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State leagues wrap: Teams deliver monster scores

WITH another weekend coming to a close, we take a look at what happened in state league football around the country, with plenty of massive scores as teams hit their straps.

Victoria:

The VFL had some big wins around the grounds this weekend, including one outside of Victoria, as the Tigers gave the Lions a belting to the tune of 62 points at the Gabba on Saturday morning. The Tigers booted a whopping nine goals in the first quarter, including three to forward Samson Ryan. The lead would only extend from there as the Tigers cruised to a big win over a helpless Lions side. For the Tigers, Ryan and Callum Coleman-Jones combined for eight goals up forward, tormenting Lions defenders, while Josh Caddy had 38 touches and two snags from the midfield. For the Lions, Tom Joyce and Cam Ellis-Yolman fought hard despite the circumstances.

Moving back to Victoria, North Melbourne had their first win of the season, taking down Essendon by 15 points at Windy Hill on Saturday. The game was thrillingly close for all four quarters, with only five points separating the sides at the final break. The Bombers gained a 12-point lead midway through the fourth quarter thanks to a fifth goal from Bombers forward Patrick Ambrose, but this was short lived. The Roos booted four unanswered goals, and stormed home for their first triumph of the 2021 season. For the victors, ruckman Tristian Xerri was a dominant figure, collecting a game-high 36 disposals to go with nine marks, six tackles and 27 hitouts in a marvellous display. For the Bombers, Ambrose’s five goals up forward were impressive, while ruckman Nick Bryan fought bravely.

Over at Ikon Park, the Hawks delivered a dominant performance, taking home the biggest win of the round as they defeated the Blues by 84 points on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks won all four quarters, doing as they please while the Blues struggled to keep up and constantly found themselves on the back foot. Hawk Vincent Adduci was the star up forward with five goals, while through the midfield, Brayden Kilpatrick found plenty of the ball. For the Blues, midfielder Matthew Kennedy found plenty of the ball on his way to 28 disposals on what was a tough day.

South Australia:

SANFL’s round seven action kicked off on Saturday afternoon, and for the Eagles, it was a perfect start to the weekend. At Hisense Stadium, the Woodville West-Torrens produced a masterful performance, defeating the West Adelaide Bloods by 100 points in a completely one-sided affair. Dominant second and third quarters from the Eagles – booting nine goals in each – put the game well out of reach for the Bloods, as they could not compete with a side that was firing on all cylinders. For the Eagles, Jimmy Toumpas had a bout of leather poisoning, finding the ball 45 times, while Daniel Menzel booted five goals up forward, and could have had plenty more if he had converted his four behinds. For the Bloods, midfielder Kaine Stevens worked his way to 32 disposals.

The Central District Bulldogs held off a brave comeback from the Sturt Sabres to walk away 10-point victors at Unley Oval on Saturday afternoon. The contest looked all but over heading into the final term, with the Bulldogs holding a 28-point lead over their opponents following a couple of one-sided quarters. The Sabres refused to give up, fighting hard in the fourth quarter to bring the margin back down, but ultimately couldn’t complete the fightback. For the Bulldogs, it was midfielder Jarrod Schiller who led the way, finishing the game with 26 touches, 10 tackles and a massive 12 clearances, and provided a strong contest with Sabre Tom Lewis, who had 24 touches, eight tackles and five clearances of his own.

Moving to Coopers Stadium, Norwood was able to overcome inaccuracy to defeat the Adelaide Crows by 48 points on Saturday afternoon. The Redlegs kicked 12.20, showing that the margin could have been a lot worse for the Crows had their opponents found the big sticks more. For the Redlegs, Tasmanian forward Jackson Callow was a victim of inaccurate kicking, booting 3.7 from 24 touches, while veteran Richard Douglas controlled things through the midfield with 31 disposals. For the Crows, youngster Will Hamill was influential with his 30 disposals.

At Alberton Oval, the Port Adelaide Power were able to scrape past the North Adelaide Roosters on their way to an eight-point win on Saturday afternoon. A big final term from both sides looked like the game could go either way, but ultimately, it was the class of the Power that got them over the line, with a late goal to Taj Schofield that sealed the result for his side. For the victors, midfielder, Sam Mayes was instrumental in his side controlling the ball, finishing the match with 32 disposals. For the Roosters, Andrew Moore found plenty of the ball through the middle and floated forward to boot a goal in the third term.

In the final match of the round, Glenelg were able to remain undefeated after seven matches, taking down the South Adelaide Panthers by 40 points at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers delivered a strong first half challenge, but the Tigers were able to find the form that has worked for them all year, as they booted nine goals to three in the second half to walk away winners. For the winners, Matthew Allen and Chris Curran found plenty of the ball, while Liam McBean booted three goals up forward. For the Panthers, Bryce Gibbs was typically strong in the midfield, finding the ball 31 times and booting a goal.

Western Australia:

The WAFL resumed following a week off, and the action started at New Choice Homes Park, with Claremont proving too strong for East Fremantle, storming away 42-point victors on Saturday afternoon. Claremont started the game in dominant fashion, booting six goals to one in the first term, and never slowing down from there on their way to a fifth win for the season. For Claremont, Lachlan Martinis found plenty of the ball as he has done so many times this season, and was well aided by Jye Bolton as the pair racked up 33 disposals each. For East Fremantle, Luke English ended the match with 29 disposals in a promising outing.

At David Grays Arena, West Perth were able to keep their form rolling with a strong 28-point triumph over Peel Thunder on Saturday afternoon. Despite coming into the match with one less win, West Perth were clinical in the premiership quarter, booting four goals to none to find themselves with an eventual match-winning lead. For West Perth, Keegan Knott’s six goals proved vital in the end, while Shane Nelson had 37 touches through the midfield. For Peel Thunder, former Bomber Jackson Merrett displayed his knack for finding the ball, racking up 37 disposals through the middle.

The crowd at Mineral Resources Park were treated to an upset, as Perth knocked off South Fremantle by a margin of 20 points on Saturday afternoon. Despite finding more of the ball as a team, South Fremantle’s inaccuracy kept them out of the hunt in the second half, as Perth were able to take their chances on a consistent basis. For Perth, Kristian Cary booted four crucial goals, while ruckman Christian Eyres impressed. For South Fremantle, Dylan Main was the star with 34 disposals and two goals in an eye-catching performance.

East Perth finally notched their first win of the season, as they took down West Coast by 57 points at Leederville Oval on Saturday afternoon. Both sides entered the clash at 0-5, and East Perth took the opportunity for a first win against a struggling West Coast side. A seven-goal last term cemented the result, while West Coast’s woes continue. For East Perth, Rohan Kerr stuffed the stat sheet with 31 disposals and 12 marks, while Aiden Lynch had 29 touches and a goal. For West Coast, Mark Hutchings fought all day through the midfield, gathering 28 touches.

Subiaco were able to remain in the top two on the ladder with a thrilling win over Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday afternoon. Swan Districts delivered a serious challenge to Subiaco, who were on top of the ladder heading into the clash, but just fell short in the final term. For Subiaco, Gregory Clark was dominant with 30 disposals, 12 tackles, six marks and two goals in a match-winning performance. For Swan Districts, ruckman Corey Gault amassed a whopping 50 hitouts to give his midfielders first use.

Queensland:

There were plenty of big scores from the victorious teams over the QAFL’s eighth round of action. This began at Maroochydore Multisports Complex on Saturday afternoon, as Maroochydore were triumphant over Wilston Grange to the tune of 27 points. A tense clash for the first three quarters, the home side was able to break away in the final term on their way to their fifth win of the season. The match proved to be a shootout, as Maroochydore’s Mitchell Scholard (14 goals in three weeks) and Wilston Grange’s Sam Gribble each booted five goals, but ultimately Scholard got the last laugh with the win.

A massive third term has seen Morningside take home a 27-point win over Palm Beach Currumbin at Jack Esplen Oval on Saturday afternoon. Despite trailing by 17 points at half time, Morningside booted eight goals to none in the third term to completely turn the game in their favour, and never looked back from there. For the victors, Darcy Cameron-Reeves claimed best on ground honours, while Thomas Griffiths also impressed. For Palm Beach Currumbin, Corey Joyce’s strong form continued, ending as his side’s best for the second time in three weeks.

Over at Southside Toyota Oval, Mt Gravatt were clinical in their 88-point thrashing of Noosa on Saturday afternoon. With a strong 55-point lead at half time, Mt Gravatt never gave their opponents a hint of a comeback, dominating on all areas of the field as they sent a statement to the rest of the league. For Mt Gravatt, Jonah Licht booted five snags up forward, while teammate Luke O’Sullivan also caught the eye of coaches and spectators. For Noosa, Aaron Laskey battled hard all day despite the heavy loss.

Moving to Totally Workwear Park, Redland-Victoria Point were unable to match the intensity of Surfers Paradise, eventually falling by 17 points on Saturday afternoon. Surfers Paradise set the tone early, taking a three-goal lead into the first break. While their opponents fought valiantly to attempt a comeback, the victors proved too strong. For Surfers Paradise, Harrison Fraser delivered his strongest performance of the year, and would have impressed his coaches. For Redland-Victoria Point, Peter Yagmoor was terrific in a losing side, booting two goals.

The final match of the round saw an upset as Sherwood Districts shocked the league to take down Labrador by 40 points at Sherwood Oval on Saturday afternoon. Booting seven goals in the first quarter, Sherwood Districts dominated all day as Labrador struggled to keep up with the home side. For Sherwood Districts, Thomas Baulch booted six goals up forward, as Labrador defenders tried to find an answer for his clinical play.

Tasmania:

TSL’s eighth round of action kicked off in extraordinary fashion on Friday night, with North Launceston upsetting Launceston with a 15-point triumph at UTAS Stadium. The reigning premiers led at halftime, but were stunned in the second half, as North Launceston simply outplayed them to run away with a fantastic win that would surely give the rest of the league hope. For the victors, Jay Foon was outstanding, booting two goals on his way to a best on ground performance, while Jack Rushton also stood out. For Launceston, Jake Smith fought hard, particularly in the first half.

Over at Blundstone Arena, Clarence were dominant as they took down Lauderdale to the tune of 76 points on Saturday afternoon. The contest was closely battled in the first term, with just eight points separating the sides, before Clarence’s seven-goal second term saw them gain an unassailable lead. For Clarence, Ethan Jackson was terrific all day, while Oliver Preshaw booted three goals. For Lauderdale, skipper Allen Christensen battled hard all day to rally his troops.

The final match of round eight saw a clinical performance from the Tigers, as they smashed North Hobart by 89 points at Kingston Twin Ovals on Saturday afternoon. A seven-goal haul from Tyler Carter was the headline of the day, as he claimed best afield honours for the second week in a row. With fluctuating form over recent weeks, the win will surely inject some life into the Tigers’ season. North Hobart’s Samuel Caswell fought hard all day despite the margin.

State Leagues wrap: Easter Weekend opens seasons

STATE league men’s football returned across the weekend, with the SANFL, WAFL and TSL all back to full-strength competitions, whilst a standalone fixture in the QAFL went ahead despite some concerns, ahead of a blockbuster Round 2 next weekend.

QUEENSLAND:

Noosa Tigers had a promising return to the QAFL in the standalone Round 1 match despite going down in defeat, as Wilston Grange got up by one-point in a thriller. The league newcomers fought it out after being down by 14 points at the final break to boot 7.3 to 4.8 in the final term after a sluggish start, but it would not be enough in the 7.14 (56) to 8.7 (55) loss. Hugh Fidler and Max Hewett both booted two goals for the Gorillas, while Aaron Wilson starred with four majors for the Tigers. Corey Lobb (Noosa) ad Errin Wasley-Black (Wilston Grange) were their respective sides’ top players.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

In the SANFL, all eyes were on Pick 1 contender Jason Horne, as he ran out for South Adelaide against the Crows’ reserves. The teenage talent racked up 19 disposals, six marks, four tackles and four clearances in the win, whilst it was ex-Crow Bryce Gibbs who stole the show with a match-winning 36 disposals, six marks and five clearances. Ex-Lion Sam Skinner had 17 disposals and booted two goals in the win, whilst Liam Fitt (four goals) was the busiest inside 50. Joel Cross (28 disposals, seven marks) and Hayden Sampson (25 disposals, 12 marks and one goal) were other to win plenty of the football in a massive 61-point smashing, while Crows’ reserves talent Hamish Latchford stepped up with 31 disposals, 12 marks and two clearances. Jackson Hately (25 disposals, 10 marks and two clearances) was the eye-catching one, as young talls Josh Worrell (20 disposals, five marks), Darcy Fogarty (14 disposals, three marks) and Fischer McAsey (14 disposals, six marks) also played.

It was not much better news for Port Adelaide’s reserves who also went down, losing to Norwood by 45 points. Father-son prospect Taj Schofield racked up 22 disposals, three marks and booted a goal, while Sam Mayes (28 disposals, seven clearances) and Jarrod Lienert (26 disposals, seven tackles) also worked hard. Matthew Nunn was unstoppable for the Redlegs with 39 disposals, five marks, 11 tackles and five clearances, whilst ex-Crow recruit Richard Douglas did as he pleased with 26 disposals, five marks, seven tackles, four clearances and a goal. Ex-Cat Jacob Kennerley also impressed with 24 disposals, five marks and six tackles, whilst ex-Hawk Paul Puopolo booted 2.3 from 19 disposals and three marks. Draft hopeful Jackson Callow booted 2.2 from 11 disposals and five marks on his SANFL debut, working well with Dom Barry (21 disposals, five marks and three goals) inside 50.

In the tightest game of the weekend, Central District toppled North Adelaide by nine points, in what saw 20 goals kicked in the first half. Whilst only nine more were kicked in the second half, the Bulldogs got up thanks to four goals from Justin Hoskin and Aiden Grace. Ethan East also slotted two goals, while ex-Oakleigh premiership player Thomas Graham kicked a goal from eight touches and two marks on his League debut. Ex-GWS GIANTS Academy member Harry Grant was also lively with 25 disposals, seven marks and six clearances, as Kyle Presbury (26 disposals, 13 marks), Brendan Dew (24 disposals, six marks) and Travis Schiller (24 disposals, six marks) were among eight players to reach 20-plus disposals. For North Adelaide, reigning Margarey Medallist Campbell Combe had 26 disposals, eight clearances and five tackles, while Jarred Allmond (31 disposals, six marks) and Aaron Young (15 disposals, four goals) were also impressive.

Woodville-West Torrens Eagles easily accounted for Sturt thanks to a massive seven goals to one final term to run away with the contest by 46 points in the end. The Menzel brothers booted seven goals between them, as Troy (four goals) and Daniel (three) had days out in their new colours. James Tsitas (29 disposals, three clearances and four tackles) and Riley Knight (26 disposals, seven clearances, six tackles and a goal) were both lively, as was ex-Bomber Kobe Mutch on debut with 21 disposals and nine marks. For Sturt, Tom Lewis was hard as usual around the stoppages on his way to 19 disposals and eight clearances, teaming up well with James Battersby (21 disposals, five clearances), while Casey Voss (20 disposals, six marks) and Josh Shute (17 disposals, 10 marks) were busy once again on the outside.

In the final game, Glenelg knocked off West Adelaide by 11 points, with Michael Virgin (32 disposals, 11 marks) and Luke Partington (31 disposals, five clearances) both racking up the ball. Matthew Allen (28 disposals, 11 marks and a goal) and Darcy Bailey (28 disposals, seven marks, six clearances, six tackles and two goals) were sensational, while Callum Park (26 disposals, six marks) and Matthew Snook (29 disposals, eight clearances) also found plenty of it. In the loss, Isaac Johnson slotted 3.3 from 23 touches and five marks, while Kieran Lovell‘s SANFL debut was a success with 22 disposals, five marks, four clearances and four tackles. Ex-Gold Coast Academy goalsneak Josh Gore kicked a goal from nine touches and impressively made 10 tackles in the loss, while Jonathon Beech was also good with two goals from 13 disposals and seven marks.

 

TASMANIA:

Reigning premiers Launceston kicked off its season with a big win over rivals North Launceston in a grand final rematch, defeating the Northern Bombers by 55 points at UTAS Stadium. Dylan Riley (three goals) and Jake Hinds (two) stepped up to the plate once again in the big win, as Michael Musicka and Cody Thorp slotted multiple goals as well. For the Bombers, Brad Cox-Goodyer was the standout, as Ollie Sanders kicked a goal and was amongst the best for the losers, one of a number of youngsters running through the team, while Thomas Bennett was also impressive.

Meanwhile the Tigers got off to the perfect start, holding their nerve against North Hobart in an 11-point victory. They led by 35 points at half-time, and whilst they still kicked the 13 scoring shots in the second half, only managed the 4.9, compared to the Demons’ 9.3. The Kingborough-based side had done enough though to win 10.18 (78) to 10.7 (67), with 19-year-old Zach Adams booting a goal and named best on ground. Max Collidge and Riley Ashlin were also impressive, whilst for the Demons, Jack Sandric was best-on with a goal, while Jye Menzie was among the young brigade who slotted a major.

In the other match of Round 1, Lauderdale also held on against a fast-finishing Clarence. Allen Christensen was the headline recruit, booting three first half goals to do all the damage as the Bombers led by 29 points at the final break. They only managed one behind in the last term as the Roos stormed home with 3.5 of their own, only to fall seven points short. Aside from Christensen, reigning league best and fairest Sam Siggins was named among the best with Nat Franklin. For the Roos, Ollie Davis continued his form from his draft year with a best on ground effort, as Ethan Jackson and Darcy Gardner were other youngsters to step up, while Josh Green slotted four goals in the loss.

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:

The WAFL kicked off its season with some high-scoring thrillers, as every winner hit triple-digits, including a whopping 242 points combined between Claremont and Swan Districts. Every team scored at least 74 points, with the greatest margin being 32, during East Fremantle’s victory over Peel Thunder. In that match, Josh Schoenfeld brought his own football to Western Australia, with ex-Gold Coast Sun racking up 41 disposals, nine marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and four rebounds in a whopping effort on debut for the Sharks. Ex-Blue Blaine Boekhorst had 26 touches, two marks and kicked a goal in the win, whilst ex-Saint and Pie Jonothan Marsh had 21 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and 2.1. It was the effort of Dillon O’Reilly looking to force his way back to the elite level with three goals from 14 touches, five marks and two tackles. For Peel, it was Sam Sturt who demanded a recall to the AFL with five goals from 12 disposals and four marks, while Joel Western had 13 touches, four marks and kicked a goal.

In other matches, East Perth’s Nick Robertson made a promising debut with 30 disposals, four marks and a goal returning from Brisbane, while another ex-AFL talent in Jackson Ramsay had 29 touches, five marks, seven inside 50s and a goal in a huge day out. Lachlan Delahunty racked up 23 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s and three tackles for the winning side, as captain Leigh Kitchell drove the team through a massive 29 touches, 11 inside 50s and five tackles. Ben Sokol, Michael Braut and Aaron Heal all slotted three goals. Perth got past West Coast reserves in a 13-point outing despite nine goals between Isiah Winder and Nathan Vardy. Winder had five snags from 18 touches and five marks, while Vardy had a whopping 35 hitouts, 15 disposals and three marks to go with 4.1. Ex-Eagle Chris Masten racked it up against his old side with 29 touches, five marks and seven inside 50s, whilst ex-Saint Doulton Langlands (20 touches, four marks, three inside 50s and two goals), ex-Docker Brady Gray (27 disposals, eight marks and six inside 50s) and ex-Pie Josh Smith (23 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and a goal) all had big performances.

Meanwhile South Fremantle accounted for West Perth with Haiden Schloithe and Matt Parker having days out. Schloithe racked up his usual 30 touches, and had seven tackles, six inside 50s and two goals, while Parker had 26 touches, two marks five tackles and 11 inside 50s. Brandon Donaldson booted two goals from 25 touches and three marks in the win, whilst four West Perth players racked up 30-plus disposals. Aaron Black (36 disposals), Trent Manzone (35), Shane Nelson (34) and Blake Wilhelm (30) had leather poisoning with their ball-winning efforts, but it would not be enough to drag their sides across the line. Tyler Keitel and Keegan Knott both slotted four goals, whilst Cody Ninyette and Mason Shaw combined for nine majors in the win. Finally Claremont won by 24 points over Swan Districts in a 38-goal extravaganza. Alexander Manuel and Isaac Barton booted four and three goals apiece for the Tigers in the win, but it was top-age draft talent Jacob Van Rooyen who caught the eye with 12 disposals, four marks and 2.2 at senior level. Thomas Edwards (four goals) and Jesse Palmer (three) were both lively inside 50 for the Swans, whilst Sam Fisher (33 disposals, seven tackles, five inside 50s and three rebound 50s) and Jesse Turner (34 disposals, 11 marks, four inside 50s and four rebound 50s) were the best in the loss. Jye Bolton suffered leather poisoning with a massive 39 touches, six marks, five tackles, six inside 50s and a goal, marginally ahead of teammates Bailey Rogers (36 disposals, one goal) and Ryan Lim (34 disposals, one goal).

 

Picture credit: David Mariuz / SANFL

State Leagues preview: Opening rounds kick-off across the country

IN a Draft Central first, we have streamlined a look across the nation with a number of state leagues returning to action over the Easter long weekend. Competitions in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland all kick-off over the weekend and we preview them all in one convenient preview. At the time of publishing, only the South Australian and Tasmanian teams were out, with our West Australian and Queensland previews to come.

South Australia:

The much anticipated South Australian National Football League (SANFL) competition kicks off starting tonight in a huge opening long weekend of action.

Tasmanian key forward Jackson Callow will be one to watch for Norwood tonight as they host Port Adelaide returning to the competition after a year off due to the COVID-19 restrictions regarding AFL non-selected players in state leagues. With ex-Geelong talent Jacob Kennerley and ex-Swans tall Michael Knoll returning to Coopers Stadium, the home team will be hard to beat. For Port fans, they will get a glimpse at recent draftees, father-son prospect Taj Schofield and key forward Ollie Lord, whilst the likes of Dylan Williams and Joel Garner are also named in there.

Speaking of ex-AFL talent, South Adelaide has bolstered its list with no bigger name than ex-Crow and Blue, Bryce Gibbs joining the Panthers. He joins ex-Cat Jake Tarca and ex-Lion Sam Skinner, whilst former State Under 18s player Damon Frietag has also joined the cause, Potential number one pick Jason Horne is the player many will turn in to watch, named on the bench to start 2021. Their opponents Adelaide is in the same boat to the Port Magpies, returning to the competition for 2021. Next-Generation Academy (NGA) member Tariek Newchurch is an exciting talent to watch named off half-back, with AFL-listed Crows Jackson Hately, Riley Thilthorpe and Fischer McAsey alongside another NGA draftee in James Borlase. Thilthorpe being named on a wing will be an interesting one to watch, showing off the 200cm key position player’s versatility.

Looking to the other Good Friday clash between Central District and North Adelaide, GWS GIANTS’ Academy member Harry Grant has crossed to the Dogs, with Tom Graham stepping up to League level after plying his trade with the Reserves following a 2019 premiership with Oakleigh Chargers in the NAB League. Tasmanian Aiden Grace arrives from Glenorchy, whilst the Bulldogs brother-duo of Travis and Jarrod Schiller will find plenty of the ball. Lachlan Grubb and Lewis Cowham are among the ones to watch in the Reserves side. For North Adelaide, reigning Margarey Medallist Campbell Combe will look to get his season off to a perfect start, with ex-Power and Suns talent Aaron Young joining the team, and former Under 18s state representative Dyson Hilder at full-forward.

In a mid-afternoon game at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval, the Eagles will unveil ex-Crow Riley Knight, as well as former Central talents Daniel and Troy Menzel for their clash against Sturt. James Tsitas has remained in South Australia rather than head back to the VFL, while Kobe Mutch will complete a dominant midfield hoping to get back on an AFL list after his time at Essendon. Ex-Crow Patrick Wilson will don the Double Blues colours in 2021 and is straight into the midfield, with former Under 18s state representative Josh Shute also in the side for his League debut. Jordan Houlahan and Zane Kirkwood will once again be keen players for the visitors.

In the final game of the round, Glenelg hosts West Adelaide tomorrow evening. The Tigers have brought in two ex-AFL talents in former Swan Toby Pink, and North Melbourne tall Sam Durdin. Both will provide great versatility around the ground, and back-to-back leading goalkicker Liam McBean will start off another season back at full-forward. Margarey Medallist from a couple of seasons ago Luke Partington will return again for the Bays, as Cooper Horsnell could be among a number of junior players to step up to League level in Round 1. For West Adelaide, Kieren Lovell has joined the side after a stint with Tigers in the TSL last season, while Tom Murphy has been named in the side after his stint with North Melbourne. Josh Gore will be a very handy goalkicker inside 50, while over-age draft prospect Jye Sindeberry has been named at centre half-back for the match.

 

TASMANIA:

Looking down on the Apple Isle, the youth of the competition will be reduced when Tasmania Devils enter the NAB League competition after it was cancelled in 2020. Nonetheless, there are still some good young talents to keep an eye on, and established players who will stand up.

North Hobart kicks off its campaign against Tigers in what should be a fascinating contest. Youngsters Jye Menzie and George McLeod are among the ones to watch for the Demons, as they hope to topple a Tigers side that has lost key ball winner, Kieren Lovell to the SANFL. Lachlan Gadomski remains an important tall for the Tigers, with Sam Duigan a key inclusion for the Kingborough-based side.

In a massive 2020 Tasmanian State League Grand Final rematch, the two Launceston sides go head-to-head with North Launceston up against reigning premiers, Launceston. Young midfielder Ollie Sanders will play a crucial role on the inside, with plenty of chances over the off-season for the Northern Bombers, though Jay Foon and Brad Cox-Goodyer remain among the top players in the side, and Angus Jeffries another teenager to keep an eye on in 2021. Launceston will have its forward line combination of Jay Blackberry and Dylan Riley, as Jake Hinds will line-up again in midfield for the team.

The other match for the weekend is Lauderdale up against Clarence. The Bombers will welcome Allen Christensen to the side, with the ex-AFL livewire named in the middle, team up with Sam Siggins in there. Clarence have a ton of youth on display, led by last year’s Rising Star in Ollie Davis back again, alongside Ethan Jackson, Darcy Gardner and Noah Holmes among others looking for a good 2021 season in the red and white.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:

Peel Thunder vs. East Fremantle
Subiaco vs. East Perth
Perth vs. West Coast
South Fremantle vs. West Perth
Swan Districts vs. Claremont

QUEENSLAND:

Noosa Tigers vs. Wilston Grange Gorillas

Just the one match this weekend in a standalone clash between new Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) newcomers Noosa Tigers, and Wilston Grange Gorillas. The match, set to be played at Rococo Oval in Noosa, will have a 2pm start if it goes ahead. With much uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland, there is yet to be confirmation the match will go ahead. The teams are also yet to be named due to the uncertainty around the outbreak.

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TSL weekend preview: Semi finals – Youngsters loom as Northern Bombers’ finals wildcard

FINALS time has hit the Tasmanian State League (TSL), with two Saturday semi finals set to decide this year’s grand finalists. Minor premier, North Launceston takes on fourth-placed Clarence at UTAS Stadium, while Launceston (2nd, 9-3) meets with Lauderdale (3rd, 7-5) at Windsor Park, with both games bounce down at 2pm. We take a look at where some of the best Tasmanian youth prospects will line up this weekend, as the final four is trimmed to two.

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North Launceston could have a finals wildcard or two up its sleeve, with a couple of young Tasmania Devils guns entering the fold at team selection. The Northern Bombers have slotted bottom-ager Baynen Lowe straight back into the starting lineup at half-forward, with the diminutive ball winner set to provide a spark inside attacking 50. Oliver Sanders, who found the goals last week comes in on the bench, while bigman Jackson Callow looms as a massive returnee having been named as an emergency.

After edging out North Hobart to secure a finals spot, Clarence boasts arguably the competition’s best group of Under 18s, all of whom will be keen to impact on the big stage. Oliver Davis, Samuel Lewis-Johnson, and Sam Banks were all named among the Roos’ best last time out, while Noah Holmes and Darcy Gardner hit the scoreboard. Davis remains a crucial cog at the heart of midfield alongside Gardner and Ethan Jackson, while Banks will again provide class off half-back. Jacques Barwick and Lachlan Borsboom have been squeezed out to the emergency spots.

Clarence has given the highly-fancied Bombers side a good run on two occasions this season, going down by a combined 24 points in their Round 4 and 10 meetings. While the minor premiers have proven dominant in 2020, they cannot take anything for granted given the ruthless nature of this year’s knockout finals format.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Launceston and Lauderdale also duke it out for a spot in the Grand Final, with their head-to-head ledger sitting even at one win apiece in 2020. The Blues come in fresh off a bye, while Lauderdale will hope for an improved performance after sneaking home by just three points against Tigers in Round 13.

After being named among the best in Launceston’s last outing, Jared Dakin again takes up his spot in the side across half-back, while fellow Tasmania Devils representative Isaac Chugg has been named on the bench. Dakin’s work rate and toughness should suit the rigours of finals football, while Chugg’s speed could prove handy in helping break the game open. Meanwhile, Samuel Foley comes out of the side after a sole senior outing. For Lauderdale, Sam Tilley again lines up inside forward 50, while Oscar Shaw takes up his spot in defence. Tilley was among the Bombers’ best last week, so should prove a dangerous outlet.

>> FULL TSL SEMI FINALS TEAMS

Fixtures:

Saturday, October 10:

North Launceston vs. Clarence | 2:00pm @ UTAS Stadium

Launceston vs. Lauderdale | 2:00pm @ Windsor Park

Featured Image: North Launceston’s Baynen Lowe | Credit: Simon Sturzaker/The Advocate

TSL weekend preview: Round 13 – Last finals spot on the line

THE ULTIMATE round of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) home-and-away season is set to take part on a super Saturday, with final ladder positions all but sewn up. Clarence kicks off proceedings looking to consolidate fourth spot when it takes on North Hobart, as Tigers clip at the Roos’ heels. The Tigers face stiff opposition in Lauderdale, though, while North Launceston takes on Glenorchy in a first-versus-last meeting. We take a look at where some of the best Tasmanian youth prospects will line up this weekend, as the finals race is decided.

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Leading bottom-age prospect Sam Banks comes into Clarence’s lineup this week, slotting in off half-back to join a host of young guns in the starting side. Oliver Davis is again at the heart of midfield, while Darcy Gardner will rotate off the bench after once more being named among his side’s best last week. The Roos’ team also features the likes of Noah Holmes, who starts at full forward, and on-ball starter Ethan Jackson.

The Roos’ opponent, North Hobart also lays claim to a bunch of young talent, even without the injured Patrick Walker. Sam Collins is coming off a solid display last round and takes up his usual place at centre half-back, alongside Tyler McGinniss. Will Peppin jumps back into the starting frame this week on a wing, with Jye Menzie up forward once again after a one-goal game, Bigman Hamish Allan is set to miss, while Jake Steele has been named as an emergency.

Baynen Lowe is out of the North Launceston side after two goals last week, one of three changes for the Northern Bombers. Oliver Sanders, who was named in the best alongside Lowe remains on the wing as the minor premiers look to round out their regular season on a high. They face Glenorchy, who are still in with a chance of climbing out of bottom spot. Among those up against it in the fight is 19-year-old Ryan Banks-Smith, named on the Magpies’ centreline after a promising outing in Round 12.

The final game of the weekend, and minor season sees Lauderdale take on Tigers, with the latter hoping to sneak into finals. Ranked third and coming off a bye round, Lauderdale boasts the likes of Oscar Shaw (back pocket) and bottom-ager Sam Tilley (forward pocket) up either end of the ground. The Tigers have made two changes, with defender Lachlan Gadomski among them, though Riley Ashlin and Oliver Burrows-Cheng both feature, with the latter starting on-ball.

>> FULL TSL ROUND 13 TEAMS

Fixtures:

Saturday, October 3:

Clarence vs. North Hobart | 11:30pm @ Richmond Oval

North Launceston vs. Glenorchy | 1:40pm @ UTAS Stadium

Lauderdale vs. Tigers | 2:00pm @ Lauderdale Oval

Bye: Launceston

Featured Image: Sam Banks in action for Clarence | Source: Solstice Digital

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.

>> FULL TSL ROUND 12 TEAMS

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 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.

>> FULL TSL ROUND 11 TEAMS

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 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.

>> COMING TOMORROW: Jared Dakin Player Focus

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)

Picture: Solstice Digital & Photography

Scouting notes and match wraps: TSL – Round 7

NORTH Launceston maintained its strong performance this season with a commanding victory over Glenorchy in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) competition, while Lauderdale and Clarence both grabbed important wins over Tigers and North Hobart respectively.

TIGERS vs. LAUDERDALE

By: Fraser Stewart

Lauderdale continued their winning ways after defeating a Tigers side that never really got going, thanks to a first quarter blitz which saw the away side kick 9.1 to defeat the Tigers by 31 points in wet conditions at Twin Ovals.

The Tigers did well to cut the deficit back to 20 points at half-time, after a poor first half but that was not enough even with the efforts of Tyler Carter who booted four goals, Edward Burrows-Cheng (two goals), Jack Bilson (one goal), William Campbell (one goal) and Samuel Duigan (one goal) as they went down 9.12 (66) to 15.7 (97).

Luke Nelson was influential in setting up the win for the visitors as he kicked four goals in the opening term. Harry Richmond also contributed with three goals of his own, Rhys Sutton booted two, Nicholas Raglione and Tyler Martin also kicked two each while Bryce Walsh, Josh Mcguinness and Adrian Kalcovski all chipped in with a major each.

Tigers:

#19 Oliver Burrows-Cheng

Was pretty quiet for most of the day as he did not really get into the action as Lauderdale took control of the game. However, he was always around the stoppage and set up a forward 50 entry, and at the start of the second quarter he set up a goal. When he did get the ball a lot more in the second half he did not try anything spectacular as he was calm and just had an eye for a pass using his football knowledge.

#31 Lachlan Gadomski

Was pretty busy in the backline as the Bombers kicked 9.1, but he did well going forward as he set up the Tigers’ second goal. He also cleared any chance of the Bombers extending their lead in the second quarter as he picked up a loose ball and cleared the danger. He has a good eye for stopping attacking play as shown in the third term with an intercept mark.

Lauderdale:

#17 Nicholas Baker

Was quiet for most of the game as he did not have to do much as Lauderdale asserted their attacking dominance right from the get-go. When he was called into action though, he did his job really well which included spoiling a potential mark in a one-on-one scenario. His attacking play was on show again, giving off handballs that sparked a chain of aggressive movement for the away side.

 

NORTH HOBART vs. CLARENCE

By: Peter Williams

Clarence got its season back on track with an important come-from-behind win against North Hobart on the road. The Roos kicked the first two goals of the game, but then conceded the next four in the term to trail by 12 at quarter time. They steadied after that to kick seven of the next nine majors to run out somewhat inaccurate 9.15 (69) to 6.5 (41) winners. Jake Steele and Jye Menzie both slotted two goals a piece in a losing side and feature in the notes alongside Patrick Walker, while it was Keegan Wylie and Jarrod Harper who stood out for the visitors.

North Hobart:

#11 Jake Steele

The over-age key forward kicked a couple of goals in the first half showing a reliable set shot from straight in front. He was gifted a set shot in the opening term with an error from the kickout by the opposition, and put his side in front late in the term. He then won a one-on-one against a smaller opponent early in the second and was fortunate not to get pinged for in the back, but went back and nailed the set shot himself. He won a little bit of the ball after that, but as the Demons faded, so did their forwards, with him winning the ball on the wing with a strong mark, getting a 50m penalty but his 40m set shot just swung a little late and hit the post seven minutes into the third term. Did well to set Jye Menzie up with a goal in the opening term thanks to quick hands and a follow-up shepherd.

#46 Jye Menzie

As lively as they come when he is on, with a ripping first term where he could have had three goals at least. His first major came from great running play and it carried the distance to bounce through for a ripping goal on the run. His second was even better, off a step quick snap from the tightest of angles to split the big sticks in a remarkable Goal of the Year contender. He almost had hold of a mark at the top of the goalsquare, but could not control it, though was able to get the ball away which led to another major for his side. He was quieter after quarter time, and unlucky not to be on the end of a pass running hard inside 50 where he could have run into an open goal, but he never stopped running throughout the game. Sometimes he might miss the odd handball or be ready for the one-two and it not quite eventuate, but continuously looked dangerous. So much so, he had an opposition player almost wrapping his arms around him at forward stoppages such is his goal sense.

#48 Patrick Walker

Started on a wing and was able to spend time inside 50 on a number of occasions, showing good pressure on Josh Green to force a mistake for the Clarence player going inside 50. He started a play through hands in the middle then pushed forward, received it back after it spilled out and he quickly snapped for a great first quarter goal. He was quieter in the second term, but started to get back into it with a productive third quarter. He just finds space and uses it well, though on one occasion was a bit rushed after being surprised the tap on the wing fell to him. He had a late kick towards goal but was intercepted by the loose Clarence player in the final term. Nonetheless showed some promising signs with neat ball use around the ground and was creative enough to start plays off half-back or through the middle.

#49 Sam Collins

Won a fair bit of it in the back half, and particularly in the final term where he was able to push up the ground and also spend time on the wing. His short kicking and ability to switch play was good, though did occasionally chuck it on the boot or did a little too much and was caught throwing the ball in a tackle in the second term. When running in space, Collins was not afraid to hit long kicks going inside 50, and he is great at intercepting and working his opponent under the ball. He works his way through traffic solidly, and it is just cleaning up some of the odd mistakes that would add to his game, but playing in that loose role at half-back, Collins reads the ball well in flight and drops back into the hole.

Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

Seemed to start forward in the first term rather than his usual onball role and featured for a late quick snap that was marked by Sam Collins in the square. Once he moved into the midfield in the second term, Davis became the high-volume accumulator that spectators have become accustomed to, as he won truckloads of it in close, and got busier as the game went on. His quick hands at the stoppage and vision through traffic was terrific and he never stopped working and running hard. He would tend to throw the ball on the boot when going for distance, but in one occasion it worked out, putting a chaos ball in for a teammate to snap off the deck and goal in the third term. He had a bit of a shocker kicking out of defence by putting it out on the full midway through the term, but then running forward and receiving it in the middle a little later, to hit a leading Darcy Gardner perfectly. He generally used the ball fairly well after that, and is a better short kick and when he lowers the eyes, but it is his hands in traffic and contested ball winning ability that makes him stand out.

#23 Sam Banks

One of those players that does not need a truckload of it to have an impact. He racks them up surprisingly on the outside with quick hands, but when he gets going you notice him. He will follow up with second efforts, particularly if a kick has gone to a contest, and after what seemed like a quiet first half by his standards, he got going in the second half. An electric run down the middle with a bounce off the contest roved it well and kicked long from 50m but just bounced the wrong side of the post. He would have a couple more chances at goal in the final term, with a snap off his left going across the face and out of bounds, and then a goal attempt from 55m out falling 15m short. He did set up a goal to Keren Howlett with a neat short kick to seal the win.

#34 Noah Holmes

The bottom-ager played a strong role out of full-forward kicking a goal early in the match from a mark 15m out. He had a few more chances after that, particularly in the second half when Clarence was getting on top, but was in tight positions for goal and missed some chances, including one long-range bomb from outside 50. In the final term got involved in the middle with a strong mark off his brother James, and then passed it to Oliver Davis in the middle to get it forward. Taking a strong contested mark on the lead 40m out, his set shot just fell short, but then helped set up a goal via Sam Banks to Howlett in the last quarter with a handball out of the pack. Provided a target leading out of forward 50.

#39 Darcy Gardner

A clever half-forward with some great athleticism. The bottom-ager was able to set up an early goal to Noah Holmes through a handball to Brady Jones in the opening term, and while he was a bit fumbly at ground level, he hunted the ball well. He had a chance for goal just inside 50 but pushed it far out and out of the full, with another kick going wide to a Demons defender to mop up. By far his best kick was a super piercing bomb under pressure from half-forward to deep inside 50 and set up a goal for Chris Nield. He knew his distance in the third term with a good mark inside 50 on the lead but gave off the handball to a longer kicking teammate, then fired out a quick handball out to a teammate who set up an Ethan Jackson goal in the last term.

 

GLENORCHY vs. NORTH LAUNCESTON

By: Fraser Stewart

A four-goal burst in the second quarter helped set up a 52-point win to North Launceston over a young Glenorchy side at KGV Oval. Despite keeping the away side scoreless in the opening term, North Launceston soon barged out of the blocks to kick four straight goals in the second term to help to clinch a 3.5 (23) to 11.9 (75) win.

Matthew Joseph was the only player who kicked multiple goals for the home side with two, while Callen Daly did his best to get on the score sheet with one goal. The Bombers were far superior all over the ground and it showed as Sherrin Egger booted four goals, Jay Foon and young gun Baynen Lowe with two each. Jakob Laskey, Oliver Sanders and Bart Mcculloch were all on the scoresheet with one goal each.  

Glenorchy: 

#34 Braidy Simpson:

He is only 15-year-old and is playing his fourth game of senior footy, and he did not look out of place. He showed good pace, good determination as he made a goal-saving tackle in the third quarter. His work all over the ground should be noted too as he knows where to go.

#53 Riley Best:

He got his hands on the ball early on, set up a set shot for one of his teammates. He also has a good eye under the ball as he took an intercept mark when being one of the last line of defenders to help stop an attack and cleared the ball out of defence.

#55 Nathan Blowfield:

Had a very good opening quarter as he saw plenty of the ball as North Launceston came charging in. He has a good reading of the highball and it showed in the first and fourth quarter as he intercepted a few marks to stop a Bombers attack. He got more action in the fourth when the conditions were wet which suited him as he rushed a behind, took a mark and cleared any danger. 

North Launceston: 

#25 Jackson Callow:

Was not his best game, but he still impacted the game when North Launceston needed him too. He showed his versatility again, as he had a stint in the ruck when the ball was in the Bombers attacking forward 50, as well as winning a few tap outs. Despite not kicking a goal, his leading and marking ability was on show when he took a good chest mark in third quarter, even though his set shot fell wide for a behind it just shows that he can still impact the play. 

#64 Baynen Lowe:

One of the best players on the day, as he booted two goals in the sides win. Lowe was pretty much everywhere tackling, getting the footy around the stoppages and has good football knowledge. His second goal just showed how good he can be, as it was a pure crumbing goal going on the outside of the contest collecting the loose ball and snapping around his body. His clearance work is good too as he helped set up another goal.

Tasmanian weekly preview: Trio of TSL Women’s sides commence action in day of double-header action

THREE more Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s sides join the action for season 2020 this weekend, as Clarence and Glenorchy face off, and Tigers take on Round 1 losers, Launceston. Both clashes are intertwined with the men’s games tomorrow, whilst North Hobart and Lauderdale also play off in the TSL, as reigning premier North Launceston has the bye.

Launceston finally claimed a win over North Launceston last week, the first time in seven years and 18 tries that the Blues have been successful. The 19-point victory followed on from a 26-point triumph over Glenorchy the week before, as the Blues top the ladder after two rounds. Tigers had a bye in Round 1 and then were unlucky against the improved North Hobart, going down by 10 points in a neck-and-neck contest. They host the Blues this week in what is anticipated to be a tough game for the home side, so the Tigers need all the support they can get to try and cause and upset.

Dylan Riley and Jake Hinds have both slotted four goals in the first two games, identifying as a couple of dangerous players, while Jay Blackberry showed he can break a game open inside 50, booting a couple in quick succession to lead his team to victory against the Bombers. Young talent Jared Dakin was superb last week and named best on ground for his work on opposition playing coach, Taylor Whitford, and it will be interesting to see what role h has this weekend. The Tigers only have the one game to go off, but Luke Graham snagged three majors as Cooper Sawdy and Tyler Carter both kicked a couple. Kieran Lovell impressed and will be one to stop for the opposition.

Last week the Launceston TSL Women’s side had a low-scoring 25-point win over the Bombers with a three goals to nil second half. Brooke Brown booted two majors and Angela Dickson slotted one, while North Melbourne duo, Daria Bannister and Mia King were superb for the winners. While Tigers are yet to play this season, last year saw the likes of Cara Brooke, Maria Neal and Hailee Baldwin impress, named in the best nearly every game they played. Paige Flakemore led the goalkicking with 13, though Tigers finished fifth on the table, and the last match against the Blues, suffered an 81-point defeat.

Clarence and Glenorchy both side in the bottom two spots on the 2020 TSL ladder, although it is hard to read too much into it given the early stage of the season. The Roos went down to Lauderdale by 41 points in the opening round, as Jeromey Webberley was the only multiple goalkicker in that contest. They have a number of top young talents in the side, with the likes of AFL Draft top-ager, Oliver Davis and bottom-ager, Sam Banks joining over-ager, Ethan Jackson as part of the Roos young group. The Magpies also suffered a loss to Lauderdale last week, but were much closer, going down by 12 points following a 26-point defeat at the hands of Launceston in Round 1. Aiden Grace is leading the goalkicking with three, one ahead of the only other multiple goalkicker in Adam Roberts, while ex-AFL talent Zac Webster is always a dangerous prospect.

Last year’s upset reigning premiers Clarence will unfurl the flag at home in the opening game of the season against Glenorchy, one of the teams the Roos had to topple on their way to stunning the previously unbeaten Launceston on the biggest day of the year. Now both teams enter 2020 with new hope, but no doubt the Magpies will be keen for revenge after going out in straight sets last year. In the 28-point win to Clarence, Jessie Williams was best on ground booting a goal, while the likes of Natalie Pearce, Grace Mitchell and Melanie Wise all booted multiple goals. Young talents Amy Prokopiec and Netty Garlo also ran around for the Roos. The Magpies had Nietta Lynch and Natalie Daniels slot a couple of majors each, as Brieanna Barwick and Gennaveve Sullivan were impressive despite the defeat.

In the final TSL match, second placed Lauderdale face off against third placed North Hobart in what is anticipated to be the match of the round. North Hobart almost ran over the top of reigning premiers, North Launceston in the opening round, then travelled to Kingborough to knock off Tigers by 10 points. In their first home game of the year, they host the unbeaten Lauderdale side that has taken care of Clarence and Glenorchy in the opening two rounds. This might be a big test for the Bombers however, as those two sides sit in the bottom two currently. Toutai Havea has been on fire for the Bombers, leading the league’s goalkicking with six majors in two games. Tyler Martin is not too far behind him on three, whilst the likes of Adrian Kalcovski and Josh McGuinness are also multiple goalkickers. For the Demons, key position utility Jake Steele has proven valuable up forward with four goals, while Round 2 inclusion Nathan Hardy slotted three last week. Tasmanian AFL Draft hopefuls, Patrick Walker and Jye Menzie both have two goals to their name, while Sam Collins is another name to keep an eye on in the red and blue.

TSL ROUND 3:

Tigers vs. Launceston
Clarence vs. Glenorchy
North Hobart vs. Lauderdale
Bye: North Launceston

TSLW ROUND 2:

Clarence vs. Glenorchy
Tigers vs. Launceston
Bye: North Launceston