Williamson and Willis spark Dees Day Out

Written by Andrew Johnston

Hobart City Demons put further credence to claims they are a finals quality side with a strong 27 point win over Launceston at North Hobart Oval.

The Demons showcased fantastic free flowing, fast football with the W duo of Josh Williamson and Sean Willis, integral in earning the W for the improving Demons.

Willis (three) and Williamson (five) inspired an electric second half with their pace on the break a feature of a dominant performance. The win boosts their finals credentials and draws them level with the Blues on points and in the top five logjam with percentage only separating third through sixth.

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Launceston went into the game without gun ruckman Hamish Leedham but it didn’t seem to hinder them, as they shot out of the blocks with Rulla Kelly-Mansell threatening to break the game apart in the opening quarter. The dynamic half forward led up well and took his grabs but did not make the hosts pay on the scoreboard, kicking 2.2 for the opener.

It looked ominous for the Demons with Launceston starting the second stanza with intent.  Sonny Whiting had a quiet game but he had an impact to start the term with three shots on goal in quick succession, he kicked one of the Blues two seeing them shoot out to a handsome early quarter lead.  City nailed their tactics all day and they did well to quickly stifle the dangerous Kelly-Mansell after quarter time, with the skipper Hugh Williams lining up on the forward to blunt his influence. The Demons responded emphatically as Josh Williamson lit a fire under Hobart City that turned the game their way. Williamson kicked two goals in the space of a minute, and set up another, steering his team to a seven point lead at the major break as the wet weather set in.

The Demons kept the foot to the pedal with a dominant third quarter, kicking three goals in the early stages of a quarter where scores were hard to manage. Sean Willis led up beautifully, while Ryan Matthews led a spirited response from the on ball brigade. Eddie Cole had a great quarter, finding the footy and kicking a beatiful goal, while Will Campbell’s defensive work through the guts was tremendous. A late goal from Blue Jay Blackberry gave Launceston a lifeline, trailing by 19 at the final break.

Joel Smith breathed greater life into a comeback for the Blues when he finished off the first of the last but the Demons responded promptly and kicked away. Willis and Williamson continued their brilliant game, cutting apart the Launceston defence on the break. Jay Blackberry and Sam Lonergan battled hard for the visitors but it wasn’t to be with Demons making it three wins on the trot.

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Hobart City assistant coach Richard Robinson was incredibly satisfied with their performance following up their upset win over Clarence last week

“I think it’s just a sign the group is maturing. They’ve been able to train really well in the week, and we’ve backed it up with another win today.”

The loss of Leedham changed their plans with Nathan O’Donoghue forced to play the bulk of the game in the ruck.

“I thought we played some really good footy in patches. We knew we had our backs against the wall, with some internal things and some outs, some significant changes and we knew we were in for a pretty tough challenge.”

Hobart City enter the bye with a lot of confidence from a winning run while for Launceston, it’s a difficult showdown against Glenorchy at Windsor Park.

Hobart City Demons                      3.1,  7.3,  10.6,  14.8  (92)

Launceston                              3.5,  5.8,  6.9,  9.11  (65)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 5, S. Willis 3, J. Maple 1, K. Wisniewski 1, S. Caswell 1, B. Grant 1,
E. Cole 1, H. Williams 1

Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 2, S. Whiting 2, J. Blackberry 1, J. Smith 1, C. Savage 1, J. Nunn 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
J. Maple, J. Williamson, E. Cole, S. Willis, H. Williams, H. Williams

Launceston :
J. Blackberry, C. Savage, J. Boyce, S. Lonergan, S. Williams, M. Hodge


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Written by Anthony Osborn

Lauderdale have sent an ominous warning to the rest of the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League with a stunning 42-point victory over Glenorchy at a slippery KGV.

In tough, wet conditions, the 13.15 (93) to 7.9 (51) victory was built off the back of a scintillating second half which saw Lauderdale kick seven goals to the Magpies’ two.

Lauderdale’s fourth consecutive victory, and first at KGV since 2012, resigned the reigning premiers to a unheard of third consecutive loss at home in a result that opens the TSL finals race right open.

The momentum of the first term ebbed and flowed as both sides traded blows before a clutch Jaye Bowden finish in the final minutes of the term provided Glenorchy with a one-point lead at the first break.

A deluge of rain at the quarter-time break severely affected the second term, as both sides struggled to play with any kind of freedom. Jaye Bowden kicked the opening goal of the term, but after Thor Boscott immediately responded with a goal of his own the game turned into a war of attrition as both sides were forced to slog it out in slippery conditions.

A late goal to Dylan Fyfe, however, handed the Bombers a seven-point lead at the main break and a wave of momentum.

Glenorchy again kicked the opening goal of the term through James Webb, but from there on out it was all Lauderdale as they kicked three third-term goals through Dylan Fyfe, Ryan Wiggins and Boscott to one to take a 19-point lead into the final change.

Lauderdale dominated play throughout the third term, and continued that trend into the final term, restricting Glenorchy to just two second-half goals, with the second of those, a mere consolation goal for Liam Smith in the final minutes.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was clearly thrilled with how his side responded to some difficult conditions in the victory.

“To come out here and win for the first time in five years was very pleasing. We have a solid side in at the moment, and we were confident coming out.  We had to change our game plan because of the weather and I was pleased with how the boys were able to do that and play some good football”

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Ryan Wiggins was the dominant forward of the afternoon, booting five in a commanding display that impressed coach Darren Winter.

“He (Wiggins) is quick and strong and (his three first-quarter goals) kept us close to Glenorchy at quarter-time. He played some really good footy and got some great reward”.

Lauderdale skipper Bryce Walsh was a clear standout through the midfield in the victory, with his second-half particularly impressing Winter.

“We put the acid on him at half-time and he came out firing to end up with 40-odd touches, good clearances and tackles.”

Max Klverkamp was again impressive across halfback, as was Robbie McManus on the wing while Ethan Whish-Wilson showed plenty of promise while manning Glenorchy superstar Jaye Bowden.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was disappointed in the loss, citing a lack of dare as a key aspect of why his side fell short.

“A few of our guys played within themselves. Lauderdale came here to win and threw everything at us. We got caught on our heels.”

Joel Millhouse was impressive for the Magpies across half-forward and through the middle, as were Josh Arnold, Brayden Webb and Jaye Bowden, who found plenty of the ball, even without kicking a bag of goals that he is known for. Tim Butterworth also showed plenty of promise in his return to the senior side.

Cornelius is confident his side can get back on the winners list in the near future.

“Our team know how to play footy, we have just been playing too safe.”

Lauderdale will play host to the Burnie Dockers next Saturday, while Glenorchy face an intriguing trip up the Midlands Highway to play Launceston at Windsor Park.


GLENORCHY             4.2      5.4      6.9      7.9 (51)

LAUDERDALE           4.1      6.4      9.10    13.15 (93)



Glenorchy: J Bowden 2, Kamaric, Quinn, J Webb, Smith, Rainbird

Lauderdale: Wiggins 5, Fyfe 3, Boscott 2, Stanley 2, Bellchambers



Glenorchy: J Bowden, B Webb, Duffy, Josh Arnold, Millhouse, Dilger

Lauderdale: Wiggins, Kleverkamp, McManus, Walsh, Whish-Wilson, Franklin

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Saturday 20th May

Burnie vs Clarence (West Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 14.22.106 def Clarence 4.2.26 (Round 17, 2016, at West Park)

Burnie had a well-earned bye last week after back to back games against top sides Glenorchy and North Launceston.  After upsetting Glenorchy the week previous, Clarence were surprisingly beaten by a point by the Hobart City Demons in a hard-fought match in the wet last Saturday.  Last time these two sides met, Burnie were a significantly more experienced unit, and brushed the Roos aside by 80 points at the West Park fortress.

Burnie are in a similar position to fellow coastal side Devonport in that they are blooding a lot of young players this year.  They have just the one win for the season so far, but there have been plenty of positive signs.  Leaders Nick and Harry Walters and Rudy Barrett have picked up where they left off in 2016 and are all playing consistent football.  Blair Rubock, Sam Kalbfell and a host of other youngsters have impressed. Darcey Brazendale played his two best games of the season against the Pies and Bombers, as did defender Ben Keiselis, who kept the dangerous Zach Burt to a solitary goal.  Captain Nick McKenna is a huge in for the Dockers as he returns from suspension, while Clint Proctor and Tyrone Morrison have recovered in time for this week, despite leaving the ground injured against the Bombers.

The Roos suffered a shock loss to the Hobart City Demons, Trent Standen was in impressive form across half forward, kicking four majors to make it 11 across the past two games.  Veterans Jarrod Harper and Jackson O’Brien played their best games of the season, while the underrated Gabby Chambers, Matthew Ling and Michael Blackburn continued their strong starts to the season.  The Roos will look to Aidan Grace to support Standen up forward, with Jake Cox out with a broken hand and Ian Callinan out with a hamstring injury, and will expect Jason Bailey and first year player James Holmes to again hold down the defence.  Jeromey Webberley limped from the field last week and may sit this week out with heavy rain expected on the north west coast.  Sam Siggins will be looking to impress in the ruck after a quiet week, as competition for big man spots in the state squad heats up.

Clarence will be gutted that they let last week’s match slip in the final term, and should bounce back this week.  Burnie haven’t been at full strength all season for various reasons, and if Proctor or Morrison can get up, could challenge the Roos early on their home turf of West Park.  This game will be another learning experience in the end for the Dockers, who appear a couple of seasons off being challengers again, as they get games into their impressive younger brigade. The heavy rainm expected will now doubt prove a leveler for the young Dockers but you’d anticipate it won’t do enough to see them victorious.


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

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 19.10.124 def Launceston 16.12.108 (Round 12, 2016, at North Hobart Oval)



Hobart City Demons provided the upset of the season last week, hanging on to defeat the highly fancied Clarence by one point at Blundstone Arena.  Launceston played a strong brand of football, with winners all over the ground as they defeated the Tigers by 81 points.  Last time they met, Sean Willis booted four and Ryan Matthews dominated as Hobart City Demons beat the Blues in a shootout.

Hobart City Demons put in a huge performance to defeat Clarence on Saturday, and have now won three of their past four matches.  Midfielder Ryan Matthews was huge again, with his clean ball use in the wet a cut above the rest, while Nicholas Baker was equally as impressive according to coach Kane Richter.  Sean Willis and Blake Grant are slowly building their reputation as a dangerous duo up forward, and kicked seven goals between them against the solid Roos’ defence.  Jesse Maple and young Bailey Walker have put together a strong month of football across half forward.  Liam Azzopardi has shown he’s capable of running off his man while holding down defensive lockdown roles, and has been well supported by captain Hugh Williams, who now has three games under his belt after being hamstrung in the opening rounds.

Launceston reminded doubters last week that they are indeed a top four side, putting the Tigers to the sword with relative ease at Twin Ovals.  Stuart Williams and Jake Smith were outstanding in defence, as was overlooked Mariner Casey Brown, whose intercept marking and run out of the backline was praised by coach Sam Lonergan.  Sonny Whiting booted six goals to solidify his reputation as one of the competition’s best leading forwards, while Jake Harris chimed in with two goals.  Nathan O’Donohue and Rulla Kelly-Mansell were dangerous across half forward, while in the middle Lonergan benefitted from Hamish Leedham’s presence in the ruck.  Jake Hinds has also been in strong form running off half back but will be out due to Mariners commitments. Captain Chris Savage enters the fray for the Blues in a major boost for a clash that will have a major say on ladder positions.

This could be the match of the round, with both sides in a rich vein of form and as confident as they’ve been all season.  Hosting the game could give Hobart City Demons an advantage, but the battle in the wet against Clarence last week may result in some heavy legs late in the match.  Launceston should prevail here, with body size and experience the key factors, but don’t be surprised if the hosts again silence the doubters with a fast start against the more experienced Blues, who will miss Mariner standout Chayce Jones after he injured his ankle in the first term last week. With just one game between both teams, this one is a biggen.


Glenorchy vs Lauderdale (KGV Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 18.8.116 def Lauderdale 11.8.74 (Round 12, 2016, at KGV Oval)

In the Red Saturday clash for the Red Shield Appeal, Glenorchy head into this week after a tough fortnight, with two successive losses to Clarence and North Launceston. It is their fourth consecutive game at home and they will be looking to snap the home ground losing streak at two.  Those sides are expected to finish alongside the Pies in the top three in 2017, so expect the Pies to regroup for this crucial clash.  Lauderdale have won three in a row, overrunning Devonport on the coast last week.  Last time they played, Liam Smith kick five goals in a best afield display for Glenorchy in a convincing win.

After three games played across ten days, Glenorchy should come into this game more rested than last week, with a full week’s rest under their belts.  They will welcome back some fresh legs in Matthew Joseph from suspension, and 2016 premiership player Tim Butterworth will also come in after a move home from interstate. The club will take time on star Zac Webster, who is on his way back from hamstring issues. Lesser lights Tom Morgan and Connor Salter impressed coach Aaron Cornelius with their efforts against North Launceston last week, as did Mariner forward inclusions Harrison Pearce (three goals) and Harrison Gunther. Unfortunately both will be in South Australia when this week’s match takes place. Captain Brayden Webb was a solid performer in the midfield as per usual, while Liam Smith and Jaye Bowden worked hard to kick two goals apiece in a rare challenging afternoon for the Magpies.

Lauderdale have been in tremendous form, with the southern Bombers moving the ball well from defence to hit the scoreboard hard to win their last three games in a row.  They have picked up the pieces after a tough start to the year, leveling the ledger at 3 and 3. Thor Boscott and Ray Hill have been constant targets up forward, and booted five goals apiece against Devonport last week.  Ryan Wiggins returned from a week in the Mercury Cup to kick three majors in his 100th game, with Toutai Havea also dangerous up forward after making the switch from defence in the last month.  Midfielders Bryce Walsh and Dylan Fyfe continue to rack up crucial touches and key clearances, with Fyfe’s running goal from the centre square one of the highlights of the round. Wingman Robbie McManus has been in damaging form, and could count himself unlucky to have missed selection in the state squad, along with Boscott.

Both sides are likely to view this match as their most important of the season to date, with the more-favoured Glenorchy keen to stay in touch with North Launceston and not fall back to the pack, and Lauderdale eyeing off fourth position on the ladder.  Both sides will be close to full strength, and the crowd at KGV can expect a physical, high scoring encounter, highlighted by elite ball movement.  The Bombers were able to take it up to Clarence until late a few weeks ago, and if they can curtail the influence of the Magpie stars and maintain their impressive forays forward, they’re a real chance to knock off the Magpies at home and hand them an unheard of third straight lost at their fortress.


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

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 30.19.199 def Lauderdale 3.6.24 (Round 12, 2016, at KGV Oval)

North Launceston remain undefeated after beating Glenorchy last week in their closest match of season 2017.  The Tigers are at the other end of the spectrum in terms of form, having lost their past three games after things were looking bright following a narrow win over Hobart City Demons in Round 3.  Last time they met, the Bombers obliterated the young Tigers, with up and coming forwards Dakota Bannister and Tarryn Thomas combining for 11 goals.

North Launceston put four quarters of consistent football together to emerge victorious in their toughest game so far against Glenorchy.  Bart McCulloch starred up forward, bagging five goals, while Jack Avent chimed in with three majors and Zach Burt two.  The humble Tom Couch again dominated the midfield, with his form worthy of  speculation that he may be the best player in the competition.  Ruckman Alex Lee was sensational around the ground, winning his battle with the highly rated and in-form Magpie Cameron Duffy.  Josh Ponting played well for the second week in a row, and the underrated Jake Pearce was also among the Bombers’ best, highlighting the player depth of the premierships favourites.  Captain Taylor Whitford and Tarryn Thomas were quieter than usual, but expect the Bombers skipper to bounce back this week, along with big-bodied midfielder Brad Cox-Goodyer.

Coach Aaron Vince was bitterly disappointed with the Tigers’ efforts last week, describing them as insipid.  The Tigers could manage only one behind in the second half against a dominant Launceston side, and will be determined to prove they’re better than that this week against quality opposition.  Tyler Carter was clearly the best Tiger last week, with numerous spoils, tackles and possessions in a determined effort off half back.  Mitchell Carter also tried hard with a number of rebound 50’s, but the midfield group was comprehensively beaten.  One positive was the performances of debutants Ben Graham and Toby Cowen, who never stopped trying, and the constant tackle pressure of Mariners captain Lachlan Clifford. The Tigers will need fewer passengers this week if they are to turn things around. But it is easier said than done against North Launceston at UTAS Stadium.

North Launceston should win this match comfortably, as their form and fitness has so far proven to be unparalleled.  Vince will be looking for improvement from his Tigers, and while the result won’t go their way, their effort and contests are the measuring points the coaching staff will look for.  Both sides are likely to use this clash to see where their younger players fit into the respective squads moving forward.


This week sees representation from all-but one team, as we saw some of the best contests of the season to-date.
The Demons were the big story, producing a major turn up to pip Clarence by just one point. For their troubles, they have four players picked this week.
The Blues blew away the Tigers to the tune of 81 points and top this week’s selection with five in the best 22, including two defenders from a strong defensive display.
Once again there is plenty of red and black with the Northern Bombers having four and Lauderdale with three making the cut.
Of the losing sides, an undermanned Glenorchy impressed and as a result they are the best represented with three players in the team, while Clarence and Devonport had one each.
Continuing their red-hot form, Matthews, McCulloch, Lee, Couch and Boscott all made it back to back nods for the team of the week.



Tom Morgan (Glenorchy)

Morgan was terrific on debut for the Magpies, accumulating plenty of the ball in the back half and using it with poise and class.

Liam Azzopardi (Hobart City Demons)

Hobart City’s backline general stood up for the Demons in their upset win over Clarence. In dark and moist conditions for most of the afternoon, Azzopardi was instrumental with ten big spoils to compliment his ten possessions, which included one rebound 50, three tackles, and two marks. Azzopardi’s performance was capped off by keeping dangerous Roo Sam Siggins goalless.

Jake Pearce (North Launceston)

Pearce was a vital reason behind North’s memorable victory over Glenorchy. With his ability to create contests and to use the ball cleanly out of the back half, Pearce was instrumental in restricting the dangerous Magpie forward line.



James Webb (Glenorchy)

James Webb was impressive in his side’s loss to North Launceston as he gathered plenty of the ball and kicked a big time goal late in the third term to keep the Magpies in the hunt for an unlikely victory.

Stuart Williams (Launceston)

Williams showed off his athleticism to run hard from half back, gathered touches across all four quarters, but especially strong in the first with a number of inside 50’s, one resulting in a Whiting goal, and in the third, where he had three rebounds 50’s. His great game was rewarded with three RACT Votes.

Jake Smith (Launceston)

Smith has been a consistent player all season, with close to 25 touches per game, had another 25 in this match, and provided plenty of drive from the backline as Launceston moved the ball forward, with a number of inside 50’s.  Kicked a goal as well, and his run both ways was damaging, breaking the Tigers’ lines repeatedly.



Nick Baker (Hobart City Demons)

The Tassie Mariner proved just why he is one of the best up and coming talents in the TSL, with a genuinely dominant performance by the midfielder. Baker drove the ball forward with conviction, evident in his 24 possessions, ten clearances and two inside 50’s. Baker was just as damaging without the ball, laying 16 crunching tackles, whilst also proving his worth in ruck when required, registering six hit outs.

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)

The Demon’s premier midfielder had the ball on a string as he racked up 28 touches, 13 of which were contested. Matthews set the tone for a standout display after he slotted a classy set shot from the pocket in the crucial opening stanza of this contest. The dominance of Matthews was highlight throughout the stoppages, registering eight clearances to go with ten tackles.

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale)

McManus was the best midfielder on the ground at Devonport Oval, the winger was one of the main reasons the Bombers started to get on top in the game to then run away with a win. W=He worked hard, harassed, chased and made sound decisions with ball in hand.



Jack Avent (North Launceston)

Avent was the perfect foil to big Bart McCulloch, booting two opening quarter goals and a dashing running goal late in the game to seal a victory over the reigning premiers. Avent was without question one of the liveliest and most dangerous players for North.

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Another fantastic game from Boscott as the big beast again proved to be a formidable forward. He was able to make the most of mismatches, take some grabs and kick a handful of goals to be the most dominant man on the field.

Sean Willis (Hobart City Demons)

Willis was one of the better forwards on the ground, registering four goals. After kicking the opening major of the game, Willis got on the end of a quick transition of play from the Demons to have two goals by the first change, and played a key role in Hobart City’s fast start over Clarence. Willis went on to kick two more in the second term to take his tally to four at the main break, but was held goalless throughout the second half. Willis’s nine pressure acts and six tackles proves that when he isn’t kicking goals, he’s working hard to lock the ball inside the Demon’s forward 50.



Brodie Connelly (Devonport)

The youngster enjoyed a new found role deeper in the forward 50, getting good supply and finishing off four well taken goals.

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

McCulloch was a huge presence up forward for the Bombers and looked like taking every mark that came his way. The key forward booted 5 in his best performance of season 2017 to date.

Sonny Whiting (Launceston)

Predicted to be a handful for the Tigers’ defence pre-game, Whiting was a target up forward all match. Outmarked his opponent one on one for the first goal of the match, and followed up with a strong contested pack mark and goal soon after. Dominant one on one with his strength, his booted two goals in each of the first, third and fourth quarters, to be the real difference up forward, and proved that he remains one of the best leading forwards in the competition. Finished with six goals from 8 or 9 shots on goal, the majority coming from marks and converted set shots.


Hamish Leedham (Launceston)

Controlled the ruck with his size and determination, and beat Peterson and the Tiger’s pinch hitters at stoppages more times than not.  Imposed himself on the game with some strong tackles, and was part of possession chains, releasing his midfielders with quick handballs as they moved the ball from the backline.  Lonergan described his game as fantastic, and echoed the opinion that Leedham has to be pushing for selection in the eventual state side to face the NEAFL. Without a doubt in the top three ruckmen in the competition, and backed up his strong game against Clarence.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Couch was a class above on Saturday at KGV, providing drive, grunt and slick skills out of the middle of the ground. After spending much of the early part of the year in the forward half, Couch thrived as a midfielder against the ‘Pies and was crucial in dragging his Bombers over the line.
Sam Lonergan (Launceston)

After a big pre-season, Lonergan is starting to hit his straps in the midfield.  He was first to the ball from a number of key stoppages, doing the in and under work for the Blues, as well as taking some intercept marks down back and driving the ball inside 50.  A real leader on and off the field, he lets his footy do the talking, and had a big second half, and capped his game off with a great goal kicked over his head in the final term.


Alex Lee (North Launceston)

A key reason behind North Launceston’s crucial win over the reigning champs was the ruckwork of Alex Lee. The tall Bomber gave his midfielders first use all day as North dominated the clearances, while also showcasing his mobility around the ground. Getting the better of Duffy is no mean feat.

Harry Pearce (Glenorchy)

Pearce slotted straight back into the ‘Pies side and had a big impact with three goals. Pearce was one of the Magpies best in their loss against the Bombers, with his three goals and manic defensive pressure really standing out.


Ray Hill (Lauderdale)

Hill has found some fine form in recent weeks and he was at his goal scoring best against the Magpies, putting them to the sword with a strong marking game and five goals.

Trent Standen (Clarence)

The Clarence veteran worked his way into this contest, having remained relatively quiet throughout the first half. Standen, much like many of his Clarence teammates, lifted in the third term as the rain began to come down and the Roos started to get on top. Standen finished with four telling goals, including what can only be described as a freakish effort from the forward in the final term. Standen raced to get front and centre of a contest deep in his side’s attacking 50. As the ball was knocked down from the pack, a quick soccer off the ground by Standen somehow floated through the big sticks.


Unlucky omissions…

Bryce Walsh was part of a second half midfield dominance from Lauderdale and was a really strong contributor in guiding the Bombers to a good away win. Josh McGuinness stamped himself on the game in the back half and Jordon Roberts and Ryan Wiggins both had strong impacts inside forward 50.

Magpie Brayden Webb has been a fixture of the TSL team of the week throughout the early part of season 2017 and he only just misses out this week, in round 7 he produced yet another classy performance with his foot skills and drive out of the back half. Harrison Gunther was also fantastic on his return to the fold for the Premiers. Josh Ponting was also great for North Launceston and Mark Walsh found plenty of the football. Jay Lockhart also rarely wasted it off half back.

The Blues had a bunch picked but such was their dominance they had some others that could consider themselves a little stiff! Casey Brown – Mariner-listed defender who broke the game open in the third term with some key intercept marks and run from half back.  Lonergan described his third quarter as ‘unbelievable.’ Nathan O’Donohue – The big man played predominantly across half forward, and was damaging in the second quarter, where he had four inside 50’s and two rebounds 50’s.  Also pinch hit in the ruck at times, and used his size and experience to his advantage.





Round 8 – 20/05/2017

1:00PM – West Park


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

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

In: L. Murfitt-Cowen, J. O’Brien, K. Palmer-Hughes, S. Bradford
Out: I. Callinan, Z. Buechner, T. Hanslow


Round 8 – 20/05/2017

2:00PM – North Hobart Oval

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, J. Barwick
R: C. White, R. Matthews, E. Cole
Int: H. Johnstone, S. Caswell, K. Wisniewski, J. Charlton
Emg: M. O’Neill, J. McCulloch, C. Ransom, J. Guesdon

In: S. Caswell, C. White
Out: N. Baker,  N. Hutchinson

B: J. Boyce, S. Vandervelde, M. Hutchinson
HB: C. Savage, J. Nunn, S. Williams
C: J.  Smith, S.  Rundle, T.  Sheppard
HF: R. Kelly-Mansell, A. Wright, S. Lonergan
F: S. Whiting, N. O’Donoghue, J. Harris
R: H. Leedham, J. Blackberry, B. Taylor
Int: C. Sheppard, C. Downie, J. Donnellan, B. Palfreyman
Emg: M. Blazely, L. Gee, G. Holt, M. Hodge

In: J. Donnellan, B. Palfreyman, C. Savage, C. Downie,
Out: C. Brown, R. Tyrrell, C. Jones, J. Hinds


Round 8 – 20/05/2017

KGV – 2:00PM

B: W. Atkin, J. Arnold, J. Arnold
HB: B. Quinn, J. Geard, B. Webb
C: T.  Butterworth, R.  Mott, J.  Webb
HF: J. Millhouse, M. Dilger, M. Joseph
F: T. Morgan, J. Bowden, C. Salter
R: C. Duffy, M. Rainbird, L. Smith
Int: D. Grant, B. Kamaric, J. Farrow, C. Mcknight
Emg: C. Goodsell, A. Brennan, D. Coppleman, A. Roberts.

In: T. Butterworth, M. Joseph, M. Dilger
Out: H. Parker,  M. Hills,  H. Pearce,  H. Gunther

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

In: A. Hevey, N. Franklin
Out: J. Williams, R. Hooker


Round 8 – 20/05/2017


North Launceston

B: H. Goss, J. Pearce, C. Young
HB: C. Pearton, A. Richter-Salter, J. Foon
C: K.  Baker, B.  Cox-Goodyer, J.  Lockhart
HF: T. Couch, T. Bennett, K. Wadley
F: J. Avent, B. McCulloch, Z. Burt
R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, T. Whitford
Int: K. Thomas, D. Clayton, J. Singline, K. Curtis
Emg: J. Harris, J. Rowlands, M. Donnelly, B. Denman

In: K. Wadley, K. Thomas, D. Clayton, K. Curtis, J. Singline, H. Goss
Out: T. Mansell,  L. Hollmer,  T. Thomas,  J. Ponting,  R. Mansell,  T. Donnelly

B: T. Carter, T. Peterson, B. Graham
HB: M. Carter, C. Johns, M. Davies
C: B.  McCulloch, W.  Cleeland, M.  Booth
HF: J. Bilson, J. Pearce, C. Nield
F: B. Livingston, M. Walker, E. Brock
R: M. Gardner, S. Rice, L. Watt
Int: A. Webster, O. Burrows-Cheng, C. Rawson, T. Hughes
Emg: C. Woolley, J. Keogh, C. Sawdy, L. Griggs

In: T. Hughes, B. McCulloch, A. Webster, L. Watt, O. Burrows-Cheng, E. Brock,
J. Keogh, M. Booth

Out: T. Cowen, L. Clifford, B. Rees, H. Dixon, T. Gogolin, L. Gadomski, L. Griggs



Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 7

Tasmanian State League

1. Bradley Symmons (Devonport) reported for rough conduct against Robbie McManus (Lauderdale).

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

Sanction: No further action.

2. Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston) referred for rough conduct against James Webb (Glenorchy).

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

Sanction: No further action.

3. Taylor Whitford (North Launceston) reported for striking Rhys Mott (Glenorchy).

Due to lack of recorded evidence the MRP referred the incident to independent tribunal, to be heard on Tuesday (16/05/2017) night.

Taylor Whitford pled guilty to the charge of striking. The independent tribunal accepted the evidence of all witnesses and Whitford was given the sanction of a low level reprimand. The strike was that of a jumper punch.

Sanction: Low level reprimand.

4. Rhys Mott (Glenorchy) referred for rough conduct against Taylor Whitford (North Launceston).

Due to lack of recorded evidence the MRP referred the incident to independent tribunal, to be heard on Tuesday (16/05/2017) night.

The independent tribunal dismissed the charge as the contact that was made was not of a high nature and was a part of the contest.

Sanction: No further action.

5. Lachlan Gadomski (Tigers) referred for rough conduct on Chayce Jones (Launceston).

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

Sanction: No further action.

Bombers defeat improved Magpies

Written by Jakson Peach

Lauderdale made it three straight wins, defeating a defiant Devonport by 44 points at Devonport Oval on Saturday afternoon.

After a difficult start to the season the Bombers have leveled the ledger at three wins and three losses with another strong performance, this time triumphant on the road against a spirited Devonport. Thor Boscott and Ray Hill were on fire in a fantastic second half, kicking a handful each.

It was a major improvement from the Magpies at home, but unfortunately they were not strong enough to hold off a fearsome Lauderdale. The hosts were just three points adrift at the major break but were out runned and out gunned in a strong second half showing from the visiting Bombers.

In the first term it was all Devonport showcasing new found efficiency by foot from an inexperienced side that has had their troubles with ball in hand early in the season.  Devonport kicked away to a three goal advantage at the first change with young Brodie Connelly proving a formidable target in forward 50 while their defensive structures stacking up, restricting Lauderdale to just 50 possessions for the entire quarter. If the opening quarter was a glimpse at where the Magpies are headed, the future is bright, showcasing some impressive fast ball movement.

The second stanza commenced in similar fashion but Lauderdale’s class began to come to the fore after a spirited quarter time address from Coach, Darren Winter. Pocket rocket Dylan Fyfe opened the account in the second quarter, gathering a long hitout before bolting into forward 50 to finish a wonderful running goal. He was collected as he kicked and his team mates rallied around him and it appeared to be a boiling point for Lauderdale seeing them flick the switch and control the middle of the ground, putting together a second quarter response that saw them lead by three points at the half.

In the third term Lauderdale demonstrated their forward firepower piling on 12 scoring shots to Devonport’s two, Thor Boscott and Ray Hill hit the scoreboard on their way to bags of five, while Ryan Wiggins caught the ball well but was unable to maximise his impact, kicking an innacurate 3.5 for the game.

The final quarter became a see-sawing affair as the young Devonport outfit hung around in the contest, ensuring the Bombers wouldn’t blow them away.

Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was delighted to see further strides forward for his young charges.

“We are seeing better efforts for longer periods of time. Our first quarter today was probably as good as our first quarter against North Launceston, we zinged the ball around pretty quick and our forwards got some separation and we hit the scoreboard pretty well,” he said.

Victorious Coach Darren Winter said his midfield were not finding the footy early and the shift in the game came when the Lauderdale midfield got on top.

“The midfield were particularly pleasing cause they started getting their hands on the footy and when they weren’t they provided good pressure and we weren’t able to do that in the first quarter.

“I think we got some good transition from turn overs and there was a lot of space in our forward line for Boscott, Hill and Wiggins to lead into and sometimes that breaks the opponent.”

Next week Lauderdale face the reigning Premiers, while Devonport take a rest with the bye.

Round 7 – 13/05/2017

Lauderdale                              2.2,  8.5,  13.12,  18.18  (126)

Devonport                               5.2,  8.2,  9.3,  13.4  (82)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 5, R. Hill 5, R. Wiggins 3, R. McManus 1, P. Bellchambers 1, J. Roberts 1,
E. Whish-Wilson 1, D. Fyfe 1

Devonport :
B. Connelly 4, D. Schnoor 2, H. Barker 1, G. Millucci 1, D. Riley 1, B. Sharman 1,
S. Egger 1, Q. Byard 1, B. Symmons 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
R. McManus, B. Walsh, R. Hill, T. Boscott, R. Wiggins, T. Havea

Devonport :
B. Connelly, D. Riley, Q. Byard, S. Egger, M. Thorp, L. Creedon


Launceston outclass Tigers

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Launceston reminded the rest of the competition that they’re very much a contender this season, putting together a big second half against the Tigers in wet conditions at Twin Ovals on their way to a resounding 81 point victory.

Despite outplaying the Tigers in the first half, the Blues led by only 16 points at the main break, before slamming on ten unanswered goals to control the remainder of the game, running out 15.14 (104) to 3.5(23) winners.

Launceston spent most of the first quarter in attack, but found it hard to break free from the clutches of Tiger tackles to hit the scoreboard.  Enter Sonny Whiting, who outmarked his opponent twice to goal, the second coming from a spectacular grab above the pack.  The Blues had their third when they goaled from an advantage free kick after a sloppy tackle on Chayce Jones, but any celebrations were quickly put aside as the Mariner was stretchered from the field with an apparent ankle injury sustained during the incident.  The Tigers kicked their first major late in the term through Braden Livingston, and went into the break behind 1.2 (8) to 3.2 (20).

The second term was an arm-wrestle, with many stoppages through the middle of the ground as both sides found it hard to break free and generate run.  Young Tigers forwards Hugh Dixon and Mitch Walker both calmly converted difficult set shots to bring the home side back into the contest, but a huge term from Nathan O’Donohue across half forward saw two quick Launceston replies as the Blues went into the rooms at half time ahead 5.8 (38) to 3.4 (22).

Launceston hit the ground running after the main break, with forwards Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Whiting proving to be a handful up forward.  Whiting booted another two goals for the term as the Blues slotted four, and at three quarter time they led 9.11 (65) to 3.5 (23).

Launceston stamped their authority on the match in the final quarter, with their fast ball movement from one end of the ground to the other providing consistent highlights.  Every Blue seemed to be playing well, and they dominated the term to boot 6 goals and keep the luckless Tigers scoreless, walking off Twin Ovals overwhelming 15.14 (104) to 3.5 (23) winners.

Tigers’ coach Aaron Vince was gutted after the match, and was as candid as they come.

“We’re utterly disappointed.  Our effort today was insipid, and won’t be accepted.

“Our stoppage work was deplorable; we got smashed.”

Despite the result, Vince praised his defenders’ battle against the consistent barrage of Launceston forward entries, particularly the efforts of versatile backman Tyler Carter and debutant Ben Graham.

“Our backline were under the pump today.  They had 66 inside 50’s, and every time you put your defence under that much pressure, you’re not going to win that much footy.

“Tyler Carter was probably our only one on one winner today; Graham was probably cleaner with his skills than most of our senior players.”

Carter was clearly the Tigers’ best player, repelling many forward entries with intercept marks and tackles.  Mitch Carter also played well in defence, with debutants Graham and Toby Cowen trying hard across the middle, along with Mariners captain Lachlan Clifford.

Launceston playing coach Sam Lonergan was pleased with his charges post-match.

“To get the result that we did today was fantastic; it’s a good result for our playing group and a reward for the hard work they’ve been doing.”

He praised the whole playing group for their second half, not singling out any specific playing line.

“Our backs set up really well, they started to intercept and rebound the footy from defensive 50, and when it’s coming out of the backline (and through the midfield) like that, it gives your forwards every opportunity to take marks and kick goals.”

Launceston was well-served by defenders Stuart Williams, Jake Smith and Mariner squad member Casey Brown, with Lonergan describing the latter’s third quarter as ‘unbelievable.’  Lonergan had a lot of the ball in the midfield, aided by another huge performance from ruckman Hamish Leedham.  Nathan O’Donohue imposed himself on the game at half-forward, with five kicks inside the Blues’ attacking 50 in the second term alone, with Rulla Kelly-Mansell also providing plenty of drive forward.  The forward standout of the day was Sonny Whiting, with his six goals and strong marking the stark difference between the two forward lines.

When asked about the strong form of  Kelly-Mansell and Whiting, and in particular the fact that neither were named in the initial state squad to face the NEAFL, Lonergan pulled no punches.

“We’re sitting fourth on the ladder and we have three (players selected).

“There are multiple sides underneath us with higher numbers of players in the squad.  Rulla is definitely one player that I thought should have definitely been in the squad, and his form from an outside point of view puts him in the top ten in the comp at the moment.  But it (the non-selection) will drive them to work harder.”
Launceston face the Hobart City Demons at North Hobart Oval next week in what should be a huge match, with the Demons fresh off an upset one point win over Clarence and looking to claim a spot inside the five.  Things don’t get any easier for the Tigers, as they’ll travel to UTAS Stadium to face an undefeated and firing North Launceston, in what will be a big challenge for the out of sorts southern club.


Demons hold on for Blundstone boilover

Written by Richard Bannon

Hobart City Demons have caused a boil over for the ages, defeating Clarence by a solitary point in what was without doubt the match of the TSL season so far.

In cold and wet conditions at Blundstone Arena, the Demons, ran out 12.8-80 to 11.13-79 winners against a previously undefeated Roos outfit.

Spurred on by a confidence-boosting victory over Devonport last week, Hobart City flourished on the wide expanses of Blundstone Arena, where their superior leg speed proved advantageous.

The Demons kicked the first of the match through Sean Willis, who finished with four for the game.

Another Demons goal was then matched with three consecutive majors for Clarence, including a superb set shot from the pocket from Zac Buechner, as the Roos threatened to take the game away from Hobart City.

The Demons responded through Blake Grant, and another goal for Willis, as Hobart City led Clarence 4.3-27 to 3.3-21 at the first change

The game went up a gear in the second term, as Hobart City put an immense amount of pressure on Clarence.

Despite this, the Demons were unable to convert their dominance of the play onto the scoreboard.

Although the Demons were in control, a quick turnover resulted in Clarence getting the ball moving over the back, as Roos skipper Brady Jones kicked a fine goal on the run against the tide.

Jones’s goal was then bettered as the Demons got on a role to kick four of the next five, and take a handy 26-point buffer into the main break, leading 9.6-60 to 5.4-34.

The Demons stalled in the crucial third term, kicking a solitary goal as conditions became gloomy.

Meanwhile, Clarence began to replicate the free-flowing brand of footy that saw them defeat reigning premier Glenorchy last week.

Alas, wasteful kicking for goal denied the Roos any opportunity to take the game away from the Demons, kicking 3.5.

Hobart City took a slim 10.6-66 to 8.9-57 lead into the final term, where the heavens opened to turn the match into a scrappy affair

It was goal for goal up until the 15 minute mark, where Clarence locked it into their attacking half of the ground.

The Roos registered 30 inside-50’s for the quarter, but were again wasteful in front of the big sticks.

Each defensive clearance from Hobart City was regularly landing in the breadbasket of a Clarence player.

As the rain tumbled down, Clarence edged their way to overcoming the Demons’ lead by kciking behind after behind, but ultimately fell just short.

Clarence playing-coach Jeromey Webberley, who hobbled off late in the final term with a hamstring issue, lamented his side’s slow start to the match.

“In the first half, we didn’t come to play. When we did have the ball in our hands, we used it quite poorly, and we kicked it to their numbers a lot… our endeavour and want in the first half was off the pace.”

Hobart City assistant Richard Robinson was thrilled

to take the four points back across the Derwent, despite his side ‘falling over the line’.

“We were wrapped with the outcome. After we played last Saturday night, we had a really good feeling and we were looking forward to coming over and getting on the bigger spaces of Bellerive.”



Written by Anthony Osborn


North Launceston continued their unbeaten start to 2017 with a hard-fought 18-point victory over an undermanned Glenorchy, handing the Magpies their second straight loss at KGV.

Faced with the late omissions of Zac Webster (back) and Matthew Dilger (virus), an undermanned Glenorchy kept in touch all day in a tough, physical rematch of last season’s grand final, but were unable to run over the top of a tough Bombers outfit, with North Launceston running out to a 13.13 (91) to 11.7 (73) victory.

The Bombers jumped out of the blocks early, kicking the first three goals while keeping the reigning premiers scoreless for the first 24 minutes. Some missed opportunities and two late Glenorchy goals, however, restricted the visitors’ lead to 17 points at the first break.

Glenorchy were in control of general play in a low-scoring start to the second term, but a flurry of late quarter goals from North Launceston, including a clutch Tarryn Thomas set shot, provided the Bombers with a 23-point lead at the main break.

North Launcetson exploded in the first two minutes of the second half, with goals to Bart McCulloch and Tom Bennett extending the lead to 35 points, but the third term went in favour of Glenorchy as they kicked five of the next six goals to trail by just 11 points at three-quarter time.

The final stanza was a genuine arm wrestle as the rain rolled in, and after early Bomber goals through McCulloch and Zac Burt, Glenorchy faced a race against the clock to steal an unlikely victory.

Two late goals from Jaye Bowden gave the Magpies a sniff, but Jack Avent kicked a terrific running goal in the final minutes to secure North Launceston their sixth win from six attempts in season 2017.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius found plenty of positives in the loss, especially after a disappointing showing against Clarence last week.

“I’m the happiest you can be after a loss. I was really impressed by how the boys played today- we took the game on. This was the best we have played across four quarters all year.”

North Launceston dominated the clearances throughout the match, with the performance of ruckman Alex Lee a standout to his teammate and coach, Tom Couch, who believes Lee should be the ruckman of the State side, which faces the NEAFL representative side in June.

Couch was instrumental in his side’s victory himself, providing plenty of drive and class through the middle of the ground.

Bart McCulloch kicked five majors in a dominant display and was wonderfully assisted by the lively Jack Avent, who kicked three, including the sealer, while wingman Jay Lockhart and defenders Connor Young and Jake Pearce also impressed.

Tom Morgan and James Farrow, who played a half in the Mercury Cup match earlier in the day, were mightily impressive in their Glenorchy debuts, while James Webb, Connor Salter and Josh Arnold in his 150th match had good games.

Harrison Pearce kicked three goals and Harrison Gunther provided plenty of contests in impressive returns to the side.

Couch was pleased with the Bombers’ four-quarter performance, but stopped short of declaring his side as the team to beat.

“(Glenorchy) are the best side we have played so far this year- we learned more today than across our first five games. We will probably have to wait until we have played everyone. By late June we should have a better feel for where we are.”

Cornelius was bullish about where his side is going, especially with the likes of Sam Hall, Matthew Joseph, Tyler Bowden, Tim Butterworth, and the two late omissions from the match, Zac Webster and Matthew Dilger, all sitting on the sidelines.

“We know where we are at. We took it up to the best side in the state and we look forward to playing them again.”

Glenorchy will be desperate to get back on the winners list against the southern Bombers of Lauderdale next Saturday at home, while North Launceston will play host to the Tigers.


Round 7 – 13/05/2017

North Launceston                        4.5,  7.9,  10.10,  13.13  (91)

Glenorchy                               2.0,  4.5,  9.5,  11.7  (73)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 5, J. Avent 3, Z. Burt 2, T. Thomas 1, M. Walsh 1, T. Bennett 1

Glenorchy :
H. Pearce 3, J. Bowden 2, L. Smith 2, J. Webb 1, R. Mott 1, J. Arnold 1,
H. Gunther 1

BEST, North Launceston :
T. Couch, J. Avent, B. McCulloch, A. Lee, J. Pearce, J. Ponting

Glenorchy :
T. Morgan, C. Salter, B. Webb, H. Gunther, H. Pearce, J. Arnold