Tribunal Appeal denied


Round One

Jordon Roberts (Lauderdale) was referred for rough conduct (dangerous tackle) on Wade Wall (Clarence)

The Match Review Panel determined that the tackle was careless, with low impact to the body. The Match Review Panel also gave strong consideration for the potential to cause serious injury.

Player Roberts was offered a base sanction of two matches, reduced to one match with an early guilty plea. Player Roberts’ base sanction included a one-match loading due to a poor record, taking the sanction from a reprimand with an early guilty plea to one match sanction with an early guilty plea.

Player Roberts rejected the offer and the matter was heard at the Tribunal on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 6:00 pm.

After considering all of the evidence presented at the Tribunal hearing, Player Roberts was found guilty and the incident assessed as careless, to the body and with low impact. This saw the charge upheld and a two match sanction handed down to Player Roberts.

Following the Tribunal verdict, Lauderdale FC applied to appeal the decision to the TSL Appeals board. The TSL Arbitrator considered the Appeal application as submitted by Lauderdale FC and denied the Appeal hearing on the basis that the application did not fulfil any one of the four grounds for Appeal, as per section 4.3 of the State & Territory Tribunal Guidelines 2018:

4.3 Grounds for Appeal 

Except where otherwise determined by the Controlling Body, a Person found guilty of a Reportable Offence by the Tribunal, or the Controlling Body may only appeal to the Appeal
Board in respect of a decision made by the Tribunal under these Guidelines on one or more of the following grounds:

(a) that there was an error of law;

(b) that the decision was so unreasonable that no Tribunal acting reasonably could have
come to that decision having regard to the evidence before it;

(c) the classification of the level of the offence was manifestly excessive or inadequate; or

(d) that the sanction imposed was manifestly excessive or inadequate.


North opens TSL doors

North Melbourne and AFL Tasmania have announced a new partnership that will enable Tasmanian State League (TSL) players to be eligible for selection in North’s VFL side.

North VFL Manager Andrew Carson said the partnership, which extends to VFLW and the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC), is designed to help retain the TSL talent pool in both the men’s and women’s competitions and reduce the number of players leaving to pursue football careers interstate.

“We’re committed to developing the game and players in Tasmania and jumped at this opportunity to further enhance the prospects of TSL players,” Carson said.

“These players will have the opportunity to come and train and play with us and be exposed to the AFL standards and requirements we set for our VFL players.”

Carson said the agreement would be mutually beneficial.

“There is an added bonus for these players who will now have exposure across two State League competitions. The VFL produced another five players through the National and Rookie Drafts this year, and we hope to help create more draft prospects out of Tasmania.

“We hope the players will be able to take their learnings and experiences back to their TSL clubs and help with the development of club programs.”

Tasmanian State League Manager, Carl Saunder, said the partnership was a tremendous outcome for the state.

“We continue to partner with North Melbourne to develop our elite talent pathway and this is an extension of that,” Saunder said.

“As a competition, we are really excited about this partnership with North Melbourne and the opportunities it provides for both male and female players.

“This is an opportunity for TSL players to improve and impress and for our TSL clubs to retain promising talent and remain strong.

“For our TSLW players, it is a fantastic opportunity to impress in the VFLW with the Tassie Roos just around the corner.”

North’s affiliation with Tasmania continues to go from strength to strength, not only with the announcement of the AFLW side, but also at a grassroots level.

North Hobart’s Bear ready to growl

He was a Premiership player for the club in 2003 and in 2018 he is the main in charge of leading North Hobart back toward footy’s promised land.

Richard ‘Bear’ Robinson has been confirmed as North Hobart’s new coach for season 2018, following the recent departure of General Manager and Coach, Kane Richter.

Robinson steps up to the top job after fulfilling the role of assistant at the club. The experienced journeyman has been in the system for some time, including serving as an assistant in Clarence’s 2010 premiership and after serving a lengthy apprenticeship, the man they call ‘Bear’ is now ready to take charge.

“I thought this group needs someone that has been there for the last couple of years to keep improving and to continue the journey and it is about time I got out of my comfort zone a bit and had a crack.

“It has always been an ambition but you just never think you are going to get the chance.”

The self-confessed footy nut said he fell out of love with the game and it was a return to his home club to work with Kane Richter that rekindled his affinity for the game.

“Five or six years ago I nearly took on the Glenorchy job but I stayed at Clarence and then coached at St Virgils. Obviously, my time at the Saints wasn’t ideal and I sort of lost my love for the game a bit and lost a bit of confidence. And then in the last few years with Kane (Richter), I got that love back again.

“When Kane (Richter) decided to move I decided to throw my hat in the ring (for the job).

While he was in favour of the change back to the traditional moniker, it was not the shift to North Hobart that inspired ‘Bear’ to put his hand up for the top job.

“Whether we were called Hobart City or North Hobart I didn’t care, I was still keen to have a crack at it. It is the people and the players that are important.”

He played in the club’s last premiership 14 years ago and is keen to steer the Dees back up the top end of the ladder but acknowledges it will not be a quick journey.

“It has been a big part of my life and I’ve made some lifelong friends that are still very close today and it is nice that they are going to jump back on board and help the club.

“I’m here to keep developing these kids and continue the work Kane started.”

To see the Demons breakthrough for a finals berth, a greater emphasis will be needed on pressure, Robinson explains.

“Defensively we need to get better we have conceded too many points, all around the ground we need to create a stronger emphasis on restricting the opposition and create more pressure.”

Plenty has been made of fellow former Demons assistant Trent Baumeler’s move to the Tigers, and what it may mean for the Demons playing stocks. Robinson welcomes a friendly rivalry between the two young outfits with his mate now a worthy adversary.

“We are good friends, we were on the phone having a good laugh looking at the paper. Kane Richter thinks he is the Alastair Clarkson of the TSL.

“It is good he has an opportunity as well, he deserves it and I wish him all the best.”


Tigers unveil new coach

The Tigers have become the latest TSL team to lock down a coach, unveiling the sought after Trent Baumeler as the club’s new head honcho for season 2018.

Baumeler arrives at Twin Ovals after two seasons at the Hobart City Demons, while also impressing with recent work with the state academy, coaching the Under 17s team.

The new Tigers coach replaces Aaron Vince at the helm, who sensationally stepped in at the last hour following the sacking of Scott Mathieson on the eve of the season.

The Tigers beat off rival suitors to secure the services of Baumeler with North Hobart also keen to secure the young coach for the upcoming season.

While he crosses over from a TSL rival, Baumeler is no stranger to Kingborough, spending two years playing for the club in 2005/06. His yellow and black return makes it the club’s fourth coach since joining the TSL, with the hope that their newest arrival will lead the club to September action.

“The Board believes that Trent will be an outstanding Coach for the Tigers group and we look forward to watching him implement his plan with the playing group beginning with pre-season which will start in the next couple of weeks,” President Steve Old shared on the club’s Facebook page.

Baumeler is excited to take the step up to senior coaching with the title of Tigers Senior Coach sitting well with the former Demons assistant.

“There are only nine of these jobs going around in the state so it is an honour and a privilege to get an opportunity to be a senior coach but the hard work starts now.

“I’ve got to get to work making sure we retain our list, getting pre-season organised and meeting the players and the board to start to assimilate myself into the Tigers Footy Club.”

Baumeler was approached by the Tigers to present for the role of Senior Coach and he says the impressive process and vision the club has made Twin Ovals a desirable destination for his coaching future.

“The board, the facility, the playing list they have been developing over the journey since they came into the TSL were all appealing factors. If we can put some good things in place I think we can make some real quick strides in what we can achieve on and off the field,” he said.

The Tigers faithful are eager to taste success and while Baumeler is similarly keen for improvements on ladder position, he preaches a broader focus.

“It would be beautiful to have some quantum jumps and improve massively in the win/loss column but firstly it is about relationships and culture and getting some structure and standards. Not just in how we play footy but how we act as people around the club and with the footy community.”

While the Tigers opportunity excites, Baumeler admits it was a difficult decision to leave North Hobart.

“It is always hard to leave, you spend two years there and you spend time at a footy club you build relationships, you get close with people and you see their improvement. It is always a difficult decision to move on but when you get an opportunity that is new and exciting, where you can put your stamp on things with a new group it is really hard to pass up.”

The incoming Tigers supremo is confident he is ready for the step up into senior coaching, fulfilling a long-held ambition.

“The good thing about working with Kane (Richter) is he gave the coaching staff a lot of rope to make decisions but also to implement things into the gameplan, to take blocks of training and pre-game stuff. That along with the exposure to the state academy system, working with Matty Armstrong and Lance Spaulding has really helped my development, it enables you to fast track yourself pretty quickly and I feel pretty comfortable sitting in the senior coach’s chair.”

“I spent some time at Hutchins developing my coaching craft and I didn’t want to be one of those blokes that sat back and thought I should have gone and had a crack at coaching TSL level. So there was always that little ambition and Kane (Richter) was great in pushing me to try and become a senior coach so I imagine he is smiling as well.”

In taking on the job, Baumeler wants his 2018 Tigers to be known for defensive pressure and effort.

“Effort is key. We want to play high defensive pressure and I also want the guys to be aggressive with how they use the footy and not be afraid to make mistakes and take the game on and use the big ground with leg speed.

“Defensive pressure and effort for 120 minutes is the first building block and getting that mindset right and the offence will flow from that.”

Bombers reappoint Winter

Lauderdale Football Club have re-appointed Darren Winter as the club’s senior coach for 2018, with Assistant Clinton Brown to take the reins for the first six weeks as Winter serves his suspension.

See the below statement from Lauderdale President Julie Kay.

The Lauderdale Football Club’s Board of Directors last night re-appointed Darren Winter as Senior Coach for the 2018 TSL season. Because of Darren’s 6 week suspension, Assistant Coach, Clinton Brown will coach our senior team for the first six weeks of the home and away roster. We are in the process of appointing a number of specialist coaches to our panel which will add another layer of expertise and support for our football department.

Darren has the full support of the playing group, with all players re-signing and several new recruits being interviewed. The Board believes Darren has the passion, knowledge and experience to continue to develop our young playing group. Darren has an outstanding record in developing homegrown players to achieve at the highest level.

LFC and Darren acknowledge the unfortunate incidents which occurred on Grand Final day, in particular, the inappropriate behaviour towards the umpires. Darren has taken full responsibility for his actions and words and has apologised to the Board, players, supporters and officials. He is personally disappointed at how the incidents have impacted on the whole club and understands that his actions do not reflect the values and developing culture of our community club or our outstanding sponsors who will be contacted personally by Darren and the board.

Darren has made a strong commitment to ensure his actions and words truly reflect the club’s values and culture. The Board are confident that the club has the momentum, commitment and support for our players and coaches to achieve positive outcomes into the future. We are very proud of our achievements, in particular as 2017 Grand Finalist and look forward to continued growth, development and success.

Julie Kay






FIRST SEMI-FINAL – 09/09/2017

2:00PM – Blundstone Arena


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

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

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


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

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

In: S. Rundle
Out: J. Harris


SECOND SEMI-FINAL – 09/09/2017

4:30PM – UTAS Stadium


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

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

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

In: M. Kleverkamp
C. Laoumtzis



Second Semi Final – 10/09/2017

12:00PM – Geilston Bay Oval



B: S. Bale, T. Nichols

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

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

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

F: G. Mitchell, M. Wise

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

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

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


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

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

C: K.  Child

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

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

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

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


First Semi Final – 10/09/2017

1:00PM – KGV




B: T. Wiggins, R.Siely

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

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

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

F: K. Rattenbury, H. Ryan

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

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


B: S. Loring, L. Stevenson

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

C: C.  Loring, J.  Brown, S.  Rodman

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

F: C. Chandler, J. Mercer

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

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

Emg: K. Johnson



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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

North Launceston

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

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


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.


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

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:


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.


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.


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.


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


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?