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Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

GRAND Finalists were decided, premierships determined, and controversy reigned supreme in a highly memorable weekend of football.

TAC Cup Grand Finalists determined

Given the results from the week before, it was no surprise to see Dandenong Stingrays and Oakleigh Chargers emerge as the two grand finalists for 2018. The Stingrays belted the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels by 110 points, then knocked off Sandringham Dragons by seven goals in the finals series, while the Oakleigh Chargers made light work of both Western Jets (120 points) and Gippsland Power (93 points) to hold a mind-boggling 101-point average winning margin in their past three games. It is hard to imagine the side with just one loss for the season – and that being a six-point defeat – might head into the decider as underdogs, but the Chargers form has been so strong, it will be interesting to see how much pressure the Stingrays can put on them. Hopefully it is a belter of a game.

Cats claw their way into decider

Geelong’s Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s side only just made it into the finals with a round to go, having stiff competition from Darebin Falcons in the run home, but they made the most of their finals series, with terrific wins over the top two teams heading into the final round in Northern Territory (NT) Thunder and Collingwood. The Magpies were bundled out in straight sets after losing to Hawthorn in the semi-final, and then Geelong in the preliminary final on the weekend. Now the rivalry between Geelong and Hawthorn will reignite in the VFL Women’s with certainly no love lost between the two supporter bases.

Dream prelim set up

It was the potential preliminary final that practically everyone wanted to see – the two biggest supporter based AFL clubs in Collingwood and Richmond facing off under lights. The Tigers deservedly go in as strong favourites, but with the game sold out within an hour to anyone not holding a Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) or AFL membership – and no general admission tickets available – the MCG will be rocking on Friday night with likely the largest crowd for a preliminary final on record. Richmond has beaten Collingwood both times this season, but the Magpies have pushed them for three quarters despite sustaining two injuries early in the games. Everyone wants an absolute cracker, so hopefully that is how it turns out.

Nineteenth man controversy strikes twice

It is hard to believe in this day and age teams can make the mistake of having 19 men on the field, but that is exactly what happened, not once, but twice on the weekend. It was not in a local bush league, but in two important state league knockout finals. Southport was found to have 19 men on the field in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) Grand Final against Sydney Swans reserves, and even got done after a headcount. But rather than wipe their score – as is an option – the Sharks were that far ahead it was deemed that nineteenth man had no bearing on the outcome. However, it was much trickier in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), when North Adelaide came back from 47 points down to run over the top of Woodville West Torrens in the preliminary final. The Roosters had a nineteenth man on the field for five minutes when they booted 1.2, and the final result? North Adelaide won by five points. In the end, it went to a tribunal hearing, and it was decided the result would stand, but North Adelaide would be fined $10,000 and docked four premiership points for the start of next season. It will be interesting to see how the grand final plays out, with Norwood the side awaiting the Roosters in the Grand Final.

North Launceston claims flag

North Launceston backed up its terrific regular season form with a five-goal win over Lauderdale in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Grand Final on the weekend. The Bombers finished five games clear on top of the table, and were red-hot favourites going into the clash, but had to overcome an early challenge from their opponents to get the job done. North Launceston lead by just one point at half-time, before piling on four goals to one in the second half – albeit with some horrendous inaccuracy – 13 behinds. It was enough to get the job done, however as North Melbourne Next Generation Academy player, Tarryn Thomas booted two of his side’s seven goals – and took a massive hanger in the goalsquare – and was named in the best in a strong performance in the red and black.

Tasmania weekly wrap: Clarence emerge as premiership contenders; AFL hold final Tassie talks

THE Tasmanian State League’s (TSL) Round 12 top of the table clash did not disappoint, with Clarence edging ladder leaders North Launceston by just two points to close the gap to just four points between the sides. Meanwhile, the AFL again held talks with representatives from each TSL club as well as ambassadors for Tasmanian football regarding the future of competition in the Apple Isle.

TSL Round 12 Wrap:

Clarence 10.8 (68) defeated North Launceston 9.12 (66)

A surging fourth quarter effort has seen Clarence topple ladder leaders North Launceston by two points in a thriller. Trailing by 19 points at the final break, the Roos kicked four goals while keeping the visitors goalless to snatch an unlikely victory and launch themselves into serious premiership contention. With 12 rounds played, the Bombers remain a game clear of Clarence with a decent percentage buffer, but there’s no doubt that the Roos will now have a mental edge coming into the back half of the season.

One of the keys to victory for the home side was keeping a lid on the potent North Launceston forward trio of Zach Burt, Thomas Bennett and Bradley Cox-Goodyer, and the latter two were well contained to just a goal apiece. Ryan Bailey claimed his second best-on honours in three games for Clarence, joining Ashton Dickenson and Chris Nield as multiple goal kickers for the Roos. For North, Taylor Whitford bagged his third consecutive bag of two goals, while Burt remains second in the goalkicking charts with his two-goal effort. Sherrin Egger was named their best for the second time in three games.

Looking forward, Clarence face Glenorchy in a dangerous top-four clash at KGV, while North Launceston have the bye.


Tigers 9.9.63 defeated by Lauderdale 13.9.87

Lauderdale has kept pace with the top four sides with a comfortable enough win over sixth place Tigers. It was somewhat of an arm-wrestle in the first term as the two sides remained locked at 2.2.14 apiece going into the first break. Lauderdale kicked away in the second term in what proved to be the difference maker, with three goals to nil setting up a handy buffer at the main break. It was fairly even from then, on, with the visitors only outscoring their opponents by seven points in the second half to run out four-goal winners.

Lauderdale’s Alex Hill claimed a bag of five goals to double his season tally, but was beaten to best afield honours by Phillip Bellchambers, who managed the feat for the second game running. The visitors had a good spread of goalkickers, one of which was Timothy Mosquito, who created some buzz to land in the best. For Tigers, Luke Graham continued his consistent form to be considered in their best players, continuing his impact on the scoreboard with another bag of two goals. Meanwhile, Will Campbell was rated Tigers’ best player on the day.

In the coming fixtures, Lauderdale will be looking to press into the top four with a result in their clash with North Hobart, while Tigers take on a Launceston side coming fresh off the bye.


North Hobart 7.7.49 defeated by Glenorchy 18.15.123

Fourth placed Glenorchy again heaped the misery on cellar dwellers North Hobart with an emphatic 74-point win, putting them in good stead for an important clash against Clarence next week. The visitors led all day on the back of a six goal to one first half, before unleashing another twelve majors as North Hobart managed six of their own.

Jaye Bowden was the star of the day with a haul of eight goals, bringing his two-game tally to eleven. Mitch Walker and Harry Parker were the other multiple goalkickers with two each, with the former also landing in the best. Daniel Joseph also snuck into the best players for the third game running to continue his good form. For North Hobart, Callum Kilpatrick was their only multiple goalkicker, while Brad Tilbury was adjudged their best.

Next round, North Hobart face Lauderdale, while Glenorchy will have their hands full with a red-hot Clarence side at home.


TSL set for a shake up

A change of name was one of many proposals put forward in the AFL’s final meeting dedicated to the future of Tasmanian football. In an article by The Age’s Peter Ryan, the Tasmanian Premier League was the name floated, while there were many strong negotiations led by representatives of the seven remaining TSL clubs, who pushed for funding of up to 100,000 dollars. The possibility of Tasmania entering a squad into the TAC Cup was also spoken of on the back of the Mariners’ recent success, and there may be additional opportunities for mature-aged TSL players to feature in VFL sides as the 23rd man.

Launceston hosts AFL once again

Round 14 of the AFL sees Hawthorn head back to their second home as they take on the Gold Coast Suns at UTAS. The fixture pits ninth against fifteenth, with the Hawks looking to make it three straight wins, while the Suns will be looking for their first set of four points since round five – with some punishing losses in between. Despite looking like a mismatch on paper, the Suns will be somewhat confident considering their decent display in the first three quarters last round, as well as having done the double over the Hawks in their two clashes in 2017.

The first bounce is set to go down at 1:45 on Saturday, June 23 and will be broadcast on Fox Footy.

Allies go down in unlucky defeat

The Allies took it right up to one of the National Under 18 Championships title contenders in Vic Metro last weekend, narrowly going down by two points. Despite leading at the final change by a goal, a late Ben King major to Vic Metro saw them snatch the lead in the dying minutes, the only goal of the final quarter. The Allies were held goalless in two quarters, booting 0.12 up one end and 6.2 up the other, but it was the second term which yielded nine scoring shots, all of which were behinds that will have the home side disappointed not to walk away with the win.

The Allies would be disappointed with the loss, but also buoyed by their ability to match it with one of the title contenders for four quarters, and indeed, might have won with greater accuracy in the second term. Key position defender Jacob Koschitzke was sensational on potential number on pick King, holding him goalless up until the final few minutes. Midfielder Fraser Turner was named the home side’s best, racking up a team-high 25 disposals, nine marks, three inside 50s and four rebounds. Bailey Scott and bottom-ager Mitch O’Neill shared 19 disposals each, and combined for 11 marks and eight clearances. Top talent Tarryn Thomas had 18 disposals, five marks, six tackles, five inside 50s and four rebounds in an improved performance from the first week, while other potential top 10 pick Nick Blakey was better for the run with seven disposals, three marks, four inside 50s and a goal roaming up the ground at times.

Keidean Coleman provided run and carry out of defence, racking up 14 disposals, four marks, three tackles and six rebounds for the losers, while Nick Baker had 11 disposals, three marks and two rebounds. Murray Bushrangers’ mid/forward Mathew Walker was named in the best in his first game in the series for the Allies, booting a goal and notching up 10 disposals, six marks and laying six tackles. Potential top 30 pick Chayce Jones was again solid, racking up 17 disposals, three marks, eight tackles and three inside 50s, while key defender Dirk Koenen played his best game for the Allies, with 17 disposals, five marks and four rebounds.

The Allies will lick their wounds and have a week off before the big week in Melbourne for their final two clashes against South Australia and Western Australia. 

VIC METRO     3.4       5.5       6.5       7.10 (52)
ALLIES             3.1       3.10     6.11     6.14 (50)

Vic Metro: Williams 4, Butters, Taylor, King
Allies: T.Green 2, McFadyen, Blakey, Walker, O’Neill

Vic Metro: Smith, West, Butters, Answerth, Khamis, Williams
Allies: Turner, Koschitzke, Scott, Coleman, Walker, Baker


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

Tasmania weekly wrap: TSL top two dominate cellar dwellers; Mariners impress

THERE has been plenty of attention coming the way of the Apple Isle at the elite senior and junior levels, with a bunch of Mariners starring in the Allies trial games, while Launceston is set to host another AFL fixture at the weekend.

Mariners cast eyes on Allies squad selection:

With 11 Tasmanian products lacing their boots for the Allies against both Victorian sides, there was plenty of buzz around town in the Apple Isle. Impressive performances from Fraser Turner (32 disposals, seven marks, five inside-50s), Mariners skipper Chayce Jones (22 disposals, two goals) and Ethan Jackson (23 disposals, four marks, six inside 50s) against Vic Country laid the groundworks for a solid day. Under 18 Academy Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner Tarryn Thomas put the cherry on top with his 25 disposals, 11 tackles and one goal, doing his top five chances on draft night no harm. Thomas’ performance was not quite enough to push his side over the line against Vic Metro, as they fell by 23 points. On the other hand, the second Allies squad managed to hold off Vic Country to record a 27-point victory.


BUPA TSL Round 9:

Top two sides North Launceston and Launceston continued their winning ways, notching comfortable wins over the bottom two teams. Launceston bullied a young North Hobart side to record a 107-point win, with dangerous forward duo Sonny Whiting and Mitch Thorp booting 11 goals between them. Meanwhile at UTAS, Northern were made to work a little harder for their victory, but their three-goal to nil opening term set up a solid enough buffer for them to ease to their seventh win of the year. Thomas Bennett slotted three goals to be named in the best alongside Taylor Whitford, who bagged two of his own.

In the round’s other game, Lauderdale recorded an important win over Glenorchy to keep within striking distance of the fourth placed side. With five multiple goal kickers, the Bombers were able to overcome a seven-point half-time deficit to come out on top by 33 points.

Looking ahead, Clarence come off the bye to face North Hobart at Blundstone Arena, while Glenorchy will hope to hold onto their top four spot against ladder leaders North Launceston. Meanwhile, Lauderdale host Launceston and Tigers will have the week off.

AFL heads to Tasmania:

Hawthorn will once again host an AFL fixture at their second home of UTAS Stadium in Launceston. The Hawks face Port Adelaide in a battle of ninth versus tenth, with Port sitting outside the top eight by percentage alone. Coming off three consecutive losses, the Hawks will be looking to rebound and use their home ground advantage in a fixture that will no doubt prove to be important in the finals race.

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

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

Tasmania potential host for 2018 AFL Draft:

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

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

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

AFL Steering Committee Update

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

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

Garland guides Demons to first win of season.

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

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

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

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

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

Tasmania weekly wrap: Mariners on verge of clean sweep; TSL Round 7 preview

THIS week in Tasmanian football saw the state’s Under 18 side looking for a Under 18 Academy clean sweep, while the Round 7 TSL action brings the long-awaited 2017 Grand Final re-match.

Mariners knock off Swans on way to undefeated championship run

The Tassie Mariners were again impressive this past Saturday when they defeated a highly fancied Sydney Swans Academy by 42 points at KGV Oval in Glenorchy, Tasmania.

The Mariners, who are undefeated in the 2018 Under 18 Academy Series, performed strongly again and were able to run out 18.5 (113) to 12.9 (81) winners over last year’s title holders after a gutsy second-half performance. Tarryn Thomas, a member of the North Melbourne Next Generation Academy, put on another tantalising performance with many draft insiders now considering him a top three prospect in the 2018 AFL Draft. Thomas finished with best afield honours to go along with his two goals while renowned draft expert and AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin ‘Shifter’ Sheehan also heaped praise on the young talented midfielder.

“He [Thomas] has great composure and clean hands – he doesn’t fumble. We have challenging conditions today with a bit of a rain but it doesn’t worry him, he is a one-grab player,” Sheehan said. “He has that poise to spot a target, he’s kicked a couple of goals in the first half that were really special. He is a lovely size, is strong overhead and is an ideal size to play AFL and play in a variety of positions – he can play off half back, come through the midfield and win his own ball on the inside or play forward. “He is a very creative player and one we have enjoyed watching the last three years, he has been on the radar for all the clubs for a long time. North Melbourne look to have a gift in Thomas.”

The Mariners now turn their attention to the GWS Academy who they face this Saturday at Kingston’s Twin Ovals in Hobart.

TSL Round 7

Round 7 action of the BUPA TSL kicks off this Saturday with the shape of the competition starting to take place.

Fresh off an upset victory over the previously undefeated Glenorchy in Round 6, Clarence will travel to the Twin Ovals to face Tigers who will be looking to rebound from their 91-point loss to Launceston last week. Sitting 1-4 and second last on the table, the Tigers will be looking for midfield stars Ryan Matthews, Will Campbell and Lachy Clifford to step-up and ensure they don’t lose a third game at home this season. For the Roos, playing-coach Jeromey Webberley will be looking to back-up from his best performance of the season last week while Ryan Bailey will be pivotal in the ruck for the visitors.

Meanwhile, the side that defeated Clarence last week in Glenorchy will hit the highway and face one of the most daunting tasks in the competition when they tackle the in-form Launceston at Windsor Park. Magpies coach Paul Kennedy revealed in his Thursday press-conference that Josh Grant will be tasked with curtailing the influence of current competition leading goal-kicker Mitch Thorp (24) while the Magpies will also regain Rhys Mott from suspension for the clash that kicks off at 2:00pm on Saturday.

In the final match of the round, North Launceston and Lauderdale will square off the in 2017 Grand Final re-match at Utas Stadium from 2:00pm on Saturday.

The Bombers, having won two on the trot, will miss the influence of in-form ruckman Haydn Smith after he suffered a concussion in last week’s victory over North Hobart while Jacob Gilbee will be looking to build on the form and fitness he showed in his return game last week, where he finished with two majors.

North Hobart has the bye.

Tasmania weekly wrap: Mariners notch another win; Magpies remain undefeated in TSL

THIS week in Tasmanian football has seen the Tassie Mariners claim another victory, while Round 4 of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) season kicked off last weekend before an ANZAC Day clash started Round 5 early on Wednesday.

Mariners record a second-straight victory

The Tassie Mariners have two wins from as many games after producing a gallant 15-point victory over the Northern Territory on Sunday. After an impressive victory over the Gold Coast Academy on the road in Round 1, the Mariners traveled to Dandenong with a number of draft hopefuls impressing throughout the game. The Mariners took a 16-point lead into quarter time before stretching their lead to 21 points at the main break. It was all the NT in the third though as they kicked three goals to the Mariners’ one, but the Tasmanian side held firm in the last thanks in-part to the state’s biggest draft hopeful in Tarryn Thomas, who finished the game with three majors and was among the best players.


TSL Round 4 and 5 Wrap/Preview

Round 4 of the BUPA Tasmanian State League (TSL) saw host to two Friday night games with each producing very different results.

Glenorchy 17. 20 (122) defeated North Hobart 5.5 (35)

The undefeated Glenorchy extended their winning streak last Friday night after easily accounting for the TSL’s youngest side in North Hobart at KGV.

After a tight first quarter, the Magpies made relatively easy work of the Demons throughout the rest of the night, with the number of players able to hit the scoreboard surely to please Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy. Superstar forward and arguably the competition’s best player, Jaye Bowden, finished the game with three goals while Daniel Coppleman (three), Mitch Rainbird (two), Callen Daly (two) and former Hawk Zac Webster (two) bagged multiples along with six other Pies recording single majors. For the Demons, the game was marred by a nasty injury to Captain Hugh Williams who ended the night in hospital requiring stitches after colliding with a concrete gutter behind the goalposts. Williams was released the next day but will not feature in Round 5.

Lauderdale 16.14 (110) def. Tigers 13.5 (83)

Last year’s grand finalists in Lauderdale recorded their first victory of the season in Friday night’s other contest after a hard-fought victory over the Tigers.

The contest at Kingston’s Twin Ovals was arguably the game of the season to this point with both teams providing plenty of highlights for fans in attendance. With just a two-point lead at quarter time, the Tigers controlled the contest throughout the second quarter and took a 20-point lead into the main break but lost defensive playmaker and assistant coach Marcus Davies to a knee injury and he did not return after the half. This allowed the Bombers to take control of the contest with lively forward Tim Mosquito finishing with four majors while big man Haydn Smith was dominant across the night in the ruck. For the Tigers, young-gun Lachy Clifford was prolific all night while new recruit Ryan Matthews was his major ball-winning self.

North Launceston 11.21 (87) def. Clarence 11.9 (75)

North Launceston responded strongly from their shock loss to Glenorchy in Round 3 with a hard-fought victory over Clarence at Blundstone Arena last Saturday.

With the host of late-outs from last week’s game returning, the Bombers were made to work for their victory over the much-improved Roos. Bombers star Brad Cox-Goodyer finished the game with three majors and while Clarence coach Jeremy Webberely was pleased with the effort and intent of his side, he said they were disappointed not to walk away with the result.

Round 5 ANZAC Day Clash:

Tigers 8.6 (54) def. by Glenorchy 11.8 (74)

Round 5 kicked off early this week with the Tigers playing host to ladder leaders Glenorchy at the Twin Ovals in the ANZAC Day clash this past Wednesday. With both teams coming off a five-day break, the contest was always going to be a tough one for both sides but it was the more mature bodies of the Magpies that were able to hold strong a record a 20-point victory. Fifteen year-old forward Jye Bearman was lively up-forward booting three goals, while Josh Grant nailed two after being rested from Friday night’s game.

Coach Paul Kennedy was relatively happy with how his side played but did make mention in his post-match press conference that he was not particularly pleased with how the Pies played in the second-quarter. Pies midfielder Ben Kamaric was prolific all day and was awarded for his efforts, winning the ANZAC medal. Lachy Clifford backed up his best-on-ground performance from Friday night and nailed two majors to be among the Tigers best.

Both sides will now have a ten-day break before facing Clarence and Launceston respectively on Saturday 5 May. Round 5 will conclude this weekend when North Hobart host North Launceston at North Hobart Oval while Clarence face Launceston at Blundstone Arena. Both games kick off on Saturday from 2:00pm.

Tasmania weekly wrap: Blowouts across TSL Round 2; AFL hits Blundstone Arena

This week in Tasmanian football saw a number of Tasmanian State League (TSL) clubs stamp their dominance while this Saturday sees Blundstone Arena host AFL action.

AFL hits Hobart:

This Saturday sees Tasmania host it’s first AFL match of the season when North Melbourne play Carlton at Blundstone Arena. The clash, which will be a homecoming for Carlton coach Brendan Bolton, kicks off from 7:25pm on Saturday night with North looking to register their second win of the year while the Blues will be aiming to open their account after three consecutive losses.

Key defender Robbie Tarrant returns for the Kangaroos after being a late withdrawal in their loss to Melbourne last week with Nathan Hrovat out injured. The Blues have brought in Cam O’Shea for the injured Caleb Marchbank (ankle) while Jack Silvagni has been recalled for Jed Lamb (omitted) and last year’s number ten draft pick in Lochie O’Brien will make his debut, replacing Cameron Polson (omitted).

We will have a wrap-up of all the action in next week’s weekly wrap.

TSL Round 2:

Round 2 of the BUPA Tasmanian State League (TSL) saw three of the competition’s strongest sides stamp their early season dominance.

Glenorchy 22.15 (147) def. Lauderdale 8.12 (60)

2016 premiers Glenorchy started life under new coach Paul Kennedy in winning fashion on Saturday with a resounding 81-point victory over last year’s grand finalists Lauderdale, who now sit 0-2 after their round one loss to Clarence. New recruit Mitch Walker starred for the Magpies, kicking five goals, while returning defender Daniel Joseph was name best afield by Kennedy.

“We just did the things I thought we were capable of,” Kennedy said post-match. “Throughout pre-season you get an expectation of your players and the team and mine is really high for this group because they’re a good bunch of blokes that work really hard, they pick things up quickly and they expect high standards of themselves.” For Lauderdale, Northern Territory recruit Tim Misquito was a shining light, kicking three majors.

Launceston 21.21 (147) def. North Hobart 2.4 (16)

Launceston responded in convincing fashion from their round one defeat to cross-town rivals North Launceston, beating the TSL’s youngest side by 131-points at Windsor Park. Former Hawthorn player Mitch Thorp booted seven goals for the winners while forward line partner Sonny Whitting nabbed four. It was a tough day for the Demons but coach Richard Robinson implored his young side to learn from the experience of playing such a good side.

North Launceston 13.14 (92) def. Tigers 4.6 (30)

Last year’s premiers North Launceston now sit 2-0 after they easily accounted for the Tigers at UTAS Stadium. Under new coach Taylor Whitford, the Bombers looked as dangerous as ever and proved why they, along with Launceston, have been touted as potential premiers in 2018. Former Brisbane Lions listed forward Bart McCulloch kicked three goals for the victors while for the Tigers, former Carlton defender Marcus Davies battled hard throughout the day.

Round 3 Fixture:

Lauderdale v Launceston at Lauderdale Oval – 2:00pm

North Launceston v Glenorchy at UTAS Stadium – 2:00pm

North Hobart v Clarence at North Hobart Oval – 2:30pm

Tigers – BYE


Two of Tasmania’s best Under 18 talents ran out on the MCG last Saturday for the NAB AFL Academy against North Melbourne’s VFL team. Both Tarryn Thomas & Chayce Jones held their own, featuring in the best handful of players for the talented group of future draftees. 

Tasmania weekly wrap: AFL CEO visits state, outlines future direction

THIS week in Tasmanian football has seen the AFL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) visit the Apple Isle to address the current state of Tasmanian football while a number of Tasmanian AFL players have been named for the first round of the AFL season. Meanwhile Tarryn Thomas will have a chance to play for North Melbourne’s VFL side this season which starts next month.

AFL CEO visits Hobart

With just two days before the beginning of the 2018 AFL Premiership Season, AFL CEO Gillion McLachlan has visited Tasmania to address the state’s ongoing football issues.

McLachlan arrived in Hobart on Wednesday morning to meet with AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires along with state Premier Will Hodgman and outlined the future direction for Tasmanian football in a press conference at North Hobart Oval.

Those were:

  • An immediate injection of $200,000 to help the talent pathway in the state;
  • Subsiding the levies of all Tasmanian junior players; and
  • The announcement of a steering committee to navigate the future of the state’s football consisting of McLachlan, Squires, Carlton coach Brendan Bolton, St. Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt, former AFL Tasmania CEO Rob Auld, and AFL state and international league manager Simon Laughton.

McLachlan admitted that there were still challenges facing the TSL and said splitting the state league into conferences was not out of the question.

Tasmanians in the AFL | Round One:

A number of Tasmania’s AFL-listed players are looking to start their seasons with a victory this weekend while four players featured in last night’s season opener.

Richmond 17.19 (121) def. Carlton 15.5 (95) – Thursday March 22 at MCG

In the opening game of the 2018 AFL Premiership Season, Richmond started their premiership defense with a hard-fought 26-point victory over an impressive Carlton outfit.

Premiership Tasmanian’s Jack Riewoldt and Toby Nankervis where both impressive for the reigning premiers with Riewoldt finishing with four majors, while Nankervis won the hit-out battle with Matthew Kreuzer 33-23.

Carlton’s Tasmanian duo of Liam Jones and Levi Casboult stood at each end of the ground with Jones playing the majority of the night on fellow Tasmanian, Riewoldt.

Jones, well-known for his ability to intercept and read the play, finished with a combined 16 one-per centers and intercept possessions.

Casboult was relativity well held by the game’s best defender in Alex Rance, with the marking forward held to just the one goal and four marks.

Essendon v Adelaide – Friday March 23 at Etihad Stadium

While last year was a breakout for basketballer-turned-Crow Hugh Greenwood, the big-bodied midfielder has only been named as an emergency for tonight’s contest as he battles to return to full fitness following achilles surgery in November.

Fellow Tasmanians Tom Bellchambers and Josh Green have both been named in a new look Essendon line-up following the retirements of Jobe Watson and James Kelly and the inclusions of Devon Smith, Jake Stringer and Adam Saad.

St. Kilda v Brisbane – Saturday March 24 at Etihad Stadium

Former Lauderdale and Glenorchy players Mitch Robinson and Jimmy Webster will again be opponents on Saturday when they face off in Melbourne.

Robinson returns after an injury-riddled 2016 campaign while Webster has been named off half-back and will look to use his elite foot-skills to provide the Saints with run from the back-50.

Gold Coast v North Melbourne – Saturday March 24 at Cazaly Stadium

After growing up in the chills of Tasmania, three homegrown talents will sweat it out in Cairns when Gold Coast host North Melbourne at Cazaly Stadium.

North’s tall timber Ben Brown will again be the main focus in attack for a rebuilding Roos while Kade Kolodjashnij will be looking to get back to his form of 2016 when he lines up with fellow Tasmanian and new Sun Lachie Weller in a new-look Gold Coast outfit in incoming coach Stuart Dew’s first game. 

Collingwood v Hawthorn – Saturday March 24 at MCG

Former Dodges Ferry and Hobart high-flyer Jeremy Howe will be the lone Tasmanian on the MCG on Saturday night when Collingwood host Hawthorn.

Howe has been named alongside forward-turned-defender Darcy Moore at half-back. 

Melbourne v Geelong – Sunday March 25 at MCG

In what shapes as one of the opening round’s most exciting games, the second-half of Tasmania’s AFL twins, Jake Kolodjashnij, will line-up for Geelong against the Dees at the MCG.

With fellow Tasmanian Cat’s Jackson Thurlow (injured) and Ryan Gardner (VFL) not named in the side’s 25-man squad, Kolodjashnij will be the lone Apple Isle product in the Geelong homecoming of superstar Gary Ablett.

Maverick Weller (St. Kilda), Mitch Hibberd (North Melbourne), Brody Mihocek (Collingwood) and Robbie Fox (Sydney) have all been named as emergencies for their respective sides.

Tasmania weekly wrap: Blues overrun Hawks; TSL season launched

SPECTATORS saw Carlton claim an impressive win against Hawthorn in the JLT Community Series, while the TSL season was officially launched amid calls for a public figure in Tasmanian football this week.

Attacking Blues outgun Hawks at UTAS Stadium

In the state’s second and final JLT Community Series Game, Carlton produced a stirring second-half comeback against Hawthorn to finish the preseason competition undefeated. After a poor first half, the Blues pilled on eight goals in the third quarter to take a two-point lead going into the last and eventually finished the game as victors, 16.6 (102) to 13.19 (97), and registering their first triple-figure score since 2016.

Led strongly again by their younger brigade, the Blues stood tall until the final seconds when new Hawk Jarmen Impey‘s shot in the dying seconds was touched on the line by Jacob Weitering and homegrown talent Liam Jones. Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson rued the Hawks wayward kicking in front of goal, with veteran Shaun Burgoyne the main culprit, kicking five behinds.

Both sides now kick off their premiership seasons next week when Carlton tackles 2017 premiers Richmond in the season opener on Thursday, 22 March, while the Hawks host Collingwood two days later at the MCG. The state will next host an AFL game in Round 4 when North Melbourne take on Carlton at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

AFL great calls for Tasmanian football public leader

Former Melbourne champion Garry Lyon has urged one of Tasmanian football’s biggest exports to lead the charge in a bid to get the state an AFL side. Speaking on Melbourne’s SEN Breakfast, Lyon named Matthew Richardson as the perfect person to be the public face of Tasmanian football.

“The push for Tasmanian football is in desperate need of a figure head,” Lyon said. “There are few more charismatic people in football than Matthew Richardson, his bona-fides are beyond dispute and he is the face of Tasmanian football.”

The Richmond great has become a prominent media figure since his retirement and has been a strong advocate for Tasmanian football over recent years. Richardson regular returns home to Tasmania and has declared in the past that Tasmanians would love their own team.

2018 Bupa TSL Season officially launched in Hobart

A week after Bupa were announced as the naming rights sponsors for the 2018 TSL season, AFL Tasmania officially launched this year’s competition on Thursday. The launch was held at Bupa’s Hobart office and was attended by AFL Tasmania officials along with the competing team’s coaches and captains while Tasmanian football icon and current Bupa Head of Market Development, Peter Hudson, spoke to the media and those in attendance.

After formal proceedings were over, club captains took to North Hobart for a group photo shoot with the 2018 Bupa TSL Premiership Cup.