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.

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



Written by Anthony Osborn

The North Launceston Bombers have done their premiership and minor premiership credentials no harm with a 72-point dismantling of the Tigers at the Twin Ovals.

The 17.16 (118) to 6.10 (46) victory largely came off the back of impressive performances from North Launceston stars Tom Couch, Brad Cox-Goodyer and Zach Burt- however, an injury scare to Tarryn Thomas threatened to sour an otherwise enjoyable afternoon for Bomber fans.

With Daniel Archer taken out of the team as a late withdrawal due to his knee concerns, the Tigers’ forward line struggled to hit the scoreboard, with the hosts finishing with just six majors for the afternoon, even after a promising start to the contest.

The Tigers looked to be the better side in the first term, with a Zach Burt goal deep in the quarter handing the Bombers a four-point advantage at the first change.

The Bombers began to flex their muscle in the second term; however, slamming home five goals to one in a stanza that saw the likes of Couch, Cox-Goodyer and Josh Ponting begin to stamp their authority on the match.

The Tigers stemmed some of the Bomber momenta in the third term, but when the visitors took a seven-goal lead into the final break, the damage had been done and the platform was set for a final term that handed last season’s grand finalists a healthy percentage boost.

A knee injury to young superstar Tarryn Thomas caused some concern in the final term, especially when the Bomber required assistance leaving the field.

Bomber playing-coach Tom Couch was keen to downplay the concern post match, declaring that the injury doesn’t look to be too extensive.

“He (Thomas) is going to be okay- he is already talking about playing next week. Fingers crossed it’s a bit of a twist- I’m not a physio that he will check it out on Monday” Couch said.

Tom Couch’s individual performance was sensational, as was Brad Cox-Goodyer, with their ability to not only win the ball at the coalface and use it cleanly, but to also hit the scoreboard with four and three goals respectively, made for match-winning performances.

Zach Burt also impressed with four goals, while big Ben McCulloch also chipped in with two goals.

Ben Simpson, on debut, also showed plenty of promise, with his efforts particularly pleasing Tom Couch.

“Playing his first game for the club, he (Simpson) just did a couple of things that make you think he is going to be a good player… clean hands, composed and making right decisions. He has come out of nowhere and he is now a good shot of playing finals footy”.

Couch was pleased with the victory, particularly after a close encounter between the sides earlier this year.

“It was good to get the win and a good four quarter performance. It was pretty consistent and built on from last week. This time of year you want the boys to be improving and building momentum… We took another step forward today.

“They (the Tigers) are a physical side and can be tight one-on-one. Last time was a real education for us and we did our homework (for today) and thought it went pretty well” Couch said.

Tigers coach Aaron Vince was disappointed with the match after quarter time.

“After quarter time their bigger bodies got on top of us and we didn’t have anyone prepared to run with them”.

“We probably didn’t capitalise on opportunities in the first quarter, but we certainly matched them for effort and were really good around the contested ball- but that just fell away as the game went on”

Lachlan Gadomski impressed in the back half for the Tigers, particularly with his willingness to take the game on and break lines with his run and carry. Lochie Griggs also worked well in defence and Lachlan Watt around the ground.

With the likes of Jay Lockhart and Taylor Whitford to come back into the side in the coming weeks, the Bombers look poised to make a serious assault on September action, but will first face the task of hosting fellow premiership fancy Clarence at UTAS Stadium next week.

Meanwhile, the Tigers will be travelling further north to Devonport, with Vince believing that consistency will be his side’s focus for the remainder of 2017.

“We continue to ride the wave of inconsistency. We were up last week and probably could have won. We will review what Couch and Cox-Goodyer did to break us open… they were prepared to work a little harder than us and we will give our midfield some work to do during the week to try and rectify their efforts today”.

Round 17 – 29/07/2017

North Launceston                        3.2,  8.5,  11.7,  17.16  (118)

Tigers                                  2.4,  3.4,  4.7,  6.10  (46)

GOALS, North Launceston :
Z. Burt 4, T. Couch 4, B. Cox-Goodyer 3, C. Lowe 2, B. McCulloch 2, T. Thomas 1,
M. Walsh 1

Tigers :
B. Batchelor 2, C. Nield 2, M. Walker 1, M. Davies 1

BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, T. Couch, J. Ponting, Z. Burt, J. Pearce, B. Simpson

Tigers :
L. Gadomski, M. Gardner, M. Carter, M. Davies, L. Watt, L. Griggs

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 17

Written by Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 29th July

Tigers vs North Launceston (Twin Ovals) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

North Launceston 7.22.69 def Tigers 7.6.48 (Round 8, 2017, at UTAS Stadium)

The Tigers led an inaccurate North Launceston by a goal at half time, but the Bombers overran them in the second half, led by silky defensive duo Jay Foon and Jay Lockhart.

Form Guide:

North Launceston (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers are just motoring along at the moment without blowing teams away, with back to back four-goal wins over coastal sides Devonport and Burnie coinciding with a run of injuries to key players.  A hard-fought four point victory over Glenorchy last week made it clear that North Launceston is on top of the ladder for good reason, and they should return to full fitness for the run towards finals following this Saturday’s game.

Tigers (LLL) – MILD:

The Tigers have shown a bit of fight in the games either side of their dismal performance against Lauderdale in Round 15, with a slim loss to Glenorchy at home one of their more impressive efforts this season.  They almost upset a depleted Launceston last week, but the Tigers have struggled to string together performances all season, a cause not helped by a run of injuries and the unavailability of key players throughout the year.

Key Matchups:

Tarryn Thomas displayed glimpses of the form that saw him selected for the Allies side in the Under 18 Championships last week against Glenorchy, and expect the explosive Bomber to be minded by a fellow Mariner in Toby Cowen or Lachy Watt.

Bart McCulloch’s stature and one-grab marking abilities have caused plenty of headaches this season; Mitchell Carter is the obvious defensive matchup here, but Tigers’ captain Tim Peterson could take it upon himself to keep the former Brisbane-listed tall quiet. Particularly with Tom Bennett out of the lineup, McCulloch proves key.

Fire Starters:

Brad Cox-Goodyer’s strength and goal sense have made him as a dangerous inside forward 50 as any other player in the competition this season when up and about, to the point where he’s considered a chance for the Alastair Lynch Medal.

Hugh Dixon has had an interrupted season but for good reasons.  The Mariner key forward has played a number of matches interstate and will take part in the AFL Draft Combine in October.  The tall left footer has a strong overhead mark and has shown his ability to influence games, having booted five goals across the past fortnight at TSL level.


Tigers – In: S. Rice, D. Archer
Out: T. Carter, C. Woolley

North Launceston –In: C. Lowe, R. Mansell, B. Simpson
Out: C. Harrison, J. White, T. Bennett

Fitz’s Tip: North Launceston should win this match comfortably, providing that they don’t get complacent against a Tigers outfit with nothing to lose and relish playing at home.  Expect a decent match early, with the visitors to kick away in the second half. North Launceston by 58.


Launceston vs Hobart City Demons (Windsor Park) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Hobart City Demons 14.8.92 def Launceston 9.11.65 (Round 8, 2017, at North Hobart Oval)

A spirited Hobart City Demons upset the more-fancied Blues, with Josh Williamson and Sean Willis combining for eight goals.  Jay Blackberry impressed to clearly be Launceston’s best on the day.

Form Guide:

Launceston (LLW) – MILD:

The injury-hit Blues have come out of a tough month of football where they pushed sides above them on the ladder to no avail, before downing the Tigers last week to hold onto fifth position on the ladder.  Sam Lonergan and Rulla Kelly-Mansell should return to strengthen the side for this big clash. The Demons regain some experienced key position players that will add a different dynamic to the team that took the field last week.

Hobart City Demons (LWL) – COLD:

Despite losing convincingly to Lauderdale and Clarence in recent weeks, the boys from North Hobart Oval remain in touch with fifth position, sitting a game and health percentage behind Launceston at present.  A ‘confidence’ team with some upset wins to their name, one can never be sure what to expect from the Hobart City Demons from one week to the next.

Key Matchups:

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons) and Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston) have been in great form for their respective sides, and if they play on each other expect plenty of exciting contests as the game wears on. Both are stars with the ability to punish both inside at the contest and outside.

Hobart City Demons’ pair of Hugh Williams both played super roles last time these two teams met. The younger Williams should get the first crack on imposing Blues’ forward Sonny Whiting, who he held to just the two goals last time they squared off. While the Skipper may be sent to Rulla Kelly-Mansell.

Fire Starters:

Rulla Kelly-Mansell has missed two for the Blues, and their forward line has lacked firepower as a result.  The high-leaping excitement machine often starts games with a bang but can go missing after half-time.  If he has an influence across four quarters, watch out – RKM kicked 7.7 against Burnie, and is hard to contain when full of confidence.

Ryan Matthews has the ability to hurt teams with his disposal, with the ball-magnet unstoppable once he gets going.  Mariner-listed teenager Baxter Norton is one of the rising stars of the TSL at the moment, with an influential month of football under his belt as he learns his craft through the midfield. Key Fire Starters for the Demons are ‘The Ws” – Williamson and Willis, both are quick with strong outside games but haven’t consistently influenced results. They did last time they met Launceston, can they again?


Launceston – In: J. Boyce, R. Kelly-Mansell, J. Smith, S. Lonergan
Out: J. Gillow, S. Vandervelde, M. Hutchinson, C. Downie

Hobart City Demons – In: C. Dell, K. Richter, R. Cowie
Out: S. Caswell, W. Hay, B. Walker

Fitz’s Tip: This game is do or die for the Hobart City Demons, with a loss to see the final five sides locked away.  Launcesis are likely to bring everything they’ve got and with some key players returning and a home ground advantage, they should be too good on the day for the southern visitors.  Launceston by 23.


Sunday 30th July

Clarence vs Burnie (Blundstone Arena) 12:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Clarence 9.13.67 def Burnie 5.7.37 (Round 8, 2017, at West Park)

Burnie led Clarence at three quarte time in difficult conditions at West Park, before the class of Roos’ midfielders Jackson O’ Brien and Brady Jones saw the favourites home.  The unheralded Darcy Crane kicked three goals to be named the Dockers’ best.

Form Guide:

Clarence (WLW) – HOT:

The Round 15 loss to Glenorchy has been the only recent stumble in the Roos’ quest for a minor premiership, with the club registering big wins over Devonport and the Hobart City Demons either side of that contest.  Clarence are second on the ladder for a reason, and their form adequately reflects that position.

Burnie  (LLL) – COLD:

Burnie may have lost their last three matches prior to last week’s bye, but they fought hard against Hobart City Demons and an undermanned North Launceston side in that time.  The 144 point loss to Glenorchy hurt, but a side as young as the Dockers will struggle against the powerhouses of the competition every now and again.

Key Matchups:

Zac Buechner has been in damaging form across half forward for Clarence in recent weeks, and Burnie coach Clint Proctor could give determined young defender Darcy Brazendale the job on him as a learning experience.  Rudi Barrett is a fierce competitor for the Dockers, and should line up on Clarence midfielder Jackson O’Brien in a shutdown role, with the two possessing similar qualities and both in strong form for their respective sides.

Fire Starters:

Trent Standen has been electric in kicking 32 of Clarence’s goals this season, with half a dozen hauls of three goals or more to his name, including a bag of seven against Glenorchy.  The 150 gamer only requires a half chance to hit the scoreboard and must be guarded closely.

Burnie brothers Nick and Harry Walters head an inexperienced Burnie midfield, with the leadership group duo giving their all every week.  Both well-built, the Walters’ possess  impressive shoes, with the majority of their combined 24 goals this season converted from long range bombs.

Clarence enters unchanged and Burnie enter off the back of a bye to freshen up.

Fitz’s Tip: Clarence will look at this match as an opportunity to close the percentage gap that currently separates them from first-placed North Launceston.  The young Dockers will go down in stoic fashion, but the margin will be a big one.  Clarence by 88.


Lauderdale vs Glenorchy (Lauderdale Oval) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 13.15.93 def Glenorchy 7.9.51 (Round 8, 2017, at KGV Oval)

A seven goal to two second half saw the Bryce Walsh-led Lauderdale outfit take down the Magpies at their home fortress, with forward target Ryan Wiggins and midfielder Dylan Fyfe combining for eight majors.

Form Guide:

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The third-placed Bombers have won their last three games by an average of 80 points, although they have all been against teams who sit outside of the five at the present time.  Lauderdale’s ability to find goals through a range of different players has seen them kick the most points in the competition to Round 16.

Glenorchy (WWL) – HOT:

The Magpies beat Burnie by 144 points and upset Clarence in the fortnight prior to falling agonisingly short of North Launceston on the road by four points in Round 16.  Despite being hit hard by injuries to key players in the past fortnight, Glenorchy’s ability to match the top two sides for most of their respective contests has proven that they remain a flag hope in season 2017.

Key Matchups:

Zac Webster has been important in recent weeks off half forward with his foot use a key weapon for the Pies. Expect Max Kleverkamp to get the job on curtailing the speedster.

Thor Boscott has booted 13 goal in the past fortnight to announce himself as one of the most dangerous and exciting players in the TSL.  Jordon Arnold will be given the job on him, with his fearless worth ethic down back earning him the role.

Fire Starters:

Toutai Havea has been a constant target up forward for Lauderdale after making the switch from defence, and the big-bodied Tongan-born Havea was rewarded for a fantastic season so far with a six goal haul last week.  Havea is quick at ground level and through the air and should provide the Magpies with a headache on Sunday.

Rhys Mott is one Magpie not under an injury cloud who is likely to get his side going.  the former North West Coaster possesses an elite left foot, often hitting team mates with pinpoint passes through traffic.  Mott can hurt a side running both ways, with the ability to rebounds from half back and also hit the scoreboard making him near-impossible to contain.

Fitz’s Tip: Undisputedly the game of the round, this third vs fourth battle could go either way.  Both sides move the ball well, embrace the physicality of the contest, and are capable of kicking big scores.  With the Pies likely to miss a number of key players through injury and Lauderdale hosting, the Bombers should get home in a heated match to sew up third and set up a tilt at the premiership.  Lauderdale by 16.



Round 16 sees some new names come to the fold with Wade Wall, Casey Brown, Jimmy Aganas, Toutai Havea, Conor Smith all getting their first call up after two nail biting results in a fascinating round of footy. Jake Hinds and Tarryn Thomas slotted straight into the all star team out of Allies duties.

All but one team is represented and Lauderdale top selection with five picked, while Clarence, Launceston and North Launceston are next best with four apiece. Thor Boscott’s selection streak continues, while familiar faces Mitch Carter, Jaye Bowden and Jackson O’Brien return to a 22 they have spent a lot of time in, in season 2017.



Casey Brown (Launceston)

Brown was important for Launceston down back and is proving to be a standout young defender in the Tasmanian State League. The St.Patricks College year 12 student played an exceptionally good game stopping many Tigers opportunities whilst also using the ball well and hitting up teammates.

Jimmy Aganas (Launceston)

Aganas was Launceston’s best defender on the day and intercepted and created many turnovers which created numerous opportunities for the Blues. He has been a recent introduction into the team that has had a major impact, his set up behind the ball was crucial in helping the Blues secure the win. He also took a vital late game saving mark to see the Blues home.

Jack Avent (North Launceston)

Avent was a strong leader for the young Bombers defence. Played his position well throughout, as well as coming across in defence to control the ball. Played a large role in keeping Glenorchy to five goals after quarter time.



Michael Fisher (Clarence)

Michael Fisher performed well as an offensive weapon across halfback for the ‘Roos, with a goal next to his own name and several goal assists making for a very productive afternoon at North Hobart Oval.

Ethan Whish-Wilson (Lauderdale)

The Lauderdale utility did a superb stopping job in following around Mitch Thorp and restricting the gun forward to no goals.

Mitch Carter (Tigers)

Carter was the best player on the ground in a losing side against Launceston and rightfully earned three votes in the RACT player of the year voting. He was hard over the footy all day and was influential throughout the midfield and across the backline setting up many dangerous attacks for the Tigers which almost saw them get over the line.



Jake Hinds (Launceston)

Returning from Allies duty, Hinds was a key player through the midfield for Launceston. He found plenty of the ball and was strong in numerous contests which saw him win the ball or create opportunities for a turnover for his team to bounce on.


Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

Another week and another team of the week nomination for the Clarence midfield general. O’Brien again impressed in the ‘Roos engine room, combining well with Wade Wall and Brady Jones to give their side the upper hand.


Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

Mott was best on ground for the Magpies. Read the ball incredibly well through the centre, gathering a lot of the ball even after Glenorchy dropped ascendancy in the ruck. Provided a lot of run and fed the forwards through good foot use, keeping Glenorchy alive as North Launceston threatened to take control.



Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Is in powerful form, the enigmatic midfielder/forward booted four goals and had a hand in many others as he continues his imperious touch.


Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

Despite being on one leg, the reigning Lynch medallist was all class. Did not spend as much time in the middle as usual, but provided a target in the forward line, kicking three goals, but also managing to take intercept marks in the backline. Provided a late spark to keep the Magpies alive.


Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

Often over looked, and with members out of the team, Ponting took the opportunity to show how good a player he is. Ponting provided a great support to Cox-Goodyear, helping the Bombers dominate in the centre. Also kicked one of the goals of the year from 50 along the ground.



Trent Standen (Clarence)

Standen continued his impressive 2017 with a four-goal haul against the Demons. ‘Speedy’ utilised his trademark pace and clean finishing to be a real handful for the Demons’ defensive unit.

Toutai Havea (Lauderdale)

Toutai Havea was brilliant with six fantastic goals in a demolition of Devonport. Caught the ball extremely well inside 50 and had a good kicking day with some really neat finishes on tight angles in pockets.

Ray Hill (Lauderdale)

Hill was a strong foil to Havea, taking some strong marks including a  big park mark, rising from deep in the pack to take it. Kicked two goals and was a real presence inside 50.


Wade Wall (Clarence)

With Sam Siggins a late withdrawal from the Clarence side, Wall impressed in his return, with his tap work providing the likes of Jackson O’Brien and Brady Jones with first use of the football.

Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

In the absence of some of the Bombers midfield stars, Cox-Goodyer stepped up, even in comparison to his regular form. Was a dominant force through the midfield, gathering a lot of the footy and controlling the centre.

Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

It was a Captain’s game from Bryce Walsh who had the ball on the string and was at his combative best. Won the hard ball and set the tone.



Conor Smith (Launceston)

Smith had an outstanding first game kicking a goal and being influential and dangerous within the Blues forward line and throughout the midfield.

Marcus Davies (Tigers)

Davies was prolific ball winner in the middle for the Tigers winning plenty of clearances and providing every opportunity for his side to sneak home with the four points. Unfortunately, his efforts couldn’t help get his team over the line but played with what seemed to be a rolled ankle, Davies rallied the troops and led by example in what was a good performance from him and the Tigers.

Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston)

Returning from Allies (and St Patricks College Premiership) duties, Thomas was more than handy in the backline in the first three-quarters. In the final quarter, Thomas went forward to provide a bit of spark in the close game, kicking a goal and assisting on another.

Nick Baker (Hobart City Demons)

With his versatility and abundance of talent, Baker has emerged as one of the most exciting young players in the competition – with his performance against the ‘Roos another clear example of this. Baker played primarily on the ball, but chipped in as a backup ruckman for Charlie White as well as hitting the scoreboard with a goal in an impressive display.


Unlucky Omissions…

Tyran Mansell continues his strong form off half back for the Northern Bombers and big Tommy Bennett provided a strong target in forward 50.

Dilger played an important hand for the Magpies, while Liam Smith is building into some better form and Ben Reynolds provided a vital contest. Both Arnold brothers had good games also.

Brady Jones keeps on keeping on and continues to be a weekly contributor, leading from the front. Michael Blackburn is a much-improved footballer and continues to impress.

Devonport youngster Giacomo Millucci scored three goals from very limited supply and was a shining light for the north west Magpies.




Round 17 – 29/07/2017



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

In: S. Rice, D. Archer
Out: T. Carter, C. Woolley

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

In: C. Lowe, R. Mansell, B. Simpson
Out: C. Harrison, J. White, T. Bennett


Round 17 – 29/07/2017



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

In: J. Boyce, R. Kelly-Mansell, J. Smith, S. Lonergan
Out: J. Gillow, S. Vandervelde, M. Hutchinson, C. Downie


Hobart City Demons
B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, M. Bidgood
HB: T. Millhouse, H. Williams, N. Hutchinson
C: R.  Cowie, W.  Campbell, B.  Norton
HF: S. Willis, N. Baker, J. Williamson
F: B. Grant, C. Dell, J. Barwick
R: C. White, R. Matthews, J. Charlton
Int: K. Richter, E. Cole, C. Ransom, C. Kilpatrick
Emg: W. Peppin, K. Wisniewski, J. Doran, B. Walker

In: C. Dell, K. Richter, R. Cowie
Out: S. Caswell, W. Hay, B. Walker


Round 17 – 30/07/2017



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

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


Round 17 – 30/07/2017



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

In: A. Hill, S. Hill
Out: M. McGuinness, C. Laoumtzis

B: J. Arnold, C. Salter, M. Dilger
HB: D. Grant, J. Watts, J. Arnold
C: Z.  Webster, R.  Mott, B.  Kamaric
HF: R. Banks-Smith, T. Bowden, H. Pearce
F: B. Reynolds, M. Hills, M. Rainbird
R: C. Duffy, J. Geard, L. Smith
Int: J. Webb, T. Butterworth, M. Joseph, C. Daly
Emg: B. Rowbottom, A. Brennan, J. Millhouse, J. Bowden

In: T. Butterworth, M. Joseph, T. Bowden, D. Grant
Out: B. Webb, H. Gunther, B. Quinn, J Bowden



Round 10 – 29/07/2017

12:00PM – KGV 


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

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

In: C. Thuringer, M. Binns
Out: E. Barrenger, K. Child


Round 10 – 30/07/2017

1:00PM – WEST PARK  


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

Tigers Football Club
B: E. Johnstone, R. Roberts,
HB: K. Baker, E. Doyle, J. Murphy
C: H.  Flakemore, C.  Brooke, S.  Grimsey
HF: M. Lawler, , J. Wynter
F: O. McKee, M. Absolom, A. Esam
R: G. Millar, H. Squires, M. Neal
Int: I. Willis, M. Smith, H. Upston, J. Noye ,
Emg: L. Reid

In: E. Johnstone, J. Noye , J. Murphy, E. Doyle, I. Willis
Out: I. Coughlan, S. Thomas, S. Atkins-Collins , E. Lucas, L. Ochayi


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup MRP RESULTS: ROUND 16

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 16

Tasmanian State League

1. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston) referred for a dangerous tackle on Lachlan Watt (Tigers)

The Match Review Panel found that the free kick paid was the correct outcome, and that no further action is required.


Mercury Cup

2. Tyler Hughes (Tigers) reported for kicking Zach Griffiths (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel found that the incident was intentional, with low impact to the body. Hughes has been offered a base sanction of one match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Hughes has accepted a reprimand.

SANCTION: Reprimand
3. Joshua Wells (Lauderdale) referred for an off the ball incident on Mason Chatwin (Burnie)

Due to a lack of evidence, this case will be heard by the Independent Tribunal on Friday night.


Havea hits Devonport for six

Lauderdale’s impressive form continued, making it ten wins in 11 games with a dominant 59 point victory over a young Devonport outfit at Lauderdale Oval.

It was a tip of the cap from the Bombers to their beloved Coach, winning in style to mark Darren Winter’s 150th game in charge.

Skipper Bryce Walsh was outstanding, leading the way in midfield with over 30 possessions and the dynamic Toutai Havea starred with six exquisite goals, while Thor Boscott was a fantastic foil with four of his own.

The Bombers shot of the blocks in style with a ferocious attack on the ball, gaining midfield supremacy, moving the ball fast and with precision, leaving the Magpies shellshocked in the opening term.

Thor Boscott set out where he left off from his nine goal haul last week with an early mark and goal to get the ‘Dale going, they then piled on another three goals six for the term with Hooker, Sutton and Havea getting on the board to take complete control and lead by 30 at the first break.

The Bombers were ruthless in the middle of the ground with Walsh leading an awesome midfield brigade, Devonport barely had a look forward of centre in the first quarter with the hosts proactive in their intercept play seeing the Magpies scoreless at the close of quarter one.

Devonport started the second with some promise with two quick goals from both their co-captains, Beau Sharman struck first before Dylan Riley curled back Devonport’s second to cut the margin to three goals, the closest the Magpies would get all day. Ray Hill played predominantly forward and he took a fantastic pack mark to engineer his first of two for the day, answering Devonport’s brief reply before the Bombers heaped on the pain with five more including a couple from Havea. The Richardson medalist took a liking to the right forward pocket at the far end, threading the needle from difficult angles to get his outstanding day roaring. Riley added the visitors’ third courtesy of a high free kick in the dying embers of the half but the Magpies were a long way back as the siren sounded.

The third quarter was an impressive response from the young Devonport outfit, owning the quarter to outscore the home side four goals two behinds to two goals seven behinds. Youngster Giacomo Milluci stood up with two of his three goals for the day coming in the third quarter response, trimming the margin to 45 at the final break.

Mitch Thorp was well restricted, held to just one behind for the afternoon. Ethan Whish-Wilson was terrific in denying Thorp opportunities inside the arc and was well supported by a strong defensive unit.

The last quarter saw the Bombers kick away again with five goals five behinds to run out 59 point victors. Toutai Havea kicked two more in the late flurry to finish with a six pack in a dominant day out by the utility.

Despite defeat Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was impressed that his Magpies stuck in there after a tough start.

“They started well and we didn’t and they put a gap in us and we were chasing arse all day. But we’ve got some character in the group, we’ve got a lot of young blokes and they didn’t throw the towel in.”

Thorp said it was a contrast between a young team in a rebuild and a team right in the premiership frame.

“We know where we are at and we know where Lauderdale are at, they looked very very good. It would be a good team to stop them at the moment.

“We had 11 players today that had never played at Lauderdale footy ground but thats okay… all those experiences is what we are after.”

Lauderdale Assistant Clint Brown was delighted with his side’s attack on the ball and the victory.

“It was a good win. The pleasing part was our start, our defensive pressure was probably the best we’ve seen it all year.”

The Bombers face Glenorchy next week in a mouth watering matchup that will shape the make up of the top five.

“Any time you play Glenorchy is always an exciting time, they are the defending premiers and it is good to see where we are at. I guess everyone sees us as the form team in the competition at the moment so you want to take that into the game and show why you’ve gotten that reputation.”

Round 16 – 22/07/2017

Lauderdale                              4.6,  10.10,  12.17,  17.22  (124)

Devonport                               0.0,  3.0,  7.2,  10.5  (65)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Havea 6, T. Boscott 4, R. Hill 2, R. Sutton 1, C. Hooker 1, M. Anderton 1,
R. Wiggins 1, P. Bellchambers 1

Devonport :
G. Millucci 3, B. Sharman 2, D. Riley 2, B. Symmons 1, B. Scott 1, B. Butler 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
B. Walsh, R. Hill, E. Whish-Wilson, A. Hevey, M. Kleverkamp, T. Havea

Devonport :
D. Riley, B. Symmons, B. Butler, G. Millucci, M. Thorp, B. Sharman



Written by Anthony Osborn

Clarence bounced back onto the winners list with an impressive 55-point win over the Hobart City Demons in an entertaining contest at North Hobart Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The 15.16 (106) to 7.9 (51) victory was sweet revenge for the Roos, who were inflicted with their first loss of the season by the Demons back in round seven, while also coming off the back of a disappointing loss to arch-rival Glenorchy last week.

After suffering their first loss of the year at the hands of the Demons in round seven, Clarence brought an elite level of ferocious intensity to the contest, both at the contest and the opposition.

“They beat us earlier in the year and we had to come here and hunt the ball carrier and get the game on our terms… They outhunted us over at Bellerive- they wanted the game more. We knew they were going to come out fired up,” Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley said.

The opening term was a highly pressurised affair, making for some enthralling football to watch.

The Demons began to assert control over the match late in the opening term, but were not quite able to capitalise on the scoreboard and faced an 11-point deficit at the first break as a result.

Much like they did in the last clash between these two sides, the Demons matched the Roos ferocity for passages of the match, with two early second term goals from Will Hay and Hugh NJ Williams temporarily handing the hosts a slender lead as a repeat of the round seven upset loomed.

It quickly became clear, however, that history was not going to repeat itself as the ‘Roos regained control as the second term progressed, with the Demons’ defensive unit forced to deal with a barrage of Clarence attacking surges, resulting in a 21-point Clarence advantage at the main break.

This trend continued throughout the third term, as Clarence slammed on five unanswered goals to make the difference 55 points by the start of the final change, with the disposal and ball-handling skills of Clarence on full display.

The ball became locked inside the Clarence attacking half for the majority of the third term, with the likes of Tyson Hanslow and Jason Bailey playing the roles of intercept sweepers as the Clarence defensive press made the Demons’ efforts to move into attack fruitless.

The hosts ran the match out well in the final term and ensured the deficit remained at 55 points by the final siren, but the damage was well and truly done by the time the final term started.

It was an impressive performance by the ‘Roos, particularly so with the late withdrawal of star ruckman Sam Siggins, who injured his shoulder at training during the week- however, Webberley was confident that the damage was not too extreme.

“He (Siggins) hurt his shoulder on Tuesday night at training, and he probably could have nearly played today, but just a bit of precaution so he should be ok for next week.”

Wade Wall was highly impressive in Siggins’ absence, with his tap work providing the likes of Brady Jones and Jackson O’Brien with first use of the football at the coalface.

After weeks of his return to the side being teased, Jake Cox proved how valuable he is to this side with two goals and a genuine mark of the week contender in the third term surely bringing smiles to the faces of the Clarence faithful.

Webberley was impressed with the way both Cox and Jason Bailey slotted back into the side,

”It took him (Cox) a half to work into the game, but the first ten minutes of the third he really took the game by the scruff of the neck. They (Cox and Jason Bailey) are quality players that will only be better for the run.”

Livewire forwards Aiden Grace and Michael Blackburn impressed as they worked their way into the contest, while the usual suspects of Jones, O’Brien, Ian Callinan and Trent Standen proved to be dangerous throughout the afternoon.

Hanslow and Jordan Roberts were also influential in the victory.

After a disappointing loss to Glenorchy last weekend, a victory over the Demons was crucial for the ‘Roos in the lead up to September action.

“Our last month has been a little bit flat- Glenorchy showed us what finals footy is all about (last week). To come here today and get the four points against a good team is good for the team going forward.”

Tassie Mariner Nic Baker was impressive in a variety of roles as a midfielder, relief ruckman and forward.

Captain Hugh NJ Williams was also fantastic for the Demons in a forward-role, providing a key target and hitting the scoreboard.  Will Campbell and Baxter Norton were also among the Demons’ best in the loss.

Hobart City Demons coach Kane Richter was disappointed in the loss, but remained upbeat after the match,

“I am disappointed in the loss. If you weren’t human, you wouldn’t be disappointed. But, our boys applied themselves well in the first quarter and a half.

“There are some positives, but also some fundamentals of the game we have got to continue teaching our group. We just need to keep teaching them and over time it will become habit and we will get better.”

The Demons’ quest September action will all go on the line with a trip to Windsor Park next Saturday to face Launceston, while Clarence play hosts to the Burnie Dockers at Blundstone Arena in round 17.

Round 16 – 22/07/2017

Clarence                                4.3,  7.8,  12.13,  15.16  (106)

Hobart City Demons                      2.4,  4.5,  4.6,  7.9  (51)

GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 4, Z. Buechner 2, J. Cox 2, T. Hanslow 2, I. Callinan 1, M. Fisher 1,
J. Roberts 1, M. Blackburn 1, J. Harper 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Barwick 2, H. Williams 1, W. Hay 1, J. Charlton 1, E. Cole 1, N. Baker 1

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

Hobart City Demons :
N. Baker, B. Norton, H. Williams, W. Campbell


Bombers sneak home

Written by Andrew Johnston

North Launceston remain on top with thanks to a come from behind four point win over Glenorchy in one of the matches of the year at the University of Tasmania Stadium, in Launceston.

The Bombers trailed at every change, but ran over the top of an undermanned Glenorchy in the final quarter to lead when it mattered. The Pies were headed but again mounted a late charge in a dramatic finish but the Bombers hung on for a four point win.

Taylor Whitford was a late withdrawal for the hosts, with Tom Couch, Jay Foon and Tarryn Thomas all taking their place. Bradley Cox-Goodyear was dominant for the Bombers in midfield, while Jaye Bowden kicked two and was prevalent in midfield, despite recent hamstring troubles.

The Magpies were on top in the opening quarter, kicking four goals four and nearly doubling North’s inside 50’s. Jaye Bowden started brightly and Cameron Duffy took early dominance in the ruck battle.

The second quarter saw the Bombers take back a degree of control, limiting the Magpies to just the one goal, hitting the scoreboard with three of their own. Bradley Cox-Goodyer took control through the middle of the ground and was well supported by Josh Ponting, who delivered one of the goals of the year with a 50 meter dribble kick rolling through. Despite North’s improved quarter, the Magpies held a lead at the main break.

Glenorchy lost Captain and superstar Brayden Webb and Brady Quinn with both succumbing to injury and ruled out of action prior to half time.

The third quarter was a hard-fought slog with only one goal scored by each side. Glenorchy had multiple chances to kick away but were stung by inaccuracy, scoring six behinds for the quarter. The Premiers were held back with two players off the ground and limited rotations, missed opportunities took their toll. In the middle of the ground, North ruckman Alex Lee began to take control in the ruck contest and silky midfielder Rhys Mott continued his impressive form.

In the early stages of the final quarter, the dam wall finally broke, with the Bombers running game providing them with a dominance on inside 50’s. Bart McCulloch and Zach Burt began to take marks inside 50 and young gun Tarryn Thomas came to life. With five minutes remaining, the Bombers lead by 16, and looked home against a Glenorchy side out on their feet.

But the Magpies wouldn’t go away. A moment of magnificence from Jaye Bowden saw him take the ball 70 from goal, get around a defender and goal to give the Magpies life. Josh Watts would sneak into a mark moments later to pull the margin back to three points. But the experienced Bombers shut the game down, managing to run out the clock with Thomas adding another point to hold on in one of the most exciting games of the season.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornellius was very impressed with his team’s fight.

“We had our scoring opportunities, didn’t capitalise, down rotations, but a lot of fight within the team to push through.

“It was disappointing not to get the result, but very proud (of the team).”

Injured North captain Taylor Whitford, who took the role of coach for the week, was happy with the team’s return to form.

“It was a finals like intensity. It’s good to start playing some footy that we want to play.”

He also spoke highly of the team’s ability to stick with the Magpies, and then finish the game off strongly.

“We knew that if we stayed with them, and hung on, we could come home strong.”

The first placed Bombers head to Twin Ovals to take on Tigers next week, whilst Glenorchy head to the tip to take on the white hot Lauderdale.


Round 16 – 22/07/2017

North Launceston                        2.3,  5.4,  6.6,  9.10  (64)

Glenorchy                               4.5,  5.6,  6.12,  8.12  (60)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 2, Z. Burt 2, C. Harrison 1, T. Thomas 1, L. Hollmer 1, B. Cox-Goodyer 1,
J. Ponting 1

Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 3, J. Webb 1, J. Geard 1, H. Pearce 1, J. Watts 1, M. Hills 1

BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Ponting, J. Avent, T. Mansell, T. Bennett, T. Thomas

Glenorchy :
M. Dilger, L. Smith, J. Bowden, B. Reynolds, J. Arnold, J. Arnold

Fitz’s Friday Forecast – Round 16

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Saturday 22nd July

North Launceston vs Glenorchy (UTAS Stadium) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met:

North Launceston 13.13.91 def Glenorchy 11.7.73 (Round 7, 2017, at KGV Oval)

A four goal to two first term saw North Launceston take an early lead and they were never headed from that point on, with Tom Couch dominant and Bart McCulloch finishing with five majors.

Form Guide:

North Launceston (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers have won three on the trot, but not by the margins most would have predicted, especially against coastal sides Devonport and Burnie.  Having said that, many key players have been sidelined across this period due to injuries, with North Launceston still ticking along nicely to hold down top position on the ladder.

Glenorchy (WWW) – HOT:

The boys from KGV have well and truly bounced back into flag conversations, with a big win over Burnie in Round 14 and a 23 point victory over Clarence last week reminding the other teams that they’re still very much a powerhouse.  Along with Lauderdale, the Magpies are the form team of the comp in recent weeks.

Key Matchups:

The ruck battle between Alex Lee and Cameron Duffy will be huge, with both dominant big men giving their gun midfielders first use of the ball regularly this season.  Tom Couch is likely to be manned up by Pies captain Brayden Webb, with both prime movers in great form this season through their respective midfields.

Fire Starters:

Taylor Whitford has been sidelined with injury as of late, but cut teams to shreds early in the season with his delivery inside forward 50, and he’ll have a big say in which way the result goes. Tarryn Thomas is back in the fold and is a player that is highly capable of lighting a fire under his team.

James Webb may have flown under the radar earlier this year, but not anymore.  The classy left foot utility has been damaging, having kicked nine goals in the past fortnight, and the Bombers would do well to pay him some closer attention than other sides have. Zac Webster is another, the Pies are a different beast with him fit and firing.


North Launceston
In: T. Whitford, K. Wadley, T. Thomas, J. Foon, T. Couch

Out: D. Clayton, D. Headland,  M. Donnelly, H. Goss, J. Singline


In: J. Bowden

Out: M. Joseph

Fitz’s Tip: Undoubtedly the match of the round, and one that North Launceston would have been tipped to win by a reasonable margin only six weeks ago.  But with the Magpies in ominous form and North Launceston’s returning stars out of match practice, the game is as evenly poised as one could hope.  An upset win is well and truly on the cards.  Glenorchy by 12.


Lauderdale vs Devonport (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 15.14.126 def Devonport 13.4.82 (Round 7, 2017, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport took an early lead at quarter time, but were overrun by a strong Lauderdale midfield, with McManus and Walsh starring.  Thor Boscott booted five for the victors, while Devonport first year players Brodie Connelly played a break out game to finish with four goals of his own.

Form Guide:

Lauderdale (WWW) – HOT:

The Bombers have been in sensational form, seeing off Launceston in Round 13 before smashing Hobart City Demons and the Tigers by a combined 181 points over the past fortnight.  Players across all lines are firing, with a genuine belief among the confident young group that they can go all the way this season.

Devonport (LLL) – MILD:

While Devonport have lost their past three matches, they put up a fight against an undermanned North Launceston side in Round 14, and were gallant in defeat against Hobart City Demons last week.  They have not disgraced themselves by any means, with the young playing group starting to gel as the season wears on.

Key Matchups:

Midfielders Dylan Fyfe and Bryce Walsh are likely to take on Devonport co-captains Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley, with all four having been in solid form.  Walsh has been used to shut down opposition ball-winners of late, and should go to Sharman at the first bounce.  Whoever Mitch Thorp sends to Bombers goal machine Thor Boscott is in for a tough day and a learning experience, with the improving Sherrin Egger a chance to get first crack on one of the most exciting players in the competition. Alex Hill may well be switched back to man the imposing Thorp, who has got Devonport motoring in recent weeks.

Fire Starters:

It’s hard to go past Thor Boscott for the second week running here.  The dangerous forward has the ability to fly for a high mark, and is equally as dangerous when the ball hits the deck.  He can move into the midfield and win key clearances when needed, and is in season-best form, as his nine goal haul last week showed.

Devonport playing coach Mitch Thorp has been singing the praises of teenager Sherrin Egger for a while now, and his last two weeks across half back have been fantastic, with the youngster’s attack on the ball and disregard for his own wellbeing stirring his side to some impressive efforts against more-fancied opponents. Thorp himself has proven time and time again to be a firestarter.



In: J. Williams

Out: B. McGuinness


In: B. Chard

Out: J. Whelan

Fitz’s Tip: Devonport won’t give up until the final siren sounds, but with Lauderdale needing to make up percentage to catch third-placed Glenorchy, they’re likely to continue on their winning ways and put the young Magpies to the sword in front of a vocal home crowd.  Lauderdale by 75.


Launceston vs Tigers (Windsor Park) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Lauderdale 15.14.104 def Tigers 3.5.23 (Round 7, 2017, at Twin Ovals)

Launceston played a complete match to obliterate the hapless Tigers, with Sam Lonergan dominant through the midfield.  Leading forward Sonny Whiting had a big day up forward, slotting six goals, with the only sour note for the Blues being youngster Chayce Jones suffering a season-ending leg injury.

Form Guide:

Launceston (LLL) – MILD:

Launceston have lost their last three matches by margins of under five goals to sides all inside the top four, so they’re not as far off the pace as some might assume.  Having said that, the Blues need a win to boost their confidence and to stay ahead of a Hobart City Demons outfit gunning for the fifth spot on the ladder that they currently occupy.

Tigers (LLL) – COLD:

The Tigers are battling as their results show, with the close loss to Glenorchy in Round 13 the only highlight from the past month.  Injuries and inconsistency have plagued the boys from Twin Ovals all season, with a big gap between their best and worst football.

Key Matchups:

Sonny Whiting was a major thorn in the Tiger’s side last time these sides played, and stubborn defender Tyler Carter is likely to get first crack at the Blues’ spearhead.  The ruck battle between young Hamish Leedham and Tigers’ captain Tim Peterson should be one to watch, with both players known for their physicality and determination. Rulla Kelly-Mansell is back in the team and he and Whiting form a formidable 1-2 punch when firing.

Fire Starters:

Brodie Palfreyman could be one of the most underrated midfielders in the league at the moment, with the 18 year old’s fitness and ball-winning ability a big part of the reason the Blues sit inside the five at the moment.

Mitchell Walker has been one Tiger who has competed well every week, with the young forward possessing the ability to take contested overhead grabs and calmly convert difficult set shots.  He brings the small forwards into the game as well, and when he’s firing the Tigers lift around him. Hugh Dixon is a star and will be important with Daniel Archer not named to take part.



In: R. Kelly-Mansell, S. Lonergan

Out: M. Hutchinson, J. Boyce


In: B. Livingston, L. Griggs, C. Woolley, C. Sawdy, O. Burrows-Cheng

Out: J. Pearce, J. Huizing, S. Rice, M. Booth, T. Gogolin

Fitz’s Tip: Launceston are overdue for a win, and with a tough month out of the way and a bye to freshen up some key cogs, they should play themselves back into some form at home over a tired Tigers outfit.  Launceston by 58.


Hobart City Demons vs Clarence (North Hobart Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met:

Hobart City Demons 12.8.80 def Clarence 11.13.79 (Round 7, 2017, at Blundstone Arena)

A five goal second term saw Hobart City Demons serve it up to the previously undefeated Clarence side, with the visitors holding on in a tense final term to snatch victory by the slimmest of margins.  Sean Willis kicked four goals for the Hobart City Demons, while Trent Standen claimed four of his own for the Roos.

Form Guide:

Hobart City Demons (WLW) – MILD:

The Hobart City Demons defeated coastal sides Burnie and Devonport by four goals margins respectively either side of a walloping at the hands of Lauderdale.  Nipping at the heels of Launceston, they would want to keep any losses to a minimum as they look to challenge for a finals position in what has been a promising season for most parts. An upset win would serve their finals ambitions well.

Clarence (WWL) – HOT:

Clarence may have gone down to the Magpies at home last week, but in the last quarter showed that they still have what it takes to claim top spot by the season’s end.  A convincing win over Devonport and a five goal victory over Launceston preceded last week’s loss, with the non-events maybe affecting the impressive Roos’ preparations for last week’s big game.

Key Matchups:

Ryan Matthews is always influential through the midfield for the Hobart City Demons, expect Gabby Chambers to go to the gun inside midfielder. Will Campbell’s return was just the tonic the Demons midfield needed last week and his support will be important up against an impressive Roos midfield that boasts the returning Jake Cox.

Hugh Williams has been in strong form down back, and either him or tall swingman Charlie White could be given the job on dangerous Clarence tall forward Zac Buechner, whose eight marks in the second half against Glenorchy last week sparked a comeback.

Jason Bailey is back for the Roos and he is the general of their defence and sets them up so well. The height of Glenorchy troubled Clarence but the Hobart City forward line is a much nicer fit for Webberley’s defensive unit to contain. Sean Willis stung the Roos last time and it is the Ws in Willis and Williamson that cut teams apart when the Demons are firing. Holding them will be integral for Clarence.

The ruck duel could prove interesting with rumours abound that Sam Siggins may miss, the inclusion of Wade Wall is important, especially if rumours are found to be accurate.

Fire Starters:

Big-bodied on-baller Will ‘Soup’ Campbell bounced back from a two-week suspension to have an immediate impact in the midfield for the Hobart City Demons last week.  His two long goals from outside 50 highlighted his ability to be dangerous moving forward, and he’ll have a big say in the result.

Ian Callinan may not have kicked a bag last week, but his ability to sidestep opponents to give himself time to find team mates with pinpoint kicks was a class above.  The former Adelaide Crow only need a handful of touches to cut a game wide open, and cannot be given any room around goal.

The TSL world has been waiting for Jake Cox for what seems like an age. As one of the competition’s very best he may well blow the game apart on his return.


Hobart City Demons

In: C. Kilpatrick

Out: C. Dell


In: W. Wall, J. Bailey, J. Cox

Out: L. Murfitt-Cowen, T. Hanslow, K. Howlett

Fitz’s Tip: While Hobart City Demons match up well on the Roos, there will be no repeat of an upset.  The loss to Glenorchy last week will only fuel an in-form Clarence side, who should rise to any challenges put to them. As far as inclusions go, Clarence’s are game changers.  Clarence by 34.