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

Wrest Point TSL W delivers new top tier for Tassie female talent

AFL Tasmania and Wrest Point are delighted to launch the inaugural season of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSL W) competition.

The Wrest Point TSL W will kick off on April 29, 2017, with Tasmania’s top female footballers competing for five clubs across the state in an exciting 15 round season.

Women’s footy is a rising juggernaut and the establishment of the Wrest Point TSL W is a major step in its growth within Tasmania; giving ambitious female athletes a talent focused competition to play in.

“It is an exciting step to launch the Wrest Point TSL W, a competition that sits beside the Men’s as the premier competition for female footy in Tasmania,” TSL State Manager Carl Saunder said.

“It will see a rise in the professionalism and competition for local Women’s footy. It also provides a clear pathway for Tasmanian females who have been inspired to take up our great game.

“Tasmania has proven in the first year of AFL W that we produce some fantastic players but I believe the Wrest Point TSL W will only see more talented players develop and flourish to become stars,” Saunder added.

The five participating clubs are Launceston, Burnie Dockers, Clarence, Glenorchy and Tigers FC. Tasmanian star Emma Humphries recently played for Melbourne Demons in the hugely successful first installment of the AFL Women’s competition, she will now return to Tasmania to play for Burnie in the brand new Wrest Point TSL W competition.

“The Wrest Point TSL W is going to look a little different to previously, but in a good way,” Humphries said.

“Having a five team competition and also using the new 16 a side rule, is going to make games exciting, and also fast paced.

“It’s going to be an exciting season.”

AFL Tasmania CEO Rob Auld has made it clear AFL Tasmania is strong in its ambition to be involved in upcoming AFL W expansion. He believes the launch of the Wrest Point TSL W is important in establishing a base of talent to underpin any future team.

“This is a really big day for Tasmanian footy.

“Women’s footy is booming and this new competition will give girls of all ages in Tasmania, a strong competition to strive to compete in.

“I have no doubt the Wrest Point TSL W will become an important step on the way to many Tasmanians playing AFL W, in Tasmania.

“It is wonderful to have the support of a prestigious organisation and brand such as Wrest Point, I think it speaks volumes of the product and the trajectory of Women’s footy in our state.”

Wrest Point are the naming rights partner of the TSL W, showing outstanding support for Women’s football in Tasmania.

“Wrest Point is excited and proud to be the naming rights sponsor for the inaugural Tasmanian State League Women’s competition,” said Kath McCann, Sales & Marketing Manager at Wrest Point.

“But, the announcement of our naming rights sponsorship is not just about the excitement and passion we, at Wrest Point, have for the game.

“Ours is a long history of supporting football and now, with the terrific move to a national professional league for female players, we are thrilled to be showing our support for the next wave of AFL in the state. And in particular being here at the start of what I’m sure will be an exciting and rewarding journey.”

The competition is made up of five teams in 2017 but AFL Tasmania is open to expansion over the coming years.

First bounce of the new competition is on April 29 2017, with Burnie hosting Glenorchy and Launceston facing Clarence.