Magpies outshine Tigers

Written by Alex FitzGerald

A dominant third term from Glenorchy has seen them overcome a resilient Tigers outfit in sunny conditions to the tune of 25 points on Saturday afternoon at Twin Ovals.

After a fast start, the 2016 Tasmanian State League Premiers went into the main break a mere two points ahead, but a commanding third quarter in which they booted five goals enabled them to break free of the Tigers to hold on for a 14.14 (97) to 10.12 (72) win.

One of the major talking points out of the game was the Tigers’ late recruitment of former St Kilda player Daniel Archer.

The first 10 minutes of the match was goalless, with strong defence from both sides on display, a high number of intercept possessions cut off most forays forward.  Former Brisbane Lions listed player Josh Watts finally broke the drought, taking a big contested grab and converting the subsequent set shot to put Glenorchy on the board.  The Tigers received plenty of drive forward from towering recruit Daniel Archer, who took five marks in the first term alone, and he responded with a major soon after.  From then on it was all the Pies’ way, as they finished the term on an accurate 4.2 (26) to the Tigers’ wasteful 1.5 (11), with the crafty Matt Joseph snaring two goals.

The Tigers came out blazing in the second quarter, with a fast goal to Mitch Walker.  The Magpies returned fire soon afterwards through Tim Butterworth, but a big tackle from Jack Pearce saw him slot a crucial goal for the home side, and when the hard running 16 year old Oliver Burrows-Cheng set up Walker for his second major, the game was evenly poised.  A late steadying goal from James Webb saw the Magpies hold a slim 6.4 (40) to 5.8 (38) lead at the main break.

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

The final quarter saw some of the strangely absent physicality both sides are known for present itself, as the struggle for the football reached its peak.  Mitch Rainbird was in everything, with the tough Glenorchy onballer booting an early goal but also finding himself in the umpire’s book for striking Tyler Carter, an incident which gifted the Tigers a major of their own.  The ever-classy Liam Smith looked to have sealed the game for the Magpies when he sidestepped his opponent to slot the goal of the day from long range, but two hurried majors from the hosts gave the Kingborough supporters a faint hope.  Enter Rainbird, who ran hard up the grandstand wing to kick his second of the stanza as Glenorchy maintained their three quarter time lead of 25 points at the final siren.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius praised the Tigers for pushing his side, particularly in the opening half, but was happy with how the Magpies responded after the main break.

“To their credit, (the Tigers) really got the ball moving forward and they beat us in the inside 50’s and took some good marks; they were pretty innacurate, which kept us in the game.

“In the first half they brought the heat; they were a different outfit to last week, and credit to them.

“I thought we played really well in the third quarter, and managed to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game, with our ability to get the ball out of the stoppages.”

The Magpies were well served by forward target Josh Watts and the roaming Matt Joseph, who finished with three goals apiece, while Mitch Rainbird and Tim Butterworth kicked two majors.  Defenders Matthew Dilger and Rhys Mott were influential, linking up well with midfield trio Jaye Bowden, James Webb and Ben Kamaric.

Cornelius singled out the performance of usual forward Bowden, who played on the ball.

“We had a bit of variety (in the forward line) which let Jaye get up the ground; he had over 30 disposal and played a very well-rounded game.”

Tigers coach Aaron Vince was happy with how his side, particularly the defenders, bounced back after saying that he had felt let down by the playing group following last week’s big loss to the Hobart City Demons.

“I thought our response (compared) to the effort that we put in last week was tremendous; our backline worked really well, and we had over 40 handball receives back there so that was pleasing.”

With seven changes made to the side that took to the field in Round 12, Vince made his message clear on selection policy for the rest of the season.

“We’ll hopefully get players back (from representative and school duties) and we’ll continue to play players based on form.”

Daniel Archer had a huge influence with his presence across half forward, particularly in the first half, and will play for the Tigers for the rest of the 2017 season.  Michael Booth and Tyler Carter shut down dangerous forwards Tyler Bowden and Mitch Hills to earn the praise of Vince, but he was most impressed with captain Tim Peterson in a defensive role.

Teenage wingers Oliver Burrows-Cheng and Connor Bryant also stood out with their fearless attack on the ball, with both laying big tackles and driving the ball forward against the run of play.

The Tigers have the bye next week before facing Lauderdale, Launceston and North Launceston in what will be a tough July.  Glenorchy will host the hapless Burnie Dockers as they look to cement a finals position, and Cornelius is preparing his charges for a strong run home.

“We want to get ourselves into a routine (of consistent football) with not too many changes, and set ourselves up for the back half of the year.”


Round 13 – 01/07/2017

Glenorchy                               4.2,  6.4,  11.10,  14.13  (97)

Tigers                                  1.5,  5.8,  7.9,  10.12  (72)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Watts 3, M. Joseph 3, M. Rainbird 2, T. Butterworth 2, J. Webb 1, J. Bowden 1,
L. Smith 1, C. Duffy 1

Tigers :
M. Walker 3, D. Archer 2, M. Carter 1, T. Carter 1, S. Rice 1, J. Pearce 1,
B. Livingston 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, B. Kamaric, T. Butterworth, R. Mott, M. Dilger, J. Webb

Tigers :
T. Peterson, M. Booth, D. Archer, T. Carter, O. Burrows-Cheng, C. Bryant

Dees do enough

Hobart City Demons did enough on the road to claim a 22 point win in a scrappy contest, at West Park.

It wasn’t the prettiest of victories for the Demons but it was an important one to stay in touch with the top five and keep their finals dream alive.

The Dockers got the opener through coach Clint Proctor and the last of the quarter through Tom Charles but in between the opening stanza was largely dictated by the Demons. Both teams played high risk footy which lead to plenty of turnovers, with Burnie in particular being punished for poor exit kicks from defence. A wasteful Demons should have been further than 12 points in front after withstanding some early territorial dominance by Burnie and then delivering some of their own, with Edward Cole, Michael Bidgood and Callan Dell kicking their majors in the first term.

The second quarter was a holding pattern with an arm wrestle ensuing and the innacurate Demons extending their advantage by one straight kick, to see Hobart City 5.8 (38) lead Burnie 3.2 (20). For the young hosts, Nick McKenna and Benjamin Keiselis in defence were two of their better players in the first half, while Darcy Crane kicked their only major of the term.

The Dockers made the running in the third but were unable to trim the margin, controlling the play for the last 10 minutes of the term with goals to Harry Walters and Rudy Barrett getting them back into the game. The Demons looked like they would run away with it after quick goals to Hugh Williams and Jayden Charlton pushed their lead to 30 points, but failed to have any further impact on the scoreboard after that with the Dockers fighting back.
Burnie again impressed everywhere but the scoreboard in the final term as Hobart City walked away with a 22 point win, getting on top early to be never headed. A Nick Walters goal after seven minutes gave the home side hope, but that was the only major they could muster for the final term. Sean Willis kicked Hobart City’s first goal since the early stages of the third term just before the final in a contest where the Demons’ first quarter proved decisive.

Demons Assistant Richard Robinson acknowledged it was not pretty but was happy to collect a win.

“It was scrappy…It is always to come up here and win so a young group to come and take away the four points so that is the positive you have to take out of it.

“We weathered the storm enough and it gets us back to six and six and sets us up for a big game against Lauderdale.”BURNIE DOCKERS v. HOBART CITY DEMONS
Round 13 – 01/07/2017Hobart City Demons                      3.6,  5.8,  7.9,  8.14  (62)Burnie Dockers                          2.0,  3.2,  5.3,  6.4  (40)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 2, S. Willis 1, H. Williams 1, M. Bidgood 1, J. Charlton 1, C. Dell 1,
E. Cole 1

Burnie Dockers :
H. Walters 1, N. Walters 1, T. Charles 1, D. Crane 1, C. Proctor 1, R. Barrett 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
E. Cole, M. Bidgood, B. Norton, H. Williams, B. Grant, C. White

Burnie Dockers :
J. Dowling, B. Keiselis, N. Walters, D. Brazendale, N. McKenna, T. Morrison


Written by Andrew Johnston

Clarence further consolidated their premiership credentials with a massive 89 point blowout of Devonport at Blundstone Arena, putting the Roos four points clear atop the ladder.

After some shonky kicking for goal in the first half, the Roos found their groove producing 13 goals in the second half to outclass a young Devonport.

Michael Blackburn lead the way with five second half goals, while captain Brady Jones and the much-improved Kyle Palmer-Hughes continued in formidable form, and the returning Jordan Roberts did well after two and a half years away from the TSL.

The young Devonport side stuck close with the much-fancied Roos in the first term, with a tough midfield battle seeing only six points separating both teams going into the first break. Roberts was dominant early for the Roos, while Ben Hawkes was strong across half back for the Magpies, minimising Clarence’s effectiveness inside the forward arc.

Clarence took control of midfield in the second quarter, with Sam Siggins dominating the ruck, allowing Brady Jones to make a major impact on the game. The Roos could have skipped further away but let themselves down with poor kicking, ending the quarter with four goals and four behinds. For the Magpies, skill errors began to creep in but the team’s willingness to contest saw flashes of great play, with co-captains Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley putting in strong performances in a losing cause.

The third quarter was marred with an off the ball incident, that saw Aiden Grace, who had kicked three goals, being taken from the field and not returning for the remainder of play. Despite this setback, the Roos took control of the game, booting six goals. Michael Blackburn worked his way into the game, kicking the first of five goals and captain Jones chipped in with his first, as well as setting up a number of scoring shots for his teammates.

The final quarter saw the Roos continue their dominance, booting seven goals and a behind to round off a fantastic performance. Blackburn was the force up forward, kicking four last quarter goals, whilst Luke Murfitt-Cowen also contributed three. The Magpies finished off strong and had their best quarter on the scoreboard, kicking three of their own through the co-captains Riley and Sharman, while Hawkes booted his second for the day. It was the Roos day however, running out emphatic winners by 89 points to jump into outright top on the TSL ladder.

The young Devonport team, who fielded nine players at 17 years of age, continued to show their growth from the season, and despite the margin their performance impressed coach Mitch Thorp.

“The commitment to the club, the team, the training, playing is great. They’ve just got to learn.

“I saw some great signs from our kids. Even though the skill execution isn’t there, the desperation of being in the contest is. It’s was just a clear process.”

For Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley, the game showed signs the Roos believe they can improve on in the second half of the season before finals.

“I think our next step of improvement  is for our leaders and the players on the ground to realise what sought of state the game’s in and being able to adjust to that on field. At the moment we tend to go with the momentum of the game and then we come to the break and they take on board what we’re saying. I think the next stage is to react on ground.”

In round 14 Clarence takes on Launceston in a massive matchup at Blundstone Arena as Devonport head to UTAS Stadium to take on the might of North Launceston.

Round 13 – 01/07/2017

Clarence                                2.2,  6.6,  12.10,  19.11  (125)

Devonport                               1.2,  1.4,  2.6,  5.6  (36)

GOALS, Clarence :
M. Blackburn 5, L. Murfitt-Cowen 3, A. Grace 3, I. Callinan 2, B. Jones 2, J. Harper 2,
W. Wall 2

Devonport :
B. Sharman 1, G. Millucci 1, D. Riley 1, M. Thorp 1, T. Highet 1

BEST, Clarence :
K. Palmer-Hughes, Z. Mastrocola, B. Jones, M. Blackburn, L. Murfitt-Cowen, S. Siggins

Devonport :
H. Barker, B. Symmons, B. Butler, T. Enniss, B. Sharman, D. Riley



Written by Anthony Osborn 

An impressive Lauderdale outfit have made it two victories in Launceston from two attempts in 2017, running out convincing 27-point winners over the Blues in an entertaining affair.

The Bombers took another serious step towards premiership legitimacy over the Blues, taking the valuable points back down the midlands in the 16.9 (105) to 12.6 (78) victory.

The opening quarter was a scrappy affair, with Launceston emerging as the side that was able to acclimatise to slippery conditions underfoot and the red-hot nature of the contest, taking a 19-point buffer into the first break.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell looked set for a big day, with his performance in the opening term, which included two magnificent goals, threatening to blow the Bombers out of the water, while a heavy knock on Sam Lonergan prematurely ended the Launceston playing-coach’s day.

The injury to Sam Lonergan undoubtedly influenced the contest, with the playing-coach’s influence sorely missed both on and off the field.

Just as Kelly-Mansell did in the opening term, Thor Boscott roared to life in the second term to emphatically stamp his influence on the match. The fiery Bomber booted two, and set up several others, to put Lauderdale right back in the match.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was clearly pleased with how his star returned to the side after serving his suspension.

“He (Boscott) is a really strong young man- he is really important to our team with the way he goes about his footy… at stages he changed the shape of the game,” Winter said.

The Bomber second quarter surge was far from a coincidence, with the prime movers of the Lauderdale midfield, including Dylan Fyfe, working their way on top around the contest as the term progressed. Lauderdale’s defence were also stringent in their efforts, keeping the Blues scoreless in the second term.

The third quarter went much the same way as the visitors piled on seven goals to one to put the result beyond doubt.

Just as Boscott had done in the second, regular defender Alex Hill took the game by the scruff of the neck in the third term, booting three of his five goals in the premiership stanza.

Launceston ran the game out well, outscoring the Bombers six goals to three, kicking six final quarter goals, including multiples from James Gillow and the well-held Sonny Whiting.

Alex Hill’s presence in the forward half emerged as a result of regular key forward Ryan Wiggins playing a role in defence, and this decision from Darren Winter proved to be a masterstroke, with Hill’s ability to take contested marks and finish cleanly in front of goal having a significant influence on the contest.

Winter was pleased with how both players performed, and cited an issue of predictability as the catalyst for the tactical shift.

“The first eight or nine weeks we played good footy, but we have been pretty predictable. To be able to throw the opposition out we need to have some flexibility in our team… We will continue to do different things” Winter said.

Alex Hill and Thor Boscott’s performances were certainly the most eye-catching, but the even performance of the entire Lauderdale outfit made for a seriously impressive display; with the likes of the McGuinness brothers, Dylan Fyfe and Rhys Sutton all playing significant roles in the victory.

Max Kleverkamp similarly did a magnificent job of restricting the output of damaging Launceston forward Sonny Whiting, keeping the goal sneak goalless until being forced off the ground after copping some friendly fire from teammate Phil Bellchambers.

Winter was pleased with the performance, but conceded that his side had much to work on, particularly the free kick count.

“We had 41 free kicks against us… we really need to address that. We can’t keep handing the ball to the opposition,” Winter admitted.

Lauderdale’s victory atoned for their round four loss to the Blues at home earlier this year, and also saw the Bombers take a 2-1 record from the past three games against premiership hopefuls North Launceston, Clarence and Launceston; three sides they lost to at the beginning of the season.

Launceston assistant coach Darrin Geard was pleased with how the Blues ran out the match, but was left to rue the second and third quarters.

“Lauderdale brought a physical contest. We (Launceston) won the first quarter but in the second and third quarters we went away from our structures… the damage really was done in those middle quarters,” Geard said.

Brodie Palfreyman was his usually productive self for the Blues, finding plenty of the football in a prominent display, while Sam Rundle and Joe Boyce also impressed.

Lauderdale face the dangerous Hobart City Demons at North Hobart Oval next Saturday, while Launceston face an imposing road trip down the midlands to face premiership fancy Clarence at Blundstone Arena.

Round 13 – 01/07/2017

Lauderdale                              2.1,  6.5,  13.9,  16.9  (105)

Launceston                              5.2,  5.2,  6.4,  12.6  (78)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
A. Hill 5, T. Boscott 3, A. Hevey 2, C. Laoumtzis 2, R. Hill 2, P. Bellchambers 1,
J. Roberts 1

Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 3, S. Whiting 2, J. Gillow 2, J. Boyce 1, J. Smith 1, C. Smith 1,
B. Palfreyman 1, J. Nunn 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
P. Bellchambers, D. Fyfe, A. Hill, R. Wiggins, N. Franklin, E. Stanley

Launceston :
B. Palfreyman, H. Leedham, S. Rundle, J. Blackberry, J. Boyce, T. Sheppard






Round 13 – 01/07/2017


Burnie Dockers

B: F. Poke, N. McKenna, T. Charles
HB: H. Walters, B. Murray, B. Keiselis
C: E.  Smith, N.  Walters, J.  Murray
HF: A. Bates, R. Barrett, B. Rubock
F: C. Proctor, D. Brazendale, D. Crane
R: T. Morrison, J. Cox, J. Dowling
Int: B. Brown, M. Chatwin, J. O’Donnell, B. Challis
Emg: J. Doust, B. Hayes, W. Purton, L. McKellar

In: A. Bates, B. Brown, M. Chatwin, J. O’Donnell
Out: E. Jackson,  B. Boag,  S. Kalbfell,  J. House 


Hobart City Demons

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

In:  J. Barwick, H. Williams, R. Cowie
Out: N. Baker, J. Guesdon, W. Campbell


Round 13 – 01/07/2017



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

In: J. Roberts, L. Murfitt-Cowen
Out: T. Standen,  J. Bailey 


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

In: B. Symmons, B. Connelly
Out: B. van Buuren, S. Egger


Round 13 – 01/07/2017



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

In: C. Brown, C. Smith, 

Out: N. O’Donoghue, B. Killalea


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

In: C. Laoumtzis, T. Boscott
Out: L. Meagher, M. Anderton

 Tigers v. Glenorchy

Round 13 – 01/07/2017




B: T. Peterson, T. Carter, B. Graham
HB: M. Carter, M. Booth, T. Gogolin
C: J.  Bilson, M.  Davies, W.  Cleeland
HF: B. Livingston, J. Pearce, T. Cowen
F: C. Bryant, M. Walker, B. Batchelor
R: M. Gardner, L. Watt, S. Rice
Int: C. Nield, O. Burrows-Cheng, L. Clifford, C. Sawdy
Emg: C. Woolley, C. Rawson, J. Huizing, E. Brock,

In: B. Livingston, C. Bryant, J. Pearce, O. Burrows-Cheng, M. Booth, T. Gogolin,
M. Davies

Out: J. Keogh,  B. Rees,  A. Webster,  L. Gadomski, E. Brock



B: J. Arnold, T. Bowden, J. Arnold
HB: R. Mott, J. Watts, B. Quinn
C: J.  Webb, M.  Rainbird, L.  Smith
HF: T. Butterworth, J. Bowden, M. Joseph
F: B. Kamaric, M. Hills, H. Pearce
R: C. Duffy, M. Dilger, J. Geard
Int: C. Salter, A. Brennan, T. Morgan, B. Webb
Emg: H. Parker, C. Goodsell, D. Grant, D. Coppleman



Round 13 – 01/07/2017

10:30AM – Blundstone Arena



To be selected from:
H. Bailey, J. Havea, C. Berry, A. Silver, D. Howlett, P. Howlett,
J. Booth, T. Marshall, T. Birchall, S. Williams, A. Gaul, H. Richmond,
J. Fisher, C. Alcorso, M. Ling, N. Raglione, J. Pulford, T. Hope,
F. Turner, A. Morton, J. Gleeson, B. McGuinness, J. Mazengarb, J. Young

In: M. Ling, J. Booth, C. Alcorso, H. Bailey, J. Gleeson
Out: J. Roberts,  L. Murfitt-Cowen,  S. Green,  B. Dart,  K. Bailey


North Launceston

To be selected from:
H. Rand, T. Donnelly, L. Cronley, H. Goss, M. Cossins, L. Matson-Jones,
D. Clayton, C. Praciak, C. Lowe, W. Loone, J. Singline, J. Harris,
D. Headland, E. Perry, K. Wadley, J. Pearce, C. Harrison, J. McCowan,
J. Rowlands, C. Pearton, S. Hudson, D. Layh, B. Maynard , C. Anderson,
M. Donnelly, K. Curtis, B. Denman

In: K. Wadley, C. Harrison, C. Pearton, J. McCowan, S. Hudson, H. Rand,
D. Headland, H. Goss
Out: B. Wells


Round 13 – 01/07/2017

10:30AM – Windsor Park


To be selected from:
J. Gillow, T. Miller, J. Marsden, T. Cooper, Z. Griffiths, C. Curtis,
N. O’Donoghue, C. Downie, G. Holt, G. Holt, Z. Oldenhof, J. Bangura,
J. Bott, B. Neil, M. Hutchinson, B. Killalea, E. Conway, M. Blazely

In: E. Conway, R. Filgate, S. Bruinewoud, J. Gillow, B. Fulham, J. Marsden,
L. Walsh, N. O’Donoghue, M. Hutchinson, B. Killalea
Out: J. Tyrrell,  M. Dikkenberg,  J. Dakin,  G. Ferguson,  N. McElwee,  O. Cook,
K. McCabe,  D. Sellers 



To be selected from:
C. Best, O. Shaw, L. Fazackerley, S. Clayton, E. Steele, T. Daff,
C. Brown, W. Gergel, C. Hooker, J. Perkins, T. Steele, J. Bunyan,
S. Adams, D. Johns, J. Roberts , C. Burridge, P. Hudson, L. Meagher,
W. Francis, A. Brewster

In: O. Shaw, W. Gergel, P. Hudson, C. Hooker, L. Meagher, C. Burridge,
L. Fazackerley
Out: Z. Berry, T. Martin, C. Laoumtzis, M. McGuinness, J. Lewis, J. Turnbridge,
J. Wells


Round 13 – 01/07/2017

11:30AM – Twin Ovals



To be selected from:
L. Griggs, S. Webb, R. Blakers, M. Cooke, A. Webster, B. McCulloch,
R. Rinaldi, H. Bradburn, J. Cummins, M. Coad, J. Shaw, C. Woolley,
C. Rawson, A. Huizing, H. Crack, J. Wells, J. Keogh, T. Hughes,
E. Brock, H. Graham, C. Sawdy

In: J. Keogh, C. Rawson, A. Webster, C. Sawdy, E. Brock
Out: B. Livingston,  C. Bryant,  J. Pearce,  A. Humphrey,  M. Booth,  L. Knowles, B. Gordon 



To be selected from:
W. Atkin, A. Peach , J. Deegan, B. Rowbottom, C. Goodsell, J. Stevenson,
J. Bearman, B. Patterson, T. Morgan, M. Rainbird, T. Grant, D. Grant,
D. Coppleman, C. Mcknight, J. Davie, S. Deverell, J. Farrow, J. Lincoln,
J. Sharp, L. Rowbottom, S. Berry, R. Oakley

In: T. Morgan, W. Atkin
Out: A. Roberts, R. Banks-Smith


Round 13 – 01/07/2017

12:00PM – West Park


Burnie Dockers

C. Bracken, S. Hamilton, K. Moodie, Z. Cobbing, A. Good, J. Doust,
M. ODonnell, S. Redman, B. Brown, B. Jackson, F. Poke, B. Walker,
S. Saward, J. Odgers, J. Murray, M. Chatwin, B. Colgrave, W. Purton,
T. Woods, L. Evans, J. O’Donnell, H. Betts, A. Bates, J. McCulloch,
O. Fryett, G. Dowling, B. Keiselis, J. Ling


Hobart City Demons
B: J. Denehey, B. Williams, A. Bidgood
HB: N. Lee, J. Doran, Z. Doran
C: C.  Ransom, J.  McCulloch,
HF: T. Clark, T. Harling, W. Cole
F: S. Fros, W. Doyle,
R: H. Johnstone, S. Duigan, J. Cleaver
Int: B. Shepherd, M. Grace, M. Paolini, R. Cowie, J. Guesdon, P. Fisher

In: T. Clark, W. Doyle, B. Shepherd, J. Guesdon, T. Harling, A. Bidgood,
S. Duigan
Out: W. Peppin, T. Willmott, B. Walker, T. Reeves, J. Barwick, A. Keeling,
M. O’Neill

Round 13 Preview with Alex FitzGerald

Written by Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 1st July

Clarence vs Devonport (Blundstone Arena) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 19.8.122 def Devonport 8.9.57 (Round 4, 2017, at Devonport Oval)

A six goal to none first term saw Clarence defeat Eastern shore rivals Lauderdale by 18 points last week, while Devonport claimed their maiden victory of season 2017 with a convincing display against fellow coastal side Burnie.  Last time these sides met, Clarence defeated Devonport by 65 points, with defender Jason Bailey leading a strong team effort.

Clarence booted the first six goals at Lauderdale Oval last week and outside of a few minutes in the second, remained in front all afternoon, with Ian Callinan kicking two unbelievable majors, early.  He finished with three for the day to be among the Roo’s best, while Sam Siggins also imposed himself on the match to finish with two goals.  Jason Bailey and James Holmes were outstanding in defence, although Bailey will miss this week after being suspended for striking Ryan Wiggins.  Brady Jones and Jackson O’Brien controlled the midfield, but it was the performance of Kyle Palmer-Hughes that stood out as he finds his feet at senior level.  Jake Cox will still be out of action but in the story of the weekend Jordan Roberts returns to senior football after two and a half years on the sidelines thanks to two ACLs.

Devonport broke through for a well-deserved win over the Dockers, with Mitch Thorp’s 60-game plan starting to pay dividends as the young playing group improves each time they step onto the field.  Thorp was solid up forward in booting three goals, and he was joined in attack by usual midfielder Dylan Riley, who finished with three majors of his own playing at full forward.  Riley’s co-captain Beau Sharman was best afield, and the tough midfielder now has a solid month of football under his belt.  Teenager Mitchell Perry continues to show he belongs at TSL level, with a standout game in defence and lively when up forward late in the match.  Brayden Butler and Brayden Scott also played well across the four quarters, but will welcome the inclusion of Brad Symmons this week after serving a one match suspension.

Clarence will leave nothing in the tank this week, with a win meaning they will be on top of the ladder and a game clear of North Launceston.  Devonport will go into the game confident, however, with the taste of a win in their mouths and nothing to lose.  The absence of Bailey means that a mismatch on Thorp is likely, and while the Roos should win comfortably with their strong list depth, don’t be surprised if the boys from Devonport push them at stages.


Launceston vs Lauderdale (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Launceston 15.11.101 def Lauderdale 13.12.90 (Round 4, 2017, at Lauderdale Oval)

Launceston matched North Launceston in the Northern derby until half time last week, but fell away in the third quarter to go down by 21 points.  Lauderdale fought back after conceding the first six goals again Clarence at home last Saturday, but ultimately fell short by 18 points.  Last time these sides faced off, Launceston prevailed in a shootout, with Blues midfielder Brodie Palfreyman best afield and Rulla Kelly-Mansell slotting three goals.

After a run of wins, Launceston let North Launceston get on top late in the match last Friday night to fall short at the final siren.  Brodie Palfreyman continued his strong run of form, with the midfielder now among the names on the RACT Player of the Year Leaderboard.  Jack Donnellan recaptured some of his early season form with a fine game capped off with a crowd-pleasing long goal.  Sam Lonergan, Sonny Whiting and Sam Rundle all kicked two goals, with the dangerous Rulla Kelly-Mansell held to a single major after his seven goal haul the week previous.  Ryan Tyrell, Brendan Taylor and the lesser known Jimmy Aganas all put in admirable performances for the Blues under lights as well.

Lauderdale’s run of six straight wins came to an end at home last week, but not without a spirited fight back from the Bombers.  Josh McGuinness impressed after being switched from defence into the midfield, while Jordon Roberts made the most of limited opportunities up forward to finish with a four goal haul.  Phil Bellchambers continues to impress of late, and Saturday was no exception.  Alex Hill and tough nut Scott Hill also showed why they’re so highly regarded with strong performances as a number of the bigger names were unable to fire against a more experienced Roos outfit.  Lauderdale will welcome back the lively Thor Boscott from suspension, and his inclusion should inspire a much improved performance from the Bombers.

This clash in undoubtedly the match of the round, with both sides having proven at stages this season that their best football is not far off that of Clarence or North Launceston.  Hosting the game will give Launceston an advantage, but the Bombers have shown that travelling doesn’t faze them, having defeated North Launceston on the road only a few weeks ago.  With both sides boasting strong midfields and depth in defence, the key to the four points could well be locking down the respective forward targets.  Expect a margin of less than five goals as both sides are known for playing with conviction deep into final terms. A win is important for Lauderdale, as a loss would leave their spot in the top five very vulnerable.


Tigers vs Glenorchy (Twin Ovals) – 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 15.15.105 def Tigers 5.5.35 (Round 4, 2017, at KGV Oval)

Glenorchy had the bye last week after defeating Devonport in lazy fashion on the road in Round 11.  The Tigers undoubtedly put in their worst performance of the season last week, managing only three goals as they went down to Hobart City Demons without as much as a whimper.  Last time these sides met was the Anzac Day clash, where Jaye Bowden booted five goals and midfielders Mitch Rainbird and Brayden Webb dominated all afternoon.

Tigers’ coach Aaron Vince said he felt let down by his players following their loss to Hobart City Demons, so don’t be surprised with the wholesale changes made to the field last week.  Mariners’ trio Lachlan Gadomski and Lachie Clifford continued their strong seasons with resilient efforts in a difficult match last week, while Mitch Carter was one of few who stood up in defence. Don’t be surprised if challenges are issued to forward targets Brandon Batchelor and Mitch Walker this week, as the Tigers’ results seem to depend on whether they fire or not.  With finals all but out of the question, Vince will blood some fresh faces who show the hunger to play TSL football.

Glenorchy sit in fourth spot on the ladder, but their healthy percentage means that they can move up a rung if Launceston are defeated by Lauderdale.  The Pies put in a good team effort against Devonport the week before the bye, without playing spectacularly.  Jaye Bowden went goalless, but worked hard to finish with more than 30 disposals.  Cameron Duffy rucked well all day, and captain Brayden Webb benefited from his work to get busy in the midfield.  Connor Salter and Brady Quinn were named among the Pies’ best, as was Tim Butterworth, who has worked himself into form after a late start to the season.  Zac Webster will be unavailable this week after being suspended for an undisciplined strike on his Devonport opponent.

This game is a must-win for Glenorchy, who will be keen to silence any doubters with a strong four-quarter performance against an out of sorts Tigers outfit.  The hosts are out with something to prove themselves after bitterly disappointing Vince last week, and while the Tigers have the talent to challenge the top sides in patches, it will be a strong effort that will be required if they are to come close to a pleasing result.  The Magpies should win comfortably here, but expect a physical and tough contest at Twin Ovals.


Burnie vs Hobart City Demons (West Park) 2:30pm

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 10.12.72 def Burnie 9.9.63 (Round 4, 2017, at Queenborough Oval)

Burnie started slowly last week and found it hard to close the gap against Devonport, going down by 34 points.  Hobart City Demons showed what they are capable of when playing confident fast-moving football, beating the Tigers comfortably at North Hobart Oval.  When these two sides played earlier in the season, Burnie threatened to steal the match late before two clutch goals to the Hobart City Demons saw them claim a narrow victory after being the more impressive side for most of the contest.

Burnie will be disappointed with how they played last week in what was a winnable match up, and now find themselves last on the ladder.  The upside of blooding so many young players has been the form of a number of teenagers.  Last week highlighted this, with a strong number of first and second year players named among the best.  Bailey Boag, Sam Kalbfell and Darcy Crane all stood up in the loss, and have surprised many with the rate of their development as they grow in confidence each week.  Crane kicked two majors, as did playing coach Clint Proctor and the in-form Rudi Barrett.  Nick McKenna also had a good second half when moved onto Mitch Thorp in an attempt to quell his influence up forward.

Hobart City Demons showed why they’re the dark horse of the competition, with an impressive display resulting in a 54 point win over the Tigers.  Josh Williamson booted three goals, including one from well outside 50, while youngster Sam Caswell chipped in with two of his own from a good game across half forward.  Charles White was dominant, with the big man starting to impact games in a big way.  Hugh Williams put in another big effort in defence, while Jesse Maple rounded out a big month of June with a solid game in the midfield.  Mariner Baxter Norton played his best game of the season, with the youth policy of the club starting to pay dividends.  Will Campbell will miss the next fortnight after being suspended for a high bump, with a midfield spot now up for grabs.

If they are any chance of making a finals appearance this season, the boys from North Hobart Oval will need to win this game comfortably and boost their percentage in the process.  The trip to West Park is a daunting one however, with Burnie’s knowledge of the ground giving them a big advantage, as they’ve proven already in a number of contests this year.  With a tough run of games ahead, expect the Dockers to challenge as they eye off a coveted second win.  This game will go down to the wire, and while the Hobart City Demons enter as favourites, don’t be overly surprised if there’s an upset result come late Saturday afternoon.


This week’s team is dominated by the Roos with a jaw dropping five roos in the team, fellow victors Hobart City Demons (four), North Launceston (four) and Devonport (three) also had strong representation. Of the losing teams, Lauderdale went down swinging and have two in the team, while Launceston and Burnie have one a piece feature, while the Tigers miss out.


Hugh Williams (Hobart City Demons)

The Hobart City skipper controlled the Demon’s backline all afternoon. After Tigers skipper Tim Peterson goaled for his side late in the first term, the away side kicked just two goals for the rest of the game, which can be attributed to the dominance of Williams.

Jason Bailey (Clarence)

Jason Bailey was again a standout in defence for the Roos, restricting Lauderdale key forward Ryan Wiggins to just one major. Bailey played with tenacity and fearlessness and was duly awarded the medal for best afield.  Without question one of the most consistent defenders in the competition.

Bailey Boag (Burnie)

Young Bailey Boag has continued to perform at a high level for the Dockers. He was one of the shining lights in a losing cause, taking on the game and performing strongly.



Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston)

Is very reliable, seems to beat his man most weeks and does his job the other way. Another solid game.

Charlie White (Hobart City Demons)

White was far and away the dominant player on the ground for the Demons against the Tigers. White took the centre bounces and then floated through the Demons defence as a spare to pick up plenty of the ball to further restrict the away side’s attacking options.
Tyran Mansell (North Launceston)

Tom Couch said it was his best game for the club, the young gutsy Mansell took them on and attacked the game with ferocity off half back. A top game.



Kyle Palmer-Hughes (Clarence)

Palmer-Hughes impressed with his clean disposal and ability to find the football on Saturday afternoon, with his footy smarts and skill execution critical in setting up countless Clarence forays inside 50.

Beau Sharman (Devonport)

The Co-Skipper was terrific, with grunt out of the middle, finding plenty of the footy, particularly early to bust apart the contest for the Magpies.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

McGuinness played close to his best game of the season against the ‘Roos, with Darren Winter’s decision to move him into the midfield a masterstroke that not only got McGuinness into the thick of the action, but also the Bombers into the contest due to impressive work around the ball.



Ian Callinan (Clarence)

Callinan was at his best in the Stay ChatTY cup, finishing with three sensational goals, including two in the first term that set up a significant victory for the Roos against their Eastern Shore rivals.

Mitch Thorp (Devonport)

Thorp was magnificent especially early when his Magpies outfit took the game away from Burnie. Kicked three for the day and had a hand in plenty more, was a formidable target.

Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

Cox-Goodyer continued a terrific season with two well taken goals and some rampaging running through the guts.



Dylan Riley (Devonport)

Played out of the square for large portions of the game and was brilliant. Showed amazing strength in the contest and finished off well with three goals.

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

Big Bart was crucial up forward for North being their main target kicking three and setting up others whilst playing on one leg.

Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale)

Roberts was the liveliest of the Bomber forwards, kicking four goals, including two at the beginning of the second term that put Lauderdale right back in the contest after a scoreless opening term.



Alex Lee (North Launceston)

Coach Tom Couch was thoroughly impressed by his ruckman, taking the points against Hamish Leedham, palming it down to perfection while covering the ground well.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien did as O’Brien does against the Bombers, delivering another terrific performance in the middle of the ground that was critical in the Clarence victory, while also chipping in with a goal himself.

Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

Palfreyman got a lot of the ball again and was damaging by foot. Is one of the emerging guns of the competition.



Sam Siggins (Clarence)

Siggins was influential in Clarence’s victory over his old club, playing a starring role as a mobile ruckman by taking strong marks across the ground, competing well in the air and finishing with two goals.

Josh Williamson (Hobart City Demons)

Williamson kicked three majors to finish the leading goal kicker on the ground against the Tigers, highlighted by a massive goal from outside 50 in the second term.

Baxter Norton (Hobart City Demons)

Playing on a wing, Norton provided an avenue in which the Demons could transition the ball from defence to attack. Norton’s superior outside run proved telling on the confines of North Hobart Oval.

Brady Jones (Clarence)

Jones worked well with O’Brien in the middle of the ground to give Clarence the upper hand around the contest in a typically industrious performance that was capped off with a goal.


Unlucky Omissions…

As always there were some unlucky individuals to miss the cut on the final 22.

James Holmes has featured a lot this season but couldn’t quite creep in despite another fantastic display against Lauderdale.

North Launceston’s Josh Ponting and Jay Foon were both fantastic for North but couldn’t quite find a spot, despite providing run and carry.

Jack Donnellan kicked a tremendous goal and was outstanding for the Blues on the flank. He was perhaps the most unfortunate to not find a home in the 22.

Mitchell Perry was very solid for the Magpies, while Rudi Barrett continued a stellar season for the Dockers.

The Demons were on fire against the Tigers, Jesse Maple and Sam Caswell both had good games as part of a brilliant team effort.

Wade Wall is a handy player for Clarence and the Roos big man put in four great quarters playing across the park as an integral utility in their setup. Michael Fisher put together another strong game as he is hitting his straps. Lauderdale’s Phil Bellchambers moved to halfback and provided plenty of class and drive out of the back half.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League

Round 12

1.  Callan Dell (Hobart City Demons) referred for a head-butt on Marcus Gardner (Tigers).

Due to the lack of evidence and absence of visual recording, the Match Review Panel concluded that there was no other option then to refer the incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.

The tribunal found that the evidence provided to them did not substantiate the charge and therefore dismissed the case.


 2. Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons) referred for rough conduct against Samael Rice (Tigers).

The MRP was unable to assess the incident due to the need for additional information and accordingly referred incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.

The tribunal in considering all evidence presented, concluded that player Campbell made high contact to player Rice as a result of a bump. Once he made that decision and high contact was made, the tribunal had no option other than to find him guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of TWO weeks suspension.


For further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Damian Gill – 0400 714 353.


Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup
Round 12

1. Jason Bailey (Clarence) referred for striking Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel found that the contact was intentional, low impact and high contact. Bailey was offered a TWO match suspension, but could downgrade to ONE match with an early guilty plea.

Bailey has ACCEPTED a ONE match suspension.




2. Hobart City Demons and Tigers were involved in a melee at Half Time.

Due to the general nature of the melee and the number of players involved, both clubs have been sanctioned with a fine.

3. Callan Dell (Hobart City Demons) referred for a head-butt on Marcus Gardner (Tigers)

Due to the lack of evidence and absence of visual recording, the MRP concluded that there was no other option than to refer the incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night

This incident has been referred to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.


4. Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons) referred for rough conduct against Samael Rice (Tigers)

The MRP was unable to assess the incident due to the need for additional information and accordingly referred incident to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.

This incident has been referred to the independent tribunal to be heard on Tuesday night.


5.  Zach Burt (North Launceston) referred for kicking Hamish Leedham (Launceston).

The Match Review Panel found that the action did not constitute a reportable offence.
No further action to be taken.







Written by Anthony Osborn

Clarence continued their surge towards September in a blockbuster Stay ChatTY Cup clash against their Eastern Shore archrivals, Lauderdale, running out 18-point winners.

In the marquee clash of the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY round, Clarence registered their second victory over the enemy this season in a 14.7 (91) to 11.7 (73) victory that saw Clarence defender Jason Bailey awarded the medal for best afield.

A first half of seismic momentum shifts and a second-half arm wrestle made for an enthralling contest that largely lived up to the hype that preceded it during the week, even if Clarence’s selection of star Jake Cox proved to be smoke and mirrors.

Cox’s omission didn’t seem to affect the ‘Roos, however, with his side starting the game in scintillating touch at a chilly and breezy Lauderdale Oval.

After eleven minutes of no scoring, a Michael Blackburn goal opened the floodgate for a ‘Roo avalanche of six unanswered first-quarter goals, including two from stalwart Ian Callinan, as Clarence made the most of a breeze favouring their end of the ground.

Clarence’s dominance around the stoppages in the first term placed the Bombers on the backfoot, and sparked Darren Winter to move the damaging defensive duo of Josh McGuinness and Max Kleverkamp into the middle of the ground, with this move working wonders as Lauderdale began to win at the coalface and wrestle back control.

Two Jordon Roberts goals in the opening two minutes of the second term, and then majors to the likes of Toutai Havea and Dylan Fyfe saw the Bombers ride a wave of momentum into a temporary lead midway through the quarter, before a Trent Standen crumbing goal allowed the ‘Roos to take a six-point lead into the main break.

The seismic momentum shifts of the first half were not as stark in the second half, as both sides locked horns in an enthralling and seesawing third stanza that saw both sides trade blows.

Goals to Roberts, Robbie McManus and Max Kleverkamp had the Bombers matching it with their Eastern Shore rivals, before a brilliant late Aiden Grace goal in the dying stages of the term provided Clarence a handy 11-point buffer leading into the final term.

The fourth term was all set for a grandstand finish, but early goals from Kyle Palmer-Hughes, Callinan and Jackson O’Brien taking the ‘Roos out to a four-goal buffer, despite Jordon Roberts’ fourth and a late consolation goal from Liam Meagher.

Clarence’s victory came off the back of another even team contribution, with eleven individual goal-kickers highlighting the attacking depth Jeromey Webberley’s side possesses.

The experienced Ian Callinan was dangerous up forward with three goals, while Brady Jones and Jackson O’Brien were as impressive as ever in midfield. Sam Siggins, Michael Fisher and Kyle Palmer-Hughes were all also influential in the crucial victory.

Clarence’s defensive unit were similarly impressive, with Jason Bailey duly awarded the medal for best afield for his dour performance on Lauderdale key forward Ryan Wiggins. The performance of Bailey and the entire Clarence defensive unit thoroughly pleased Webberley.

“The defence have been great all year to tell you the truth. Jason (Bailey) did a fantastic job on Ryan Wiggins and he just gets better every week, he is starting to lead the back six,” he said.

Young defenders James Holmes and Keegan Wylie also continued their super-impressive seasons, playing with the level-headedness, desperation and skill of players well beyond their experience.

Josh McGuinness was excellent in both defence and midfield in one of his most damaging 2017 performances, while Jordon Roberts played a big role inside forward 50, finishing with four majors. Phil Bellchambers was similarly impressive across halfback, generating plenty of run and drive for the Bombers side.

Despite wrestling their way back into the contest, Darren Winter was bitterly disappointed in the loss and specifically the final quarter when the match was still up for grabs.

“We were pretty poor in the last quarter. We gave away some soft free kicks… The players were disappointed and I’m disappointed in the playing group – we won’t accept that sort of effort.”

Clarence, who will be hoping to bring back Jake Cox and Jack Gleeson into their side in the coming weeks, play host to Devonport at Blundstone Arena next Saturday; while Lauderdale face an imposing road trip up the midlands to face off with Launceston, a side they lost to at home in round three.


LAUDERDALE           0.0      6.3      9.7      11.7 (73)

CLARENCE                6.0      7.3      11.5    14.7 (91)



Lauderdale: Roberts 4, Fyfe 2, Havea, Kleverkamp, Wiggins, Meagher, McManus

Clarence: Callinan 3, Siggins 2, O’Brien, Jones, Palmer-Hughes, Grace, Harper, Chambers, Blackburn, Standen, Buechner



Lauderdale: Roberts, J McGuinness, A Hill, Bellchambers, S Hill

Clarence: Callinan, O’Brien, Jones, Palmer-Hughes, Wall, Bailey