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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.

Picture: Solstice Digital & Photography

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.

Picture: Andrew Woodgate

TSL weekly wrap: Round 10 – Good weekend for Bombers as Tigers keep finals dream alive

NORTH Launceston has gained top spot on the 2020 Tasmanian State League (TSL) ladder again after Launceston lost its third game of the season to slip to second on the table. With most of the AFL Draft hopefuls injured or playing school football this weekend, we focused on the game between Lauderdale and Launceston, and then wrapped up the other matches.

FEATURE GAME: Lauderdale 18.7 (115) defeated Launceston 7.10 (52)

By: Fraser Stewart

Lauderdale came from behind to defeat Launceston at Lauderdale Oval on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Blues 18.7 (115) to 7.10 (52). After Launceston kicked the first three goals of the match Lauderdale responded in emphatic fashion for the rest of the game as they claimed a 64 point win. 

Harry Richmond (14 disposals, seven marks, five goals), Samuel Siggins (12 disposals, three marks and three goals), Luke Nelson (18 disposals, six clearances and two goals), Toutai Havea (two goals), Hayden Smith, Josh McGuinness, Robbie McManus, Phillip Bellchambers and Tyler Martin all chipped in as they kicked a goal each in the home side’s emphatic win. For the away side, Jack Hinds booted three goals from 10 touches and four marks, and Jobi Harper (20 disposals, four marks, 11 clearances and two goals) were the standout performers in the losing side.

The younger players to watch included Nick Baker who was impressive with 18 touches, three marks, three clearances and seven rebounds in a strong performance, while Jared Dakin (15 disposals, three marks and five tackles) tried hard but could not have his usual output, and Isaac Chugg (12 disposals, three marks and three rebounds) also won enough of it out of defence, but like his teammates was unable to be as damaging as usual.–

OTHER RESULTS:

North Hobart 8.6 (54) defeated by Tigers 9.5 (59)
Clarence 9.5 (59) defeated by North Launceston 10.8 (68)
Glenorchy 8.2 (50) defeated by Tigers 8.12 (60)

By: Peter Williams

Tigers remarkably kept their finals hopes alive with back-to-back upset wins in Round 9 leaving North Hobart and Glenorchy in their wake. The Tigers won both games on the road by a combined 15 points, defeating the Demons in a mid-week fixture by five points, then toppling the Magpies on the weekend by 10 points.

Kieren Lovell had 21 disposals, seven clearances and five inside 50s against the Demons, but it was obvious he was just warming up for the weekend when he broke the season-record disposal count with 40 (18 contested), 13 clearances, six marks, six inside 50s, four rebounds and a goal in a remarkable effort. Fellow former AFL-listed talent Mackenzie Willis also impressed with 18 touches, four clearances and three inside 50s against the Demons, and 23 disposals, four clearances and three inside 50s against the Magpies. Tyler Carter booted 4.3 across the two matches to be the dominant goalkicker for the yellow and black.

Heading to school footy on the weekend, Sam Collins played on Wednesday night and helped himself to 17 disposals, six marks – two contested, three tackles and five one percenters, whilst fellow draft hopeful, Jye Menzie (12 disposals, six marks – two contested – and one goal) also player. Jayden Charlton stood out with 20 touches as at elite 90 per cent efficiency and 50 per cent contested rate, also having eight clearances, three marks and two inside 50s. Sam Caswell (14 disposals, two marks, seven clearances, two inside 50s and a goal) was the other Bomber to stand out in the loss.

For the Magpies, John Geard racked up 29 disposals, 10 clearances, six inside 50s, five marks and four tackles, one of a number of Glenorchy players to pick up big disposals numbers. Daniel Joseph (30 disposals, seven marks, three clearances, five inside 50s and five rebounds), Josh Arnold (28 disposals, six marks, four tackles and nine rebounds) and Callen Daly (23 disposals, six clearances, four tackles and three goals were also impressive. Jaye Bowden booted four goals from 13 disposals and five marks to do everything he could to drag his side across the line.

In the other match of the weekend, North Launceston went outright top on the TSL ladder with a nine-point win over Clarence. The Bombers had to come from a four-point half-time deficit to win in a tight one, led by Brad Cox-Goodyer (23 disposals, five clearances, seven inside 50s and a goal) and Jay Foon (23 disposals, seven marks and nine rebounds). Josh Ponting (19 disposals, six clearances, six inside 50s and eight tackles) was lively, whilst bottom-ager Baynen Lowe booted two goals from 14 disposals.

For the Roos, Chris Nield was unstoppable up forward, slotting five straight goals from eight disposals and five marks – two contested – while Keegan Wylie was a standout through the middle with 21 disposals, four marks, 10 rebounds and a goal. Jarrod Harper was next best with 15 disposals, three clearances and three inside 50s, while Keren Howlett tried hard for 10 disposals, four clearances, three tackles and three inside 50s.

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TSL weekly wrap and notes: Round 1 – Reigning premiers win in good weekend for Bombers and Blues

REIGNING premiers North Launceston got off to a winning start in the Tasmanian Football League (TSL), whilst Lauderdale and Launceston also recorded impressive wins in Round 1 of the competition on the weekend.

North Launceston did not have as convincing of a win as some might have thought in the battle between last year’s top and bottom sides, but the Bombers did control the play for the majority of the contest. Booting five goals to two in the opening half and then holding North Hobart goalless in the third term, North Launceston led by as much as 33 points at the final break. To the Demons’ credit, they never stopped trying, coming hard in the final term to boot the final four goals of the game and restrict the Bombers to just one behind, but fell 10 points short, 6.3 (39) to 7.7 (49).

Taylor Whitford booted two goals in a best on ground performance for the Bombers, while Josh Ponting and Braden Van Buuren were also prolific for the reigning premiers. Young gun key forward Jackson Callow was one of six players to snag a major in the victory, while fellow Tasmania Devils talents in Jake Steele and Jye Menzie both kicked multiple goals for the Demons. Hugh Williams was superb for the Demons in defeat, while AFL Academy Allies’ hub member Patrick Walker was also named among the best.

The most impressive performer of week one was Lauderdale who completely dominated Clarence in the first half to set up a memorable 41-point win. The Bombers booted two goals to zero in the opening term, then piled on five straight goals to 1.1 and opened up a 38-point half-time lead. The Roos booted the only two goals of the third term to give their supporters some hope with a 31-point deficit, but a four goals to two final term in favour of Lauderdale snuffed out any hope of a comeback in the 11.10 (76) to 5.5 (35) victory.

Toutai Havea booted three majors to lead the goalkicking stakes after Round 1, but he was far from alone in the red and black, as Jake Dance, Alex Hevey and Tyler Martin all snagged multiple majors. Will Poland was named best-on in the win, while Josh McGuinness and Haydn Smith were also busy. For the Roos, Jarrod Harper stepped up to be best-on for his side, while AFL Academy hub member Oliver Davis was also strong in the inside along with bottom-age talent Sam Banks, and over-age talent Ethan Jackson. Jeromey Webberley was the sole multiple goal kicker for Clarence with two.

In the third game of the round, an inaccurate Launceston kicked away in the final term to secure a 26-point win over Glenorchy. The Blues and Magpies were neck and neck for the most part in the first half, with the Blues’ six extra behinds the difference at half-time. Kicking the only goal of the third term, Launceston kept the Magpies scoreless to extend the lead out to 15, then booted the only two goals of the last quarter to win, 7.13 (55) to 4.5 (29).

Brodie Palfreyman was the sole multiple goal kicker for the game, snagging two for the winners. Jake Smith and Jamieson House were named among the best for the Blues, while a number of young talents such as Jared Dakin ran out for Launceston. Glenorchy had four individual goalkickers including the two named in the best in Adam Roberts and Mitchell Rainbird while James Deegan and Brady Williams were also named among the Magpies’ best.

ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Glenorchy 4.5 (29) defeated by Launceston 7.13 (55)
Lauderdale 11.10 (76) defeated Clarence 5.5 (35)
North Launceston 7.7 (49) defeated North Hobart 6.3 (39)

Next week sees Tigers join the competition after a Round 1 bye to face off against North Hobart in what looms to be an interesting matchup. The match of the round should be the Battle of Launceston when the Blues face the Bombers, while in the other game Lauderdale hosts Glenorchy. Clarence has the the bye in Round 2 to try and work on a few things following the Round 1 defeat.

SCOUTING NOTES ON SOME OF THE YOUNG ACADEMY TALENTS:

Jackson Callow (North Launceston)

Another typical Callow performance where he marked everything in sight and when he is on the lead you can bank on him taking the mark with his hands sticking to the ball like glue. He was a great target all day, he kicked only the one goal but had more opportunities to have a bigger day on the scoreboard so was still dangerous. 

Sam Collins  (North Hobart)

Collins played like he does every week, and he relished the opportunity to play against experienced hardened bodies where his contested game and defensive efforts came to the fold. Collins looked great early showing good intent at the ball and the man with some strong tackles and spoils, he also showed great composure and played with more confidence than even some of the senior players.

Patrick Walker (North Hobart)

Walker looked classy on the wing winning plenty of the ball and using it well by foot often hitting long accurate passes and gave a good mix to his side. Walker mostly played down back last year but looks just as comfortable up the ground and it was an impressive senior debut. 

Oliver Davis (Clarence)

Davis was given reigns to play in the midfield despite being a younger and lighter player at senior level but more than held his own with his timing at stoppages and willingness to win the hard ball and get the ball moving forward. Not a massive game stats wise but will improve at the level with more time. 

Sam Banks (Clarence)

Banks is Tasmania’s leading prospect for the 2021 draft and already playing senior football for Clarence just goes to show why, Banks looks bigger this time around and certainly didn’t look out of his depth at the level. Banks played on the wing and positioned himself well around the ground, he managed to sneak forward and kick a nice set shot goal.