Wrest Point TSLW Round 5 Preview

Round five of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season sees the return of Melbourne Football Club AFLW star Emma Humphries and the competition travelling to Oatlands for the first time this year, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

Saturday 19th May

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

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

Last Time They Met: Launceston 5.8 (38) def. Clarence 4.4 (28) – Final Round 1, 2017 at Geilston Bay

Clarence and Launceston will meet for the first time since the 2017 Wrest Point TSLW round one final. Clarence went down by ten points on that occasion and was knocked out of the final series by Glenorchy the following round. Launceston went on to win the Grand Final making them the 2017 season premiers.

Clarence’s four goals were kicked by Emma Groves, Maddy Smith, Nicole Bresnehan and Mel Wise. Georgia Hill nabbed two goals for Launceston along with Daria Bannister, whilst Naomi Celebre scored one. 

The two sides will both be looking to record a win in this contest, with Launceston flying high on top of the ladder and the ‘Roos sitting just one win behind in second place.

The ‘Roos enter the match after a big win over a 111-point win over Burnie Dockers, while Launceston are coming off a 83-point win over the Tigers.

Loveth Ochayi and Hannah Scott both come in this week for Clarence whilst Olivia Hudson and Chantelle MacPherson are out for this round.

Launceston have made quite a few lie up changes with Nikki Ristrom, J. Clifford, Amy Halaby and Courtney Webb in for round five. Elyse Page, Zoe Claridge, Emma Manix-geeves and Jacinta Retallick are all out this week.

Players to Watch:

Loveth Ochayi (Clarence): Ochayi was a strong contender in last year’s AFLW draft combine. Although she wasn’t selected Ochayi recently played a practice match for the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club against the Casey Demons in Victoria. Ochayi joined Clarence after playing for the Tigers in the 2017 TSLW and is already a key player due to her skills and athleticism.

Mia King (Launceston):  King only played three games in 2017 for the Blues and was named in the best players once. So far, she has played two games this year including a three-goal effort against the Tigers in round four. King also finished second in the best players for that round proving that she is definitely a player to watch.




B: D. Elliston, L. Ochayi,
HB: J. Farrow, K. Johnson, R. Archer
C: R.  Long, B.  Scott, J.  Minifie
HF: N. Heggie, S. Pennicott, J. Limbrick
F: T. Ford, N. Pearce,
R: C. Wells, N. Bresnehan, G. Pennicott
Int: H. Scott, S. Hinks, T. Nichols

In: L. Ochayi, H. Scott
Out: O. Hudson,  C. MacPherson 


B: H. Whyte, M. Sinclair, A. Carey
HB: C. Thuringer, N. Ristrom,
C: C.  Stanley , A.  Dickson, C.  Webb
HF: M. Radford, C. Taylor, M. Clark
F: D. Corcoran, B. Thurlow,
R: A. Green, D. Taylor, M. King
Int: A. Halaby, J. Clifford, K. McLaughlin, B. White

In: N. Ristrom, J. Clifford, A. Halaby, C. Webb
Out: E. Page, Z. Claridge, E. Manix-geeves, J. Retallick


Sunday 20th May

Glenorchy v. Burnie (KGV) – 1:00pm

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

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 7.8 (50) def. Burnie 2.2 (14) – Round 1, 2017 at KGV

Glenorchy returns from the bye to take on Burnie at KGV in round five. 

The Magpies have only lost one game this year, whilst Burnie are yet to win their first match for 2018.

Both teams last played each other in the first semi-final of the 2017 season. Burnie was knocked out of the finals after going down to Glenorchy by 36 points. The Magpies made it all the way to the Grand Final, before going down to the Blues.

Sandra Eaton, Janelle Rattenbury and Kate Rattenbury all kicked two goals against Burnie in the semi-final, whilst Holly Ryan scored one. Chloe Haines kicked both goals for Burnie.

This week Burnie sees the return of AFLW player Emma Humphries, as well as, Emily Doig and Sarah Wilson. Emily Duncombe, Amy-Lee Radford and Sienna Ferguson-Stevens are all out for round five. 

Glenorchy returns from the bye with Katie Stanford coming into the side and Jasmine Tate Turvey named as the emergency. Gennaveve Sullivan will miss this week’s match against Burnie.

The Dockers will be eager to bounce back and stay competitive after scoring just one behind in last weekend’s 111-point loss to Clarence.

Players to Watch:

Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy): In the 2017 TSLW season, Lynch played 14 games, scored 14 goals and was named in the best players ten times. Lynch has played three games so far this year, scoring at least one goal each game and finishing third in the best players for round three. A key part of this Magpies’ outfit.

Emma Humphries (Burnie): Humphries was drafted by the Melbourne Football Club with their eighth selection making her 57th overall in the 2016 AFL Women’s draft. Humphries played every match of her debut season last year and re-signed with Melbourne for 2018. Humphries played 13 matches last year for Burnie, scoring two goals and finishing in the best players six times.



B: M. Wright, R. Siely,
HB: J. Williams, H. Smith, T. Corrie
C: G.  Terry, S.  Skinner, S.  Davis
HF: M. Sutcliffe, N. Lynch,
F: G. Allan, S. Eaton, T. Strong
R: H. Ryan, B. Barwick, E. Barwick
Int: K. Stanford, M. Jacobs , N. Daniels
Emg: J. Tate Turvey



B: F. Bryan, M. Radford,
HB: S. Rodman, L. Haines, K. Johnson
C: S.  Langmaid, L.  Stevenson, N.  Whitehead
HF: K. Keogh, J. Mercer, C. Keogh
F: S. Wilson, B. Smith,
R: E. Doig, C. Haines, C. Chandler
Int: E. Humphries, T. Creely

In: E. Doig, S. Wilson, E. Humphries
Out: E. Duncombe, A. Radford, S. Ferguson-Stevens

Bupa TSL Round 8 Preview

Round eight of the Bupa Tasmanian State League will see three of the competition’s most fascinating rivalries recommence, including a top of the table clash in Launceston, the Eastern Shore Derby and a fixture between two sides in need of a boost. 


Saturday 19th May

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

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 17.8 (110) def. Launceston 8.6 (54) – Round 1, 2018 at UTAS Stadium

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

The Launceston derby looms as a mouth-watering fixture this weekend with the two premiership fancies only separated by percentage in the top two ladder positions.

North Launceston is coming off a big win over Lauderdale in the Grand Final replay and will be eager to make it 2-0 over the Blues this season.

Launceston may have gone down to the Northern Bombers in round one, but they haven’t put a foot wrong since, winning all five games since to now sit as a genuine premiership contender.

Josh Ponting will be crucial in the middle of the ground. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Launceston welcome back a host of Mariners for the contest including key forward Jamieson House, who alongside Mitch Thorp and Jack Rushton, forms a potent attacking pack.

North Launceston also possess a damaging forward group, spearheaded by Tom Bennett, with the two defensive units set for difficult afternoons.

Hamish Leedham is a big inclusion for the Blues after serving a one-match suspension, with the ruck battle between himself and Alex Lee set to be decisive.

Brodie Palfreyman, Jake Hinds and Jay Blackberry have been instrumental in Launceston’s strong start to the season, but will need to all be firing to get the better of the likes of Taylor Whitford, Josh Ponting and Mark Walsh.

Both sides possess game breakers and superstars on every line, making this an incredibly difficult game to tip. Favouritism may just lean in favour of the hosts in this one, but this match looms as being a genuine cracker.

Players to watch:

Jack Rushton (Launceston): One of the finds of the season, Rushton is a competitive beast inside 50 with the capacity to create scoreboard pressure and hound opposition defenders into making mistakes.

Dakota Bannister (North Launceston): A versatile member of this outfit, Bannister is capable of rotating through the midfield and inside 50 to both impact the scoreboard and set up his teammates. Watch out for how he is deployed on the smaller ground of Windsor Park.


LIVE Stream of the match via Facebook and YouTube with commentary from City Park Radio

Live broadcast on City Park Radio 103.7 and 96.5 FM, also available via online stream. 

Score updates via the official TSL App for Android and  Apple.

Updates on the TSL Facebook page, TSL Twitter account

Photos and vision on the official TSL Instagram account

Lauderdale v. Clarence (Lauderdale Oval) – 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 10.15 (75) def. by Clarence 14.8 (92) – Round 1, 2018 at Lauderdale Oval

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

If one thing can be predicted across round eight, it is that the Eastern Shore Derby will be full of spice.

Lauderdale and Clarence have a rich rivalry, escalated in recent seasons with the two sides competing for similar ladder positions.

This time around the match takes on extra significance with the return of Lauderdale coach Darren Winter for the first time since the infamous 2017 Grand Final.

The return of ‘Windy’ is likely to spark the Bombers, who will be itching to bounce back after being completely outplayed by the Northern Bombers last weekend.

A new-look Lauderdale did enough to record wins over the Tigers and North Hobart either side of the bye, but are yet to recapture the form that saw them rise into the 2017 decider.

Phil Bellchambers and Nat Franklin have been excellent in shouldering much of the midfield load, while Josh McGuinness has also been an instrumental leader. The return of Mariner Leo Harrison and star ruckman Haydn Smith will also provide the Bombers with a boost heading into the clash.

With Lauderdale coach Darren Winter set to return to the senior role this weekend, expect the Bombers to enter this Eastern Shore derby with plenty of vigour and intent.

Josh McGuinness will be crucial for the Bombers. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

The ‘Roos on the other hand enter the match in red-hot form after accounting for Glenorchy and the Tigers in the past fortnight.

Clarence’s brand in 2018 appears to be tough and ready-made for the big stage, even with several stars missing through injury.

Established guns Jackson O’Brien, Jake Cox and Jeromey Webberley have been in strong form, while new faces Fletcher Seymour, Troy Cunliffe and Ryan Bailey have all established themselves as crucial members of the side.

Bailey has been particularly dominant across the last fortnight, making his match up with Smith all the more critical.

The ‘Roos look to be too strong for their arch rival at the moment, but don’t be surprised if the Bombers push the visitors to the brink at Lauderdale Oval.

Players to watch:

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale): A shining light for the Bombers so far this season, Josh McGuinness has stepped up to hold a key leadership role, while also performing well across half back and in the midfield.

Jake Cox (Clarence): The classy Roo took the game away from the Bombers in round one while also impressing with his elite skills at a wet Twin Ovals on the weekend. If Cox is able to get off the chain, the ‘Roos will be hard to stop.


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

Last Time They Met: North Hobart 4.7 (31) def. by Tigers 12.12 (84) – Round 1, 2018 at North Hobart Oval

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

The Tigers enter this match in need of a win after suffering heavy defeats to Launceston and Clarence in recent weeks.

At their best, the Tigers have what it takes to match it with some of the better sides in the competition, and Trent Baumeler’s men will be looking to rebuild some confidence and momentum against the Demons, the only side they have beaten in 2018.

The inclusion of experienced leader Marcus Davies, Mariners gun Ben Donnelly and promising forward Cooper Sawdy will all boost the Tigers, who currently sit a win outside the five.

Concerns have been raised as to how the Tigers are going to kick competitive totals throughout the season, but the return of Sawdy will be valuable for the likes of Edward Burrows-Cheng.

The Tigers will be looking to stay in touch with the five. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

North Hobart come into this clash off the bye, with the week off coming at the perfect time after a tough start to the season.

The Demons will enter the match refreshed and full of optimism, with former Melbourne star Colin Garland named for his first game back at his former club.

Garland will be joined by skipper Hugh Williams, who is back for his first game after a nasty injury. The presence of these two supremely talented and well respected leaders will be massive for a young group of players, including exciting debutant Jake Steele.

The Tigers’ midfield group should be too strong, however, with Lachy Clifford and former Demons Ryan Matthews and Will Campbell all likely to have a big say on proceedings. Expect the Demons to be competitive, but for the Tigers to get back on the winners list.

Players to watch:

Mitch Carter (Tigers): The Tigers’ defensive general has backed up a dominant 2017 with a strong start to the season. Expect Carter to control the play out of the back half, especially against an inexperienced North Hobart forward set up.

Nathan McCulloch (North Hobart): With the Tigers boasting a strong midfield, McCulloch will once again have a big role to play as North Hobart’s midfield general if the visitors are to have any chance of causing an upset.


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Bupa TSL Teams – Round 8

Round eight teams have been named and some big decisions seem to have been made at the selection table, with a host of Mariners returning as well as some established stars. 

The Launceston derby has seen the Blues make seven changes with talented Mariners Thomas Mundy, Jared Dakin, Miller Hodge and Jamieson House all slotting immediately back into the starting 22.

Star ruckman Hamish Leedham returns from suspension while South Launceston and Western Storm star Jobi Harper will line up for his first senior game of the year, with Sam Rundle also making his way back into the side.

With so many key ins, some big names have made way with exciting forwards Sonny Whiting and Giacomo Millucci the headliners. Key defender Simon Vandervelde and skipper Chris Savage are also out, as are Tyson Miller, Sam Brunewoud and Matthew Spohn.

North Launceston in contrast, have only made the one change with star forward Bart McCulloch missing through injury, replaced by Callum Harrison.

North Hobart are the other big player on the selection front, naming former Melbourne Demon Colin Garland and skipper Hugh Williams.

Garland will provide plenty of leadership and experience, while Williams’ return from a nasty injury will be a fantastic boost for the young side. Exciting tall Jake Steele has also been named and is set to make his senior TSL debut against the Tigers.

The Tigers have made three big inclusions, naming Mariner Ben Donnelly and exciting forward prospect Cooper Sawdy alongside former Carlton player and leader Marcus Davies.

Lauderdale has received a big boost heading into the Eastern Shore derby with star ruckman Haydn Smith returning from injury. Mariner Leo Harrison also slots back into the side alongside Oscar Shaw and Ben Keiselis as Josh Williams, Cooper Best, Symon Kennedy and Nicholas Raglione make way.




Round 8 – 19/05/2018

2:00PM – Windsor Park



B: T. Mundy, J. Aganas, R. Tyrrell

HB: J. Hinds, J. Smith, D. Riley

C: J.  Blackberry, J.  Donnellan, T.  Sheppard

HF: C. Brown, J. House, M. Hodge

F: R. Kelly-Mansell, M. Thorp, J. Rushton

R: H. Leedham, B. Palfreyman, J. Harper

Int: J. Boyce, J. Dakin, J. Gillow, S. Rundle

Emg: G. Millucci, S. Vandervelde, S. Whiting, A. Wright

In: T. Mundy, J. Harper, J. Dakin, S. Rundle, H. Leedham, M. Hodge, J. House

Out: C. Savage,  T. Miller,  M. Spohn,  S. Bruinewoud, G. Millucci, S. Whiting, S. Vandervelde



North Launceston

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

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

C: D.  Bannister, J.  Ponting, J.  Cousens

HF: T. Couch, T. Bennett, J. Pearce

F: B. Cox-Goodyer, Z. Burt, J. Harris

R: A. Lee, M. Walsh, T. Whitford

Int: T. Donnelly, C. Harrison, J. Mazengarb, L. Young

Emg: M. Cossins, T. Foon, N. Jackson, C. Lowe

In: C. Harrison

Out: B. McCulloch


Round 8 – 20/05/2018

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval



B: B. Keiselis, A. Hill, E. Stanley

HB: J. McGuinness, B. McGuinness, J. Perkins

C: R.  McManus, A.  Hevey, R.  Sutton

HF: H. Kerinaiua, T. Martin, T. Mosquito

F: J. Gillbee, R. Wiggins, R. Hill

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

Int: L. Harrison, C. Laoumtzis, L. Meagher, O. Shaw

Emg: C. Best, J. Cooper, K. Kantilla, T. Westbury

In: O. Shaw, H. Smith, L. Harrison, B. Keiselis

Out: N. Raglione,  J. Williams,  S. Kennedy, C. Best




B: J. Bealey, J. Bailey, J. Holmes

HB: A. Gaul, T. Williamson, M. Ling

C: G.  Chambers, J.  Webberley, T.  Cunliffe

HF: T. Castle, H. Richmond, C. Nield

F: A. Dickenson, J. Cox, A. Silver

R: R. Bailey, J. Harper, J. O’Brien

Int: R. Cowie, T. Hanslow, K. Howlett, F. Seymour

Emg: T. Birchall, J. Brenner, B. Sharman, J. Young


Round 8 – 20/05/2018

2:00PM – Twin Ovals



Tigers FC

B: N. Hutchinson, B. Donnelly, B. Rees

HB: M. Carter, J. Doran, B. McCulloch

C: L.  Clifford, L.  Watt, S.  Rice

HF: S. Duigan, C. Sawdy, B. Grant

F: E. Burrows-Cheng, M. Davies, L. Graham

R: H. Johnston, R. Matthews, W. Campbell

Int: T. Carter, B. Graham, J. Manix, W. Poland

Emg: O. Burrows-Cheng, W. Dean, B. Gordon, C. Woolley

In: B. Donnelly, C. Sawdy, M. Davies

Out: P. Reihana,  J. Lister, C. Woolley

North Hobart

B: S. Collins, B. Walker, H. Williams

HB: W. Peppin, H. Williams, C. Garland

C: C.  Leek, N.  McCulloch, P.  Walker

HF: T. Millhouse, C. Kilpatrick, S. Willis

F: J. Barwick, J. Steele, C. Murfet

R: M. Woods, S. Caswell, B. Tilbury

Int: W. Burgess, J. Clifford, N. Lee, T. McGinniss

Emg: P. Fisher, M. Grace, C. Ransom, K. Williams

In: J. Steele, H. Williams, C. Garland

Out: M. Grace, A. Moore, K. Williams




Round 8 – 19/05/2018

11:30AM – Windsor Park


To be selected from:

M. Blazely, J. Boyd, S. Bruinewoud, J. Chaplin, A. Dickenson, G. Holt,

A. Liberatore, T. Lucas, J. Marsden, G. Millucci, B. Neil, J. Nunn,

J. O’Donnell, Z. Oldenhof, B. Taylor, J. Tuthill, S. Vandervelde, A. Wright

J. Bott, C. Curtis, J. Edmunds, H. Griffiths, M. Hodgetts, T. Upson

D. Boyd, M. Dikkenberg, J. Talbot


North Launceston

To be selected from:

D. Baker, T. Claxton, M. Cossins, K. Curtis, M. Donnelly, T. Eiszele,

T. Foon, C. Haines, N. Jackson, A. Jefferies, L. Jones, S. Krushka,

K. Lanham, C. Lowe, A. Potter, B. Ronken, J. Russell, J. Smith,

X. Todman, S. Tyson, K. Wadley, T. Webb, R. Whitney


Round 8 – 20/05/2018

11:30AM – Lauderdale Oval


To be selected from:

C. Best, N. Burk, S. Clayton , J. Cooper, T. Daff, J. DiIenno,

J. Fisher, N. Grubb, R. Hooker, C. Hooker, P. Hudson, D. Johns,

S. Kennedy, R. Kerslake, J. Klok, J. Lewis, T. McKnight, T. Mison,

B. Newell, S. Perkins, R. Prouse, J. Revell, D. Stewart, Z. Waller,

T. Westbury, J. White, J. Williams



To be selected from:

K. Bailey, T. Birchall, J. Brenner, B. Clark, T. Cooney, S. Green,

B. Hayden, M. Haydon, T. Hope, A. Jackman, B. Latham, B. Lewis,

T. Marshall, A. Morton, O. Paprotny, J. Preshaw, D. Reimers, B. Sharman,

J. Silver, S. Storic, M. Swan, J. Tilley, B. Young, J. Young


Round 8 – 20/05/2018

11:30AM – Twin Ovals


Tigers FC

To be selected from:

R. Bezzant, J. Phillips

L. Ayliffe, J. Banks – Balding, H. Burrows, M. Coad, M. Cooke, J. Cummins,

W. Dean, L. Edwards, B. Garth-Smith, A. Huizing, P. Kelly, J. Keogh,

L. Knowles, J. Lister, J. Pride, P. Reihana, M. Rickards, K. Riley,

J. Wells

North Hobart

To be selected from:

H. Barron, J. Barwick, S. Becker, M. Bowerman, J. Cleaver, W. Cole,

W. Collins, P. Fisher, J. Gourlay, M. Grace, P. Kearney, F. Lapham,

R. Morgan, A. Norton, A. O’Meara, C. Ransom, J. Richardson, H. Thomas,

O. Walker, B. Walters, K. Williams, T. Willmott, O. Divenuto, G. Marshall

J. Veitch

Bombers Blitz Grand Final Replay

The much anticipated Grand Final replay between the Northern and Southern Bombers took place at UTAS Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and although the visitors looked to turn the tables, the end result was eerily similar to that of last September, writes TSL Digital Reporter Mitchell Jones. 

Talk leading in to this contest had people querying weather the grand final defeat would be playing on the minds of Lauderdale, and although this was immediately shut down by Lauderdale senior coach Clinton Brown, the Northern Bombers, fresh off the bye, reminded the visitors of the decider from the first bounce.

The reigning premiers were methodical in their ball movement, as they dominated centre clearances and rebounded out of defence with ease en route to a dominant 19.19 (133) to 5.9 (39) win.

North Launceston brought the heat early with a 7.4 (46) opening quarter, while keeping the visitors scoreless.

Last year’s grand final hero and 2017 Alastair Lynch medalist Brad Cox-Goodyer returned to North Launceston’s line up and had an immediate impact, kicking two first quarter goals while Tom Bennett looked to continue his good goal kicking form also getting on the scoreboard with two early majors.

The daunting signs continued for the Southern Bombers in the second quarter, with the hosts’ forward pressure causing the Lauderdale defence to make costly errors, with Josh Ponting reaping the rewards of one such instance with a good intercept and goal early in the second term.

The dam walls looked likely to break open at this point before Lauderdale formed somewhat of a fightback with a lift in intensity as they started to gain regular forward 50 entries.

Alex Hill slotted two in quick succession midway through the term to give Lauderdale life, before the Northern Bombers tightened the clamps with defensive specialists Jay Foon and Arion Richter-Salter impacting the game out of the back half. The second quarter finished with a flurry of North Launceston goals including one to Jaidyn Harris who slotted a set shot on debut before being swarmed by teammates.

Six scoring shots in the third quarter greatly improved on Lauderdale’s first half as they maintained hope of being able to turn it around and create a contest.

The pain, however, continued for the visitors, as the score line creeped closer to the 2017 Grand Final margin of 87 points as North Launceston playing coach Taylor Whitford continued his impressive best afield performance that finished with three goals.

One of 2018 most in form midfielders Josh Ponting also showed poise being a key possession getter, while Sherrin Egger looks to be a player of the future after another strong performance with his ball use being on display.

The inclusions of Brad Cox-Goodyer who kicked three goals and played forward while also attending center bounces and fly-in player and premiership coach Tom Couch – who found space and showed skill (including a flashy Gaelic style on the run flick up) – both showed how dangerous their impact on a game can be, even without high disposal numbers.

Tom Bennett was particularly impressive for the Northern Bombers, finishing with four majors in a display that further underlined his status as a star of the competition, according to assistant coach Adrian Smith.

“When the ball is in his area, he is probably one the most dominant forward in the competition,” Smith said.

Former Gold Coast Suns player Jacob Gilbee made his second senior appearance for Lauderdale and showed moments of class with some strong marks and two majors on what was otherwise a dark day for Lauderdale.


Lauderdale interim coach Clint Brown conceded the Northern Bombers were simply too strong, but still found some positives to take out of the clash, particularly the performance of Jeremiah Perkins, who has grasped his opportunity in the senior side this season.

“[They are] simply just a better and classy outfit and we are well behind them.

“He [Perkins] played on a couple of guys that were a lot taller than him and competed well. He has pretty much cemented his spot in the senior side with that effort,” Brown said.

The only injury to come out of the match was Bart McCulloch North Launceston’s key position forward, who succumbed to a hamstring injury.

The Northern Bombers will play cross town rival Launceston in round eight, while Lauderdale will host Eastern Shore rival Clarence.

Wrest Point TSLW Round 4 Wrap

Round four of the Wrest Point TSLW season saw two large winning margins, with Clarence bouncing back to form in emphatic fashion and the Tigers falling well short of the reigning premier, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Sunday 13th May

Burnie v. Clarence (Wivenhoe) – 12:00pm

Clarence 17.10 (112) kept Burnie 0.1 (1) goalless in the match at Wivenhoe with an eerily similar score to the last time the sides met in round 12 2017, where the Roos skipped away to a 107-point win. 

After going down to Glenorchy last weekend, Clarence came out firing in the first quarter against the Dockers, scoring five goals, that was then followed by three in the second quarter.

Burnie was only able to score one behind at Wivenhoe with this coming in the third term, all the while Clarence kicked another five goals in the same stanza and a further four in the final term to run out 111-point winners.

Jacinta Limbrick and Nat Pearce kicked four goals each for Clarence, whilst Darcy Elliston scored two. Jessica Minifie, Nat Heggie, Tiff Nichols, Chloe Wells, Sophie Pennicott, Chantelle MacPherson and Jenna Farrow all scored one each in an even team performance from the ‘Roos.

In round five Burnie will take on Glenorchy, who will be coming off the bye, at KGV; while Clarence will travel to Oatlands to take on Launceston in what promises to be a fascinating contest.


Burnie Football Club           0.0       0.0       0.1       0.1 (1)

Clarence Football Club        5.4       8.5      13.9     17.10 (112)



Clarence Football Club: J. Limbrick 4, N. Pearce 4, D. Elliston 2, J. Minifie, N. Heggie, T. Nichols, C. Wells, S. Pennicott, C. MacPherson, J. Farrow


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

Clarence Football Club: J. Limbrick, N. Bresnehan, S. Pennicott, K. Johnson, N. Pearce, C. MacPherson


Sunday 13th May

Launceston v. Tigers (Windsor Park) – 12:00pm

Despite the Tigers determination to win again this week, after winning their first game as a club in round three, they went down to an in-form Launceston 1.4 (10) to 14.9 (93) at Windsor Park.

The Tigers gave Launceston a scare in the first quarter when Sarah Grimsey scored the first goal of the game, which was then followed by several scoring opportunities for the Tigers. However, Launceston gained the upper hand late in the term, with goals from Ange Dickson and Abbey Green creating a four-point lead going in to the second quarter.

Less than a minute into the second quarter Danika Corcoran kicked a goal for Launceston which was then followed by goals from Courtney Stanley, Emma Manix-geeves, Ange Dickson, Abbey Green, and two from Mia King as the Blues asserted control.

The second quarter also brought on a controversial decision that occurred when the siren did not sound for half time leading the quarter to go 43 seconds longer than it should have. During this time Launceston was awarded a 50-metre penalty in which they kicked a behind. This decision was later overturned and the behind did not count towards Launceston’s score.

After dominating the second term, Launceston had a 54-point lead going in to the third quarter. Both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities this quarter but struggled to get on the board, with Launceston’s Chanette “Chevy” Thuringer kicking the only goal of the term.

Launceston kept the Tigers scoreless in the fourth term, while Manix-geeves scored another goal for the Blues that was then followed up with goals from Brooke Thurlow and another from King to see the Blues record an impressive 83-point victory and push further ahead atop the Wrest Point TSLW Ladder.

Launceston will face Clarence at Oatlands in round five, whilst the Tigers incur the bye.


Launceston Football Club   2.0       10.3       11.7      14.9 (93)

Tigers Football Club            1.2       1.3       1.4       1.4 (10)



Launceston Football Club: M. King 3, E. Manix-geeves 2, A. Green 2, A. Dickson 2, B. Thurlow, C. Stanley, C. Thuringer, D. Taylor, D. Corcoran

Tigers Football Club: S. Grimsey


Launceston Football Club: A. Dickson, M. King, E. Manix-geeves, B. White, C. Taylor, A. Green

Tigers Football Club: M. Neal, C. Brooke, B. Phillips, M. Absolom, G. Millar, M. Smith


Blues Hold On In Thriller

Launceston continued its winning ways on Saturday afternoon, recording a thrilling one-point win over a fast-finishing Glenorchy at Windsor Park, writes TSL Digital Reporter Josh Partridge. 

“The people that tell you TSL footy is boring, they can jump back in their box.”

That was the message, jokingly, from Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy after their one-point loss to Launceston on Saturday at Windsor Park.

In what can only be described as an absolute thriller, Kennedy’s boys almost roped in a 26-point deficit at three quarter time to knock off Launceston, with a Ben Kamaric goal in the dying stages leveling the scores.

The visitors were stopped, however, by a booming Jack Donnellan left foot shot that was punched through the point posts in the dying seconds of the game, handing the red-hot Blues a thrilling one-point win in the game of the season.

Sam Lonergan’s Launceston boys got off to a flying start, kicking with the breeze that swung down the Tamar River with two first quarter goals from recruit Jack Rushton setting the scene.

Launceston were able to dominate play but could have been further in front on the scoreboard as Glenorchy toiled hard in the backline.

The Magpies struggled to hit the scoreboard in the first, however, with Launceston’s defensive group of Chris Savage, Jake Hinds and Dylan Riley stopping all bar one goal in the first term, with the one goal being kicked by late inclusion Riley Oakley, who came into the side for Jaye Bowden, as the visitors entered the first break three goals down.

In his post-game press conference, Launceston coach Sam Lonergan said, “it was two sides, two teams, in a game playing two different halves, Glenorchy were good for two quarters and we were good for two quarters.”

This statement rang true in the second term as Glenorchy took advantage of the strong breeze to claw back the quarter time deficit to just seven points at the main break.

Callen Daly was instrumental for the Magpies in the second, kicking a goal and assisting youngster Oakley to slot his second for the day. Giving the Magpies a commanding presence up forward, Oakley will be one to watch given more senior opportunities in the future.

Launceston’s third quarter was assisted by two goals to youngster Giacomo Millucci. Already the leading goal-kicker in the Mercury Cup Development League competition, Millucci made an impact on Saturday, slotting three majors for the Blues as one of their better players on the day.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell also joined the goal-kicking list for the Blues in the third and was also one of the better players on the day for Launceston, providing many a moment for the highlight reel with his impressive bursts of play.

The efforts of Millucci and Kelly-Mansell helped the Blues take advantage of the wind once again to stretch the lead out to 26 points at the final change.

But as had happened all day, the Pies took advantage of the breeze to set up a grandstand finish.

Ben Kamaric (three goals) and Harry Parker (two) took control of the final term in starring final quarter performances for the Magpies, with the southern side

Ben Kamaric and Harry Parker were stars for Glenorchy in the final term with Kamaric kicking three goals in the last to give the Magpies a red-hot crack at the Blues. Parker kicked two to assist kicking seven goals to two in the last term in one of the best TSL games of the year, if not the decade.

Launceston debutants Sam Bruinewoud and Tyson Miller stood up in the last, with Bruinewoud having a tough initiation against Cameron Duffy, getting better as the day progressed and Miller providing drive forward in key moments for the Blues.

Lonergan praised the efforts of Riley, Hinds, Savage and Blackberry as well as Sonny Whiting, who returned after a stint in the Mercury Cup, which allowed for a change in role for the forward.

“Sonny contributed today. Being an experienced TSL player and is now in a position to develop a secondary craft,” Lonergan said.

Kennedy spoke highly of the young Glenorchy group, particularly 18-year-old Harrison Gunther, who took some big marks at key moments for the Magpies.

“Harrison’s switched down back this year from being a junior forward and has potential to be a really good defender. He probably had some moments today he wants to bring back, but apart from that, he chopped off so many attacks, used the football well and is such an exciting prospect,” Kennedy said.

Launceston will now need to back up this effort and possibly more, as they face ladder leaders North Launceston in a top of the table clash in round eight, while Glenorchy will rest up with the week off, before going on to face Lauderdale on the 26th.


Full Match Results:

Launceston 4.1 5.2 10.6 12.9 (81)
Glenorchy 1.1 4.1 6.2 13.2 (80)


Launceston – G. Millucci 3, M. Thorp 3, J. Rushton 2, J. Blackberry 2, B. Palfreyman, R. Kelly-Mansell

Glenorchy – B. Kamaric 3, R. Oakley 2, H. Parker 2, C. Daly 2, M.Joseph, J. Webb, M. Rainbird, J. Millhouse


Launceston – J. Blackberry, R. Kelly-Mansell, C. Savage, J. Donnellan, D. Riley, R. Tyrrell

Glenorchy – B. Kamaric, M. Joseph, H. Gunther, J. Arnold, C. Daly, J. Webb

Bupa TSL Round 7 Forward of the Week

Round seven of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season saw a nail-biting finish at Windsor Park, the determined Roos record another crucial win and the Northern Bombers prevail in the Grand Final replay. 

We want to know who you considered to be the premier defenders, midfielders, ruckmen and forwards of the round.

We now shift our attention to the goal-kickers, with a premiership hero and a rising young gun both standing tall.


Giacomo Millucci (Launceston)

IC: Scott Gelston, The Examiner

At just 18 years of age, Giacomo Millucci is establishing himself as a crucial part of the competition’s most potent forward groups, kicking three majors in a thrilling win over Glenorchy at Windsor Park.

Millucci is already a joint leader of the Mercury Cup goal-kicking tally, having kicked 17 goals in four matches after kicking 14 for Devonport in the TSL last year.

Millucci is an excitement machine with the ability to take marks and compete at ground level, as displayed on Saturday afternoon.




Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

IC: Andrew Woodgate

North Launceston star Tom Bennett kicked four goals in a big Grand Final replay win, moving to 17 goals for the season.

Bennett is a crucial part of a dangerous forward group, and after booting 29 goals last season, is starting to look like an even more dangerous avenue to goal this season.

With two RACT Insurance player of the year votes for his troubles, Bennett now sits just one vote behind Daniel Joseph on the leaderboard.


RACT Insurance Player of the Year Votes – Round 7


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

Clarence big man Ryan Bailey took maximum votes for a second straight week, dominating in the ‘Roos win in the wet. Jake Cox was rewarded for his strong performance with two votes, while young gun Tyson Hanslow picked up his first vote for 2018.

North Launceston coach Taylor Whitford, who received top marks in round one, delivered his second best afield performance in the Grand Final replay, receiving top marks for a dominant display in the midfield that also included three majors. Tom Bennett received his third two-vote game for the season to now sit in equal second, while Arion Richter-Salter also received his first vote for the year.

Launceston x-factor Rulla Kelly-Mansell was adjudged best afield in the Blues’ nail-biting one-point win over the Magpies, while livewire forward Giacomo Millucci and Glenorchy pocket rocket Callen Daly were also recognised.


Tigers v Clarence – Twin Ovals 12/05/18

3- Ryan Bailey (Clarence)

2- Jake Cox (Clarence)

1- Tyson Hanslow (Clarence)


Launceston v Glenorchy – Windsor Park 12/05/18

3- Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

2- Giacomo Millucci (Launceston)

1- Callen Daly (Glenorchy)


North Launceston v Lauderdale – UTAS Stadium 12/05/18

3- Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

2- Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

1- Arion Richter-Salter (North Launceston)


Things are getting tight at the top with Taylor Whitford, Ryan Bailey and Tom Bennett all moving to six votes, just one behind leader Daniel Joseph. 


7 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)

6 VOTES: Ryan Bailey (Clarence)

6 VOTES: Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

6 VOTES: Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

5 VOTES: Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

5 VOTES: Mitch Thorp (Launceston)

4 VOTES: Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

4 VOTES: Callen Daly (Glenorchy)

4 VOTES: Brady Jones (Clarence)


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

Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night.

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

Summer Recruitment Paying Off For Tough Roos

Saturday’s outing at the Twin Ovals between Clarence and Kingborough may not have been the prettiest game of the TSL Season, but it was another example of the tough brand of footy that the Roos are producing, writes TSL Digital Reporter Josh Duggan. 

Bundled out of the finals in straight sets last year, Clarence went back to the drawing board, and their extensive summer recruitment has continued to pay dividends.

The match on Saturday was a tough sloppy contest in wet and cold conditions, but Clarence stood up to them far better than their yellow and black counterparts, dominating the territory game and controlling the game in their forward half.

On a day where goals weren’t taken for granted with both sides kicking inaccurately and Tigers registering only one major, Clarence’s repeat entries into forward 50 were key.

Coach Jeromey Webberley was particularly pleased with this area of the game after the match.

“Our boys fought with endeavour and were able to lock the ball deep inside our half for extended periods of time; if we had the inside 50s and time in forward half on hand, we’d be well in front.

“Our forwards all have good speed and their big bodies, and they’re all really good at locking the ball in – today they were extremely good and obviously, the conditions helped as well,” Webberley said.

The ability to control the game in that manner was the direct result of the bruising style of footy that the Roos are building, and some players new to the club this year were among the best.

Big man Ryan Bailey was hugely influential all across the ground, but particularly in the ruck contest for a second week running, while Fletcher Seymour kicked two goals and was also named amongst the team’s best after only making the move from OHA to Clarence in the off season, with former William Leitch Medalist Troy Cunliffe also continuing his strong start to life in the red and white after crossing from Lindisfarne.

With a long injury list, depth in the playing group has been key to a great run of form that has them sitting at 4-2 after seven rounds, with some impressive wins including over the previously unbeaten Glenorchy last weekend.

After also challenging North Launceston in round four, the ‘Roos are gunning for one of the top spots on the ladder again, as the playing group aims to have another taste of finals footy.

“As long as we continue to grow, which we’ve done over the first six games – we’ve got a lot of work to do, don’t get me wrong – but it is starting to tick our way which is nice, and the guys are getting rewarded for their effort,” Webberley said.

The ‘Roos will travel to Lauderdale in round eight before having the bye in round nine.


Tigers                                  0.2,  0.3,  1.5,  1.8  (14)

Clarence                                0.2,  4.9,  6.10,  8.17  (65)


Tigers – R. Matthews

Clarence – F. Seymour 2, A. Dickenson 2, H. Richmond, C. Nield, J. Webberley, J. Cox


Tigers – H. Johnston, L. Watt, B. Grant, M. Carter, S. Rice, T. Carter

Clarence – R. Bailey, J. Cox, F. Seymour, J. Harper, A. Dickenson, T. Hanslow

Seymour Rising In The Red and White

The Clarence Football Club is building some impressive form, having recorded impressive wins over Glenorchy and Tigers FC in consecutive weeks, and fresh face Fletcher Seymour is finding himself in the thick of it. 

With a host of stars, including Brady Jones, Wade Wall, Ryan Edmondson and Keegan Wylie out injured, a batch of emerging Roos and new faces have stepped up to fill the void.

One such player who fills this bracket is 20-year-old Fletcher Seymour.

An accomplished cricketer who represented the Australian under-19s in 2015, and played a key role in Clarence’s 2017-18 Cricket Tasmania Premier League triumph, Seymour decided to make the move from OHA to Blundstone Arena for 2018.

“I’ve been playing footy as long as I’ve been playing cricket,” Seymour said.

“It’s been the last few years I’ve played cricket over footy to try and get to that next level but I have always played footy just in the lower leagues.

“Jez came to me in the off season and gave me the opportunity [at Clarence], it was something I had been discussing with friends and family about facing up to the challenge of TSL level.

“Coming in I had ambitions to play senior TSL footy and to get that opportunity, I’m really enjoying it,” he said.

Seymour has impressed since breaking into the senior side in round four, rotating between the midfield, half forward and half back, with his two-goal effort against the Tigers in the wet on Saturday further enhancing his reputation as a vital part of this team.

Seymour is clean below his knees while also displaying great strength to shake would-be tacklers, with these strengths vital in helping the Roos to a win in a low-scoring contest on Saturday afternoon where only nine goals were kicked for the match.

Seymour concedes it has taken him a little while to adjust to the pace of senior TSL football.

“I’m starting to catch up to the pace of it. It took me three weeks to get the pace of the game having not played at this level before. Now that I’m starting to acclimatise to how we play and how other teams approach it, I’m starting to play some good footy.”

“I have been playing mainly through the midfield as well as half back and half forward. The main thing is for me to be versatile, so when those guys we have injured come back in the side, I can still play a role in the team.”

Wins over Glenorchy and Tigers have put the Roos in a good position, now sitting with four wins and two losses in fourth place.

“We’re building, I think it’s been pretty well publicised that we had a different sort of preseason as we tried to learn how we want to play as a footy club, so we are strating to put those structures in place and see those benefits on the ladder.

“We have now played everyone this season we have a good idea as to where we are at. The two Northern teams are the benchmarks with the depth they have, and we saw Glenorchy perform well on the weekend, but I think we are thereabouts.

“If we play our best footy, I think we can beat anyone. That goes for most teams in the competition, anyone can win it on their day,” Seymour said.

Seymour is set to get his first taste of the Eastern Shore derby with the ‘Roos travelling to Lauderdale in round eight.

“Having seen the rivalry from afar over the last couple of years, I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” he said.

Although Seymour is fully focussed on his football at the moment, he is hopeful that he is able to continue juggling his love for football and cricket into the future.

“At this stage while footy is on I will prioritize footy and once cricket rolls around again I will just keep trying to improve in both sports.”