Bupa TSL Grand Final Preview

Twelve months on from the first all-Bomber Tasmanian State League Grand Final, we have another battle between the two clubs in red and black.


Grand Final

North Launceston v Lauderdale – UTAS Stadium (Saturday 15th September 5:00pm)

Head to Head in 2018: North Launceston – 3 | Lauderdale – 0

Round 7 – North Launceston 19.19 (133) def. Lauderdale 5.9 (39) at UTAS Stadium

Round 14 – North Launceston 12.16 (88) def. Lauderdale 9.8 (62) at UTAS Stadium

Round 21 – Lauderdale 11.13 (79) def. by North Launceston 17.12 (114) at Lauderdale Oval


Although the markings of last season’s Grand Final result are still there, this season’s decider promises to be a vastly different affair, with both teams possessing new names and exciting form.

North Launceston, having lost just two matches since, enter the match as rightful favourites, and in its fifth straight Grand Final, know what it takes to claim Tasmanian football’s ultimate prize.

From Bart McCulloch and Tom Bennett inside 50 to Tarryn Thomas, Taylor Whitford and Josh Ponting, this is a side full of bona fide superstars capable of tearing a game apart, and with the runs on the board to suggest that they can do it again on the big stage.

Far and away the slickest side in the competition, North Launceston’s ball movement in the Semi Final a fortnight ago was at times jaw-dropping, and will no doubt be a key area of focus for Lauderdale entering this match.

Lauderdale, on the other hand, is set to embark on the club’s second Grand Final appearance, and while last season’s decider was new territory for the coastal club on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, this season’s biggest day may be a different beast.

IC: Solstice Digital

Lauderdale’s side has a completely different look in 2018, with the likes of Tim Mosquito, Henry Kerinaiua and Jacob Gillbee giving this side added potency inside forward 50. Add to this the development of Nic Baker as a key midfield cog and the strong form of stalwarts Thor Boscott, Josh McGuinness, Nat Franklin and Phil Bellchambers, and you have a side with the ability to win on any given day.

Injury clouds hover over key utilities Ben McGuinness and Ryan Wiggins heading into the decider, but if these two can play, Lauderdale will become an even greater force.

Lauderdale, at its best, is one of the most exciting teams to watch in the TSL, and after taking some key lessons out of last season’s big Grand Final loss, will be hardened and battle-ready for the biggest match of the year.

A loss to North Launceston in the final round of the season will give Lauderdale some confidence, having jumped the reigning premiers in the second and third terms to almost pull off a big upset.

If everything clicks, the southern Bombers can give North Launceston a scare, just as they did in the final round of the season, but Taylor Whitford’s side is deserving of the favourites tag and will be as tough to beat as ever at home.


The stars:

Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston): The North Launceston skipper has had an injury-interrupted 2018 campaign, but it hasn’t stopped the 2017 Alastair Lynch and Darrel Baldock Medallist from having another dominant season. Kicked 36 goals and named captain of the Team of the Year.

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale): Lauderdale has looked a far more dangerous side since the return of X-Factor Boscott in round 15. Boscott has been dynamic as a midfield/forward rotation and after kicking four in the Preliminary Final, looks to be entering the Grand Final in sparkling touch. A competitor with no fear, Boscott is built for finals football.


The young guns:

Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston): The exciting draft prospect has returned to North Launceston with a bang in recent times, becoming a key contributor across the ground. Capable of playing in defence, as a forward or through the midfield, Thomas will be looking for a big contest in what could be his final game for the club before getting drafted.

Tarryn Thomas looks set to provide some serious excitement. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Nic Baker (Lauderdale): The former Hobart City Demon has continued his strong development this season, playing a key role for the Tassie Mariners and the Allies. A versatile player, Baker has become a key figure in Lauderdale’s engine room.


Key Match-Ups:

Alex Lee v Haydn Smith

Two ruckmen who could consider themselves unlucky to have been overlooked for Team of the Year selection, Lee and Smith have been strong performer across the duration of the year. Both strong bodies with rich midfield talent at their feet, this contest will be crucial, particularly around the ground.

Mark Walsh v Bryce Walsh

The two midfield bulls will be primed for Grand Final day, with Mark Walsh looking to cap off another consistent season, and Bryce Walsh aiming to finish off a remarkable comeback from injury as a premiership captain. Two of the competition’s most combative warriors, the prospect of the Walsh’s going head to head is a fascinating one.

Jordan Cousens v Rhys Sutton

Cousens and Sutton have emerged as two of the competition’s most damaging wingmen in 2018, despite not getting the plaudits they perhaps deserve. Both players are blessed with great speed and agility, with work rates to match. The player that finds more of the football on the wide expanses could be a key figure in the result.

Rhys Sutton is a crucial cog in this Lauderdale outfit. IC: Solstice Digital

Tom Bennett v Josh McGuinness

Two A-Grade stars of the competition will have key roles to play this weekend, with Bennett’s vice-like marking and smart goal sense set to play as big a role for his side as Josh McGuinness’ ability to intercept and drive the ball out of the back half. If Bennett kicks a bag, the Northern Bombers will win, but McGuinness can bring his own football to UTAS Stadium, it might be a very different result.


Tip: North Launceston’s stars to shine again on the big stage. Lauderdale to be competitive but the Northern Bombers to win by 24 points.



LIVE Stream of the match via YouTube and Facebook with commentary from Damian Gill, Brent Costelloe and Cam Brown.

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Umpires Appointed For Bupa TSL Grand Final

An experienced trio with over 450 senior games and 50 finals will take control of the 2018 BUPA TSL Grand Final between North Launceston and Lauderdale to be played at UTAS Stadium this Saturday, September 15.

Matt Clarke, Nick Butler and Joel Harris were selected as the field umpires with Sam Bridges named as the emergency.

Butler will be umpiring his first grand final, while Clarke will be umpiring his sixth grand final and Harris his fourth.

Clarke, who was last week named as TSL Field Umpire of the Year, also becomes the first field umpire to have officiated in more than five TSL Grand Finals.

Matt Clarke, the TSL Umpire of the year, will officiate the 2018 Grand Final. IC: Andrew Woodgate

“Matt, Nick and Joel have all had very strong seasons and fully deserve their selection” said State Umpire Coach, Cameron Lee.

“Matt has been an outstanding umpire for a long time now. He has an incredible feel for the game and his decision making and bouncing is terrific. He will have the honour of taking the first bounce”.

“Nick comes in this year with over 150 games and nine finals of experience. He has really worked hard and his strong decision making and communication skills has been his big strength all season”.

“Joel has been there on the big stage many times before, he is a very good athlete and has the great match management skills to really stand up when it counts”.

Harris conceded that the appointment was a pleasing reward after a lengthy season.

“It is great reward,” he said.

“Our training period starts in November so we have trained really hard through the off-season into the footy and then until the end of the season.

“We have put in some good performances and they have been rewarded with a TSL Grand Final, so we are pretty rapt to be there,” Harris said.

Butler, set for his first TSL Grand Final, was also relieved to get the call-up after being on the verge of selection in recent years.

“This will be my first (Grand Final).

“It is nice to get reward for all the effort we have put in not just this year, but over the last three or four years – working together as a nice, tight group with lots of young players and being able to mentor them has been terrific.

“I have been close the last few years so it is nice to reach the goal I have set myself for for so long,” Butler said.

Butler and Harris are looking forward to taking to the field and know that they have what it takes to perform well on the biggest stage.

“Each umpire has their own individual strengths,” Butler said.

Nick has a striong decision-making proicess and his decision-making accuracy is terrific. Matt Clarke has a fantastic decision-making process as well and is highly skilled. My strength would be match management, skills and cision making.

“I’m not as much of an athlete as Joel, but the one-percenters have let me down in the past, so to tidy those up and have everything come together at the right end of the season is really rewarding.

Joel Harris (second from right) and Nick Butler (right) will both be officiating the 2018 Bupa TSL Grand Final. IC: Solstice Digital

Boundary Umpires Rhys Goodyer and Lucas Chamberlain will be officiating in their third straight grand final while Ollie Bennett and Lochlan Bromfield will be on debut.

“We have a good blend of experience and youth on the boundary this year. Our focus has been on developing that young list. Having Rhys appointed to the curtain-raiser to the AFL Grand Final this year caps off a very good season developmentally, and I hope that in the next few seasons we will see him earn an AFL spot,” Lee said.

Boundary umpire Ollie Bennett will make his Grand Final debut. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Goal Umpire Bryce Guy will make his grand final debut after having umpired strongly for a number of seasons, both here and in AFLW. Brayden White returns after some time away for his second grand final, while Jayden Carey has been named as the emergency.

“Bryce and Brayden are two goal umpires who I think have big careers ahead of them and are already displaying some of the capabilities to umpire AFL”.

“Umpiring a TSL Grand Final is what every umpire strives for. Most of our top guys have been training six days per week since November.

“We need to be fitter than the players because unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of going to the bench and doing rotations.

“We ask a lot from them with group training, video analysis, self assessment and law reviews. The fact that our best goal umpire runs 6 mins 35 secs for 2km really highlights to me how hard and professionally we are working,” Lee said.

Please see below the career statistics of each grand final umpire. 



Matt Clarke

Games: 144

Finals: 22

Grand Finals: 5 (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Nick Butler

Games: 151

Finals: 9

Grand Finals:

Joel Harris

Games: 174

Finals: 22

Grand Finals: 3 (2013, 2014, 2016)


Sam Bridges

Games: 26

Finals: 2

Grand Finals: –



Rhys Goodyer

Games: 78

Finals: 10

Grand Finals: 2 (2016, 2017)

Lucas Chamberlain

Games: 66

Finals: 8

Grand Finals: 2 (2016, 2017)

Ollie Bennett

Games: 18

Finals: 2

Grand Finals: –

Lochlan Bromfield

Games: 43

Finals: 5

Grand Finals: –


Bryce Guy

Games: 90

Finals: 7

Grand Finals: –

Brayden White

Games: 113

Games: 14

Grand Finals: 1 (2012)


Jayden Carey

Games: 128

Finals: 10

Grand Finals: –


Field: Damon Marsh, Adrian Cornish, Jake McKercher (Nick Flack EM)

Boundary: Hayden Cannon, Jessica Gaffney, Ryan Graham-Daft

Goal: Michael White, Will Flack (Sam Roberts EM)



Field: Tom McIntee, Ryan Guy, Cameron Doyle (James Dietrich EM)

Boundary: Brodie Laing, Shelby Stubbs, Jacob Bevis, Jack Marsh

Goal: Jayden Carey, Kayden Wynwood (Bradley Chamberlain EM)

BUPA TSL TEAMS – Grand Final


The teams are in for the biggest day of them all, Bupa Tasmanian State League Grand Final Day. 

Lauderdale has made three huge changes for the big dance, bringing in tall timber Ben McGuinness and Ryan Wiggins from injury and speedy utility Corey Laoumtzis.

McGuinness and Wiggins will provide great versatility for Darren Winter’s side with their abilities to play in defence and attack, while Laoumtzis, who had been battling an injured ankle, also slots straight back into the side after a consistent 2018 campaign.

There is always heartbreak come selection for Grand Finals, however, and the Southern Bombers have been forced to make some tough decisions with Matt McGuinness, Ray Hill and Josh Williams all making way.

The omission of the youngest McGuinness brother is a big blow, with the talented utility playing some strong football in recent weeks after breaking back into the team.

North Launceston has made just the one change – albeit a massive one – with Tom Couch coming into the side.

Couch was named for the Northern Bombers’ Semi Final against Glenorchy a fortnight ago, but couldn’t take to the field after pulling up sore earlier in the week.

Couch, who hasn’t played a game since round 12, has played five matches since steering North Launceston to the 2017 Premiership as coach.

Young talent Fletcher Bennett is the unlucky player making way after playing 13 matches throughout the season.

Interestingly, Jay Foon, who suffered a serious neck injury in round 17, had been touted for a return and has been named as an emergency, meaning he is still a big chance to return.

Both Clarence and Glenorchy go into the Wrest Point TSLW decider unchanged in a huge boost to both squads.




Grand Final – 15/09/2018

3:00PM – UTAS Stadium

North Launceston

B: T. Donnelly, C. Young, R. Mansell

HB: J. Avent, Z. Burt, T. Thomas

C: J.  Cousens, J.  Ponting, T.  Whitford

HF: J. Pearce, T. Bennett, B. Sharman

F: T. Couch, B. McCulloch, S. Egger

R: A. Lee, B. Cox-Goodyer, M. Walsh

Int: D. Bannister, B. Simpson, M. Tang, K. Wadley

Emg: F. Bennett, J. Foon, J. Mazengarb, L. Young

In: T. Couch

Out: F. Bennett


B: M. Anderton, A. Hill, O. Shaw

HB: J. McGuinness, R. Wiggins, R. McManus

C: A.  Hevey, T.  Boscott, R.  Sutton

HF: N. Baker, J. Gillbee, T. Mosquito

F: H. Kerinaiua, T. Havea, B. Walsh

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

Int: C. Laoumtzis, B. McGuinness, N. Raglione, E. Stanley

Emg: J. DiIenno, R. Hill, M. McGuinness, J. Williams

In: C. Laoumtzis, R. Wiggins, B. McGuinness

Out: R. Hill, M. McGuinness, J. Williams



Grand Final – 15/09/2018

12:30PM – UTAS Stadium


B: R. Long, K. Johnson

HB: R. Archer, D. Elliston, G. Pennicott

C: T.  Ford, N.  Bresnehan, J.  Minifie

HF: J. Limbrick, S. Pennicott, M. Smith

F: B. Goward, L. Ochayi

R: C. Wells, N. Heggie, H. Scott

Int: S. Hinks, G. Mitchell, N. Pearce, B. Scott

Emg: T. Bortignon, J. Farrow


B: J. Williams, R. Siely

HB: T. Corrie, H. Smith, N. Daniels

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

HF: G. Allan, N. Lynch, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, S. Eaton

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

Int: S. Davis, M. Jacobs , H. Ryan, K. Stanford



Grand Final – 15/09/2018

9:45AM – UTAS Stadium


To be selected from:
J. Tuthill, J. Nunn, C. Curtis, C. Downie, M. Blazely, L. Gee, J. Edmunds, M. Dikkenberg, H. Griffiths, J. Bott, J. O’Donnell
J. Boyd, T. Miller, J. Chaplin, S. Bruinewoud, C. Brown, J. Dakin, G. Holt, A. Wright, Z. Oldenhof, J. Donnellan, B. Neil, A. Liberatore, E. Conway, M. Spohn, G. Millucci, A. Dickenson, B. Rubock, J. Gillow​

North Launceston

To be selected from:
X. Todman, R. Whitney, O. Sanders, M. Cossins, A. Potter, J. Callow, J. Kerr, C. Praciak, T. Foon, C. Stuart, C. Haines, A. Jefferies, C. Lowe, L. Jones, J. Harris, B. Ronken, D. Baker, F. Bennett, N. Jackson, K. Lanham, C. Harrison, C. Pearton, L. Young, J. Mazengarb, J. Curran, M. Donnelly, J. Lanham, K. Curtis

Wrest Point TSLW Preliminary Final Wrap

The Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s Preliminary Final saw Glenorchy book a ticket to the Grand Final after beating out reigning premiers, Launceston, in a thrilling match at Blundstone Arena, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Saturday 8th September

Glenorchy v. Launceston (Blundstone Arena) – 12:00pm

Glenorchy 6.10 (46) defeated Launceston 3.7 (25) in the Preliminary Final at Blundstone Arena.

In a replay of last season’s Grand Final, fans were treated to a cracking game of football, with two of the competition’s top sides putting it all on the line for a shot at premiership glory against Clarence.

The opening term saw Sandy Eaton kick the first goal of the game for the Pies, and the Blues kick just two behinds.

The Magpies looked to take this positive start into the second term, as highlighted by an Elise Barwick attempted specky and another Jasmine Tate-Turvey major.

Launceston, staring down the barrel of an exit from the finals, faced a 17-point deficit leading into the third term but narrowed the margin to 10 by the final change thanks to goals from Dearne Taylor and Emma Manix-Geeves, although Sarah Skinner also managed to hit the scoreboard for the ‘Pies, kicking her side’s only goal for the term.

The game, set for a grandstand finish, became even closer early in the final term, when a Camilla Taylor goal put the Blues just four points behind and with the momentum to potentially storm home.

The Magpies, however, stood firm under pressure, and quickly swooped to kick three goals through captain Nietta Lynch (in her 100th game), Mackie Sutcliffe and Meg Jacobs, who kicked the final goal of the game to secure a 21-point win.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace was pleased with how his side performed.

“The game was played in perfect conditions and we rediscovered some of our best footy which was pleasing.

“It’s great to be back after making it last year and it’s something the team set as a goal at the start of the year.

“Grand final week is always an enjoyable experience so we look to enjoy and then focus on performing at our best come Saturday,” Grace said.

The ‘Pies best players were Brieanna Barwick, Elise Barwick, Gemma Allan, Jade Williams, Zabreena Manjerovic and Nietta Lynch.

“Elise and Brie Barwick provided us first use of the ball around the stoppages and played really well. Jade Williams was rock solid in defence.”

IC: Solstice Digital

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbins, was full of praise for the Magpies’ performance.

“I thought the game was controlled by Glenorchy bar a 20-minute period in the second half. We were unable to get our running game going by some excellent pressure from Glenorchy and it was the best I have seen Glenorchy with ball use, also.”

“We were very lucky to be close enough at half time as we didn’t fire a shot; however our girls fought hard and really lifted their tempo in the second half and played the game out and got close to hitting the front early in the last quarter,” Gibbins said.

The Blues’ best players were Nicole Ristrom, Meg Sinclair, Hayley Whyte, Chevy Thuringer, Ashlee Carey and Camilla Taylor.

“Our defensive group were our best players on the day and kept us in with a chance to win which was lead by Nicky Ristrom who did an excellent job on Nietta Lynch.”

Glenorchy will now challenge Clarence at UTAS Stadium this Saturday for the 2018 Wrest Point TSLW premiership.


Glenorchy Football Club               1.2      2.7      3.9    6.10 (46)

Launceston Football Club            0.2      0.2      2.5     3.7 (25)



Glenorchy Football Club: S. Skinner, S. Eaton, N. Lynch, J. Tate Turvey, M. Sutcliffe, M. Jacobs

Launceston Football Club: C. Taylor, D. Taylor, E. Manix-geeves


Glenorchy Football Club: B. Barwick, E. Barwick, G. Allan, J. Williams, Z. Manjerovic, N. Lynch

Launceston Football Club: N. Ristrom, M. Sinclair, H. Whyte, C. Thuringer, A. Carey, C. Taylor


Bupa Tasmanian State League

Preliminary Final

 1.      Zac Webster (Glenorchy) was reported for making contact to the head of Jacob Gillbee (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined the contact to be intentional, with low impact to the head. Due to receiving a reprimand in the Semi Final, Player Webster has an additional match added to his base sanction.

Player Webster has been offered a base sanction of three matches, reduced to two matches with an early guilty plea.

Player Webster has accepted a two-match suspension

VIEW the incident here


2.      Zac Webster (Glenorchy) was reported for striking Jacob Gillbee (Lauderdale)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with high impact to the head. As per the national guidelines, the Match Review Panel gave strong consideration to the potential to cause injury.

This matter has been referred direct to the independent tribunal, with the matter to be heard on Wednesday 19th September.

VIEW the incident here

Inspired Bombers Storm Home To Book Grand Final Ticket

Lauderdale has booked its second ever Bupa Tasmanian State League Grand Final appearance with an impressive 18-point win over Glenorchy at Blundstone Arena. 

Last year’s Grand Finalists were forced to grind for the win, overcoming a five goal deficit late in the second term to run away 13.11 (89) to 11.5 (71) winners.

The Bombers, heavily favoured heading into the contest, were outplayed in the opening half, with Glenorchy’s immense pressure and swift ball movement putting Darren Winter’s side on the back foot early.

Glenorchy’s leaders in Brayden Webb, Mitch Rainbird, Daniel Joseph and Rhys Mott were brilliant early, with the lack of a big focal point inside 50 alleviated by the likes of Mott, Zac Webster, Brodie Rowbottom, Ryan Banks-Smith and Ben Kamaric all hitting the scoreboard in the first half.

The Magpies’ hunger for the contest was evident, with Lauderdale’s lack of tackle pressure in the opening half telling.

The Bombers upped their intensity towards the back end of the opening half, with a Tim Mosquito goal on the main break siren cutting the deficit back to 23 points.

The third term saw the Bombers’ trademark run and carry, ball movement and intensity come to the fore, with Phil Bellchambers and Nat Franklin getting their hands on the football across half back and Thor Boscott beginning to stamp his authority on the contest in the middle.

“It was a tough tussle,” Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown said post game.

“Looking at half time, we weren’t playing great footy; Glenorchy were playing the footy they like and we weren’t able to shut them down as they got the ball on the outside which was really cutting us up.

“We sent Nat and Phil back to half back, Thor got on top in the middle and Henry Kerinaiua and Tim Mosquito started to cause havoc inside 50.”

Kerinaiua was particularly dynamic in the third term, kicking two of his four goals, while a raking major from Nic Baker late in the third term got the Bombers to within just seven points heading into the final term, strikingly similar in context to the efforts of Tim Mosquito late in the previous term.

The Bombers took all of this momentum into the final term, with Lauderdale’s run and carry and potency inside 50 seeing the Bombers snare the lead early in the final term through Thor Boscott, with his side refusing to look back from thereafter, with five goals to one in the final term taking the Bombers into a second straight Grand Final, and setting up a second shot at toppling North Launceston.

Glenorchy was dealt a big blow on the eve of the match with Josh Grant again a late withdrawal, while Matthew Joseph also popped his shoulder in the warm-up before playing out the game.

These injuries were added to throughout the evening, with skipper Brayden Webb playing out the game with a suspected broken leg and ruckman Cameron Duffy stretchered from the field after suffering a concussion in the final term.

With these injuries on top of the absence of star forward Jaye Bowden, coach Paul Kennedy was proud of the young group’s efforts.

“I was really proud of the effort and at the end of the day we ran out of some bodies, especially against a team as experienced, hardened and talented as Lauderdale.

“We just couldn’t change the momentum – they did a good job of rebounding off us.

“It was a disappointing day but Glenorchy fans should be pretty excited by some of the footy we played today.”

Kennedy, despite being disappointed in the season ending this way, was full of praise for Lauderdale’s efforts.

“That was cracking finals football.

“Some of the footy we played in that first half was exceptional, but the second half, their contested work and ability to take territory and win the footy with their big bodies was exceptional.

“We walk out of the season the third best team, and that is probably a fair reflection.”

Although the loss marks curtains on Paul Kennedy’s first season at the helm at KGV, he is confident that a foundation has been laid for future success.

“We walk away from the year and know we have to get our young guys stronger, but we also walk away thinking that next year, our centenary year will be a good platform. It is a proud club and I am really pleased with how the guys bounced back from a down year and put Glenorchy back on the map.”


Glenorchy                               3.2,  9.3,  10.3,  11.5  (71)

Lauderdale                              2.4,  5.4,  8.8,  13.11  (89)



Glenorchy : R. Banks-Smith 2, Z. Webster 2, H. Parker, B. Rowbottom, R. Mott, C. Duffy, B. Kamaric, M. Rainbird, C. Daly

Lauderdale : T. Boscott 4, H. Kerinaiua 4, T. Mosquito 3, A. Hevey, N. Raglione, N. Baker


Glenorchy : D. Joseph, B. Webb, J. Arnold, M. Rainbird, H. Gunther, B. Kamaric

Lauderdale : T. Boscott, R. McManus, P. Bellchambers, N. Baker, T. Mosquito, N. Raglione

2018 Grand Final Day Schedule Announced


Grand Final Schedule Announced


The schedule for the upcoming Bupa Tasmanian State League, Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s and Mercury Cup Grand Final day has been locked in, with UTAS Stadium set to play host to three blockbuster fixtures. 

Reigning premiers North Launceston will meet their southern Bomber counterparts in Lauderdale for the second straight TSL decider, after Darren Winter’s side knocked over the Magpies in Saturday’s Preliminary Final. 

The Northern Bombers, in their fifth straight Grand Final, will be looking for premiership number four, while Lauderdale, in its second ever Grand Final, will be contesting for a maiden premiership flag. 

The Northern and Southern Bombers will meet in a second consecutive Grand Final. IC: Andrew Woodgate

The Wrest Point TSLW Grand Final will be an all-southern affair, with Clarence and Glenorchy set to battle it out. 

Clarence won a direct ticket to the Grand Final after defeating the Magpies in the opening weekend of finals, while Glenorchy, the minor premiers, also secured their ticket after toppling reigning premier Launceston in Saturday’s Preliminary Final at Blundstone Arena.

Will the ‘Roos or ‘Pies reign supreme in 2018? IC: Solstice Digital

In the Mercury Cup, North Launceston has booked its first Mercury Cup Grand Final appearance since 2012 after accounting for Glenorchy in the Preliminary Final. The Northern Bombers will take on cross-town rivals Launceston. The Blues, who clinched the 2017 minor premiership before falling in the Grand Final to Clarence, are yet to drop a game in 2018


Grand Final Day Schedule:

Date Venue Final Start Time Home Club Away Club
Saturday 15th September University of Tasmania Stadium Mercury Cup Grand Final 9:45am Launceston North Launceston
Saturday 15th September University of Tasmania Stadium Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s Grand Final 12:30pm Clarence Glenorchy
Saturday 15th September University of Tasmania Stadium Bupa Tasmanian State League Grand Final 3:00pm North Launceston Lauderdale


Wrest Point TSLW Preliminary Final Preview

Week two of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s finals sees Glenorchy and Launceston in an epic battle at Blundstone Arena for a spot in the 2018 Grand Final, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Preliminary Final

Saturday 8th September

Glenorchy v. Launceston (Blundstone Arena) – 12:00pm

Head to Head in 2018: Glenorchy – 2, Launceston – 1

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 6.8 (44) def. Launceston 3.4 (22) – Round 11, 2018 at Morven Park, Evandale

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

Glenorchy will look to redeem themselves this week, after suffering two straight losses to Clarence – one in round 18 and the other in last weekend’s Semi Final.

These losses now place the minor premiers in a blockbuster Preliminary Final showdown for a spot in the Grand Final against Launceston – the side that defeated the Magpies in the 2017 decider.

Last time these teams met Courtney Webb kicked all three of the Blues goals. Webb, Chevy Thuringer, Jodie Clifford, Meg Sinclair, Kate McLaughlin and Abbey Green were the Blues best players on the day.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, says “we’ve been setting ourselves for this weekend for a while now. We feel we are as well prepared as possible and now look forward to delivering on the day.”

“Blundstone Arena suits our game style with speed and we beat Clarence there earlier in the year.

“Glenorchy have a very different game style so whoever gets the game on their terms will probably leave victorious.”

Launceston’s only change to their team this week is Courtney Webb coming in and Danika Corcoran out.

Captain Nietta Lynch, kicked three for the Pies, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Mackie Sutcliffe and Natalie Daniels one apiece on that last occasion.

Glenorchy’s standouts on the day were Brieanna Barwick, Gennaveve Sullivan, Mackie Sutcliffe, Sarah Skinner, Nietta Lynch and Elise Barwick.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, says “we look forward to the chance to redeem ourselves after a disappointing few weeks. Launceston are a good side and we will need to be at our best to get over the line. Playing at Blundstone is always great for the girls and should be a great game to watch.”

Glenorchy has made no changes to their team from the semi-final against Clarence last week.

This promises to be a cracking contest, and with a spot in the 2018 decider on the line, could really go either way.

Catch up on what happened when these sides last met in round 11


Players to Watch:

Mackie Sutcliffe (Glenorchy): The Pies star forward, Mackie Sutcliffe, has kicked 15 goals and been named in the best players eight times in 2018. Sutcliffe continues to have an impact in every game that she plays. Coach Craig Grace, says “Sutcliffe continues to impress”.

Abbey Green (Launceston): The Blues dangerous ruckman has kicked seventeen goals this season and was named in the best players seven times. Green is a pillar of the Launceston side, and will no doubt play an important role in the preliminary final.




B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

HB: N. Daniels, H. Smith, T. Strong

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

HF: T. Corrie, H. Ryan, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,

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

Int: G. Allan, S. Davis, S. Eaton, M. Jacobs

Emg: E. Siely, K. Stanford


B: H. Whyte, N. Ristrom,

HB: M. Smith, M. Sinclair, C. Thuringer

C: C.  Stanley , D.  Taylor, C.  Webb

HF: M. Binns, A. Green, G. Hill

F: E. Manix-geeves, B. Rattray,

R: B. Thurlow, M. King, A. Dickson

Int: A. Carey, A. Halaby, M. Radford, C. Taylor

Emg: Z. Claridge, B. White

Bupa TSL Preliminary Final Preview

A spot in the 2018 Bupa TSL Grand Final is on the line for the winner of this blockbuster clash between Glenorchy and Lauderdale.

Who will win through and book a chance at premiership glory?


Preliminary Final

Glenorchy v Lauderdale – Blundstone Arena (5:00pm)

Head to Head in 2018: Glenorchy – 1 | Lauderdale – 2

Round 2, 2o18 at KGV Oval: Glenorchy 22.15 (147) def. Lauderdale 8.12 (60)

Round 9, 2018 at Lauderdale Oval: Lauderdale 14.15 (99) def. Glenorchy 9.12 (66)

Round 16, 2018 at Lauderdale Oval: Lauderdale 16.14 (110) def. Glenorchy 6.15 (51)


With a Bupa TSL Grand Final spot riding on the result of this encounter, prepare to buckle up and enjoy an entertaining spectacle.

Lauderdale and Glenorchy are two of the competition’s most combative outfits, with both teams boasting gamebreakers that are more than happy to take it up to the opposition – think the likes of Boscott and Rainbird.

The Magpies will be looking for answers to cover the loss of Jaye Bowden inside 50, as although plenty of contributors stood up after the star went down against Launceston, they struggled to kick a substantial score against North Launceston, managing just the five goals.

The Magpies’ forward group will also need to try and shut down the influence of Bomber star Josh McGuinness, who ran amok alongside his brother Matt in last weekend’s decisive victory.

Josh McGuinness did as he pleased last weekend. IC: Solstice Digital

Glenorchy will be stinging after being jumped out of the blocks early (conceding eight goals to none) last weekend, so expect the Magpies to bring the heat from the start.

The Bombers, on the other side, look to be riding a serious wave of momentum after 58-point and 72-point drubbings of Clarence and Launceston respectively.

Lauderdale’s multi-pronged forward set-up, much akin to that of Richmond in the AFL, contains many a dangerous asset, with the likes of Jacob Gillbee, Tim Mosquito, Henry Kerinaiua, Ed Stanley and Alex Hill (when forward) capable of kicking a bag.

If there is one defensive unit capable of shutting this down, however, it is Glenorchy; with Josh Arnold, Harrison Gunther, Josh Grant and Daniel Joseph forming one of the stingiest defences in the game, although the fitness of Josh Grant will be a big talking point after missing the first two finals.

Josh Arnold is the general of this Glenorchy defence. IC: Solstice Digital

If Glenorchy can shut down Lauderdale’s slingshot style of ball movement, then the Magpies will fancy their chances, but if the Bombers can move the ball as they please, we may be in for a second straight all-Bomber Grand Final.

Also keep your eyes on Lauderdale skipper Bryce Walsh, who has been named named for his return from injury, despite most fearing that his season was over. If Walsh is fit and firing, the Bombers will receive a huge boost.


Players to Watch:

Zac Webster (Glenorchy): The former Hawthorn player has had an injury-interrupted two seasons back at KGV, but when he is fit and firing, there are few better to watch. A classy operator with silky skills, Webster can slice and dice opposition sides with his precise ball movement and footy smarts. If Webster can get off the chain, the ‘Pies will fancy their chances.

Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale): The silky wingman is reaching near career-best form in the back half of the 2018 season, with his ability to find space on the wide expanses of Blundstone Arena set to make him a key figure. Often the link-up player between defence and attack, Sutton’s class and skill makes him a player to keep a close eye on.


Key Match-Ups:

Cameron Duffy v Haydn Smith 

Two of the competition’s best ruckmen will go head to head on the big stage, with Duffy’s agility and Smith’s physicality set to make for an absorbing tussle. Both players cover the ground well, and with strong midfields at their feet, the winner of this contest could prove to be a match-winner.

Josh Arnold v Thor Boscott

Thor Boscott’s explosiveness and ability to do the mercurial is well known, and as part of a dynamic forward set up, is likely to cause the Magpies some headaches. If there is one player capable of curbing Boscott’s influence, however, it is Glenorchy defensive general Josh Arnold. One of the most consistent and respected defenders in the TSL, expect Arnold to go toe-to-toe with Boscott whenever the star Bomber is inside 50.

Rhys Mott v Phil Bellchambers

Two of the competition’s best midfielders will go head to head in the middle of the ground in a contest that could go a long way to determining the result.  Mott and Bellchambers, both selected in the 2018 Team of the Year, are different players but equally damaging, with Mott’s laser-like kicking and capacity to accumulate the football his biggest strengths, while Bellchambers’ key assets are his strength and explosiveness in and away from stoppages.


Tip: Lauderdale to make it a Battle of the Bombers in the decider for a second straight season, with its stars to rise to the occasion and be too much for the Magpies to handle.  Bombers by 15 points.



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BUPA TSL TEAMS – Preliminary Final

The teams have landed ahead of Saturday evening’s blockbuster Preliminary Final, and both Glenorchy and Lauderdale have made some big changes at the selection table. 

Lauderdale has made the biggest surprise, naming injured skipper Bryce Walsh, despite wide belief that the star’s season was over after suffering an ankle injury in the final round of the home and away season.

Adding to this surprise is the naming of star utility Ryan Wiggins, who looked to badly injure his ankle in last weekend’s Semi Final win over the Blues.

Key tagger Leo Harrison has also been named, and after doing the job on Glenorchy star Rhys Mott earlier in the season, will have a big role to play. Speedy duo Josh Williams and Corey Laoumtzis have made way.

Glenorchy has also named some key inclusions, with Team of the Year full back Josh Grant slated for a return after a persistent injury concern, with goal-sneak Matthew Joseph and experienced star Tim Butterworth coming into the side for the big clash.

Key forward Mitch Walker headlines the omissions, with young prospects Will Atkin and Brodie Rowbottom making way.




Preliminary Final – 08/09/2018

5:00PM – Blundstone Arena


B: J. Arnold, J. Grant, A. Brennan

HB: D. Joseph, H. Gunther, C. Mcknight

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

HF: C. Daly, C. Salter, Z. Webster

F: B. Bester, H. Parker, M. Rainbird

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

Int: T. Butterworth, J. Geard, M. Joseph, A. Roberts

Emg: W. Atkin, B. Rowbottom, J. Stevenson, M. Walker

In: T. Butterworth, J. Grant, M. Joseph

Out: W. Atkin, B. Rowbottom, M. Walker


 B: M. Anderton, A. Hill, M. McGuinness

HB: J. McGuinness, R. McManus, O. Shaw

C: L.  Harrison, P.  Bellchambers, R.  Sutton

HF: H. Kerinaiua, J. Gillbee, T. Mosquito

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

R: H. Smith, N. Franklin, N. Baker

Int: A. Hevey, N. Raglione, E. Stanley, B. Walsh

Emg: R. Hill, C. Laoumtzis, B. McGuinness, J. Williams

In: B. Walsh, L. Harrison

Out: J. Williams, C. Laoumtzis



Preliminary Final – 08/09/2018

12:00PM – Blundstone Arena


B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

HB: N. Daniels, H. Smith, T. Strong

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

HF: T. Corrie, H. Ryan, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,

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

Int: G. Allan, S. Davis, S. Eaton, M. Jacobs

Emg: E. Siely, K. Stanford

B: H. Whyte, N. Ristrom,

HB: M. Smith, M. Sinclair, C. Thuringer

C: C.  Stanley , D.  Taylor, C.  Webb

HF: M. Binns, A. Green, G. Hill

F: E. Manix-geeves, B. Rattray,

R: B. Thurlow, M. King, A. Dickson

Int: A. Carey, A. Halaby, M. Radford, C. Taylor

Emg: Z. Claridge, B. White




Preliminary Final – 08/09/2018

12:00PM – Blundstone Arena

To be selected from:

W. Atkin, J. Bearman, J. Bearman, S. Berry, N. Blowfield , D. Brown,

J. Cooper, D. Cooper, D. Coppleman, J. Davie, J. Deegan, S. Deverell,

M. Dilger, C. French, C. Goodsell, B. Kelly, I. Manson, J. Millhouse,

N. Newman, R. Oakley, B. Patterson, A. Peach , B. Quinn, B. Rowbottom,

J. Stevenson, M. Walker, C. Walker, Z. Welsh, J. Whitford

North Launceston
To be selected from:

D. Baker, M. Cossins, J. Curran, K. Curtis, M. Donnelly, T. Foon,

C. Haines, J. Harris, C. Harrison, N. Jackson, A. Jefferies, L. Jones,

J. Kerr, S. Krushka, K. Lanham, J. Lanham, C. Lowe, J. Mazengarb,

C. Pearton, A. Potter, C. Praciak, B. Ronken, O. Sanders, C. Stuart,

X. Todman, R. Whitney, L. Young