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TSL Women’s Grand Final preview: Launceston vs. Glenorchy

GRAND Final day is finally here and it is an old fashioned north against south clash in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s when minor premiers Launceston come up against second placed Glenorchy in the decider. It is a different finals series to what these sides are used to, with just the two semi-finals and grand final to determine the premier for season 2020.

LAST SEASON:

These two teams again finished first and second, and clearly too. Launceston (15-0) went undefeated in season 2020, and even won the first final to earn a spot in the decider. Glenorchy (12-3) bowed out in straight sets as a raging Clarence (8-7) came through and trumped both to win the premiership in stunning circumstances.

THIS SEASON:

Launceston (6-2) has earned its place in the 2020 TSL Women’s Grand Final following a strong victory over North Launceston (2-6), whilst Glenorchy (6-2) came from behind in a thriller to edge out Clarence (6-2) and exact revenge on their 2019 finals conquerors.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

While Launceston did finish on top of the table, they only did so by percentage, with a whopping 307.41 per cent to Glenorchy’s 264.24 per cent, a hair ahead of Clarence (264.08 per cent). It was a strange old season with the Roos defeating Glenorchy twice yet finishing below the Magpies, whilst the Magpies actually defeated Launceston twice, the Blues’ only two losses for the year.

In the first match back in Round 4, Glenorchy booted four second half goals, whilst keeping the Blues scoreless in three quarters to get up and win, 5.3 (33) to 1.1 (7). Eventual competition leading goalkicker, Sarah Skinner booted two majors in the victory, whilst Libby Haines and Kira Maass were the Magpies’ best in the win. For Launceston, Makenna Hillier was the only goalkicker in a rare disappointing scoring effort from the Blues, though Kelsie Hill joined the experienced duo of Daria Bannister and Mia King in the bests.

Four weeks later, Glenorchy repeated the dose, but in a tighter contest. The Magpies trailed by seven pints at quarter time before booting three goals in the second term, and four for the rest of the match, to Launceston’s one, to win 5.2 (32) to 3.4 (22). Skinner was again amongst hte bests despite just slotting the one goal this time, as Molly Mitchell (two) goals was prominent, as was Jemma Webster and Holly Ryan. Bannister was best-on for the Blues with a two-goal effort, whilst Hill and Melissa Smith were also amongst Launceston’s best.

FORM:

Since that loss, Launceston has won its past two games, though in a weird season, the Blues have had three byes in that time. So since the September 5 clash between the sides, the Blues have played just two matches, whilst the Magpies have played one extra game alongside two byes. They come into the game off some hot-form, defeating every team in the competition the past four matches, with their most recent loss coming in Round 7 against Clarence, but knocked off the Roos in the semi-finals last weekend.

KEY PLAYMAKERS:

Sarah Skinner (Glenorchy)

It is hard not to have Skinner high up on the players to stop for Launceston, booting 18 goals in nine games, including two hauls of four goals against Tigers, and a haul of three against North Launceston a couple of weeks ago. Skinner did not hit the scoreboard last week against the Roos, the first time she has done so all season, but her team still got the job done which was important. She has booted three goals in two games against the Blues this season.

Zoie Crawford (Glenorchy)

The former Clarence captain returned to TSL Women’s in a big way this season, switching the red and white for the black and white, and she has certainly been a standout performer. Playing in all nine games, she has been in the best seven times and even booted two goals. Given her ability to beat an opponent one-on-one, and be a reliable player week-in, week-out, she is one that can really create things for the Magpies from the back half of the ground.

Daria Bannister (Launceston)

The experienced Roo at AFL Women’s level has been a class above this season, not too far behind Skinner with 13 goals in nine games. With multiple goals in five games and the versatility to slot in anywhere, she is a terrific player to have in the side, and one that is ultra consistent – having slotted 38 goals in 15 games last season for the Blues. Against Glenorchy she failed to hit the scoreboard in Round 4 but was still impressive, then bobbed up with a best-on effort in Round 8, slotting two goals.

Brooke Brown (Launceston)

Judging from her five-goal haul last week against North Launceston, it does not look like being drafted into the AFL Women’s competition has phased her. The former Launceston Tornadoes basketball player who is in her first TSL Women’s season with the Blues, has been in red-hot form of late. Having booted fur goals in her first six games, Brown booted one goal but was second best-on in the Blues’ win over Clarence a few weeks back, then slammed home five goals in a best on ground performance against the Bombers. The in-form player of the competition.

Others: Haines has been a reliable player all season for the Magpies, showing why she was drafted into the AFL Women’s. Alongside her, Webster and Elise Barwick are always consistent workers, with Mitchell (10 goals) leading Barwick and Tiarna Ford (both nine) in those stakes. For the Blues, King is one of the standout players in the competition, while the likes of Angela Dickson, Hill and Camilla Taylor have been consistent week-in, week-out.

WHO WINS?

This is too tough to call. Glenorchy have found the way to win against the Blues the past two matches, but Launceston have shown to be the best team in the competition. That did not matter last year in the decider, but they did beat the Magpies in the first week of finals in 2019, so will hope to repeat the dose here. Glenorchy are favoured in a tight one, but could go either way.

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TSL Women’s weekend wrap: Semi-finals – Glenorchy win thriller to face Launceston in final

GLENORCHY booked its spot in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s Grand Final with a thrilling four-point victory over Clarence. The tight second and third semi-final lived up to the hype, whilst minor premiers Launceston got the job done in the other semi-final, defeating fourth placed North Launceston by 43 points.

It was a seesawing clash between the Magpies and Roos with Clarence taking a quarter time lead by six points. In what would become a titanic struggle, the Magpies booted the only goal of the second term to draw within one point, before the Roos kicked the only score of the third quarter – a behind – to lead by two points at the final break. Both teams hit the scoreboard in the final term, with Glenorchy’s two goals to one seeing the Magpies home in a four-point thriller, 4.1 (25) to 3.3 (21).

Tiarna Ford booted two goals and was amongst the best for the Magpies, as Molly Mitchell and Elise Barwick also converted majors. Macklyn Sutcliffe, Perri King and Rebecca Clifton were named amongst the best to send their team into the grand final. For the reigning premiers, Rachel Archer and Natalie Pearce both booted a goal and were named amongst the best as young gun Amy Prokopiec also kicked a major. Megan Harper and Nicole Bresnehan were among the most influential players on the ground for the Roos despite going down in a narrow defeat.

In the other semi-final, Launceston was too good for North Launceston, starting strongly and not looking back. The Blues booted three goals to one in the opening term, before piling on 4.4 to 1.0 to race away to a 34-point advantage at the main break. To North Launceston’s credit, the Bombers actually won the third term by a point as they kicked 1.2 to 1.1, but it would only reduce the deficit to 33 points. Holding their opponents scoreless in the last term, Launceston went on to boot a somewhat inaccurate 1.4, but got up 9.9 (63) to 3.2 (20).

New Roo, Brooke Brown kicked five goals in a best on ground performance for the Blues, as Molly Clark (three goals) and Meg Sinclair (one) were also named amongst the best. Melissa Smith, Georgia Hill and Mia King also stood out in the win as Launceston looked the goods against their northern rivals. For the Bombers, Maggie Cuthbertson and Ella Maurer both kicked goals and were named among the best, as Sophie Farrow also kicked a major. Kartley Broad and India Viney stood out as the top players for North Launceston with the Bombers’ season coming to a close.

Next week Glenorchy will try and make it three consecutive wins against Launceston this season, whilst the Blues will hope it is a case of third time lucky when the teams face off in the 2020 TSL Women’s Grand Final.

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TSL Women’s Semi-finals preview: Blues and Magpies host do-or-die matches

THERE is no turning back for any of the four Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s sides when the four finalists battle it out in two do-or-die semi-finals. Last year’s runners-up Launceston host the fourth placed North Launceston at Windsor Park, before the classic contest between big improvers Glenorchy and reigning premiers Clarence.

The Magpies have knocked off Launceston twice this season, a feat that they did not manage to achieve last season – nor did anyone until the grand final – and now must overcome a 0-2 head-to-head in 2020 against the Roos to book a spot in the TSL Women’s Grand Final. It will be a tough game to pick with Glenorchy snatching the home ground advantage with a massive 63-point win over North Launceston in the final round, so now the sides will play out at Abbotsfield Park.

Fresh off her leading goalkicker title, Sarah Skinner (18 goals) will be one the Roos need to contain, whilst up the other end, second placed Jessie Williams (17) is a key component of Clarence’s attack. She is one of three players inside the top five for goals however, with Jacinta Limbrick (12) and Amy Edmand (nine) up there, as is Magpies’ Molly Mitchell (nine).

Skinner has been an outstanding force this season for the black and whites, with Zoie Crawford the other one who has caught the eye of coaches, named among the best on seven occasions each. Young talent Jemma Webster has also had a great year, whilst former AFLW player Libby Haines has rebounded strongly through the league.

For the Roos, Nicole Bresnehan provides much-needed experience in the red and white, whilst the likes of Bronte Scott, Limbrick, Amy Prokopiec and Brianna Oates have all had some strong season, with the latter ones impressing beyond their years. Clarence start favourites in this clash given their 2-0 head-to-head record, but expect Glenorchy to bring the heat because the Magpies would back themselves in the decider against Launceston.

Speaking of Launceston, they are heavy favourites to roll through to another grand final when they come up against North Launceston. The Bombers pushed them in the opening round of the season, but have only managed the two wins – both against the winless Tigers – whilst Launceston has only lost to Glenorchy this year. The Blues grabbed the all-important top spot as the top three in the five-team competition were so even, and now have a chance to build some confidence.

Daria Bannister is third overall for goals with 13 this season, and has been amongst the Blues’ top performers throughout 2020. Launceston tend to share the goals around with recently drafted North Melbourne forward Brooke Brown (five goals), Angela Dickson (four) and Meg Sinclair (four). Bannister’s fellow AFL Women’s teammate Mia King has also found herself in the bests on five occasions, with Dickson, Camilla Taylor and Kelsie Hill all making it in four times.

There is no doubt the game is an uphill battle for North Launceston, but the Bombers have nothing to lose, and the likes of Zoe Bourne (five bests), Maggie Cuthbertson (four), Ruby Slater (four), Jodie Clifford (four) and Kayla Sheehan (four) will not shy away from a challenge. They have struggled to score against the big three teams, and will need to conquer that to have a huge upset, but finals footy is a different ball game.

TSL WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS FIXTURES:

Launceston vs. North Launceston
Glenorchy vs. Clarence

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TSL Women’s wrap: Glenorchy snatches second by 0.16 per cent

GLENORCHY snuck home by a whisker. Not in terms of their final round match result against North Launceston, the Magpies won that by 63 points. But in terms of their overall season finish, Glenorchy won by enough in the final round of the season to sneak past Clarence and grab second spot on the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s ladder.

The Magpies arguably could have won by a lot more, kicking 8.17 (65) to 0.2 (2), but it was enough to see them finishing on 264.24 per cent, marginally ahead of Clarence on 264.08 per cent. It was a feat that did not look likely after a quarter of play as Glenorchy kicked four behinds to North Launceston’s one to lead by just three points in a low-scoring term. They found their rhythm in the second term, piling on an inaccurate 4.6 to lead by 33 at half-time.

The third term was the same as the first, with the Magpies again kicking just four behinds to the Bombers’ one to hold a 36-point advantage. Needing almost 30 points to surpass Clarence into second in the final term, the visiting side booted 4.7 to run out 63-point winners and get there by a point in the end, showing how every score matters.

Sarah Skinner took the outright title of leading goalkicker, booting three which was the minimum to win the award solo. Elise Barwick kicked a couple of goals as the other multiple goal scorer, as Brieanna Barwick and Jemma Webster converted a major and were among the Magpies’ best. Perri King was the other goalkicker for the winners, as Laura Negri and Zoie Crawford both impressed in the victory as well.

The Bombers did not manage to kick a goal in the loss, but had a number of impressive players including Ella Maurer, Zoe Bourne and Ruby Slater. Others who were named in North Launceston’s best were Carly Farrow, Sophie Farrow and Raigan Kettle. While the loss was disappointing for the Bombers, they had already secured a finals berth last week.

Launceston finished on top of the table and now take on the Bombers at Windsor Park at 9.30am on Saturday, whilst Glenorchy’s late grab of second spot has a home ground yet to be determined – usually KGV – when they take on Clarence in a massive contest. The winners of both games will advance through to the TSL Women’s Grand Final the week after.

TSL WOMEN’S RESULTS:

North Launceston 0.2 (2) defeated by Glenorchy 8.17 (65)

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TSL Women’s weekend preview: Round 12 – Bombers and Magpies to close out season

A STANDALONE match between two finalists will close out the 2020 Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s season. Fourth placed North Launceston hosts third placed Glenorchy in a nice tune-up for finals in the only game of the round from 11.30am on Saturday at UTAS Stadium. Realistically there is not a great deal on the line with both secured in finals, and the only chance of movement comes in a massive win to Glenorchy who could then mathematically overtake Clarence in second.

Regardless of the result of this match, North Launceston will take on top of the table Launceston next weekend, whilst Glenorchy plays Clarence. Both sides will be up against it considering both of Glenorchy’s losses have coming against Clarence, yet they have accounted for Launceston both times. Just as strange, while Launceston has lost to Glenorchy twice, the Blues have sought revenge on the reigning premier Roos in both meetings. The Bombers on the other hand have had just the two wins, both coming against the winless Tigers in fifth. Nonetheless, the regular season gets thrown out once finals start as that is a different ball game.

The last time these sides met, Glenorchy got up by 32 points, defeating North Launceston 7.6 (48) to 2.4 (16). It was the Bombers who raced out of the blocks to shock the Magpies in the first term and lead by seven points, but then only managed three behinds for the rest of the game as the home side piled on 6.6 at KGV. Molly Mitchell (three goals), Tiarna Ford (two) and Sarah Skinner (two) made up the Magpies’ seven goals, while Maggie Cuthbertson and Bonnie Farrell kicked the two Bombers goals. Libby Haines and Skinner were the standouts for the winners, while Sophie Farrow and Hayley Breward both impressed for the losers.

One intriguing aspect of the match is whether or not Skinner can take home the competition’s leading goalkicker award. She sits two behind Clarence’s Jessie Williams, and without Williams playing another game, multiple goals will see her either share the award or take it outright, having kicked 15 majors this season. Mitchell is next with that three-goal haul against the Bombers her most of the season having kicked nine in total, while Ford (seven) and Elise Barwick (six) are not far behind. In terms of standouts this year, Skinner and Zoie Crawford have both been named among the best six times, just ahead of Jemma Webster and Haines who have received four bests this year.

For the Bombers, Farrell leads the way with four majors, one ahead of Cuthbertson, as four players have two goals a piece being Ella Maurer, Emily McKinnell, Sophie Townsend and Breward. As for the bests, Cuthbertson and Zoe Bourne have been named there four times, as has Jodie Clifford and Kayla Sheehan. North Launceston is the underdog in this game and will need to be at their best, but the Bombers would love to claim a scalp on the eve of finals and head in with a two-game winning streak.

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TSL Women’s weekly wrap: Magpies find a way to give Launceston the Blues with 10-point win

THEY are the only side to have done it in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s competition. Now, just to show it was not a fluke the first time, Glenorchy has doubled down on its ability to knock off top of the table Launceston with a second victory in the 2020 season. The third placed Magpies came from seven points down at quarter time to post a memorable 10-point win, in what was an arm-wrestle for the most part, finding a formula to knock off the team no other side can.

In the match, Launceston got away to a strong start, booting two goals to one in the opening term to lead by seven points at quarter time. The Magpies then produced one of the quarters of the season, kicking three goals against the Blues – a rarity against the top of the table outfit – to lead by 10 points at the main break. From there, they maintained that lead at the final two breaks as both sides kicked a goal in the third term, and only one behind apiece in the fourth, leading the Magpies to celebrate a 5.2 (32) to 3.4 (22) victory.

Molly Mitchell booted two goals for the Magpies as Zoie Crawford, Sarah Skinner and Elise Barwick all snagged one apiece. For the Blues, Daria Bannister stood tall again with a best-on appearance for the Blues with the two majors, as Meg Sinclair kicked the one goal. Alongside Bannister, Kelsie Hill and Melissa Smith were also strong in the defeat, whilst for the winners, Jemma Webster, Skinner and Holly Ryan were outstanding leading their side to victory.

Football can often be a strange game, and whilst the Magpies have lost twice to second placed Clarence this season, they have defeated the Blues on both encounters and will head into finals full of confidence. This win was vital for the Magpies, who know they have the two remaining games in the last four weeks – two byes in between – and they are against bottom two sides, Tigers and North Launceston which the Magpies would be expected to win well.

Interestingly enough with the fixture, Launceston just have one game in the next month – against Clarence in Round 11 – prior to finals, whilst Glenorchy have the chance to steal top spot with three games – against the other three sides aforementioned in Launceston, Tigers and North Launceston. Even with a loss to Launceston, Clarence could draw level with the Blues, and the percentage is a massive question mark – the Blues are 87 per cent ahead – but two big wins over the bottom two sides would not put Clarence out of contention for top spot.

What makes the Round 8 victory so important for Glenorchy is, if Clarence can overtake Launceston at the top, then the Blues will face the Magpies in the semi-final with some doubt (a 0-2 record in the regular season) while the Roos will have an easier match against North Launceston in the other semi. There is a lot to play out, but the Magpies win was crucial for confidence now locking up a finals spot with no chance of dropping out of the top three.

TSL WOMEN’S ROUND 8 RESULTS:

Launceston 3.4 (22) defeated by Glenorchy 5.2 (32)

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TSL Women’s weekly preview: Round 8 – Can lightning strike twice for the Magpies?

THE last time Launceston took on Glenorchy in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s competition, it was the Magpies who caused a boil-over to shock the ladder leaders and premiership favourites. At that stage the Blues had been undefeated, and actually surrendered top spot following the loss. They bounced back by knocking their incumbents Clarence a couple of weeks later and are back on top with a massive percentage of 467.21. The Magpies sit third, with three wins from five games, as the other two wins have come against the bottom two sides in North Launceston and Tigers, whilst the two losses have both come at the hands of the second placed Roos.

Launceston has only conceded a measly 61 points this season, with 33 of those points against Glenorchy. The Magpies were on fire that day, restricting the table toppers to just seven points themselves, when their average score in the five other matches stands at a whopping 55.6 points per game. Neither side will move regardless of result because of the percentage differences in the top three sides, but it would be a huge confidence boosting win if lightning can strike twice for Glenorchy. For the Blues, it is about ensuring they get that crucial win against a team that has a chance of facing them in the final match of the year.

From a Blues perspective, Daria Bannister is the danger forward with nine goals in six games, and named among the best on multiple occasions. Angela Dickson and Brooke Brown have both booted the four goals, while Abbey Green came in for a game and slotted three, the same amount as Meg Sinclair this season. Dickson, Camilla Taylor and Mia King have all being named among the best the most times (four) with the latter two teenagers and capable of something special through the ruck and midfield respectively.

Looking at Glenorchy, Sarah Skinner has double-figure goals to her name and is eyeing off a leading goalkicker award this season with 10 majors, while Molly Mitchell (six), Tiarna Ford (six) and Elise Barwick (four) have been impressive with multiple majors. Skinner, Libby Haines and Zoie Crawford have been the team’s most consistent players throughout the season, named in the best four times from a possible five games, and with a game in hand, will put themselves in a great position to edge closer to the Blues on the table.

Launceston will be keen to right the wrongs of its last encounter with the Magpies, but you cannot discount Glenorchy’s ability to cause an upset.

TSL WOMEN’S ROUND 8 FIXTURES:

Launceston vs. Glenorchy

Byes: Clarence, North Launceston, Tigers

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