Sonny day as Launceston go two from two

Written by Matt Hill

Launceston made it two from two to start the season with a convincing 62 point win over Burnie, at Windsor Park.

Launceston’s first home game of the season was an emphatic performance in what saw their slick ball movement and overlapping run dominate the Dockers in slightly wet conditions. A goal to Sonny Whiting within the first minute of the game signalled things to come for Launceston and Whiting, who enjoyed a day out up forward.

The Blues dominated the early stages of the first term to kick away to a 19 point lead mainly due to the dominance of forwards in Sonny Whiting (who kicked three goals in the first term), and Rulla Kelly-Mansell. Burnie did well to fight back in the later stages of the quarter with Jamieson House providing a strong forward target to help the visitors snatch a lead by one point at quarter time.

From there on in the game it was all Launceston with their fantastic quick ball movement and well executed game plan seeing them storm home over the Dockers. A six goal second quarter in the second set up Launceston’s lead as Corey Sheppard, Kelly-Mansell, Whiting, Palfreyman and Rundle all goaled for the Blues. At the other end, Launceston’s defence was rarely troubled in the second as Burnie struggled to get the ball dangerously into their forward fifty and hence only registered one behind for the term.

After the main break Burnie showed glimpses of finding a way back into the game but some crucial disposal errors cost them dearly. As well as an undisciplined act that saw a one hundred metre penalty which gifted the Blues a goal. The Dockers were able to trade goals with Launceston at stages but some inaccurate goal kicking made the score line a lot closer than what it could have been with the Blues booting two goals and five behinds compared to Burnie’s three goals straight for the stanza.

Down by 36 points going into the final term Burnie needed to shut down Launceston’s outside run and ball movement but unfortunately were not up for the challenge, as Launceston put the pedal to the metal and booted five goals to one in the last quarter to run out 62 point winners.

Jack Donnellan’s run and ball movement out of the backline set up a lot of Launceston’s play, teaming up effectively with Jordan Harris and Corey Sheppard the Blues had constant pressure on the Burnie defence. Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Sonny Whiting were extremely dangerous up forward, Kelly-Mansell presented all day and ran the Burnie defence off their feet; he kicked only two goals for the game but could have easily kicked five. Whilst partner in crime Whiting booted a monstrous seven goals in a match winning display. What was even scarier for the Burnie defence was that if the rain had have stayed away and Whiting kicked straight he could have been looking at a haul of more than ten goals. For Burnie, House was a hard battler up front for the Dockers kicking four goals in what was a tough day for the north west side.

Launceston had plenty of positives to take out of the game and with a mouth watering Good Friday clash next week against neighbours  North Launceston atUniversity Of Tasmania stadium, some added confidence will certainly put the Blues in a good mind set for next week’s cross town derby. A game not to be missed.

Burnie also take on rivals Devonport next week at West Park in a must win-game game for both sides. Both teams are coming off consecutive losses after the first two rounds and will desperately be searching for the four points in order to redirect their seasons.

Round 2 – 08/04/2017

Launceston                              4.1,  10.4,  12.9,  17.14  (116)

Burnie Dockers                          4.2,  4.3,  7.3,  8.6  (54)

GOALS, Launceston :
S. Whiting 7, R. Kelly-Mansell 2, C. Sheppard 2, J. Blackberry 1, Z. Griffiths 1, B. Palfreyman 1,
M. Spohn 1, S. Rundle 1, S. Lonergan 1

Burnie Dockers :
J. House 4, H. Walters 1, C. Proctor 1, F. Poke 1, J. Murray 1

BEST, Launceston :
J. Smith, J. Donnellan, S. Rundle, S. Whiting, C. Sheppard, R. Kelly-Mansell

Burnie Dockers :
J. House, C. Proctor, E. Jackson, R. Barrett, J. Cox

2015 Grand Final Results

Tasmanian State League


At Blundstone Stadium – Sat, 19th September – 2:30pm

North Launceston         13.13.91
Glenorchy                         11.13.79

North Launceston: B. Cox-Goodyer 4, J. Holland 3, A. O’Sign 3, J. Pearce, Z. Burt, W. McBride
Glenorchy: J. Bowden 4, M. Rainbird 2, S. Piuselli 2, D. Muir 2, L. Smith

North Launceston: J. Holland, C. Nankervis, B. Cox-Goodyer, G. Mohr, E. Petterwood, A. Lee
Glenorchy: J. Bowden, M. Dilger, S. Hall, C. Brown, D. Muir, B. Webb

Darrel Baldock Medalist (Best on Ground) – Josh Holland (North Launceston)

Official Attendance: 5,978

Development League

Preliminary Final

At Aurora Stadium – Sat, 12th September – 11:30am

Clarence                   15.17.107
Glenorchy                11.6.72

Clarence: M. Blackburn 4, A. Grace 2, B. Hay 2, L. Murfitt-Cowen 2, M. Swan, O. Di Venuto, K. Wylie, R. Bones
Glenorchy: S. Bennetts 3, L. Webb 2, J. Crossin 2, B. Quinn, J. Geard, J. Webb, K. Styles

Clarence: B. Hay, J. Wylie, J. Harper, C. Leek, N. Douglas, M. Blackburn
Glenorchy: S. Bennetts, M. Badcock, K. Styles, J. Crossin, C. Salter, D. Clark


– Neale Atkins 

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Finals Week 3: Results

Tasmanian State League

2015 Preliminary Final: BURNIE v NORTH LAUNCESTON

At Aurora Stadium – Sat, 12th September – 2:00pm

North Launceston      13.18.96
Burnie                             12.3.75

North Launceston: A. O’Sign 4, L. Reynolds, L. Venn, E. Petterwood, Z. Burt, T. Whitford, W. McBride, T. Bennett, J. Pearce, B. Cox-Goodyer
Burnie: R. Grenville 5, A. Lee 2, R. Barrett, H. Walters, C. McDonald, J. Laycock, J. Dowling

North Launceston: H. Goss, E. Petterwood, M. Walsh, T. Whitford, A. O’Sign, L. Venn
Burnie: H. Walters, R. Grenville, N. Walters, K. Munday, C. Riley


Development League

Preliminary Final

At Aurora Stadium – Sat, 12th September – 11:30am

Glenorchy                            11.10.76
North Launceston             7.10.52

Glenorchy: J. Crossin 4, B. Kamaric 2, A. Burgess 2, B. Campbell, A. Grubb, L. Webb
North Launceston: B. Elmer 3, M. Parker, J. Hawkins, J. Moore, J. Sushames

Glenorchy: S. Bennetts, J. Geard, M. Badcock, J. Crossin, C. Duffy, B. Kamaric
North Launceston: N. McLachlan, I. Thompson, M. Parker, B. Mullins, C. Taylor, J. Rowlands


– Neale Atkins 

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Finals Week 2: Results

Tasmanian State League

2015 2nd Semi-Final: GLENORCHY v BURNIE

At Blundstone Arena – Sat, 5th September – 2:00pm

Glenorchy              13.16.94
Burnie                     8.4.52

Glenorchy: D. Muir 4, M. Rainbird 3, T. Bowden 2, J. Arnold 2, S. Piuselli, J. Hayden
Burnie: A. Lee 3, R. Grenville, C. McDonald, N. McKenna, J. Dowling, S. Newson

Glenorchy: S. Hall, C. Brown, J. Arnold, M. Dilger, D. Muir, D. Joseph
Burnie: C. Proctor, H. Walters, N. Walters, D. Banham, K. Munday, N. McKenna

Report: TBC



At Blundstone Arena – Sat, 5th September – 2:00pm

North Launceston            9.19.73
Lauderdale                         10.10.70

North Launceston: Z. Burt 3, E. Petterwood 2, A. O’Sign 1, L. Young 1, D. Roozendaal 1, A. Cox-Goodyer
Lauderdale: B. Halton 3, N. Dodge 3, R. Wiggins 2, P. Bellchambers 1, M. Cassidy 1

North Launceston: D. Roozendaal, J. Foon, L. Reynolds, Z. Burt, L. Young, C. Nankervis
Lauderdale: P. Bellchambers, B. McGuinness, N. Franklin, I. Franks, T. Boscott, W. Tate Turvey

Report: TBC



Development League

2nd Semi-Final

At Blundstone Arena – Sun, 5th September – 11:30am

Clarence                 15.7.97
Glenorchy              5.13.43

Clarence: M. Haydon 3, M. Blackburn 2, R. Bones 2, C. Alcorso 2, L. Adams, O. Di Venuto, A. Silver, A. Grace, J. Holmes, N. Douglas
Glenorchy: J. Geard 3, A. Grubb, C. Duffy

Clarence: J. Wylie, J. Harper, O. Di Venuto, K. Bailey, C. Leek, A. Jones
Glenorchy: C. Duffy, J. Geard, D. Clark, B. Quinn, M. Badcock, J. Crossin


1st Semi Final

At Aurora Stadium – Sat, 29th August – 11:30am

North Launceston       14.7.91
Lauderdale                     4.8.32

North Launceston: J. Moore 6, N. Lohrey-Lockwood 2, J. Rowlands, B. Elmer, J. Lovegrove, J. Hawkins, T. Griggs, L. Venn
Lauderdale: C. Hooker 2, S. Watson, B. Anderton

North Launceston: A. Richter-Salter, H. Goss, J. Hawkins, T. Griggs, I. Thompson, N. Lohrey-Lockwood
Lauderdale: B. Anderton, A. Johnston, R. Hill, D. Johns, S. Watson, T. Havea


– Neale Atkins 

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Finals Week 1: Results

Tasmanian State League

2015 Qualifying Final: BURNIE v NORTH LAUNCESTON

Burnie                                  15.14.104
North Launceston            13.10.88

Burnie: K. Harman 3, D. Smith 2, H. Walters 2, J. Laycock 2, N. Walters, R. Grenville, T. Morrison, N. McKenna, B. Knight, R. Barrett
North Launceston: B. Cox-Goodyer 3, A. O’Sign 3, T. Bennett 2, M. Walsh 2, Z. Burt, W. McBride, G. Mohr

Burnie: N. Walters, H. Walters, C. Riley, D. Smith, D. Banham, K. Harman
North Launceston: J. Foon, D. Roozendaal, E. Petterwood, J. Avent, A. Cox-Goodyer, T. Whitford

Report: Burnie made use of kicking with a good breeze in the first quarter, booting 5.5 to 0.1 to set the tone early in this Qualifying Final. They then kicked 4 goals against the breeze in the 2nd quarter to 3, which proved decisive in the context of the game. Harry & Nick Walters were dominant early and continued to provide solid defensive pressure, with Harry getting on the scoreboard to really lay the foundations for a Burnie victory. Kyle Harman was also fantastic for Burnie, proving a huge headache, booting 3 goals and making use of the opportunities he created. To North’s credit, they fought back in the 2nd half, lead by Jay Foon and Daniel Roozendaal, getting to within 2 kicks of the lead, with the ever reliable Ethan Petterwood missing a kickable snap for goal in the middle of the 4th, one of the many chances the Bombers had to steal the game away from Burnie. The Dockers never gave up and held on for the win.


2015 Elimination Final: LAUDERDALE v DEVONPORT

Sat, 29th August – 2:00pm at Blundstone Arena

Lauderdale                  13.8.86
Devonport                    7.8.50

Lauderdale: B. Halton 3, N. Dodge 3, R. McManus 2, M. Cassidy, J. Dunham, T. Boscott, K. Waller, B. Walsh
Devonport: N. Pearce 2, L. Keep, A. McNab, N. Rataj, T. Gavralas, B. Deverell

Lauderdale: E. Stanley, J. Siggins, W. Tate Turvey, A. Duggan, I. Franks, B. Walsh
Devonport: B. Symmons, S. McCrossen, P. Crowden, N. Rataj, S. Douglas, S. Hess

Report: Another contest where the winner held the opposition goalless in the first quarter, this time with Lauderdale putting the clamps on the Magpies, leading at the first break 3.2 to 0.0. The Bombers defensive pressure and structure was fantastic during the whole match, restricting Devonport to 7 goals for game. Bryce Walsh was best on ground, finding some much needed form and consistency. Backmen Siggins, Adam Duggan and Edward Stanley were also fantastic in making it hard for Devonport to pose a threat on the scoreboard. For the Magpies, they certainly never stopped trying, with Nathan Rataj and Brad Symmons doing their best to get into them into the game. They’ll certainly be better for it after tasting finals again for the first time since 2010 and will be a tough proposition come this time in 2016.



Development League

Qualifying Final

Sun, 30th August – 11:30am


Aurora Stadium

Clarence                             13.9.87
North Launceston           3.10.28

Clarence: C. Alcorso 3, A. Grace 2, M. Blackburn 2, L. Murfitt-Cowen 2, A. Silver, B. Hay, L. Adams, O. Di Venuto
North Launceston: J. Moore 3

Clarence: J. Wylie, O. Di Venuto, J. Harper, R. Bones, O. Rand, K. Wylie
North Launceston: W. Loone, J. Hawkins, N. McLachlan, L. Venn, K. Curtis, W. Fisher


Elimination Final

Sat, 29th August – 11:30am


Blundstone Arena

Lauderdale                  12.9.81
Hobart City                  5.10.40

Lauderdale: R. Wiggins 7, S. Watson 2, S. Long, A. Woodhead, B. Pace
Hobart City: J. Bastick 2, J. Miller, J. Williamson, J. McCulloch

Lauderdale: S. Long, S. Hill, N. Sullivan, A. Morton, R. Wiggins
Hobart City: J. McCulloch, B. Johnston, A. Lockett, J. Miller, S. Duigan, J. Bastick


– Neale Atkins 

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