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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
North Launceston: 4
Hobart City Demons: 1
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.