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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

Scouting notes and match wraps: TSL – Round 8

THE final three matches of Round 8 action completed on the weekend with Glenorchy and Lauderdale bouncing back with important wins, while Launceston took out its frustrations from the loss to North Launceston with a 96-point shellacking of last placed Tigers.

Glenorchy 12.9 (81) defeated Clarence 7.10 (52)

Glenorchy claimed a vital win in their hopes for finals this season with a 39-point triumph over Clarence. The matched ebbed and flowed throughout the first half with Glenorchy leading by 15 points at the half, before piling on four goals to two int the second half in a 12.9 (81) to 7.10 (52) victory. Callen Daly booted three goals, as Jaye Bowden (two) and Mitchell Rainbird (two) were both named among the best, as was Ryan Banks-Smith. For the Roos, Chris Nield and Sam Green both slotted a couple of majors, while playing coach Jeromey Webberley, Ethan Jackson and Oliver Davis (one goal) were named among the best.

Glenorchy:

#36 Callum Thompson

A quieter day from the talented teenager, but it did not stop him having an unforgettable goal in the second term, dribbling one home amongst traffic from the boundary line in the 24th minute. He had an earlier shot on goal from 40m out in eighth minute of the first term, but it drifted to the right. He finished with the nine touches and three inside 50, but crucially four one percenters.

Clarence:

#20 Oliver Davis

He has had more influential games, but Davis was still very impressive in Clarence’s loss. He played in his usual role onball and had the second most touches for his side with 19, but it was his tackling pressure that stood out. He put his body on the line and would win a couple of free kicks for being pushed in the back and then laying a tackle of his own. One of his free kicks received on the wing was helped with back-to-back 50s for ill-discipline from the opposition and he popped it home from the top of the goalsquare. Davis’ best strength as you can see week-in, week-out is his contested ball winning ability, but most of all within that facet, is his ability to get his hands free in a tackle. He has a neat short kick and works hard for his disposals, covering the ground well.

#23 Sam Banks

After a busy start, the bottom-aged Banks had a quieter outing. He showed good pressure in the opening five minutes in defence, laying a strong tackle and not giving away the free kick despite coming in at speed. He pushed back into defence to help out at times and after a quiet second term, won it early in the third with a long kick from half-back to half-forward and then used the ball well at half-back to go forward. His handball at half-back started a chain of possessions for the Roos that ended up in a goal to Nield up the other end. Loves to get involved in running plays, and whilst he still needs to iron out that consistency for four quarters, he catches the eye with his ball use and running ability.

#34 Noah Holmes

The bottom-age key forward looked like he was in for a big day with a great one-on-one contested mark in the goalsquare 12 and a half minutes into the match. He protected the ball drop, marked two metres out and kicked truly. He was worn like a glove by the opposition, and realistically should have had a second major nine minutes into the term. He won a free kick in front of goal, but Nield opted to take the advantage and kick his second instead. Holmes’ quick hands set up Keren Howlett for an important goal in the 12th minute of the second term, then had a chance for a major himself but his 40m set shot drifted for a behind. Holmes’ strong mark on the wing in the final term showed his work rate with a clean grab, but unfortunately missed his target in Davis and put it out on the full. His field kicking could definitely improve, but his work rate and contested marking – two from three of his marks were contested – were both highlights.

#46 Baker Smith

The bottom-ager probably played one of the best four-touch and three-mark games you will see. Standing at 192cm and 79kg in the pre-season, Smith is a touch under the key position height, but is strong enough in the air to match it with bigger opponents. In the match, those stats are not a typo, he had the four disposals and three marks, but two of those marks were contested, and he had five one percenters – the third most on the ground. The word synonymous with Smith is courage, and while he is not the most athletic player out there, he reads the play well and just plays his role defensively, coming across with a timely spoil in the final term to punch it out of bounds.

 

Lauderdale 12.10 (82) defeated North Hobart 4.5 (29)

Lauderdale conceded the first two goals of the game during its win over North Hobart, before piling on the next eight, and leading by 32 points at half-time. The Bombers kept the foot down after the main break, kicking four goals to one, to win 12.10 (82) to 4.5 (29). Luke Nelson (four goals) and Adrian Kalcovski (three) both showed their VFL experience in front of the big sticks for the home side, while Rhys Sutton and Nick Baker were named the winning side’s best. For North Hobart, Julian Dobosz slotted two majors, while Callum Kilpatrick and Baxter Norton kicked the other two goals. Patrick Walker, Norton and Michael Fisher were nominated as the Dees’ best in the loss.

Lauderdale:

#17 Nick Baker

In an important win, Baker was one of the Bombers best coming out of defence, juggling a nice balance of offensive and defensive traits. He has had much bigger games in terms of his own personal performance, but he did what he needed to do within the team game plan to have an impact. His disposals – 10 were down on his best efforts – but he had six one percenters, often pushing a higher line up the ground to be on the defensive side of the centre more so than in the back 50. This reflected in a number of both rebounds and inside 50s, working hard up and down the ground. Baker often looks for the handball receive and pump long with his raking long boot and an intercept in the last term led to a scoring opportunity which unfortunately became a behind rather than a major.

North Hobart:

#24 Sam Collins

Showing off a new number from his traditional #49, Collins was been well watched by the opposition forwards. He was held and won a free midway through the first term, and then judged his timing with his possession off half-back to hit Jye Menzie on a wing. He copped a knock close to quarter time but was fine to go, and took a strong contested mark early in the second term. Collins showed great courage throughout the match to put himself in front of a charging pack of players, then pushed forward from that moment to win it at half-forward, quickly pass it inside 50 but it was spoiled away. He does well in one-on-one situations and intercepting the play, and showed good run out of defence in the final term, pushing up to the win midway through the quarter to take a strong grab. He finished with the 14 disposals, five marks – two contested – five rebounds and two inside 50s, with just a little cleaner ball use the next improvement.

#46 Jye Menzie

Tried hard all day but could not have the same impact he has when North Hobart is attacking regularly and looking dangerous inside 50. The talented forward usually oozes X-factor, but was forced to go hunting for the ball up the ground, and while he still won plenty of it, did not have the same impact on the game as he normally would. He had a couple of “almost moments” such as midway through the final term paddling the ball in front of him, got tackled, got up, won it again and snapped from the boundary inside 50 but it unfortunately went out on the full. His low bullet pass inside 50 to Kilpatrick nine minutes into the second half was his most deadly touch.

#48 Patrick Walker

Of the top-age draft eligible players, Walker was certainly the best in this game, and played more of a four quarter effort than he has in past weeks. Most importantly, Walker’s biggest knock is his contested ball-winning ability, and he went a little way towards suggesting he is not completely outside when given the onball opportunity. Seeing him start at stoppages was great and he actually ran at 50 per cent contested from his 14 touches, and still managed 57 per cent efficiency. It might not have been his cleanest effort for what he is capable of with his ball use but he still had the greatest impact on the match for his side. He covered the ground well and as he showed in the second term, had a lovely lace out kick inside 50, then moments later took another good mark, spun around out of trouble to trick his opponent and hit up Dobosz leading out at him. To pick up four tackles and five inside 50s and even lay a couple of tackles was what really stood out, because while he turned the ball over on occasions, he tried to keep the ball moving and continuing to build his inside game is going to be the best way forward for his overall balance on the field. An impressive game.

 

Launceston 17.12 (114) defeated Tigers 2.6 (18)

After losing earlier in the round, Launceston showed no mercy against last placed Tigers, dominating with a 17.12 (114) to 2.6 (18) victory. They booted the only six goals of the first half to race to a 38-point lead by half-time, before Tigers finally kicked a major in the third term. By the end of that quarter though, the Blues had let loose and piled on another eight goals, then won the final term three goals to one during the 16-goal shellacking. Dylan Riley slotted eight goals in a mammoth effort up forward, while playing coach Mitch Thorp and Jay Blackberry booted three goals apiece, all outscoring the opposition by themselves. Tyler Carter was a lone hand up forward for Tigers, booting the two goals. Elijah Reardon and Ben Donnelly were nominated as the Tigers best in defeat, while Blackberry, Riley and Fletcher Seymour were impressive in the navy blue.

>> COMING TOMORROW: Jared Dakin Player Focus

TSL ROUND 8 RESULTS: 

Glenorchy 12.9 (81) defeated Clarence 7.10 (52)
Lauderdale 12.10 (82) defeated North Hobart 4.5 (29)
Launceston 17.12 (114) defeated Tigers 2.6 (18)

Picture: Solstice Digital & Photography

TSL/W weekend preview: Blues and Roos set to be pick of the weekend

UTAS Stadium and Windsor Park play host to a day of football for the Tasmanian State League (TSL) and TSL Women’s competitions. North Launceston hosts Tigers in both the men’s and women’s competitions at UTAS, while not far away, Launceston takes on Clarence at Windsor Park.

Last placed Glenorchy takes on a determined North Hobart side that has been gallant this season, pushing the top two teams in both its games. The Magpies finally got a win on the board in its last outing prior to its Round 5 bye, but it was far from convincing, coming away with a one-point triumph over Tigers. They had previously been belted by Clarence the week before after a competitive effort against Lauderdale in Round 2. The Demons have never been out of a match yet, winning two of their four games, and could have got the chocolates in the other two.

From an AFL Draft perspective, the Demons have a host of young talents including AFL Academy members, Patrick Walker and Sam Collins, while Jye Menzie is a clever forward who has drawn interest. With some teenage talls in Jacob Steele and Hamish Allan also coming through the Devils’ program North Hobart has plenty of up and coming talent on display. The Magpies do not necessarily have the same high amount of Devils’ players, but they have some elite talents in former Hawk, Zac Webster and the ever dangerous Jaye Bowden, one of the league’s best players of the past decade. They will need big games from them and across the board if they are to cause an upset over the young Demons.

Tigers will be hoping to cause the upset of the season when they take on North Launceston on Saturday. The Kingborough-based side has begun to turn its season around, and realistically has only been blown out of the water once (an 82-point shellacking to Launceston), with 10 and one-point losses either side of that. The yellow and blacks cracked through for a win last round, defeating Clarence thanks to an impressive opening three quarters.

The experience of ex-AFL talent Kieran Lovell showed in the midfield, while Luke Graham and Tyler Carter both slotted three majors each, and Lachlan Gadomski remains a rock in defence. North Launceston are chugging along nicely to slide into second spot now, and top-age AFL Draft prospect Jackson Callow leads all-comers from his side in front of the big sticks, slotting seven majors this season. Youngster, Baynen Lowe made his debut last round and will be one to track this season as well, while Ollie Sanders and Sherrin Egger are others who create excitement for the Bombers.

The Launceston machine rolled on another week, extending its unbeaten streak to five, but not without a challenge from the plucky Demons. The Blues experience won out in the end to get up by three points, but it was their tightest victory of the season. The Blues are stacked with experience, led by ex-Hawk and playing coach, Mitch Thorp, while Dylan Riley and Jake Hinds have combined for 24 goals this season. Jared Dakin is the draft prospect to watch after some impressive performances this season.

Now it is up to Clarence to not only try and turn around its past fortnight, but bounce back and take down the league’s top side this season. The Roos just conceded too many inside 50 entries last week as the Tigers snatched their first win, pushing the Roos out to a 1-3 record, albeit with a better percentage than the Tigers or Magpies. Oliver Preshaw and Josh Green were damaging inside 50, while Oliver Davis has been sensational this year for the red and whites. Along with bottom-age talents Sam Banks and Noah Holmes, the Roos have a number of players to keep an eye on in season 2020. Although Davis and Holmes will miss not take part in this match.

TSL ROUND 6 FIXTURES:

Glenorchy vs. North Hobart
North Launceston vs. Tigers
Launceston vs. Clarence

Nothing is better than a top of the table clash and grand final rematch all in one, but that is what confronts fans who attend the Clarence and Launceston battle in the TSL Women’s competition. The top of the table Roos have not missed a beat this season, winning all three matches, while the Blues slipped up for only the second time in 18 months, losing to Glenorchy to just sit four points and considerable percentage off top spot. Given the hurt from losing the grand final to the Roos last year, expect the Blues to have pencilled this one in the diary as a must-win.

Clarence has a couple of dominant goalkickers in Jessie Williams (eight goals), Amy Edmand (seven) and Jacinta Limbrick (five), while the young prospects to watch include 2021 AFLW Draft prospect, Amy Prokopiec and speedster Netty Garlo who have both impressed this season. The Blues are stacked with AFL Women’s talent led by Daria Bannister and Mia King who are always amongst Launceston’s best, as forward/ruck Camilla Taylor is an over-ager talent to watch.

The other game in the round is at the opposite end of the ladder when Tigers travel to North Launceston to take on the Bombers. North Launceston has a game in hand, and could well avoid the wooden spoon with a win in this clash, as the teams have scored a combined 16 points this season in five games, but will eye this one off as a game they both believe they can win.

Lily Ellis and Brooke Phillips are the Tigers goalkickers, while youngsters in Priscilla Odwogo and Hailee Baldwin have impressed at times this season. For the Bombers, they are yet to kick a goal in the opening two games, but have had some solid contributions from players such as Zoe Bourne, Ella Maurer and Kayla Sheehan this season.

TSLW ROUND 5 FIXTURES:

Launceston vs. Clarence
North Launceston vs. Tigers

Tasmanian weekly preview: Top of the table TSL clash highlights Round 5 action

A TOP of the table Tasmanian State League (TSL) clash between Launceston and North Hobart is the highlight of a big weekend of Tasmanian football action. Lauderdale and North Launceston lock horns in a third against fourth clash, as Clarence and Tigers will meet in both the TSL and TSL Women’s competitions. In the other TSL Women’s meeting, Glenorchy and Launceston lock horns in a much anticipated clash.

There is little doubt Launceston is the team to beat this season with the best offence and defence, as the only team above 250 points (276) and the only one conceding less than 130 (127) this season. They take on a much improved North Hobart team that has put its wooden spoon season behind it and picked up two wins in three games. The one loss was a gallant one against reigning premiers, North Launceston, but this is going to be an even greater challenge for the young Demons who have some terrific youth prospects.

Stringing back-to-back wins together, Jye Menzie and Nathan Harvey have each slotted five majors with Jake Steele (four) not far behind. Patrick Walker and Sam Collins are a couple of AFL Academy members to watch out for with plenty of talent. The key to stopping the Blues is limiting their damaging forward line, led by Dylan Riley (12 goals), with Jake Hinds (seven) and Mitch Thorp (five) not far behind. Jared Dakin and Collins might go head-to-head at some stage, whilst Tim Auckland is always a challenging player to beat around the ground. Yet to lose a game and sitting pretty eight points clear of their nearest rival – albeit with an extra game – they are the favourites in this clash.

North Launceston’s premiership defence has not started too bad this season, but dropping the Round 2 clash to Launceston would have hurt. They have since accounted for Clarence in a tough clash, and now face another challenger in Lauderdale that is looking to bounce back with a win after two consecutive losses. The Bombers prefer a lower scoring tight contest, and have done enough to keep the opposition under 70 points, but have not scored more than five goals in the past two weeks.

Lauderdale might look to leading goalkickers, Toutai Havea (seven goals) and Adrian Kalcovski (four) to kick a winning score, while their opponents have plenty of firepower up forward led by top-age talent Jackson Callow (five goals), and Brad Cox-Goodyer (four), while the likes of playing coach Taylor Whitford (three) and Corey Nankervis are always ones to watch.

In the final match of the round, Clarence will look to balance the ledger with a win against a winless Tigers side after going down in a tight contest to North Launceston last week. The Roos will be heavily fancied against a Tigers outfit that agonisingly came close to victory last week against Glenorchy but fell a point short. They have been competitive in two of their three losses, with a forgettable defeat at the hands of Launceston in Round 3.

Luke Graham (five goals) and Tyler Carter (four) have been shining lights in attack for Tigers, while Kieran Lovell is starting to get going for the league’s bottom side. Lachlan Gadomski and Oliver Burrows-Cheng are other talents who have been on the draft radar in year’s gone by and will be hoping to put their best foot forward. For the Roos, Noah Holmes booted four goals last week to race to equal second in his club’s goalkicking race with Oliver Preshaw, just behind Jeromey Webberley (five). Sam Banks is a name to watch out for next year while Oliver Davis should have plenty of time in the midfield throughout Clarence’s season as a top-age draft prospect.

TSL ROUND 4:

Clarence vs. Tigers
Lauderdale vs. North Launceston
North Hobart vs. Launceston

In the women’s match between Clarence and Tigers, the Roos are comfortably sitting in second with a massive percentage and will head into the clash with Tigers as heavy favourites. The damaging aspect about Clarence is that the Roos have an even spread of players across the ground. Jessie Williams booted seven goals in the Round 2 win, but only had the one last week as Jacinta Limbrick took centre stage with four. Amy Prokopiec, Netty Garlo and Tahlia Bortignon are among the young talents to watch on the Roos list.

Meanwhile Brooke Phillips broke through for Tigers’ first goal last week in the heavy defeat, whilst Kiira Johns and Mikayla Absolom have been named in the best on both occasions. Priscilla Odwogo was named best-on for the Tigers in the Round 3 loss, while Hailee Baldwin is another player who can stand up on her day.

The red hot Launceston is ready to make it three from three after having a rest in Round 3. They completely dominated Tigers by 81 points in Round 2, after holding North Launceston to the same score (one behind) but found the going a little tougher by only scoring the 26 points. Glenorchy is coming off a thumping of Tigers too, winning by 85 points, though the Magpies fell to Clarence the week before by 32.

Daria Bannister leads the goalkicking after her three goals against the Tigers, and what makes the Blues such a damaging unit is different players stand up on different days. Angela Dickson is the only player to have kicked a goal in both games, with eight individual goalkickers in the Round 2 rout, including one to top AFL Women’s talent, Mia King. Camilla Taylor is an over-age tall to keep an eye on, whilst Jennifer Guy is another named in the best for both games thus far. For Glenorchy, Sarah Skinner and Tiarna Ford have combined for nine majors, with Skinner and youngster Jemma Webster named in the best twice, leading an equally talented young list into battle.

TSL WOMEN’S ROUND 4:

Glenorchy vs. Launceston
Clarence vs. Tigers

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

Tasmanian weekly preview: TSLW Launceston sides prepare to take off as Tigers face off in TSL for first time in 2020

LAUNCESTON is set to play host to a huge day of action at Windsor Park, as the Blues take on their cross-town rivals North Launceston. The Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s competition kicks off early at 9.30am with the standalone clash the only one for the competition over the weekend. The TSL senior match takes place at 2pm with the TSL Development clash in between.

There is no past experience this season being the opening game of the women’s competition, but to say Launceston would not be hungry for a win is an understatement. the Blues went undefeated last year from 15 games, made it to the grand final, led at every break, only for Clarence to boot two goals in the last term and run over the top of them and win in the biggest upset of the year by three points. In that game, Daria Bannister and the Haines twins (Libby and Chloe) both starred, despite the defeat.

North Launceston scraped into the finals last season but were beaten by Clarence in the first week to the tune of 34 points and finished the year with a host of defeats. The last time they played Launceston, the Bombers failed to score as the Blues won by 80 points in an inaccurate 10.20 display. Jodie Clifford and Sophie Townsend were named the top players in the losing side.

In the TSL match, Launceston had a great win in Round 1 and will be keen to build on that, led by coach Mitch Thorp and last week’s multiple goalkicker, Brody Palfreyman. Jared Dakin is a young gun to watch for the Blues in the match. North Launceston had a strong start to the game last week but had a bit of a scare late, though coach Taylor Whitford still managed the two majors and young gun tall forward Jackson Callow provided a presence in attack. They should still be favourites in the clash, though it is set to be a beauty.

In the other matches, top of the table Lauderdale take on a Glenorchy side that suffered defeat in Round 1, whilst Tigers enter the TSL for the first time this season, hosting the unlucky North Hobart who showed promising signs against the reigning premiers.

The Bombers and Magpies will lock horns at Lauderdale Oval, with the home side set to start strong favourites. Toutai Havea booted three goals in Lauderdale’s win last week, with three other multiple goalkickers. Glenorchy only booted the four goals, but have the dangerous Zac Webster running around in the black and white. The Demons have a number of terrific young talents as they travel to take on Tigers, with Jake Steele and Jye Menzie both booting multiple goals last round, and Patrick Walker and Sam Collins among the AFL Academy hub members in the side. Young gun, Oliver Burrows-Cheng and former AFL talent Kieran Lovell will run out for the first time this season, with Lachlan Gadomski another one who has attracted AFL interest in the past.

TSL ROUND 2:

Tigers vs. North Hobart
Lauderdale vs. Glenorchy
Launceston vs. North Launceston

TSLW:

Launceston vs. North Launceston

Bye: Clarence, Glenorchy, Tigers

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: Mariners star in Allies win; North Launceston rolls on in TSL

SOME impressive performances from Tasmanian talent in the National Under 18s Championships helped the Allies get over the line against Vic Country, while Clarence and North Launceston were too good for their opponents.

Mariners help Allies to opening win over Vic Country

With nine players included in the starting lineup, it was inevitable that the Allies’ first Under 18 National Championship performance would have a distinct Tasmanian flavour. Mariners skipper Chayce Jones was arguably best afield, adapting well to the tough conditions to finish with 28 disposals, six tackles, five clearances and two goals from midfield. Academy Series MVP and North Melbourne Next Generation Academy (NGA) member Tarryn Thomas was quieter than usual, but still managed 17 touches in various roles, while bottom-age talent Mitch O’Neill found the ball 26 times from the wing. Other Apple Isle products to make their mark on the game were Matthew McGuiness, who didn’t quite accumulate as many possessions, but tackled hard and willed himself at the contest, alongside defender Nicholas Baker, who rebounded well and was rarely beaten. 

With 13 players selected in the overall Allies squad, the four Tassie boys left out of the first game will have to work hard to break into a winning combination. The Allies next take on Vic Metro at Southport Oval on Saturday June 16 in Round 2 of the National Championships. A replay of the Round 1 game can be found here.

BUPA TSL Round 11 Wrap

Launceston 6.11.47 defeated by Clarence 13.10.88

In arguably the game of the round, Clarence comfortably accounted for Launceston to hold on to second spot on the ladder with a game in hand. A five goals to two second term set up the 41-point win, with Chris Nield booting five majors to back up his bag of four in the previous round. He was aided well by Jake Cox, who managed his fourth three-goal game for the season to carry the Roos home. Despite their goal kicking efforts, the key to victory was keeping the dangerous Launceston forward duo of Mitch Thorp and Sonny Whiting to just one goal between them, considering they had combined for a previous season tally of 55. While the Blues have the bye in Round 12, Clarence face the challenge of meeting ladder leaders North Launceston in the week to come.

North Launceston 26.11.167 defeated North Hobart 6.1.37

A 19 goal second half helped table toppers North Launceston demolish cellar dwellers North Hobart by 130 points. Holding a mere 18-point buffer at the main break, the Bombers held North to a solitary goal afterwards, with 11 different goal kickers and three players booting more than five each. Dakota Bannister was named best afield for his five-goal haul, while Zachary Burt and Bradley Cox-Goodyer were stiff to miss out on being named in the best with their respective bags of five and six goals. For North Hobart, Nathan Mcculloch continued his consistent season to be named in the best alongside Hugh Williams in what proved to be another tough day out. They face a Glenorchy side hungry to climb the ladder next round, while the Bombers face Clarence in a top of the table showdown.

Glenorchy 16.6.102 defeated Tigers 11.10.76   

Despite suffering a half-time deficit, Glenorchy accounted for equal-last placed Tigers comfortably enough at KGV by way of 11 second-half goals. Matthew Joseph booted five majors to be adjudged best afield, while teammate Jaye Bowden continued his good form of late with another bag of three goals – his second in the last three games. For Tigers, Luke Graham snared two goals to be named with Blake Grant among their side’s best players. The Pies will travel to North Hobart on Saturday, while Tigers will be looking to grab their second win of the year when they face fifth place Lauderdale.     

Bye: Lauderdale