TSL TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 5

This week’s team of the week is littered with Red and Black with a big 96 win from North Launceston coupled with Lauderdale’s first victory for 2017. In fact, this week the whole centre line is Bombers.

Clarence took out match of the round with an impressive 38 point win over Launceston. The Roos defence is on-song at the moment and once again they have two feature across the back six.

Glenorchy and the Roos top representation with five players a piece, while North Launceston and Lauderdale have four players each in the all star line up for Round 5.

The defeated teams made up four players, with Devonport and Hobart City Demons having one each selected and the Blues have two crack the week’s top 22.

There are some usual suspects that feature once again this week with Bradley Cox-Goodyer, Brayden Webb, Jason Bailey, Dylan Fyfe, Zach Burt, Tom Couch, Jay Blackberry, Brayden Butler and Jake Cox all picked again.

Cameron Duffy has not missed a week outside of a bye and continues to perform at an eye catching level, while it is a debut for eight fresh faces.

BACKS

Jordon Arnold (Glenorchy)

Arnold was solid as a rock and as such was Glenorchy’s dominance he was able to help the Magpies overload and provided good run out of the back half.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

Has been a mainstay in the Team of the Week in recent times and is undoubtedly one the league’s most in-form backs. This week he shut down the dangerous Sonny Whiting, conceding just the solitary goal from the Launceston livewire.

Liam Azzopardi (Hobart City Demons)

It was an Azzo pardi, Azzopardi did a fantastic job in nullifying Lauderdale’s tall target Ryan Wiggins, holding the big man goalless. He also provided drive out of defence, moving it up the ground well. Assistant Coach Richard Robinson gave the defender a wrap post-game and lauded the defence’s role in holding off a bigger Lauderdale score.

 

HALF BACKS

Tim Castle (Clarence)

Castle held Rulla Kelly-Mansell goalless shutting down the dangerous half forward from having a major influence. It was a fantastic stopping job from Castle and it went a long way to seeing Clarence take the chocolates.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

The Lauderdale vice-skipper played a strong hand in a Lauderdale win. He was strong in the opening half, strangely he was unsighted in the third term but he then finished with a wet sail. The former Brisbane Lion was a ball magnet in the final term in particular, cutting off wave after wave from the Demons. He rebounded well and was a link in the build up for several Lauderdale goals.

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

The Glenorchy Captain had plenty of the pill, bouncing out of the backline and on ball to propel the Pies to a triple figure win. Webb also booted two majors on the way to the comfortable win.

 

CENTRES

It is a red and black midfield this week, with three bombers picked as the centres.

Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

One of the form players in the competition Cox Goodyer again had leather poisoning, racking up plenty of the ball and breaking the lines with his bursts of play and long booming kicking, again a feature. Cox-Goodyer again hit the scoreboard with two well-finished goals.

Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

Bryce Walsh is back in town. The Lauderdale Captain was at his bullocking best through the guts against the Demons, gathering 31 possessions in a midfield masterclass.

Mark Walsh (Lauderdale)

Another Bomber in red-hot touch, Mark Walsh played a strong hand in a North Launceston onslaught. He booted three goals and had plenty of the footy in a first class showing.

 

HALF FORWARDS

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

Proving to be one of the most dangerous forwards in the competition, Couch helped himself to another four majors. The North Launceston Coach is in irresistible touch after some early season injury concerns.

Brayden Butler (Devonport)

The Devonport utility was everywhere, finding the footy down back, in the ruck, across midfield and up forward. He had it over 30 times for the third straight week and kicked two goals, he is a player with a lot of promise.

Michael Blackburn (Clarence)

Blackburn was the Roos main avenue to goal with three well taken goals, Blackburn was a strong presence and was rewarded with a vote in the RACT Player of the Year. Was a good hit up target and hit the scoreboard with great set shot kicking.

FORWARDS

Ian Callinan (Clarence)

The former Adelaide Crow is a maestro, he was simply sensational. His use by foot was razor sharp and it cut Launceston to pieces. His use was pure class. He earned three RACT player of the year votes for a trademark Callinan performance.

Zach Burt (North Launceston)

Burt has been just about the top player of the competition to date, adding six more goals to his tally against Devonport. He was too hot for Devonport to handle, bagging three more player of the year votes to lead the pack on nine. He was too strong for his opponent and took the chances that came his way.

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

The enigmatic Boscott was a presence when playing forward early, kicking two goals and setting up another couple in his trademark explosive way. He then moved into the middle in the third term and won 2-3 key clearances to break the game apart and steer it the Dale’s way when things were in the balance.

 

FOLLOWERS

Hamish Leedham (Launceston)

Leedham has been unlucky to not have already featured in the team of the week. The Launceston ruck has been in fantastic touch and he took the points against Sam Siggins, giving the Blues mids first use more often than not with well executed tapwork. Has an aggressive style, throws his weight around with good pressure acts to compliment top target and tap work.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

Mott was prolific and exquisite by foot, giving Burnie’s youngsters little chance as he gathered a lot of the footy and used his lethal skills with precision to put them to the sword. Also chimed in with two goals of his own.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)

Fyfe is playing top footy. He had 31 touches and 15 tackles and kept Ryan Matthews reasonably subdued in the process. He finds the footy with aplomb and makes it tough for the opposition’s best to get a handle on things.

INTERCHANGE

Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

Duffy is a mainstay in the Team of the Week, continues to win hit outs for fun and roam around the ground to cause carnage. The benchmark ruck at the moment.

Joel Millhouse (Glenorchy)

Playing an integral role in Glenorchy’s structure, Millhouse backed up a fine performance on Anzac Day with another great game across half forward.

Jay Blackberry (Launceston)

Blackberry was the Blues best through midfield and put up a fight against a classy Clarence. Rarely wastes the ball and was Launceston’s only multiple goal kicker with two.

Jake Cox (Clarence)

Cox ran through the middle and up forward and ripped apart the Blues, Launceston didn’t have an effective matchup to contain Cox. He polled two votes in the RACT Player of the Year award, as he again showed why he is one of the league’s very best.

Club by Club Breakdown:

Clarence: 5

Glenorchy: 5

Lauderdale: 4

North Launceston: 4

Hobart City Demons: 1

Launceston: 2

Devonport: 1

 

Unlucky Omissions

As always there are some players that impressed but just missed out on a spot in the Team of the Week.

Robbie McManus was terrific once again for Lauderdale on a wing, kicking two and attacking the game with plenty of energy. For the Demons Eddie Cole was the pick of their mids and Blake Grant did a bit in the forward arc.

North Launceston could have arguably had half the team picked but two talls in Bart McCulloch and Alex Lee both had good games. Lee commanded the ruck and McCulloch was a handful up forward.

Quade Byard was Devonport’s next best with some great run and carry in a trying circumstances.

Glenorchy were devastating in their brilliance against Burnie. Most players in black and white put a case forward for selection. Zac Webster showed his silk, Liam Smith snagged two, the amazing Jaye Bowden kicked three and Harrison Gunther shone after returning from Mariners, kicking four.

Burnie’s only goal kicker Nick Walters was the Dockers standout but it was a difficult day for Burnie.

Zac Mastrocola, Tyson Hanslow and Gabby Chambers were all fantastic for Clarence through the middle of aground and across the flanks. While Brendan Taylor impressed once more and Sam Lonergan is starting to find his groove for Launceston.

 

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup – Round 5

 Southern Cross TSL

1. Melees that occurred in the Lauderdale vs Hobart City Demons senior match.

Sanctions: Kane Richter (Hobart City Demons), Edward Cole (Hobart City Demons), Haydn Smith (Lauderdale), Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale), each accepted a REPRIMAND for low level offences.

2. Edward Cole (Hobart City Demons) referred for striking Robbie McManus (Lauderdale).

MRP assessed incident as: careless, low impact, body contact. Base sanction of ONE week reduced to REPRIMAND with early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted REPRIMAND

3. Hamish Leedham (Launceston) referred for rough conduct against Jake Cox (Clarence).

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

Base sanction ONE match reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted REPRIMAND

 Mercury Cup

4. Dillon Howlett (Clarence) referred for striking Joshua Bangura (Launceston).

MRP assessed incident as: intentional, low impact, body contact. Base sanction increased from ONE match to TWO matches due to poor record. Howlett can accept match with an early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted ONE match.

5. Luke Murfitt-Cowen (Clarence) reported for tripping Jimmy Aganas (Launceston).

MRP assessed incident as: base sanction ONE match reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea.

Sanction: Accepted REPRIMAND.

Roos beat Blues

Written by Matt Hill

In a game that was destined to give a telling insight into where both teams sat, Clarence were too strong for Launceston at Windsor Park. The Roos running out convincing 38 point winners.

For much of the game it was a fairly tight contest, Clarence showed their class and experience against a young Launceston side, who at stages dominated play but couldn’t string together enough good passages to hit the scoreboard heavily. In the battle of third verses fourth, it showed that there was a fair gap between the two, with Clarence having another gear to go to.

Clarence controlled the early stages of the first quarter with immense pressure around the ball and a good set up around the ground. Michael Blackburn was the damaging forward for the game kicking three for the game but two of those in the first term for the Roos, skipping out to a 16 point lead at quarter time.

Hamish Leedham had the better of the ruck duel for Launceston and was giving his midfield first use as he was dominating in the middle for the blues, and Jay Blackberry played his usual part as Launceston’s dominant midfielder. In the second stanza, Launceston went unrewarded with a lot of the play but unfortunately for the Blues they were unable to find a way to goal for all their effort. Thankfully for the Blues, Nunn and Whiting were able to score goals mid-way through the second term and bring them to within 15 point. Two quick goals to key player Sam Siggins saw the southerners respond and go into the main break ahead by 20 points.

The remainder of the game was evenly spread with a lot of disposal errors and high tackling pressure causing multiple turnovers, of which Clarence capitalised on. The Roos rewarded themselves with a lead of 32 points at three quarter time and then eventually run out the game winners, extending the advantage by a further goal.

Victorious coach Jeromey Webberley was really pleased with his side’s effort and praised Jason Bailey for his role on Sonny Whiting and Tim Castle for his shut down role on key Launceston player Rulla Kelly-Mansell.

“Overall, I was really happy with how the back six performed today and they were a major contribution to us winning the game today.”

Michael Blackburn also had a stand out game for the Roos.

“He has worked really hard and had seven scoring shots today and continues to play his role for the team.”

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan said his young Blues simply met their match in a more seasoned side.

“He was pleased with the effort his boys gave today but unfortunately we just came across a well drilled and experienced side.

“It is a three year process to find your way to the top of the state league and we are only six months in, so the signs are certainly promising for us looking forward.

Brodie Palfreyman continued his good form and battled hard all day. Ruckman Hamish Leedham and midfielder Jay Blackberry also played strong games and were among Launceston’s standout players.

Looking forward to next week’s state league action, Launceston have the bye before taking on Tigers at the Twin Ovals, in what should provide some insight on whether Launceston are up for a finals spot early on in the season.

Clarence however take on rivals Glenorchy at KGV in a game of epic proportions.

“We are confident going into it after today’s result and will certainly give everything we have.

“North and Glenorchy are the clearly the best two sides in the league and we will certainly see how far we are from the top tier next week,” Webberley explained.

 

LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE
Round 5 – 30/04/2017

Clarence                                3.1,  6.2,  8.6,  10.11  (71)

Launceston                              0.3,  2.6,  3.6,  4.9  (33)

GOALS, Clarence :
M. Blackburn 3, S. Siggins 2, I. Callinan 1, J. Holmes 1, T. Hanslow 1, A. Grace 1,
T. Standen 1

Launceston :
J. Blackberry 2, J. Gillow 1, S. Whiting 1

BEST, Clarence :
Z. Mastrocola, M. Blackburn, T. Castle, J. Bailey, T. Hanslow, G. Chambers

Launceston :
B. Taylor, J. Blackberry, H. Leedham, C. Brown, J. Boyce, S. Lonergan

Lauderdale break through

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Lauderdale have broken through for their first win of season 2017, running out 13 point winners over Hobart City Demons off the back of an attacking final three quarters in blustery conditions at Lauderdale Oval.

Hobart City Demons started the fastest with the wind at their back in the opening quarter, but the Bombers were relentless from that point onwards, booting eight goals 13 behinds to five straight goals after the first break to claim their maiden victory 10.14 (74) to 9.7 (61) of 2017.

Lauderdale showed their intent early with a clearance in the first minute finding Toutai Havea, who duly converted the set shot from 30 metres out.  A scrambled soccer goal inside the square from midfielder Dylan Fyfe followed soon after, and the Bombers were up and about.  It was all the Hobart City Demons’ way for the rest of the quarter though, with quick ball movement seeing three goals booted in quick succession, including a fine set shot from Liam Azzopardi,  as they went into the quarter time huddle ahead 3.3 (21) to Lauderdale’s 2.1 (13).

Hobart City Demons started the second term as they finished the first, with Jess Maple kicking his second goal for the match just seconds after the quarter began, with the away side now ahead by 14 points.  The wind began to pick up halfway through the quarter, and Thor Boscott used the Bomber’s fast ball movement to his advantage to hit back from close range for the home side.  Both teams showed a lot of physicality as the ball remained locked in the Bomber’s forward half for close to ten minutes, and a melee broke out in the forward pocket as tempers flared.

Boscott took his time from a mark soon after to find Robbie McManus with a beautiful pass, and he kicked truly to lock the scores up at 4.6. (30) a-piece.  The Bombers continued to press ahead with the wind on their side, and just before the siren McManus turned his opponent inside out to kick his second goal from 40 metres out, sending Lauderdale into the main break ahead 5.7 (37) to 4.7 (31).

Hobart City Demons came out fighting in the third quarter, kicking the first two goals with the wind to lead by five points in the opening minutes. Ethan Whish-Wilson steadied the ship for Lauderdale with a calculated set shot, and moments later young Bomber Rhys Sutton kicked an incredible goal from the boundary that triggered a chorus of car horns.  The Demons struck back through Sean Willis’ evasive effort to goal from close range, before Boscott soccered through his second major to put the Bombers in front by ten points at the final break.

When Havea goaled early in the final term, it looked like Lauderdale would pull away but Hobart City Demons kept pushing forward. The Bombers’ defence were forced to repel repeated attacks as they tried desperately to cling on. Trent Millhouse slotted an expert shot from the boundary late in the match to close the margin but the Bombers weren’t to be headed, holding firm to outlast their opponents. The hosts, ecstatic 11 point victors when the siren sounded 25 minutes into the last quarter.

IC: Solstice Digital
Fyfe was outstanding, winning plenty of the ball in the Bombers midfield.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was pleased that his players were able to hold on for their first win of the year.

“We’ve had three pretty tough games first up, and today was a good reward for the work the boys have put in. They pulled the trigger and backed themselves in.”

Winter was especially proud of the Lauderdale defence in the final term, with Josh McGuinness, Mitchell Anderton and Dylan Johns standing tall.

“I don’t think Josh had a touch in the third, then he came out and took six or seven marks in the last quarter and steadied us, and used the ball really well.  He’s a quality player.”

Dylan Fyfe was outstanding in the midfield for the Bombers with 31 disposals and an incredible 15 tackles, while keeping the influential Ryan Matthews in check for most of the match.  He was well supported by Captain Bryce Walsh, who collected 31 touches of his own, and Thor Boscott, who kicked two goals and won some key clearances when the game was in the balance.  Robbie McManus, who missed out on selection in the TSL squad announced to play the NEAFL, was also a standout, and his performance also pleased Winter.

“Robbie’s had four outstanding games, and his work rate is second to none in our team.  “Guys like that, we’d really like to see play for the state, but there’s a few more weeks before it gets finalised, so if he continues to play well we hope to be able to sneak him in,” Winter explained.

Hobart City Demons assistant coach Richard Robinson didn’t mince words after the game.

“We’re very disappointed; it was probably the worst performance we’ve put in all year.

“We got beaten at something we pride ourselves in: contested possessions, after half time their players like Boscott and Walsh got too much of the footy.’

While the result didn’t please Robinson, he sang the praises of the Hobart City Demons’ backline.

“I thought our defenders did a really good job, I think (Liam) Azzopardi on (Lauderdale forward Ryan) Wiggins was really good, and Hugh Williams in his first game back for the year was really good as well.

“To be fair, if the defenders hadn’t have stood up like they did, it could have been a five or six goal loss.”

The Hobart City Demons were well served by midfielder Eddie Cole, who had a strong first half, and by first year standout Bailey Walker, who showed courage in what was a physical match. Jesse Maple also contested well at ground level to finish up with two goals for the afternoon from limited opportunities.

The Demons host Devonport next week at North Hobart Oval, and Robinson will be looking for his charges to put in four quarters of consistent effort to fight back for a win over the young Magpies.  Lauderdale meet a resurgent Tigers, who boast a similar brand of fast-paced and physical football, under lights at Twin Ovals next Saturday evening, in what should be one the matches of the round as both sides push for a top five spot early in the season.

LAUDERDALE v. HOBART CITY DEMONS
Round 5 – 29/04/2017

Lauderdale                              2.1,  5.7,  8.11,  10.14  (74)

Hobart City Demons                      3.3,  4.7,  7.7,  9.7  (61)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 2, R. McManus 2, T. Havea 2, R. Sutton 1, L. Meagher 1, D. Fyfe 1,
E. Whish-Wilson 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Maple 2, S. Willis 2, K. Wisniewski 1, R. Cowie 1, B. Grant 1, T. Millhouse 1,
J. Williamson 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
D. Fyfe, T. Boscott, B. Walsh, J. McGuinness, R. McManus, S. Hill

Hobart City Demons :
B. Grant, J. Maple, R. Matthews, W. Hay, L. Azzopardi, B. Walker

 

Devonport downed by second half Bombers blitz

Written by Jakson Peach

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

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

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

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

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

IC: Andrew Woodgate

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

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

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

DEVONPORT v. NORTH LAUNCESTON
Round 5 – 29/04/2017

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

Devonport                               4.1,  6.1,  8.1,  9.3  (57)

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

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

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

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

Round 5 TSL Preview with Alex FitzGerald

 

Saturday 29th April

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

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

IC: Kristi Mead

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jay Blakcberry has been in fantastic form.

Sunday 30th April

Launceston vs Clarence (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Burnie vs Glenorchy (West Park) 2:30pm

Tyrone Morrison was fantastic last week.

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

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

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

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

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

Wrest Point TSL W season preview

Burnie Dockers

The defending Premiers.

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

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

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

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

Clarence

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Glenorchy

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

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

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

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

 

Launceston

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tigers

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

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

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

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

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


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WREST POINT TSL W

ROUND 1

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BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB v. GLENORCHY FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 1 – 29/04/2017

West Park – 1:00PM

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

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

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


LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB v. CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 1 – 29/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

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

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

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

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League

ROUND 5

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LAUDERDALE v. HOBART CITY DEMONS 

Round 5 – 29/04/2017

Lauderdale Oval – 2:00PM

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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: R. Hooker, C. Hooker, D. Johns, C. Laoumtzis

In: R. Hooker
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Hobart City Demons

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

In: H. Williams
Out: P. Kearney


DEVONPORT v. NORTH LAUNCESTON 

Round 5 – 29/04/2017

Devonport Oval – 6:00PM

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

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


BURNIE DOCKERS v. GLENORCHY 

Round 5 – 30/04/2017

West Park – 2:30PM

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

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

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

In: H. Gunther, D. Grant


LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE 

Round 5 – 30/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

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

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

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Clarence

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

In: B. Dart


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WREST POINT TSL W

ROUND 1

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BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB v. GLENORCHY FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 1 – 29/04/2017

West Park – 1:00PM

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

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

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


LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB v. CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 1 – 29/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

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

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

TSL TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 4

 

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

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

The Team by Team breakdown:

Clarence: 5

Glenorchy: 4

Launceston: 3

Lauderdale: 3

Burnie: 3

Hobart City Demons: 3

Devonport: 1

Tigers: 0

 

BACKS

James Holmes (Clarence)

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

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

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

Max Kleverkamp (Lauderdale)

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

HALF BACKS

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy)

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

Kane Richter (Hobart City Demons)

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

Rudy Barrett (Burnie)

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

 

CENTRES

Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy)

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

Jayden Charlton (Hobart City Demons)

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

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale)

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

 

HALF FORWARDS

Harry Walters (Burnie)

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

Brayden Butler (Devonport)

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

Brendan Taylor (Launceston)

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

 

FORWARDS

Trent Standen (Clarence)

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

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

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

Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

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

FOLLOWERS

Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

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

Nick Walters (Burnie)

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

Tyson Hanslow (Clarence)

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

 

INTERCHANGE

Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons)

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

Matt Ling (Clarence)

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

Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

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

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

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

EMERGENCY

Banjo the Dog

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

 

Unlucky Omissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Match Review Panel Results – Round 4

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 4

Tasmanian State League

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

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

Sanction: Dismissed

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

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

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

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

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

Sanction: Dismissed

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

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

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

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

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

Sanction: Dismissed

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

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

Sanction: Dismissed

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

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

Sanction: Dismissed

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

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

Sanction: Dismissed

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

MRP assessed incident as: Insufficient evidence.

Sanction: Dismissed