Thorp Relishing His Time In Blue

Despite years of experience as a footballer, coach and leader, Launceston forward Mitch Thorp is thriving within his new role at Windsor Park.

Thorp, who coached Devonport for three seasons, took South Launceston to a TSL premiership as a playing-coach in 2013, but made the move away from coaching after the 2017 season to join the Blues.

The former Hawthorn player’s decision to move away from coaching has already reaped benefits on the field, with Thorp playing a key role in Launceston’s strong start to the 2018 Bupa Tasmanian State League season as he relishes the opportunity to play freely without the added responsibility of coaching for a short while.

“Part of the reason I ended up going to Launceston was to have 12 months away from coaching and to enjoy playing and that is certainly what has happened so far.

“I have been relatively consistent with my approach to football and I’m just a little more relaxed leading into game when I don’t have to worry about the opposition and teammates as much – it’s been really enjoyable,” Thorp said.

Thorp has kicked 12 goals across the opening three games of the season to sit atop the Peter Hudson Medal tally, with his nine-goal haul against North Hobart backed up by a two-goal effort against Lauderdale.

Launceston were impressive against Lauderdale, leading at every break to record an emphatic 62-point win on the road, with the win particularly satisfying for Thorp, who went into the clash without fond memories of playing at the home of the Southern Bombers.

“From a personal perspective I’m relieved. I’ve played a lot of footy at Lauderdale and had never won a game there.

Even when South Launceston were pretty successful we never beat them. To record my first win at Lauderdale was nice,” Thorp said.

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Despite not holding the official title of captain or coach, Thorp is using his vast football experience to the benefit of the group, and his role as a player to the benefit of his coaching.

“I’m a 29-year-old and one of the older guys at the club, so I am still very much a leader for the young guys.

“I have really enjoyed playing under Sam (Lonergan) and I have coached for six years in my own right. It’s probably a blessing in disguise to go back as a player, play under someone else’s leadership and take things on board for my own coaching,” he said.

Thorp made the move to Launceston alongside fellow Devonport star Dylan Riley, with the two immediately slotting into a star-studded side that features the likes of Sonny Whiting, Jay Blackberry, Rulla Kelly-Mansell, Brodie Palfreyman and others.

“It has only been a small sample size so far but it is always pretty handy when you have a strong midfield. It’s pretty easy as a forward sometimes when they are hitting you up with that sort of delivery,” he said.

Launceston were considered by many in the preseason as one of the teams to beat, and although the Blues went down to reigning premiers and cross-town rival North Launceston in round one, the side has responded with strong wins over North Hobart and Lauderdale to go into the round four bye with a 2-1 record.

“A lot of hard work and planning went into our preseason. We are a pretty fit side and finished the game against Lauderdale strongly.

“North Launceston are the yardstick. We came up a bit short in round one but have bounced relatively well since then. I think all teams are still chasing North Launceston though,” Thorp said.

Launceston will travel to Blundstone Arena to play Clarence in round five after the bye, before hosting the Tigers, Glenorchy and North Launceston at Windsor Park in what looms as a season-defining period for the premiership fancy.

Young Magpies Soar In Tantalising Early-Season Performance

Saturday’s Round two clash between 2016 Premiers Glenorchy and 2017 Grand Finalists Lauderdale was the birth of a new era under new Magpies coach Paul Kennedy, and as TSL Digital Media Reporter Ryan Rosendale writes, it could become just as successful as the last.

For a side that only won a flag two seasons ago, there was a lot of unknown surrounding Glenorchy heading into the 2018 Bupa TSL season.

After losing a raft of premiership players along with their coach Aaron Cornelius to the NEAFL, many outsiders weren’t sure what the Magpies would bring in 2018 under new coach Paul Kennedy.

Yet after their 81-point domination of last year’s grand finalists in Lauderdale this past Saturday at KGV, any question-marks as to just how good Glenorchy could be this season have surely been put to rest.

After the visitors were the talk of round one with Captain Bryce Walsh going down with a leg injury and young gun Jordon Roberts receiving a suspension that would eventually cause his de-registration, many expected the Bombers to come out firing against the 2016 premiers.

It was Glenorchy, however, that raced out of the blocks, kicking seven goals to one in the first quarter before piling on another 15 majors to run out winners 22.15 (147) to 8.12 (60).

It was a performance Kennedy expected his side to be able to to put together.

“We just did the things I thought we were capable of,” Kennedy said post-match.

“Throughout pre-season you get an expectation of your players and the team and mine is really high for this group because they’re a good bunch of blokes that work really hard, they pick things up quickly and they expect high standards of themselves.”

While regular performers Rhys Mott, Brayden Webb and Jaye Bowden were all among the best players, the match was highlighted by the younger brigade of Mitch Walker, Jye Bearman and Callen Daly, along with the returning Daniel Joseph, all of whom provided plenty of excitement throughout the day.

“We had two debutants in Jye Bearman and Adam Roberts today who did an excellent job as small forwards and Cal Daly as a midfielder and forward wherever he was (positioned on the ground).”

“The youth is necessary because we can’t hang onto what’s just happened. We are lucky to still have some pieces in place (from the grand final years in 2015 and ‘16) but we’ve got to use that to bring the young guys through,” Kennedy said.

“They bring speed which is essential and you saw the way the boys got around them when they did something good so it just brings another level of excitement to the group.”

While Kennedy was overall impressed by the display his side put together, he said there were still plenty of areas to improve on before facing North Launceston this Saturday.

“I’m big on the players being able to make the right reads on the ground and for a large part of today we were really good in that area but at times we slipped away from that and if we do that against North Launceston they will make us pay.”

While some may see facing last year’s two grand finalists in their opening two games a daunting task, Kennedy relishes at the chance to see just exactly where his team is at so early in the season.

“When I saw the fixture I was delighted and it allows you to give some pretty instant feedback to your group.”

“We don’t rest on this victory because we have to be better against North Launceston and throughout the year and I’m confident this group will do the work (to achieve that).”

Saturday’s match between North Launceston and Glenorchy kicks off at 2:00pm from UTAS Stadium.

Tribunal Appeal denied


Round One

Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) was referred for rough conduct (dangerous tackle) on Wade Wall (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the tackle was careless, with low impact to the body. The Match Review Panel also gave strong consideration for the potential to cause serious injury.

Player Roberts was offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea. Player Roberts’ base sanction included a one-match loading due to a poor record, taking the sanction from a reprimand with an early guilty plea to one match sanction with an early guilty plea.

Player Roberts rejected the offer and the matter was heard at the Tribunal on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 6:00 pm.

After considering all of the evidence presented at the Tribunal hearing, Player Roberts was found guilty and the incident assessed as careless, to the body and with low impact. This saw the charge upheld and a two match sanction handed down to Player Roberts.

Following the Tribunal verdict, Lauderdale FC applied to appeal the decision to the TSL Appeals board. The TSL Arbitrator considered the Appeal application as submitted by Lauderdale FC and denied the Appeal hearing on the basis that the application did not fulfil any one of the four grounds for Appeal, as per section 4.3 of the State & Territory Tribunal Guidelines 2018:

4.3 Grounds for Appeal 

Except where otherwise determined by the Controlling Body, a Person found guilty of a Reportable Offence by the Tribunal, or the Controlling Body may only appeal to the Appeal
Board in respect of a decision made by the Tribunal under these Guidelines on one or more of the following grounds:

(a) that there was an error of law;

(b) that the decision was so unreasonable that no Tribunal acting reasonably could have
come to that decision having regard to the evidence before it;

(c) the classification of the level of the offence was manifestly excessive or inadequate; or

(d) that the sanction imposed was manifestly excessive or inadequate.


Tribunal result – April 4 2018


Round One

Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) was referred for rough conduct (dangerous tackle) on Wade Wall (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the tackle was careless, with low impact to the body. The Match Review Panel also gave strong consideration for the potential to cause serious injury.

Player Roberts was offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea. Player Roberts’ base sanction included a one-match loading due to a poor record.

Player Roberts rejected the offer and the matter was heard at the Tribunal on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 6:00 pm.

At this evening’s TSL Tribunal Hearing, Lauderdale’s Jordan Roberts entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

The tribunal considered a number of factors presented by Roberts’ advocate which included:

·         Player Wall’s evidence described the action as ‘lifted me up off the ground’ 

·         Player Wall sustained no injury from the incident and played out the game

·         Player Roberts argued that the tackle was not a dangerous tackle and was more of asling motion and the action was more of a roll than a lift motion.

·         Player Roberts also raised the fact the incident occurred at speed and there was a difference in the height of the two players.

·         Player Roberts argued there was no malice or intent to injure within the tackle

·         Player Roberts’ did acknowledge the smarter option was probably to carrel him and not tackle player Wall.

·         Player Roberts’ advocate was also granted permission by the TSL tribunal chairman to show vision of a similar incident from the 2017 round 18 AFL match between Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans) and Jarryn Geary (St Kilda), where Heeney was not cited by the AFL match review panel.

In considering a verdict, the Tribunal took into account the inherent dangerous nature of the tackle and the potential to cause serious injury.

In providing a sanction, the Tribunal found that Player Wall had disposed the ball prior to impact and the action was considered a dangerous tackle in the circumstances – which included lifting Player Wall off the ground. 

As per the Tribunal guidelines:

· the tackle is of an inherently dangerous kind, such as a spear tackle or a tackle where a Player is lifted off the ground;

· the Player being tackled is in a vulnerable position (for example their arms are pinned) with little opportunity to protect himself; or

·  an opponent is slung, driven or rotated into the ground with excessive force.

The Tribunal took into account the similarities of the Heeney incident but felt there were two points of difference in the fact Player Wall had disposed of the ball, whereas Geary was in possession of the ball and Player Geary contributed to the action by jumping off the ground.

After considering all of the evidence including the points above, Player Roberts was found guilty and the incident assessed as careless, to the body and with low impact.


Lauderdale FC has until 5 pm tomorrow (05/04/2018) to decide if they will appeal the decision to the TSL Appeals board.

Future Looking Bright For Fresh-Faced Dees

Written by Josh Duggan

Homecoming day for the North Hobart Football Club, might have ended with a less than ideal result, as the Tigers ran out 53-point winners; however, the effort displayed by the club’s new generation should give hope to the Demons faithful that the future looks pretty bright. 

With the high-profile departures of assistant coach Trent Baumeler and several senior players (including midfield stars Ryan Matthews and Will Campbell) to Kingborough, a rather coincidental round one opponent, the 2017 cupboard was left rather bare for Richard Robinson to name a team from.

IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

However, the mosquito fleet that donned the traditional red and blue guernsey for the first time since 2013 showed great promise with their endeavour, and spent large periods of the football match with the bulk of possession.

The side that graced the historic North Hobart Oval on Good Friday afternoon was especially young, with nine Demons born in the 21st century- including emerging stars Bailey Walker and William Peppin, and Thomas Reeves, who kicked the Demons first goal for the season.

This youth is set to give North Hobart fans plenty to watch out for over the course of the season.

“[It was] such a young group with 15 teenagers. Some of the guys have only played under 16 footy and now they’re thrust into a massive game of senior footy.

“I thought particularly the first two and a half quarters they stood up really well” Coach Robinson said

Though a fast start gave Kingborough a three-goal advantage in the opening ten minutes, North Hobart fought back well.

A fair amount of pressure from the underdogs turned the game into a proper contest, which many hadn’t expected.

The Demons impressed with their pressure. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

“We want to be able to compete, whether it is offensive of defensive, and I thought our back six stood up too.

“Around the contest as the game wore on I think we got a little bit better, it was just towards the end that fatigue set in,” Robinson said.

As a young side, North didn’t run the game out as well as the Tigers; some cheap goals meant the final margin may not have done justice the Demons’ effort.

The Demons will also be looking to improve their potency inside forward 50, with their patches of dominance over the contest not being reflected on the scoreboard.

The Demons struggled to find a key target inside forward 50, allowing the Tigers to have more success rebounding the ball out of defensive 50, despite the pressure being applied.

However, these young players building a better fitness base and gaining senior experience will be key focuses for the season, and will hold the Demons in good stead.

With Kingborough expected to be an improved side in 2018, the Demons’ performance on Friday showed that they can mix it with such teams for parts of games, making the boys in red and blue a side to watch this season.

North Hobart’s Bear ready to growl

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.”


Tigers unveil new coach

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.




There were so many good goals in the 2017 season that we have to break them up into three categories to crown the very best!

Category 1 – Snaps, Checksides and Bananas – the ever creative/freakish finishes that have no right to bend their way in!

Category 2 – Running Goals – Long range running efforts, big booming boots and much, much more.

Category 3 – Set Shots – Standing and delivering from long range or impossible angles.

Each category will go to public vote before the winner from each will face-off for the 2017 TSL Goal of the Year.

We start with Category 1 – Snaps, Checksides and Bananas!