The Devonport Football Club have withdrawn from the Tasmanian State League (TSL) for season 2018.

This is a decision that comes as a complete shock to AFL Tasmania, despite a number of opportunities to do so, Devonport Football Club gave no indication of their withdrawal from the TSL prior to last night (14/12/2017).

“Clubs are well within their rights to make choices, the choice not to play in the TSL is Devonport’s right but it is the lack of communication in recent months that has blindsided us,” TSL Manager Carl Saunder said.

“We held a TSL meeting on the 28th of November to finalise our fixture and at no stage did Devonport FC give any indication of withdrawing from the TSL.

“We released our fixture this week… we have been blindsided by the club’s withdrawal.”

Devonport FC’s decision to withdraw from the competition is due to insufficient playing numbers to field competitive teams across all grades and competitions.

AFL Tasmania acknowledges the difficulties Devonport FC’s withdrawal creates for the competition but the state’s governing body reaffirms its commitment to the TSL.

“It is disappointing Devonport FC aren’t in a position to participate in the TSL but our commitment to the competition remains.”

The TSL will be an eight-team competition in 2018 and will be mirrored in the Mercury Cup, with a new fixture to be developed and released in the new year.

“Our vision and commitment to our clubs and the state league continues, we need to readjust and make necessary changes.”

The TSL plays an important role in the football landscape for Tasmanian talent, the competition will continue to showcase Tasmania’s finest talent from across the state, with players in each region competing at the top level.

AFL Tasmania’s Talent Academy and TSL management will work with all relevant players and clubs to ensure players from the Devonport zone have the opportunity to play in the TSL.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the pathway for Devonport talent to play TSL remains despite the club’s withdrawal.”

Devonport FC have communicated their intentions to field teams in the NWFL in season 2018. TSL management will remain in dialogue with Devonport on how the club is progressing and discussion on football seasons, beyond 2018.

“Devonport still holds a licence in the TSL but they won’t be competing in 2018.

“It is too early to comment on the makeup of the competition or Devonport’s involvement for future seasons beyond next year.”



The fixture for the 2018 Tasmanian State League (TSL) season has been released, with the draw revealing a highly entertaining season of games.

The fixture has seen a minor shakeup with the league-wide bye removed to accommodate an earlier conclusion to the season, with Grand Final day to be held on Saturday 15 September.


First bounce for the season is on Easter Weekend (30-31 March), with three games to take place on Good Friday. It is an opening round chock-a-block full of rivalry, with three local derbies and Kingborough Tigers supremo Trent Baumeler going toe to toe with his former side for the very first time.

North Launceston will waste no time to unfurl the premiership flag, opening the season with a home game against neighbours Launceston. It is the first of three meetings between the cross-town rivals with both clubs expected to be right in the premiership reckoning, in 2018.

The first four rounds see six night games including a night fixture at Lauderdale Oval, as football takes centre stage under lights early in the season.

The Anzac Day tradition continues with Tigers hosting Glenorchy on Anzac Day to kick off round five, the very next week TSL fans will be treated to the Grand Final rematch between North Launceston and Lauderdale. The southern bombers returning to the scene of Grand Final disappointment looking to exact some revenge.

The Speak UP! Stay ChatTY cup continues in Round 10 between Clarence and Lauderdale, a fantastic TSL tradition for a tremendous cause, raising awareness for suicide prevention.

Old enemies Clarence and Glenorchy meet on three occasions in 2018 with their second clash in Round 13 for the Bingley-Linton Cup.

North Launceston will again take a game to Invermay Park, hosting Devonport at the venue for the second consecutive season, in Round 14.

Glenorchy have a later start to the season with a bye first up and Lauderdale finish their season with the bye, once more. Just as the season starts with rivalry it finishes with it, with four fierce rivalries on show in Round 21.

TSL Manager Carl Saunder said the fixture was an arduous process but believes the league arrived at an outcome that will please clubs and fans.

“Rivalry is a big thing in football and we kick the season off with strong rivalry and we finish the home and away season the same way.

“Night footy takes centre stage early in the season which is fantastic and we have the continuation of tradition with Tigers and Glenorchy on Anzac Day and the Stay Chatty Cup between the Eastern shore rivals in round 10.”

The finals series will take place a week earlier than 2017, with the Preliminary Final and Grand Final to be hosted at Blundstone Arena with UTAS Stadium out of action.

“We have brought our finals series forward which will see us avoid AFL Preliminary Final day and will help to maximise our Grand Final attendance. It also assists Tasmanian Football Awards to take place prior to the AFL Grand Final.”

As well as streamlining the season the removal of the league-wide bye also confirms that there will be no representative football in 2018, with the NEAFL opting out of playing next year.

“Unfortunately there won’t be representative football next year with the NEAFL opting not to participate,” Saunder said.

“We are disappointed as we see a lot of value in representing the competition and the map but we will continue dialogue with the NEAFL for future years.”

In fantastic news, the TSL fixture avoids AFL games in the south and north of the state with no head to head, in-region clashes occurring.

“Pleasingly we have avoided direct clashes with AFL matches in-region, which sounds easier than it is to coordinate. It is a fantastic outcome for the competition and the two AFL clubs in the state as it enables everyone to get along and enjoy both competitions.”

The fixtures for the Wrest Point TSL Women’s and Mercury Cup competitions will also be released in the coming days.


Please find below the list of squads for the six teams in the inaugural Wrest Point TSLW Under 18 Development Series.

Burnie TSLW U18 Development Series Squad

Squads are predominately made up of players born in the years 2000-2002 that are eligible for the AFLW U18 National Championships in 2018.

First Name Family Name Club/School
Lilly Badcock Burnie YG
Lily Blackaby Latrobe
Piper Bramich East Devonport
Kaitlin Briggs Latrobe
Ebony Collins East Devonport
Hannah Conway Devonport
Chloe Currie Devonport
Samantha Denby Devonport
Alyssa Edmunds Ulverstone HS
Hope Everett Burnie YG
Chloe Haines Burnie Football Club
Libby Haines Burnie Football Club
Toni Hall Ulverstone
Kaytlyn Johnson Burnie Football Club
Elise Kenny Latrobe
Samantha Langmaid Burnie Football Club
Alssya Miller Penguin HS
Denvah Mills Ulverstone HS
Alarna Patterson Burnie YG
Shelby Rayner Ulverstone HS
Joherty Revell Penguin HS
Ashya Rodman Ulverstone
Shaeli Rodman Burnie Football Club
Breona Roetz Devonport
Mya Slatter Ulverstone
Georgia Smith Latrobe
Kasey Woods Sheffield DHS

Players are requested to contact the 
club to confirm their acceptance into the Program by COB Wednesday 20th December.

Burnie Squad Contact:

Sophie Edwards  Mobile: 0448 128 609


Clarence TSLW U18 Development Series Squad

Squads are predominately made up of players born in the years 2000-2002 that are eligible for the AFLW U18 National Championships in 2018.

First Name Family Name Club/School
Marahn Aitken Lindisfarne
Georgia Alomes Clarence Junior
Macy Anderton Clarence Junior
Tahlia Bortignon Mt Carmel
Makayla Bruce Sorell/South East Suns
Ava Charlesworth Mt Carmel
Netty Garlo Clarence Junior
Bella Goward Clarence Junior
Luca Gwynne Clarence Football Club
Phoebe Hanek Lindisfarne/Mt Carmel
Saasha Hinks Clarence Football Club
Liv Hudson Sorell/South East Suns
Charlotte Kenny Clarence Football Club
Chantelle McPherson Sorell/South East Suns
Jessica Minifie Clarence Football Club
Joni Ransley Sorell/South East Suns
Iptohal Sissay Fahan
Zoey Walker Mt Carmel
Chloe Wells Lindisfarne/Clarence
Demi Williams Clarence Junior
Melanie Wise Clarence Football Club

Players are requested to contact the club to confirm their acceptance into the Program by COB Wednesday 20th December.

Clarence Squad Contact:

Andy Smith or Mobile: 0419 502 702


Glenorchy TSLW U18 Development Series Squad

Squads are predominately made up of players born in the years 2000-2002 that are eligible for the AFLW U18 National Championships in 2018.

First Name Family Name Club/School
Brieanna Barwick Glenorchy Football Club
Lucy Clapham Collegiate
Abbie Cowen Mt Carmel
Hannah Cowen Mt Carmel
Sophie Flack Glenorchy Football Club
Jemma Foley New Norfolk
Stephanie Griffiths New Norfolk
Perri King New Norfolk
Kiarna Lewis Claremont
Emily Lillehagen Lindisfarne
Charlie Lovell New Norfolk
Amy Prokopiec Lindisfarne
Holly Ryan Glenorchy Football Club
Madison Shaw New Norfolk
Hannah Smith Claremont
Eve Stevens North Hobart
Tahlia Strong Claremont
Jasmine Tate-Turvey Glenorchy Football Club
Jemma Webster Claremont
Jade Williams Claremont

Players are requested to contact the club to confirm their acceptance into the Program by COB Wednesday 20th December.

Glenorchy Squad Contact:

Craig Grace  Mobile: 0481 381 472


Launceston TSLW U18 Development Series Squad

Squads are predominately made up of players born in the years 2000-2002 that are eligible for the AFLW U18 National Championships in 2018.

First Name Family Name Club/School
Josie Adkins Launceston Church
Claudia Agostini Launceston Football Club
Annmaree Baylis Evandale
Sian Beeton Tamar Valley
Grace Bilich Launceston Football Club
Ellen Brickhill Tamar Valley
Lucy Cooper Tamar Valley
Paige Crooks Launceston Football Club
Grace Elliot Launceston Church
Matilda Ford Launceston Church
Amy Halaby East Launceston
Kelsie Hill Evandale
Mia King East Launceston
Emma Manix-geeves Launceston Football Club
Libby McGrath Prospect
Georgie Nicholson Prospect
Stacey Norton-Smith Prospect
Elyse Page Riverside HS
Meg Radford Tamar Valley
Amber Richards Allen Evandale
Anna Roberts Launceston
Micah Simpson Riverside HS
Camilla Taylor East Launceston
Makayla White Tamar Valley
Indiah White-Brunskill Launceston Football Club
Tynelle Wright St Pats

Players are requested to contact the 
club to confirm their acceptance into the Program by COB Wednesday 20th December.

Launceston Squad Contact:

Angela Dickson Mobile: 0427 744 623


North Launceston TSLW U18 Development Series Squad

Squads are predominately made up of players born in the years 2000-2002 that are eligible for the AFLW U18 National Championships in 2018.

First Name Family Name Club
Alexandra Anderson East Launceston
Isabelle Banks East Launceston
Josie Brain North Launceston
Hayley Breward South Launceston
Hayley Brimfield South Launceston
Emma Broadhurst South Launceston
Shaleah Burrows Scottsdale
Michaela Carins Scottsdale
Mikaela Cocker South Launceston
Hannah Coleman Evandale
Isabella Crack North Launceston
Bonnie Farrell Scottsdale
Carly Farrow South Launceston
Sophie Farrow South Launceston
Hannah Grima South Launceston
Grace Grove East Launceston
Jazzmin Higgs South Launceston
Savannah Higgs South Launceston
Teigan Hill Scottsdale
Briana Hinkley George Town
Ella Jones North Launceston
Raigan Kettle Scottsdale
Alessia Kirk St Pats
Georgia Knight Scottsdale
Ally Marshall Scottsdale
Ella Mckenzie North Launceston
Ruby Slater Scottsdale
Lucy Sulzberger North Launceston
Bianca White East Launceston
Talisha Woolley Scottsdale
Hannah Youl East Launceston

Players are requested to contact the club to confirm their acceptance into the Program by COB Wednesday 20th December.

North Launceston Squad Contact:

Dean Smith  Mobile: 0409 927 123


Tigers TSLW U18 Development Series Squad

Squads are predominately made up of players born in the years 2000-2002 that are eligible for the AFLW U18 National Championships in 2018.

First Name Family Name Club/School
Chloe Abel Fahan
Savannah Andresen-Tuivasa Kingborough
Hailee Baldwin Kingborough
Ella Brereton Southern Storm
Georgia Burgess Fahan
Emily Burrows Kingborough
Tayla Clifford Southern Storm
Renee Di Benedetto Fahan
Taylah Dillon Southern Storm
Iris Dobson Collegiate
Ellie Doyle Kingborough
Bella Farid Fahan
Stacey Fox Southern Storm
Caitlin Hogan-Jones Collegiate
Kate Hughes Collegiate
Georgia Kelly Kingborough
Scanlon Mia Mt Carmel
Mimosa Middleton Miller Kingborough
Priscilla Odwogo Kingborough
Maci Polley Sandy Bay
Liarna Reid Kingborough
Helena Robin Sandy Bay
Hayley Triffett Kingborough

Players are requested to contact the club to confirm their acceptance into the Program by COB Wednesday 20th December 2017.

Tigers Squad Contact:

Marcus Davies Mobile: 0427 708 414

North opens TSL doors

North Melbourne and AFL Tasmania have announced a new partnership that will enable Tasmanian State League (TSL) players to be eligible for selection in North’s VFL side.

North VFL Manager Andrew Carson said the partnership, which extends to VFLW and the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC), is designed to help retain the TSL talent pool in both the men’s and women’s competitions and reduce the number of players leaving to pursue football careers interstate.

“We’re committed to developing the game and players in Tasmania and jumped at this opportunity to further enhance the prospects of TSL players,” Carson said.

“These players will have the opportunity to come and train and play with us and be exposed to the AFL standards and requirements we set for our VFL players.”

Carson said the agreement would be mutually beneficial.

“There is an added bonus for these players who will now have exposure across two State League competitions. The VFL produced another five players through the National and Rookie Drafts this year, and we hope to help create more draft prospects out of Tasmania.

“We hope the players will be able to take their learnings and experiences back to their TSL clubs and help with the development of club programs.”

Tasmanian State League Manager, Carl Saunder, said the partnership was a tremendous outcome for the state.

“We continue to partner with North Melbourne to develop our elite talent pathway and this is an extension of that,” Saunder said.

“As a competition, we are really excited about this partnership with North Melbourne and the opportunities it provides for both male and female players.

“This is an opportunity for TSL players to improve and impress and for our TSL clubs to retain promising talent and remain strong.

“For our TSLW players, it is a fantastic opportunity to impress in the VFLW with the Tassie Roos just around the corner.”

North’s affiliation with Tasmania continues to go from strength to strength, not only with the announcement of the AFLW side, but also at a grassroots level.

Development Series introduced

AFL Tasmania are pleased to announce a new pathway to the AFLW, with the introduction of the Wrest Point TSLW Under 18 Development Series.

The Wrest Point TSLW Under 18 Development Series is a competition and program for TSLW Clubs and the State Academy to select Under 18 players for their respective programs for 2018 and beyond. The competition will be conducted in the pre-season, ahead of the TSLW season proper.

This new competition becomes a key plank in the Female Football pathway in Tasmania and the journey of a player from local football to the big time.

As well as the five clubs that participated in the 2017 TSLW season, North Launceston will also participate in preparation for them entering the TSLW competition in 2019.

The players that will participate will all be Under 18 identified talent by AFL staff and nominated by clubs and schools. The series replaces the existing regional development series that was used for Academy selection and links players from playing youth girls right across the state into their TSLW pathway.

The program will span six weeks, culminating in two round robins and then a final round which will pit the best-matched teams against each other.

Up to 30 players that participate in the Development Series will be selected into the State Youth Girls Academy, that will form the basis of the team that represents Tasmania in the AFLW Under 18 National Championships. The very competition that Daria Bannister and Courtney Webb excelled in prior to being drafted into the AFLW.

Squads for the six teams in the TSLW Under 18 Development Series will be announced in the coming days.


Lauderdale Football Club have pounced on emerging young coach Will Perry, recruiting the 22-year-old from Hobart Football Club as the TSL outfit’s new development coach.

Perry was forced to cut short his playing career with a series of concussions seeing him hang up the boots at the end of season 2015, but with one door closing, another opened.

With his playing days abruptly cut short, in 2017 Perry turned his attention to coaching and despite being inexperienced, took on the job of coaching the Hobart Football Club Under 18s.

He took on a previously winless team (from season 2016) and guided them to a premiership, winning every game along the way in an astonishing turn of fortunes. His coaching heroics attracted the attention of TSL Grand Finalists, Lauderdale. Perry was awarded coach of the year by the SFL for what the modest young coach terms a ‘good year’.

“I always wanted to get into coaching and with my playing days done, I thought why not get a headstart.

“We were pretty lucky to have a good year this year and now getting an opportunity at TSL level I’m really excited about it and I can’t wait to learn as much as I can,” Perry explained.

The young ambitious coach was both shocked and excited to be approached to become a Bomber.

“I was pretty shocked to be honest and I didn’t expect anyone to be approaching me from TSL level but it is really exciting.

“Lauderdale are looking to invest in as much local talent they can and looking to get the best out of their coaches and players.”

Despite being young, Perry isn’t daunted by his age and in fact, draws on it to relate and build bonds with players.

“The players will know that I am there to perform a certain role and if they are told something, I’m sure that they will take notice.

“I found this year I could relate to players really easily, I think we had a really good happy medium of getting to work when we needed to and having a joke around when the time was right.”

The role will see Perry work with the emerging talent at Lauderdale throughout the week, as well as assisting on game day in both the Mercury Cup and TSL boxes.

“I’ll be primarily dealing with the first year and under 18s guys pushing to play Mercury Cup and senior footy and working with deficiencies in their game.”

The new Lauderdale development coach is fresh off his first session at his new club, with pre-season commencing last night.

Pies swoop on credentialed Kennedy

In a coup for the club, Glenorchy District Football Club have unveiled Paul Kennedy as their new senior coach for season 2018.

Kennedy arrives at KGV with a wealth of football and coaching experience from the VFL, SANFL and TAC Cup. He also has a basketball and Gaelic football background and has a degree in Sports Coaching from Deakin University, studying under David Parking and Joyce Brown.

The role Kennedy will perform is expanded to not only see him coach the senior TSL team but also lead the club’s talent and junior development programs.

Glenorchy President John McCann described the acquisition as a boost for not just the club but for the league.

“Paul’s background, having studied at Deakin University and learned from a number of highly-respected coaches in the VFL and SANFL, as well as working under the Hawthorn program while at the Box Hill Hawks, made him an excellent candidate to fulfil this expanded role,” the President said.

The club has made development a priority and McCann sees Kennedy’s appointment as integral in investing in their homegrown talent.

“Clubs that are successful over the long term excel at developing talent from within, and we’ve identified that as a key focus for the Glenorchy District Football Club as we look to stay at the pointy end of the TSL ladder,” he said.

Whilst highly credentialed in coaching with assistant roles at Coburg, Box Hill, Frankston and Dandenong Stingrays, Kennedy also played 144 senior VFL/SANFL games at Sandringham, Sturt and Frankston. It is a wealth of playing and coaching expertise that makes Kennedy an exciting appointment, for club and competition.

It is Tasmanian connections that lead the experienced football mind to swoop on the Glenorchy job, with Tasmanian Tom Cleary nudging Kennedy in the direction of the Magpies. Additionally, he also has strong connections with former Burnie Coach Clint Proctor and a number of Tasmanian players, including Zac Webster who he will link back up with at KGV.

“Everyone I spoke to about Glenorchy told me it was a strong club, it was well run and it just seemed like a really good situation to come into a club that was up at the pinnacle of TSL and take on the challenge of keeping them there,” the incoming coach explained.

“This is another big step forward (for me) I really appreciate what the club wants to do in terms of it being a wider role.

“I think if you look at the successful clubs of Geelong, Hawthorn and Sydney, they have been able to stay at the top through a culture of development…clubs that don’t have that have their time at the top and then they drop away. I see Glenorchy at that really important time now where we’ve had our time at the top but can we stay there.”

The 39-year-old is excited about the club’s talent development focus as well as the drive of the senior playing group to return to premiership glory.

“What really heartens me is how many of the players have signed two-year deals and want to stay, it is a really strong sign.

“The leadership group stepped up first and signed on and others have followed.

“I’m not going to talk premierships as it is November but it is a strong list. I was speaking to the senior players and they are really driven to get back to where they were. The club expects high things and I expect high things.”

Kennedy isn’t expecting wholesale change with his focus on developing talented youth to compliment an already strong senior list.

“We have a great senior end to our list but if we can get our juniors coming through then we will be in a really good position.”

The club has poured cold water on rumours of mass exits and Kennedy is confident in his vision for the club and in communicating and listening to his senior brigade, he sees a promising 2018 for the black and white.

“I think they (the players) will be keen to be on board.

“The overwhelming sense I have from the players is they want to make up for what happened last year.

“Of course there are people chasing them, there are some great players at this club that would help clubs at all levels and we just have to close those deals with those players and show them that Glenorchy will be a great place to be in 2018.”

The former Box Hill senior assistant has signalled he will look outside of the TSL to fill in some key gaps but is keen to back in local youth. The Magpies pre-season commences next Monday (13 November 2017) and Kennedy has flagged some hard work ahead.

“I’m really big on teaching the game plan from day one.  They have had a good grounding under Aaron (Cornelius), from his time in Brisbane he has brought a really modern style here.

“There is going to be a lot of hard work…the teams that win flags are generally among the fittest in the competition.”


North Hobart’s Bear ready to growl

He was a Premiership player for the club in 2003 and in 2018 he is the main in charge of leading North Hobart back toward footy’s promised land.

Richard ‘Bear’ Robinson has been confirmed as North Hobart’s new coach for season 2018, following the recent departure of General Manager and Coach, Kane Richter.

Robinson steps up to the top job after fulfilling the role of assistant at the club. The experienced journeyman has been in the system for some time, including serving as an assistant in Clarence’s 2010 premiership and after serving a lengthy apprenticeship, the man they call ‘Bear’ is now ready to take charge.

“I thought this group needs someone that has been there for the last couple of years to keep improving and to continue the journey and it is about time I got out of my comfort zone a bit and had a crack.

“It has always been an ambition but you just never think you are going to get the chance.”

The self-confessed footy nut said he fell out of love with the game and it was a return to his home club to work with Kane Richter that rekindled his affinity for the game.

“Five or six years ago I nearly took on the Glenorchy job but I stayed at Clarence and then coached at St Virgils. Obviously, my time at the Saints wasn’t ideal and I sort of lost my love for the game a bit and lost a bit of confidence. And then in the last few years with Kane (Richter), I got that love back again.

“When Kane (Richter) decided to move I decided to throw my hat in the ring (for the job).

While he was in favour of the change back to the traditional moniker, it was not the shift to North Hobart that inspired ‘Bear’ to put his hand up for the top job.

“Whether we were called Hobart City or North Hobart I didn’t care, I was still keen to have a crack at it. It is the people and the players that are important.”

He played in the club’s last premiership 14 years ago and is keen to steer the Dees back up the top end of the ladder but acknowledges it will not be a quick journey.

“It has been a big part of my life and I’ve made some lifelong friends that are still very close today and it is nice that they are going to jump back on board and help the club.

“I’m here to keep developing these kids and continue the work Kane started.”

To see the Demons breakthrough for a finals berth, a greater emphasis will be needed on pressure, Robinson explains.

“Defensively we need to get better we have conceded too many points, all around the ground we need to create a stronger emphasis on restricting the opposition and create more pressure.”

Plenty has been made of fellow former Demons assistant Trent Baumeler’s move to the Tigers, and what it may mean for the Demons playing stocks. Robinson welcomes a friendly rivalry between the two young outfits with his mate now a worthy adversary.

“We are good friends, we were on the phone having a good laugh looking at the paper. Kane Richter thinks he is the Alastair Clarkson of the TSL.

“It is good he has an opportunity as well, he deserves it and I wish him all the best.”


Tigers unveil new coach

The Tigers have become the latest TSL team to lock down a coach, unveiling the sought after Trent Baumeler as the club’s new head honcho for season 2018.

Baumeler arrives at Twin Ovals after two seasons at the Hobart City Demons, while also impressing with recent work with the state academy, coaching the Under 17s team.

The new Tigers coach replaces Aaron Vince at the helm, who sensationally stepped in at the last hour following the sacking of Scott Mathieson on the eve of the season.

The Tigers beat off rival suitors to secure the services of Baumeler with North Hobart also keen to secure the young coach for the upcoming season.

While he crosses over from a TSL rival, Baumeler is no stranger to Kingborough, spending two years playing for the club in 2005/06. His yellow and black return makes it the club’s fourth coach since joining the TSL, with the hope that their newest arrival will lead the club to September action.

“The Board believes that Trent will be an outstanding Coach for the Tigers group and we look forward to watching him implement his plan with the playing group beginning with pre-season which will start in the next couple of weeks,” President Steve Old shared on the club’s Facebook page.

Baumeler is excited to take the step up to senior coaching with the title of Tigers Senior Coach sitting well with the former Demons assistant.

“There are only nine of these jobs going around in the state so it is an honour and a privilege to get an opportunity to be a senior coach but the hard work starts now.

“I’ve got to get to work making sure we retain our list, getting pre-season organised and meeting the players and the board to start to assimilate myself into the Tigers Footy Club.”

Baumeler was approached by the Tigers to present for the role of Senior Coach and he says the impressive process and vision the club has made Twin Ovals a desirable destination for his coaching future.

“The board, the facility, the playing list they have been developing over the journey since they came into the TSL were all appealing factors. If we can put some good things in place I think we can make some real quick strides in what we can achieve on and off the field,” he said.

The Tigers faithful are eager to taste success and while Baumeler is similarly keen for improvements on ladder position, he preaches a broader focus.

“It would be beautiful to have some quantum jumps and improve massively in the win/loss column but firstly it is about relationships and culture and getting some structure and standards. Not just in how we play footy but how we act as people around the club and with the footy community.”

While the Tigers opportunity excites, Baumeler admits it was a difficult decision to leave North Hobart.

“It is always hard to leave, you spend two years there and you spend time at a footy club you build relationships, you get close with people and you see their improvement. It is always a difficult decision to move on but when you get an opportunity that is new and exciting, where you can put your stamp on things with a new group it is really hard to pass up.”

The incoming Tigers supremo is confident he is ready for the step up into senior coaching, fulfilling a long-held ambition.

“The good thing about working with Kane (Richter) is he gave the coaching staff a lot of rope to make decisions but also to implement things into the gameplan, to take blocks of training and pre-game stuff. That along with the exposure to the state academy system, working with Matty Armstrong and Lance Spaulding has really helped my development, it enables you to fast track yourself pretty quickly and I feel pretty comfortable sitting in the senior coach’s chair.”

“I spent some time at Hutchins developing my coaching craft and I didn’t want to be one of those blokes that sat back and thought I should have gone and had a crack at coaching TSL level. So there was always that little ambition and Kane (Richter) was great in pushing me to try and become a senior coach so I imagine he is smiling as well.”

In taking on the job, Baumeler wants his 2018 Tigers to be known for defensive pressure and effort.

“Effort is key. We want to play high defensive pressure and I also want the guys to be aggressive with how they use the footy and not be afraid to make mistakes and take the game on and use the big ground with leg speed.

“Defensive pressure and effort for 120 minutes is the first building block and getting that mindset right and the offence will flow from that.”

Bombers reappoint Winter

Lauderdale Football Club have re-appointed Darren Winter as the club’s senior coach for 2018, with Assistant Clinton Brown to take the reins for the first six weeks as Winter serves his suspension.

See the below statement from Lauderdale President Julie Kay.

The Lauderdale Football Club’s Board of Directors last night re-appointed Darren Winter as Senior Coach for the 2018 TSL season. Because of Darren’s 6 week suspension, Assistant Coach, Clinton Brown will coach our senior team for the first six weeks of the home and away roster. We are in the process of appointing a number of specialist coaches to our panel which will add another layer of expertise and support for our football department.

Darren has the full support of the playing group, with all players re-signing and several new recruits being interviewed. The Board believes Darren has the passion, knowledge and experience to continue to develop our young playing group. Darren has an outstanding record in developing homegrown players to achieve at the highest level.

LFC and Darren acknowledge the unfortunate incidents which occurred on Grand Final day, in particular, the inappropriate behaviour towards the umpires. Darren has taken full responsibility for his actions and words and has apologised to the Board, players, supporters and officials. He is personally disappointed at how the incidents have impacted on the whole club and understands that his actions do not reflect the values and developing culture of our community club or our outstanding sponsors who will be contacted personally by Darren and the board.

Darren has made a strong commitment to ensure his actions and words truly reflect the club’s values and culture. The Board are confident that the club has the momentum, commitment and support for our players and coaches to achieve positive outcomes into the future. We are very proud of our achievements, in particular as 2017 Grand Finalist and look forward to continued growth, development and success.

Julie Kay