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Launceston claims TSL flag with impressive win in the wet

ONE of the better deciding games of football you are likely to see anywhere captivated fans all the way through the final quarter where Launceston kicked away to run out 13-point winners against their Northern rivals North Launceston. The Blues completed the perfect day winning flags in the development league and the women’s league, triumphing to win their first flag since 2011 and  stopped a fourth straight premiership to the Bombers in the process. It was the first time these familiar foes have met in a grand final since 1985 and they duly delivered the anticipated intense contest. Jobi Harper was awarded the Darrell Baldock medal as the best player on the ground for his grunt work through the midfield and his two goals.

Light drizzle started with the first siren as it came and went for much of the game, leaving a greasy surface for the four quarters as North Launceston kicked with a slight breeze advantage to start the game. After some scrappy repeat stoppages, the Bombers managed a clean breakaway and with their first inside 50 of the game they scored a goal from a Jack Rushton soccer off the ground. North managed the next centre clearance and squeezed the Blues for territory with manic defensive pressure highlighted by a Josh Ponting smother.

The rest of the first quarter was played mostly between the arcs as even though Launceston managed to find the corridor frequently, they were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard going scoreless to the Bombers’ 1.2. (8). With the wet surface affecting clean disposal, the contest was physical with plenty of niggle including a cut to the head for ruckman Alex Lee. It all blew up as players were going to their huddles as fiery spot fires popped up after a couple of altercations with every player involved. Passion and feeling in spades which would carry through the rest of the contest.

The rain started to fall heavier to begin the second quarter as Launceston needed to respond, and that they did. A defensive-50 transition required just two kicks to find Jay Blackberry who sidestepped his way into an open goal to kick his side’s first. As the Bombers did after their first goal, the Blues got the very next centre clearance but instead managed to goal on the back of some Fletcher Seymour dash.

A 15-minute stalemate was broken as Hudson medallist Dylan Riley scored from directly in front after a Blackberry intercept just past half forward. With the Bombers only managing minor scores, the Blues enjoyed a seven-point lead at the main break.

North Launceston’s third quarters have been the best in the league all season and they were on display again as Tom Bennett slotted a goal from a free kick less than a minute in. A huge Rushton chase down tackle stopped an almost certain Launceston goal as the momentum started to tip in their favour. Bradley Cox-Goodyer’s raking left boot drilled a 50-metre set shot which gave them a goal buffer 20 minutes into the term. Harper and the Blues were having none of that as he finessed a check side in from 25 metres out on the boundary to bring it back to a one-point margin after the siren.

With the barest of separations, Launceston kicking with the slight wind advantage, and everything to play for, it was game on. The game started to open up, but it was North Launceston who struck first with a Jackson Callow kick off the ground going through. Playing coach Taylor Whitford had an opportunity to put the Bombers up two goals before the shot fell short into the breeze. Up the other end, Riley bodied Corey Nankervis in the one-on-one contest and snapped it through to bring the game back. It was goal for goal as Bennett replied with his second, and some Riley brilliance led to a second Blackberry goal.

With very little separating the two sides, it was going to take something special to give either side a two-score lead, and that is what they got. Harper plucked the ball out of the ruck contest at the top of the goal square and banged it through, an exclamation point to what was already a good day for him. With a seven-point lead 18 minutes into the final quarter, one more goal would seal it. Youngster Jared Dakin delivered the icing goal from the goal square as Launceston would become the 2020 premiers winning 8.4 (52) to North’s 5.9 (39).

Blackberry, Riley, and Michael Musicka starred alongside Harper, as Jamieson House and Jacob Boyd were instrumental down back for the Blues. The Bombers’ midfield brigade of Cox-Goodyer, Whitford, Ponting, and Lee were among their side’s best, while 17-year-old Baynen Lowe provided important contests around the ground.

NORTH LAUNCESTON 1.2 | 1.6 | 3.8 | 5.9 (39)
LAUNCESTON 0.0 | 3.1 | 4.1 | 8.4 (52)

GOALS:

North: T. Bennett 2, J. Rushton, B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Callow.
Launceston: J. Harper 2, D. Riley 2, J. Blackberry 2, F. Seymour, J. Dakin.

BEST:

North: B. Cox-Goodyer, B. Lowe, T. Donnelly, T. Whitford, J. Ponting, A. Lee
Launceston: J. Harper, M. Musicka, T. Jones, D. Riley, F. Seymour, J. House

SCOUTING NOTES

North Launceston

#16 Ollie Sanders

Sanders could not manage to get into the game in the first half playing between half-forward and wing but provided some good pressure in the second half. He halved a crucial contest through relentless pressure and was more active around contests, roving and disposing of it cleanly on one occasion.

#25 Jackson Callow

Callow made his way into the final 22 after being named on the extended bench as he seemed unhindered by the ankle injury he sustained which had the potential to rule him out for the season. Like he did for most of the year, he played a half at either end of the ground, tasked with the Mitch Thorp matchup early. He was not afraid to push Thorp back and put his solid frame to good use in the contest. He kept him goalless, but a turnover from a poor kick in the back half resulted in a Launceston goal. Moving to the other end of the ground he was a physical presence more than anything. House ensured he worked for his touches and made Callow worry about him more than his own game, often only engaging body rather than leading at the ball carrier. Even though he struggled to find space, he kicked a goal at a crucial time in the final quarter.

#64 Baynen Lowe

The 17-year-old Devonport product played mostly through the middle of the ground, starting on the wing before rotating through the centre bounces in the second half. Lowe’s physicality and pressure stood out as he showed good speed and defensive qualities, highlighted by a smother and a chase down tackle. His poise with ball in hand was impressive and even despite the slippery conditions, he showed good cleanliness in tight. A nice snap to set up a shot on goal was indicative of his sound decision-making as he was named second best in his side for his efforts.

Launceston

#20 Jared Dakin

After playing on Whitford the last time these teams met there was feeling the same would happen again. Although he did not play a strict run with role, he played defensive at stoppages on Ponting much like his role last week. When play unravelled he managed to get to most contests and look for his own ball, earning a couple of clearances and showing strength to get a handball out. A quiet second half saw him kick the one goal, but it was the final one for his side as he capped off an impressive season.

#30 Isaac Chugg

Chugg assumed his natural half-back role and was serviceable in his side’s triumph. He was trusted with the kickout duties at times, but it was his run out of the back half which was is main mode of operation all game. Numerous times he ran past for the handball to rebound, but most impressively he did not just blaze away long. He found shorter and better targets. He did lose his direct opponent in traffic who goaled in the final quarter but nonetheless, a solid game.

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TSL Grand Final preview: Launceston vs. North Launceston

IT is a double-Launceston derby in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) with both Launceston and North Launceston facing off at UTAS Stadium in the seniors and Development League Grand Finals. The senior decider kicks off at 2.30pm following the Development and Women’s Grand Finals earlier in the day.

The reigning premiers North Launceston have a number of young prospects to watch out for across both grades, with Ollie Sanders in great form for the red and black. He has that touch of class and a beautiful left foot which can set up his more experienced teammates inside 50. While he missed out on getting a Draft Combine invite this year, he looms as one who will only get better over the next few years and could benefit as an over-ager next season.

Another North Launceston prospect named in the starting 22 is Baynen Lowe. The Devonport youngster with the fiery red hair is a tackling machine and one not to be messed with when the ball is in his zone. Possessing some nice speed and an ability to corral opponents, the bottom-ager still has another year to go before he is draft eligible. There is not much of the 174cm, 70kg small forward, but he certainly packs a punch.

For Launceston, the only player in the game with an AFL Draft Combine invite is Jared Dakin who has been a Mr Fix It all season. He can play on-ball, up forward or even in defence, where he has been named at half-back. Dakin has been tasked with a number of run-with roles this season and he has nullified key opponents. Interestingly enough, the last time these teams played, Dakin was sent to creative defender Jay Foon and did a good job early before being loosened and seeing Foon get off the chain.

Another top-age talent who has caught the eye as a potential late developer is Isaac Chugg. An elite athlete, he has enjoyed a role change from the wing to half-back where he has been able to show off his run and carry down the ground. Still building a more consistent game, he is one who will only get better with more experience.

One player who has been named as an emergency that is the biggest AFL Draft prospect in the game is Jackson Callow. Seemingly ruled out of contention weeks ago after badly hurting his ankles in an awkward landing, he has been named as an emergency the last couple of weeks. Whilst unlikely to be risked, it does allow the talented key position player to front up for the Development side if he is fit enough to play.

From a more senior perspective, both sides have a number of players in the TSL Team of the Year. North Launceston leads all-comers with a massive six players earning the honour. Ruck Alex Lee and full-back Corey Nankervis have key positions, whilst the left side of the field is all red and black thanks to playing coach Taylor Whitford, dynamic midfielder-forward Brad Cox-Goodyer, and the exciting Foon all named there. On the other wing, Josh Ponting‘s terrific season was rewarded with a starting spot.

For Launceston, competition leading goalkicker Dylan Riley made the forward pocket, with other dangerous forward, Jake Hinds inside 50. Up the other end is Jacob Boyd in a back pocket, whilst Jay Blackberry was named on the interchange. In a prestigious moment for the Blues, they also have the coach and captain of the team, with playing-coach Mitch Thorp leading the side, and Jobi Harper in the centre and named as hypothetical captain. It shows just how much talent is on display in the senior game.

Looking over the Development squads, North Launceston could have a few players to consider over the next couple of years. Top-ager Angus Jefferies impressed at school football this year and is a natural ball-winner. He only stands at a light 177cm and 70kg, but has elite endurance and will run all day. Bottom-age Bombers teammate Ryan Whitney is still building areas of his game, but he has some nice athletic traits to-boot.

Launceston also has a host of would-be Tasmanian Devils players who tested in the preseason for the squad coming into 2020 NAB League Boys season. Three top-agers – Kye Chilcott, Alex Davies and Jayden Hinds – have all been named in the side, whilst the likes of Zach Morris, Sam Foley and Denzel McLean are bottom-agers who will run out for the Blues. They are names to keep an eye on for next year, with Foley impressing in defence for St Patrick’s this year, whilst Morris is a classy forward who always looks lively.

North Launceston head in as favourites in the senior game, whilst Launceston has the depth at the Development level to be the nominal favourites there in what should be a couple of ripping contests.

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

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

Tigers vs. Clarence

By: Peter Williams

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

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

Tigers:

#4 Riley Ashlin

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

#31 Lachlan Gadomski

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

Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

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

#34 Noah Holmes

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

#39 Darcy Gardner

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

#46 Baker Smith

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

 

North Launceston vs. Lauderdale

By: Fraser Stewart

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

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

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

North Launceston

#16 Ollie Sanders

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

#64 Baynen Lowe

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

Lauderdale

#17 Nick Baker

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

Launceston vs. North Hobart

By: Peter Williams

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

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

Launceston:

#20 Jared Dakin

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

#30 Isaac Chugg

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

North Hobart:

#37 Sam Collins

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

#46 Jye Menzie

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

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TSL weekly wrap: Launceston remains undefeated

LAUNCESTON showed why they are top of the ladder as they won their fourth game of the season resisting a mini Lauderdale comeback in the fourth term as they drove away to a 22-point win.

Launceston’s Dylan Riley was outstanding at full forward as he kicked four goals, as well as Alec Wright kicking two in the 9.8 (62) to Lauderdale’s 5.10 (40), as Adrian Kalcovski kicked two goals in the losing side.

Launceston started the first term in complete control as they kicked away to an 18 point margin, as Jobi Harper and Jared Daikin both kicked a goal each, while Riley bagged two of his four majors in the first term. Lauderdale struggled and only managed to kick one goal coming from Nat Franklin.

The Bombers started the second term the brighter despite not putting any pressure on the scoreboard as they tried to lock the ball inside their forward 50. Despite Lauderdale’s forward dominance five minutes into the term, the Blues were the ones who made the most of their chances, as Riley bagged his third goal of the afternoon off the back of some smart play by Jack Hinds.

Lauderdale would not give up though and finally were rewarded for their earlier forward dominance, as Kalcovski goaled from a tight angle in the forward pocket, to get the Bombers back into the contest. Despite having multiple chances at goal in the second term the Bombers only managed one goal while entering the main break trailing the Blues by 14 points, 5.3 (33) to 2.7 (19).

Before the umpire signalled the bounce of the ball to start the second half, Launceston had already extended their lead to 20 points when the umpire awarded Hinds a free kick, and he made no mistake directly in front, in a strange way to start the third quarter. After the unusual opening of the third term, much of the play was end to end as both sides collected turnovers from their momentum going forward, with the Blues often going through the corridor while the Bombers often opted to go through the left-wing.

Alec Wright kicked the Blues second for the term after getting out of a stoppage and snapping around the body to make it a 27-point ball game. Tyler Martin tried to ignite a counter-attack through the right-wing for the Bombers, but poor skills let them down as Jack Smith defused the attack, as they went into the last break trailing by 24.

The last quarter was filled with a gung-ho attitude and if you blinked you would miss it, as there were five goals in 12 minutes. Lauderdale kicked the first two goals within the first five minutes as Kalcovski and Rhys Sutton cut the deficit to 16 points. The Blues responded a minute later when Riley kicked his fourth goal, to give a 22-point breathing space to Launceston.

Lauderdale’s full forward Toutai Havea brought the Bombers back into the contest after he was on the receiving end of a pass from Kalcovski and converted his set shot to bring the margin back to 16 points. The Blues responded when Jack Donnellan kicked his first goal of the game and the home side’s ninth to extend the lead back to 22 points.

The last few minutes of the match, the Blues tried to find an avenue to goal but the Bombers defence stood tall, as the home side went away with a 22-point win and remained undefeated.

In other results, Glenorchy held on for a thrilling one-point win over Tigers in the battle of the winless sides. Jaye Bowden booted five goals in a standout best on ground performance for the Magpies as Matthew Joseph (two) was the other multiple goalkicker for Glenorchy in the 12.7 (79) to 11.12 (78) victory. Tigers’ Kieran Lovell got back to his best that took him to the elite level with a starring role for the Tigers thanks to two goals and named his team’s best. Meanwhile Cooper Sawdy and Will Campbell were also strong in the victory.

North Launceston picked up its second win of the season with a 7.12 (54) to 6.3 (39) victory over Clarence at UTAS Stadium. The Bombers led at every break, but were not able to capitalise as much as they could have on the scoreboard, whilst the Roos made more of their chances, but could total enough of a score. Noah Holmes was a lone hand up forward for Clarence, booting four of his team’s six goals, while Clint Riley and Ethan Jackson were solid. In a winning team, Jack Rushton kicked a couple of majors and was named among the best, whilst the likes of Brad Cox-Goodyer (one goal), Alex Lee and Josh Ponting were also named in the Bombers’ best.

Tasmanian weekly preview: Tigers and Bombers to host huge days

TWIN Ovals and UTAS Stadium will play host to both Tasmanian State League (TSL) and TSL Women’s action on Saturday. For those wanting to cram as much Tasmanian football into a day as possible, then the Tigers and Glenorchy, and North Launceston and Clarence matches stretch across both the major competitions. Launceston takes on Lauderdale in the third men’s match, whilst North Hobart (men’s) and Launceston (women’s) have their respective byes in Rounds 4 and 3.

TIGERS vs. GLENORCHY

One set of fans at least will go home happy from Twins Ovals, as Tigers and Glenorchy are the two sides across both competitions yet to get a win. With a combined seven losses between them, the sides will be looking to bounce back and give their fans something to cheer about. In the men’s competition, Tigers are the lowest scoring time, while Glenorchy have conceded many more points than any other side. In the women’s competition, Tigers only managed the one behind against Launceston last week, whilst Glenorchy fared a little better in a 32-point loss to Clarence.

Luke Graham has four goals to his named for the Tigers, with Cooper Sawdy and Tyler Carter (both two) the other key goalkickers. Kieran Lovell is one of the top players in the competition to watch out for, while the likes of Blake McCulloch and Oliver Burrows-Cheng are others who are capable of turning a match. For the Magpies, Aiden Grace has the three goals to lead all-comers as Adam Roberts and Matthew Joseph sit just behind with two apiece. With a number of changes already through the opening three rounds, the Magpies will look to the likes of Zac Webster and Josh Arnold who stood out last week in the heavy loss.

Neither of these sides troubled the scorers too much last week, but Sarah Skinner and Tiarna Ford booted the two goals for the Magpies. They have plenty of talent on the list, with the likes of Libby Haines, Jemma Webster and Brieanna Barwick all standing out in Round 2. For Tigers, the Round 2 loss to Launceston gave them a baptism of fire after a week off in Round 1, through Abby Burrows-Cheng, Lilly Ellis and Paige Flakemore were among the top players, and Hailee Baldwin and Priscilla Odwogo others to watch out for in the game.

Glenorchy will head in as favourites in both games if the Magpies can reduce the scores conceded in the men’s game, whilst the Magpies looked more settled in the women’s last week and will be keen to go one step further and take home the points in this encounter.

 

NORTH LAUNCESTON vs. CLARENCE

In the TSL, reigning premiers North Launceston held on against North Hobart in Round 1 before going down to Launceston for the first time in seven years last week. The bye came at the perfect time for the Bombers, who come up against a Clarence side that is fresh off a thumping over Glenorchy. Having been humbled by Lauderdale in Round 1, the Roos settled following the bye and really impressed in Round 3. In the women’s competition, the Bombers tried hard against the Blues in Round 1 but went down by 25 points, while the Roos triumphed by 32 points in their only game of the season against Glenorchy last week.

Jessie Williams was the star for the Roos at Richmond Oval, slamming home seven majors and was unstoppable in attack. Amy Edmand was the other Roo to hit the scoreboard, while the likes of Netty Garlo and Nicole Bresnehan were also impressive, and Amy Prokopiec is one to watch for next year’s AFL Women’s Draft. The Bombers only managed a behind in Round 1 against the reigning premiers, but considering what Launceston did in Round 2, North Launceston did well to contain them to a total score of 26. Jodie Clifford, Zoe Bourne and Ruby Slater were among the top Bombers in that game, while Sarah Radford and Kayla Sheehan also impressed.

Last week’s huge win over Glenorchy in the TSL certainly sent a message to the competition and sets up a classic encounter here with North Launceston. Jeromey Webberley and Oliver Preshaw have both slotted four majors for the Roos, while Dylan Howlett is the other multiple goalkicker. Former Brisbane and Essendon forward Josh Green returned to football last round and kicked a goal, whilst the likes of Oliver Davis and Sam Banks are among a host of young talent to keep an eye on in the red and white. Speaking of young talent, Jackson Callow leads the Bombers’ goalkicking after three majors in Round 2 took his season total to four. Brad Cox-Goodyer has three majors and playing coach Taylor Whitford has two. Thomas Donnelly and Corey Nankervis were also in the Bombers’ best in the Round 2 loss to Launceston.

Clarence is favoured to take out the women’s match, though it is difficult to assess given both sides have played the one match and their opponents are expected to be at opposite ends of the ladder. In the men’s competition, North Launceston has the ability to really take a stranglehold, but Clarence will be raring to go after the confidence-boosting win last round.

 

LAUNCESTON vs. LAUDERDALE

The third TSL clash is between top of the table Launceston, and third placed Lauderdale. The Blues have won all three matches thus far, ticking off every challenge thrown at them, including reigning premiers North Launceston. The Blues deserve to head in as favourites for the clash and realistically, premiership favourites. They hold a mammoth percentage of 245.98, though Lauderdale has still been impressive, winning back-to-back games before dropping their Round 3 encounter to North Hobart.

Dylan Riley is leading the Blues’ attack this season with eight goals in his three games, two ahead of Jake Hinds (six). Mitch Thorp returned to the side last round after missing the Blues’ drought-breaking win over North Launceston to slam home five goals in the victory over Tigers. Brodie Palfreyman and Jobi Harper have also impressed this season, while Jared Dakin continues to play his role through the middle for the Blues in his over-age year.

Lauderdale’s Toutai Havea has the six goals to his name, three ahead of Tyler Martin and among 13 individual goalkickers. The Bombers have enough talent on the list to suggest they will push the ladder leaders, but they will need to be at their best. Nick Baker is capable of playing up either end, whilst Will Poland and Josh McGuinness were Lauderdale’s best in the defeat to North Hobart. Launceston are favourites in this one, and the Bombers will need to make sure they do not fade away like they did in the third term against the Demons in Round 3.

TSL ROUND 4:

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

TSL ROUND 3:

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

Tasmanian weekly wrap: Williams in seventh heaven as TSLW grand finalists dominate

LAST year’s Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s grand finalists enjoyed big wins over Round 2, with Clarence’s Jessie Williams the star, slamming home seven goals for the Roos. Her side won 8.4 (52) to 2.8 (20) over Glenorchy, whilst Launceston stormed past Tigers with an accurate 12.0 (72) to 0.1 (1). In the TSL men’s competition, Launceston and Clarence had dominant wins, while North Hobart took down Lauderdale making it back-to-back victories for last year’s wooden spooners.

In the Roos’ 32-point win over the Magpies, Clarence actually trailed by a couple of points at the first break, but slammed home five goals in the second term to race away to a 28-point half-time lead. Glenorchy hit back in the third quarter with the only goal of the term to get the deficit under 20 points, but another two majors in the last quarter saw the reigning premiers deliver a blow during the impressive victory.

Williams was by far the star on the day with her seven majors, while Amy Edmand was the other Roo to hit the scoreboard. The experienced Nicole Bresnehan was also among the best, as was speedy teenager Netty Garlo. For the Magpies, Tiarna Ford and Sarah Skinner both converted opportunities, while it was Libby Haines and Macklyn Sutcliife who were also solid in defeat.

In the other clash, Launceston did not miss during their 71-point thrashing of Tigers at Twins Oval. They booted five goals to zero in the opening half, and only conceded a solitary point – coming in the third term – on their way to the deadly 12 from 12 accuracy. Daria Bannister booted a game-high three majors, while Cecilia Cameron and Meg Sinclair both booted two majors apiece. Jennifer Guy and Camilla Taylor were among the best for the Blues, while Lilly Ellis and Paige Flakemore were impressive for the Tigers in defeat.

TSLW ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Clarence 8.4 (52) defeated Glenorchy 2.8 (20)
Tigers 0.1 (1) defeated by Launceston 12.0 (72)
Bye: North Launceston

Launceston’s unbeaten start to the season continued, as the Blues remained the sole undefeated side after three rounds following a dominant 82-point thumping over Tigers on the road. Playing coach Mitch Thorp returned to the field and slammed home five goals, while Dylan Riley (four) and Jake Hinds (two) also kicked multiple majors. The trio were amongst the Blues best, with Jobi Harper (one) also impressive in the victory. For Tigers, a couple of late goals to Luke Graham and Elijah Reardon saved the home side from going goalless after being 81 points down at the final break, while Blake McCulloch was best-on in the heavy loss.

Glenorchy did not fare much better in a heavy defeat at the hands of Clarence, 13.13 (91) to 1.7 (13). The Roos booted 13 goals from 26 scoring shots in the match and held the Magpies to just one, as Glenorchy kicked seven behinds in the process. Zac Webster tried hard in the losing side as Matthew Joseph was the sole goalkicker. For the successful Roos, Oliver Preshaw (three goals), Jeromey Webberley (two) and Dylan Howlett (two) snagged multiple goals, while Zac Buechner and Sam Green were named in the best.

North Hobart’s resurgence continued into Round 3 with a 44-point triumph over Lauderdale. The Demons started strong to hold the Bombers to just two behinds in the first term and led by four points at half-time, before pulling away with a dominant four goals to nil third quarter to lead by five straight kick. Lauderdale managed to level the momentum a little in the final term, but still lost the last term to go down 10.7 (67) to 4.9 (33). Young gun Jye Menzie booted three goals for the Demons, while Nathan Hardy and Thomas Reeves both snagged two. Nathan McCulloch and Troy Cunliffe were named best on ground and both Demons helped themselves to a goal, while Lauderdale had five individual goalkickers in their first loss of the season with Will Poland and Josh McGuinness the top performers.

TSL ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Tigers 2.5 (17) defeated by Launceston 14.15 (99)
Clarence 13.13 (91) defeated Glenorchy 1.7 (13)
North Hobart 10.7 (67) defeated Lauderdale 4.9 (33)
Bye: North Launceston

Tasmania monthly wrap: Tassie’s finest mix it with the best

IT has been a busy month in Tasmanian football, with the very best Under 18 boys and girls competing against talent from across the Country. Locally, both Lauderdale and Glenorchy have made undefeated starts to their Tasmanian State League (TSL) seasons, while the TSL Women’s kicked off on ANZAC Day with a big win for the reigning premiers. All that, and more in this month’s Tasmania football wrap.


DEVILS BEGIN NAB LEAGUE LIFE

The Tasmania Devils Under 18 representative team has been introduced to the NAB League Boys and Girls competitions over the past month as part of the league’s nation-wide expansion, with the boys already picking up a win on home turf and the girls completing their two-game cameo. Below is a wrap of how both sides fared in each game.

NAB League Boys:

Round 2 

Sydney Swans Academy 7.14 (56) defeated Tasmania Devils 6.6 (42)

Goals: W. Harper 2, J. Menzie 2, J. Callow, N. Baker
Best: J. Chaplin, O. Davis, S. Collins, L. Gadomski, J. Steele, M. McGuinness

The Devils endured a tough introduction to their NAB League campaign, but fought to the end in a 14-point loss to the Swans Academy. The home side led all day in Blacktown, gradually pushing out the lead despite inaccuracy in front of goal to build a 26-point buffer heading into the final break. The Devils rallied late to push a potential comeback, but their three final-term goals were not enough to bridge the gap in what was a low-scoring affair. Will Harper and Jye Menzie each put two goals on the board, with hulking key forward Jackson Callow adding one to ensure bottom-agers contributed five of Tasmania’s six majors. Nicholas Baker was the other Devil to find the goals, while overlooked North Melbourne Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospect Matthew McGuiness led the ball-winning stakes with 27 disposals. Ruckman Joseph Chaplin beat him out to best-afield honours with his 20-disposal and 25 hitout effort, while bottom-aged stars Sam Collins (22 disposals, nine rebound 50s) and Oliver Davis (19 disposals, six tackles) impressed at either end of the ground alongside midfield ace Mitch O’Neill (21 disposals, nine tackles, six inside 50s).

Round 3

Northern Territory 6.8 (44) defeated by Tasmania Devils 13.14 (92)

Goals: J. Callow 5, W. Peppin 2, M. McGuiness 2, J. Menzie, J. Hennessy, R. Mansell, J. Chaplin
Best: M. O’Neill, J. Callow, L. Viney, R. Mansell, J. Steele, O. Burrows-Cheng

Tasmania Devils claimed its first win as a full-time NAB League side at the second time of asking with a thumping 48-point win over the Northern Territory Thunder Academy. With the game played on neutral ground at the Holden Centre in Melbourne, the Devils were made to travel for a second-consecutive week, but the four points ensured this one was much more fruitful. It was all-Tasmania after the Devils conceded a quarter time defecit, booting four goals in each of the remaining three terms to romp to victory. Jackson Callow put his name in lights with a starring five-goal performance from 19 disposals and eight marks, adjudged to only be bettered by Mitch O’Neill‘s 35-disposal effort. Jake Steele was again amongst the best, with over-ager Rhyan Mansell (23 disposals, seven inside 50s, one goal) and hard-working midfielder Oliver Burrows-Cheng (17 disposals, seven tackles) also thereabouts. National Academy memeber Will Peppin and Tyler McGinniss joined Callow as multiple goal kickers with two apiece, while Matthew McGuiness (18 disposals, five rebound 50s) and Oliver Davis (22 disposals, six inside 50s) again found plenty of the ball at either end.

Round 4

Tasmania Devils 10.3 (63) defeated Calder Cannons 7.9 (51)

Goals: J. Callow 4, J. Hennessy 2, J. Menzie, R. Mansell, P. Walker, W. Peppin
Best: J. Callow, O. Shaw, J. Chaplin, R. Ashlin, L. Gadomski, J. Steele

The firsts continued in Round 4 for the Devils as they overcame a persistent Calder Cannons outfit by 12 points to register their first win on home turf. After a stalemate first term saw the sides only manage a behind each, Tasmania burst to life with five goals to one setting up a 21-point half time lead. Despite their best efforts, the depleted Cannons could not overcome the Devils as they hung on for a second-consecutive win in front of adoring home support in Penguin. Jackson Callow continued his hot form, with his 16 disposals, eight marks and four goals this time enough to claim best-on honours from defender Oscar Shaw (17 disposals, 12 marks). Jake Steele (24 hitouts) was named in the best for a third-straight week for his role as an undersized ruck alongside Joseph Chaplin (17 disposals, 23 hitouts), with the injury-hampered Lachlan Gadomski (20 disposals, six marks) returning his best game to date. Bottom-ager Patrick Walker and over-ager Nicholas Baker led all-comers for disposals with 24 each, as the former also managed to find the goals in a solid outing. 

Round 5

Tasmania Devils 3.8 (26) defeated by Western Jets 10.13 (73)

Goals: T. Penwright, I. Chugg, L. Gadomski
Best: O. Burrows-Cheng, P. Walker, M. McGuiness, B. Gordon, L. Viney, O. Shaw

Tasmania’s winning streak was snapped by the Western Jets after a week off from NAB League duties, with the Devils going down by 47 points in Launceston. The home ground advantage did not prove as telling for Tasmania this time out, though signs were promising early on. The Devils booted the first goal of the game through debutant Isaac Chugg and dominated general play in the first 10 minutes, but a lack of scoreboard pressure allowed Western to find their way to a quarter time lead. The Jets did not let up after that, scoring consistently in each quarter to eventually overpower the hosts and claim take the four points back to Melbourne. Oliver Burrows-Cheng was named best for the Devils on the back of his 22 disposals, six tackles and six inside 50s in a combative display, while Patrick Walker was this time recognised for leading the disposal count (25) with a slot in the best six players. Matt McGuiness (16 disposals) and Oscar Shaw (11) stood up alongside Walker in defence to also be named in the best, while Bailey Gordon matched his disposal count of 25 as another to play well. Lachlan Gadomski and Tyler Penwright joined Chugg as the Devils’ only goal scorers on a dirty day, with the absence of bottom-age Academy members and star man Mitch O’Neill proving telling in the defeat. 

NAB League Girls:

Round 7

Western Jets 5.8 (38) defeated Tasmania Devils 0.1 (1)

Goals: Nil
Best: E. Brickhill, E. Dixon, A. Prokopiec, H. Smith, M. King, A. Clark

Much like the boys, the Tasmania Devils girls encountered a tough introduction to the NAB League, going down to the tenth-paced Western Jets in a goalless Friday night outing. The home side goalled in every quarter to build the eventual 38-point winning margin, with best-afield Devil Ellen Brickhill (14 disposals) finally getting Tasmania on the board in the final term with a behind. 2018 Allies representative Mia King was Tasmania’s leading ball-winner with 16 disposals, named in the best alongside Brickhill, Amy Prokopiec (14, eight rebound 50s) and Angelica Clark (10 disposals). Skipper Hailee Baldwin also had a steady start, collecting nine disposals and laying two tackles. 

Eastern Ranges 3.3 (21) defeated Tasmania Devils 2.4 (16) 

Goals: H. Breward, B. Oates
Best: H. Smith, B. Oates, M. King, C. Lovell, P. King

The Devils followed up a disappointing opening game with a much-improved effort against the finals-bound Eastern Ranges, narrowly going down by five points. After leading the tight tussle at quarter, and three-quarter time, Tasmania looked on course for an unlikely upset victory – only for it to come unstuck via a late Serena Gibbs goal for Eastern. 19-year old Hayley Breward scored the Devils’ first ever NAB League goal, joined later on by Brianna Oates, who was named in the best for her 12 disposals. Mia King again led the disposal count as the only Devil to crack the 20-mark, with Killarney Morey the next best on 13. Hannah Smith was adjudged Tasmania’s best for her 12-disposal and four-mark effort, while Perri King had another 10 disposals in the midfield. Again not the result the travelling side was after, but plenty of development and the experience gained would have the Devils label the weekend an overall success. 

 

DEVILS SHINE ON NATIONAL STAGE

With state representative honours now a weekly theme for those in the Tasmania Devils squad, four Apple Isle products got the chance to go a step further and represent their nation this month.

After suiting up for Tasmania in three NAB League outings, midfield ace Mitch O’Neill had the honour taking part in the AFL Under-18 Academy showcase game against VFL side, Casey Demons at the MCG. The annual match, which this year feautured the best talent from across the country, allows the next crop of hopefuls to shine on the big stage against AFL and VFL-listed players. O’Neill contributed 11 disposals, six tackles, four clearances and a goal in a positive display, playing a key hand in the second half as the Academy side rolled over the top of Casey. The North Hobart product played in with typical Tasmanian spirit, putting his head over the ball on numerous occassions against bigger opponents and working hard throughout the game.

In the other annual national showcase, O’Neill’s bottom-age Devils teammates Jackson Callow (North Launceston), Sam Collins (North Hobart), and Oliver Davis (Clarence) took on New Zealand’s open-age side at Marvel Stadium on ANZAC Day weekend. The Under 17 Australians proved too strong for their cross-Tasman rivals in the Adelaide v. St Kilda curtain raiser, picking up a thumping 77-point win. All three played important roles in the win, and along with O’Neill will soon return to NAB League duties with Tasmania ahead of Allies squad selection. Callow had 10 disposals and four marks, as well as three tackles while running at 70 per cent efficiency. Collins stood up in defence with 10 touches at an elite 90 per cent efficiency as well as five marks and two tackles. Davis was a prominent player in the midfield, racking up 21 disposals at 71 per cent efficiency with less than three quarters on the filed, while taking six marks, three clearances and seven tackles in the win.

 

LAUDERDALE TOPS TSL

Lauderdale and Glenorchy boast perfect records after five rounds of TSL action, with the former topping the table having played an extra game. Reigning premiers North Launceston sit third with three wins after going down in a Round 4 grand final rematch, with Launceston a game behind them at 2-3, and Tigers (1-3) rounding out the top five as Clarence and North Hobart languish at the base of the ladder with no wins thus far. The Southern Bombers’ early-season form is merely a continuation of their late-season run in 2018 which cultimated in a grand final appearance from fifth, and they look the team to beat going into their first bye. North Launceston can spoil their nearest rivals’, Glenorchy’s, winning run when they clash at UTAS Stadium this weekend, while one of North Hobart or Clarence will claim its first win (barring a draw) as they meet to open Round 6. Glenorchy’s Aiden Grace tops the goal kicking and Player of the Year charts with 15 in four games, including a bag of five against North Hobart, with Blues player-coach Mitch Thorp the next best goal kicker with 13 on the back of his six-goal haul against the Demons. Northern Bomber Brad Cox-Goodyer is another who continues to find the goals, starting the season in good form, with ex-Hawk Kieran Lovell performing for Tigers. Lauderdale’s Sam Siggins joins Grace with six votes in the Player of the Year race, while Lovell, Jobi Harper (Launceston), Josh McGuinness and Haydn Smith (both Lauderdale) are all tied on five votes after excellent starts to the season.

 

NEW-LOOK TSLW KICKS OFF

An expanded TSL Women’s competition kicked off on ANZAC Day, with reigning premiers Glenorchy picking up where it left off with a 10.13 (73) to 1.0 (6) win over Tigers in Round 1’s only fixture. Magpie Nietta Lynch was instrumental in the vcictory with half of her side’s 10 goals, while Paige Flakemore booted Tigers’ only goal for the game. The season continues this week as all six sides are set to participate in a Gala Day at UTAS Stadium, with competition newcomers Lauderdale and North Launceston commencing proceedings at 11:00am in what should be a cracking showcase of Tasmanian female football.  

 

In AFL-related news, Tasmanian products Chayce Jones (Adelaide) and Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne) each made their debuts at the highest level, with both impressing in respective roles forward of centre. Closer to home, Launceston was treated to a cracking match of AFL football between Carlton and Hawthorn, with the Hawks staging a remarkable second-half comeback to topple the Blues by just five points.

Tasmania weekly wrap: Garland leads Dees to first win, AFL Draft headed south?

THIS WEEK in Tasmanian football has seen rumours emerge of the state hosting one of the AFL’s premier events, while two of the Tasmanian State League’s (TSL) club presidents met with the AFL Steering Committee in Melbourne, and a former AFL player guided a TSL side to their first win of the season.

Tasmania potential host for 2018 AFL Draft:

In what could be a major coup for the state, it was revealed on Wednesday that Tasmania has been considered as a potential host for the 2018 AFL National Draft.

While it is not yet known at which end of the state the draft would be held should Tasmania be chosen, AFL.com.au reported that league officials have named the Apple Isle as a possible destination.

With a number of Tasmanian products expected to be picked up in this year’s draft, including potential top-10 pick Tarryn Thomas, it would not come as a surprise should Tasmania get the nod.

AFL Steering Committee Update

As the June 30 deadline approaches for the decision on the future of Tasmanian football, two of the Tasmanian State League’s (TSL) presidents flew to Melbourne on Wednesday upon invitation of Gil McLaughlin. North Launceston president Thane Brady and Tigers president Paul Gadomski sat in on the latest Steering Committee meeting and Gadomski revealed to WIN News’s Brent Costello the following:

– Both presented for a combined 1.5 hours
– The pair both spoke to Gillion one-on-one, post meeting.
– Some of the info tabled the committee wasn’t previously aware of.
– If more money is required to get young players ready to be drafted, then the AFL will provide additional funding and;
– All seven TSL presidents will meet with Gil on the state’s North-West Coast next Thursday.

Garland guides Demons to first win of season.

In the season’s biggest shock to date, North Hobart registered their first victory of the season this past Sunday when they defeated rivals Kingston Tigers in Round 8.

With former AFL player Colin Garland lining up for his first game for the club in over ten years, the Demons raced out of the blocks and while challenged throughout the second-half by the Tigers, were able to hold firm and walk away with their first victory in a low scoring affair – 7.8 (50) to 5.12 (42). Garland played the game predominately forward and finished with two goals along with setting up two others, and his footy smarts and experience were evident across the day for a side fielding ten teenagers.

In other Round 8 action, North Launceston again smashed their cross-town rivals Launceston by 53 points with midfield duo Brad Cox-Goodyear (four) and Tom Couch (five) combining for nine goals while Launceston ball-magnet Jobi Harper was named best afield for the Blues in his first senior game of the season.

Clarence were also victorious in round 8 with a hard fought 14-point win over traditional rivals Lauderdale. The Bombers controlled the majority of the last quarter yet it was some individual magic from Clarence forward Jake Cox that got the Roos across the line and saw them finish the round as equal second on the ladder.

This week sees Glenorchy travel to Lauderdale to take on the Bombers while North Hobart will look to back up last week’s performance when they face a rebounding Launceston at North Hobart Oval and in the weekend’s final game, the Tigers will travel to Utas Stadium to face the rampaging North Launceston. All games kick off at 2:00pm on Saturday.