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Tasmania weekly wrap: Mariners remain undefeated; Bombers notch up huge win

THERE was plenty to like for football fans in Tasmania this week with the Under 18 side remaining undefeated, some big performances coming out of the BUPA TSL, and the Hawks romping their way to a win as AFL hit Launceston once again. 

Under 18 Academy Series Week Three – Mariners win big 

The Tasmanian Under 18s continued their undefeated run in the Academy Series with a dominant 96-point win over the Brisbane Lions Academy on Saturday. It was all one way traffic from the get-go, with star small forward Blair Rubock booting three of the Mariners’ four first quarter goals to ensure they got off to the perfect start. While Robock was the standout with six majors, there was an even spread of contributors for Tassie, with the likes of Tarryn Thomas (18 disposals, two goals) and Matthew McGuinness (18 disposals, three goals) operating at their usual high standards. Fraser Turner and Mitch Anderton were also named in the best for the Mariners on a day to remember.

BRISBANE LIONS       1.0       1.0       2.1       2.2 (14)
TASMANIA                    4.2       8.6       13.7     17.8 (110)

Brisbane Lions: McFadyen, Tozer
Tasmania: Rubock 6, McGuinness 3, Thomas 2, Mundy 2, Banks-Smith 2, Jackson, Chaplin 

Brisbane Lions: Marango, Currie, Cowan, McFadyen, Marsh
Tasmania: Anderton, O’Neill, Mansell, Rubock, McGuinness, Norton


BUPA TSL Round 5 – Bombers fly up to equal-top

With ANZAC Day bringing an early start to Round 5 on Wednesday, the rest of the action unfolded on the usual Saturday in the BUPA TSL. Northern Bombers ensured that North Hobart’s winless start to the season continued in emphatic fashion, piling on the misery to record a 172-point victory. There were goals galore as six Bombers claimed bags of at least three each, with Thomas Bennett booting a game-high of six. Ben Simpson was named their best, while Bailey Walker claimed that honour for North Hobart on a dismal day for the home side.

Elsewhere, Launceston edged Clarence by an even five goals to go a game clear of them in third place. The Blues led all day, with a five-goal second quarter helping to set up and important win. Star forward Mitch Thorp continued his good form in front of goals with a bag of four, while Sam Rundle was named their best player. For Clarence, Jason Bailey was adjudged their best, with Ashton Dickenson and Troy Cunfliffe joining him.

Looking ahead to Round 6, Glenorchy will look to keep their perfect record in tact in their clash with Clarence at KGV. In the 2:00 games, Lauderdale will look to bounce back from the bye with a win over struggling North Hobart, as the Demons welcome back ex-AFL defender Colin Garland after 12 years away from the club. Meanwhile, Launceston will be hoping to strengthen their spot in the top three by claiming four points over fifth place Tigers. North Launceston’s momentum might be slightly brought to a halt as they have the week off.

Full results can be found here.


AFL Round 6 – Hawks at home in Launceston

Hawthorn snuck into the top four with a 35-point victory over St. Kilda at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston. While they were made to work for it throughout the match, the home side proved too strong for what has been a lacklustre Saints outfit in season 2018. After breaking out with three unanswered first quarter goals, the Hawks waited until the final term to extend back to a comfortable margin as they booted six goals to two to round out the match.

Wingman Isaac Smith starred with four goals from 24 disposals, and was accompanied by Jack Gunston and Luke Breust (both 16 disposals and three goals) as the multiple goalkickers. Star midfielder Tom Mitchell was back to his accumulating best with 45 disposals, an astonishing 16 ahead of his side’s next best ball winner.

For the Saints, Jack Steven was good value for his 29 disposals, while Jack Steele worked hard for 18 disposals, 11 tackles and a goal on a day where his side would end up ruing missed opportunities. 

The next AFL fixture in Tasmania will be held at Blundstone Arena in Round 9 when North Melbourne host GWS. The Hawks will have to wait until Round 11 for their next run out in the Apple Isle when they welcome Port Adelaide to their fortress that is the University of Tasmania Stadium.

HAWTHORN     3.7     4.9     7.9     13.11     (89)
ST KILDA          0.4     3.7     5.10    7.12      (54)

Hawthorn: Smith 4, Breust, Gunston 3, Howe, Impey, Morrison
St Kilda: Billings, Hickey, Long, McCartin, Membrey, Sinclair, Steele 

Hawthorn: Smith, Mitchell, McEvoy, Morrison, Howe, Gunston, Breust
St Kilda: Steven, Webster, Savage, Carlisle

Tasmania weekly wrap: Blowouts across TSL Round 2; AFL hits Blundstone Arena

This week in Tasmanian football saw a number of Tasmanian State League (TSL) clubs stamp their dominance while this Saturday sees Blundstone Arena host AFL action.

AFL hits Hobart:

This Saturday sees Tasmania host it’s first AFL match of the season when North Melbourne play Carlton at Blundstone Arena. The clash, which will be a homecoming for Carlton coach Brendan Bolton, kicks off from 7:25pm on Saturday night with North looking to register their second win of the year while the Blues will be aiming to open their account after three consecutive losses.

Key defender Robbie Tarrant returns for the Kangaroos after being a late withdrawal in their loss to Melbourne last week with Nathan Hrovat out injured. The Blues have brought in Cam O’Shea for the injured Caleb Marchbank (ankle) while Jack Silvagni has been recalled for Jed Lamb (omitted) and last year’s number ten draft pick in Lochie O’Brien will make his debut, replacing Cameron Polson (omitted).

We will have a wrap-up of all the action in next week’s weekly wrap.

TSL Round 2:

Round 2 of the BUPA Tasmanian State League (TSL) saw three of the competition’s strongest sides stamp their early season dominance.

Glenorchy 22.15 (147) def. Lauderdale 8.12 (60)

2016 premiers Glenorchy started life under new coach Paul Kennedy in winning fashion on Saturday with a resounding 81-point victory over last year’s grand finalists Lauderdale, who now sit 0-2 after their round one loss to Clarence. New recruit Mitch Walker starred for the Magpies, kicking five goals, while returning defender Daniel Joseph was name best afield by Kennedy.

“We just did the things I thought we were capable of,” Kennedy said post-match. “Throughout pre-season you get an expectation of your players and the team and mine is really high for this group because they’re a good bunch of blokes that work really hard, they pick things up quickly and they expect high standards of themselves.” For Lauderdale, Northern Territory recruit Tim Misquito was a shining light, kicking three majors.

Launceston 21.21 (147) def. North Hobart 2.4 (16)

Launceston responded in convincing fashion from their round one defeat to cross-town rivals North Launceston, beating the TSL’s youngest side by 131-points at Windsor Park. Former Hawthorn player Mitch Thorp booted seven goals for the winners while forward line partner Sonny Whitting nabbed four. It was a tough day for the Demons but coach Richard Robinson implored his young side to learn from the experience of playing such a good side.

North Launceston 13.14 (92) def. Tigers 4.6 (30)

Last year’s premiers North Launceston now sit 2-0 after they easily accounted for the Tigers at UTAS Stadium. Under new coach Taylor Whitford, the Bombers looked as dangerous as ever and proved why they, along with Launceston, have been touted as potential premiers in 2018. Former Brisbane Lions listed forward Bart McCulloch kicked three goals for the victors while for the Tigers, former Carlton defender Marcus Davies battled hard throughout the day.

Round 3 Fixture:

Lauderdale v Launceston at Lauderdale Oval – 2:00pm

North Launceston v Glenorchy at UTAS Stadium – 2:00pm

North Hobart v Clarence at North Hobart Oval – 2:30pm

Tigers – BYE


Two of Tasmania’s best Under 18 talents ran out on the MCG last Saturday for the NAB AFL Academy against North Melbourne’s VFL team. Both Tarryn Thomas & Chayce Jones held their own, featuring in the best handful of players for the talented group of future draftees. 

TSLW Under 18 Development Series: Week 1

TASMANIA’S most talented aspiring AFLW players took to the field over the weekend in the first round of the Wrest Point TSLW Under-18 Development Series. The series is a new pathway for young footballers striving to make the State Academy and subsequent squad for the National Under-18 Championships later in the year. It will also assist TSLW clubs in finalising their lists ahead of the upcoming 2018 season.

The first weekend saw the six competing sides split up into their north and south conferences. Burnie, Launceston and North Launceston battled it out in the north conference round robin, while Clarence, Glenorchy and Tigers clashed in the south conference. The matches were more so about development rather than results, with coaches of both teams working together to try and get the best out of every player.

Here is a team by team run down of how the weekend’s top performers went:


Melaine Wise has long been a talented player and looks to have taken her fitness to another level, which could help her make an impact at the National Under 18 Championships. Chloe Wells proved that she has some potential in the ruck; the raw tall has had experience at TSLW level. Bella Goward constantly found space and the football, Netty Garlo excited with her pace, while Tahlia Bortignon kicked the goal of the weekend with a lovely sidestep as her pace and agility gave her space.


Charlie Lovell, one of the youngest players in the series also showed she is one of the most skilled players with ball in hand, and the ability to earn the contested football. Elise Barwick has improved her skills and running patterns which now compliments her elite pace and endurance. Amy Prokopiec and Holly Barwick show exciting flashes of talent, while Hannah Smith looks to have benefited from a stronger preseason.


Hailee Baldwin was impressive as expected, but her ball-winning ability certainly stood out and she has the athletic attributes to take the step up to the National Under 18 Championships. If she continues to develop her skills, she definitely has the potential to receive even higher honours. Priscilla Atim also showed wonderful endeavour, she has previously impressed in the All Nationals Cup and continues to excite selectors with her attack on the ball.


As expected the young Dockers were standouts led by twins Chloe and Libby Haines, who were simply on another level, especially in the air as they showed the benefits of being in the National AFLW Academy. Sammy Langmaid has also taken her game to another level, using her run to break lines and deliver the ball well. Mya Slatter gave the runners first use with good hands, while Shaeli Rodman and younger sister Ashya both played well in several positions.


Camilla Taylor continues to grow in height and as a footballer, classy tall athletic players do not grow on trees, so her future is looking bright. Mia King continues to perform as an inside midfielder with attack and pace. Kelsie Hill stood out with her run and defensive pressure, while Ellen Brickhall and Amy Halaby also continue to impress.

North Launceston:

With their first involvement in the female talent pathway, North Launceston have unearthed plenty of talent. Hayley Breward showed her class, Talisha Woolley is a developing tall and showed plenty, while Raigan Kettle won the ball in spades. Hannah Grima was a dangerous forward and Ella McKenzie also impressed.  

The remaining fixtures in the Wrest Point TSLW Under 18 Development Series are as follows:

Northern Conference 2 | Saturday, March 17 at Deloraine
11am: Burnie vs. North Launceston
11.50am: Burnie vs. Launceston
12.40pm: North Launceston vs. Launceston

South Conference 2 | Sunday, March 18 at North Hobart Oval
11am: Tigers vs. Clarence
11.50am: Clarence vs. Glenorchy
12.40pm: Tigers vs. Glenorchy

Statewide Carnival | Sunday, March 25 at Deloraine
12pm: Burnie vs. Glenorchy
1.20pm: North Launceston vs. Tigers
2.40pm: Launceston vs. Clarence

Tasmania weekly wrap: AFL hits the Apple Isle while the 2018 TSL season takes shape

TASMANIA hosted the first JLT Community Series game and a number of Tasmanian State League (TSL) clubs announced key recruits for season 2018 in what was a big week of football in the state.

Demons kick off JLT Series in Hobart with victory over Roos:

Hobart played host to the first JLT Community Series game of 2018 last Saturday as a strong Melbourne outfit defeated North Melbourne were at Kingston’s Twin Ovals. The 53-point victory was highlighted by an impressive performance from Demons youngster Bayley Fritsch, who staked his claims for a round one debut, kicking three goals in the 19.10 (124) to 11.5 (71) victory.

After a tight first half, Melbourne burst away from a young North Melbourne team, using a strong breeze to open up a seven goals to one third quarter advantage going into the last before running away with the game. North’s Tasmanian products Ben Brown (two goals, nine disposals) and Mitch Hibberd (six disposals at 83 per cent efficiency) performed strongly in front of a rather disappointing crowd of 1957. The state is hosting another JLT game when Hawthorn take on Carlton on March 10 at UTAS Stadium in Launceston.

Brownlow Medalist slams Tassie fans:

In the wake of the disappointing crowd at Saturday’s game, former Western Bulldogs and Essendon player Adam Cooney slammed Tasmanian football fans for failing to show up to the game.

“There has been a huge uproar recently, calls for the AFL to step in and pour funding into Tasmanian football to help it survive, people saying there should be a team in Tasmania,” Cooney told SEN’s Sunday Brunch. “Given everything that is going on at the moment with Tasmanian football, people vote with their feet. “To get 1957 people to a JLT game, at any stage of the year, says to me people in Tasmania aren’t committed to the AFL.”

The 2008 Brownlow Medalist, who now performs a number of roles within the football media, believes the best way to show the AFL they want their own team is to show up when the AFL comes to town.

“If they want a team in Tasmania, and Tasmanian football is obviously struggling, why wouldn’t people vote with their feet, get 7,000 to the game, and show support for football in Tasmania?” Cooney said. “For people there to say, we want a team, we love watching AFL footy and we deserve a team. Then to have no one roll in, what does that say to the AFL?” “The AFL says, why waste our time, because they aren’t passionate about AFL football.”

Clubs announce new recruits ahead of TSL season:

A number of TSL clubs have taken to social media in the New Year to announce a number of key signings for the 2018 season.

Tigers FC have announced that former players Edward Burrows-Cheng and Luke Graham have returned to the club after stints in Queensland and Huonville respectively, while Hugh Johnson joins the club for the first time.

Clarence took to Instagram to announce the signings’ of Ryan Edmondson, Troy Cunliffe, Ryan Cowie and Fletcher Seymour. All four come after stints in local leagues, with Cunliffe the biggest signing of them all as the reigning William Leitch Medalist (league best and fairest) in the Southern Football League (SFL).

Revised TSL roster released along with launch of new app:

After the departures of Burnie and Devonport from the state’s premier competition, AFL Tasmania have released the revised TSL roster on the new competition app. North Hobart will host the season opener on Good Friday against the Tigers with the clash expected to draw a big crowd following a number of key Demons players crossing to the Tigers in the off-season.

The competition’s two northern-based sides will then do battle later that night when 2017 premiers North Launceston host Launceston at UTAS Stadium from 6:30pm. Cross-town rivals Lauderdale and Clarence will then close out Round 1 on Saturday March 31 at Lauderdale Oval with that clash kicking off at 2:00pm. Glenorchy have the bye.

Tasmania weekly wrap: CEO demands action, North Hobart set for revamp

THIS week in Tasmanian football has seen a call to action from newly-appointed AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires, as well as a commitment to the redevelopment of North Hobart in light of hosting duties for the 2019 AFLW season.

AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires calls for action from AFL House

New AFL Tasmania chief executive officer (CEO) Trisha Squires has demanded action from AFL House after the exit of both Devonport and Burnie from the Tasmanian State League (TSL), leaving no representation on Tasmania’s north-west coast in the state’s premier competition.

Squires, who replaced former CEO Robert Auld last week, called for action at a media conference this past Sunday where she made clear her intentions going forward.

“Tasmanians want clarity on the path forward and it is time for a revisit of the Future Directions of Tasmanian Football Report to help provide some clarity,” she said.

Squires particularly wants the AFL to focus its energy on recommendations two and three from the report which relate to the Tasmanian State League and the Talent Pathway.

The new AFL Tasmania CEO also demanded increased capacity from league headquarters and the formation of a working group to revisit the report with the intention to meet in Tasmania with Gillon McLachlan present.

“I’d like to see Gillon (McLachlan) in Tasmania, working through the report and its recommendations with a steering committee, to help chart a plan for the future of Tasmanian footy,” Squires said. “We know that the AFL wants football to be sustainable in Tasmania, and I look forward to working with them to ensure that happens.”

The AFL was quick to respond to Squires’ demands to the head office, confirming that a working group will be formed to discuss and review the “Garlick Report” while also stating that McLachlan will travel to the state in the near future to discuss the code’s current standing there.

TSL funds split between remaining sides:

In the fallout from the exits of Prospect (in 2015) and Burnie and Devonport in the current off-season, $300,000 has been left over from the annual funding received from league headquarters.

All current TSL sides – Launceston, North Launceston, Clarence, Lauderdale, North Hobart, Glenorchy and Tigers – therefore met with AFL Tasmania yesterday to discuss what the state’s top body intended to do with the leftover money, among the growing number of issues facing the state.

WIN News journalist Brent Costelloe today confirmed via twitter how AFL Tasmania intended to split the funding:

  • $100,000 going towards the development of the competition while also being used for umpire and travel expenses;
  • $100,000 to be split evenly between the seven clubs – roughly $14,285 each; and
  • $100,000 to be retained for the north-west coast to establish a new side.

Tasmanian Labor Commit to North Hobart Redevelopment:

In a boost to the state ahead of the introduction of the North Melbourne/Tasmanian AFLW side in 2019, the Tasmanian Labor Government has committed to a $300,000 upgrade to North Hobart Oval, should they be re-elected in the upcoming state election.

The developments will bring the ground to AFLW standard, with the key areas of renovation including a new kiosk and wet area, as well as an upgrade to the coaching and media facilities in a bid for the ground to be a potential host for the new team.

Young Gun Re-signs at Magpies:

Former Hawthorn rookie Zac Webster put speculation about a move elsewhere to bed after he re-signed with Glenorchy last week.

Webster, who was taken by the Hawks in the 2014 Rookie Draft, performed strongly upon his return to the Magpies last season but suffered an injury interrupted season in 2017.

The signing is an important one for the Magpies after the club lost a number of key youngsters and premiership coach Aaron Cornelius to the NEAFL in the off-season.

The 22 year-old will play an integral part in a new-look Magpies outfit under incoming coach Paul Kennedy, with the 2016 premiers looking to climb back up the ladder in 2018.

2013 Draft Profile: Zac Webster

Zac Webster (Glenorchy)

Height: 180 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Position: Midfield
Player comparison: Dale Thomas
Strengths: Speed, Skills, X-Factor
Weaknesses: Consistency

Zac Webster is a very unique prospect who has a lot of characteristics of his game to work with. He has the speed, the skills and the X-factor that will have plenty of AFL clubs licking their lips. The main concern over Webster is whether he is able to utilise his strengths at AFL level against the bigger bodies because his Under 18s Championships weren’t as impressive as many had hoped.

While Webster was solid against the Western Jets at Highgate Recreation Reserve, he didn’t have the impact at the Championships that was expected of him. He is smaller than his brother who was drafted to St Kilda, but he also is a bit quicker. One bonus about Webster is he isn’t afraid to go into the contest and dig out his own ball which is a rare quality in a midfielder who’s strengths rely on his outside game.

But like athletic ruckman who need to work on their “big man” attributes, Webster needs to work on his outside game to progress forward. When one sits down to watch Webster in action, he’ll do a few things every game for people to go “wow this kid could go first round” but then he could disappear for a quarter or a half and you’ll forget he’s playing. It’s this kind of consistency that Webster needs to find in order to become a top line AFL player.

In many ways, Webster has already shown he can do the harder things such as win his own football, go into a contest, weave out of traffic and use well by foot. If he plays off half back which would be an ideal start for him at AFL level, he will use his run to move the ball efficiently down the wings. He is solid one on one, but could improve his footy smarts. If he is beaten one-on-one it won’t necessarily be from ability or strength, but more the mental aspect.

AFL clubs would look at Webster and know exactly what he needs to go to the next level. Running drills such as positioning, how to use his body more effectively, how to impact a contest consistently, and where to run on the outside of a stoppage to find the ball and burst away from opponents. These are all aspects which Webster could improve and he’ll no doubt be keen to work on them.

It’s also pretty hard to miss Webster with his wavy mop standing out a mile away much like Tasmanian teammate Eli Templeton. He isn’t too dissimilar to Dale Thomas who used the same characteristics to become a really good player at AFL level. The difference between the two was that Thomas was that step ahead in his outside game and was more ready made for the AFL. Webster wouldn’t be too far off with 2015 being the ideal debut season for him.

In the Bound For Glory News Rising Stars Phantom Draft, Webster was selected with pick 74 by Melbourne because he adds that extra skill on the outside and isn’t afraid to win it on the inside. He has the X-factor about him that will have fans salivating over his debut and should impress at VFL level to have a number of fans start a cult hero following.

Zac Webster is a highly talented prospect with plenty of run-and-carry that he best uses off a half back flank. He moves into the middle and wins the hardball  but just needs to develop his outside game so he can consistently impact a contest. Luckily for him, it won’t be too hard to teach and Webster could definitely become a late diamond in the rough out of this draft crop.