Wrest Point TSLW Round 5 Wrap

Round five of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Clarence defeat reigning premier Launceston in a nail-biting clash at Oatlands, whilst Burnie were overwhelmingly defeated by Glenorchy, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Saturday 19th May

Clarence v. Launceston (Oatlands) – 11:00am

Clarence 7.6 (48) defeated reigning premier Launceston 4.5 (29) on neutral turf at Oatlands in round four. Both teams had not met since the first semi-final of the 2017 season which saw Clarence defeated by ten points before the Blues went on to clinch the flag.

The opening term saw lots of scoring opportunities for each side but both only managed to score one goal each. The first goal of the game was kicked by Launceston player Courtney Stanley after receiving a handball from teammate Danika Corcoran just as she was tackled. Nat Pearce kicked Clarence’s first goal of the game but the ‘Roos still ended the quarter three points down.

Clarence dominated the second quarter with seven scoring opportunities to Launceston’s none. Jacinta Limbrick, Tarn Ford and Nicole Bresnehan all kicked one goal each in the second term to put the Roo’s in front by 19-points at the main break.

Launceston’s Dearne Taylor secured a goal less than a minute into the third term, getting her side off to a fast start, exactly as teammate Danika Corcoran had done the week before during the second quarter in Launceston’s match against the Tigers.

Amy Halaby was the only other goal scorer for the Blues in the third quarter after being awarded a 50-metre penalty. Nat Daniels scored Clarence’s only goal in the third term, not long before play was stopped so Clarence player Rachel Long could leave the ground under the blood rule.

Long returned to play the fourth quarter only to be tackled by Courtney Webb around the ten-minute mark of the fourth quarter. This tackle was referred to the Match Review Panel who determined that the dangerous tackle was careless, with medium impact to the head. Webb was offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea. Webb has accepted the one-match suspension which means she will not play against Burnie in round five this week.

The fourth quarter also brought about a change in pace as both teams played with a hint of desperation. Launceston’s Danika Corcoran scored the Blues final goal for the match, whilst Clarence nabbed two goals by Nat Daniels and Jessica Minifie, leading the Roo’s to defeat the reigning premiers by 19 points.

The win now sees Clarence move to top spot on the ladder, with Glenorchy and Launceston just behind due to percentage.

Launceston will host Burnie at Windsor Park in round six, whilst Clarence is the first team to have their second bye of the season.


Clarence Football Club            1.1       4.5       5.5       7.6 (48)

Launceston Football Club        1.4       1.4       3.5      4.5 (29)



Clarence Football Club: N. Pearce 3, J. Minifie, N. Bresnehan, T. Ford, J. Limbrick

Launceston Football Club: D. Taylor, C. Stanley, A. Halaby, D. Corcoran


Clarence Football Club: N. Bresnehan, B. Scott, R. Archer, C. Wells, N. Pearce, L. Ochayi

Launceston Football Club: A. Carey, H. Whyte, C. Thuringer, C. Stanley, M. Clark, D. Taylor



Sunday 20th May

Glenorchy v. Burnie (KGV) – 1:00pm

Glenorchy proved too strong for Burnie defeating them 14.12 (96) to 0.0 (0) at KGV.

Glenorchy came out strong in the first quarter kicking three goals with Natalie Daniels, Sarah Skinner and Mackie Sutcliffe the goal scorers. Although Burnie did not score this quarter they kept the Magpies under pressure forcing them to make quick decisions inside 50, resulting in three behinds and one out of bounds on the full.

Glenorchy held a 21-point lead over the Dockers at the start of the second term and continued this momentum into the second, kicking a further two goals and four behinds with most of the quarter being spent in the Magpies’ forward half.

Hannah Smith kicked the opening goal of the term from about 50 metres out, with a low kick that looked as if it was going to be touched by a pack of Burnie and Glenorchy players near the goal line, but miraculously missed them and went through. Glenorchy player Natalie Daniels also kicked her second goal of the game in the second term to put the ‘Pies 37 points up at half time.

Burnie again struggled to get the ball down to their forward half in the third term, with Glenorchy scoring six goals and four behinds.

The first of these six goals came early in the third term when Elise Barwick was awarded a 50-metre penalty. Barwick did not make the distance, but the ball was luckily marked by teammate Mackie Sutcliffe, right near the goal line and put straight through. Barwick redeemed herself a couple of minutes later kicking a goal of her own.

Late into the third quarter, Brieanna Barwick took a shot on goal missing the distance, only to have the ball marked by teammate Nietta Lynch who scored her second goal in the third term after kicking one mid-way in.

Glenorchy players Mackie Sutcliffe and Natalie Daniels both kicked their third goals of the game this quarter with the ‘Pies ending the third term with a commanding 77-point lead over Burnie.

The fourth quarter brought about heavy rain that did not seem to hinder Glenorchy’s efforts, with Hannah Smith, Jade Williams and Katie Stanford kicking goals to help the ‘Pies register a dominant 96-point victory over Burnie who failed to score all match.

Burnie suffered an early hit when Melbourne AFLW player Emma Humphries withdrew from Sunday’s match against Glenorchy after initially being named.

Dockers coach Richard Mulcahy advised that Humphries was taking a cautious approach after some hamstring problems.

“Emma has had hamstring problems but said she would play on Sunday only because we didn’t have enough players.

“On Friday we were lucky to get two more players on permit from the NWFL. Then [we] decided it was probably best if Emma didn’t take the 10 hour bus trip to Hobart and back as she really needed one more week off,” Mulcahy said.

Burnie’s Shaeli Rodman sprained her thumb towards the end of the match, but Mulcahy advised that there was no structural damage and that Rodman will be a 50/50 chance for round six.

The Tigers return from the bye in round five to take on Glenorchy at the Twin Ovals, while Burnie will travel to Windsor Park for a clash with Launceston.


Glenorchy Football Club     3.3       5.7       11.11       14.12 (96)

Burnie Football Club            0.0       0.0       0.0       0.0 (0)



Glenorchy Football Club: N. Daniels 3, M. Sutcliffe 3, H. Smith 2, N. Lynch 2, S. Skinner, E. Barwick, K. Stanford, J. Williams


Glenorchy Football Club: E. Barwick, M. Sutcliffe, S. Davis, G. Terry, N. Daniels, B. Barwick

Burnie Football Club: L. Stevenson, C. Haines, L. Haines, S. Langmaid, C. Chandler, J. Mercer


Dees Rewarded With Historic Win

North Hobart’s stunning upset of the Tigers on Sunday afternoon has rewarded the efforts of a young, resilient group of footballers, according to coach Richard Robinson. 

There is no denying that the 2018 season has gotten off to a tumultuous start for the North Hobart Demons.

A raft of players leaving the club for the Tigers initially took some of the shine off the club’s historic re-branding from the Hobart City Demons back to the North Hobart Football Club.

A 53-point loss to the Tigers at North Hobart Oval started the season.

Losses to Launceston (131 points), Clarence (64), Glenorchy (93), North Launceston (172) and Lauderdale (42) followed, with the club’s captain and spiritual leader Hugh Williams also suffering a nasty injury in round four.

Many accepted that such results would be inevitable due to the youthful nature of the side, but doubts certainly started to emerge as to whether the club would be able to post a victory in 2018.

First-year senior coach Richard ‘Bear’ Robinson, an established figure at North Hobart Oval, remained upbeat throughout this difficult period, but couldn’t hide his delight at his side’s stunning eight-point win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon – particularly with half a dozen former Demons taking to the field in the yellow and black.

“We were absolutely rapt. Relief probably would be the right word from a coaching point of view. The rooms were absolutely packed with supporters, past players and the president – people were in tears after the game as it was the first win back as North Hobart – a lot of hard work has gone into the club and to finally get reward for effort was fantastic.”

“After the game I said the feeling you had today, you want to have it again and again. We prepared for two weeks to take on the Tigers. We had a plan and executed the plan. That’s the standard and level you need to be at to be competitive in State League football,” Robinson said.

Robinson insists the mood around the club has remained upbeat, with building blocks being put in place for an exciting future.

“The morale has been great across the whole season. The kids bounce into training and we have good structures in place. Just because we haven’t won a game doesn’t mean that we just let the guys go, so to speak – we drive them really hard and they train really hard.”

“Blokes like the two Hugh Williams’, Brad Tilbury and Nathan McCulloch really drive that, so what we are hoping for there that in three or four years time the Will Peppin’s and Tyler McGinniss’ drive that forward again for the next group coming through,” he said.

The development of players like Peppin, McGinniss and Callum Kilpatrick has been further enhanced in recent weeks by the presence of Colin Garland.

Garland, who played his junior football for the Demons, played 140 games across 12 seasons with Melbourne in the AFL, and has brought his immense knowledge to the young group.


“Colin was very important. He played forward, had 25-26 possessions, took nearly 10 marks, kicked a couple, set up a couple but it was his on field leadership as well, as I said to him after the game we are just so happy that he has come to the club – the guys look up to him,” Robinson said.

Hugh Williams, led the way for a Demons side that had 10 teenagers (and two recently turned 20-year-olds) take to the field against the Tigers.

Williams, 28, played a key role in defence after starting up forward and admitted the win was one of the best he has been a part of.

“It was obviously a great win. My first year at the club we won a couple of finals, but I think this was one of our better wins with our backs against the wall.

“We go into every game thinking we can win. We had a plan against them and we executed it,” Williams said.


North Hobart now prepare for a clash with Launceston in round nine, and although the club knows it has a long way to go, both Robinson and Williams are quick to acknowledge that one win is far from job done.

“The half hour after a win is why you play footy and it would have been the best win these young guys would have had. It just makes you want to go again and again,” Williams said.

RACT Insurance Player of the Year Votes – Round 8


Round eight RACT Insurance Player of the Year votes have landed, with the three players rocketing up the leaderboard. 

The big guns fired for the Northern Bombers in a comprehensive win over Launceston at Windsor Park. Premiership coach Tom Couch continued his impressive return to the state with a best on ground five-goal haul. Couch’s successor, Taylor Whitford, maintained his strong form with a dominant midfield performance, while reigning Alastair Lynch and Baldock Medalist Brad Cox-Goodyer booted four goals on his way to his first Player of the Year vote for the season.

Jake Cox starred for the Roos in a hard-fought win over Lauderdale, booting three second half goals, while consistent defender James Holmes delivered another typically industrious and brave display. Ryan Wiggins was a shining light for the Bombers, performing well at both ends of the ground throughout the day.

North Hobart skipper Hugh Williams made his presence felt in his first game back from a nasty injury in round four, performing well up forward early and in his usual defensive general role as the day wore on. Trent Millhouse was influential in the Demons’ first win for the year, while Tiger star Mitch Carter was the hosts best on an otherwise disappointing day.


Launceston v North Launceston – Windsor Park 19/05/18

3- Tom Couch (North Launceston)

2- Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

1- Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)


Lauderdale v Clarence – Lauderdale Oval 20/05/18

3- Jake Cox (Clarence)

2- James Holmes (Clarence)

1- Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale)


Tigers v North Hobart – Twin Ovals 20/05/18

3- Hugh NJ Williams (North Hobart)

2- Trent Millhouse (North Hobart)

1- Mitch Carter (Tigers)


Taylor Whitford’s two-vote effort has seen him move a point clear atop the leaderboard after round eight, while Tom Couch has leaped into equal second place. Jake Cox’s efforts have also seen him move within striking distance in a tight race after eight rounds. 



8 VOTES: Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

7 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)

6 VOTES: Ryan Bailey (Clarence)

6 VOTES: Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

6 VOTES: Tom Couch (North Launceston)

5 VOTES: Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

5 VOTES: Jake Cox (Clarence)

5 VOTES: Mitch Thorp (Launceston)



Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night and will be uploaded here round by round in 2018.

Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night.

THE RACT Insurance Player of the Year is awarded to the player with the most votes at the end of the regular season as determined by votes cast by journalists after each game. The RACT Insurance Player of the Year wins a $2,500 cash prize and a $2,500 RACT Travel voucher.

Tigers Left Wanting Against Hungry Dees

Goalkicking troubles and poor ball use inside forward-50 cost the Tigers on Sunday, as the club missed out on what many expected would be their second win of the season against a rejuvenated North Hobart, writes TSL Digital Reporter Josh Duggan. 

The return of captain Hugh Williams and TSL debut of former Melbourne star Colin Garland gave the Demons the jump in the first quarter, as they kicked the game’s first two goals and reached halftime with a surprising 16 point lead.

Though the Tigers dominated general play in the second half, they never quite closed the gap, finishing with 5 goals and 12 points, while several more shots missed the sticks entirely.

Coach Trent Baumeler was left to rue his side’s inaccuracy in front of goal, with the Tigers having more than enough opportunities to hit the front in a match they were expected to win.

The Tigers have some questions to ponder. IC: Solstice Digital

“We were plus-12 in inside-50’s and had four more scoring shots for the day, but you have to reward yourself for that work – North Hobart did that far better; they got their inside 50’s and were able to put scoreboard pressure on through goals,” he said.

With the Tigers’ only win this season coming in round one over the Demons, and the club suffering six consecutive defeats since, it’s vital that the Tigers register a win sooner rather than later to revitalise a faltering year after being predicted by many to be the season’s big improver.

“Every side at this point needs four points, especially with the bottom half of the five being close,” Baumeler said.

With Lauderdale going down in the Eastern Shore Derby to Clarence on the same day, the Tigers missed an opportunity to draw level with them on points and put the pressure on the Bombers for a spot in the top five.

While the Tigers were left to ponder what might have been, North Hobart enjoyed a historic win, with this victory the club’s first since moving back to the North Hobart name.

Williams and Garland were hugely influential for the Demons, while Trent Millhouse also impressed.

The Demons will be hoping that this win can kick-start their own season; however, Coach Richard Robinson isn’t getting ahead of himself, and nor is the club.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do – age demographic-wise we’re a long way off, but it’s reward for effort, they [the playing group] work very hard”

After a turbulent offseason and rough start to the season, there are few clubs that deserve reward more than North Hobart.

“It was just good to see the smiles on the boys’ faces, and I said after the game ‘this is a feeling you want to experience more often’,” Robinson said.


Tigers                                      1.4,  2.6,  4.9,  5.12  (42)

North Hobart                        2.3,  5.4,  6.6,  7.8  (50)



Tigers: T. Carter 2, L. Clifford, W. Poland, L. Graham

North Hobart: C. Garland 2, J. Steele, C. Murfet , J. Clifford, P. Walker, S. Willis


Tigers: M. Carter, R. Matthews, W. Campbell, C. Sawdy, L. Clifford, B. Donnelly

North Hobart: H.Williams, T. Millhouse, M. Woods, H. Williams, N. McCulloch, S. Caswell

Couch Clinic Asserts North Launceston’s Standing As TSL’s Best

North Launceston has sent a resounding message to the rest of the competition with a dominant 53-point victory over fellow premiership fancies Launceston at Windsor Park, writes Mitch Stagg. 

The cross-town top of the table clash was the showpiece of the round, with the rivalry intensifying once proceedings got underway, as the Bombers flexed their muscle to once again stamp themselves as the competition’s premier side.

The 15.13 (103) to 7.8 (50) win was set up by an eight goal to one opening half, with Tom Couch booting four of his five majors for the day, including three in the second quarter. The ex-Bombers coach had a hand in everything, setting up a further three goals for his teammates, as the Blues were rendered powerless to stop his influence at half forward.

The former Melbourne Demon polled maximum votes for the second time this season, after recommitting to the Bombers as a fly-in player in between his commitments with Tennis Australia.

“With Tom, he is a person that provides nearly more off the field than he does on the field. He is a great leader and he is a person that we want around our football club.

Tom Couch was dominant at Windsor Park. IC: Andrew Woodgate

“We’re lucky enough to have him for the next 4-5 weeks and he is a great person and he can obviously play football as well,” Bombers coach Taylor Whitford said.


Launceston appeared to be up for the fight in the first term, coming out on top in most key markers, except on the scoreboard, as a string of wasted forward entries let the Bombers off the hook. The Blues would have seven scoring shots to four, but trailed by seven points at the first change.

“I thought we were quite lucky with Launceston not capitalising in the first. I think they kicked maybe five or six points, which probably let us off the hook a little bit early and we were lucky enough to kick two or three goals into it (the breeze), which really helped,” Whitford said.

From there Couch took control, with two booming goals from outside fifty and another composed finish from an acute angle the highlight of a five goal to nil second term that swung the contest in the visitors’ favour.  He was ably supported by Bradley Cox-Goodyer (4 goals), who enjoyed possibly his best match of the season, as the margin ballooned out to 46 points at the main break.

The Blues toiled hard in the second half, but were left to lament their second quarter capitulation, as the Bombers led by 53 points at the final change and held onto that margin in an evenly fought final stanza.

Jobi Harper competed strongly in his first senior match on return from an ankle reconstruction and leading competition goal kicker Mitch Thorp found his groove in the second half with three goals, but the Blues had very few winners on the day.

Coach Sam Lonergan was magnanimous in defeat, but was disappointed in his side’s inability to apply scoreboard pressure and play four quarters of consistent football.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

“I think what the boys brought in the first quarter is a level of what I believe we can do for a full four quarters. We have done it for a full four quarters against other teams, but we just to make sure we do it against the best teams.

“The most disappointing thing was the second quarter. I think we really went away from what we tried to do, which is what happened in round one. You lose by fifty points and thirty points to zero in that second quarter really sets up that sort of margin.” Lonergan said.

The home side’s loss was further compounded by a knee injury to star midfielder Jay Blackberry. The silky left footballer fell awkwardly late in the second term and was stretchered from the field. Post match the injury was assessed as ligament damage, with a period on the sidelines of between 4-8 weeks forecast for the former Tassie Mariner.

The Blues will now look forward to consecutive trips to the southern end of the state, starting with North Hobart this week, while the Bombers will face off against a faltering Tigers outfit at UTAS Stadium.


Launceston                              1.6,  1.6,  3.6,  7.8  (50)

North Launceston                  3.1,  8.10,  11.11,  15.13  (103)



Launceston: M. Thorp 3, J. Gillow 2, B. Palfreyman, S. Whiting

North Launceston: T. Couch 5, B. Cox-Goodyer 4, T. Bennett 2, T. Donnelly, J. Ponting, Z. Burt, T. Whitford


Launceston: J. Harper, D. Riley, C. Brown, J. Donnellan, J. Rushton, B. Palfreyman

North Launceston: T. Couch, T. Whitford, T. Bennett, B. Cox-Goodyer, M. Walsh, A. Richter-Salter

Bupa TSL Round 8 Forward of the Week

Round eight of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season saw the Demons break through for their first win of the season, North Launceston stamp its authority as the competition’s premier outfit and Clarence bounce over the Bombers in the Eastern Shore derby. 

After such a big round of action, we want to know who you considered to be the round’s standout defender, midfielder and forward.

Two former Melbourne Demons played crucial roles in TSL triumphs over the weekend, both displaying terrific leadership and football influence to register important victories.


IC: Andrew Woodgate

Tom Couch (North Launceston) 

The North Launceston premiership coach continued his hot return to the club, booting five goals, including three in the second term.

Couch had nine scoring shots all up, while also setting up a further three goals in a dominant display that saw him float between full forward and the midfield.

Having played just three matches so far this season, Couch already has two three votes games up his sleeve in the chase for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, underlining his class.

Couch’s role within the Northern Bombers set-up may only be part-time, but his influence looks to be so much more.




Colin Garland (North Hobart)

IC: AFL Photos

The return of 140-game Melbourne veteran Colin Garland to his junior club of North Hobart was much anticipated, and he lived up to the hype.

Garland, playing in just his second game of football for nearly 18 months, slotted straight back into it, playing primarily as a key forward for the young Dees.

North Hobart had been crying out for a big target inside forward 50 across the opening six games and got their wish with Garland, who competed tirelessly in the win.

Although two goals don’t immediately jump out off the page, Garland’s influence on the contest was hard to deny, with his expertise and competitiveness proving crucial in a historic victory.



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Bupa TSL Round 8 Midfielder of the Week

Round eight of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season saw the Demons break through for their first win of the season, North Launceston stamp its authority as the competition’s premier outfit and Clarence bounce over the Bombers in the Eastern Shore derby. 

After such a big round of action, we want to know who you considered to be the round’s standout defender, midfielder and forward.

We now shift our attention to the midfielders, with the North Launceston coach continuing his impressive campaign and a Clarence superstar delivering a best afield performance.


Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

IC: Andrew Woodgate

Taylor Whitford’s impressive season continued in the reigning premiers’ defeat of Launceston, running amok in the middle of the ground.

Hitting the scoreboard with a goal, Whitford worked brilliantly off the likes of Josh Ponting and Mark Walsh through midfield, with the Bombers’ ever-potent forward line of Brad Cox-Goodyer, Tom Couch and Tom Bennett being provided silver service for much of the afternoon.

Up against one of the competition’s deepest midfields, Whitford and North Launceston gained control at the coalface and underpinned Whitford’s standing as one of the best players in the state, and the Bombers’ standing as the competition’s big dog.

Two votes in the RACT Insurance Player of the Year count sees Whitford move to outright leader in a tight race.



Jake Cox (Clarence)

As one of the competition’s most talented players, Jake Cox lived up to this standing against the Bombers for the second time this season, delivering a dominant display.

IC: Solstice Digital

Cox started the game impressively but went to another level in the second half, booting three goals, including the sealer – a roving snap from the pocket.

Cox’s x-factor in front of the big sticks was matched by his roles around the contest and his willingness to drift back and impact the game, as evidenced by a strong contested grab in defence in the final term.



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Bupa TSL Round 8 Back of the Week

Round eight of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season saw the Demons break through for their first win of the season, North Launceston stamp its authority as the competition’s premier outfit and Clarence down the Bombers in the Eastern Shore derby. 

After such a big round of action, we want to know who you considered to be the round’s standout defender, midfielder, and forward.

We start by looking at the backmen, with a Demons stalwart and a Northern Bomber standing tall.


IC: Solstice Digital

Hugh Williams (North Hobart) 

An inspirational return for the inspirational skipper, Williams returned to the field for the first time since suffering a nasty injury earlier in the season.

Williams led from the front, starting up forward before slotting back into defence, patrolling the back half and proving resolute, particularly when the game was on the line in the final term.

A stalwart of the North Hobart Football Club, few would have enjoyed the young Demons’ success on Sunday as much as Williams.


IC: Andrew Woodgate

Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston)


A model of consistency this season for the Northern Bombers, Richter-Salter delivered another impressive display in an impressive win.

With the ability to lock down an opponent and find the ball himself, 19-year-old Richter-Salter is an essential part of Taylor Whitford’s side.

Richter-Salter provided plenty of drive out of the back half, linking up well with the likes of Taylor Whitford to create many a foray inside attacking 50.



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Wasteful Bombers Made To Pay

The Eastern Shore derby rarely disappoints, and the round eight edition of the rivalry was as enthralling as ever, with the in-form Roos continuing their winning streak and the wayward Bombers forced to pay for missed opportunities. 

On a day full of momentum swings, the Roos prevailed after making the most of their opportunities, running over the top of the home side in the final term to record a crucial 16.11 (107) to 13.15 (93) win.

Lauderdale had the opportunity to surge ahead in every term, only for missed opportunities and a plucky Clarence outfit keeping the door ajar.

The Roos kicked 5.1 in the opening term to the Bombers 5.5, with Ryan Wiggins threatening to take the game by the scruff of the neck with two goals in the opening stanza.

Clarence went on to draw blood early in the second quarter before the final three goals of the term again shifted the match, with the hosts taking a one-point lead into the main break.

The third term, renowned as being the ‘premiership quarter’, hurt the Bombers, who kicked 2.7 to the Roos 1.3, with all the momentum suggesting that the Bombers would be run away with the four points.

This inaccurate goalkicking proved costly, with an 11-point buffer at the last break not enough, with Clarence delivering a barnstorming six goal to two final term to leave the Bombers wondering what might have been.

Lauderdale forwards coach Tyson Bluett reflected as much in the post-game.

“It was the one that got away. We kicked 2.7 in the third term so the game should have been on its way to being sealed, but we left the door ajar and they took the points again, reminiscent of round one,” Bluett said.

The parallels of this result to round one’s at the same venue are stark, with Lauderdale giving up a 13-point lead at three-quarter time on that occasion to eventually go down by 17 points, with the Roos booting seven final quarter goals.

Lauderdale’s effort was a big step up from last weekend’s big loss to North Launceston, however, with the Bombers impressing with their attack on the contest.

Oscar Shaw was particularly impressive in his debut, while Wiggins, Rhys Sutton and Phil Bellchambers also stood out as the day unfolded.

“We felt like we turned the corner today, but obvously not coming away with the four points hurts.

“Trying to get into the top three is starting to get out of reach, but we are confident out best football is up there,” Bluett said.

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley was pleased with how his troops attacked the contest, particularly after appearing to be out of the game at certain stages, including early in the final term.

“I thought at three-quarter-time that we lacked a bit of energy – we weren’t playing poorly but they had got on top around contested ball.

“They were really good, but to our boys credit they continued to fight hard and their ability to cover the ground was good. When we got momentum into the game, we managed to score,” Webberley said.


Jake Cox was at his damaging best in the win, kicking three second half goals, and two in the final term, to help the Roos claw back a deficit that got to 11 points at the final change.

Cox’s explosiveness from contested stoppages was difficult to stop, as highlighted by his terrific roving goal that sealed the match in the final term, but he also did other things around the ground, including a brave contested mark only minutes earlier that helped keep the attacking Bombers at bay.

And while Jake Cox highlighted the side’s flexibility, recruit Troy Cunliffe epitomized the relentless pressure and attack that has underscored the club’s performances in recent weeks.

With the final term already 26 minutes old, Clarence had done enough to already sew up the end result, but this didn’t stop Cunliffe, who completed a sprint of nearly 70 metres to bring down Alex Hevey in the middle of the ground.

Although this forced turnover didn’t have a direct influence on the final score, it highlighted that this Clarence side seriously mean business, and with stars to come back into the side, the ‘Roos are a genuine contender in 2018 as they sit with a 5-2 record heading into the round nine bye.

“We are happy with where we are at. We are playing some really good footy but I think we are getting better every week – we are starting to know what it takes to be a good TSL team.

“We should get Brady Jones, Keegan Wylie back after the bye with Trent Standen and Ryan Edmondson a few weeks away. We are starting to get some soldiers back on deck, but we are really pleased with the new guys whpo have come in and what they’ve added to the group. Those guys coming in add some cream on top,” Webberley said.

While Clarence enjoy the week off, Lauderdale will host Glenorchy in round nine.


Lauderdale  5.5, 9.6, 11.13, 13.15 (93)

Clarence  5.1, 9.5, 10.8, 16.11 (107)


Lauderdale: R. Wiggins 3, J. Gillbee 2, T. Mosquito 2, E. Stanley 2, H. Kerinaiua, P. Bellchambers, A. Hevey, C. Laoumtzis

Clarence: T. Castle 4, J. Cox 3, H. Richmond 2, G. Chambers 2, J. Webberley 2, C. Nield, J. Harper, R. Bailey


Lauderdale: O. Shaw, P. Bellchambers, R. Wiggins, R. Sutton, E. Stanley, J. Perkins

Clarence: T. Cunliffe, G. Chambers, J. Cox, J. Webberley, T. Castle, J. Holmes

TSL MRP Round 8

The TSL Match Review Panel (MRP) sat and assessed four TSL incidents and one incident each from the Mercury Cup and TSLW. 


Bupa Tasmanian State League

1.      Lauderdale & Clarence players were referred for engaging in a melee

The Match Review Panel determined that there will be no further action taken.

2.      Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale) was referred for making contact with the head of Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that there was insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence, and no further action will be taken.

3.      Phillip Bellchambers (Lauderdale) was referred for striking Matthew Ling (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the body. Player Bellchambers has been offered a base sanction of one match, reduced to a reprimand with and early guilty plea.

Player Bellchambers has accepted a reprimand

4.      Tigers & North Hobart players were referred for engaging in a melee

The Match Review Panel determined Tyler Carter (Tigers) was the instigator of the melee. This attracts a low-level reprimand. Player Carter has received a low-level reprimand in the past 12 months which increases his base sanction. Player Carter has been offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Player Carter has accepted a one-match suspension. 


Mercury Cup

1.      James Cummins (Tigers) was reported for striking William Collins (North Hobart)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike was intentional, with medium impact to the head. Player Cummins has been offered a base sanction of three matches, reduced to two matches with an early guilty plea.

Player Cummins has accepted a two-match suspension. 


Wrest Point TSLW

1.      Courtney Webb (Launceston) was referred for a dangerous tackle on Rachel Long (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the dangerous tackle was careless, with medium impact to the head. Player Webb has been offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Player Webb has accepted a one-match suspension.