Losing by 172 points doesn’t bring with it a lot of positives, but as TSL Digital Reporter Josh Duggan writes, there is still great optimism around North Hobart that this year’s rebuild is going to bring better days for the famous club in red and blue.
The young Dees started well against the reigning premiers North Launceston on Saturday, kicking the first two goals of the game via Trent Millhouse and Sean Willis, stunning the visiting side and bringing the home crowd to life early.
This momentum didn’t last long, however, with the Northern Bombers quickly establishing control to incredibly kick the next 28 goals of the match, all while keeping the Demons to 2.5 (17) for the match.
North Launceston’s experience delivered an onslaught, with five goals from Tom Bennett, four goals each from returning premiership coach Tom Couch, Zach Burt and Fletcher Bennett, three goals from Bart McCulloch and current coach Taylor Whitford and two from Ben Simpson, underlining the Bombers’ control over the contest that lasted until the final siren.
The North Hobart Football Club is destined for a few days like this in 2018, with a host of high profile departures occurring over the off-season decimating the mature talent and experience of the playing group, however, this reality doesn’t make such losses any easier to deal with.
Defence was a particularly inexperienced area of the field with coach Richard Robinson noting that the back six had played only 20 senior games between them; always problematic against an elite forward line like the Bombers have. This inexperience was made all the more profound with defensive general and captain Hugh Williams missing the match after suffering a nasty injury in round four.
“When we did the side on Thursday, you look and Tom Couch is back, potentially playing forward, Zach Burt’s forward, Bart McCulloch’s forward, Tom Bennett’s forward; you have concerns you’re not going to have the right matchups.
“There was a lot of heat on the ball carrier [in defence]; their forwards applied a lot of pressure and when we whacked it out, the Bombers guys had set up well behind the footy – they just got repeat inside-50 entries,” Robinson said.
While the season so far hasn’t been a positive one on the scoreboard, it’s providing a steep learning curve for the playing group, and it should pay dividends over the long term, as the club gets a chance to blood players at such a young age, with nine players who faced up against North Launceston born in the 21st century. These players have fought hard across the opening rounds of the season, and have given every indication that they will develop into an impressive football team.
“We asked the playing group after the game – every player – what they learnt out of the game, so there’s 22 things up on the board that they guys have learnt out of today. But we as a coaching group and the players have to do something about it, to ensure that these types of things don’t happen again,” he said.
North Hobart will play host to Lauderdale this weekend, before having the bye in round seven.
He was a Premiership player for the club in 2003 and in 2018 he is the main in charge of leading North Hobart back toward footy’s promised land.
Richard ‘Bear’ Robinson has been confirmed as North Hobart’s new coach for season 2018, following the recent departure of General Manager and Coach, Kane Richter.
Robinson steps up to the top job after fulfilling the role of assistant at the club. The experienced journeyman has been in the system for some time, including serving as an assistant in Clarence’s 2010 premiership and after serving a lengthy apprenticeship, the man they call ‘Bear’ is now ready to take charge.
“I thought this group needs someone that has been there for the last couple of years to keep improving and to continue the journey and it is about time I got out of my comfort zone a bit and had a crack.
“It has always been an ambition but you just never think you are going to get the chance.”
The self-confessed footy nut said he fell out of love with the game and it was a return to his home club to work with Kane Richter that rekindled his affinity for the game.
“Five or six years ago I nearly took on the Glenorchy job but I stayed at Clarence and then coached at St Virgils. Obviously, my time at the Saints wasn’t ideal and I sort of lost my love for the game a bit and lost a bit of confidence. And then in the last few years with Kane (Richter), I got that love back again.
“When Kane (Richter) decided to move I decided to throw my hat in the ring (for the job).
While he was in favour of the change back to the traditional moniker, it was not the shift to North Hobart that inspired ‘Bear’ to put his hand up for the top job.
“Whether we were called Hobart City or North Hobart I didn’t care, I was still keen to have a crack at it. It is the people and the players that are important.”
He played in the club’s last premiership 14 years ago and is keen to steer the Dees back up the top end of the ladder but acknowledges it will not be a quick journey.
“It has been a big part of my life and I’ve made some lifelong friends that are still very close today and it is nice that they are going to jump back on board and help the club.
“I’m here to keep developing these kids and continue the work Kane started.”
To see the Demons breakthrough for a finals berth, a greater emphasis will be needed on pressure, Robinson explains.
“Defensively we need to get better we have conceded too many points, all around the ground we need to create a stronger emphasis on restricting the opposition and create more pressure.”
Plenty has been made of fellow former Demons assistant Trent Baumeler’s move to the Tigers, and what it may mean for the Demons playing stocks. Robinson welcomes a friendly rivalry between the two young outfits with his mate now a worthy adversary.
“We are good friends, we were on the phone having a good laugh looking at the paper. Kane Richter thinks he is the Alastair Clarkson of the TSL.
“It is good he has an opportunity as well, he deserves it and I wish him all the best.”
The Tigers have become the latest TSL team to lock down a coach, unveiling the sought after Trent Baumeler as the club’s new head honcho for season 2018.
Baumeler arrives at Twin Ovals after two seasons at the Hobart City Demons, while also impressing with recent work with the state academy, coaching the Under 17s team.
The new Tigers coach replaces Aaron Vince at the helm, who sensationally stepped in at the last hour following the sacking of Scott Mathieson on the eve of the season.
The Tigers beat off rival suitors to secure the services of Baumeler with North Hobart also keen to secure the young coach for the upcoming season.
While he crosses over from a TSL rival, Baumeler is no stranger to Kingborough, spending two years playing for the club in 2005/06. His yellow and black return makes it the club’s fourth coach since joining the TSL, with the hope that their newest arrival will lead the club to September action.
“The Board believes that Trent will be an outstanding Coach for the Tigers group and we look forward to watching him implement his plan with the playing group beginning with pre-season which will start in the next couple of weeks,” President Steve Old shared on the club’s Facebook page.
Baumeler is excited to take the step up to senior coaching with the title of Tigers Senior Coach sitting well with the former Demons assistant.
“There are only nine of these jobs going around in the state so it is an honour and a privilege to get an opportunity to be a senior coach but the hard work starts now.
“I’ve got to get to work making sure we retain our list, getting pre-season organised and meeting the players and the board to start to assimilate myself into the Tigers Footy Club.”
Baumeler was approached by the Tigers to present for the role of Senior Coach and he says the impressive process and vision the club has made Twin Ovals a desirable destination for his coaching future.
“The board, the facility, the playing list they have been developing over the journey since they came into the TSL were all appealing factors. If we can put some good things in place I think we can make some real quick strides in what we can achieve on and off the field,” he said.
The Tigers faithful are eager to taste success and while Baumeler is similarly keen for improvements on ladder position, he preaches a broader focus.
“It would be beautiful to have some quantum jumps and improve massively in the win/loss column but firstly it is about relationships and culture and getting some structure and standards. Not just in how we play footy but how we act as people around the club and with the footy community.”
While the Tigers opportunity excites, Baumeler admits it was a difficult decision to leave North Hobart.
“It is always hard to leave, you spend two years there and you spend time at a footy club you build relationships, you get close with people and you see their improvement. It is always a difficult decision to move on but when you get an opportunity that is new and exciting, where you can put your stamp on things with a new group it is really hard to pass up.”
The incoming Tigers supremo is confident he is ready for the step up into senior coaching, fulfilling a long-held ambition.
“The good thing about working with Kane (Richter) is he gave the coaching staff a lot of rope to make decisions but also to implement things into the gameplan, to take blocks of training and pre-game stuff. That along with the exposure to the state academy system, working with Matty Armstrong and Lance Spaulding has really helped my development, it enables you to fast track yourself pretty quickly and I feel pretty comfortable sitting in the senior coach’s chair.”
“I spent some time at Hutchins developing my coaching craft and I didn’t want to be one of those blokes that sat back and thought I should have gone and had a crack at coaching TSL level. So there was always that little ambition and Kane (Richter) was great in pushing me to try and become a senior coach so I imagine he is smiling as well.”
In taking on the job, Baumeler wants his 2018 Tigers to be known for defensive pressure and effort.
“Effort is key. We want to play high defensive pressure and I also want the guys to be aggressive with how they use the footy and not be afraid to make mistakes and take the game on and use the big ground with leg speed.
“Defensive pressure and effort for 120 minutes is the first building block and getting that mindset right and the offence will flow from that.”
Darren Winter (Lauderdale Coach) was reported for behaving in an abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene manner towards or in relation to an umpire in the first quarter.
The matter was referred directly to the TSL Tribunal for hearing on Thursday (28th September) night at 6:00 pm.
Darren Winter pleaded guilty to the charge.
It was alleged Winter approached the emergency umpire in the first quarter and said: “tell them to stop it.” The emergency umpire then told Winter to “cool down” and leave. It was then alleged Winter again approached umpires later in the quarter and said “you cheating f**king c**ts” whilst angrily gesturing at the field of play.
The emergency umpire said he was intimated and scared by the exchange and following the incident placed Winter on report at quarter time. The umpire’s evidence was reinforced by a TSL matchday official who witnessed the altercation between Winter and the umpire.
All parties agreed that the remarks were said.
Lauderdale Football Club’s defence was that the remarks were not directed at the emergency umpire or other officials, and were instead directed at the North Launceston interchange bench. They also unsuccessfully argued Winter was not looking or gesturing at the emergency or on-field umpires when making the remarks.
Lauderdale argued that it was a volatile situation with regular exchanges taking place between both interchange benches in the lead-up to the incident. The club also argued that emotional crowd behaviour contributed to the situation.
The Independent Tribunal found Winter GUILTY and handed down a sanction of FOUR MATCHES with a 50% loading, taking his overall suspension to SIX MATCHES.
As well as the evidence presented, the tribunal in handing down a verdict took into strong consideration that Winter engaged with the umpire on multiple occasions in the same game and the sport’s zero-tolerance stance on umpire abuse.
The Tribunal used its discretion to hand down a 50% loading with regard to rule 5.5 in the tribunal guidelines referring to: The tribunal has the right to apply (at its absolute discretion) a loading of up to 100% for any reportable offence committed during a Grand Final.
The six-match suspension is to be served from Round 1 of the 2018 Home and Away season and Winter will not be allowed to have any official match day role.
Round 3 – Tigers vs Hobart City -14/4/17 – Twin Ovals
Tigers 10.7 (67) def Hobart City Demons 8.15 (63)
The Tigers produced one of their strongest performances of the year in a Good Friday thriller in round three, striking late to steal the four points from Hobart City. The Tigers had less opportunities than their opponents, but made the most from their chances in front of goal to get the win.
Early troubles for the Demons set the stage for the day, kicking one goal and five behinds in the opening quarter while the Tigers slotted three straight majors. While the Demons were able to even up the scores by the half time break, a three goal apiece third term saw the game in the balance with a hot crowd at the Twin Ovals on the edge of their seats. A late Chris Nield goal was the sealer for the Tigers, as Hobart City Demons were left ruing missed opportunities in a loss that would prove costly.
Round 4 – Hobart City Demons vs Burnie Dockers – 22/4/17 – Queenborough Oval
Hobart City 10.12 (72) def Burnie 9.9 (63)
State League football returned to one of its traditional homes at Queenborough Oval, home of the former Sandy Bay Football Club, producing a return to the halcyon days as Hobart City Demons chalked up their first win of the season against the Dockers. The southern hosts dominated general play, but errant kicking allowed the Dockers a real chance in another nail-biting clash.
The Demons started the game with early control, but inaccurate kicking saw them score 4.6 in the opening quarter. With the wind in the second quarter, Burnie also left their kicking boots behind, managing one goal five, giving the Demons a 24 point half time lead. The Dockers piled on four unanswered goals in the third stanza, with Nick Walters dominant, cutting the margin to just two points with a term remaining. Enter hobbled midfielder Will Campbell, who came to life late in the match with one of the best individual quarters of the season, including a crucial goal, helping to pull the Demons over the line to open their account for 2017.
Launceston continued its resurgent early-season form on a grey and gloomy day, knocking off Lauderdale at their home ground by 11 points.
The Blues were dominant early in proceedings, taking a lead into quarter time, only for the Bombers to wrestle back the momentum in the second term aided by some Alex Hevey brilliance. But the Blues in turn responded, with Rulla Kelly-Mansell booting two jaw-dropping goals in the third quarter to give the visitors a 17 point lead at the final change. The game stepped up a gear as the sides went goal for goal late, but a number of costly errors saw the Bombers fall to an unthinkable 0-3, as the Blues boarded the bus with the chocolates off the back of a breakout game from young midfielder Brodie Palfreyman.
Two of Tasmanian football’s greatest rivals faced off again in what was touted as a blockbuster match, and the game didn’t disappoint, with the Roos storming home in the final term to take a strong win.
Glenorchy were the better side in a low-scoring physical first half, taking a seven-point lead into the main break despite only registering three majors. The Magpies opened the third with two quick goals, but two late Clarence majors saw the Roos rally to be within eight points at the final change. The final quarter saw a stunning Clarence blitz, with the visitors booting seven goals and keeping Glenorchy scoreless to run out 36 point winners. Wily small forward Trent Standen inflicted most of the damage, finishing with a seven-goal haul.
Round 7 – Clarence vs Hobart City – 13/5/17 – Blundstone Arena
Hobart City Demons 12.8 (80) def Clarence 11.13 (79)
On a wet Eastern shore day, the Hobart City Demons shocked the competition by knocking off Clarence by a single point at Blundstone Arena in the upset of the season. The underdogs held strong to lead at every change, tumbling across the finish line against the highly-fancied ladder leading Roos.
The Hobart City Demons were the dominant side of the first half aided by four goal forward Sean Willis, skipping out to a 26-point lead at the main break. But the Roos would not be held out of the contest, and while the quarter produced a less than convincing three goals five, the Roos had pulled back to within seven points at the final change. The Hobart City Demons held strong in the last few minutes to be exhausted but ecstatic victors at the welcome full time siren.
An improving Devonport side made their way down to Kingston, holding the Tigers to a scoreless first quarter and leading at every change before being overrun late in the final term.
The Magpies lead the charge early, opening the account with four first quarter goals with the hosts unable to trouble the scoreboard operators. Devonport added a fifth early in the second quarter before the Tigers took control, piling on four of their own to trail by five points at the main break. Teenagers Ethan Brock and Harry Barker both slotted impressive goals for their respective sides in a tense third term, with the Tigers trailing by eight points with a quarter remaining. The hosts struck back to lead early in a see-sawing final term, and despite the Magpies regaining the lead, they conceded the final two majors to fall agonisingly short of a thrilling upset victory. Leaders Beau Sharman and Brad Symmons led from the front for the young Magpies, while Sherrin Egger gave fans a taste of the future.
Round 10 – North Launceston vs Lauderdale – 3/6/17 – UTAS Stadium
Lauderdale 18.3 (111) def North Launceston 17.8 (110)
When these two sides faced off in round one, the Northern Bombers were dominant, running out with a 61 point victory. But when the teams met again in round 10, the game was far closer, producing arguably the match of the season, as a combined ten goal haul from Thomas Bennett and Zach Burt wasn’t enough to defeat a rampaging Lauderdale.
Lauderdale kicked six majors to the hosts’ three in the first term, before being held scoreless in the second. A shootout in the third quarter produced eleven total goals, with the visitors entering the final break with a seven-point lead. When Lauderdale kicked the first three majors of the final term to extend the margin to 25 points, the game looked done and dusted. However North Launceston charged to bang on six quick goals, running hard while Lauderdale looked out on their feet. With only seconds remaining, another North goal pulled them within one point, with the UTAS Stadium crowd on the edge of their seats. As the hosts searched for the winner and the ball ventured inside 50 the siren sounded, denying North what would have been an iconic victory, with Lauderdale celebrating a victory for the ages.
Nat Franklin was outstanding and put an exclamation mark on a break out season in an upset victory that announced Lauderdale as a genuine premiership threat.
Round 16 – North Launceston vs Glenorchy – 22/07/17 – UTAS Stadium
North Launceston 9.10 (64) def Glenorchy 8.12 (60)
It was a grand final rematch that did not fall short of expectations when the Northern Bombers and Glenorchy met on a Saturday afternoon at University of Tasmania Stadium.
The Magpies were hot from the opening bounce with four first quarter goals, as Jaye Bowden starting strongly despite an injury that would see him miss the next game. Midfielders Brad Cox-Goodyer and Josh Ponting began to impact the game in the second quarter, with the Pies holding a slim lead at half time. Injury issues that would underline Glenorchy’s season continued to rear their head with captain Brayden Webb and Brady Quinn both failing to resume in the second half. Despite rotation worries, the Magpies managed to stay on top of general play but failed to capitalise, kicking an inaccurate six behinds in the third term.
After trailing all day, the running game of North Launceston took hold as young gun Tarryn Thomas came to life, as did big marking forwards Bart McCulloch and Zach Burt. The Bombers led by 16 points with five minutes left on the clock, but goals to Magpies superstar Jaye Bowden and the dangerous Josh Watts kept the game alive. The stoic defence of Bombers held the visitors off, however, as the home side claimed a hard-fought four-point win.
In a see-sawing game played with finals-like intensity, Glenorchy rallied late against an impressive Launceston outfit to steal a six-point victory at home.
Glenorchy led at the first change by a reasonable margin, only for the Blues to wrestle ascendency back in the second term to unbelievably hit the lead at half time. A Jaye Bowden-inspired third term saw the Magpies go into the final change with their noses in front but nothing could have prepared the crowd for what was to follow. The Blues opened the fourth term with two quick majors to take back the lead, triggering a goal for goal fight. A brave defensive mark with the flight from Thomas Sheppard eventually led to a Rulla Kelly-Mansell goal of the year contender as Launceston appeared to have the upper hand late in the game. Enter Mitch Rainbird with two clutch set shot goals from the tough midfielder inside the final four minutes giving the Magpies a victory over a side that demolished them earlier in the season, ensuring a southern final in September.
With just one round to play before finals, the Eastern shore rivalry went to a new level. Clarence were sitting second on the ladder but the Bombers had been in tantalising form all season, with the Roos the only side they were yet to knock off.
In a spiteful game that would have much-publicised Match Review Panel ramifications, the lead changed back and forth all afternoon, as both sides struggled to attain a dominant grip on the game. A big fourth quarter effort and long goal from captain Brady Jones in his 100th game looked to all but sealed the result in the final minutes but when Bomber Josh McGuinness goaled in the dying embers of the match it made for a nervy finish. The Roos hanging on to set up a tantalising qualifying final between the two eastern shore sides.
Whilst the result of this game is hardly noteworthy given Glenorchy’s dominance, it was an afternoon that would go down in history after play was stopped mid-match following an appearance by a new cult figure, a border collie named Banjo. The fan favourite decided he wanted to be a part of the match, running into the Magpies’ defensive 50 for a pat as the Tigers lined up for a set shot on goal. The incident, which was filmed as part of AFL Tasmania’s live stream, made mainstream sporting news across the country.
Round 10 – Tigers vs Burnie – 3/6/17 – West Park
Tigers 15.13 (103) def Burnie 14.17 (101)
In a rare high-scoring affair at West Park, the Tigers led by a point at half time before seemingly putting the game away in the third term. The Dockers lifted after the final huddle, booting an incredible seven final quarter goals to hit the lead with only minutes remaining. Teenage Tiger Toby Cowen broke the hearts of the Burnie faithful, shrugging off an opponent to goal from long range, as the visitors fell across the line by two points. Docker captain Nick McKenna and Tiger Mitch Walker both excelled in tricky conditions to kick five goals each.
A best on ground display from Glenorchy star Jaye Bowden in his 200th game has seen the Magpies defeat the Tigers by 53 points at Twin Ovals.
Despite leading by just five points at three-quarter time, the Magpies lifted to slam on nine majors in the final term to run out 16.13 (109) to 8.8 (56) winners, a fitting celebration for one of the club’s favourite sons and an ideal preparation for a tough final round matchup against second-placed Clarence side next week.
Bowden dominated the first quarter, fittingly opening the scoring with a trademark sidestep around the man on the mark to goal from 40 metres out at the scoreboard end, with teammate John Geard tumbling another major through soon afterwards. Enter Hugh Dixon, with the Tigers’ draft prospect kicking the next four goals of the term with the wind to send the home side into the first break with a 4.2 (26) to 2.1 (13) advantage.
The Magpies kicked the first three goals of a tight second term played out in difficult conditions, with a long Tyler Bowden set shot the clear pick of the majors. The Tigers’ Connor Bryant responded with a soccer goal off the ground late in time on as Glenorchy held a slim 5.6 (36) to 5.5 (35) lead at the main break.
The faithful crowd was treated to a tensely contested third quarter, with the defence of both sides standing tall to repel any forward entries. Dixon kicked his fifth from a steady set shot to claw back the lead for the Tigers, with fellow Mariner Harrison Gunther replying with a major of his own at the other end almost instantly. Liam Smith held his nerve to convert into the wind from long-range, giving the Magpies two in a row, but Marcus Davies responded with a set shot after the siren to see the Tigers into the final huddle just five points in arrears; trailing 7.6 (48) to 7.11 (53).
The final term was nothing short of an onslaught, as Glenorchy ended what had been a close match with five unanswered goals inside the opening ten minutes. The Magpies finished the term with nine majors to the Tigers’ one, displaying their trademark aggressive free-flowing style of football that sent a message to anyone doubting their potency as September action nears.
Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was blunt in his evaluation of his side’s first three-quarters, but pleased with how they finished off the match.
“We didn’t show them (the Tigers) enough respect in the first part of the game; we had a few too many passengers, and guys weren’t following their processes and trying to get kicks. But we had some players really respond in the last quarter and play their role.”
Cornelius highlighted the performances of onballer Rhys Mott and half forward Harrison Pearce, who he said had played his best game in the black and white. But the day belonged to Bowden, who racked up in excess of 30 disposals and finished with three goals.
“Jaye’s ability to stay in the game and his pressure (was outstanding); he really stood up today and led the way.”
In the absence of injured captain Brayden Webb and star backman Jordon Arnold, Glenorchy were well-served by defenders Liam Smith, Matthew Dilger and late inclusion Will Atkin, who rallied when the game was close, and by tough midfielder Mitch Rainbird, who kicked two majors in the landslide final term.
Tigers coach Aaron Vince was understandably deflated post-match at how his team fell away late in the game.
“It’s a problem at the moment; we compete for three-quarters and we’re pretty happy to accept that, but at the end of the day we lost by ten goals, and that’s what’s unacceptable.”
“We’re not improving if we can’t compete over a sustained four quarter period.”
The performances of some of the Tigers’ younger players were the positive aspects to come out of the match for Vince, particularly the domination displayed by Dixon.
“He’s a real talent and that’s evidence of why he’s been invited to the Draft Combine; he kicked four in the first quarter and had a run in the ruck as well. He’s been working really hard everyday of the week, and it was good to see him get some reward for effort today.”
The contested efforts of Lachlan Gadomski on Bowden at times were impressive, with Vince describing the role as a development opportunity for the teenage defender. Lachy Clifford was creative through the midfield and Mitch Carter’s use by foot impressive, but Vince lamented the number of players missing in action in the latter part of the game.
“I don’t know if they hurt enough, as some of the people around the club and the supporters do.”
The Tigers face Hobart City Demons at North Hobart Oval next week and will be hoping to send-off retiring captain Tim Peterson with a win. Glenorchy will square off against bitter rivals Clarence at KGV Oval, a side they upset last time they met, but may have to do so without the services of former Brisbane player Josh Watts, who was hobbled during Saturday’s game, and ruckman Cameron Duffy, who appeared to injure a finger and wasn’t sighted after heading into the rooms during the third quarter. TIGERS v. GLENORCHY Round 20 – 19/08/2017
Glenorchy 2.1, 5.6, 7.11, 16.13 (109)
Tigers 4.2, 5.5, 7.6, 8.8 (56)
GOALS, Glenorchy : J. Bowden 3, M. Rainbird 2, H. Gunther 2, R. Banks-Smith 2, J. Webb 1, L. Smith 1, T. Bowden 1, B. Rowbottom 1, C. Daly 1, M. Hills 1, J. Geard 1
Tigers : H. Dixon 5, M. Davies 1, C. Bryant 1, B. Batchelor 1
BEST, Glenorchy : J. Bowden, W. Atkin, H. Pearce, M. Rainbird, L. Smith, M. Dilger
Tigers : M. Carter, H. Dixon, L. Clifford, L. Gadomski, T. Peterson, D. Archer
It is a sea of red and black this week, with SEVEN Northern Bombers and four Lauderdale Bombers picked in the team. The two Bombers outfits smashed their opposition, combining for a margin of 147 points in Round 18!
Devonport’s victory hasn’t gone unnoticed at the selection table with four Magpies making the cut. Launceston versus Glenorchy was a sizzling sneak peek of what is to come in September and as a result, five players feature from both clubs in this week’s team.
Brandon Batchelor hasn’t been a name in the mix for quite some time but he has come into the team as has Jay Foon, who is looking sharp since a return from injury.
Jaye Bowden, Rhys Mott and Josh Ponting are running hot and have been mainstays of late and that continues this week!
Sherrin Egger (Devonport)
Again showed that he is seemingly headed for higher honours with another clever game off half-back, with his footy smarts and tackling pressure a highlight. Played beyond his 16-years-of-age.
Simon Vandervelde (Launceston)
The 18 year old long-sleeve enthusiast played an admirable role in the backline, willing himself to influence every contest.Â His tackling pressure and timely spoils defied many a Glenorchy foray forward, especially in the first quarter when the Magpies could have easily put ten majors on the board instead of five.
Jack Avent (North Launceston)
Avent has stepped up in some big games this year and the weekend’s top of the table clash was just another. Continued to play his role well, Â came across to defend and support in contests, helped keep Clarenceâ€™s goals to a minimum and was really good on rebound.
Jay Foon (North Launceston)
Was a key to Northâ€™s success, taking a number of intercept marks, and rebounding the ball out of the Bombers defence. Has been in good form since returning from injury and this continued against the Roos.
Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)
Attacked the game from half back and although his defensive prowess wasn’t tested to its maximum due to ‘Dale midfield dominance he handled his opponents with aplomb. His adventure out of the back half hurt the Dockers and he is an exciting utility able to float right across the lines and have an impact.
Joe Boyce (Launceston) The Launceston half back played his role to a tee, involving himself in contests and leading the charge to drive the Blues forward against the run of play in the first half.Â His strength and ability to release the ball cleanly from congested stoppages gave the Blues’ outside runners the chance to move the ball quickly.
Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)
Sutton is the king of finding space and cutting teams apart with it. Found plenty of the pill and used it well on most occasions. Also chimed in with two goals.
Beau Sharman (Devonport)
Dominated the midfield and delivered the ball on a platter to coach Mitch Thorp. Continuing a fine season in the middle for the Magpies.
Josh Ponting (North Launceston)
Pontingâ€™s superb run of form continued with a 30+ possession game, taking control in the middle as a lead hand in Northâ€™s midfield dominance.Â Gave the Bombers countless clearances, and competed strongly at the coal face and provided run and carry.
Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
The form player of the competition played a strong role across half-forward, with his stints on the ball also damaging.Â Bowden kicked three goals and set up a number of others, often through his ability to read the play and intercept opposition kicks.Â Put simply, he was influential every time he was near the ball.
Mitch Thorp (Devonport)
Took an advantage of having just the one opponent and delivered with a haul of 6.3. He broke the game open in the third term and helped deliver his side their second win of 2017.
Brandon Batchelor (Tigers)
Was the only Tiger to really stand up in the first three goals, with his four goal haul invaluable on a day where goals were hard to come by when the heat was on.
Ray Hill (Lauderdale)
Part of the reason Lauderdale has made a quantum leap is the improvement of players. Ray Hill is one of those players that has improved to be an ever reliable utility. He blew Burnie to bits with a strong marking game in tricky conditions. Kicked five goals including a couple of beauties and presented all day.
Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)
McCulloch has continued to make a serious impact on the Bombers forward line, kicking four goals and taking a number of strong marks. His partnership with fellow twin tower Bennett played a key role in the Bombers big win.
Tom Bennett (North Launceston)
Bennett ended the day with five goals and was a strong marking presence all day for the Bombers. His ability to contest and win the footy in the air lead toÂ goals for himself but also many for his team mates.
Alex Lee (North Launceston)
Coming up against Wall and Siggins, Lee dominated the ruck all day long. Gave his mids first use of the ball throughout the match, giving the Bombers ascendancy and control of the ball, leading to the Bombers win.
Tom Couch (North Launceston)
The Bombers coach continued his strong form as one of the competition’s elite, gathering a ton of the football as well as sneaking forward to kick two goals, including a long dribble goal that will go down as one of the goals of the season.
Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)
Walsh was a pig in mud. It was a tough contested game in muddy conditions and the Lauderdale skipper was phenomenal. He had plenty of the ball and was tenacious in and under.
Dylan Riley (Devonport)
Impacted the game both in attack and forward for the Magpies and was one of the reasons the home side got on top in the third.
Jake Hinds (Launceston)
The Mariner played through the middle with confidence in what was a close contest, backing himself to hit targets in heavy traffic, and opening up the play with his long left shoe.Â Hinds pushed forward to kick two crucial goals and was one of Launceston’s best.
Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)
The Glenorchy midfielder continued his strong run of games, with a high number of inside 50’s in the first half, and close to 30 disposals overall.Â Mott’s ability to hit targets reliably in a high-pressure game stood out, and he was clearly one of the best afield.
Zac Buechner (Clarence)
Buechner was a rare highlight on a dirty day for the Roos. Kicked two of the Roos goals and also provided a target in the forward line and moved through the midfield at stages, playing his best game of the year as the Roos best on the ground.
Zach Burt â€“ The third member of Northâ€™s killer bees (with Bennett and Bart), Burtâ€™s recent play in the backline has been a major advantage for the young and often undersized North backline. Minimising Sigginsâ€™ impact on the game, Burt also managed to sneak a goal of his own later in the game.
Tall defender Jimmy Aganas’ tackling efforts were huge, with the first-year Blue winning a number of free kicks in the process.Â Midfielder Jay Blackberry also stood up in crucial parts of the close loss to Glenorchy, booting two huge goals in the Blues’ second quarter fightback.
Glenorchy captain Brayden Webb was again dominant through the middle of KGV, capping off his effective kicking game with two goals.Â Calen Daly impressed across half back in his first win as a Magpie, while Mitch Rainbird won some key clearances in the middle and kicked two clutch goals late in the final quarter to see Glenorchy over the line.
Plenty of options from Lauderdale, we really enjoyed Dylan Fyfe’s game, as well as fellow on-baller Nat Franklin. Mitch Anderton continues to catch eyes with his gutsy attack and endeavour out of defence.
Tigers young gun defender Lachlan Gadomski seems to be in the conversation each week as he continues to shine at TSL level. His team mate Jacko Bilson was also a strong performer at the weekend. Devonport had some experience heads crack the team this week but Brad Symmons is one who is bitterly unlucky with a strong hand in their second win for the season.
North Launceston remain undefeated but they were made to work for the four points, winning by just 16 against a spirited Tigers in wet conditions at UTAS Stadium, yesterday.
It could have been more comfortable for the Bombers if not for inaccuarate kicking, registering 22 behinds in a wayward day in front of goal. The Tigers took their chances and applied plenty of pressure to the ladder leaders, making for a fierce game of wet weather footy.
It was first taking on seventh position on but it didn’t play out that way for much of the game with Tigers responding from a dismal Round 7 showing. TheÂ first quarter were fierce and highly contested with both sides adjusting to the wet and slippery conditions. Both teams tackling was impressive in the first quarter with the Tigers bringing the heat in a pressure cooker of an opening term.
Ethan Brock kicked a great crumbing goal for the first major of the game for the Tigers before North skipper Taylor Whitford and Haydn Goss booted North’s first two majors of the game. Jay Lockhart was instrumental in setting up numerous attacks for North Launceston, intercepting many of Kingboroughâ€™s kicks and being the play maker for the bombers off a wing, with his lethal peg a joy to watch. The highlight of the first quarter however did belong to Brock who kicked a goal of the year contender with a miraculous snap from forty metres out on the boundary to send the soaked crowd into raptures. At quarter time the game was certainly anyoneâ€™s ball game with Tigers letting North Launceston know that the win was certainly not going to be given to them without a fight.
In the second stanza Tigers were looking a lot more impressive then where their position on the ladder suggests, with the visitors booting three goals to one to take a well-deserved lead into the main change. The Tigers leaders stepped up in the second when they needed it with vice-captain Braden Livingston kicking two majors for the term and captain Tim Peterson also kicking a goal for the Tigers, whilst youngster Kaleb Thomas booted Northâ€™s only goal for the term. The Tigers defence held on quite well with great defensive efforts from their back six which restricted the home side to just the one goal. Tigers defender Mitchell Carter provided an tremendous smoother which prevented Whitford the opportunity to kick another goal for the Bombers.
Coming out from the main break the Bombers asserted their dominance on the game but inaccurate kicking cost the Bombers a larger lead with North kicking two goals and five behinds in the thirdÂ to keep the Tigers still in the ball game at three quarter time. Coach Tom Couch kicked both of Northâ€™s goals with classy finishes to provide as an example for his teammates on how it was done. However it clearly didnâ€™t rub off on Bart McCulloch, who missed an easy shot from the goal square from a similar position at the same venue where St.Kilda forward Josh Bruce missed a couple of weeks ago.
Going into the last term the game was certainly on the line with North only leading by four points but North’s leadersÂ lifted to put the game to bed for the ladder leaders. Brad Cox-Goodyear took a strong mark in the wet conditions before wheeling around and snapping a goal early on in the last to set the tone. Big man McCulloch played a strong last quarter along with Whitford, Zac Burt and Karlton Wadley, who all helped North get over the line. In the end North showed their experience and strength in the last to run out 16 point winners.
If North had’ve lost they would have only had themselves to blame with the Bombers booting seven goals and twenty-two behinds and two goals seven behinds in the final term.
Tigers Coach Aaron Vince was happy with the response of his boys after a poor showing against Launceston.
“We were extremely disappointed with last week’s result against Launceston particularly our contested ball but I thought today we gave a four quarter effort, regardless of result that is all I can ask for as Coach.
“We gave ourselves a real chance today, the competition is really even and if we bring our effort each week we can compete with the top sides.”
North Launceston Coach Tom Couch was frustrated by his side’s inaccuracy in front of goal but could not question his charges effort.
“It probably took us a quarter and a half to adjust to the conditions, I thought we were a bit quite but full credit to the Tigers, they came to play. They did their research and they put up a good fight. I didn’t question the boys effort at all today it was just a match between two good sides.
“We had 16 more scoring shots in a 16 point win…it was just one of those days, we are a good goal kicking side so I’m not too worried about it.”
Looking forward it is a blockbuster, North play Clarence at Blundstone Arena next week and will certainly need to have their kicking boots on if they want the four points against a Clarence side who are in reasonable form. Whilst Tigers will have a lot of added confidence heading into the next two weeks against the two bottom sides in the competition in Devonport and Burnie. Kingborough play Devonport at home next week before travelling to Burnie the next week. With the strong game the Tigers played today they would be confident that they can string together two wins before heading into the bye.
NORTH LAUNCESTON v. TIGERS Round 8 – 20/05/2017
North LauncestonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2.4,Â 3.10,Â 5.15,Â 7.22Â (64)
TigersÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2.1,Â 5.4,Â 6.5,Â 7.6Â (48)
GOALS, North Launceston : T. Couch 2, K. Thomas 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 1, T. Whitford 1, H. Goss 1
Tigers : B. Livingston 3, E. Brock 3, T. Peterson 1
BEST, North Launceston : J. Foon, J. Lockhart, M. Walsh, A. Lee, T. Whitford, T. Bennett
Tigers : M. Davies, L. Watt, M. Carter, S. Rice, M. Gardner, E. Brock