2018 Season Review – North Launceston

New coach, new captain, same old success.Β 

What a season it was for the all-conquering Northern Bombers.

The North Launceston Football Club entered the 2018 Bupa TSL season looking to further build on one of Tasmanian football’s great dynasties.

With four straight Grand Final appearances, three of which saw the club clinch the ultimate prize (2014 – ’15, ’17), the Northern Bombers were under pressure to deliver again this season, with 2017 premiership skipper Taylor Whitford taking the coaching reigns to great expectation.

Following in the footsteps of Zane Littlejohn and Tom Couch, Whitford coached his group brilliantly, maintaining the Bombers’ dynamic ball movement and stingy defence to see off a range of contenders.

With Glenorchy, Launceston, Clarence and then Lauderdale right on their heels throughout the season, the Northern Bombers continually looked the form team of the competition, going down just twice for the season (to Glenorchy in round 3 and Clarence in round 12).

Established stars Tom Bennett, Josh Ponting, Mark Walsh, Alex Lee, Brad Cox-Goodyer and Taylor Whitford continued to impress, while fresh faces Sherrin Egger, Dakota Bannister, Jordan Cousens, Beau Sharman and Michael Tang immediately impressed when first blooded into the senior team.

The Bombers had plenty to celebrate in 2018. IC: Andrew Woodgate

After finishing as minor premier in 2017 with 16 wins and a percentage of 181.55%, the Bombers actually improved in 2018, with the same number of wins but a percentage of 201.45%.

The Bombers kicked only one more point this season, but conceded over 100 less, meaning the side’s potency inside 50 wasn’t hindered as the defence became even tighter.

Contenders came and went throughout the year, but in Taylor Whitford’s maiden season at the helm, the Northern Bombers once again claimed the throne as the competition’s top dog.

 

 

Ladder Position: 1st (W: 16, L: 2, %: 201.45) – Premiers

 

Leading Goalkicker:

Tom Bennett – 43 (third in competition)

 

Team of the Year Representatives: 6

  • Jay Foon (BP)
    • Renowned as ‘Mr. Dependable’ in defence, Jay Foon played an integral role in the Northern Bombers’ claiming the minor premiership. His season was cruelly cut short by a nasty injury, but his performances were as important as anyone’s in putting North Launceston in the box seat for another flag, one that they ultimately won.
  • Tom Bennett (CHF)
    • Arguably the best marking forward in the TSL, Bennett’s vice-like grip and sharp shooting for goal makes him a dynamic force inside 50. Mobile, athletic and smart, Bennett’s season made him a clear choice for centre half forward in the Team of the Year.

      Tom Bennett starred in 2018. IC: Andrew Woodgate
  • Brad Cox-Goodyer (HFF + Captain)
    • It was an injury-interrupted campaign for the premiership skipper, but one that still saw him enhance his reputation as one of the TSL’s most explosive players. The 2017 Baldock and Lynch Medalist kicked 36 goals from just 14 games, often rolling between the forward 50 and midfield. A worthy captain of this team.
  • Taylor Whitford (FOLL + Assistant Coach)
    • The added responsibility of coaching did nothing to diminish Taylor Whitford’s output, with the 2017 premiership skipper and 2018 premiership coach dominating as a goal-kicking on-baller. Finished as the season’s fifth highest goal kicker and tied for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award. Whitford’s campaign was sensational.

      Taylor Whitford’s first season as coach was superb. IC: Andrew Woodgate
  • Zach Burt (INT)
    • One of the most versatile players in the league, Burt kicked 29 goals for the season – despite finishing the year as a regular centre half back. A star at both ends of the ground, Burt can break a game open inside 50 or act as a wall across half back.
  • Josh Ponting (INT)
    • Few win more of the football than Josh Ponting, with the eventual Lynch Medalist a star around stoppages. Ponting worked brilliantly alongside the likes of Taylor Whitford, Mark Walsh and Brad Cox-Goodyer to supply silver service to the Bombers’ elite forward line.

 

Best and Fairest:

Yet to be held.

 

Lynch Medal:

For a second straight season, a North Launceston player took home the Alastair Lynch Medal, with Josh Ponting leading all comers with 23 votes – edging out captain and 2017 Lynch Medalist Brad Cox-Goodyer (14 votes).

Zach Burt also finished in the top 10 with 12 votes, while Taylor Whitford and Jordan Cousens polled six votes apiece.

Josh Ponting claimed the TSL’s highest individual honour. IC: Solstice Digital

RACT Insurance Player of the Year:

Playing coach Taylor Whitford was a standout for the Northern Bombers in 2018, amassing 18 votes en route to becoming a joint winner alongside Glenorchy’s Daniel Joseph. Josh Ponting (11) and Tom Bennett (10) were also contenders for much of the year, while Sherrin Egger also notched eight votes.

 

The Rising Star:

Sherrin Egger‘s first season as a Bomber was stellar, with the former Devonport young gun claiming the Matthew Richardson Medal as the competition’s most outstanding young player. A dogged competitor, Egger combines flashy brilliance with genuine grunt to be yet another crucial weapon in this impressive North Launceston machine.

Fletcher Bennett is another player who continued to improve as the season progressed, showcasing his maturity and speed while playing a variety of roles.

Rhyan Mansell -who attended the State Draft Combine – also continued his rapid development with a terrific campaign, largely as a small defender.

 

Season Highlight:

Well, this one is pretty clear. In a near perfect season, the highlights were aplenty, but the 2018 Grand Final triumph – the club’s fourth in five seasons – stands head and shoulders above the rest.

The Bombers were clinical in dismantling Lauderdale in the 2017 decider but faced a much sterner test in 2018, with Lauderdale ensuring the game was a dogged, arm wrestle of a contest.

It proved to be a match that would underline the greatness of this side.

With the Northern Bombers holding a one-point advantage at the first and main breaks, the game was in the balance heading into the third stanza, and the reigning champs responded – kicking the only two goals of the term to take a 16-point lead into the final quarter, one akin to an even greater margin considering the low-scoring nature of the contest and the fact that Lauderdale had only mustered the three goals for the game to that point.

The Northern Bombers, having won the arm wrestle, ensured that they won the war from there on out, kicking a further two goals to one in the final term to clinch another historic flag.

Tarryn Thomas was an example of how the Northern Bombers got on top, with the classy utility taking to the skies and hitting the scoreboard to ensure he finished his time as a Bomber in style, while Brad Cox-Goodyer was dominant for almost the game’s entirety – claiming a second straight Baldock Medal as best afield.

Challenged for the throne, the Bombers once again held firm.

Tarryn Thomas Lights Up Big Dance

Superstar Tarryn Thomas was at his exhilirating best in North Launceston Football Club's flag triumph yesterday. πŸ‘Œ 🌟

Posted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, September 15, 2018

 

Season Lowlight:

It was a season of highs for the Northern Bombers, but the season-ending injury sustained by Jay Foon in round 17 against Glenorchy at KGV Oval was a definite lowlight.

In a freakish accident, Foon suffered a fractured bone in his neck as a result of a tackle, and subsequently missed the remainder of the season.

Floated as a chance of returning for the Grand Final, Foon is clearly a popular member of the group, with the team’s premiership success somewhat soured by the absence of the Team of the Year back pocket.

 

2018 In ThreeΒ Words:Β Bomber Dynasty Confirmed

IC: Solstice Digital

2018 Season Review – Lauderdale

The 2018 season was one with momentum swings and troughs for the Lauderdale Football Club, but one that saw the Bombers again reach the final game of the season.Β 

Much like the 2017 season, Lauderdale endured a rocky start to the Bupa TSL season, dropping their first three games, however this year was even tougher with coach Darren Winter forced to spend the opening portion of the year out of the coaching saddle on game day.

The absence of Winter came on top of the departures of 2017 stars Dylan Fyfe and Max Kleverkamp, as well as long-term injuries to Thor Boscott and Ethan Whish-Wilson among others – with skipper Bryce Walsh also going down with a long-term injury in round one.

With these absences came some fresh faces, however, with Northern Territory recruits Tim Mosquito and Henry Kerinaiua immediately settling into life as Bombers.

The continued development of familiar faces Haydn Smith and Nat Franklin also beared fruit, and although the Bombers struggled to get into top gear early, six wins from seven games in the middle section of the season helped Lauderdale prepare for a tilt at the pointy end of the season once again.

The addition of Jacob Gillbee and return of Thor Boscott, in conjunction with Tim Mosquito, Henry Kerinaiua, Ben McGuinness and Ed Stanley saw the Bombers boast one of the competition’s most dynamic attacking groups, with wins over Clarence in round 15 and Glenorchy in round 16 underlining exactly what the southern Bombers are capable of.

With Haydn Smith becoming of the best rucks in the competition, Phil Bellchambers and Nat Franklin performing consistently out of the middle and Josh McGuinness leading an impressive back six, Lauderdale managed to work through early season injury concerns and later injuries to Ben McGuinness and Ryan Wiggins, en route to a remarkable finals run that saw the Bombers clash with their northern counterparts on the most important day of the TSL season for a second straight season.

 

Ladder Position:

5th (W: 10, L: 8, %: 102.01) – defeated by North Launceston in Grand Final

 

Leading Goalkicker:Β 

Jacob Gillbee – 26 goals

 

Team of the Year Representatives: 3

  • Josh McGuinness (HBF + Vice Captain)
    • Consistency is the pillar of McGuinness’ game, with his professionalism clear to see on game day. A cool head in defence, McGuinness found himself playing a variety of roles throughout the season and proved to be a match-winner, whether it was his defensive actions or offence off half back.
  • Phil Bellchambers (C)
    • Emerged as the general of this Lauderdale midfield, thriving as a leader in the middle. More midfield time has seen Bellchambers take his game to another level as he continues to display his explosiveness, strength and power.
  • Nat Franklin (RR)
    • Backed up a terrific campaign with another consistent season. Stepped up in the absence of injured skipper Bryce Walsh and did so with aplomb, winning the hard ball and feeding it out to prime movers or breaking the lines from stoppages himself. A metronome in the middle.

 

Best and Fairest:

Phil Bellchambers took home the Best and Fairest award for 2018, due recognition for another consistent campaign from the midfielder. Star defender Josh McGuinness just finished behind Bellchambers to claim runners-up honours.

 

Phil Bellchambers had an influential season. IC: Solstice Digital

Lynch Medal:

Lauderdale enjoyed an even spread of contributors in 2018, and this was reflected at the Tasmanian Footy Awards, with Haydn Smith and Rhys Sutton (10 votes each) topping the Bombers’ tally en route to the competition’s top 10. Phil Bellchambers was narrowly behind with nine votes, as was Nat Franklin with eight. However, Josh McGuinness – the Team of the Year vice captain – failed to poll a single vote in one of the surprises of the season.

Haydn Smith had a career season. IC: Solstice Digital

 

RACT Insurance Player of the Year:

Phil Bellchambers (nine votes), Josh McGuinness (eight) and Haydn Smith (eight) caught the most attention from the media, all finishing inside the top 10 for votes.

 

The Rising Star:

Oscar Shaw emerges as a clear choice here, with his rising stocks highlighted by the fact that he manned North Launceston star Tom Bennett in the Grand Final. A nuggetty defender who can play small or tall, the 17-year-old is a fearless competitor who often shows no caution for his own safety, with his willingness to run back with the flight an early trademark of his game.

Tyler MartinΒ is another player to keep an eye on moving forward, as although he missed the back half of the season, he displayed potency inside 50 earlier in the season to become another avenue to goal.

 

Season Highlight:

The southern Bombers’ finals campaign has got to be the side’s 2018 highlight, with Darren Winter’s men becoming the first side to make the Grand Final after finishing outside the top four.

The Bombers opened their finals campaign with a 58-point win over Eastern Shore rivals Clarence in the Elimination Final, with a Jacob Gillbee bag of five and Josh McGuinness’ sensational role on Jake Cox, proving influential in securing an emphatic victory, that at one point looked likely to get to beyond 80 points.

Lauderdale backed this effort up in style against Launceston at UTAS Stadium, overcoming an early arm wrestle to record a sensational 72-point win and knock the Blues out of the 2018 finals series.

Ed Stanley bobbed up to be the hero on this occasion with seven goals, while Henry Kerinaiua’s bag of four and another stellar effort from Josh McGuinness saw the Bombers march into a second straight Preliminary Final.

And from there, the Bombers also booked a second straight Grand Final appearance, storming home from a five goal deficit with a scintillating nine goal to four second half (and five goal to one final quarter).

Thor Boscott was the fire-starter for the Bombers, kicking four in a strong performance, while Robbie McManus and Henry Kerinaiua continued their strong finals campaigns to make history and book the coastal club’s second ever Grand Final ticket.

 

Season Lowlight:

While Lauderdale’s successful run throughout the finals series was a clear highlight for the side, a second straight Grand Final loss would have to be the low-light – despite the side putting in a far more competitive performance this time around.

Lauderdale, obliterated in the 2017 decider, forced the Northern Bombers into an arm wrestle 12 months on, and although Lauderdale restricted the reigning premier to seven goals, they only kicked four in response, with North Launceston clinching the flag with a 30-point triumph.

It was a far more competitive performance from Darren Winter’s side this time around, but the hurt of a lost Grand Final makes this the clear lowlight of the season for the club.

 

2018 In ThreeΒ Words: Resilient Bombers Impress

IC: Solstice Digital

2018 Season Review – Glenorchy

Paul Kennedy’s first season at KGV proved to be a fruitful one, steering the ‘Pies to a top two spot, all while building a platform for success moving forward.Β 

It is difficult to not be positive about Glenorchy’s 2018 TSL campaign, with the Magpies recording victories against every club this season and perennially sitting inside the competition’s top four.

Despite battling niggling injury issues to Zac Webster, Brayden Webb and others, Glenorchy kept finding ways to win, with many of these victories built off the back of terrific defensive performances, with Josh Grant, Josh Arnold, Harrison Gunther and Daniel Joseph forming arguably the competition’s best defensive quartet.

With the likes of Jack Stevenson, Bayley Bester, Jye Bearman, William Atkin, Adam Roberts and Chris McKnight all gaining invaluable senior football experience, Kennedy managed to find the delicate balance between developing emerging talent and remaining competitive as a premiership threat.

Add to this the strong form of leaders Daniel Joseph and Rhys Mott and the rapid improvement of Harrison Gunther and Ben Kamaric – arguably two of the most improved players in the league – and you have a remarkably productive and successful season that will lay the foundation for potential future success.

Another key target to aid Jaye Bowden inside 50 may be the focus for the Magpies this summer, but there is enough talent here to suggest that the Magpies will be a force again in 2019.

 

Ladder Position:

2nd (W: 11, L: 7, %: 140.57) – knocked out by Lauderdale in Preliminary Final

 

Leading Goalkicker:

Jaye Bowden – 46 goals

Jaye Bowden was again a dominant force in 2018. IC: Solstice Digital

 

Team of the Year Representatives: 6

  • Josh Grant (FB)
    • One of the competition’s most consistent performers, Grant was rarely beaten – despite usually taking the opposition’s best key forward. A determined competitor, Grant’s ability to compete and nullify his opponent works brilliantly alongside his smart footy brain and skills out of the back half.
  • Daniel Joseph (HBF)
    • After impressing at the Aspley Hornets in the NEAFL, Daniel Joseph’s return to KGV in 2018 was stellar, becoming the competition’s best running defender. Capable of walking the fine line between defence and attack, Joseph provided this side with leadership, class and almighty skill.
  • Rhys Mott (W)
    • The productive midfielder got better and better as the season progressed, registering yet another Team of the Year nod. One of the best kicks in the state, Mott was a key part in Glenorchy’s strong season.
  • Jaye Bowden (HFF)
    • The Glenorchy stalwart enjoyed another strong season in 2018, kicking 46 goals to finish as the Magpies’ leading goalkicker and the competition’s second. Spent time in a variety of positions to further heighten his remarkable standing within Tasmanian football.
  • Harrison Gunther (INT)Β 
    • One of the most improved players in the competition, Gunther’s shift from mobile forward to intercepting defender was a masterstroke. A terrific reader of the play, Gunther was a force out of the back half, cutting off many an offensive pursuit and working as an architect out of the back half.

      Harrison Gunther is one of the competition’s most improved performers. IC: Solstice Digital
  • Paul Kennedy (Assistant Coach)
    • A sensational debut season at KGV, Kennedy helped the Magpies emerge as a genuine contender in 2018, all the while blooding a host of youngsters to complement the team’s contingent of stars. Kennedy could not have made a better impression in his first season within the TSL.

 

Best and Fairest:

Daniel Joseph won the R.H ‘Banjo’ Patterson Best and Fairest Trophy in 2018, ahead of Harrison Gunther (second) and Josh Arnold (third).

 

Lynch Medal:

Ruckman Cameron Duffy found himself at the pointy end of the Lynch Medal count for much of the night, polling 13 votes in a strong campaign.

Daniel Joseph, with 10 votes, was again noticed by the umpires, while pocket rocket Callen Daly also finished with eight after a dynamic season.

 

RACT Insurance Player of the Year:

Daniel Joseph was the pick of the Magpies according to the media, finding himself as the RACT Insurance Player of the Year leader for much of the season before eventually polling 18 votes to finish as a joint winner alongside North Launceston playing-coach Taylor Whitford.

Three-time RACT Insurance Player of the Year Jaye Bowden was also a standout, finishing with nine votes, while Rhys Mott also picked up six votes of his own.

 

The Rising Star:

The Magpies’ blooded a host of emerging stars this season, with players like Adam Roberts, Jack Stevenson and Bayley Bester particular standouts.

Roberts developed into a crucial cog across half forward and on the wing and looks to be a ready-made senior TSL player, while Bayley Bester also looked the same inside 50 with his knack for hitting the scoreboard.

Stevenson’s willingness to throw himself at every contest in defence made him an instant favourite at KGV, with his performances as part of the Tassie Mariners underlining his exciting potential.

 

Season Highlight:

It was an entertaining season for fans of the black and white, with the team delivering many a highlight, however, the 14-point Qualifying Final triumph over Launceston sits as one of the club’s greatest victories in recent memory.

The Magpies were dealt a huge blow in the opening quarter, with star forward Jaye Bowden seen clutching his knee after taking a strong mark. Leaving the field and not returning, the loss of Glenorchy’s leading goalkicker resulted in many questioning how the Magpies would kick a winning score against a potent Launceston outfit.

Launceston capitalised on the absence of Bowden, bounding away to a 35-point lead late in the second term, and with Chayce Jones and Brodie Palfreyman controlling the midfield battle, it looked as if the Magpies were down and out, however goals from late inclusion Brodie Rowbottom and Bayley Bester in the dying minutes of the half saw the Magpies trail by an even four goals at the main break.

Glenorchy’s Qualifying Final triumph will long live in the memory. IC: Solstice Digital

Glenorchy toiled away in the third term, kicking three goals to two to remain in the contest, but with so many young bodies, it was expected that the Magpie would eventually tire and be overrun.

Boy was this premonition wrong, however.

The Magpies were simply brilliant in the final term, defending with insatiable hunger and attacking with devastating effect – kicking six goals to none to complete a stunning 35-point turnaround and book another double chance in the finals series.

Leaders Daniel Joseph, Brayden Webb and Cameron Duffy were all enormous for the ‘Pies, but it was late inclusion Brodie Rowbottom who proved to the spark, kicking four goals in a remarkable display.

For a side missing one of their club’s greatest ever players, this was a win for the ages, and one that highlighted the never-say-die ethos the club embodied in 2018.

 

Season Lowlight:

Preliminary Final losses are always the toughest to swallow, and Glenorchy’s 18-point loss to Lauderdale at Blundstone Arena this season was no exception.

The Magpies competed remarkably well throughout the night, taking a 16-point lead into the main break and a six-point lead into the final term, despite missing the likes of Jaye Bowden and Josh Grant; Cameron Duffy being forced off the field with injury and Brayden Webb playing out the game with a broken leg.

The Bombers probed to be too fresh in the final stanza, kicking five goals to one to run over the top of the undermanned ‘Pies and book a Grand Final ticket.

Although the Preliminary Final loss was a lowlight, the competitiveness of the group and gallant endeavour makes this a more admirable effort than most season lowlights.

 

2018 In ThreeΒ Words:Β Kennedy’s Magpies Rise

2018 Season Review – Launceston

Entering the season as one of the teams to beat, Launceston’s 2018 campaign proved to be something resembling a rollercoaster.

The Blues welcomed some emerging and established talent ahead of the season, with the likes of Mitch Thorp, Dylan Riley, Jobi Harper, Ethan Jackson, Blair Rubock and Giacomo Millucci just some of the names that came across to Windsor Park.

The Blues’ season was anything but predictable, with periods of scintilating, dominant football followed by flat patches that saw the team fighting to hold on to a top three spot.

Sitting in second spot with a 6-2 record after nine rounds, Launceston looked set to perhaps be cross-town rival North Launceston’s biggest threat for the TSL crown, however things started to falter for Sam Lonergan’s side, with the Blues enduring a five-match losing streak that included a shock loss to the Tigers on the road and a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Northern Bombers in round 15.

This form slump threatened to dash Launceston’s aspirations of registering a double chance, with the team falling to fifth, three wins behind second-placed Clarence and two wins behind the third-placed Magpies.

This round 15 loss under Friday night lights saw the Blues lead for most of the encounter and threaten a boilover, but the fast-finishing Bombers did just enough in the final term to kick four goals to one and snatch a thrilling one-point win.

Although heartbreaking, this narrow loss appeared to help the Blues turn the corner, with Launceston finishing the home and away season as one of the competition’s form outfits with five straight wins.

Lonergan showed his willingness to flick the magnets week to week as the Blues looked to find a winning formula throughout this period.

Dylan Riley, who spent the start of the season across half back, moved to full forward and made an immediate impact, allowing Mitch Thorp to play further afield and provide another marking target.

Mitch Thorp kicked more goals than anyone in 2018. IC: Solstice Digital

Riley was particularly impressive in this narrow loss, kicking four goals in a dominant display.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell and Jobi Harper both found new homes across half back and played instrumental roles in the form turnaround, while Tim Auckland rejoined the team after Tassie Mariners and SANFL experience to provide another tall option around the ground.

The return of Tassie Mariners captain and draft prospect Chayce Jones was also enormous, with Jones’ oozing class with his composure and deadly skill execution.

The Blues, had another dip in form and fortune, however, with an undermanned Magpie outfit mounting a seriously impressive come-from-behind win in the Qualifying Final at Blundstone Arena and an in-form Lauderdale handing out a 72-point hammering in the Semi Final to bring Launceston’s 2018 season to a grinding conclusion.

Injuries to star midfielder Jay Blackberry and coach Sam Lonergan proved costly, and while the season showed plenty of promise as to what this side can achieve, 2018 will go down as a missed opportunity for a talented outfit.

 

Ladder Position:

3rd (W: 11, L: 7 %: 132.71) – knocked out by Lauderdale in Semi Final

 

Leading Goalkicker:

Dylan Riley was a standout for the Blues in 2018. IC: Solstice Digital

Mitch Thorp – 62 (Hudson Medalist)

 

Team of the Year Representatives: 3

  • Jobi Harper (CHB)
    • The 2013 South Launceston premiership star and Darrel Baldock medallist made his long-awaited return to senior footy in 2018 and starred as a utility for Sam Lonergan’s side. Harper started the season in the midfield, but made the move to full back and immediately looked at home. Rarely beaten and a terrific competitor.
  • Dylan Riley (FP)
    • One of the competition’s most talented players, Riley spent the back half of 2018 as a deep forward after playing key roles through the midfield and across half back earlier in the year. Finished with 16 goals.
  • Mitch Thorp (FF)Β 
    • The competition’s premier forward was just that in his first season at Windsor Park, booting 62 goals. A smart footballer with a bag of tricks, Thorp was simply too big and too strong for many an opposition defender.

 

 

Best and Fairest:

Dylan Riley claimed the McAuley Medal as Launceston’s best and fairest, polling 89 votes – 20 clear of second-placed Brodie Palfreyman.

 

Lynch Medal:

The Blues had a remarkably even season according to the umpires, with 17 players polling votes throughout the season.

Spearhead Mitch Thorp, ruckman Hamish Leedham, utility Jobi Harper and midfield gun Brodie Palfreyman all finished with eight votes each to lead the way, while Jake Hinds (6) and Jamieson House (5) also caught positive attention throughout the season.

 

RACT Insurance Player of the Year:

Remarkably, Launceston young gun and exciting draft prospect Chayce Jones proved to be the leading RACT Insurance Player of the Year vote-getter in 2018, polling 12 votes from just five regular season games. Jones’ final five games saw him pick up one, two, three, three and three votes respectively. Finishing second on the final leaderboard, who knows how many votes he would’ve polled if he had lined up for a whole season in navy blue.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell’s move to half back saw him pick up nine votes, the next best out of Windsor Park, while Brodie Palfreyman and Mitch Thorp polled seven each.

Rulla Kelly-Mansell’s move to half back beared fruit. IC: Solstice Digital

 

The Rising Star:

Chayce Jones is the obvious answer here, with the Tasmanian U18 captain and Allies representative taking the competition by storm in the final stretch of the season.

Emerging ruckman Tim Auckland also looks to be a player to keep your eyes on, with the tall gaining experience with Adelaide in the SANFL before returning to Windsor Park and helping the side’s flexibility, with Leedham spending more time forward of centre.

Goalsneak Jack Rushton also looks like an exciting prospect, having kicked 13 goals from 15 games and impressing with his defensive pressure.

 

Season Highlight:

Launceston played some scintillating football throughout the season and there was perhaps no greater example than the Blues’ 64-point win over Lauderdale in round 17 at Windsor Park.

The southern Bombers jumped out of the blocks with the opening five goals of the game, but from there it was all Launceston, with the Blues exercising a 95-point turnaround.

This remarkable turnaround was fuelled by a dominant performance off half back by Rulla Kelly-Mansell, the productive Chayce Jones and three goals each from Mitch Thorp and Jake Hinds.

With this win, the Blues mounted a case as being the form side of the competition after moving back into third place.

 

Season Lowlight:

Bundled out of the finals in straight sets is not the result any top three side is after, with the Blues’ heavy defeat to Lauderdale in the Semi Final clearly the lowlight.

Launceston entered the finals in red-hot form, and after being overrun by an undermanned Glenorchy outfit in the Qualifying Final, were heavily fancied to fight back and book a Preliminary Final ticket.

This wasn’t to be the case, however, with an opening quarter arm wrestle broken apart by the Bombers in the second term, with Ed Stanley’s seven-goal haul fuelling a Bomber blitz and 72-point triumph.

The Blues looked flat throughout, with Lauderdale’s hardness coming to the fore.

 

2018 In ThreeΒ Words: Up and down

2018 Season Review – Clarence

The 2018 season was a challenging one for Clarence, with the ‘Roos blooding a plethora of inexperienced and emerging talents while remaining at the pointy end of the ladder for much of the season.Β 

The ‘Roos had a new look in 2018, with a host of mature recruits and emerging youngsters ensuring the club backed up last season’s impressive second-place home and away campaign with another strong year.

Clarence emerged as one of the teams to beat across the front half of the season, spending a large chunk of the year in second place behind North Launceston.

This was, in part, due to the quality performances from an influx of off-season recruits, with Ryan Bailey, Troy Cunliffe, Fletcher Seymour and Taylor Williamson swiftly emerging as some of the team’s most important figures.

With Jeromey Webberley getting consistency and good football out of his body and the team’s stars in Jake Cox and Brady Jones firing, the ‘Roos looked set to be a challenger heading into the back half of the season in second spot after 12 rounds.

IC: Solstice Digital

Injuries began to mount, however, with the likes of Trent Standen, Jackson O’Brien, Gabby Chambers, Ryan Edmondson, Matt Ling, Keegan Wylie and Wade Wall all suffering injuries throughout the season.

This experience was sorely missed, but it did also allow the ‘Roos to blood new talent, with the club handing an astonishing 15 new faces their Clarence senior debut including Fraser Turner, Oscar Paprotny, Conner Berry, Sam Green and Tom Birchall.

While Turner looks likely to go on to the next level in 2019, the likes of Paprotny, Green, Berry and Birchall gained vital senior TSL experience this season that will hold them, and the club, in good stead moving forward.

With plenty of inexperienced figures and new faces, Clarence did well to remain so competitive throughout the season, with an eventual fourth place finish fitting.

The ‘Roos will be hurting after going down to Lauderdale in a one-sided Elimination Final, but will remain optimistic heading into the summer with an abundance of exciting young players and some stars around them.

 

 

Ladder Position:

Chris Nield’s first season in the red and white saw him top the side’s goalkicking list. IC: Solstice Digital

4th (W: 11, L: 7, %: 110.85) – knocked out by Lauderdale in Elimination Final

 

Leading Goalkicker:

Chris Nield – 28

 

Team of the Year Representatives: 4

  • James Holmes (BP)
    • Another consistent campaign from the 2017 Richardson Medalist. Holmes’ ability to play across the last line of defence and throw himself at every contest was something to behold.
  • Jake Cox (W)
    • One of the competition’s most dynamic players had another stellar season, kicking 25 goals as a rotating player on the wing, in the midfield and as a forward. Capable of taking a game away from an opposition off his own boot.
  • Ryan Bailey (FOLL)
    • One of the surprise packets of the season, Bailey made the move to join brother Jason and immediately settled in, taking on the key ruck role to make it his own. A strong competitor around the ground with the ability to hit the scoreboard as well as control the hit outs.
  • Jeromey Webberley (HEAD COACH)
    • Webberley took an inexperienced and injury-hit group to a finals campaign, with the side spending much of the season in the top two. It’s hard to imagine Webberley getting much more out of his squad in 2018.

 

Best and Fairest:

Yet to be held.

 

Lynch Medal:

The ineligible Jake Cox was the leader in the Lynch Medal count for the ‘Roos, polling 14 votes in an impressive season. Cox’s efforts earned him the second most votes in the competition, equal with Brad Cox-Goodyer and behind only Josh Ponting (22).

Recruited pair Troy Cunliffe (11 votes) and Ryan Bailey (10 votes) were not far behind, with both enjoying successful seasons in the red and white.

Ryan Bailey had a terrific season. IC: Solstice Digital

 

 

RACT Insurance Player of the Year:

Clarence featured at the pointy end of the RACT Insurance Player of the Year leaderboard for much of the season, with Ryan Bailey a leading contender in the first half of the year.

Bailey, who polled three votes across a four-round period, finished the year with 10 votes, alongside ‘Roo teammates Brady Jones and Jake Cox.

Like the Lynch Medal race, Troy Cunliffe was also thereabouts, finishing with eight votes.

 

The Rising Star:

Injuries forced the ‘Roos to blood plenty of new faces in 2018, with the likes of James Brenner, Harry Richmond, Oscar Paprotny, Tom Birchall and Sam Green all playing good senior football.

Birchall and Paprotny were partiuclarly impressive across the back half of the season, while Richmond impressed when in the senior side as a marking forward.

OHA recruit Fletcher Seymour – a former Australian U19 cricketer – also impressed throughout the season, with the 20-year-old becoming a vital cog in this Clarence midfield after starting the season in the Mercury Cup.

 

Season Highlight:

Only two sides toppled premier North Launceston in 2018, and Clarence emerged as one of them – recording the most thrilling of two-point victories at Blundstone Arena in round 12.

The ‘Roos controlled much of the opening half to take a five-point lead into the main break but faced an almighty challenge in the third term, conceding 6.1 to 1.1 in the third quarter to trail by 25 points heading into the final stanza.

The ‘Roos were brilliant in the final term, however, kicking five goals to none – the last of which, via ruckman Ryan Bailey, came in dramatic circumstances.

Bailey had three late chances to put the ‘Roos back in front in the dying moments, with his first – a checkside attempt from five metres out hitting the post.

Moments later Bailey dropped an uncontested mark inside 50 to squander another opportunity before redeeming himself as the beneficiary of a free kick just seconds later to convert his set shot and seal an important victory that put Clarence within striking distance of top spot.

 

Season Lowlight:

Several contenders here, with Clarence’s stunning run of form (including wins over Launceston, North Launceston) coming to a grinding halt in round 13, where the ‘Roos suffered a 53-point hammering at the hands of Glenorchy at KGV.Β The Magpies kicked 10 goals to three in the opening half – where all three Clarence goals came within a five-minute period late in the second term.

The clear lowlight for the ‘Roos, however, was an Elimination Final loss to Eastern Shore rival Lauderdale at Blundstone Arena.

In a hotly anticipated fixture, the ‘Roos were flat, struggling to get going against a slick Bomber outfit.

Injuries severely hurt the ‘Roos in this encounter, with Ryan Bailey the biggest blow, and Lauderdale made the hosts pay, kicking 14 goals to three across the opening three terms to set up a 58-point win and draw curtains on Clarence’s 2017 season.

 

2018 In ThreeΒ Words: Depleted but competitive

2018 Season Review – Tigers FC

Trent Baumeler’s first season at the helm of the Tigers proved to be a bit of a mixed bag with competitive performances marred by injuries to key players and an unflattering win-loss record.Β 

The Tigers entered the new season with a new coach and a host of new faces, with the likes of Ryan Matthews, Will Campbell and Blake Grant headlining a raft of additions at the Twin Ovals.

These additions bolstered the Tigers’ stocks significantly, but the season as a whole proved to tell a similar tale, with the Tigers winning one less game than 2017.

Injuries proved catastrophic throughout the season, with stars Marcus Davies and Ryan Matthews only playing four games together for the entire season.

Add to this significant injuries to midfield gun Lachy Clifford and key defender Jake Doran in the back half of the season and the Tigers often struggled to put their upper echelon of players on the park at the same time.

With injury often comes opportunity, however, with Blake Grant’s shift into a more permanent midfield role a clear example of how the Tigers will take positives out of the campaign.

The Tigers’ 3-15 win-loss record, although unflattering, perhaps doesn’t do justice to the side’s competitiveness for much of the season, with the Tigers narrowly falling short after being in competitive positions several times throughout the season.

The Tigers were hugely competitive against Grand Finalists Lauderdale in all three meetings this season, headlined by a tight opening three quarters in round four and a stunning final term comeback in round 18, where the Luke Graham-inspired Tigers kicked six goals to none in the final term before falling short by the smallest of margins.

The Tigers also took it up to the eventual premier North Launceston, kicking five consecutive goals in the final quarter at UTAS Stadium back in round nine to get to within nine points with 10 minutes remaining.

These passages, as well as competitive losses to Clarence and Glenorchy, highlighted that the team’s best football can trouble the competition’s best, however, these moments were often just that – moments.

The development of Hugh Johnston into a consistent ruckman has been immense, with performances throughout the season showing his significant upside.

Luke Graham and Edward Burrows-Cheng shouldered much of the load inside 50 throughout the season, and with Mitch Carter set to depart back to Western Australia, reinforcements inside forward 50 will likely be the Tigers’ number one priority this summer.

IC: Solstice Digital

 

Ladder Position:

6th (W: 3, L: 15, %: 68.77)

 

Leading Goalkicker:

Luke Graham – 29

 

Team of the Year Representatives: 2

    • Luke Graham (FP)
      • Kicked the most goals of any small forward in the competition. Developed into a genuine star.
    • Mitch Carter (INT)
      • Played predominantly as a forward this season and led from the front. An elite kick and smart footballer who will be sorely missed when he departs back to Western Australia.

 

Best and Fairest:

Mitch Carter took out his second Ray Lorkin Medal as the Tigers best and fairest player, with Will Campbell and Blake Grant also finishing on the podium in second and third respectively.

 

Lynch Medal:

Midfield star Will Campbell was the leading Tiger according to the whistle-blowers, polling 7 votes. Marcus Davies‘ strong finish to the season also saw him earn 4 votes for the year.

 

RACT Insurance Player of the Year:

Experienced duo Mitch Carter and Marcus Davies both topped the tally for the Tigers according to the media, finishing with six votes each.

Goalsneak Luke Graham also impressed – particularly in the second half of the season – to finish with five votes.

Luke Graham has developed into one of the competition’s best small forwards. IC: Solstice Digital

 

The Rising Star:

Some exciting talent stepped up in the yellow black in 2018, with the promise shown by talented forward Cooper Sawdy and the likes of Bailey Gordon and Nic Hutchinson more than enough to excite Tiger fans. Sawdy, who only played five games this season due to injury, looms as an exciting forward target.

Cooper Sawdy is an exciting talent. IC: Solstice Digital

 

Season Highlight:

Having won just the one match in the opening 12 rounds of the season, few could have predicted the Tigers toppling the fancied Blues in round 13, particularly after the Blues handed the Tigers a 91-point loss in round six.

The Tigers kicked four goals to one in the opening term to get the early jump in a low-scoring tussle at the Twin Ovals, and after then taking a one-point lead into the main break, kicked three goals to two in the third term and two goals to none in the last to record a stirring victory.

Luke Graham, Mitch Carter and Mitchell Cooke all finished with two goals each in the win, while Will Campbell’s efforts in the midfield also proved crucial.

The key figure in the result, however, was Micah Reynolds, who in his first senior TSL match for the season, kept eventual Hudson Medalist Mitch Thorp to just one goal with an inspired defensive performance.

This was made all the more impressive by the fact that Thorp kicked eight when the sides previously met back in round six.

 

Season Lowlight:

The Tigers proved to be the only side to have gone down to North Hobart in 2018, suffering an eight-point loss at the Twin Ovals in round eight.

It was a tough pill to swallow for the fancied Tigers, with a host of former Demons lining up in the yellow and black.

North Hobart, inspired by the return of Melbourne veteran Colin Garland, held the lead for the entirety of the match and managed to hold on in the final term to inflict the Tigers’ most shattering loss for the season.

 

2018 In Three Words:Β Not Quite There

2018 Season Review – North Hobart

The 2018 Bupa Tasmanian State League season was incredibly difficult for the North Hobart Demons, but exposure for some young stars and some off field stability indicates that a positive future is on the horizon.Β 

A new (but old) name, a new coach and a raft of player changes made the build-up to the 2018 TSL season an interesting one for the Demons.

The departure of Kane Richter to Cairns saw well-respected assistant coach Richard ‘Bear’ Robinson take the reigns of head coach, however the loss of 2017 best and fairest Ryan Matthews and runner-up Will Campbell, as well as a host of other key players including Blake Grant, Jake Doran and Nic Hutchinson, to the Tigers, made for a tumultuous summer.

Bear Robinson’s first year at the helm had its challenges. IC: Andrew Woodgate

 

The season proper proved to be a tough slog, with the side winning just the one game, however the boost of having former Melbourne Demon Colin Garland to the club as a player (when fit), mentor and assistant coach proved invaluable.

Add to this the exposure the likes of Samuel Collins, Samuel Caswell, Callum Kilpatrick, Mitchell O’Neill, Jake Steele, Will Peppin and others received from playing key roles at senior level, and the 2018 season looks likely to hold the club in good stead moving forward.

Add some bigger, more experienced bodies and this group has the nucleus of an extremely talented side that will be able to make big strides in the right direction over the coming years.

Stability off field with a raft of players re-signing and the recruitment of some more experienced bodies should excite the North Hobart faithful moving forward, although the battle will be covering for so many talented youngsters missing TSL football for State representative duties.

 

 

Ladder Position:

7th (W: 1, L: 17, %: 31.40)

 

Sean Willis celebrates a goal against North Launceston. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Leading Goalkicker:

Sean Willis – 14

 

Team of the Year Representatives: 0

 

Best and Fairest:

Nathan McCulloch took home the GD Miller Medal after a consistent campaign leading the way in the middle of the ground.

Although hit by injury setbacks at times throughout the season, McCulloch’s footy smarts and experience came to the fore in the absence of more experienced teammates.

Skipper Hugh Williams‘ strong season in defence was also recognised, with the club’s leader finishing second in the GD Miller Medal race after holding the fort and leading by example despite suffering a nasty injury in round four.

 

Lynch Medal:

Young gun Will Peppin and skipper Hugh NJ Williams finished as joint leaders for the Dees at the Alastair Lynch Medal, with four votes apiece.

Peppin emerged as a player to watch when in the red and blue, having also performed strongly for the Tassie Mariners at the U18 Academy Series.

 

RACT Insurance Player of the Year:

Skipper Williams also proved to be the standout Demon for the media, finishing as the side’s highest Player of the Year vote-getter with 4. Trent Millhouse and Baxter Norton closely followed with two votes each.

 

The Rising Star:

Take your pick. North Hobart Oval is proving to be fertile ground for young Tasmanian talent, with the likes of Will Peppin and Sam Collins showing more than enough to indicate that no ceiling should be put on their potential.

 

Season Highlight:

The highlight of a tough year for the Demons had to be the side’s only win for the year, an eight-point win over the Tigers at the Twin Ovals in round eight.

Spurred on by the return of former junior and Melbourne Demon veteran Colin Garland, North Hobart delivered an inspired performance to clinch an impressive 7.8 (50) to 5.12 (42) victory.

North Hobart kicked five goals to two in the opening half to open up a healthy buffer and did just enough, kicking 2.4 to the Tigers’ 3.6 in the second half to hold on to a record a famous result.

As the Demons’ first win since going back to the North Hobart name, the efforts of Garland (two goals), and the two Hugh Williams’ in defence proved crucial in providing a highlight in an often challenging campaign.

The emergence of young talent Jake Steele also stood out, with the former basketballer and paddleboarder kicking his first senior goal to set the Demons on the path to victory.

 

Season Lowlight:

A 144-point loss to Glenorchy in round 18 marked one of the Demons’ lowest ebbs this season.

The visitors were restricted to just 1.5 for the afternoon at KGV Oval, with Josh Cleaver’s goal only coming after the final siren.

Glenorchy were sensational in this encounter, kicking 22.23 to run riot against their inexperienced opposition.

 

2018 In Three Words:

A NewΒ Beginning

IC: Solstice Digital

2018 Tasmanian Footy Awards – How Your Club Fared

The Alastair Lynch, TSLW Best and Fairest and Rodney Eade Medal counts all proved to be fascinating after a bumper 2018 season of football.Β 

Take a look at how the leaderboards shaped up and how your club’s players fared!

 

TSL – Alastair Lynch Medal TSLW Best and Fairest

Like 2017, the Northern Bombers did the Premiership and Lynch Medal double, with Josh Ponting edging out 2017 winner and his captain Brad Cox-Goodyer.

Ponting finished with a bang to take out the medal in a canter, while it also proved to be a count for the big men with Cameron Duffy, Haydn Smith and Ryan Bailey all finishing in the top 10.

Top 10:

23 Joshua Ponting North Launceston
14 Bradley Cox-Goodyer North Launceston
14 Jake Cox* Clarence
13 Cameron Duffy Glenorchy
12 Zachary Burt North Launceston
11 Troy Cunliffe Clarence
10 Daniel Joseph Glenorchy
10 Ryan Bailey Clarence
10 Rhys Sutton Lauderdale
10 Haydn Smith Lauderdale

Clarence

IC: Solstice Digital

Ineligible Clarence star Jake Cox polled the most votes in the red and white, finishing in equal second. Troy Cunliffe and Ryan Bailey, both of whom made the move from the SFL to TSL in 2018 also impressed the umpires to finish in the top 10.

14 Votes – Jake Cox*Β 

11 Votes – Troy Cunliffe

10 Votes – Ryan Bailey

4 Votes – Brady Jones

3 Votes – Jarrod Harper

3 Votes – Gabby Chambers

3 Votes – Taylor Williamson

2 Votes – Jackson O’Brien

2 Votes – Jeromey Webberley

2 Votes – Chris Nield*

2 Votes – Keegan Wylie

1 Vote – James Holmes

 

Glenorchy

IC: Solstice Digital

Glenorchy big man Cameron Duffy was rewarded for his consistent season with 13 votes – placing him third in the competition.

RACT Insurance Player of the Year Daniel Joseph also polled well with 10, while improved excitement machine Callen Daly (8) and three-time Lynch medalist Jaye Bowden also featured, although Bowden’s votes came at the back-end of the season.

13 Votes – Cameron Duffy

10 Votes – Daniel Joseph

8 Votes – Callen Daly

6 Votes – Jaye Bowden

6 Votes – Mitch Rainbird

4 Votes – Ben Kamaric

3 Votes – Brayden Webb

3 Votes – Ryan Banks-Smith

2 Votes – Josh Grant*

2 Votes – James Webb

2 Votes – Rhys Mott*

2 Votes – Zac Webster

1 Vote – Mitch Walker

1 Vote – John Geard

Lauderdale

IC: Solstice Digital

Classy Lauderdale wingman Rhys Sutton often goes unheralded, but clearly not by the umpires as he registered 10 votes alongside ruckman Haydn Smith.

Midfield generals Phil Bellchambers and Nat Franklin were as busy as usual, while surprisingly Team of the Year vice captain Josh McGuinness didn’t poll a single vote.

10 Votes – Haydn Smith

10 Votes – Rhys Sutton

9 Votes – Phil Bellchambers*

8 Votes – Nat Franklin

5 Votes – Tim Mosquito

5 Votes – Ben McGuinness

3 Votes – Robbie McManus

3 Votes – Henry Kerinaiua

3 Votes – Jacob Gillbee

1 Vote – Nic Baker

1 Vote – Thor Boscott

 

 

Launceston

The Blues had the most vote-getters out of any TSL club, with Hudson Medalist Mitch Thorp, Hamish Leedham, Brodie Palfreyman and Team of the Year member Jobi Harper all notching eight votes.

Leedham got off to a fast start, polling five votes in the first seven rounds but the even spread of vote-getters was always going to make it tough for a Blue to take out the Lynch.

IC: Solstice Digital

8 Votes – Mitch Thorp

8 Votes – Hamish Leedham*

8 Votes – Brodie Palfreyman

8 Votes – Jobi Harper

6 Votes – Jake Hinds*

5 Votes – Jamieson House

4 Votes – Sam Rundle

4 Votes – Chayce Jones

3 Votes – Jack Donnellan

3 Votes – Rulla Kelly-Mansell

2 Votes – Jake Smith

2 Votes – Jack Rushton

2 Votes – Joe Boyce

1 Vote – James Gillow

1 Vote – Sonny Whiting

1 Vote – Casey Brown

1 Vote – Jay Blackberry

 

 

North Hobart

IC: Solstice Digital

It was a tough year for the youthful Demons, but some of the names featured here will have North Hobart fans excited about what the future has in store.

Will Peppin, Baxter Norton and Jake Steele all impressed while away from Tassie representative duties, while skipper Hugh NJ Williams was a terrific leader all season.

4 Votes – Will PeppinΒ 

4 Votes – Hugh NJ Williams

2 Votes – Jake Steele

1 Vote – Geoff Unsworth

1 Vote – Hugh M Williams

1 Vote – Colin Garland

1 Vote – Baxter Norton

 

 

 

 

North Launceston

IC: Andrew Woodgate

There is some serious star power in this lot.

Josh Ponting clearly took home the top prize but he had his skipper and Lynch Medal predecessor Brad Cox-Goodyer hot on his heels for much of the night.

Tyalor Whitford, the joint RACT Insurance Player of the Year, was tipped by many to be a strong contender but looks to have fallen victim to votes being stolen by his teammates.

23 Votes – Josh Ponting

14 Votes – Brad Cox-Goodyer

12 Votes – Zac Burt

6 Votes – Taylor Whitford

6 Votes – Jordan Cousens*

5 Votes – Mark Walsh

4 Votes – Alex Lee

4 Votes – Sherrin Egger

4 Votes – Bart McCulloch

3 Votes – Tom Bennett

3 Votes – Tom Couch

2 Votes – Jay Foon

2 Votes – Dakota Bannister

1 Vote – Arion Richter-Salter

1 Vote – Beau Sharman

1 Vote – Jack Avent

 

Tigers FC

Will Campbell’s first year at Tigerland was a strong one, holding down the key midfield role in the absence of injured teammates Ryan Matthews and Lachie Clifford at times.

IC: Solstice Digital

If the Tigers are to push for a finals berth in 2019, Will Campbell will be at the centre of it.

Tiger fans will also be buoyed by the impressive finish Marcus Davies had to the season, polling votes in the final two rounds.

7 Votes – Will Campbell

4 Votes – Marcus Davies*

3 Votes – Cooper Sawdy

3 Votes – Blake Grant

2 Votes – Ryan Matthews

2 Votes – Mitch Carter

2 Votes – Luke Graham

2 Votes – Lachie Clifford

1 Vote – Heath Thompson*

 


TSLW Best and Fairest Medal

It was heartbreak for premiership Magpie Sarah Skinner, who polled 22 votes in a stellar campaign, but was ineligible due to a dangerous tackle suspension in round seven.

Clarence star and North Melbourne AFLW recruit Maddison Smith just edged out teammate Nicole Bresnehan and Launceston young gun Mia King to clinch the Best and Fairest Medal after going down in last weekend’s Grand Final.

Top 10:

22 Sarah Skinner* Glenorchy
14 Maddison Smith Clarence
11 Nicole Bresnehan Clarence
11 Mia King Launceston
9 Brieanna Barwick Glenorchy
8 Thomasa Corrie Glenorchy
8 Angela Dickson Launceston
8 Abbey Green Launceston
8 Libby Haines Burnie
8 Natalie Heggie Clarence

 

Burnie

Although the Dockers missed out on a finals berth, the exciting development of twins Libby and Chloe Haines was something to behold.

Both named in the Team of the Year, Libby and Chloe led the way for the Dockers, polling regularly even when the side wasn’t on the winners’ list.

8 Votes – Libby Haines

7 Votes – Chloe Haines

3 Votes – Emma Humphries

2 Votes – Emily Duncombe

 

Clarence

IC: Solstice Digital

A strong team spread here for the ‘Roos, with eventual winner Maddison Smith just ahead of teammates Nicole Bresnehan and Natalie Heggie.

Jacinta Limbrick and Darcy Elliston were also rewarded for strong performances throughout the season.

14 Votes – Maddison SmithΒ 

11 Votes – Nicole Bresnehan

8 Votes – Natalie Heggie

5 Votes – Jacinta Limbrick

5 Votes – Darcy Elliston

2 Votes – Georgia Pennicott

2 Votes – Tiarna Ford

1 Vote – Loveth Ochayi

1 Vote – Hannah Scott

1 Vote – Jessica Minifie

 

Glenorchy

IC: Solstice Digital

Ah, what might have been for Sarah Skinner. The Glenorchy star took her game to another level this season after making the move from Burnie and held the lead for the majority of the count, despite being ineligible due to a suspension for a dangerous tackle in round seven.

Skinner polled 22 votes in an incredible individual season, but after winning the premiership last weekend, will likely be eyeing off bigger things down the track.

Brieanna Barwick and 2017 TSLW Best and Fairest Thomasa Corrie were also prominent.

22 Votes – Sarah Skinner*Β 

9 Votes – Brieanna BarwickΒ 

8 Votes – Thomasa Corrie

7 Votes – Elise Barwick

5 Votes – Natalie Daniels

4 Votes – Jasmine Tate-Turvey

3 Votes – Gemma Terry

2 Votes – Meg Jacobs

2 Votes – Gennaveve Sullivan

2 Votes – Nietta Lynch

2 Votes – Mackyln Sutcliffe

2 Votes – Hannah Smith

1 Vote – Rachael Siely

 

Launceston

Allies and Tasmania representation didn’t diminish Mia King’s efforts at the Blues, with the excitement machine polling 11 votes to finish equal third.

Angela Dickson made an early run at the medal, polling all eight of her votes in the first seven rounds.

Much like the TSL and Mercury Cup Launceston sides, the Blues again had an even spread of players getting the attention of the umpires.

11 Votes – Mia King

8 Votes – Angela Dickson

8 Votes – Abbey Green

6 Votes – Kate Mclaughlin

5 Votes – Chanette Thuringer

5 Votes – Brie Rattray

4 Votes – Courtney Webb*

3 Votes – Camilla Taylor

2 Votes – Dearne Taylor

2 Votes – Ashlee Carey

2 Votes – Georgia Hill

1 Vote – Amy Halaby

1 Vote – Brooke Thurlow

1 Vote – Tiffany Whitney

1 Vote – Mikayla Binns

 

Tigers FC

The Tigers had a historic 2018 Wrest Point TSLW campaign, registering the side’s first win and making a maiden finals appearance.

Votes were few and far between, however, with plenty of inexperienced players set to benefit from the exposure a season of state league football provides.

2 Votes – Priscilla Odwogo

2 Votes – Hannah Squires

1 Vote – Carla Brooke

1 Vote – Marla Neal

1 Vote – Brooke Phillips

 


Mercury Cup – Rodney Eade Medal

Launceston midfielder Anthony Liberatore held on in a thrilling count to beat out Clarence spearhead and North Launceston gun Oliver Sanders.

Top 10:

19 Anthony Liberatore Launceston
17 Daniel Reimers Clarence
14 Oliver Sanders North Launceston
11 Sam Green Clarence
11 Grant Holt Launceston
11 Josef Manix Tigers FC
11 Jack Mazengarb North Launceston
9 Jacob Boyd Launceston
8 Tom Morgan Glenorchy
7 Hamish Barron North Hobart
7 Toutai Havea* Lauderdale
7 Paul Hudson Lauderdale

 

Clarence

17 Votes – Daniel Reimers

11 Votes – Sam Green

7 Votes – Jordan Young

7 Votes – Oscar Paprotny

3 Votes – Trent Hope

3 Vots – Connor Berry*

2 Votes – Alex Gaul

2 Votes – Keegan Bailey

2 Votes – Thomas Marshall

2 Votes – Jack Preshaw

2 Votes – Jack Tilley

1 Vote – Fletcher Seymour

1 Vote – James Brenner

1 Vote – Jackson O’Brien

1 Vote – Billy Sharman

 

Glenorchy

8 Votes – Tom Morgan

7 Votes – Joel Millhouse

6 Votes – Matthew Joseph

6 Votes – Daniel Coppleman

5 Votes – Brodie Rowbottom

4 Votes – James Deegan

3 Votes – Aaron Brennan

3 Votes – Dominic Brown

3 Votes – Riley Oakley

2 Votes – Liam Rowbottom

2 Votes – Adrian Peach

2 Votes – Josh Whitford

1 Vote – Nathan Eyles

1 Vote – Tim Butterworth

1 Vote – Jye Bearman

1 Vote – Brady Quinn

 

Lauderdale

7 Votes – Paul Hudson

7 Votes – Toutai Havea*

4 Votes – Cooper Best

4 Votes – Matthew Smith

3 Votes – Liam Meagher

3 Votes – Campbell Hooker

2 Votes – Matt Mcguinness

2 Votes – Dylan Stewart

2 Votes – Dylan Johns

2 Votes – Nigel Lockyer Jnr

2 Votes – Blake Newell

1 Vote – Jarrod Fisher

 

Launceston

19 Votes – Anthony Liberatore

11 Votes – Grant Holt

9 Votes – Jacob Boyd

6 Votes – Jake Nunn

5 Votes – Giacomo Millucci

5 Votes – Jobi Harper

5 Votes – Jack Donnellan

4 Votes – Harvey Griffiths

4 Votes – Jack Tuthill

4 Votes – Bayley Nell

3 Votes – Adam Dickenson

3 Votes – Ethan Jackson

3 Votes – Sam Bruinewoud

2 Votes – Jack Rushton

2 Votes – Jordan Talbot

2 Votes – Trey Clark

2 Votes – Judah Edmunds

2 Votes – Toby Lucas

2 Votes – Alec Wright

1 Vote – Jared Dakin

1 Vote – Tyson Miller

1 Vote – Sonny Whiting

1 Vote – Patrick Mackrell

1 Vote – Blair Rubock

1 Vote – Ethan Conway*

 

North Hobart

7 Votes – Hamish Barron

3 Votes – Jacques Barwick

2 Votes – Samuel Major

1 Vote – Angus Norton

1 Vote – William Cole

1 Vote – Oliver Di Venuto

1 Vote – Sam Becker

1 Vote – Oscar Walker

1 Vote – Michael Bowerman

 

North Launceston

14 Votes – Oliver Sanders

11 Votes – Jack Mazengarb

6 Votes – James Curran

5 Votes – Mitchell Donnelly

4 Votes – Lochlan Young

3 Votes – Beau Sharman

3 Votes – Karlton Wadley

2 Votes – Cody Lowe

2 Votes – Kacey Curtis

2 Votes – Callum Harrison

1 Vote – Che Haines

1 Vote – Kyle Lanham*

1 Vote – Stan Tyson

1 Vote – Michael Tang

 

Tigers FC

11 Votes – Josef Manix

6 Votes – Ashley Humphrey

6 Votes – Harry Burrows

5 Votes – Mitchell Cooke

5 Votes – Matthew Coad

3 Votes – Jakob Lister

2 Votes – Bailey Gordon

2 Votes – Lewis Edwards

2 Votes – Jackson Keogh

1 Vote – Piripi Reihana

1 Vote – Lachlan Ayliffe

1 Vote – William Poland

All The Winners From The 2018 Tasmanian Footy Awards

The year that’s been in Tasmanian football was celebrated at Wrest Point last night, with the state’s best performers being recognised for their efforts throughout the year.

The night, headlinedΒ by the presentations of the Alastair Lynch and TSLW Best and Fairest medalsΒ for the best players in the Tasmanian State League Men’s and Women’s competitions, also saw a range of other dedicated, talented and passionate assets to the Tasmanian football community recognised.

ALASTAIR LYNCH MEDAL

North Launceston midfielder Josh Ponting has taken out his maiden AlastairLynch Medal, polling 23 votes to claim the medal as the Tasmanian State League’s best and fairest player.

Pontingfinished nine votes clear of 2017 Lynch Medalist and Northern Bombers captain Brad Cox-Goodyer and ineligible Clarence star Jake Cox.

Ponting, a key part in North Launceston’s 2018 premiership – the side’s fourth in five years – polled maximum votes on six occasions, standing out in a side full of genuine stars.

Ponting polled 13 votes in the final 12 rounds, including back-to-back three-vote performances in round 18 and 19 wins over Clarence and North Hobart.

IC: Solstice Digital

 

Lynch Medal Top 10:

Joshua Ponting North Launceston 23
Bradley Cox-Goodyer North Launceston 14
Jake Cox* Clarence 14
Cameron Duffy Glenorchy 13
Zachary Burt North Launceston 12
Troy Cunliffe Clarence 11
Daniel Joseph Glenorchy 10
Ryan Bailey Clarence 10
Rhys Sutton Lauderdale 10
Haydn Smith Lauderdale 10

TSLW BEST AND FAIREST

Clarence star Maddison Smith has taken out the award as the 2018 TSLW Best and Fairest player.Smith, the first Tasmanian to sign a contract with the North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos in the AFLW, polled 14 votes, eight behind highest vote-getter Sarah Skinner, who was ineligible for the award after being handed a one-week suspension back in round seven for a dangerous tackle.

IC: Solstice Digital

 

Smith was named best afield on four occasions throughout a season that also saw her kick 23 goals – the third most in the competition.

TSLW Best & Fairest Top 10:

Sarah Skinner* Glenorchy 22
Maddison Smith Clarence 14
Nicole Bresnehan Clarence 11
Mia King Launceston 11
Brieanna Barwick Glenorchy 9
Thomasa Corrie Glenorchy 8
Angela Dickson Launceston 8
Abbey Green Launceston 8
Libby Haines Burnie 8
Natalie Heggie Clarence 8

RODNEY EADE MEDAL

Launceston midfielder Anthony Liberatore has claimed the 2018 Rodney Eade Medal for the best and fairest player in the Mercury Cup.Liberatore, in his first season in Tasmania, edged out Clarence spearhead Daniel Reimers by just two votes in a hotly contested count.

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Eade Medal Top 10:
Anthony Liberatore Launceston 19
Daniel Reimers Clarence 17
Oliver Sanders North Launceston 14
Sam Green Clarence 11
Grant Holt Launceston 11
Josef Manix Tigers FC 11
Jack Mazengarb North Launceston 11
Jacob Boyd Launceston 9
Tom Morgan Glenorchy 8
Hamish Barron North Hobart 7
Toutai Havea Lauderdale 7
Paul Hudson Lauderdale 7
Joel Millhouse Glenorchy 7
Oscar Paprotny Clarence 7
Jordan Young Clarence 7

MATTHEW RICHARDSON MEDAL

The Matthew Richardson Medal, awarded to the Tasmanian State League’s Rookie of the Year, is named after champion Tasmanian footballer Matthew Richardson and has been awarded since 2010.

The 2018 winner of the Matthew Richardson Medal is North Launceston premiership playerΒ Sherrin Egger.

Egger, 18, made the move from Devonport to North Launceston ahead of the 2018 season and played 19 matches (including finals) as both a defender and forward to enhance his reputation as one of the competition’s most exciting young talents.

Egger joins the likes of James Holmes andΒ Toutai Havea by taking out the coveted award.


LEADING GOALKICKERS
Peter Hudson Medal (TSL):Β Mitch Thorp (Launceston) – 62 Goals

TSLW:Β Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy) – 34 Goals

Mercury Cup:Β Campbell Hooker (Lauderdale) – 46 Goals


TSL UMPIRE AWARDS
TSL UMPIRE OF THE YEAR:Β Brayden WhiteUMPIRE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:Β Wayne Coombe

UMPIRE COACH OF THE YEAR:Β Damion Oxley

YOUNG UMPIRE OF THE YEAR:Β Toby Moore


DON RULE MEDAL
The best Tasmanian player at the under-16 National Championships is awarded the Don Rule Medal.
2018 Winner: Samuel Collins (North Hobart)Collins was named Tasmania’s MVP at the under-16 National Championships and earned All-Australian honours.


GARRY DAVIDSON MEDAL
The best Tasmanian player at the under-18 National Championships is awarded the Garry Davidson Medal.
2018 Winner: Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston)

Thomas was named MVP of the National Academy series, before going on to play for the Allies at the Under-18 Division 1 National Championships and play in North Launceston’s TSL Premiership.


COMMUNITY AWARDS

AFL TASMANIA MERIT AWARD:

BELINDA KITTO (New Horizons)

NAB AFL AUSKICK VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:

JAMES BALDOCK (Deloraine Auskick Centre)

AFL SCHOOL AMBASSADORS OF THE YEAR (PRIMARY SCHOOL):

PETER BROWN (Forrest Primary School)

AFL SCHOOL AMBASSADORS OF THE YEAR (SECONDARY SCHOOL):

DANIEL HASSETT (Rosny College)

AFL MULTICULTURAL AWARD:

HADI REZAIE (AFL Tasmania)


ELASTOPLAST SPORTS TRAINER OF THE YEAR:
DENNIS BIRD (Claremont Football Club)


VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
BARRY HASSETT (Glenorchy District Football Club)

COACH OF THE YEAR:

CRAIG FOX (Prospect Hawks – NTJFA)

The 2018 Alastair Lynch Medal Preview

One of the biggest nights on the Tasmanian football calendar is nearly upon us, with Wrest Point hosting the Tasmanian Football Awards this Saturday September 22, where the Alastair Lynch Medal will be presented to the Tasmanian State League’s best and fairest player.Β 

The Alastair Lynch Medal is the Tasmanian State League’s equivalent to the AFL’s Brownlow Medal and is named after champion Tasmanian footballer Alastair Lynch – a Burnie-born three-time Premiership star who played 306 VFL/AFL games and kicked 633 goals, and was named in the Tasmanian Team of the Century.

North Launceston star Brad Cox-Goodyer took home the medal in 2017, joining illustrious company in Jaye Bowden (2016, 2015, 2012), Daniel Roozendaal (2014), Mitch Thorp (2013), Tim Bristow (2011), Brett Geappen (2010) and Kurt Heazlewood (2009).

 

How The Alastair Lynch Medal is Awarded

After each match, the three field umpires award a 3, 2 and 1 point vote to the players they regarded the best, second best and third best on ground respectively. A player becomes ineligible for the Medal if he is suspended for a reportable offence during the season.

The votes are tallied at the end of the home and away rounds to determine the season’s Alastair Lynch Medallist, with the medal count taking place on Friday the 6th of October at the Tasmanian Football Awards in Launceston.

Here are the predictions for each side’s top vote-getters and outside chances:

 

Clarence

Best chances

A number of candidates spring to mind in the red and white for the TSL’s highest honour, with recruits Troy Cunliffe and Ryan Bailey both immediately impressing in their first seasons.

Cunliffe, a duel William Leitch Medal winner in the SFL, is a ball-winning machine, while Ryan Bailey, named as the ruckman in the Team of the Year, won several games off his own boot and should poll well.

Star utility Jake Cox will also likely feature at the pointy end of the count, despite being ineligible through suspension.

Ryan Bailey had a breakout 2018. IC: Solstice Digital

Smokies

Clarence skipper Brady Jones and coach Jeromey Webberley should both catch the umpire’s attention after strong campaigns, while young gun Fletcher Seymour and ex-Tiger Chris Nield could also feature.

 

Glenorchy

Best chances

Finishing the home and away season in second position has seen a raft of Magpies perform well throughout the season, however RACT Insurance Player of the Year Daniel Joseph and three-time Lynch Medalist Jaye Bowden are likely the biggest chances for the medal to return to Glenorchy.

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Joseph had an exceptional season back in the TSL after playing for Aspley in the NEAFL, cementing his reputation as one of Tasmania’s best kicks and most damaging running defenders.

Bowden, although perhaps not as dominant as previous seasons, has still had a strong campaign, finishing with 46 goals – the second most in the competition. Bowden’s ability to break a game apart, like he did on several occasions this season, may see him again feature prominently.

Smokies

You could mount an argument that many of the competition’s most improved players are based at KGV, with Callen Daly and Ben Kamaric taking their gamesΒ  to another level in 2018. Expect these two to pick up votes, particularly with both players delivering several standout individual performances.

Rhys Mott, although ineligible through suspension, will likely pick up a number of votes after another strong campaign that saw him named in the TSL Team of the Year.

Ruckman Cameron Duffy and impressive utility Harrison Gunther may also feature throughout the evening.

 

Lauderdale

Best chances

Lauderdale’s engine room has been excellent in 2018, with Phil Bellchambers and Nat Franklin leading the Southern Bombers all season.

Both Bellchambers and Franklin earned Team of the Year honours and look likely to poll the most votes, although Bellchambers is ineligible after being suspended during the season.

Nat Franklin has consistently impressed. IC: Solstice Digital

Smokies

Lauderdale has been aided by consistent team performances for much of the season, meaning big man Haydn Smith, star defender Josh McGuinness and classy wingman Rhys Sutton could win their fair share of umpire love. However, such an even spread makes it difficult to see a Lauderdale player taking out the ultimate prize.

 

Launceston

Best chances

The Blues may be another side that could fall victim to having too many consistent contributors and not enough standouts after another strong campaign.

Dylan Riley played a plethora of roles throughout the season and should poll well, while key forward Mitch Thorp is also likely to be rewarded for his Hudson Medal winning season.

Dylan Riley has a habit of impacting games. IC: Solstice Digital

Smokies

Midfield gun Brodie Palfreyman had a solid season and should poll well, while ineligible ruckman Hamish Leedham and young gun Chayce Jones should also pick up votes, with the latter’s final stretch of the season something to behold.

 

North Hobart

Best chances

It has been a difficult season for the North Hobart Demons, with the club injecting plenty of youth after a host of personnel changes over the summer.

It is difficult to see any Demons competing at the pointy end of the Lynch Medal count, but experienced leaders Hugh NJ Williams and Hugh M Williams will likely pick up votes throughout the season after leading from the front and playing strong defensive roles.

Hugh NJ Williams has been a sensational leader in 2018. IC: Solstice Digital

Smokies

Young guns Will Peppin, Mitch O’Neill, Baxter Norton and Samuel Collins all missed football throughout the season due to the representative duties, but all showed what they are capable of in senior football. Don’t be surprised to see this young brigade leading the charge for the Dees.

 

 

North Launceston

Best chances

The premiers only lost two matches for the season, with a host of stars performing consistently throughout the entire campaign.

Reigning Lynch Medalist Brad Cox-Goodyer again stood out throughout the season and despite battling injury worries, could feature prominently at the pointy end of the count.

Coach Taylor Whitford has also had a magnificent season, highlighted by his RACT Insurance Player of the Year crown. The change in responsibility clearly hasn’t affected Whitford’s form, with the premiership coach kicking 36 goals as a rotating midfielder/forward.

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Josh Ponting is another player likely to get the attention of the umpires, having performed consistently in the middle of the ground all year. Sometimes going under the radar in a team full of stars, Ponting’s efforts this season have been as important as anyone’s.

The biggest challenge for such players is whether they have done enough to stand out in such a talented and star-studded line-up, with so many guns vying for votes.

Smokies

Key midfielder Mark Walsh is another player that doesn’t receive the plaudits of some of his teammates, so expect his efforts in the guts to pick up some votes, while key forward Tom Bennett andΒ versatile swingman Zach Burt could also poll well.

 

Tigers FC

Best chances

Although the Tigers again missed out on a tilt at finals football, the side remained competitive for much of the season.

It is difficult to see a Tiger standing on stage with the Lynch Medal at the end of Saturday night, but a number of players may edge towards double figures after consistent seasons.

Will Campbell has been the midfield general in his first season at the Twin Ovals and with his explosiveness and ability to find the football, will likely catch the attention of the umpire fraternity.

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Team of the Year member Mitch Carter has also had a consistent season, largely spent as a forward. A lovely kick of the football and good mover, the former Carlton-listed player is likely to feature among the votes.

Smokies

Named as a small forward in the Team of the Year, Luke Graham‘s breakout campaign may also see him pick up votes along the way. Former Hobart City Demon Blake Grant also impressed, particularly in the back half of the season where he became a consistent cog in the midfield.