Your Round 7 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Saturday 13th May

Devonport vs Lauderdale (Devonport Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 14.23.107 def Devonport 7.4.46 (Elimination Final, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Devonport are coming off a 53 point loss to Hobart City Demons, but showed a lift in effort and creating pressure compared to recent weeks.  Lauderdale head into this week fresh off their second straight win, putting the Tigers away at Twin Ovals by 32 points after controlling the contest all night.  Last time they met, Lauderdale sent the Magpies packing from the finals in a strong team effort.

Devonport are just six games into Mitch Thorp’s 60 Game Plan and small improvements are starting to show.  Assistant coach Simon Dent was pleased with the young side’s lift in intensity last week, and with a long season ahead, the Magpies will focus on getting games into young players and learning from the more experienced sides.  The hard-working Dylan Riley and Mitch Thorp were shining lights last week, with Thorp finishing with three goals and Riley two majors from midfield.  Youngsters Mitchell Perry and Sherrin Egger again impressed, with the teenagers’ attack on the football, impressive.  Quade Byard and Brayden Butler also continued their consistent early season form with good all-round performances.

Lauderdale have played consistent football for over a month now, and are starting to be rewarded for hard work, with their second win in a row over the Tigers coming in convincing fashion.  Dylan Fyfe and Nat Franklin again dominated the midfield with over 30 disposals apiece, with Fyfe laying eight tackles and Franklin winning a game-high eight clearances.  Rhys Sutton, Max Kleverkamp and Mitch Anderton mopped up across half back, while a new look forward combination of Ray Hill, Dylan Johns and Blake Newell combined for seven goals.  The Bombers will welcome back captain Bryce Walsh, who missed last week through a thigh injury, and key forward Ryan Wiggins, who got some run into the legs dominating their Mercury Cup game last week in a midfield role. Wiggins will play game 100 when he runs out on Saturday and the Bombers will be hoping to mark it in style as they eye off fourth spot.

While the match up may have looked juicy for Devonport at the start of the season, Lauderdale head into this week in enviable form, and the additions of Walsh and Wiggins will only strengthen the Bombers further.  With 54 scoring shots from their last two matches, expect the visitors to down the Magpies to extend their winning run to three and level the ledger at 3-3 but not without some physicality, accountability and fight from the coastal side.

Clarence vs Hobart City Demons (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 16.15.111 def Hobart City Demons 11.10.76 (Round 11, 2016, at North Hobart Oval)

Clarence announced themselves as a genuine contender last week with a fantastic comeback win over the reigning premiers Glenorchy at KGV, highlighted by Trent Standen’s seven goal haul.  Hobart City Demons recorded their best win of the season, defeating Devonport at North Hobart Oval in a strong four quarter performance.  Last time they played, Clarence ran out winners after an 11 goal first half blew the Hobart City Demons away.

In a physical clash last week at KGV, Clarence booted seven unanswered goals in the final term to defeat Glenorchy by 36 points in what was a fiery clash, full of spite.  Trent Standen showed he is still one of the competition’s most dangerous small forwards, finishing off seven majors, while at the other end Jason Bailey held the dangerous Jaye Bowden to just two goals.  He was well supported down back by Tim Castle, Keegan Wylie and James Holmes, all who were on the receiving end of some physical attention from their Magpie counterparts.  Playing coach Jeromey Webberley was tremendous through the midfield, along with workhorse Gabby Chambers and big man Wade Wall.  The Roos will head into this week’s match without the suspended and injured Jake Cox, who is expected to miss up but are expected to welcome back midfielders Jackson O’Brien, Tyson Hanslow and electric young forward Zac Buechner who has been in dynamite form for the Mariners.

Hobart City Demons put together four strong quarters of the football we had previously seen glimpses of, to dispose of a resilient Devonport at North Hobart Oval last week.  Midfielder Ryan Matthews gathered 40 touches and booted two goals in a best-afield display, with ball-winners Jayden Charlton and Eddie Cole also impressing.  Blake Grant and Jesse Maple provided targets up forward, kicking two goals apiece, while captain Hugh Williams held down the defensive line in his second game back from injury, freeing up playing coach Kane Richter to run forward.

Both sides head into this clash coming off the best matches of their respective seasons so far.  While Clarence have proven themselves to look like a top three side without question, Hobart City Demons should head into this match with the belief that they are able to match top sides early on in games.  If they are able to maintain the effort and pressure on the ball carriers we have seen in patches this year, they could find themselves in the contest at half time.  From there onwards, the key will be stifling Clarence’s quick ball movement from one end of the ground to the other.


Glenorchy vs North Launceston (KGV Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 9.6.60 def North Launceston 5.10.40 (Grand Final, 2016, at UTAS Stadium)

It is Grand Final Rematch time! This one is set to be an absolute blockbuster, with North Launceston in outstanding form and Glenorchy looking to quickly bounce back from their first loss at KGV in 20 outings.

Glenorchy had the edge over rivals Clarence for three quarters last week, before a scoreless last term saw them overrun by the Roos for their first loss of season 2017.  North Launceston started slowly against Burnie on the weekend past, before putting on the jets to record their first triple figure win of the year.  Last time these sides met, Glenorchy booted five goals in the third term to grind out a win to become premiers in 2016, with now-Apsley player Clinton French kicking four majors in a best afield display.

Glenorchy had blown away all sides it had faced up until last week, where an energetic Clarence ran hard to kick seven straight goals in the final term to hand the Magpies their first defeat of the season.  The Pies had played three games without many rest days, and looked to have run out of legs late in the contest, but still dominated the clearances, led by midfielder Mitch Rainbird.  Jordon Arnold and Brayden Webb tried hard all day in defence, with Anzac Medallist Joel Millhouse and the underrated Matthew Dilger also putting in strong efforts.  The Pies head into this week’s Grand Final rematch without suspended duo Tyler Bowden and Matthew Joesph. Half forward Zac Webster has got up for the game despite having back and hamstring issues trouble him and see him out of the majoirty of last week’s match. 2016 premiership defender Tim Butterworth returned home from Queensland during the week but has not been rushed into the seniors, instead lining up in the Mercury Cup.

North Launceston ran riot again last week, with captain Taylor Whitford and playing coach Tom Couch again dominant in the midfield, capping off their matches with three and two goals respectively.  Primary forward target and current RACT Player of the Year leader Zac Burt was well held, leaving Bart McCulloch to play his best game of the season, finishing with three majors.  Big man Alex Lee continued his strong form in the ruck, while Jay Foon and Jay Lockhart repelled any rare Burnie foray forward.  Brad Cox-Goodyer again dominated the middle to kick two goals, as did Connor Pearton, capping off another strong team performance by the premiership favourites.

The grand final replay has all the makings of one of the games of the home and away season.  North Launceston have the upper hand with a full list to choose from, including Tarryn Thomas, who is an injection of class to an already strong outfit. For Glenorchy it is two in and two out, they welcome back  their Hs, in Mariners duo Harry Pearce and Harrison Gunther, covering the loss of their suspended players and injecting some silk to the forward half. The key for the Magpies will be maintaining their run late in the match against the fittest side in the competition.  If Jaye Bowden can bounce back from a quiet week, and Cameron Duffy can give his midfield first use of the ball it will go a long way for the Maggies. North possess weapons across the park and have a much different team to the grand final, with Tom Couch’s inclusion making them a different beast. This game could go either way.


Tigers vs Launceston (Twin Ovals) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Launceston 14.10.94 def Tigers 14.8.92 (Round 17, 2016, at Windsor Park)

The Tigers started too slowly against Lauderdale last Saturday night, and while they clawed their way back with good second and third quarters, it was too little too late as a 32 point margin flattered them in the finish.  Launceston are fresh off the bye, and will be looking to recapture the form they showed in their first three matches of the year.  Last time they played, Launceston sunk the Tigers late in the match despite four Brandon Batchelor goals, with Jay Blackberry and young Jake Hinds impressive for the Blues.

The Tigers were disappointed with their effort last week, and rightly so.  They were unable to play the brand of fast-moving football they pride themselves on, and will be looking to bounce back and take the game on at every opportunity this week.  Mitchell Carter stood up in defence as he has all year, and young Lachy Watt battled hard, having now pieced together a series of impressive games.  Chris Nield was lively up forward with three goals, but unfortunately had inadequate support against Lauderdale.  With key forward Brandon Batchelor out with a foot injury, the onus will be on Mitchell Walker and returning Mariner Hugh Dixon to put some goals on the board.  Both are capable when firing, and will need to return to early season form on Saturday.  Mariners Lachie Clifford and Toby Cowen return to the fold with debutant Ben Donnelly out with a knee injury, as is fifteen year old Oliver Burrows-Cheng, whohas impressed with his attack.  The Tigers’ midfielders in Will Cleeland and Marcus Davies, and well as captain Tim Peterson, will need to lift against the bigger Blues’ bodies this week.

Launceston will be looking to return to the winners’ list this week, following a disappointing showing against Clarence in Round 5.  Hamish Leedham has been outstanding in the ruck, with his work benefitting midfielders Sam Lonergan and Jay Blackberry.  After quiet games against the Roos prior to the bye, Sonny Whiting and Rulla Kelly-Mansell will be keen to remind state selectors why they are regarded by many as one of the most dangerous forward line combination in the TSL.  Jake Hinds will return from Mariners’ duties to support Nunn and Vandervelde down back, while Jack Donnellan will return from suspension via Mercury Cup footy. The explosive Chayce Jones also comes back from Mariners and AFL Academy stints to add another weapon to an already strong midfield mix for the visitors.

The Tigers were filthy on their performance last week, and should hit the ground running in the first term at Twin Ovals.  Both sides have proven to play physical and fast-paced football, and the early advantage will go to the side able to move the ball quickly to score early goals, as the wind at Twin Ovals often blows hard in the late afternoon, which can affect shots on goal.  Launceston will head into the clash favourites, but the Tigers have shown they are capable of matching top sides for short periods of time.  If the home side can dictate the style of game on their terms, they definitely stand a chance at upsetting the more seasoned Blues.  Having said that, negating Sonny Whiting up forward is a must.




Round 7 – 13/05/2017

Devonport Oval – 2:00PM



B: K. Byard, P. Davis, M. Perry

HB: B. Hawkes, L. Williams, S. Egger

C: B.  Scott, D.  Riley, G.  Millucci

HF: B. Symmons, B. Butler, B. Sharman

F: H. Barker, M. Thorp, E. Stephenson

R: L. Creedon, Q. Byard, D. Schnoor

Int: C. Castles, T. Enniss, C. Burnett, L. Bissett

Emg: J. Clayden, J. Forster, B. Connelly, B. Chard

In: G. Millucci

Out: B. Connelly




B: M. Anderton, A. Hill, S. Hill

HB: M. Kleverkamp, E. Whish-Wilson, J. McGuinness

C: R.  Sutton, N.  Franklin, R.  McManus

HF: B. Walsh, L. Meagher, T. Boscott

F: T. Havea, R. Wiggins, J. Roberts

R: H. Smith, P. Bellchambers, D. Fyfe

Int: R. Hill, D. Johns, E. Stanley, A. Hevey

Emg: R. Hooker, B. Newell, J. Williams, C. Laoumtzis

In: B. Walsh, R. Wiggins, L. Meagher


Round 7 – 13/05/2017

Blundstone Arena – 2:00PM



B: J. Holmes, J. Bailey, Z. Mastrocola

HB: J. Webberley, K. Wylie, B. Jones

C: M.  Ling, J.  O’Brien, T.  Castle

HF: A. Grace, Z. Buechner, M. Blackburn

F: T. Standen, W. Wall, T. Hanslow

R: S. Siggins, I. Callinan, M. Fisher

Int: A. Gaul, G. Chambers, J. Harper, J. Brenner

Emg: L. Murfitt-Cowen, J. O’Brien, K. Palmer-Hughes, S. Bradford

In: J. O’Brien, Z. Buechner, T. Hanslow

Out: B. Dart,  J. Cox, S. Bradford

Hobart City Demons

B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, N. Hutchinson

HB: R. Cowie, H. Williams, B. Walker

C: T.  Millhouse, W.  Campbell, C.  Kilpatrick

HF: S. Willis, J. Maple, J. Williamson

F: B. Grant, K. Richter, E. Cole

R: C. White, R. Matthews, J. Charlton

Int: N. Baker, H. Johnstone, J. Barwick, M. Bidgood

Emg: M. O’Neill, S. Caswell, K. Wisniewski, C. Ransom

In: N. Baker, H. Johnstone, N. Hutchinson

Out: H. Thompson, K. Wisniewski, S. Caswell


Round 7 – 13/05/2017

KGV – 2:00PM


B: J. Arnold, M. Dilger, J. Arnold

HB: B. Quinn, H. Parker, B. Webb

C: Z.  Webster, R.  Mott, J.  Webb

HF: J. Millhouse, M. Hills, H. Pearce

F: C. Salter, J. Bowden, H. Gunther

R: C. Duffy, M. Rainbird, L. Smith

Int: J. Geard, D. Grant, B. Kamaric, S. Hall

Emg: W. Atkin, T. Morgan, C. Mcknight, J. Farrow

In: H. Pearce, H. Gunther

Out: M. Joseph,  T. Bowden

North Launceston

B: C. Young, J. Pearce, R. Mansell

HB: C. Pearton, T. Mansell, J. Foon

C: J.  Ponting, B.  Cox-Goodyer, J.  Lockhart

HF: T. Thomas, T. Bennett, L. Hollmer

F: T. Couch, B. McCulloch, Z. Burt

R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, T. Whitford

Int: A. Richter-Salter, K. Baker, J. Avent, J. White

Emg: T. Donnelly, K. Thomas, D. Clayton, C. Harrison

In: T. Mansell, T. Thomas, J. Avent, R. Mansell

Out: H. Goss, N. Jackson, K. Thomas, C. Harrison


Round 7 – 13/05/2017

Twin Ovals – 2:00PM


B: T. Cowen, M. Gardner, L. Clifford

HB: W. Cleeland, C. Johns, M. Davies

C: T.  Gogolin, L.  Gadomski, L.  Griggs

HF: M. Walker, C. Nield, L. Watt

F: B. Rees, J. Pearce, H. Dixon

R: T. Carter, J. Bilson, M. Carter

Int: S. Rice, C. Rawson, B. Livingston, T. Peterson

Emg: A. Webster, B. McCulloch, M. Booth, B. Graham

In: T. Cowen, L. Clifford, C. Rawson, H. Dixon, L. Gadomski

Out: B. Batchelor, A. Humphrey, J. Lister,  B. Donnelly, B. McCulloch


B: C. Brown, S. Vandervelde, A. Wright

HB: S. Williams, J. Nunn, R. Tyrrell

C: T.  Sheppard, J.  Smith, J.  Blackberry

HF: C. Sheppard, N. O’Donoghue, S. Lonergan

F: R. Kelly-Mansell, S. Whiting, C. Jones

R: H. Leedham, S. Rundle, J. Boyce

Int: J. Harris, B. Taylor, M. Hutchinson, J. Hinds

Emg: J. Gillow, C. Savage, B. Palfreyman, M. Spohn


Mercury Cup – Round 7


 Round 7 – 13/05/2017

Blundstone Arena – 11:30AM


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

In: A. Jones, D. Howlett, S. Bradford

Hobart City Demons
B: J. Denehey, W. Doyle, A. Bidgood
HB: Z. Doran, , C. Ransom
C: T.  Clark, M.  Bidgood, S.  Fros
HF: W. Peppin, T. Harling, H. Jubb
F: J. Barwick, B. Williams, P. Fisher
R: , M. O’Neill, J. McCulloch
Int: N. Lee, J. Cleaver, T. Reeves, J. Clements, C. Ingram, S. Caswell, M. Grace, K. Wisniewski, M. Paolini, J. Doran, S. Duigan, J. Guesdon, P. Kearney

In: S. Caswell, J. Doran, P. Kearney, J. Guesdon, N. Lee, K. Wisniewski,
S. Duigan

Out: H. Johnstone, P. Barrett


Round 7 – 13/05/2017

KGV – 11:30AM

To be selected from:
W. Atkin, I. Memory, N. Newman, A. Peach , J. Douglas, B. Rowbottom,
T. Butterworth, C. Goodsell, J. Bearman, A. Brennan, B. Patterson, T. Morgan,
T. Grant, D. Grant, D. Coppleman, H. Thomas, C. Mcknight, J. Davie,
S. Deverell, A. Roberts, B. Quinn, J. Farrow, J. Lincoln, J. Sharp,
J. Ling, J. Clark, L. Barwick, S. Berry, R. Oakley, R. Gunther
In: T. Butterworth, B. Rowbottom, J. Lincoln, J. Ling, L. Barwick, W. Atkin,
B. Quinn, D. Grant
North Launceston

To be selected from:
B. Denman, T. Donnelly, L. Cronley, H. Goss, M. Cossins, K. Thomas,
L. Matson-Jones, K. Baker, D. Clayton, J. Avent, C. Praciak, C. Haines,
A. Jefferies, C. Lowe, J. Singline, J. Harris, E. Perry, B. Holmes,
B. Simpson, K. Wadley, N. Jackson, C. Harrison, J. Rowlands, S. Hudson,
B. Maynard , M. Donnelly, J. Lanham, K. CurtisIn: J. Lanham, K. Thomas, K. Baker, J. Avent, C. Haines, S. Hudson,
T. Donnelly, H. Goss, N. Jackson, C. Harrison, K. Wadley, C. Praciak,
B. Simpson, A. Jefferies

Out: J. Russell, B. Wells, T. Foon, T. Radford, C. Anderson, W. Crooks,
J. Miller, J. Kerr


Round 7 – 13/05/2017

Twin Ovals – 11:30AM

To be selected from:
C. Sawdy, S. Webb, R. Blakers, M. Cooke, A. Webster, B. McCulloch,
R. Rinaldi, J. Cummins, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, A. Huizing, J. Huizing,
H. Crack, J. Wells, M. Booth, A. Humphrey, J. Keogh, T. Hughes,
L. Knowles, M. Brouwer, E. Brock, B. Gordon, H. Graham, B. Graham

In: B. McCulloch, J. Huizing, J. Wells, A. Humphrey
Out: E. Burrows-Cheng,  Z. Fleming 

B: T. Miller, Z. Oldenhof, B. Neil
HB: J. Donnellan, J. Aganas, M. Blazely
C: J.  Dakin, C.  Downie, J.  Gillow
HF: J. Boyd, M. Spohn, G. Holt
F: O. Cook, J. Rice, G. Holt
R: C. Curtis, T. Cooper, Z. Griffiths
Int: G. Ferguson, S. Bruinewoud, L. Walsh, J. Bott, E. Conway, A. Dickenson


It is a sea of red in this week’s Team of the Week! With red featuring in all of the winning teams of North Launceston, Clarence, Lauderdale and Hobart City Demons, who are all heavily represented in the all star team.

North Launceston were scary good against Burnie seeing them have six players picked, Lauderdale and Hobart City both have five players a piece with comfortable wins earning them their best representation to date.

Clarence’s big upset win over the premiers sees them with four in the team, while Devonport and Glenorchy have one a piece as the only players represented from the four vanquished sides.


James Holmes (Clarence)

Threw himself at everything and like Bailey was instrumental in nullifying Glenorchy’s attacking game in the first half to keep Clarence in the contest. Took contested grabs, laid tackles and used the ball well under pressure.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

You would be hard-pressed to find a Tasmanian State League defender that is in better form than Jason Bailey at the moment, with this his fourth consecutive week in the team of the week. Tasked with the daunting task of manning Jaye Bowden, Bailey stood up to the challenge and handled it with aplomb. While restricting one of the competition’s best forwards to two goals, Bailey was also able to generate creativity and influence through his own game, with several of his first-half contested marks in the back-half instrumental in keeping Clarence in the contest.

Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale)

A smart game in the last line of defence, curbing the influence of the tiger forwards and often being the first possession in a chain that led to Bomber goals. Not a high possession game, but his ball use was damaging, and laid 4 key tackles in the defensive 50.


Jay Lockhart (North Launceston)

A tremendous game off half back, Lockhart accumulated the ball with ease and rebounded well to ignite forays forward. Generated tremendous offensive drive from the back half with his supreme ball use.

Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)

In his best game for the year, Sutton mopped up time and again across half back and on the wing to have 31 classy touches, also kicking a goal to cap off a good night.

Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

Williams was essential in minimising Devonport’s scoring throughout the night. Was rarely beaten in the contest and provided immense pressure when the ball was brought inside forward 50.


Jeromey Webberley (Clarence)

You need leaders to step up in the big moments of big games and that is exactly what Webberley did against the Magpies on Saturday evening. The playing-coach was instrumental all night for Clarence, but he took his game to another level in his side’s rampant final term. Webberley seemed to be involved in everything late in the match with his clutch goal around the body and some inspirational tackling pressure vital reasons as to why his Roos were able to skip away to a monumental victory.

Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

The Bombers skipper had leather poisoning. Injury hindered the start of his season but he was back to his explosive, creative, destructive best. Used the ball well and carried it with pace into dangerous areas. Also kicked three well taken goals, was the best man on the field.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

We’re seeing why the former Mariners captain is so highly rated by Lauderdale insiders this season. He had 33 touches, 4 tackles and 8 clearances, to be one of the most damaging players on the field. He had a dozen touches in the first and third quarters. Franklin ran hard to receive and dish out the ball all over the ground.


Tom Couch (North Launceston)

If Taylor Whitford was best on ground, then Tom Couch wasn’t far behind. Floating through midfield and up forward, Couch was a menace that the Dockers could not contain. Kicked another two goals and on a dry, still day could have had double that and some. When on ball showed classy run and carry and his game breaking ability.

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Another unpredictable and electric performance rotating between the forward line and midfield, Boscott laid a number of big tackles and sent the ball inside attacking 50 a number of times.

Blake Grant (Hobart City Demons)

Grant was a strong contributor in the Demons forward line, ending with two goals and a number of score involvements. Grant was consistently involved in contests inside forward 50, and played a big role in Hobart City’s dominance in the forward half with elite pressure, having 17 pressure acts for the game.


Trent Standen (Clarence)

‘Speedy’ was unbelievable against the Magpies. No one had a bigger influence on the result of this blockbuster clash than the Clarence stalwart, with his seven goals, multiple goal assists and ability to provide defensive pressure making for a spectacular performance. Four final-term goals had the red and white fans in raptures as he guided his side to a memorable victory.

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

Was a formidable tall target for the Northern Bombers. Conditions saw wayward kicking for McCulloch but he presented well and Burnie did not have a match up for big Bart.

Connor Pearton (North Launceston)

Pearton was dynamite around the forward half kicking two goals and bringing others into the game with an energetic game, cutting the oppositon apart with some crisp foot use.


Charlie White (Hobart City Demons)

Was a force in the middle of the ground, rarely beaten when he was in the ruck with 39 hitouts. He also provided an extra option inside 50 when required to do so, playing a large part in City’s large score, accumulating 19 touches and having 6 inside 50s.

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)

Matthews had the ball on a string for Hobart City. With two goals, 40 touches and 14 clearances. Matthews was absolutely dominant both through the middle of the ground and up forward. Had a number of score involvements with 6 inside 50s and 2.3 in a best on ground performance.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)

Another huge game, undoubtedly one of the form players of the competition. Fyfe went up another level in the absence of Walsh to collect 35 touches and lay 8 tackles in an in and under performance in the midfield. He is now second in the player of the year award after 3 big games in a row with over 30 disposals.


Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Lee dominated ruck giving the Bombers midfield brigade first look, palming it down to perfection, making it very very difficult for Burnie to get a sniff.

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

Brayden Webb was fantastic all afternoon for Glenorchy in their disappointing loss to Clarence. Webb used the ball efficiently to generate plenty of drive out of the back half while also impressing with his defensive pressure.

Jayden Charlton (Hobart City Demons)

Jayden Charlton continued his good form from the start of the year. Was a presence all over the ground, racking up 30 possessions and playing a pivotal role in moving the ball for the Demons. The workhorse midfielder had 10 clearances and 7 tackles to go with 2.1, in a good night out.

Dylan Riley (Devonport)

One of Devonport’s co-captains, Riley played multiple roles in a really sound individual game. He proved a strong lead up forward, kicking multiple goals. Riley mainly moved through the middle of the ground and found plenty of it and was able to put an influence on the game to provide a spark in a losing effort.


Unlucky omissions

Mitch Thorp kicked a bag of three goals and was a great target for Devonport in a loss, made the most of very limited supply.

Glenorchy back Jordon Arnold did some nice things but was on Speedy Standen and saw a last quarter stampede go against him so can’t crack the team.

Tom Bennett and Josh Ponting were among the unlucky Northern Bombers not to sneak into the side despite brilliant games. Bennett in particular was effective front of centre.

Rudy Barrett and Blair Rubock were some of Burnie’s best, in their fleeting moments in the forward half.

Robbie McManus, Jordon Roberts, and Ray Hill were all a bit unlucky not to get the nod. McManus continuing his strong form off a wing, Roberts was lively and performed against his old mob, while Hill kicked three.

Lachie Watt continued his strong work in the guts for the Tigers and Chris Nield proved a focal point, kicking 3.



Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 6

Tasmanian State League

1. Jake Cox (Clarence) referred for striking Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy).

MRP assessed incident as: Intentional, low impact to the body.

Sanction: Base sanction of TWO matches reduced to ONE match with an early guilty plea. Clarence Football Club have ACCEPTED offer.

2. Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy) referred for striking Jake Cox (Clarence).

MRP assessed incident as: Intentional, low impact to the body.

Sanction: Base sanction of TWO matches reduced to ONE match with an early guilty plea. Glenorchy District Football Club have ACCEPTED offer.

3. Tyler Bowden (Glenorchy) referred for rough conduct against Zac Mastrocola (Clarence).

MRP assessed incident as: Action does not warrant a report.

Sanction: No further action.

4. Matthew Joseph (Glenorchy) referred for rough conduct against Keegan Wylie (Clarence).

MRP assessed incident as: Action does not warrant a report.

Sanction: No further action.

5. Mitch Hills (Glenorchy) reported for rough conduct against Jason Bailey (Clarence).

MRP assessed incident as: Incidental contact as part of the contest.

Sanction: No further action.

6. Tyler Bowden (Glenorchy) reported for rough conduct against Zac Mastrocola (Clarence).

MRP assessed incident as: A dangerous tackle and in considering the potential to cause injury, assessed as medium impact to the body and intentional.

Sanction: Base sanction of TWO matches increased to THREE due to poor record but can be reduced to TWO matches, with an early guilty plea.

Glenorchy District Football Club have ACCEPTED offer.

7. Alex Gaul (Clarence) referred for instigating a melee

MRP assessed incident as: Low level offence.

Sanction: Low level reprimand

8. John Geard (Glenorchy) referred for instigating a melee

MRP assessed incident as: Low level offence.

Sanction: Low level reprimand


Demons bounce back

Written by Andrew Johnston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Devonport                               1.3,  3.7,  5.7,  7.11  (53)

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

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

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

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

Bombers blitz blows away Tigers

Written by Alex FitzGerald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Lauderdale                              3.9,  7.9,  9.11,  12.18  (90)

Tigers                                  0.1,  4.2,  8.4,  9.4  (58)

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

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

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

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

North Launceston destroy Dockers

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

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

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

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

IC: Andrew Woodgate Whitford had the ball on a string

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 6 – 06/05/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Written by Anthony Osborn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Clarence                                1.0,  2.4,  7.5,  14.7  (91)

Glenorchy                               2.2,  3.5,  8.7,  8.7  (55)

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

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

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

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

Round 6 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Written by Alex FtizGerald

Saturday 6th May

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

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

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

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

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

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


Glenorchy vs Clarence (KGV Oval) 4:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tigers vs Lauderdale (Twin Ovals) 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Cross TSL TEAMS – Round 6



Round 6 – 06/05/2017

UTAS Stadium – 2:15PM 


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

In: T. Mansell
Out: J. Avent

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

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


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

KGV – 4:00PM

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

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

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

In: J. Brenner
Out: T. Hanslow


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

North Hobart Oval – 6:00PM

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

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

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

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


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Twin Ovals – 6:00PM

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

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



Mercury Cup – Round 6


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

UTAS Stadium – 11:45AM 

North Launceston

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

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


Burnie Dockers

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


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

KGV – 1:30PM 


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

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



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

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


Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Twin Ovals – 3:30PM


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



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

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