Future Bright For The Red & Blue

Written by Josh Duggan

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

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

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

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

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

IC: Solstice Digital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offensive Bombers Tighten Up Ahead Of Finals

Written by Josh Duggan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lauderdale                              7.5,  13.8,  17.11,  26.16  (172)

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

 

GOALS

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

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

BEST

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

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

RACT Insurance Player of the Year Votes – Round 20

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

3- Josh Grant (Glenorchy)

2- James Webb (Glenorchy)

1- Tom Birchall (Clarence)

 

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

3- Jacob Gillbee (Lauderdale)

2- Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)

1- Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)

 

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

3- Chayce Jones (Launceston)

2- Jake Smith (Launceston)

1- Marcus Davies (Tigers)

 


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

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

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

LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 20

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

11 VOTES: Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

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

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

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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.

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)

 

GOALS

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

BEST

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)

 

GOALS

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

BEST

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

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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