2017 Mark of the Year – VOTE NOW

There was some amazing clunks, grabs, screamers and hangers in TSL season 2017.

These are the best from across the season.

Which mark was the very best? Have your say!

VOTING CLOSES SEPTEMBER 13 2017

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TRIBUNAL RESULT: O’BRIEN CHARGE DISMISSED

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Finals Week 1

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence) was reported for striking Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale).

The incident was rated intentional, high contact and high impact by the match day umpire and as a result was referred directly to the TSL Independent Tribunal. 

The Independent Tribunal heard the case tonight (05/09/2017) and found that the evidence presented failed to support the charge.

After hearing evidence from player Walsh and reported player O’Brien, (which was supported by the visual evidence from match day footage and further supported by the evidence of other witnesses), the case was dismissed.

Player Walsh’s evidence was consistent with that of reported player O’Brien, stating he (Walsh) was bumped to the chest which caught him off balance and caused him to go to ground. Player Walsh also explained his immediate reaction to clutch at his face was as a result of him (Walsh) unintentionally biting his tongue as he landed to ground.

RESULT: CASE DISMISSED

 

MRP RESULTS: FINALS WEEK 1

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Finals Week 1

The Match Review Panel (MRP) was not required to sit today with the only incident from the weekend’s matches referred directly to the tribunal.

Jackson O’Brien (Clarence) was reported for striking Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale).
The incident was rated intentional, high contact and high impact by the match day umpire and as a result was referred directly to the TSL Independent Tribunal. 

The video footage was inconclusive and as a result, the MRP was not in a position to review it to make an assessment.

The Tribunal will sit at 6:00 pm tomorrow night (Tuesday 5 September 2017).

Double-Header a raging success

Over 5000 football fans enjoyed this weekend’s Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) finals doubleheader, with over 3000 spectators packing into Blundstone Arena and over 2000 enjoying the action via live stream.

The audience was treated to two fantastic games with Launceston upsetting Glenorchy to end the reigning Premiers defence and Lauderdale downing fierce rivals, Clarence to progress into a Semi-Final showdown with North Launceston.

TSL General Manager Carl Saunder labelled the event as a raging success, reinforcing the football public’s appetite for TSL footy.

“It was a fantastic day and the double header concept was well supported which is really encouraging.

“I think the audience indicates that people follow and enjoy their TSL footy but we as a competition need to think about how we make it easy and engaging for people to consume.

“The doubleheader is one example of thinking a little differently to tradition and our weekly live streams are another.

“We are keen to continue innovating and looking at new ways to get more people enjoying the best talent playing in the premier competition.”

Close to 3200 spectators came through the turnstiles of Blundstone Arena with over 2000 unique viewers watching the TSL’s live stream from far and wide locations.

Despite the day being an overwhelming success, the TSL has received feedback suggesting longer than normal queues and catering shortages at the venue.

“We acknowledge that there were some less than ideal circumstances and we will work with our venues to better cater for the growing crowds at the finals games – this will extend to faster access into the venue and expanded catering.

“But while that is unfortunate and an area we will work to address, what it did show is that there is a significant interest and demand for TSL and we look forward to that continuing throughout an exciting finals series,” Saunder said.

The second week of finals will see games at both ends of the state with the Mercury Cup fixtures modified to enable clubs with two teams to play at the same venue. Clarence and Launceston will play each other in both the TSL and the Mercury Cup, with flexible fixturing seeing both games at Blundstone Arena. North Launceston will host Lauderdale, with their Mercury Cup also staying home to face the Tigers.

“We want club’s resources not to be stretched and we want everyone to have the capacity to be at the top of their game. We also care about fans and want them to be able to follow both of their teams and not have to make a choice.

“It made no sense to have North Launceston, Clarence and Launceston have their Mercury Cup teams at opposite ends of the state to their TSL teams.

“This flexible fixturing supports consistent requests from clubs to enable full club support for their clashes and we continue to be receptive to that.

“The shift has been made in line with decisions such as the doubleheader, we want our finals series to be the best it can be in terms of football standard and support,” Saunder explained.

Week one was a major success and the TSL hope it only blossoms in coming weeks with the goal of a Grand Final attendance of 10,000. Saunder believes the success of the doubleheader shows that the ambition is possible.

“We want to make the Grand Final a fantastic well-supported event and we think the twilight time slot will assist as well as match day entertainment and of course high-quality football.

“We are really happy with the first week’s success and eagerly await three more weeks of fantastic footy.”

The finals schedule for Week 2 of the TSL Finals:

Match Number Date Venue Final Start Time Home Club Away Club
5 Saturday 9th  Sept Blundstone Arena Mercury Cup 2nd Semi Final 11.30am Launceston Clarence
6 Saturday 9th  Sept Blundstone Arena Southern Cross TSL 1st Semi Final 2:00pm Clarence  Launceston
7 Saturday 9th  Sept UTAS Stadium Mercury Cup 1st Semi Final 2.00pm Tigers North Launceston
8 Saturday 9th  Sept UTAS Stadium Southern Cross TSL 2nd Semi Final 4:30pm North Launceston Lauderdale

 

WIGGINS’ SEVENTH HEAVEN FUELS BOMBER BLITZ

Written by Anthony Osborn

 

A sensational seven-goal haul from the versatile Ryan Wiggins has seen Lauderdale run out 47-point winners over Clarence in one of the most hotly anticipated Tasmanian State League matches in recent memory.

After succumbing to the ‘Roos in all three of their previous encounters in 2017, Lauderdale were able to win in the biggest clash between the two sides this year, with the 20.6 (126) – 10.19 (79) victory cementing the Bombers’ place as a genuine heavyweight of the competition.

The first three-quarters of the contest proved to be a see-sawing affair, with inaccurate Clarence goal kicking leaving the door ajar for an electrifying final quarter of Bombers’ football that proved to be too much for the ‘Roos to handle.

The Bombers looked to control the contested ball throughout the opening term, with hard-nosed midfield efforts and slick outside work providing Lauderdale with a three-goal advantage at the first change after Ben McGuinness goaled late in the term.

The ‘Roos got on top of the contested ball numbers throughout the second term but were unable to make the Bombers pay on the scoreboard, kicking 4.8 for the term compared to Lauderdale’s two straight majors off the boot of Wiggins. As such, Clarence took a slender two-point lead into the main break when in reality; the difference should have been closer to three goals.

The Bombers capitalised on Clarence’s inaccuracy in front of goal to kick four third-quarter majors that ensured the Bombers took a nine-point lead into the final change.

The match was on a knife’s edge leading into the final break, but the Bombers wasted no time in making their intentions clear, kicking eight straight final quarter goals, including five between Wiggins and Ben McGuinness. Wiggins had been thrust forward after the first term, kicking three of his seven majors in this Bomber blitz, while the similarly versatile Ben McGuinness kicked two of his four to put the result beyond doubt.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was clearly pleased with the victory and particularly how his side were able to play their own style of game late in the contest.

“To win a final and to move on to the next one- we are pretty happy with that. The boys did a good job to finish the game off,” Winter said.

“The boys found a bit of space and moved the ball a bit quicker than in the first three-quarters. That is the type of footy we want to play but we know we won’t always be able to play that in finals,” he said.

Wiggins was particularly impressive, with his seven-goal haul further underlining his own versatility as a key forward and a defensive option, as well as the rich versatility of this Lauderdale side.

“We still think he (Wiggins) is playing better footy down back but he presented well, marked strongly and finished well,” Winter said.

Ben McGuinness was similarly impressive whenever he got near the football, with a forward role visibly suiting his aerobic capabilities and athleticism. Thor Boscott showed moments of brilliance while booting two, while ruckman Haydn Smith and gun on baller Dylan Fyfe won the majority of their contests around the ground to put the Bombers in with a chance of victory.

The win was particularly impressive off the back of Max Kleverkamp being a late withdrawal through illness, with the return of his talents next weekend only making the Bombers a more formidable September force.

Much had been made throughout the week of the expected physicality of this match, but Winter was pleased with how his side handled the heat.

“You don’t win games by rubbish off the ball- the boys handled that well. They are a focussed young group of men and we don’t want to be involved in that sort of stuff- we want to keep it close to the line,” he said.

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley was adamant that there were positives for his players to take out of the contest, but conceded that inaccuracy in front of goal cost his side.

“We won the contested ball and clearances (in the second term) but we couldn’t convert… we should have been in at half time three or four goals up, but we were two goals down.

“At times our transition was back to its best and our stoppage work at times was near the best it’s been all year,” Webberley said.

Webberley, who suffered a corked calf for a second consecutive week, conceded that his side would have some selection decisions to make while also emphasising the importance of re-focusing on the upcoming task at hand, despite the hurt of such a loss to Lauderdale.

“You can’t cry over spilt milk… We have to move on to next week against Launceston who had a fantastic win today- it will be a really tough contest… they have an extremely deep midfield,” he said.

Meanwhile, Winter is looking forward to the challenge of facing minor premiers North Launceston next weekend, stating that every final should be a close encounter.

“The finals series will be strong the whole way through. We know they (North Launceston) are a quality outfit- we will have to be close to our best for the whole game, not just parts of it,” Winter said.

 

CLARENCE v. LAUDERDALE
Round 1 – 02/09/2017

Lauderdale                              6.2,  8.2,  12.6,  20.6  (126)

Clarence                                3.2,  7.10,  9.15,  10.19  (79)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
R. Wiggins 7, B. McGuinness 4, T. Boscott 2, T. Havea 1, R. McManus 1, H. Smith 1,
J. Roberts 1, A. Hill 1, C. Laoumtzis 1, R. Hill 1

Clarence :
T. Standen 2, J. Webberley 2, I. Callinan 1, J. Harper 1, W. Wall 1, M. Blackburn 1,
T. Castle 1, Z. Buechner 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
H. Smith, D. Fyfe, R. Wiggins, B. McGuinness, N. Franklin, T. Boscott

Clarence :
J. O’Brien, B. Jones, J. Gleeson, T. Castle, M. Ling, J. Harper

Launceston stun wounded Magpies

Written by Richard Bannon and Andrew Johnston

Launceston has ended Glenorchy’s premiership defence upsetting the Magpies by 28-points in yesterday’s Southern Cross Tasmanian State League Elimination Final at Blundstone Arena.

Many considered Glenorchy the finals ‘sleeping giant’ but the title may prove to belong to Launceston this September. The Blues were incredibly impressive as they outclassed the reigning premier 14.15-99 to 10.11-71, to progress to next week’s semi-final against Clarence.

They were outsiders for many but the northern outfit looked far better than their home and away record and fifth place finish suggested and will take some beating next week.

Star Blues Sonny Whiting (four) and Jay Blackberry (three) combined for seven majors and Jake Hinds was brilliant as the trio starred to deliver Launceston their first finals victory since 2013.

Blackberry converted the opening goal of the game to give Launceston a dream start. Before Glenorchy kicked the next two goals courtesy of James Webb and Callan Daly, giving the Magpies a 2.2-14 to 1.4-10 lead at quarter time.

The second quarter looked like belonging to Glenorchy as the Magpies kicked a string of three goals to skip out to a 27-point lead halfway through the second. The Magpies had control and looked like putting the game to bed before the momentum swung drastically in Launceston’s favour in the final ten minutes of the quarter. The Blues cutting the deficit with clinical efficiency, slamming home three consecutive goals themselves with Whiting kicking his first to finish the first half in a flurry.

The Magpies’ season has been cruelled by injury and unfortunately, the trend continued in the cutthroat final. Utility Mitch Hills left the field in the second quarter with a lower leg injury and former Hawthorn-listed forward Zac Webster succumbed to yet another hamstring injury to see both players done for the day with a half to play.

Down two rotations on the bench and disrupting their structure, Glenorchy began to leak goals with Launceston dominating midfield as the Blues piled on six goals to one in the third term including a jaw dropping effort from Whiting and two from Blackberry seeing them take a handy 26-point lead into the final change, 10.10-70 to 6.8-44.

 

With a big finish required to resurrect their season, Glenorchy started the quarter in a hurry and kicked a goal in no time through skipper Brayden Webb (who battled manfully through injury to have a major impact, kicking three goals).  Launceston steadied with youngster Hinds’ cool head important as the Blues answered every challenge from the ‘Pies, adding four more goals to assure a 14.15-99 to 10.11-71 victory and a return trip to Blundstone Arena to face Clarence in another sudden death final.

Launceston senior coach Sam Lonergan was delighted with the victory and believes his side is not done with and can match it with the likes of Clarence, Lauderdale, and North Launceston throughout this finals campaign.

 

“We’ve all got slightly different strengths, but I think the level of footy is about the same.

“We’ve got over this first hurdle, and I think now that we’ve done this, if we can play well, we can achieve the same thing next week, which is going to be exciting to see.”

 

Lonergan believes the victory has injected belief into the Blues outfit.

“I honestly believe sides are nervous to play us, we’ve got an ability to break games open very quickly.”

“To hold on throughout the second half was valuable, and that we didn’t dip and we continued to steam on, apply scoreboard pressure, win contested ball and win those things we expect to win.”

The Blues now face Clarence in a semi-final showdown from 2:00pm at Blundstone Arena in what now looms as a fascinating tussle.

 

 

Tasmanian State League

GLENORCHY v. LAUNCESTON
Round 1 – 02/09/2017

Launceston                              1.4,  4.6,  10.10,  14.15  (99)

Glenorchy                               2.2,  5.7,  6.8,  10.11  (71)

GOALS, Launceston :
S. Whiting 4, J. Blackberry 3, J. Hinds 2, S. Lonergan 1, B. Taylor 1, R. Tyrrell 1,
N. O’Donoghue 1, C. Smith 1

Glenorchy :
B. Webb 3, J. Webb 1, H. Pearce 1, C. Daly 1, R. Banks-Smith 1, R. Mott 1,
J. Bowden 1, J. Geard 1

BEST, Launceston :
H. Leedham, R. Tyrrell, S. Williams, J. Hinds, S. Whiting, J. Donnellan

Glenorchy :
C. Daly, J. Arnold, M. Joseph, B. Webb, L. Smith, J. Arnold

 

Fitz’s Finals Forecast – Week 1

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Glenorchy vs  Launceston

Elimination Final

Blundstone Arena – 1:00pm

Saturday 2nd September

2017 Encounters :

Launceston 16.5 (101) def Glenorchy 4.7 (31) (Round 9, Windsor Park)

Glenorchy 14.6 (90) def Launceston 12.12 (84) (Round 18, KGV Oval)

The Magpies will be pleased they’re not venturing to the North of the state this week, with the accurate Blues making surprisingly light work of them at Windsor Park when they met in Round 9.  Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius described the Blues as one of the best sides in the competition prior to their rematch in Round 18, and the Blues won plenty of admirers in that game, conceding two late goals to just fall short of the fast-finishing Pies in one of the matches of the season. 

Previous Finals Encounters:

None.

Form Guide:

Glenorchy (4th) – 12 wins/6 losses; 156%:

The Magpies started their season with four big wins, but then lost four matches in a row; all to the sides who ended up qualifying for the finals.  Glenorchy had a stronger back half of the season, despite being decimated by injuries, to win eight of their final ten games against quality opponents.  The boys from KGV have the ability to play at an elite level, as their healthy percentage shows but are undoubtedly racing the clock to field their best side in September.  The Magpies love proving the doubters wrong, and may well do so as they strive to defend their 2016 flag against the other four sides who have lifted to match them in 2017.

Launceston (5th) – 9 wins/9 losses; 113%

Launceston have played solid football in patches this season, without blowing the socks off any opposition sides.  Still, their performances against Glenorchy warrant attention, and the Blues did manage to limit the damage when going down to the other four sides playing finals, with their bravery and hardness at the contest in close matches unquestionable.  With a strong mix of experience and talented youth, the Blues are seen by many as the dark horse of this year’s finals series, with coach Sam Lonergan repeatedly stating he believes his side can surprise teams and play deep into September.

Pic: Snapshots by Sal

Key Matchups:

Glenorchys’ Cameron Duffy and emerging Blue Hamish Leedham have been among the form big men of the competition, with Duffy’s form rewarded through his selection as the state ruckman earlier in the season.  Leedham has turned heads with his physicality and presence in what has been a breakout season for the Launceston tall.  With Duffy nursing an injured finger, the prospective duel between the two is evenly matched, and whoever gets on top to feed the ball to the midfielders will play a crucial role in the progression of his respective side.

Sonny Whiting has been a prominent feature in attack for Launceston this season, with the veteran leading forward booting 44 goals to finish the home and away season as the second highest goal kicker in the competition.  Glenorchy is likely to play state representative defender Jordon Arnold on him, with the Magpie’s courage and spoiling ability crucial to negating Whiting, who has the strength and ability to play tall.  A host of other defenders have played negating roles with great success this season, including Matthew Dilger, who will line up for his 150th match this weekend; as a result, Glenorchy has conceded the second-least points of top-five sides in 2017.

Both sides possess enviable midfields, with Glenorchy captain Brayden Webb, Mitch Rainbird, Rhys Mott and RACT Insurance Player of the Year Jaye Bowden all capable of racking up high numbers and using the ball well by foot.  Launceston have their own power quartet however, with Sam Lonergan, Brodie Palfreyman, Jay Blackberry and Jake Hinds all in stellar form.  The foot skills of Blackberry and Hinds are particularly damaging, with Hinds’ confidence to back his kicking seeing him break lines through the latter half of the season, and Blackberry earning the nickname ‘The Mailman’ due to his ability to always deliver.

Fire Starters:

Zac Webster, like many of his Glenorchy teammates, has had an injury-affected 2017, but has been damaging when on the park.  The former Hawthorn-listed small forward doesn’t need to have a huge amount of the ball to cut teams apart, such is his vision and ball use.  Webster is particularly skilled at finding targets inside attacking 50, and works hard both ways to find the ball in space.  Having not faced the Blues this season due to injuries, Webster is a bit of an unknown for Launceston in that regard, and could be the wildcard in Glenorchy’s quest to remain in the hunt for back to back flags.

Not a lot needs to be said about Jaye Bowden, with not many sides able to quell his influence this season.  Running a hard tag on the versatile superstar wouldn’t be the worst thing Launceston could do, if the nominated player can keep up with him.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell has been a nominated fire starter a number of times this season, with the high-leaping forward well and truly earning the title.  RKM has the ability to kick goals at crucial times in matches, with his snap from the pocket at KGV Oval in Round 18 against the Magpies temporarily giving his side the lead in a hotly-contested final term.  Launceston have trialled him further up the field in recent weeks, and if he lines up on a wing then a tantalising match up on Rhys Mott could be on the cards.  With the uncanny knack of finding a way to produce the impossible, Kelly-Mansell must be guarded closely, as most of the games where he’s been quiet Launceston have fallen.

Tip:

While Glenorchy would be the obvious choice here due to their win-loss record, recent finals history and current form, the Magpies still have an injury cloud overshadowing KGV Oval.  Captain Brayden Webb, ruckman Cameron Duffy and the big-bodied Mitch Hills highlight the key inclusions, however regular best 22 players Josh Watts, Harrison Gunther and Tyler Bowden have all been named as emergencies, foreshadowing a number of possible late changes.  Glenorchy’s pace is one of their strengths, and they showed in their last match up with Launceston the ability to move the ball quickly with damaging results.

The Blues matched North Launceston for most of their Round 21 encounter, and will be armed with plenty of confidence heading into this match.  The returns of the tough Sam Rundle, playing coach Sam Lonergan and emerging defender Jimmy Aganas bolster the visiting side, giving Launceston a real chance to knock off the reigning premiers on Saturday.

Curtailing the Magpies’ key playmakers and not letting Glenorchy kick a string of consecutive goals is integral to the outcome of this match, but the Blues have emerged from a month of tough games well-conditioned for finals football and are well-poised to cause an upset on Saturday.  A tight contest all day; Launceston by 14.

Clarence vs Lauderdale

Qualifying Final

Blundstone Arena – 3:45pm

Saturday 2nd September

2017 Encounters:

Clarence 19.7 (121) def Lauderdale 13.11 (89) (Round 3,Blundstone Arena)

Clarence 14.7 (91) def Lauderdale 11.7 (73) (Round 12, Lauderdale Oval)

Clarence 9.10 (64) def Lauderdale 9.9 (63) (Round 20, Blundstone Arena)

The already-fierce Eastern shore rivalry has gone to a new level this season, with Clarence having inflicted three of Lauderdale’s five losses to be the only side the Bombers haven’t toppled in 2017 to date. All matches have been physical encounters, with Lauderdale closing the gap every time they have met, culminating in a one point margin when the red hot teams last met in Round 20. 

Previous Finals Encounters:

Clarence 17.14 (116) def Lauderdale 14.14 (98) (1st QF, 2013, Blundstone Arena)

The 2013 Qualifying Final was a fiery one, with several reports coming out of the clash.  Current Roos Jeromey Webberley and Jake Cox were among the best for the victors, while a young Thor Boscott impressed for Lauderdale. 

Clarence 16.11 (107) def Lauderdale 14.8 (92) (1st QF, 2012,  North Hobart Oval)

The first final between these sides went down to the wire, with present-day small forward Trent Standen the difference, as he booted six goals to help Clarence get across the line.  Lauderdale have only four current players remaining on their lists who pulled on a guernsey in this match, while the Roos still boast a formidable eight.

Form Guide:

Clarence (2nd) – 14 wins/4 losses; 135%:

After failing to make a finals appearance in 2016, the Roos started their season with a bang, winning their first five matches, before stumbling against the Hobart City Demons in the wet by the slimmest of margins.  Another impressive six game winning streak followed, but a string of injuries to key players saw Clarence drop three of their final six matches, albeit against sides inside the top four.  With the Round 18 loss to North Launceston the only blowout concern all season, and with a host of players fresh after being rested last week, Clarence are heading into September ready to make an impact.

Lauderdale (3rd) – 13 wins/5 losses; 143%

After a slow start, the Bombers pieced together an eyebrow-raising six game streak, defeating Glenorchy and North Launceston along the way.  A loss to Clarence sidelined the juggernaut momentarily, but the boys from the tip bounced back to put together seven high-scoring wins in a row until they again went down to the Roos, this time by a solitary point.  Arguably the form side of the competition alongside North Launceston, Lauderdale head into the finals after the bye, with the much-needed break ensuring coach Darren Winter has a full-strengthsquad at his disposal for a charge at September. The Bombers have been finals regulars but a top three finish is new to them, giving Winter perhaps his best crack at a flag yet.

Pic: Solstice.Digital & Photography

Key Matchups:

Jake Cox has been a thorn in Lauderdale’s side both times he played against them this season, kicking a combined eight goals from an attacking wing position.  Capable of turning a match in a matter of minutes, the Bombers may need to consider sacrificing a playmaker such as Josh McGuinness in an attempt to quell his influence. But will that rob Peter to pay Paul?

With rebounding defender Keegan Wylie likely to miss after suffering a head knock in Round 21, the structure and organisation Jason Bailey provides to the Roos defence will be crucial for Clarence.  Alex Hill is one Lauderdale forward with defensive attributes who may go to Bailey, with his presence and contested marking skills likely to keep Bailey honest all afternoon.

The midfield battle will be a treat for supporters, with both sides boasting onballers in form.  Bomber Bryce Walsh has had a sensational season, but Gabby Chambers has performed admirably in his run-with roles on the Lauderdale captain so far this season and expect him to head to him at the first bounce.  Teenage inside midfielder Nat Franklin has been Lauderdale’s best in two of the three encounters between these sides this year, with Brady Jones a chance to stand him.  Expect to see damaging Roo Jackson O’Brien and ball-winning Bomber Dylan Fyfe spend some time on each other around the stoppages as well.

Fire Starters:

Veteran small forwards Trent Standen and Ian Callinan have been a big part of Clarence’s resurgence this season, booting 68 goals between them in 2017.  Standen has a bag of seven under his belt this year, and his ability to remain dangerous is a concern for oppositions sides, with just one goalless match to his name.  Callinan has the uncanny knack for finding space and kicking back to back goals in a hurry, as he showed against the Bombers in Round 12 when he slotted three in the first quarter alone.  Neither can be given an inch anywhere near the attacking 50.

Thor Boscott has had an outstanding season to date, booting 41 goals from half forward while also spending time in the midfield and cutting sides apart with his clearance work.  As damaging in the air as he is at ground level, Boscott has proven he’s more than a human highlight reel, earning 13 RACT Player of the Year Award votes and gaining selection in the state squad.  Boscott announced himself to casual TSL observers with a nine-goal haul against the Tigers in Round 15, but most fans are well aware of his presence and ability.  Tim Castle played well in defence on him last time these sides met, but with Boscott able to switch into a midfield role, he’ll have to be guarded closely if Clarence want to negate the exciting Bomber’s game winning ability.

Tip:

This is the most anticipated match of the season to date, with Round 20’s nailbiting result a suitable entree for what will undoubtedly be an afternoon full of talking points.  Clarence’s 2016 best and fairest winner Jack Gleeson found himself in hot water in that game, with an appeal sensationally reducing a two-game penalty that would have likely seen him de-registered for meeting the mandatory 16 game threshold. Clarence Coach Jeromey Webberley also voiced displeasure on Lauderdale breaking a coach-code in bringing the incident to the attention to the MRP; it’s fair to say there is no love lost when these sides take the field.

Both sides will bring in players who have been integral to their success this season.  Clarence regain Standen, midfielders Gleeson and Jackson O’Brien, and defenders Jason Bailey and James Holmes.  Lauderdale will benefit from the inclusions of speedy outside midfielders Robbie McManus and Rhys Sutton, as well as young tall Ben McGuinness.  Tough onballer Phil Bellchambers plays his 100th game for the Bombers against a side he has found plenty of the ball against in season 2017.

While Clarence clearly has the wood on Lauderdale this season, the margins have been narrowed and the combined scores lower each subsequent time they’ve squared off.  With fresher legs and greater overall firepower up forward, Lauderdale should be able to break through and claim a hard-fought victory on Saturday, but if the history between these two sides is anything to go by, the result will be anything but a blowout.  Neck and neck for four quarters, but at the siren; Lauderdale by 14.

ADMISSION PRICES

$10 Adult/$5 Concession – Includes both matches (Blundstone Arena Double Header)

THIS WEEK’S MERCURY CUP MATCHES

Elimination Final

North Launceston v Hobart City Demons – 1:00PM @ UTAS Stadium

Will the Northern Bombers march on in September or can the travelling Hobart City Demons keep their flag hopes alive?

Qualifying Final

Clarence v Tigers – 10:30AM @ Blundstone Arena

Both sides have been in red hot form, but can the Tigers limit the impressive Clarence forward line and book themselves a Preliminary Finals berth?

 

Bowden makes it three

Glenorchy’s Jaye Bowden has won his third RACT Insurance Player of the Year in four years, making it back to back wins of the prestigious award.

The superstar half forward polled 22 votes, edging out North Launceston playing-coach Tom Couch who finished on 19 votes, closely followed by fellow Northern Bomber Bradley Cox-Goodyer on 16.

Kicking a league high 52 goals whilst playing through midfield and up forward, the 27-year-old has had another dominant season, leading a new brigade of ‘pies to September action.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said Jaye Bowden had displayed outstanding skill and commitment in being named RACT Insurance TSL Player of the Year for two years running, as well as taking out the prestigious title for the third time in just four years.

“Bowden has certainly firmly entrenched himself as a shining star within the Tasmanian State League since kicking off his career over 10 years ago as a17 year old,” Mr Sayers said.

“There is no doubt that Bowden will go down as an absolute legend in Tasmanian football history.

“On behalf of RACT Insurance, I would like to offer our wholehearted congratulations to Jaye and the Glenorchy Football Club on an outstanding 2017 season.

“As a Tasmanian company and a member of the Tasmanian community, RACT Insurance is proud to support the TSL and the many participating football clubs who play such an important role in our local communities across the state.”

Tasmanian State League General Manager Carl Saunder said Jaye’s consistency not just across this season but year-in-year out was something to behold.

“Congratulations to Jaye on another stellar season, he wins the ball right across the ground and kicks big bags of goals on a regular basis.

“He is a terrific player and he continues to play outstanding footy and leads the way not just for his club but for the competition.

“He is a fantastic example for younger players in the way he applies himself and the spirit in which he plays his footy.

“I would also like to thank RACT Insurance, in particular, Trent Sayers for their continued support of this award and the performance of players in our competition.”

The award is voted on by members of the media, who award 3,2 and 1 votes after every TSL match. The RACT Insurance Player of the Year receives $2,500 cash and a $2,500 travel package.

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RACT INSURANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR LEADERBOARD

22 VOTES. Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

19 VOTES. Tom Couch (North Launceston)

16 VOTES. Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

13 VOTES. Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)

13 VOTES. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

12 VOTES. Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

12 VOTES. Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

11 VOTES. Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

11 VOTES. Zac Burt (North Launceston)

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2016 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

2015 – Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

2014 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

2013 – Mitch Thorp (South Launceston)

2012 – Luke Shackleton (Burnie)

2011 – Cameron Thurley (Clarence)

2010 – Scott Stephens (Launceston)

2009 – Jeromey Webberley (Clarence)

 

TSL MATCH REVIEW PANEL RESULTS: ROUND 21

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League & Mercury Cup

Round 21

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League

1. Ben Reynolds (Glenorchy) referred for making high contact against Keegan Wylie (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the force of contact was exacerbated by the forward motion of the tackle. Reynolds attempted to stop and brace for contact. The injury sustained by Wylie was incidental and as a part of the contest. No further action is required.

NO FURTHER ACTION

SEE INCIDENT

2. Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy) reported for striking Justin O’Brien (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the motion was with an open palm to the chest. The action does not constitute a reportable offence. No further action is required.

NO FURTHER ACTION

SEE INCIDENT


3. Justin O’Brien (Clarence) reported for striking Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the body. O’Brien has been offered a base sanction of ONE MATCH, which can be reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea. O’Brien has accepted a REPRIMAND.

SANCTION: REPRIMAND
4.  Hobart City Demons players & Tigers players referred for engaging in a melee

The Match Review Panel determined that Tyler Carter (Tigers) was the instigator of melee and has been offered a low-level reprimand. Carter has accepted a LOW-LEVEL REPRIMAND.

SANCTION: LOW-LEVEL REPRIMAND

SEE INCIDENT


5. Burnie players & Devonport players referred for engaging in a melee

The Match Review Panel determined that no further action is required for this incident.

NO FURTHER ACTION

6. Zach Burt (North Launceston) referred for striking Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that the strike was intentional, with low impact to the body. Burt has been offered a base sanction of ONE MATCH, which can be reduced to a REPRIMAND with an early guilty plea. Burt has accepted a REPRIMAND.

SANCTION: REPRIMAND

SEE INCIDENT


7. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston) reported for striking Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

The Match Review Panel determined that there was insufficient contact to sustain a charge. It was the view of the Match Review Panel that a 50-metre penalty was the correct decision. No further action is required.

NO FURTHER ACTION

SEE INCIDENT


 

WREST POINT TSL Women’s

8. Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy) referred for striking Tiffany Nichols (Clarence)

Due to a lack of visual evidence, this matter will be heard by the Independent Tribunal on Tuesday 29th August at 6:30pm.

 

North the team to beat

Written by Matt Hill

North Launceston made it three from three over neighbours Launceston on Saturday afternoon to finish the home and away season on the perfect note. The Bombers wrapped up a minor premiership but they were made to work for the final round victory with the Blues pushing them hard for the opening three-quarters before a late Bomber surge sealed the deal to the tune of 37 points.

It was a game that would have no effect on final ladder positions but neither team took a backward step. Launceston started strongly despite the absence of leaders Sam Rundle and Sam Lonergan, kicking the first goal of the game courtesy of Corey Sheppard who slotted a set shot from 35 metres out to draw first blood.

North responded with two goals through the strong marking Tom Bennett, who was the most dominant forward on the ground. Launceston then responded with good pressure and constant inside 50 entries which resulted in Launceston forward Sonny Whiting kicking his first of the day and star young gun Brodie Palfreyman kicking an outstanding crumbing goal. North, however, responded in typical North fashion with Zach Burt kicking a dead-eye set shot from the boundary into the breeze and Cox-Goodyear doing what he does best to slot a nice goal to tighten it up. Towards the end of the quarter, Launceston got on top with Whiting and Gillow adding goals to the Blues’ tally to see them into the first quarter huddle seven-points ahead.

In the second stanza, the Bombers got the chance to kick with the breeze but did not make the most of their opportunities, failing to take a major lead to the main change. Tom Bennett again proved dangerous booting another goal but was wasteful from multiple other opportunities. Jay Blackberry and Jake Hinds began to get into the game and provide as dominant players for the Blues, finding plenty of the ball to keep the hosts in touch. Jay Blackberry pushed forward and kicked the only goal for the Blues in a quiet quarter. The Bombers prime movers began to get on top with Tom Couch, Cox-Goodyer, Bennett and Josh Ponting all performing their usual roles to take in an eight point lead.

In the premiership quarter, the Blues needed to get kick some goals with the breeze at their back if they were going to be any chance to overrun the Bombers and they did exactly that, outscoring the premiership favourites to cut the margin to only two points at the final change. The quarter was evenly balanced with the Bombers controlling the early stages and kicking two goals courtesy of Ponting and Tarryn Thomas, the Blues answered with Gillow kicking another and when 150 gamer NathanO’Donoghue and Hinds kicked goals the Blues were certainly a major chance of an upset win.

It wasn’t to be as Couch rallied the troops and the Bombers showed why they are the team to beat, flexing their muscle to kick five unanswered last quarter goals to run away with a win. Ponting capped off a great day with two last quarter goals and when Mark Walsh, Bennett and Thomas all added majors, the Bombers were free to celebrate their minor premiership.

Next week is finals time with North’s minor premiership earning them a week off to rest up before they take on the winner of Clarence and Lauderdale at UTAS stadium the following week.

The Blues face the sleeping giants in reigning premiers Glenorchy in an elimination final on Saturday at 1pm at Blundstone Arena. The Blues will regain both Sam Rundle and Sam Lonergan for the do or die clash. “We are looking forward to the challenge next week having not played finals in a couple of

“We are looking forward to the challenge next week having not played finals in a couple of years and it will be a good experience for the boys.

“We will have plenty of selection issues this week with plenty of players available, I am looking forward to selecting the side and it is certainly better to have these issues than not having enough players.”

Things I Learnt

  • Launceston need Mitch Thorp

With Kelly-Mansell playing on the wing and looking very dangerous in that position, the Blues are a lacking another key forward. Whiting is an absolute star but can’t do it all for the Blues if they are to be a serious threat in the finals. As Thorp has now moved on from Devonport, if the Blues could get his signature he would not only bolster the Blues forward line but also help out Whiting and give the Blues more scoring potential.

  • Lockhart will be back for finals

Key North Launceston player Jay Lockhart will be back for the finals according to coach Tom Couch who said that he will be ready to go for the first final against either Clarence or Lauderdale.

  • Rulla on the wing is so exciting and Couch is a gun

Whilst Kelly-Mansell is very dangerous down forward, his speed, agility and ball skills on the wing are very exciting to watch. With a big game on a big ground next week against Glenorchy, was this move just a warm up for what will occur next week? If so expect Rulla to have a big game next week.

I know it is obvious but Tom Couch is an absolute star. He was the best player on the ground and was instrumental in getting his side over the line.  Couch has had an exceptional year and would be a good chance at winning North’s best and fairest but the coach will only have one thing on his mind and that will be getting North another premiership.

LAUNCESTON v. NORTH LAUNCESTON
Round 21 – 26/08/2017

North Launceston                        4.0,  7.4,  9.6,  14.10  (94)

Launceston                              5.1,  6.2,  9.4,  9.4  (58)

GOALS, North Launceston :
J. Ponting 3, T. Thomas 3, B. Cox-Goodyer 2, Z. Burt 2, K. Wadley 1, M. Walsh 1,
T. Bennett 1, L. Hollmer 1

Launceston :
J. Gillow 2, S. Whiting 2, C. Sheppard 1, B. Palfreyman 1, N. O’Donoghue 1, J. Hinds 1,
J. Blackberry 1

BEST, North Launceston :
J. Ponting, T. Bennett, K. Baker, T. Thomas, A. Lee, T. Couch

Launceston :
C. Brown, J. Boyce, J. Hinds, J. Donnellan, C. Savage, H. Leedham