McGuinness Haul Fuels Bomber Blitz

Lauderdale’s surge towards the upper echelons of the Bupa Tasmanian State League ladder continued on Saturday afternoon, with the southern Bombers recording an impressive 59-point win over Glenorchy at Lauderdale Oval.

After a hard-fought, low-scoring first half, the Bombers manged to gain the upper hand in the second half, with a dominant Ben McGuinness final stanza putting the cherry on top of a 16.14 (110) to 6.15 (51) win.

The match threatened to be a war of attrition on a wet track, with both sides struggling to capitalise on ample forward 50 entries in the opening half, only for the Bombers cleanliness and ability to make the most of opportunities to come to the forefront as the game progressed.

The match was predictably contested early with two of the competition’s premier contested sides going head to head in an enthralling – if not aesthetically pleasing – spectacle.

Glenorchy threatened at times in the opening term to make the early jump, with big man Harry Parker taking strong contested marks inside 50.

Parker was marking anything and everything that came his way and could have had a small bag come the first break, but missed opportunities in front of goal saw him have the visitors’ only two goals of the first term next to his name.

Parker was far from the only player missing goal scoring opportunities, with Glenorchy (3.12) and Lauderdale (5.8) both heading into the main change ruing missed chances.

The ‘Lauderdale brand’ that has been spoken about by players and coaching staff throughout the year came to the fore in the second half, however, with the Bombers stepping up early in the third term to make the most of their chances and use the ball cleanly.

“We showed what our brand is all about today, particularly in the second half our contested ball was outstanding. The way we linked up with our handball through the middle and created avenues to goal was terrific,” Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown said post-game.

“It was an arm wrestle early and we managed to get on top early in that second half which was pivotal.

“We were a bit fumbly between our legs (in the first half) and were trying to rush handballs. We cleaned that up a bit and in the second half we were one-touch getting it out to the guys on the outside in the second half.”

Key utility Ben McGuinness was influential for the Bombers, kicking a goal in each of the first three terms before turning a solid display into a dominant one with four final quarter goals to take his tally to seven and ensure the Bombers ran away with victory.

It was the performance Lauderdale fans would have been hoping for after threatening to break games apart at times throughout the season.

“He was outstanding today. He is one of those guys we have the luxury of being able to decide whether we play up forward or down back. He has been itching to jump out of his skin and start clunking some marks,” Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown said post-game.

“We decided to play him down forward and it worked well for us, he ended up taking 10 or 11 contested marks and kicked seven goals.”

IC: Solstice Digital

Thor Boscott also impressed in his second game back from a foot injury with three goals and a spell in the midfield, while Rhys Sutton and Nat Franklin were at their lively best.

After successful performances for the Tassie Mariners and then the Allies at the U18 National Championships, Nic Baker and Matt McGuinness made successful returns to senior football with solid performances.

“First game for the club he was outstanding, I think he was one of our better players,” Brown said of Baker.

“Sometimes when they come back they are on a bit of a down, but Matt comes back to play with his brothers (Ben and Josh) which gives him a boost and Bakes (Nic Baker) comes back for his first game at the club.

“Hopefully they continue to play well as they are definitely in draft contention.”

Lauderdale put plenty of attention into star Magpie duo Jaye Bowden and Rhys Mott, with strong lock down roles on the two play-makers going a long way to the result.

“We had two major roles in Josh McGuinness on Jaye Bowden plus Leo Harrison went to Rhys Mott. They are two of the best players in the competition and I think those guys did a great job of shutting them out of the game,” Brown said.

As Glenorchy’s first loss since round 10, coach Paul Kennedy was far from reaching for the panic button after the match, but was left to rue missed opportunities and a final quarter fade out.

“We looked at a lot of the key stats at 3/4 time – scoring shots, contested ball, inside 50s and  clearances – all of that was really even; but Lauderdale did a great job of converting.

“They finished their work off and we didn’t but the last quarter you look at completely differently because we did drop away which was disappointing,” Kennedy said.

Although the Bombers took a five-goal lead into the final change, Kennedy was disappointed with how his side faded late.

“When you go into 3/4 time five goals down, the good teams lock it down and grind away. There’s 30 minutes there to kick five goals and things can happen quickly.

“We were disappointed in the team and they were disappointed in themselves that they didn’t hang in there and let the floodgates open.”

While Lauderdale will travel to Windsor Park to tackle the ever-dangerous Blues, Kennedy’s Magpies will host ladder leaders North Launceston at KGV Oval.

“The season and games are like a roller-coaster, you don’t scream on the way down and you don’t laugh on the way up – you are going to have these moments.

“You saw it with Lauderdale, they stuck with it after a bad start, Launceston are starting to turn their season around and ours has been an up and down season but the guys have stuck with it well.

“It’s important to understand the big picture and keep working at it. Next week will be a good challenge just to see where we are at heading into these last few games.”

 

Lauderdale                              2.5,  5.8,  11.8,  16.14  (110)

Glenorchy                               2.6,  3.12,  5.14,  6.15  (51)

 

GOALS

Lauderdale : B. McGuinness 7, T. Boscott 3, J. Gillbee 2, T. Mosquito, A. Hevey, T. Havea, E. Stanley

Glenorchy : H. Parker 2, Z. Webster, J. Bowden, B. Kamaric, M. Rainbird

BEST

Lauderdale : J. McGuinness, B. McGuinness, R. Sutton, N. Franklin, N. Baker, L. Harrison

Glenorchy : J. Arnold, R. Mott, J. Webb, J. Stevenson, H. Gunther, H. Parker

Bupa TSL Round 16 Back of the Week

Round 16 Bupa Tasmanian State League action has come and gone, and we now want to know who you considered to be the standout players from the weekend. 

We start with the defensive half of the ground where a Lauderdale gun and a Launceston live-wire impressed.

 

Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

A player that wouldn’t typically feature in this particular segment, Rulla Kelly-Mansell was superb off half back for the Blues on Sunday, finding plenty of the football to generate drive out of the back half.

A sublime talent when on song, Kelly-Mansell used the ball cleanly and swiftly throughout the day, even drifting forward to hit the scoreboard with a goal.

Although capable of turning a game on the wing or at half forward, Kelly-Mansell might have found a niche role for himself across half back with his speed, skills and game sense providing him with the ideal attributes of a damaging weapon out of defence.

IC: Solstice Digital

 

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)

Although younger brother Ben will rightfully receive plaudits for his seven-goal haul against Glenorchy, Josh McGuinness was arguably just as important in the win.

Playing a lock-down role on Jaye Bowden, McGuinness did well to curb the influence of one of the competition’s best players, backing up a similar effort on Jake Cox last weekend.

McGuinness still found plenty of the ball himself, however, and used the ball as cleanly, efficiently and smartly as ever.

As one of the competition’s most damaging defenders, there is a genuine defensive and offensive balance to McGuinness’ game at the moment that makes him an invaluable asset for the Bombers.

IC: Solstice Digital

 

Head on over to our Facebook page to make your choice!

Northern Bombers Flex Muscle With Team-First Win.

As fellow finals contenders continue to battle for spots inside the top five, ladder leader North Launceston proved once again why they are still the measuring stick of the competition, TSL Digital Media Reporter Ryan Rosendale writes.

Fresh off their one-point victory over cross town rivals in Round 15, North Launceston continued to stake their claim at a back-to-back premiership with a decisive 79-point victory over the Tigers this past Saturday.

After being challenged by Launceston and escaping with the tightest of victories last week, the Bombers traveled to the Twin Ovals for the first time this season and while many expected the much-improved Tigers to challenge the Bombers, they were instead taught a lesson in team-first football by North Launceston on their way to a 16.11 (107) to 5.4 (34) victory.

The Bombers were all systems go from the opening bounce, holding the Tigers to the solitary Mitchell Cooke major in the first half, and if not for some inaccurate kicking throughout the half – 8.9 – the game would have well and truly been put to bed at the long break.

With a goal inside the opening minute for the Tigers through Blake Grant it seemed as though momentum might shift in the third term but despite another long-bomb goal to Mitch Carter, it was a string of six unanswered goals to the Bombers that well and truly put the game to bed at the final change.

The Tigers were able to control the contest in the last, keeping the game in their forward half before Bart McCulloch was able to kick the Bombers only goal late in the quarter to add to his two in the third.

“We probably played three and a half quarters today and we probably haven’t played a full four quarter effort this year so three and a half, we’ll take that,” North Launceston coach Taylor Whitford said post-match.

“I spoke about putting scoreboard pressure on today and the first half we didn’t do that; I think we kicked something like 8.9 so we had to put scoreboard pressure on to get the game going and I think in the third quarter we were able to do that a little better which put us in a good position.”

IC: Andrew Woodgate

“We were a little disappointed,” Whitford said on how his side performed in the last quarter.

“The first 15 to 20 minutes of the last we weren’t great. We just couldn’t adapt to the way they were playing. We weren’t able to get any ball in hand and get it into our forward half but once we did that again in the last ten or so minutes I thought we looked okay.”

While Whitford acknowledged that the win came on the back of a 22-man effort, midfielder Josh Ponting continued his fine form with another best on ground effort along with 150th gamer Brad Cox-Goodyear while the Bombers forward line of Whitford (three), McCulloch (three), Tom Bennett (three) and Dakota Bannister (two) were far too dangerous for the Tigers defenders.

“There were some things we tried to put in place after the Launceston games, just some areas we thought we could do better and I think we did that today,” Whitford said in regard to the forward group.

“We just got a little bit more pressure in there. I thought Dakota was good and he had some things to work on coming out of the Launceston game and it was really positive that he was able to do that and his pressure was really good, probably didn’t lay as many tackles but his ability to get to the next contest was pleasing.”

Tigers coach Trent Baumeler conceded that while Saturday’s game wasn’t a step backwards, the players were taught a lesson by last year’s premiers.

“We got a taught a good lesson today in work rate (by North Launceston),” Baumeler said post-match.

“I thought their work rate away from stoppage offensively and then defensively if we were able to turn it over was first class and that’s why they’ve been so good (for so long).”

Baumeler’s message post-game to the group was about using the loss as a learning experience as to where the club and players want to get to in terms of what North Launceston do well to be such a well-balanced and successful club.

Forward-turned-midfielder Blake Grant again thrived in his new role, collecting plenty of ball and was clearly the Tigers best performer across the four quarters; while usual suspects Will Campbell, Lachy Clifford and Marcus Davies all battled hard throughout.

Key defender Jake Doran finished the game with a dislocated shoulder and Baumeler didn’t expect the former Hobart City big man to feature again this season.

North Launceston will again the hit highway this weekend when they face a rebounding Glenorchy at KGV, while the Tigers head into the bye before finishing the season with games against finals bound Lauderdale (A), Glenorchy (H), Launceston (A) and Clarence (A).

 

Tigers –  0.1   1.2   3.2    5.6 (36)

Goals: M. Carter, M. Cooke, B. Grant, E. Burrows-Cheng, S. Duigan

Best: B. Grant, W. Campbell, M. Davies, H. Johnston, L. Clifford, B. Rees

 

North Launceston –  3.6  8.9  15.11    17.13 (115)

Goals: B. McCulloch (3), T. Whitford (3), T. Bennett (3), B. Simpson (2), D. Bannister (2), B. Cox-Goodyear (2), T. Donnelly, S. Egger

Best: J. Ponting, R. Mansell, B. Cox-Goodyear, J. Cousens, Z. Burt, F. Bennett

‘Pies Set To Break New Ground

The rapid growth in female participation in football is well documented, and with more and more girls and women lacing up the boots to play the game they love, it can be easy to forget that female participation in football was once not as common. 

Glenorchy pair Gemma Allan and Sandy Eaton have been at the forefront of the movement here in Tasmania and are set to celebrate big milestones in the coming weeks while playing key roles in the Magpies 2018 campaign.

With Allan set to play her 100th game this weekend against the Tigers, and Eaton preparing to play her 100th game for the club in round 13 against Clarence, TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton spoke with the two Glenorchy players about the achievement, their careers and the 2018 season for the Magpies.

 

 What does the achievement of playing 100 games of football mean to you?

Gemma Allen: “It’s a fantastic honour to reach this milestone, particularly as it’s come with life membership to the Glenorchy Football Club. Glenorchy is a fantastic supportive club and it feels great to become part of its history. It’s something tangible that no one can ever take away from me.”

Sandy Eaton: “It’s a milestone that I’ve had my mind set on achieving for a little while now. It’s an achievement that until now has not been achieved by a female Glenorchy player. In saying that it’s taken a lot of hard work and commitment to get here and is something I am very proud of.”

 

How did you first get involved in football?

Gemma Allen: “I played a handful of games while I was living on campus at Uni and got a taste for it. However, I was playing soccer and touch football when someone handed me a flyer about women’s football. North Hobart was starting a new team so I decided to go there and haven’t looked back since.”

Sandy Eaton: “I first got involved in football as a nine-year-old when I followed my brother Michael to his football training. I played from then until I was 13, having to give it up as females weren’t able to play past that age. I found the sport again in the NT as a 22-year-old and have played since then.”

 

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Gemma Allen: “Our come-from-behind prelim final win against Clarence in 2017 to make our first ever grand final last year was a highlight. We still need to go that one step further though…”

Sandy Eaton: “There has been many highlights but being picked in the first ever Tasmanian state side in 2011, and being named captain for that side is something I’m pretty proud of. In addition, participation in the Grand Final last year with the Glenorchy girls was pretty special also.”

The Magpies run out onto UTAS Stadium for the 2017 TSLW Grand Final. IC: Solstice Digital

 

What is it about football that you enjoy and has kept you involved in the game?

Gemma Allen: “I love the physical and mental challenge of the game; but more than anything, the people I’ve met over the last nine years have kept me playing. Turning up to training or a game on a cold wet winter day is far more enjoyable when your teammates are your friends and you know they’ve got your back on and off the field.”

Sandy Eaton: “I obviously love the fitness and game itself but it’s the team atmosphere that is most addictive. We’ve worked very hard on maintaining a great culture at Glenorchy and when your team get along both on and off the field, it’s hard to want to stay away.”

 

How have you seen the growth of women’s football during your career so far?

Gemma Allen: “It’s incredible to see how far it’s come; the exponential growth since the AFLW started has been particularly great. It’s thrown female football into the spotlight. The addition of junior and youth pathways along with the regional leagues in Tasmania have meant that there’s more females than ever playing the game and no matter what your age or ability there’s a place for you to play.”

Sandy Eaton: “I’ve been lucky enough to start in the inception of two competitions, firstly in the NT and then in Tasmania. Both competitions started very late compared to other states but the improvement has been incredible. Since the introduction of AFLW the growth of the sport has gone through the roof which is fantastic for footy here in Tassie. The improved standard in our local competition in the last two years alone is impressive to see and I’m excited to see what the next two years bring.”

 

How has playing football impacted you?

Gemma Allen: “I’ve made so many friends from very different walks of life; people I never would’ve met if it wasn’t for football. It’s driven me to get strong and stay fit and I’ve learned a lot about teamwork and leadership. Football is very much a release and escape for me; when I run out onto the field for a couple hours I think of nothing else except football and I think it’s important to have something in life that makes you feel that way.”

Sandy Eaton: “Football has been a huge part of my life for the past 14 years. It helps me remain fit and healthy and the friendships I’ve made here will last a life time. It’s like having a second family.”

IC: Glenorchy District Women’s AFL Facebook

 

How do you see this season unfolding with Glenorchy?

Gemma Allen: “At a game clear on top of the ladder, this is our best start to the season ever and we’re in line for a top two finish for the first time as well. I think we’ve got a very good mix of youth and experience in the team and our new and younger players are improving every game. We’ve been training hard and starting to really gel as a team lately. It’s a cliché but, at the end of the day, it’ll come down to whether we can get the job done when it counts.”

Sandy Eaton: “It’s hard not to be excited with our progress so far. We are working extremely hard and if we continue like this we will be tough to beat in the finals. In saying that, we are taking each week as it comes and don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.”

 

Do you have any advice for players who are just starting their career?

Gemma Allen: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Know your limits, listen to your body and prioritise strength work and injury prevention. Surround yourself with team of people who know more than you do and listen to their advice.”

Sandy Eaton: “Work hard on your fitness, injury prevention and basic skills early. The game is moving so quickly at the moment that if you don’t do the hard yards now you risk missing out.”

Wrest Point TSLW Round 12 Preview

Round 12 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season will see Glenorchy take on the Tigers at KGV, and Burnie return from the bye to host Launceston at Wivenhoe Showgrounds, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

 

Sunday 15th July

Glenorchy v. Tigers (KGV) – 1:00pm

Form Guide (most recent first): Glenorchy – W W B W W | Tigers – L B L L L

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 10.15 (75) def. Tigers 3.0 (18) – Round 6, 2018 at Twin Ovals

Ladder leader Glenorchy take on the fifth-placed Tigers at the Twin Ovals in round 11 and will be looking to take it up to last season’s grand finalists after being defeated by 57 points when the side’s last met in round six.

IC: Solstice Digital

Kristy Baker, Olivia McKee and Marla Neal kicked one goal each for the Tigers on that day, with Milly Smith, Rea Roberts, Lilly Ellis, Cara Brooke, Neal and McKee the best performers.

The Tigers have quite a few changes this week with Liarna Reid, Gillian Millar, Priscilla Odwogo and Ellie Doyle coming in for Olivia McGow, Elizabeth Johnstone, Jess Murphy and Natasha Cormie. Hannah Squires is named as the emergency, while Milly Smith will miss round 11 after suffering a concussion in the second quarter last week.

Tigers coach Brad Willis is fully aware of the task Glenorchy presents to his young side.

“Glenorchy are the most physical team in the competition and unless you are prepared to put your body on the line you won’t be in the hunt.

“We pride ourselves on our contested game, so we always look forward to the Glenorchy games.

We will be drawing on several of our youth girls this week, so playing against the ladder leaders will be a big learning curve,” Willis said.

Last time Nietta Lynch kicked five goals for the Pies, and Sandy Eaton, Natalie Daniels, Morgan Wright, Gemma Terry and Meg Jacobs kicked one each.

Glenorchy’s best players were Gennaveve Sullivan, Sarah Skinner, Sandy Eaton, Nietta Lynch, Mackie Sutcliffe and Gemma Terry.

Katie Stanford is out for the Pies this week and Holly Ryan comes in for round 11.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, says “this week we continue to look to improve and hone our game as we lead into the finals. Although a cliché we just look to play well each week and play well enough to get a win.”

This week Gemma Allen will also be playing her 100th game of senior football for Glenorchy in what his sure to provide even greater motivation.

Players to Watch:

Rachel Siely (Glenorchy): The Pies vice-captain has played nine matches so far this year and been named in the best players three times. In 2017 Siely played 15 games and was also named in the best players three times. Last week coach Craig Grace commended Siely’s efforts as she “shut down the Blues forward line.”

Lilly Ellis (Tigers): This young defender played four matches last year and did not feature in the best players. In 2018 Ellis has played eight games and been named in the best players three times. Ellis has been described by coach Brad Willis as an “emerging teenager” and will likely play a key role once again after keeping classy Magpie Mackie Sutcliffe goalless last time.

 

GLENORCHY v TIGERS FC

Round 12 – 15/07/18

1:00PM – KGV Oval

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Glenorchy

B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

HB: T. Corrie, H. Smith, T. Strong

C: Z.  Manjerovic, S.  Skinner, G.  Terry

HF: M. Sutcliffe, N. Lynch, N. Daniels

F: J. Tate Turvey, M. Jacobs ,

R: G. Sullivan, B. Barwick, E. Barwick

Int: G. Allan, S. Davis, S. Eaton, H. Ryan

In: H. Ryan

Out: K. Stanford

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Tigers FC

B: E. Doyle, C. Van muijlwijk ,

HB: N. Durham, L. Reid, L. Ellis

C: S.  Grimsey, C.  Brooke, T.  Roxann

HF: M. Absolom, G. Millar, B. Phillips

F: L. Hayes, K. Baker,

R: M. Wilkinson, M. Neal, O. McKee

Int: P. Odwogo

Emg: H. Squires

In: H. Squires, L. Reid, G. Millar, P. Odwogo, E. Doyle

Out: O. McGow, E. Johnstone, J. Murphy, M. Smith, N. Cormie


Sunday 15th July

Burnie v. Launceston (Wivenhoe Showgrounds) – 12:00pm

Form Guide (most recent first): Burnie – B L L W B | Launceston – L L W B L

IC: Solstice Digital

Last Time They Met: Launceston 10.12 (72) def. Burnie 0.0 (0) – Round 6, 2018 at Windsor Park

Burnie returns from the bye to host Launceston at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round 11.

Last time they played each other the Dockers were defeated by 72 points after still suffering from a heavy injury list. Now the tables have turned, however, with Launceston forced to deal with an extensive injury list.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, states that “this week when we play Burnie we will just be looking to get the four points and get to the bye with a win. We will be nursing players through the next period of the season to try and get a healthier list together.

“This will create opportunities for others which is also growth. This game against Burnie will be more challenging for us than it looks on paper and we will need to play well to beat them,” Gibbons said.

The Blues have made a raft of changes with Nicole Ristrom (ankle), Zoe Claridge (foot bruising), Chevy Thuringer (dislocated fingers), Emma Mannix-Geeves (hip flexor) and Dearne Taylor (achilles) missing.

Taylor will be a big loss after playing a starring role last time against the Tigers, kicking three goals, while Georgia Hill (three), Nicole Ristrom (two), Ange Dickson (one) and Meg Radford (one) also hit the scoreboard. Dearne Taylor, Georgia Hill, Chevy Thuringer, Meg Sinclair, Zoe Claridge and Nicole Ristrom were the best players for the Blues.

Burnie’s best players on the day were Chloe Haines, Lauren Stevenson, Samantha Langmaid, Chelsea Cochrane, Sophie Sanderson and Courtney Chandler.

The Dockers will be looking to cement a place in the top four, while the Blues will be eager to keep in touch with ladder leaders Glenorchy.

Players to Watch:

Hannah Martin (Burnie): Martin has played two matches in 2018 in her first year playing TSLW football. Martin has finished in the best players twice and scored five goals. In round ten, before Burnie had the bye, coach Richard Mulcahy applauded her efforts saying “Martin (2 goals) from Ulverstone…[was] great from the team.”

Courtney Webb (Launceston): Webb played her 50th game for the club last week. In 2018 Webb has played just four matches, kicked four goals and was named as Launceston’s best player for round eleven. Coach Alex Gibbons said last week “Webb had a high influence on the game which was a welcomed return as she continues to build on her late start to the season.” Keep your eyes peeled for the Carlton AFLW player.

 

BURNIE v. LAUNCESTON

Round 12 – 15/07/2018

12:00PM – Wivenhoe

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Burnie

B: F. Bryan, M. Radford, C. Keogh

HB: S. Rodman, S. Logan,

C: S.  Langmaid, T.  Byard, B.  Smith

HF: K. Johnson, , K. Keogh

F: S. Ferguson-Stevens, K. Bramich, N. Whitehead

R: E. Doig, H. Martin, C. Chandler

Int: S. Wilson, I. Henwood
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Launceston

B: A. Carey, M. Smith, H. Whyte

HB: M. Sinclair, , C. Webb

C: J.  Clifford, K.  McLaughlin, C.  Stanley

HF: M. Radford, A. Green, M. Richardson green

F: E. Page, G. Hill,

R: B. Thurlow, A. Halaby, A. Dickson

Int: B. White, T. Whitney, C. How, C. Webster

In: M. Richardson green, M. Smith, T. Whitney, C. How, C. Webster

Out: N. Ristrom, Z. Claridge, C. Thuringer, E. Manix-geeves, D. Taylor

 

CATCH UP ON WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MATCHED UP

BUPA TSL Round 16 Preview

Round 16 of the Bupa Tasmanian State League is nearly upon us, with a third vs fourth blockbuster headlining proceedings. 

Check out all the team selections here. 


Saturday 14th July

Lauderdale v Glenorchy – Lauderdale Oval (2:00pm)

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 14.15 (99) def. Glenorchy 9.12 (66) – Round 9, 2018 at Lauderdale Oval

Form Guide (most recent first): Lauderdale – W L W W B | Glenorchy – B W W W W

Tim Mosquito and Jaye Bowden will both be key figures in the clash. IC: Solstice Digital

This will be huge.

Third-placed Glenorchy will travel to take on fourth-placed Lauderdale in a massive contest between two genuine flag threats, and two of the competition’s form outfits.

Both sides boast deep midfields, with the ruck contest between Haydn Smith and Cameron Duffy set to play a pivotal role in the result.

Rhys Mott was well held last time the Bombers played the Magpies, with Leo Harrison doing the job on that occasion. Expect more of the same this week, but also watch out for returning Glenorchy star Zac Webster, who after missing plenty of football, is said to be in top physical condition for his return.

With Webster firing Glenorchy are an even more potent force, but expect Phil Bellchambers and Nat Franklin to continue their impressive 2018 campaigns through the midfield.

The Magpies would have spent some time during the week pondering how best to shut down Thor Boscott, while the Bombers would have done the same in developing plans for Jaye Bowden.

With stars of the competition set to go head to head, this is a match that could go either way, but considering the irresistible form of the 2017 grand finalists and the home ground advantage, the Bombers should sneak home in a thriller.

Tip: Bombers by 12 points

Players to watch:

Nicholas Baker (Lauderdale): The former Demon is likely to play his first game as a Bomber after Mariners and Allies duties throughout the season to date. A prodigious talent, the draft hopeful will be looking to make a statement in his first senior game at Lauderdale.

Harrison Gunther (Glenorchy): As one of the competition’s form defenders, Gunther is likely to play a key role on Saturday, with his ability to intercept and lock down a key forward a crucial part of Glenorchy’s set-up.

 

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Saturday 14th July

Tigers v North Launceston – Twin Ovals (2:00pm)

Brad Cox-Goodyer will be playing his 150th game on Saturday. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 13.12 (90) def. Tigers 9.6 (60) – Round 9, 2018 at UTAS Stadium

Form Guide (most recent first): North Launceston – W W B L W | Tigers – W L W L L

North Launceston will travel to Kingston for the first time this season in round 16 after recording two hard-fought wins at home against the Tigers earlier in the year.

North Launceston enter the match two games clear atop the ladder after a thrilling one-point triumph over the Blues last Friday night, while the Tigers sit in sixth spot but have impressed in patches throughout the year, and after kicking five consecutive goals against the Bombers last time, will not be underestimated.

Will Campbell, Lachy Clifford, Mitch Carter and Blake Grant have all been in good touch for the Tigers in recent times but will face a different challenge entirely when coming up against the team with the richest depth in the competition.

Jake Doran, Nic Hutchinson and Micah Reynolds will have their hands full in defence as they try to curtail Bart McCulloch, Tom Bennett and Zach Burt, particularly with players like Brad Cox-Goodyer and Dakota Bannister also set to roll through the forward 50.

Cox-Goodyer will also be playing game 150 for the reigning premier, providing even greater motivation for the visitors.

If Hugh Johnston can continue his hot form against Alex Lee and provide silver service to Clifford, Campbell and Grant in the middle, the Tigers might be able to get on top over Mark Walsh, Taylor Whitford and Josh Ponting for periods, but it is difficult to see how the Tigers can do this consistently for the full 120 minutes.

The Northern Bombers appear to have too much depth in every key area of the game and should provide another example of why they are the team to beat in 2018, but expect the Tigers to remain competitive and continue showing the signs of growth that have made this season an encouraging one, even if this isn’t shown when looking at the ladder.

Tip: Bombers by 36 points

Players to watch:

Mitch Carter (Tigers): The star defender-cum-forward has made a home for himself as an offensive weapon in 2018, providing a focal point forward of centre. Will need to be at his best for the Tigers to compete against the competition’s top dog.

Sherrin Egger (North Launceston): One of the form players in the league, Egger proved with a stint forward of centre last week that he is more than capable of making a difference and impacting a game at either end of the ground.

 

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Sunday July 15th

Launceston v North Hobart – Windsor Park (2:00pm)

Last Time They Met: North Hobart 7.2 (44) def. by Launceston 24.7 (151) – Round 9, 2018 at North Hobart Oval

Form Guide (most recent first): Launceston – L L L B L | North Hobart – L B L L L

Brodie Palfreyman will be playing game 50 for the Blues. IC: Solstice Digital

The Blues looked to find some form against the Bombers last Friday night and will be eager to deliver a strong finish to the season with finals football on the horizon.

Having not won a game since round nine, when they last faced the Demons, Launceston’s strong start to 2018 is under threat of unravelling with the side falling behind the pace of the top two.

Last Friday night’s showing, however, suggested that the Blues might be back in town after taking it right up to the competition’s top side before falling agonisingly short late.

North Hobart on the other hand, have been gallant and shown impressive signs throughout the year, with the emergence of some exciting young talent set to hold the club in good stead moving forward,

A challenge at Windsor Park is likely going to be too much for the Demons, however, with the Blues a difficult side to tackle at home and several of the Demons’ most exciting young players set to miss through U16 state representation.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this match, however, is the returns of two under-18 All-Australian representatives, Chayce Jones (Launceston) and Mitch O’Neill (North Hobart), with the prospect of these two going head to head a tantalising one.

The likes of Dylan Riley, Jobi Harper and Brodie Palfreyman – who will be playing his 50th game for the club – all look primed for big games after solid form in recent weeks, with Riley and Harper showing their versatility in a variety of positions last weekend.

The Demons have also been dealt a big blow, with young key defender Bailey Walker missing after being concussed in the round 15 loss to the Tigers. Walker did an exceptional job on Launceston spearhead Mitch Thorp last time and his absence will leave a big hole in defensive 50.

Expect the Blues’ class and prime movers to be at the forefront and for the hosts to record a comfortable victory, but not one without pressure from the young Demons.

Tip: Blues by 42 points

Players to watch:

Chayce Jones (Launceston): The Mariners skipper has been in impressive touch in 2018, leading Tasmania from the front and impressing for the Allies, earning All-Australian selection. The draft hopeful will immediately assume a key role in the Blues’ midfield.

Mitch O’Neill (North Hobart): Another All-Australian representative from the 2018 U18 National Championships, O’Neill is also likely to play his first senior game of the season. A classy user and ferocious tackler, expect him to thrive.

 

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BUPA TSL TEAMS – Round 16

The teams are in for round 16 of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season, with some of the state’s most exciting young prospects in line for their first senior opportunities of the year.

Sunday’s contest between Launceston and North Hobart at Windsor Park will see two of 2018’s best young talents go head to head, with Launceston naming Tassie Mariners skipper and under-18 All Australian Chayce Jones and North Hobart naming fellow All-Australian Mitch O’Neill.

Jones, eligible for this year’s draft has been in sparkling touch as a prime moving midfielder, while O’Neill’s speed and ferocity at the contest will make him a handful for the Blues.

North Launceston has also named a young gun with Rhyan Mansell coming back into the side alongside key ruckman Alex Lee for the Bombers’ road trip to face the Tigers.

Tigers have made one change, bringing back pressure forward Matthew Coad.

Glenorchy has received a significant boost for its clash with Lauderdale, naming star Zac Webster and exciting prospect Jack Stevenson.

Lauderdale has interestingly named Alex Hill at full back, despite Hill dislocating his elbow last week and previously being announced as an omission.

With Tassie Mariners and Allies representatives Matthew McGuinness and Nic Baker named as emergencies, don’t be surprised if you see one of these two come into the side for the injured Hill.

 


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LAUDERDALE v. GLENORCHY

Round 16 – 14/07/2018

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval

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Lauderdale

B: J. Perkins, A. Hill, E. Stanley

HB: J. McGuinness, B. McGuinness, O. Shaw

C: A.  Hevey, J.  Gillbee, R.  Sutton

HF: H. Kerinaiua, T. Havea, R. McManus

F: T. Boscott, R. Wiggins, T. Mosquito

R: H. Smith, N. Franklin, P. Bellchambers

Int: L. Harrison, C. Laoumtzis, N. Raglione, J. Williams

Emg: N. Baker, C. Best, R. Hill, M. McGuinness
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Glenorchy

B: J. Arnold, J. Grant, C. Salter

HB: D. Joseph, H. Gunther, J. Millhouse

C: R.  Banks-Smith, R.  Mott, J.  Webb

HF: C. Daly, M. Walker, M. Rainbird

F: J. Bearman, H. Parker, A. Roberts

R: C. Duffy, J. Bowden, B. Kamaric

Int: J. Geard, M. Joseph, J. Stevenson, Z. Webster

Emg: W. Atkin, B. Bester, A. Brennan, D. Coppleman

 

In: J. Stevenson, Z. Webster

Out: B. Bester, A. Brennan


TIGERS FC v. NORTH LAUNCESTON

Round 16 – 14/07/2018

2:00PM – Twin Ovals

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Tigers FC

B: B. McCulloch, M. Reynolds, B. Rees

HB: M. Davies, J. Doran, N. Hutchinson

C: E.  Burrows-Cheng, W.  Campbell, S.  Rice

HF: M. Coad, M. Carter, S. Duigan

F: L. Graham, H. Thompson, L. Watt

R: H. Johnston, L. Clifford, B. Grant

Int: O. Burrows-Cheng, M. Cooke, B. Gordon, B. Graham

Emg: T. Carter, A. Humphrey, J. Keogh, J. Lister

In: M. Coad

Out: J. Lister

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North Launceston

B: S. Egger, C. Young, M. Tang

HB: J. Avent, J. Foon, A. Richter-Salter

C: J.  Cousens, J.  Ponting, B.  Sharman

HF: K. Wadley, T. Bennett, M. Walsh

F: R. Mansell, Z. Burt, B. McCulloch

R: A. Lee, T. Whitford, B. Cox-Goodyer

Int: D. Bannister, F. Bennett, T. Donnelly, B. Simpson

Emg: T. Foon, C. Harrison, C. Lowe, L. Young

 

In: R. Mansell, A. Lee

Out: T. Foon, L. Young


LAUNCESTON v. NORTH HOBART

Round 16 – 15/07/2018

2:00PM – Windsor Park

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Launceston

B: T. Mundy, J. Harper, C. Savage

HB: R. Kelly-Mansell, D. Riley, R. Tyrrell

C: T.  Sheppard, J.  Smith, B.  Taylor

HF: J. House, M. Thorp, B. Killalea

F: J. Hinds, S. Vandervelde, J. Rushton

R: H. Leedham, C. Jones, B. Palfreyman

Int: J. Boyce, J. Dakin, E. Jackson, S. Rundle

Emg: J. Donnellan, M. Hodge, J. Nunn, B. Rubock

In: C. Jones

Out: J. Nunn

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North Hobart

B: J. Cleaver, H. Williams, T. Millhouse

HB: N. Lee, W. Burgess, B. Norton

C: S.  Caswell, W.  Peppin, B.  Young

HF: C. Kilpatrick, H. Williams, F. Lapham

F: J. Barwick, S. Becker, S. Willis

R: M. Woods, , B. Tilbury

Int: M. Evans, M. O’Neill, C. Ransom, T. Reeves, K. Williams

Emg: W. Cole, W. Hodgman, H. Ireland, A. Norton

In: M. Evans, M. O’Neill

Out: T. Willmott, B. Walker


MERCURY CUP

LAUDERDALE v. GLENORCHY

Round 16 – 14/07/2018

11:30AM – Lauderdale Oval

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Lauderdale

To be selected from:

Z. Berry, C. Best, J. Broom, T. Daff, J. DiIenno, J. Fisher,

M. Ford, W. Gergel, K. Glinada, R. Hill, R. Hooker, C. Hooker,

P. Hudson, B. Keiselis, J. Klok, J. Lewis, N. Lockyer Jnr, T. McKnight,

B. Newell, T. Perkins, N. Raglione, J. Revell, D. Searle, M. Smith,

T. Westbury, J. White
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Glenorchy

To be selected from:

T. Allen, W. Atkin, J. Best, B. Bester, T. Blackwell, N. Blowfield ,

A. Brennan, D. Brown, B. Carr, D. Coppleman, J. Deegan, L. Deegan,

S. Deverell, Z. Dodge, N. Eyles, C. French, C. Goodsell, I. Manson,

S. Marshall, N. Newman, B. Patterson, A. Peach , B. Rowbottom, C. Walker,

L. Welsh, Z. Welsh, J. Whitford, A. Wilde

 


TIGERS FC v. NORTH LAUNCESTON

Round 16 – 14/07/2018

11:30AM – Twin Ovals

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Tigers FC


To be selected from:

L. Ayliffe, J. Banks – Balding, M. Bigwood, C. Bryant, H. Burrows, T. Carter,

W. Dean, J. Downie, L. Edwards, B. Garth-Smith, A. Humphrey, P. Kelly,

J. Keogh, M. Lister, J. Lister, J. Phillips, W. Poland, J. Pride,

P. Reihana, K. Riley, J. Wells, M. Wolfert, C. Woolley

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North Launceston

To be selected from:

D. Baker, W. Birchmore, O. Chugg, M. Cossins, K. Curtis, M. Donnelly,

T. Eiszele, T. Foon, J. Harris, C. Harrison, N. Jackson, L. Jones,

J. Kerr, K. Lanham, J. Lanham, C. Lowe, J. Mazengarb, C. Pearton,

A. Potter, C. Praciak, B. Ronken, C. Stuart, X. Todman, T. Webb,

L. Young


 LAUNCESTON v. NORTH HOBART

Round 16 – 15/07/2018

11:30AM – Windsor Park

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Launceston

To be selected from:

M. Blazely, J. Boyd, C. Brown, S. Bruinewoud, J. Chaplin, J. Donnellan,

C. Downie, M. Hodge, G. Holt, A. Liberatore, T. Miller, G. Millucci,

J. Nunn, Z. Oldenhof, B. Rubock, M. Spohn, J. Tuthill, A. Wright

E. Conway, C. Curtis, A. Dickenson, L. Gee, T. Lucas, B. Neil, J. O’Donnell

J. Bott, J. Edmunds, H. Griffiths
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North Hobart

To be selected from:

H. Allan, H. Barron, M. Bowerman, C. Brownless, J. Cartledge, J. Clifford,

W. Cole, W. Collins, W. Cooper, L. Curtain, R. Devine, M. Evans,

P. Fisher, A. Flack, N. Goss, J. Gourlay, W. Hodgman, H. Ireland,

A. Keeling, S. Major, A. O’Meara, M. Paolini, L. Paton, J. Richardson,

H. Suhr, H. Thomas, O. Walker

Wrest Point TSLW Round 11 Wrap

Round 11 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Glenorchy defeat Launceston at Morven Park and Clarence defeat the Tigers at the Twin Ovals, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

 

Sunday 8th July

IC: Solstice Digital

Launceston v. Glenorchy (Morven Park, Evandale) – 12:30pm

Glenorchy defeated Launceston 6.8 (44) to 3.4 (22) in round 11 at Morven Park, Evandale, backing up a 20-point win over the Blues when the sides last met in round seven. 

Both teams struggled to score a goal in tough conditions from the get go. Launceston were only able to score one behind in the opening term, while the Magpies had plenty of opportunities, with the opening goal from Mackie Sutcliffe followed by a Nietta Lynch major to open up a 16-point lead at the first change.

Courtney Webb came out strong for the Blues kicking two goals in the second quarter to shorten the margin.

Natalie Daniels kicked the ‘Pies only goal for the term, but Glenorchy still ended the second term with a seven-point lead.

The Blues failed to score anything in the third quarter, whilst Glenorchy’s Jasmine Tate Turvey kicked her first for the game and Nietta Lynch nabbed her second to open up a handy 21-point buffer heading into the final quarter.

The final quarter saw Courtney Webb kick her third for the Blues and Nietta Lynch her third for the Magpies, with Glenorchy holding on to finish with an important 22-point win.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, stated that “the game was played in heavy conditions with a strong wind to the bottom end of the ground. We felt we controlled the game for most of the day and were really pleased to travel up north against a quality opposition and get the win.”

“We managed to score the only goals to the top end of the ground against a strong breeze. What really impressed us most was the ability to play to our strengths and continue to improve on our structures.”

The ‘Pies best players were Brieanna Barwick, Gennaveve Sullivan, Mackie Sutcliffe, Sarah Skinner, Nietta Lynch and Elise Barwick.

“Brieanna Barwick was again outstanding in the midfield and is having an fantastic season. Genn Sullivan controlled the ruck and Rachael Siely shut down the Blues forward line,” Grace said post-game.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons was reflective after the match.

“We were beaten by a better team on the day. Conditions made it tough to execute a few of our game styles, and Glenorchy played them better than us and were pretty even across the ground.

“[With] general play we were competitive, and our girls certainly had a high effort, but we were unable to catch Glenorchy after they used the wind well in the first quarter,” Gibbons said.

The Blues best players were Courtney Webb, Chevy Thuringer, Jodie Clifford, Meg Sinclair, Kate McLaughlin and Abbey Green.

“Courtney Webb had a high influence on the game which was a welcomed return as she continues to build on her late start to the season,” Gibbons said.

Courtney Webb and Ashlee Carey both also celebrated their fifty game milestones with Launceston this week.

“The tale of the season of us with injuries, but Dearne Taylor suffered [an] Achilles injury although minor. Kate Mclaughlin a corked calf (TBA), Zoe Claridge foot bruising (1 week), Emma Mannix-Geeves a hip flexor (1 week), Channette Thuringer dislocated fingers (1 week), Brooke Thurlow hand (TBA), Ashlee Carey back (TBA), Amy Halaby – hamstring tightness (cleared to play) and Nicky Ristrom a late withdrawal with an ankle (TBA).”

Glenorchy remain on top of the ladder, three games clear of Launceston, who is currently sitting in third.

Launceston will face Burnie at Wivenhoe in round 12, while Glenorchy will host the Tigers at KGV Oval.

 

Launceston Football Club      0.1       2.3       2.3       3.4 (22)

Glenorchy Football Club      2.4       3.4       5.6       6.8 (44)

 

GOALS

Launceston Football Club:  C. Webb 3

Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 3, J. Tate Turvey, M. Sutcliffe, N. Daniels

BEST

Launceston Football Club: C. Webb, C. Thuringer, J. Clifford, M. Sinclair, K. McLaughlin, A. Green

Glenorchy Football Club: B. Barwick, G. Sullivan, M. Sutcliffe, S. Skinner, N. Lynch, E. Barwick

 


Sunday 8th July

Tigers v. Clarence (Twin Ovals) – 1:00pm

Clarence 12.6 (78) defeated the Tigers 1.1 (7) at the Twin Ovals in round 11, following the ‘Roos 108-point win in the same fixture back in round seven. 

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Both teams battled harsh conditions this week and ended the first quarter with seven points apiece, a promising start for the Tigers who were kept goalless last time these sides played each other.

Clarence went on to kick 3.4 in the second quarter, 3.0 in the third and 5.1 in the final term, finishing the game with a 71-point win. The Tigers were unable to score in the rest of the match.

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says the “Tigers contested ball work in the first half showed how much they have improved as a team.”

“I thought in the third quarter we moved the ball a lot better by hand and foot and got ourselves in better scoring positions. We were kicking into a strong breeze and the girls made better decisions with the footy.

“I’m happy to get through injury-free in the wet and windy conditions,” Smith said.

Darcy Elliston kicked four goals for the Roos, Jacinta Limbrick three, Keeghan Smith two, and Natalie Heggie, Chloe Wells and Rachel Archer one each in another even team performance.

Clarence’s best players were Georgia Pennicott, Sophie Pennicott, Tarn Ford, Jacinta Limbrick, Darcy Elliston and Keegan Smith.

“Georgia Pennicott, in her 50th club game, was really strong for us in the midfield. Darcy Elliston made the most of opportunities up forward and finished with four goals.

“Jacinta Limbrick continued her good form from the last month and fnished with 3 goals. Keeghan Smith in her first game of football chipped in with 2 goals,” Smith said.

Tigers coach, Brad Willis, also thought the game was played at a good standard.

“Sunday’s game was a good standard considering the trying conditions – bitterly cold, rain and a strong breeze to one end.

“Apart from a 10-minute period at the start of the second quarter when we lost structure and composure, our pressure around the ball was very good. Clarence had more options going forward and rebounded particularly well, but I didn’t think the scoreboard was a true reflection of our effort.”

Brooke Phillips was the Tigers only goal scorer, while Jess Murphy, Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Tyler Roxann, Olivia McKee and Olivia McGow were standout performers.

“Stalwart Jess Murphy played a great game down back and Roxy Tyler on a wing played her best game for the club. It was unfortunate there was no footage of the game because Olivia McGow took one of the marks of the year twisting over the top of a pack.”

“Ruck Milly Smith was concussed in the second quarter and took no further part in the game. She will miss this week’s game.”

At the end of round 11 the Tigers remain in fifth spot on the ladder, while Clarence stay in second place.

Round 12 will see Clarence have the bye and the Tigers take on ladder-leader Glenorchy at KGV.

 

Tigers Football Club               1.1       1.1       1.1      1.1 (7)

Clarence Football Club                       1.1       4.5       7.5      12.6 (78)

 

GOALS

Tigers Football Club: B. Phillips

Clarence Football Club: D. Elliston 4, J. Limbrick 3, K. Smith 2, N. Heggie, C. Wells, R. Archer

BEST

Tigers Football Club: J. Murphy, M. Neal, C. Brooke, T. Roxann, O. McKee, O. McGow

Clarence Football Club: G. Pennicott, S. Pennicott, T. Ford, J. Limbrick, D. Elliston, K. Smith

Bombers With Room To Grow – Sutton

After an emphatic 47-point win in the Speak UP! Stay ChatTY Cup on Saturday afternoon, Lauderdale wingman Rhys Sutton insists his team have room for growth. 

In an ominous warning to the rest of the competition, Sutton reiterrated the message from assistant coach Clint Brown post-game, conceding the Bombers were far from where they’d like to be in the win.

“We are very happy with the win. We probably didn’t play our best footy so to still get the win without playing out best footy is something we will take for sure.

“We have probably lost games where we have played better footy this season… We probably butchered the ball a little bit moving forward and didn’t take the game on like we planned to,” Sutton said on Monday.

Although the Bombers have room for improvement, the glimpses of the side’s A-game that were shown indicated that they will be one of the teams to beat in the home stretch of the season.

“We like to shake the ball around the back and move it out the other side but we weren’t doing that and were just going long down the line.

“We spoke about it at half time and I think we were a bit better at it in the last quarter but for the majority we probably didn’t use the ball we would have liked to.”

Lauderdale became the first team to score over 100 points against Clarence this season, and after dropping two games to the ‘Roos from winnable three-quarter-time positions earlier in the season, Sutton was impressed with how his side managed to run the game out, kicking six goals to two.

“We said going into 3/4 time that it wasn’t finished yet.

“We were pretty up and about but we had to remind ourselves that we had been in that position before (and hadn’t won), so we wanted to finish out strong.”

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The Bombers were well-serviced by its stars right across the field in the win, with Tim Mosquito, Josh McGuinness, Phil Bellchambers, Nat Franklin, Haydn Smith and Sutton all continuing their consistent campaigns.

But it was one name that dominated discussion leading into the clash, and the conversations afterwards. Thor Boscott.

Boscott, a key figure in the Bombers’ 2017 campaign, broke his foot in January, has only been back on the training track for the last month, but returned with a bang, kicking three goals as a key figure inside 50.

“He was pretty good, wasn’t he?,” Sutton said of Boscott.

“He was awesome. He would be a massive headache for coaches I’d imagine as he can go up in the air but when it is on the ground he is brutal. He is just awesome to have back in the side.

“He brings other people into the game. When he was back starting training again, his skills were still elite – they hadn’t changed after six months of not playing or training.”

The Bombers, now in fourth spot on the ladder, have a big clash with third-placed Glenorchy at Lauderdale Oval coming up this weekend as they look to crack into the upper rungs of the table.

“If we want to make the top three, we have to keep winning. We want to win every game now and every game is important – we can’t take any game easy and have to finish every game off well.

“We are starting to click and starting to get some players back.

“At the start of the year if you look at our senior team from the grand final we have had 12 different players come in so to find a bit of continuity about where everyone is going to play and their role is important,” Sutton said.

Four Points All That Matters For Tigers

The Tigers got the job done at North Hobart on Saturday afternoon, but as Josh Duggan writes, it was a match with clear parallels to the previous meetings between the two clubs this season. 

Last time Kingborough and North Hobart faced off, the Tigers came away empty-handed in a shock result at the Twin Ovals, and for long stretches on Saturday at North Hobart Oval, this one looked like possibly heading down the same path.

After three hotly-contested quarters, the Tigers held strong in the fourth quarter though, containing the Demons well, and breaking through for their third win of the year.

Coach Trent Baumeler commented earlier in the week that his side’s Round eight loss to the Demons had sparked his side into gear after some poor early season form saw them spinning their wheels on the start line.

“That’s two out of our last three which we’ve been able to win, which I think is a really good stepping stone to where we’re wanting to go as a club,” Baumeler said after the match.

“It was very similar to round one [when the two sides played each other at this venue], I think we had two 10-minute patches where we were able to kick multiple goals in a row, which ended up being the margin.”

“We had patches where, particularly offensively, we were really good and looked quite potent; but defensively we probably would have wanted to get a bit more right over the four quarters.

This wasn’t the greatest of performances from the yellow and black, but the Tigers did enough at the right times to claw their way over the line, and coming home with the four points is all that really matters for a side needing late-season results to validate their season-long effort.

Forward Mitch Carter was crucial, kicking four crucial goals; including a few in a First Half spell up forward, and the long bomb from the centre square which sealed the win.

That final quarter surge to put the result beyond doubt came just after young Demon Bailey Walker was knocked out and stretchered off the field; a small break in play occurred, in which the Tigers’ leaders played a big role in settling the ship

“You could see the boys huddling out there as a group together, and then Jake Doran set our backline really well behind the ball… I thought we played that last five minutes of the game out really well and finished it off,” Baumeler said.

Will Campbell, Luke Graham and Lachlan Watt all continued their consistent 2018 campaigns for the Tigers, while Baxter Norton maintained his impressive form since returning to the Demons from Mariners and Allies duties.

The Tigers will now face North Launceston at home, while the Demons will travel to Windsor Park to take on the Blues.

 

North Hobart                   3.1,  6.4,  8.4,  9.4  (58)

Tigers                                  4.3,  7.8,  9.12,  11.17  (83)

 

GOALS

North Hobart : T. Willmott 1, S. Caswell 1, T. Reeves 1, C. Kilpatrick 1, B. Norton 1, N. Lee 1, M. Woods 1, J. Barwick 1, H. Williams 1

Tigers : L. Graham 3, W. Campbell 3, L. Watt 2, H. Thompson 1, M. Carter 1, S. Duigan 1

BEST

North Hobart : B. Norton, T. Reeves, H. Williams, C. Ransom, N. Lee, B. Tilbury

Tigers : M. Carter, J. Doran, H. Thompson, L. Watt, B. Gordon, L. Graham