TSL MRP Round 20

The Bupa Tasmanian State League Match Review Panel sat this morning to assess incidents from the weekend’s action, with three reprimands and one suspension handed out.

 1.      Joe Boyce (Launceston) was reported for rough conduct against Jakob Lister (Tigers)

Player Boyce was reported for a forceful front-on bump. The Match Review Panel deemed the bump to be careless, with medium impact to the body. Player Boyce has been offered a base sanction of one match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Player Boyce has accepted a reprimand

2.      Jobi Harper (Launceston) was referred for an incident involving Hugh Johnson (Tigers)

The Match Review Panel deemed the incident to be a low-level offence – attempting to kick. Player Harper has been offered a low-level reprimand.

Player Harper has accepted a low-level reprimand

3.      Jake Cox (Clarence) was referred for striking Harrison Gunther (Glenorchy)

The Match Review Panel deemed the strike to be intentional, with low impact to the throat (high contact). Player Cox has been offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Player Cox has accepted a one match suspension

4.      Jason Bailey (Clarence) was referred for rough conduct against John Geard (Glenorchy)

Player Bailey was referred for pushing Player Geard into the fence. The Match Review Panel deemed the act to be careless, with low impact to the body. Player Bailey has been offered a base sanction of one match, reduced to a reprimand with an early guilty plea.

Player Bailey has accepted a reprimand

5.      Ryan Banks-Smith (Glenorchy) was referred for an off-ball incident against James Holmes (Clarence)

The action did not constitute a reportable offence. No further action is required.

Bupa TSL Round 20 Forward of the Week

The penultimate round of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season has been run and won, with some significant results on the eve of finals. 

We want to know who you thought were the standout performers from the weekend’s round of action!

We finish by looking at the forwards, with two seasoned campaigners playing key roles in important victories.


Clinton French (Glenorchy)

Few would’ve expected Glenorchy premiership star Clinton French’s name to appear in this section this week, but the 2016 Darrel Baldock medalist made the most of being a late inclusion in round 20 to steer the Magpies to an important win over the ‘Roos.

An inclusion for the injured Mitch Rainbird, French filled the small forward role expertly, kicking three majors in an electric display.

Although it took him a while to get himself into the contest, French made his presence felt with three important goals to help keep the home side at bay.

IC: Solstice Digital


Jacob Gillbee (Lauderdale)

The former Gold Coast Sun has threatened to break a game open for much of the season, but finally did so on Saturday afternoon with a big bag of seven goals.

Gillbee has consistently kicked one or two goals a game since rejoining his junior club mid-season, but took Saturday’s game by the scruff of the neck with a mixture of clinical finishes and opportunistic efforts.

With enviable football nous and the ability to play as a marking tall and competing small, Gillbee is a nighmare for opposition defenders and proved as much on Saturday.

A player to keep a close eye on in finals.

IC: Solstice Digital


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Bupa TSL Round 20 Midfielder of the Week

The penultimate round of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season has been run and won, with some significant results on the eve of finals. 

We want to know who you thought were the standout performers from the weekend’s round of action!

We now look at the midfield, where one of Lauderdale’s generals and an exciting draft prospect continued their impressive campaigns.


Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

A key cog in this Lauderdale line-up for a while now, Nat Franklin continues to go from strength to strength for the finals-bound Bombers.

Working brilliantly alongside Bryce Walsh, Phil Bellchambers and the like, Franklin is a contested beast with the skills and bravery to take the game on and punish opposition sides.

This was on display at North Hobart Oval, where he kicked two goals, took a spectacular mark and found stacks of the football in a fruitful afternoon for player and club.

IC: Solstice Digital


Chayce Jones (Launceston)

Few players have had the impact of Chayce Jones in such a short space of time. Easily among Launceston’s best in every game he has played since returning from Tassie Mariners and Allies duties, Jones was again the Blues’ best with a dominant display against the Tigers.

Finding a stack of the football and using it well, Jones can punish opposition sides when given the opportunity, but it is also his work rate and willingness to do the team things that make him such an alluring draft prospect.

A key part of the Blues’ second half resurgence, Jones finished the game with three RACT Insurance Player of the Year votes to take his season tally to nine. A stunning result considering he has played just four senior matches for the season.

IC: Solstice Digital


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Bupa TSL Round 20 Back of the Week

The penultimate round of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season has been run and won, with some significant results on the eve of finals. 

We want to know who you thought were the standout performers from the weekend’s round of action!

We start with the defenders, where a consistent Magpie and a Tigers’ star lead from the front.


Josh Grant (Glenorchy)

Part of one of the competition’s best defensive units, Josh Grant was as good as ever in the Magpies’ impressive win over the ‘Roos.

Tasked with an array of roles throughout the day, including playing on the ever-dangerous Jake Cox at times, Grant read the play beautifully to continually repel the home side.

A strong mark overhead and a wonderful reader of the play, Grant’s ability to make ground on an opponent and either spoil or take an intercept mark is almost second to none.

Likely to play a role on Mitch Thorp next weekend, Grant looks primed for a big finish to the season.

IC: Solstice Digital

Marcus Davies (Tigers FC)

Although the result didn’t go the way of the Tigers, stalwart Marcus Davies was at his damaging best.

Davies provided dash and bounce out of the back half, setting the Tigers up as they turned defence into offence.

A key weapon in the Tigers’ strong opening half, Davies’ performance helped the Tigers get the early jump, and while the Blues stormed late in the second term and in the second half, Davies remained a resilient figure to keep the Tigers fighting until the final siren.

A highly influential figure on and off the field for the Tigers, Davies again underlined his assets and importance after an injury-interrupted season.

IC: Solstice Digital


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Blues Prove Too Strong For Gallant Tigers

Written by Ryan Rosendale. / IC: Andrew Woodgate

With their Round 13 win fresh in their minds, the Tigers almost caused another upset over a resurgent Launceston on Saturday but despite a gallant effort and some poor kicking from the visitors, it was the Blues who stood tall at the final siren.

After a disappointing 75-point loss to Glenorchy last week, the Tigers raced out of the blocks early and despite holding a 12-point lead at the long break, the Blues steadied throughout the last-half to walk away 19-point winners – 12.18 (90) to 11.5 (71).

Finishing the first term 22-points up after holding the Blues to just four behinds, the Tigers continued their blistering form early in the second with experienced heads Marcus Davies and Will Campbell leading the charge and while a goal of the year contender to Mitch Carter aided the Tigers efforts, three goals late in the second-term to the Blues handed them a measure of momentum heading into the second half.

“Red-time in the second quarter hurt… three goals to zip so just a couple of patches today where they were able to kick consecutive goals and we just didn’t respond,” Tigers coach Trent Baumeler said post-match.

“But really pleasing with how we played today and that we fought the game out.”

Baumeler couldn’t fault the effort and intent of his players and put the loss down to some unforced turnovers and general ball use when in possession.

“They set-up really well behind the ball in that last quarter and so much of today was about winning that territory battle and getting it inside 50 and they were able lock it in with their forward pressure and repeat entries.”

“We kicked it straight too them a lot (in that last quarter) and that’s full credit to them for setting up well defensively behind the ball.”

The Tigers were again highly competitive at home. IC: Solstice Digital

For the Tigers, Davies and Campbell were both prolific throughout the day while 18-year old Will Poland’s job on Tim Auckland (one goal) in defence was a shining highlight for the Tigers.

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan was pleased to walk away with an important victory on the road to finals but admitted his side’s start and poor conversion could have been costly.

“Fantastic to get the win. I thought probably the first-half we were like the bilby in the headlights moment but in the second-half the boys came home and worked pretty hard to get across the line,” Lonergan said.

While the Blues midfield lost the clearance count in the first-term, their ability to regroup and capitalise on the ruckwork of Hamish Leedham and Tim Auckland played a major factor in the end result, something Lonergan was pleased with.

“We lost that clearance count in the first which has been a real strength of our football but from the second quarter onwards I thought they were much better.”

Spearhead Mitch Thorp, who was held to the solitary major in round 13 by Micah Reynolds, was able to finish with three goals while Sam Rundle and Brendan Taylor chipped in with two each.

The win was highlighted by the efforts of Chayce Jones who again proved why he is highly rated within draft circles and almost a lock to be picked up in October’s national draft.

“Chayce is a super talent,” Lonergan said of the youngster.

“He had six clearances to half-time and his speed and ability to read the footy was fantastic. His delivery was a little bit off today compared to previous weeks, but he was best on ground today for us in my opinion.”

With just one game to go before finals, Launceston will be looking for an important win against Glenorchy next Saturday in their quest for a top three finish while the Tigers will finish their season against finals bound Clarence at Blundstone Arena.


Tigers                                   4.2,  7.3,  10.4,  11.5  (71)

Launceston                          0.4,  4.9,  9.13,  12.18  (90)



Tigers : M. Carter 3, L. Graham 3, T. Carter 2, J. Lister, H. Johnston, W. Campbell

Launceston : M. Thorp 3, B. Taylor 2, S. Rundle 2, J. Harper, H. Leedham, J. Smith, T. Auckland, D. Riley


Tigers : M. Davies, M. Carter, W. Campbell, B. Rees, B. Graham

Launceston : C. Jones, T. Auckland, J. Smith, J. Hinds, B. Palfreyman, D. Riley

Magpies Roll ‘Roos

Glenorchy have claimed outright second spot on the TSL ladder after defeating arch-rivals Clarence by 31 points at Blundstone Arena on Saturday afternoon, writes Alex FitzGerald. 

The Magpies trailed by 25 points early in the second quarter after a slow start, but lifted their work rate across the ground from that point onwards to run out ecstatic 13.11 (89) to 9.4 (58) winners, retaining the Bingley-Linton Cup in the process.

Clarence controlled the opening term on their home ground, playing a possession game as they repeatedly hit targets by foot, starving their opponents of the ball in the process.  Jaye Bowden managed to slot the opener for the ‘Pies against the run of play with a collected set shot, but the ‘Roos then piled on four unanswered majors to take a commanding 19-point lead into the first change.

Glenorchy lifted in the second quarter, with defensive trio of Josh Grant, James Webb and Daniel Joseph repelling a number of forward forays in the early minutes.  Jaye Bowden showed his class across half-forward, racking up a dozen telling touches as the ‘Pies booted four goals to one to head into the main break just seven points in arrears.

Veteran Clinton French was enigmatic for the ‘Pies. IC: Solstice Digital

The second half saw the Magpies continue their momentum, embracing the physicality of the contest to kick eight goals to three as they outmuscled the ‘Roos at the stoppages to clearly outperform the hosts in claiming the four points.

Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy was impressed with how his charges worked hard and applied constant pressure to turn their afternoon around.

“My game plan is a lot about trusting the players to make the right decision in the right moment.

“Today after quarter time they excelled in that area, and allowed us to control a large chunk of the game after that.”

Describing the build-up to the game as similar to that of a final, he praised the resilience of leaders Bowden and Brayden Webb late in the match, as well as the outstanding efforts of James Webb in the second half.

Up forward, the goals were shared between veteran Clinton French (three majors) and the inexperienced duo of Callen Daly and Bayley Bester (two apiece), a contrast that wasn’t lost on Kennedy.

“We’ve had an interesting mix of players (all season).

“Today we fielded nine premiership players and eleven players with less than 20 games experience coming into this year.”

The blooding of the new crop of Magpies has proven fruitful, with Kennedy’s younger charges proving they can match it with the best in big game situations.

While pleased with how the second-placed ‘Pies are playing, the coach is well aware of what lies ahead.

“Today was a really good test, and the guys passed it well.

“Next week we have an even bigger test in Launceston up at Windsor Park.

“That’s a really good preparation for finals.”

Brayden Webb is working into some strong form. IC: Solstice Digital

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley was disappointed following the loss, especially given his side’s impressive start.

“We don’t really have anyone else to blame but ourselves.

“We were rapt with our first half, we controlled the ball in the first quarter and made them defend for long periods of time and were able to hit the scoreboard on our terms.”

Webberley attributed the swing in momentum primarily to the work rate of the Magpies’ midfield group, refusing to highlight injuries late in the game to Mitch Williamson (dislocated shoulder) and 100-game midfielder Gabby Chambers (foot).

“Going into the last quarter I thought it was a 50-50 game, but they just smashed us around the ball.”

With finals just a fortnight away, he believes Clarence can recapture the early-season form that had many touting the ‘Roos as premiership contenders.

“I’m still confident, it’s about getting momentum, and we had that across nine weeks earlier in the year.

“It’s about buying in now as a group and continuing to work on what makes us a good team and also our deficiencies.”


Clarence              4.1,  6.3,  7.4,  9.4 (58)

Glenorchy            1.0,  5.2,  8.6,  13.11 (89)



Clarence:  A. Dickenson 2, J. Cox 2, J. Bailey, D. Reimers, G. Chambers, B. Jones, J. Harper

Glenorchy: C. French 3, J. Bowden 2, C. Daly 2, B. Bester 2, B. Kamaric, R. Banks-Smith, C. Salter, M. Walker


Clarence: B. Jones, T. Birchall, R. Edmondson, O. Paprotny, F. Seymour, J. Bailey

Glenorchy:  J. Grant, J. Webb, D. Joseph, C. Duffy, J. Bowden, C. Daly

Wrest Point TSLW Round 16 Preview

Round sixteen of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season sees Burnie and Launceston battle up north at Wivenhoe Showgrounds, and the two southern teams, Clarence and Tigers, at Geilston Bay, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Sunday 12th August

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

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

Last Time They Met: Launceston 20.12 (132) def. Burnie 0.0 (0) – Round 12, 2018 at Wivenhoe Showgrounds

Burnie and Launceston go head to head at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round 16 in what will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this year.

In round two at Wivenhoe Showgrounds Launceston won by 82 points, with the Blues again winning in round six by 72 points at Windsor Park and by 132 points in round 12.

The Dockers were unable to score in this most recent game but had previously scored in the first two games against the Blues.

Burnie’s best players on the day were Kaytlyn Johnson, Teagan Byard, Courtney Chandler, Shaeli Rodman, Emily Doig and Kaylah Keogh.

Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, says “against Launceston this week our focus is on a good recovery then get ready for another hard game.”

Courtney Webb kicked a whopping eleven goals for Launceston, Caitlyn Webster three, Abbey Green and Ange Dickson two, and Georgia Hill and Meg Radford one each last time the reigning premiers played the Dockers.

The Blues best players were Courtney Webb, Amy Halaby, Ange Dickson, Abbey Green, Caitlyn Webster, Meg Radford.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, states that “this week will be our last chance to rest up any players to get physically and mentally fit before finals. Also I’d like us to continue to be really competitive over the full game and push for as big of a winning margin as possible.”

Players to Watch:

Eliza Cropp (Burnie): Cropp has only played four matches in her first season of TSLW football. In round thirteen, against the Tigers, Cropp was named at sixth best player for Burnie. Coach Richard Mulcahy thought that “second gamer Eliza Cropp did well”.  Even though Cropp only has a small amount of games under her belt, her ability to appear in the best players in only her second game makes her one to watch in future matches.

Ashlee Carey (Launceston): This year Carey has played eleven matches and been named in the best players five times. In round five Carey was named as best on ground for the Blues against Clarence at Oatlands. Carey also played her 50th club game in round eleven at Morven Park against Glenorchy. Carey’s wealth of experience makes her a reliable player and an essential part of the team.

Catch up on what happened when these sides last met. 



Round 16 – 12/08/2018

12:00PM – Wivenhoe


B: C. Haines, F. Bryan, K. Johnson

HB: M. Radford, E. Cropp

C: S.  Langmaid, L.  Stevenson, B.  Smith

HF: E. Duncombe, L. Haines

F: S. Ferguson-Stevens, N. Whitehead

R: E. Doig, O. Carr , C. Chandler


B: A. Carey, M. Smith

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

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

HF: M. Binns, A. Green, M. Radford

F: E. Page, G. Hill

R: C. Taylor, M. King, A. Dickson

Int: A. Halaby, B. Thurlow, B. Rattray, C. How


 Sunday 12th August

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

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

Last Time They Met: Clarence 12.6 (78) def. Tigers 1.1 (7) – Round 11, 2018 at Twin Ovals

The Tigers return from the bye to take on Clarence in round 16 at Geilston Bay.

Clarence and the Tigers have played each other three times this year, with the Roos winning in round one at the Twin Ovals by 148 points and again in round seven by 108 points at Geilston Bay before recording a 71 point win in round 11 at the Twin Ovals.

Brooke Phillips kicked the Tigers only goal for the game in round 11, with Jessica Murphy, Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Tyler Roxann, Olivia McKee and Olivia McGow all standing out in the game.

Darcy Elliston kicked four goals for the Roos, Jacinta Limbrick three, Keeghan Smith two, and Natalie Heggie, Chloe Wells and Rachel Archer one each.

The Roos best players were Georgia Pennicott, Sophie Pennicott, Tiarna Ford, Jacinta Limbrick, Darcy Elliston and Keeghan Smith.

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says the team will focus on continuing to develop its game plan on the eve of the finals, while the Tigers will also be looking to deliver a strong display with the finals around the corner.

Players to Watch:

Sophie Pennicott (Clarence): Pennicott has played 11 matches in 2018, kicking nine goals, five of which were in one game, and has been named in the best players five times. Pennicott was named as best on ground for the Roos in round fourteen and coach Andy Smith stated that she “continued her good form” for this season. In round thirteen against Burnie, at the Twin Ovals, Pennicott played her 50th game for the club.

Liarna Reid (Tigers): Reid only played two games in 2017 and was named in the best players once. This year Reid has played ten matches and been named in the best players four times, finishing as best on ground in round eight against Burnie. Coach Brad Willis said “Reid defended stoutly” in round fourteen against Launceston and “did a terrific job on Nietta Lynch” in round twelve against Glenorchy.

Catch up on what happened when these sides last met. 


Round 16 – 12/08/2018

12:00PM – Geilston Bay


B: G. Mitchell, R. Long,

HB: J. Limbrick, L. Ochayi, G. Pennicott

C: T.  Ford, B.  Scott, S.  Pennicott

HF: T. Bortignon, D. Elliston, H. Scott

F: B. Goward, J. Minifie,

R: C. Wells, M. Smith, N. Bresnehan

Int: J. Farrow, N. Garlo, S. Hinks

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

Out: K. Johnson,  R. Archer,  E. Edwards

Tigers FC

B: K. Baker, M. Absolom,

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,

Int: N. Durham, E. Kirkwood, M. Prince, M. Wilkinson

BUPA TSL Round 20 Preview

The penultimate round of the season is almost upon us, with all three matches set to have a big impact on the fast-approaching finals series. 

Check out all the team selections here. 

Saturday 11th August

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

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 12.9 (81) def. Clarence 3.10 (28) – Round 13, 2018 at KGV Oval

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

Clarence and Glenorchy will resume hostilities in pursuit of the Bingley-Linton Cup. IC: Solstice Digital

Two rounds out from the finals and we are given a second vs third southern blockbuster – this is going to be a serious contest.

The ‘Pies and ‘Roos have both looked like genuine contenders for the premiership at times this season and after splitting the honours so far in 2018, will both be eager to build some momentum with a scalp on the eve of finals football.

The ‘Roos looked out of sorts against Launceston last weekend and will be eager to atone for not only that loss but also the round 13 loss to the Magpies earlier in the season.

Glenorchy enters this match on a high after dismantling North Hobart and the Tigers in recent weeks but a clash with the ‘Roos at Blundstone Arena looms as a different proposition.

Glenorchy’s defence has been clicking brilliantly in recent times and the ‘Roos may have some issues finding easy ways to hit the scoreboard, however the ‘Roos have a knack for grinding teams down with four-quarter performances and after being a touch more consistent over the duration of the season, will again be right in this one.

With the likes of Jake Cox, Jaye Bowden, Jeromey Webberley and Rhys Mott all on show, this match has no shortage of star power, and with second spot potentially on the line, expect these stars to rise to the occasion.

The ‘Roos look to be in a bit of a form slump however, so the Magpies may just pip their rivals and claim the Bingley-Linton Cup.

Tip: Magpies by six points.

Players to watch:

Ryan Edmondson (Clarence): Now with several senior games under his belt after a long injury lay-off, former Lindisfarne utility Ryan Edmondson looks comfortable as a key member of the Clarence back six. Will be a key asset for the ‘Roos heading into the finals.

Brayden Webb (Glenorchy): Another player returning from injury, Glenorchy skipper Brayden Webb is appearing more and more comfortable back at TSL level by the week and will be licking his lips at a southern blockbuster against the ‘Roos. A genuine star of the competition, Webb will only get better in the coming weeks.


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

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 13.16 (94) def. North Hobart 8.4 (52) – Round 13, 2018 at Lauderdale Oval

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

The likely return of Bryce Walsh will boost the Bombers. IC: Solstice Digital

The Bombers return from the bye to face the Demons in round 20, who will be looking to end the season on a high in the club’s final game of the season.

The Bombers somewhat limped into the bye with a loss to Launceston and a thrilling win over the Tigers but will be out to impress just two games out from the finals.

With a low percentage, Lauderdale will be out to firstly get the points and then look to percentage to push for a top three spot but will need to be wary of a North Hobart team with nothing to lose.

Mitch O’Neill, Sam Collins, Will Peppin, Thomas Reeves and Jake Steele headline a flurry of young Demons who have competed brilliantly throughout the season and all have the skills and class to take it up to the more experienced Bombers this weekend.

North Hobart will come all out all guns blazing against the Bombers and may stretch them early, but a Lauderdale side with so much on the line and with the likes of Phil Bellchambers, Thor Boscott, Haydn Smith and Josh McGuinness will be far too strong.

The likely returns of skipper Bryce Walsh from injury will also be huge boosts for the Bombers on the eve of finals.

Tip: Bombers by 42 points

Players to watch:

Nathan McCulloch (North Hobart): The Demons star has had a long lay-off due to concussion but is a welcome and surprising return this week. McCulloch will add grunt on the inside and polish on the outside to an inexperienced North Hobart side. Against a midfield group containing Bellchambers, Franklin and Baker, McCulloch will be a more than handy addition.

Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale): The classy wingman often goes unheralded in this Lauderdale side, but with the capacity to run all day he is an integral part of this Bomber unit and the architect for many an attacking foray.


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Tigers v Launceston – Twin Ovals (2:00pm)

Last Time They Met:  Tigers 9.4 (58) def. Launceston 6.7 (43) – Round 13, 2018 at Twin Ovals

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

Beware the wounded Tiger will likely be the message from Sam Lonergan this week as the Blues look to atone for a shock loss at the Twin Ovals back in round 13, even with the Tigers coming off a big loss to Glenorchy.

Mitch Carter has given his all for the Tigers. IC: Solstice Digital

The Blues are a different looking team this time around, with Chayce Jones’ class in the middle, the return of Tim Auckland, Mitch Thorp playing further afield, Dylan Riley inside 50 and the shifts of Jobi Harper and Rulla Kelly-Mansell to defence making this side almost a completely different proposition.

Tigers have been highly competitive in recent times and will come out firing after last weekend’s defeat, with Will Campbell, Sam Rice and Luke Graham all set for big games.

The loss of Lachy Clifford (broken ankle) will hurt the hosts but expect the Tigers to remain competitive for the most part before being overrun by the heavily fancied visitors.

The Blues can’t afford to take the Tigers lightly again but will enter the match full of confidence after recording three wins in a row. The Blues simply must win to stay in the hunt for a top two spot and with the team appearing to be in full flight, should account for the Tigers.

Tip: Blues by 30 points

Players to watch:

Mitch Carter (Tigers): Saturday could potentially be the second last time we ever see Mitch Carter line up in the TSL, and with the Tigers eager to help shape the makeup of the five, expect Carter to be come out firing. His laser-like kicking and incredible game awareness makes him one of the most exciting players in the competition.

Tim Auckland (Launceston): After starring for the Tassie Mariners and gaining exposure with Adelaide in the SANFL, young ruckman Tim Auckland has made an immediate impact since returning to Windsor Park, allowing Hamish Leedham to spend more time forward. Auckland’s return has changed the structure of the side, with his athleticism and skills adding another layer of class to an already formidable team.


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Blues Confirm Contender Status With Impressive Win

After finding some impressive form in recent weeks, Launceston loom as one of the teams to beat come the 2018 finals series, writes TSL Digital Reporter Mitchell Jones. 

Launceston’s vital 34-point win over Clarence last weekend looms as a key victory that places the Blues within striking range of a double chance in this year’s BUPA Tasmanian State League finals series.

Launceston’s impressive win comes after they made short work of fellow finals bound team Lauderdale in their last match up and North Hobart the week before after a mid-year slump in form.

Last Saturday’s win was set up in the early stages of the first quarter as the Blues dominated possession.

This dominance of possession was largely thanks to the talent of Chayce Jones, who found plenty of the ball early in the game and often won his team centre clearances.

Launceston’s first half defensive dominance also showed true on the score board at half time as a starved Clarence forward line only converted a single goal at the half way point of the game.

Clarence mounted a comeback in the third quarter with regular senior performers in Brady Jones and Jake Cox starting to assert themselves on the game as they continued to find the football.

Ultimately Clarence’s resurgence which saw them win the second half was not enough to get them back in the game, as Launceston left the field 15.15 (105) to Clarence’s 10.11 (71).

Along with the performances of Brady Jones and Jake Cox, Clarence was also well served by Tim Castle and Ryan Edmondson, while Trent Standen got on the end of three goals.

Launceston was best served by Chayce Jones, a player considered to be a potential top 20 draft pick in this year’s AFL draft, with coach Sam Lonergan describing his clearance work as ‘elite’ post game.

Mitch Thorp was ever enthusiastic as he bagged six goals to stretch his Peter Hudson Medal lead, while Jake Hinds used the ball well and took marks all around the ground in a impressive performance.

Launceston’s win sees them now one game out of third position but with the advantage of holding a superior percentage over Clarence, who are now in third after the loss at Windsor Park.

This weekend will have huge ramifications on finals positions as Clarence looks to jump back into second position as they take on Glenorchy.

Launceston will be endeavoring to capitalize against a Tigers team that have little to play for at this point of the season when they meet at the Twin Ovals, the site of Launceston’s shock loss to the Tigers earlier in the season.


Launceston                              4.8,  7.10,  9.13,  15.15  (105)

Clarence                                   0.2,  1.7,  5.8,  10.11  (71)



Launceston : M. Thorp 6, C. Jones 2, H. Leedham, J. Smith, B. Taylor, M. Hodge, J. Hinds, D. Riley, J. House

Clarence : T. Standen 3, C. Nield 2, J. Cox 2, J. Harper, G. Chambers, A. Silver


Launceston : M. Thorp, C. Jones, J. Hinds, R. Kelly-Mansell, T. Mundy, B. Palfreyman

Clarence : B. Jones, F. Seymour, T. Castle, J. Holmes, G. Chambers, R. Edmondson

BUPA TSL Teams – Round 20

Teams are in for the penultimate round of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season, with this weekend’s action poised to shake up the order of the top five. 

First to the Bingley-Linton Cup clash between Clarence and Glenorchy, where the ‘Roos have been dealt a blow, losing Trent Standen and Fraser Turner, as well as Alex Silver. Billy Sharman, Keren Howlett and Daniel Reimers all come in for the hosts, however, as the ‘Roos look to enter the finals in good touch. Jackson O’Brien will spend another week on the sidelines with a tight hamstring.

Glenorchy has made just the one change, bringing Mariner Jack Stevenson in for the injured Matthew Joseph, with Zac Webster still sidelined with injury.

North Hobart welcome back Nathan McCulloch from a long stint on the sidelines, with debutant Oscar Walker, Bailey Walker, Will Burgess and Kyle Williams all coming into the team for the final match of the season – a clash with Lauderdale at North Hobart Oval.

The Bombers are expected to play Bryce Walsh for the first time since round one, where the Bomber skipper sustained a nasty injury that has kept him sidelined since. Interestingly the Bombers have named Walsh as an emergency, alongside draft prospect Matt McGuinness, utility Alex Hill (who has been sidelined since round 15) and Toutai Havea, who is eligible to return from suspension.

The Tigers will look a touch different this weekend, with Mitchell Cooke, Jakob Lister, Matt Coad and William Poland all coming in for a high profile quartet of Lachie Clifford, Lachie Gadomski, Nic Hutchinson and Oliver Burrows-Cheng.

Launceston will be boosted for the trip to the Twin Ovals with Mariners star Jared Dakin coming in.




Round 20 – 11/08/2018

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena


B: T. Castle, J. Bailey, K. Wylie

HB: J. Holmes, R. Edmondson, O. Paprotny

C: G.  Chambers, B.  Jones, J.  Cox

HF: J. Harper, C. Nield, D. Reimers

F: J. Brenner, T. Williamson, A. Dickenson

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

Int: T. Birchall, T. Cunliffe, K. Howlett, B. Sharman

Emg: J. Bealey, A. Gaul, T. Hope, A. Silver

In: D. Reimers, K. Howlett,  B. Sharman

Out: T. Standen,  F. Turner, A. Silver

B: J. Arnold, J. Grant, A. Brennan

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

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

HF: C. Daly, M. Walker, M. Rainbird

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

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

Int: W. Atkin, J. Geard, J. Stevenson, B. Webb

Emg: J. Bearman, C. French, I. Manson, H. Parker

In: J. Stevenson

Out: M. Joseph


Round 20 – 11/08/2018

2:00PM – North Hobart Oval

North Hobart

B: W. Burgess, B. Walker, J. Cleaver

HB: T. Millhouse, H. Williams, C. Ransom

C: S.  Caswell, N.  Lee, B.  Norton

HF: A. Norton, C. Kilpatrick, S. Willis

F: N. McCulloch, W. Peppin, O. Walker

R: J. Steele, M. O’Neill, B. Tilbury

Int: J. Barwick, O. Di Venuto, H. Ireland, K. Williams

Emg: J. Barwick, P. Fisher, F. Lapham, P. Walker

In: B. Walker, W. Burgess, O. Walker, N. McCulloch, K. Williams

Out: T. Reeves,  H. Allan,  M. Woods,  H. Williams, A. Moore


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

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

C: A.  Hevey, N.  Baker, R.  Sutton

HF: H. Kerinaiua, J. Gillbee, T. Mosquito

F: C. Laoumtzis, T. Boscott, J. Williams

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

Int: L. Harrison, J. Perkins, N. Raglione, E. Stanley

Emg: T. Havea, A. Hill, M. McGuinness, B. Walsh


Round 20 – 11/08/2018

2:00PM – Twin Ovals

Tigers FC

B: B. McCulloch, M. Reynolds, W. Poland

HB: B. Graham, M. Davies, B. Rees

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

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

F: M. Cooke, L. Graham, L. Watt

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

Int: T. Carter, B. Gordon, L. Griggs, J. Lister

Emg: A. Humphrey, J. Keogh, M. Lister, H. Thompson

In: W. Poland, M. Cooke, J. Lister, M. Coad

Out: L. Clifford,  N. Hutchinson,  O. Burrows-Cheng,  L. Gadomski

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

HB: R. Kelly-Mansell, J. Harper, R. Tyrrell

C: J.  Hinds, B.  Palfreyman, T.  Sheppard

HF: J. Dakin, M. Thorp, M. Hodge

F: D. Riley, T. Auckland, J. Smith

R: H. Leedham, J. House, S. Rundle

Int: C. Jones, J. Rushton, C. Savage, B. Taylor

Emg: J. Boyd, C. Brown, J. Donnellan, E. Jackson

In:  J. Dakin

Out: E. Jackson




Round 20 – 11/08/2018

11:30AM – Blundstone Arena


To be selected from:

K. Bailey, J. Bealey, C. Berry, T. Cooney, A. Gaul, S. Green,

T. Hanslow, B. Hayden, M. Haydon, T. Hope, K. Howlett, A. Jackman,

B. Latham, B. Lewis, S. Lewis-Johnson, C. Lovell, T. Marshall, A. Morton,

J. Preshaw, D. Reimers, H. Richmond, K. Saward, B. Sharman, A. Silver,

S. Storic, B. Young, J. Young

 To be selected from:

J. Bearman, J. Bearman, S. Berry, N. Blowfield , D. Brown, J. Cooper,

D. Cooper, D. Coppleman, J. Davie, S. Deverell, C. French, B. Kelly,

I. Manson, J. Millhouse, T. Morgan, N. Newman, R. Oakley, B. Patterson,

A. Peach , B. Quinn, B. Rowbottom, J. Whitford


Round 20 – 11/08/2018

11:30AM – North Hobart Oval

North Hobart
To be selected from:

H. Barron, J. Barwick, S. Becker, M. Bowerman, W. Cole, W. Cooper,

L. Curtain, R. Devine, M. Evans, P. Fisher, N. Goss, W. Hodgman,

P. Kearney, A. Keeling, F. Lapham, G. Marshall, L. Paton, J. Richardson,

H. Thomas, P. Walker, B. Walters, J. Willmott, T. Willmott, M. Woods
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, B. Newell, J. Perkins,

J. Revell, M. Smith, E. Stanley, T. Westbury, J. White


Round 20 – 11/08/2018

11:30AM – Twin Ovals

Tigers FC
To be selected from:

L. Ayliffe, R. Bezzant, M. Bigwood, W. Dean, J. Downie, L. Edwards,

A. Huizing, A. Humphrey, J. Keogh, M. Lister, J. Manix, C. Meades,

J. Pride, P. Reihana, M. Rickards, H. Thompson, J. Wells, M. Wolfert
To be selected from:

M. Blazely, J. Bott, J. Boyd, C. Brown, S. Bruinewoud, J. Chaplin,

C. Curtis, J. Dakin, A. Dickenson, J. Donnellan, C. Downie, J. Edmunds,

J. Gillow, H. Griffiths, G. Holt, E. Jackson, A. Liberatore, T. Miller,

G. Millucci, B. Neil, J. Nunn, Z. Oldenhof, B. Rubock, S. Rundle,

C. Savage, M. Spohn, J. Talbot, B. Taylor, J. Tuthill, A. Wright