Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Preliminary Final

Robbie McManus (Lauderdale) reported for rough conduct against Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that the action did not constitute a reportable offence.


2. Scott Hill (Lauderdale) reported for striking Jake Nunn (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that the action did not constitute a reportable offence.


3. An incident was referred for contact made by Nat Franklin (Lauderdale) at the three-quarter time interval to Sam Lonergan (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that the action did not constitute a reportable offence.






2:00PM – Blundstone Arena


B: M. Kleverkamp, A. Hill, E. Stanley
HB: J. McGuinness, E. Whish-Wilson, J. Roberts
C: R.  McManus, N.  Franklin, R.  Sutton
HF: T. Boscott, B. McGuinness, A. Hevey
F: D. Fyfe, R. Wiggins, R. Hill
R: H. Smith, P. Bellchambers, B. Walsh
Int: M. Anderton, S. Hill, L. Meagher, J. Williams
Emg: S. Adams, A. Brewster, C. Hooker, C. Laoumtzis

In: L. Meagher                                                                                                         
Out: T. Havea
B: C. Brown, S. Vandervelde, C. Savage
HB: J. Donnellan, J. Aganas, R. Tyrrell
C: J.  Blackberry, R.  Kelly-Mansell, T.  Sheppard
HF: J. Gillow, J. Nunn, S. Rundle
F: S. Lonergan, N. O’Donoghue, S. Whiting
R: H. Leedham, J. Hinds, B. Palfreyman
Int: J. Boyce, C. Smith, B. Taylor, S. Williams
Emg: T. Auckland, J. Boyd, J. Harris, M. Hodge






9:50AM – Blundstone Arena


B: S. Bale, T. Nichols
HB: R. Archer, J. Farrow, Z. Crawford
C: T.  Ford, S.  Pennicott, N.  Pearce
HF: C. Kenny, J. Limbrick, M. Smith
F: G. Mitchell, M. Wise,
R: C. Wells, G. Pennicott, N. Bresnehan
Int: E. Groves, S. Harris, S. Hinks, J. Minifie
Emg: H. Bromfield, L. Gwynne, N. Taylor



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

In: M. Fish
Out: S. Flack


2017 Southern Cross TSL Team of the Year

The 2017 Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) Team of the Year has been selected.

All nine TSL clubs were asked to nominate players they believed worthy of Team of the Year consideration. An assembled TSL panel then selected the best 22 of the 2017 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.


Jordon Arnold (Glenorchy)
At just 21 years of age, Arnold has cemented his reputation as a key member of the Glenorchy side and as one of the most consistent defenders in the TSL.  The 2015 Matthew Richardson medallist excelled in his third season of regular senior football with his team-first approach, showcasing his ability to not only shut down direct opponents but provide drive out of defence on a weekly basis.  Arnold was selected in the state side that took on the NEAFL in June and performed admirably and with courage against a stacked forward line. His third
striaght Team of the Year nod.
Jason Bailey (Clarence)
The big-bodied Clarence full back had a huge start to the season, named among the ‘Roos best players four times in five matches as he consistently prevailed in his match ups with the competition’s key forwards.  Bailey’s intercept marking and physical presence meant that opposition scoring chances were usually hard-earned, and he set the standards as the leader of a young ‘Roos back six.  The defensive general of Blundstone Arena, Bailey was sorely missed when sidelined mid-season with injury, but returned to form late in the season. Without a doubt the best full back in the state.
James Holmes (Clarence)
One of the stories of the season, Holmes made his senior debut for Clarence in Round 2 and played 19 games, winning the Matthew Richardson Medal as the competition’s best emerging youngster.  The pint-sized defender announced himself in his second game against Lauderdale in Round 3, with a courageous performance dashing out of the backline, and didn’t look back.  Remarkably, the19 year old has had no previous involvement with any state pathway programs, instead rising through the ranks of the Clarence junior program, with his intercept marking and willingness to involve himself in the play likely to see him develop into a future leader of the club.  Holmes’ determination to play through a late-season shoulder injury and endearing personality suggest Clarence have themselves a star in the making.


Mitch Carter (Tigers)
Carter was arguably the recruit of the year, with the former Boulder City and Carlton-listed defender a shining light in an otherwise trying season for the Tigers.  The medium defender’s intercept marking and pinpoint long kicking saw him stand out every week, regardless of the result.  Carter’s ability to set up team mates in space with his elite disposal and his calm repeat defensive efforts when his side was under attack revealed a player among the upper echelon of the competition.  Named in his side’s best 11 times in 18 matches, fans will be hoping the classy Tiger will remain in the state next season.

Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)
The former Brisbane Lion returned to Lauderdale this season and made an immediate impact, with his versatility on full display.  McGuinness played predominantly in defence, where he organised the Bomber’s back six, but had a strong impact during midfield stints and as a resting forward.  McGuinness’ strong marking and line-breaking disposal saw him among Lauderdale’s strongest players in the club’s highest finish ever, with a particularly impressive second half of the season setting the Bombers up for a shot at September glory.

Jay Foon (North Launceston)
The classy rebounding defender shifted his game up a gear this season, with his intercept marking and reading of the play clear strong points of the Bombers’ game.  Foon’s ability to maintain form when key Bombers’ playmakers succumbed to injury highlighted his importance to the side’s makeup, with a purple patch coming in the middle of the season, resulting in a deserved selection in the state side.  The dashing Bomber provided a few highlights this year with his reliable disposal and his reading of the game but will be perhaps remembered most for his mark of the year contender against the Tigers at Twin Ovals.


Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)
The Glenorchy wingman was a model of consistency this season, often shaking off close-checking opponents to break games open with his lethal left boot.  Mott’s knack of covering a remarkable amount of ground a game saw him rack up a number of rebound 50’s and kicks inside attacking 50 each and every game, often having a direct hand in a number of Magpie majors. 
Mott’s ability to stand out in a team full of impressive players is testament to the former North West Coaster’s phenomenal work rate and skill level, which has seen him graduate from last season’s Team of the Year interchange bench into a field position.

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy) – CAPTAIN
Not too much needs to be said about Glenorchy’s captain, with Webb again leading from the front for the boys from KGV this season. Named in his side’s best 13 times from his 16 matches, the hard-nosed midfielder worked hard on the inside then ran hard to space all season, often linking up to be a part of a large number of Magpies’ possession chains each week.  Webb booted multiple goals six times this season to finish with 16 majors, preferring to unselfishly set up team mates in front of goal as well. Named captain of the Team of the Year after leading both Glenorchy and Tasmania with aplomb in 2017.

Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

With his 2016 season wiped out by a broken leg, the 19-year-old returned to Lauderdale’s side to have a huge impact this year.  Often sighted at the bottom of packs and winning clearances around stoppages, Franklin racked up disposals in most of the Bombers’ games as he worked hard and put his body on the line time and again to feed the ball to outside runners.  Named in the best a staggering 13 times in 16 games, Franklin certainly delivered on the potential discussed in Tasmanian football circles in recent years.


Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)
Boscott has been around the fringes of the state side for a while now, the 23 year old had a break out 2017 season, adding consistency to his growing resume.  While pulling down hangers and booting flashy goals has always been a part of the Bomber’s repertoire, his ability to remain in the game across four quarters stood out this season.  Often lining up across half forward, Boscott booted 41 goals from 17 roster matches, with his nine goal haul against the Tigers a treat for Lauderdale and football fans alike.  Able to switch into the midfield and win key clearances, Boscott is sure to have caught the eye of AFL scouts as a potential mature-age recruit, with his back half of the season key in Lauderdale’s success.

Tom Bennett (North Launceston)
The big forward took his game to a new level this season, with his 28 goals including hauls of six and five against quality opposition sides in Lauderdale and Clarence respectively.  Bennett played most of the season up the ground as a lead up forward, being a strong link but also showed great skill when playing deep. His work rate up the ground and at times off a wing was a real feature and saw him preferred as a true centre half forward. His strong contested marking and his ability to bring the ball to ground for crumbing forwards made him a dangerous tall target to match up on, with his three matches in the month of August as good as it gets.Tom Couch (North Launceston)
The addition of the former Melbourne midfielder and 2012 VFL  J.J. Liston Trophy Runner-up as playing coach has seen North Launceston remain a force, with the Bombers heading into the season with a reputation as the fittest club in the TSL under Couch.  He has led from the front with the goal kicking midfielder often playing forward, quickly forging a reputation as one of the TSL’s most damaging players just a few games into the year.  Despite missing a number of games through injury, Couch booted 41 goals from 16 home and away games, kicking multiple goals a dozen times; including a seven goal haul on his birthday against a luckless Hobart City Demons outfit in Round 11.


Dylan Riley (Devonport)
Undoubtedly one of the league’s finest midfielders, the Devonport Co-Captain spent a lot of time forward in 2017 and had a profound effect. He continued to break games apart through midfield with his ability to find the footy in a league of 
it’s own. It was his work forward of centre though that made him a new-found threat this season, often playing deep forward and showcasing brilliant one on one contested work. He kicked 16 goals and was a constant for a young Devonport side.

Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
Bowden continued to take all before him in 2017 with the Glenorchy star goal kicker again claiming the Hudson Medal for the league’s top goal kicker. Playing right across the park, Bowden kicked 53 goals and featured in his side’s best an astonishing 15 out of 18 games. Bowden’s work in front of the big sticks was clinical but it was also his marking, use by foot and ability to have an influence in any position that continues to make him the competition’s benchmark. His best goal kicking effort came in round two with a bag of 11 against Devonport. He kicked 3 or more on 10 occasions in a season that again earned him the RACTI Player of the Year.

Trent Standen (Clarence)The best small forward in the competition, Standen only went goalless on one occasion in 2017 on his way to 43 goals in 18 games. Standen was constantly a threat in a smaller Roos forward line with the goal sneak often putting his side in winning positions, kicking three or more goals on eight occasions, including a seven goal game against Glenorchy in Round 6.


Alex Lee (North Launceston)
Lee made the ruck role at North Launceston his own, taking the mantle at North Launceston vacated by Daniel Roozendaal. His work around the ground is solid and improving but it is his tap work that has him top the charts with consistent 
hit out dominance and first rate supply all season, frequently giving his midfielders first look. The big man was rarely beaten and stood up late in the season against opposing rucks of quality to stamp himself as the best ruckman in 2017.

Brad Cox-
Goodyer (North Launceston) – VICE-CAPTAINThe Dustin Martin of the TSL, Brad Cox-Goodyer is a beast of a footballer. The big bodied midfielder often seems untackleable, with the ability to bustle his way from congestion and send booming balls inside 50. His ability to kick long running goals is elite with the North Launceston Vice-Captain dangerous from anywhere within 60 metres. Playing predominantly midfield Cox-Goodyer has kicked 37 goals and has at times single handedly destroyed teams. Without a doubt one of the season’s top performers.

Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
A break out year for Launceston’s Palfreyman, becoming one of the competition’s premier midfielders. His beard and in more recent times moustache has become a distinctive feature for football fans to look out for. Palfreyman has featured in his team’s bests in 10 of 19 matches and has been a clearance leader in a deep midfield brigade at the Blues. His ability to burst away from the stoppage and create space and ignite attacks has been big for Launceston in 2017, seeing him receive greater defensive attention towards season’s end. The 18 year old plays above his years and is a vital cog in an ever-improving Launceston.


Ryan Matthews (Hobart City Demons)
Matthews lead from the front for the Demons week in week out, to have a dominant season as the leader of an inexperienced midfield. Matthews rarely had a down game, frequently racking up over 30 touches for his team. He is hard at the contest with outstanding tackling pressure and damaging with 
ball in hand. Shows strong leadership to bring the team with him, standing up in some crucial moments.

Dylan Fyfe (Lauderdale)
Fyfe took his game to another level in 2017 with the pocket rocket a major reason why Lauderdale has become a force of the competition. His poise and cleanliness in traffic sets him apart and sets the Bombers attacking ball movement up frequently. The young gun finds plenty of the footy but also has been given stopping jobs and has been floated forward to kick 14 for the season, showing great versatility. Was rewarded with state selection and now Team of the Year honours.Sam Siggins (Clarence)
Siggins settled into a new role in the ruck at the Roos which allowed the agile big man to use his athletic prowess to cut apart opposition teams. The former Adelaide Crow shot out of the blocks with an outstanding first month that setup a standout season. His ability to cover the ground and his athleticism saw him get a hold of many ruck battles this year and his forward craft became a trump card for Clarence, booting 16 goals for the season.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

Kelly-Mansell has been a huge inclusion into the Blues lineup in 2017, across half forward and the wing the exciting Kelly-Mansell has consistently been a spark for Launceston. Aerially dominant and crafty when the ball hits the ground, Kelly-Mansell booted 32 goals and consistently threatened opposition sides, capable of bursts in quarters that rip the game away from the opposition. His haul of 7.7 at West Park included some amazing goal kicking and a hanger that exemplified his game breaking ability in a strong season.


Tom Couch (North Launceston)
Lead North Launceston to the minor premiership in his first season in charge.

Jeromey Webberley (Clarence)
Took the Roos from seventh to second in a season of significant improvement for Clarence.Darren Winter (Lauderdale)
Winter reinvented the Lauderdale side and playing style to steer the Bombers to their highest ever finish.


Matt Clarke (27) has been named as the Field Umpire in the team. Matt who hails from Morairty on the North West Coast has had a very consistent year which has resulted in him being appointed to 24 Senior Matches.

Earlier in the season, Matt was appointed as one of the Tasmanian umpires in the Tasmania v NEAFL match at Blundstone Arena. Matt’s top form has continued in the latter half of the year and he has been appointed to a Senior Game in each week of the TSL Final series.


Some positions were really difficult to decide and the panel acknowledges the unlucky omission of a number of players.

Zach Burt and Mitch Thorp both came into strong consideration for Centre Half Forward with Bennett preferred for his ability to influence as a lead-up player. Glenorchy’s James Webb had a phenomenal season through midfield and up forward but couldn’t quite squeeze in. Lauderdale’s workhorse Ray Hill was solid for the Bombers as was impact player Phil Bellchambers but neither could edge their way into a highly talented half forward line.

Max Kleverkamp and Jay Lockhart both featured strongly in the discussion on defenders, with the amazing defensive record of Glenorchy and Jordon Arnold just preferred ahead of the impressive Kleverkamp. Lockhart was one of the top players in the competition at the season’s half way point but unfortunately, injury cruelled the end to his season and it is that lack of football that saw him miss selection. North Launceston small utility Jack Avent and Glenorchy duo Matt Dilger and Josh Arnold were also strongly considered.

Nick McKenna played at both ends for Burnie as did Ryan Wiggins for Lauderdale but Jason Bailey was preferred in defence as he was the most consistent full back and was a barometer of Clarence all season.Youngster Keegan Wylie’s work in defence was also discussed but ultimately Josh McGuinness and Jason Bailey was preferred in the key defensive posts.

In midfield, there were a number of names that were discussed but despite great individual seasons were unable to crack the final 22. Launceston’s smooth mover Jay Blackberry, Lauderdale skipper Bryce Walsh, Hobart City Demons’  big bodied mid Will Campbell, North Launceston’s much-improved duo of Josh Ponting and Mark Walsh and experienced Clarence duo of Jackson O’Brien and Brady Jones all were prominent in the discussion.

The ruck role was a position that occupied a lot of time and deliberation with Alex Lee preferred ahead of Cameron Duffy and Hamish Leedham, with Sam Siggins landing the second ruck spot on the bench. It was considered Lee’s form was the most consistent and as his confidence grew his performances late in the season against the likes of Duffy and Leedham were outstanding.




Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup


1. Toutai Havea (Lauderdale) reported for rough conduct against Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)

Player Havea was reported on match-day for high contact that required Player Mansell to leave the field of play.

The Match Review Panel determined that the action was careless, with low impact and high contact. Having already received a suspension in season 2017, Havea’s base sanction was increased by one match due to his record.

Toutai Havea (Lauderdale) has been offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.
Lauderdale Football Club have accepted the Match Review Panel’s offer.



Prelim and Grand Final schedule locked in


The Grand Final venue is locked in with North Launceston qualifying for their fourth Grand Final in as many years. 

University of Tasmania Stadium will host the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL)’s biggest day of the year on September 23, 2017, with North Launceston defeated Lauderdale by 95 points in the second Semi-Final yesterday, to not only qualify but win hosting rights.

Their opposition will be decided in the Preliminary Final with underdogs Launceston eliminating Clarence to book a date with Lauderdale. The Preliminary Final will take place at 2:00 pm at Blundstone Arena this coming Saturday (16 September), with the Mercury Cup Preliminary Final between Clarence and Tigers taking place prior, at 11:30 am.

Clarence crashed out of the Finals series with Launceston’s giant killing form continuing. The Roos finished the home and away season in second but failed to win a final, falling in straight sets. The defeat wasn’t just the end of Clarence’s season but the end of a decorated career, with Ian Callinan retiring. The little master was given a guard of honour from both sides as he left the field, drawing curtains on an amazing career across TSL, VFL, SANFL and AFL.

As well as locking in the venue, the TSL has also adjusted start times for Grand Final day, with the TSL big dance to take place at 3:30 pm. The TSL is also exploring options with UTAS Stadium to all spectators to be able to watch the AFL Preliminary Final via the big screen and throughout the venue where possible.

Please find the schedule below for the TSL Preliminary Final and Grand Final.

Preliminary Final

Saturday 16 September 2017 – Blundstone Arena

11:30am Mercury Cup – Clarence v Tigers 

2:00pm Southern Cross TSL – Lauderdale v Launceston

Grand Final

Saturday 23 September 2017 – UTAS Stadium

10:10am Mercury Cup – Launceston v Clarence/Tigers

1:15pm Wrest Point TSL W – Clarence/Launceston v TBA

3:30pm Southern Cross TSL – North Launceston v Lauderdale/Launceston

North to host the big dance

Written by Matt Hill

North Launceston are into their fourth Grand Final in a row after the northern outfit completely dismantled Lauderdale to the tune of 95 points at UTAS Stadium.

Lauderdale were just one of two teams to defeat North Launceston in 2017 but they fell well short in the Semi-Final with a full strength Northern Bombers proving far too good. Skipper Taylor Whitford and coach Tom Couch lead the way with a five goal to none first term setting up a landslide victory.

They did it without Alex Lee who was a late withdrawal but no Lee, no worries as it had minimal effect with Lewis Hollmer toiling away well.  North dominated the first term with a superior set up all over the ground and slicker and smarter ball movement. Tarryn Thomas, Lewis Hollmer, Bart McCulloch, Brad Cox-Goodyer and Taylor Whitford all booted first quarter goals which laid the foundations for a monster win. Bart McCulloch asserted himself early and was a dangerous threat up forward for North but also played a vital part in the ruck. After a frustrating injury affected season, Whitford found his groove, winning plenty of the ball in the first stanza and kicking a great crumbing goal which was his first of four majors on the day.

Lauderdale found some life in the second term and found themselves with numerous scoring opportunities but the southerners did not make them count. Lauderdale had nine scoring shots to North Launceston’s eight but inefficient goal kicking saw North extend their lead to 41 at the main break. Whitford added two more goals to his tally in the second with one of them a fantastic snap from the pocket. Ryan Wiggins and Robbie McManus booted Lauderdale’s goals and Wiggins was leading dangerously which were positive signs for the southern bombers.

In the premiership quarter, North put their foot down to put the game out of Lauderdale’s reach. North’s set up behind the ball and their willingness to work for each other was impressive. Storming away to a 62-point lead at the last change. Jay Lockhart took a screamer in the quarter as he showed no effects of a knee injury that has shattered his season. Whitford and Couch both added incredible goals which started the celebrations early for North Launceston. McCulloch, Jake Pearce and Tom Bennett also added goals for North as they sewed up a home Grand Final and showed just how difficult it will be to beat them in the Grand Final in two weeks’ time.

North smelled blood and kicked away to make it a huge victory, holding Lauderdale scoreless as they has 12 scoring shots in the final term. McCulloch kicked his third, Cox-Goodyer slotted his second, Hollmer kicked his third and coach Tom Couch kicked a long bomb from downtown to rub salt into the wounds of Lauderdale. In a major talking point, Toutai Havea was placed on report for a high hit on Tyran Mansell which could potentially rule the key Lauderdale player out for their Preliminary Final with Launceston next Saturday.

Lauderdale Coach Darren Winter was bitterly disappointed with the loss.

“We certainly didn’t come up here to dish that out.

“North Launceston ran over us pretty much from the start to the end and we were pretty reactive to what they were doing.

“We will go back to the drawing board, we have had a really good season and we will use the double chance which the players have earned so we will pick ourselves up.”

North Launceston coach Tom Couch was delighted to book the club’s fourth consecutive Grand Final berth.

“It was pleasing, we focused on a few things this week and I thought they did really well, they executed that. Now we have a fortnight to get ready but we still have to improve. It is pleasing but we still have to get better.”

“There was a lot of even contributors, Lewi Hollmer was great with his first game in the ruck taking charge with Al (Alex Lee) out.

North dominated from start to finish and rightfully ran out 95-point winners earning them another rest and the right to host the final in two weeks’ time at York Park. Lauderdale will need to lick their wounds quickly and get ready for a Launceston team full of confidence.

Posted by North Launceston Football Club (Official) on Saturday, 9 September 2017

Things I learnt

  1. It will take something special to defeat North Launceston

From what the North boys dished up and from the fire and desire in each of their player’s eyes, it is clearly evident that Tom Couch has got his side in a fantastic physical and mental position where they are not taking anything for granted. They aren’t getting ahead of themselves and with how well they set up around the ground and with players like Cox-Goodyer, Whitford, Couch, Lockhart and Foon, North have stars all over the ground that are all playing outstanding football.

  1. Launceston v Lauderdale will be a tight game

With Launceston killing off the giants in Clarence and Glenorchy in recent weeks, they will be keen to continue their march to the grand final with a win against Lauderdale next week. But Lauderdale will be keen to redeem themselves for their efforts against North and earn another chance to topple the northern bombers in the grand final.

  1. North have great depth

North may have outstanding A-graders but their whole side gels well together and all know how to play their own individual roles. Each player in North’s side are fundamental to their success and how they set up. Players like Richter-Salter, Baker, both Mansells and Pearce may not be in their teams best five players but are sensational at playing their role for the side and are fantastic young players.

Round 2 – 09/09/2017

North Launceston                        5.5,  9.9,  14.13,  18.21  (129)

Lauderdale                              0.3,  2.10,  4.11,  4.11  (35)

GOALS, North Launceston :
T. Whitford 4, B. McCulloch 3, L. Hollmer 3, T. Couch 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 2, T. Mansell 1,
J. Pearce 1, T. Thomas 1, T. Bennett 1

Lauderdale :
R. Wiggins 2, E. Stanley 1, R. McManus 1

BEST, North Launceston :
T. Whitford, L. Hollmer, J. Pearce, A. Richter-Salter, B. McCulloch, K. Wadley

Lauderdale :
T. Havea, N. Franklin, J. McGuinness, M. Anderton, E. Whish-Wilson


Blues through to Prelim as Roos’ run ends

Written by Anthony Osborn, Alex FitzGerald

Clarence have crashed out of the 2017 finals series in straight sets with Launceston again proving a giant killer. A determined Blues outfit overcame a slow start in Saturday’s First Semi Final to win their second September decider on the road, defeating Clarence by 33 points at Blundstone Arena.

Despite trailing by 13 points at the first break, the Blues shifted into gear to boot six of the next seven majors and book themselves a place in next week’s preliminary final, running out convincing 13.8 (86) to 7.11 (53) winners. The Blues are quickly becoming the sleeping giants of this finals series and they are full of belief that anything is possible, this September.

Clarence dominated the first quarter, with dangerous small forward Ian Callinan opening the scoring.  Long goals to Jarrod Harper and Trent Standen followed as the ‘Roos seized control of the contest early.  A late Jake Nunn major from the Blues first foray forward saw the Launceston faithful breathe a sigh of relief, with the damage only 14 points at the first change after a Gabby Chambers goal for Clarence was ruled to have been kicked after the siren; the scoreboard reading 3.2 (20) to 1.0 (6).

The second quarter saw the visitors kicking with a slight breeze, and they made the most of it, with their outside runners providing plenty of opportunities forward of the centre square.  Sam Lonergan capitalised to boot two of the Blues five goals for the term, with Clarence managing just one major despite the immense forward tackling pressure of Callinan.  With the self-belief that Lonergan had spoken about during the week apparent among the vocal Launceston playing group, the Blues went into the main break holding a handy 6.2 (38) to 4.4 (28) lead.

The hosts made their intentions clear in the opening five minutes of the third term, but were unable to capitalise, as the Blues defence held firm.  An Alex Silver goal gave Clarence hope, but Launceston responded through multiple goals from midfielders Jay Blackberry and  Joe Boyce, taking a 21 point advantage into the last change.

With Jake Cox in a tracksuit with thanks to a hip injury and several other players limping, Launceston maintained control of the contest, kicking four goals to two in a frenzied final term to book themselves a match up with Lauderdale at the same time next week.

Launceston playing-coach Sam Lonergan was proud of how his side had responded to the challenge of finals football.

“It’s been a fantastic result; the belief the group has is incredible, it’s what we coach for.  To create what we have done in the last couple of weeks has been fantastic.”

Much of Launceston’s development and growing confidence has come from its often-unheralded defensive group, with the likes of Chris Savage, Simon Vandervelde, Jack Donnellan and Jimmy Aganas playing their roles weekly, to the pleasure of Lonergan.

“(I think) it is the best back seven in the competition; there are no big names in the group but there will be by the end of the year.”

Launceston’s midfield and forward depth also shone through against Clarence, with onballer Brodie Palfreyman, ruckman Hamish Leedham and forward Nathan O’Donoghue all having significant influence.

Jason Bailey, Gabby Chambers, Jack Gleeson and Tim Castle (in game 150), all worked tirelessly on a disappointing afternoon for Clarence, but coach Jeromey Webberley was adamant that the ‘Roos will take plenty of positives out of the season, despite a straight sets exit.

“As a society we tend to look at things we need to improve on, but we also need to look at how far we have come; we’ve come from seventh (last season) to fourth and have a fantastic Mercury Cup team chock-full of talent and have unearthed some guys this year who will be serious TSL players.”

“It’s disappointing but we will have to move on.”

Webberley was full of praise for Launceston and insisted that the Blues have the potential of continuing their September surge.

“They played some fantastic footy and are in extremely good form. They are playing a good style of game that holds up well in finals; I’d give them a real chance for next week.”

Clarence’s final match for 2017 also signalled the finale of Ian Callinan’s career, with the crafty forward indisputably one of the finest Tasmanian footballers of the modern era.

It's not the way the little master would have wanted his career to end, but boy what a career it was. Congratulations on a stellar career, Ian Callinan. A true legend of Tasmanian football ????? #SXTSL

Posted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, 9 September 2017

Callinan, who returned to Clarence at the beginning of the 2016 season after a stint with Adelaide in the AFL and Central District in the SANFL, will be a big loss for the ‘Roos, with Webberley full of praise for the veteran.

“He (Callinan) has had an outstanding career; he has just persisted and dominated wherever he has gone. His relationships with all of the players are fantastic and he will be sorely missed.”

The Blues will play a third consecutive final at Blundstone Arena next weekend against Lauderdale, and Lonergan is confident his side can take another major finals scalp.

“We have our best team out there at the moment. No one is carrying injuries and no one is in doubt, so we are training guys to play and perform on game day and it has put us in a good position to run out games,” the Blues supremo explained.

Round 2 – 09/09/2017

Launceston                              1.0,  6.2,  9.4,  13.8  (86)

Clarence                                3.2,  4.4,  5.7,  7.11  (53)

GOALS, Launceston :
N. O’Donoghue 3, J. Boyce 2, S. Lonergan 2, J. Blackberry 1, J. Nunn 1, S. Whiting 1,
R. Kelly-Mansell 1, S. Rundle 1, J. Gillow 1

Clarence :
J. Webberley 2, I. Callinan 1, A. Silver 1, J. Harper 1, T. Standen 1, W. Wall 1

BEST, Launceston :
S. Williams, N. O’Donoghue, J. Hinds, B. Palfreyman, J. Blackberry, S. Whiting

Clarence :
J. Gleeson, J. Bailey, G. Chambers, T. Castle, M. Ling, K. Wylie







FIRST SEMI-FINAL – 09/09/2017

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena


B: N. Douglas, J. Bailey, T. Castle
HB: M. Ling, K. Wylie, M. Fisher
C: G.  Chambers, B.  Jones, Z.  Buechner
HF: J. Cox, A. Grace, J. Webberley
F: T. Standen, W. Wall, I. Callinan
R: S. Siggins, J. Gleeson, J. O’Brien

Int: J. Holmes, A. Silver, J. Harper, J. Brenner
Emg: T. Hanslow, K. Palmer-Hughes, M. Blackburn, J. Roberts

In: K. Wylie, J. Brenner
Out: M. Blackburn, J. Roberts


B: C. Brown, S. Vandervelde, C. Savage
HB: J. Donnellan, J. Aganas, R. Tyrrell
C: T.  Sheppard, R.  Kelly-Mansell, J.  Blackberry
HF: S. Rundle, J. Nunn, J. Gillow
F: S. Whiting, N. O’Donoghue, S. Lonergan
R: H. Leedham, J. Hinds, B. Palfreyman

Int: J. Boyce, S. Williams, B. Taylor, C. Smith
Emg: J. Boyd, J. Harris, M. Hodge, T. Auckland

In: S. Rundle
Out: J. Harris


SECOND SEMI-FINAL – 09/09/2017

4:30PM – UTAS Stadium


North Launceston
B: J. Avent, C. Young, J. Foon
HB: T. Thomas, A. Richter-Salter, J. Lockhart
C: T.  Donnelly, B.  Cox-Goodyer, K.  Baker
HF: L. Hollmer, B. McCulloch, J. Ponting
F: T. Couch, Z. Burt, T. Bennett
R: A. Lee, T. Whitford, M. Walsh
Int: T. Mansell, B. Simpson, J. Pearce, R. Mansell
Emg: H. Goss, F. Bennett, K. Wadley, K. Curtis

In: T. Mansell, J. Lockhart
Out: H. Goss, K. Wadley

B: M. Anderton, E. Whish-Wilson, S. Hill
HB: M. Kleverkamp, A. Hill, J. McGuinness
C: R.  Sutton, B.  Walsh, R.  McManus
HF: D. Fyfe, R. Wiggins, A. Hevey
F: T. Havea, B. McGuinness, T. Boscott
R: H. Smith, P. Bellchambers, N. Franklin
Int: J. Roberts, R. Hill, E. Stanley, J. Williams
Emg: C. Hooker, S. Adams, L. Meagher, C. Laoumtzis

In: M. Kleverkamp
C. Laoumtzis



Second Semi Final – 10/09/2017

12:00PM – Geilston Bay Oval



B: S. Bale, T. Nichols

HB: Z. Crawford, J. Farrow, R. Archer

C: T.  Ford, S.  Pennicott, N.  Pearce

HF: J. Minifie, J. Limbrick, M. Smith

F: G. Mitchell, M. Wise

R: C. Wells, G. Pennicott, N.Bresnehan

Int: S. Harris, C. Kenny, S. Hinks, E. Groves

Emg: H. Bromfield, L. Gwynne, N. Taylor


B: M. Gardner, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte

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

C: K.  Child

HF: N. Celebre, G. Hill, M. Cuthbertson

F: E.Manix-geeves, M. Clark
R: A. Green, D. Bannister, A. Dickson

Int: E. Barrenger, M. Binns, D. Corcoran, C. Webb

Emg: A. Halaby, K. McLaughlin, M. King, J.Retallick, A. Bowen


First Semi Final – 10/09/2017

1:00PM – KGV




B: T. Wiggins, R.Siely

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

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

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

F: K. Rattenbury, H. Ryan

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

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


B: S. Loring, L. Stevenson

HB: L. Haines, K. Sheehan, S. Skinner

C: C.  Loring, J.  Brown, S.  Rodman

HF: K. Loring, C. Haines, S. Edwards

F: C. Chandler, J. Mercer

R: M. Wright, K. Goodson, E. Humphries

Int: I. Duffie, S. Ferguson-Stevens, M. Singleton, J. Whelan

Emg: K. Johnson



LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE  Semi Finals Semi Final 2 – 09/09/2017


Int: L. Gee, J. Rice, G. Holt, J. Bott, B. Killalea, M. Blazely
Emg: S. Bruinewoud, J. Bangura, A. Dickenson

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

In: A. Dickenson, A. Wright, M. Spohn, E. Conway, B. Killalea
Out: L. Walsh,  J. Smith


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

In: J. Roberts, D. Howlett, J. Havea, M. Blackburn, H. Bailey

TIGERS v. NORTH LAUNCESTON  Semi Finals Semi Final 1 – 09/09/2017


Int: M. Cooke, A. Huizing, J. Huizing, J. Wells, T. Hughes, E. Brock, B. Gordon

To be selected from:
L. Griggs, S. Webb, T. Gogolin, A. Webster, B. McCulloch, R. Rinaldi,
M. Coad, C. Bryant, J. Shaw, M. Gardner, C. Rawson, J. Pearce,
H. Crack, J. Lister, M. Booth, A. Humphrey, J. Keogh, T. Cowen,
B. Graham, C. Sawdy

In: T. Hughes, T. Cowen, J. Huizing, J. Wells
Out: C. Woolley

North Launceston

To be selected from:
H. Rand, H. Goss, M. Cossins, K. Thomas, T. Mansell, D. Clayton,
C. Haines, A. Jefferies, C. Lowe, J. Singline, J. Harris, D. Headland,
E. Perry, B. Holmes, B. Simpson, F. Bennett, M. Gray, K. Wadley,
N. Jackson, C. Harrison, J. Rowlands, C. Pearton, R. Mansell, C. Anderson,
M. Donnelly, J. Lanham, K. Curtis, B. Denman, J. White

In: C. Pearton, M. Gray, R. Mansell, E. Perry, H. Goss

Courageous Holmes claims Richardson medal

Clarence Football Club running defender James Holmes has won the Matthew Richardson Medal as the best emerging youngster in the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL), for season 2017.

Awarded to the rookie of the year, players eligible for the Matthew Richardson Medal must be under 23 years of age, have played less than 20 games at the commencement of the season, and played no more than two years of senior football.

Holmes,19, remarkably only made his TSL senior debut this season with his first senior game coming in Round 2 of 2017. Bursting onto the scene Holmes has played 18 games and a final in a sensational season for the Roos.

Clarence Senior Coach Jeromey Webberley has been thoroughly impressed by the youngster’s season and his ability to take on a new role and make it his own.

“James has had an outstanding year, his ability to win the ball in defence, battle hard in one on ones and his courage has been impressive.”

The gutsy youngster is known for his attack on the footy and his courage, often putting himself in harm’s way to win the ball. Holmes has never been involved in any talent or state program and has maintained focus on his footy to develop through Clarence’s programs. He is a terrific tale of development as he is a home grown product of the Clarence Football Club, playing for the Roos from Auskick right through to TSL.

“He is a really good intercept mark for his size and his ability to create turnover through reading the game and his willingness to put his body on the line is first class,” Webberley said.

“He has leadership qualities and we hope to see him evolve into a leader of our football club, he sets the right example and will be a quality senior player for years to come,” the ‘Roos supremo added.

In 2017, the blonde haired defender has taken the top tier by storm but in previous seasons he plied his trade in the Mercury Cup as a small forward. He was thrown a challenge by Webberley in pre-season to play in defence and he has taken to it extremely well to become a mainstay in the Roos defensive setup.

“His biggest attribute is that he is able to take on information and be shown once and then go out and put that into practice it is something that you don’t often see in young players,” Webberley explained. 

Holmes was a surprised winner of the award, admitting when his coach broke the news he thought the call may be for other reasons.

“I got the call from Jez (Webberley) and thought he was going to tell me I was dropped or something but it was good, I was pretty surprised.

“I didn’t really think I was a chance at all I was more concentrating on the team success.

“My goal at the start of the year was to play six senior games and I fulfilled that in the first six games and then I changed my goal and just tried to keep my spot every week.”

The youngster said it was surreal to win an award named after one of his football heroes.

“It is a massive honour to win it. When they said you’ve won the Richardson medal I was like WOW.

“I lined up in the mall and got his (Matthew Richardson) signature as a kid, got it on my footy card and I’ve still got it actually.”

TSL General Manager Carl Saunder congratulated Holmes on collecting the award that recognises one of Tasmania’s all time greats, Matthew Richardson.

“James’ story is a fantastic one of determination and loyalty.

Credit to him and his club, James hasn’t been involved in talent programs but has stuck at it.The Roos have continued to develop him as a player and it has bared fruit this season as he has broken into a quality outfit and had a profound impact.

“He has taken on a new role and had an outstanding season and for a player of his age and size he demonstrates impressive courage and composure. A deserved winner.”

He is the first winner of the medal from Clarence since 2010 when current team mate Trent Standen won the inaugural medal.

All nine TSL clubs were invited to nominate players that met the criteria of eligibility for the award, the winner was then picked from the nominations by a panel.

Previous Winners – Matthew Richardson Medal

2016 – Toutai Havea (Lauderdale)

2015 – Jordan Arnold (Glenorchy)

2014 – Ben Halton (Lauderdale)

2013 – Thane Bardenhagen (South Launceston)

2012 – Aaron McNab (Devonport)

2011 – Kaine Waller (Lauderdale)

2010 – Trent Standen (Clarence)

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