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TSL scouting notes: North Launceston vs. Clarence

IN the first of two Tasmanian State League (TSL) pieces wrapping up the first week of finals, we took a look at the first against fourth clash between North Launceston and Clarence and some of the top stars out on display.

NORTH LAUNCESTON vs. CLARENCE

By: Peter Williams

Twelve consecutive goals to North Launceston reminded spectators at UTAS Stadium just what the reigning premiers were capable of as the Bombers rampaged to a whopping 78-point win over Clarence. The Roos were plucky early kicking the first two goals of the game through bottom-agers Darcy Gardner and Noah Holmes and then leading by as much as 13 points at one stage after Josh Green kicked his side’s third major. Many expected a North Launceston response, but no one expected a 12 goals to zero domination over the next three quarters – including five in the final term – to run out 15.8 (98) to 3.2 (20) winners.

Daniel Withers was electric up forward and got better as the game wore on booting five goals for the Bombers, whilst Tom Bennett (three goals) and Taylor Whitford (two) both hit the scoreboard. Brad Cox-Goodyer was best on ground kicking a goal and always looked lively, whilst Jack Avent (one), Arion Richter-Salter and Thomas Donnelly were also standouts. For the Roos, Zac Buechner, Ollie Davis and Gardner all tried hard, with Davis breaking through a tag to be a force on the inside, whilst unfortunately for the Roos, they just faded as experience took over.

North Launceston:

#16 Ollie Sanders

Had a classy game for the Bombers, spreading well and getting better as the match wore on. His work rate and repeat efforts to get to multiple stoppages was admirable and in particular he looked lively in the front half of the ground. Sanders’ third term was the busiest for the talent, working hard in the back pocket to win the ball, then pushing into the midfield having plenty of touches. He spread regularly and then did well early in that term to speed out of a stoppage and use the ball well by hand and get it back not long after in space. Overall he was impressive for the Bombers, finishing with 18 disposals, six marks, five clearances and two tackles.

#64 Baynen Lowe

Lowe loves the contested side of things and lays some fierce tackles. He showed some quick hands under pressure, and was able to get it out whilst being tackled early in the second term. After a quiet first term, Lowe worked into the game and used his pace and defensive pressure to unsettle the opposition. In the third quarter, Lowe had a couple of score assists and was involved in a handball chain down the wing then hit up a target inside 50. He took a strong mark 40m out later in the quarter but his shot went to the top of the square and was cleared. Another good effort was late in the final term, spoiling one-on-one then handballing off which led forward to another goal for the reigning premiers. All up, Lowe had four score involvements to go with his 18 disposals, two marks, two clearances and five tackles.

 

Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

The TSL Rising Star really came of age when he found North Launceston’s Ben Simpson walk up to him from the first bounce. Davis was tightly guarded by Simpson and afforded no space around the clearances, but like he tends to do, he just wears down his opponents. Davis might not have had the greatest impact he has had in games – he was being tightly held – but he never gives in and just throws himself at the ball and ball carrier and his work rate is enormous. With clean hands in congestion and always giving it a crack even with the mammoth deficit mounting, Davis kept trying and finished with 18 disposals – 11 contested – six tackles and three clearances.

#23 Sam Banks

The most lively of the Clarence young guns, Banks played in defence and tried to use his run and skills to break the lines. He took a strong contested one-on-one mark on the wing, and whilst he was often under pressure in defence, made the best of it. Had one weird, uncharacteristic turnover in defence that triggered a series of mistakes by both teams, and then copped a hip and shoulder from the goal umpire in a couple of minutes he would rather forget. He readjusted and and was able to try his heart out driving the ball long, though the North Launceston defence was set up well. By the final siren, Banks had 18 disposals, one mark, one tackle, two clearances and three score involvements.

#34 Noah Holmes

It was a lonely day to be a full-forward for Clarence after quarter time, with Holmes winning the majority of his four touches in the first term when the Roos looked lively. Had one of the highlights of the day with a goal off a step 50m out and kicked it with ease like it was a 15m pass. He moved into the ruck to start the fourth term, but ultimately like most of his teammates had a quiet outing with four disposals, two tackles, two score involvements, one hitout and one goal.

#39 Darcy Gardner

Symbolic of many Clarence players, Gardner tried hard but was ultimately overwhelmed by the experienced North Launceston midfield. He ran hard in the opening term on the transition to lose his opponent and mark 30m out to slot home the opening goal of the match. His first term was huge with a great tackle on an opponent to stop a clearance, and then pumped a raking ball in deep that travelled 60-odd metres. He was quieter after quarter time, finishing with 11 disposals, three marks, three tackles and four score involvements.

#46 Baker Smith

Saw plenty of the ball in defence, but had a tough day on Blake McCulloch. When he had the ball, Smith looked composed and showed he could close down his opponent with well timed spoils. Often he was starting scoring chains from defence, but had his hands full with his opponent. McCulloch missed a couple of chances, but Smith still held him to the one goal from eight touches and three marks, far from disgraced against a distinguished opponent. Smith also hurt himself landing a little awkwardly in the last term, finishing with six disposals, one mark, two tackles and three score involvements for the match.

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TSL scouting notes and wrap: Round 13 – Roos secure finals berth

ROUND 13 of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) saw some exciting players set the field alight and showcase their talents for their respective sides as Clarence won and Tiger lost for the former to secure a finals spot in the last round of the regular season.

Clarence 9.12 (66) defeated North Hobart 8.7 (55)

By: Peter Williams

Clarence locked up fourth spot and guaranteed the Roos finals thanks to a tight 11-point victory over North Hobart in a battle of the sides with an abundance of youth.

Clarence led at each change but it was by a kick of less at the breaks, holding a two-point, one-point and six-point lead at the first, second and third breaks. An inaccurate 1.5 in the final term extended the final margin out to 11, but they never entirely looked safe in the 9.12 (66) to 8.7 (55) victory.

Chris Nield was a standout coming back into the side kicking two goals, while Jason Bailey and Josh Green also kicked a couple each. Baker Smith was named his team’s best-on for his work in defence, with others youngsters Sam Banks and Oliver Davis also among the Roos’ best. For the Demons, Julian Dobosz, Angus Norton and Jye Menzie all kicked multiple goals, as Hugh Williams, Thomas Reeves and Jayden Charlton were named among the best.

Scouting notes:

By: Tom Cheesman

CLARENCE:

#20 Oliver Davis

Davis had a strong game through the midfield for Clarence. The slippery conditions made the match very congested, and this is a style of football that suits Davis well. He played predominantly on the inside where he gave some good handballs under pressure and laid some aggressive tackles. Davis won numerous contested possessions throughout the day and earned multiple free kicks by getting to the ball first and putting his head over it.

#23 Sam Banks

Banks showed that he has good skills and athleticism with some nice link-up play out of the defensive half on Saturday. His kicking was a highlight, as teammates continually looked to get the ball in his hands and he found short targets on a consistent basis. Banks has a fantastic work rate, as he always followed up his kicks and attempted to earn another possession in the same passage of play. A couple of times he did appear rushed under pressure, but this is understandable given that he is a young player. With more experience at League level, he should be able to find a bit more of the ball on the inside which will compliment his outside game beautifully.

#34 Noah Holmes

Holmes played a solid game as a key forward for the Roos. Early in the game, he linked up well down the wings and applied good body pressure with blocks and shepherds to create space for teammates. He took a strong one-on-one mark in the second quarter to earn a shot for goal, but unfortunately his kick was touched by the man on the mark. Holmes redeemed himself with a nice snap goal in the third term. He also showed some decent agility, particularly when he laid a chase down tackle to win a holding the ball decision in the third quarter.

#39 Darcy Gardner

Gardner was very impressive for Clarence in the midfield and as a half-forward. The under-ager displayed some brilliant work on the inside, highlighted by a burst through the middle of a stoppage to win a clearance in the second term. Gardner rarely fumbled, was clever with his hands and linked up very nicely with teammates through the middle of the ground. He often provided a lead-up option for teammates and initiated switches of play as well. Despite being smaller than most of his opponents, Gardner is a great competitor and is not afraid to compete against the bigger bodies, which was demonstrated when he laid a good tackle to win a holding the ball decision in second term. He also displayed some fantastic forward craft when he kicked a clever goal in the third term by side-stepping two opponents and then drilling the drop punt from about 35 metres out. Gardner played a pivotal role in his side’s 11-point victory.

#46 Baker Smith

Smith showed some fantastic signs on Saturday. Although he misread the flight of the ball a couple of times early, his performance from the second quarter onwards was outstanding. He took numerous intercept marks by dropping into holes and reading the leads of opposition forwards. Smith has great length, so he can cover lots of ground and is a reliable mark. Once he had the ball, the bottom-ager always looked for runners coming past to create some fast ball movement coming out of defence. Smith’s kicking was reliable too, particularly when he went short and switched the play.

NORTH HOBART:

#37 Sam Collins

Collins was one of North Hobart’s most reliable defenders on Saturday. He took numerous intercept marks in the defensive 50 by reading the play well, floating in front of leading forwards and using his strong hands. In the first quarter, Collins linked up with teammates across the wings to control possession and set up a goal with a nice long kick inside 50. Throughout the game he spread from defence well, rarely fumbled, hit most of his targets by foot and created a running option when his side was moving the ball forward. He had a great moment in third term where he pushed off his opponent, took an intercept mark, used pace to break away and then found a teammate with a beautifully weighted kick through the corridor. This led to an important goal and demonstrated how damaging Collins can be when he gets the ball in dangerous positions.

#46 Jye Menzie

Menzie kicked two goals on Saturday and showed some other good signs. He applied strong pressure on the opposition and regularly got into good positions to crumb marking contests. His ability to make something out of nothing was evident, particularly when he almost kicked an amazing goal with some soccer skills in second term. He pushed up the ground to collect touches and link-up with teammates whenever necessary, but he mostly played as a deep forward. Other highlights of his game were a brilliant run down tackle in second quarter that won a holding the ball decision and led to a goal, and an impressive overhead mark on the lead in third term.

 

North Launceston 17.11 (113) defeated Glenorchy 3.7 (25)

By: Fraser Stewart

An eight goals to none blitz in the first quarter set off a thumping win to the North Launceston Bombers as they finished on top of the ladder to claim the minor premiership as they look to continue their form into the final series.

It was a convincing performance from the Bombers with a wealth of players popping up and hitting the scoreboard in big way with multiple goals coming from Zachary Burt (four), Jack Rushton (three), Jack Avent (three), Bradley Cox-Goodyer (two), Taylor Whitford (two), William Edmunds (one goal), Sherrin Egger (one goal), and Ollie Sanders (one goal) all contributing to the 17.11(113) to 3.7(25) win.

Despite trailing by 12 goals at the last break Glenorchy did their best to make much of a contest in the fourth quarter but it was too little too as they only managed one goal in that term as they went down by 88 points.

NORTH LAUNCESTON

# 16 Ollie Sanders: 

Put in a terrific game right from the outset, although his first quarter was quiet he showed glimpses of what he was going to do all day when he linked up the play collecting a ground ball and lowering his eyes to hit a target inside 50. He was all over the ground often moving to the wing where he showed his calmness and agility when he collected a bouncing ball from an awkward bounce and weaved his way out of a tackle. He also made his way to defence to help the defenders out, showcasing he has a good football brain when he switched the play which led to an attacking play. But wherever he went he always seemed to get his hands on the pill often handballing it to create a link-up play or hitting targets lace out into space. He was often the starter of the attacking movements. 

GLENORCHY

#36 Charlie Thompson

He was a pretty quiet which was evident of North Launceston dominating all day on the park and on the scoreboard, but he did try to make things happen for Glenorchy, as he often went up for marks and went further upfield to help out in defence where he got most of his possessions. Despite not getting on the scoreboard, it should be noted that his second efforts were some of his biggest traits in the 88-point defeat. This was evident when dropped a mark (albeit a relatively hard one but got his hands on it nonetheless) but went to ground to try and reclaim the ball and created a contest out of it. He was lively in the last quarter when Glenorchy started to play with more fluency, he nearly had a goal to his name but was rushed by a North Launceston player, however, that alone should be encouraging for the full-forward as he found time and space (which he did not have for majority of the game) to get a shot away as he got the defenders off guard and finally got good service to him.

 

Lauderdale 8.13 (61) defeated Tigers 8.10 (58)

By: Peter Williams

In the battle between two more experienced sides, and Tigers needing a big win – and the Roos to lose – in order to make finals,- Lauderdale just got the job done and held firm to win by three points.

Tigers led at each break and looked likely to cause and upset throughout the contest, taking a four, seven and nine-point lead into each quarter, winning the first three terms. Unfortunately for the visitors, they could only score two behinds in the final quarter as Lauderdale booted 2.2 to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and win 8.13 (61) to 8.10 (58)

Harry Richmond slotted four goals for the Bombers – including the matchwinner midway through the final term, as he was named among the best with Luke Nelson (two goals) and Josh McGuinness (one). Sam Siggins and Nathan Oakes also stood out for Lauderdale, as Toutea Havea was the other solitary goalkicker in the match. For Tigers, Oliver Burrows-Cheng (two goals) was the only multiple goalkicker as he, Kieren Lovell (one), Luke Graham (one), Marcus Davies (one) and William Campbell were all steadfast in defeat.

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TSL weekly wrap: Round 12 – Top three flex muscles as Demons jump off bottom

IT was a somewhat lop-sided start to Round 12 of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) competition, but finished with a thriller as the penultimate round of action was completed. In our feature game of the round we took a look at Clarence and Launceston who had a number of Devils players running around. In the other matches, Lauderdale and North Hobart both claimed wins. Meanwhile in the other match, North Launceston ended Tigers’ three-game winning streak with a comprehensive victory.

Lauderdale stormed to a dominant 10.13 (73) to 2.8 (20) win over Glenorchy, as the Bombers ran away with the game in the second half. Inaccuracy in the second term of 1.4 cost the Magpies who had one more scoring shot but trailed their opponents my nine points at the break. The visitors then piled on 6.9 to 0.1 in the second half to secure a huge 53-point win and secure third spot. Toutai Havea slotted four goals in the win, while Sam Tilley kicked two. Phillip Bellchambers and Sam Siggins were the Bombers’ best, while for the Magpies, Tom Cleary and Sam Rundle stood out with impressive performances.

Glenorchy’s second loss of the weekend was a lot closer, but they gave up a five goals to one opening term, kicking five more goals for the game as North Hobart booted nine in that time on their way to a 10.10 (70) to 10.7 (67) victory. Julian Dobosz snagged five goals for the winners in an impressive performance, while Matthew Joseph and Jaye Bowden kicked three apiece for the losers. Bowden was best-on for the Magpies in his penultimate match, while Thomas Reeves was the star for the winners alongside Hugh Williams.

North Launceston had no problems running out the game against Tigers, ending a three-game winning streak and maintaining their spot at the top of the table. They booted eight goals to two in the second half to put the Tigers to the sword after inaccuracy hurt the home team. In the end, it went the way of the reigning premiers 12.10 (82) to 3.8 (26). Taylor Whitford (two goals) was best on ground, while youngsters Baynen Lowe (two) and Sherrin Egger (two) impressed, as did Daniel Withers (three). For Tigers, Mackenzie Willis starred while William Campbell also impressed in defeat.

SCOUT NOTES MATCH: Clarence vs. Launceston

By: Fraser Stewart

Trailing at three quarter time due to their inaccurate kicking Lauderdale made amends from their mistakes as they opened the floodgates in the fourth term to defeat Clarence 6.14 (50) to 4.3 (27). Throughout the match it was a relatively low scoring affair however goals from Jared Dakin, Jake Hinds, Michael Musicka, Tim Jones, Alec Wright and Dylan Riley set up the 13 point win for the visitors. While goals from Luke Swinton, Josh Green, Oliver Davis and Colby Whitelaw did all they could to give Clarence every chance of winning however, the visitors were too strong in the last term. 


Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

He set the tone early on throughout the match as he showed great aggression from the get-go laying a few hard tackles to provide a stoppage. Provided good run when he was out in space when Clarence were on the counter attack. Wherever he was it seemed the football also followed him as he got plenty of ball throughout the clash especially claiming the hard ball gets and getting the ball around the stoppages. He also got reward for his hard style of play when he kicked his first goal of the afternoon when taking a set shot. He finished with a team-high 26 disposals (15 contested), 10 tackles and five clearances, whilst also taking four marks and kicking a goal.

#34 Noah Holmes

Despite being quiet for most of the match, he did provide a lot of good things for Clarence especially when they went forward. He had good running patterns as he tried to lead for marks and create space for himself as well as other forwards. Was pretty impressive when he was on the wing for a brief period of time taking two great marks, as he found plenty of the ball.

#39 Darcy Gardner

He had a very good second quarter where he was prolific getting the majority of the ball as his hard-nosed attitude paid dividends. Loved getting the ball through the contest as he was not afraid to get stuck in at the bottom of the contest. Wherever he was the ball seemed to follow him as throughout the match he saw plenty of the ball and provided good link up play. It was not just his centre knowledge that was impressive but also his defensive workrate was also spot on, as he defused various Launceston attacks through his intercept marking skills.

#46 Baker Smith

After a relatively quiet first quarter, he got better as the match wore on as he got plenty of the footy as the minutes ticked over. His intercept play was spot on during this fixture as he cut off various Launceston attacks, and even made a few booming plays to clear any Launceston threats. 

Launceston:

#20 Jared Dakin

Was instrumental throughout the whole game as he linked up well with his teammates as he got plenty of the ball without relatively doing anything special. Had a pretty quiet second and third terms despite being around the contest but couldn’t provide the spark Launceston needed as Clarence had momentum in the third quarter. However, he did come to life in the last term when he intercepted a Clarence a kick. In turn it gave him a set shot opportunity for Launceston to open the floodgates and he made no mistake as he nailed the kick.

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TSL weekend preview: Round 12 – Finals race heats up

THE PENULTIMATE round of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) home-and-away season got underway on Wednesday, as Lauderdale 10.13 (73) defeated Glenorchy 2.8 (20) on the road. The action picks up again on Saturday with a pair of afternoon fixtures, while Glenorchy is back on Sunday against North Hobart. We take a look at where some of the best Tasmanian youth prospects will line up this weekend, as the finals race heats up.

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With one hand on the minor premiership, North Launceston could secure its regular season glory and dash Tigers’ finals hopes in one fell swoop, pending other results. The two sides meet at Kingston Twin Ovals, having last played each other in Round 6, when the ladder leaders got up by 56 points.

After coming in on the bench last week, Oliver Sanders features on a wing for the Northern Bombers, with bottom-age jet Baynen Lowe set to provide a spark up forward. Meanwhile, bigman Jackson Callow misses again through injury. Former Tasmania representative Lachlan Gadomski assumes his usual half-back role for Tigers, while the likes of Oliver Burrows-Cheng and Riley Ashlin will rotate off the interchange.

Clarence will hope to hold onto fourth spot with only two rounds left, but faces a tough task in handling the second-ranked Launceston in Saturday’s other fixture. The Roos came out with a win over the Blues last time out in a match where the conditions wreaked havoc, but doing the double seems improbable.

Oliver Davis again anchors Clarence’s midfield alongside Ethan Jackson, with Noah Holmes injecting even more youth into the spine from full forward. Darcy Gardner was terrific in defeat last week and Baker Smith stood strong, starting at either end of the ground. Launceston’s strong side also features some promising youth, albeit off the bench in the form of Jared Dakin and Isaac Chugg.

In Sunday’s lone hit-out, bottom-two sides North Hobart and Glenorchy duke it out in a game which could well decide the wooden spoon. The Demons currently sit last, but a win would draw them level on points with the Magpies, who have an inferior percentage but have played one less game. Glenorchy is coming off a four-day break, but will hope to defeat North Hobart for a second time this season and keep touch with the top four, remarkably enough.

Sam Collins, and recent combine inclusion Jake Steele form the centrepiece of the Demons’ defence, which would also normally feature Patrick Walker. Jye Menzie will look to impact up the other end, with Will Peppin and Tyler McGinniss rotating off the bench. Just missing out this week are George McLeod, and bigman Hamish Allan, who have been named as emergencies. Meanwhile 19-year-old Ryan Banks-Smith is among Glenorchy’s young talent, one of four changes to the Magpies’ lineup.

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Fixtures:

North Launceston vs. Tigers | Saturday September 26, 1:30pm @ Kingston Twin Ovals
Clarence vs. Launceston | Saturday September 26, 1:30pm @ Richmond Oval
North Hobart vs. Glenorchy | Sunday September 27, 2:00pm @ North Hobart Oval

Featured Image: Sam Collins gets a kick away for North Hobart | Source: Andrew Woodgate

TSL scouting notes and wraps: Round 11 – Tigers claim season-defining win over Clarence

TIGERS have remained in the finals hunt with a third consecutive win, this time over fourth placed Clarence in a crucial result. The Tigers were on the bottom a couple of weeks ago but now sit just percentage outside the four, and level on points with the Roos. Other winners were top two sides, North Launceston and Launceston, with Glenorchy having a game in hand in sixth and only four points off the Roos and Tigers.

Tigers vs. Clarence

By: Peter Williams

Tigers’ revival continued on the weekend with a huge three-point victory over Clarence. Both sides had their chances in the final term with some monumental efforts, but for the most past, both sides missed a number of easy goalscoring opportunities. With nine goals on the board midway through the second term it looked to be a shootout, but instead, just five more were kicked in the next 50 minutes with Tigers getting up 7.15 (57) to Clarence’s 7.12 (54).

Elijah Reardon was the clear standout booting two goals in a best afield effort, with experienced midfield dynamo Kieren Lovell again strong. Lochie Griggs and Lachlan Gadomski also stood out from a Tigers perspective. For the Roos, it was the young guns in Oliver Davis, Darcy Gardner and Baker Smith who impressed, as well as Luke Swinton who slotted two goals and Keegan Wylie who racked up a whopping 16 rebounds from 27 touches.

Tigers:

#4 Riley Ashlin

In his second game for the Tigers, the top-age player moved well in the forward half, spreading well across the ground. He made a few mistakes in his 11 touches, but was able to find space create an option and move it between the arcs with four marks, two inside 50s and two rebounds.

#31 Lachlan Gadomski

Not a huge possession winner, but it was easy to see how he made his way into this team’s bests. He was settled and composed in the back 50, as he showed in the second term with a handball late to a free teammate whilst under pressure. He also produced a crucial spoil midway through the final term as Clarence was attacking. He finished with the six disposals, three marks, two rebounds and only the one tackle, but six one percenters indicating his pressure.

Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

Backing up from his title with Guilford Young College during the week, Davis showed no signs of fatigue with a dazzling performance. He produced a strong four-quarter performance with a massive third term that would have yielded the bulk of his match-high 27 disposals. His cleanliness at ground level and vision by hand is superb and he is rarely phased, even getting stuck into the more experienced Lovell at one stage when Davis gave away a free kick. He reads the play well and can chop off passes, as well as set up scoring opportunities. His disposal by foot when under pressure can be rushed and unfortunately a missed target late in the third term saw the ball turned over and Tigers kicked a goal, but on his overall performance, Davis was sublime. He finished with the 27 disposals, five marks, six clearances, six inside 50s and five rebounds and was outstanding.

#34 Noah Holmes

After a five-goal effort for Guilford Young, Holmes did not quite have the same freedom or strength over his opponent who on this occasion was often Blake McCulloch. He looked to have a good start to the day with a one-on-one contested mark at the top of the square for an early goal 10 minutes into the first term, but could not add to the total after that. He continued to present and took a number of strong marks, and then in the last term launched a shot from 60m but it was just touched in the marking contest on the goalline and rushed across. Holmes had the eight disposals, seven marks – three contested – two inside 50s and a goal.

#39 Darcy Gardner

The bottom-ager has some really nice developing traits and is one to watch out for next year. There is not a lot of him, but his cleanliness at ground level and vision by hand is often akin to Davis in many regards. One aspect that also stand out is his ability to turn on a time, as he did late in the third term where he was able to cleanly pick the ball up and then look to spin one way, then spun the other, wrong-footing his opponent to get clear and kick forward. He capped off a really impressive day with a ripping long goal from outside 50 that drew the Tigers within two points in what was the last goal of the day. His athleticism is something that sets him aside from a number of other inside midfielders is his speed and athleticism. A lot of the talk next year will be about Sam Banks and rightly so, but Clarence – and Tasmania – have another top talent to watch here. Gardner sizzled with a 77 per cent efficiency to his 18 disposals, as well as six clearances, three inside 50s and a goal.

#46 Baker Smith

Was a rock in defence with clean hands and good defensive pressure. He did not win a lot of touches like usual, but he just puts pressure on his opponent and makes life difficult for them. He was once caught behind in a marking contest which he lost, but nine times out of 10 he reads the ball well in flight and is able to get front position, such as when Tigers kicked low and deep early in the third term to punch it away. He took a great intercept in defence one minute into the final term as well to settle the side ahead of a tense final quarter. Smith had seven disposals, two marks, four one percenters, one tackle and one rebound.

 

North Launceston vs. Lauderdale

By: Fraser Stewart

North Launceston overcame a four-point deficit at the main break to beat Lauderdale 10.14 (77) to 9.7 (61).

Jakob Laskey was influential for North Launceston as he booted three goals, along with Bart Mcculloch (two goals), Daniel Withers (one goal), Zachary Burt (one goal), Taylor Whitford (one goal), Sherrin Egger (one goal), Bradley Cox-Goodyer (one goal) were all vital along with Baynen Lowe getting plenty of the ball in the side’s 10-point win.

There were also impressive performances from Lauderdale such as Nick Baker, Harry Richmond (three goals), Sam Tilley (two goals), Samuel Siggins (one goal), Luke Nelson (one goal), Jake Dance (one goal), Alex Hevey (one goal) and Toutai Havea (one goal) showing promising signs in the narrow defeat.

North Launceston

#16 Ollie Sanders

Was pretty quiet in the opening term but found his rhythm as the game went on. His position awareness around the ground was superb and he even had an eye to slow the game down and look for a man into space. He linked up well with fellow teammate Lowe which set up a goal. He was around the contests for much of the day, but couldn’t really impact the game, he got more possessions in the fourth quarter.

#64 Baynen Lowe

Much like his teammate Sanders, he felt more comfortable as the game went on. Was quiet in the opening term but still showed a glimpse of what was to come as he took a one-handed mark that wasn’t paid by the umpire. Linked up well with Sanders as he provided a nice service to a teammate as he kicked a set shot. Showed more confidence in the second quarter as he proved to be a really good marking target in their forward 50. His fourth quarter was probably his best as he got most of the ball and even ran on the wing to set up a scintillating ball inside 50 as his teammate kicked the set shot.

Lauderdale

#17 Nick Baker

Despite being relatively quiet in the opening term he was pretty solid all day. In the first quarter, he made a few spoils here and there as well as getting his hands on the footy. At the start of the second quarter, he moved up the ground to help spark a Lauderdale attack and this was evident when he took a mark just outside Lauderdale’s forward 50 and decided to play on as he wanted to set up a teammate in the half-forward pocket. Showed his class in the third and fourth quarter especially when North Launceston were attacking as he was calm and collected taking a few intercept marks to help stop the North Launceston onslaught. However, his greatest piece of play came in the dying stages of the game where he smothered a North Launceston set shot and then made another spoil.

Launceston vs. North Hobart

By: Peter Williams

In a game that neither side will realistically be reaching for the highlights any time soon, it was Launceston that just stepped up when the Blues needed too. They booted seven consecutive goals from early in the third term until midway through the last, with a couple of consolation majors for North Hobart cutting the final margin to 40 points, as the top two side won 10.12 (72) to 4.8 (32).

Dylan Riley was unstoppable up forward with five goals in a starring role, whilst Jacob Boyd was named best-on by the Blues in the scrappy win. In his 200th game, Jay Blackberry kicked 2.3 from 18 touches and eight marks up forward, whilst Jake Hinds (21 disposals), Fletcher Seymour (21) and Jobi Harper (20) found enough of the ball. For the Demons, Callum Kilpatrick was named his side’s best kicking a goal and looking composed out of defence, whilst Baxter Norton and Hugh Williams Jnr were also strong. Bailey Walker finished with a match-high 25 disposals and eight rebounds.

Launceston:

#20 Jared Dakin

It was far from his biggest outing, but Dakin still did some nice things for the Blues. He was willing to open the game up coming out of defence and looked for that short, direct kick down the middle, and when he did make a mistake, would rush over to provide assistance for his teammate. Dakin covered the ground well and showed that off late in the third term by winning the ball in the centre square, kicking to defence then pushing wide to the wing to win the ball again. He kept cracking in and finished with 13 touches, two marks and five tackles, with his defensive pressure being the highlight in this game.

#30 Isaac Chugg

The athletic runner was similar to Dakin in the sense that he had some moments without being overly damaging. He was always trying to create his trademark run, but got caught trying to fend off an opponent late in the first term at half-forward. His ability to read the ball in flight was strong, taking a great intercept mark at half-back, and then again on the wing a quarter later in the third. His effort on the day was mostly mopping up for teammates, providing an extra number at the contest and was impressive with his one percenters. Chugg ended the game with 13 disposals, five marks, two tackles, five one percenters, one inside 50 and two rebounds.

North Hobart:

#37 Sam Collins

Had a mixed day with some lovely plays, and some errors, but overall was a solid contributor. He loves to move the ball in transition and his vision is very good, spotting free teammates in space. It can just be his execution that lets himself down sometimes, with a nice gather but kick out on the full under some pressure late in the third term as an example. He is generally clean at ground level, and he presses up to even have a couple of shots on goal, including one off the handball receive later in the first term, but missed to the right. He had another snap late in the game but that also missed. His raking boot and metres gained would have been high, with his disposal when running hard and space in front of him quite good. He finished with 15 disposals, two marks, two inside 50s, four rebounds and two behinds on the day.

#46 Jye Menzie

Had a few lively moments when pushing up to a wing, but was ultimately restricted from what he could do. Kicked one of the behinds of the year when he won it defensive side of the wing, took half a dozen bounces, probably covered 50m but then ran out of gas with a kick that drifted to the right. Aside from missing out on goal of the year, Menzie still showed clean hands and an ability to turn his opponent inside out. He took a number of good marks uncontested due to his ability to create space between himself and his opponent. Not his most consistent four-quarter performance, but in terms of highlights, it is hard not to notice him, finishing with nine disposals, four marks and two inside 50s.

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TSL weekend preview: Round 11 – Young stars return to state league action

ROUND 11 of the 2020 TSL bounces down on Saturday, with a host of Tasmanian young guns making their state league returns after last week’s Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS) Grand Final. We take a look at where the best Tasmanian youth prospects will line up this weekend.

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Clarence will be buoyed by a bunch of young inclusions in preparation for its clash with Tigers, as the ‘Roos look to consolidate their top four spot. Fresh off a victory in the SATIS football decider, Under 18 AFL Academy member Oliver Davis leads the returnees among six changes for the visitors. Fellow Guilford Young students Baker Smith and Darcy Gardner make their way back to the senior level, as does five-goal hero Noah Holmes.

19-year-old former Tasmania Devils player Ethan Jackson is also poised to feature next to Davis in midfield, but the rush of inclusions comes at the expense of a trio of 18-year-olds in Tyler Penwright, Adrian Butterworth, and Jacques Barwick, among others. Coming off a two-win round, the Tigers side which boasts Oliver Burrows-Cheng and Riley Ashlin on the bench could well go in unchanged.

North Launceston has included top-age small Oliver Sanders on its bench in the team readying to face Lauderdale. The ladder leaders will crucially be without key position gun Jackson Callow, which makes their meeting with the third-placed Bombers even more dangerous. 17-year-old Sam Tilley will look to impact off Lauderdale’s bench, as former Devils representative Oscar Shaw remains in the defensive six.

The final fixture of the round sees Launceston host North Hobart, as the Blues look to stake their claim for top spot. The youth of North Hobart, who were relegated to the wooden spoon spot in Round 10, should be in for a good scrap, though. Patrick Walker remains out through injury, but Sam Collins will again play a key role at centre half-back, while Will Peppin (wing) and Jye Menzie (forward pocket) also feature in the starting lineup.

19-year-old ruck Hamish Allan should have his hands full against solid opposition, while fellow over-agers Tyler McGinniss and Jake Steele will rotate off the Demons’ bench. Top-agers Isaac Chugg (wing) and Jayden Hinds (forward pocket) are set to provide some spark going forward for Launceston. The Blues have also named promising 19-year-old Jared Dakin on the bench.

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Fixtures:

Tigers vs. Clarence | Saturday September 19, 1:30pm @ Twin Ovals
North Launceston vs. Lauderdale | Saturday September 19, 1:40pm @ UTAS Stadium
Launceston vs. North Hobart | Saturday September 19, 2:00pm @ Windsor Park

Bye: Glenorchy

Scouting notes: SATIS Grand Final – Guilford Young vs. St Patricks

IN a come-from-behind victory, Guilford Young won its first Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS) in 18 years, defeating regular winners, St Patricks who had claimed seven of the past nine titles. In our scouting notes from the game, we look at some of the Tasmanian Devils prospects who stood out, the majority of whom are bottom-agers and will hope to have an impact in the NAB League or Tasmanian State League (TSL) next year.

GUILFORD YOUNG:

#1 Darcy Gardner

One of the best on the day, Gardner just has a crack every time he is out on the field. You know what to expect from the Clarence youngster and he showed it in the win against St Patricks. Whilst at times he can blast away by foot with his determination to win the ball and get it forward – playing a more contested role – his short kicking is quite neat, and it showed with a lovely lace-out kick to Noah Holmes in the third term, even though Holmes was spoiled on that occasion. He had a chance to score himself with a quick kick, but it went too far to the right and bounce through for a behind. Despite being a smaller player, Gardner has good strength in the contest and is able to shrug off opponents, with not too dissimilar traits to Clarence teammate, Oliver Davis.

Gardner finished with 21 disposals (13 contested), four clearances, six tackles and seven inside 50s.

#3 Oliver Davis

It was interesting to watch Davis around the stoppages as he rarely had too much time and space, often tackled by multiple opponents. As Guilford Young’s captain, it hardly fazed him, firing out handballs from congestion to teammates on the outside and they benefited from his work. You know what to expect from the AFL Academy member, and he did just that. On a number of occasions he was able to hit up teammates inside 50, first to Lachlan Rowlands – who missed – then Lincoln Arnold – who goaled – but his best passage of play was an elite clearance to Holmes leading out in the last 90 seconds of the game to hand his full-forward back-to-back goals in the space of a minute. Occasionally he was done for doing a bit too much, caught close to the boundary line by Michael Stingel in the second term, and then went too high with the tackle on opposing captain Bailey Gillow in the last quarter, but the subsequent shot of the latter sprayed to the right.

Davis worked hard for 16 disposals – at 93 per cent efficiency – of which 10 were contested. He also had five clearances, three inside 50s and two tackles.

#5 George McLeod

Has some nice traits to his game, as well as great versatility. Seemingly the bottom-ager can play in any third of the ground, and his work off half-back and down a wing certainly provides good run for his teammates. He won his fair share of clearances when he went on-ball, and got better as the game went on, showing clean hands time and time again. McLeod was also strong in the air, taking an important intercept mark at half-back in the final term, and remained active, roaming between the arcs.

McLeod finished with 24 disposals, six marks, three clearances, three inside 50s and five rebounds, recording a disposal efficiency of 66 per cent.

#10 Sam Banks

The Tasmanian Most Valuable Player (MVP) at last year’s Under 16s Championships, Banks brought his own ball to the game. While his second quarter was a little quiet, his first, third, and particularly fourth terms were very busy. When the game was on the line, he was continually involved, and his slick handballs or disposals to cut inboard and slice open the defence were handy. He uses the ball well and actually ran at 50 per cent contested rate, sharing his work in close as well as his preferred outside. He had a couple of chances at goal but could not quite register a major, and at one stage did a bit too much at half-forward and was brought down by Khai Lunson. Overall though, the positives stuck out for the major ball winner who had a day out through midfield and benefited from a high work rate across the field.

Banks amassed a game-high 34 disposals (73 per cent efficiency), 17 of which were contested, as well as six marks, six clearances and six inside 50s.

#20 Noah Holmes

The Clarence bottom-ager was the match-winner, coming alive in the second half to slam home five goals. Always looking threatening, something clicked from the fifth minute of the third quarter. In the opening half, Holmes had been okay without being dominant, taking a couple of great marks, but missed three set shots to end the half at 0.3. Two minutes into the second half, Holmes was found trailing his defender in Sam Foley, of whom the latter marked uncontested. From that point on, the key forward would not be beaten again. He kicked his first three minutes later off the back of a strong contested grab 30m out from goal. He tried to assist in a couple of goals to Davis and Banks, but the first pass was one handball too many, and the second was a snap and miss by Banks. Instead, with two minutes left, he clunked a massive contested mark against two opponents on the goalline to go back and pop through his second, and then 30 seconds later, led out and marked off the elite clearance work of Davis. Suddenly his side was in front and he had three consecutive goals. The fourth term started like his third term had ended, with another contested grab six minutes in just 15m out, too big and strong for his opponent. His fifth game 13 minutes into the term against two opponents as he nudged one forward and leant back on the other to take it cleanly and nail the set shot from 20m out.

Holmes finished with 14 touches – nine kicks for 5.3 – as well as eight marks – six contested – in a match-winning performance and clear best on ground.

#21 Sam Collins

Did not see a lot of ball in the opening term because it was up the other end, but showed some good signs with a great tackle to save a charge on goal, then a long kick out of defence. That might have been turned over, but his kicking improved more in the second term, winning the ball more consistently. In the third term, Collins came across with a huge spoil at half-back to cleanly punch the ball out of bounds, backing up from an earlier tackle on the wing that forced a turnover. His intercept mark in the opening 30 seconds of the final term was also a highlight, whilst he finished strongly in the final term, using the ball well out of defence.

Collins finished with 20 disposals at 70 per cent efficiency, but nearly all were uncontested. He showed great determination with four one percenters, as well as six rebounds.

#25 Baker Smith

Much like Holmes up the other end, the tall defender was just too big and strong, and had enough of a leap to read the ball in flight and clunk a number of contested marks. In the opening term alone, he took three intercept marks and it was beginning to look like the opposition was pinpointing him at half-back. He lost his cool in the second term for a front-on tackle on Angus Jeffries, told the umpire that he may have been mistaken in his decision to award the free kick, and then gave away a 50m for his feedback. It was about his only blemish of the day though, as he went back to being a strong interceptor and booming kick, and even had a set shot late in the third term. It was marked on the line by Holmes who finished off the job, but Smith was solid all day in defence.

Smith ended the game with 16 disposals, six marks – four contested – four inside 50s and two rebounds with his 43 per cent disposal efficiency not indicative of his work given most of his kicks were sent long out of the danger zone.

ST PATRICK’S:

#1 Oliver Sanders

Worked hard throughout the game and always looked lively through the middle and forward 50. A kick-first midfielder with 22 kicks and just one handball, Sanders was able to remain busy throughout the game, often out of a stoppage or in the forward half. He had a quick snap late in the second term but just missed to the right, and then a second chance in the final term but his shot just drifted away. While at times he might have rushed his disposals, he worked hard to find space and link up in St Patrick’s transition and finish with the second most touches, and most marks of anyone on his side. He also was instrumental around the clearances and would have some of the higher GPS numbers on the day.

Sanders finished with 23 disposals, eight marks – one contested – six clearances, five inside 50s and four rebounds.

#6 Angus Jeffries

The prominent ball winner on the day and St Patrick’s best, Jeffries put together a four-quarter performance. He won touches from the get-go and was crashing in on the inside, often shovelling handballs out of congestion or clearing it quickly by foot. Despite running at a 50 per cent contested rate, Jeffries still hit most of his targets, and laid plenty of tackles in the process. Not afraid to cop contact, he put his head over the ball in the second term, copped front-on contact from Baker Smith, received a 50m penalty and kicked a goal from point-blank range. He had a set shot from 40m in the final term after being slung to the ground, but it just missed to the left.

Jeffries finished with 24 touches – at 70 per cent efficiency – six marks, seven clearances, six tackles, two inside 50s and one goal.

#11 Sam Foley

Had a tough day at the office in defence, often being the third-up in front of Holmes, or trying to intercept when it came down there. Given Holmes has about 12cm and 14kg on him, the reliable defender was definitely out of his weight class. But he ended the game as one of the best for St Patrick’s, never giving in and proving to be a prominent defender. Finishing with an equal team-high five rebounds, Foley was not afraid to put himself in the hole, or try and come over and assist his teammates.

Foley finished with 12 disposals, four marks, five rebounds and three tackles.

#17 Zachary Morris

Named among the best, the medium forward was solid and lively inside 50. He was slick with ball-in-hand, finishing with a number of contested marks. Despite standing at about 186cm, Morris is able to cleanly take grabs above his head and then hit up targets inside 50. His goal in the game came five minutes into the match with some clever thinking courtesy of a quick snap at the top of the goalsquare. He worked hard throughout the day and remains one to watch for the Devils next year.

Morris claimed 12 disposals – at 75 per cent efficiency – five marks – three contested – two inside 50s and a goal.

Clarence bottom-agers steer Guilford Young to first SATIS title in 18 years

CLARENCE bottom-age talents, Noah Holmes, Sam Banks and Darcy Gardner have dominated the Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS) Grand Final, steering their school Guilford Young College to a memorable come-from-behind 22-point victory over St Patrick’s College at Twin Ovals, the college’s first title since 2002.

Whilst St Patrick’s was missing bustling key forward and co-captain Jackson Callow, Guilford Young was also without fellow AFL Draft Combine invitee and Academy member Patrick Walker. It meant the remaining AFL Academy members – Oliver Davis, Sam Collins and Banks – ran out for the winners, while a host of developing talents including Holmes, North Hobart’s George McLeod, and Clarence’s Baker Smith also impressed in the win. For St Patrick’s the players to watch coming into the match were Oliver Sanders and Isaac Hyatt who had both had impressive showings at Tasmanian State League (TSL) level lately.

Despite not possessing the majority of state league talent and missing Callow as a target up forward, it was St Patrick’s that took an early lead into quarter time. Guilford Young owned forward half possession, but missed a few chances and it took until Lincoln Arnold kicked a great goal off the hands of Davis to register the first major of the game. Six minutes later, Declen Chugg put through a running goal and his effort was matched 90 seconds later by captain Bailey Gillow who made no mistake.

The Hobart-based side came out firing early in the second term as Lachlan Rowlands capitalised from the set shot, but it was all St Patricks from there. The green and gold side piled on four of the next five goals, with Chugg kicking a second, while Oliver Chugg, Zach Morris and Angus Jeffries all capitalised with majors. Only ruckman playing the role of rover, Ryan Hapka managed to get one against the momentum, roving Holmes’ marking contest in the square midway through the term to capitalise with quick thinking.

Trailing by 14 points at half-time, Guilford Young needed something special, and that someone was Holmes who booted five of the last six goals of the game. The bottom-age contested marking specialist missed a few chances in the first half, but he was kicking them from everywhere in the second, as he and Arnold (second goal) made the opposition pay. His five goals proved a match winner and he was clearly the best on ground to help Guilford Young to its first SATIS title in 18 years.

Holmes finished with 14 disposals, eight marks – six contested – and 5.3 on the day, with Banks racking up a ridiculous 34 disposals, six marks, six clearances and six inside 50s. Gardner also impressed with 21 touches, four clearances, six tackles and seven inside 50s, while McLeod played a consistent four-quarter game with 24 disposals, six marks – one contested – three clearances, three inside 50s and five rebounds. Smith proved a rock down back with multiple intercept marks (six total, four contested), as well as 16 touches, four inside 50s and two rebounds. Davis worked hard and was often gang-tackled on the inside to finish with 16 disposals, five clearances, three inside 50s and two tackles.

For St Patrick’s, Jeffries was busy with 24 disposals, six marks, seven clearances, two inside 50s and a goal as the losing side’s best, while Sanders helped himself to 23 disposals, eight marks, six clearances, five inside 50s and four rebounds. Sam Foley tried hard in defence often getting in Holmes’ way to pick up 12 disposals, four marks, five rebounds and three tackles. Morris had 12 disposals, five marks – three contested – two inside 50s and a goal for the losers, while Michael Stringel (10 disposals, four inside 50s and three tackles) was also impressive.

GUILFORD YOUNG 1.2 | 3.6 | 6.8 | 9.9 (63)
ST PATRICKS 2.0 | 6.2 | 6.2 | 6.5 (41)

GOALS: 

Guilford Young: N. Holmes 3, L. Arnold, L. Rowlands, R. Hapka.
St Patrick’s: D. Chugg, B. Gillow, A. Jeffries, Z. Morris, O. Chugg, D. Chugg.

ADC BEST:

Guilford Young: N. Holmes, S. Banks, D. Gardner, G. McLeod, B. Smith
St Patrick’s: A. Jeffries, M. Stingel, Z. Morris, S. Foley, O. Sanders

TSL weekend preview: Round 9 – Form Devils to face off

AFTER their respective Round 8 performances, Tasmania Devils talents, Patrick Walker and Jackson Callow come into Round 9 as two of the in-form players. Their sides, North Hobart and North Launceston go head-to-head in a last chance saloon effort for the Demons, and a chance to extend their lead in the top two for the Bombers.

In Saturday’s win over Lauderdale, Walker had a best-on performance for the Demons, picking up 14 disposals at 50 per cent contested, whilst maintaining a solid 57 per cent disposal efficiency. While his disposal count is usually a lot higher, his ability to get down and win the contested ball was a plus, also picking up four clearances and having five inside 50s, spending much more time on the inside.

For Callow, he has had an extended break since last Wednesday night’s win over Launceston. The key position forward has slowly developed into a key position utility, and spent the entire Round 8 match in defence. He was a star back there, racking up 19 disposals, but clunking nine marks – four contested – having four rebounds and three tackles and well as four one percenters.

These two will not go head-to-head in a one-on-one, but are equally crucial to their team’s hopes. Callow could find himself standing on another Devils teammate in Jake Steele, while Walker will likely match up on an experienced Bombers midfielder. If one of them can have a big game, it could be crucial to the team’s chances. North Launceston will start as deserving favourites, but way back in Round 1, the Demons pushed them all the way coming off a wooden spoon last season and with backs against the wall, do not expect North Hobart to go down easily.

Patrick Walker (North Hobart)

Height: 186cm
Weight: 80kg

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Last year: Averaged 16.5 disposals, 3.8 marks, 5.4 rebounds and 2,2 tackles for the Devils in the NAB League playing off half-back.

This year: Has been used in a multitude of roles for the Demons from half-back to wing to half-forward and last week, onball.

Player summary: Walker is traditionally a heavily outside-oriented player with good skills and high upside. He knows how to move the ball and can do some damage, but the next step for him was improving his inside game, which he started to last week.

Jackson Callow (North Launceston)

Height: 196cm
Weight: 90kg

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Last year: The key position forward averaged 13.6 disposals, 6.0 marks, 1.5 inside 50s, and 1.7 goals per game (24 total) for the Devils in the NAB League.

This year: After starting the year as a key forward, Callow has spent time in defence for a quarter here or there, and last round played the full game at centre half-back where he excelled.

Player summary: Callow was a dominant key forward in the NAB League last season and started that way in the TSL in 2020. His move to defence has been a revelation because versatility was one area he could take his game to another level, already possessing the strongest hands in the game being an elite contested mark and reliable kick for goal.

In other games this weekend, Clarence takes on Lauderdale and Launceston takes on Glenorchy. The fourth placed Clarence can catch up to third placed Lauderdale with a win in what is a massive clash for both sides in their aims of playing finals. The same can be said for Glenorchy who have picked up in the last few weeks, but now take on the top of the table Blues. Launceston is going toe-to-toe with reigning premiers North Launceston at the top of the table, and cannot afford to slip up given the Bombers have a game in hand.

Clarence has a number of bottom-age AFL Draft prospects to look for led by 2019 Under 16s Championships Division 2 Most Valuable Player (MVP), Sam Banks. Possessing great skills and athletic traits, Banks is a barometer for the Roos who can really get them going. After a quiet game last week, the running winger and half-back will be keen to have an impact against the Bombers. Also in the bottom-age category of draft prospects are hulking key forward, Noah Holmes – who shows similar traits to Callow as a strong marking forward – talented outside mover Darcy Gardner, and strong tall defender Baker Smith.

The Roos also have a clear standout in his top-age year with hardnut Oliver Davis a prominent player onball. His work at the stoppages, particularly his quick hands and contested ball winning ability is a feature of his game, and he just has a crack for four quarters which fans love to see. Looking at Lauderdale, and Nick Baker is one who has shown signs over the past couple of years, and while he might be turning 20 in November, he has always been there about with his footy IQ, kicking and positioning among his strengths, while been working on his athletic capabilities. Adrian Kalcovski is a former Eastern Ranges product who only turned 20 at the start of the year. Capable of playing as a midfielder – as he did at the Ranges – or as a forward for the Bombers, the mature-age player has always been a natural ball-winner with some smarts around goal.

For Launceston, Jared Dakin is the one to watch for the Blues, having played a number of defensive roles this season. He has no trouble finding the ball himself, which makes him perfect for odd jobs here and there because he can shut down an opponent and also hurt them offensively. Against the Bombers last week he played forward and looked lively, then had a day out against the Tigers with 19 disposals at 73 per cent efficiency, five marks, three clearances, four inside 50s, two rebounds and a goal in a big win. The other Blues talent to watch who is more raw, is Isaac Chugg who had the eight touches, four marks and one rebound, but it is his impact-per-possession that can often hurt teams. He ran at 75 per cent efficiency, and possesses an elite 20m speed (2.93 seconds) and agility score (8.04 seconds). Those traits alone along with his skill has earned him consideration this year.

The Tigers have a more experienced line-up on hand, and a couple of AFL experienced players in Kieran Lovell and Mackenzie Willis, who unfortunately were unable to save the TSL’s bottom-placed side from a heavy loss against the Blues. Considering the appeal for mature-age draftees in a compromised draft year, clubs might consider the former two-game Hawk who is also a former Tasmanian MVP and All-Australian at Under 18s level. Lovell is too good for state level, racking up 20 disposals and seven clearances in the loss last round, which came off a lazy 28 disposals, nine clearances and inside 50s the week before.

TSL ROUND 9 FIXTURES:

Clarence vs. Lauderdale
North Hobart vs. North Launceston
Launceston vs. Glenorchy

Scouting notes and match wraps: TSL – Round 8

THE final three matches of Round 8 action completed on the weekend with Glenorchy and Lauderdale bouncing back with important wins, while Launceston took out its frustrations from the loss to North Launceston with a 96-point shellacking of last placed Tigers.

Glenorchy 12.9 (81) defeated Clarence 7.10 (52)

Glenorchy claimed a vital win in their hopes for finals this season with a 39-point triumph over Clarence. The matched ebbed and flowed throughout the first half with Glenorchy leading by 15 points at the half, before piling on four goals to two int the second half in a 12.9 (81) to 7.10 (52) victory. Callen Daly booted three goals, as Jaye Bowden (two) and Mitchell Rainbird (two) were both named among the best, as was Ryan Banks-Smith. For the Roos, Chris Nield and Sam Green both slotted a couple of majors, while playing coach Jeromey Webberley, Ethan Jackson and Oliver Davis (one goal) were named among the best.

Glenorchy:

#36 Callum Thompson

A quieter day from the talented teenager, but it did not stop him having an unforgettable goal in the second term, dribbling one home amongst traffic from the boundary line in the 24th minute. He had an earlier shot on goal from 40m out in eighth minute of the first term, but it drifted to the right. He finished with the nine touches and three inside 50, but crucially four one percenters.

Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

He has had more influential games, but Davis was still very impressive in Clarence’s loss. He played in his usual role onball and had the second most touches for his side with 19, but it was his tackling pressure that stood out. He put his body on the line and would win a couple of free kicks for being pushed in the back and then laying a tackle of his own. One of his free kicks received on the wing was helped with back-to-back 50s for ill-discipline from the opposition and he popped it home from the top of the goalsquare. Davis’ best strength as you can see week-in, week-out is his contested ball winning ability, but most of all within that facet, is his ability to get his hands free in a tackle. He has a neat short kick and works hard for his disposals, covering the ground well.

#23 Sam Banks

After a busy start, the bottom-aged Banks had a quieter outing. He showed good pressure in the opening five minutes in defence, laying a strong tackle and not giving away the free kick despite coming in at speed. He pushed back into defence to help out at times and after a quiet second term, won it early in the third with a long kick from half-back to half-forward and then used the ball well at half-back to go forward. His handball at half-back started a chain of possessions for the Roos that ended up in a goal to Nield up the other end. Loves to get involved in running plays, and whilst he still needs to iron out that consistency for four quarters, he catches the eye with his ball use and running ability.

#34 Noah Holmes

The bottom-age key forward looked like he was in for a big day with a great one-on-one contested mark in the goalsquare 12 and a half minutes into the match. He protected the ball drop, marked two metres out and kicked truly. He was worn like a glove by the opposition, and realistically should have had a second major nine minutes into the term. He won a free kick in front of goal, but Nield opted to take the advantage and kick his second instead. Holmes’ quick hands set up Keren Howlett for an important goal in the 12th minute of the second term, then had a chance for a major himself but his 40m set shot drifted for a behind. Holmes’ strong mark on the wing in the final term showed his work rate with a clean grab, but unfortunately missed his target in Davis and put it out on the full. His field kicking could definitely improve, but his work rate and contested marking – two from three of his marks were contested – were both highlights.

#46 Baker Smith

The bottom-ager probably played one of the best four-touch and three-mark games you will see. Standing at 192cm and 79kg in the pre-season, Smith is a touch under the key position height, but is strong enough in the air to match it with bigger opponents. In the match, those stats are not a typo, he had the four disposals and three marks, but two of those marks were contested, and he had five one percenters – the third most on the ground. The word synonymous with Smith is courage, and while he is not the most athletic player out there, he reads the play well and just plays his role defensively, coming across with a timely spoil in the final term to punch it out of bounds.

 

Lauderdale 12.10 (82) defeated North Hobart 4.5 (29)

Lauderdale conceded the first two goals of the game during its win over North Hobart, before piling on the next eight, and leading by 32 points at half-time. The Bombers kept the foot down after the main break, kicking four goals to one, to win 12.10 (82) to 4.5 (29). Luke Nelson (four goals) and Adrian Kalcovski (three) both showed their VFL experience in front of the big sticks for the home side, while Rhys Sutton and Nick Baker were named the winning side’s best. For North Hobart, Julian Dobosz slotted two majors, while Callum Kilpatrick and Baxter Norton kicked the other two goals. Patrick Walker, Norton and Michael Fisher were nominated as the Dees’ best in the loss.

Lauderdale:

#17 Nick Baker

In an important win, Baker was one of the Bombers best coming out of defence, juggling a nice balance of offensive and defensive traits. He has had much bigger games in terms of his own personal performance, but he did what he needed to do within the team game plan to have an impact. His disposals – 10 were down on his best efforts – but he had six one percenters, often pushing a higher line up the ground to be on the defensive side of the centre more so than in the back 50. This reflected in a number of both rebounds and inside 50s, working hard up and down the ground. Baker often looks for the handball receive and pump long with his raking long boot and an intercept in the last term led to a scoring opportunity which unfortunately became a behind rather than a major.

North Hobart:

#24 Sam Collins

Showing off a new number from his traditional #49, Collins was been well watched by the opposition forwards. He was held and won a free midway through the first term, and then judged his timing with his possession off half-back to hit Jye Menzie on a wing. He copped a knock close to quarter time but was fine to go, and took a strong contested mark early in the second term. Collins showed great courage throughout the match to put himself in front of a charging pack of players, then pushed forward from that moment to win it at half-forward, quickly pass it inside 50 but it was spoiled away. He does well in one-on-one situations and intercepting the play, and showed good run out of defence in the final term, pushing up to the win midway through the quarter to take a strong grab. He finished with the 14 disposals, five marks – two contested – five rebounds and two inside 50s, with just a little cleaner ball use the next improvement.

#46 Jye Menzie

Tried hard all day but could not have the same impact he has when North Hobart is attacking regularly and looking dangerous inside 50. The talented forward usually oozes X-factor, but was forced to go hunting for the ball up the ground, and while he still won plenty of it, did not have the same impact on the game as he normally would. He had a couple of “almost moments” such as midway through the final term paddling the ball in front of him, got tackled, got up, won it again and snapped from the boundary inside 50 but it unfortunately went out on the full. His low bullet pass inside 50 to Kilpatrick nine minutes into the second half was his most deadly touch.

#48 Patrick Walker

Of the top-age draft eligible players, Walker was certainly the best in this game, and played more of a four quarter effort than he has in past weeks. Most importantly, Walker’s biggest knock is his contested ball-winning ability, and he went a little way towards suggesting he is not completely outside when given the onball opportunity. Seeing him start at stoppages was great and he actually ran at 50 per cent contested from his 14 touches, and still managed 57 per cent efficiency. It might not have been his cleanest effort for what he is capable of with his ball use but he still had the greatest impact on the match for his side. He covered the ground well and as he showed in the second term, had a lovely lace out kick inside 50, then moments later took another good mark, spun around out of trouble to trick his opponent and hit up Dobosz leading out at him. To pick up four tackles and five inside 50s and even lay a couple of tackles was what really stood out, because while he turned the ball over on occasions, he tried to keep the ball moving and continuing to build his inside game is going to be the best way forward for his overall balance on the field. An impressive game.

 

Launceston 17.12 (114) defeated Tigers 2.6 (18)

After losing earlier in the round, Launceston showed no mercy against last placed Tigers, dominating with a 17.12 (114) to 2.6 (18) victory. They booted the only six goals of the first half to race to a 38-point lead by half-time, before Tigers finally kicked a major in the third term. By the end of that quarter though, the Blues had let loose and piled on another eight goals, then won the final term three goals to one during the 16-goal shellacking. Dylan Riley slotted eight goals in a mammoth effort up forward, while playing coach Mitch Thorp and Jay Blackberry booted three goals apiece, all outscoring the opposition by themselves. Tyler Carter was a lone hand up forward for Tigers, booting the two goals. Elijah Reardon and Ben Donnelly were nominated as the Tigers best in defeat, while Blackberry, Riley and Fletcher Seymour were impressive in the navy blue.

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TSL ROUND 8 RESULTS: 

Glenorchy 12.9 (81) defeated Clarence 7.10 (52)
Lauderdale 12.10 (82) defeated North Hobart 4.5 (29)
Launceston 17.12 (114) defeated Tigers 2.6 (18)

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