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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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

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TSL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 17

TO ensure even fixturing throughout the season, just the one match was played on the penultimate weekend, with Glenorchy getting an easy win over Tigers to lock up the minor premiership with a round to spare.

TIGERS 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)
GLENORCHY 2.2 | 4.8 | 10.10 | 13.14 (92)


Tigers: B. McDonald.
Glenorchy: N. Lynch 4, J. Tate Turvey 2, M. Sutcliffe 2, T. Corrie 2, S. Eaton 2, R. Siely.


Tigers: O. McKee, S. Grimsey, T. Roxann , C. Brooke, L. Reid, B. McDonald
Glenorchy: S. Skinner, H. Smith, H. Ryan, N. Lynch, T. Corrie, J. Tate Turvey

Glenorchy flexed its muscles against Tigers in the standalone game for Round 17. To Tigers’ credit, the home side pushed the minor premiers in the first term to head into the first break just eight points down. The effort was well and truly there in the second term, despite not hitting the scoreboard. They restricted the Magpies to just 2.6 and were still within reach at the main break, just 26 points down. Unfortunately for the home side, their hopes of an upset was soon squashed when Glenorchy showed why they were the team to beat in this year’s competition, slamming home 6.2 and holding Tigers scoreless for the second consecutive quarter. The underdogs restricted the Magpies to three goals in the final term, but once again could not hit the scoreboard themselves, going down by 86 points.

Nietta Lynch booted four goals for the winners, but she was not alone, with Jasmine Tate Turvey, Thomasa Corrie, Macklyn Sutcliffe and Sandy Eaton all slotting multiple goals. Sarah Skinner, Hannah Smith and Holly Ryan were named as the Magpies’ top players, along withe goal kickers, while Rachael Siely also scored a goal. For Tigers, it was Brianna McDonald who got on the board for the home team early, while Olivia McKee, Samantha Grimsey and Tyler Roxann were voted as the best in the loss. The Tigers’ regular season is over now with a bye in the final round, while Glenorchy will face Clarence ahead of finals. Tigers will play finals providing the bottom of the table Burnie do not upset Launceston in the final round.

Youth Girls shown new pathway in Tasmania

A NEW pathway for aspiring AFLW players has opened up in the form of the Wrest Point TSLW Under 18 Development Series. The series is a talent identification competition, which will assist TSLW clubs ahead of list confirmations for the 2018 season. It is also the first phase of the state academy, and about 30 players from the development series will be inducted into the state youth girls academy, which will form the basis of the state under 18 team which participates in the AFLW Under 18 National Championships.

Female state talent manager Leigh Elder said the series was an exciting development for youth girls football, and thanked competitions manager for women’s football and VFL Academy coach Darren Flanigan for his insight.

“This is a major step forward in the female talent pathway in the state and the cliubs engagement with this new program has been outstanding,” he said. “We have learnt a lot from Victoria’s TAC Cup model and are very appreciative of the time Darren Flanigan has given to help Tasmania in this space.”

Clubs have been provided a lesson plan and a coaching education session to ensure it is not only a player development program, but also assisting the future female coaches within the Tasmanian system. Results will not be kept from the development series to ensure a development focus is created. Clubs, coaches and state academy selectors will therefore be able to discuss positional play to help identify each of the players’ true talents, not what helps the team achieve a victory. Best players will still be announced for each of the games.

The six competing teams are broken up into northern and southern conferences, with two round robin days a fortnight apart to face each of the other two conference sides in shortened matches. The six teams then convene in a statewide carnival to play one side from the other conference on March 25 to conclude the series


Southern Conference 1 | Saturday, March 3 at North Hobart Oval
11am: Clarence vs. Glenorchy
11.50am: Tigers vs. Glenorchy
12.40pm: Tigers vs. Clarence

Northern Conference 1 | Sunday, March 4 at Deloraine
11am: Launceston vs. Burnie
11.50am: North Launceston vs. Launceston
12.40pm: North Launceston vs. Burnie

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

Players to watch:

Burnie Libby and Chloe Haines. The twin sisters are AFLW Academy members and entering their draft year. Crossing over from basketball, their strengths are their athletic ability and reading of the play. Libby can play through the midfield or at half-back, while Chloe is an inside midfielder who can also play a key forward role.

Clarence – Netty Garlo. She starred for Tasmania in the All Nations Cup last October, and has elite pace and agility. She can play through the midfield and is dangerous up forward.

Glenorchy – Holly Ryan. An elite kick who is a former soccer player. Ryan has played most of her football at centre-half back, although she can have an impact in the ruck.

Launceston – Mia King. An exciting inside midfielder who has made a quick rise up the ranks and was a late addition to the Allies team last year before advancing to the All Stars game at Etihad. At only 16 years-old, she has a long career ahead of her.

North Launceston – Raigan Kettle. Entering her second season in the game, she will hopefully progress to the state under 18s team. Kettle is a smart flanker who knows how to make space and the right decisions with ball-in-hand.

Tigers – Hailee Baldwin. She has been a star in the local youth girls competition with great speed and endurance, and is finally age eligible for state academy programs.