Wasteful Bombers Made To Pay

The Eastern Shore derby rarely disappoints, and the round eight edition of the rivalry was as enthralling as ever, with the in-form Roos continuing their winning streak and the wayward Bombers forced to pay for missed opportunities. 

On a day full of momentum swings, the Roos prevailed after making the most of their opportunities, running over the top of the home side in the final term to record a crucial 16.11 (107) to 13.15 (93) win.

Lauderdale had the opportunity to surge ahead in every term, only for missed opportunities and a plucky Clarence outfit keeping the door ajar.

The Roos kicked 5.1 in the opening term to the Bombers 5.5, with Ryan Wiggins threatening to take the game by the scruff of the neck with two goals in the opening stanza.

Clarence went on to draw blood early in the second quarter before the final three goals of the term again shifted the match, with the hosts taking a one-point lead into the main break.

The third term, renowned as being the ‘premiership quarter’, hurt the Bombers, who kicked 2.7 to the Roos 1.3, with all the momentum suggesting that the Bombers would be run away with the four points.

This inaccurate goalkicking proved costly, with an 11-point buffer at the last break not enough, with Clarence delivering a barnstorming six goal to two final term to leave the Bombers wondering what might have been.

Lauderdale forwards coach Tyson Bluett reflected as much in the post-game.

“It was the one that got away. We kicked 2.7 in the third term so the game should have been on its way to being sealed, but we left the door ajar and they took the points again, reminiscent of round one,” Bluett said.

The parallels of this result to round one’s at the same venue are stark, with Lauderdale giving up a 13-point lead at three-quarter time on that occasion to eventually go down by 17 points, with the Roos booting seven final quarter goals.

Lauderdale’s effort was a big step up from last weekend’s big loss to North Launceston, however, with the Bombers impressing with their attack on the contest.

Oscar Shaw was particularly impressive in his debut, while Wiggins, Rhys Sutton and Phil Bellchambers also stood out as the day unfolded.

“We felt like we turned the corner today, but obvously not coming away with the four points hurts.

“Trying to get into the top three is starting to get out of reach, but we are confident out best football is up there,” Bluett said.

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley was pleased with how his troops attacked the contest, particularly after appearing to be out of the game at certain stages, including early in the final term.

“I thought at three-quarter-time that we lacked a bit of energy – we weren’t playing poorly but they had got on top around contested ball.

“They were really good, but to our boys credit they continued to fight hard and their ability to cover the ground was good. When we got momentum into the game, we managed to score,” Webberley said.

 

Jake Cox was at his damaging best in the win, kicking three second half goals, and two in the final term, to help the Roos claw back a deficit that got to 11 points at the final change.

Cox’s explosiveness from contested stoppages was difficult to stop, as highlighted by his terrific roving goal that sealed the match in the final term, but he also did other things around the ground, including a brave contested mark only minutes earlier that helped keep the attacking Bombers at bay.

And while Jake Cox highlighted the side’s flexibility, recruit Troy Cunliffe epitomized the relentless pressure and attack that has underscored the club’s performances in recent weeks.

With the final term already 26 minutes old, Clarence had done enough to already sew up the end result, but this didn’t stop Cunliffe, who completed a sprint of nearly 70 metres to bring down Alex Hevey in the middle of the ground.

Although this forced turnover didn’t have a direct influence on the final score, it highlighted that this Clarence side seriously mean business, and with stars to come back into the side, the ‘Roos are a genuine contender in 2018 as they sit with a 5-2 record heading into the round nine bye.

“We are happy with where we are at. We are playing some really good footy but I think we are getting better every week – we are starting to know what it takes to be a good TSL team.

“We should get Brady Jones, Keegan Wylie back after the bye with Trent Standen and Ryan Edmondson a few weeks away. We are starting to get some soldiers back on deck, but we are really pleased with the new guys whpo have come in and what they’ve added to the group. Those guys coming in add some cream on top,” Webberley said.

While Clarence enjoy the week off, Lauderdale will host Glenorchy in round nine.

 

Lauderdale  5.5, 9.6, 11.13, 13.15 (93)

Clarence  5.1, 9.5, 10.8, 16.11 (107)

GOALS

Lauderdale: R. Wiggins 3, J. Gillbee 2, T. Mosquito 2, E. Stanley 2, H. Kerinaiua, P. Bellchambers, A. Hevey, C. Laoumtzis

Clarence: T. Castle 4, J. Cox 3, H. Richmond 2, G. Chambers 2, J. Webberley 2, C. Nield, J. Harper, R. Bailey

BEST

Lauderdale: O. Shaw, P. Bellchambers, R. Wiggins, R. Sutton, E. Stanley, J. Perkins

Clarence: T. Cunliffe, G. Chambers, J. Cox, J. Webberley, T. Castle, J. Holmes

Seymour Rising In The Red and White

The Clarence Football Club is building some impressive form, having recorded impressive wins over Glenorchy and Tigers FC in consecutive weeks, and fresh face Fletcher Seymour is finding himself in the thick of it. 

With a host of stars, including Brady Jones, Wade Wall, Ryan Edmondson and Keegan Wylie out injured, a batch of emerging Roos and new faces have stepped up to fill the void.

One such player who fills this bracket is 20-year-old Fletcher Seymour.

An accomplished cricketer who represented the Australian under-19s in 2015, and played a key role in Clarence’s 2017-18 Cricket Tasmania Premier League triumph, Seymour decided to make the move from OHA to Blundstone Arena for 2018.

“I’ve been playing footy as long as I’ve been playing cricket,” Seymour said.

“It’s been the last few years I’ve played cricket over footy to try and get to that next level but I have always played footy just in the lower leagues.

“Jez came to me in the off season and gave me the opportunity [at Clarence], it was something I had been discussing with friends and family about facing up to the challenge of TSL level.

“Coming in I had ambitions to play senior TSL footy and to get that opportunity, I’m really enjoying it,” he said.

Seymour has impressed since breaking into the senior side in round four, rotating between the midfield, half forward and half back, with his two-goal effort against the Tigers in the wet on Saturday further enhancing his reputation as a vital part of this team.

Seymour is clean below his knees while also displaying great strength to shake would-be tacklers, with these strengths vital in helping the Roos to a win in a low-scoring contest on Saturday afternoon where only nine goals were kicked for the match.

Seymour concedes it has taken him a little while to adjust to the pace of senior TSL football.

“I’m starting to catch up to the pace of it. It took me three weeks to get the pace of the game having not played at this level before. Now that I’m starting to acclimatise to how we play and how other teams approach it, I’m starting to play some good footy.”

“I have been playing mainly through the midfield as well as half back and half forward. The main thing is for me to be versatile, so when those guys we have injured come back in the side, I can still play a role in the team.”

Wins over Glenorchy and Tigers have put the Roos in a good position, now sitting with four wins and two losses in fourth place.

“We’re building, I think it’s been pretty well publicised that we had a different sort of preseason as we tried to learn how we want to play as a footy club, so we are strating to put those structures in place and see those benefits on the ladder.

“We have now played everyone this season we have a good idea as to where we are at. The two Northern teams are the benchmarks with the depth they have, and we saw Glenorchy perform well on the weekend, but I think we are thereabouts.

“If we play our best footy, I think we can beat anyone. That goes for most teams in the competition, anyone can win it on their day,” Seymour said.

Seymour is set to get his first taste of the Eastern Shore derby with the ‘Roos travelling to Lauderdale in round eight.

“Having seen the rivalry from afar over the last couple of years, I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” he said.

Although Seymour is fully focussed on his football at the moment, he is hopeful that he is able to continue juggling his love for football and cricket into the future.

“At this stage while footy is on I will prioritize footy and once cricket rolls around again I will just keep trying to improve in both sports.”

 

BUPA TSL Round 7 Preview

Round seven of the Bupa Tasmanian State League is on the horizon, and it looks set to be a wet one!

The weather may be wet and wild, but the round of football offers plenty to be excited about with a Grand Final rematch, an Elimination Final and a clash between the in-form Roos and ever-dangerous Tigers.

Saturday 12th May

Tigers v. Clarence (Twin Ovals) – 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Tigers 7.8 (50) def. by Clarence 16.15 (111) – Round 11, 2017 at Twin Ovals

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

These two sides enter Saturday’s clash from completely different angles. The Roos after their best performance of the season against Glenorchy, and the Tigers after their worst for the year against Launceston.

Clarence look to have what it takes to match it with the best sides of the competition after pushing North Launceston and defeating Glenorchy in recent weeks.

A defensive group marshalled by James Holmes and Jason Bailey makes scoring difficult for any opposition, and given the Tigers’ failure to convert big scores, life could be difficult for the likes of Edward Burrows-Cheng and Blake Grant.

Will Campbell is a crucial cog in the Tigers’ midfield. IC: Andrew Woodgate

The Tigers possess a dangerous midfield group, however, with Ryan Matthews, Will Campbell, Lachy Clifford and Sam Rice likely to push Jackson O’Brien, Troy Cunliffe and Jeromey Webberley all afternoon.

The Tigers have also received a boost with the return of Marcus Davies, who will provide plenty of grunt and leadership in difficult conditions.

Building scoreboard pressure and kicking a winning score remains the biggest knock on Trent Baumeler’s side, but if the Tigers can gain momentum and lock the ball inside forward 50, they will have every chance of getting on top of the Roos.

Clarence’s top tier of players, however, are likely to be too strong for the Tigers, resulting in the Roos going into the clash as worthy favourites. Wet weather is likely to make this a tough slog, but expect the Roos to be too strong, despite having plenty of young and inexperienced players.

Players to watch:

Nic Hutchinson (Tigers): A former Tassie Mariner, Hutchinson has seamlessly slotted into life as a Tiger after playing with the Demons in previous years. Expect Hutchinson to provide contest after contest in defence, while also generating plenty of rebound.

Ashton Dickenson (Clarence): As part of an underrated Clarence forward set-up, Dickenson is a handy avenue to goal for the Roos with his ability to take a strong mark and compete at ground level.

Score updates via the official TSL App for Android and  Apple.

Updates on the TSL Facebook page, TSL Twitter account

Photos and vision on the official TSL Instagram account

 

Launceston v. Glenorchy (Windsor Park) – 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Launceston 14.15 (99) def. Glenorchy 10.10 (70) – Elimination Final, 2017 at Blundstone Arena

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

Two of the competition’s very best sides are set to lock horns for the first time since 2017’s Elimination Final at Windsor Park on Saturday.

Glenorchy will be out with a point to prove after going down to the Blues in that elimination final boilover, and after going down to Clarence in round six, while Launceston will be eager to cement its place at the top of the ladder.

One of Glenorchy’s biggest strengths this season has been its defence, with Josh Arnold and Daniel Joseph playing key roles in the side’s strong start to the year; meanwhile Launceston’s firepower forward of centre has been its strength, with Mitch Thorp and Jack Rushton particularly impressing.

Brodie Palfreyman will be a key for the Blues. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Expect this duel of competing strengths to be a key factor in determining the result, while the midfield battle of Brayden Webb, Ben Kamaric and the returning Rhys Mott up against Brodie Palfreyman, Jake Hinds and Jay Blackberry will also be essential viewing.

With wet weather footy the memo for the weekend, expect this midfield battle to be a hard-fought slog.

Launceston will be without star ruckman Hamish Leedham, so expect the Magpies to target this as an area where they may be able to get on top.

The Blues might have a little too much firepower right across the ground for Glenorchy, but expect this match to be a hard-fought, contest.

Players to watch:

Dylan Riley (Launceston): A player of genuine class, Dylan Riley has made an immediate impact in the blue and white and looks to only be getting better. A classy user off half back and through the middle, expect Riley to provide plenty of drive.

Cameron Duffy (Glenorchy): With Launceston’s Hamish Leedham out suspended, Duffy has an excellent opportunity to again rip a game apart like he so often has in the black and white. A genuine star of the competition, Duffy will be looking to provide his midfield group with first use.

LIVE Stream of the match via Facebook and YouTube with commentary from City Park Radio

Live broadcast on City Park Radio 103.7 and 96.5 FM  from 1.55 pm Saturday, also available via online stream at http://cityparkradio.com/online-stream/

Score updates via the official TSL App for Android and  Apple.

Updates on the TSL Facebook page, TSL Twitter account

Photos and vision on the official TSL Instagram account

 

North Launceston v. Lauderdale (UTAS Stadium) – 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: North Launceston 21.22 (148) def. Lauderdale 9.7 (61) – Grand Final, 2017 at UTAS Stadium

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

Although current ladder positions don’t show it, this grand final rematch is set to be an intriguing affair.

Lauderdale will still be hurting after last season’s defeat in the decider, but enter 2018 with a new-look side.

Phil Bellchambers is a contested bull. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Lauderdale have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, with Phil Bellchambers, Nat Franklin, Tim Mosquito and Alex Hevey all building solid campaigns.

The Northern Bombers, coming off the bye, will be keen to get back up and running against its southern counterparts, and with class across every line, will likely be too strong.

Taylor Whitford and Josh Ponting have been excellent through the middle for the reigning premier, while a forward line containing Tom Bennett, Bart McCulloch, Zach Burt and Tom Couch (when available) among others makes for a daunting task.

Wet conditions will open the door somewhat for the southern Bombers, with difficult conditions set to hamper the skills of the reigning premier. Due to this, expect the hard, seasoned bodies of both teams to come to the fore and for Lauderdale to come out firing.

It will be a tight contest, particularly early, but you can most likely expect North Launceston to pull away and prove why they are the reigning premier.

Players to watch:

Zach Burt (North Launceston): Taylor Whitford has the luxury of being able to play Burt across either half forward or half back with the knowledge that he would complete either task to great success. Burt has played both roles throughout the season so far, so keep your eyes peeled for how Whitford employs his services this weekend.

Phil Bellchambers (Lauderdale): In what is set to be a wet day for football, Phil Bellchambers will play a key role in the middle of the ground. Expect the Bomber bull to do much of the grunt work at the coalface, with his aggression at the contest and leadership looming as crucial assets in a match against such a high-quality side in difficult conditions.

Score updates via the official TSL App for Android and  Apple.

Updates on the TSL Facebook page, TSL Twitter account

Photos and vision on the official TSL Instagram account


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RACT Insurance Player of the Year Votes – Round Six

 

 

Round six votes are in for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, with a Roo standing tall, a Blue oozing class and an underrated Bomber all receiving top marks from the judges. 

Clarence utility Ryan Bailey impressed in the Roos’ vital win over Glenorchy, stepping up in the absence of injured ruckman Wade Wall to shoulder the bulk of the workload, while also competing well around the ground. Midfield gun Jackson O’Brien controlled the middle of the ground in his best game for the season and Glenorchy stalwart Jaye Bowden picked up a vote after standing up as his side’s best.

Launceston prime mover Jay Blackberry was an enormous part of the Blues’ big win over the Tigers, and was rewarded for his efforts with his first three votes for the season. Big forward Mitch Thorp’s eight-goal haul earned him two, while emerging star Jake Hinds received one vote for his impressive display through the middle.

Three players received their first votes for the season in the clash between Lauderdale and North Hobart, with Alex Hevey and Rhys Sutton standing out for the visitors and young gun William Peppin collecting a vote for the hosts.

 

Glenorchy v Clarence – KGV 05/05/18

3- Ryan Bailey (Clarence)

2- Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)

1- Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

 

Launceston v Tigers – Windsor Park 05/05/18

3- Jay Blackberry (Launceston)

2- Mitch Thorp (Launceston)

1- Jake Hinds (Launceston)

 

North Hobart v Lauderdale – North Hobart Oval 05/05/18

3- Alex Hevey (Lauderdale)

2- Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)

1- William Peppin (North Hobart)

 

Mitch Thorp’s big performance at Windsor Park has brought him within striking distance of leader Daniel Joseph, with Joseph’s Magpies teammate Jaye Bowden also edging closer in a tight leaderboard early in the season.

 

RACT INSURANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND SIX

7 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)

5 VOTES: Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

5 VOTES: Mitch Thorp (Launceston)

4 VOTES: Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

4 VOTES: Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)

4 VOTES: Brady Jones (Clarence)

 

ACCESS ROUND BY ROUND VOTES HERE


Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night and will be uploaded here round by round in 2018.

Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night.

THE RACT Insurance Player of the Year is awarded to the player with the most votes at the end of the regular season as determined by votes cast by journalists after each game. The RACT Insurance Player of the Year wins a $2,500 cash prize and a $2,500 RACT Travel voucher.

Bupa TSL Round 6 Ruck of the Week

Round six of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season saw the Roos end the Magpies’ unbeaten start to the season, the Blues continue their red-hot form and the southern Bombers register a valuable win. 

We want to know who you considered to be the premier defenders, midfielders, ruckmen and forwards of the round.

It was a fascinating ruck duel at KGV on Saturday, with Clarence’s Ryan Bailey standing tall against Cameron Duffy and Hamish Leedham taking control against the Tigers.

 

IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Hamish Leedham (Launceston)

Launceston big man Hamish Leedham took control against the Tigers, controlling the air and providing his midfield group with first use.

Leedham’s movement around the ground, combined with his cleanliness above and below his knees make him a formidable opponent.

Unfortunately the Blues will be without their star ruckman for the week, with Leedham suspended for a week after an altercation with Heath Thompson. Leedham has made a terrific start to the season, with his suspension set to be a big blow to the Blues.

 

IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Ryan Bailey (Clarence) 

With first choice ruckman Wade Wall going down with a rolled ankle in the first half, Ryan Bailey stood up and rucked for the majority of the day, handling the role with aplomb.

Bailey worked well across the ground, kicking a magnificent goal out of an inside 50 ruck contest, while also competing well against one of the state’s premier rucks in Cameron Duffy.

Bailey may have been shouldering an extra workload, but it had far from a negative impact, with this being Bailey’s best performance of the season.

A key inclusion this season after spending last year with Brighton in the SFL.

Bombers Have Room For Improvement, Despite Two In A Row

For the first time in 2018, Lauderdale were able to string together a second consecutive victory with Saturday’s win over North Hobart, yet as Ryan Rosendale writes, Bombers coach Clinton Brown expects a lot more from last year’s grand finalists.

Fresh off a bye and facing a side that had been smashed by 172-points the week prior, many expected the Bombers to be able to string together a complete four-quarter performance to get their season back on track; and while they managed to get the four points, interim-coach Clint Brown described the way his side finished the game as “pretty disappointing”.

After notching up their first victory over the Tigers two weeks ago, the Bombers were challenged all-day by a much improved North Hobart outfit, eventually running out 42-point winners 11.23 (89) to 6.11 (47).

Yet after getting the game on their terms in the third quarter, the Bombers fell away badly in the last with the Demons not only winning the quarter on the scoreboard – 2.6 (13) to 1.5 (11) – (which probably didn’t reflect their dominance) but also easily winning the ball in general play.

“We got the four points which was handy but the way we went about today was pretty disappointing,” Brown said post-match.

“I made it pretty clear after the game (about the last quarter). There was a few guys coming in a smiling as you do because you’ve got the four points, but we battled hard for three quarters and to just drop away in the last quarter was very disappointing.”

Brown admitted that the lapse could have been a mental issue and the body language of “some guys” will be highlighted during the week.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Bombers with midfielder Rhys Sutton winning plenty of the ball and kicking two goals on the way to his best game of the season while former Gold Coast Sun Jacob Gillbee kicked the first goal of the game and finished with two majors on his return.

“We told him (Gillbee) that the expectations from us weren’t going to be high. He hasn’t played footy for a period of time but I actually thought he did some good things early, obviously his match fitness isn’t where he or us would like it but I thought he contributed.”

For the Demons, Richard “Bear” Robinson was impressed with the response and fight of his group after last week and while pleased with their last quarter fightback, he put the defeat down to a poor third quarter.

“The boys are disappointed, they can see they are improving but we’ve just got to learn to play four quarters of football.”

“I thought there were patches in the third quarter and probably the first quarter where we let ourselves down and Lauderdale kicked three or four goals, particularly in that third quarter with the wind, and the margin was too great at three-quarter time to really give ourselves a chance at getting back into it,” Robinson said post-match.

“To the boys credit it was 16 inside 50’s in the last quarter so we take out of the game that we can get it in there.”

Hugh M Williams’ ability to shape-up behind the ball and influence a number of defensive contests was impressive throughout the day while Robinson was also pleased with Tyler McGuinness’s decision making and ability to read the ball during the game.

With the bye this weekend, the Demons expect captain Hugh NJ Williams to return against the Tigers in round 8 while former Melbourne defender Colin Garland, who was close to playing against Lauderdale, will very-likely line up alongside him.

While the Demons got through the game injury free, the Bombers horror run continued with Justin Cooper finishing the game on crutches with a suspected knee injury while in-form ruckman Haydn Smith went down with concussion in the last quarter and isn’t expected to line-up against North Launceston this Saturday at Utas Stadium in the Grand Final re-match.

“Thor (Boscott) is hoping to be back training in two weeks but Bryce (Walsh) is still in a moon boot for two or three weeks so he’s a little while off,” Brown said when asked to provide an update on the club’s biggest long-term injuries.

“There’s a little bit of a rivalry that’s come about from last year (against North Launceston) and I know the players have a very bitter taste in their mouth from last year and while I don’t really want to go into what happened during the game, I think there’s a few that really want to redeem themselves.”

 

North Hobart                          1.2,  3.5,  4.5,  6.11  (47)

Lauderdale                              3.4,  6.10,  10.18,  11.23  (89)

GOALS:

North Hobart – P. Walker 2, C. Leek 1, C. Kilpatrick 1, S. Collins 1, S. Willis 1

Lauderdale – J. Gillbee 2, R. Sutton 2, B. McGuinness 2, T. Westbury 1, H. Kerinaiua 1, H. Smith 1, J. Perkins 1, T. Mosquito 1

BEST:

North Hobart – T. McGinniss, H. Williams, S. Caswell, S. Willis, N. Lee, W. Peppin

Lauderdale – R. Sutton, A. Hevey, R. Wiggins, H. Kerinaiua, R. McManus, J. McGuinness

BUPA TSL Round 6 Preview

Round six of the Bupa Tasmanian State League is nearly upon us, with a fierce rivalry between two of the state’s great clubs set to recommence, an ever-dangerous Tigers outfit taking on the red-hot Blues and Lauderdale back from the bye against a North Hobart side with a point to prove. 

The round will also see players, umpires and officials wearing green armbands as a sign of respect and appreciation for the tremendous role umpires play in our great game.

The event is designed to help with the recruitment and retention of umpires across the state while also helping to generate and foster mutual respect between players, officials and umpires and encourage communication between all stakeholders in the game with a view to building a stronger commitment to eliminating abuse of all participants.

 

 

Saturday 5th May

Glenorchy v. Clarence  (KGV) – 1:00pm

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 10.10 (70) def. Clarence 8.7 (55) – Round 21, 2017 at KGV

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

One of Tasmanian football’s richest rivalries resumes in round six, with southern powerhouses Glenorchy and Clarence locking horns.

The Magpies are sitting pretty atop the Bupa Tasmanian State League ladder, while the Roos sit in fourth place with an even 2-2 win-loss record.

Glenorchy have impressed with their immense pressure on the ball carrier, with coach Paul Kennedy conceding after the ANZAC Day match that the side had faded in that department in the second term, keeping the door ajar for the Tigers.

Daniel Joseph has starred for the Magpies. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Clarence will look to put this heat back on the Magpies as the two sides battle for southern ascendancy, with Jeromey Webberley’s side also likely to come out with plenty of intent around the stoppages after being beaten by a cleaner Launceston outfit last weekend.

The Roos will again be without star onballer Brady Jones, with Jackson O’Brien and Troy Cunliffe set to against an in-form group of Brayden Webb, Jaye Bowden and Ben Kamaric.

The Magpies are the form side of the competition early in the season, and although the Roos have shown glimpses of brilliance, it is hard to go past the men in black and white at KGV, but as always, a clash between these traditional rivals is essential viewing.

Players to watch:

Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy): Simply one of the best players in the competition at the moment, returning Glenorchy star Daniel Joseph has made a big impression since slotting into a defensive role at KGV. Don’t be surprised if the Roos look to try and clamp down on his influence.

James Holmes (Clarence): A fearless defender who always gives his all, Holmes will have a key role to play in negating the host of names that will roll through Glenorchy’s forward 50.

How to follow:

LIVE Stream of the match via Facebook and YouTube with commentary from Damian Gill, Brent Costelloe and Cam Brown

Score updates via the official TSL App for Android and  Apple.

Updates on the TSL Twitter account

Photos and vision on the official TSL Instagram account

 

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

Last Time They Met: Lauderdale 17.13 (115) def. Hobart City Demons 4.9 (33) – Round 19, 2017 at Lauderdale Oval

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

Lauderdale went into last weekend’s bye full of confidence after accounting for the Tigers at Kingston’s Twin Ovals and will be looking to come back into the season with a win over the Demons.

The Dees will be hurting after last weekend’s big loss to the Northern Bombers, so expect the young side to come out firing, particularly early.

Lauderdale’s experience will make it hard for the hosts to stay in touch for the full afternoon, with the likes of Phil Bellchambers, Ryan Wiggins, Haydn Smith and Nat Franklin likely to stretch this North Hobart outfit.

Smith particularly has been a dominant force for the Bombers across the season, using his mobility and prowess in the air to often give Bellchambers and Franklin first use.

Colin Garland will provide plenty of leadership to his younger teammates. IC: AFL Photos

The Demons will also be forced to work out how they best quell the impact of dangermen Tim Mosquito, Henry Kerinaiua and Justin Cooper, all of whom have displayed the ability to tear a game open with their run, precise skills and crafty goal sense when inside 50.

North Hobart have been provided with a timely boost, with 140-game AFL veteran Colin Garland set to rejoin his junior club for the first time since being drafted in 2006.

Garland, who has been assisting Bear Robinson in recent weeks, will provide invaluable experience, leadership and class to an inexperienced side that will again be missing captain Hugh Williams.

The Bombers should be too strong for North Hobart, but as mentioned previously, expect the Demons to come into the contest with plenty of intent and hunger, especially under the guidance of former Melbourne Demon Garland.

Players to watch:

Nathan McCulloch (North Hobart): With skipper Hugh Williams likely to miss again, plenty of leadership responsibility falls on the shoulders of Nathan McCulloch, who has shown he is more than up to the task. A workhorse in the midfield, the Demons will need McCulloch to deliver against the likes of Bellchambers and Franklin.

Ben McGuinness (Lauderdale): Sporting one of the competition’s finest mullets, Ben McGuinness has shown glimpses of being able to take a game by the scruff of the neck, without completely doing so in 2018. Expect McGuinness, particularly if starting forward, to take control of the contest with his aerial prowess and crafty goal sense. One of the competition’s most versatile and dangerous utilities.

How to follow:

Score updates via the official TSL App for Android and  Apple.

Updates on the TSL Facebook page, TSL Twitter account

Photos and vision on the official TSL Instagram account

 

Launceston v. Tigers (Windsor Park) – 2:00pm

Last Time They Met: Launceston 8.20 (68) def. Tigers 9.9 (63) – Round 16, 2017 at Windsor Park

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

The Tigers will go into this clash at Windsor Park with plenty of optimism and belief, despite going down to Glenorchy last week and having won just the one game for the season to date.

The Tigers competed well against the Magpies on ANZAC Day, while the Blues enter the clash after accounting for Clarence at Blundstone Arena.

Launceston’s forward line, as always, will be a point of focus for the Tigers, with Launceston star Mitch Thorp set to be manned by Tiger defender Jake Doran in a duel that will likely go a long way to determining the result.

Hamish Leedham is a key for the Blues. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Ryan Matthews, Will Campbell and Lachy Clifford will be looking to continue their fine form against a Launceston midfield boasting Brodie Palfreyman, Sam Rundle and Jay Blackberry, with Hamish Leedham likely to give them first use.

Joe Boyce will play a crucial role in defence, as although the Tigers’ forward set-up isn’t as conventional as other teams, its mobility and pressure inside attacking 50, led by Edward Burrows-Cheng, has the capacity to take a team by surprise.

The Blues enter the clash as worthy favourites, with some question marks still hovering over the Tigers’ ability to hit the scoreboard, but if the Tigers can remain competitive for three quarters of the clash, anything could happen.

 

Players to watch:

Jack Rushton (Launceston): A revelation this season, Jack Rushton provides the Blues with a solid body around the contest and another mercurial avenue to goal at the feet of Mitch Thorp and Rulla Kelly-Mansell. With so many stars around him, a big question surrounds how the Tigers try to curb his influence.

Ryan Matthews (Tigers): After delivering his best game in the yellow and black on ANZAC Day, Matthews will once again be crucial if the Tigers are to cause an upset over the Blues. Expect Matthews to be at the bottom of packs feeding the ball out to the likes of Lachy Clifford and Sam Rice.

How to follow:

Live broadcast on City Park Radio 103.7 and 96.5 FM  from 1.55 pm Saturday, also available via online stream at http://cityparkradio.com/online-stream/

Score updates via the official TSL App for Android and  Apple.

Updates on the TSL Facebook page, TSL Twitter account

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RACT Insurance Player of the Year Votes – Round Five

 

 

Round five votes are in for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, with an underrated Magpie, consistent Blue and returning premiership coach receiving top marks. 

Underrated Glenorchy midfielder Ben Kamaric stood tall on ANZAC Day, earning the ANZAC Medal and three votes for his leading role in the Magpies’ 20-point win over the Tigers at Kingston’s Twin Ovals, with in-form teammate Daniel Joseph receiving two votes and Tigers star Ryan Matthews picking up one.

In his first game back since the 2017 Grand Final triumph, Tom Couch wasted no time in making his presence felt, kicking four goals and finding plenty of the ball on his way to three votes against North Hobart. Key forwards Tom Bennett and Zach Burt also picked up two votes and one vote respectively for the second time this season after kicking nine goals between them.

Launceston enjoyed a solid 30-point win over Clarence at Blundstone Arena on Saturday, with consistent midfielder Sam Rundle impressing with his work around stoppages. Goalsneak James Gillow was rewarded for his two-goal game with two votes, whole Clarence defender Jason Bailey, who also spent some time in attack, rounded out the votes.

 

 

Tigers v Glenorchy – Twin Ovals 25/04/18

3- Ben Kamaric (Glenorchy)

2- Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)

1- Ryan Matthews (Tigers)

 

North Hobart v North Launceston – North Hobart Oval 28/04/18

3- Tom Couch (North Launceston)

2- Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

1- Zach Burt (North Launceston)

 

Clarence v Launceston – Blundstone Arena 28/04/18

3- Sam Rundle (Launceston)

2- James Gillow (Launceston)

1- Jason Bailey (Clarence)

 

Daniel Joseph’s third game in the votes sees him move clear atop the leaderboard after round five, with Launceston’s Brodie Palfreyman just two votes behind.

Clarence gun Brady Jones and North Launceston big man Tom Bennett sit one point adrift Palfreyman, with a stunning 13 players sitting on three votes behind them.

 

RACT INSURANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND FIVE

7 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)

5 VOTES: Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)

4 VOTES: Brady Jones (Clarence)

4 VOTES: Tom Bennett (North Launceston)

 

 

ACCESS ROUND BY ROUND VOTES HERE


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.

Pies Prevail In Hard-Fought ANZAC Day Clash

The Glenorchy Magpies have pushed further ahead atop the Bupa Tasmanian State League ladder, grinding out a hard-fought 20-point win over the Tigers at Kingston’s Twin Ovals on ANZAC Day.

Entering the match as serious underdogs, the Tigers scrapped and fought to make the match a closer contest than many expected, and one worthy of the occasion.

The Tigers impressed with their ball movement out of defence in the opening term, but struggled to make many meaningful forays toward goal, with Glenorchy’s class across half back; patrolled by Daniel Joseph and Josh Arnold, helped set the Magpies up with four opening quarter goals and a 20-point lead at the first break.

The Tigers responded well in the second term, applying immense pressure on the ball carrier and locking the ball in their attacking half.

Midfield stars Will Campbell, Ryan Matthews and Lachlan Clifford all began to establish their influence, with only some missed opportunities in front of goal keeping the Tigers 11 points down at the main break.

The third term saw the contest even up around the ground, but the pressure was kept up by the Tigers, who went into the final change well and truly in the contest at just 15 points adrift.

Despite playing three games in 11 days, Glenorchy ran the game out well, kicking four final quarter goals to the Tigers’ three, finishing 20 points ahead as the final siren sounded.

Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy was pleased with how his side dug deep to earn four points.

“I really admire the way they went about this game today.  I was worried about this game (due to having three games in 11 days).

“We said to the guys that it probably wasn’t going to be a pretty game,” Kennedy said.

Ben Kamaric was one of the most influential players on the ground, finding plenty of the football to generate plenty of drive into attack, and was duly recognised as the best player on the ground with the ANZAC Medal.

Although the clash wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as many others, the pressure and contested work of both sides stood out, with Kennedy partiuclarly pleased with how his players rallied after letting the Tigers into the contest in the second term.

“We haven’t had to change a lot across the first three weeks, but we do have an adaptable group and they did an excellent job with that today.

“I’m really happy with how they managed to recover from a poor second quarter and apply that team defence in the second half. There were a few choice words at half time… but we managed to halve all of the key stats we were keeping on the Tigers in the second half, so I have to be pleased with that,” he said.

Cameron Duffy was strong in the ruck for the Magpies, while skipper Brayden Webb and Daniel Joseph also stood out.

One of the stars for Glenorchy was 15-year-old Jye Bearman, who kicked three sensational goals, with Kennedy admitting he is impressed by what the goalsneak has achieved at TSL level.

“Some people have it when it comes to playing footy. It is a game that relies on instinct, and he has that natural instinct.

“Players like Jaye Bowden, Brayden Webb, Daniel Joseph and Zac Webster, you sometimes take a seat back and admire how good they are as footballers. Jye has those moments, but still has a lot to learn – he is only 15,” Kennedy said.

Trent Baumeler was proud of how his side competed, but ultimately disappointed in the final result.

“Our effort was first class but unfortunately effort doesn’t get you the four points – we came here to win.

“It was probably a little bit of polish that hurt us, we hit targets inside 50 about 50% of the time and against a good side like Glenorchy, that’s not going to be enough.

“Our effort and work around stoppages was quite good though, we showed that our method stacks up well against good teams. We got our defensive mechanisms right behind the footy which helped narrow that 20 point gap in the second quarter,” Baumeler said.

The Tigers will take plenty out of the contest, with Matthews, Campbell and Clifford appearing to have a bigger influence with every match.

Key defender Jake Doran also played a good game to keep dangerous former Tiger Mitch Walker goalless, while Mitch Carter also patrolled the back half of the ground with poise.

Glenorchy will now shift attention to round six opponent Clarence, while the Tigers will begin preparations for a trip to Windsor Park to take on Launceston.

 

Tigers     1.0,  3.4,  5.4,  8.6  (54)

Glenorchy     4.2,  5.3,  7.7,  11.8  (74)

GOALS

Tigers – L. Clifford 2, C. Bryant 2, L. Graham, B. Grant, E. Burrows-Cheng, S. Rice

Glenorchy – J. Bearman 3, J. Grant 2, B. Bester, A. Roberts, M. Joseph, Z. Webster, J. Geard, B. Webb

BEST

Tigers – R. Matthews, L. Clifford, M. Carter, H. Johnston, J. Doran, L. Graham

Glenorchy – B. Kamaric, B. Webb, D. Joseph, C. Duffy, H. Gunther, A. Roberts

Bupa TSL Round 4 Forward of the Week

Round four of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season has been run and won, with Lauderdale and Glenorchy standing tall under Friday night lights and North Launceston winning a thriller at Blundstone Arena. 

We want to know who you considered to be the premier defenders, midfielders and forwards of the round.

For the forwards, we shine the spotlight on defender turned forward Tim Mosquito and North Launceston skipper Brad Cox-Goodyer, who both performed well in impressive victories.

 

Mosquito in action earlier in the season. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Tim Mosquito (Lauderdale)  

Tim Mosquito set the game alight on Friday night against the Tigers, moving forward after half time and kicking four goals.

The Bombers trailed by 20 points at half time before running out 27-point winners, with Mosquito’s prowess in front of goals and immense defensive pressure getting the Bombers on top.

Mosquito had barely played up forward prior to this season in the Northern Territory, but looks to be at home when combining his speed, elite ball sense and sublime skills, just like he did against the Tigers.

 

 

Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)

Cox-Goodyer in action last season. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

North Launceston skipper Brad Cox-Goodyer played a key game in Saturday’s tense win over Clarence, kicking three majors.

Cox-Goodyer drifted between the middle and forward 50, linking up with his teammates to move the ball quickly into attack.

It may not have been Cox-Goodyer’s most prolific or statistically impressive match, but his influence – underlined by three goals – should not be discounted.