FIRST SEMI-FINAL – 09/09/2017

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena


B: N. Douglas, J. Bailey, T. Castle
HB: M. Ling, K. Wylie, M. Fisher
C: G.  Chambers, B.  Jones, Z.  Buechner
HF: J. Cox, A. Grace, J. Webberley
F: T. Standen, W. Wall, I. Callinan
R: S. Siggins, J. Gleeson, J. O’Brien

Int: J. Holmes, A. Silver, J. Harper, J. Brenner
Emg: T. Hanslow, K. Palmer-Hughes, M. Blackburn, J. Roberts

In: K. Wylie, J. Brenner
Out: M. Blackburn, J. Roberts


B: C. Brown, S. Vandervelde, C. Savage
HB: J. Donnellan, J. Aganas, R. Tyrrell
C: T.  Sheppard, R.  Kelly-Mansell, J.  Blackberry
HF: S. Rundle, J. Nunn, J. Gillow
F: S. Whiting, N. O’Donoghue, S. Lonergan
R: H. Leedham, J. Hinds, B. Palfreyman

Int: J. Boyce, S. Williams, B. Taylor, C. Smith
Emg: J. Boyd, J. Harris, M. Hodge, T. Auckland

In: S. Rundle
Out: J. Harris


SECOND SEMI-FINAL – 09/09/2017

4:30PM – UTAS Stadium


North Launceston
B: J. Avent, C. Young, J. Foon
HB: T. Thomas, A. Richter-Salter, J. Lockhart
C: T.  Donnelly, B.  Cox-Goodyer, K.  Baker
HF: L. Hollmer, B. McCulloch, J. Ponting
F: T. Couch, Z. Burt, T. Bennett
R: A. Lee, T. Whitford, M. Walsh
Int: T. Mansell, B. Simpson, J. Pearce, R. Mansell
Emg: H. Goss, F. Bennett, K. Wadley, K. Curtis

In: T. Mansell, J. Lockhart
Out: H. Goss, K. Wadley

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

In: M. Kleverkamp
C. Laoumtzis



Second Semi Final – 10/09/2017

12:00PM – Geilston Bay Oval



B: S. Bale, T. Nichols

HB: Z. Crawford, J. Farrow, R. Archer

C: T.  Ford, S.  Pennicott, N.  Pearce

HF: J. Minifie, J. Limbrick, M. Smith

F: G. Mitchell, M. Wise

R: C. Wells, G. Pennicott, N.Bresnehan

Int: S. Harris, C. Kenny, S. Hinks, E. Groves

Emg: H. Bromfield, L. Gwynne, N. Taylor


B: M. Gardner, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte

HB: M. Smith, M. Sinclair, C. Thuringer

C: K.  Child

HF: N. Celebre, G. Hill, M. Cuthbertson

F: E.Manix-geeves, M. Clark
R: A. Green, D. Bannister, A. Dickson

Int: E. Barrenger, M. Binns, D. Corcoran, C. Webb

Emg: A. Halaby, K. McLaughlin, M. King, J.Retallick, A. Bowen


First Semi Final – 10/09/2017

1:00PM – KGV




B: T. Wiggins, R.Siely

HB: T. Corrie, N. Daniels, S. Davis

C: S.  Eaton, E.  Barwick, Z.  Manjerovic

HF: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch, J. Rattenbury

F: K. Rattenbury, H. Ryan

R: G. Sullivan, B. Barwick, G. Allan

Int: G. Terry, E. Loveless, S. Flack, E. Fornells Vernet,
M.Jacobs , M. Fish


B: S. Loring, L. Stevenson

HB: L. Haines, K. Sheehan, S. Skinner

C: C.  Loring, J.  Brown, S.  Rodman

HF: K. Loring, C. Haines, S. Edwards

F: C. Chandler, J. Mercer

R: M. Wright, K. Goodson, E. Humphries

Int: I. Duffie, S. Ferguson-Stevens, M. Singleton, J. Whelan

Emg: K. Johnson



LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE  Semi Finals Semi Final 2 – 09/09/2017


Int: L. Gee, J. Rice, G. Holt, J. Bott, B. Killalea, M. Blazely
Emg: S. Bruinewoud, J. Bangura, A. Dickenson

To be selected from:
J. Boyd, T. Miller, J. Marsden, T. Cooper, Z. Griffiths, J. Dakin,
C. Curtis, J. Harris, C. Downie, G. Holt, A. Wright, Z. Oldenhof,
B. Neil, M. Hutchinson, E. Conway, M. Hodge, M. Spohn, T. Auckland

In: A. Dickenson, A. Wright, M. Spohn, E. Conway, B. Killalea
Out: L. Walsh,  J. Smith


To be selected from:
H. Bailey, J. Havea, C. Berry, K. Howlett, D. Howlett, L. Murfitt-Cowen,
K. Bailey, J. O’Brien, B. Dart, T. Marshall, T. Birchall, A. Gaul,
H. Richmond, T. Hanslow, N. Raglione, J. Pulford, C. Leek, T. Hope,
F. Turner, J. Brenner, K. Palmer-Hughes, A. Morton, M. Blackburn, J. Roberts,
Z. Mastrocola, S. Bradford, B. McGuinness, J. Mazengarb, J. Young

In: J. Roberts, D. Howlett, J. Havea, M. Blackburn, H. Bailey

TIGERS v. NORTH LAUNCESTON  Semi Finals Semi Final 1 – 09/09/2017


Int: M. Cooke, A. Huizing, J. Huizing, J. Wells, T. Hughes, E. Brock, B. Gordon

To be selected from:
L. Griggs, S. Webb, T. Gogolin, A. Webster, B. McCulloch, R. Rinaldi,
M. Coad, C. Bryant, J. Shaw, M. Gardner, C. Rawson, J. Pearce,
H. Crack, J. Lister, M. Booth, A. Humphrey, J. Keogh, T. Cowen,
B. Graham, C. Sawdy

In: T. Hughes, T. Cowen, J. Huizing, J. Wells
Out: C. Woolley

North Launceston

To be selected from:
H. Rand, H. Goss, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, T. Mansell, D. Clayton,
C. Haines, A. Jefferies, C. Lowe, J. Singline, J. Harris, D. Headland,
E. Perry, B. Holmes, B. Simpson, F. Bennett, M. Gray, K. Wadley,
N. Jackson, C. Harrison, J. Rowlands, C. Pearton, R. Mansell, C. Anderson,
M. Donnelly, J. Lanham, K. Curtis, B. Denman, J. White

In: C. Pearton, M. Gray, R. Mansell, E. Perry, H. Goss


Written by Anthony Osborn


A sensational seven-goal haul from the versatile Ryan Wiggins has seen Lauderdale run out 47-point winners over Clarence in one of the most hotly anticipated Tasmanian State League matches in recent memory.

After succumbing to the ‘Roos in all three of their previous encounters in 2017, Lauderdale were able to win in the biggest clash between the two sides this year, with the 20.6 (126) – 10.19 (79) victory cementing the Bombers’ place as a genuine heavyweight of the competition.

The first three-quarters of the contest proved to be a see-sawing affair, with inaccurate Clarence goal kicking leaving the door ajar for an electrifying final quarter of Bombers’ football that proved to be too much for the ‘Roos to handle.

The Bombers looked to control the contested ball throughout the opening term, with hard-nosed midfield efforts and slick outside work providing Lauderdale with a three-goal advantage at the first change after Ben McGuinness goaled late in the term.

The ‘Roos got on top of the contested ball numbers throughout the second term but were unable to make the Bombers pay on the scoreboard, kicking 4.8 for the term compared to Lauderdale’s two straight majors off the boot of Wiggins. As such, Clarence took a slender two-point lead into the main break when in reality; the difference should have been closer to three goals.

The Bombers capitalised on Clarence’s inaccuracy in front of goal to kick four third-quarter majors that ensured the Bombers took a nine-point lead into the final change.

The match was on a knife’s edge leading into the final break, but the Bombers wasted no time in making their intentions clear, kicking eight straight final quarter goals, including five between Wiggins and Ben McGuinness. Wiggins had been thrust forward after the first term, kicking three of his seven majors in this Bomber blitz, while the similarly versatile Ben McGuinness kicked two of his four to put the result beyond doubt.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was clearly pleased with the victory and particularly how his side were able to play their own style of game late in the contest.

“To win a final and to move on to the next one- we are pretty happy with that. The boys did a good job to finish the game off,” Winter said.

“The boys found a bit of space and moved the ball a bit quicker than in the first three-quarters. That is the type of footy we want to play but we know we won’t always be able to play that in finals,” he said.

Wiggins was particularly impressive, with his seven-goal haul further underlining his own versatility as a key forward and a defensive option, as well as the rich versatility of this Lauderdale side.

“We still think he (Wiggins) is playing better footy down back but he presented well, marked strongly and finished well,” Winter said.

Ben McGuinness was similarly impressive whenever he got near the football, with a forward role visibly suiting his aerobic capabilities and athleticism. Thor Boscott showed moments of brilliance while booting two, while ruckman Haydn Smith and gun on baller Dylan Fyfe won the majority of their contests around the ground to put the Bombers in with a chance of victory.

The win was particularly impressive off the back of Max Kleverkamp being a late withdrawal through illness, with the return of his talents next weekend only making the Bombers a more formidable September force.

Much had been made throughout the week of the expected physicality of this match, but Winter was pleased with how his side handled the heat.

“You don’t win games by rubbish off the ball- the boys handled that well. They are a focussed young group of men and we don’t want to be involved in that sort of stuff- we want to keep it close to the line,” he said.

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley was adamant that there were positives for his players to take out of the contest, but conceded that inaccuracy in front of goal cost his side.

“We won the contested ball and clearances (in the second term) but we couldn’t convert… we should have been in at half time three or four goals up, but we were two goals down.

“At times our transition was back to its best and our stoppage work at times was near the best it’s been all year,” Webberley said.

Webberley, who suffered a corked calf for a second consecutive week, conceded that his side would have some selection decisions to make while also emphasising the importance of re-focusing on the upcoming task at hand, despite the hurt of such a loss to Lauderdale.

“You can’t cry over spilt milk… We have to move on to next week against Launceston who had a fantastic win today- it will be a really tough contest… they have an extremely deep midfield,” he said.

Meanwhile, Winter is looking forward to the challenge of facing minor premiers North Launceston next weekend, stating that every final should be a close encounter.

“The finals series will be strong the whole way through. We know they (North Launceston) are a quality outfit- we will have to be close to our best for the whole game, not just parts of it,” Winter said.


Round 1 – 02/09/2017

Lauderdale                              6.2,  8.2,  12.6,  20.6  (126)

Clarence                                3.2,  7.10,  9.15,  10.19  (79)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
R. Wiggins 7, B. McGuinness 4, T. Boscott 2, T. Havea 1, R. McManus 1, H. Smith 1,
J. Roberts 1, A. Hill 1, C. Laoumtzis 1, R. Hill 1

Clarence :
T. Standen 2, J. Webberley 2, I. Callinan 1, J. Harper 1, W. Wall 1, M. Blackburn 1,
T. Castle 1, Z. Buechner 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
H. Smith, D. Fyfe, R. Wiggins, B. McGuinness, N. Franklin, T. Boscott

Clarence :
J. O’Brien, B. Jones, J. Gleeson, T. Castle, M. Ling, J. Harper

Launceston stun wounded Magpies

Written by Richard Bannon and Andrew Johnston

Launceston has ended Glenorchy’s premiership defence upsetting the Magpies by 28-points in yesterday’s Southern Cross Tasmanian State League Elimination Final at Blundstone Arena.

Many considered Glenorchy the finals ‘sleeping giant’ but the title may prove to belong to Launceston this September. The Blues were incredibly impressive as they outclassed the reigning premier 14.15-99 to 10.11-71, to progress to next week’s semi-final against Clarence.

They were outsiders for many but the northern outfit looked far better than their home and away record and fifth place finish suggested and will take some beating next week.

Star Blues Sonny Whiting (four) and Jay Blackberry (three) combined for seven majors and Jake Hinds was brilliant as the trio starred to deliver Launceston their first finals victory since 2013.

Blackberry converted the opening goal of the game to give Launceston a dream start. Before Glenorchy kicked the next two goals courtesy of James Webb and Callan Daly, giving the Magpies a 2.2-14 to 1.4-10 lead at quarter time.

The second quarter looked like belonging to Glenorchy as the Magpies kicked a string of three goals to skip out to a 27-point lead halfway through the second. The Magpies had control and looked like putting the game to bed before the momentum swung drastically in Launceston’s favour in the final ten minutes of the quarter. The Blues cutting the deficit with clinical efficiency, slamming home three consecutive goals themselves with Whiting kicking his first to finish the first half in a flurry.

The Magpies’ season has been cruelled by injury and unfortunately, the trend continued in the cutthroat final. Utility Mitch Hills left the field in the second quarter with a lower leg injury and former Hawthorn-listed forward Zac Webster succumbed to yet another hamstring injury to see both players done for the day with a half to play.

Down two rotations on the bench and disrupting their structure, Glenorchy began to leak goals with Launceston dominating midfield as the Blues piled on six goals to one in the third term including a jaw dropping effort from Whiting and two from Blackberry seeing them take a handy 26-point lead into the final change, 10.10-70 to 6.8-44.


With a big finish required to resurrect their season, Glenorchy started the quarter in a hurry and kicked a goal in no time through skipper Brayden Webb (who battled manfully through injury to have a major impact, kicking three goals).  Launceston steadied with youngster Hinds’ cool head important as the Blues answered every challenge from the ‘Pies, adding four more goals to assure a 14.15-99 to 10.11-71 victory and a return trip to Blundstone Arena to face Clarence in another sudden death final.

Launceston senior coach Sam Lonergan was delighted with the victory and believes his side is not done with and can match it with the likes of Clarence, Lauderdale, and North Launceston throughout this finals campaign.


“We’ve all got slightly different strengths, but I think the level of footy is about the same.

“We’ve got over this first hurdle, and I think now that we’ve done this, if we can play well, we can achieve the same thing next week, which is going to be exciting to see.”


Lonergan believes the victory has injected belief into the Blues outfit.

“I honestly believe sides are nervous to play us, we’ve got an ability to break games open very quickly.”

“To hold on throughout the second half was valuable, and that we didn’t dip and we continued to steam on, apply scoreboard pressure, win contested ball and win those things we expect to win.”

The Blues now face Clarence in a semi-final showdown from 2:00pm at Blundstone Arena in what now looms as a fascinating tussle.



Tasmanian State League

Round 1 – 02/09/2017

Launceston                              1.4,  4.6,  10.10,  14.15  (99)

Glenorchy                               2.2,  5.7,  6.8,  10.11  (71)

GOALS, Launceston :
S. Whiting 4, J. Blackberry 3, J. Hinds 2, S. Lonergan 1, B. Taylor 1, R. Tyrrell 1,
N. O’Donoghue 1, C. Smith 1

Glenorchy :
B. Webb 3, J. Webb 1, H. Pearce 1, C. Daly 1, R. Banks-Smith 1, R. Mott 1,
J. Bowden 1, J. Geard 1

BEST, Launceston :
H. Leedham, R. Tyrrell, S. Williams, J. Hinds, S. Whiting, J. Donnellan

Glenorchy :
C. Daly, J. Arnold, M. Joseph, B. Webb, L. Smith, J. Arnold


Fitz’s Finals Forecast – Week 1

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Glenorchy vs  Launceston

Elimination Final

Blundstone Arena – 1:00pm

Saturday 2nd September

2017 Encounters :

Launceston 16.5 (101) def Glenorchy 4.7 (31) (Round 9, Windsor Park)

Glenorchy 14.6 (90) def Launceston 12.12 (84) (Round 18, KGV Oval)

The Magpies will be pleased they’re not venturing to the North of the state this week, with the accurate Blues making surprisingly light work of them at Windsor Park when they met in Round 9.  Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius described the Blues as one of the best sides in the competition prior to their rematch in Round 18, and the Blues won plenty of admirers in that game, conceding two late goals to just fall short of the fast-finishing Pies in one of the matches of the season. 

Previous Finals Encounters:


Form Guide:

Glenorchy (4th) – 12 wins/6 losses; 156%:

The Magpies started their season with four big wins, but then lost four matches in a row; all to the sides who ended up qualifying for the finals.  Glenorchy had a stronger back half of the season, despite being decimated by injuries, to win eight of their final ten games against quality opponents.  The boys from KGV have the ability to play at an elite level, as their healthy percentage shows but are undoubtedly racing the clock to field their best side in September.  The Magpies love proving the doubters wrong, and may well do so as they strive to defend their 2016 flag against the other four sides who have lifted to match them in 2017.

Launceston (5th) – 9 wins/9 losses; 113%

Launceston have played solid football in patches this season, without blowing the socks off any opposition sides.  Still, their performances against Glenorchy warrant attention, and the Blues did manage to limit the damage when going down to the other four sides playing finals, with their bravery and hardness at the contest in close matches unquestionable.  With a strong mix of experience and talented youth, the Blues are seen by many as the dark horse of this year’s finals series, with coach Sam Lonergan repeatedly stating he believes his side can surprise teams and play deep into September.

Pic: Snapshots by Sal

Key Matchups:

Glenorchys’ Cameron Duffy and emerging Blue Hamish Leedham have been among the form big men of the competition, with Duffy’s form rewarded through his selection as the state ruckman earlier in the season.  Leedham has turned heads with his physicality and presence in what has been a breakout season for the Launceston tall.  With Duffy nursing an injured finger, the prospective duel between the two is evenly matched, and whoever gets on top to feed the ball to the midfielders will play a crucial role in the progression of his respective side.

Sonny Whiting has been a prominent feature in attack for Launceston this season, with the veteran leading forward booting 44 goals to finish the home and away season as the second highest goal kicker in the competition.  Glenorchy is likely to play state representative defender Jordon Arnold on him, with the Magpie’s courage and spoiling ability crucial to negating Whiting, who has the strength and ability to play tall.  A host of other defenders have played negating roles with great success this season, including Matthew Dilger, who will line up for his 150th match this weekend; as a result, Glenorchy has conceded the second-least points of top-five sides in 2017.

Both sides possess enviable midfields, with Glenorchy captain Brayden Webb, Mitch Rainbird, Rhys Mott and RACT Insurance Player of the Year Jaye Bowden all capable of racking up high numbers and using the ball well by foot.  Launceston have their own power quartet however, with Sam Lonergan, Brodie Palfreyman, Jay Blackberry and Jake Hinds all in stellar form.  The foot skills of Blackberry and Hinds are particularly damaging, with Hinds’ confidence to back his kicking seeing him break lines through the latter half of the season, and Blackberry earning the nickname ‘The Mailman’ due to his ability to always deliver.

Fire Starters:

Zac Webster, like many of his Glenorchy teammates, has had an injury-affected 2017, but has been damaging when on the park.  The former Hawthorn-listed small forward doesn’t need to have a huge amount of the ball to cut teams apart, such is his vision and ball use.  Webster is particularly skilled at finding targets inside attacking 50, and works hard both ways to find the ball in space.  Having not faced the Blues this season due to injuries, Webster is a bit of an unknown for Launceston in that regard, and could be the wildcard in Glenorchy’s quest to remain in the hunt for back to back flags.

Not a lot needs to be said about Jaye Bowden, with not many sides able to quell his influence this season.  Running a hard tag on the versatile superstar wouldn’t be the worst thing Launceston could do, if the nominated player can keep up with him.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell has been a nominated fire starter a number of times this season, with the high-leaping forward well and truly earning the title.  RKM has the ability to kick goals at crucial times in matches, with his snap from the pocket at KGV Oval in Round 18 against the Magpies temporarily giving his side the lead in a hotly-contested final term.  Launceston have trialled him further up the field in recent weeks, and if he lines up on a wing then a tantalising match up on Rhys Mott could be on the cards.  With the uncanny knack of finding a way to produce the impossible, Kelly-Mansell must be guarded closely, as most of the games where he’s been quiet Launceston have fallen.


While Glenorchy would be the obvious choice here due to their win-loss record, recent finals history and current form, the Magpies still have an injury cloud overshadowing KGV Oval.  Captain Brayden Webb, ruckman Cameron Duffy and the big-bodied Mitch Hills highlight the key inclusions, however regular best 22 players Josh Watts, Harrison Gunther and Tyler Bowden have all been named as emergencies, foreshadowing a number of possible late changes.  Glenorchy’s pace is one of their strengths, and they showed in their last match up with Launceston the ability to move the ball quickly with damaging results.

The Blues matched North Launceston for most of their Round 21 encounter, and will be armed with plenty of confidence heading into this match.  The returns of the tough Sam Rundle, playing coach Sam Lonergan and emerging defender Jimmy Aganas bolster the visiting side, giving Launceston a real chance to knock off the reigning premiers on Saturday.

Curtailing the Magpies’ key playmakers and not letting Glenorchy kick a string of consecutive goals is integral to the outcome of this match, but the Blues have emerged from a month of tough games well-conditioned for finals football and are well-poised to cause an upset on Saturday.  A tight contest all day; Launceston by 14.

Clarence vs Lauderdale

Qualifying Final

Blundstone Arena – 3:45pm

Saturday 2nd September

2017 Encounters:

Clarence 19.7 (121) def Lauderdale 13.11 (89) (Round 3,Blundstone Arena)

Clarence 14.7 (91) def Lauderdale 11.7 (73) (Round 12, Lauderdale Oval)

Clarence 9.10 (64) def Lauderdale 9.9 (63) (Round 20, Blundstone Arena)

The already-fierce Eastern shore rivalry has gone to a new level this season, with Clarence having inflicted three of Lauderdale’s five losses to be the only side the Bombers haven’t toppled in 2017 to date. All matches have been physical encounters, with Lauderdale closing the gap every time they have met, culminating in a one point margin when the red hot teams last met in Round 20. 

Previous Finals Encounters:

Clarence 17.14 (116) def Lauderdale 14.14 (98) (1st QF, 2013, Blundstone Arena)

The 2013 Qualifying Final was a fiery one, with several reports coming out of the clash.  Current Roos Jeromey Webberley and Jake Cox were among the best for the victors, while a young Thor Boscott impressed for Lauderdale. 

Clarence 16.11 (107) def Lauderdale 14.8 (92) (1st QF, 2012,  North Hobart Oval)

The first final between these sides went down to the wire, with present-day small forward Trent Standen the difference, as he booted six goals to help Clarence get across the line.  Lauderdale have only four current players remaining on their lists who pulled on a guernsey in this match, while the Roos still boast a formidable eight.

Form Guide:

Clarence (2nd) – 14 wins/4 losses; 135%:

After failing to make a finals appearance in 2016, the Roos started their season with a bang, winning their first five matches, before stumbling against the Hobart City Demons in the wet by the slimmest of margins.  Another impressive six game winning streak followed, but a string of injuries to key players saw Clarence drop three of their final six matches, albeit against sides inside the top four.  With the Round 18 loss to North Launceston the only blowout concern all season, and with a host of players fresh after being rested last week, Clarence are heading into September ready to make an impact.

Lauderdale (3rd) – 13 wins/5 losses; 143%

After a slow start, the Bombers pieced together an eyebrow-raising six game streak, defeating Glenorchy and North Launceston along the way.  A loss to Clarence sidelined the juggernaut momentarily, but the boys from the tip bounced back to put together seven high-scoring wins in a row until they again went down to the Roos, this time by a solitary point.  Arguably the form side of the competition alongside North Launceston, Lauderdale head into the finals after the bye, with the much-needed break ensuring coach Darren Winter has a full-strengthsquad at his disposal for a charge at September. The Bombers have been finals regulars but a top three finish is new to them, giving Winter perhaps his best crack at a flag yet.

Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

Key Matchups:

Jake Cox has been a thorn in Lauderdale’s side both times he played against them this season, kicking a combined eight goals from an attacking wing position.  Capable of turning a match in a matter of minutes, the Bombers may need to consider sacrificing a playmaker such as Josh McGuinness in an attempt to quell his influence. But will that rob Peter to pay Paul?

With rebounding defender Keegan Wylie likely to miss after suffering a head knock in Round 21, the structure and organisation Jason Bailey provides to the Roos defence will be crucial for Clarence.  Alex Hill is one Lauderdale forward with defensive attributes who may go to Bailey, with his presence and contested marking skills likely to keep Bailey honest all afternoon.

The midfield battle will be a treat for supporters, with both sides boasting onballers in form.  Bomber Bryce Walsh has had a sensational season, but Gabby Chambers has performed admirably in his run-with roles on the Lauderdale captain so far this season and expect him to head to him at the first bounce.  Teenage inside midfielder Nat Franklin has been Lauderdale’s best in two of the three encounters between these sides this year, with Brady Jones a chance to stand him.  Expect to see damaging Roo Jackson O’Brien and ball-winning Bomber Dylan Fyfe spend some time on each other around the stoppages as well.

Fire Starters:

Veteran small forwards Trent Standen and Ian Callinan have been a big part of Clarence’s resurgence this season, booting 68 goals between them in 2017.  Standen has a bag of seven under his belt this year, and his ability to remain dangerous is a concern for oppositions sides, with just one goalless match to his name.  Callinan has the uncanny knack for finding space and kicking back to back goals in a hurry, as he showed against the Bombers in Round 12 when he slotted three in the first quarter alone.  Neither can be given an inch anywhere near the attacking 50.

Thor Boscott has had an outstanding season to date, booting 41 goals from half forward while also spending time in the midfield and cutting sides apart with his clearance work.  As damaging in the air as he is at ground level, Boscott has proven he’s more than a human highlight reel, earning 13 RACT Player of the Year Award votes and gaining selection in the state squad.  Boscott announced himself to casual TSL observers with a nine-goal haul against the Tigers in Round 15, but most fans are well aware of his presence and ability.  Tim Castle played well in defence on him last time these sides met, but with Boscott able to switch into a midfield role, he’ll have to be guarded closely if Clarence want to negate the exciting Bomber’s game winning ability.


This is the most anticipated match of the season to date, with Round 20’s nailbiting result a suitable entree for what will undoubtedly be an afternoon full of talking points.  Clarence’s 2016 best and fairest winner Jack Gleeson found himself in hot water in that game, with an appeal sensationally reducing a two-game penalty that would have likely seen him de-registered for meeting the mandatory 16 game threshold. Clarence Coach Jeromey Webberley also voiced displeasure on Lauderdale breaking a coach-code in bringing the incident to the attention to the MRP; it’s fair to say there is no love lost when these sides take the field.

Both sides will bring in players who have been integral to their success this season.  Clarence regain Standen, midfielders Gleeson and Jackson O’Brien, and defenders Jason Bailey and James Holmes.  Lauderdale will benefit from the inclusions of speedy outside midfielders Robbie McManus and Rhys Sutton, as well as young tall Ben McGuinness.  Tough onballer Phil Bellchambers plays his 100th game for the Bombers against a side he has found plenty of the ball against in season 2017.

While Clarence clearly has the wood on Lauderdale this season, the margins have been narrowed and the combined scores lower each subsequent time they’ve squared off.  With fresher legs and greater overall firepower up forward, Lauderdale should be able to break through and claim a hard-fought victory on Saturday, but if the history between these two sides is anything to go by, the result will be anything but a blowout.  Neck and neck for four quarters, but at the siren; Lauderdale by 14.


$10 Adult/$5 Concession – Includes both matches (Blundstone Arena Double Header)


Elimination Final

North Launceston v Hobart City Demons – 1:00PM @ UTAS Stadium

Will the Northern Bombers march on in September or can the travelling Hobart City Demons keep their flag hopes alive?

Qualifying Final

Clarence v Tigers – 10:30AM @ Blundstone Arena

Both sides have been in red hot form, but can the Tigers limit the impressive Clarence forward line and book themselves a Preliminary Finals berth?



Every side that played across the final home and away weekend has at least one player named in the Team of the Week for Round 21, with  powerhouses Glenorchy and North Launceston leading the pack with four inclusions each.

The team features a strong mixture of experience and youth, with seven teenagers finishing their respective TSL seasons with impressive games.  Allies trio Hugh Dixon, Tarryn Thomas and Jake Hinds are all named on the field, following eye-catching performances off the back of break-out seasons. Usual suspects Mitch Carter, Jaye Bowden, Sam Siggins and Tom Couch again find themselves named in key position posts, with the latter three looking to continue their dominant form into the finals series.


Casey Brown (Launceston)

The Launceston defender has elevated his game this year and has proved as a very handy player for the Blues in the backline this season. Brown played a good rebounding game for the Blues setting up many forward movements, whilst also spoiling many of the Bombers’ attacking opportunities. A Mariners squad member, Brown has had a consistent season, and with more experience he has the potential to become one of the most damaging defenders in the competition.

Nick McKenna (Burnie)

Was part of an enthralling battle with Mitch Thorp in Devonport’s attack. The  Burnie skipper was outstanding taking several intercept marks and spoils, and kept Thorp to two majors.

Mitchell Perry (Devonport) 

The Coastal teenager finished a fine first season at State League level with another solid display in defence. His capabilities to contain his opponent and then run and carry from defence was again on show.


Lachy Gadomski (Tigers) 

The teenage Tiger was sensational in not giving his opponent any room, particularly in the close first half where he took a number of intercept marks and laid some crucial tackles.  A strong season in defence capped off with another impressive performance, Gadomski looks set for a big draft- eligible season 2018.

Mitch Carter (Tigers) 

Arguably the standout defender of the competition, Carter’s trademark long kicking and intercept marking was on display on Friday night, but it was his third quarter in particular that stood out.  He registered half a dozen intercept possessions, four effective spoils, three tackles and five rebound 50’s in a stoic 15 minute period as the Tigers fought to repel a strong Hobart City Demons’ midfield.

Harry Walters (Burnie) 

While his brother Nick stole the headlines with what looks to be a strong contender for goal of the year, Harry also did the family proud with another strong game from defence.  One of the leaders at West Park, Walters again proved why he is one of the Dockers’ most important players as they invest solidly in youth.


Josh Ponting (North Launceston) 

The North Launceston midfielder played another outstanding game for the Bombers, booting three goals for his side in their win over the Blues.  Ponting was influential in setting up the his side’s victory by using the ball effectively and winning plenty of the footy himself, with his majors  all coming at crucial times in the match. With his recent good form, the underrated midfielder will be a very important player for North Launceston in the finals series as the flag favourites look to sweep all before them.

Jake Hinds (Launceston) 

The Mariners standout tried all day for the Blues and was close to their best player on the day.  Although his disposal efficiency let him down on occasions, the young star found plenty of the ball and was able to give his side a fighting chance before being overrun in the last term.  Hinds’ impressive goal  resulted in him starting on the half back line before running forward and finding the ball at the 50-metre mark, eventually splitting the middle from 35 metres out.

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy) 

Few have been more consistent at Glenorchy throughout 2017 than the lively Rhys Mott and the talented midfielder furthered this reputation with another classy outing against the ‘Roos. Mott’s ability to use the ball so cleanly by foot and his capacity to find himself in prime positions has made him a vital cog in this side and a real model of consistency


Tom Bennett (North Launceston) 

The best forward on the day in the Northern derby and presented excellently  the entire game.  The North Launceston forward caused constant headaches for the Launceston defence as he took marks at will inside the forward 50.  Unfortunately he missed some of his opportunities on goal and if he had have kicked straight he would have finished with at least five majors.  Undoubtedly one of the best three players on the ground.

Ben Reynolds (Glenorchy) 

The Glenorchy big man threatened to break the game apart on the weekend, finishing with two majors while posing a significant threat to an undersized Clarence defence. If Reynolds is able to utilise his marking ability come finals, opposition defenders are going to be quaking in their boots.  With injuries decimating Glenorchy at times this season, the return of Reynolds has underpinned a strong finish to the home and away season.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy) 

The Glenorchy stalwart may have already wrapped up the RACT Player of the Year award before the weekend, but he delivered another terrific performance that further proved why he is the competition’s best. Bowden moved well around the ground and used his sublime skills to transition the ball into attack.


Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston)

Thomas had a relatively quiet first half before coming alive in the second half to help get his side over the line. He booted three goals for the game and landed multiple tackles all day. Whilst he didn’t have many disposals he was able to position himself in dangerous positions and make the most of the opportunities that came his way, with his dribbling checkside major all class.

Hugh Dixon (Tigers)

Dixon backed up his five goal haul from Round 20 with three majors from four shots on goal under lights on Friday, but it was the way he did it that was impressive.  His leading up the ground and contested marks stood out, with a hanger on the shoulders of opponent Liam Azzopardi bringing the whole crowd to life.  Dixon’s work at ground level to feed the ball out to team mates highlighted the roundness of his game, in a performance that is sure to have caught the eyes of potential draft scouts.

Blair Rubock (Burnie) 

The young Docker was outstanding in the air and on the ground inside for Burnie, taking two outstanding grabs and kicking five majors.  Rubock was the difference between victory and defeat in the eight-point result, producing an impressive highlight reel along the way.


Sam Siggins (Clarence) 

Siggins stood up to be the most influential big man on the ground at KGV playing as the main ruckman for the ‘Roos. Siggins’ versatility and ability to move well around the ground has impressed all season, and his performance against the Magpies was no exception. Siggins is an elite talent and will prove to be a real handful for opposition coaches throughout the finals.

Tom Couch (North Launceston)

The former Melbourne Demon was the best player on the ground and was a major factor in getting North Launceston over the line.  His disposal efficiency was incredible and he seemed to have the ball on a string at times, such as the rate that he accumulate possessions.  The goalkicking onballer finished second in the RACT Player of the Year award for a reason, and has been an invaluable inclusion for the Bombers this season.

Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons)

‘Soup’ rose to the occasion, leading a dominant Hobart City Demons midfield outfit from the front.  His physicality and want for the football in the contest were second to none, as he covered the ground to be influential across all four quarters.  Campbell finished with two goals, with his evasive gather and finish from the pocket in the first term a class act from one of the competition’s most improved players of season 2017.


Eddie Cole (Hobart City Demons)

The vocal midfielder saved one of his best games of the season for the final round, with his speed and long kicking inside attacking 50 causing the Tigers plenty of issues.  Cole’s final term was huge, with his tackling and run rewarded with a big goal to all but seal the match, seeing him finish the evening with two majors.

Zac Webster (Glenorchy) 

Webster returned to the Glenorchy side from injury to face Clarence and the former Hawthorn-listed player proved just how valuable he is to the Magpies in a highly impressive display. Webster looked dangerous whenever he was near the ball and finished with two majors to stand out as one of Glenorchy’s best. All finals-bound teams should brace themselves- he is only going to get better.

Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons) 

The bearded Hobart City Demons on-fielder leader was a constant presence all match, with his pinpoint kicking and ability to link up with possession chains highly influential, especially when the contest was close.  Matthews finished his season with a two goal game from the midfield, a fine reward for a tireless effort all season.

Brayden Butler (Devonport)

The key position utility has played more forward of the centre than recent weeks, and was rewarded in the coastal derby with three goals. Kept on running for four quarters, capping off a strong season for Devonport.


The Top Ten TSL Clashes of 2017

By Andrew Johnston and Alex FtizGerald


Round 3 – Tigers vs Hobart City -14/4/17 – Twin Ovals

Tigers 10.7 (67) def Hobart City Demons 8.15 (63)

The Tigers produced one of their strongest performances of the year in a Good Friday thriller in round three, striking late to steal the four points from Hobart City. The Tigers had less opportunities than their opponents, but made the most from their chances in front of goal to get the win.

Early troubles for the Demons set the stage for the day, kicking one goal and five behinds in the opening quarter while the Tigers slotted three straight majors. While the Demons were able to even up the scores by the half time break, a three goal apiece third term saw the game in the balance with a hot crowd at the Twin Ovals on the edge of their seats. A late Chris Nield goal was the sealer for the Tigers, as Hobart City Demons were left ruing missed opportunities in a loss that would prove costly.


Round 4 – Hobart City Demons vs Burnie Dockers – 22/4/17 – Queenborough Oval

Hobart City 10.12 (72) def Burnie 9.9 (63)

State League football returned to one of its traditional homes at Queenborough Oval, home of the former Sandy Bay Football Club, producing a return to the halcyon days as Hobart City Demons chalked up their first win of the season against the Dockers. The southern hosts dominated general play, but errant kicking allowed the Dockers a real chance in another nail-biting clash.

The Demons started the game with early control, but inaccurate kicking saw them score 4.6 in the opening quarter. With the wind in the second quarter, Burnie also left their kicking boots behind, managing one goal five, giving the Demons a 24 point half time lead.  The Dockers piled on four unanswered goals in the third stanza, with Nick Walters dominant, cutting the margin to just two points with a term remaining.  Enter hobbled midfielder Will Campbell, who came to life late in the match with one of the best individual quarters of the season, including a crucial goal, helping to pull the Demons over the line to open their account for 2017.


Round 4 – Lauderdale vs Launceston – 22/4/17 – Lauderdale Oval

Launceston 15.11 (101) def Lauderdale 13.12 (90)

Launceston continued its resurgent early-season form on a grey and gloomy day, knocking off Lauderdale at their home ground by 11 points.

The Blues were dominant early in proceedings, taking a lead into quarter time, only for the Bombers to wrestle back the momentum in the second term aided by some Alex Hevey brilliance.  But the Blues in turn responded, with Rulla Kelly-Mansell booting two jaw-dropping goals in the third quarter to give the visitors a 17 point lead at the final change. The game stepped up a gear as the sides went goal for goal late, but a number of costly errors saw the Bombers fall to an unthinkable 0-3, as the Blues boarded the bus with the chocolates off the back of a breakout game from young midfielder Brodie Palfreyman.


Round 6 – Glenorchy vs Clarence – 6/5/17 – KGV Oval

Clarence 14.7 (91) def Glenorchy 8.7 (55)

Two of Tasmanian football’s greatest rivals faced off again in what was touted as a blockbuster match, and the game didn’t disappoint, with the Roos storming home in the final term to take a strong win.

Glenorchy were the better side in a low-scoring physical first half, taking a seven-point lead into the main break despite only registering three majors. The Magpies opened the third with two quick goals, but two late Clarence majors saw the Roos rally to be within eight points at the final change. The final quarter saw a stunning Clarence blitz, with the visitors booting seven goals and keeping Glenorchy scoreless to run out 36 point winners.  Wily small forward Trent Standen inflicted most of the damage, finishing with a seven-goal haul.


Round 7 – Clarence vs Hobart City – 13/5/17 – Blundstone Arena

Hobart City Demons 12.8 (80) def Clarence 11.13 (79)

On a wet Eastern shore day, the Hobart City Demons shocked the competition by knocking off Clarence by a single point at Blundstone Arena in the upset of the season. The underdogs held strong to lead at every change, tumbling across the finish line against the highly-fancied ladder leading Roos.

The Hobart City Demons were the dominant side of the first half aided by four goal forward Sean Willis, skipping out to a 26-point lead at the main break. But the Roos would not be held out of the contest, and while the quarter produced a less than convincing three goals five, the Roos had pulled back to within seven points at the final change.  The Hobart City Demons held strong in the last few minutes to be exhausted but ecstatic victors at the welcome full time siren.


Round 9 – Tigers vs Devonport – 27/5/17 – Twin Ovals

Tigers 11.8 (74) def Devonport 9.9 (63)

An improving Devonport side made their way down to Kingston, holding the Tigers to a scoreless first quarter and leading at every change before being overrun late in the final term.

The Magpies lead the charge early, opening the account with four first quarter goals with the hosts unable to trouble the scoreboard operators.  Devonport added a fifth early in the second quarter before the Tigers took control, piling on four of their own to trail by five points at the main break.  Teenagers Ethan Brock and Harry Barker both slotted impressive goals for their respective sides in a tense third term, with the Tigers trailing by eight points with a quarter remaining.  The hosts struck back to lead early in a see-sawing final term, and despite the Magpies regaining the lead, they conceded the final two majors to fall agonisingly short of a thrilling upset victory.  Leaders Beau Sharman and Brad Symmons led from the front for the young Magpies, while Sherrin Egger gave fans a taste of the future.


Round 10 – North Launceston vs Lauderdale – 3/6/17 – UTAS Stadium

Lauderdale 18.3 (111) def North Launceston 17.8 (110)

When these two sides faced off in round one, the Northern Bombers were dominant, running out with a 61 point victory. But when the teams met again in round 10, the game was far closer, producing arguably the match of the season, as a combined ten goal haul from Thomas Bennett and Zach Burt wasn’t enough to defeat a rampaging Lauderdale.

Lauderdale kicked six majors to the hosts’ three in the first term, before being held scoreless in the second.  A shootout in the third quarter produced eleven total goals, with the visitors entering the final break with a seven-point lead.  When Lauderdale kicked the first three majors of the final term to extend the margin to 25 points, the game looked done and dusted.  However North Launceston charged to bang on six quick goals, running hard while Lauderdale looked out on their feet. With only seconds remaining, another North goal pulled them within one point, with the UTAS Stadium crowd on the edge of their seats. As the hosts searched for the winner and the ball ventured inside 50 the siren sounded, denying North what would have been an iconic victory, with Lauderdale celebrating a victory for the ages.

Nat Franklin was outstanding and put an exclamation mark on a break out season in an upset victory that announced Lauderdale as a genuine premiership threat.


Round 16 – North Launceston vs Glenorchy – 22/07/17 – UTAS Stadium

North Launceston 9.10 (64) def Glenorchy 8.12 (60)

It was a grand final rematch that did not fall short of expectations when the Northern Bombers and Glenorchy met on a Saturday afternoon at University of Tasmania Stadium.

The Magpies were hot from the opening bounce with four first quarter goals, as Jaye Bowden starting strongly despite an injury that would see him miss the next game.  Midfielders Brad Cox-Goodyer and Josh Ponting began to impact the game in the second quarter, with the Pies holding a slim lead at half time.  Injury issues that would underline Glenorchy’s season continued to rear their head with captain Brayden Webb and Brady Quinn both failing to resume in the second half.  Despite rotation worries, the Magpies managed to stay on top of general play but failed to capitalise, kicking an inaccurate six behinds in the third term.

After trailing all day, the running game of North Launceston took hold as young gun Tarryn Thomas came to life, as did big marking forwards Bart McCulloch and Zach Burt.  The Bombers led by 16 points with five minutes left on the clock, but goals to Magpies superstar Jaye Bowden and the dangerous Josh Watts kept the game alive.  The stoic defence of Bombers held the visitors off, however, as the home side claimed a hard-fought four-point win.


Round 18 – Glenorchy vs Launceston – 05/08/17 – KGV Oval

Glenorchy 14.6 (90) def Launceston 12.12 (84)

In a see-sawing game played with finals-like intensity, Glenorchy rallied late against an impressive Launceston outfit to steal a six-point victory at home.

Glenorchy led at the first change by a reasonable margin, only for the Blues to wrestle ascendency back in the second term to unbelievably hit the lead at half time. A Jaye Bowden-inspired third term saw the Magpies go into the final change with their noses in front but nothing could have prepared the crowd for what was to follow.  The Blues opened the fourth term with two quick majors to take back the lead, triggering a goal for goal fight. A brave defensive mark with the flight from Thomas Sheppard eventually led to a Rulla Kelly-Mansell goal of the year contender as Launceston appeared to have the upper hand late in the game. Enter Mitch Rainbird with two clutch set shot goals from the tough midfielder inside the final four minutes giving the Magpies a victory over a side that demolished them earlier in the season, ensuring a southern final in September.


Round 20 – Clarence vs Lauderdale – 19/08/2017 – Blundstone Arena

Clarence 9.10 (64) def Lauderdale 9.9 (63)

With just one round to play before finals, the Eastern shore rivalry went to a new level. Clarence were sitting second on the ladder but the Bombers had been in tantalising form all season, with the Roos the only side they were yet to knock off.

In a spiteful game that would have much-publicised Match Review Panel ramifications, the lead changed back and forth all afternoon, as both sides struggled to attain a dominant grip on the game. A big fourth quarter effort and long goal from captain Brady Jones in his 100th game looked to all but sealed the result in the final minutes but when Bomber Josh McGuinness goaled in the dying embers of the match it made for a nervy finish. The Roos hanging on to set up a tantalising qualifying final between the two eastern shore sides.



Round 4 – Glenorchy vs Tigers – 25/4/17 – KGV Oval

Glenorchy 15.15 (105) def Tigers 5.5 (35)

Whilst the result of this game is hardly noteworthy given Glenorchy’s dominance, it was an afternoon that would go down in history after play was stopped mid-match following an appearance by a new cult figure, a border collie named Banjo.  The fan favourite decided he wanted to be a part of the match, running into the Magpies’ defensive 50 for a pat as the Tigers lined up for a set shot on goal. The incident, which was filmed as part of AFL Tasmania’s live stream, made mainstream sporting news across the country.


Round 10 – Tigers vs Burnie – 3/6/17 – West Park

Tigers 15.13 (103) def Burnie 14.17 (101)

In a rare high-scoring affair at West Park, the Tigers led by a point at half time before seemingly putting the game away in the third term.  The Dockers lifted after the final huddle, booting an incredible seven final quarter goals to hit the lead with only minutes remaining.  Teenage Tiger Toby Cowen broke the hearts of the Burnie faithful, shrugging off an opponent to goal from long range, as the visitors fell across the line by two points.  Docker captain Nick McKenna and Tiger Mitch Walker both excelled in tricky conditions to kick five goals each.

Bowden makes it three

Glenorchy’s Jaye Bowden has won his third RACT Insurance Player of the Year in four years, making it back to back wins of the prestigious award.

The superstar half forward polled 22 votes, edging out North Launceston playing-coach Tom Couch who finished on 19 votes, closely followed by fellow Northern Bomber Bradley Cox-Goodyer on 16.

Kicking a league high 52 goals whilst playing through midfield and up forward, the 27-year-old has had another dominant season, leading a new brigade of ‘pies to September action.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said Jaye Bowden had displayed outstanding skill and commitment in being named RACT Insurance TSL Player of the Year for two years running, as well as taking out the prestigious title for the third time in just four years.

“Bowden has certainly firmly entrenched himself as a shining star within the Tasmanian State League since kicking off his career over 10 years ago as a17 year old,” Mr Sayers said.

“There is no doubt that Bowden will go down as an absolute legend in Tasmanian football history.

“On behalf of RACT Insurance, I would like to offer our wholehearted congratulations to Jaye and the Glenorchy Football Club on an outstanding 2017 season.

“As a Tasmanian company and a member of the Tasmanian community, RACT Insurance is proud to support the TSL and the many participating football clubs who play such an important role in our local communities across the state.”

Tasmanian State League General Manager Carl Saunder said Jaye’s consistency not just across this season but year-in-year out was something to behold.

“Congratulations to Jaye on another stellar season, he wins the ball right across the ground and kicks big bags of goals on a regular basis.

“He is a terrific player and he continues to play outstanding footy and leads the way not just for his club but for the competition.

“He is a fantastic example for younger players in the way he applies himself and the spirit in which he plays his footy.

“I would also like to thank RACT Insurance, in particular, Trent Sayers for their continued support of this award and the performance of players in our competition.”

The award is voted on by members of the media, who award 3,2 and 1 votes after every TSL match. The RACT Insurance Player of the Year receives $2,500 cash and a $2,500 travel package.



22 VOTES. Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

19 VOTES. Tom Couch (North Launceston)

16 VOTES. Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

13 VOTES. Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

13 VOTES. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

12 VOTES. Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

12 VOTES. Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

11 VOTES. Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

11 VOTES. Zac Burt (North Launceston)


2016 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

2015 – Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

2014 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

2013 – Mitch Thorp (South Launceston)

2012 – Luke Shackleton (Burnie)

2011 – Cameron Thurley (Clarence)

2010 – Scott Stephens (Launceston)

2009 – Jeromey Webberley (Clarence)



Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 21

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League

1. Ben Reynolds (Glenorchy) referred for making high contact against Keegan Wylie (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the force of contact was exacerbated by the forward motion of the tackle. Reynolds attempted to stop and brace for contact. The injury sustained by Wylie was incidental and as a part of the contest. No further action is required.



2. Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy) reported for striking Justin O’Brien (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the motion was with an open palm to the chest. The action does not constitute a reportable offence. No further action is required.



3. Justin O’Brien (Clarence) reported for striking Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the body. O’Brien has been offered a base sanction of ONE MATCH, which can be reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea. O’Brien has accepted a REPRIMAND.

4.  Hobart City Demons players & Tigers players referred for engaging in a melee

The Match Review Panel determined that Tyler Carter (Tigers) was the instigator of melee and has been offered a low-level reprimand. Carter has accepted a LOW-LEVEL REPRIMAND.



5. Burnie players & Devonport players referred for engaging in a melee

The Match Review Panel determined that no further action is required for this incident.


6. Zach Burt (North Launceston) referred for striking Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the body. Burt has been offered a base sanction of ONE MATCH, which can be reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea. Burt has accepted a REPRIMAND.



7. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston) reported for striking Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that there was insufficient contact to sustain a charge. It was the view of the Match Review Panel that a 50-metre penalty was the correct decision. No further action is required.





8. Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy) referred for striking Tiffany Nichols (Clarence)

Due to a lack of visual evidence, this matter will be heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday 29th August at 6:30pm.


North the team to beat

Written by Matt Hill

North Launceston made it three from three over neighbours Launceston on Saturday afternoon to finish the home and away season on the perfect note. The Bombers wrapped up a minor premiership but they were made to work for the final round victory with the Blues pushing them hard for the opening three-quarters before a late Bomber surge sealed the deal to the tune of 37 points.

It was a game that would have no effect on final ladder positions but neither team took a backward step. Launceston started strongly despite the absence of leaders Sam Rundle and Sam Lonergan, kicking the first goal of the game courtesy of Corey Sheppard who slotted a set shot from 35 metres out to draw first blood.

North responded with two goals through the strong marking Tom Bennett, who was the most dominant forward on the ground. Launceston then responded with good pressure and constant inside 50 entries which resulted in Launceston forward Sonny Whiting kicking his first of the day and star young gun Brodie Palfreyman kicking an outstanding crumbing goal. North, however, responded in typical North fashion with Zach Burt kicking a dead-eye set shot from the boundary into the breeze and Cox-Goodyear doing what he does best to slot a nice goal to tighten it up. Towards the end of the quarter, Launceston got on top with Whiting and Gillow adding goals to the Blues’ tally to see them into the first quarter huddle seven-points ahead.

In the second stanza, the Bombers got the chance to kick with the breeze but did not make the most of their opportunities, failing to take a major lead to the main change. Tom Bennett again proved dangerous booting another goal but was wasteful from multiple other opportunities. Jay Blackberry and Jake Hinds began to get into the game and provide as dominant players for the Blues, finding plenty of the ball to keep the hosts in touch. Jay Blackberry pushed forward and kicked the only goal for the Blues in a quiet quarter. The Bombers prime movers began to get on top with Tom Couch, Cox-Goodyer, Bennett and Josh Ponting all performing their usual roles to take in an eight point lead.

In the premiership quarter, the Blues needed to get kick some goals with the breeze at their back if they were going to be any chance to overrun the Bombers and they did exactly that, outscoring the premiership favourites to cut the margin to only two points at the final change. The quarter was evenly balanced with the Bombers controlling the early stages and kicking two goals courtesy of Ponting and Tarryn Thomas, the Blues answered with Gillow kicking another and when 150 gamer NathanO’Donoghue and Hinds kicked goals the Blues were certainly a major chance of an upset win.

It wasn’t to be as Couch rallied the troops and the Bombers showed why they are the team to beat, flexing their muscle to kick five unanswered last quarter goals to run away with a win. Ponting capped off a great day with two last quarter goals and when Mark Walsh, Bennett and Thomas all added majors, the Bombers were free to celebrate their minor premiership.

Next week is finals time with North’s minor premiership earning them a week off to rest up before they take on the winner of Clarence and Lauderdale at UTAS stadium the following week.

The Blues face the sleeping giants in reigning premiers Glenorchy in an elimination final on Saturday at 1pm at Blundstone Arena. The Blues will regain both Sam Rundle and Sam Lonergan for the do or die clash. “We are looking forward to the challenge next week having not played finals in a couple of

“We are looking forward to the challenge next week having not played finals in a couple of years and it will be a good experience for the boys.

“We will have plenty of selection issues this week with plenty of players available, I am looking forward to selecting the side and it is certainly better to have these issues than not having enough players.”

Things I Learnt

  • Launceston need Mitch Thorp

With Kelly-Mansell playing on the wing and looking very dangerous in that position, the Blues are a lacking another key forward. Whiting is an absolute star but can’t do it all for the Blues if they are to be a serious threat in the finals. As Thorp has now moved on from Devonport, if the Blues could get his signature he would not only bolster the Blues forward line but also help out Whiting and give the Blues more scoring potential.

  • Lockhart will be back for finals

Key North Launceston player Jay Lockhart will be back for the finals according to coach Tom Couch who said that he will be ready to go for the first final against either Clarence or Lauderdale.

  • Rulla on the wing is so exciting and Couch is a gun

Whilst Kelly-Mansell is very dangerous down forward, his speed, agility and ball skills on the wing are very exciting to watch. With a big game on a big ground next week against Glenorchy, was this move just a warm up for what will occur next week? If so expect Rulla to have a big game next week.

I know it is obvious but Tom Couch is an absolute star. He was the best player on the ground and was instrumental in getting his side over the line.  Couch has had an exceptional year and would be a good chance at winning North’s best and fairest but the coach will only have one thing on his mind and that will be getting North another premiership.

Round 21 – 26/08/2017

North Launceston                        4.0,  7.4,  9.6,  14.10  (94)

Launceston                              5.1,  6.2,  9.4,  9.4  (58)

GOALS, North Launceston :
J. Ponting 3, T. Thomas 3, B. Cox-Goodyer 2, Z. Burt 2, K. Wadley 1, M. Walsh 1,
T. Bennett 1, L. Hollmer 1

Launceston :
J. Gillow 2, S. Whiting 2, C. Sheppard 1, B. Palfreyman 1, N. O’Donoghue 1, J. Hinds 1,
J. Blackberry 1

BEST, North Launceston :
J. Ponting, T. Bennett, K. Baker, T. Thomas, A. Lee, T. Couch

Launceston :
C. Brown, J. Boyce, J. Hinds, J. Donnellan, C. Savage, H. Leedham



Written by Anthony Osborn


Glenorchy continues to build confidence leading into their September campaign, registering a 15-point victory over archrival Clarence in blustery conditions at KGV on Saturday afternoon. The big story out of the contest was the injury to Clarence defender Keegan Wylie, who suffered a concussion and a burst ear drum and will be racing the clock to play in the first final against Lauderdale.

The reigning Premiers notched their second victory of the season over their traditional foe in the scrappy 10.10 (70) to 8.7 (55) victory that was built off the back of a dynamic second term.

Neither team was at full strength with finals nearing but the ‘Pies were dealt two further blows with the late withdrawals of Josh Watts and Mitch Hills leaving their key position stocks vulnerable.

The Magpies were forced to fight back in this second term after struggling to make the most of their control on the contest early in the opening quarter, with a flurry of Clarence goals late in the opening stanza handing the visitors a two-goal advantage at the first break.

The second term was all about Glenorchy, however, with the Magpie defence stifling Clarence to a solitary behind, while goals to Zac Webster, Brodie Rowbottom, Ben Reynolds and Tyler Bowden helped turn a 12-point deficit into a 15-point advantage by the main break.

Clarence threatened to run over the Magpies early in the third term when majors from Ian Callinan and Aiden Grace reduced the deficit to just four points but a shocking knock to the head of Keegan Wylie midway through the quarter lead to a sustained break in play, with the young Clarence star worryingly stretchered from the field.

Glenorchy responded well after this break in play with goals to James Webb and Mitch Rainbird ensuring the hosts maintained a handy 16-point buffer at the final break.

The ‘Roos came a-knocking again the fourth term, with two goals in a minute to Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley again reducing the margin to under six-points, but the home side were able to maintain composure and rally with Will Atkin and Reynolds goals before Zac Webster kicked the sealer from the goal square.

Webster’s return to the side from injury was particularly impressive, with his performance on the eve of finals pleasing coach Aaron Cornelius.

“We know what we are going to get out of Zac. He’s an AFL-listed quality player and his pressure and ball use is something that really helps us.

“We certainly prefer him playing than not.”

Ben Reynolds (two goals) was also instrumental in the victory with the key forward’s presence inside 50 proving to be a handful for an undersized Clarence defence missing the injured general Jason Bailey.

The evergreen Jaye Bowden was again impressive across the ground while Rhys Mott, Ryan Banks-Smith, Mitch Rainbird and Brodie Rowbottom were also among Glenorchy’s best.

Cornelius was pleased with the victory, particularly with some stars missing from action and some precautionary resting of players late in the match.

“12 wins is better than 11 and two up on Clarence is always nice. We sort of limped again over the line and that has been the story of our season

“I’m proud of how the guys battled it out today,” Cornelius said.

Clarence assistant coach Mitch Swan was disappointed in the result but insisted the focus has now switched completely onto the task of playing Lauderdale in next Saturday’s qualifying final.

“It was a disappointing result. We can take some stuff out of today but Glenorchy probably outplayed us.

“Both teams had a few out and they were tough conditions- we will take some out of it but it makes our focus clearer for next week to beat Lauderdale.”

Swans conceded that foot skill execution let his side down when it mattered.

“Our transition can improve and our kicking hurt us. Our endeavour was good but our kicking needs to improve.”

It was a day of few stars for Clarence with Brady Jones and Sam Siggins the only real standouts thanks to their work through the middle of the ground while Gabby Chambers and Jordan Roberts (in his return to the team) also impressed.

The Wylie injury could prove to be a blow to Clarence’s finals aspirations with the talented defender’s elite kicking and ability to intercept making him an asset and mainstay of this Clarence side.

Swan downplayed the incident, however, remaining confident that Wylie’s injury should not keep him out of action for next weekend’s huge clash.

“He got a knock to the side of the head from a knee and split the side of his head open and had some blood and concussion. We are reasonably confident he will be right to play next week,” he said.

Clarence’s injury list took another hit with Nathen Douglas also suffering a knock to the head that prematurely ended his afternoon.

With several key players set to return, including Josh Watts, and Brayden Webb, the Magpies attention now turns to a tantalising elimination final against Launceston at Blundstone Arena next Saturday.

“They (Launceston) are a very hard team- they will play four quarters and they handed out a hiding to us at Windsor Park (earlier in 2017).

“This is a different position for our playing group. In the past we have had double chances and we just haven’t got that (this season). You go out every game to win and every final to win and we will take that mentality into next week,” Cornelius said.

The difficult conditions at KGV made for less than ideal preparation for finals football, but Cornelius remained adamant that it would hold his side in good stead.

“It was windy today and probably not the ideal preparation but stoppages are a big part of finals football”

Like Glenorchy, Clarence are set to welcome key players back for the first week of finals, with the elite quartet of Trent Standen, Jackson O’Brien, Jason Bailey and Jack Gleeson all expected to play in the huge clash against Lauderdale.

The highly public saga of Jack Gleeson’s tribunal hearing is also sure to add even extra spice to one of Tasmanian football’s juiciest rivalries.

“Lauderdale and Clarence games are always great to watch and it is a final. We have beaten Lauderdale three times this year and we go in confident- playing on our home deck is a great advantage,” Swan said.


Glenorchy                               1.3,  5.7,  7.8,  10.10  (70)

Clarence                                3.3,  3.4,  5.4,  8.7  (55)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
Z. Webster 2, B. Reynolds 2, M. Rainbird 1, C. Daly 1, T. Bowden 1, B. Rowbottom 1,
J. Webb 1, W. Atkin 1

Clarence :
J. Webberley 2, A. Grace 2, I. Callinan 1, L. Murfitt-Cowen 1, J. Cox 1, J. Harper 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, R. Mott, M. Rainbird, Z. Webster, B. Reynolds, R. Banks-Smith

Clarence :
S. Siggins, B. Jones, G. Chambers, M. Fisher, J. Roberts