Demons bounce back

Written by Andrew Johnston

Hobart City Demons claimed their second win of the season, downing Devonport at North Hobart Oval by 53 points on Saturday night.

The Demons were in control for the entire match, leading at every change to score an important win, with only percentage now separating them from Lauderdale.

With both teams looking to make a statement, Devonport let sparks fly pre match by running through Hobart City’s warm up drills before the game. This arguably backfired and sparked the Demons into action, with the Demons scoring six goals to one in an explosive opening quarter. Devonport had few opportunities in the first quarter, as skill errors around the ground cost them dearly. The opening quarter all-but ended the match as a contest as the home team never looked like being headed from there on out.

The Magpies attempted to gain some momentum in the early stages of the second stanza, with hard tackling and early effort showing they would not go away easily. After two of the first three goals, the Pies cut the margin to just 21. But the Demons dominated the quarter from there on, kicking the next three goals. The only downside for the Demons was their inaccuracy – kicking eight behinds in the quarter. Despite this, the Demons led by 47 at the major break.

After half time, the match was more of an arm wrestle as Devonport noticeably improved in skill, and were able to match with Hobart City across the ground. The quarter saw the Demons only increase their lead by two points.

In the final quarter, Hobart City’s inaccurate kicking continued, scoring eight behinds and just the one goal. Devonport continued to produce periods of good footy, and managed two goals, but again did not take their opportunity in front of goals. The hosts were the better team all night however, and walked away 53 point victors to secure their second win of the season.

Ryan Matthews and Blake Grant were both prolific for the Demons, providing a target inside 50, as well as both providing multiple score assists. Coach Kane Richter provided a strong option in the forward line, whilst captain Hugh Williams was very strong across the back half, with some key intercepts. For Devonport, coach Mitch Thorp and co-captain Dylan Riley were standouts, kicking five of the team’s seven goals, as on field leaders for their team.

Hobart City assistant coach Richard Robinson was really happy with the response from the team after last week’s loss to Lauderdale.

“We responded from last week, it’s well documented we were disappointed with our efforts last week, especially after half time.

“We haven’t scored over 70 points for the season, so to get over 100 was good.”

In spite of the loss, Devonport assistant coach Simon Dent was impressed with the effort of his young side.

“The pressure and the effort from the young fellows, particularly to tackle, to harass in those contested situations, we really can’t fault it at all.”

Next week Devonport host Lauderdale, while Hobart City head across the river to take on Clarence.


Hobart City Demons                      6.4,  10.11,  12.14,  14.22  (106)

Devonport                               1.3,  3.7,  5.7,  7.11  (53)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Maple 2, B. Grant 2, R. Matthews 2, J. Charlton 2, J. Williamson 2, C. White 1,
K. Richter 1, W. Campbell 1, S. Willis 1

Devonport :
M. Thorp 3, D. Riley 2, B. Butler 1, M. Perry 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
J. Charlton, R. Matthews, C. White, H. Williams, B. Grant, E. Cole

Devonport :
D. Riley, M. Thorp, S. Egger, Q. Byard, M. Perry, B. Butler

Bombers blitz blows away Tigers

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Lauderdale have claimed their second win in a row, outrunning and outmuscling the Tigers in a physical encounter under lights at Twin Ovals to emerge from the contest convincing 32 point winners.

The Bombers booted 3.9 to a solitary behind in the first quarter, and despite the Tigers challenging in the third term, they were never headed as they managed 30 scoring shots to 13 in freezing conditions to claim their second straight victory, 12.18 (90) to 9.4 (58).

Lauderdale dominated the first term at Twin Ovals, with the majority of play spent inside their attacking half, and the Tigers were lucky that the damage wasn’t greater at quarter time, with the inaccurate Bombers kicking three goals and nine behinds.  The Tigers struggled to move the ball into their forward 50, with Lauderdale defenders Mitchell Anderton and Rhys Sutton repeatedly mopping up across half back to drive the away side forward, and at quarter time the score read 3.9 (27) to 0.1 (1).

The second quarter saw more of a contest, as the physicality both sides are known for rose to another level, with several spot fires on the grandstand wing bringing the already vocal crowd to life.  After a slow start, the Tigers finished the term with two late long bomb majors to outscore Lauderdale for the quarter, heading into the main break down 4.2 (26) to 7.9 (51).  The comeback came at a price for the home side however, with first gamer Ben Donnelly limping from the field with an apparent knee injury, and star forward Brandon Batchelor ending the half on crutches.

Buoyed by their late second term efforts, the Tigers came out fighting in the third stanza, kicking three of the first four goals to work themselves back into the game.  They moved the ball in more of a fast-paced fashion to break through the staunch Lauderdale defence, and at three quarter time were adrift by only 13 points, trailing the Bombers 8.4 (52) to 9.11 (65).

Tigers coach Aaron Vince urged his players to pull the trigger in the final term, but it was Lauderdale who hit the ground running, with repeated forays into their forward 50 as the rain began to fall and the wind increased.  The Bombers were simply too good and dominated the term with 10 scoring shots to the Tigers’ one.  The match was all but decided halfway through the quarter, with Lauderdale running away with a strong 12.18 (90) to 9.4 (58) victory, to put themselves inside the five on the ladder.

Vince was disappointed with the efforts of his Tigers in the first term, but didn’t blame the defence for the Bombers’ fast start.

“We didn’t play the style of footy we wanted to play; we got outworked in the first quarter. “When you put your backline under the pressure of repeat entries, any backline is going to struggle with that. ”

He was pleased with how they responded to kick goals in the second and third quarters,  but overall conceded it was a poor night for the home side.

“To the players’ credit they responded throughout the middle part of the game, and won some contested footy,  but unfortunately the last quarter was a carbon copy of the first quarter.

“We’re very disappointed; we didn’t come to play tonight and I think the scoreline flattered us in the end.”

The Tigers’ standouts were few and far between, but the efforts of defender Mitchell Carter and young midfielder Lachy Watt could not be doubted.  Chris Nield also worked hard across half forward to finish with three goals.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter conceded that the Tigers’ comeback had been a worry, but was all smiles after the match.

“It was a pretty tough contest out there; we probably had control of the game in the first quarter, but didn’t put them away, so when they fought back, we were pretty concerned about it.

“We had to battle across the next two quarters, but I thought the we had control of large portions of the game.”

Lauderdale went into the match without captain Bryce Walsh, who pulled up sore after a fitness test, ruckman Liam Meagher, who was ill, and forward Ryan Wiggins, who played in the midfield in the Bombers’ Mercury Cup side.  In their absence, midfielder Dylan Fyfe continued his stellar start to the season with 35 disposals and eight tackles, with Nat Franklin and Rhys Sutton also working hard for 33 and 31 disposals respectively.  Forwards Ray Hill, Dylan Johns, and Blake Newell were also outstanding, combining for seven goals.

Winter was pleased with his backline, singling out the performances of Anderton, Josh McGuinness and Max Kleverkamp.

“We’re pretty happy with our defensive efforts at the moment; we’ve been able to hold sides to losing scores.

“We need to be able to open up the opposition going the other way a bit more now.”

Lauderdale head to the coast to play a winless Devonport next week as they seek a third straight victory to cement their spot inside the top five, and will be looking to build on their percentage after a couple of close wins.  The Tigers will face Launceston at Twin Ovals, with both sides having started the season well but coming off two losses.  That match should see a return to form for at least one of those teams, as they strive to remain in touch with the five.

Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Lauderdale                              3.9,  7.9,  9.11,  12.18  (90)

Tigers                                  0.1,  4.2,  8.4,  9.4  (58)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
R. Hill 3, B. Newell 2, D. Johns 2, R. Sutton 1, P. Bellchambers 1, J. Roberts 1,
R. Hooker 1, E. Stanley 1

Tigers :
C. Nield 3, J. Pearce 2, B. Rees 2, T. Carter 1, M. Gardner 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
D. Fyfe, N. Franklin, R. McManus, T. Boscott, J. Roberts, M. Kleverkamp

Tigers :
L. Watt, T. Gogolin, C. Nield, B. Rees, J. Pearce, T. Peterson

North Launceston destroy Dockers

North Launceston continued on winning ways with an awesome display of forward firepower, amassing a jaw dropping 51 scoring shots in a 127 point win over an undermanned Burnie Dockers.

In wet and windy conditions at UTAS Stadium, North Launceston controlled the contest from the first bounce with the Bombers midfield mauling Burnie who had no answers. It could have been a lot uglier for Burnie with inaccuracy saving them from an even bleaker afternoon.

The Dockers faced wave after wave from North who had 27 inside 50s to Burnie’s three in the opening quarter but North didn’t make their dominance count on the scoreboard, registering just three majors from 10 scoring shots in total.

The second stanza saw North storm further away from the inexperienced north west outfit with five goals to two. Whitford was outstanding with clean and explosive work from stoppages, while ruckman Alex Lee was delivering the Bombers’ prime movers, silver service. Connor Pearton snagged two opportunistic goals for the term, while Bart McCulloch played perhaps his best game for the season and was a fantastic target despite not bringing his goalkicking boots.

IC: Andrew Woodgate Whitford had the ball on a string

Statsitics painted a picture of dominance at the major break, with North in charge of clearances with a 29 to 8 advantage at the half. For Burnie, Rudi Barrett and Blair Rubock were the pick of the bunch, making the most of limited forays forward to hit the scoreboard in what would prove their most fruitful quarter.

The result was put well and truly to bed in the premiership quarter with nine goals to nil for the hosts. Brad Cox-Goodyer kicked two for the term to continue his exceptional vein of form. Zach Burt was well held by young Keiselis with the RACT Insurance Player of the Year vote leader restricted to just a solitary goal.

The third term gave Burnie injury woes to add to the scoreboard agony with leaders Tyrone Morrison and Clint Proctor hobbling off.

The final term saw the sting leave the game as North coasted home to a three figure victory. Whitford and McCulloch kicked three each, while Cox Goodyer, Bennett, Couch and Pearton all chimed in with two in a phenomenal team performance.

North were well served by their leaders with Whitford the best player on the ground and Coach Tom Couch not far behind, both winning plenty of the footy and hitting the scoreboard. Alex Lee was sensational in the ruck, while Jay Lockhart and Jay Foon were terrific out of the back half.

Couch was delighted with the performance, especially considering the difficult conditions.

“It is probably the happiest I have been after a game. I thought for four quarters the boys put in a real effort.”

“We are getting better every week which is what we are aiming to do. We will look over the tape and get ready for next week it is going to be an exciting game, we are really looking forward to it and I think the competition is looking forward to it too,” he said.

Next week will be a tougher test for North Launceston, with the Bombers facing reigning Premiers, Glenorchy at KGV.

Round 6 – 06/05/2017

North Launceston                        3.7,  8.16,  17.24,  20.31  (151)

Burnie Dockers                          0.1,  2.1,  2.2,  3.6  (24)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 3, T. Whitford 3, C. Pearton 2, T. Couch 2, T. Bennett 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 2,
Z. Burt 1, L. Hollmer 1, K. Thomas 1, J. Foon 1, J. Ponting 1, C. Harrison 1

Burnie Dockers :
J. Murray 1, B. Rubock 1, R. Barrett 1

BEST, North Launceston :
T. Whitford, T. Couch, C. Pearton, T. Bennett, J. Ponting, A. Richter-Salter

Burnie Dockers :
N. Walters, R. Barrett, B. Rubock, S. Kalbfell, H. Walters, D. Brazendale


Written by Anthony Osborn

In a result that will send shockwaves throughout the competition, Clarence emerged victorious in the battle of the two undefeated southern sides,  downing their fiercest rivals Glenorchy, with livewire Trent Standen kicking a bag of seven goals.

One of Tasmanian sport’s greatest rivalries had another classic chapter written on Saturday in a tight tussle at KGV, with Clarence storming home to a 14.7 (91) victory over reigning premiers, Glenorchy 8.7 (55). The Roos hung in for three quarters before exploding in a final term onslaught, kicking seven unanswered goals to record a major victory over their fiercest rivals.

With plenty of physicality and threats of passion boiling over, this was a match that confirmed the rich history of Glenorchy and Clarence rivalry is far from over.

Neither side was able to get into a dominant position over the course of the first three quarters in a physical, contested affair.

In a low scoring first half the Magpies looked to have more of the general play, mostly thanks to winning the clearances, however the Roos stayed in touch and in the contest all half and only trailed 2.4 (16) – 3.5 (23) at the main break.

The third term opened up significantly as both sides went goal for goal before Glenorchy kicked two goals in quick succession, and due to the strength of Glenorchy as a scoring outfit it looked as if they may have the power to run away with it.

However, late third-quarter goals to Sam Siggins and James Brenner cut Glenorchy’s lead back to eight points at the last change, keeping Clarence in the hunt.

And hunt they did. The Roos were ruthless in the final term and demonstrated that they are worthy of being in the premiership conversation.

The last quarter was all about the Eastern Shore outfit as they slammed on seven final quarter goals to hand Glenorchy their first loss of 2017 in jawdropping fashion. In a rare feat, the Roos also held Glenorchy scoreless in the final stanza.

The loss ends a formidable winning streak at the Magpies home venue that has spanned more than two seasons. Glenorchy’s last loss at KGV was in 2014 to North Launceston, some 19 wins ago.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius wasn’t disappointed that his side lost, but was bitterly disappointed in how they lost.

“I wanted the boys to play a bit different. They played back in their shells.

“They (Clarence) came here to win, they have a lot of outside runners amd if you give them a sniff, like Trent ‘Speedy’ Standen, they get their tails up and they are away.”

Standen was electric for the Roos, booting seven goals, including three final-term majors that pushed Clarence into a winning position, with Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley believing that Standen’s performance was indicative of his team as a whole.

“Speedy (Standen), like all of our guys has put in a massive preseason, especially for a 31 year-old. It’s fantastic for him to get reward for effort, much like the whole team.”

Webberley was rapt with the victory over Glenorchy, but conceded that his side still has a lot of work to do.

“We still have some massive holes in our game, but our endeavour and want for the contest was fantastic.

“We got smashed in clearances, which we probably expected coming in, expecially with Tyler Hanslow, Jack Gleeson and Jackson O’Brien, close to our three best ball-winners being out of the side.”

The Roos playing coach played a strong hand in the win, particularly in the last with some decisive involvements. Webberley was coy on what the win meant for his team’s premiership credentials.

“Glenorchy have been up for years and get hunted every week. It’s easier being the one doing the hunting than being the hunted. One game is a very small sample size- we just need to continue to improve and control what we can control.”

Clarence defended well all day, with the efforts of the back six particularly impressing Webberley.

“Our defenders were fantastic. Jason Bailey did a great job on Jaye (Bowden) by taking marks and setting up from defence.”

Tim Castle, Keegan Wylie and James Holmes were all terrific in defence for Clarence, with Holmes’ commitment to the football and willingness to put his body on the line being particularly impressive.

Jordon Arnold and Brayden Webb were solid all day for Glenorchy in defence, while Mitch Rainbird won a lot of contested ball in the midfield, particularly in the first half.

Clarence will host the Hobart City Demons at Blundstone Arena next Saturday, while Glenorchy will be tasked with hosting another blockbuster, this time against the seemingly unstoppable North Launceston.

Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Clarence                                1.0,  2.4,  7.5,  14.7  (91)

Glenorchy                               2.2,  3.5,  8.7,  8.7  (55)

GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 7, S. Siggins 1, J. Webberley 1, W. Wall 1, G. Chambers 1, J. Cox 1,
J. Brenner 1, A. Grace 1

Glenorchy :
M. Joseph 2, J. Bowden 2, L. Smith 2, T. Bowden 1, W. Atkin 1

BEST, Clarence :
J. Bailey, J. Webberley, T. Standen, G. Chambers, W. Wall, M. Ling

Glenorchy :
J. Arnold, M. Dilger, B. Quinn, J. Millhouse, D. Grant, B. Webb

Round 6 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Written by Alex FtizGerald

Saturday 6th May

North Launceston vs Burnie  (UTAS Stadium) 2:15pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 7.11.53 def Burnie 5.7.37 (Qualifying Final, 2016, at West Park)

North Launceston remain undefeated in 2017 following their dominant 96 point win over Devonport, solidifying their reputation as the flag favourites this season.  Burnie had a rough day out against a rampaging Glenorchy at West Park, going down by 124 points and managing just two goals for the afternoon.  Last time they met both sides were pushing for a premiership, but Burnie are fielding a significantly less experienced side this year, and a greater margin between the teams this week is the expectation.

The North Launceston forward line has been immense, with Zac Burt booting six goals and receiving another two RACT Player of the Year votes to extend his lead in the award.  He was well supported by midfield/half forwards in Mark Walsh, who kicked three goals in his best game of the year, and playing coach Tom Couch, who solidified his reputation as the best goalkicking midfielder in the TSL by adding another four majors to his season tally.  Brad Cox-Goodyer again dominated the midfield, with tall Alex Lee giving the Bombers midfielders an advantage with his ruckwork around the ground.  North Launceston are a side with enviable depth across all lines, and any number of players could step up this week to make life tough for the travelling Dockers.

Burnie faced their toughest challenge of the season against Glenorchy last week, going goalless in the first and third quarters in what was an underwhelming performance from the young coastal side.  The Dockers will come out of the match better for the experience, with coach Clint Proctor highlighting the Magpies’ work rate as something his side will strive to replicate in the coming weeks.   In the absence of suspended captain Nick McKenna, ruckman Tyrone Morrison was impressive in his battle with the in-form Cameron Duffy, and leaders Nick Walters and Rudy Barrett’s efforts could not be questioned.  Teenagers Bailey Boag and Sam Kalbfell again stepped up against more experienced opponents, with Darcy Brazendale and Ben Murray also putting in valiant performances.  The Dockers are without two Mariners-listed players again this week, while McKenna will serve out the final match of his suspension.  James Dowling (quad) will have to pass a fitness test during the week to be considered, giving more young Dockers the opportunity to play senior football. They do regain Blair Rubock and Ethan Jackson from the Mariners program, to inject some more young talent back into the fold.

Unfortunately for the Dockers, North Launceston are on par with Glenorchy for form so far in 2017, and the Bombers are likely to push for their first triple-figure win of the year at home on Saturday.  Proctor is the right man for the job at Burnie, and will set his young side realistic expectations unlikely to be measured by the final score as they strive to learn from the best and get senior matches under their belts this season.


Glenorchy vs Clarence (KGV Oval) 4:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 27.13.175 def Clarence 8.8.56 (Round 19, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Glenorchy continued their outstanding start to the season last week, thumping Burnie to the tune of 124 points at West Park to push their percentage above a jaw dropping 400 after four matches. Their opponents Clarence led at every change on their way to defeating Launceston at Windsor Park, announcing themselves as a 2017 challenger in the process as they claimed their fourth straight win.  In last year’s late-season clash, the Magpies annihilated the Roos, with Jaye Bowden kicking 11 goals and Mariner Harrison Gunther announcing himself with five majors of his own.

Last round saw Bowden and Gunther combine for a haul of seven goals, and they will be the main targets for the Pies’ midfielders going forward.  Zac Webster played his best match of the season for the club, capping it off with two goals of his own, while Cameron Duffy again put his name in front of the state selectors with another strong performance in the ruck.  Rhys Mott continued his run of influential games in the middle, as did Brayden Webb.  The less heralded Anzac medallist Joel Millhouse impressed coach Aaron Cornelius, as did Jordon Arnold. The Pies are averaging over a ridiculous 22 goals per game, and they will strive to continue to score freely by continuing to hit targets with elite foot skills and moving the ball quickly at all times.

Clarence disposed of Launceston in a scrappy affair last week that showed the Roos mean business this season.  Michael Blackburn earned the praise of coach Jeromey Webberly for his hardworking, three goal performance up forward, and big man Sam Siggins managed to slot damaging goals in a five minute period to break the game, showcasing his ability to play multiple roles in the side.  University recruit Zac Mastrocola showed why Clarence wanted him on the Eastern Shore, with an impressive game through the midfield, and he was well supported by teenager Tyson Hanslow and the hard running Gabby Chambers.  Jason Bailey was a rock in defence, holding dangerous Blue Sonny Whiting to a solitary goal, while leader Tim Castle and young defender James Holmes were also among the Roos’ best players.  The one concern from the match came with an apparent ankle injury to craft forward Aiden Grace, who may be given the week off to recuperate. Jackson O’Brien will not recover from a quad injury in time for the blockbuster clash and Tyson Hanslow has earned a Mariners call-up which will mean other Roos may be afforded opportunities on the big stage.

This should be one of the better game of the season to date, with both sides looking to remain undefeated.  Glenorchy will head into the match warm favourites, as all four of their wins have come in high scoring fashion, but Clarence have surprised many with their consistent performances, and their top end talent and mix of youth and experience cannot be underestimated.  The Magpies love playing at KGV, and for that reason they should emerge from Saturday’s match undefeated in their closest match of the year.

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

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 15.6.96 def Devonport 8.12.60 (Round 16, 2016, at Devonport Oval)

Hobart City Demons played well in patches last week, but couldn’t match the intensity of Lauderdale as they fell short to the Bombers by 13 points.  Devonport started well against the flying North Launceston, but suffered a 96 point defeat in what coach Mitch Thorp described as a learning experience for his young charges.  Last time they played at Devonport Oval, Hobart City Demons put together four strong quarters of football to run out the winners, with midfielder Ryan Matthews a dominant force.

The Hobart City Demons led Lauderdale at quarter time last week, and were never far behind the Bombers once headed, but a lack of scoreboard pressure saw them fall short of their second win.  Eddie Cole performed strongly in the midfield, as did stalwart Ryan Matthews.  Blake Grant and Jesse Maple also stood out, with the latter and Sean Willis slotting two goals each from limited opportunities.  Liam Azzopardi played an outstanding game in defence, holding the influential Ryan Wiggins goalless, and pushing forward himself at times when the Demons had possession.  Assistant coach Richie Robinson was also impressed with the young Bailey Walker, who has slotted seamlessly into the Hobart City Demons’ lineup in his first season of senior football.

While Devonport were convincingly beaten by North Launceston last week, the young Magpies took their chances in front of goal to finish with 9.3 for the match against quality opposition.  Brayden Butler played another great game up forward, finishing with two goals, and Mitch Thorp appeared to move more freely than in his return game from broken ribs the week previous.  Brad Symmons, Quade Byard and co-captain Beau Sharman led from the front for the second week in a row, and Thorp would have liked what he saw from 17 year old Mitchell Perry and 16 year old Sherrin Egger in their fifth and fourth senior games this season. Devonport seem to be moving the ball well at times, and they will look to put in a  consistent effort this week in what the club would see as a winnable match at home.

Hobart City Demons have shown they are capable of matching it with sides better than them, albeit in short bursts.  They have also gone missing in the second half of a number of games now, and if Devonport are to challenge for their maiden victory of season 2017, the young Magpies will need to capitalise on this.  Both coaches will be focusing on a four quarter effort from their young sides this week, so don’t be surprised if the match is well and truly up for grabs heading into the final term.

Tigers vs Lauderdale (Twin Ovals) 6:00pm

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 11.19.85 def Tigers 9.13.67 (Round 18, 2016, at Twin Ovals)

The Tigers are coming off the bye this week, having been defeated in a bruising Anzac Day encounter by Glenorchy, the Tuesday previous.  Lauderdale will be heading into this match full of confidence after they broke through for their first victory of the season in a gutsy performance against Hobart City Demons.  Last time they played, Tigers flew out of the blocks with five first quarter goals to zero, before being overrun in the final term by the Bombers, with captain Bryce Walsh leading the charge home in a three goal display.

The defence of the Tigers has been determined this season, and against Glenorchy, 50 gamer Marcus Gardner and Cameron Johns applied a number of pressure acts that stopped certain goals.  Lachy Watt has also been solid in defensive roles through the middle, along with state squad half back Mitchell Carter, whose intercept marking and long kicking have set up many forays forward.  Jack Pearce played a strong supporting role to Brandon Batchelor and Mitchell Walker up forward against Glenorchy, and should be good to go after injuring his ankle in the second half of that match.  Will Cleeland and Marcus Davies have added grunt to the Tigers’ midfield, with captain Tim Peterson battling impressively against the key talls every week.

Lauderdale’s midfield group was sensational against Hobart City Demons, with Bryce Walsh back to 2016 form with 31 disposals on the weekend.  Dylan Fyfe had 31 of his own, and laid an astonishing 15 tackles, while Robbie McManus put his name forward after being overlooked for state selection with 21 disposals and two crucial goals just before half time that swung the match the Bombers’ way.  Vice-captain Josh McGuinness was outstanding at centre half back, with six marks in the final term, while Mitchell Anderton and Scott Hill also repelling a number of late charges forward.  Thor Boscott was exciting up forward in the first half, kicking two goals, before being thrown into the midfield where he won a number of key clearances to the lament of Hobart City Demons’ assistant coach Richie Robinson.

This match is crucial for both sides as they fight it out to establish an early spot inside the top five.  Evenly matched when they met last season, both sides pride themselves on playing a fast-paced and physical brand of football, which should result in some fast goals and fireworks.   The Tigers have the benefit of hosting the Bombers, which may result in the game being decided by under four goals.  In the matches they have lost, both sides have fallen down across half forward, so whoever is able to break the lines in the second half is more likely to claim the four points under lights at Twin Ovals.

Southern Cross TSL TEAMS – Round 6



Round 6 – 06/05/2017

UTAS Stadium – 2:15PM 


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

In: T. Mansell
Out: J. Avent

Burnie Dockers
B: C. Proctor, D. Brazendale, S. Kalbfell
HB: B. Keiselis, B. Murray, B. Boag
C: J.  Murray, J.  Cox, B.  Challis
HF: D. Crane, R. Barrett, G. Dowling
F: N. Walters, T. Morrison, B. Rubock
R: T. Charles, E. Jackson, H. Walters
Int: F. Poke, W. Purton, J. Weller, A. Bates
Emg: B. Brown, B. Jackson, B. Miller, M. Chatwin

In: A. Bates, E. Jackson, B. Rubock, J. Cox
Out: J. Dowling, B. Hayes


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

KGV – 4:00PM

B: J. Arnold, S. Hall, J. Arnold
HB: B. Quinn, H. Parker, B. Webb
C: Z.  Webster, R.  Mott, J.  Webb
HF: J. Millhouse, T. Bowden, M. Joseph
F: M. Dilger, J. Bowden, C. Salter
R: C. Duffy, M. Rainbird, L. Smith
Int: M. Hills, J. Geard, D. Grant, B. Kamaric
Emg: W. Atkin, T. Morgan, C. Mcknight, J. Farrow

In: C. Salter,  M. Dilger
Out: H. Gunther

B: J. Holmes, J. Bailey, M. Ling
HB: T. Castle, K. Wylie, J. Webberley
C: J.  Harper, M.  Fisher, S.  Bradford
HF: M. Blackburn, S. Siggins, Z. Mastrocola
F: T. Standen, J. Cox, I. Callinan
R: W. Wall, G. Chambers, B. Jones
Int: B. Dart, A. Gaul, A. Grace, J. Brenner
Emg: K. Howlett, L. Murfitt-Cowen, J. O’Brien, S. Williams

In: J. Brenner
Out: T. Hanslow


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

North Hobart Oval – 6:00PM

Hobart City Demons
B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, M. Bidgood
HB: R. Cowie, H. Williams, B. Walker
C: T.  Millhouse, W.  Campbell, C.  Kilpatrick
HF: S. Willis, J. Maple, J. Williamson
F: B. Grant, K. Richter, E. Cole
R: C. White, R. Matthews, J. Charlton
Int: S. Caswell, K. Wisniewski, J. Barwick, H. Thompson
Emg: J. Cleaver, M. O’Neill, H. Johnstone, C. Ransom

In: M. Bidgood, J. Barwick
Out: W. Hay,  J. Guesdon

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

In: E. Stephenson, L. Creedon, C. Burnett
Out: G. Millucci, J. Clayden.


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Twin Ovals – 6:00PM

B: J. Bilson, A. Humphrey, T. Carter
HB: M. Carter, C. Johns, M. Davies
C: B.  McCulloch, W.  Cleeland, B.  Livingston
HF: B. Rees, J. Pearce, J. Lister
F: C. Nield, M. Walker, T. Peterson
R: M. Gardner, B. Batchelor, L. Watt
Int: S. Rice, R. Rinaldi, B. Donnelly, L. Griggs
Emg: T. Gogolin, E. Brock, B. Graham, C. Sawdy

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



Mercury Cup – Round 6


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

UTAS Stadium – 11:45AM 

North Launceston

To be selected from:
B. Denman, L. Cronley, M. Cossins, J. Miller, L. Matson-Jones, D. Clayton,
T. Foon, C. Haines, A. Jefferies, C. Lowe, L. Cocker, J. Singline,
J. Harris, B. de Bomford, B. Wells, E. Perry, B. Holmes, M. Gray,
N. Jackson, T. Radford, J. Rowlands, D. Layh, B. Maynard , C. Anderson,
M. Donnelly, K. Curtis

In: C. Lowe, B. Wells, T. Radford, D. Clayton, E. Perry, C. Anderson,
J. Singline, A. Jefferies, J. Harris, B. Holmes, L. Matson-Jones, C. Haines,
K. Curtis, B. Maynard , D. Layh, M. Gray, M. Cossins, B. de Bomford,
M. Donnelly, N. Jackson, T. Foon, J. Miller, L. Cronley, L. Cocker


Burnie Dockers

To be selected from:
C. Bracken, A. Good, J. Doust, M. ODonnell, S. Redman, A. Saward,
B. Brown, C. Carpenter, B. Jackson, L. Ryan, L. Price, B. Miller,
H. Cobbing, B. Walker, S. Saward, D. Saward, M. Chatwin, B. Colgrave,
J. O’Donnell, C. Beamish, J. Bugg, A. Bates, J. McCulloch


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

KGV – 1:30PM 


To be selected from:
W. Atkin, I. Memory, N. Newman, A. Peach , J. Douglas, B. Rowbottom,
C. Goodsell, J. Stevenson, J. Bearman, A. Brennan, B. Patterson, T. Morgan,
J. Millhouse, T. Grant, D. Grant, H. Thomas, C. Mcknight, J. Davie,
S. Deverell, A. Roberts, B. Kamaric, J. Farrow, J. Lincoln, J. Sharp,
S. Berry, R. Oakley, C. Salter, R. Gunther

In: B. Rowbottom, B. Kamaric, J. Millhouse, I. Memory, D. Grant



To be selected from:
J. Young, J. Havea, C. Berry, K. Howlett, A. Silver, L. Murfitt-Cowen,
K. Bailey, P. Howlett, J. O’Brien, T. Marshall, T. Birchall, S. Williams,
N. Douglas, J. Fisher, N. Raglione, J. Pulford, C. Leek, T. Hope,
F. Turner, K. Palmer-Hughes, A. Morton, B. McGuinness, B. Fewkes, J. Mazengarb

In: B. Fewkes, J. Havea, K. Bailey, N. Douglas
Out: D. Howlett, J. Booth, H. Richmond, J. Brenner


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Twin Ovals – 3:30PM


To be selected from:
B. Graham, S. Webb, R. Blakers, T. Gogolin, A. Webster, J. Cummins,
E. Burrows-Cheng, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, A. Huizing, H. Crack, M. Booth,
J. Keogh, T. Hughes, L. Knowles, M. Brouwer, E. Brock, B. Gordon, Z. Fleming, M. Cooke, H. Graham.



To be selected from:
C. Best, J. Wells, Z. Paget, K. Byfield, L. Fazackerley, E. Steele,
Z. Berry, T. Daff, C. Brown, R. Hooker, C. Hooker, J. Perkins,
J. Lewis, T. Steele, Z. Crossin, R. Wiggins, S. Adams, B. Newell,
S. Perkins, T. Bluett, D. Stewart, W. Francis, A. Brewster

In: Z. Berry, R. Wiggins, S. Perkins, L. Fazackerley
Out: H. Bodnar, C. Laoumtzis, M. McGuinness, B. Kingston, B. Harback


This week’s team of the week is littered with Red and Black with a big 96 win from North Launceston coupled with Lauderdale’s first victory for 2017. In fact, this week the whole centre line is Bombers.

Clarence took out match of the round with an impressive 38 point win over Launceston. The Roos defence is on-song at the moment and once again they have two feature across the back six.

Glenorchy and the Roos top representation with five players a piece, while North Launceston and Lauderdale have four players each in the all star line up for Round 5.

The defeated teams made up four players, with Devonport and Hobart City Demons having one each selected and the Blues have two crack the week’s top 22.

There are some usual suspects that feature once again this week with Bradley Cox-Goodyer, Brayden Webb, Jason Bailey, Dylan Fyfe, Zach Burt, Tom Couch, Jay Blackberry, Brayden Butler and Jake Cox all picked again.

Cameron Duffy has not missed a week outside of a bye and continues to perform at an eye catching level, while it is a debut for eight fresh faces.


Jordon Arnold (Glenorchy)

Arnold was solid as a rock and as such was Glenorchy’s dominance he was able to help the Magpies overload and provided good run out of the back half.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

Has been a mainstay in the Team of the Week in recent times and is undoubtedly one the league’s most in-form backs. This week he shut down the dangerous Sonny Whiting, conceding just the solitary goal from the Launceston livewire.

Liam Azzopardi (Hobart City Demons)

It was an Azzo pardi, Azzopardi did a fantastic job in nullifying Lauderdale’s tall target Ryan Wiggins, holding the big man goalless. He also provided drive out of defence, moving it up the ground well. Assistant Coach Richard Robinson gave the defender a wrap post-game and lauded the defence’s role in holding off a bigger Lauderdale score.



Tim Castle (Clarence)

Castle held Rulla Kelly-Mansell goalless shutting down the dangerous half forward from having a major influence. It was a fantastic stopping job from Castle and it went a long way to seeing Clarence take the chocolates.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

The Lauderdale vice-skipper played a strong hand in a Lauderdale win. He was strong in the opening half, strangely he was unsighted in the third term but he then finished with a wet sail. The former Brisbane Lion was a ball magnet in the final term in particular, cutting off wave after wave from the Demons. He rebounded well and was a link in the build up for several Lauderdale goals.

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

The Glenorchy Captain had plenty of the pill, bouncing out of the backline and on ball to propel the Pies to a triple figure win. Webb also booted two majors on the way to the comfortable win.



It is a red and black midfield this week, with three bombers picked as the centres.

Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

One of the form players in the competition Cox Goodyer again had leather poisoning, racking up plenty of the ball and breaking the lines with his bursts of play and long booming kicking, again a feature. Cox-Goodyer again hit the scoreboard with two well-finished goals.

Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

Bryce Walsh is back in town. The Lauderdale Captain was at his bullocking best through the guts against the Demons, gathering 31 possessions in a midfield masterclass.

Mark Walsh (Lauderdale)

Another Bomber in red-hot touch, Mark Walsh played a strong hand in a North Launceston onslaught. He booted three goals and had plenty of the footy in a first class showing.



Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Proving to be one of the most dangerous forwards in the competition, Couch helped himself to another four majors. The North Launceston Coach is in irresistible touch after some early season injury concerns.

Brayden Butler (Devonport)

The Devonport utility was everywhere, finding the footy down back, in the ruck, across midfield and up forward. He had it over 30 times for the third straight week and kicked two goals, he is a player with a lot of promise.

Michael Blackburn (Clarence)

Blackburn was the Roos main avenue to goal with three well taken goals, Blackburn was a strong presence and was rewarded with a vote in the RACT Player of the Year. Was a good hit up target and hit the scoreboard with great set shot kicking.


Ian Callinan (Clarence)

The former Adelaide Crow is a maestro, he was simply sensational. His use by foot was razor sharp and it cut Launceston to pieces. His use was pure class. He earned three RACT player of the year votes for a trademark Callinan performance.

Zach Burt (North Launceston)

Burt has been just about the top player of the competition to date, adding six more goals to his tally against Devonport. He was too hot for Devonport to handle, bagging three more player of the year votes to lead the pack on nine. He was too strong for his opponent and took the chances that came his way.

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

The enigmatic Boscott was a presence when playing forward early, kicking two goals and setting up another couple in his trademark explosive way. He then moved into the middle in the third term and won 2-3 key clearances to break the game apart and steer it the Dale’s way when things were in the balance.



Hamish Leedham (Launceston)

Leedham has been unlucky to not have already featured in the team of the week. The Launceston ruck has been in fantastic touch and he took the points against Sam Siggins, giving the Blues mids first use more often than not with well executed tapwork. Has an aggressive style, throws his weight around with good pressure acts to compliment top target and tap work.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

Mott was prolific and exquisite by foot, giving Burnie’s youngsters little chance as he gathered a lot of the footy and used his lethal skills with precision to put them to the sword. Also chimed in with two goals of his own.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)

Fyfe is playing top footy. He had 31 touches and 15 tackles and kept Ryan Matthews reasonably subdued in the process. He finds the footy with aplomb and makes it tough for the opposition’s best to get a handle on things.


Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

Duffy is a mainstay in the Team of the Week, continues to win hit outs for fun and roam around the ground to cause carnage. The benchmark ruck at the moment.

Joel Millhouse (Glenorchy)

Playing an integral role in Glenorchy’s structure, Millhouse backed up a fine performance on Anzac Day with another great game across half forward.

Jay Blackberry (Launceston)

Blackberry was the Blues best through midfield and put up a fight against a classy Clarence. Rarely wastes the ball and was Launceston’s only multiple goal kicker with two.

Jake Cox (Clarence)

Cox ran through the middle and up forward and ripped apart the Blues, Launceston didn’t have an effective matchup to contain Cox. He polled two votes in the RACT Player of the Year award, as he again showed why he is one of the league’s very best.

Club by Club Breakdown:

Clarence: 5

Glenorchy: 5

Lauderdale: 4

North Launceston: 4

Hobart City Demons: 1

Launceston: 2

Devonport: 1


Unlucky Omissions

As always there are some players that impressed but just missed out on a spot in the Team of the Week.

Robbie McManus was terrific once again for Lauderdale on a wing, kicking two and attacking the game with plenty of energy. For the Demons Eddie Cole was the pick of their mids and Blake Grant did a bit in the forward arc.

North Launceston could have arguably had half the team picked but two talls in Bart McCulloch and Alex Lee both had good games. Lee commanded the ruck and McCulloch was a handful up forward.

Quade Byard was Devonport’s next best with some great run and carry in a trying circumstances.

Glenorchy were devastating in their brilliance against Burnie. Most players in black and white put a case forward for selection. Zac Webster showed his silk, Liam Smith snagged two, the amazing Jaye Bowden kicked three and Harrison Gunther shone after returning from Mariners, kicking four.

Burnie’s only goal kicker Nick Walters was the Dockers standout but it was a difficult day for Burnie.

Zac Mastrocola, Tyson Hanslow and Gabby Chambers were all fantastic for Clarence through the middle of aground and across the flanks. While Brendan Taylor impressed once more and Sam Lonergan is starting to find his groove for Launceston.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup – Round 5

 Southern Cross TSL

1. Melees that occurred in the Lauderdale vs Hobart City Demons senior match.

Sanctions: Kane Richter (Hobart City Demons), Edward Cole (Hobart City Demons), Haydn Smith (Lauderdale), Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale), each accepted a REPRIMAND for low level offences.

2. Edward Cole (Hobart City Demons) referred for striking Robbie McManus (Lauderdale).

MRP assessed incident as: careless, low impact, body contact. Base sanction of ONE week reduced to REPRIMAND with early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted REPRIMAND

3. Hamish Leedham (Launceston) referred for rough conduct against Jake Cox (Clarence).

MRP assessed incident as: careless, low impact, body contact.

Base sanction ONE match reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted REPRIMAND

 Mercury Cup

4. Dillon Howlett (Clarence) referred for striking Joshua Bangura (Launceston).

MRP assessed incident as: intentional, low impact, body contact. Base sanction increased from ONE match to TWO matches due to poor record. Howlett can accept match with an early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted ONE match.

5. Luke Murfitt-Cowen (Clarence) reported for tripping Jimmy Aganas (Launceston).

MRP assessed incident as: base sanction ONE match reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted REPRIMAND.

Roos beat Blues

Written by Matt Hill

In a game that was destined to give a telling insight into where both teams sat, Clarence were too strong for Launceston at Windsor Park. The Roos running out convincing 38 point winners.

For much of the game it was a fairly tight contest, Clarence showed their class and experience against a young Launceston side, who at stages dominated play but couldn’t string together enough good passages to hit the scoreboard heavily. In the battle of third verses fourth, it showed that there was a fair gap between the two, with Clarence having another gear to go to.

Clarence controlled the early stages of the first quarter with immense pressure around the ball and a good set up around the ground. Michael Blackburn was the damaging forward for the game kicking three for the game but two of those in the first term for the Roos, skipping out to a 16 point lead at quarter time.

Hamish Leedham had the better of the ruck duel for Launceston and was giving his midfield first use as he was dominating in the middle for the blues, and Jay Blackberry played his usual part as Launceston’s dominant midfielder. In the second stanza, Launceston went unrewarded with a lot of the play but unfortunately for the Blues they were unable to find a way to goal for all their effort. Thankfully for the Blues, Nunn and Whiting were able to score goals mid-way through the second term and bring them to within 15 point. Two quick goals to key player Sam Siggins saw the southerners respond and go into the main break ahead by 20 points.

The remainder of the game was evenly spread with a lot of disposal errors and high tackling pressure causing multiple turnovers, of which Clarence capitalised on. The Roos rewarded themselves with a lead of 32 points at three quarter time and then eventually run out the game winners, extending the advantage by a further goal.

Victorious coach Jeromey Webberley was really pleased with his side’s effort and praised Jason Bailey for his role on Sonny Whiting and Tim Castle for his shut down role on key Launceston player Rulla Kelly-Mansell.

“Overall, I was really happy with how the back six performed today and they were a major contribution to us winning the game today.”

Michael Blackburn also had a stand out game for the Roos.

“He has worked really hard and had seven scoring shots today and continues to play his role for the team.”

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan said his young Blues simply met their match in a more seasoned side.

“He was pleased with the effort his boys gave today but unfortunately we just came across a well drilled and experienced side.

“It is a three year process to find your way to the top of the state league and we are only six months in, so the signs are certainly promising for us looking forward.

Brodie Palfreyman continued his good form and battled hard all day. Ruckman Hamish Leedham and midfielder Jay Blackberry also played strong games and were among Launceston’s standout players.

Looking forward to next week’s state league action, Launceston have the bye before taking on Tigers at the Twin Ovals, in what should provide some insight on whether Launceston are up for a finals spot early on in the season.

Clarence however take on rivals Glenorchy at KGV in a game of epic proportions.

“We are confident going into it after today’s result and will certainly give everything we have.

“North and Glenorchy are the clearly the best two sides in the league and we will certainly see how far we are from the top tier next week,” Webberley explained.


Round 5 – 30/04/2017

Clarence                                3.1,  6.2,  8.6,  10.11  (71)

Launceston                              0.3,  2.6,  3.6,  4.9  (33)

GOALS, Clarence :
M. Blackburn 3, S. Siggins 2, I. Callinan 1, J. Holmes 1, T. Hanslow 1, A. Grace 1,
T. Standen 1

Launceston :
J. Blackberry 2, J. Gillow 1, S. Whiting 1

BEST, Clarence :
Z. Mastrocola, M. Blackburn, T. Castle, J. Bailey, T. Hanslow, G. Chambers

Launceston :
B. Taylor, J. Blackberry, H. Leedham, C. Brown, J. Boyce, S. Lonergan

Lauderdale break through

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Lauderdale have broken through for their first win of season 2017, running out 13 point winners over Hobart City Demons off the back of an attacking final three quarters in blustery conditions at Lauderdale Oval.

Hobart City Demons started the fastest with the wind at their back in the opening quarter, but the Bombers were relentless from that point onwards, booting eight goals 13 behinds to five straight goals after the first break to claim their maiden victory 10.14 (74) to 9.7 (61) of 2017.

Lauderdale showed their intent early with a clearance in the first minute finding Toutai Havea, who duly converted the set shot from 30 metres out.  A scrambled soccer goal inside the square from midfielder Dylan Fyfe followed soon after, and the Bombers were up and about.  It was all the Hobart City Demons’ way for the rest of the quarter though, with quick ball movement seeing three goals booted in quick succession, including a fine set shot from Liam Azzopardi,  as they went into the quarter time huddle ahead 3.3 (21) to Lauderdale’s 2.1 (13).

Hobart City Demons started the second term as they finished the first, with Jess Maple kicking his second goal for the match just seconds after the quarter began, with the away side now ahead by 14 points.  The wind began to pick up halfway through the quarter, and Thor Boscott used the Bomber’s fast ball movement to his advantage to hit back from close range for the home side.  Both teams showed a lot of physicality as the ball remained locked in the Bomber’s forward half for close to ten minutes, and a melee broke out in the forward pocket as tempers flared.

Boscott took his time from a mark soon after to find Robbie McManus with a beautiful pass, and he kicked truly to lock the scores up at 4.6. (30) a-piece.  The Bombers continued to press ahead with the wind on their side, and just before the siren McManus turned his opponent inside out to kick his second goal from 40 metres out, sending Lauderdale into the main break ahead 5.7 (37) to 4.7 (31).

Hobart City Demons came out fighting in the third quarter, kicking the first two goals with the wind to lead by five points in the opening minutes. Ethan Whish-Wilson steadied the ship for Lauderdale with a calculated set shot, and moments later young Bomber Rhys Sutton kicked an incredible goal from the boundary that triggered a chorus of car horns.  The Demons struck back through Sean Willis’ evasive effort to goal from close range, before Boscott soccered through his second major to put the Bombers in front by ten points at the final break.

When Havea goaled early in the final term, it looked like Lauderdale would pull away but Hobart City Demons kept pushing forward. The Bombers’ defence were forced to repel repeated attacks as they tried desperately to cling on. Trent Millhouse slotted an expert shot from the boundary late in the match to close the margin but the Bombers weren’t to be headed, holding firm to outlast their opponents. The hosts, ecstatic 11 point victors when the siren sounded 25 minutes into the last quarter.

IC: Solstice Digital
Fyfe was outstanding, winning plenty of the ball in the Bombers midfield.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was pleased that his players were able to hold on for their first win of the year.

“We’ve had three pretty tough games first up, and today was a good reward for the work the boys have put in. They pulled the trigger and backed themselves in.”

Winter was especially proud of the Lauderdale defence in the final term, with Josh McGuinness, Mitchell Anderton and Dylan Johns standing tall.

“I don’t think Josh had a touch in the third, then he came out and took six or seven marks in the last quarter and steadied us, and used the ball really well.  He’s a quality player.”

Dylan Fyfe was outstanding in the midfield for the Bombers with 31 disposals and an incredible 15 tackles, while keeping the influential Ryan Matthews in check for most of the match.  He was well supported by Captain Bryce Walsh, who collected 31 touches of his own, and Thor Boscott, who kicked two goals and won some key clearances when the game was in the balance.  Robbie McManus, who missed out on selection in the TSL squad announced to play the NEAFL, was also a standout, and his performance also pleased Winter.

“Robbie’s had four outstanding games, and his work rate is second to none in our team.  “Guys like that, we’d really like to see play for the state, but there’s a few more weeks before it gets finalised, so if he continues to play well we hope to be able to sneak him in,” Winter explained.

Hobart City Demons assistant coach Richard Robinson didn’t mince words after the game.

“We’re very disappointed; it was probably the worst performance we’ve put in all year.

“We got beaten at something we pride ourselves in: contested possessions, after half time their players like Boscott and Walsh got too much of the footy.’

While the result didn’t please Robinson, he sang the praises of the Hobart City Demons’ backline.

“I thought our defenders did a really good job, I think (Liam) Azzopardi on (Lauderdale forward Ryan) Wiggins was really good, and Hugh Williams in his first game back for the year was really good as well.

“To be fair, if the defenders hadn’t have stood up like they did, it could have been a five or six goal loss.”

The Hobart City Demons were well served by midfielder Eddie Cole, who had a strong first half, and by first year standout Bailey Walker, who showed courage in what was a physical match. Jesse Maple also contested well at ground level to finish up with two goals for the afternoon from limited opportunities.

The Demons host Devonport next week at North Hobart Oval, and Robinson will be looking for his charges to put in four quarters of consistent effort to fight back for a win over the young Magpies.  Lauderdale meet a resurgent Tigers, who boast a similar brand of fast-paced and physical football, under lights at Twin Ovals next Saturday evening, in what should be one the matches of the round as both sides push for a top five spot early in the season.

Round 5 – 29/04/2017

Lauderdale                              2.1,  5.7,  8.11,  10.14  (74)

Hobart City Demons                      3.3,  4.7,  7.7,  9.7  (61)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 2, R. McManus 2, T. Havea 2, R. Sutton 1, L. Meagher 1, D. Fyfe 1,
E. Whish-Wilson 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Maple 2, S. Willis 2, K. Wisniewski 1, R. Cowie 1, B. Grant 1, T. Millhouse 1,
J. Williamson 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
D. Fyfe, T. Boscott, B. Walsh, J. McGuinness, R. McManus, S. Hill

Hobart City Demons :
B. Grant, J. Maple, R. Matthews, W. Hay, L. Azzopardi, B. Walker