Devonport downed by second half Bombers blitz

Written by Jakson Peach

It was a tale of two halves at Devonport Oval, with the North Launceston Bombers coming away 96 point victors over Devonport.

The first half was competitive as Devonport put up a fight against their highly favoured opponents, the second was a blow out as an impregnable North Launceston flexed their muscle.

The Magpies shot out of the blocks, kicking the first three goals in a row before North Launceston kicked into action and went on to kick three of their own. The last 10 minutes of the opening quarter was a see-sawing finish with a goal right on the siren from Coach Tom Couch putting the Bombers up by just two points at the quarter’s completion.

In the second quarter, North Launceston opened the floodgates scoring 46 points in the second term to the Magpies’ 12. Brayden Butler and Bradley Cox-Goodyer were everywhere in the second stanza, both collecting plenty of the ball. North Launceston signalled things to come in the second quarter, following Devonport’s three goals to open the game, North Launceston kicked 11 of the next 14 goals to put them up by six goals at the major break.

After the half time break North unleashed, kicking 13 goals out of their next 15 scoring shots, using their run and carry from half back and the wings to pick apart Devonport’s inexperienced defence.  The game became repetitive after half time with the ball going through the big sticks nearly every it entered North Launceston’s forward 50, despite the repetition there were some breathtaking passages of play that left some spectators in awe.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

The one-two punch of Zac Burt and Tom Couch was on show once more, Zac Burt continued his impressive form, kicking six more goals to take his yearly tally to 16, while Coach Couch finished off four goals of his own. Walsh booted three, while Avent, Cox-Goodyer and Thomas all chimed in with multiples in the big victory. Cox Goodyer was very damaging with another explosive game in the middle of the ground.

Coach Tom Couch said that the scoreboard did not show the standard of footy the Devonport side played. He was happy with the involvement of some younger players that were blooded into the Bombers line up due to injury and state honours, particularly Kaleb Turner. Couch was happy with the consistency of the way the team played, with a four quarter performance and a showcase of strong overall team fitness.

Opposing Coach Mitch Thorp was again impressed with his young Magpies, he was very pleased with their application against a very professional outfit such as North Launceston in the first half. Symmons, Byard and 19 year old Brayden Butler were all good in a losing effort. The loss won’t have an effect on Devonport’s approach as Thorp explained the club is five games into a 60 game plan.

Round 5 – 29/04/2017

North Launceston                        4.3,  11.7,  18.8,  24.9  (153)

Devonport                               4.1,  6.1,  8.1,  9.3  (57)

GOALS, North Launceston :
Z. Burt 6, T. Couch 4, M. Walsh 3, J. Avent 2, K. Thomas 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 2,
A. Richter-Salter 1, C. Pearton 1, T. Bennett 1, B. McCulloch 1, J. Ponting 1

Devonport :
B. Butler 2, B. Connelly 1, H. Barker 1, D. Schnoor 1, M. Thorp 1, B. Scott 1,
Q. Byard 1, B. Symmons 1

BEST, North Launceston :
M. Walsh, B. Cox-Goodyer, Z. Burt, B. McCulloch, A. Lee, T. Couch

Devonport :
Q. Byard, B. Butler, B. Symmons, S. Egger, M. Perry, B. Sharman

Round 5 TSL Preview with Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 29th April

Lauderdale vs Hobart City Demons  (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 21.9.135 def Lauderdale 9.14.68 (Round 21, 2016, at North Hobart Oval)

IC: Kristi Mead

Lauderdale has proven they can match it with form sides over the past fortnight, with strong first halves against Clarence and Launceston respectively, but remain winless after three games as the Blues found some strength late in last week’s match to defeat the Bombers by a meagre 11 points.  Hobart City Demons burst out of the blocks against Burnie, but then relied on a couple of late goals to pinch the win from the coastal side after falling behind in a tense final term.  The southerners held their nerve, and were rewarded with their maiden win of season 2017.  Last time they met the Hobart City Demons were convincing winners, but this match will be a much more even contest.

While they remain winless, Lauderdale have played exceptional football in patches, and will be looking to build on last week’s narrow defeat and break through for their first win of the season. The Bombers’ midfield trio of Dylan Fyfe, Nat Franklin and Robbie McManus have led from the front in all three matches, and will need to continue their run and carry on Saturday.  Captain Bryce Walsh had a good game against Launceston after a quiet match the week before, breaking away late in the final quarter to kick a telling goal, and the long-kicking Alex Hevey has been dangerous across half forward.  The Bombers welcomed back Toutai Havea from suspension, and he played well across defence, as did Max Kleverkamp running forward.

The Hobart City Demons performed admirably last week, and were best served by Jayden Charlton and Heath Thompson.  Hindered by a leg injury, the courageous Will Campbell had another outstanding game, winning contested possessions and snapping a goal from a stoppage late in the final term to put his side ahead.  Callum Kilpatrick was solid across the middle of the ground, and playing coach Kane Richter provided drive from half back.  Jack Guesdon and Callan Dell were the main focal points up forward, booting two majors apiece.  The younger players will need to step up this week, with Bailey Walker and Nicholas Baker being the two leading the charge in matches previous.

This match has all the makings of a blockbuster, with two proud sides looking to progress from the bottom end of the ladder early in the season.  Both coaches have stressed the importance of winning this match, so expect a physical encounter with lots of hard running.  While Hobart City Demons were impressive last week, Lauderdale will head into the game favourites, but the result may likely depend on which team is able to play four quarters of consistent, attacking football on the day. As Vice-Captain Josh McGuinness said, the Bombers need to take care of their games at home.


Devonport vs North Launceston (Devonport Oval) 6:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 17.15.117 def Devonport 12.5.77 (Round 12, 2016, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport managed to hold Clarence to only six goals in the first half last week, but the Roos ran over the top of the young Magpies to defeat them by 65 points.  North Launceston come off the bye after convincingly winning their first three matches with strong second half performances.  Last time the two teams played the Bombers ran out winners by 40 points, but the gap between the two sides has widened since then, and Devonport will be looking to learn from one of the form sides of the TSL when they meet this week.

IC: Andrew Woodgate Jay Lockhart has been in imperious form.

It has been a different looking Devonport side taking to the field this season, with many first gamers blooded in their first year at the club.  Coach Mitch Thorp remarkably returned to the field last week after breaking his ribs against Launceston, and was influential early with three goals.  50 gamer Brayden Butler played arguably his best match for the club, and was well supported by midfield co-captains Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley.  Quade Byard and Toby Enniss also stood up, and with a host of other Magpies, they will need to play to their potential against the Bombers to be any show.

North Launceston will be fresh after a week off, but it’s unlikely that the fittest side in the TSL have been resting on their laurels under Coach Tom Couch’s watch. Couch has been fantastic in the role of goalkicking midfielder this season, as has Brad Cox-Goodyer.  Captain Taylor Whitford was impressive in his sole game for the season, while Zac Burt and Jay Lockhart have been nothing short of outstanding across the Bombers’ forward line and midfield. Jay Foon has been able to deliver the ball reliably from defence, when the opposition have managed to get it there, such is the dominance of the Bombers early season work.

This match will likely be dominated by North Launceston, as they look to build on an enviable start to season 2017.  Devonport know how to play at home and may surprise the Bombers with a fast start but it is unlikely they can sustain it up against the quality of one of the premiership favourites.  It will be a learning experience for the young coastal side, and one they will be all the better for, as they get senior experience into arguably the youngest squad in the competition.

Jay Blakcberry has been in fantastic form.

Sunday 30th April

Launceston vs Clarence (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 24.10.154 def Launceston 11.9.75 (Round 18, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Launceston bounced back from a heavy defeat at the hands of North Launceston to win a high-scoring away encounter with Lauderdale, playing themselves into form in a physical final quarter.  Clarence have started the season in outstanding fashion, and continued their winning streak with a strong 65 point victory over Devonport last week.  This match should be closer than the last time they played each other, with both sides widely considered the third and fourth best teams in the TSL this season, respectively.

Launceston have started the season strongly, bar the big loss to Northern rivals North Launceston in Round 3.  While Sonny Whiting and Rulla Kelly-Mansell were overlooked for the initial state squad, they have been arguably the best forward combination in the competition, combining their differing skill sets to hit opposition teams hard on the scoreboard.  Hamish Leedham has been one of the form big men of the competition, and his battle with Sam Siggins will be one to watch, and no doubt physical. Jay Blackberry and Sam Lonergan have been strong through the midfield, while Brendan Taylor and Brodie Palfreyman were fantastic against Lauderdale.  Launceston has a number of Mariners defenders who are not available for selection, which could affect the backline’s ability to shut down the dangerous Clarence forward six, they will also miss suspended defender Jack Donellan.

Clarence boast a strong mix of youth and experience, and this has been displayed in each match played this season.  Young midfielder Tyson Hanslow was best afield last week, and three game defender James Holmes backed up his Round 3 performance with another strong match against Devonport.  Small forwards Ian Callinan and Trent Standen are in dangerous form, as is recruit Michael Fisher, who kicked a great running goal last week in one of the highlights of the round.  Goal kicking wingman Jake Cox has helped himself to bags of four and six goals so far this season, but suffered a niggle last week and may not be at 100%.  Big man Sam Siggins, Jason Bailey, and small forward Aiden Grace have been solid in every game so far, while Gabby Chambers has performed shut down roles well and is likely to get the job on one of Launceston’s key midfielders this week. Clarence have great top end talent and they have depth, depth that will be increased with the nearing returns of Jack Gleeson and Jordan Roberts.

If both sides play the brand of football they are capable of, this match could be the most watchable of the round.  Both are capable of kicking high scores, and possess elite skills and fast ball movement.  Hosting the match may give the Blues a slight edge, but whoever takes the four points will have to really earn it in what is likely to be a tough, physical encounter.

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Burnie vs Glenorchy (West Park) 2:30pm

Tyrone Morrison was fantastic last week.

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 22.17.149 def Burnie 8.7.55 (Preliminary Final, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Burnie are coming off a disappointing away loss to Hobart City Demons, where they managed to hit the lead late in the match but ultimately went down in the dying moments.  Glenorchy took until half time to find their feet against the Tigers on Anzac Day, but hit their straps as soon as the ball was bounced in the third term and ran out convincing 70 point winners.  If Burnie were the third best team last year and still lost to Glenorchy in the preliminary final by nearly 100 points, it could be a tough day for the young Dockers, this week.

Burnie took a while to get going last week, which was understandable given the inexperience of their squad, with the four Mariners who dominated against Devonport in Round 3 unavailable.  Nick Walters was outstanding against Hobart City Demons, as he has been all season, and with brother Harry, has shown the ability to kick long goals from the midfield.  Big men Tyrone Morrison and Nick McKenna have been building on their form each week, and McKenna will be sorely missed after receiving a two week suspension for an errant elbow thrown against Hobart City Demons.  Rudy Barrett has found his feet, and was dangerous at both ends of the ground on the weekend, as was youngster Bailey Boag, who has slotted seamlessly into the Dockers’ lineup.  The Dockers are still without Blair Rubock, Tom Mundy, Ethan Jackson and Jamieson House due to Mariners duties.

Glenorchy have had almost every player stand out so far this season.  Ruckman Cameron Duffy has been consistently influential in making sure midfielders Mitch Rainbird, Brayden Webb and  Rhys Mott have had the best chance to clear the ball every game.  Rainbird stood out in an impressive performance against the Tigers, winning ten clearances and asserting himself at every contest.  James Webb and Anzac medallist Joel Millhouse were standouts on Tuesday, as were Matthew Joseph, who kicked three goals, and forward presence Mitch Hills, although his kicking was a worry.  Jaye Bowden put in another elite performance, booting five goals from a number of strong contested marks, while brother Tyler was unlucky not have kicked more than his two majors.

Glenorchy have shown that losing seven players from last season’s premiership side has done little to affect their resolve and output, and are likely to continue their winning ways against a youthful Burnie at West Park.  The Magpies like to win big, and if Burnie can restrict them to under 100 points it will have done well.  The key will be applying defensive pressure across four quarters and forcing the Magpies to take low percentage shots at goal at a ground exposed to the coastal wind. The wind always plays a big part at West Park and Burnie will need to take advantage of it when it is blowing their way if they are to go deep in this contest.

Wrest Point TSL W season preview

Burnie Dockers

The defending Premiers.

The Dockers have lost some top end talent in Brittany Gibson and Ellyse Gamble to fruitful AFL W careers and Meagan Kiely, who moved interstate for selection. They gain young talented players from within the north west region, including Lauren Stevenson, Zoe Knight and Sarah Skinner and will debut the talented twins from Wynyard, in Chloe and Libbie Haines. They also have AFL W experience on their side with Assistant Coach Emma Humphries set to bring the Dockers some dash and outside class.

Player/s to watch: Jackie Mercer – a ruck/key position with immense talent, who was high in the vote getters early last year until injury halted her, she has been impressing at training in a new home at Burnie.

Prediction: Third. If you lose the talent the Dockers have lost to greener pastures then is is a hard ask to replace it. The group that has come in will get there and show promise but they haven’t got the experience to impact and challenge from first bounce.

First game: v Glenorchy – West Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017


Historically a pace setter who lost last year’s grand final.

The top end remains and the Roos have a developing young group coming through and therefore start the season as deserved premiership favourites.

The talent of Jascinta Limbrick and Zoie Crawford and in reality a cast of thousands are hard to ignore when you look at the top end of female talent in Tasmania. Part of the new talent at the club includes Jemma Farrow, new to the game but has excelled both through the Academy and her Club Programs.

Player/s to watch: Nicole Bresenehan, pacey wingman with elite talent. Represented North Melbourne in the AFL curtain raiser earlier this year and with another solid season under her built, it could put her in AFL W calculations.

Prediction: Premiers, they look the benchmark but they are susceptible to pace and outside run.

First game: v Launceston – Windsor Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017



Gone are the days where Glenorchy are reliant on a few. Building fitness and a talent base, this year has the potential for theMagpies to get the ultimate return. Nietta Lynch and Sandy Eaton deserve success with only a 2-3 window left for them in their glittering career.

Player/s to watch: Holly Ryan – state under 18 player who is a very talented key position defender, elite skills and an ability to read the play. Her development in senior football will help guide Glenorchy’s premiership hopes, part of the missing pieces for the Maggies.

Prediction: Runner up, has the potential to be the team to beat despite finishing third the last two years. Only the home and away season will show us, if they have made the jump over rivals, Clarence.

First game: v Burnie – West Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017



Young talent time. The Blues are chocka-block full of talent. The challenge for the club is the average age of the list is quite low. With a majority in the state youth girls academy, the team is set for premiership glory but which year that arrives will be the golden question.

Fitting the talent into the list has been one of the great challenges so far for the team. Launceston are a tall athletic team that will be well suited to the big grounds and firm decks that finals football offer.

Player/s to watch: Daria Bannister – currently Tasmania’s only national academy player and no doubt, the most draftable under age player in the state. Bannister has the ability to impact the game in any area of the ground, back, mid or forward.

Abbey Green – athletic, tall key position player. AFL scouts will be keen to follow her development throughout TSL W, 2017.

Prediction: 1-4, this team could be anything. They could surprise if all their young talent clicks. With their list profile and the talent they possess they could win the premiership or they could struggle to find their groove and finish towards the bottom. Time will tell.

First game: v Clarence – 1:00PM Windsor Park 29/04/2017


The Tigers are a young developing group, who we expect to take time to challenge for the cup. Although we should never underestimate that their youth girls were the inagurual STJFL Premiers and as we have learnt in the AFL and AFL W, youthful enthusiasm can create success. Hannah Squires and Loveth Ochayi are potential AFL W candidates and could help lead them to several wins throughout the year.

Player/s to watch: Kristie Baker, an experienced campaigner that crossed over from Clarence to provide support as Captain of the emerging Tigers.

Loveth Ochayi, athletic, tall player that is brilliant below her knees. Could be draftable as a key position forward.

Prediction: Fifth, a developing year on the way for the young Tigers.

First game: Bye,  (Round 1) v Glenorchy (Round 2) – KGV 11:30AM 6/05/2017






Round 1 – 29/04/2017

West Park – 1:00PM

Burnie Football Club
B: M. Wright, L. Stevenson,
HB: S. Skinner, K. Sheehan, J. Whelan
C: L.  Haines, K.  Goodson, C.  Loring
HF: K. Loring, Z. Knight,
F: M. Singleton, J. Brown, S. Loring

R: J. Mercer, E. Humphries, C. Haines
Int: J. Bader, S. Ferguson-Stevens, S. Rodman, S. Edwards

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


Round 1 – 29/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

Launceston Football Club
B: E. Barrenger, A. Bowen,
HB: M. Cuthbertson, S. Townsend, P. Hamilton
C: M. Sinclair, K.  Child, H. Whyte
HF: N. Celebre, G. Hill,
F: M. Clark, A. Green, E. Manix-geeves
R: S. Brown, D. Corcoran, C. Webb
Int: M. Gardner, N. Ristrom, M. Smith, J. Retallick

Clarence Football Club
B: J. Farrow, R. Archer,
HB: C. Kenny, Z. Crawford, G. Pennicott
C: S.  Bale, N.  Bresnehan, N.  Pearce
HF: T. Ford, J. Limbrick, M. Wise
F: G. Mitchell, M. Green,
R: E. Groves, S. Pennicott, N. Heggie
Int: S. Harris, L. Gwynne, S. Hinks, N. Taylor

TEAMS: Southern Cross Tasmanian State League + Wrest Point TSL W

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Round 5 – 29/04/2017

Lauderdale Oval – 2:00PM


B: M. Kleverkamp, A. Hill, B. Newell
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, D. Johns, C. Laoumtzis

In: R. Hooker
Hobart City Demons

B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, H. Williams
HB: K. Wisniewski, K. Richter, B. Walker
C: T.  Millhouse, W.  Campbell, R.  Cowie
HF: S. Willis, J. Maple, J. Williamson
F: C. White, C. Dell, B. Grant
R: H. Thompson, R. Matthews, J. Charlton
Int: S. Caswell, E. Cole, J. Guesdon, C. Kilpatrick
Emg: T. Harling, W. Hay, H. Johnstone, J. Barwick

In: H. Williams
Out: P. Kearney


Round 5 – 29/04/2017

Devonport Oval – 6:00PM

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

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


Round 5 – 30/04/2017

West Park – 2:30PM

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

In: J. Weller, C. Proctor
Out: J. Nankivell,  N. McKenna

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. Hills, J. Bowden, M. Dilger
R: C. Duffy, M. Rainbird, L. Smith
Int: J. Geard, D. Grant, B. Kamaric, H. Gunther
Emg: W. Atkin, T. Morgan, J. Davie, C. Salter

In: H. Gunther, D. Grant


Round 5 – 30/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

B: S. Williams, S. Vandervelde, A. Wright
HB: T. Sheppard, J. Nunn, M. Hutchinson
C: C.  Brown, J.  Blackberry, C.  Sheppard
HF: S. Rundle, J. Smith, S. Lonergan
F: S. Whiting, N. O’Donoghue, R. Kelly-Mansell
R: H. Leedham, B. Palfreyman, J. Boyce
Int: J. Harris, B. Taylor, M. Hodge, J. Gillow
Emg: J. Boyd, Z. Griffiths, C. Savage, J. Bangura

In: N. O’Donoghue, C. Brown
Out: M. Spohn


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

In: B. Dart






Round 1 – 29/04/2017

West Park – 1:00PM

Burnie Football Club
B: M. Wright, L. Stevenson,
HB: S. Skinner, K. Sheehan, J. Whelan
C: L.  Haines, K.  Goodson, C.  Loring
HF: K. Loring, Z. Knight,
F: M. Singleton, J. Brown, S. Loring

R: J. Mercer, E. Humphries, C. Haines
Int: J. Bader, S. Ferguson-Stevens, S. Rodman, S. Edwards

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


Round 1 – 29/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

Launceston Football Club
B: E. Barrenger, A. Bowen,
HB: M. Cuthbertson, S. Townsend, P. Hamilton
C: M. Sinclair, K.  Child, H. Whyte
HF: N. Celebre, G. Hill,
F: M. Clark, A. Green, E. Manix-geeves
R: S. Brown, D. Corcoran, C. Webb
Int: M. Gardner, N. Ristrom, M. Smith, J. Retallick

Clarence Football Club
B: J. Farrow, R. Archer,
HB: C. Kenny, Z. Crawford, G. Pennicott
C: S.  Bale, N.  Bresnehan, N.  Pearce
HF: T. Ford, J. Limbrick, M. Wise
F: G. Mitchell, M. Green,
R: E. Groves, S. Pennicott, N. Heggie
Int: S. Harris, L. Gwynne, S. Hinks, N. Taylor



Round 4 was a fantastic round of footy and it has resulted in much more even representation in the Team of the Week, as we saw a couple of really tight tussles, where both teams shone.

Clarence top representation with five in the side, while the all-conquering Glenorchy have four picked including Cameron Duffy and Jaye Bowden who make it three from three in this Team of the Week so far in 2017.

The Team by Team breakdown:

Clarence: 5

Glenorchy: 4

Launceston: 3

Lauderdale: 3

Burnie: 3

Hobart City Demons: 3

Devonport: 1

Tigers: 0



James Holmes (Clarence)

Another top week for James Holmes. Webberley again singled out the youngster for his work in defence in just his third game. His competitiveness and appetite for the tough stuff was outstanding.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

After a strong start to Mitch Thorp, Bailey played a proactive game and led Thorp to the ball to take a host of strong intercept grabs to ignite the Roos attacking run. A fantastic game.

Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale)

Resolute in defence, particularly in the first half under the duress of repeated Launceston forward 50 entries. Kleverkamp teamed up well with his fellow defenders to provide plenty of drive out of the Bombers defence.


Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

Webb found plenty of the ball through the middle and half back, was clean and hit targets by foot. Was extremely damaging and also hit the scoreboard with a major.

Kane Richter (Hobart City Demons)

Like a fine wine. Veteran Kane Richter was tremendous for the Demons in a their first win. Was the leader at the back, marshalling the backline and taking intercept marks. Late in the game he was thrown forward in a move that had a big say on the Demons winning the game. He gave them the link they needed and was a strong presence.

Rudy Barrett (Burnie)

In the third term when the Dockers got on top Barrett was finding the ball and having a major say. Took marks at both ends of the ground and provided real grunt for the Dockers.



Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy)

Had the ball on a string and was the best man on the ground on Anzac Day. Found a heap of the pill and broke the game apart as the Magpies kicked away in the second half. Was dynamite in the middle with 10 clearances and was extremely explosive and damaging by foot.

Jayden Charlton (Hobart City Demons)

It was a contested game at Queenborough Oval and Jayden Charlton thrived in and under. Accumulated plenty of the footy, winning it well to prove a vital cog in a nail biting win.

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale)

McManus has been in a rich vein of form. Played off a wing and produced an outstanding game for the Bombers, one of the most dangerous Lauderdale players from the weekend with his capacity to hit the scoreboard and create chances for his teammates. You expected something to happen every time McManus touched the football.



Harry Walters (Burnie)

The Walters brothers were sensational for Burnie. Harry kicked the Dockers first goal with a fantastic running effort from just inside the arc. Was one of the players to step up in the third and get Burnie on top. It seemed for a while that it was Walters to Walters regularly as the purple reigned supreme. Harry didn’t waste the footy, applied good pressure and was extremely efficient from half forward and a wing.

Brayden Butler (Devonport)

An impressive game in a losing cause. Had over 30 touches and 10 marks and was the stand out Magpie, providing a tremendous link from midfield.

Brendan Taylor (Launceston)

Taylor played his best game of 2017 against the Bombers, kicking two goals and accumulating plenty of the ball around the ground. A performance like this is exactly what Sam Lonergan would want out of the dynamic Taylor while also being a performance that would have other sides on notice.



Trent Standen (Clarence)

Standen was a lively forward target, kicking three goals in a big Roos win.  Finished off well and brought other members of the attacking pack into it with his field kicking.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

We are four rounds in and we are already running out of adjectives to describe Jaye Bowden. He is an out and out star. Was met with a strong and physical challenge by opponent Marcus Davies but rose through it to have a major say as the game went on. Kicked another five goals and terrorised yet another team on the way to a big Magpies win.

Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

Palfreyman provided plenty of run for the Blues in their crucial victory, and while his goals were influential in their victory, his ability to make contests and create opportunities for his fellow forwards was outstanding.


Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

Gave the Magpies midfielders an armchair ride, with deft and direct tap work that saw Glenorchy smash the Tigers out of the middle. The Premiership ruckman is having quite the season with strong contribution across the ground and outstanding ruckwork.

Nick Walters (Burnie)

Walters has had a great start to the season and that only continued against Hobart City. He stood up and won the ball for the Dockers when the chips were down and got them back into the contest. His drive and long powerful leg saw the visitors fight into a lead. He kicked three goals and was prolific.

Tyson Hanslow (Clarence)

Hanslow was a constant danger at ground level as part of a strong Clarence unit.



Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons)

After injuring himself in the warm up ‘Hot Soup’ Will Campbell went on to have perhaps a match winning influence on the game. He was severely hampered by injury but fought on valiantly to contribute. In fact, he did more than just contribute, he had bursts of influence where he was able to wrestle momentum the Dees way. He kicked a fantastic goal bursting away from the stoppage in the first but kicked a telling snap in the last that gave the Demons the winning lead. Found the footy and used it well when it looked like hope was lost.

Matt Ling (Clarence)

Contributed strongly to a Clarence victory through the middle, provided it well to the dangerous Roos forwards to kick a winning score.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

There’s a feeling that Kelly-Mansell will generate excitement whenever he nears the ball, and his outing at Lauderdale on Saturday was no exception. With two stunning third quarter goals that put the Blues in a winning position, Kelly-Mansell continued his red hot 2017 form and further enhanced his reputation as one of the competition’s most exciting players.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

one of the players that Lauderdale were most excited about in the preseason proved just why this was the case, particularly in the first half where he provided much needed run and grunt around the ground and in the contest. Coach Darren Winter conceded that Franklin faded a little after a dynamic first half, however, he was still one of the standout players on the ground and a player that looks to be on the verge of a huge season. His turns and movement in traffic was a real feature of a good individual game.


Banjo the Dog

Is seriously stiff to miss the 22. Banjo had the most eye catching performance of Round 4, streaking the Anzac Day game at KGV to half a set shot and amuse many at the venue. Security wasn’t required for this streaker, in fact a belly rub was enough to see him on his way. Banjo had a profound impact and has amused many.


Unlucky Omissions

As well as Banjo the Dog, a few other players were unlucky to miss selection on the team.

The Tigers had no players selected in the team but the most unlucky was Gardner, who played a good part in the team’s strong start. With some desperate defensive work.

Four pies made the team but many others can consider themselves unlucky. Millhouse played his role nicely and Zac Webster had patches where he had a big say on the game, with some electric foot use. The bear in the square Mitch Hills was a really good target for the Pies as well, although his kicking left a lot to be desired.

The Demons recorded a come from behind win over Burnie. Callum and Callan were good for them, with Kilpatrick showing plenty, moving well in possession and big Dell kicking a couple. Heath Thompson was also good in a entertaining battle with Tyrone Morrison, who was also at the top of his game.

Mitch Thorp returned for Devonport and booted three but was well held for large parts. Dylan Riley continues to find the footy and his co-captain Beau Sharman was fantastic and booted a nice long range running goal.

Dylan Fyfe was a ball magnet once again and Lauderdale skipper Bryce Walsh returned to form, while Sam Lonergan had his best game for the year and Sheppard had a good impact front of centre.

There were a lot of noteworthy performances this week which made it a tricky 22 to pick.

Match Review Panel Results – Round 4

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 4

Tasmanian State League

1. Christopher Nield (Tigers) reported for striking Brayden Webb (Glenorchy).

MRP assessed incident as: The contact between Nield and Webb does not warrant a report.

Sanction: Dismissed

2. Brayden Webb (Glenorchy) referred for attempting to strike Christopher Nield (Tigers).

MRP assessed incident as: The contact between Webb and Nield was deemed unnecessary in the circumstances. The conduct was seen as a low level offence of attempting to strike.

Sanction: Base sanction of ONE week reduced to low level reprimand

3. Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy) referred for rough conduct against Mitchell Carter (Tigers).

MRP assessed incident as: The contact between Joseph and Carter was incidental contact as part of the contest.

Sanction: Dismissed

4. Robbie McManus (Lauderdale) reported for misconduct against an umpire.

MRP assessed incident as: Abusive language, low level offence.

Sanction: Base sanction of ONE week reduced to low level reprimand

5. Keegan Wylie (Clarence) reported for striking Brodie Connelly (Devonport).

MRP assessed incident as: Contact between Wylie and Connelly was in the action of attempting to spoil.  The contact was high and a free kick was paid.  The action does not warrant a report.

Sanction: Dismissed

6. James Holmes (Clarence) referred for high contact against Dylan Riley (Devonport).

MRP assessed incident as: The contact between Holmes and Riley incidental contact as a part of the contest.

Sanction: Dismissed

7. Aiden Grace (Clarence) referred for high contact on Charlie Castles (Devonport).

MRP assessed incident as: The contact between Grace and Castles in the marking contest was high contact and a free kick was paid.  The conduct was deemed as incidental contact during a marking contest and did not warrant a sanction.

Sanction: Dismissed

8. Jason Bailey (Clarence) referred for rough conduct against Mitch Thorp (Devonport).

MRP assessed incident as: Contact from player Bailey to player Thorp’s thigh was deemed as incidental contact after the marking contest and did not warrant a sanction.

Sanction: Dismissed

9. Nick McKenna (Burnie) referred for rough conduct against Josh Williamson (Hobart City).

MRP assessed incident as: player McKenna made contact with a raised forearm to player Williamson’s head.  The panel assessed the incident as intentional, low impact, high contact.

Sanction: Base sanction THREE weeks reduced to TWO weeks with early guilty plea


Mercury Cup

10. Harrison Betts (Burnie) reported for striking Karlton Wadley (North Launceston).

MRP assessed incident as: intentional, medium impact, high contact.

Sanction: Base sanction THREE weeks reduced to TWO weeks with early guilty plea

11. Liam Rowbottom (Glenorchy) referred for striking Joshua Pride (Tigers)

To be heard by the independent tribunal on Wednesday 26th April

12. Clinton Brown (Lauderdale) referred for making high contact against Gareth Holt (Launceston)

MRP assessed incident as: Insufficient evidence.

Sanction: Dismissed


Initial state squad released

The initial 46 player squad has been released for the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) State Team to face NEAFL on June 10, at Blundstone Arena.

Selection was made following observations of the opening four rounds of the 2017 TSL season, and consultation with all TSL coaches. All nine clubs are represented in the initial squad, with North Launceston and Glenorchy topping selection with 10 players each.

State Team coach Anthony Taylor said it was a difficult process to nail down an initial squad, with plenty of players impressing across the competition’s early rounds.

“The beauty of the squad at the moment even though it is only early in the season, is that the players that we’ve got in the 46 are all in form and playing good footy.

“There are some quality players that are a bit stiff to miss out which is a good sign.

“We’ll keep our eyes on those players progress in the coming weeks and we will certainly be adding and subtracting to the squad in the coming weeks, if performances warrant attention.”

Taylor believes the initial squad gives the coaching staff options with a range of talls and smalls to be considered.

“We’ve picked a versatile squad, we’ve got some in-form talls and also buckets of mid to small onballer types that are all playing good footy.We’ve just got to go with boys in form.”

There are 10 players in the initial squad who have spent time on AFL lists but it is the emerging talent that is particularly impressing Taylor.

“Fantastic to have former AFL footballers but at the same time I don’t think you can beat youth and enthusiasm. At the moment, there are a lot of younger players playing some very good footy and if they continue to put their hand up, they will be picked.”

27 of the 46 come from the current top three teams, with the undefeated Glenorchy, North Launceston and Clarence all in blistering form.

“It is a reflection on where they are on the ladder and their performances over the last few years, with North Launceston and Glenorchy in particular.

“North Launceston, Glenorchy and Clarence are undefeated this year so it really is a reflection on how those teams are going this year.”

TSL State Manager Carl Saunder said the announcement of the initial squad presents an exciting opportunity for 46 players to press their claims to don ‘the map’.

“It is an exciting opportunity for all players selected in the initial squad to represent the TSL state team and wear the famous map.

“It is considered a highlight of player’s careers and the 46 selected now have that opportunity in front of them.”

The squad will be trimmed over the coming weeks and the opportunity remains for players outside the squad to push for inclusion.






Burnie Dockers

Tyrone Morrison

Nick McKenna

Harry Walters








Jake Cox

Brady Jones

Sam Siggins

Jackson O’Brien

Jeromey Webberley

Trent Standen

Ian Callinan








Mitch Thorp

Dylan Riley







Jaye Bowden

Rhys Mott

Brayden Webb

Zac Webster

Josh Arnold

Jordon Arnold

Cameron Duffy

Liam Smith

Mitch Rainbird

Matt Dilger







Hobart City Demons

Ryan Matthews





Josh McGuiness

Bryce Walsh

Dylan Fyfe

Ryan Wiggins

Ben McGuinness

Nat Franklin








Sam Lonergan

Jay Blackberry

Hamish Leedham





North Launceston

Zach Burt

Brad Cox-Goodyer

Jay Foon

Lewie Hollmer

Alex Lee

Jay Lockhart

Bart McCulloch

Mark Walsh

Taylor Whitford

Tom Couch








Marcus Davies

Mitch Carter

Brandon Batchelor

Will Cleeland





Pies too hot for Tigers

Written by Alex Fitzgerald

Glenorchy remain undefeated in season 2017, accounting for the Tigers to the tune of 70 points in a physical Anzac Day encounter.

The Magpies kicked away in the second half with a couple of four goal bursts putting to bed what had been a tight contest up until the main break at KGV Oval.

The Tigers restricted the Magpies to only six goals halfway through the Anzac Day encounter, but two quick goals apiece to Jaye Bowden and Matthew Joseph inside the first eight minutes of the third term saw the lead balloon out to eight goals, and the Tigers were never in the hunt from then on, going down 5.5 (35) to Glenorchy 15.15 (105).

Jack Pearce got the scoring started in peculiar circumstances. The forward marked a pass inside 50 early in the first quarter for the Tigers, but bizarrely a wayward dog invading the field may have put him off and he missed his set shot once play had resumed.  The Magpies then struck through Tyler Bowden, who kicked two quick goals, and when James Webb slotted another major from long range it looked like the Premiers would kick away.  The Tigers were rewarded for effort when Brandon Batchelor won a high tackle free kick and converted for their first goal, but Glenorchy responded swiftly with a Brayden Webb goal late in the term to head into the first change ahead, 4.2 (26) to 1.1 (7).

The second term began with Pearce kicking truly on the run from outside 50 to give the visitors their second goal.  Glenorchy followed up with repeated counter-attacks but were unable to maximise it on the scoreboard, with the defensive efforts of the less-favoured Tigers, outstanding.  Lachy Watt undid the Tigers’ hard work and gave away a 50 metre penalty to Matthew Joseph, who duly converted, but the Tigers continued to press forward, and when Blake McCulloch marked and goaled they were within 15 points of the Pies.  Lack of discipline from Marcus Davies resulted in another 50 metre penalty, gifting Jaye Bowden his first goal in the dying seconds of the half, allowing Glenorchy to enter the main break leading 6.5 (41) to 3.2 (21).

Fresh off a heated half time address from Aaron Cornelius, Glenorchy lifted their intensity in the third stanza to slam on four quick unanswered goals through forward targets Jaye Bowden and Joseph, with the Tigers unable to slot a major for the term.  The visiting side quickly had a tall task in from of them, as they entered the final quarter down 3.5 (23) to 10.11 (71).

The final term started positively for the Tigers, with Jacob Lister goaling from a free kick two minutes in.  Jaye Bowden fired back with his fourth not long after, but when Brady Rees responded for the Tigers with a major of his own it looked like the match may finish with a high scoring quarter.  While the Tigers held their own in a series of spot fires that broke out on the grandstand wing following a number of late bumps, they were unable to stop the Magpie goals.  The home side kicked the final four of the match, and in the end were far too slick for a combative Tigers, running out 15.15 (105) to 5.5 (35) victors.

The forward line of Glenorchy was clearly the more dangerous all afternoon, with Jaye Bowden finishing with five goals and Matthew Joseph three.  Tyler Bowden was a strong target in the first quarter, booting two early majors, while Mitch Hills provided a consistent presence at half forward.  Brayden Webb and Hawthorn recruit Zac Webster provided plenty of drive from midfield, aided by another dominant display from ruckman Cameron Duffy.

Cornelius was pleased with how Glenorchy responded in the second half after the Tigers held his side early on in the match.

“They (Tigers) were fantastic in the first half, we just didn’t do the simple things well. The free kick count was 27 to 11 so they beat us to the ball.

“We really wanted a contest which is what we got, credit to Tigers they came with a lot of pressure and they put it on us and we were able to absorb that and get the result with nine goals in the second half,” Cornelius said.

He singled out the efforts of tough on-baller Mitch Rainbird, Anzac Medallist Joel Millhouse and of Jaye Bowden, who battled all day against some physical opponents.

“Mitch Rainbird had 10 clearances which was phenomenal, hes done himself no harm for state selection.

“Jaye copped a beating but managed to have 10 shots on goal, he is a class player and we are very lucky to have him at our club.”

Tigers coach Aaron Vince was happy with his side’s first half he was particularly pleased with how his defence stood up under repeat Magpie forays in the forward 50, singling out the efforts and fortitude of 50 gamer Marcus Gardner.

“I thought we competed really well in the first half. I thought our attack on the footy and our pressure on them showed that they aren’t invincible but in the second half they showed why they are a quality side.

“We were under no illusions that the job was done at half time, we just didn’t rise to the challenge enough in the second half. They found that extra leg and we struggled to.

“We are improving, we are still young but we are still improving and I think we brought more physical presence, today.”

Glenorchy will now travel to West Park to meet the winless Burnie next week in the first of three games across a fortnight, and may be tempted to rest some players for the tougher matches against Clarence and North Launceston to follow.  The Tigers have the bye, which they will utilise to regroup and prepare for what should be a difficult matchup with Lauderdale at Twin Ovals in Round 6.

ANZAC DAY TEAMS – Glenorchy v Tigers

Glenorchy v Tigers

Round 4 – ANZAC DAY 25/04/2017

2:00PM – KGV





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

Glenorchy’s Anzac Day Guernsey





















B: J. Bilson, T. Peterson, C. Rawson
HB: M. Carter, C. Johns, M. Davies
C: B.  McCulloch, L.  Watt, B.  Livingston
HF: C. Nield, J. Pearce, J. Lister
F: O. Burrows-Cheng, M. Walker, C. Sawdy
R: M. Gardner, B. Batchelor, S. Rice
Int: W. Cleeland, R. Rinaldi, B. Rees, M. Booth
Emg: T. Gogolin, A. Webster, T. Carter, T. Hughes

In: M. Gardner, O. Burrows-Cheng, M. Booth

Out: A. Humphrey



PREVIEW – Alex FitzGerald

Tuesday 25th April – ANZAC Day

Glenorchy vs Tigers (KGV) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 21.22.148 def Tigers 4.5.29 (Round 21, 2016, at KGV)

Glenorchy had the bye last week, which gave them time to rest their goalkicking feet.  The Magpies have been way too strong for their respective opponents early in the season, defeating Hobart City Demons by 98 points and Devonport by 154 points respectively.  Their Anzac Day opponents, Tigers have started the year in great form, with two wins at home and a close loss to Clarence across their first three matches.  Last year Glenorchy hammered the Tigers, as they did most teams, but the Tigers have gained more experience and look a different beast in 2017, the two teams running out on ANZAC Day will be in for a closer match than in 2016.

The Magpies have had many stand out players across their first two games, with none more impressive than Jaye Bowden, who backed up a first round haul of five goals with an astonishing 11 majors the following week.  Tyler Bowden and Harrison Gunther have also looked dangerous up forward, along with Harrison Pearce, but the latter two won’t travel with the Mariners this week, providing an opportunity for Hawthorn recruit Zac Webster to put his hand up and find a bit more of the footy.  Big man Cameron Duffy has been dominant, giving midfielders Braydon Webb, Rhys Mott and Mitch Rainbird consistent first use of the ball and boy they’ve used it well, cutting opposition teams apart.

The Tigers have a huge task ahead of them, but are playing as well as they have in years, so it will be interesting to see how they shape up against the all-conquering Magpies.  Former Carlton-listed recruit Mitchell Carter has been outstanding in defence, taking intercept marks by the dozen and providing the first kick in many attacking chains of possession.  Ash Hunphrey and Cameron Johns have had a great start to the year alongside him down back, and will be tested by the Magpie forwards this week. Brandon Batchelor and Mitch Walker have been great options up forward, and will rely on Marcus Davies, Will Cleeland and Jack Bilson to provide them with clean delivery.  The Tigers will be without a number of young players due to Mariners representative duties, with Lachlan Clifford, Hugh Dixon and Toby Cowen to miss the match against Glenorchy.

As impressive as the Tigers have played, Glenorchy have been scarily good so far, and kicking goals at an alarming rate.  The Tigers are one side that have the ability to match the run and carry of the Magpies, they will look to move the ball quickly from defence into their forward half.  At their best, they certainly could give the reigning Premiers a scare but the question is whether they can sustain it, no one has matched the Pies for beyond a quarter so far. Hopefully this is an ANZAC Day clash that will be remembered for the display of pure football and the contest it provided.

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