Bupa TSL Round 21 Back of the Week

The final round of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season has come and gone, with the make-up of the final five finally known. 

After an exciting finish to the home and away season, we want to know who you considered to be the standout performers of the round.

We start by looking at the defenders, with two finals-bound backmen delivered strong round 21 performances.


Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)

Another week, another strong performance from Glenorchy star Daniel Joseph.

Joseph was at his devastating best on Saturday afternoon, intercepting and providing plenty of drive out of defence.

Although the Magpies fell short of the Blues, Joseph was one of the best performers on the ground, even drifting forward to kick a goal.

IC: Solstice Digital

Ryan Edmondson (Clarence)

Now a key pillar in this Clarence defensive unit, Ryan Edmondson did an excellent job of curbing the influence of in-form Tigers star Mitch Carter for much of Saturday afternoon’s encounter at Blundstone Arena.

Although Mitch Carter finished with three goals late, Edmondson’s efforts throughout the duration of the afternoon were first rate and underlined the important role he will be able to play for Jeromey Webberley’s side moving into the finals.

Capable of playing on a tall power forward or a mid-sized awkward opponent, Edmondson, a former Lindisfarne player, will be a key player in determining Clarence’s fate in this weekend’s Elimination Final against Lauderdale.

IC: Solstice Digital



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BUPA TSL Finals Announced – Week 1


Week 1 Finals Schedule Announced

With the dust beginning to settle on an exciting round 21 of the 2018 Bupa Tasmanian State League season, the schedule for the first week of finals has been announced. 

Week one of the Bupa TSL finals series will provide a tantalising double header at Blundstone Arena in what promises to be one of the most exciting finals series in recent memory. 

Glenorchy will face Launceston for the second time in as many weeks in a big Qualifying Final on Saturday afternoon before Eastern Shore rivals Clarence and Lauderdale meet in a do-or-die Elimination Final later that evening. 

The third-placed Blues held on to record a thrilling win over the second-placed Magpies in the final round of the home and away season and have two wins from three encounters between the sides this season. 

As two of the competition’s most in-form sides, this clash promises to be an intriguing fixture, a year on from Launceston’s Elimination Final triumph over the Magpies at the same venue in 2017. 

The fascinating Eastern Shore rivalry between Clarence and Lauderdale will have another chapter written this weekend, with the two sides meeting in a mouthwatering Elimination Final under Saturday night lights. 

Clarence has two wins over the Bombers so far this season, although the Bombers took bragging rights when the two sides met in the Speak UP! Stay ChatTY Cup clash back in round 15. 

Lauderdale ended Clarence’s finals aspirations in last season’s Semi Final at the same venue. 

These two clashes will come after the Mercury Cup Elimination Final between North Launceston and Lauderdale at UTAS Stadium on Saturday morning and the Qualifying Final between Clarence and Glenorchy at Blundstone Arena. 

Week 1 Finals Schedule:

Date Venue Final Start Time Home Club Away Club
Saturday 25th August UTAS Stadium Mercury Cup Elimination Final 10:30am North Launceston Lauderdale
Saturday 25th August Blundstone Arena Mercury Cup Qualifying Final 12:30pm Clarence Glenorchy
Saturday 25th August Blundstone Arena BUPA TSL Qualifying Final 3:00pm Glenorchy Launceston
Saturday 25th August Blundstone Arena BUPA TSL Elimination Final 6:00pm Clarence Lauderdale

BUPA TSL Round 21 Preview

The final round of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season is upon us and it promises to be a beauty as teams compete for places within the top five for the final time this season. 

Check out all the team selections here. 

Launceston v Glenorchy – Windsor Park (2:00pm)

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 15.10 (100) def. Launceston 7.10 (52) – Round 14, 2018 at KGV Oval

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

This should be a beauty.

IC: Solstice Digital

Two of the competition’s most talented sides going head to head on the eve of finals should make for an exciting spectacle, particularly with both teams in the midst of hot streaks of form.

The second-placed Magpies will travel to Windsor Park to tackle the Blues and with both sides sitting as two of the competition’s in-form sides, this should be the perfect appetiser ahead of September action.

The midfield battle will be immense, with the Webb brothers, Ben Kamaric, Rhys Mott, Brodie Palfreyman, Chayce Jones and Sam Rundle going head to head a fascinating proposition.

Glenorchy’s defensive group will need to be on song to curb the influence of a dangerous Launceston offence, with the Magpies facing the daunting task of silencing Launceston’s deep forward line and the Blues needing to clamp down on the Magpies’ dangerous back six, the architects of many an offensive foray.

Home ground advantage will help the Blues, although the Magpies will take confidence after falling short by just one point in their last meeting at the venue, while the omission of Dylan Riley will also see the Magpies breath a sigh of relief.

Having said this, the Blues should be too strong and will get over the line – but not by enough to close the gap and move into second place on the ladder.

Tip: Blues by 12 points

Players to watch:

Ethan Jackson (Launceston): An inclusion this week for the Blues, Jackson has had an impressive 2018 season for the Blues, Tassie Mariners and Allies and looms as an ace up the Blues’ sleeve heading into finals. A versatile talent with tidy skills, expect Jackson to put his hand up for a tilt at finals football with a strong performance.

Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy): The joint leader for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, Joseph has been an inspired figure for the Magpies all season. A key defender that is just as damaging offensively, Joseph will have a big role to play against such a potent Launceston outfit.


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City Park Radio commentary also available via 96.5 and 103.7FM in the Launceston region.

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Lauderdale v North Launceston – Lauderdale Oval (2:00pm)

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 12.16 (88) def. Lauderdale 9.8 (62) – Round 14, 2018 at UTAS Stadium

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

It has been a long time since the southern Bombers have hosted the Northern Bombers at ‘the Tip’ and this occasion should prove to be a fascinating insight into where the two teams sit heading into finals.

North Launceston coach Taylor Whitford has been in sublime touch this season. IC: Andrew Woodgate

North Launceston and Lauderdale have developed a fascinating rivalry in recent times, and with finals just around the corner, expect this clash to be a fiery encounter.

Lauderdale can still potentially finish as high as third and lock in a second chance come the finals, while North Launceston hold an unassailable lead as the minor premiers.

With the Northern Bombers having the bye last weekend and the first week of finals off, this match is going to be critical for the side to put its best foot forward heading into a tilt at back-to-back flags.

North Launceston were humming heading into the bye, and having lost just two games for the season to date, it is hard to go past the Northern Bombers, but if one side has the potency in attack or the ferocity to take a game away from the reigning premiers, it could be this Lauderdale side.

Thor Boscott, Jacob Gillbee, Tim Mosquito, Henry Kerinaiua and a rotating cast of other figures make Lauderdale’s forward line one of the most dangerous in the competition, and if this group can get on top, the southern Bombers might be able to cause an upset.

North Launceston’s class should rise to the top, however, with Taylor Whitford, Josh Ponting and Tom Bennett all looking to be in sparkling touch.

The return of Brad Cox-Goodyer will also be crucial for the Northern Bombers, with the skipper needing game time ahead of the finals.

Tip: Northern Bombers by 24 points

Players to watch:

Nic Baker (Lauderdale): The exciting draft prospect has spent more time rolling through the midfield in recent times and has emerged as a key cog alongside Phil Bellchambers and Nat Franklin. Capable of drifting into defence or inside 50, Baker will have a big say on how the Bombers fare.

Taylor Whitford (North Launceston): The joint leader in the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award heading into the final round, the North Launceston coach will be looking to finish the regular season on a high ahead of a rest in the first week of finals. In rich goalkicking form, Whitford looms as a key figure for Lauderdale to lock down on.


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Clarence v Tigers – Blundstone Arena (2:00pm)

Last Time They Met:  Clarence 15.12 (102) def. Tigers 8.7 (55) – Round 14, 2018 at Blundstone Arena

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

The ‘Roos have been hit hard by injury. IC: Solstice Digital

An injury-depleted Clarence outfit will be tested this weekend against a Tigers outfit with nothing to lose.

The Tigers, out of finals contention, will throw everything at the home side this weekend, and with Clarence having a raft of stars on the sidelines – including Jackson O’Brien, Taylor Williamson, Gabby Chambers, Matt Ling, James Holmes, Jake Cox and Fraser Turner – the visitors will see a big opportunity to cause an upset.

The ‘Roos have been shaky in recent times after a strong start to the season but still remain a chance to pinch a spot in the top three and a double chance for the finals.

Tigers are not without their own injury troubles, but with just one game remaining for their campaign, will be poised for a big showing. The returns of Lachie Gadomski and Oliver Burrows-Cheng from school footy duties will also be a big boost, while Mitch Carter’s final game in the yellow and black will also give the side extra motivation to see him off on a good note.

Despite having some key injuries and omissions, the ‘Roos have far too much riding on this game and will arrive with plenty of intent.

Tigers to push all the way, but for the ‘Roos to sneak home late.

Tip: Roos by 20 points

Players to watch:

Chris Nield (Clarence): Facing his former side for the third time, Nield has emerged as a key avenue to goal in the red and white this season. The ‘Roos leading goalkicker, much will rest on Nield’s shoulders this weekend and come finals.

Lachie Gadomski (Tigers): After an invitation to attend the AFL’s ‘Rookie Me’ combine, Lachie Gadomski will be making the most of every opportunity he has to impress, and a final round clash with the ‘Roos on the wide expanses of Blundstone Arena would be a terrific opportunity to do just that.


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Wrest Point TSLW Round 17 Preview

Round 17 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season will see the Tigers host the Magpies at the Twin Ovals, while Clarence, Launceston and Burnie have the bye, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Sunday 19th August

Glenorchy v. Tigers (Twin Ovals) – 12:00pm

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

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 12.17 (89) def. Tigers 2.2 (14) – Round 12, 2018 at KGV

The Tigers will play their final home and away match of the season this week against Glenorchy at Kingston’s Twin Ovals, with the Magpies coming off the bye.

Glenorchy and the Tigers have played each other three times this year. In round two at KGV the Pies won by 75 points and then again in round six at the Twin Ovals by 57 points. The last time they played in round twelve at KGV, Glenorchy won by 75 points.

Kristy Baker and Hailee Baldwin kicked one goal each for the Tigersin that most recent clash, with Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Olivia McKee, Gillian Millar, Lilly Ellis and Liarna Reid.

Cara Brooke will be a key figure again this weekend for the Tigers, with this her 100th senior game.

Cara Brooke will be playing her 100th game for the Tigers this weekend. IC: Tigers FC Women’s Team Facebook

“This game will coincide with the formal recognition of Cara Brooke’s 100th senior game. We always look forward to the Glenorchy games because you know you’re in for a scrap and despite their dominance on the scoreboard, we have played some of our best football against them. The girls will be keen to do well for Cara, so we are looking forward to finishing the home and away games with a spirited performance,” Tigers coach Brad Willis said.

Mackie Sutcliffe kicked three for the Pies back in round 12, while Sandy Eaton, Nietta Lynch, and Gemma Allan kicked two, and Hannah Smith, Tahlia Strong and Jasmine Tate Turvey one each.

Allan, Sarah Skinner, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Elise Barwick, Thomasa Corrie and Strong were among Glenorchy’s best.

This match promises to be an important hit out for the first-placed Magpies on the eve of finals.

“With two games to play before our finals campaign begins, we continue to focus on tweaking our game style to ensure we give ourselves the best opportunity to be successful,” coach Craig Grace said.

The Tigers will also be bringing everything to the table in their final game before finals.

Catch up on what happened when these sides last met. 

Players to Watch:

Milly Smith (Tigers): Smith played 10 matches in 2017 and was named in the best players twice. This year Smith has played eight games and been named in the best players four times. Smith was named as best on ground for the Tigers in round six against Glenorchy and round 13 against Burnie in which she “rucked tirelessly” according to coach Brad Willis. In round fourteen “once again Milly Smith shouldered the bulk of the ruck work” proving that she is a key player for the Tigers.

Natalie Daniels (Glenorchy): In 2017 Daniels played 15 matches and was named in the best players once. Daniels also kicked twenty-one goals, which put her as the Magpies leading goal kicker and equal second in the whole competition. Daniels has played twelve games in 2018, kicked twelve goals and been named in the best players twice, finishing as best on ground for the Pies in round 13 against Clarence. Coach Craig Grace said that “Daniels played her best game for the season across half back with her field kicking a big reason for our win.”



Round 17 – 19/08/2018

12:00PM – Twin Ovals

Tigers FC

B: K. Baker, M. Absolom, N. Durham,

HB: J. Murphy, , L. Reid

C: O.  McGow, C.  Brooke, T.  Roxann

HF: S. Grimsey, G. Millar,

F: O. McKee, H. Squires, B. Phillips

R: M. Smith, M. Neal, M. Wilkinson

Int: E. Kirkwood, M. Lawler, M. Prince,

B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

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

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

HF: G. Allan, E. Siely, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,

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

Int: S. Eaton, M. Jacobs , H. Ryan, T. Strong

Emg: S. Davis, K. Stanford

Wrest Point TSLW Round 16 Wrap

Round 16 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Launceston defeat Burnie at Wivenhoe Showgrounds, and the Tigers go down to Clarence at Geilston Bay, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Sunday 12th August

Burnie v. Launceston (Wivenhoe Showgrounds) – 12:00pm

Launceston 15.5 (95) defeated Burnie 0.1 (1) in round sixteen at Wivenhoe Showgrounds.

Launceston kicked 3.1 in the first quarter and then 6.0 in the second term, all while conceding just the one behind to take a big lead into the main break.

The third quarter saw the Blues kick 4.1 before another two goals were added in the final quarter to finish the game with a 94-point win.

Brie Rattray kicked five goals for Launceston, with Mikayla Binns, Ange Dickson and Meg Radford making an impact with two each, and Camila Taylor, Nicole Ristrom, Dearne Taylor and Georgia Hill all kicking one.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, said the team “went down to Burnie with the intention of trialing a couple of things but mainly to continue our recent good form and hit some game targets we set. We just fell short of these targets in tricky conditions but we were still happy with our performance against a Burnie team that tried really hard.”

“We had a new look forward line to give us options in finals and it worked extremely well on the scoreboard but also how it functioned. It is definitely an asset against opposition in finals that they haven’t seen before.”

Brie Rattray, Mia King, Mikayla Binns, Ange Dickson, Meg Radford and Camilla Taylor were all standouts for the Blues.

“Brie Rattray kicked five goals for us and was very influential in the air. Mia King and Mikayla Binns played well also in a midfield group that executed well.”

“One injury concern with Zoe Claridge hurting her ankle with the severity unknown but the bye will help this week,” Gibbons said.

Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, stated that “in Sundays game in heavy conditions the girls gave it their all against a tough well organised Launceston team.”

“We had plenty of ball but failed to finish off our hard work when inside 50. Weight of numbers took their toll in the end. Hannah Martin suffered a badly dislocated and jarred thumb in the third quarter.”

The Dockers best players were Emily Doig, Lauren Stevenson, Emily Duncombe, Shelby Aitken, Lila Wijesingha-Frohmader and Shaeli Rodman.

Burnie stays in fifth place on the ladder, and Launceston remains in third, behind Clarence on percentage.

Launceston and Burnie both have the bye this week, but in round 18 they will return to play each other at Windsor Park.


Burnie Football Club                       0.0      0.1       0.1      0.1 (1)

Launceston Football Club               3.1      9.1      13.2     15.5 (95)


Launceston Football Club: B. Rattray 5, M. Binns 2, A. Dickson 2, M. Radford 2, C. Taylor, N. Ristrom, D. Taylor, G. Hill


Burnie Football Club: E. Doig, L. Stevenson, E. Duncombe, S. Aitken, L. Wijesingha-Frohmader, S. Rodman

Launceston Football Club: B. Rattray, M. King, M. Binns, A. Dickson, M. Radford, C. Taylor


Sunday 12th August

Clarence v. Tigers (Geilston Bay) – 12:00pm

Clarence continued its impressive streak of form with a big 20.10 (130) to 0.0 (0) win over the Tigers at Geilston Bay in round 16. 

The ‘Roos kicked 5.1 in the first quarter and then 3.3 in the second quarter to lead by 52 points at half time and have the game well and truly in control.

In the third quarter the Roos kicked 5.3 and in the final term another seven majors to win by 130 points.

Maddy Smith kicked five goals for Clarence, Darcy Elliston, and Hannah Scott three, Sophie Pennicott, and Jacinta Limbrick two, and Jessica Minifie, Bella Goward, Netty Garlo, Jenna Farrow and Tiarna Ford one apiece.

Tigers coach, Brad Willis, said the team competed as well as they could under trying circumstances.

“We went into the game undermanned and many who played were unwell.

“The endeavour was there for three and three quarters, but a serious injury to key on-baller Olivia McGow changed the game dramatically. She was not only winning a lot of the ball herself, but in head to head contests had only conceded one goal to star forward Maddie Smith,” Willis said.

“Not only did the injury deflate the team, but shuffling the deck to cover created some tough mismatches and Clarence took full advantage. The last quarter was pretty much a procession as Clarence did what they liked and through exhaustion and inexperience we were powerless to halt their run.”

“Despite the heavy loss the team did fight on bravely and we did have some individual standouts.”

The Tigers best players were Marla Neal, Hannah Squires, Tyler Roxann, Liarna Reid, Samantha Grimsey and Cara Brooke.

“Marla Neal continued her fine form racking up 36 disposals and six tackles. Cara Brooke, despite being unable to train all week showed her typical courage. Roxy Tyler, playing her first game in an unfamiliar role down back put her body on the line and was ably supported by Nicole Durham and young gun Liarna Reid. Hannah Squires and Sammy Grimsey also worked tirelessly and never gave the game away.”

“As reported earlier Liv McGow suffered a season ending fractured collarbone and will be a big loss on the eve of the finals. Liv had the operation on Monday and we wish her all the best with her recovery.”

Clarence coach, Andy Smith was full of praise for the efforts of the Tigers around the ground.

“The scoreboard didn’t reflect the effort from the Tigers side, especially around contested ball and tackle pressure.”

“I was happy with the girls for way they moved the ball. We had an even contribution from all players and a good spread of goal kickers – the players were disciplined to stick to our game plan despite the lop sided scoreboard.”

Clarence’s best players were Jacinta Limbrick, Georgia Pennicott, Maddy Smith, Saasha Hinks, Jessica Minifie and Chloe Wells.

At the end of round 16 Clarence remain in second place on the ladder with equal wins to Launceston in third, while the Tigers stay in fourth.

Tigers will face a Glenorchy side fresh off the bye in round 17 at the Twin Ovals, while Clarence will have the bye before locking horns with Glenorchy in round 18 at KGV.


Clarence Football Club           5.1       8.4      13.7     20.10 (130)

Tigers Football Club               0.0       0.0       0.0      0.0 (0)



Clarence Football Club: M. Smith 5, D. Elliston 3, H. Scott 3, S. Pennicott 2, J. Limbrick 2, J. Minifie, B. Goward, N. Garlo, J. Farrow, T. Ford


Clarence Football Club: J. Limbrick, G. Pennicott, M. Smith, S. Hinks, J. Minifie, C. Wells

Tigers Football Club: M. Neal, H. Squires, T. Roxann, L. Reid, S. Grimsey, C. Brooke

BUPA TSL Teams – Round 21

The teams are in for the final round of the season, with two premiership threats making a host of changes. 

Clarence has missed leader Jackson O’Brien, draft prospect Fraser Turner, consistent role player Matt Ling and star forward Trent Standen over the past few weeks, and although the ‘Roos will regain the services of ‘Speedy’ Standen this weekend, Jeromey Webberley’s side will now also be without Taylor Williamson, Tim Castle, Gabby Chambers (all injured) and the suspended Jake Cox.

With a hugely important clash coming up against the Tigers, Alex Silver, Trent Hope and Sam Green have all been called upon as reinforcements, with a win opening the door for the side to potentially clinch a top three spot and the second chance.

Tigers have made two changes for the clash, bringing exciting young duo Lachie Gadomski and Oliver Burrows-Cheng immediately back into the side for Will Poland and Matt Coad.

Launceston is also a major player at the selection table this week ahead of a blockbuster against the Magpies at Windsor Park, bringing back star trio Ethan Jackson, Chris Savage and Casey Brown, while Jack Donnellan, Thomas Sheppard and in-form star Dylan Riley will all miss.

Glenorchy has recalled key forward Harry Parker for the clash, with Aaron Brennan to miss. Star players Zac Webster, Mitch Rainbird and Matt Joseph will all miss at least another week.

North Launceston has made some big inclusions for the Battle of the Bombers at Lauderdale Oval, bringing in skipper Brad Cox-Goodyer and Michael Tang while Lauderdale will go in unchanged.




Round 21 – 18/08/2018

2:00PM – Windsor Park


B: J. Boyce, S. Vandervelde, T. Mundy

HB: R. Kelly-Mansell, J. Harper, C. Savage

C: J.  Hinds, C.  Jones, B.  Taylor

HF: M. Hodge, M. Thorp, S. Rundle

F: C. Brown, T. Auckland, J. Rushton

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

Int: J. Dakin, E. Jackson, J. Smith, R. Tyrrell

Emg: J. Donnellan, Z. Oldenhof, T. Sheppard, A. Wright

In: C. Savage, E. Jackson, C. Brown

Out: D. Riley, T. Shepard, J. Donnellan

B: J. Arnold, J. Grant, J. Stevenson

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

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

HF: W. Atkin, M. Walker, C. Daly

F: B. Bester, C. Salter, A. Roberts

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

Int: C. French, J. Geard, H. Parker, B. Webb

Emg: A. Brennan, D. Coppleman, J. Millhouse, R. Oakley

In: H. Parker

Out: A. Brennan


Round 21 – 18/08/2018

2:00PM – Lauderdale Oval


B: M. Anderton, N. Lockyer Jnr, O. Shaw

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

C: R.  Sutton, N.  Franklin, J.  Williams

HF: H. Kerinaiua, A. Hill, T. Mosquito

F: T. Boscott, J. Gillbee, B. Walsh

R: H. Smith, P. Bellchambers, A. Hevey

Int: N. Baker, T. Havea, C. Laoumtzis, N. Raglione

Emg: L. Harrison, R. Hill, J. Perkins, E. Stanley

North Launceston

B: J. Avent, C. Young, B. Sharman

HB: R. Mansell, T. Donnelly, A. Richter-Salter

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

HF: S. Egger, T. Bennett, T. Whitford

F: D. Bannister, Z. Burt, B. McCulloch

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

Int: F. Bennett, J. Pearce, B. Simpson, M. Tang

Emg: J. Mazengarb, O. Sanders, K. Wadley, L. Young

In: M. Tang

Out: K. Wadley


Round 21 – 18/08/2018

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena



B: J. Brenner, T. Birchall, T. Castle

HB: O. Paprotny, K. Wylie, J. Webberley

C: T.  Hope, B.  Jones, K.  Howlett

HF: C. Nield, R. Edmondson, T. Standen

F: A. Dickenson, R. Bailey, D. Reimers

R: J. Bailey, J. Harper, F. Seymour

Int: T. Cunliffe, S. Green, B. Sharman, A. Silver

Emg: J. O’Brien, J. Preshaw, H. Richmond, J. Young

In: T. Hope, T. Standen, S. Green, A. Silver

Out: T. Williamson,  J. Holmes,  G. Chambers,  J. Cox

Tigers FC

B: B. McCulloch, M. Reynolds, B. Rees

HB: L. Gadomski, M. Davies, B. Graham

C: E.  Burrows-Cheng, W.  Campbell, S.  Rice

HF: C. Bryant, M. Carter, M. Cooke

F: L. Graham, T. Carter, L. Watt

R: H. Johnston, S. Duigan, B. Grant

Int: O. Burrows-Cheng, B. Gordon, L. Griggs, J. Lister

Emg: M. Coad, A. Humphrey, J. Keogh, M. Lister

In: O. Burrows-Cheng, L. Gadomski

Out: W. Poland, M. Coad



Round 21 – 18/08/2018

11:30AM – Windsor Park

To be selected from:
M. Blazely, J. Bott, L. Gee, G. Millucci, B. Neil
J. Boyd, S. Bruinewoud, E. Conway, C. Curtis, A. Dickenson, J. Donnellan,
C. Downie, J. Gillow, G. Holt, A. Liberatore, J. Marsden, T. Miller,
J. Nunn, Z. Oldenhof, B. Rubock, T. Sheppard, M. Spohn, J. Tuthill,
A. Wright

To be selected from:
W. Atkin, J. Bearman, J. Bearman, S. Berry, J. Best, N. Blowfield ,
A. Brennan, D. Brown, T. Butterworth, J. Cooper, D. Coppleman, J. Davie,
K. Dean, S. Deverell, C. Goodsell, B. Kelly, I. Manson, J. Millhouse,
T. Morgan, N. Newman, R. Oakley, H. Parker, B. Patterson, A. Peach ,
B. Quinn, B. Rowbottom, C. Walker, L. Welsh, Z. Welsh, J. Whitford


Round 21 – 18/08/2018

11:30AM – Lauderdale Oval

To be selected from:
C. Best, T. Daff, J. Fisher, M. Ford, W. Gergel, L. Harrison,
R. Hill, J. Hill, R. Hooker, C. Hooker, P. Hudson, B. Keiselis,
R. Kerslake, J. Klok, J. Lewis, M. McGuinness, L. Meagher, B. Newell,
J. Perkins, J. Revell, M. Smith, E. Stanley, T. Westbury, J. White
North Launceston
To be selected from:
D. Baker, F. Bennett, W. Birchmore, J. Callow, M. Cossins, J. Curran,
K. Curtis, M. Donnelly, T. Foon, C. Haines, J. Harris, C. Harrison,
N. Jackson, J. Kerr, K. Lanham, C. Lowe, J. Mazengarb, C. Pearton,
A. Potter, C. Praciak, B. Ronken, O. Sanders, C. Stuart, M. Tang,
X. Todman, K. Wadley, R. Whitney, L. Young


Round 21 – 18/08/2018

11:30AM – Blundstone Arena

To be selected from:
K. Bailey, C. Berry, A. Bresnehan, H. Burgess, R. Cowie, B. Hay,
M. Haydon, A. Jackman, B. Latham, B. Lewis, C. Lovell, T. Marshall,
A. Morton, J. Preshaw, J. Pulford, H. Richmond, M. Salter, S. Storic,
M. Swan, J. Tilley, B. Young, J. Young
Tigers FC
To be selected from:
L. Ayliffe, J. Banks – Balding, M. Bigwood, H. Burrows, M. Coad, W. Dean,
L. Edwards, A. Huizing, A. Humphrey, P. Kelly, J. Keogh, M. Lister,
J. Manix, J. Pride, P. Reihana, M. Rickards, H. Thompson, M. Wolfert
B. Garth-Smith, C. Meades, J. Phillips, J. Wells

Magpies Taking Nothing For Granted

Despite currently sitting a game and 10% clear of third-placed Launceston after the penultimate round, Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy is refusing to count his chickens until everything is said and done on Saturday evening. 

With second spot bringing with it a double chance and a home qualifying final, the stakes are high for the Magpies when they meet the third-placed Blues this Saturday, and after such an intriguing season to date, Kennedy is wary that anything could still happen.

“We could [be knocked off second spot].

“The results this year have been up and down all around the competition, so I’ve learnt pretty quickly not to take anything for granted down here,” Kennedy said ahead of this weekend’s showdown.

“It’s one of those ones where you have five really even teams and a sixth one in the Tigers who can be really competitive on their day, so you have got to be on.

“The percentage is a lot to make up, but we have beaten every side by eight goals or so this year and I think most teams have had big wins like that themselves. We won’t be taking the foot off the pedal just because we have had some wins.

“We want to win this game. We want to finish second and carry this momentum we have got and get a home final at Bellerive.”

The Magpies are riding high at the moment, having recorded consecutive thumping wins over North Hobart and the Tigers before coming back from an early deficit to overrun the ‘Roos by 31 points at Blundstone Arena to win the Bingley-Linton Cup for a fifth straight year.

“We were being outworked in terms of getting to the contest. It’s something we have worked on since we had that first run of four losses in a row.

“We identified that we were sometimes being beaten to the contest at that stage and we got better with our spread and workrate around the ground.

“Clarence did a really good job of owning territory in that first quarter so we changed a few things and the guys upped their work rate. I was really pleased with the way they responded with the IQ of their play and their desperation to get to the contest.”

A key talking point out of the win was the successful return of 2016 Darrel Baldock Medalist Clinton French, who was a late inclusion for the injured Mitch Rainbird.

French kicked three goals to spark the Magpies en route to a stirring win.

“The first thing I said was that the team is picked on merit.

“Our whole game plan is a lot of hard work and he was behind the eight ball to start with, but he has done everything right since.

“He has asked a lot of questions and done the running with the seniors and sat on the bench with the seniors. With Matt Joseph out injured, that role that Matty has been playing was one that suited Frenchy.

“He was a bit rusty early- he only touched it once or twice for the first quarter and a bit but he doesn;t need many chances to make a difference and he showed his class in those last three quarters,” Kennedy said.

With Joseph, Mitch Rainbird and Zac Webster all currently out injured and the likes of William Atkin, Chris McKnight and French making an immediate impact, the Magpies may have some selection conundrums come finals.

“Sometimes in footy you look at it and you think you will have lots of players back and it will be tough and then an injury or two pops up, so we will have to wait and see.

“Having depth isn’t a bad thing and the reality is that most of our depth is really young.”

For the moment, however, Kennedy and the Magpies are remaining solely focused on this weekend’s trip to Windsor Park.

“I was speaking with someone at a VFL club and looking at the [TSL] lists and they were impressed by what Launceston have.

“There is a lot of good talent there and they have started to click – they played some great footy early in the year and then had a bit of a down patch, but you could see what Sam was trying to do.

“Now they have found a recipe that’s working and we are two teams that move the ball well, so it will be a good test.

“It is a bit of a different ground up there – it’s a bit like the Subiaco of the TSL – it’s a bit longer, so you have to play a little bit of a different way.

“It will be a good challenge for our guys to adjust the way they play – we want to go into finals having won four in a row and having beaten two of the contenders.”

Future Bright For The Red & Blue

Written by Josh Duggan

Three consecutive triple figure losses in North Hobart’s last three matches this season might sting the young playing group, but it doesn’t have Coach Richard Robinson any less excited about what the future holds for one of Australia’s proudest sporting clubs. 

A tumultuous off-season coming into 2018 left the Demons on their knees, and although the season itself has been enormously challenging for such a young team, a resilient playing group has come through the season excited  to get stuck straight back into it.

After the club’s 120-point loss to Lauderdale in round 20, coach Richard Robinson reflected on the difficulty of the 2018 season.

“As a club, we’re still here -there were doubters out there that we wouldn’t be; so we’re proud of that, but we know we’ve got a lot of hard work to go.

“I said to Hugh Williams after the game ‘we’ve got through it, and we’re never gonna experience a year like that again’… in an essence, we started a new club,” Robinson said.

IC: Solstice Digital

A letter from Club President Craig Martin posted on the North Hobart Football Club’s Facebook page showed that the club hasn’t been dispirited by the tough year that has yielded just the one senior win.

You have been resilient, strong, always smiling, eager to learn and supportive and caring of each other throughout the whole year and your efforts at training and in games have been magnificent.

You have all shown enormous strength of character and your efforts and the great work of our coaching group led by ‘Bear’ Robinson have laid the foundations for future success for our footy club.

The exciting signs shown by players like Jake Steele, Hamish Allan, Will Peppin, Sam Caswell and Samuel Collins among others indicate that North Hobart Oval will be an exciting place moving forward.

Blooding so many young kids has given the club the opportunity to evaluate its young talent and get a head start in development for the future; the recruiting they couldn’t do last year will also be valuable in vaulting the Demons up the ladder quicker than many might have foreseen.

“Obviously, topping up with (former Melbourne AFL player) Colin Garland and having him full-time, and there’s a few other irons in the fire – ex-AFL players, who are keen to come on board – I’m sure there will be a few announcements in the next few weeks,” Robinson said

With all that to come, it’s no wonder that they’re counting down the days until they get to play footy again.

“We’re really excited to see what our pre-season will hold, we’re really looking forward to cracking in; I know it’s August now, but we can’t wait to kick off the season next year.”

Offensive Bombers Tighten Up Ahead Of Finals

Written by Josh Duggan.

While Lauderdale was forced to work in the first half of their clash with North Hobart on Saturday, a dominant second half helped them extend their lead out to 120 points and record a much-needed percentage boost on the eve of finals. 

Jacob Gillbee was the main destroyer for the Bombers, kicking seven goals, including four in a devastating first quarter spell.

The Bombers as a unit were all offence in the first half; but despite their offensive prowess, North Hobart managed to get over the top of them on several occasions, and went into the main break with six goals in the scorekeepers’ books.

Coach Darren Winter implored his side to improve their defensive work-rate, and after the main break, they were impeccable in that category – conceding just two goals – while losing nothing in the other direction (piling on a further 13 majors).

In the second half, Thor Boscott was equally as damaging as Gillbee was in the first; he kicked five goals for the day.

After the game, Captain Bryce Walsh, who kicked two goals upon his return from a long-term injury sustained in round one, was pleased with how the Bombers as a group improved over the course of the day.

“I think we got caught just coming up the ground a bit too far with our defence, not getting the right starting positions, and we got a bit found out when they ran at our defence,” Walsh said of the opening half.

“I think we rectified that in the second half, and it probably shows with the game being probably in our forward half for 80% of the game.”

The Bombers’ big win gives them every chance of jumping into third or fourth on the ladder if Launceston or Clarence slip up this weekend, but they’ll have to get past North Launceston themselves in order to do so.

The ladder leaders will make the trip to ‘the Tip’ in the final round, where a hungry Lauderdale outfit will be waiting for them, and keen to show they can mix it with the competition’s very best for four quarters.


Lauderdale                              7.5,  13.8,  17.11,  26.16  (172)

North Hobart                          3.1,  6.1,  7.2,  8.4  (52)



Lauderdale : J. Gillbee 7, T. Boscott 5, H. Kerinaiua 2, P. Bellchambers 2, A. Hill 2, A. Hevey 2, N. Franklin 2, B. Walsh 2, T. Havea, N. Lockyer Jnr

North Hobart : S. Caswell 2, S. Willis 2, J. Barwick, A. Norton, W. Burgess, B. Tilbury


Lauderdale : J. Gillbee, N. Franklin, T. Boscott, R. Sutton, N. Baker, R. Wiggins

North Hobart : H. Williams, S. Caswell, N. McCulloch, B. Walker, A. Norton

RACT Insurance Player of the Year Votes – Round 20


Round 20 of the Bupa Tasmanian State League has been run and won, and with just one round to go the race for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year Award is down to just two players with little movement from the frontrunners in round 20. 

Glenorchy key defender Josh Grant was adjudged best afield for his stellar effort against the ‘Roos at Blundstone Arena, with versatile teammate James Webb also catching the eye with a strong display. Clarence young gun Tom Birchall was rewarded for his best senior performance with his first vote for the season.

Former Gold Coast Sun Jacob Gillbee had a day out against the Demons at North Hobart Oval, kicking seven goals in a big Lauderdale win. Nat Franklin was as busy as ever through the middle of the ground to earn two votes, while Thor Boscott rounded out the voting after a five-goal haul.

Exciting draft prospect Chayce Jones continued his impressive run of form, polling maximum votes in the Blues’ come-from-behind triumph over the Tigers. Jones now has votes in every senior TSL game he has played in 2018 to take his tally to nine, just two votes off second place. Consistent Blue Jake Smith was again prominent for Launceston to earn two votes, while Tigers stalwart Marcus Davies rounded out the voting with an effective half-back performance.


Clarence v Glenorchy – Blundstone Arena, 11/08/18

3- Josh Grant (Glenorchy)

2- James Webb (Glenorchy)

1- Tom Birchall (Clarence)


North Hobart v Lauderdale – North Hobart Oval, 11/08/18

3- Jacob Gillbee (Lauderdale)

2- Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

1- Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)


Tigers FC v Launceston – Twin Ovals, 11/08/18

3- Chayce Jones (Launceston)

2- Jake Smith (Launceston)

1- Marcus Davies (Tigers)


With Taylor Whitford having the bye and Daniel Joseph not polling, the race for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award will come down to the final round of the season. 

Whitford’s Northern Bombers will face Lauderdale on the road, while Glenorchy will be taking on the Blues at Windsor Park.

The chasing pack are all out of calculations for the award itself, but will all be able to shake-up the make-up of the leaderboard in the final round.


16 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy), Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

11 VOTES: Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

10 VOTES: Ryan Bailey (Clarence), Tom Bennett (North Launceston), Jake Cox (Clarence)

9 VOTES: Phil Bellchambers (Lauderdale), Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy), Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston), Chayce Jones (Launceston)


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

Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night.

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