Round 5 TSL Preview with Alex FitzGerald


Saturday 29th April

Lauderdale vs Hobart City Demons  (Lauderdale Oval) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 21.9.135 def Lauderdale 9.14.68 (Round 21, 2016, at North Hobart Oval)

IC: Kristi Mead

Lauderdale has proven they can match it with form sides over the past fortnight, with strong first halves against Clarence and Launceston respectively, but remain winless after three games as the Blues found some strength late in last week’s match to defeat the Bombers by a meagre 11 points.  Hobart City Demons burst out of the blocks against Burnie, but then relied on a couple of late goals to pinch the win from the coastal side after falling behind in a tense final term.  The southerners held their nerve, and were rewarded with their maiden win of season 2017.  Last time they met the Hobart City Demons were convincing winners, but this match will be a much more even contest.

While they remain winless, Lauderdale have played exceptional football in patches, and will be looking to build on last week’s narrow defeat and break through for their first win of the season. The Bombers’ midfield trio of Dylan Fyfe, Nat Franklin and Robbie McManus have led from the front in all three matches, and will need to continue their run and carry on Saturday.  Captain Bryce Walsh had a good game against Launceston after a quiet match the week before, breaking away late in the final quarter to kick a telling goal, and the long-kicking Alex Hevey has been dangerous across half forward.  The Bombers welcomed back Toutai Havea from suspension, and he played well across defence, as did Max Kleverkamp running forward.

The Hobart City Demons performed admirably last week, and were best served by Jayden Charlton and Heath Thompson.  Hindered by a leg injury, the courageous Will Campbell had another outstanding game, winning contested possessions and snapping a goal from a stoppage late in the final term to put his side ahead.  Callum Kilpatrick was solid across the middle of the ground, and playing coach Kane Richter provided drive from half back.  Jack Guesdon and Callan Dell were the main focal points up forward, booting two majors apiece.  The younger players will need to step up this week, with Bailey Walker and Nicholas Baker being the two leading the charge in matches previous.

This match has all the makings of a blockbuster, with two proud sides looking to progress from the bottom end of the ladder early in the season.  Both coaches have stressed the importance of winning this match, so expect a physical encounter with lots of hard running.  While Hobart City Demons were impressive last week, Lauderdale will head into the game favourites, but the result may likely depend on which team is able to play four quarters of consistent, attacking football on the day. As Vice-Captain Josh McGuinness said, the Bombers need to take care of their games at home.


Devonport vs North Launceston (Devonport Oval) 6:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 17.15.117 def Devonport 12.5.77 (Round 12, 2016, at Devonport Oval)

Devonport managed to hold Clarence to only six goals in the first half last week, but the Roos ran over the top of the young Magpies to defeat them by 65 points.  North Launceston come off the bye after convincingly winning their first three matches with strong second half performances.  Last time the two teams played the Bombers ran out winners by 40 points, but the gap between the two sides has widened since then, and Devonport will be looking to learn from one of the form sides of the TSL when they meet this week.

IC: Andrew Woodgate Jay Lockhart has been in imperious form.

It has been a different looking Devonport side taking to the field this season, with many first gamers blooded in their first year at the club.  Coach Mitch Thorp remarkably returned to the field last week after breaking his ribs against Launceston, and was influential early with three goals.  50 gamer Brayden Butler played arguably his best match for the club, and was well supported by midfield co-captains Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley.  Quade Byard and Toby Enniss also stood up, and with a host of other Magpies, they will need to play to their potential against the Bombers to be any show.

North Launceston will be fresh after a week off, but it’s unlikely that the fittest side in the TSL have been resting on their laurels under Coach Tom Couch’s watch. Couch has been fantastic in the role of goalkicking midfielder this season, as has Brad Cox-Goodyer.  Captain Taylor Whitford was impressive in his sole game for the season, while Zac Burt and Jay Lockhart have been nothing short of outstanding across the Bombers’ forward line and midfield. Jay Foon has been able to deliver the ball reliably from defence, when the opposition have managed to get it there, such is the dominance of the Bombers early season work.

This match will likely be dominated by North Launceston, as they look to build on an enviable start to season 2017.  Devonport know how to play at home and may surprise the Bombers with a fast start but it is unlikely they can sustain it up against the quality of one of the premiership favourites.  It will be a learning experience for the young coastal side, and one they will be all the better for, as they get senior experience into arguably the youngest squad in the competition.

Jay Blakcberry has been in fantastic form.

Sunday 30th April

Launceston vs Clarence (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Clarence 24.10.154 def Launceston 11.9.75 (Round 18, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Launceston bounced back from a heavy defeat at the hands of North Launceston to win a high-scoring away encounter with Lauderdale, playing themselves into form in a physical final quarter.  Clarence have started the season in outstanding fashion, and continued their winning streak with a strong 65 point victory over Devonport last week.  This match should be closer than the last time they played each other, with both sides widely considered the third and fourth best teams in the TSL this season, respectively.

Launceston have started the season strongly, bar the big loss to Northern rivals North Launceston in Round 3.  While Sonny Whiting and Rulla Kelly-Mansell were overlooked for the initial state squad, they have been arguably the best forward combination in the competition, combining their differing skill sets to hit opposition teams hard on the scoreboard.  Hamish Leedham has been one of the form big men of the competition, and his battle with Sam Siggins will be one to watch, and no doubt physical. Jay Blackberry and Sam Lonergan have been strong through the midfield, while Brendan Taylor and Brodie Palfreyman were fantastic against Lauderdale.  Launceston has a number of Mariners defenders who are not available for selection, which could affect the backline’s ability to shut down the dangerous Clarence forward six, they will also miss suspended defender Jack Donellan.

Clarence boast a strong mix of youth and experience, and this has been displayed in each match played this season.  Young midfielder Tyson Hanslow was best afield last week, and three game defender James Holmes backed up his Round 3 performance with another strong match against Devonport.  Small forwards Ian Callinan and Trent Standen are in dangerous form, as is recruit Michael Fisher, who kicked a great running goal last week in one of the highlights of the round.  Goal kicking wingman Jake Cox has helped himself to bags of four and six goals so far this season, but suffered a niggle last week and may not be at 100%.  Big man Sam Siggins, Jason Bailey, and small forward Aiden Grace have been solid in every game so far, while Gabby Chambers has performed shut down roles well and is likely to get the job on one of Launceston’s key midfielders this week. Clarence have great top end talent and they have depth, depth that will be increased with the nearing returns of Jack Gleeson and Jordan Roberts.

If both sides play the brand of football they are capable of, this match could be the most watchable of the round.  Both are capable of kicking high scores, and possess elite skills and fast ball movement.  Hosting the match may give the Blues a slight edge, but whoever takes the four points will have to really earn it in what is likely to be a tough, physical encounter.

City Park Radio (103.7 FM) will be broadcasting the game from 1255 they can also be heard via their online stream at



Burnie vs Glenorchy (West Park) 2:30pm

Tyrone Morrison was fantastic last week.

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 22.17.149 def Burnie 8.7.55 (Preliminary Final, 2016, at Blundstone Arena)

Burnie are coming off a disappointing away loss to Hobart City Demons, where they managed to hit the lead late in the match but ultimately went down in the dying moments.  Glenorchy took until half time to find their feet against the Tigers on Anzac Day, but hit their straps as soon as the ball was bounced in the third term and ran out convincing 70 point winners.  If Burnie were the third best team last year and still lost to Glenorchy in the preliminary final by nearly 100 points, it could be a tough day for the young Dockers, this week.

Burnie took a while to get going last week, which was understandable given the inexperience of their squad, with the four Mariners who dominated against Devonport in Round 3 unavailable.  Nick Walters was outstanding against Hobart City Demons, as he has been all season, and with brother Harry, has shown the ability to kick long goals from the midfield.  Big men Tyrone Morrison and Nick McKenna have been building on their form each week, and McKenna will be sorely missed after receiving a two week suspension for an errant elbow thrown against Hobart City Demons.  Rudy Barrett has found his feet, and was dangerous at both ends of the ground on the weekend, as was youngster Bailey Boag, who has slotted seamlessly into the Dockers’ lineup.  The Dockers are still without Blair Rubock, Tom Mundy, Ethan Jackson and Jamieson House due to Mariners duties.

Glenorchy have had almost every player stand out so far this season.  Ruckman Cameron Duffy has been consistently influential in making sure midfielders Mitch Rainbird, Brayden Webb and  Rhys Mott have had the best chance to clear the ball every game.  Rainbird stood out in an impressive performance against the Tigers, winning ten clearances and asserting himself at every contest.  James Webb and Anzac medallist Joel Millhouse were standouts on Tuesday, as were Matthew Joseph, who kicked three goals, and forward presence Mitch Hills, although his kicking was a worry.  Jaye Bowden put in another elite performance, booting five goals from a number of strong contested marks, while brother Tyler was unlucky not have kicked more than his two majors.

Glenorchy have shown that losing seven players from last season’s premiership side has done little to affect their resolve and output, and are likely to continue their winning ways against a youthful Burnie at West Park.  The Magpies like to win big, and if Burnie can restrict them to under 100 points it will have done well.  The key will be applying defensive pressure across four quarters and forcing the Magpies to take low percentage shots at goal at a ground exposed to the coastal wind. The wind always plays a big part at West Park and Burnie will need to take advantage of it when it is blowing their way if they are to go deep in this contest.

Wrest Point TSL W season preview

Burnie Dockers

The defending Premiers.

The Dockers have lost some top end talent in Brittany Gibson and Ellyse Gamble to fruitful AFL W careers and Meagan Kiely, who moved interstate for selection. They gain young talented players from within the north west region, including Lauren Stevenson, Zoe Knight and Sarah Skinner and will debut the talented twins from Wynyard, in Chloe and Libbie Haines. They also have AFL W experience on their side with Assistant Coach Emma Humphries set to bring the Dockers some dash and outside class.

Player/s to watch: Jackie Mercer – a ruck/key position with immense talent, who was high in the vote getters early last year until injury halted her, she has been impressing at training in a new home at Burnie.

Prediction: Third. If you lose the talent the Dockers have lost to greener pastures then is is a hard ask to replace it. The group that has come in will get there and show promise but they haven’t got the experience to impact and challenge from first bounce.

First game: v Glenorchy – West Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017


Historically a pace setter who lost last year’s grand final.

The top end remains and the Roos have a developing young group coming through and therefore start the season as deserved premiership favourites.

The talent of Jascinta Limbrick and Zoie Crawford and in reality a cast of thousands are hard to ignore when you look at the top end of female talent in Tasmania. Part of the new talent at the club includes Jemma Farrow, new to the game but has excelled both through the Academy and her Club Programs.

Player/s to watch: Nicole Bresenehan, pacey wingman with elite talent. Represented North Melbourne in the AFL curtain raiser earlier this year and with another solid season under her built, it could put her in AFL W calculations.

Prediction: Premiers, they look the benchmark but they are susceptible to pace and outside run.

First game: v Launceston – Windsor Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017



Gone are the days where Glenorchy are reliant on a few. Building fitness and a talent base, this year has the potential for theMagpies to get the ultimate return. Nietta Lynch and Sandy Eaton deserve success with only a 2-3 window left for them in their glittering career.

Player/s to watch: Holly Ryan – state under 18 player who is a very talented key position defender, elite skills and an ability to read the play. Her development in senior football will help guide Glenorchy’s premiership hopes, part of the missing pieces for the Maggies.

Prediction: Runner up, has the potential to be the team to beat despite finishing third the last two years. Only the home and away season will show us, if they have made the jump over rivals, Clarence.

First game: v Burnie – West Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017



Young talent time. The Blues are chocka-block full of talent. The challenge for the club is the average age of the list is quite low. With a majority in the state youth girls academy, the team is set for premiership glory but which year that arrives will be the golden question.

Fitting the talent into the list has been one of the great challenges so far for the team. Launceston are a tall athletic team that will be well suited to the big grounds and firm decks that finals football offer.

Player/s to watch: Daria Bannister – currently Tasmania’s only national academy player and no doubt, the most draftable under age player in the state. Bannister has the ability to impact the game in any area of the ground, back, mid or forward.

Abbey Green – athletic, tall key position player. AFL scouts will be keen to follow her development throughout TSL W, 2017.

Prediction: 1-4, this team could be anything. They could surprise if all their young talent clicks. With their list profile and the talent they possess they could win the premiership or they could struggle to find their groove and finish towards the bottom. Time will tell.

First game: v Clarence – 1:00PM Windsor Park 29/04/2017


The Tigers are a young developing group, who we expect to take time to challenge for the cup. Although we should never underestimate that their youth girls were the inagurual STJFL Premiers and as we have learnt in the AFL and AFL W, youthful enthusiasm can create success. Hannah Squires and Loveth Ochayi are potential AFL W candidates and could help lead them to several wins throughout the year.

Player/s to watch: Kristie Baker, an experienced campaigner that crossed over from Clarence to provide support as Captain of the emerging Tigers.

Loveth Ochayi, athletic, tall player that is brilliant below her knees. Could be draftable as a key position forward.

Prediction: Fifth, a developing year on the way for the young Tigers.

First game: Bye,  (Round 1) v Glenorchy (Round 2) – KGV 11:30AM 6/05/2017






Round 1 – 29/04/2017

West Park – 1:00PM

Burnie Football Club
B: M. Wright, L. Stevenson,
HB: S. Skinner, K. Sheehan, J. Whelan
C: L.  Haines, K.  Goodson, C.  Loring
HF: K. Loring, Z. Knight,
F: M. Singleton, J. Brown, S. Loring

R: J. Mercer, E. Humphries, C. Haines
Int: J. Bader, S. Ferguson-Stevens, S. Rodman, S. Edwards

Glenorchy Football Club
B: T. Wiggins, R. Siely,
HB: J. Tate Turvey, H. Ryan, T. Corrie
C: E.  Barwick, Z.  Manjerovic, A.  Scott
HF: J. Rattenbury, N. Lynch, G. Allan
F: K. Rattenbury, N. Daniels,
R: M. Fish, B. Barwick, S. Eaton
Int: G. Terry, E. Fornells Vernet, S. Jenkins, S. Davis


Round 1 – 29/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

Launceston Football Club
B: E. Barrenger, A. Bowen,
HB: M. Cuthbertson, S. Townsend, P. Hamilton
C: M. Sinclair, K.  Child, H. Whyte
HF: N. Celebre, G. Hill,
F: M. Clark, A. Green, E. Manix-geeves
R: S. Brown, D. Corcoran, C. Webb
Int: M. Gardner, N. Ristrom, M. Smith, J. Retallick

Clarence Football Club
B: J. Farrow, R. Archer,
HB: C. Kenny, Z. Crawford, G. Pennicott
C: S.  Bale, N.  Bresnehan, N.  Pearce
HF: T. Ford, J. Limbrick, M. Wise
F: G. Mitchell, M. Green,
R: E. Groves, S. Pennicott, N. Heggie
Int: S. Harris, L. Gwynne, S. Hinks, N. Taylor

Pies too hot for Tigers

Written by Alex Fitzgerald

Glenorchy remain undefeated in season 2017, accounting for the Tigers to the tune of 70 points in a physical Anzac Day encounter.

The Magpies kicked away in the second half with a couple of four goal bursts putting to bed what had been a tight contest up until the main break at KGV Oval.

The Tigers restricted the Magpies to only six goals halfway through the Anzac Day encounter, but two quick goals apiece to Jaye Bowden and Matthew Joseph inside the first eight minutes of the third term saw the lead balloon out to eight goals, and the Tigers were never in the hunt from then on, going down 5.5 (35) to Glenorchy 15.15 (105).

Jack Pearce got the scoring started in peculiar circumstances. The forward marked a pass inside 50 early in the first quarter for the Tigers, but bizarrely a wayward dog invading the field may have put him off and he missed his set shot once play had resumed.  The Magpies then struck through Tyler Bowden, who kicked two quick goals, and when James Webb slotted another major from long range it looked like the Premiers would kick away.  The Tigers were rewarded for effort when Brandon Batchelor won a high tackle free kick and converted for their first goal, but Glenorchy responded swiftly with a Brayden Webb goal late in the term to head into the first change ahead, 4.2 (26) to 1.1 (7).

The second term began with Pearce kicking truly on the run from outside 50 to give the visitors their second goal.  Glenorchy followed up with repeated counter-attacks but were unable to maximise it on the scoreboard, with the defensive efforts of the less-favoured Tigers, outstanding.  Lachy Watt undid the Tigers’ hard work and gave away a 50 metre penalty to Matthew Joseph, who duly converted, but the Tigers continued to press forward, and when Blake McCulloch marked and goaled they were within 15 points of the Pies.  Lack of discipline from Marcus Davies resulted in another 50 metre penalty, gifting Jaye Bowden his first goal in the dying seconds of the half, allowing Glenorchy to enter the main break leading 6.5 (41) to 3.2 (21).

Fresh off a heated half time address from Aaron Cornelius, Glenorchy lifted their intensity in the third stanza to slam on four quick unanswered goals through forward targets Jaye Bowden and Joseph, with the Tigers unable to slot a major for the term.  The visiting side quickly had a tall task in from of them, as they entered the final quarter down 3.5 (23) to 10.11 (71).

The final term started positively for the Tigers, with Jacob Lister goaling from a free kick two minutes in.  Jaye Bowden fired back with his fourth not long after, but when Brady Rees responded for the Tigers with a major of his own it looked like the match may finish with a high scoring quarter.  While the Tigers held their own in a series of spot fires that broke out on the grandstand wing following a number of late bumps, they were unable to stop the Magpie goals.  The home side kicked the final four of the match, and in the end were far too slick for a combative Tigers, running out 15.15 (105) to 5.5 (35) victors.

The forward line of Glenorchy was clearly the more dangerous all afternoon, with Jaye Bowden finishing with five goals and Matthew Joseph three.  Tyler Bowden was a strong target in the first quarter, booting two early majors, while Mitch Hills provided a consistent presence at half forward.  Brayden Webb and Hawthorn recruit Zac Webster provided plenty of drive from midfield, aided by another dominant display from ruckman Cameron Duffy.

Cornelius was pleased with how Glenorchy responded in the second half after the Tigers held his side early on in the match.

“They (Tigers) were fantastic in the first half, we just didn’t do the simple things well. The free kick count was 27 to 11 so they beat us to the ball.

“We really wanted a contest which is what we got, credit to Tigers they came with a lot of pressure and they put it on us and we were able to absorb that and get the result with nine goals in the second half,” Cornelius said.

He singled out the efforts of tough on-baller Mitch Rainbird, Anzac Medallist Joel Millhouse and of Jaye Bowden, who battled all day against some physical opponents.

“Mitch Rainbird had 10 clearances which was phenomenal, hes done himself no harm for state selection.

“Jaye copped a beating but managed to have 10 shots on goal, he is a class player and we are very lucky to have him at our club.”

Tigers coach Aaron Vince was happy with his side’s first half he was particularly pleased with how his defence stood up under repeat Magpie forays in the forward 50, singling out the efforts and fortitude of 50 gamer Marcus Gardner.

“I thought we competed really well in the first half. I thought our attack on the footy and our pressure on them showed that they aren’t invincible but in the second half they showed why they are a quality side.

“We were under no illusions that the job was done at half time, we just didn’t rise to the challenge enough in the second half. They found that extra leg and we struggled to.

“We are improving, we are still young but we are still improving and I think we brought more physical presence, today.”

Glenorchy will now travel to West Park to meet the winless Burnie next week in the first of three games across a fortnight, and may be tempted to rest some players for the tougher matches against Clarence and North Launceston to follow.  The Tigers have the bye, which they will utilise to regroup and prepare for what should be a difficult matchup with Lauderdale at Twin Ovals in Round 6.


Mercury Cup

Round 4 – 21/04/2017

Hobart City Demons                      3.0,  7.5,  10.7,  13.8  (86)

Clarence                                3.4,  5.5,  8.5,  13.7  (85)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
T. Harling 3, H. Jubb 2, W. Doyle 2, C. Ingram 1, M. O’Neill 1, J. Cleaver 1,
J. Barwick 1, W. Peppin 1, B. Williams 1

Clarence :
H. Richmond 3, J. Booth 3, P. Howlett 2, C. Berry 1, F. Turner 1, B. Dart 1,
J. Fisher 1, T. Marshall 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
J. McCulloch, W. Hay, B. Williams, J. Denehey, W. Doyle

Clarence :
H. Richmond, B. Dart, C. Leek, S. Williams, J. Booth, F. Turner

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

Launceston                              2.4,  5.8,  5.9,  8.16  (64)

Lauderdale                              2.2,  3.2,  6.7,  6.9  (45)

GOALS, Launceston :
L. Gee 2, L. Walsh 2, Z. Oldenhof 1, G. Ferguson 1, J. Boyd 1, G. Holt 1

Lauderdale :
C. Hooker 2, C. Best 1, C. Laoumtzis 1, D. Stewart 1, S. Adams 1

BEST, Launceston :
L. Gee, M. Blazely, J. Boyd, J. Dakin, G. Holt, T. Cooper

Lauderdale :
S. Adams, M. McGuinness, D. Stewart, T. Daff, D. Johns, A. Brewster

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

Tigers                                  2.2,  4.4,  7.8,  11.8  (74)

Glenorchy                               2.3,  4.5,  6.5,  8.7  (55)

GOALS, Tigers :
E. Brock 5, R. Blakers 3, J. Shaw 1, T. Gogolin 1, M. Cooke 1

Glenorchy :
B. Patterson 2, J. Sharp 1, J. Davie 1, I. Memory 1, R. Oakley 1, L. Rowbottom 1,
J. Farrow 1

BEST, Tigers :
B. Graham, E. Brock, C. Woolley, M. Cooke, R. Blakers, J. Keogh

Glenorchy :
D. Grant, T. Morgan, A. Roberts, R. Oakley, C. Goodsell, A. Peach

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

North Launceston                        9.4,  14.12,  22.17,  29.25  (199)

Burnie Dockers                          1.1,  1.3,  1.4,  1.4  (10)

GOALS, North Launceston :
H. Rand 5, K. Thomas 3, B. Holmes 3, B. Denman 3, C. Lowe 3, J. Lanham 2,
T. Mansell 2, C. Haines 2, B. Simpson 1, D. Headland 1, K. Wadley 1, D. Clayton 1,
N. Jackson 1, F. Bennett 1

Burnie Dockers :
H. Betts 1

BEST, North Launceston :
K. Wadley, H. Rand, J. Lanham, B. Denman, J. White, K. Thomas

Burnie Dockers :
A. Bates, J. Weller, A. Saward, J. O’Donnell, J. Doust, B. Brown

Tasmanian State League

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

Hobart City Demons                      4.6,  6.6,  6.9,  10.12  (72)

Burnie Dockers                          1.1,  2.6,  6.7,  9.9  (63)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
C. Dell 2, J. Guesdon 2, W. Campbell 2, S. Caswell 1, B. Walker 1, J. Charlton 1,
J. Williamson 1

Burnie Dockers :
N. Walters 3, H. Walters 1, J. Cox 1, G. Dowling 1, F. Poke 1, R. Barrett 1,
M. Chatwin 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
J. Charlton, H. Thompson, E. Cole, C. Kilpatrick, C. Dell, W. Campbell

Burnie Dockers :
N. Walters, T. Morrison, B. Murray, B. Boag, H. Walters, R. Barrett

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

Clarence                                2.4,  6.8,  11.8,  19.8  (122)

Devonport                               2.3,  4.4,  6.7,  8.9  (57)

GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 3, I. Callinan 2, T. Hanslow 2, S. Siggins 2, M. Blackburn 2, J. Webberley 2,
J. Harper 1, W. Wall 1, J. Cox 1, A. Grace 1, M. Fisher 1, M. Ling 1

Devonport :
M. Thorp 3, B. Connelly 1, B. Sharman 1, B. Scott 1, Q. Byard 1, B. Symmons 1

BEST, Clarence :
J. Bailey, T. Hanslow, M. Ling, T. Standen, J. Holmes, I. Callinan

Devonport :
B. Butler, B. Sharman, Q. Byard, D. Riley, T. Enniss, M. Thorp

Round 4 – 22/04/2017

Launceston                              2.2,  5.4,  11.8,  15.11  (101)

Lauderdale                              3.1,  6.6,  8.9,  13.12  (90)

GOALS, Launceston :
R. Kelly-Mansell 3, T. Sheppard 3, B. Taylor 2, C. Sheppard 2, B. Palfreyman 1, S. Whiting 1,
M. Hodge 1, M. Spohn 1, J. Nunn 1

Lauderdale :
R. McManus 2, E. Whish-Wilson 2, A. Hevey 2, E. Stanley 1, A. Hill 1, R. Hill 1,
R. Wiggins 1, M. Kleverkamp 1, B. Walsh 1, T. Boscott 1

BEST, Launceston :
B. Palfreyman, B. Taylor, R. Kelly-Mansell, S. Lonergan, T. Sheppard, S. Williams

Lauderdale :
R. McManus, N. Franklin, S. Hill, D. Fyfe, M. Kleverkamp, T. Havea

Round 4 – 25/04/2017

Glenorchy                               4.2,  6.5,  10.11,  15.15  (105)

Tigers                                  1.1,  3.3,  3.5,  5.5  (35)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 5, M. Joseph 3, T. Bowden 2, Z. Webster 1, C. Salter 1, J. Arnold 1,
B. Webb 1, J. Webb 1

Tigers :
J. Lister 1, B. Batchelor 1, B. Rees 1, B. McCulloch 1, J. Pearce 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
M. Rainbird, B. Webb, J. Bowden, J. Millhouse, Z. Webster, M. Hills

Tigers :
M. Gardner, L. Watt, M. Davies, B. McCulloch, B. Rees

TEAMS: Southern Cross TSL + Mercury Cup ROUND 4


Mitch Thorp returns! The Devonport playing-coach is back after just two weeks out after breaking two ribs in round one. A big boost for the Magpies.

Demon skipper Hugh Williams looks likelt to play his first game for 2017, recovering from a hamstring injury to lineup for Hobart City in a must-win again Burnie. Although, Coach Kane Richter did play games with local media and wouldn’t reveal which Hugh Williams it is returning. So which Hugh Williams will it be?

Docker youngsters Blair Rubock and Jamieson House have been called up to join the Tassie Mariners and as a result will miss on Saturday.

Jackson O’Brien will miss atleast one match with a calf injury, sustained early against Lauderdale. Coach Jeromey Webberley is hopeful he will be back to face Launceston in Round 5.

Launceston will miss Jack Donnellan, who is set to miss two through suspension.


Round 4 – 22/04/2017

12:30PM – Queenborough Oval

Hobart City Demons
B: H. Williams, L. Azzopardi, P. Kearney
HB: K. Wisniewski, K. Richter, B. Walker
C: T.  Millhouse, W.  Campbell, R.  Cowie
HF: S. Willis, J. Maple, J. Williamson
F: C. White, C. Dell, B. Grant
R: H. Thompson, R. Matthews, J. Charlton
Int: S. Caswell, E. Cole, J. Guesdon, C. Kilpatrick
Emg: N. Lee, W. Hay, H. Johnstone, J. Barwick

In: S. Caswell, H. Williams
Out: N. Baker


Burnie Dockers

B: J. Dowling, B. Murray, S. Kalbfell
HB: R. Barrett, D. Brazendale, B. Boag
C: C.  Proctor, J.  Cox, J.  Murray
HF: D. Crane, H. Walters, B. Keiselis
F: F. Poke, N. McKenna, T. Charles
R: T. Morrison, B. Challis, N. Walters
Int: C. Carpenter, J. Weller, G. Dowling, J. Nankivell
Emg: B. Brown, M. Chatwin, T. Woods, A. Bates

In: J. Weller, C. Carpenter, G. Dowling, B. Murray
Out: E. Jackson, M. Elliott, B. Rubock, J. House


Round 4 – 22/04/2017

2:00PM – Devonport Oval

B: B. Chard, L. Williams, L. Bissett
HB: B. Hawkes, Q. Byard, M. Perry
C: B.  Connelly, B.  Symmons, S.  Egger
HF: B. Butler, D. Riley, G. Millucci
F: B. Scott, M. Thorp, D. Schnoor
R: P. Davis, B. Sharman, K. Byard
Int: J. Clayden, C. Castles, T. Enniss, H. Barker
Emg: R. Kelly, T. Auton, L. Creedon, C. Burnett

In: M. Thorp


B: J. Holmes, J. Bailey, T. Castle
HB: M. Ling, K. Wylie, J. Webberley
C: G.  Chambers, I.  Callinan, J.  Harper
HF: A. Grace, M. Blackburn, T. Hanslow
F: T. Standen, S. Siggins, J. Cox
R: W. Wall, B. Jones, M. Fisher
Int: L. Murfitt-Cowen, J. O’Brien, Z. Mastrocola, S. Bradford
Emg: K. Howlett, S. Williams, A. Gaul, H. Richmond

In: S. Bradford, T. Hanslow
Out: J. O’Brien, J. Brenner


Round 4 – 22/04/2017

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval

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

In: J. Perkins, T. Havea

B: S. Williams, J. Nunn, A. Wright
HB: C. Savage, S. Vandervelde, J. Smith
C: R.  Kelly-Mansell, S.  Rundle, T.  Sheppard
HF: B. Taylor, M. Spohn, J. Gillow
F: C. Sheppard, S. Whiting, B. Palfreyman
R: H. Leedham, J. Blackberry, J. Boyce
Int: Z. Griffiths, J. Harris, M. Hutchinson, S. Lonergan
Emg: J. Boyd, N. O’Donoghue, E. Conway, M. Hodge

In: J. Boyce,  Z. Griffiths, J. Gillow
Out: J. Donnellan, J. Hinds

Glenorchy v Tigers

Round 4 – 25/04/2017

2:00PM – KGV

Teams to be named on Sunday 23/04/2017 



Round 4 – 21/04/2017

6:30PM – North Hobart Oval

Hobart City Demons
To be selected from: T. Harling, B. Williams, T. Clark, N. Lee, P. Barrett, M. O’Neill,
H. Jubb, C. Ingram, W. Doyle, W. Hay, H. Johnstone, J. Denehey,
S. Caswell, M. Grace, J. Barwick, M. Paolini, J. McCulloch, Z. Doran,
C. Ransom, A. Bidgood, M. Bidgood, P. Fisher, S. Fros, J. Cleaver, W. Peppin


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


Round 4 – 22/04/2017

11:30AM – Lauderdale Oval

To be selected from: H. Bodnar, Z. Paget, J. Turnbridge, K. Byfield, M. McGuinness, E. Steele,
Z. Berry, T. Daff, C. Brown, R. Hooker, C. Hooker, J. Perkins,
J. Lewis, T. Steele, S. Adams, D. Johns, J. Williams, T. Bluett,
D. Stewart, W. Francis, A. Brewster, C. Best


To be selected from: A. Dickenson, G. Ferguson, T. Miller, S. Bruinewoud, B. McShane, L. Gee, J. Tyrrell, O. Cook, T. Cooper, J. Aganas, J. Dakin, C. Curtis,
G. Holt, G. Holt, L. Walsh, Z. Oldenhof, J. Bangura, J. Bott,
B. Neil, M. Blazely


Round 4 – 22/04/2017

11:30AM – KGV


To be selected from: R. Oakley, I. Memory, N. Newman, A. Peach , J. Douglas, B. Rowbottom, C. Goodsell, J. Stevenson, J. Bearman, A. Brennan, T. Morgan, D. Grant,
H. Thomas, J. Davie, S. Deverell, A. Roberts, J. Farrow, J. Sharp,
L. Rowbottom, S. Berry


To be selected from: O. Farid, S. Webb, Z. Fleming, R. Blakers, T. Gogolin, A. Webster, O. Burrows-Cheng, J. Phillips, J. Shaw, C. Woolley, M. Gardner, A. Huizing,
H. Crack, M. Booth, J. Keogh, L. Knowles, B. Donnelly, E. Brock,
H. Graham, B. Graham



Round 4 – 22/04/2017

11:30AM – Devonport Oval


Burnie Dockers
To be selected from: C. Bracken, S. Hamilton, A. Good, J. Doust, M. ODonnell, B. Brown, C. Carpenter, B. Jackson, L. Ryan, R. Jackson, H. Cobbing, B. Hayes,
B. Walker, S. Saward, M. Chatwin, B. Colgrave, B. Murray, T. Woods,
L. Evans, J. O’Donnell, C. Beamish, J. Bugg, J. Weller, A. Bates,
O. Fryett


North Launceston

To be selected from: H. Rand, L. Cronley, H. Goss, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, T. Mansell, D. Clayton, C. Haines, C. Lowe, J. Singline, J. Harris, B. de Bomford,
D. Headland, E. Perry, B. Holmes, B. Simpson, F. Bennett, M. Gray,
K. Wadley, N. Jackson, C. Harrison, J. McCowan, J. Rowlands, S. Hudson,
D. Layh, B. Maynard , C. Anderson, J. Lanham, B. Denman, J. White

Burnie break through to down Devonport

Burnie Dockers secured their first win for 2017, overcoming Devonport by 31 points to claim bragging rights in the coastal derby at West Park.

It was a battle between two young sides from the coast and it was Burnie who emerged with four points from a see-sawing contest. As is often the case, the wind played a big part at West Park with it influencing scoring with big runs of goals towards one end.

The Dockers shot out of the blocks making the most of a stiff breeze, kicking the last five goals of the opening quarter to open up a 27-point lead at the first change. Leaders Nick McKenna, Harry and Nick Walters and coach Clint Proctor were superb early, while Matt Elliott, the Baldock medalist in the NWFL, looked comfortable at the level as the hosts kicked away to a commanding lead.

Devonport hit back in the second, taking advantage of the breeze at the back in the second term to pile on 6.1 to 0.6 to take a narrow four point lead into the long break. Brayden Butler kicked two for the term, with Brad Chard and co-captain Dylan Riley also putting in strong showings in the second stanza.

In a heavily wind affected contest the pendulum swung back in Burnie’s favour in the premiership quarter. With the breeze at their back the Dockers used it well to open up a 23-point lead at the final change. Blair Rubock kicked three of Burnie’s six goals for the quarter, but not to be outmatched, Devonport co-captain Dylan Riley added two of his own from midfield to give his side a fighting chance approaching the final quarter.

Despite the wind not blowing in their direction Burnie held on to notch their first win of the year outscoring the Magpies four goals to two in the last. Devonport were let down all day by some sloppy ball use but particularly late with Burnie’s pressure often resulting in Devonport turnovers. They were also wasteful in front of goal, kicking 2.5, failing to make the most of their forward entries. Blair Rubock was outstanding with four second half goals to withstand several Devonport challenges, while leaders such as Nick Walters stood up when it was counted in the 17.17 (119) to 13.10 (88) win. James Dowling was also fantastic for Burnie collecting 25 touches and snaring three goals to play a strong hand in the victory.

Dylan Riley and Brayden Scott were among the Magpies who never stopped trying over four quarters in a losing effort.

Despite going down to their rivals, Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was proud of his young side’s efforts but acknowledged they needed to clean up their disposal if they are to get on the winners list in future weeks.

“I thought the effort was actually quite good. We kicked the ball out on the full 15 times today so when you kick the ball that poorly it makes it hard to win games,” he said.

“Full credit to Burnie they put us under pressure and we turned the ball over by foot far too often to win any game of TSL footy.

“We got back in the game, all square at half time and we thought we were in closing distance at three quarter time but our inability to kick the footy really hurt us,” Thorp explained.

Devonport have seen a list overhaul approaching the 2017 season and Thorp says losses will not sway them from their path.

“Its clearly a learning process for us at the moment. We are a fair way off winning a premiership we are just getting games into the young guys that are going to be a part of that side down the track but we’ve got to kick the ball better under pressure.

“15 players have played less than 15 games. No matter who you are playing or what anyone says they are the facts for our group at the moment but we’ll hang in there and we’ll stick fat to the cause.”

An emotional Clint Proctor was ecstatic with the result, particularly the last quarter resistance to hold on against the wind.

“Terrific for football and a great one for our supporters and the community. I’m obviously really proud of our young boys and our statesman for standing up. It was terrific.

“It was an exciting game actually, we played some good football and we scored heavily which is great. Going forward scoreboard pressure is massive for us and if we had of converted a bit better early we could have had more of a lead at half time but it was a great fight back.

“At three quarter time Devonport was in the box seat with the conditions of the ground and the weather so to face that adversity and push through and have belief in our system and themselves was outstanding,” Proctor said.

Proctor was particularly excited by the efforts of Rubock, who showed his wares as a forward of great promise.

“He is a nice link for us, he is a great finisher and reads the game very well and he is a vital cog to the way we score.”

Next week the Dockers will look to make it two on the trot with a road trip to face the Demons and the Magpies host Clarence in another tough encounter for the coastal youngsters.

Round 3 – 14/04/2017

Burnie Dockers                          7.3,  7.9,  13.16,  17.17  (119)

Devonport                               3.0,  8.3,  11.5,  13.10  (88)

GOALS, Burnie Dockers :
B. Rubock 4, H. Walters 3, J. Dowling 3, K. Bracken 2, M. Elliott 1, D. Crane 1, N. McKenna 1, C. Proctor 1, F. Poke 1

Devonport :
D. Riley 2, B. Scott 2, B. Symmons 2, B. Connelly 1, D. Schnoor 1, B. Hawkes 1, G. Millucci 1, L. Williams 1, B. Butler 1, L. Bissett 1

BEST, Burnie Dockers :
J. Dowling, B. Boag, N. Walters, B. Rubock, S. Kalbfell, H. Walters

Devonport :
D. Riley, B. Scott, L. Williams, B. Symmons, B. Butler, D. Schnoor

“Ugly” Tigers roar in Good Friday thriller

Written by Anthony Osborn

Tigers have put their names back on the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League’s winners list, running out four point victors over the Hobart City Demons in a nail-biting Good Friday clash at the Twin Ovals.

In front of a packed crowd, the Tigers were the more efficient team on the day, making the most of fewer inside 50’s and goal scoring opportunities to run out 10.7 (67) to 8.15 (63) winners in a tough, bruising contest.

The windy conditions of the Twin Ovals ensured that this was a tight, contested match, with both sides finding it difficult to dispose of the ball effectively forward of centre.

The Demons, with the wind in the first term, failed to capitalise on the scoreboard, as they went into the first break trailing 1.5 (11) to the Tigers’ 3.0 (18).

This early inefficiency proved costly for the visitors and left Hobart City assistant coach Richard Robinson rueing missed opportunities.

“(Tigers) scored three goals in the first quarter against the wind, and at the end of the day that was probably why they had enough on the board to win. We just didn’t make enough of it in the first quarter.”

Tigers coach Aaron Vince was pleased with how his side were able to make the most of their early opportunities.

“Hobart City definitely controlled the early part of the game. We had some good passages that allowed us to score some goals. Our forward line was open and our backline was solid enough to move the ball back through.”

The second term was a frustrating affair for both sides as they struggled to create genuine chances inside the forward 50, with only two goals being scored.

The contest opened up in the third term, however, with the lead changing and goals to both sides making for a highly entertaining contest.

Hobart City jumped out of the blocks to jumpstart the second half, kicking two goals in the space of two minutes before Brendon Batchelor was able to steady the ship for the Tigers, kicking two crucial goals in the premiership quarter.

This more free-flowing nature was also translated into the final term, with both sides scoring three goals apiece to leave the entire crowd on the edge of their seats, and more than likely without any fingernails when the final siren went. The Demons fired early in the last and shot out to what looked likely to be a match-winning lead with Jesse Maple finishing off but the hosts responded with two goals in quick succession including a tremendous finish from the pocket from Chris Nield, who booted two for the game. The Tigers then held on despite Hobart City coming home with a wet sail in the dying embers of the match, with the Demons on the edge of the 50 when the siren sounded.

The defensive work of Mitch Carter and co. inside Tigers’ defensive 50 was an instrumental part of the victory, with the Demons side dominating inside 50’s and much of the general play.

Carter further solidified his reputation as a gun of the competition, marshalling the Tigers backline that was constantly being tested by the Demons.

“I have been really impressed by our back six. Carter showed his class and ability to read the ball and his use of the footy is really impressive,” Vince said.

After a bruising encounter in the mud against Clarence last Sunday, Vince was impressed by how his side were able to handle the five-day turnaround and bounce back from a disappointing loss to the ‘Roos, believing that this performance was indicative of just how much his young side has matured.

“It was probably an ugly way to win, but they’re the kinds of games we would lose in previous years. The boys were headed, but showed resilience. We asked a lot of some of the guys today and they were able to get on top.”

Lachie Watt was impressive in his performance on the in-form Will Campbell, and Brendon Batchelor’s two goals in the third term kept the Tigers in the match.

After successive matches against last year’s grand finalists, to open their 2017 campaign, the Demons now find themselves with a 0-3 win-loss record and will rue missing out on a victory today, particularly after having twelve more inside 50’s than the Tigers.

Despite being winless to start the year, the Demons have showed plenty of promise, with Robinson emphasising that the team is on the right track.

“We have a really young group and need to stick together and work hard at training. Hopefully next week we can get the results on the scoreboard.”

Young Nicholas Baker was impressive for the Demons, with Robinson believing he further proved why he should be in the mix for a Mariners call-up in the coming weeks.

“It’s evident he is a young guy with a heap of talent. I hope he gets picked for the Mariners next week.”

Ryan Mathews also impressed in the Demons’ loss, while Josh Williamson and Sean Willis kicked two goals apiece in promising displays.

The Tigers will have a difficult task next week, facing the reigning premiers Glenorchy for a blockbuster ANZAC Day match at KGV, while the Demons will look to get their season up and running as they play host to the Burnie Dockers at Queensborough.

Round 3 – 14/04/2017

Tigers                                  3.0,  4.5,  7.7,  10.7  (67)

Hobart City Demons                      1.5,  2.9,  5.13,  8.15  (63)

GOALS, Tigers :
C. Nield 2, B. Batchelor 2, B. Livingston 1, B. Rees 1, J. Pearce 1, T. Hughes 1,
M. Walker 1, J. Lister 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 2, S. Willis 2, J. Maple 1, R. Cowie 1, C. Dell 1, C. Kilpatrick 1

BEST, Tigers :
M. Carter, L. Watt, J. Bilson, J. Lister, T. Carter, M. Davies

Hobart City Demons :
R. Matthews, N. Baker, K. Richter, R. Cowie, H. Thompson, C. White

Blackberry backs Blues path ahead of game 150

Ahead of his 150th senior TSL game, Jay Blackberry sees exciting similarities between his current team and the 2013 premiership team he played in at South Launceston.

This is Blackberry’s second season as a Blue, previously playing his footy at South Launceston and as captain of the now defunct Western Storm. The 25 year old midfielder’s 150 games has seen a rollercoaster ride but he can see there are many more highs to come on that roller coaster, with his current team building something special.

“It is special reaching 150, it feels like it has been a long time coming.

“I haven’t had as many wins as I would have liked across my career but to get here and be two and zip to start the year and to be playing North, I don’t think it could have worked out any better,” he said.

Blackberry compares his current team to the promising team at South Launceston in 2012, and he hopes the end result will be just as sweet as it was at the Bulldogs.

“I have seen a lot of highs and a lot of lows in the 150 games, I’ve been on some really big losses at South and then obviously we went on to win the flag.

“It’s a big thing where we are going at the moment because I think there are a lot of positives and a lot of signs of where we were at South in 2012 leading into that Grand Final year.”

Whether that means Launceston will lift the cup in 2017, Blackberry isn’t sure but he knows the club is on the right path.

“What Sam (Lonergan) has been able to do is very similar to what Thorpy (Mitch Thorp) was able to do in the lead up year to the flag. I think having Sam (Lonergan) out last year puts us a little bit behind where we could be but if you asked him he’d be pleasantly surprised at where we are at.”

Jay Blackberry lays a tackle v Devonport.

Launceston sit two wins and zero losses after the first two rounds and meet rivals North Launceston, who also sit unbeaten. Despite the winning start, Blackberry believes his Blues still have gears to find.

“Its been good but Burnie outscored us in two out of four quarters so if you look at it that way we haven’t put four quarters of footy together yet. Going forward though we are in a really good place and we’ve really controlled the two matches so far.”

Blackberry enters game 150 in really strong individual form. The skilful midfielder loves the footy in his hands and to his joy, he has had quite a bit of it early on in the season.

“It is good to get a few touches and kick a few goals, it’s fantastic to be in a good team around good people. It’s always good to be getting some footy but it’s not always about that it’s about laying a tackle and applying pressure, doing the team things,” he said.

Milestone games have not been kind to Blackberry in the past but he is hoping that can change on Good Friday when the two Launceston clubs face-off.

“I don’t think I’ve won a milestone game yet.

“A win would be great but regardless of result we want to do the right things, if we do that we can be happy with where we are going.

“We have plenty of respect for North and we will be looking to beat them but it is more about us then it is them.”



Southern Cross TSL Preview with Alex FitzGerald – Round 3

Written by Alex FitzGerald


Friday 14th April – Good Friday

Burnie vs Devonport  (West Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Burnie 12.11.83 def Devonport 10.14.74 (Round 19, 2016, at West Park)

Burnie are coming off a 62 point Round 2 away loss to Launceston, and will be looking forward to their first home game at West Park.  Devonport are heading into the match following a demoralising 154 point defeat at the hands of last year’s Premiers Glenorchy, with the young side unable to score their second goal until the final quarter against the southern powerhouse.

Recent history has shown that ladder positions mean little when the two sides from the coast meet, with all three encounters last season decided by under four goals.  Last time they met, retiring Docker great Kade Munday was best afield in a close win for Burnie, with young Tom Mundy playing well also.  Devonport was well served by Beau Sharman and Dylan Riley, who are now the Magpies’ co-captains.  Given that both sides are yet to open their account in 2017 and that the Dockers are fielding a significantly younger side than last season, this game could shape up to be the contest of the round.

With coastal pride on the line, expect players from both sides to step up and play to their potential this week.  Mundy and Blair Rubock are the young Dockers in the middle leading the way so far in 2017, and veteran Clint Proctor has been more than able support across half back.  While yet to fire this season, the Burnie forward line has the ability to be potent, with Jamieson House kicking 4 goals last week, Nick McKenna booting 3 in the opening match, and both the Walters brothers, Nick and Harry, capable of long range goals from half forward.

For Devonport, the younger players who have turned heads early have been Mitchell Perry and Dylan Schnoor, with Ben Hawkes also impressing last week in the heavy defeat.  Co-captains Sharman and Riley have led by example, and must lift another level again at West Park on Saturday.  The Magpies have plenty of potential in their forward line, and will be hoping targets Brodie Connelly and Giacomo Milluci can kick a number of goals between them with Mitch Thorp expected to miss up to a month of football. Although in a curve ball the playing-coach has been named as an emergency but logic would say that is merely a mind game from Thorp.

Another close coastal derby seems likely, with Burnie slightly favoured due to the loss of Thorp and the home ground advantage, having only lost two matches at West Park last season.  The outcome may rely on which forward line delivers on their obvious talent, and which young side is prepared to contest the hardest in the latter stages of the game.


Tigers vs Hobart City Demons (Twin Ovals) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Hobart City Demons 15.15.105 def Tigers 9.8.62 (Round 20, 2016, at Twin Ovals)

Tigers FC have started the season with a win over Burnie in windy conditions, and a close loss to an impressive Clarence in the mud.  While last week’s match wasn’t ideal for the fast-paced style the Tigers play, they were able to break free in patches, and will look to run Hobart City Demons off their feet this week.

The roster hasn’t done the Hobart City Demons any favours, meeting 2016 Grand Finalists Glenorchy and North Launceston in the first fortnight of the season, resulting in consecutive heavy defeats.  They can take solace in the fact that they led the Magpies at quarter time, and matched the Bombers until the final quarter last week, and will be looking to put four consistent quarters together as they hunt their first victory of 2017 this weekend.

Despite the tough loss last weekend and the five day turnaround, the Tigers have plenty of positives to take into this match.  Their strength in moving the ball quickly from one end of the ground to the other has stood out, and they’ll be relying on Mitchell Carter to continue his impressive rebounding from half back, and Ash Humprey to negate any forward targets.  The Tigers’ forward line is full of talent, with the strong-marking Brandon Batchelor and Mitch Walker with five goals apiece so far, and young Hugh Dixon coming off an eye-catching two goals display for the Tassie Mariners.  Lachie Clifford was also best afield for the Mariners with a crucial three goal high possession game from the midfield.

Hobart City Demons have had some impressive young players step up against tough opponents, with Will Campbell standing out, supported by Eddie Cole and Bailey Walker.  While a few injuries haven’t helped their start to the season, the Hobart City Demons will need key playmakers such as Ryan Matthews, Kane Richter, and Brodie Schade to stand up and lead from the front this week if they are to topple the rejuvenated Tigers.

The Tigers play to the conditions well at Twin Ovals, and will look to run and carry all afternoon to provide quick delivery to their tall forwards but the Demons are also exponents of quick ball movement when they are on song.  Negating the influence of Carter, as well as the Tiger forwards, will be the key to victory for the Hobart City Demons. They also need Josh Williamson to have an impact in the forward 50. The battle between the younger players will also decide who comes out on top, expect Tigers FC to just come out on top in the closest match of the season so far.


Launceston vs North Launceston (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 18.12.118 def Launceston 4.7.31 (Round 19, 2016, at Windsor Park)

North Launceston have been pushed in both of their matches in the first half so far, before putting on the jets in the third quarter and running away comfortable winners against Lauderdale and Hobart City Demons respectively.  Widely regarded as Premiership favourites, North Launceston have not got ahead of themselves, and would be happy going about their business while the hype builds around Glenorchy’s two sizeable victories.

Launceston have perhaps been the most impressive side of 2017 so far, outmuscling coastal sides Devonport and Burnie over the past fortnight.  Both matches featured strong performances by almost every Blues player, with a rebounding backline, deep midfield group and a forward line full of agile goal kickers.  To push the Bombers in this Northern derby would give Launceston great confidence heading into the rest of the season.

North Launceston have started relatively slowly in both of their matches so far, and will look to put goals on the board early this week.  The Bombers welcome back Tom Couch from an ankle injury he sustained during an impressive debut for the Bombers in Round 1, and will also be bolstered by the return of captain Taylor Whitford, who will play his 100th match for the club.  Tarryn Thomas also returns from AFL Academy representative duties, and will slot into a young forward line consisting of dangerous targets Mark Walsh and Thomas Bennett.

Launceston have the midfield to match the Bombers’, with Sam Lonergan likely to match up on Couch, and Jay Blackberry, playing his 150th match, in strong form.  The Blues’ backline has been superb, with Jack Donnellan, Jordan Harris and Corey Shepherd running the ball out of danger zones confidently over the past fortnight.  They will be joined by half back Jake Hinds, who racked up possessions for the Tassie Mariners last weekend, and impressive young ruckman Tim Auckland.  The forward line at Windsor Park is the most intimidating in the TSL, with Sonny Whiting coming off a 7 goal haul in Round 2 and Rulla Kelly-Mansell often ruling the aerial contests and dishing off some great goal assists.

This clash should be the most exciting northern derby in years, with both teams coming in with 2 wins apiece and in a rich vein of form.  Launceston most definitely have a sniff at victory here, especially if their forward line gets going.  The return of Couch and Whitford will help the smaller Bombers in their physical battle with the Blues, and fittingly it may be the key ins that help get North Launceston over the line at the final siren. With no other footy on in the north, one would expect a massive crowd at Windsor Park.


Saturday 15th April

Clarence vs Lauderdale (Blundstone Arena) 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 16.16.112 def Clarence 10.9.69 (Round 16, 2016, at Lauderdale Oval)

Clarence head into their second match of season having defeated the Tigers in a high scoring match in the mud last week.  An all-round team effort saw the Roos lead at every change, and with a 10 goal second half against an improved Tigers side, they looked far from the team that missed finals in 2016.

Lauderdale are coming off the bye, and were defeated in a physical clash by North Launceston at home in Round 1, which saw three players reported and defender Toutai Havea suspended for one match.  The Bombers kicked away to a shock lead early in that game, but were overrun by a fitter North Launceston side, and will be determined to redeem themselves this week after a long break.

Clarence recruited heavily going in this season, and it was no shock to fans when Jackson O’Brien, Sam Siggins and Michael Fisher turned it on against the Tigers.  Siggins was a man-mountain in the ruck last week, and twice threw his opponent off the ball to twice kick crucial goals.  Midfielders Jake Cox and Brady Jones picked up in Round 2 where they left off last season, and will look to give the forwards fast delivery from the stoppages.  Young Roos Zach Buechner and James Brenner were among the Mariners’ best against the GWS Academy side last week, and could have an influence if called upon, alongside youngster Tyson Hanslow. It will also be a significant game for Trent Standen, who will lineup for game 150 in the red and white.

Lauderdale have a strong young group with the potential to serve it up to Clarence, and will welcome former Brisbane-listed player Ben McGuinness in for his first game of the season.  Thor Boscott had a great start to his 100th game in Round 1, and will need to pair up well with captain Bryce Walsh to win the ball out of the middle against an experienced Clarence group.  Dylan Fyfe is in strong form, as is Nat Franklin, who had his 2016 season ruined by injury, and they both have the potential to break the game open if left unattended. Lauderdale have two massive ins with Josh McGuinness playing his first match for Lauderdale since leaving the Brisbane Lions and Ryan Wiggins returning from a brief stint in Victoria. These inclusions are massive for Lauderdale’s spine, McGuinness adds a significant presence to the Bombers backs, he reads it well and is a leader. Wiggins provides a vital forward target to kick to and he has game breaking ability.

Sam Siggins made headlines last year when he crossed over from Lauderdale to Clarence and one would expect some extra attention for Siggins, when the two fierce rivals go toe to toe on Saturday. His involvement adds an extra layer to an already juicy matchup between two teams that simply do not like each other.

The Bombers love to play a physical brand of football, but they’ll meet their match in Clarence, who manhandled the Tigers at times last week.  Lauderdale have speed on their side, and when they get going they have the ability to kick goals in quick succession.  The Roos tend to play the long game, and pace themselves across a whole match, and if both of these tendencies play out, the final quarter could be telling in what is sure to be a fiery clash at Blundstone Arena. Its a must watch match and you can watch it live wherever you are with our live stream!


Southern Cross TSL Team of the Week – Round 2

Round 2 saw the flag contenders again come to the fore with very healthy victories. None healthier than the reigning Premiers, who demolished Devonport by 154 points. They had contributors across the ground and as such nearly have one player selected on each line of the Team of the Week, for Round 2.

Launceston and North Launceston again finished off well in second round victories, kicking six and five goals in the last term to run away with it. Both of the teams have four players picked in this week’s best 22.

Clarence had their first taste for 2017 and got off to a strong start, downing the Tigers on a muddy Blundstone Arena. Four Kangaroos bounce into the team of the week, while the defeated Tigers have their Mitches picked once again. Burnie and Hobart City also broke through with their first representatives in the team.

Check out this week’s team!


Jack Donnellan (Launceston)

Donnellen gave plenty of run from the back half and set up a lot of Launceston attacking movement. He provided a particular highlight with a golden fist moment which saved a certain goal for Burnie.

Jay Foon (North Launceston)

Foon makes it back to back nods. Foon minimised the damage done by Hobart City’s forwards. Foon was the leader of a backline that only allowed six goals to be kicked. Strong direct 1 on 1 opponent work throughout, as well as showing excellent leadership in clutch moments of the game.

Josh Arnold (Glenorchy)

Arnold was strong defensively and provided good drive from the back half. Also popped up in the forward 50 to boot two in quick succession.



Brady Quinn (Glenorchy)

Glenorchy were very rarely troubled defensively but their defence provided some zip and Quinn was no exception. Found a fair bit of the ball.

Keegan Wylie (Clarence)

Wylie was airtight in a key post for the Roos. 

Mitch Carter (Tigers)

Carter has started life strongly at Tigerland. It was another excellent game in the Tigers defence from Carter. Not conditions for marking but did well to intervene and used the ball well out of the backline.



Jake Cox (Clarence)

Cox found plenty of the footy in the clinches and used it well, conditions considered. Tackling and pressure was also good in what was a scrappy, contested game.

Jay Lockhardt (North Launceston)

A very strong performance from Jay. He racked up a considerable amount of the footy, but had incredibly good usage, consistently earning the ball and keeping North on the attack. Was extremely good in the third quarter when the game was in the balance.

Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy)

Rainbird is an entertainer. He tries some ambitious things at times but he is a player of immense quality. He had plenty of the ball and got it on the outside to cut apart a young Devonport. 



Thomas Sheppard (Launceston)

Sheppard fought hard for the footy with ferocious pressure. Finished off well with two goals and was generally creative with ball in hand when he pushed forward. 

Thomas Bennett (North Launceston)

Rated by his coaching staff as the top contributor. Bennett finished with two goals, and also was involved in a number of other scores. Was a dangerous presence in the forward half all game, and went up a notch when the game was there to be won in third quarter.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

O’Brien settled back in to TSL life with consummate ease. Racked up the footy and kicked two early goals.



Sonny Whiting (Launceston)

It was seventh heaven for Whiting, as the crafty Launceston forward kicked seven in an outstanding individual outing. Whiting pushes from the bench and into the starting lineup on the team of the week.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

Class was in sessions and the lesson was goal kicking. Bowden kicked 11 wonderful goals. It was ndoubtedly the performance of the week. Bowden was simply brilliant and was the chief destroyer in an emphatic Magpies win.

Jamieson House (Burnie)

This is Jamieson’s House. The youngster was the shining light out of a loss with four goals in a promising performance for the future of the Dockers.



Sam Siggins (Clarence)

In a new role, Siggins stamped himself on the contest playing in the ruck. In conditions not suited to the big men, Siggins was fantastic and showed great appetite for the contest. He also floated forward at a crucial time in the game and found two majors.

Mark Walsh (North Launceston)

Walsh had a major impact through the middle as well as at the top of the ground. Set the tone for the Bombers with a long goal in the opening stages of the first quarter, and didn’t slow down from there. Remained a constant presence throughout, and stood up as a leader when the game was up for grabs.

Liam Smith (Glenorchy)

Smith had a heap of it and rarely misused it, found time and space frequently and punished Devonport with it. Smith also kicked three goals as he pushed forward to provide a dangerous goal threat.



Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)

58 hitouts and another outstanding performance from the Glenorchy ruckman. Duffy gave his midfielders first use and also took some nice marks around the ground.

Jake Smith (Launceston)

Smith worked tirelessly all day finding plenty of the ball and providing as key playmakers for their sides. He directed a lot of Launceston’s slick ball movement. 

Will Campbell (Hobart City Demons)

A highlight for Hobart City throughout the night. Campbell was involved consistently in the contest, keeping up the Demon’s supply around the ground. Campbell’s involvement was a key factor in Hobart City remaining in the game throughout the first three quarters.

Mitch Walker (Tigers FC)

Another great game leading the way in the Tigers forward line. The key forward has some serious X factor and knows where the goals, kicking another three goals.


Unlucky omissions…

There are always unlucky people that just miss the cut..

Launceston’s ruckman Leedham has been in good touch but can’t creep his way in this time around as Siggins and Duffy were too hard to ignore. Rulla Kelly-Mansell was electric again and Rundle was great but neither is able to make the team despite having good days at the office.

Devonport were dismantled by Glenorchy but their best in a tough day was Hawkes, who showed a bit in trying circumstances. For Glenorchy, the prolific Mott could have gone back to back and Millhouse was a good contributor.

North Launceston’s experienced heads were really good and Brad Cox-Goodyer is definitely unlucky to miss, while Ponting also put up a case for selection.Young Mansell was sensational again off half back. For Hobart City Demons, Matthews had a good day and Kearney came into conversation due to his work in the back half.

Clarence’s new man Michael Fisher showed flashes and Brady Jones was his reliable self. For the Tigers, one Carter got in but the other had a good game at the other end of the ground, with three goals and was unlucky to be edged out.