Wrest Point TSLW Round 15 Wrap

Round 15 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Glenorchy return from the bye to take on Burnie at KGV, and Launceston defeat Clarence for the first time this season at Blundstone Arena, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

 

Sunday 5th August

Glenorchy v. Burnie (KGV) – 1:00pm

Glenorchy returned from the bye in style against the Burnie Dockers, running away with an emphatic 14.19 (103) to 1.0 (6) win in round fifteen at KGV. 

Glenorchy kicked 2.1 in the first quarter and then 2.5 in the second term to open up a 24-point lead at the main change after Emily Duncombe kicked the Dockers only goal of the game in the second quarter.

Glenorchy remain atop the ladder. IC: Solstice Digital

The third quarter saw the Pies kick 2.8 before running the game out superbly with 8.5 in the final stanza to finish with a 97-point win.

Mackie Sutcliffe kicked four goals for Glenorchy, Nietta Lynch three, Sandy Eaton and Thomasa Corrie two and Hannah Smith, Meg Jacobs and Sarah Skinner one each.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace was impressed with how his side improved as the game went on.

“We started pretty slow and found it difficult to get past Burnie’s extra in defence but as the game went on we adjusted and moved the ball really well.

“Our last quarter was easily our best for the game – kicking eight goals – and involved some of our best ball movement for the season,” Grace said.

The Pies best players were Nietta Lynch, Elise Barwick, Mackie Sutcliffe, Sarah Skinner, Brieanna Barwick and Holly Ryan.

“Mackie Sutcliffe with four goals across half forward continued on with her strong season and Elise Barwick through the middle had the ball on a string running rings around the Burnie midfield,” Grace said.

Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, stated that “Sundays game was a massive challenge for the girls against the top team with the big road trip and no bench. We played some great team footy in the first three quarters but struggled to finish off our good work upfield.”

“Losing the defensive pressure and ball winning ability of Chloe Haines, with lung bruising in the third quarter, really hurt the team and Chloe, as shown by the blowout on the scoreboard in the last when the Pies dominated.”

The Dockers best players were Lauren Stevenson, Libby Haines, Chloe Haines, Samantha Langmaid, Emily Duncombe and Emily Doig.

“The young team, despite everything, pulled together, kept a positive attitude and gave it their all,” Mulcahy said.

Glenorchy remains in first place on the ladder, three wins clear of Clarence in second, while Burnie remains in fifth place, one game behind the Tigers.

In round 16 Glenorchy will have their last bye of the season and Burnie will host Launceston at Wivenhoe Showgrounds.

 

Glenorchy Football Club     2.1      4.6      6.14   14.19 (103)

Burnie Football Club           0.0      1.0      1.0     1.0 (6)

 

GOALS

Glenorchy Football Club: M. Sutcliffe 4, N. Lynch 3, S. Eaton 2, T. Corrie 2, H. Smith, M. Jacobs, S. Skinner

Burnie Football Club: E. Duncombe

BEST

Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch, E. Barwick, M. Sutcliffe, S. Skinner, B. Barwick, H. Ryan

Burnie Football Club: L. Stevenson, L. Haines, C. Haines, S. Langmaid, E. Duncombe, E. Doig

 


Sunday 5th August

Clarence v. Launceston (Blundstone Arena) – 1:30pm

Launceston 5.8 (38) defeated Clarence 4.4 (28) for the first time this season at Blundstone Arena in round fifteen.

Launceston player, Camilla Taylor, kicked the first goal of the game before teammate Courtney Webb also hit the scoreboard to open up a 13-point buffer for the Blues at quarter time.

This quarter time difference remained in the second half after Courtney Webb’s second goal was answered by Tiarna Ford, who kicked a goal after the half time siren to bring the deficit back to 13.

The Blues kicked four behinds in the third quarter with Abbey Green kicking their only goal. Clarence decreased the margin late in the term to just 11 points at three quarter time after a goals from Grace Mitchell and Darcy Elliston.

Abbey Green kicked another goal for Launceston in the final term,and despite Tiarna Ford registering her second for the hosts, the Blues had done enough to come away with a 10-point win.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons was pleased with the result.

“Sunday’s match was a great spectacle of female football in a fast, high skilled game played at Blundstone Arena.

“Both teams had patches of play throughout the game where they were on top which equated to an equal amount of inside 50’s each over the course of the game. We had a bit more power up front and finished the better on the day,” he said.

“First half I felt we were really impressive in all aspects. Third quarter I felt we could have put them away but kicked 1.4 and Clarence, to their credit, came back hard.”

Launceston’s only injury concern out of the match was Courtney Webb, but Gibbons is confident the star will be ok for round 16.

“Courtney suffered a sore back but it is minor and will be right for next game. We had a late exclusion of Kate Mclaughlin night before the game and she is expected to be out for another week with an ankle injury.”

The Blues best players were Chanette Thuringer, Amy Halaby, Courtney Stanley, Emma Manix-geeves, Camilla Taylor and Ashlee Carey.

“Our defensive group were really good and that was marshaled by Chanette Thuringer. Amy Halaby and Courtney Stanley did a mountain of work for us over the ground.”

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, said Sunday’s game “was a tight fought contest with both sides gaining momentum at times during the game.”

“We fielded a very young and inexperienced side. I was very pleased with the effort and commitment the girls showed,” Smith said.

The Roos only injury concern out of the match occurred when Rachel Archer rolled her ankle late in the game.

Clarence’s best players were Rachel Archer, Loveth Ochayi, Tahlia Bortignon, Nicole Bresnehan, Katherine Johnson and Tiarna Ford.

“Rachel Archer and Kath Johnson were good in defence. Loveth Ochayi had an impact when she went into the ruck in the second half. Tahlia Bortignon showed she will be a player of the future.”

At the end of round 15 Clarence and Launceston both sit on eight wins each, with the Roos finishing slightly higher in second based on percentage, and Launceston following in third.

Launceston will play Burnie at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round 16 and Clarence will host the Tigers at Geilston Bay.

 

Clarence Football Club           0.0       1.2       3.2      4.4 (28)

Launceston Football Club      2.1       3.3       4.7      5.8 (38)

 

GOALS

Clarence Football Club: T. Ford 2, G. Mitchell, D. Elliston

Launceston Football Club: C. Webb 2, A. Green 2, D. Taylor

BEST

Clarence Football Club: R. Archer, L. Ochayi, T. Bortignon, N. Bresnehan, K. Johnson, T. Ford

Launceston Football Club: C. Thuringer, A. Halaby, C. Stanley, E. Manix-geeves, C. Taylor, A. Carey

Blues Finding Chemistry At Right Time

In some impressive form and with the balance right, Launceston spearhead Mitch Thorp is confident his side is raring to go on the eve of the finals.

The Blues looked to have found their groove in recent weeks with wins over North Hobart and Lauderdale, with Saturday’s 34-point win over the ‘Roos at Windsor Park cementing Launceston’s status as a genuine premiership threat.

Thorp has identified the team’s chemistry and dynamic as being integral to the change in form and is confident the Blues have found the formula that will serve the club well.

“It’s a bit of reward for effort. We had a flat patch in the middle of the year where we were trying to build our chemistry and get the right balance of effort and skill-based players in the same team.

The Blues started the season as one of the front runners, winning five of their first six matches to sit as North Launceston’s biggest challenger, but this good start came unstuck mid-season, with the Blues dropping five games in a row.

However, the last two games of this sequence – a 48-point loss to Glenorchy and a one-point loss to North Launceston – may well be the turning point in the Blues’ season.

“The Glenorchy loss, whilst we still lost by 50 points, our effort was really good.

“We then played North Launceston and only lost by a point. We have built that chemistry nicely, got the ball rolling a strung a few wins together.”

Thorp was integral in Saturday’s win over the ‘Roos with six goals – stretching his Peter Hudson Medal lead out to 14.

But Thorp thinks that his own role and form has been altered by the return of some of the state’s most promising talents, namely midfielder Chayce Jones and ruckman Tim Auckland.

Mitch Thorp and Dylan Riley have been in good form the Blues. IC: Solstice Digital

Jones captained the Tassie Mariners to the 2018 Division Two Academy Series title and looks to be a hot draft prospect after performing well for the Mariners, Allies and now the Blues.

“He is full of class and is an elite talent,” Thorp said of Jones.

“He [Jones] was exceptional on the weekend against Clarence. He is really balanced and his lateral movement out of traffic is possibly the best I’ve seen from a young bloke.”

Fellow young gun Tim Auckland also performed well for the Mariners and after being named in the preliminary Allies squad, also gained valuable experience with the Adelaide Crows in the SANFL earlier in the year.

Auckland’s return for the Blues has had a profound effect on the make-up of the team and the brand of football coming out of Windsor Park.

“Tim is 198cm and after playing four senior SANFL games has returned and changed our dynamic.

“I prefer to play the traditional centre-half-forward role and with Timmy Auckland back in, it allows Hamish Leedham or him to play deeper forward. I had to play closer to goal earlier in the year but now I can move further up the field,” Thorp said.

Tim Auckland has added versatility to this Launceston line up. IC: Solstice Digital

Thorp’s push further afield has also been aided by the red hot form of ex-Devonport teammate Dylan Riley, who is thriving as a marking forward.

“We have changed our forward line structure since the start of the season and Dylan Riley going forward has been a  real win.

“He is really good in the air but as soon as the ball hits the ground he is like a cat as well – it has really helped me move further up the field which is what I prefer to be doing.”

Thorp insists the Blues hold no fear ahead of a road trip to the Twin Ovals, where they were dealt a shock defeat earlier in the season.

“We are a pretty different side to that time. We want to finish in the top three and we need to control the last two games if we are to have chance of doing that.

“They [the Tigers] were far too good for us last time we went down there. Full credit to them for that day but we will be looking to make amends.

“We are all chasing North Launceston – they are five games clear for a reason. Our form is trending the right way at the right time of the yera. We are giving ourselves a look at it and a real opportunity come finals but we are still quite respectful of what they have done and the powerful unit that they are. We are up for the fight and very much looking forward to if we do meet them, playing them in the finals.

Five Talking Points… Tigers v Glenorchy

The Magpies were far too strong for the Tigers at the Twin Ovals on Saturday afternoon, strengthening its tilt for a top two finish. We take a look at five of the key talking points out of the 75-point  Glenorchy win. 

 

1. How far can the Magpies go in 2018?

The Magpies mean business in 2018, and if this wasn’t clear already, Saturday’s 75-point rout of the Tigers at the Twin Ovals went a long way to alleviating any doubts.

Glenorchy’s transition with ball in hand was breathtaking, with Paul Kennedy’s side playing some of the best football it has played all season.

The Magpies set the game up with a blistering six goal to none opening term, putting the Tigers on the back foot from the outset.

From Daniel Joseph and Josh Arnold out of defence to Ben Kamaric, Mitch Rainbird and Rhys Mott in the middle and into Jaye Bowden and Callen Daly inside 50, this Glenorchy side is full of some of the competition’s top shelf players, and with Zac Webster and Jack Stevenson still to return, this is a team that has what it takes to challenge the very best.

Glenorchy has now recorded wins over North Hobart and the Tigers by a combined total of 219 points in the last fortnight, conceding just 10 goals and kicking 43. Although these two sides are out of finals contention, there is no doubt that Paul Kennedy’s side will take plenty of confidence into the final two rounds against Clarence and Launceston and then into the finals beyond that after such comprehensive performances.

“We have a confident group,” Kennedy said post game.

“The games where we don’t win, they know why and they are mad keen to address it and fix it.

“It’s a tough run but it’s a good run into Clarence and Launceston, it’s a good preparation for finals – we can now put ourselves in a position to get a double chance if we are good enough.”

 

 

2. Jaye’s Still Got It

Ok, we didn’t exactly ‘learn’ this on Saturday, but the Magpie stalwart gave another example of why he is one of the best going around.

Whether it be soaring above packs three-deep, dancing around opponents before lowering his eyes and driving the ball inside 50 or outworking his direct opponent to set up opportunities in front of goal, Bowden did it all on Saturday afternoon.

Kicking three goals, all in the second term, Bowden was critical in ensuring the Magpies backed up an explosive final term and put the result well and truly beyond doubt.

Equal second in the race for the Peter Hudson Medal and equal fourth for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year Award, there is no doubting that Jaye Bowden is as important to the team from KGV as ever before.

 

3. Elite Mott Leads Deep Midfield 

Another ‘lesson’ that we probably already knew, Glenorchy gun Rhys Mott was at his devastating best on Saturday afternoon, breaking clear to find plenty of the football, kick two goals and use his laser-like kicking ability to set up his teammates.

The Tigers struggled to find an answer to Mott’s dominance.

“His [Rhys Mott’s] role today was to get the Sherrin and he did it well. His ball use was very good. he was part of an overall midfield unit that functioned well,” Kennedy said.

But one could argue that if they did, another headache would emerge.

From Ben Kamaric; arguably the competition’s most improved player; to skipper Brayden Webb, who looks to be finding some form after a long lay-off with injury and Mitch Rainbird, an X-Factor in this Glenorchy outfit, the Magpies have enviable midfield depth.

Stalwart Jaye Bowden is just as dangerous in the middle as he is up forward, while Ryan Banks-Smith, James Webb, John Geard and Callen Daly are all capable of having an impact on the ball.

“James Webb works incredibly hard and pops up at contests and then he is at a contest at the other end of the ground – it’s like he has a tardis or something,” Kennedy said.

With silver service from Cameron Duffy, last season’s state representative ruckman, the Glenorchy midfield got on top on Saturday afternoon and are likely to do so between now and whenever their finals run comes to a close.

Add the currently injured Zac Webster to this mix and you have a midfield group that can mix and match it with anyone in the competition.

IC: Solstice Digital

4. ‘Pies Defence As Good As Any

Josh Arnold, Josh Grant, Daniel Joseph and Harrison Gunther may just be the best defensive quartet in the competition, with all four capable of being defensive blankets and offensive weapons.

The Tigers’ mid-sized forward group entered this match full of confidence after a barnstorming finish against Lauderdale last weekend, and although the Glenorchy midfield got on top in the middle of the ground to minimise the damage in defence, the Magpies’ Fab Four were resolute in their defensive efforts.

All four can play small or tall, with the rebounding offence of Joseph and Gunther matched by the watchful defence of Grant and Arnold.

Having conceded just 10 goals in eight quarters- four of which have been goalless and a further two with just one major – Glenorchy’s defensive unit is clicking superbly and is the backbone of this side.

Kennedy has heaped praise on all four throughout the season so far, but was particularly glowing of Arnold.

“The times our midfielders and forwards did let them slip and the Tigers got out with some fast ball movement, Josh was there to shut it down. He plays great every week but today he was exceptional.”

 

 

5. First Term Hurt Tigers

The Tigers have shown in patches throughout the season that their best footy can trouble the competition’s best, as evidence by a barnstorming finish to last week’s clash with Lauderdale.

But unfortunately for the home side, things just didn’t click early on the weekend, with Glenorchy getting off to a fast start with six goals to none in the first term.

“Our start crucified us,” Baumeler said post game.

“We got taught a lesson in work rate – they set up really well. I’d hate to know how many intercept marks they had in the first half and we probably didn’t help ourselves with our ball use.”

Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy was pleased with the ruthless nature of his side’s performance, especially considering how dangerous the Tigers can be.

“In the middle of the year they [Tigers] had three bad losses and you wondered whether they’d fall away but they didn’t – they came back and really tested teams.

“I was really pleased that we never gave them an opportunity to give us a trouble.”

Baumeler, although disappointed that his side couldn’t string together significant patches of competitiveness, isn’t fazed by the task of finishing the season against Launceston and Clarence.

“The pleasing thing was that we did play the game out. Some of our ball movement was pretty good in the second half – when we did play a bit faster we did transition the ball quite well but we only did it in five minute patches here and there.

“It gives us incentive to not drop away and prepare well. We know that they will be preparing well before finals. With the nature of the closeness of the top five, a win here or a loss there could affect the double chance sceanrio. We have to embrace the challenge and see if we can cause another upset before the end of the season.”

 

Glenorchy                           6.0,  11.4,  18.8,  21.11  (137)

Tigers FC                             0.3,  4.5,  5.6,  9.8  (62)

 

GOALS

Tigers : T. Carter 4, O. Burrows-Cheng, L. Graham, W. Campbell, M. Carter, C. Bryant

Glenorchy : J. Bowden 3, B. Kamaric 2, M. Rainbird 2, R. Mott 2, J. Webb 2, C. Salter 2, C. Daly 2, B. Bester, J. Grant, A. Roberts, M. Walker, W. Atkin, J. Geard

BEST

Tigers : W. Campbell, H. Johnston, O. Burrows-Cheng, L. Graham, T. Carter, B. Gordon

Glenorchy : J. Arnold, R. Mott, C. Daly, M. Rainbird, J. Bowden, D. Joseph

Clinical Bombers In Ominous Touch

Written by Josh Duggan.

The TSL’s Premiership favourites continued to show off their ominous form in Round 19, as North Launceston steamrolled North Hobart by 163 points at North Hobart Oval on Saturday. 

The Bombers have sterner tests coming over the next two months as they look to retain their crown, but they fired a warning shot to the rest of the competition with their form looking ominous in the 30.20 (200) to 5.7 (37) win.

While North Hobart was competitive at stages in the first half, the second half resembled a training run at times, with the Bombers having plenty of time to chip the ball around in the forward 50.

A 20-goal second half showed the class of the side, as Playing Coach Taylor Whitford and spearhead Bart McCulloch each kicked bags of six, as part of a forward group that worked seamlessly on the day.

The pressure from the Bombers was immense with Jack Avent and Dakota Bannister amongst the best inside 50; both received rewards for their effort too,  kicking four and three goals respectively.

Having kicked five last week, Tom Bennett also continued his great run of form, as he scored three majors in a day where he deserved even more than that.

Assistant Coach Adrian Smith spoke after the match and made clear the Bombers’ pursuit of perfection; a ten-minute patch in the second quarter saw the Demons kick four consecutive goals as the visitors’ effort briefly dropped off.

“That’s two weeks in a row now that we’ve had that lapse of about five minutes; last week they [Clarence] kicked three of four goals, today they [North Hobart] kicked three or four goals,” Smith said.

“It’s just not the standard we want to set.”

Josh Ponting continued his impressive campaign. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Those lapses could be punished further against the sides they’ll face in September, but North Launceston can focus on getting into shape for the finals now; the bye this week will give them a chance to reset, with skipper Brad Cox-Goodyer still on the sidelines with injury.

After that, they’ll head back to Hobart to face their Southern namesakes Lauderdale, and then embark on another finals campaign that could well end with silverware once again.

 

North Hobart                                0.4,  4.5,  4.6,  5.7  (37)

North Launceston                        6.3,  10.11,  18.16,  30.20  (200)

 

GOALS

North Hobart : M. O’Neill 2, J. Steele, H. Allan, S. Willis

North Launceston : T. Whitford 6, B. McCulloch 6, J. Avent 4, T. Bennett 3, D. Bannister 3, B. Simpson 2, J. Ponting 2, T. Donnelly, K. Wadley, A. Lee, B. Sharman

BEST

North Hobart : H. Allan, H. Ireland, W. Peppin, B. Tilbury

North Launceston : T. Whitford, T. Bennett, J. Ponting, B. McCulloch, A. Lee, D. Bannister

Bupa TSL Round 19 Back of the Week

Round 19 saw three big results as teams continue to jostle for spots within the top five. 

We want to know who you considered to be the key figures in these results as we run through the standout defenders, midfielders and forwards of the round.

We now look at the defensive end of the ground, where two key defenders played crucial roles in stingy defensive efforts.

 

Josh Grant (Glenorchy)

As part of one of the competition’s best defensive quartets alongside Harrison Gunther, Josh Arnold and Daniel Joseph, Josh Grant’s stellar 2018 campaign went from strength to strength at the Twin Ovals.

Resolute in his defensive efforts, Grant was an architect of many offensive plays out of the back half, all the while keeping an ever-dangerous and mobile Tigers forward line at bay.

One of the competition’s more underrated defenders, Grant’s stocks continue to rise with finals on the horizon.

IC: Solstice Digital

Zach Burt (Launceston)

After being used as both a key defender and key forward for much of last season and early 2018, Zach Burt looks to have settled as a rock in the North Launceston defence.

Again playing a key role in a stingy defensive effort, Burt patrolled the back half magnificently against the Demons to ensure nothing came easily for the hosts.

Still with 29 goals to his name for the season despite spending much of it as a key defender, Burt looms as an important card up the Bombers’ sleeve heading into September.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

 

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RACT Insurance Player of the Year Votes – Round 19

 

Round 19 votes are in for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, with a new joint leader emerging. 

North Launceston playing-coach did it all at North Hobart Oval on Saturday, finding plenty of the football and kicking six goals en route to leading his side to victory. Whitford’s efforts earned him the three Player of the Year votes to take him to equal first alongside Magpie Daniel Joseph. Josh Ponting was also a big mover, picking up two votes to move into outright second, while Zach Burt polled for a second straight game.

Rhys Mott notched his second straight best on ground effort, while Mitch Rainbird did the same with the two votes. Key defender Josh Grant also stood tall against the Tigers to play a key role in the win and earn one vote.

Mariners captain and hyped draft prospect Chayce Jones now has votes for every game he has played since returning from Mariners and Allies duties, picking up his first three-vote haul of the season. Key forward Mitch Thorp was also recognised for his six goals, while young gun Jake Hinds also impressed to finish with a solitary vote.

 

Launceston v Clarence – Windsor Park, 04/08/18

3- Chayce Jones (Launceston)

2- Mitch Thorp (Launceston)

1- Jake Hinds (Launceston)

 

North Hobart v North Launceston – North Hobart Oval, 04/08/18

3- Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)

2- Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

1- Zach Burt (North Launceston)

 

Tigers FC v Glenorchy – Twin Ovals, 04/08/18

3- Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

2- Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy)

1- Josh Grant (Glenorchy)

 


Taylor Whitford’s dominant performance at North Hobart Oval has seen him poll maximum votes and move into equal first alongside Daniel Joseph with just two rounds remaining, although Whitford’s Bombers only have one game left. Fellow Bomber Josh Ponting also moved into outright second after notching the two votes against the Demons. 

LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 19

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)

8 VOTES: Troy Cunliffe (Clarence), Sherrin Egger (North Launceston), Haydn Smith (Lauderdale)

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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.

Bupa TSL Round 19 Midfielder of the Week

Round 19 saw three big results as teams continue to jostle for spots within the top five. 

We want to know who you considered to be the key figures in these results as we run through the standout defenders, midfielders and forwards of the round.

We start by looking at the midfield, where one of the competition’s established guns and an emerging star delivered arguably best on ground performances.

 

Rhys Mott (Glenorchy)

Glenorchy ball magnet Rhys Mott was at his brilliant best at the Twin Ovals, appearing to find more of the football than any other player on the ground.

With exquisite skills and a knack for finding the ball, Mott has received close attention from taggers throughout the season, but looks to be up to the task considering his form across the past fortnight.

Mott hit the scoreboard on Saturday, booting a goal in both the second and third term to help the Magpies keep their foot on the accelerator and deliver a ruthless victory.

An exceptional decision maker with a laser-like boot, Mott has reminded everyone that he is one of the most damaging midfielders in the competition.

IC: Solstice Digital

 

Chayce Jones (Launceston)

The Tassie Mariner skipper was simply brilliant for the Blues on Saturday afternoon, taking the game by the scruff of the neck and controlling the midfield battle.

One of the country’s most exciting draft prospects, Jones has made an immediate impact since returning from Mariners and Allies duties, polling RACT Insurance Player of the Year votes in every one of his games back.

A best on ground performance against the ‘Roos will only boost the silky Blue’s draft stocks, with his polish and class around goal also on display with two majors.

Jones’ return to this Launceston line-up makes Sam Lonergan’s side all the more dangerous as they start to hit their straps on the eve of the finals.

IC: Philip Biggs (Examiner)

 

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Bupa TSL Round 19 Forward of the Week

Round 19 saw three big results as teams continue to jostle for spots within the top five. 

We want to know who you considered to be the key figures in these results as we run through the standout defenders, midfielders and forwards of the round.

We start by looking at the finishers, with two of the competition’s big guns firing in front of the big sticks.

Mitch Thorp (Launceston)

The Blues are humming on the eve of finals, and spearhead Mitch Thorp looks to also be approaching his peak at the right time of the season.

The Peter Hudson Medal winner is thriving in a role that takes him further up the field, with his partnership with ex-Devonport teammate Dylan Riley emerging as one of the competition’s most dynamic.

Thorp kicked six goals against the ‘Roos, including three in the final term to secure the result, putting him 14 goals ahead of next best Jaye Bowden and Tom Bennett.

Key defenders will have their work cut out for them with Thorp and the Blues hitting their straps.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

Bart McCulloch (North Launceston)

The Northern Bomber star has been finding some impressive touch of late, with his six goals at North Hobart Oval backing up the three he kicked against Clarence the week earlier.

McCulloch’s ability in the air proved to be too much for the hapless Demons, who didn’t have the personnel to compete with such a damaging target.

With silver service from his midfield group and clinical finishing from himself, the Bombers were at their blistering best in the win and played a simply irresistible brand of football.

IC: Andrew Woodgate

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TSL MRP Round 19

Bupa Tasmanian State League

Round 19

1.      Mitch Rainbird (Glenorchy) was reported for rough conduct on Oliver Burrows-Cheng (Tigers)

The Match Review Panel determined that the free kick paid was the correct outcome. No further action is required.

 2.      A referral was lodged for an incident which involved a Clarence player going down behind play

Investigation into this incident found that incidental contact occurred between two Clarence players. No further action is required.

 3.      Mitch Thorp (Launceston) was referred for an off the ball incident on Jason Bailey (Clarence)

Investigation into this incident found that no further action is required.

Wrest Point TSLW Round 15 Preview

Round 15 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season sees Clarence and Launceston go head to head at Blundstone Arena in what should be an exciting match between second and third on the ladder, and Glenorchy return from the bye to take on Burnie at KGV in a challenging match for the Dockers, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

 

Catch up on what happened last time these teams met in round 10. 

 

Sunday 5th August

Clarence v. Launceston (Blundstone Arena) – 1:30pm

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

Last Time They Met: Clarence 7.4 (46) def. Launceston 2.9 (21) – Round 10, 2018 at Windsor Park

Clarence hosts Launceston at Blundstone Arena in round 15, with the two grand final threats meeting for the third time this season. In round five Clarence won by 19 points at Oatlands and then again in round ten by 25 points at Windsor Park.

Sophie Pennicott and Natalie Heggie kicked two for Clarence and Darcy Elliston, Tarn Ford and Saasha Hinks kicked one apiece in round 10, with Jessica Minifie, Katherine Johnson, Natalie Heggie, Tarn Ford, Rachel Long and Bronte Scott the team’s best players.

In what promises to be an important match with finals around the corner, Clarence coach Andy Smith is looking forward to the challenge.

“We will continue to develop our game plan on a big ground at Blundstone Arena, [and] get some quality game time in some of our younger players against a strong opposition to help with their development.

Zoe Claridge and Georgia Hill kicked one goal each for Launceston back in round 10, with Meg Sinclair, Ashlee Carey, Chevy Thuringer, Meg Radford, Ange Dickson and Brooke Thurlow all impressing.

The Blues face a big test in Clarence. IC: Solstice Digital

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, says “we are starting to get a few of our players back which is really good timing.”

“This week against Clarence we get to play on Blundstone which we are very thankful for and excited about. The midfield battle is where it will be won and lost on the weekend and it promises to be a pretty entertaining game. We won’t have a full squad to choose from but starting to get a deeper squad together and ready to go head to head with them.”

 

Players to Watch:

Rachel Archer (Clarence): In 2017 Archer played 10 matches, was named in the best players four times, and finished as best on ground for the Roos once. This year Archer has played nine games, kicked one goal and been named in the best players four times, finishing as best on ground for Clarence in round eight against Glenorchy. Archer has maintained steady form this season and should continue to be a dependable player for the Roos leading into finals.

Kate McLaughlin (Launceston):  McLaughlin played six matches in 2017 and kicked one goal. In 2018 McLaughlin has played ten games, kicked one goal, been named in the best players four times and finished as best on ground for the Blues twice this year. In round seven, coach Alex Gibbons commended her efforts, “’Kiwi’ was our best player. Her output and work-rate was at a level we want to see every week and [she] really took hold of our midfield.” McLaughlin’s rapid improvement this season could make her a dangerous player for other teams.

CLARENCE v. LAUNCESTON

Round 15- 05/08/2018

1:30PM – Blundstone Arena

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Clarence

B: G. Mitchell, R. Archer,

HB: K. Johnson, L. Ochayi, G. Pennicott

C: B.  Goward, B.  Scott, J.  Minifie

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

F: T. Ford, R. Long,

R: C. Wells, N. Bresnehan, J. Farrow

Int: S. Hinks

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Launceston

B: A. Carey, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte

HB: C. Thuringer, M. Sinclair,

C: C.  Stanley , D.  Taylor, C.  Webb

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

F: E. Manix-geeves, G. Hill,

R: B. Thurlow, M. King, A. Dickson

Int: Z. Claridge, A. Halaby, K. McLaughlin, C. Taylor

Emg: M. Smith, B. White

 


Sunday 5th August

Glenorchy v. Burnie (KGV) – 1:00pm

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

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 12.10 (82) def. Burnie 4.4 (28) – Round 10, 2018 at Wivenhoe Showgrounds

Ladder leader, Glenorchy, will return from the bye in round 15 to host the developing Burnie Dockers at KGV.

Glenorchy and Burnie have played each other twice this year, with the Pies winning in round five by 96 points at KGV, and then again by 54 points at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round 10.

Nietta Lynch kicked four goals for the Pies in round 10, with Meg Jacobs also booting three.

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The Pies best players on the day were Holly Ryan, Tahlia Strong, Lynch, Jacobs, Sarah Skinner and Gemma Allan.

Hannah Martin (Ulverstone) and Sarah Cotton (Wynyard) kicked two each for Burnie on that day, with Chloe Haines, Emily Duncombe, Libby Haines, Lauren Stevenson, Martin and Cotton among the better performers.

Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, says “this week against the top team our focus is to get all players to contribute in a tough challenge.”

The Dockers will be eager to take it up to the ‘Pies and remain in the race for finals football, while the Magpies have an opportunity to maintain a grip on top spot.

Players to Watch:

Gemma Terry (Glenorchy): Terry played 13 matches in the 2017 season, kicking one goal and being named in the best players three times, including two best on grounds. This season Terry has played ten games, kicked two goals and been named in the best players three times. Terry is a reliable player who should continue to play consistently this week against Burnie.

Kaytlyn Johnson (Burnie): Johnson played nine matches last year and did not feature in the best players. In 2018 Johnson has played eleven matches, kicked two goals and been named in the best players twice, finishing as best on ground for the Dockers in round 12 against Launceston. Coach Richard Mulcahy said Johnson was a “standout on the day.” Johnson has shown great improvement from last season and is definitely a player to keep an eye on in future matches.

 

GLENORCHY v. BURNIE

Round 15- 05/08/2018

1:00PM – KGV Oval

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Glenorchy

B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

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

C: G.  Allan, S.  Skinner, S.  Davis

HF: M. Jacobs , E. Siely, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,

R: H. Ryan, B. Barwick, E. Barwick

Int: S. Eaton, Z. Manjerovic, K. Stanford, G. Terry
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Burnie

B: F. Bryan, , M. Radford

HB: E. Cropp, L. Haines, K. Johnson

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

HF: E. Duncombe, H. Martin,

F: S. Ferguson-Stevens, , N. Whitehead

R: E. Doig, C. Haines, C. Chandler