Wrest Point TSLW Week 1 Finals Wrap

Week one of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s finals saw Clarence secure a spot in the Grand Final and Launceston overpower the Tigers to win by 107 points, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

 

First Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

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

Launceston 17.12 (114) defeated the Tigers 1.1 (7) in the Semi Final at Windsor Park.

Megan Wilkinson kicked the Tigers only goal of the game which came in the first quarter as the visitors got off to a competitive start.

Launceston players Dearne Taylor, Emma Manix-geeves and Mikayla Binns kicked a goal each, ending the first quarter with a 16-point lead.

Manix-geeves came out in the second term and kicked another four goals for the Blues, while teammate Brie Rattray also kicked two goals this quarter, to increase Launceston’s lead to 53-points at half time.

The third quarter saw Abbey Green kick two goals for the Blues, and Ange Dickson and Meg Radford one apiece.

Green kicked another two in the final quarter for Launceston, and Dickson and Camilla Taylor kicked one each to win by 107-points.

Tigers coach, Brad Willis, says “it was a really tough game for our girls because of the pace of the game and Launceston’s ability to rotate freely and strongly through the midfield. Our pressure around the ball was arguably the best for the year and we contained Launceston for significant periods of time.”

“But if the ball got out their transition was quick and decisive and we didn’t have the legs to stem the flow. Ironically, in planning for their talls and executing pretty well with Rattray and Hill only kicking two between them, it was Emma Mannix-Geeves that got off the chain and was particularly damaging.”

“Despite the margin the girls were extremely pleased with their resilience and the way they fought the game out and certainly did not let down the supporters that made the trip north.”

“Gilly Millar was a tower of strength in the ruck and Roxanne Tyler continued her good form of the last month. Emerging talent Liz Kirkwood displayed plenty of dash, young defender Liarna Reid did not concede a goal and veterans Cara Brooke and Jess Murphy were relentless at the coal face,” Willis said.

Willis states he “came away from the game super proud of my team, but none the wiser as to the premiership favourite.”

“All three contenders present quite differently and it literally will be who bring their A game on the day. With the late inclusion of Brie Rattray now playing alongside Abbey Green and Georgia Hill it becomes the tallest forward line in the competition and will stretch both Glenorchy and Clarence. Whichever midfield gives their forwards the most opportunities will likely determine the eventual winner.”

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbins, says he “was really happy with our performance on the weekend. We had three late withdrawals which affected our rotations but our midfield battled really well and took the sting out of the game early.”

The Blues best players were Emma Manix-geeves, Ange Dickson, Abbey Green, Dearne Taylor, Amy Halaby and Mikayla Binns.

“Emma Mannix-Geeves broke the game open in the first half in the forward line as well as our midfield group getting on top in clearances.”

The Tigers finals dreams end here but Launceston will play Glenorchy this Saturday at Blundstone Arena for a spot in the Grand Final.

 

Launceston Football Club             3.5      9.6     13.9    17.12 (114)

Tigers Football Club                     1.1      1.1      1.1     1.1 (7)

 

GOALS

Launceston Football Club: E. Manix-geeves 5, A. Green 4, A. Dickson 2, B. Rattray 2, C. Taylor, M. Binns, D. Taylor, M. Radford

Tigers Football Club: M. Wilkinson

BEST

Launceston Football Club: E. Manix-geeves, A. Dickson, A. Green, D. Taylor, A. Halaby, M. Binns

Tigers Football Club: G. Millar, E. Kirkwood, T. Roxann, L. Reid, J. Murphy, C. Brooke

 


Second Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

Glenorchy v. Clarence (KGV) – 12:00pm

Clarence 3.12 (30) defeated Glenorchy 1.5 (11) at KGV for the second time in two weeks.  

Clarence player, Sophie Pennicott, kicked the first goal of the game after she put it on her boot as she was dragged across the goal line.

Glenorchy managed to get on the scoreboard shortly after, with a behind after the siren from Holly Ryan, to see the Pies trail by eight points at the first break.

Sandy Eaton showed the Pies were still in it, kicking a goal not long after the opening bounce to put the margin at just two points early in the second term.

Both teams attempted to score a goal in the remainder of the quarter with no success, with the Pies scoring another two behinds to Clarence’s three behinds.

With the Roos leading at half time by three points, it was still anyone’s game.

The third quarter saw Glenorchy kick two behinds, and Clarence kick three behinds. Grace Mitchell kicked a goal for the Roos after the siren, to put them in the lead by nine points.

The Final quarter saw Clarence kick three behinds, and Natalie Pearce with a goal. Glenorchy player Mackie Sutcliffe also took a courageous mark in front of the Roos goal line, but the Pies were unable to score this quarter, finishing the game with a 19-point loss.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, said the game “was played under intense pressure and although low scoring was a good showcase of female football.”

There were “no injuries but a number of sore bodies that we are managing through the week.”

The Pies best players were Natalie Daniels, Elise Barwick, Rachael Siely, Thomasa Corrie, Tahlia Strong and Jade Williams.

“Nat Daniels and Rachel Siely across the backline played really well and rebounded many of Clarence’s attacking moves.”

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says “It was typical game of finals footy with the tempo going up a notch and both sides cracking in hard.”

“It’s good to get through to the Grand Final but there still a lot of work to do in the next two weeks.”

The Roos best players were Maddy Smith, Grace Mitchell, Georgia Pennicott, Bronte Scott, Jacinta Limbrick and Loveth Ochayi.

“Grace Mitchell kicked a big goal after the siren at 3/4 time to give us a little bit of momentum. It was a solid team performance.”

Clarence goes straight to the Grand Final, while minor premiers Glenorchy will have another life, with the winner of the clash between the Magpies and Blues set to determine the ‘Roos opponent in the Grand Final.

 

Glenorchy Football Club                 0.1      1.3      1.5     1.5 (11)

Clarence Football Club                   1.3      1.6      2.9     3.12 (30)

 

GOALS

Glenorchy Football Club: S. Eaton

Clarence Football Club: N. Pearce, G. Mitchell, S. Pennicott

BEST

Glenorchy Football Club: N. Daniels, E. Barwick, R. Siely, T. Corrie, T. Strong, J. Williams

Clarence Football Club: M. Smith, G. Mitchell, G. Pennicott, B. Scott, J. Limbrick, L. Ochayi

2018 Wrest Point TSLW Team of the Year Announced

The Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) Team of the Year has been selected.

All five Wrest Point TSLW clubs were asked to nominate players they believed worthy of Team of the Year consideration. An assembled panel then selected the best 20 of the 2018 season.

TSL W matches are played with 16 on the field. The selection panel picked the team and positions as if the team were to play a game.

Please see the team listed below.

BACKS

Chanette Thuringer (Launceston)
The dashing Launceston defender has impressed in 2018, earning Team of the Year honours for a second straight season. Provides plenty of bounce and drive out of the back half for the Blues and was named in the best players on six occasions.

Rachael Siely (Glenorchy)
Holding down a key defensive post, Rachel Siely has been a rock for the Magpies in 2018. Rarely beaten by her direct opponent, Siely continues to get the job week in, week out and provides great stability to this defence.

 

HALF BACKS

Lauren Stevenson (Burnie)
One of the state’s most exciting young talents, Lauren Stevenson earned Allies selection at the under-18 National Championships while being a consistent member of the Burnie defence. 10 appearances in the Dockers’ best players from 13 games underlines her consistency as a lockdown defender, while her precise kicking has become a trademark of her game.

Loveth Ochayi (Clarence)
After starting the season as a rotating forward and defender, the talented Ochayi looks to have found a home in defence for the ‘Roos, holding down the Centre Half Back post. Is able to blanket the opposition’s best forward, as highlighted by conceding just one goal to leading goal kicker Nietta Lynch in round 13.

Thomasa Corrie (Glenorchy)
Arguably the most consistent player in the TSLW, Corrie backed up a sensational 2017 season with another strong campaign. Named in the best players on four occasions and playing a key leadership role both at KGV and within this team.

 

CENTRES

Elise Barwick (Glenorchy)
A classy outside midfielder, Elise Barwick is an immense talent, as highlighted by her time representing Tasmania against NSW/ACT. A strong outside runner with devastating pace, Barwick uses her speed and dash to slice and dice opposition sides. Named in the best on seven occasions from 13 games.

Sarah Skinner (Glenorchy)
After being named in the back pocket in the 2017 Team of the Year while at the Dockers, Skinner has taken her game to another level this season with more midfield minutes. Skinner has a knack for accumulating the football and makes the opposition pay with strong use heading inside 50. The ball magnet kicked six goals from her 13 games, while also being named the best on 10 occasions.

Libby Haines (Burnie)
One of the most versatile players in the state, Libby Haines has gone from strength to strength this season, being named in the best 10 times from 11 games. Earned the opportunity to play for Melbourne University in the VFLW and the Allies at the under-18 Championships, Haines is an elite user who can play as a half back or ruck.

HALF FORWARDS 

Mackie Sutcliffe (Glenorchy)
A classy half forward with the capacity to hurt opposition defences, Mackie Sutcliffe has taken her game to another level in 2018. Kicking 15 goals from 14 games, the 19 year old has been a crucial figure in Glenorchy’s minor premiership campaign, with her willingness to take the game on a feature.

Jacinta Limbrick (Clarence)
The linchpin of the Clarence forward line, Jacinta Limbrick has been an immense presence inside 50 all season to earn her second straight Team of the Year Centre Half Forward selection. Limbrick kicked 24 goals from 13 games, while also providing bringing her teammates into the game to hit the scoreboard. A gun of the competition.

Maddy Smith (Clarence)
The first open age North Melbourne signing from Tasmania, Maddy Smith started the year in style with a nine-goal haul against the Tigers and hasn’t looked back since. A consistent contributor inside 50, Smith has kicked 23 goals for the season, often working right up the ground to influence contests further afield.

 

FORWARDS 

Courtney Webb (Launceston)
Courtney Webb’s elite talent has been on full display throughout the season, kicking 20 goals a rotating midfielder/forward. Webb delivered arguably the performance of the season in round 12, booting a stunning 11-goal haul against the Dockers.

Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy)  – Captain
The most decorated of TSLW players, Glenorchy superstar Nietta Lynch was the competition’s premier forward, booting 34 goals from 14 games. Lynch has been an exemplary leader for the Magpies, steering the side to the minor premiership, and with another Leading Goalkicker award to her name, is a clear choice as captain and full forward.

 

RUCKS

Abbey Green (Launceston)
The most damaging ruck in the TSLW, the 2017 Team of the Year ruck has added a further string to her bow this season with increased potency forward of centre. With 13 goals from 13 games, Green is a handy avenue to goal, while also rarely getting beaten in the ruck.

Nicole Bresnehan (Clarence)
A workhorse within the Clarence midfield, Nicole Bresnehan is a machine on the inside and after being named in the best players six times from 11 games on top of a stint with Melbourne Uni in the VFLW, has only taken her game to another level after also earning Team of the Year recognition in 2017.

Angela Dickson (Launceston) – Vice Captain
The Launceston co-captain and assistant coach has been a model of consistency at Windsor Park this season, kicking 14 goals from 14 games and being named in the best players on nine occasions. A consistent performer built for the big moments, Dickson is a walk-up selection for this side.

INTERCHANGE

Brieanna Barwick (Glenorchy)
The hard-working Barwick has earned her second straight team of the year nod after another consistent campaign. A hard-running midfielder who thrives around stoppages, Barwick is a workhorse for the ‘Pies and the kind of player that can lift those around her. Worked forward to kick four goals throughout the season.

Mia King (Launceston)
One of the state’s most exciting young guns, Mia King has X-Factor written all over her. A classy user of the ball with the work-rate to match, King has kicked four goals from 10 TSLW appearances in 2018, while also earning call ups for the Tasmanian, Eastern Allies and All Stars representative sides.

Marla Neal (Tigers FC)
A stalwart of her Tigers outfit, Marla Neal is one of the toughest players in the TSLW. A strong inside midfielder, Neal uses her strength and explosiveness to break away from stoppages and get out of trouble. A ferocious tackler and clearance machine, Neal is the type of player every side would love to have several of.

Chloe Haines (Burnie)
Another emerging versatile talent, Chloe Haines has delivered eye catching performances throughout the season as a key forward, ruck and rover. With elite skills, footy smarts and the ability and willingness to play a variety of roles, Haines has impressed with eight best player nods from 10 matches.

COACHES

Craig Grace (Glenorchy) – Coach
Grace has helped steer the Magpies to the 2018 minor premiership after being defeated just twice throughout the home and away season. The competition’s frontrunner for almost the season’s entirety, Grace is an impressive coach and has helped nurture some exciting young Magpie talent.

Andy Smith (Clarence) – Assistant Coach
The 2017 Coach of the Year has again done a terrific job with his squad, guiding the ‘Roos to second spot on the ladder. Clarence remained competitive in every game they played this season, with several big wins highlighting the talent of the team and the success of his game plans.

Alex Gibbins (Launceston) – Assistant Coach
The 2017 premiership coach has been an impressive leader at Windsor Park in 2018, ensuring the side maintained form and competitiveness, despite often having an injury-depleted squad.

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2018 Bupa TSL Team of the Year Announced

The 2018 Bupa Tasmanian State League (TSL) Team of the Year has been selected.

All seven TSL clubs were asked to nominate players they believed worthy of Team of the Year consideration. An assembled TSL panel containing members from AFL Tasmania and the media from across the state then selected the best 22 of the 2018 season, with the consultation of coaches and external opinions, where required.

The selection panel, picked the team and positions as if the team were to play a game.

Please see the team listed below.

BACKS

James Holmes (Clarence)
After bursting onto the scene with a breakout 2017 campaign that saw him award the Richardson Medal, James Holmes has gone from strength to strength this season, becoming a reliable lockdown defender while also maintaining his damaging offensive nature that made him the architect of so many Clarence forays. Breathtaking bravery and reliability in reading and intercepting play are hallmarks of James Holmes’ game.
Josh Grant (Glenorchy)
One of the competition’s most dependable key defenders, Josh Grant is rarely beaten, having not conceded three goals or more in a single game in 2018. Grant is the competition’s big bear that you send to shutdown the most dangerous of tall forwards. Not a high possession getter but his aerial presence, body work and spoiling (averages eight a game) make him a rock and a general of both the Glenorchy and this Team of Year defence.
Jay Foon (North Launceston)
One of the most dependable defenders in the competition, Jay Foon played an integral role in the Northern Bombers’ minor premiership. His season was cruelly cut short but despite missing a chunk late in the season Foon was instrumental in setting up another Premiership tilt for the Northern powerhouse. A leader of the North Launceston back line, a slick user who locks down and provides offensive bounce. Rarely has a poor outing and is so often the driver in North Launceston’s transition.

HALF BACKS

Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)
The joint RACT Insurance Player of the Year has made a stunning return to TSL footy after a stint in the NEAFL. The best running defender in the competition, Joseph has become a marked man by opposition sides as he is integral to setting the Magpies up. Joseph’s laser-like kicking out of defence has become a staple of Glenorchy’s football this season and few players have had the say he has on this year’s competition. The best running defender in the game, has averaged 23 disposals and seven score involvements a game.
Jobi Harper (Launceston)
The 2013 South Launceston premiership player and Darrel Baldock medallist made his long-awaited return to senior football this season and it did not disappoint. The strong-bodied utility made the move to half back several rounds into his return and settled in magnificently, patrolling the Blues’ defensive half. Rarely beaten at centre half back and a major part of Launceston’s late season charge. His versatility was also a weapon for coach Sam Lonergan.
Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale) – Vice Captain
One of the most consistent performers in the competition, McGuinness is willing to play whatever role is required of him on the day. Whether providing offensive drive or blanketing the opposition’s most damaging player, McGuinness can be a match-winner on any given day. The form of McGuinness has been crucial in Lauderdale’s run at the Finals, with reliable kicking and a willingness to take the game on, he leads the Bombers back half with aplomb. This Lauderdale leader has sacrificed his game on several occasions this season as well to clamp down and nullify the opposition’s best player. Stepped up in the absence of injured skipper Bryce Walsh, making him a worthy vice captain for this side.

CENTRES

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)
One of the most reliable kicks in the TSL, Glenorchy star Rhys Mott has had another consistent season. A deadly user with ball in hand, Mott has found plenty of the football, averaging 27 disposals per game throughout the season and provided silver service to his teammates inside 50. A composed, reliable and consistent performer for the Pies.
Phil Bellchambers (Lauderdale)
The general of the Lauderdale midfield in the absence of injured skipper Bryce Walsh, Bellchambers has thrived with the extra responsibility, using his strength and explosiveness from stoppages to break games apart. Bellchambers has relished more midfield time and has become a consistent weapon and undoubtedly one of the most damaging TSL midfielders.Jake Cox (Clarence)
A genuine X-Factor in this side who can make the mercurial look easy on a regular basis. Whether working as a link-up player on the wing or as a goalkicking target inside 50, Cox can win a game off his own boot, and has done throughout the season. While not exempt from a quiet afternoon, Cox always demands the opposition’s very best defender and when on-song is a genuine match winner with characteristics few others possess.

HALF FORWARDS

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
Arguably the greatest Tasmanian footballer of the decade, Jaye Bowden is a model of consistency, backing up his 2017 Player of the Year campaign with another stellar season. Playing a variety of roles, Bowden still managed 46 goals, the second most in the competition as he again displayed his elite work rate. Also averaged 24 possessions and nine pressure acts per game.
Tom Bennett (North Launceston)
The best hands in the business. One of North Launceston’s key targets inside attacking 50, Bennett’s ability to read the play and elite marking overhead makes him one of the competition’s most dangerous forwards. Perhaps his biggest trump card over other forwards is his ability to cover the ground, Bennett works up and down the field and demands an athletic match up from the opposition and is frequently able to work over his matchup with his incredible marking ability. Kicked 43 goals for the year with two or more goals on 13 occasions, including a bag of eight and three hauls of four.
Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston) – Captain 
Despite missing parts of the season through injury, North Launceston captain Brad Cox-Goodyer has been in dynamic touch when fit, as evidenced by his 36 goals from just 14 games. Rolling through the midfield when not inside 50, Cox-Goodyer is one of the most damaging players in the competition with his elite skills and decision making. The added responsibility of captaincy has clearly had no ill effect on the first-year skipper, having averaged 2.5 goals a game. Rival clubs know when Cox-Goodyer loads up from around the arc it spells danger. A worthy captain of this team.

FORWARDS

Dylan Riley (Launceston)
The former Devonport co-captain was a standout performer in his first season as a Blue. Starting the season as a half back flanker, Riley made the move to become a deep forward midway through the season and was exceptional. Equally adept at ground level and in the air, Riley is a nightmare match-up for opposition defences. Equalled his goal tally from 2017 where he was also named as a forward pocket. He remains one of the competition’s very best.
Mitch Thorp (Launceston)
A clear winner in the Hudson Medal race, Thorp’s first season at Windsor Park was highly successful. Kept goalless just once this season, Thorp kicked four or more goals on seven occasions, with a move higher up the field reaping rewards late in the season. Also competed as a relieving ruckman at times throughout the season. Thorp worked over defenders across the competition with an appetite to lead for the ball and a ruthlessness in front of goal.
Luke Graham (Tigers FC)
Perhaps one of the biggest surprise packets to be selected Luke Graham put together a season for the Tigers that could not be ignored. One of the more underrated forwards in the competition, Luke Graham has developed in leaps and bounds in 2018. Kicking 29 goals, the most of any small forward, Graham is a competitive beast and made the most of limited supply throughout the season. A bag of six against Lauderdale in round 18 was a clear highlight for the goal sneak.

RUCKS

Ryan Bailey (Clarence)
One of the competition’s breakout performers this season, Bailey emerged as the most influential ruckman in the state. A strong body with a good vertical jump and cleanliness above and below his knees, Bailey is far more than just a tap ruckman, competing well around the ground and hitting the scoreboard with 14 goals. Bailey also carried the load for his team with ruck relief Wade Wall departing early in the season. The ‘Roos big man seemed to thrive with the extra responsibility, taking several games by the scruff of the neck, including three best on ground performances in an outstanding mid-season burst.
Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)
The former premiership captain made a seamless transition into coaching this season, guiding the Northern Bombers to the minor premiership, all while maintaining his elite personal form. Finished as the season’s fifth highest goal kicker, despite playing predominantly as a midfielder and he tied for RACT Insurance Player of the Year. In the pointy end of the conversation for 2018’s most dominant player, Whitford sets the tone for his team and is a picture of consistency.
Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)
Stepping up in the absence of the injured Bryce Walsh and NEAFL-bound Dylan Fyfe, Nat Franklin delivered a remarkably consistent campaign. Capable of winning the hard ball and feeding it out to prime movers, or breaking out of stoppages himself, Franklin is a hard nut and provides an additional layer of hardness and grunt to this team. Franklin is the metronome in the middle for Lauderdale, such a reliable extractor for Winter’s men.

INTERCHANGE

Zach Burt (North Launceston)
One of the most versatile players in the competition, Zach Burt finished with the same number of goals as Luke Graham and Taylor Whitford (29), despite finishing the season as a regular at centre half back. One of the very best key position players in the state who provides flexibility in being able to swing at either end and influence the result. Burt reads the play so well at both ends of the ground, an ever-reliable set of hands and efficient in front of goal.
Josh Ponting (North Launceston)
One of the TSL’s most prolific ball winners, Ponting was a constant threat around stoppages for the Bombers this season. Ponting is North Launceston’s fifth Beatle, consistently dominant and perennially underappreciated, with the likes of Brad Cox-Goodyer, Taylor Whitford, Mark Walsh and others often taking the limelight. An elite user and a difficult player to shut down due to his high work rate and footy smarts, Ponting’s 2018 campaign has been sensational.
Mitch Carter (Tigers FC)
One of the best kicks in the TSL, Mitch Carter’s final season at the Twin Ovals saw him play much of the season as a target inside forward 50. Named in the 2017 Team of the Year on a half back flank, Carter still spent time in defence this season but looked equally as damaging as a forward who can move up the ground to become a link or as a deeper marking forward. Another versatile option in this side.
Harrison Gunther (Glenorchy)
After impressing as a dangerous forward last season, 19-year-old Gunther reinvented himself under new coach Paul Kennedy, becoming one of the best key defenders and most improved players in the competition. Rarely beaten by his direct opponent, Gunther is a terrific reader of the play and alongside Daniel Joseph formed a defensive duo with damaging attacking potential. Averaged 11 turnovers forced and six spoils per game while player on the likes of Bennett, Carter and Thorp.

COACHES

The 2018 Team of the Year coaching group was voted on by their peers, with the coaches who received the most votes recognised in the team.

Head coach

Jeromey Webberley (Clarence): Took an inexperienced team into finals football, with the ‘Roos spending much of the season in second spot. Provided plenty of experience to stars of the future, while remaining one of the teams to beat. Often under manned, Webberley got the best out of the Roos in 2018.

Assistant coaches

Taylor Whitford (North Launceston): Made a seamless transition into coaching in 2018, guiding the reigning premiers to the minor premiership, all while continuing his own stellar individual playing form.

Paul Kennedy (Glenorchy): Made a big impact in his first season at the helm, taking the Magpies to second spot on the ladder with a team full of fresh, emerging players. Also one of the league’s most interesting media figures.

UMPIRE

Matt Clarke (NWUA)
This is the third time Matt Clarke (28) has won the Field Umpire of the Year award, following his efforts in 2015 and 2017. Matt, who hails from Moriarty on the North West Coast, has had another consistent season as his reputation only continues to grow. 

SELECTION HEADACHES WERE HAD!

With so many impressive performers across the duration of the season, many selection headaches were had by the selection panel.

The battle for ruck spots was hotly debated, with Lauderdale big man Haydn Smith’s form not unnoticed, whilst North Launceston’s Alex Lee and Glenorchy’s Cameron Duffy were also both strong contenders. Although every candidate had consistent seasons, Ryan Bailey’s efforts to stand up in the absence of Wade Wall and ruck solely for most of the season, all the while delivering best on ground performances in important wins gave him the edge.

Launceston draft prospect Chayce Jones was the form player for the final five rounds of the season and produced some of the league’s most blistering footy. The selection panel strongly considered picking the brilliant Jones but a handful of games was considered not enough to see him selected. Clarence skipper Brady Jones was also on the verge of selection but couldn’t quite squeeze into the 22 despite a reliable and consistent season across half back and in the middle.

Blues enigmatic figure Rulla Kelly-Mansell was put forward, having delivered several eye-catching performances as a half back towards the back end of the season. However, the consistency of Daniel Joseph, Jay Foon and Josh McGuinness saw them preferred for selection in the side.

Josh Arnold, Jack Avent and Arion Richter-Salter were three players that were incredibly unlucky in defence with the trio frequently discussed and deliberated with selectors narrowly preferring the likes of Burt, Gunther, Foon and Holmes.

Tim Mosquito has been a major inclusion into Lauderdale’s setup and has produced some jaw dropping performances. The pacey forward collected the Stay ChatTY medal amongst other dominant individual performances but the consistency of Graham and Riley edged him out to be picked in the pockets.

North Hobart duo Hugh NJ Williams and Hugh S Williams were the most closely considered from the Demons both having standout seasons in a tough year for their inexperienced side.

Bupa TSL Tribunal Results – FINALS WEEK 2

Bupa Tasmanian State League

Finals – Week 2

 1.      Zac Webster (Glenorchy) was referred for striking Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the head. Player Webster had been offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Player Webster rejected the offer and the matter was heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday 4th September at 6:00pm.

Player Webster entered a Guilty Plea but contested the conduct, arguing that the act should be downgraded to a careless act rather than intentional. 

The officiating umpire, in his evidence, believed that high contact had been made to Player Mansell’s jaw, with a free kick paid for that high contact as Player Mansell left the field of play under the blood rule before returning a short time later. 

Player Mansell stated that he thought the contact made was unintentional and that it was part of the act of Player Webster pushing him away, with contact being made with an open palm. 

Player Mansell also stated that he had initially cut his lip open in another incident earlier in the match, with contact made by Player Webster re-opening this wound. 

Player Webster argued that he had no intention of striking Player Mansell and that the contact made was with an open palm through the act of trying to push Player Mansell away. 

The Independent Tribunal, considering all the evidence presented, accepted that the act, was indeed, careless, to the head (high) with low impact.

Player Webster has been handed a reprimand. 

VIEW the incident here

Bombers Brush Blues Aside

Written by Alex FitzGerald. 

Lauderdale’s rich vein of finals form has continued, with the Bombers brushing aside a highly-fancied Launceston outfit at UTSA Stadium on Saturday night to the tune of 72 points to book themselves a place in next week’s Preliminary Final.

The visitors led by just three points after a low-scoring opening term, but dominated the first Semi Final around the ground from that point on, slamming on 15 goals to four following the first break to ensure the ‘predictable’ Blues departed the finals in straight sets.

Ed Stanley made a dream return from a hamstring injury, benefitting from pinpoint forward entries to boot a career-high seven majors, while impressive recruit Henry Kerinaiua chipped in with four of his own as the Lauderdale forwards enjoyed a night out.

Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown was in high spirits following what he described as the Bombers’ most complete game of 2018.

“It’s probably the best four quarter effort the boys have put in all year.”

“We’ve seen glimpses of it throughout games this year, how good we can play.”

The visitors put plenty of hours into analysing the game style of the Blues during the week, time Brown said was well-spent.

“We’ve planned for oppositions more thoroughly throughout the finals.”

“We put a lot of time into Launceston this week, and watched a lot of vision.”

“They’ve been pretty predictable over the year in the way they play their footy; it doesn’t change that much.”

Midfielders Nat Franklin, Thor Boscott and Rhys Sutton worked overtime to gain the upper hand over a talented but younger Blues onball brigade, following the Bombers’ plans to a tee.

“Glenorchy showed last week against Launceston that (you need to be) really tight against them at the stoppages, that’s where they win a lot of their footy.”

“I thought that our pressure was maintained and we were able to create a lot of turnovers from it.”

While Stanley’s major haul inside attacking 50 had fans counting on two hands, Brown admitted concern’s over the X-factor’s fitness had looked set to sideline him for the clash.

But when he was given the all-clear, the assistant coach had no doubt he would provide something special on a big stage.

“Windy said before the start of the game ‘who do you think will play well?’ and I said Ed would kick four.”

“He kicked seven so I’ll take that.”

The Bombers had winners across every line on the field, with almost every player having a case for being named in the best.  Josh McGuinness’ strong year across half-back rolled on, with the former Brisbane Lion putting on a masterclass in rebounding defence.  But it was the composure and  foot skills of younger brother Matt, a deliberate late inclusion to the side, that prompted praise from Brown.

“Matt was really good, he’s still finding his feet at senior football and he’s still only 17 years of age.”

“His tackling was outstanding and he played really well on the talls when they came back into the forward line.”

“It was good to see a young guy step up.”

For the Blues, veterans Mitch Thorp and Dylan Riley competed strongly as they combined for five goals, with midfielder Brodie Palfreyman also a shining light on a dismal night for the hosts.

The Bombers will now prepare to face Glenorchy in next Saturday’s twilight Preliminary Final at Blundstone Arena, with the knowledge that a win will set up a second consecutive all-Bomber affair in the Grand Final.

Brown says his side are confident, but know what the Magpies can produce on their day.

“We won’t be taking Glenorchy lightly, they showed last week what they can do and they’ll look to rebound next week.”

“I think we’ve shown that we’re a force.

” We’re still alive, and we have one more game now to get another shot at North Launnie.”

 

Launceston          2.1,  3.2,  6.4,  6.6 (42)

Lauderdale          2.4,  6.7,  10.10,  17.12 (114)

GOALS

Launceston: D. Riley 3, M. Thorp 2, J. Hinds

Lauderdale:  E. Stanley 7, H. Kerinaiua 4, R. McManus, A. Hevey, T. Boscott, N. Franklin, T. Havea, H. Smith

BEST

Launceston: D. Riley, J., Donnellan, S. Rundle, C. Brown, B. Palfreyman, C. Savage

Lauderdale: J. McGuinness, R. Sutton, E. Stanley, H. Kerinaiua, T. Havea, T. Boscott

Bupa TSL MRP – Finals Week 2

Bupa Tasmanian State League

Finals – Week 2

 1.      Zac Webster (Glenorchy) was referred for striking Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the head. Player Webster has been offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Player Webster has until 9am on Tuesday 4th September to accept or reject the offer

UPDATE: Player Webster has rejected the offer. This matter will be heard by the Independent Tribunal tonight (Tuesday 4th September at 6pm). 

VIEW the incident here

2.      Zach Burt (North Launceston) was referred for striking Will Atkin (Glenorchy)

The Match Review Panel determined the strike to be careless, with low impact to the body. Player Burt has been offered a base sanction of one match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Player Burt has accepted a reprimand

VIEW the incident here

Bombers Blast Into Decider

North Launceston have stormed into their fifth straight TSL Grand Final, shaking off the late withdrawal of sore star Tom Couch to produce a blistering first quarter in Saturday’s Semi Final against a hapless Glenorchy outfit at UTAS Stadium.

A lightning pass from midfielder Brad Cox-Goodyer set up Tom Bennett for the first goal of the game within seconds of the opening bounce set the scene, as the hosts went on to boot eight unanswered majors to all but seal the result at quarter time,  going on to on to record a comfortable 14.10 (94) to 5.7 (37) victory.

Key forward Bennett was unstoppable early, booting four of his six majors in the opening stanza as the North Launceston on-ball brigade ran riot to see the Bombers take an emphatic 8.2 (50) to 0.0 (2) lead at the first change.

The Magpies rallied in the second term to hit the scoreboard and somewhat curtail their Northern counterparts’ dominance, but it was all too late as the Premiership favourites coasted to a 57 point win, setting up the chance to claim their fourth flag in five years.

North Launceston playing coach Taylor Whitford paid tribute to the dedicated efforts of his players throughout the season to date, dispelling any ideas that a spot in the Grand Final had come easily.

“It’s a just reward for the group and the hard work they’ve put in over  the past 11 months,” he said.

“It’s been hard yakka, it always is.”

“It’s a good reward, but we’ve got to focus on training well over the next couple of weeks.”

Tom Bennett was in exceptional form for the Bombers. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Whitford put the Bombers’ dream start to the match down to the dominance of midfield trio Cox-Goodyer, Josh Ponting and Mark Walsh, who, combined to repeatedly win crucial clearances and used the ball superbly.

Rebounding defenders Jordan Cousens and Jack Avent also worked hard as the game wore on, repeatedly stifling forward entries and running the ball out of danger with confidence.

But the main praise was saved for Bennett, who showcased why he is regarded as one of the most impressive key forwards in the state.

“When Tommy Bennett is marking everything, you just get it in there.”

“He was fantastic, kicked pretty straight as well, so that helps.”

Whitford also singled out the contribution of draft prospect Tarryn Thomas, who along with fellow teenager Sherrin Egger, provided some wow moments for the crowd, answering some recently-published questionable criticism in the process.

“I think Tarryn has been down, to his standards, but to his credit, the boys really got around him this week”.

“I thought he was fantastic, he’s definitely back, and when he’s up and about he’s probably the hardest player to stop in the comp – he does some special things.”

With the Bombers  now having earned a week off before they host a second consecutive Grand Final, Whitford is mindful of the importance of routine  ahead of his side’s meeting with either Glenorchy or Lauderdale in a fortnight’s time.

The message is clear.  The job isn’t done yet.

“Our training standards have been really good, which probably allowed us to play the kind of footy we did in the first half today.”

“We’ve got to keep that going, and I think that the maturity in the group will allow us to do that.”

“We’re realists, and we’ve got to understand that the hard work doesn’t end here.”

 

North Launceston          8.2,  12.6,  13.9,  14.11 (95)

Glenorchy                        0.2,  3.4,  4.6,  5.7 (37)

 

GOALS

North Launceston: T. Bennett 6, B. McCulloch 2, S. Egger, T. Thomas, B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Ponting, M. Walsh, T. Whitford

Glenorchy:  R. Mott  2, B. Kamaric, J. Geard, J. Arnold

BEST

North Launceston: J. Cousens, J. Avent, T. Bennett, A. Lee, J. Ponting, T. Thomas

Glenorchy: R. Mott,  B. Rowbottom, Z. Webster, C. Salter, J. Geard, C. Duffy.

Bupa TSL Week 3 Finals Announced

BUPA TASMANIAN STATE LEAGUE

Week 3 Finals Schedule Announced

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The schedule for next weekend’s Preliminary Final action in the Bupa Tasmanian State League, Mercury Cup and Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s has been announced, with Blundstone Arena to host a triple-header of high stakes contests.

Glenorchy will host Lauderdale for a spot in the 2018 Bupa Tasmanian State League Grand Final in a Twilight fixture, with the Magpies provided a second chance after going down to the Northern Bombers in yesterday’s Semi Final, while the Southern Bombers will be looking to lock in a second straight Grand Final appearance after comprehensively defeating the Blues under lights at UTAS Stadium. 

Lauderdale hold a 2-1 win-loss advantage over the Magpies this season, with the sides last meeting in round 16 at Lauderdale Oval, where the Bombers delivered a 59-point victory. 

Glenorchy and Lauderdale will lock horns for a place in the 2018 Grand Final. IC: Solstice Digital

Glenorchy will be gunning for its first Grand Final appearance since clinching the premiership against North Launceston in 2016. 

In scheduling the Preliminary finals; AFL Tasmania have considered that the SFL Grand Final is being played at North Hobart Oval on the same day, and to maximise attendances at both competitions, a twilight (5pm) Bupa TSL Preliminary Final has been scheduled. 

Glenorchy will also be looking to book a Grand Final date in the Mercury Cup, hosting North Launceston for a spot in the decider against Launceston. 

These matches will follow the Wrest Point TSL W Preliminary Final, with the loser of today’s Semi Final between Glenorchy and Clarence to host the winner of the other Semi Final between reigning premier Launceston and Tigers FC. 

Week 3 Finals Schedule:

Date Venue Final Start Time Home Club Away Club
Saturday 8th September Blundstone Arena Wrest Point TSLW Preliminary Final 12:00pm TBC (loser of today’s 2nd Semi Final between Clarence and Glenorchy) TBC (winner of today’s 1st Semi Final between Launceston and Tigers FC)
Saturday 8th September Blundstone Arena Mercury Cup Preliminary Final 2:30pm Glenorchy North Launceston
Saturday 8th September Blundstone Arena Bupa TSL Preliminary Final 5:00pm Glenorchy Lauderdale

 

Wrest Point TSLW Week 1 Finals Preview

Week one of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s finals sees Launceston and the Tigers battle for a spot in the preliminary final, and Glenorchy and Clarence meet in a rematch of round 18 at KGV, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

 

First Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

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

Head to Head in 2018: Launceston – 3, Tigers – 0

Last Time They Met: Launceston 7.10 (52) def. Tigers 0.1 (1) – Round 14, 2018 at Morven Park, Evandale

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

The Tigers return from the bye to look for an upset against Launceston in the First Semi Final at Windsor Park.

Last time these teams met Courtney Webb kicked three goals for Launceston, Abbey Green two, and Mikayla Binns and Georgia Hill one each.

The Blues standouts on the day were Mikayla Binns, Abbey Green, Courtney Webb, Kate McLaughlin, Dearne Taylor and Ange Dickson.

The Blues and Tigers will be fighting for survival at Windsor Park. IC: Solstice Digital

The Tigers were unable to score a goal against the Blues, only managing one behind. Their best players were Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Olivia McGow, Hannah Squires, Jessica Murphy and Milly Smith.

The Tigers will be without star midfielder, Marla Neal, and key forward, Hannah Squires, after they both suffered a concussion in round seventeen against Glenorchy and were not cleared to play.

Tigers coach, Brad Willis, says Neal and Squires “will be travelling up with us on Sunday to help on the sidelines along with Olivia McGow (broken collarbone).”

The Blues harbour one of the most solid squads in the competition consisting of players such as Ange Dickson, Abbey Green, Emma Manix-geeves and Chevy Thuringer.

The Tigers will need to come out fighting in their first TSLW final in order to one up the fancied Blues, with both sides desperate to remain in contention for the 2018 Premiership.

Catch up on what went down when these sides last met in round 14. 

Players to Watch:

Ange Dickson (Launceston): The Blues assistant coach played her 100th game against the Tigers in round nine. Dickson has played 14 games and been names in the best players nine times. Dickson has also kicked 14 goals and has contributed highly in every game that she has played.

Cara Brooke (Tigers): Brooke played her 100th game of senior football in round seventeen against Glenorchy. Brooke has played 14 matches this year and been name in the best players twelve times. Brooke will no doubt continue to play an essential role for the Tigers against the Blues this week.

LAUNCESTON v TIGERS FC

1st Semi Final – 02/09/2018

12:00PM – Windsor Park

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Launceston

B: M. Smith, , H. Whyte

HB: M. Sinclair, N. Ristrom, C. Thuringer

C: Z.  Claridge, D.  Taylor, C.  Stanley

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

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

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

Int: M. Binns, D. Corcoran, A. Halaby, C. Taylor
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Tigers FC

B: L. Reid, G. Burgess,

HB: M. Absolom, R. Roberts, O. McKee

C: K.  Baker, C.  Brooke,

HF: E. Kirkwood, G. Millar, M. Wilkinson

F: N. Durham, B. Phillips, J. Murphy

R: M. Smith, S. Grimsey, T. Roxann

Int: B. McDonald, M. Hogarth


Second Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

Glenorchy v. Clarence (KGV) – 12:00pm

Head to Head in 2018: Glenorchy – 3, Clarence – 1

Last Time They Met: Clarence 6.8 (44) def. Glenorchy 3.7 (25) – Round 18, 2018 at KGV

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

The Second Semi Final will see a rematch of round 18, when Clarence became the first team this season to defeat ladder leader Glenorchy at KGV.

Sophie Pennicott kicked two goals for the Roos, Jessica Minifie, Jenna Farrow, Darcy Elliston and Natalie Pearce kicked one each.

The Roos best players on the day were Sophie Pennicott, Maddy Smith, Nicole Bresnehan, Jacinta Limbrick, Loveth Ochayi and Bronte Scott.

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says the team will “continue to execute our game plan under finals pressure.”

Nietta Lynch kicked two goals for the Pies and Sandy Eaton kicked one. Glenorchy’s best players were Elise Barwick, Gennaveve Sullivan, Natalie Daniels, Brieanna Barwick, Jade Williams and Thomasa Corrie.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, says “we’ve been able to try a few different things over the past few weeks so we will look to take our good form throughout the season and play our best footy.”

With both squads evenly matched, and expected to come out fighting, this could be quite an unpredictable and thrilling game, with the Magpies and ‘Roos looking to book a direct ticket to the Grand Final.

Players to Watch:

Sarah Skinner (Glenorchy): Skinner only moved to Glenorchy this year and has so far been named in the best players 10 out of the 13 matches that she has played. Skinner was named as best on ground twice, and will no doubt continue her great form this Sunday against Clarence.

Maddy Smith (Clarence): Smith became the first Tasmanian–born player to sign with the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos. Smith has only played eight matches this season but has scored twenty-three goals and is third in the overall goal kicking. Smith is a reliable shot on goal, and one that the Roos will need in this close encounter.

 

GLENORCHY v CLARENCE

2nd Semi Final – 02/09/2018

12:00PM – KGV Oval

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Glenorchy

B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

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

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

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Clarence

B: R. Long, R. Archer,

HB: G. Pennicott, K. Johnson, H. Scott

C: J.  Minifie, N.  Bresnehan, G.  Mitchell

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

F: T. Ford, L. Ochayi,

R: C. Wells, D. Elliston, B. Scott

Int: B. Goward, N. Heggie, S. Hinks, N. Pearce

Emg: J. Farrow, N. Garlo

Bupa TSL Week 2 Finals Preview

A tantalising second weekend of finals footy is almost upon us, with UTAS Stadium primed to host a blockbuster double-header.


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Second Semi Final

North Launceston v Glenorchy – UTAS Stadium (3:30pm)

Head to Head in 2018: North Launceston – 2 | Glenorchy – 1

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 8.7 (55) def. by North Launceston 13.14 (92) – Round 17 at KGV Oval 

As one of only two sides to have defeated the reigning premiers in 2018, Glenorchy will enter Saturday’s Semi Final with confidence, hoping to book a spot in the Grand Final.

The confidence will be further bolstered following the Magpies’ stunning come-from-behind triumph in last weekend’s Qualifying Final, but the question remains just how well the visitors will cope without stalwart Jaye Bowden.

The likes of Brodie Rowbottom, Ryan Banks-Smith and Bayley Bester bobbed up to hit the scoreboard last weekend, and although they did a terrific job, this young brigade of Magpies will have their hands full competing against the competition’s pacesetter.

Bowden’s absence could be alleviated by the returns of Rhys Mott, Zac Webster, Clinton French, Josh Grant and Matthew Joseph, all of whom can take this side to the next level.

North Launceston, on the other hand, boast one of the competition’s most talent-laden squads and have earned a reputation as the hardest team to beat in the league in recent seasons.

Well led by Taylor Whitford and Brad Cox-Goodyer, this Bomber outfit has stars across every line with Tarryn Thomas, Tom Bennett, Bart McCulloch, Josh Ponting, Zach Burt and Mark Walsh just a handful of players who can be viewed as being part of the upper echelon of established and emerging talent in the state.

Glenorchy will have clear plans to negate certain parts of this North Launceston machine, but being able to shut down so many stars at the same time is an incredibly difficult task, meaning Taylor Whitford’s men will go into this clash as justifiable favourites, however, questions do surround how the team will respond to having played just one game since early August.

Players to Watch:

Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston) – One of the country’s best young talents, Thomas appears to be born for the big stage. Already a premiership star, the highly rated draft prospect will be a key figure in the red and black wherever he plays, with his versatility set to provide even greater headaches for the ‘Pies.

Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy) – A player with the capacity to tear a game apart, Rainbird looms as a trump card for the Magpies heading into a clash with the competition’s frontrunners. Whether in the midfield or up forward, Rainbird is a competitive beast and a player the Northern Bombers will be keeping a close eye on.

 

Key Match-Ups:

Alex Lee v Cameron Duffy

As two of the competition’s premier ruckmen, this promises to be a titanic battle. Both Lee and Duffy are renowned for their tap work, while also possessing the capacity to stamp their influence around the ground. If either ruckman can get on top and supply their midfielders first use, their side will go a long way to booking a Grand Final ticket.

Josh Ponting v Brayden Webb

Two of the competition’s finest midfielders, Ponting and Webb going head to head will be a fascinating spectacle. Two of the competition’s toughest competitors, expect these two midfield bulls to lead from the front on the big stage.

Tip: The Magpies to be brave and scare the reigning premiers early, but North Launceston should muscle their way over the line. Northern Bombers by 20 points

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

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

City Park Radio commentary also available online

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


First Semi Final

Launceston v Lauderdale – UTAS Stadium (6:30pm)

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

Last Time They Met: Launceston 20.15 (135) def. Lauderdale 10.11 (71) – Round 17 at Windsor Park 

The Blues and southern Bombers enter this weekend’s do-or-die Semi Final off the back of contrasting opening weekends of finals footy.

Launceston appeared to be in control for much of last Saturday’s Qualifying Final against Glenorchy, before conceding six goals to none in the final term to fall 14 points short.

The Bombers, meanwhile, soared to a convincing 10 goal victory over Clarence, ending the finals dreams of their Eastern Shore neighbours.

The Blues will have fire in the belly heading into this weekend’s showdown, and while the Bombers will be confident, they will be wary of the rich talent this Launceston outfit possesses.

Both sides have X-Factors that can change a game in the space of minutes, with Thor Boscott, Alex Hill, Ryan Wiggins, Jamieson House, Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Dylan Riley all capable of tearing a match to shreds.

This game may just come down to which side’s stars are able to fire for longer, and with the Bombers brimming with confidence after last weekend’s win and the Blues having the record of knocking Lauderdale over last time the sides met, this promises to be one of the matches of the season.

Players to Watch:

Thor Boscott (Lauderdale) – Lauderdale has looked a far more dangerous side since the return of Boscott in round 15, and with his performances containing added midfield minutes every week, expect Boscott to be in tip-top condition for this clash. Whether in the middle or up forward, Boscott will need to be watched carefully.

Dylan Riley (Launceston) – The former Devonport superstar has revolutionised this Launceston outfit since moving inside 50, with his aerial capacity and cat-like reflexes at ground level making him one of the competition’s most difficult match-ups.

 

Key Match-Ups:

Mitch Thorp v Josh McGuinness

The 2018 Hudson Medallist could well have a number of different opponents on Saturday, but the prospect of former Brisbane Lion and Lauderdale gun Josh McGuinness doing the job is a fascinating one. McGuinness effectively shut Clarence star Jake Cox out of last weekend’s game, and although Thorp is a very different player, McGuinness has proven throughout the season that he can play a variety of roles. Thorp’s firepower is well known, so an on-song Thorp could prove critical in determining the result.

Chayce Jones v Leo Harrison

This battle of the Tassie Mariner stars will likely have a big say on the outcome of this contest.

Chayce Jones has hit the ground running as one of the competition’s best and most in-form talents, and with so much stake will be set to rise to the occasion. Conversely, Leo Harrison, although not a prolific ball winner like Jones, has emerged as one of the competition’s best taggers, having done jobs on the likes of Rhys Mott, Jeromey Webberley and others throughout the year. If Harrison can lock Jones down, the Bombers will be provided a major boost in the middle of the park.

Tip: Lauderdale’s stars to fire and the Bombers to knock the Blues out of finals for a second straight season. Bombers by 12 points.  

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

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

City Park Radio commentary also available online

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