Roos deal with Devonport

Clarence continued on winning ways with a handsome 65 point win over Devonport at Devonport Oval on Saturday afternoon, making it three from three for the Roos.

The match saw the return of dangerous forward Mitch Thorp for Devonport, who was sidelined for just two weeks with broken ribs sustained in round one. His inclusion seemed to have a sizeable effect for the hosts with the playing coach booting two opening quarter goals to have the underdogs just a point adrift at the first change.

Clarence looked a class above in the second stanza but as the Roos went to kick away the Pies’ youngsters dug deep to stay close at the major break. A four goal to two second term included two majors from the in-form Sam Siggins, while Brodie Connelly and Brayden Scott kicked the two Devonport goals for the quarter.

The third quarter saw Clarence make their move, opening up a 29 point margin before pulling right away from the inexperienced Devonport in the final term, kicking a whopping 8.0 to 2.2 to record a percentage boosting 65-point victory.

The Roos forward line was dangerous and piled on the pain in the last. Clarence finished with 12 goal kickers and six multiple goal scorers for the match, while Mitch Thorp was the only Magpie to register more than one goal, kicking three on his return. The Pies were highly competitive but couldn’t match intensity against their more seasoned opponents for long enough, seeing the Roos bolt away to a big win.

Victorious coach Jeromey Webberley said he was not surprised by the fight of the Magpies and was pleased to finish strongly to take home another four points.

“We spoke all week about going up there with the right attitude, we think Devonport are a pretty good team and they’ve got some quality players.

“I thought we were a bit flat in the first hafl but credit to Devonport, the young kids are having a crack and they’ve got a bright future going forward,” he said.

The Roos coach was delighted with an even contribution from his side and their many avenues to goal.

“Our flexibility has been documented over the first three weeks, we’ve had a number of goal kickers and that continued today which was fantastic.”

Despite the forward potency it was actually two players at the back in James Holmes and Jason Bailey in particular that stood out to Webberley in the big win.

“Holmes is just a competitor, plays in the back pocket, plays his role every week.

“Jason Bailey on Thorp this week, obviously Mitch was still sore but I thought he was really proactive after half time and when hes like that and playing in front and leading forwards to the ball he is able to take intercept marks and set up offensive drive for us.”

Dynamo midfielder/forward Jake Cox limped off the ground late on but is expected to be fit to take on Launceston, for what Webberley anticipates to be a difficult assignment at Windsor Park.

“We’ve got three wins but we still have a long way to go to catch North Launceston and Glenorchy.

“For those guys (Launceston) to go down there (to Lauderdale) and get the win by 11 points on the road they are the types of wins that build your year… we are under no illusions that we need to go up there and play our best footy to be anywhere near those guys.”

Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was pleased with the improvement out of his team but again was left to rue poor foot skills.

“Our effort particularly for two and a half quarters was great, we were right in the game but unfortunately again by foot we just kept turning the ball over.

“Our effort, endeavour, our tackle numbers were really high but unfortunately our turnovers lead to the classy Clarence forwards getting out the back on us.

“Good teams put you to the sword late and Clarence have a pretty handy top end group, progress for us is to be in the game for two and a half quarters.

“Each game the young boys are starting to work out what they can and can’t do, lots of positives but unfortunately we let a few too many goals get kicked in the last quarter.”

Thorp was impressed with the game of 50th gamer Brayden Butler, who had 35 touches and 15 marks. Next week brings another difficult matchup for the young Magpies, meeting North Launceston fresh off a bye.

“Its just good to be out there, I feel okay back up again next week against North Launceston another formidable opponent, we need to play those sides and put our young blokes on the top players in the competition.”


DEVONPORT v. CLARENCE
Round 4 – 22/04/2017

Clarence                                2.4,  6.8,  11.8,  19.8  (122)

Devonport                               2.3,  4.4,  6.7,  8.9  (57)

GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 3, I. Callinan 2, T. Hanslow 2, S. Siggins 2, M. Blackburn 2, J. Webberley 2,
J. Harper 1, W. Wall 1, J. Cox 1, A. Grace 1, M. Fisher 1, M. Ling 1

Devonport :
M. Thorp 3, B. Connelly 1, B. Sharman 1, B. Scott 1, Q. Byard 1, B. Symmons 1

BEST, Clarence :
J. Bailey, T. Hanslow, M. Ling, T. Standen, J. Holmes, I. Callinan

Devonport :
B. Butler, B. Sharman, Q. Byard, D. Riley, T. Enniss, M. Thorp

Blues down Bombers in thriller

Written by Anthony Osborn

Launceston have bounced back onto the winners list in stunning fashion, running out 15.11 (101) to 13.12 (90) victors in a thriller at Lauderdale.

On an overcast and gloomy day, Launceston were able to get the chocolates in a tense, passionate, physical and highly-entertaining affair.

The Bombers had the majority of the play early in the match and went into the first break with a slender five point lead after two early Ethan Whish-Wilson goals.

The Blues were quick out of the blocks in the second term but as it turned out the second quarter would ultimately belong to Lauderdale, with Alex Hevey kicking two goals late in the term to swing the tide the Bombers’ way.

Launceston’s victory, however, came off the back of a dominant third quarter, where Rulla Kelly-Mansell booted two vital majors, including one on the run late in the term that set Launceston up with a 17-point lead heading into the final change.

The final term saw the game move to yet another level of intensity, with both sides trading blows in an enthralling, fast-paced shootout.

Bryce Walsh’s clutch captain’s goal 12 minutes into the final term reduced the deficit to just five points, and at that point it looked like the Bombers would be able to run over the top with a vocal crowd on their side.

After trading blows again with goal for goal action, Robbie McManus kicked a ripper from the pocket to cut the deficit back to five once more after 21 minutes of final term football as the Lauderdale faithful began to roar.

IC: Kristi Mead

Some crucial errors late saw 50 metre penalties galor and coupled with high efficiency from forward entries and a defiant defence, the visitors produced a stirring victory and resigned the Bombers to a 0-3 start to 2017.

Launceston playing coach Sam Lonergan was pleased that his side were able to withstand the Bombers’ early dominance in general play and get on top in the second half.

“Uncontested marks were heavily against us (in the first half). They (Lauderdale) controlled the footy a lot, and we really needed to tighten up on that, which we did in the second half.”

Lonergan was pleased that his side stood up to a fast-finishing Lauderdale, believing his Blues would have lost a game in similar circumstances, last season.

“We finished second-last last year, so we have a lot of improvement to do. Our guys will get good belief from today, and it is a good sign that we are going in the right direction.”

Lonergan is upbeat about where his club sits at this stage of the season, stating that they are ahead of where he thought they might be at this stage.

“We only had five wins for the season last year, so there are some good signs that the guys are really involved in the club. There is a great feeling of people buying into the club and wanting to be involved, which is something we probably didn’t have last year.”

Brodie Palfreyman and Jordan Harris were impressive in the Blues’ victory, while Brendan Taylor was dominant, kicking two goals and accumulating plenty of the football in his best performance of the season.

The efforts of Miller Hodge and James Gillow, both playing their first games of the season, were also impressive, while Robbie McManus was impressive all day for Lauderdale, kicking multiple goals, as was captain Bryce Walsh, who impressed after a quiet match last week against Clarence.

Dylan Fyfe, Josh McGuinness, Nat Franklin and Toutai Havea also showed plenty of promise in patches.

Lonergan’s opposite number Darren Winter rued some costly errors and poor decision-making in the tight loss.

“It was a close one for most of the day. You would like to win those, but unfortunately someone has to lose, and we probably gave some easy goals away.

“We have got some of our game plan horribly wrong in the first few weeks. We may need to change our personnel if it continues to happen. We just can’t keep having the same butchering of the ball in the middle of the ground and giving the opposition easy goals.”

Launceston will play host to Clarence at Windsor Park next Sunday, while Lauderdale will host the Hobart City Demons at Lauderdale on Saturday in what could be a make-or-break match for the Bombers.

“The season is starting to slip away. You can’t be 0-3. If we don’t get a win next week it will make it very difficult to make the finals,” Winter explained.

Demons pip Dockers in Queenborough nailbiter

Written by Richard Bannon

Despite another inaccurate performance in front of goal, the Hobart City Demons have kick-started their TSL campaign, with a nail biting nine-point win against the Burnie Dockers this afternoon.

In what was their first victory for the season, the Demons out-scrapped a physical Dockers outfit to come away 10.12-72 to 9.9-63 winners.

With top-flight footy returning to the traditional Queenborough Oval, the home venue of former State League club Sandy Bay, the Demons raced out of the blocks, registering 20 inside 50’s as they dominated general play throughout the first term. Despite their supremacy, Hobart City wasted a number of chances to put significant scoreboard pressure on the Dockers, with the Demons kicking a wayward 4.6-30 compared to the Dockers 1.1-7 by the first change. Hobart City’s Jack Guesdon was electric early, kicking the first two goals of the game, including a volley which would have made David Beckham smile.

Burnie wrestled back the momentum in the second quarter, but suffered from similar issues kicking for goal, as the Dockers piled on a wasteful 1.5 for the term, compared to the Demons two goals straight. Burnie’s fleet-footed brother duo of Nick and Harry Walters began to control the game, while the presence of man-mountain Nick McKenna around the ground swung the match the way of the Dockers. With Demons gun Will Campbell struggling with an ankle injury which he sustained throughout the warmup, Hobart City appeared to lack the drive forward which they possessed in the first stanza. This aside, the Demons still took a handy 24-point advantage into the long break, leading 6.6-42 to 2.6-18

Following the halftime break, it was up to one of the sides to really run with the match. Burnie did just this, as they kept the Demons goalless for the quarter, while they slammed on 4.1, Nick Walters was a key driver in the Docker dominance, kicking two for the term. In a stunning turnaround, Burnie trailed Hobart City by just two points at the three quarter time break, 6.9-45 to 6.7-43.

It was in the final term that someone had to stand up and take the game by the scruff of the neck. Enter Will Campbell. ‘Soup’ shook off the lingering ankle problem that was causing him grief throughout the first half, as he ran himself into the ground, getting to the feet of just about every contest, and applying constant pressure. With both sides finally hitting the scoreboard with conviction, Campbell was instrumental in his two-way running and his forward drive. To cap it off, the midfielder kicked a clutch goal late into the final term, a raking left foot snap which sent the healthy crowd at Queenborough into a frenzy. Soon after, young Demon Sam Caswell took a strong contested mark deep in his side’s attacking 50, and calmly slotted it to all but assure that Hobart City were going to claim their first points for 2017.

Hobart City assistant Richard Robinson lauded the character that the youthful Demons displayed when the going got tough.

“In the past, some of these guys could have just rolled over. But all 18 blokes on the field really stood up. It was tough footy today down here on a small ground, and our guys really stood up late. These types of wins are really character-building for the group.”

Burnie mentor Clint Proctor was left devastated following a tight loss, but also praised the spirit which his side showed.

“They never give up, which is evident. At quarter time, we were in a really difficult position. So to fight back from that, and then to come out in the third quarter was really pleasing. I’m just disappointed for them that they didn’t get the result.”

Next week the Dockers have the imperious Glenorchy and Hobart City face the winless Lauderdale, in a fascinating meeting.

TSL Previews with Alex FitzGerald – Round 4

 

Written by Alex FitzGerald

 

Saturday 22nd April

Devonport vs Clarence  (Devonport Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Devonport 12.10.82 def Clarence 12.8.80 (Round 16, 2016, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport head into this match still looking to open their 2017 account, fresh off a 31 point loss in the coastal derby against a fired up Burnie at West Park.  Clarence, on the other hand, would be full of confidence after putting away Eastern Shore rivals Lauderdale last week in an impressive display, with the Roos now sitting on two straight wins.

In Round 16 last year, Devonport came from behind to sneak past Clarence for a two point win.  Mitch Thorp and Brayden Butler were the difference for the Magpies, while Jake Cox snagged four for the Roos, with Brady Jones and Sam Siggins also impressive.  Devonport will be boosted by the earlier than expected return of their leader Mitch Thorp, he’ll add much needed leadership and a tall target capable of kicking a bag. Despite that, Clarence have started the year in fine form and this game could sees the Roos well placed to exact some revenge for the tight loss late last season.

Co-captain Dylan Riley has been in sensational form for Devonport, with the tough midfielder one of the only Magpies to impress across every game so far.  He has been well supported by young Dylan Schnoor, with Brad Symmons, Brad Chard and Brayden Scott putting in solid performances in Round 3.   The Magpies’ forward line is still yet to fire, and they face a tough task against a fast-rebounding Clarence.  Brodie Connelly has shown glimpses of what he can provide up forward, but along with the small forwards, must support Brayden Butler and put multiple majors on the board for Devonport to stand a fighting chance. The return of Thorp is sure to take the pressure off these youngsters and may lead to a more competitive score, kicked.

Many Roos stood out last week against Lauderdale in a match where goals came in a hurry.  Jake Cox was everywhere, kicking six goals from a wing, with Aiden Grace and 150 gamer Trent Standen chiming in with three majors apiece.  Gabby Chambers ensured that Bombers captain Bryce Walsh had little influence on the game, and mobile tall Sam Siggins dominated the ruck to give his midfielders first use of the ball from most contests.  James Holmes was impressive in his second game, taking several courageous intercept marks and setting up the Roos’ run from defence.  These players will all be crucial to Clarence’s fortunes this week, but the Roos’ playing list runs deep, and there are a dozen other players capable of influencing a match.

Unfortunately for Devonport, Clarence have shown that they are able to lift to another level when challenged, and the young Magpies have conceded some big second halves this season against lesser sides already.  This pattern may well continue at Devonport Oval this week, but the Magpies should be using the game to learn from an in form side and back themselves in when taking shots at goal, as they’ll need to kick a high score to stand a chance.

Hobart City Demons vs Burnie (Queenborough Oval) 12:30pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 17.21.123 def Hobart City Demons 10.11.71 (Round 13, 2016, at West Park)

After big losses to flag favourites Glenorchy and North Launceston in their first two matches of 2017, Hobart City Demons were competitive in a low scoring match last week before a late goal saw them go down to the Tigers by four points.  Burnie were impressive in the maiden win of 2017, downing rivals Devonport by 31 points in their strongest performance of the season.  Burnie ran out convincing winners last time these sides squared off against each other, but with the Dockers fielding a much younger side this season, the result should be much closer this time around.

The inaccurate Hobart City Demons probably should have beaten the Tigers last week, and despite prime mover Will Campbell being well held, they had many players step up.  Ryan Matthews continued his strong start to the season, and young Nicholas Baker had his best match for the club, with assistant Richard Robinson singing his praises in the post-match press conference.  Forwards Josh Williamson and Sean Willis managed two goals each, but they will need help from Callan Dell and quick ball delivery from the midfield if they are to compete with a Burnie side full of confidence. Hugh Williams will return for the Demons but confusion reigns on whether it is their skipper or the more junior backman of the same name. Coach Kane Richter played games with local media and declined to reveal. I guess we’ll find out 12:30pm on Saturday.

Burnie were held goalless into the wind last week in the second term, but still managed to top the ton and run out the match for their first win last week.  Mariner Blair Rubock continued his hot run of form, booting four goals, and the long-kicking Harry Walters and James Dowling kicked three apiece.  Bailey Boag, Nick Walters and Samuel Kalbfell were also strong performers in the Round 3 victory.  Burnie will likely lose Rubock, Jamieson House, Ethan Jackson and Thomas Mundy to the Mariners this week, which means that leaders Rudy Barrett, Nick McKenna and Tyrone Morrison will need to return to 2016 form if the Dockers are to wrestle the game away from the Hobart City Demons.

These two young sides are relatively evenly matched, and despite Hobart City Demons having the home advantage, the small Queenborough Oval will suit the Burnie forwards, who have shown they are more than capable of scoring from beyond the 50.  It may sound simple, but this outcome of this match will be decided by which team wants the victory more.  Expect a cracking contest right up until the final siren.

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Lauderdale vs Launceston (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 12.21.99 def Launceston 10.9.69 (Round 14, 2016, at Lauderdale Oval)

Lauderdale started well last week against Clarence, but despite an admirable performance they were unable to match the run of the Roos in the second half, going down by 32 points.  Launceston was convincingly defeated by Northern rivals North Launceston by 85 points, which halted their streak of two impressive wins over Devonport and Burnie.  The Bombers were clear winners when they last met in 2016, with only inaccuracy stopping the defeat from being a major one.  Ryan Wiggins kicked five for the Bombers, while Jay Blackberry was strong in booting three majors of his own from the midfield.

Lauderdale are yet to win a game in 2017, but have led in both of their matches against more-fancied sides at quarter time.  Last week the Bombers were well served by midfielders Dylan Fyfe, Nat Franklin and Robbie McManus, who fought hard across all four quarters to collect over 100 disposals between them.  Thor Boscott was lively up forward with several shots on goal for a two goal return, and Ryan Wiggins kicked three in his first game after moving home from Victoria.  Bryce Walsh was well held, and will need to lead from the front this week in the absence of some Mariners players.  The Bombers will welcome the inclusion of tough utility Toutai Havea back from suspension to do battle with the bigger Launceston players.

Launceston have had a solid start to the season, so the blowout loss last week will cut deep.  Expect Sam Lonergan, Rulla Kelly-Mansell, and Hamish Leedham to assert themselves after quieter games last week.  Sonny Whiting continued his stellar season up forward against North Launceston, booting four goals from limited options, and he should be a handful again this week.  Kelly-Mansell with his aerial ability should also be hard to contain, as will the hard-running Jay Blackberry, who pushes forward for shots on goal every week.  Launceston will have weaker defensive lines, as Jack Donellan is serving a two match suspension after a fiery clash last round, and Mariners trio Jake Hinds, Chayce Jones, and Ryan Tyrell will miss due to a match against the Brisbane Academy side.  It will be up to Corey Shepherd and Jordan Harris to contain the lively Bomber forwards.

This clash may be a fiery one, with both sides not afraid of physicality, especially early in a match.  Before last week’s loss, Launceston would have been clear favourites, but their poor showing and Lauderdale’s bravery against a strong Clarence outfit has the outcome hard to pick this round.  The trip to Lauderdale Oval is a daunting one for any side, and don’t be surprised if the Bombers take it up to the Blues.  The question is, will they be able to maintain that intensity all game, or will the Blues wrestle the win away in the second half?  Only time will tell.

 

Tuesday 25th April – ANZAC Day

Glenorchy vs Tigers (KGV) 2:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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TEAMS: Southern Cross TSL + Mercury Cup ROUND 4

THE HEADLINES

Mitch Thorp returns! The Devonport playing-coach is back after just two weeks out after breaking two ribs in round one. A big boost for the Magpies.

Demon skipper Hugh Williams looks likelt to play his first game for 2017, recovering from a hamstring injury to lineup for Hobart City in a must-win again Burnie. Although, Coach Kane Richter did play games with local media and wouldn’t reveal which Hugh Williams it is returning. So which Hugh Williams will it be?

Docker youngsters Blair Rubock and Jamieson House have been called up to join the Tassie Mariners and as a result will miss on Saturday.

Jackson O’Brien will miss atleast one match with a calf injury, sustained early against Lauderdale. Coach Jeromey Webberley is hopeful he will be back to face Launceston in Round 5.

Launceston will miss Jack Donnellan, who is set to miss two through suspension.

HOBART CITY DEMONS v. BURNIE DOCKERS 

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

12:30PM – Queenborough Oval

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

In: S. Caswell, H. Williams
Out: N. Baker

 


Burnie Dockers

B: J. Dowling, B. Murray, S. Kalbfell
HB: R. Barrett, D. Brazendale, B. Boag
C: C.  Proctor, J.  Cox, J.  Murray
HF: D. Crane, H. Walters, B. Keiselis
F: F. Poke, N. McKenna, T. Charles
R: T. Morrison, B. Challis, N. Walters
Int: C. Carpenter, J. Weller, G. Dowling, J. Nankivell
Emg: B. Brown, M. Chatwin, T. Woods, A. Bates

In: J. Weller, C. Carpenter, G. Dowling, B. Murray
Out: E. Jackson, M. Elliott, B. Rubock, J. House


DEVONPORT v. CLARENCE 

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

2:00PM – Devonport Oval


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

In: M. Thorp

 


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

In: S. Bradford, T. Hanslow
Out: J. O’Brien, J. Brenner


LAUDERDALE v. LAUNCESTON 

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval


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

In: J. Perkins, T. Havea


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

In: J. Boyce,  Z. Griffiths, J. Gillow
Out: J. Donnellan, J. Hinds


Glenorchy v Tigers

Round 4 – 25/04/2017

2:00PM – KGV

Teams to be named on Sunday 23/04/2017 

MERCURY CUP

HOBART CITY DEMONS v. CLARENCE  

Round 4 – 21/04/2017

6:30PM – North Hobart Oval


Hobart City Demons
To be selected from: T. Harling, B. Williams, T. Clark, N. Lee, P. Barrett, M. O’Neill,
H. Jubb, C. Ingram, W. Doyle, W. Hay, H. Johnstone, J. Denehey,
S. Caswell, M. Grace, J. Barwick, M. Paolini, J. McCulloch, Z. Doran,
C. Ransom, A. Bidgood, M. Bidgood, P. Fisher, S. Fros, J. Cleaver, W. Peppin

 


Clarence
To be selected from: J. Young, J. Havea, C. Berry, K. Howlett, A. Silver, D. Howlett,
K. Bailey, P. Howlett, J. Booth, B. Dart, T. Marshall, S. Williams,
A. Gaul, H. Richmond, J. Fisher, N. Raglione, J. Pulford, C. Leek,
T. Hope, F. Turner, A. Morton, M. Spong, B. McGuinness, B. Fewkes,
J. Mazengarb


LAUDERDALE v. LAUNCESTON 

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

11:30AM – Lauderdale Oval

Lauderdale
To be selected from: H. Bodnar, Z. Paget, J. Turnbridge, K. Byfield, M. McGuinness, E. Steele,
Z. Berry, T. Daff, C. Brown, R. Hooker, C. Hooker, J. Perkins,
J. Lewis, T. Steele, S. Adams, D. Johns, J. Williams, T. Bluett,
D. Stewart, W. Francis, A. Brewster, C. Best

 


Launceston
To be selected from: A. Dickenson, G. Ferguson, T. Miller, S. Bruinewoud, B. McShane, L. Gee, J. Tyrrell, O. Cook, T. Cooper, J. Aganas, J. Dakin, C. Curtis,
G. Holt, G. Holt, L. Walsh, Z. Oldenhof, J. Bangura, J. Bott,
B. Neil, M. Blazely


GLENORCHY v. TIGERS 

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

11:30AM – KGV


Glenorchy

To be selected from: R. Oakley, I. Memory, N. Newman, A. Peach , J. Douglas, B. Rowbottom, C. Goodsell, J. Stevenson, J. Bearman, A. Brennan, T. Morgan, D. Grant,
H. Thomas, J. Davie, S. Deverell, A. Roberts, J. Farrow, J. Sharp,
L. Rowbottom, S. Berry

 


Tigers
To be selected from: O. Farid, S. Webb, Z. Fleming, R. Blakers, T. Gogolin, A. Webster, O. Burrows-Cheng, J. Phillips, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, M. Gardner, A. Huizing,
H. Crack, M. Booth, J. Keogh, L. Knowles, B. Donnelly, E. Brock,
H. Graham, B. Graham


 

BURNIE DOCKERS v. NORTH LAUNCESTON

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

11:30AM – Devonport Oval

 


Burnie Dockers
To be selected from: C. Bracken, S. Hamilton, A. Good, J. Doust, M. ODonnell, B. Brown, C. Carpenter, B. Jackson, L. Ryan, R. Jackson, H. Cobbing, B. Hayes,
B. Walker, S. Saward, M. Chatwin, B. Colgrave, B. Murray, T. Woods,
L. Evans, J. O’Donnell, C. Beamish, J. Bugg, J. Weller, A. Bates,
O. Fryett

 


North Launceston

To be selected from: H. Rand, L. Cronley, H. Goss, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, T. Mansell, D. Clayton, C. Haines, C. Lowe, J. Singline, J. Harris, B. de Bomford,
D. Headland, E. Perry, B. Holmes, B. Simpson, F. Bennett, M. Gray,
K. Wadley, N. Jackson, C. Harrison, J. McCowan, J. Rowlands, S. Hudson,
D. Layh, B. Maynard , C. Anderson, J. Lanham, B. Denman, J. White

Southern Cross TSL Team of the Week – Round 3

Round 3 sees a significant change to the complexion of the Team of the Week.

For starters, Glenorchy had a bye so the Magpies who have dominated the previous two editions do not feature for Round 3.

It was a more competitive round with more exciting contests and rivalries on show and as such all but one of the teams that participated are represented in the team.

North Launceston top the charts with six picked from their massive win over Launceston, Clarence are next cab off the rank with five, while the Dockers and Tigers have three selected.

Mitch Carter has not missed out on selection yet this year with the Tiger back producing some eye catching form, while Jay Lockhart, Jake Cox and Sam Siggins all earned a spot for the second time in as many rounds.

Check out this week’s team.

 

BACKS

Jack Bilson (Tigers FC)

Bilson has had a good start to 2017, he was defensively sound for Tigers and was instrumental in holding off the Demons, he was defiant and punched and competed well, with the defence coming under great pressure, conceding 15 more entries than their opponents.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

Bailey was good in a key post for the Roos, did his job and battled away well against a dangerous ‘Dale forward line.

Bailey Boag (Burnie Dockers)

Boag is a young defender with a lot of promise.  Was strong at the back and showed a cool head with ball in hand.

 

HALF BACKS

Mitch Carter (Tigers FC)

Mitch Carter was a behemoth in defence for the Tigers, only further enhancing his reputation as one of the state league’s finest defenders. The Tigers defence faced a barrage of forward 50 entries, and it was the efforts of Carter that kept the Tigers in the match. Carter was probably the difference in the match, and with the help of Jack Bilson down back, the Tigers have their hands on some of the competition’s most damaging defenders that will have the yellow and black army licking their lips.

Connor Young (North Launceston)

Connor Young controlled the backline extremely well for a young player and was able to create much of the play for North and also stopped Launceston half forwards from having a major influence and hitting the score board.

James Holmes (Clarence)

The youngster provided dash off half back for the Roos, despite his inexperience he looked comfortable in the back six in a good win.

 

CENTRES

James Dowling (Burnie Dockers)

Dowling kicked three for the Dockers in a best on ground performance for his team. Found plenty of the ball with 25+ and used it well too, particularly forward of centre.

Jay Lockhart (North Launceston)

Another outstanding outing for the North gun. Jay Lockhart was the architect in midfield and also down back as the leader in a stable and creative game for the Bombers.

Dylan Riley (Devonport)

Riley was Devonport’s standout performer in a tight loss, he lead from the front kicking two goals and accumulating the ball through the middle of the ground.

 

HALF FORWARDS

Nick Baker (Hobart City Demons)

Young Nick Baker was instrumental in the Demons’ promising performance, providing plenty of energy, enthusiasm and drive out of the middle. Richard Robinson believes that Nick Baker is more than qualified for a Mariners call-up, and it is safe to say that a performance like this will only enhance this reputation further.

Blair Rubock (Burnie Dockers)

Young Rubock booted four goals and was the Dockers major avenue to goal.  He is a great link for the Dockers and is a good finisher. He read it well and was a key cog in everything Dockers did in the forward half.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Tom Couch again deployed himself as a forward, booting five well finished goals. Whilst playing second fiddle to Burt, Couch leading and goalkicking was superb. He also kicked a miraculous goal from the boundary line which was one of the goals of the week.

 

FORWARDS

Jake Cox (Clarence)

Cox is a prolific midfielder but he proved to be a more than dangerous forward against Lauderdale, booting six goals in a best on ground effort. Undoubtedly one of the best players in the TSL at the moment, Cox is in a rich vein of form to start the year.

Zac Burt (North Launceston)

Zac Burt was the standout forward for the day booting six majors. He used his shear strength to his advantage and marked nearly anything that came his way.

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)

Described as one of the most underrated players in the competition by Hobart City Demons assistant coach Richard Robinson, Matthews’ Good Friday performance through the half-forward flank and middle of the ground will have opposition sides taking note.  With a knack for finding the football, Matthews was certainly one of the Demons’ very best in a disappointing loss.

 

FOLLOWERS

Sam Siggins (Clarence)

Another fantastic game on ball for Sam Siggins. The former Bomber didn’t hold back against his old team, getting involved around the contest and across the ground, using his athleticism to boss the ruck.

Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

Bradley Cox Goodyear was awarded the Adam Sanders medal for best on ground and rightfully so. He was absolutely dominant in midfield winning many clearances and setting up much of North’s attack. Whilst being an absolute ball magnet in the middle, he also kicked three goals on his own including a spectacular 60 metre long bomb.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)

Had his own ball at Blundstone. Was Lauderdale’s best in a fighting loss, he finds the footy with aplomb and isn’t afraid to go in hard to hunt it.

 

INTERCHANGE

Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Alex Lee gave first use to North’s midfield and was the superior ruckman on the day. He worked tirelessly in the middle and was a major reason North’s midfield was top notch.

Gabby Chambers (Clarence)

Clamped down on the Lauderdale Captain Bryce Walsh and didn’t give the ball magnet a sniff. A stellar stopping job and it went a long way to Clarence’s second win of the season.

Lachie Watt (Tigers FC)

Handed the daunting task of locking down the in-form Will Campbell, Lachie Watt was seriously impressive in shutting down one of the competition’s most damaging players, proving to be a significant contributor to the Tigers’ nail-biting victory.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

Just like Fyfe, Franklin found a heap of the footy and was influential in a fighting Lauderdale loss.

 

Unlucky Omissions:

Both Walters brothers were fantastic for the Dockers but unfortunately it was a tough midfield to break into this week.

Jay Blackberry put his hand up for yet another selection as Launceston’s best in a big loss but unfortunately he wasn’t able to sneak in to the team.

Walsh was superb again for North Launceston and can consider himself unlucky not to be picked.

Marcus Davies found plenty of footy for the Tigers and Kane Richter was strong in defence for the Dees but neither managed to find their way in.

Lauderdale’s Robbie McManus was a livewire and ignited a lot for the Bombers, while Alex Hevey on his long bomb alone could have almost warranted selection. In his milestone match, Trent Standen was also very good with three goals, as was the man with the Kennedy-inspired run up, Grace who also kicked three.

Team by Team Breakdown:

Tigers: 3

Clarence: 5

Burnie: 3

North Launceston: 6

Devonport: 1

Hobart City Demons: 2

Lauderdale: 2

Launceston: 0

 

TSL Match Review Panel Results – Round 3

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 3

1.  Trent Standen (Clarence) referred for striking Haydyn Smith (Lauderdale).

MRP assessed incident as: action deemed to not warrant a report.

Sanction: No further action

2. Brodie Fewkes (Clarence runner) referred for making contact with Clinton Brown (Lauderdale).

MRP assessed incident as: low level offence.

Sanction: Base sanction ONE match reduced to reprimand with early guilty plea.

Accepted reprimand

3. Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston) referred for making high contact with Taylor Whitford (North Launceston).

MRP assessed incident as: paid correctly on field as free kick.

Sanction: No further action

4. Brendan Taylor (Launceston) referred for making high contact with Mark Walsh (North Launceston).

MRP assessed incident as: paid correctly on field as free kick.

Sanction: No further action

5. Jack Donnellan (Launceston) referred for making high contact with Kallem Baker (North Launceston).

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

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

Accepted TWO matches

6. Jake Nunn (Launceston) reported for rough conduct against Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston).

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

Sanction: base sanction ONE match reduced to reprimand with early guilty plea.

Accepted reprimand

7. Mark Walsh (North Launceston) referred for engaging in melee
MRP assessed incident as: low level offence.

Sanction: Base sanction ONE match reduced to reprimand with early guilty plea.

Accepted reprimand

8. Corey Sheppard (Launceston) referred for engaging in melee
MRP assessed incident as: low level offence

Sanction: Base sanction ONE match reduced to reprimand with early guilty plea

Accepted reprimand

9. Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston) referred for instigating melee
MRP assessed incident as: low level offence.

Sanction: Base sanction ONE match reduced to reprimand with early guilty plea

Accepted reprimand

 

Roos bound home over Eastern Shore rivals

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Clarence have won their second game in a row after a strong second half saw them pull away from a competitive Lauderdale to run out 32 point winners at Blundstone Arena.

In sunny clear conditions that were perfect for football, only a goal separated the Tasmanian State League’s Eastern Shore sides at half time, before the Roos booted the first five goals of the final term to stamp out hopes of a Bombers comeback, defeating Lauderdale 19.7 (121) to 13.11 (89).

The first quarter lived up to the rivalry hype, with the physicality of both sides apparent as they battled to pull ahead.  It was the Bombers who started the strongest, and when Thor Boscott converted from a hanger in the goal square Lauderdale led by 13 points with Clarence struggling to adjust to the pace of the game.  They hit back with two goals from Jake Cox, before Alex Hevey’s torpedo set shot after the siren from beyond 60 metres sent the Bombers in ahead by 7 points; 4.4 (28) to 3.3 (21) at quarter time.

It was all Clarence early in the second term, with the Roos kicking four unanswered goals through Cox and Aiden Grace, before Ryan Wiggins steadied the ship for the Bombers with two majors of his own.  A quick running goal to Mitchell Anderton saw the Bombers head into the main break only one straight kick down, 7.6 (48) to 8.6 (54).

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley lamented his side’s inconsistency in the first half, but was proud of how they worked on turning the game around.

“In the first quarter we were all hunting the ball and not covering (players) off the ball.  Once sorted, we were able to create pressure and turnovers.”

The fast-paced third quarter saw both sides take the game on and almost match each other goal for goal, with quick ball movement resulting in 10 majors being kicked during the quarter.  Clarence’s Ian Callinan slotted a great check side goal from the boundary to ignite the crowd, who roared even louder when Bomber Robbie McManus replied with an incredible soccer volley goal at the other end moments later.

Photos by Kristi

At the final break Clarence, who kicked six for the quarter, led Lauderdale 14.7 (91) to 11.8 (74).

The final term saw the Roos’ experienced players put the foot to the pedal, kicking the first five goals in a flurry that all but quashed any chances of a Lauderdale victory.  The Bombers managed to snag a couple of late goals under the shadows of the grandstand, but it was all too late as they went down 13.11 (89) to Clarence’s 19.7 (121).

The Clarence forward line were more potent all match.  Jake Cox was a target in the pocket all day for the victors, slotting six clever goals, and he was well supported by Aidan Grace and 150 gamer Trent Standen, who kicked three goals apiece.

Webberley was impressed with the efforts of his whole side against a fired up Bombers outfit, especially after Jackson O’Brien hobbled from the field with a quad injury midway through the first term.

“Lauderdale is a quality team, and they came out fighting.   We had a really even contribution from all 21 guys today.  Our middle-tier players are starting to go well; they have some games under their belts and we’re starting to see the fruits (of that experience).”

He was particularly happy with the efforts of second-gamer James Holmes, who took a number of crucial intercept marks in defence against much larger opponents, describing his game as sensational, and of Gabby Chambers, who blanketed Lauderdale captain Bryce Walsh for most of the match.  He also singled out the performance of former Bomber Sam Siggins, who was highly influential in the ruck.

“He has really matured as a player and is putting a consistent effort in.  The ruck suits him, he’s a great athlete and kicks the ball really well.  We’ll need him to be brilliant (all season) for us to make the finals and go deep, hopefully.”

Photos by Kristi

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was left rueing lapses in concentration and skill in the second half by his charges after they matched the Roos early.

“We played some good football in stages throughout the game, but we weren’t able to sustain it.  They scored a lot of easy goals over the back, which was a bit disappointing.  There was a lot of pressure in the game, and they capitalised through turnovers.”

Winter was optimistic when looking ahead to next week, and believes his side can improve.

“We have a lot of new guys and young players in our group.  We’ll get stronger as the season goes on, and our goal is to sustain the pressure and skill level (across) whole games.”

The Bombers were well served by young midfielders Dylan Fyfe and Nat Franklin, who had 38 and 39 disposals respectively, and by returning player Ryan Wiggins, who kicked three goals from full forward after moving home from Victoria earlier in the week.

Robbie McManus fought hard all day, laying some big tackles and kicking two goals, while Alex Hevey also provided some highlights.

Clarence will head to the north of the state next week full of confidence in taking on a winless Devonport, while Lauderdale will be looking for their maiden win in a tough home game against Launceston, a team looking to rebound after a tough round three defeat.

CLARENCE v. LAUDERDALE
Round 3 – 15/04/2017

Clarence                                3.3,  8.6,  14.7,  19.7  (121)

Lauderdale                              4.4,  7.6,  11.8,  13.11  (89)

GOALS, Clarence :
J. Cox 6, A. Grace 3, T. Standen 3, I. Callinan 2, J. Harper 2, M. Blackburn 2,
M. Ling 1

Lauderdale :
R. Wiggins 3, T. Boscott 2, R. McManus 2, R. Hill 2, M. Anderton 1, D. Fyfe 1,
E. Whish-Wilson 1, A. Hevey 1

BEST, Clarence :
J. Cox, G. Chambers, J. Holmes, J. Bailey, S. Siggins, T. Standen

Lauderdale :
N. Franklin, D. Fyfe, P. Bellchambers, R. McManus, A. Hevey, H. Smith

Burnie break through to down Devonport

Burnie Dockers secured their first win for 2017, overcoming Devonport by 31 points to claim bragging rights in the coastal derby at West Park.

It was a battle between two young sides from the coast and it was Burnie who emerged with four points from a see-sawing contest. As is often the case, the wind played a big part at West Park with it influencing scoring with big runs of goals towards one end.

The Dockers shot out of the blocks making the most of a stiff breeze, kicking the last five goals of the opening quarter to open up a 27-point lead at the first change. Leaders Nick McKenna, Harry and Nick Walters and coach Clint Proctor were superb early, while Matt Elliott, the Baldock medalist in the NWFL, looked comfortable at the level as the hosts kicked away to a commanding lead.

Devonport hit back in the second, taking advantage of the breeze at the back in the second term to pile on 6.1 to 0.6 to take a narrow four point lead into the long break. Brayden Butler kicked two for the term, with Brad Chard and co-captain Dylan Riley also putting in strong showings in the second stanza.

In a heavily wind affected contest the pendulum swung back in Burnie’s favour in the premiership quarter. With the breeze at their back the Dockers used it well to open up a 23-point lead at the final change. Blair Rubock kicked three of Burnie’s six goals for the quarter, but not to be outmatched, Devonport co-captain Dylan Riley added two of his own from midfield to give his side a fighting chance approaching the final quarter.

Despite the wind not blowing in their direction Burnie held on to notch their first win of the year outscoring the Magpies four goals to two in the last. Devonport were let down all day by some sloppy ball use but particularly late with Burnie’s pressure often resulting in Devonport turnovers. They were also wasteful in front of goal, kicking 2.5, failing to make the most of their forward entries. Blair Rubock was outstanding with four second half goals to withstand several Devonport challenges, while leaders such as Nick Walters stood up when it was counted in the 17.17 (119) to 13.10 (88) win. James Dowling was also fantastic for Burnie collecting 25 touches and snaring three goals to play a strong hand in the victory.

Dylan Riley and Brayden Scott were among the Magpies who never stopped trying over four quarters in a losing effort.

Despite going down to their rivals, Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was proud of his young side’s efforts but acknowledged they needed to clean up their disposal if they are to get on the winners list in future weeks.

“I thought the effort was actually quite good. We kicked the ball out on the full 15 times today so when you kick the ball that poorly it makes it hard to win games,” he said.

“Full credit to Burnie they put us under pressure and we turned the ball over by foot far too often to win any game of TSL footy.

“We got back in the game, all square at half time and we thought we were in closing distance at three quarter time but our inability to kick the footy really hurt us,” Thorp explained.

Devonport have seen a list overhaul approaching the 2017 season and Thorp says losses will not sway them from their path.

“Its clearly a learning process for us at the moment. We are a fair way off winning a premiership we are just getting games into the young guys that are going to be a part of that side down the track but we’ve got to kick the ball better under pressure.

“15 players have played less than 15 games. No matter who you are playing or what anyone says they are the facts for our group at the moment but we’ll hang in there and we’ll stick fat to the cause.”

An emotional Clint Proctor was ecstatic with the result, particularly the last quarter resistance to hold on against the wind.

“Terrific for football and a great one for our supporters and the community. I’m obviously really proud of our young boys and our statesman for standing up. It was terrific.

“It was an exciting game actually, we played some good football and we scored heavily which is great. Going forward scoreboard pressure is massive for us and if we had of converted a bit better early we could have had more of a lead at half time but it was a great fight back.

“At three quarter time Devonport was in the box seat with the conditions of the ground and the weather so to face that adversity and push through and have belief in our system and themselves was outstanding,” Proctor said.

Proctor was particularly excited by the efforts of Rubock, who showed his wares as a forward of great promise.

“He is a nice link for us, he is a great finisher and reads the game very well and he is a vital cog to the way we score.”

Next week the Dockers will look to make it two on the trot with a road trip to face the Demons and the Magpies host Clarence in another tough encounter for the coastal youngsters.

BURNIE DOCKERS v. DEVONPORT
Round 3 – 14/04/2017

Burnie Dockers                          7.3,  7.9,  13.16,  17.17  (119)

Devonport                               3.0,  8.3,  11.5,  13.10  (88)

GOALS, Burnie Dockers :
B. Rubock 4, H. Walters 3, J. Dowling 3, K. Bracken 2, M. Elliott 1, D. Crane 1, N. McKenna 1, C. Proctor 1, F. Poke 1

Devonport :
D. Riley 2, B. Scott 2, B. Symmons 2, B. Connelly 1, D. Schnoor 1, B. Hawkes 1, G. Millucci 1, L. Williams 1, B. Butler 1, L. Bissett 1

BEST, Burnie Dockers :
J. Dowling, B. Boag, N. Walters, B. Rubock, S. Kalbfell, H. Walters

Devonport :
D. Riley, B. Scott, L. Williams, B. Symmons, B. Butler, D. Schnoor

North Launceston crush cross town rivals

Written by Matt Hill

In a game that failed to live up to the hype of a fierce cross-town rivalry North Launceston blitzed their neighbours Launceston, leading from start to finish to run out convincing 85 point victors.

In a win that rings the warning bells out to the competition, North Launceston completely dominated their fierce rivals to continue an impressive unbeaten start.

North Launceston controlled the early stages of the first quarter with their dominant midfield group of 100th gamer Taylor Whitford, Bradley Cox-Goodyear and Jay Lockhart setting up the two stars up forward for the day in playing coach Tom Couch and Zac Burt, who kicked 11 goals between them for the day.

North pressed the Launceston defence up and then used their run and carry from the back half and midfield to run it forward and kick some easy goals. Launceston fought back in the later stages of the first term and Sonny Whiting was able to score the Blues only major ofthe quarter, North led by 23 points at the break.

Courtesy of Andrew Woodgate

In the second stanza it was much of the same as North continued to dictate the play and put immense pressure on the struggling Blues. Zac Burt was outstanding in the air and was near unstoppable, whilst partner in crime Tom Couch was at his dangerous best and for his efforts he snapped an miraculous banana set shot, earning him his second major for the game.

Jay Lockhart and Brad Cox-Goodyear dominated the midfield and set up much of North Launceston’s play and were too much for the Blues to handle. The Bomber dominance appeared to get to the Blues mentally with tensions flaring with some big hits which could see a couple of Blues players face the tribunal during the week. If not for someinaccurate kicking, the Bombers lead could have been greater than 46 points.

Going into the premiership quarter the Blues needed to find another gear but unfortunately the Bombers continued to surge forward with efficient and slick handball link ups a feature of a North day out. Cox-Goodyear provided a major highlight for the quarter with a long bomb that resulted in a monster 55 metre goal. In the later stages of the term, Launceston sparked into action with three goals in a minute, with Jay Blackberry in his 150th game slotting a goal, Sonny Whiting selling some candy around two North players and slotting a goal and then young gun Jake Hinds kicking a set shot which was the best passage of play for the Blues for the day.

Courtesy of Andrew Woodgate

A 58 point lead at three quarter time quickly blew out, as a relentless North put the foot to the floor. North booted seven goals straight in the last thanks to captain Whitford, who went forward and kicked two majors as well as goals from Cox-Goodyear, Couch, Burt and Hollmer to finish 85 point winners.

Brad Cox-Goodyear played a leading hand in midfield and was awarded the Adam Sanders medal as best on field. The big win makes it a perfect run into the bye for North, who sit at 3 and 0 with a strong percentage. For Launceston, they’ll look to bounce back when they hit the road to take on Lauderdale.

LAUNCESTON v. NORTH LAUNCESTON
Round 3 – 14/04/2017

North Launceston                        4.5,  9.9,  12.17,  19.17  (131)

Launceston                              1.0,  2.0,  5.1,  7.4  (46)

GOALS, North Launceston :
Z. Burt 6, T. Couch 5, B. Cox-Goodyer 3, T. Whitford 2, L. Hollmer 1, C. Pearton 1,
T. Bennett 1

Launceston :
S. Whiting 4, J. Harris 1, J. Blackberry 1, J. Hinds 1

BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Lockhart, Z. Burt, M. Walsh, C. Young, A. Lee

Launceston :
J. Blackberry, J. Hinds, J. Harris, J. Smith, C. Sheppard, B. Taylor