleven minutes of no scoring, a Michael Blackburn goal opened the floodgate for a ‘Roo avalanche of six unanswered first-quarter goals, including two from stalwart Ian Callinan, as Clarence made the most of a breeze favouring their end of the ground.

Clarence’s dominance around the stoppages in the first term placed the Bombers on the backfoot, and sparked Darren Winter to move the damaging defensive duo of Josh McGuinness and Max Kleverkamp into the middle of the ground, with this move working wonders as Lauderdale began to win at the coalface and wrestle back control.

Two Jordon Roberts goals in the opening two minutes of the second term, and then majors to the likes of Toutai Havea and Dylan Fyfe saw the Bombers ride a wave of momentum into a temporary lead midway through the quarter, before a Trent Standen crumbing goal allowed the ‘Roos to take a six-point lead into the main break.

The seismic momentum shifts of the first half were not as stark in the second half, as both sides locked horns in an enthralling and seesawing third stanza that saw both sides trade blows.

Goals to Roberts, Robbie McManus and Max Kleverkamp had the Bombers matching it with their Eastern Shore rivals, before a brilliant late Aiden Grace goal in the dying stages of the term provided Clarence a handy 11-point buffer leading into the final term.

The fourth term was all set for a grandstand finish, but early goals from Kyle Palmer-Hughes, Callinan and Jackson O’Brien taking the ‘Roos out to a four-goal buffer, despite Jordon Roberts’ fourth and a late consolation goal from Liam Meagher.

Clarence’s victory came off the back of another even team contribution, with eleven individual goal-kickers highlighting the attacking depth Jeromey Webberley’s side possesses.

The experienced Ian Callinan was dangerous up forward with three goals, while Brady Jones and Jackson O’Brien were as impressive as ever in midfield. Sam Siggins, Michael Fisher and Kyle Palmer-Hughes were all also influential in the crucial victory.

Clarence’s defensive unit were similarly impressive, with Jason Bailey duly awarded the medal for best afield for his dour performance on Lauderdale key forward Ryan Wiggins. The performance of Bailey and the entire Clarence defensive unit thoroughly pleased Webberley.

“The defence have been great all year to tell you the truth. Jason (Bailey) did a fantastic job on Ryan Wiggins and he just gets better every week, he is starting to lead the back six,” he said.

Young defenders James Holmes and Keegan Wylie also continued their super-impressive seasons, playing with the level-headedness, desperation and skill of players well beyond their experience.

Josh McGuinness was excellent in both defence and midfield in one of his most damaging 2017 performances, while Jordon Roberts played a big role inside forward 50, finishing with four majors. Phil Bellchambers was similarly impressive across halfback, generating plenty of run and drive for the Bombers side.

Despite wrestling their way back into the contest, Darren Winter was bitterly disappointed in the loss and specifically the final quarter when the match was still up for grabs.

“We were pretty poor in the last quarter. We gave away some soft free kicks… The players were disappointed and I’m disappointed in the playing group – we won’t accept that sort of effort.”

Clarence, who will be hoping to bring back Jake Cox and Jack Gleeson into their side in the coming weeks, play host to Devonport at Blundstone Arena next Saturday; while Lauderdale face an imposing road trip up the midlands to face off with Launceston, a side they lost to at home in round three.


LAUDERDALE           0.0      6.3      9.7      11.7 (73)

CLARENCE                6.0      7.3      11.5    14.7 (91)



Lauderdale: Roberts 4, Fyfe 2, Havea, Kleverkamp, Wiggins, Meagher, McManus

Clarence: Callinan 3, Siggins 2, O’Brien, Jones, Palmer-Hughes, Grace, Harper, Chambers, Blackburn, Standen, Buechner



Lauderdale: Roberts, J McGuinness, A Hill, Bellchambers, S Hill

Clarence: Callinan, O’Brien, Jones, Palmer-Hughes, Wall, Bailey

Devonport off the Mark

Devonport has snapped their winless drought, claiming their first victory for season 2017, claiming coastal bragging rights with a 34 point win oval Burnie, at Devonport Oval.

The Magpies leaders lead from the front with Beau Sharman, Dylan Riley and Mitch Thorp all among the best in the much-needed victory.

A bold and daring Devonport emerged to start the match, taking a comfortable lead into the first change of the Coastal Derby at Devonport Oval. The Pies demonstrated great control, with some brilliant transition from defence, opting to use the centre corridor whenever they could.

Dylan Riley, playing out of the goal-square, gave their forward 50 a different look, kicking two first quarter goals, while Quade Byard (two goals) and Beau Sharman were also prolific early as the Magpies stormed away to a 24 point lead. The Walters boys, Nick and Harry, were  prominent for the visitors early, with some fantastic clearance work but the Dockers failed to make them count.
Burnie struck back in the second stanza but were unable to draw closer. The Dockers controlled the ball better than they did in the first, and forced Devonport to make their attacking moves via the wings rather than the centre corridor. But after an arm-wrestle in general play for the first 11 minutes of the quarter, the Pies took control again. Mitch Thorp, Brayden Butler, Ethan Stephenson and Mitchell Perry kicked majors that term for the home side, with Nick McKenna and Darcy Crane doing likewise for the Dockers, seeing the score Devonport 10.5 (65) lead Burnie 4.3 (27) at the completion of the half.

Burnie breathed life back into the Coastal Derby to be within striking distance of the Magpies at the final change. After the open nature of the first half, the game has closed right up, with attacking moves again being forced to be made via the wings and plenty contests around the ground. Burnie controlled the majority of the term, but failed to really count on the scoreboard, with it feeling much closer than a 28-point margin. Clint Proctor, Darcey Brazendale and Rudy Barrett kicked Burnie’s goals in the third with Devonport’s only major coming to Mitch Thorp via a free-kick.

The first quarter proved vital in the end for the Pies, who walked away with a 34-point win from the second Coastal Derby for the season. The Dockers kept on fighting, cutting the margin to 22 points with plenty of time left, but goals to Harry Barker and Dylan Riley ensured the Pies would get their first win. Burnie were much better after the first change, only being outscored by 10 points in that period, as they slowed the game down and turned it into a real contest.

“Reward for effort, not just today but the last month has been really solid. The last month we have learnt how to be in games and we knew we were on the right track.
“It is a brick in the wall of a bright future for this group…we had ten players play today that are 17 or 16.
“I think this group is undervalued for how much work they put in. They are good honest young men that train three times a week and get paid very little to travel the state. That is why I was a little bit emotional.”

Demons out-scrap toothless Tigers

Written by Richard Bannon

The Hobart City Demons have recorded their largest win of the season, defeating the Tigers by 54 points in what was a scrappy contest at North Hobart Oval.

On a glorious winter’s afternoon, the Demons held the Tigers goalless throughout the middle quarters on their way to an 11.12-78 to 3.6-24 victory.

Having succumbed to the Tigers in their previous encounter on Good Friday in round 3, the Demons were out to seek redemption in what was a must-win game for both sides.

Hobart City were gifted the perfect start to the match when Tigers backman Mitch Carter gave away a 50 metre penalty to take Demon Sam Caswell to the top of the square, who made no mistake.

Tigers skipper Tim Peterson, who was back in the senior fold following a brief stint in the Mercury Cup, opened the Tiger’s account with a quick snap over his shoulder, to give the Tigers a 1.3-9 to 1.0-6 advantage at the first change.

However, Peterson’s goal would remain the Tiger’s only major until the start of the final term.

It was throughout this period that the Demons gradually edged their way in front of the Tigers. Michael Bidgood’s set shot put Hobart City ahead, which was soon followed by a swift crumbing goal by star Demon Ryan Matthews.

Josh Williamson then unloaded an absolute monster from beyond 50 off a step to give Hobart City a 4.3-27 to 1.4-10 lead at half time.

With the Tigers needing the first major of the second half to get them up and running, the match plummeted into an absolute scrap.

Neither side were able to gain a clean delivery into their respective forward 50’s, as the pressure went up another level on the tight confines of North Hobart Oval.

Demon’s forward Sean Willis broke the stalemate with a crafty snap, which was proceeded by Jesse Maple kicking truly, giving the home side a 6.5-41 to 1.5-11 advantage at the final change.

Tigers midfielder Lachlan Clifford finally ended the goal scoring drought for his side early in the last term, kicking their first goal since the halfway mark of the first quarter.

Any joy which the Tigers gained out of this goal was short lived, as the Demons piled on five final quarter goals, including two more to Josh Williamson, who finished with a match-high three majors.

In scoring 11 majors for the game, the Demons spread the load with eight separate goal kickers, something Hobart City assistant coach Richard Robinson was very happy with.

“As a forward group, we’re not the type of group that’s going to have people bags of six or seven.

“We want to become a side that has an even spread of contributors, so that one week, one bloke will pop up so the opposition can lock down on them, then the week after we will have another contributor. So that’s a good attribute our forward line has.”

Tigers senior coach Aaron Vince was forced to lament constant sloppy disposal and “putrid” forward entry into his side’s attacking 50.

“All over the ground, I don’t think that we won a position today.

“We’ve got some soul searching, and we’ve got some things that we need to address.

“I feel a bit let down by the group today.”

The chances of a Tigers victory was not aided by the late withdrawal of gun midfielder Marcus Davies, who failed to recover from a calf injury sustained against Clarence last week.

Round 12 – 24/06/2017

Hobart City Demons                      1.0,  4.3,  6.5,  11.12  (78)

Tigers                                  1.3,  1.4,  1.5,  3.6  (24)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 3, S. Caswell 2, J. Maple 1, R. Matthews 1, M. Bidgood 1, J. Charlton 1,
C. Dell 1, S. Willis 1

Tigers :
L. Clifford 1, B. Batchelor 1, T. Peterson 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
C. White, H. Williams, J. Maple, B. Norton, S. Caswell, J. Williamson

Tigers :
M. Carter, L. Gadomski, W. Cleeland, L. Clifford, L. Watt, C. Sawdy

North the best team in Town

Written by Matt Hill

North Launceston flexed their muscle to trump arch rivals Launceston, claiming a 21 point win at UTAS Stadium.

With the win North Launceston has consolidated top spot, leaving Launceston to lick their wounds in third.

For what was a built up as a blockbuster match with first taking on third, this derby did not disappoint. It was a highly contested game of footy on Friday night with a healthy crowd in to watch the opening match of Stay ChatTY Round.

Early on North seemed to have the edge through good ball usage moving forward. Goals to a strong leading Zach Burt and the creative Jack Avent for North saw them escape to a double digit lead before Launceston got on top in the second half of the first quarter and used their disposals more efficiently. With young superstar Brodie Palfreyman once again playing a starring role for the Blues, using his acceleration and speed to bust open packs and win many clearances. Launceston climbed on top through dominance in the clearances, winning them eleven to six in the first and the Blues found Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Sam Rundle up front who got the Blues back into the contest at half time.

In the second stanza the game became on Launceston’s terms but wasteful usage moving forward saw North’s rebounding game accelerate to kick some much needed goals, just when the Blues were starting to potentially break the game wide open. Big man Bart McCulloch was a man on a mission up forward for North with the man mountain kicking two goals whilst also setting up coach Tom Couch for another major to cause all sorts of problems for the Blues defence.

At the other end however the Blues had their own answer to McCulloch with the exciting Sonny Whiting. Whiting booted two for the quarter and was becoming Launceston’s way back into the game. Whiting’s second goal was an incredible snap from the boundary which saw the Blues faithful get excited about their team’s chances. Along with that came late goals to Taylor and a lovely piece of work from Jack Donnellan, which saw him break Jay Foon’s tackle before running to fourty metres out and slotting another for the Blues. At the main break North only held a one point lead and the game was certainly up for the taking.

Coming out from the break North Launceston were highly determined and broke the game open through pilling on fourteen inside fifties compared to Launceston’s three of which saw the Bombers get out to a twenty two point lead at the last change. Two long bomb goals from powerhouse midfielder Brad Cox-Goodyear, along with goals to Couch and Burt made the task for the Blues an uphill battle.

The last term was fairly evenly balanced with both sides trading goals. McCulloch kicked his third and when Holmer ran into an open goal the game became out of reach for the Blues and North lead by close to six goals. However, two goals to Launceston coach Sam Lonergan saw the margin reduced but it was all too little too late for the Blues.

North coach Tom Couch was really happy with the second half performance. Couch praised the efforts of Brad Cox-Goodyear, Bart McCulloch and Alex Lee in getting his side over the line. Couch rating Lee as the best ruckman in the league with a best on ground performance.

“I thought Brad was outstanding and Bart playing off one leg just had to be a target up forward and he provided that, and Alex played one of his best games for the club and was important in setting up the win.

“Looking forward to getting some players back and really settling the side down.

“I’m very excited for the second half of the season and you know we sit at nine wins and two losses but still know we can play better which is out challenge moving forward.”

North have the bye next week before taking on Devonport at UTAS Stadium on Sunday the ninth of July.

For the Blues it was a major improvement on their Good Friday match against North which saw them hammered by eighty-five points.

Coach Sam Lonergan was really happy with the improved result for his side and thought they battled hard all game.

“It was a fantastic effort from the boys and was a great battle between the two northern sides and for the result to be within twenty-one points is really good for footy in the north.

“We are obviously disappointed with the result but are happy with the improvement and where we are heading moving forward.”

Next up the Blues take on Lauderdale at home in an important game for both sides. They last met in round four where the Blues took the four points with a narrow eleven point win.

“We think Lauderdale are a really good side and they haven’t lost since we last played them so we will have to be at our best next weekend,” Lonergan said.


North Launceston                        2.3,  6.6,  10.10,  12.13  (85)

Launceston                              2.1,  6.5,  7.5,  9.10  (64)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 3, T. Couch 2, Z. Burt 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 2, L. Hollmer 1, J. Avent 1,
M. Walsh 1

Launceston :
S. Whiting 2, S. Rundle 2, S. Lonergan 2, R. Kelly-Mansell 1, B. Taylor 1, J. Donnellan 1

BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, A. Richter-Salter, T. Mansell, J. Ponting, J. Foon, J. White

Launceston :
J. Donnellan, J. Aganas, R. Tyrrell, B. Palfreyman, T. Sheppard, B. Taylor


Tasmanian State League

1. Luke Murfitt-Cowen (Clarence) reported for striking Finlay Poke (Burnie)

MRP assessed incident as: action does not constitute a reportable offence.



2. Rudy Barrett (Burnie) and Tim Castle (Clarence) referred for wrestling

MRP assessed incident as: incident does not constitute a reportable offence.



3. Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale) reported for rough conduct against Matthew Dilger (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: action does not constitute a reportable offence. Free kick paid was correct decision.



4. Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale) referred for rough conduct against Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: action does not constitute a reportable offence.



5. Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) referred for rough conduct against Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: intentional, high contact with low impact.

Sanction: Accepted base sanction of ONE match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.


6. Thor Boscott (Lauderdale) referred for a dangerous tackle against Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

MRP assessed incident as: careless, high contact with low impact.

Sanction: Accepted base sanction of ONE match reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.


Mercury Cup 

7.       Hayden Crack (Tigers) reported for striking Brandon Maynard (North Launceston)

MRP assessed incident as: careless, medium impact to the body.

Sanction: Accepted base sanction of ONE match reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Inaccurate North hold on

Written by Matt Hill

North Launceston remain undefeated but they were made to work for the four points, winning by just 16 against a spirited Tigers in wet conditions at UTAS Stadium, yesterday.

It could have been more comfortable for the Bombers if not for inaccuarate kicking, registering 22 behinds in a wayward day in front of goal. The Tigers took their chances and applied plenty of pressure to the ladder leaders, making for a fierce game of wet weather footy.

It was first taking on seventh position on but it didn’t play out that way for much of the game with Tigers responding from a dismal Round 7 showing. The first quarter were fierce and highly contested with both sides adjusting to the wet and slippery conditions. Both teams tackling was impressive in the first quarter with the Tigers bringing the heat in a pressure cooker of an opening term.

Ethan Brock kicked a great crumbing goal for the first major of the game for the Tigers before North skipper Taylor Whitford and Haydn Goss booted North’s first two majors of the game. Jay Lockhart was instrumental in setting up numerous attacks for North Launceston, intercepting many of Kingborough’s kicks and being the play maker for the bombers off a wing, with his lethal peg a joy to watch. The highlight of the first quarter however did belong to Brock who kicked a goal of the year contender with a miraculous snap from forty metres out on the boundary to send the soaked crowd into raptures. At quarter time the game was certainly anyone’s ball game with Tigers letting North Launceston know that the win was certainly not going to be given to them without a fight.

In the second stanza Tigers were looking a lot more impressive then where their position on the ladder suggests, with the visitors booting three goals to one to take a well-deserved lead into the main change. The Tigers leaders stepped up in the second when they needed it with vice-captain Braden Livingston kicking two majors for the term and captain Tim Peterson also kicking a goal for the Tigers, whilst youngster Kaleb Thomas booted North’s only goal for the term. The Tigers defence held on quite well with great defensive efforts from their back six which restricted the home side to just the one goal. Tigers defender Mitchell Carter provided an tremendous smoother which prevented Whitford the opportunity to kick another goal for the Bombers.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

Coming out from the main break the Bombers asserted their dominance on the game but inaccurate kicking cost the Bombers a larger lead with North kicking two goals and five behinds in the third to keep the Tigers still in the ball game at three quarter time. Coach Tom Couch kicked both of North’s goals with classy finishes to provide as an example for his teammates on how it was done. However it clearly didn’t rub off on Bart McCulloch, who missed an easy shot from the goal square from a similar position at the same venue where St.Kilda forward Josh Bruce missed a couple of weeks ago.

Going into the last term the game was certainly on the line with North only leading by four points but North’s leaders lifted to put the game to bed for the ladder leaders. Brad Cox-Goodyear took a strong mark in the wet conditions before wheeling around and snapping a goal early on in the last to set the tone. Big man McCulloch played a strong last quarter along with Whitford, Zac Burt and Karlton Wadley, who all helped North get over the line. In the end North showed their experience and strength in the last to run out 16 point winners.

If North had’ve lost they would have only had themselves to blame with the Bombers booting seven goals and twenty-two behinds and two goals seven behinds in the final term.

Tigers Coach Aaron Vince was happy with the response of his boys after a poor showing against Launceston.

“We were extremely disappointed with last week’s result against Launceston particularly our contested ball but I thought today we gave a four quarter effort, regardless of result that is all I can ask for as Coach.

“We gave ourselves a real chance today, the competition is really even and if we bring our effort each week we can compete with the top sides.”

North Launceston Coach Tom Couch was frustrated by his side’s inaccuracy in front of goal but could not question his charges effort.

“It probably took us a quarter and a half to adjust to the conditions, I thought we were a bit quite but full credit to the Tigers, they came to play. They did their research and they put up a good fight. I didn’t question the boys effort at all today it was just a match between two good sides.

“We had 16 more scoring shots in a 16 point win…it was just one of those days, we are a good goal kicking side so I’m not too worried about it.”

Looking forward it is a blockbuster, North play Clarence at Blundstone Arena next week and will certainly need to have their kicking boots on if they want the four points against a Clarence side who are in reasonable form. Whilst Tigers will have a lot of added confidence heading into the next two weeks against the two bottom sides in the competition in Devonport and Burnie. Kingborough play Devonport at home next week before travelling to Burnie the next week. With the strong game the Tigers played today they would be confident that they can string together two wins before heading into the bye.


Round 8 – 20/05/2017

North Launceston                        2.4,  3.10,  5.15,  7.22  (64)

Tigers                                  2.1,  5.4,  6.5,  7.6  (48)

GOALS, North Launceston :
T. Couch 2, K. Thomas 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 1, T. Whitford 1, H. Goss 1

Tigers :
B. Livingston 3, E. Brock 3, T. Peterson 1

BEST, North Launceston :
J. Foon, J. Lockhart, M. Walsh, A. Lee, T. Whitford, T. Bennett

Tigers :
M. Davies, L. Watt, M. Carter, S. Rice, M. Gardner, E. Brock