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Maurer thrives on Tasmanian “team bond”

RETURNING for her second season of Tasmania Devils representation in 2021, there was a rise in “enjoyment” levels for tough midfielder-forward, Ella Maurer. The 19-year-old thrived across nine NAB League outings in her top-age campaign, averaging a tick under 17 disposals and five tackles as an integral part of the starting squad. She put much of her own, and the team’s success down to a rising “team bond”.

“We’ve really come together,” Maurer said. “We’ve been really united and it’s just been really enjoyable. Sometimes in previous years I found that it was a big sluggish getting to training but this year every training was enjoyable. All the coaches, staff and girls were great to be around.

“I love team sports, just the whole vibe and being out there with the girls.”

Through a consistent and much-improved NAB League campaign, Maurer was able to bring her own strengths to the fore and lean on her senior experience to provide a hard edge. She’s a player who loves the “aggression” of the game, which shows in the traits she says are her strengths, and areas for improvement.

“[My strength] is probably my attack on the ball,” she said. “Just being able to get in and get the ball out from contests and get the hands off to a teammate… [I’m working on] being cleaner and my skills, especially when I go down forward.

“I love to play in the midfield and rotate forward, I love to play down there as well. Even in the backline, I like to play some defensive footy so a bit of everything really.”

Maurer’s 2021 form saw her selected in the Allies squad, where she remained a constant ball winner and tough competitor, averaging 18 disposals, six tackles, and three clearances per her three games. The representative honours matched Maurer’s goals constantly “improving [her] game” and playing “at the highest level” possible.

She has plenty of examples to follow too, with former North Launceston captain Jodie Clifford a particular source of inspiration for the rising teenage prospect, having been there almost every step of the way.

“[Clifford] is just a really inspiring person and player as well,” Maurer said. “She’s one of the coaches for the Devils, the midfield coach, and I got to play footy with her at North Launceston. She was our captain and best and fairest both years that we played together.”

“I started playing footy when I was 14 in the junior youth girl’s team at North Launceston Football Club. I played there for two years, then went on to play in the TSLW team for North Launceston for the two years we had that. Unfortunately that folded so now I’m at Old Scotch in the NTFA.”

A raft of Tasmanians also joined Maurer in North Melbourne’s VFLW side this year, with as many as 11 of them getting out on the park at one time in blue and white. There are certainly big things happening out of the Apple Isle and if Maurer’s development is anything to go by, the rate of improvement will be steep.

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Crooks loving the football journey

TASMANIAN talent, Aprille Crooks “definitely would take it with two hands” if presented with an opportunity in the AFL Women’s competition, but her main goal for football is to just have fun and push herself to be the best player she can be.

The Launceston Football Club talent is into her second year at the Tasmania Devils, having played Australian rules football for four seasons now. With a family heavily invested in the sport, it was only a matter of time before the midfielder decided to follow her father and sister into the oblong-ball code.

“I watched my dad play football all through my life so for 17 years I watched him play,” Crooks said. “I watched my sister get into it, and I left my dancing and netball to play football. “I’ve had amazing opportunities with it and everything playing at Launceston Football Club and this is my second year here at Devils.”

Crooks played both of the Devils’ games last year before the NAB League Girls season was cut, running through the midfield. Averaging 5.5 disposals a game, Crooks showed off her unbelievable defensive strengths, laying a whopping eight tackles per match, including a game-high nine tackles against Eastern Ranges.

It it then little surprise to hear that the defensively-minded Crooks “loves to lay a good tackle”. She also rates her speed as a strength, and combined with her tackling pressure, helps her be aggressive towards the ball both to win it, and win it back from the opposition.

“I really want to improve hitting my targets in my kicks and everything,” Crooks said of what she hoped to build on in 2021. “Looking for my best option and really getting in there when there’s a stoppage.”

Crooks thrives on getting in and under through an onball role, but she is equally able to play off a wing, a role she has a familiar understanding of from when she first started her football journey.

“I am a midfielder, it’s a good role and everything, I do love to play the wing as well,” Crooks said. “Generally because that’s what I played my very first year of football and that’s what I got drilled into me, is how to play that role. “But coming into the middle I love it, and it’s a really good time.”

Having come through the pathway over the past four years, Crooks immediately noticed the step up when she took on Oakleigh Chargers and Eastern Ranges in the NAB League Girls.

“It’s definitely such a step up from Launceston to Devils, the work rate and the intensity and the talent from all these girls here is just incredible,” Crooks said. “I had a really good transition through my football. “My dad was my coach and he really pushed me and everything, I had good connections through Devils and everything, it was really smooth but definitely a step up from your club football.”

While the journey itself has been enjoyable, it is the social connections that have kept Crooks around.

“Definitely all the girls I’ve met through the sport (are what’s kept me around),” Crooks said. “Having my dad as motivation as well, he’s really pushed me to go with my football, and it’s just so much fun, why wouldn’t you want to come back?”

Crooks said her father was “definitely” her greatest inspiration in the sport.

“Yeah he is my idol in football, what he’s done and everything is absolutely incredible and I aspire to be like him,” she said.

As for her goals this season and long-term, Crooks said she “honestly just wants to play football” after such an interrupted 2020 season.

“I really just want to get out there and play as many games as possible with Devils and really show them what we’ve got,” she said. “Just go as far as I can, I’m not necessarily striving for AFLW or anything, but if that was an opportunity, definitely would take it with two hands and go for it, but just to have fun with it, really push myself and go out there.”

2020 State League Women’s premiers: Roosters, Thunder, Devils and Blues claim titles in memorable year

AS Australian rules football teams begin to head back to preseason training for another long year, we take a look back at the four major state league women’s competitions and the premiers from 2020. In a roll call of those who tasted ultimate glory, we reminisce with North Adelaide (SANFLW), Peel thunder (WAFLW), Yeronga South Brisbane (QAFLW) and Launceston (TSLW). We have provided a snippet from their big days, and a link back to each of the respective match reports.

SANFL Women’s:

North Adelaide 5.5 (35) defeated South Adelaide 4.4 (28)

NORTH Adelaide completed an unblemished season to win the 2020 South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s premiership in an epic contest against back-to-back premiers, South Adelaide. In what was truly a fitting grand final, the Roosters held off a late Panthers charge and made the most of their chances in front of goal to salute, 5.5 (35) to 4.4 (28) at Thebarton Oval.

[ … FULL MATCH REPORT … ]

WAFL Women’s: 

Peel Thunder 4.4 (28) defeated Subiaco 2.1 (13)

IT was a modern day football fairytale, with the 2019 West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s wooden spooners Peel Thunder turning their fortunes around in 12 months and claiming a remarkable title in 2020 over minor premiers, Subiaco. The Thunder reversed two previous results against the Lions this season, losing by nine and then six points – the latter of which happened a fortnight ago in the second semi-final – to post a memorable 15-point win.

[ … FULL MATCH REPORT … ]

QAFL Women’s: 

Yeronga South Brisbane 8.8 (56) defeated Coolangatta Tweed 1.3 (9)

AFTER conceding the first goal of the game, it was all Yeronga South Brisbane as the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) Women’s side claimed a remarkable 47-point win over Coolangatta Tweed. The Devils had a terrific back-end of the season, coming from fourth on the table to defeat danger side Coorparoo in the elimination final, then the top two teams in succession, from minor premiers Bond University last week and the Bluebirds in the decider.

[ … FULL MATCH REPORT … ]

TSL Women’s:

Launceston 2.1 (13) defeated Glenorchy 0.6 (6)

LAUNCESTON has claimed the 2020 Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s premiership with a seven-point victory over Glenorchy at UTAS Stadium on Saturday. The result marked Launceston’s third women’s flag and redeemed their heartbreaking Grand Final defeat to Clarence last season. North Melbourne AFL Women’s player Mia King was sensational in the midfield and rightly awarded the medal for best on ground.

[ … FULL MATCH REPORT … ]

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Launceston paints the town blue with seven-point TSL Women’s premiership

LAUNCESTON has claimed the 2020 Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s premiership with a seven-point victory over Glenorchy at UTAS Stadium on Saturday. The result marked Launceston’s third women’s flag and redeemed their heartbreaking Grand Final defeat to Clarence last season. North Melbourne AFL Women’s player Mia King was sensational in the midfield and rightly awarded the medal for best on ground.

The minor premiers were slow out of the gates, with Glenorchy controlling the majority of the play early. The Magpies were kicking with the wind and locked the ball in their forward half for the majority of the first quarter. However, they dropped some easy marks inside 50 and could not capitalise on their opportunities. Elise Barwick earned a free kick in a forward 50 ruck contest midway through the term, but she got too close to the woman on the mark and opened the scoring with a behind. Tiarna Ford, who looked dangerous in front of goal early, hit the post with a snap just moments later. Perri King then laid a strong tackle inside 50 and won a holding the ball decision, but she missed her set shot as well to the near side. Launceston was scoreless at quarter time and trailed by three points.

The second quarter is where Launceston won the game, as they kicked all 13 of their points in this term. Going towards the scoring end, the Blues were finally able to get on top in the midfield. King was the leader of their dominance, as she won plenty of clearances and created some strong link-up play through the middle of the ground. Her attack on the ball clearly set the tone for her side coming out of quarter time. In the fourth minute, forward Brooke Brown produced some magnificent play on the half-forward flank to set up Cecilia Cameron for the first goal of the match. Just minutes later, Brown kicked the second with a nice snap around the body from 30 metres out. For the rest of the quarter, Glenorchy kept kicking the ball over the boundary coming out of defence, so Launceston locked it in their forward half quite easily. Abbie Hoiberg-Cox’s dash off half-back was a highlight of this term, as was Cameron’s strong presence up forward. Launceston went into half-time with a 10-point lead.

Glenorchy had most of the play in the first half of the third term, but Launceston’s defence led by Dearne Taylor and Hayley Whyte stood up magnificently. Sarah Skinner eventually earned a free kick right in front of goal, but her set shot was touched by the woman on the mark. While the Magpies had a couple of other opportunities to hit the scoreboard, their lack of composure inside 50 continued to haunt them. They were pressing until Cameron took one of the marks of the year in defensive 50 running back with the flight to shift the momentum. Skinner was equally as courageous in this contest, as she blindly ran back the other way and copped a massive hit for her troubles. A great contested mark from Brown on the wing released the pressure for Launceston even more, and Glenorchy did not earn any more scoring opportunities for the rest of the quarter.

In the final term, Launceston always had extra numbers back to stop Glenorchy from kicking a major and getting back into the game. Ford almost broke their goal-scoring drought at the eight-minute mark, but Taylor sprinted back with desperation to touch the ball on the line. Launceston held up well after that and ran out deserving winners.

Launceston 0.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 2.1 (13)
Glenorchy   0.3 | 0.3 | 0.5 | 0.6 (6)

GOALS:

Launceston: C. Cameron, B. Brown.
Glenorchy: Nil.

BEST:

Launceston: M. King, D. Taylor, K. Hill, M. Binns, C. Cameron. G. Hill
Glenorchy: L. Haines, P. King, A. Clark, R. Clifton. G. Sullivan, Z. Crawford

Picture: Solstice Digital & Photography


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TSL Women’s Grand Final preview: Launceston vs. Glenorchy

GRAND Final day is finally here and it is an old fashioned north against south clash in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s when minor premiers Launceston come up against second placed Glenorchy in the decider. It is a different finals series to what these sides are used to, with just the two semi-finals and grand final to determine the premier for season 2020.

LAST SEASON:

These two teams again finished first and second, and clearly too. Launceston (15-0) went undefeated in season 2020, and even won the first final to earn a spot in the decider. Glenorchy (12-3) bowed out in straight sets as a raging Clarence (8-7) came through and trumped both to win the premiership in stunning circumstances.

THIS SEASON:

Launceston (6-2) has earned its place in the 2020 TSL Women’s Grand Final following a strong victory over North Launceston (2-6), whilst Glenorchy (6-2) came from behind in a thriller to edge out Clarence (6-2) and exact revenge on their 2019 finals conquerors.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

While Launceston did finish on top of the table, they only did so by percentage, with a whopping 307.41 per cent to Glenorchy’s 264.24 per cent, a hair ahead of Clarence (264.08 per cent). It was a strange old season with the Roos defeating Glenorchy twice yet finishing below the Magpies, whilst the Magpies actually defeated Launceston twice, the Blues’ only two losses for the year.

In the first match back in Round 4, Glenorchy booted four second half goals, whilst keeping the Blues scoreless in three quarters to get up and win, 5.3 (33) to 1.1 (7). Eventual competition leading goalkicker, Sarah Skinner booted two majors in the victory, whilst Libby Haines and Kira Maass were the Magpies’ best in the win. For Launceston, Makenna Hillier was the only goalkicker in a rare disappointing scoring effort from the Blues, though Kelsie Hill joined the experienced duo of Daria Bannister and Mia King in the bests.

Four weeks later, Glenorchy repeated the dose, but in a tighter contest. The Magpies trailed by seven pints at quarter time before booting three goals in the second term, and four for the rest of the match, to Launceston’s one, to win 5.2 (32) to 3.4 (22). Skinner was again amongst hte bests despite just slotting the one goal this time, as Molly Mitchell (two) goals was prominent, as was Jemma Webster and Holly Ryan. Bannister was best-on for the Blues with a two-goal effort, whilst Hill and Melissa Smith were also amongst Launceston’s best.

FORM:

Since that loss, Launceston has won its past two games, though in a weird season, the Blues have had three byes in that time. So since the September 5 clash between the sides, the Blues have played just two matches, whilst the Magpies have played one extra game alongside two byes. They come into the game off some hot-form, defeating every team in the competition the past four matches, with their most recent loss coming in Round 7 against Clarence, but knocked off the Roos in the semi-finals last weekend.

KEY PLAYMAKERS:

Sarah Skinner (Glenorchy)

It is hard not to have Skinner high up on the players to stop for Launceston, booting 18 goals in nine games, including two hauls of four goals against Tigers, and a haul of three against North Launceston a couple of weeks ago. Skinner did not hit the scoreboard last week against the Roos, the first time she has done so all season, but her team still got the job done which was important. She has booted three goals in two games against the Blues this season.

Zoie Crawford (Glenorchy)

The former Clarence captain returned to TSL Women’s in a big way this season, switching the red and white for the black and white, and she has certainly been a standout performer. Playing in all nine games, she has been in the best seven times and even booted two goals. Given her ability to beat an opponent one-on-one, and be a reliable player week-in, week-out, she is one that can really create things for the Magpies from the back half of the ground.

Daria Bannister (Launceston)

The experienced Roo at AFL Women’s level has been a class above this season, not too far behind Skinner with 13 goals in nine games. With multiple goals in five games and the versatility to slot in anywhere, she is a terrific player to have in the side, and one that is ultra consistent – having slotted 38 goals in 15 games last season for the Blues. Against Glenorchy she failed to hit the scoreboard in Round 4 but was still impressive, then bobbed up with a best-on effort in Round 8, slotting two goals.

Brooke Brown (Launceston)

Judging from her five-goal haul last week against North Launceston, it does not look like being drafted into the AFL Women’s competition has phased her. The former Launceston Tornadoes basketball player who is in her first TSL Women’s season with the Blues, has been in red-hot form of late. Having booted fur goals in her first six games, Brown booted one goal but was second best-on in the Blues’ win over Clarence a few weeks back, then slammed home five goals in a best on ground performance against the Bombers. The in-form player of the competition.

Others: Haines has been a reliable player all season for the Magpies, showing why she was drafted into the AFL Women’s. Alongside her, Webster and Elise Barwick are always consistent workers, with Mitchell (10 goals) leading Barwick and Tiarna Ford (both nine) in those stakes. For the Blues, King is one of the standout players in the competition, while the likes of Angela Dickson, Hill and Camilla Taylor have been consistent week-in, week-out.

WHO WINS?

This is too tough to call. Glenorchy have found the way to win against the Blues the past two matches, but Launceston have shown to be the best team in the competition. That did not matter last year in the decider, but they did beat the Magpies in the first week of finals in 2019, so will hope to repeat the dose here. Glenorchy are favoured in a tight one, but could go either way.

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TSL Women’s weekend wrap: Semi-finals – Glenorchy win thriller to face Launceston in final

GLENORCHY booked its spot in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s Grand Final with a thrilling four-point victory over Clarence. The tight second and third semi-final lived up to the hype, whilst minor premiers Launceston got the job done in the other semi-final, defeating fourth placed North Launceston by 43 points.

It was a seesawing clash between the Magpies and Roos with Clarence taking a quarter time lead by six points. In what would become a titanic struggle, the Magpies booted the only goal of the second term to draw within one point, before the Roos kicked the only score of the third quarter – a behind – to lead by two points at the final break. Both teams hit the scoreboard in the final term, with Glenorchy’s two goals to one seeing the Magpies home in a four-point thriller, 4.1 (25) to 3.3 (21).

Tiarna Ford booted two goals and was amongst the best for the Magpies, as Molly Mitchell and Elise Barwick also converted majors. Macklyn Sutcliffe, Perri King and Rebecca Clifton were named amongst the best to send their team into the grand final. For the reigning premiers, Rachel Archer and Natalie Pearce both booted a goal and were named amongst the best as young gun Amy Prokopiec also kicked a major. Megan Harper and Nicole Bresnehan were among the most influential players on the ground for the Roos despite going down in a narrow defeat.

In the other semi-final, Launceston was too good for North Launceston, starting strongly and not looking back. The Blues booted three goals to one in the opening term, before piling on 4.4 to 1.0 to race away to a 34-point advantage at the main break. To North Launceston’s credit, the Bombers actually won the third term by a point as they kicked 1.2 to 1.1, but it would only reduce the deficit to 33 points. Holding their opponents scoreless in the last term, Launceston went on to boot a somewhat inaccurate 1.4, but got up 9.9 (63) to 3.2 (20).

New Roo, Brooke Brown kicked five goals in a best on ground performance for the Blues, as Molly Clark (three goals) and Meg Sinclair (one) were also named amongst the best. Melissa Smith, Georgia Hill and Mia King also stood out in the win as Launceston looked the goods against their northern rivals. For the Bombers, Maggie Cuthbertson and Ella Maurer both kicked goals and were named among the best, as Sophie Farrow also kicked a major. Kartley Broad and India Viney stood out as the top players for North Launceston with the Bombers’ season coming to a close.

Next week Glenorchy will try and make it three consecutive wins against Launceston this season, whilst the Blues will hope it is a case of third time lucky when the teams face off in the 2020 TSL Women’s Grand Final.

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TSL Women’s Semi-finals preview: Blues and Magpies host do-or-die matches

THERE is no turning back for any of the four Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s sides when the four finalists battle it out in two do-or-die semi-finals. Last year’s runners-up Launceston host the fourth placed North Launceston at Windsor Park, before the classic contest between big improvers Glenorchy and reigning premiers Clarence.

The Magpies have knocked off Launceston twice this season, a feat that they did not manage to achieve last season – nor did anyone until the grand final – and now must overcome a 0-2 head-to-head in 2020 against the Roos to book a spot in the TSL Women’s Grand Final. It will be a tough game to pick with Glenorchy snatching the home ground advantage with a massive 63-point win over North Launceston in the final round, so now the sides will play out at Abbotsfield Park.

Fresh off her leading goalkicker title, Sarah Skinner (18 goals) will be one the Roos need to contain, whilst up the other end, second placed Jessie Williams (17) is a key component of Clarence’s attack. She is one of three players inside the top five for goals however, with Jacinta Limbrick (12) and Amy Edmand (nine) up there, as is Magpies’ Molly Mitchell (nine).

Skinner has been an outstanding force this season for the black and whites, with Zoie Crawford the other one who has caught the eye of coaches, named among the best on seven occasions each. Young talent Jemma Webster has also had a great year, whilst former AFLW player Libby Haines has rebounded strongly through the league.

For the Roos, Nicole Bresnehan provides much-needed experience in the red and white, whilst the likes of Bronte Scott, Limbrick, Amy Prokopiec and Brianna Oates have all had some strong season, with the latter ones impressing beyond their years. Clarence start favourites in this clash given their 2-0 head-to-head record, but expect Glenorchy to bring the heat because the Magpies would back themselves in the decider against Launceston.

Speaking of Launceston, they are heavy favourites to roll through to another grand final when they come up against North Launceston. The Bombers pushed them in the opening round of the season, but have only managed the two wins – both against the winless Tigers – whilst Launceston has only lost to Glenorchy this year. The Blues grabbed the all-important top spot as the top three in the five-team competition were so even, and now have a chance to build some confidence.

Daria Bannister is third overall for goals with 13 this season, and has been amongst the Blues’ top performers throughout 2020. Launceston tend to share the goals around with recently drafted North Melbourne forward Brooke Brown (five goals), Angela Dickson (four) and Meg Sinclair (four). Bannister’s fellow AFL Women’s teammate Mia King has also found herself in the bests on five occasions, with Dickson, Camilla Taylor and Kelsie Hill all making it in four times.

There is no doubt the game is an uphill battle for North Launceston, but the Bombers have nothing to lose, and the likes of Zoe Bourne (five bests), Maggie Cuthbertson (four), Ruby Slater (four), Jodie Clifford (four) and Kayla Sheehan (four) will not shy away from a challenge. They have struggled to score against the big three teams, and will need to conquer that to have a huge upset, but finals footy is a different ball game.

TSL WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS FIXTURES:

Launceston vs. North Launceston
Glenorchy vs. Clarence

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TSL Women’s wrap: Glenorchy snatches second by 0.16 per cent

GLENORCHY snuck home by a whisker. Not in terms of their final round match result against North Launceston, the Magpies won that by 63 points. But in terms of their overall season finish, Glenorchy won by enough in the final round of the season to sneak past Clarence and grab second spot on the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s ladder.

The Magpies arguably could have won by a lot more, kicking 8.17 (65) to 0.2 (2), but it was enough to see them finishing on 264.24 per cent, marginally ahead of Clarence on 264.08 per cent. It was a feat that did not look likely after a quarter of play as Glenorchy kicked four behinds to North Launceston’s one to lead by just three points in a low-scoring term. They found their rhythm in the second term, piling on an inaccurate 4.6 to lead by 33 at half-time.

The third term was the same as the first, with the Magpies again kicking just four behinds to the Bombers’ one to hold a 36-point advantage. Needing almost 30 points to surpass Clarence into second in the final term, the visiting side booted 4.7 to run out 63-point winners and get there by a point in the end, showing how every score matters.

Sarah Skinner took the outright title of leading goalkicker, booting three which was the minimum to win the award solo. Elise Barwick kicked a couple of goals as the other multiple goal scorer, as Brieanna Barwick and Jemma Webster converted a major and were among the Magpies’ best. Perri King was the other goalkicker for the winners, as Laura Negri and Zoie Crawford both impressed in the victory as well.

The Bombers did not manage to kick a goal in the loss, but had a number of impressive players including Ella Maurer, Zoe Bourne and Ruby Slater. Others who were named in North Launceston’s best were Carly Farrow, Sophie Farrow and Raigan Kettle. While the loss was disappointing for the Bombers, they had already secured a finals berth last week.

Launceston finished on top of the table and now take on the Bombers at Windsor Park at 9.30am on Saturday, whilst Glenorchy’s late grab of second spot has a home ground yet to be determined – usually KGV – when they take on Clarence in a massive contest. The winners of both games will advance through to the TSL Women’s Grand Final the week after.

TSL WOMEN’S RESULTS:

North Launceston 0.2 (2) defeated by Glenorchy 8.17 (65)

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TSL Women’s weekend preview: Round 12 – Bombers and Magpies to close out season

A STANDALONE match between two finalists will close out the 2020 Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s season. Fourth placed North Launceston hosts third placed Glenorchy in a nice tune-up for finals in the only game of the round from 11.30am on Saturday at UTAS Stadium. Realistically there is not a great deal on the line with both secured in finals, and the only chance of movement comes in a massive win to Glenorchy who could then mathematically overtake Clarence in second.

Regardless of the result of this match, North Launceston will take on top of the table Launceston next weekend, whilst Glenorchy plays Clarence. Both sides will be up against it considering both of Glenorchy’s losses have coming against Clarence, yet they have accounted for Launceston both times. Just as strange, while Launceston has lost to Glenorchy twice, the Blues have sought revenge on the reigning premier Roos in both meetings. The Bombers on the other hand have had just the two wins, both coming against the winless Tigers in fifth. Nonetheless, the regular season gets thrown out once finals start as that is a different ball game.

The last time these sides met, Glenorchy got up by 32 points, defeating North Launceston 7.6 (48) to 2.4 (16). It was the Bombers who raced out of the blocks to shock the Magpies in the first term and lead by seven points, but then only managed three behinds for the rest of the game as the home side piled on 6.6 at KGV. Molly Mitchell (three goals), Tiarna Ford (two) and Sarah Skinner (two) made up the Magpies’ seven goals, while Maggie Cuthbertson and Bonnie Farrell kicked the two Bombers goals. Libby Haines and Skinner were the standouts for the winners, while Sophie Farrow and Hayley Breward both impressed for the losers.

One intriguing aspect of the match is whether or not Skinner can take home the competition’s leading goalkicker award. She sits two behind Clarence’s Jessie Williams, and without Williams playing another game, multiple goals will see her either share the award or take it outright, having kicked 15 majors this season. Mitchell is next with that three-goal haul against the Bombers her most of the season having kicked nine in total, while Ford (seven) and Elise Barwick (six) are not far behind. In terms of standouts this year, Skinner and Zoie Crawford have both been named among the best six times, just ahead of Jemma Webster and Haines who have received four bests this year.

For the Bombers, Farrell leads the way with four majors, one ahead of Cuthbertson, as four players have two goals a piece being Ella Maurer, Emily McKinnell, Sophie Townsend and Breward. As for the bests, Cuthbertson and Zoe Bourne have been named there four times, as has Jodie Clifford and Kayla Sheehan. North Launceston is the underdog in this game and will need to be at their best, but the Bombers would love to claim a scalp on the eve of finals and head in with a two-game winning streak.

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TSL Women’s Round 11 wrap: Blues secure minor premiership with penultimate round win

LAUNCESTON has secured top spot in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s competition with a crucial win over Clarence in both sides’ final matches of the regular season. In the other of two matches played, North Launceston sentenced Tigers to the wooden spoon handed the Tigers an eighth loss and see the Bombers lock up fourth spot ahead of the final round.

The Blues never had it all their own way, leading by two points at quarter time and three at the main break, but neither team could apply too much scoreboard pressure. Launceston kicked a couple of crucial goals in the third term to stretch the lead out to 17 points, before Clarence came home to kick the final goal of the match. It would not be enough for the home side however, as Launceston recorded a memorable 3.7 (25) to 2.3 (15) win.

Daria Bannister booted a couple of goals and was named among the Blues’ best, with Brooke Brown also superb, kicking the other major and was prominent across the ground. Young gun Mia King was named best on ground in the 10-point victory, while Kelsie Hill and Cecilia Cameron were also among the top players on the day. Jessie Williams and Grace Mitchell booted the two goals for Clarence, as Nicole Bresnehan, Natalie Pearce and Charlotte Kenny all shone in the victory.

In the other match, North Launceston won its second game of the season, holding Tigers to one goal in a 33-point triumph. The Bombers kicked 3.4 in the first half and kept the home side scoreless to head into the half-time break 22 points ahead. Tigers gave their fans a glimmer of hope in the third quarter, kicking 1.1 to cut the deficit to 15 points, before the Bombers ran out stronger with their best quarter of the match, kicking 3.0 and getting up, 6.4 (40) to 1.1 (7).

Ella Maurer was best on ground for the Bombers, also converting two goals, while Ruby Slater and Sophie Townsend were also named amongst the best and hit the scoreboard. Zoe Bourne and Hayley Breward impressed in the victory, while Bonnie Farrell and Emily McKinnell kicked majors. For Tigers, Gillian Millar kicked the only goal, while Hailee Baldwin, Bianca Bell and Bianca Phillips were all strong despite the loss.

In the final round of the season next weekend, Glenorchy returns from a bye to face North Launceston, with the Magpies gunning for second spot. Either way the finals are locked in, with North Launceston having to take on Launceston the week after, and the Magpies taking on the Roos. If Glenorchy gets up, then the Magpies will secure second spot and a home final against Glenorchy.

TSL WOMEN’S ROUND 11 RESULTS:

Clarence 2.3 (15) defeated by Launceston 3.7 (25)
Tigers 1.1 (7) defeated by North Launceston 3.7 (25)

Picture: Solstice Digital & Photography