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TSL Development League Grand Final: Roos run rampant to claim flag

THE Clarence Roos proved too good for the Launceston Blues in the Tasmanian State League grand final, taking down the reigning premiers to the tune of 14 points at the University of Tasmania Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Blues entered the match in search of back-to-back flags, but Clarence showed that they were the superior side, storming home in the final term to put the nail in the coffin and hop on the bus back to Hobart with premiership cup in hand.

The Blues had control of the game early, generating plenty of scoring opportunities in the first half of the first quarter, but couldn’t convert their hard work into scoreboard pressure, and it was their opponents who made them pay. The Roos booted the first major of the game through Jacob Young, with the goal set up by a blistering run from Jacques Barwick. Clarence shortly followed this up with another goal through Bryce Alomes and suddenly, the Blues found themselves on the back foot. It took some composure from the Blues backline to steady the ship, as speedy defender Jake Rice find teammate Jett Moloney to put Launceston on the board. Clarence entered the second term with a two-point advantage, and this looked to extend with a miraculous major from Wade Wall, but it was deemed touched. The Roos looked to break away again, with Alomes booting his second, but Blue Grant Holt brought his side back into the contest. The Blues finally hit the front with Moloney converting his second, and tempers began to flare. Launceston extended their lead with another major, but Alomes took control of the game, kicking his side’s next two (which was also four in a row for him), and the sides went into the main break all square.

The third term saw Alomes boot his fifth of the contest and the Roos start to build and hold a two-goal lead. Things looked to be one-way traffic, but Blue Colby McKercher booted a goal late in the term for his side, to bring the margin back down, and give Launceston a chance at consecutive flags. The fourth quarter saw scoring dry up, as the Blues missed their chance to reduce the margin to less than a goal, and neither side could gain an advantage. A strong contested mark from Roo Oliver Preshaw, who saw plenty of experience at senior level this year, thwarted a Launceston attack, and then it was Barwick who booted two goals in a minute to hand his side a match-winning lead, and the 2021 premiership cup.

For the victors, Luke Swinton claimed the medal for the player judged best afield, with his excellent work both at stoppages and on the open wing catching the eye of voters. Five-goal forward Alomes was also dominant, with the Blues backline seemingly having no answers for his play at times, while Barwick was also extremely damaging. For the Blues, McKercher’s third term was electric and kept his side right in the hunt.

Photo credit: Craig George

TSL weekly wrap: Round 12 – Top three flex muscles as Demons jump off bottom

IT was a somewhat lop-sided start to Round 12 of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) competition, but finished with a thriller as the penultimate round of action was completed. In our feature game of the round we took a look at Clarence and Launceston who had a number of Devils players running around. In the other matches, Lauderdale and North Hobart both claimed wins. Meanwhile in the other match, North Launceston ended Tigers’ three-game winning streak with a comprehensive victory.

Lauderdale stormed to a dominant 10.13 (73) to 2.8 (20) win over Glenorchy, as the Bombers ran away with the game in the second half. Inaccuracy in the second term of 1.4 cost the Magpies who had one more scoring shot but trailed their opponents my nine points at the break. The visitors then piled on 6.9 to 0.1 in the second half to secure a huge 53-point win and secure third spot. Toutai Havea slotted four goals in the win, while Sam Tilley kicked two. Phillip Bellchambers and Sam Siggins were the Bombers’ best, while for the Magpies, Tom Cleary and Sam Rundle stood out with impressive performances.

Glenorchy’s second loss of the weekend was a lot closer, but they gave up a five goals to one opening term, kicking five more goals for the game as North Hobart booted nine in that time on their way to a 10.10 (70) to 10.7 (67) victory. Julian Dobosz snagged five goals for the winners in an impressive performance, while Matthew Joseph and Jaye Bowden kicked three apiece for the losers. Bowden was best-on for the Magpies in his penultimate match, while Thomas Reeves was the star for the winners alongside Hugh Williams.

North Launceston had no problems running out the game against Tigers, ending a three-game winning streak and maintaining their spot at the top of the table. They booted eight goals to two in the second half to put the Tigers to the sword after inaccuracy hurt the home team. In the end, it went the way of the reigning premiers 12.10 (82) to 3.8 (26). Taylor Whitford (two goals) was best on ground, while youngsters Baynen Lowe (two) and Sherrin Egger (two) impressed, as did Daniel Withers (three). For Tigers, Mackenzie Willis starred while William Campbell also impressed in defeat.

SCOUT NOTES MATCH: Clarence vs. Launceston

By: Fraser Stewart

Trailing at three quarter time due to their inaccurate kicking Lauderdale made amends from their mistakes as they opened the floodgates in the fourth term to defeat Clarence 6.14 (50) to 4.3 (27). Throughout the match it was a relatively low scoring affair however goals from Jared Dakin, Jake Hinds, Michael Musicka, Tim Jones, Alec Wright and Dylan Riley set up the 13 point win for the visitors. While goals from Luke Swinton, Josh Green, Oliver Davis and Colby Whitelaw did all they could to give Clarence every chance of winning however, the visitors were too strong in the last term. 


Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

He set the tone early on throughout the match as he showed great aggression from the get-go laying a few hard tackles to provide a stoppage. Provided good run when he was out in space when Clarence were on the counter attack. Wherever he was it seemed the football also followed him as he got plenty of ball throughout the clash especially claiming the hard ball gets and getting the ball around the stoppages. He also got reward for his hard style of play when he kicked his first goal of the afternoon when taking a set shot. He finished with a team-high 26 disposals (15 contested), 10 tackles and five clearances, whilst also taking four marks and kicking a goal.

#34 Noah Holmes

Despite being quiet for most of the match, he did provide a lot of good things for Clarence especially when they went forward. He had good running patterns as he tried to lead for marks and create space for himself as well as other forwards. Was pretty impressive when he was on the wing for a brief period of time taking two great marks, as he found plenty of the ball.

#39 Darcy Gardner

He had a very good second quarter where he was prolific getting the majority of the ball as his hard-nosed attitude paid dividends. Loved getting the ball through the contest as he was not afraid to get stuck in at the bottom of the contest. Wherever he was the ball seemed to follow him as throughout the match he saw plenty of the ball and provided good link up play. It was not just his centre knowledge that was impressive but also his defensive workrate was also spot on, as he defused various Launceston attacks through his intercept marking skills.

#46 Baker Smith

After a relatively quiet first quarter, he got better as the match wore on as he got plenty of the footy as the minutes ticked over. His intercept play was spot on during this fixture as he cut off various Launceston attacks, and even made a few booming plays to clear any Launceston threats. 

Launceston:

#20 Jared Dakin

Was instrumental throughout the whole game as he linked up well with his teammates as he got plenty of the ball without relatively doing anything special. Had a pretty quiet second and third terms despite being around the contest but couldn’t provide the spark Launceston needed as Clarence had momentum in the third quarter. However, he did come to life in the last term when he intercepted a Clarence a kick. In turn it gave him a set shot opportunity for Launceston to open the floodgates and he made no mistake as he nailed the kick.

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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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Scouting notes and weekly wrap: TSL – Round 6

LAUNCESTON suffered its first defeat of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) competition, going down in an odd low-scoring game to Clarence by a point, as North Launceston and Glenorchy both recorded important wins in challenging conditions.

GLENORCHY vs. NORTH HOBART

By: Peter Williams

Despite coming into the game as favourites given their recent record against the best sides, North Hobart found itself on the back foot, booting just four behinds in the first half as Glenorchy raced to a four-goal lead in wet conditions at KGV. The Demons hit back in the second half, but just as it looked like they might have a sniff, the Magpies steadied through the likes of Jaye Bowden and James Deegan who both stood tall, while Matthew Joseph also kicked a couple of goals. For the Demons, Hamish Allan stepped up in the ruck, while Jack Sandric was a clear best-on in the 7.8 (50) to 4.8 (32) defeat.

Glenorchy:

#34 Braidy Simpson

The 15-year-old showed some nice signs playing for the Magpies against the Demons. He rushed a little early in the game with a couple of turnovers or missed kicks, but was able to get into the game the more it went on, and when he had time and space, hit up Jaye Bowden on the forward side of the wing, and then did it again later leading to an Aaron Joseph goal. He won more of the ball as the game went on and did not look out of place in the side despite his young age.

#36 Callum Thompson

A promising game from the Southern Football League (SFL) best and fairest winner who just has the composure and footy smarts playing across half forward and at times, deep forward. He had a chance to extend his side’s lead at the first break after marking in space in the pocket, but his shot drifted to the right. He set up teammates after that, and while it was not always perfect, he won a free kick from a great tackle on the wing in the second term and earned a 50m penalty, and his kick went into the danger zone. While that kick was intercepted, he showed nice composure to look inside when at half-forward, opting to centre the ball to a free teammate in a better position which opened up the game in the 15-minute mark of the term. He did not win a heap of the footy, but had his moments.

#53 Riley Best

Had quite a number of neat touches through the middle and was not afraid to take the game on. In the second term he wheeled around and kicked inside 50 really deep to the danger zone, and then finished off some hard running to receive the ball from Bowden 45m out with a terrific set shot goal. Considering the conditions, Best was clean at ground level and was able to get it forward to Bowden’s advantage later in the term. Unlike many others in the game, Best used the ball fairly well and was influential around the clearances and getting the ball inside 50. 

#55 Nathan Blowfield

Tried hard all game for the Magpies and is composed when under pressure in defence, he did get out-marked late in the game against Patrick Walker at half-back, but as a whole, he was able to be composed with ball-in-hand and good at ground level one-on-one. One of the few to hardly miss a target all game and played a really sensible role for a defender in the conditions.

North Hobart:

#11 Jake Steele

One of a number of over-agers in the Demons side, Steele worked hard in challenging conditions for key forwards, and showed a high level of work rate to win a number of touches up the ground. He could have finished the game with a much bigger impact, kicking three behinds, but he was able to be clean at ground level and present a contest in the air. He applied defensive pressure and was strong in that regard, and while his timing when flying for marks could use some work – he flew twice but mistimed the jump – he did what you would expect of someone his size in the wet, which was compete for four quarters.

#15 Hamish Allan

While he had a quiet first term playing through the ruck, Allan got better as the game went on and really took advantage of Glenorchy’s second ruck in Brady Williams. Towering over his opponent, Allan might have been outsmarted in the opening term at times by the experienced James Deegan, but he dominated Williams in the hitouts, and by the time Deegan got back, Allan was matching, if not beating him later in the game. Not as mobile as Deegan at ground level, Allan was crucial because he got so many clear taps to get the ball into space for his midfielders to run onto, and while they did not always get to do it, he was winning more than his fair share of hitouts. He would get forward and provide a presence in the air, but as has been typical with 200cm-plus players, was better to handball rather than kick, particularly in the wet conditions.

#19 Will Peppin

Another over-ager who was one of the more prolific ball winners for the Demons, Peppin tried hard for four quarters. Like many of his teammates, Peppin turned the ball over going forward early in the game, but he was more efficient as the match wore on. In the second term he had a nice spin out of trouble at half-back to release the ball by hand to a teammate who kicked forward. He rushed a few kicks going inside 50 which were intercepted, but his work rate and intensity at the ball in the conditions was great, exemplified by his ability to nullify a one-against-two contest on the wing in the third term and buy his teammates time to assist.

#46 Jye Menzie

Might not have had the scoreboard impact the lively flyer can have, but he was one of the more impressive players early on in the conditions. He flew for marks and got down and dirty at ground level, and still looked dangerous when the ball was in his area. He pressured opposing players who had the ball or were about to collect, and realistically should have had a goal midway through the third term, but mis-kicked it a mile in the air. He was quieter in the fourth term, but laid a great tackle in defence to lock the ball in, and his first term in particularly was where he was working hard.

#48 Patrick Walker

While many of his teammates were missing targets early in the wet conditions, Walker was using the ball well and showing clean hands off the deck. He was kicking long out of the back 50 and trying to provide run for his team against the flow with some one-twos on the win. Walker showed composure under pressure and while he made the odd mistake in the wet conditions after the opening term, was still able to show good recovery on the wing when knocked off the ball at first in the third term, and then pressured an opponent off the ball to make a mistake in the last quarter. His hands in the wet conditions remained strong with a deep kick to the pocket important as the Demons continued to attack late.

#49 Sam Collins

It was a mixed bag for the intercepting defender who did not have it all his own way throughout the game. He was good at switching play and trying to create something, but also made a number of turnovers in doing so. He was still valiant defensively with some good third-up efforts to spoil the ball, or provide pressure to opposing forwards, but like many of his teammates, had a few crucial mistakes. A handball turnover meant for Menzie in the middle went back the other way and resulted in a goal, and a long kick out of defence was intercepted on the wing. He played better wet weather football after the third term turnover goal, and still remained composed, without trying to overdo it. He had a terrific moment in the fourth term charging off half-back to win the ball in traffic and kick forward, then was thrown forward himself and showed good pressure in a losing side.

#51 George McLeod

The bottom-ager was impressive on debut, showing great courage going back with the flight early in the game, and while his subsequent kick was intercepted, he showed clean hands at ground level inside 50 to get it to Menzie for a scoring opportunity. McLeod just had a crack in a game where it was challenging to show off any athletic traits or clean hands, but he still managed to get the ball from a congested situation to teammates on a number of occasions and showed no-fear in doing so. His attack on the footy was impressive and while he is still light and was fended off easily in the third term at one stage, he has composure beyond his year. That came in the third term late when going inside 50 he had the composure to lower the eyes and not go to the predictable tall forwards leading out, instead spotting a free Thomas Reeves leading to space and went for the nice short kick out in front leading to a vital goal. Overall he moved well and showed some slick kicking skills in wet conditions and is one to watch for the future.

 

NORTH LAUNCESTON vs. TIGERS

By: Eli Duxson

After a relatively even first half, reigning premiers North Launceston pulled away from Tigers to record an impressive 56-point victory at UTAS Stadium. The Bombers only led by five points at quarter time and 12 points at half-time, but restricted Tigers to just five behinds in the second half, while piling on 7.7 and running away with a big win. Bart McCulloch starred with five majors and was one of the Bombers’ best, while Brad Cox-Goodyer (two) and Jack Avent were also impressive. For the Tigers, Kieran Lovell (two goals) put in a trying effort, as did Tyler Carter (two), while Lachlan Gadomski was named best-on for the losing side.

North Launceston:

#16 Oliver Sanders

Sanders played mostly between the wings and occasionally drifted up forward for the Bombers and was lively early in the game. A shower swept across the ground and kept the ball on the deck for a bit longer than usual, but this just prompted his straight-line attack on the footy and showed he has some contested ball ability. He had a good habit of timing his run and getting in the right position to receive handballs but was not able to connect on two kicks to send it inside 50. His hard work down the wings meant he led his opponent to the ball and won his own possession, using it well through hands. He had a set shot on goal from about 35 metres in the second quarter but missed narrowly.

Sanders’ third quarter was a little quiet, but he managed to get dangerous in final term when the Bombers were on top. He seemed to read the contest well with good positioning front and centre or roving the ball on the move. He showed his compact frame could lay strong tackles, winning a holding the ball free kick earlier in the game and bringing the Tigers’ ruckman to ground late in the game. He also showed that his frame was strong through the hips and core as he maintained his balance after being knocked in an aerial contest.

He has had a good mix of inside and outside play, but he is certainly able to find more ball and impact the scoreboard. In saying that, he also seems like the player who does not need a high possession game to make an impact with his tidy left boot.

#25 Jackson Callow

The 194cm and 95kg key position player showed he can be a utility for a team but seemed to be more effective in the defensive half. Callow played out of full forward for the first half and showed good athleticism and work rate with no reward. He copped a stinger to the shoulder early but made his way back out there to be an option. He managed to get his hands on a lot of long and high balls but was not making enough space for himself through engaging the body. Despite his lack of body work in marking contests, he showed he was adept to play ruck if needs be as he used his sturdy build to get first use of it in the air.

Like the previous week, he made the switch down back for the second half and was very good. His only blemish was spoiling a teammate going for the same mark which just showed he needed to switch from a forward to a defensive mindset little quicker. The rest of his work for the second half made up for it. He showed a good ball-reading ability in the air to mark and his speed on his opponent’s leads were electric. He was clean with his loose ball intercepts and used it well with both handballs and kicks.

Callow definitely looked a lot more comfortable in the defensive 50 than the forward. He is a good size to play key position and did all the right things as a defender. He can be a threat up forward if he uses his speed and strength to create separation from his opponent more consistently.

Tigers:

#19 Oliver Burrows-Cheng

A bit of a quiet game for the medium-sized forward although there was still a lot to like. He was hard at it and did not go off his line when he had to and showed good acceleration. He laid strong tackles and did not want to lose in congestion with repeat efforts to gather the ball and did so on a few occasions. He took a good overhead mark in the second quarter after holding a good position for the Tigers’ rebound. He hit a target on a solid switch kick but could have held to find a target up the ground in a more dangerous position – it still paid off, though.

He did seem to drift a bit around stoppages in his attacking half and was often caught between being at the next contest up forward or going to the stoppage. Either way, he looks capable in the air and when it hits the ground to rove but is also strong enough and fast enough to win his own ball in tight. A highlight of his came in the fourth quarter as he worried the Bombers player out of the contest with his ominous attack on the ball and won possession himself, sending it inside 50.

Although his numbers would not have indicated a big impact on the game, he has all the explosive traits of brilliance if he can get himself involved a bit more, whether that is with confidence or positioning, it will be exciting if he can bring it together.

#31 Lachlan Gadomski

A Devil from last season, Gadomski was named the Tigers’ best after doing his best impression of an anchor in his overwhelmed defensive post. At 186cm and 82kg, he is not your prototype key defender, although he showed at times that he could play both tall and small. In wet conditions early, he set the tone for what he is all about which is strong defence turning into offence. A strong one-on-one spoil was followed up, gathered, and cleared. He showed a willingness to win in his own ball under pressure both in the air with safe hands and on the floor. He was generally good with his disposal and stayed composed despite being swamped with attacking entries from the Bombers. He did concede a goal after being pinned holding the ball with a spinning gather, but his attack on the ball could not have been faulted.

As North Launceston dominated the play in the final quarter, it gave him Gadomski more work to do. His tackling ability was on display with a splendid chase down tackle after spoiling to earn a free kick. He continued to intercept mark and rebound, but also showed a calm temperament to not just run and gun with his clearances and try to find a target to slow the frenetic play down. He also showed good strength late in the game to stand up in a tackle and get a handball away.

He could play in the midfield for the Tigers but did not because it would probably leave them undersized down back. He played a bit like Dylan Grimes with his intercept play and stringent defence, holding his opponent to just one shot on goal for the game. A good game all round for Gadomski.

 

LAUNCESTON vs. CLARENCE

By: Fraser Stewart

On a slippery Windsor Park and in a relatively low scoring affair which saw one goal in the first term by Launceston, it was very much a battle of attrition, as there were plenty of stoppages, with not much free-flowing play happening. For much of the first half, Launceston put the pressure on Clarence’s defence, however, even with impressive performances by Blues ruckman Tim Auckland and Jared Dakin were not enough as they sprayed their chances in front of goal going down 1.10(16) to 2.5 (17). While Clarence were under the pump, Baker Smith showed what he could do and linked up with Sam Banks in the middle. Clarence, when going forward, looked dangerous when they used the wings and got their first goal in the third quarter. Two minutes before the full-time siren sounded Luke Swinton led for the ball and converted the set shot to give Clarence the win and the upset of the season so far.

Launceston  

#20 Jared Dakin

Was quiet for the first half and most of the second, but still found plenty of the ball and made good decisions. While it may not have been his best game and maybe it was due to the conditions, he still played well having not impacted the scoreboard as his position awareness was one of his biggest strengths which meant it allowed him to get the ball out of congestion and start a link up play. His second efforts when losing the ball is also to take note of. As soon as he lost possession, he quickly put the pressure on, often causing a turnover or a stoppage.

Clarence

#23 Sam Banks

Just like last week Banks began as an outside midfielder, and came to life late in the first quarter grabbing a few possessions out of the contest. While this game he may not have provided anything special for the highlights reel, he showed good vision when he had the ball linking up to multiple scoring chances. He was also calm when he got the ball and took a few seconds to kick it into space when he took a mark. He had a stint down back early in the game to help switch the play linking to an attacking play. He has a good eye for a mark, goes to the contest quickly and even gets the ground ball out in a fast manner. Like his counterpart it was his work off the ball that really mattered in their one-point win.

#46 Baker Smith

It was a busy day for him, as he did not have much breathing room as Launceston kept on putting the pressure on Clarence’s defence for most of the day. He showed good glimpses of what he can do which may come into effect in next years draft period, as he had a few good intercept marks stopping various Launceston attacks. Despite having a relatively quiet game after quarter time as he did not get much of the ball, it was his defensive smarts that was his best attribute. His skills on one-on-one defending were good as he threw a few spoils in multiple contests, and just playing and moving the ball into space was another important skill he showed.