North hold on against valiant Magpies

Written by Matt Hill

It was the first time the Bombers had played on their traditional home ground Invermay Park in the TSL and it brought out a healthy crowd to see the Bombers edge out a much-improved Devonport by 19 points.

Mitch Thorp was the star for the Magpies with five goals, while Tom Bennett and Alex Lee were both terrific as North Launceston came from behind to win.

With key players Jay Lockhart and Taylor Whitford out for the premiership favourites, the Magpies sensed an opportunity to create an upset and ruin North’s homecoming. Devonport started strong, piling on pressure against their more highly fancied opponents and this reflected on the scoreboard with the visiting side booting the first four goals of the game to cause some headaches for the Bombers coaching staff. Coach Mitch Thorp was a colossal up forward, booting all four of Devonport’s opening goals and causing young key defender Jock White all kinds of problems.

Both co-captains for the Pies in Sharman and Riley rallied their troops and controlled the midfield early on to see the equal bottom side lead by a healthy 18 points at quarter time. A late first quarter goal from star player Brad Cox-Goodyear gave the Bombers a much-needed boost before heading into the break.

Despite controlling the first quarter, coach Mitch Thorp demanded more from his team as he knew North would charge back and that is exactly what transpired.

In the second stanza, if you had have arrived late to the game you would have assumed North owned the contest, as they piled on six goals to one to take the lead going into the main break. Goal to Couch, Walsh, Harrison, Bennet and two to McCulloch put the home side back on top and erased Devonport’s early first quarter dominance. Brad Cox-Goodyer again dominated through the middle and got a lot of the ball in which helped set up numerous opportunities for his team mates. At the main break, the Bombers lead was 14 points.

The third quarter was evenly balanced with both sides trading goals to set up an interesting final stand. Thorp added his fifth for the game before Walsh and Couch slotted goals to see the Bombers out to a five goal lead. The Magpies would not die though, striking two goals within a minute  late in the third giving them belief that they were still a fighting chance going into the decisive quarter.

It was not to be, with the Bombers holding on to claim a win against a very competitive Devonport. McCulloch and Bennett slotted last quarter goals in which saw the Bombers got home. Late goals to dominant Devonport players Sharman and Symmons on the siren saw the margin reduced to 19 points, giving a fair reflection on a strong game from the visitors.

With that victory, the Bombers retained second spot with Devonport left to think only what could have been. Despite the loss, Magpies Coach Mitch Thorp was wrapt with the effort.

“Proud of the boys, North are organised and fit and in Launceston to go down by 19 points was a good result. Yep, we are disappointed with the loss by you have got to crawl before you can walk.

“There is a lot of belief in the group. There is some character and there is substance to what goes out on the park each week. The desire to compete was very impressive today.”

North Launceston coach Tom Couch wasn’t happy that they were bettered for effort early but was happy to get out with the win.

“We got the win and we move on…We are pleased with a few of the boys that stepped but full credit to Thorpy and Devonport.”

Next week North take on bottom side Burnie at West Park who are coming off a massive 144-point thumping at the hands of Glenorchy. North should also regain captain Taylor Whitford for the clash who is recovering from a niggling ankle injury.

For the Magpies, they will host the Hobart City Demons who are also coming off a tremendous loss. The Demons lost by 89 points to Lauderdale and more importantly missed an opportunity to be equal third with Launceston and Glenorchy on seven wins. Now they sit in sixth position on six wins, one game behind a finals spot. This match should be a tight contest with the Demons in desperate need of the four points to remain in reach of a finals, whilst Devonport will have high hopes after a good confidence boosting performance against North.


  1. Devonport will be a promising side in the future.

With the leadership and role of key players such as Symmons, Thorp, Riley and Sharman the Magpies are going through a period similar to of which Launceston went through a couple of seasons ago. They have promising young players who are gaining valuable experience this year in which will suit them up well for the future.

  1. Inaccuracy will hurt the Bombers one day.

The Bombers kicked 11.17 and have had numerous games this year in which they have almost cost themselves victories. With the finals close approaching the Bombers can’t afford to waste their scoring opportunities as it will inevitably cost them a victory.

  1. Dylan Riley has some of the best hands in the competition.

The co-captain has an excellent vertical leap and is extremely strong overhead. The skipper is tremendously hard over the ball and has been one of the best players not only for Devonport this season but also in the league.
Round 14 – 09/07/2017

North Launceston                        1.1,  7.3,  9.11,  11.17  (83)

Devonport                               4.1,  5.1,  8.1,  10.4  (64)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 3, T. Couch 2, M. Walsh 2, T. Bennett 2, C. Harrison 1, B. Cox-Goodyer 1

Devonport :
M. Thorp 5, B. Sharman 1, L. Bissett 1, D. Riley 1, C. Burnett 1

BEST, North Launceston :
T. Bennett, Z. Burt, B. Cox-Goodyer, A. Lee, T. Donnelly, J. Ponting

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

Relentless Pies floor Dockers

Written by Alex FitzGerald

A complete four quarter performance from Glenorchy has seen the Magpies blow away a hapless Burnie side to the tune of 144 points at KGV Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The home side booted six goals to one in the first term and only got better as the match wore on, finishing with a dozen individual goal kickers in 2016 Premiership defender Ben Reynolds’ return game, to run out huge 26.22 (166) to 3.3 (21) winners.

The first quarter saw Glenorchy cut the Dockers apart with their ball use, and early on it was clear that the coastal side were in for a tough day.  Jaye Bowden was brilliant from the start, slotting two goals for the term and having a hand in two others as the Magpies kicked six unanswered goals in a show of strength.  Rudi Barrett responded just before the siren for Burnie with a long left shoe, but his side went into the first break well behind, trailing 1.2 (8) to 6.5 (41).

The Dockers managed the first goal of the second term, with Bailey Boag marking in the square and kicking truly to give his side a sniff of hope.  But despite some valiant efforts in defence, Burnie were unable to stem the flow, as the Magpies’ stars went to work.  Tassie Mariner forward Harrison Gunther led up hard and was rewarded for his efforts, finishing with three goals for the quarter, with captain Brayden Webb showing his class with two punishing majors of his own.  Glenorchy piled on seven goals in total as winger Zac Webster starred, and at the main break the home side led 13.10 (88) to 2.2 (14).

With Burnie coach Clint Proctor off with a suspected broken arm, the Glenorchy domination continued in the third term as they booted 5.7 to 0.1.  Midfielder Rhys Mott was everywhere, finishing the quarter with four inside 50’s and two goals, as his side went into the final huddle leading the coastal youngsters 18.17 (125) to 2.3 (15).

The third term opened with the familiar sight of spearhead Jaye Bowden slotting a clinical set shot goal from the boundary for Glenorchy.  Second majors respectively to Butterworth and Watts soon followed as the Magpies peppered the goals, and while Walker gave the Tigers some hope late in the term with a banana goal from a tight angle, the visitors slammed on two more six pointers inside the final minute to head into the three quarter time huddle ahead 11.10 (76) to 7.9 (51).

The final quarter saw three more individual Glenorchy players hit the scoreboard, with defender Jordon Arnold rewarded for his hard work in the back half with a rare major.  James Webb pushed forward to kick two of his four goals, as the Magpies ran the game out until the end, claiming a percentage-boosting 144 point victory.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was pleased with how his players kept the foot on the pedal for the whole afternoon.

“It was a great result; the way the guys played the game and their body language was very positive for our club.”

Despite the overwhelming margin however, Cornelius wasn’t entirely satisfied with the performance, and conceded the Magpies had some areas they needed to work on.

“I think we had a few lapses and we were wasteful in front of goal; We had too many missed tackles and gave away too many free kicks.”

Harrison Gunther and  Jaye Bowden finished with four goals apiece, and Cornelius was full of praise for the work ethic of the duo, highlighting Gunther’s presence and repeat efforts and Bowden’s 20 marks.  Usual defender James Webb also booted four goals, with forward target Josh Watts playing at centre half back, and the coach was happy with how those players performed in their different roles throughout the match.

“I thought he (Webb) was exceptional today, and has been really dangerous across the last few weeks with his pace.  Wattsy made the transition to centre half back this week, and I thought he was really good with his intercept marks and his one on one efforts at ground level.”

Midfield trio Rhys Mott, Zac Webster and captain Brayden Webb were all prolific throughout the match, combining to drive the ball inside attacking 50 too many times to count, with the latter making the most of his opportunities to finish with three goals.

For the Dockers, it was another big loss in what has been a transition period for the club, but coach Clint Proctor was proud of how his players tried hard against quality opposition.

“Effort and intensity is something that you can control, but obviously our skill and application is not at the standard the competition requires at the moment.  We’re in the development stage, and we’re hoping it improves in time.”

The future looks promising for Burnie, with teenagers Ethan Jackson and Jamieson House running hard through midfield and on the wing to win a number of possessions, with Darcy Brazendale also competing admirably in defence.  Captain Nick McKenna made a large number of spoils in the backline, ensuring that the Magpies had to work around his imposing frame en route to goal.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Dockers, who host North Launceston at West Park next weekend before their well-earned bye.  Glenorchy face southern rivals Clarence at Blundstone Arena in Round 15, and are scheduled to face off against all of the sides currently making up the top 5 at present in the following weeks.

While it will be a make or break month for the Magpies, Cornelius is looking forward to the challenge and the clarity it will give him on where they sit.

“In about four weeks’ time  we’ll be able to get a gauge on where we’re at; it’s all about doing things right and our processes, and giving ourselves the best opportunity to play some finals deep into the end of the year.”

Round 14 – 08/07/2017

Glenorchy                               6.6,  13.11,  18.17,  24.22  (166)

Burnie Dockers                          1.2,  2.2,  2.3,  3.4  (22)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
H. Gunther 4, J. Bowden 4, J. Webb 4, B. Webb 3, Z. Webster 2, J. Geard 1,
D. Coppleman 1, C. Duffy 1, T. Butterworth 1, B. Reynolds 1, R. Mott 1, J. Arnold 1

Burnie Dockers :
E. Jackson 1, B. Boag 1, R. Barrett 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, R. Mott, B. Webb, Z. Webster, J. Webb, M. Hills

Burnie Dockers :
N. McKenna, R. Barrett, J. House, E. Jackson, H. Walters, D. Brazendale

Bomber brilliance destroys Dees

Written by Richard Bannon


The Southern Cross Tasmanian State League’s top five is all but locked away following Lauderdale’s barnstorming 89-point victory over a sluggish Hobart City Demons outfit at North Hobart Oval.

In perfect conditions, the Bombers smashed the Demons in just about every facet of the game on their way to a 21.19-145 to 8.8-56 victory, and in doing so highlighting the gulf of class between the TSL’s top five and the rest of the competition.

Goal kicking was well spread for the brillian Bombers with Thor Boscott and Nat Franklin booting three, Campbell Hooker, Dylan Fyfe, Ray and Alex Hill all kicking two, amongst 13 individual goalkickers.

The result now leaves the Demons a win and considerable percentage outside of the five, with the home side’s finals hopes now hanging by a thread.

Lauderdale’s Corey Laoumtzis kicked the first goal of the game 12 minutes into the opening term, which was quickly followed by Robbie McManus converting to give the Bombers the early advantage.

Demons forward Sean Willis goaled for his side to steady the ship, but the Bombers kicked two of the next three majors to take a 4.4-28 to 2.2-14 lead into the first change.

It was in the second term that the Bombers took flight, with an impressive seven goal to one quarter snatching the game away from the Demons, putting the game to bed at the major break. A barrage highlighted by a superb set shot from the boundary by backman turned forward, Alex Hill.

Lauderdale continued their momentum throughout the second half, adding a further ten goals across the third and fourth terms, whilst restricting Hobart City to just eight goals total for the game.

Hobart City’s primary scoring tactic of fast ball movement and isolation within their forward 50 was snuffed out by Lauderdale, with Demons forwards Willis, Josh Williamson, and Callan Dell combining for just four goals.

Lauderdale monstered Hobart City in the midfield. Whilst the ruck battle between Lauderdale’s Haydn Smith and Hobart City’s Charlie White was an even contest, the Bombers’ star trio of Nat Franklin, Dylan Fyfe and Bryce Walsh were relentless in their run, spread and forward drive.

Hobart City displayed little response to the Bombers’ midfield masterclass. Already missing gun Will Campbell, who was serving the second of his two match ban, the Demons needed its star on baller Ryan Matthews to match what Lauderdale had brought to the contest but Matthews was well blanketed by Walsh, who performed a run-with roll on Hobart City’s most influential player.

Lauderdale Coach Darren Winter was pleased with a fantastic overall team performance.

“I thought our midfield was pretty good, Franklin finished with three goals and got a fair bit of the ball, Bryce Walsh was good again and (Phil) Bellchambers is outstanding.

Hobart City Demons Assistant Richard Robinson said his charges were beaten by a better side.

“After quarter time they were harder at the footy than us. Their foot skills have gone to another level since we played them last, their ball movement was really good and to be honest they were much better than us all over the ground which was really disappointing.”

Lauderdale next host the Tigers at Lauderdale Oval, whilst Hobart City faces their second road trip to the north west coast in three weeks when they travel to play Devonport.
Round 14 – 08/07/2017

Lauderdale                              4.4,  11.8,  16.15,  21.19  (145)

Hobart City Demons                      2.2,  3.3,  4.3,  8.8  (56)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 3, N. Franklin 3, C. Hooker 2, D. Fyfe 2, A. Hill 2, R. Hill 2,
R. Sutton 1, B. McGuinness 1, B. Walsh 1, R. McManus 1, T. Havea 1, C. Laoumtzis 1,
J. McGuinness 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Barwick 3, J. Williamson 2, S. Willis 1, M. Bidgood 1, C. Dell 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
P. Bellchambers, M. Anderton, N. Franklin, R. Sutton, H. Smith

Hobart City Demons :
R. Matthews, M. Bidgood, B. Norton, B. Walker

Roos see off Blues

Clarence answered every challenge from Launceston to kick away and win by 27 points in an entertaining battle at Blundstone Arena, on Saturday afternoon.

The Roos stay atop the ladder but Launceston lost no friends with a plucky display, undermanned against the league leaders. The Blues were without playing-coach Sam Lonergan and were dealt a further blow with Rulla Kelly-Mansell a late withdrawal.

Zac Mastrocola was terrific in defence for the Roos and Sam Rundle was the pick of the Blues on-ballers, in a dominant stoppage game from the visitors.

The small forwards shone with Ian Callinan, Trent Standen and Sonny Whiting all kicking multiple goals.

The Roos lead all day but were made to work for the win with a see-sawing contest going deep into the final stanza. Big ruckman Hamish Leedham gave the Blues first look and they were dominant inside from the stoppage, while Clarence looked explosive when slingshotting, turning defence into attack regularly.

The Roos dominated the opening term but some poor decision making and ill discipline keeping the Blues in touch. Clarence were first on the board with Aiden Grace sending a long raking kick over the back for Michael Blackburn to finish off. Grace then went from hero to zero with a poorly executed switch landing out on the full, gifting Sonny Whiting his first and the Blues a quick reply. Standen and Sam Siggins both were on fire early, setting the tone. A Hamish Leedham turn over saw Grace again involved, this time finding Standen over the back for his first of the afternoon. It was quickly followed by a long bomb from Siggins, loading up from the arc to be two straight kicks ahead. Brendan Taylor struck back for the Blues with a free kick seeing him fire home the Blues second. Siggins doubled up, working Vandervelde under the ball to take a strong mark before converting from 30 metres out.  Standen booted his second from a set shot following a sharp string of hand balls and then Tyson Hanslow rounded out the quarter, finishing off from a free kick to take a 26 point advantage into the first break.
Standen started the second as he did the first, selling some candy before snapping from the left forward pocket to extend Clarence’s control. Joe Boyce then sparked Launceston into action, bursting through traffic to launch from 40 metres. Keegan Wylie had a moment to forget next, poking a kick out straight to James Gillow, who finished off to make it two in a row. Whiting then delivered a ‘Sonny Special’ sneaking home a snap on the non-preferred hard against the boundary to extend the Blues fightback. Boyce then cut the margin to two straight kicks with a 45 metre beauty before Hamish Leedham took a strong mark on the lead to be just one goal adrift. The Blues could have hit the front on the edge of the half when a free kick deep in the forward line was reversed following remonstration, seeing the Roos take a five point lead at the major break.
The third quarter belonged to the Roos as they kicked back out to a strong lead with Ian Callinan, Siggins and then Blackburn all adding majors. Blackburn’s coming from the play of the day with the Roos moving the ball coast to coast Blackburn to finishing off from close range.  Whiting made it three goals to his name and reduced the margin to 24 with a quarter to run taking a great mark and finishing following superb delivery from young Ryan Tyrrell.
Launceston started the final term with intent with Gillow taking a great mark before delivering an even better kick to find Jake Smith who made no mistake from a set shot. Whiting then added his fourth courtesy of a 50 metre penalty and then a fifth with a 45 metre goal from a mark on the lead, seeing Launceston just a kick adrift with momentum on their side. The Blues then had several opportunities including one from Whiting fall desperately short with Mastrocola proving instrumental on the last line. Zac Buechner had a quiet day but fired when it mattered helping his Roos with two assists and a goal turning a four point lead into a 21 point one. Blackburn then put the cherry on top for the hosts with his third, finishing off some fine Siggins work to see the Roos bound home by 27 points.

Clarence Coach Jeromey Webberley was relieved to get out with four points.
“I’m happy. We were probably extremely lucky to get away with it to tell you the honest truth, I think we were -20 down from stoppage and we probably lost stoppage in every quarter but in the second and third they started to get some scores from stoppage and basically beat us up around the ball.
“(We were) lucky to get away with it, our transition and our ability to get it over the back saved the day in the end.”
Webberley was impressed by his small forwards and the improving Zac Mastrocola in defence.
“Our small forwards are always quality Standen set the game up for us early and I thought Callinan late probably won us the game, every time he went near it he did something with it.
“Zac has been terrific, he really wants to play high level TSL footy and he is doing that at the moment.”
The Roos face traditional rivals Glenorchy next up in a massive game at Blundstone Arena and are hopeful to welcome back some big ins.
“They have been going under the radar, I expect them to be right there at the end. It shapes as a massive day and they are the type of games you want to play in… Cox, Bailey and Gleeson should all be back in for it.”
Injured playing-coach Sam Lonergan was happy with what he saw from the arm wrestle.
“Really positive, another one where we ticked a lot of boxes.
“To give our guys exposure to that level of footy is what we really need at the moment and I thought they held up really well for three and a half quarters and we just didn’t have the legs to run out the game.”
The Blues get the bye and a change to take stock before a big finish to the season.
“We had some players out today so they get a good break and focus on the back end of the year and the six weeks leading into finals. It is a positive position to be in.”
Round 14 – 08/07/2017Clarence                                6.3,  8.3,  12.6,  16.8  (104)Launceston                              2.1,  7.4,  8.6,  11.11  (77)GOALS, Clarence :
I. Callinan 4, S. Siggins 3, T. Standen 3, M. Blackburn 3, T. Castle 1, Z. Buechner 1,
T. Hanslow 1Launceston :
S. Whiting 5, J. Boyce 2, J. Smith 1, B. Taylor 1, J. Gillow 1, H. Leedham 1BEST, Clarence :
I. Callinan, Z. Mastrocola, S. Siggins, K. Palmer-Hughes, J. Holmes, G. ChambersLaunceston :
J. Donnellan, H. Leedham, S. Rundle, B. Palfreyman, C. Sheppard, S. Whiting

Round 14 Preview with Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 8th July

Glenorchy vs Burnie (KGV Oval) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 20.22.142 def Burnie 2.6.18 (Round 5, 2017, at West Park)

Glenorchy stamped their authority on the game against the Tigers, with a strong third term setting up the Magpies for a 25 point win.  An undermanned Burnie outfit went down by 22 points to the Hobart City Demons at home in an at times unsightly match.  Last time these sides met, Glenorchy handed the coastal side a 124 point flogging, with Harrison Gunther and Jaye Bowden combining for a lazy seven goals.

Glenorchy played a solid but not spectacular game against the Tigers, which coach Aaron Cornelius called a ‘game of two halves’ as the Pies hit their straps after half time.  Jaye Bowden was fantastic all day through the midfield, and was well supported by Mitch Rainbird and James Webb.  Ben Kamaric was a standout in defence, while Rhys Mott provided plenty of drive off half back.  Josh Watts and Tim Butterworth were hard to contain up forward, combining for five majors, while Matt Joseph made the most of his opportunities to finish with three goals of his own.  The Magpies will be without suspended duo Rainbird and Connor Salter this week, but will welcome back dynamic forward Zac Webster from suspension and Harrison Gunther from Mariners.

Burnie have had a tough season, and despite going down by 22 points last week, were never able to close in on the quarter time margin against the Hobart City Demons.  While the Dockers were missing a host of younger players through state representative duties, this gave some other first and second year players the chance to stand up.  Ben Keiselis and Darcey Brazendale were among the best, while James Dowling impressed coach Clint Proctor who will miss this week.  Usual standouts and leadership group members Nick Walters, Nick McKenna and Tyrone Morrison all tried hard on what was a rough day out for Burnie.

The big story has been the return of retired Pies Premiership player Ben Reynolds who sparked debate and rumour on whether he would return. He is back in and stiffens up a fearsome looking Magpies spine.

A long season for the Dockers will get even longer against Glenorchy at KGV on Saturday, as the Pies will be determined for their home ground to regain the ‘fortress’ reputation it held up until recently.  Expect the Magpies to show the young coastal side no mercy, with the game a good learning opportunity for Clint Proctor’s charges.

Clarence vs Launceston (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 10.11.71 def Launceston 4.9.33 (Round 5, 2017, at Windsor Park)

Clarence claimed top spot on the ladder with a convincing win over Devonport.  Launceston played another strong first half as they did in Round 12, but were blown away by Lauderdale in the third term, with some consolation goals meaning the 27 point loss flattered the Blues.  When these two sides faced off in Round 5, Clarence dominated, led by a breakout game from recruit Zac Mastrocola and three majors from Michael Blackburn,

Clarence are on fire at the moment, and they showed no mercy against Devonport last week, spanking the coastal side by 89 points.  Defender Zac Mastrocola led from the front in defence as did the impressive Kyle Palmer-Hughes, who is starting to make a name for himself as an emerging midfielder in the competition.  Brady Jones has been in blistering form, and stepped up in the absence of injured playing coach Jeromey Webberley to again win plenty of the ball, aided by the strong ruck work of Sam Siggins.  Michael Blackburn booted five goals, while Aiden Grace and Luke Murfitt-Cowen added three apiece, the latter kicking major of the day on the run from well outside the 50.  Jake Cox will have at least one more week on the sidelines as he eyes off a return from a broken hand.

Launceston have lost two matches in a row, but on their day are undoubtedly a class act.  Despite conceding a seven goal third quarter against Lauderdale and a number of key players performing well below their capabilities, several Blues stood out on Saturday.  18 year old midfielder Brodie Palfreyman was again prolific in the midfield, alongside co-captain Sam Rundle.  Hamish Leedham had close to 30 hit outs in a strong performance in the ruck, while Joe Boyce and Tom Sheppard used the ball well when they won possession.  Rulla Kelly-Mansell drifted in and out of the game up forward, but the three goals he kicked were all worth a replay. Jay Blackberry and Sonny Whiting were well held for the bulk of the day and  tough playing coach Sam Lonergan was unfortunately knocked out in a tackle and will be sidelined this week.

This clash has the potential to be a great one, should both sides play to their full abilities.  Launceston are hard to stop when moving the ball quickly inside their forward 50, but their defence has looked susceptible at stages this season.  Losing Lonergan is far from ideal, but Palfreyman and co have shown they can step up when required.  Clarence are the benchmark at the moment, and are rightly favourites heading into the match, but here’s hoping for a four quarter effort from the Blues and a closer result than in Round five.


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

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 10.14.74 def Hobart City Demons 9.7.61 (Round 5, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

Hobart City Demons battled away at West Park to defeat Burnie by 22 points last Saturday, while Lauderdale blew Launceston away in the third term at Windsor Park before easing off late to finish 27 point winners.  Last time these two sides met, Lauderdale won a tight contest at home, led by midfield trio Dylan Fyfe, Thor Boscott and Bryce Walsh.

Hobart City Demons have been the surprise packet of the TSL this season, having inflicted the only loss on Clarence and upsetting an in-form Launceston at home.  After two wins against lower positioned opponents, they face a real test this week.  Eddie Cole and Blake Grant put in solid performances in the midfield last week, while Michael Bidgood and Baxter Norton also impressed in trying conditions.  Hugh Williams put in another strong effort down back, and developing tall Charlie White played his second good game in a row, with his intercept marking a highlight.  Josh Williamson finished with two goals up forward, with Sean Willis looking dangerous at times and booting a goal of his own. Will Campbell missed the first of a couple of weeks on the sidelines and his presence will be missed against one of the very best midfield groups.

Lauderdale put any doubts regarding their flag aspirations to bed following their win against Launceston on the road last week.  Thor Boscott was sensational in turning the game for the Bombers, rotating between the midfield and up forward to kick three crucial goals, one coming from a big pack mark.  Usual defender Alex Hill stepped up in his role as the main forward target to kick five goals, while Ryan Wiggins impressed in his role change as a rebounding defender.  Phil Bellchambers put in another strong performance at half back, while midfielders Dylan Fyfe and Nat Franklin led the way yet again, continuing the form that saw them selected in the state squad.  The Bombers will be without tough defender Scott Hill and the enigmatic Jordon Roberts for a number of weeks, with suspensions from unsightly tackles resulting in long lay-offs.

It would be easy to say that Lauderdale will win this match, but the Hobart City Demons have shown they’re more than capable of matching it with more-fancied opponents.  The keys to the outcome lie in the midfield battle, with both sides boasting hard running onballers, and limiting the influence of the goal kicking forwards, with Williamson and Willis just as dangerous as Boscott and Wiggins on their day.  This game should be decided by under four goals, with plenty of feeling and physicality in the contest, as was demonstrated the last time they met.

Sunday 9th July

North Launceston vs Devonport (Invermay Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 24.9.153 def Devonport 9.3.57 (Round 5, 2017, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport crashed back to Earth after their first win against Burnie the week previous, going down to an impressive Clarence by 89 points on Saturday.  North Launceston enter this match off the bye, having defeated Launceston by 21 points in the rain in Round 12.  North Launceston taught Devonport a big lesson last time they played, with Zac Burt, Tom Couch and best on ground Mark Walsh combining for 13 goals in a 96 point win on the coast.

North Launceston were leapfrogged by Clarence into top spot on the ladder across their bye week, but kept themselves in touch after defeating the Blues in a tight game last week.  In that game, Brad Cox-Goodyer dominated, seeing plenty of the ball to finish with two goals, while Bart McCulloch slotted three majors of his own.  Defender Tyran Mansell and Jay Foon provided plenty of drive forward, with Arion Richter-Salter, Josh Ponting and Jock White also prominent contributors.  Tom Couch kicked two goals in an ever-present game, but the damaging Jay Lockhart limped from the field and along with his skipper Taylor Whitford, will not be risked this week.

Devonport had a tough day against Clarence last week, but there were still positives to come out of the match for Magpies’ coach Mitch Thorp.  Sixteen year old Harry Barker played his best game of the season, running hard to find space on the wing, while Tait Highet kicked his first senior goal in his second match.  Beau Sharman continues to toil away in the midfield and was arguably the Magpies’ best, and was well supported by the hardworking Dylan Riley and Brad Symmons.  Tough nuts Toby Ennis and Brayden Butler also tried hard in what was otherwise a dirty day for Devonport.

This game is likely to go the same way as the last time these sides met each other, with the Northern Bombers regarded as the fittest side in the competition.  North Launceston possesses stars across all lines, and unfortunately for Devonport, if one player has an off day another steps up in his place.  The Magpies have undoubtedly improved since Round 5 however, and will head into the match determined to implement their game plan and learn from one of the best sides as they look towards the future.





Round 14 – 08/07/2017

1:00PM – KGV


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

In: D. Coppleman, Z. Webster, H. Gunther, B. Reynolds

Out: T. Morgan,  C. Salter,  M. Rainbird, A. Brennan


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

In: T. Mundy, E. Jackson, B. Rubock, B. Boag, S. Kalbfell, J. House

Out: B. Challis, M. Chatwin, W. Purton, C. Proctor, J. Murray, A. Bates


Round 14 – 08/07/2017



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

In: M. Ling, T. Standen

Out: K. Howlett, B. Dart


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

In: N. O’Donoghue, C. Sheppard

Out: S. Lonergan, M. Hutchinson


Round 14 – 08/07/2017



Hobart City Demons

B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, M. Bidgood
HB: H. Williams, K. Richter, N. Hutchinson
C: B.  Grant, J.  Charlton, B.  Norton
HF: S. Caswell, C. Dell, C. Kilpatrick
F: S. Willis, J. Maple, J. Williamson
R: C. White, N. Baker, R. Matthews
Int: H. Johnstone, T. Millhouse, J. Barwick, E. Cole
Emg: K. Wisniewski, J. Doran, J. McCulloch, B. Walker

In: N. Baker

Out: K. Wisniewski


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

In: M. McGuinness, C. Hooker, M. Anderton

Out: J. Roberts, S. Hill, C. Brown


Round 14 – 09/07/2017



North Launceston
B: K. Baker, J. White, J. Pearce
HB: T. Mansell, A. Richter-Salter, J. Foon
C: J.  Avent, B.  Cox-Goodyer, L.  Hollmer
HF: T. Donnelly, T. Bennett, K. Wadley
F: T. Couch, Z. Burt, B. McCulloch
R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, J. Ponting
Int: H. Goss, J. Singline, D. Headland, C. Harrison
Emg: C. Lowe, J. Harris, M. Donnelly, B. Denman

In: T. Donnelly, J. Pearce, J. Singline

Out: J. Lockhart, T. Whitford, J. White

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

In: S. Egger

Out: T. Highet


This week’s Team of the Week has many fresh faces, with plenty bursting onto the scene with eye catching performances.

Clarence are top of the pops with 5 picked, while Lauderdale and Glenorchy are next cabs off the rank with 4 apiece.


Michael Bidgood (Hobart City Demons)

Bidgood provided dash off half back and off a wing and hit the scoreboard and was heavily involved in some of the Demons best patches.

Nick McKenna (Burnie)

As has been the case frequently this season, McKenna spent a bit of time everywhere and was effective in each position. He was strong in defence with his spoiling a real feature.

Zac Mastrocola (Clarence)

Mastrocola is a key mover out of defence for the Roos, a big body that takes the game on. Was strong defensively and was rarely beaten but also kickstarted offensive drive.



James Webb (Glenorchy)

A class act, Webb repeatedly linked play out of defence for the Magpies, and stood up when the contest was close.  Backed himself to push forward to kick a crucial steadying goal just before half time to see Glenorchy hold the lead.  An integral part of the half backline at Glenorchy who plays his role week in, week out.

Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale)

Was swung back and was terrific. Went for his marks and chopped off some bright Launceston movement, also provided an attacking arm with his drive from D 50.

Oliver Burrows-Cheng (Tigers)

Back in the side after underage state representative and school duties, the developing Tiger was given a lockdown job on the talented Harrison Pearce early and quelled his influence.  As the game progressed, Burrows-Cheng’s influence grew, and he ran hard through the middle of the ground to drive the ball forward a number of times.  He also laid some big tackles that resulted in free kicks, and wasn’t afraid to put his body on the line when it was his turn to go.  The Tiger, who has just turned 16, has a big future.


Kyle Palmer-Hughes (Clarence)

The hyphen has been one of the key movers on the rise for Clarence and a big reason they have made major strides in 2017. Backed up an impressive Stay ChatTY cup with another outstanding outing, is finding his feet and having a say.

Eddie Cole (Hobart City Demons)

Cole was the best midfielder in the game at West Park with an industrious game inside. Went about his work well, finding the footy, applying pressure and feeding team mates.

James Dowling (Burnie Dockers)

Dowling is one of the young Dockers on the rise and was the most impactful midfielder for Burnie in a tough slog at West Park. Has real ability and brought it to the fore to keep Burnie in the arm-wrestle.



Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Boscott showed why the Bombers missed him dearly against Clarence, as the firestarter for Lauderdale in an important victory. Boscott was brilliant, flicking the switch in the second term with two goals and plenty of assists on his way to a match winning performance.

Josh Watts (Glenorchy)

The former Brisbane-listed player was electric up forward, and if it wasn’t for his selflessness in setting up team mates, he could have easily finished with half a dozen goals.  Broke the deadlock in the first term with a big contested grab and follow up goal.  Watts is hitting his straps after a late start to the season, and his three goals and ability to contest in the air up forward gave the Tigers trouble all afternoon.

Tim Butterworth (Glenorchy)

The 2016 premiership defender returned to the club  from interstate when the season was already underway, but has worked hard to regain his spot and is now showing why the Pies rate him so highly.  Butterworth worked well with Watts to give the Tigers’ defenders a working over, finishing with two goals and working well up the ground to provide a hit up option for his midfielders.



Michael Blackburn (Clarence)

‘Sticksy’ Blackburn had an average start to the game, to be kept goalless to half time. However, the forward exploded in the second half, taking multiple strong marks, and ending the game with a bag of five goals.

Alex Hill (Lauderdale)

In a move that proved to be a coaching masterstroke, Alex Hill was swung forward as a key target. Hill imposed himself on the game as one of the most dangerous forwards with his amazing hands a major feature on his way to four well finished goals.

Daniel Archer (Tigers)

The former St. Kilda and Clarence forward was a surprise inclusion for the Tigers, having signed for the club at the eleventh hour, and his name was on everyone’s lips after dominating early.  Archer took five marks and had seven kicks for a goal in the first term alone at centre half forward, and while he dropped off as the match wore on, fought hard at ground level and managed a second goal late in the match.  His influence in keeping the Tigers in the contest could not be underestimated, and he was undoubtedly best on ground at half time.


Sam Siggins (Clarence)

Was absolutely dominant in the ruck throughout the match, providing great opportunities for his midfield. Was rarely beaten around the ground, and was also able to move to the forward line and provide a marking target, and to bring the ball to ground.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
Well what can you say about Jaye. When he is not terrising opposition defences he is able to find a heap of the footy and use it well. Was prolific and damaging with over 30 touches and a game swinging influence.

Brady Jones (Clarence)

The Clarence captain had a stunning day for the Roos. Jones was a force through the midfield throughout the entire game, particularly in early stages when both midfields  were scrapping to control the game. Was able to move to provide an option in the forward line in the second half, kicking two goals and setting up another for Blackburn.


Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

Brodie Palfreyman is an out and out gun. Was comfortably Launceston’s best with a gutsy display in midfield. Fed others well and fought hard with 29 touches.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)

The Pocket Rocket’s cleanliness and sharp hands were on fire in fast Lauderdale ball movement. He rarely wastes the ball and is hard in the contest.

Baxter Norton (Hobart City Demons)

Two bench spots in as many weeks for young gun, Baxter Norton. Is a quality player with fine skills and good game awareness. One to watch.

Sam Rundle (Launceston)

Operated off half back and through the middle at times and made good decisions with ball in hand.


Unlucky Omissions…

Young Ben Keiselis was outstanding for Burnie and has been one of the good young performers across the season. He is desperately unlucky not to squeeze in after a fantastic game in defence for the Dockers.

Max Kleverkamp and Phil Bellchambers were both terrific, Kleverkamp in particular is unlucky after not having a goal kicked on him before leaving the ground with an injury from a bit of friendly fire. Ben McGuinness’ second half was sensational, showing really nice signs for future weeks.

Matthew Dilger – the Glenorchy half back worked tirelessly to run the ball out of defence, especially in the first half when the Magpies were under siege.

Mitch Rainbird – The hard-nosed midfielder had plenty of the ball, and wasn’t afraid to get in and under to feed it out to team mates in the clear.  Kicked two goals in the final term, but was reported for striking late also.

Michael Booth – The Tiger defender completely shut down Tyler Bowden, with his work rate and preparedness to put his body on the line in contests admirable, earning the praise of coach Aaron Vince.

Tim Peterson – The big man played a defensive role and must have spoiled the Magpie forward close to a dozen times with timely fists and smart body positioning.  Took it upon himself to leave his man to have an influence on contests, and the margin at full time would arguably have been close to double the 25 points it was without his efforts.

Aiden Grace – Coming into the game carrying an ankle complaint, Grace put in a very strong performance. He ended with three goals two before aggravating his ankle again in the third quarter. Didn’t finish the game after an off the ball incident in the third quarter.

Luke Murfitt-Cowen – Murfitt-Cowen opened the day for Clarence with their first goal. Provided an option up forward in the contested first quarter, and was also an option throughout the second half as Clarence gave its 13 goal second half performance.

Ben Hawkes – Hawkes was a strong performer in a bad day for Devonport. He provided important run out of defence in the first half when the game was still hotly contested, and played a key role in minimising Clarence’s scoring opportunities. Was also able to move forward and boot two of the Magpies five goals for the day.

Lauderdale to appeal Roberts charge

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League

Round 13

Lauderdale Football Club have lodged an appeal of the sanction handed down by the Independent Tribunal, for Jordon Roberts’ rough conduct charge.

The appeal hearing will take place next Monday night (10/07/2017). As Lauderdale pleaded guilty there was flexibility on when the hearing could take place. Jordon Roberts won’t be allowed to play in Round 14 as Lauderdale plead guilty and the appeal hearing will be focused on the determined penalty.


Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) pleaded guilty to the charge of rough conduct on Stewart Williams (Launceston)

Based on the evidence presented the TSL Independent Tribunal graded the incident as an intentional act, with high contact and high impact.

In determining an appropriate sanction the Tribunal took into account the requirements of the national tribunal guidelines which requires: ‘strong consideration to be given where there is potential to cause injury’.

The Tribunal concluded Roberts’ action failed to provide a reasonable level of duty of care and gave consideration to the potential to cause serious injury.



Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 13

Tasmanian State League

1. Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy) referred for striking Lachlan Clifford (Tigers)

Based on the evidence presented to the TSL Independent TribunaL, the panel determined there was insufficient evidence to sustain a charge.


2. Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) pleaded guilty to the charge of rough conduct on Stewart Williams (Launceston)

Based on the evidence presented the TSL Independent Tribunal graded the incident as an intentional act, with high contact and high impact.

In determining an appropriate sanction the Tribunal took into account the requirements of the national tribunal guidelines which requires: ‘strong consideration to be given where there is potential to cause injury’.

The Tribunal concluded Roberts’ action failed to provide a reasonable level of duty of care and gave consideration to the potential to cause serious injury.



3. Scott Hill (Lauderdale) pleaded guilty to the charge of rough conduct on Sam Lonergan (Launceston)

Based on the evidence presented the TSL Independent Tribunal assessed the incident as careless, and concluded player Hill failed to provide a reasonable level of duty of care in his actions.





Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 13

Tasmanian State League

1. Logan Bissett (Devonport) referred for making high contact on Aiden Grace (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel found that the action did not constitute a reportable offence and no further action was required.



2. Hamish Leedham (Launceston) referred for striking Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel found that the action did not constitute a reportable offence and no further action was required.



3. Stewart Williams (Launceston) referred for a high bump on Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

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



4. Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) reported for rough conduct on Stewart Williams (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel graded the incident as an intentional act with high contact and high impact.

Strong consideration was given to the impact of the conduct, with the panel deeming the potential to cause injury great enough to be rated high impact. 

This case has been referred directly to the tribunal and will be heard on Tuesday night.


5. Scott Hill (Lauderdale) was reported for rough conduct on Sam Lonergan (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel graded the incident as careless, with high contact made to Lonergan’s head.

Hill has been offered a base sanction of three matches, with a reduction to two matches with an early guilty plea.

Hill has until 9am on Tuesday morning to accept the offer.


6. Tigers & Glenorchy players were referred for engaging in a melee.

The Match Review Panel found that no further action was required.



7. Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy) reported for striking Tyler Carter (Tigers)

The Match Review Panel found that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the head. Rainbird has been offered a base sanction of two matches, with a reduction to one match with an early guilty plea.

Rainbird has accepted a one match suspension.



8. Connor Salter (Glenorchy) referred for striking Mitchell Walker (Tigers)

The Match Review Panel found that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the head.

Salter has been offered a base sanction of two matches, with a reduction to one match with an early guilty plea.

Salter has accepted a one match suspension.

9. Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy) referred for striking Lachlan Clifford (Tigers)

The Tigers Football Club have referred an incident involving a strike on Clifford (Tigers) by Joseph (Glenorchy).

The case will be heard by the independent tribunal on Tuesday night.


9. Michael O’Donnell (Burnie) was reported for striking Brady Williams (Hobart City Demons)

The Match Review Panel found that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the head. O’Donnell has been offered a base sanction of two matches, with a reduction to one match with an early guilty plea.

O’Donnell has accepted a one match suspension.