Kennedy At Home In Black and White

Written by Ryan Rosendale

Plenty of eyes will be firmly focused on the Glenorchy Football Club in 2018 as the Magpies look to usher in a new era of success under newly-appointed coach Paul Kennedy. TSL Digital Reporter Ryan Rosendale recently caught up with the Magpies leader to get an insight into what his side may bring to the TSL in 2018. 


TSL Inception: 2009

TSL Premierships: 2016

Alastair Lynch Medallists: Jaye Bowden (2012, 2015, 2016)

Hudson Medallists: Aaron Cornelius (2014), Jaye Bowden (2015, 2016)

Home Ground: KGV Oval, Glenorchy

Head Coach: Paul Kennedy

Captain: Brayden Webb

Key 2018 Clashes: Round 2 v Lauderdale at KGV on April 7 – Bring KGV Alive Community Day

Round 7 v Launceston at Windsor Park on May 12 – Semi-Final re-match

Round 17 v North Launceston at KGV on July 212016 Grand Final re-match

2017 Finish: Semi-Final loss v Launceston (4th after Home and Away season)


For the TSL’s newest senior coach, Paul Kennedy, moving his young family down to the Apple Isle has not come with a minute of regret.

After playing and coaching stints in Melbourne and Adelaide, it was a simple text message from a former Glenorchy player that drew Kennedy to the role.

“I’d just missed out on the Frankston job in the VFL and then I’d received a text from Tom Cleary, who I’d coached at Coburg after his stint here at Glenorchy, and it was the ad for the senior role here.”

After a discussion with his wife, the couple decided it was the right time to shift themselves and their young daughter across Bass Strait.

Three months in, Kennedy says he has no regrets about the decision.

“The lifestyle change has been great for the family and then just the people and players around the club have been really welcoming and it’s fantastic so I haven’t had a minute of regret.”

When he first walked through the doors, Kennedy remembers just how impressed he was by the club as a whole.

“I was super impressed by the facilities here. Having been involved with some state league clubs in Melbourne and Adelaide, I think the facilities we have here at KGV are as good as anything I’ve ever been involved with,” Kennedy says.

“On the track, the guys have really trained hard over the summer. They’ve picked up things well and taken ownership really well. We’ve had solid numbers at training and they’ve embraced that summer slog.”

The club has managed to keep together 29 of the 37 players that tasted senior football last year with a number of players making an immediate impact with their new coach.

“Josh Arnold has been tremendous”, Kennedy says. “His professionalism is outstanding and he’d slot into any VFL program because of that. He’s one of our two backline coaches this season and he’s relished that challenge over summer.”

“Rhys Mott and obviously Brayden Webb have also been fantastic. Brayden as the on-field leader has elite training standards and others follow him because of that but the thing that sticks out the most with him is that he cares about the Glenorchy Football Club and that’s all you can ask from your captain.”

Rhys Mott has impressed new coach Paul Kennedy. IC: Solstice Digital

Kennedy also named Harrison Gunther, Joel Millhouse and two players that have returned to the club in Josh Grant and Mitch Walker as players who have impressed throughout pre-season.

“Two players that also have really good potential are Jake and Jye Bearman. Their brothers and they’ve both got natural football ability. They read the play well and they’ve both got those mercurial sorts of skills so for them it’s just developing their understanding of the game. This year will be a stepping stone for them but the future looks bright for them at Glenorchy.”

While developing the playing list from within has been a strong focus for Kennedy in his short tenue, he also wants to bring a community feel back to football.

“Football used to be the centrepiece of the community of a Saturday but that’s dropped away all over the country. So for me and the club, we want to get engaged with a lot of community groups and get that next wave of Glenorchy supporters through the gate.”

On-field, Kennedy says that he plans to build on what former coach Aaron Cornelius was able to achieve over his tenure.

“In terms of what I bring compared to what ‘Ace’ (Cornelius) brought, I shuffle the cards a bit different but the building blocks are very similar.”

“The players understand the basics of it and then they pick up the new stuff within those structures. We want to be an aggressive side with or without the ball but be smart in the way we approach that aggression.

“If fans come to watch they will see a team that is well organised and very aggressive but one that also picks their moments really well.”

Outside the four walls of KGV, Kennedy believes every side can do damage this season but singled out the two northern based sides in Launceston and North Launceston as two that could have really strong seasons.

Will The Tigers Roar In 2018?

Written by Mitchell Jones

A new coach and a host of new names have swept into the Twin Ovals since we last saw the Tigers in action. TSL Digital reporter Mitchell Jones gives us an insight into what we can expect from the new-look Tigers in 2018. 

TSL Inception: 2014

Home Ground: Twin Ovals, Kingston

Guernsey Colours: Yellow and Black

Club President: Paul Gadomski

Head Coach: Trent Baumeler

Senior Assistant Coach: Jamie Hariss

Playing Assistant Coach: Marcus Davies

Captain: Sam Rice

Leadership Group: Will Campbell & Mitchell Carter

Rivals: North Hobart Demons

Key Clashes:

Round 1 vs North Hobart at North Hobart Oval on 30th of March (Good Friday)

Round 4 vs Lauderdale at Twin Ovals on 20th of April (night match)

Round 5 vs Glenorchy at Twin Ovals on 25th of April (Anzac Day)

2017 Recap:

Ladder Position: 7th

After a large player turnover, the Tigers started the 2017 season in convincing fashion with a win over a young Burnie side in round one followed up by a nail-bitting win over rivals North Hobart on Good Friday in round three.

After this promising start the Tigers went on to record two more victories for the season, defeating Burnie and Devonport, finishing the year in seventh – the club’s highest placing since joining the TSL in 2014.

The Tigers were competitive across much of 2017 and did go on to slightly improve their win-loss ratio, but still showed that they were a way off the top teams in the state.

2018 Preview:

Key Recruits:

Ryan Matthews (North Hobart/Hobart City Demons), Will Campbell (North Hobart/Hobart City Demons), Nic Hutchinson (North Hobart/Hobart City Demons), Heath Thompson (North Hobart/Hobart City Demons), Sam Duigan (North Hobart/Hobart City Demons), Jake Doran (North Hobart/Hobart City Demons), Blake Grant (North Hobart/Hobart City Demons), Luke Graham (Huonville), Edward Burrows-Cheng (Bond University), Hugh Johnstone (Hutchins School Old Boys Football Club), Will Deane (Peninsula Crows)

Key Losses:

Hugh Dixon (Fremantle AFL), Marcus Gardner (University), Braden Livingston (University), Mitchell Walker (Glenorchy), Chris Neild (Clarence), Brandon Batchelor (Aspley Hornets NEAFL), Will Cleeland (Aspley Hornets NEAFL), Callum Rawson (Huonville), Tim Peterson (Retirement)

Foes no more. Will Campbell is a big addition to the Tigers side for 2018. IC: Solstice Digital


2018 Pre-Season:

Incoming President Paul Gadomski will be pleased to have new Head Coach Trent Baumeler on board for a full preseason after the Tigers changed senior coach just two weeks before round one of the 2017 season.

Crossing over from the Tigers rivals in the Demons, Baumeler has brought seven Demons along with him to the Twin Ovals, including midfielder Ryan Matthews, who ran third in last year’s Alister Lynch medal.

Luke Graham also joins the Tigers after a successful season with Huonville in the SFL, as does Edward Burrows-Cheng, who has been playing good football for Bond University in Queensland.  These inclusions will be key to the Tigers improving their ladder position after only finishing above Burnie and Devonport last year.

The Tigers have managed to hold onto most of their top talent for this season but will be without young forward Hugh Dixon, who was drafted to the AFL by Fremantle, leading goalkicker Brandon Batchelor, 2016 Best and Fairest Will Cleeland and the versatile Mitch Walker, all of which have made the move to Glenorchy.

The Tigers have become a breeding ground for young AFL draft prospects with Hugh Dixon, Kieran Lovell and Mackenzie Willis all finding a home at AFL clubs in recent years. Tigers Coach Trent Baumeler will look to continue this trend as he sets out to develop more young talent.

The Tigers will be hoping the side’s senior players and exciting young talent have developed over the preseason as the Tigers look to make a push for a maiden finals berth.


The Coaches Training report:

Conner Bryant, one year out of the Tassie Mariners program, will be a player to watch across the 2018 season according to Baumeler due to his “improved running capacity after completing a full pre-season with the Tigers.”

Former Carlton player and key Tiger Marcus Davies will also be influential for the young group, with Baumeler citing his full fitness and professionalism around the club as key takeaways from the preseason.

Mitch Carter, who was named in the TSL Team of the Year for 2017, will again be influential for the Tigers with Baumeler impressed by his leadership qualities around the group.

Carter will provide plenty of support to new captain Sam Rice, a former Burnie premiership player who enters his fourth year at the Twin Ovals and first as captain.

Sam Rice will captain the Tigers in 2018. IC: Andrew Woodgate

2018 Season:

The Tigers possess a young brigade of talented players who have now played a handful of matches and been given another preseason to develop, while an influx of mature players will also provide the side with more experience.

This combination is likely to see the Tigers take it up to the best teams in the competition as they look to be bullied no more. The Tigers will be eager to take it up to rivals North Hobart in round one, particularly with a handful of former Demons likely to be donning the yellow and black for the first time.

The Tigers will face a challenging opening month of the season, playing three of 2017’s finalists in the opening four rounds. Wins throughout this period will set the Tigers up nicely and could help define their season as they look to ensure they get off to a good start and don’t have to play catch-up later in the campaign.

The Coaches Say:

When asked about the Tigers’ key areas of focus across the preseason, Baumeler was pleased with what has been worked on.

“We have spent a fair chunk of pre-season on our habits and environment, building something sustainable. We’ve also spent considerable time on our game style and finding multiple roles for players.

“We want to be seen as a flexible side that is able to sustain acceptable pressure for the whole 120 minutes.

“Our major expectation is buying into our system and standards and positive results will flow from that,” he said.

When asked about what clubs may set the bench mark for the 2018 season, Baumeler identified three clubs, last year’s premiers North Launceston, finals bolter Launceston and grand finalist Lauderdale.

“North Launceston are always a challenge as they have complete buy-in to their system and culture and I don’t expect them to be taking any backwards steps under Taylor (Whitford) this season”.

“Launceston will be tough with some key additions from Burnie and Devonport along with the return of Chayce Jones at the back end of the year after Mariners duties; while Lauderdale can’t be written off after reaching the grand final last year with no major losses to their list. They are a well-coached contested side who added offensive flair last year,” Baumeler said.


Competition for finals spots will only become tighter in 2018 as the Tiger army look to march into finals for the first time.

Can the underdog Tigers achieve their first finals berth and replicate their AFL counterpart by upsetting the competition as the young Tigers look to grow into a finals team?

Prediction: 4th – 5th



Will The Blues Live Up To The Hype?

Written by Mitch Stagg.

Launcetson have rocketed into premiership conversations after a stunning 2017 finals campaign that saw them upset fancies Glenorchy and Clarence. TSL Digital Media Team reporter Mitch Stagg takes a look at what fans can look out for from one of the off-season’s most buzzed about outfits.  

TSL Inception: 2009

TSL Premierships: 1 (2011)

Home Ground: Windsor Park, Riverside

Guernsey Colours: Navy Blue and White

Head Coach: Sam Lonergan

Senior Assistants: Darrin Geard, Deb Reynolds, Chris Hills

Bench Coach: Nathan Warren

Captains: Chris Savage, Hamish Leedham

Rivals: North Launceston

Key Fixtures: Round 1 v North Launceston at UTAS Stadium, Round 3 v Lauderdale at Lauderdale Oval, Round 8 v North Launceston at Windsor Park, Round 11 v Clarence at Windsor Park, Round 21 v Glenorchy at Windsor Park

2017 finish: 5th – lost to Lauderdale in Preliminary Final

Ins: Mitch Thorp (Devonport), Dylan Riley (Devonport), Jack Rushton (East Coast Swans), Jobi Harper (Burnie),  Anthony Liberatore (Werribee), Patrick Mackrell (Bridgenorth), Giacomo Millucci (Devonport), Mitch Hodgetts (Werribee)

Outs: Jordan Harris (Evandale), Nathan O’Donoghue (Retired), Connor Smith (Mackay), Zach Griffiths (Bridgenorth), Gareth Holt (South Launceston), Alex Payne (injury)

2017 Recap:

The Blues started 2017 in promising fashion, comfortably accounting for North Western counterparts Devonport and Burnie in the opening two rounds. Sonny Whiting was particularly dangerous in front of goal, registering 10 majors, including a 7-goal haul against the Dockers.

The Blues did face a stern reality check in round three, however, suffering an 85-point thrashing at the hands of eventual premiers North Launceston. The Blues recovered to record a gritty away win against Lauderdale in round four, on their way to five wins out of their next seven matches.

Three straight losses to competition heavyweights North Launceston, Lauderdale and Clarence followed prior to the bye before a steadying win against the Tigers. The Blues would only record one more win for the regular season, against Devonport in round 19, placing them 5th with a 9-9 record heading into finals.

The business end of the season saw the Blues morph into giant killers, starting with a shock defeat of Glenorchy at Blundstone Arena in the Elimination final. This form continued in the first semi final, running away from Clarence, again at Blundstone Arena, to set up a Preliminary Final contest against Lauderdale. Ultimately, the grueling finals travel schedule took its toll, culminating in a 24-point defeat to the Southern Bombers, but the Blues left an indelible mark on the competition in a sign of what may be to come in season 2018.

Sam Lonergan will again lead the Blues in season 2018.

2018 Pre-Season:

Sam Lonergan will again lead the Blues in what many are predicting will be a highly successful season at Windsor Park. Buoyed by the recruitment of former Hawthorn player and Devonport coach Mitch Thorp and leading midfielder-utility Dylan Riley, the Blues have high expectations for the year ahead. The club has retained the bulk of its 2017 playing list but will be without Nathan O’Donoghue (retirement) and Jordan Harris (Evandale).

The senior coaching group have lauded the professional approach shown by the players towards the preseason program, punctuated by strong numbers and a clean bill of health. The club has put a strong focus on support staff to assist the playing group, investing heavily in physio and exercise physiologists on game day and throughout the week. The club is thrilled to welcome Casey Mainsbridge back to the club, who Lonergan says is “highly educated in strength and conditioning.”

Lonergan singled out Ben Killalea as one to watch for 2018 after returning from an injury-marred 2017 campaign with a strong preseason, “he is in fantastic shape and a real surprise packet with his intensity, effort and competitiveness.”

Casey Brown is another player who Lonergan identified, remarking that he had “one of the most gifted athletic profiles of anybody he has ever seen, even at AFL level.”

Development coach Oli Cook, who will look to build on a grand final appearance in the Mercury Cup in 2017, is also excited about the senior prospects of young Sam Bruinewood, a developing tall who has enjoyed a strong preseason. The Blues clinched the Mercury Cup minor premiership in 2017 with an average age of 18.2 years and Cook says there is “plenty of scope for development” heading into 2018.

2018 Season:

Launceston will be looking to cement themselves in the upper echelon of the league and secure a double chance in finals and the best possible opportunity for premiership success. In 2017, the Blues struggled to match the competitions leading teams in the regular season, but a meteoric rise in the finals will give them the belief that they can take the next step and contend for the title.

They will have an immediate opportunity to impress, with a huge opening round clash against North Launceston on March 30. Lonergan expects his chargers to build upon the form they displayed in 2017, but identified a gulf in experience in the 24-28 age bracket, which has been a key focus of the clubs recruiting.

Former Devonport player Dylan Riley was singled out by Lonergan as a “class above in the way he reads the play and thinks” off the half back line and through the midfield. Lonergan is also excited about the prospects of fellow Devonport recruit Giacomo Millucci, who kicked five goals in a recent practice match and looked “extremely lively” around the football.

The Blues will have plenty of avenues to goal, with recruit Mitch Thorp joining leading goal kicker Sonny Whiting and the enigmatic Rulla Kelly-Mansell in an imposing forward set up. The onus will be on the clubs leading ball winners to give their forwards the supply they need to kick a winning score, with Lonergan eager to see his potent forward mix make the most of their entries and “own a game of football.”

Launceston will have a good mix of youth and experience in their leadership ranks, with Hamish Leedham and Chris Savage anointed as co-captains for 2018. Lonergan praised Leedham as a “natural leader,” who will contrast the experience of Savage, who he says “really demands and drives from the front and has a lot of life and football experience” to call upon. Lonergan is also keen to tap into the knowledge of new assistant coach, Deb Reynolds, singling out her “attention to detail” and her dedication to training and working with players.

Mitch Thorp will add bite to the Blues forward line in 2018.


Draft Watch:

Draft onlookers will be keen to see how Chayce Jones handles the expectation in his draft year. The AFL Academy member is one of the state’s leading draft hopefuls and the club is optimistic that he can get a clean run of football after an injury interrupted 2017 season. The talented midfielder is a composed user of the ball on both feet and the Blues will look to use this area of his game to add to their ball movement.

2018 Prediction: 2nd

Tigers unveil new coach

The Tigers have become the latest TSL team to lock down a coach, unveiling the sought after Trent Baumeler as the club’s new head honcho for season 2018.

Baumeler arrives at Twin Ovals after two seasons at the Hobart City Demons, while also impressing with recent work with the state academy, coaching the Under 17s team.

The new Tigers coach replaces Aaron Vince at the helm, who sensationally stepped in at the last hour following the sacking of Scott Mathieson on the eve of the season.

The Tigers beat off rival suitors to secure the services of Baumeler with North Hobart also keen to secure the young coach for the upcoming season.

While he crosses over from a TSL rival, Baumeler is no stranger to Kingborough, spending two years playing for the club in 2005/06. His yellow and black return makes it the club’s fourth coach since joining the TSL, with the hope that their newest arrival will lead the club to September action.

“The Board believes that Trent will be an outstanding Coach for the Tigers group and we look forward to watching him implement his plan with the playing group beginning with pre-season which will start in the next couple of weeks,” President Steve Old shared on the club’s Facebook page.

Baumeler is excited to take the step up to senior coaching with the title of Tigers Senior Coach sitting well with the former Demons assistant.

“There are only nine of these jobs going around in the state so it is an honour and a privilege to get an opportunity to be a senior coach but the hard work starts now.

“I’ve got to get to work making sure we retain our list, getting pre-season organised and meeting the players and the board to start to assimilate myself into the Tigers Footy Club.”

Baumeler was approached by the Tigers to present for the role of Senior Coach and he says the impressive process and vision the club has made Twin Ovals a desirable destination for his coaching future.

“The board, the facility, the playing list they have been developing over the journey since they came into the TSL were all appealing factors. If we can put some good things in place I think we can make some real quick strides in what we can achieve on and off the field,” he said.

The Tigers faithful are eager to taste success and while Baumeler is similarly keen for improvements on ladder position, he preaches a broader focus.

“It would be beautiful to have some quantum jumps and improve massively in the win/loss column but firstly it is about relationships and culture and getting some structure and standards. Not just in how we play footy but how we act as people around the club and with the footy community.”

While the Tigers opportunity excites, Baumeler admits it was a difficult decision to leave North Hobart.

“It is always hard to leave, you spend two years there and you spend time at a footy club you build relationships, you get close with people and you see their improvement. It is always a difficult decision to move on but when you get an opportunity that is new and exciting, where you can put your stamp on things with a new group it is really hard to pass up.”

The incoming Tigers supremo is confident he is ready for the step up into senior coaching, fulfilling a long-held ambition.

“The good thing about working with Kane (Richter) is he gave the coaching staff a lot of rope to make decisions but also to implement things into the gameplan, to take blocks of training and pre-game stuff. That along with the exposure to the state academy system, working with Matty Armstrong and Lance Spaulding has really helped my development, it enables you to fast track yourself pretty quickly and I feel pretty comfortable sitting in the senior coach’s chair.”

“I spent some time at Hutchins developing my coaching craft and I didn’t want to be one of those blokes that sat back and thought I should have gone and had a crack at coaching TSL level. So there was always that little ambition and Kane (Richter) was great in pushing me to try and become a senior coach so I imagine he is smiling as well.”

In taking on the job, Baumeler wants his 2018 Tigers to be known for defensive pressure and effort.

“Effort is key. We want to play high defensive pressure and I also want the guys to be aggressive with how they use the footy and not be afraid to make mistakes and take the game on and use the big ground with leg speed.

“Defensive pressure and effort for 120 minutes is the first building block and getting that mindset right and the offence will flow from that.”

TASMANIAN FOOTBALL AWARDS: Cox-Goodyer does ‘the Dusty’



North Launceston midfielder Bradley Cox-Goodyer has done ‘the Dusty’, matching the efforts of AFL superstar Dustin Martin to claim the league best and fairest and the  Grand Final best on ground medal in the same season.

Cox-Goodyer capped off an incredibly successful 2017 by claiming the Tasmanian State League (TSL)’s highest honour, the Alastair Lynch Medal at AFL Tasmania’s Tasmanian Football Awards at Launceston’s Country Club Casino.

Often referred to as the TSL’s  ‘Dustin Martin’, Cox-Goodyer backed that up not just with his playing style but by claiming a premiership, the Baldock medal for best afield in the TSL Grand Final and now the Lynch (TSL Best & Fairest) Medal.

The midfielder was presented the medal by Tasmanian legend Alastair Lynch after polling 27 votes in a dominant season to edge out surprise packet Clarence ruckman Sam Siggins, who finished on 23 votes with thanks to a fast start in polling. The Northern Bombers midfield bull booted 35 goals as a standout performer in the premiership team which saw him receive maximum votes in seven games.

Reigning Lynch medalist Jaye Bowden finished in equal third alongside Hobart City Demons on-baller Ryan Matthews on 17 votes. Glenorchy’s silky left-footer Rhys Mott and Lauderdale Best and Fairest winner Nat Franklin were next best on 15 votes, ahead of many people’s tip for the award in Northern Bombers Premiership Coach Tom Couch who finished on 13.

Lynch Medal Leaderboard
27. Bradley Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)
23. Sam Siggins (Clarence)
17. Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)
17. Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
15. Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)
15. Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)
13. Tom Couch (North Launceston)
12. Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)
12. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
11. Brady Jones (Clarence)
11. Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)
10. Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)
10. Jake Cox (Clarence)
10. Sam Rundle (Launceston)
10. Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy)
9. Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

Glenorchy’s Thomasa Corrie claimed the Wrest Point TSL Women’s Best & Fairest Medal with 16 votes, beating out Clarence goalkicking superstar Jacinta Limbrick by three votes. Chanette Thuringer of Launceston was next best on 12 votes.

Wrest Point TSLW Best & Fairest Medal Leaderboard

In what was a low count, Launceston’s Cameron Downie took home the Rodney Eade Medal for Best & Fairest in the Mercury Cup, with 14 votes. Downie overtook Lauderdale’s Campbell Hooker and held on with few players high in the count polling in the home stretch.



The goal-kicking gongs went to Jaye Bowden (Hudson Medal), Jacinta Limbrick (Wrest Point TSLW) and Campbell Hooker (Mercury Cup).



Matt Clarke claimed TSL Umpire of the Year and the Tasmanian Mariners Academy Awards went to Jared Dakin (Don Rule Medal – Under 16) and Hugh Dixon (Garry Davidson Medal – Under 18).
TSL Umpire of the Year – Matt Clarke
Don Rule Medal – Jared Dakin
Garry Davidson Medal – Hugh Dixon

The following other awards were also presented at the Tasmanian Football Awards function, celebrating achievements far and wide across the state in 2017:



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

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

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

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

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

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


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 05-09-2017 22:55:08
End date 12-10-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Best Snap, Checkside or Banana for season 2017?

Dominant North Launceston claim 2017 TSL Flag

Written by Alex FitzGerald, Anthony Osborn

North Launceston capped off the most impressive of TSL seasons on Saturday afternoon by claiming a dominant 87-point victory over Lauderdale in the 2017 Grand Final in front of over 6000 fans at UTAS Stadium.

The Northern Bombers blew away their southern counterpart in an equally disciplined and dynamic display that was built off the back of a stunning ten goal second term – earning North Launceston a third TSL flag in four seasons.

An eight-goal haul from Baldock medallist Brad Cox-Goodyer was just one of a number of stunning individual performances from the hosts as they put on a clinic to run out 21.22 (148) to 9.7 (61) over an ill-disciplined and stunned Lauderdale outfit.

Tom Bennett with a strong grab – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

The atmosphere at UTAS Stadium was electric following the Mercury Cup and Wrest Point TSLW deciders and after a morning of showers, the ground was bathed in sunshine as fans of both sides found their voice and players tussled on the eve of the season’s biggest match.

The opening term had all of the hallmarks of a typically fiery grand final encounter, with both sides applying plenty of physical pressure both around the contest and off the ball. North Launceston dominated the midfield battle early, however, and put the Lauderdale defence under enormous pressure, with the opening goal of the match going the way of Cox-Goodyer from long range.

Lauderdale’s frustration as not being able to get their hand on the ball showed early, with defenders Max Kleverkamp and Josh McGuinness both uncharacteristically reported for ill-disciplined acts within minutes of each other.

North Launceston were dominant right across the ground in the opening term and should have been further in front at the main break, with clinical finishes from Mark Walsh and Jack Pearce capping off slick ball movement and handing the Northern Bombers a 3.6 (24) to 1.2 (8) lead at the first change.

North Launceston’s charge towards the cup continued in the second term, with Pearce, Walsh and Cox-Goodyer all adding second majors in the early minutes.

Lauderdale’s opening shot on goal was reversed following an off the ball Jordon Roberts hit on Louie Hollmer, an act which summed up the quarter for the southern outfit as they were blown away by a disciplined North Launceston master class.

The hosts went on to kick ten goals for the term, including three in a matter of minutes after Tarryn Thomas was put down behind play after curling through his first major. Thomas went on to kick a second as a result of the free kick before the following centre clearance resulted in Tom Couch’s first as his side edged closer to the ultimate prize.

The dominance continued as the term progressed, with the midfield brigade of Couch, Taylor Whitford, Mark Walsh and Josh Ponting guiding North Launceston to a commanding 13.10 (88) to 3.4 (22) lead at the main break.

Cox-Goodyer was on fire – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

Lauderdale came out in the third term with intent, kicking three of the first four goals, but the quarter belonged to bullish midfielder Cox-Goodyer, who was playing as a permanent forward.

The competition’s answer to Dustin Martin slotted three majors for the quarter to subdue any outside chance of a comeback as North Launceston extended their lead, taking a 17.13 (115) to 6.7 (43) advantage into the final quarter of the season.

The Northern Bombers enjoyed the fourth quarter, playing with passionas the prospect of another premiership became closer and closer to reality.

Cox-Goodyer added another two majors from half a dozen shots on goal to take his tally to eight.  Ryan Wiggins slotted three late goals of his own to finish with four for the afternoon, but it was a jubilant home side who celebrated at the final siren, with the ground stormed by celebrating fans as North Launceston’s 2016 defeat was all but forgotten in the afterglow of an 87 point win.

When the game was there to be won Brad Cox-Goodyer continued his brilliant season, using his brute strength and classy skills by foot to take the game by the scruff of the neck and ensure the Northern Bombers stifled any hope of a southern Bomber resurgence.

While Cox-Goodyer rightfully won the Baldock Medal for his outstanding display he had plenty of support around the ground with Jake Pearce and Josh Ponting finding plenty of the ball, and the duo of Tom Bennett and 2018 draft prospect Tarryn Thomas providing plenty of assistance up forward.

The North Launceston defence also proved to be irresistible for much of the afternoon, with Arion Richter-Salter and Jay Lockhart leading a cohesive effort from the back six in a truly impressive team performance.

Couch racked up the touches – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

North Launceston coach Tom Couch reflected post-match on achieving the team’s sole focus on winning the premiership.

“It’s a bit surreal; we’ve worked pretty hard for this moment.  You think about it every day, especially for the last ten weeks.

“It’s great and just (full) credit to the boys; they’ve worked so hard,”

Couch spoke about being welcomed into the club with open arms in his first year as coach, with the playing group all focused on avenging their 2016 loss to Glenorchy.

“To lose the Grand Final last year, you need to take that next step.  The boys were pretty fit and we changed a few things about the game plan; they all bought in and they deserve it.”

Couch himself played a sensational game in the midfield, alongside the underrated Mark Walsh and captain Taylor Whitford, with the trio ensuring they were first to the ball and delivering it with class to North Launceston’s forwards while hitting the scoreboard themselves.

Lauderdale didn’t win many one on one match ups, but young defender Mitchel Anderton and inside midfielder Nat Franklin worked tirelessly all afternoon, with forward targets Alex Hevey, Alex Hill and Ryan Wiggins also having moments of promise on a disappointing finish to the club’s most successful season in the TSL.

The Southern Bombers are likely to come under MRP scrutiny for a number of clashes, but should take plenty out of a ground-breaking season to push for a berth deep in September again in 2018.

With North Launceston now having established themselves as the most successful club in the Tasmanian State League, the question is not whether they have the ability to go back to back next year, but whether the players have the drive and motivation after claiming the ultimate prize.

If Couch’s emotional address to club supporters and the player’s post-match comments in the rooms are anything to go by, however, the bulk of the young playing group remain hungry to add more trophies to the UTAS Stadium cabinet and continue to build upon the dynasty they’ve created.

Celebrations in the rooms begin – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography


NORTH LAUNCESTON    3.6          13.10     17.13     21.22 (148)

LAUDERDALE                     1.2          3.4          6.7          9.7 (61)                

GOALS; North Launceston: Cox-Goodyer 8, Walsh 3, Pearce 2, Whitford 2, Couch 2, Thomas 2, Bennett, Simpson

Lauderdale: Wiggins 4, A Hill 2, Hevey, Kleverkamp, McManus

BEST; North Launceston: Cox_Goodyer, Walsh, Pearce, Whitford, Richter-Salter, Ponting

Lauderdale: A Hill, Hevey, Anderton, Roberts, Bellchambers, Franklin

North Launceston; 2017 Tasmanian State League Premiers – Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography






Southern Cross TSL Grand Final – 23/09/2017



North Launceston

B: Z. Burt, C. Young, A. Richter-Salter

HB: R. Mansell, J. Foon, T. Thomas

C: K.  Baker, T.  Couch, J.  Ponting

HF: J. Lockhart, T. Bennett, K. Wadley

F: J. Pearce, B. McCulloch, T. Whitford

R: A. Lee, J. Avent, B. Cox-Goodyer

Int: T. Donnelly, L. Hollmer, B. Simpson, M. Walsh

Emg: K. Curtis, H. Goss, C. Harrison, J. White

In:  A. Lee
Out: T. Mansell


B: M. Kleverkamp, A. Hill, E. Whish-Wilson

HB: M. Anderton, J. McGuinness, S. Hill

C: R.  McManus, B.  Walsh, R.  Sutton

HF: D. Fyfe, B. McGuinness, A. Hevey

F: T.Boscott, R. Wiggins, T. Havea

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

Int: R. Hill, J. Roberts, E. Stanley, J. Williams

Emg: S. Adams, C. Hooker, C. Laoumtzis, L. Meagher

In: J. Roberts, T.Havea
Out: S. Adams, C. Hooker



Wrest Point TSLW Grand Final – 23/09/2017





B: C. Thuringer, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte

HB: E.Barrenger, G. Hill, M. Smith

C: , K.  Child,

HF: M. Clark, M. Sinclair, E. Manix-geeves

F: N. Celebre, K. McLaughlin, M. Cuthbertson

R: A. Green, A. Dickson, D. Bannister

Int: M. Binns, D. Corcoran, M. King, C. Webb

Emg: A. Bowen, M. Gardner, J. Retallick


B: T. Wiggins, R. Siely,

HB: T. Corrie, N. Daniels, S. Davis

C: S.  Eaton, E.  Barwick, Z.  Manjerovic

HF: J. Rattenbury, N. Lynch, J. Tate Turvey

F: K. Rattenbury, H. Ryan,

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

Int: M. Fish, E. Fornells Vernet,M.Jacobs , G. Terry

Emg: E. Loveless

LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE  Mercury Cup Grand Final – 23/09/2017

Int: L. Gee, J. Marsden, J. Dakin, G. Holt, J. Bott, M. Blazely
Emg: S. Bruinewoud, J. Bangura, A. Dickenson

To be selected from:
J. Boyd, T. Miller, T. Cooper, Z. Griffiths, C. Curtis, J. Rice,
J. Harris, C. Downie, G. Holt, A. Wright, Z. Oldenhof, B. Neil,
M. Hutchinson, B. Killalea, E. Conway, M. Hodge, M. Spohn, T. Auckland

To be selected from:
J. Young, J. Havea, C. Berry, K. Howlett, A. Silver, D. Howlett,
L. Murfitt-Cowen, K. Bailey, S. Green, J. O’Brien, B. Dart, T. Marshall,
T. Birchall, A. Gaul, H. Richmond, T. Hanslow, C. Alcorso, N. Raglione,
J. Pulford, C. Leek, T. Hope, F. Turner, J. Brenner, K. Palmer-Hughes,
A. Morton, J. Gleeson, J. Roberts, S. Bradford, B. McGuinness, J. Mazengarb

Umpires named for Grand Final

Two North West Field Umpires, Matt Clarke and Nic Saltmarsh have been named alongside Mark Tuckett to officiate in the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) Grand Final, this Saturday.

Field umpire of the year Matt Clarke (27) has been named to officiate in his fifth Grand Final having previously officiated in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Saltmarsh (26) has been appointed to 3 previous grand finals in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Clarke and Saltmarsh will be joined in the middle by Mark Tuckett (29), umpiring his third TSL grand final in a row. Boundary umpire Adam Reardon has been named for his seventh consecutive TSL grand final. Of the other boundary umpires, Rhys Goodyer and Lucas Chamberlain will be officiating in their second grand final and Lochie Bromfield (17) will be making his grand final debut.

In the goals, Bradley Chamberlain and Dylan Geeves will be officiating in their second consecutive grand final together with Dylan having also been appointed to the match in 2015. Ryan Guy (field) and Michael White (goal) have been named as emergencies.

TSL General Manager Carl Saunder congratulated the umpires on their appointment for the biggest day of the season.

“This is a very experienced and talented team that has been selected with a total of 18 State League Grand Final appearances between them,” Saunder said.

“The three field umpires are the most experienced crew to have ever officiated in a TSL grand final with 467 senior matches and 9 grand finals between them.”

State Umpiring Manager/Coach Mike Brown made special mention of the achievement of Reardon.

“This is Adam’s seventh consecutive grand final which is a remarkable effort particularly given he is still only 25 years old.

“Adam has already been appointed to over 150 TSL senior matches, including 24 finals.

“His consistency of performance has been outstanding this year which resulted in him being appointed to the interstate match between Tasmania and the NEAFL in June.

“Another strong performance in the match will assist in Adam’s goal of making the AFL Boundary Umpiring Panel,” said Brown.

Umpire Appointments

North Launceston v Lauderdale – Southern Cross TSL
Field: M Clarke, N Saltmarsh, M Tuckett
Emergency Field: R Guy
Boundary: A Reardon, L Chamberlain, 
Goodyer, L Bromfield
Goal: B Chamberlain, D Geeves Emergency Goal: M White

Launceston v Clarence – Wrest Point TSLW Grand Final
Field: J Dietrich, C Hardstaff, C Doyle
Boundary: J Gaffney, A Dennison, D Schiliro
Goal: M Hardstaff, P King

Launceston v Clarence – Mercury Cup Grand Final
Field: N.Butler, T McIntee, A.Cornish Emergency Field: G.Morton
Boundary: J Lesek, B Laing, R Graham-Daft, S Stubbs
Goal: M White, B Guy Emergency Goal: K Wynwood