Wrest Point TSLW Season 2018 Launch + Preview

Written by Olivia Clayton

The 2018 Wrest Point TSL Women’s season was launched in style at Wrest Point Casino ahead of all the action getting underway this weekend.

AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires and the AFL’s Head of Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone were at the forefront of the launch alongside AFLW player Emma Humphries, who was drafted by the Melbourne Demons from the Burnie Dockers in 2016.

The growth of female football has been rapid in recent years, with Livingstone commenting that this growth is more than just the action on the field.

“Women’s football is more than just about women’s football, it’s actually a movement.

“With this new movement, we are bound to witness more and more stars emerging during the upcoming 18 rounds and three final rounds,” she said.

IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Launceston took out the inaugural Wrest Point TSLW premiership in 2017 after defeating Glenorchy in the grand final, with the Magpies, Tigers, Clarence and Burnie Dockers all looking to take the crown in 2018.

Representatives from all five teams were in attendance ahead of what promises to be an enthralling Wrest Point TSLW season.

Emma Humphries, who has returned to Tasmania after the 2018 AFL W season, is confident the competition is only going to go from strength to strength as more girls are drawn to participating in the sport.

“They can see a pathway, they can see their idols play on TV and they haven’t been able to do that before,” Humphries said.

We are set for an exciting start with the season getting underway this Sunday with a grand final rematch between Launceston and Glenorchy at Windsor Park.

 

SEASON PREVIEW

The Wrest Point TSL Women’s season is almost upon us and AFL Tasmania’s Female Talent Manager Leigh Elder runs through each team and what we can expect.

Enjoy the TSLW Elder scrolls…

Launceston

2017 Finish: Premiers

List Changes:

OUT –  Daria Bannister (injury), Kate Child (South Launceston)

IN –  Brooke Thurlow (cross-code), Aimee Hallaby, Camila Taylor (East Launceston)

Leigh’s take…

Launceston are a young talented group looking to defend the premiership. The Blues may have surprised a few by winning a flag so early in their journey, given the young average age of the squad. Key position stocks are plentiful and will have a strong defence, the challenge will be to see if the young midfield can continue to lead the way without the class of Daria Bannister at their disposal. With many players listed in both the Senior state and Under 18 Academies it is without doubt one of the most talented lists in the state, which should see them participate in the big dance again in 2018.

Prediction: First or Second – the Blues look a force to be reckoned with again.

Players to Watch:

Naomi Celebre – has made major improvements in fitness, this noted goal sneak may now also have a major impact through the engine room as well as on the scoreboard.

IC: Will the Blues go back to back?

Abbie Green – TSLW ruckman of the year last year and is taking her game to another level in her bid to fight for an AFLW spot. Green should again be the dominant ruckman in the competition.

 

 

Clarence 

2017 Finish: Third (Minor Premiers)

List Changes:

IN – Loveth Ochayi (Tigers), Lizzie Stokely (surfing)

 

Leigh’s take…

The Roos are returning after a disappointing finals series in 2017 that took them from minor premiers to third position. The Clarence girls will be back, ready and determined to reclaim top spot. Their introductions of Ochayi and Stokely as well as improved fitness for Farrow, Smith and Bresnehan see them likely to be equal flag favourites. They have the balance right between athletic youth and experience contested footballers. Blues and Roos shapes up as a fantastic rivalry across 2018.

Prediction: First or Second – The Roos will be smarting from their fall at the finish last year and will be out for vengeance.

Players to Watch:

Maddie Smith – a healthy, fit Maddie Smith is easily in the top three players in the state. In 2018 we will see her return to her best.

Nicole Bresnehan – In her third season, flash could be the most dynamic player in the competition.

Jenna Farrow – From smart defender to talented inside midfielder, after working hard on her fitness during a strong pre-season.

 

 

Glenorchy 

2017 Finish: Runner Up

List Changes:

IN – Sarah Skinner (Burnie)

OUT –  Mandy Fish (Lindisfarne)

Leigh’s take…

After finishing third in the home and away season for 2017, an outstanding finals series saw them challenge for the flag. With some young talent coming through the underage system their list will continue to improve but whether they can match it against the top two teams remains a question unanswered. They are a hard at it football team with some wonderful experienced footballers capable of influencing games in the big moments.

Prediction: Third – an experienced unit that know how to win games but not quite the polish of Launceston and Clarence.

Players to Watch:

Alice Barwick – Lightning quick and hard as nails, she continues to develop her football knowledge and skills. Could use 2018 as a platform to burst into the elite bracket.

Sandy Eaton – After years of dominating Tasmanian Women’s footy in the midfield, has she found a new role in the forward line after last year’s magnificent grand final display? A tremendous leader of the black and white army.

 

 

Tigers

2017 Finish: Fifth

List Changes:

IN – Blaise Miller-Hill (NSW)

OUT – Loveth Ochayi (Clarence)

Leigh’s take…

Taking a step forward after their initial year with 12 months further development for a playing list that is well supported by the whole football club. Under the leadership of some experienced players we should start to see some rapid improvement from this young talented group.

Prediction: Fourth – a step forward in 2018 and a finals appearance for the first time as this young team grows in a much more even competition.

Players to Watch:

Marla Neal – a TSLW team of the year midfielder in 2017, Neal will continue her development in her push to be noticed by AFLW recruiters.

Hannah Squires – Squires doubles as senior player and Stength and Conditioning coach, knows what high performance is all about and is a leader on and off the field.

 

 

Burnie

2017 Finish: Fourth

List Changes:

OUT – Sarah Skinner (Glenorchy), Jessica Brown (Circular Head), Jess Whelan (Wynyard), Zoe Knight (Devonport), Sav Overall (Devonport)

IN – Claire McVerity (NT)

Leigh’s take…

Shown to be a highly talented young group at the TSLW U18 development series, these talented young players will need to cover the loss of senior talent that have left the club following 2017. The club has the two most likely players to be drafted in 2018 but as a young group they are likely to have inconsistencies with the travel schedule ahead of them.

Prediction: Fifth

Players to Watch:

Jacqui Mercer – As part of the senior state academy, Mercer has worked extremely hard on her fitness and is primed for a career best season.

Chloe Haines – Inside midfielder/key position forward, talented enough to make AFLW and excelling in the national academy program. She is going to be very important in 2018.

Libby Haines – A talented running half back flanker who is also a member of the national academy, her run and drive will be important for both her state team and her club across the 2018 campaign.

Wrest Point TSLW 2018 Fixture Released

The fixture for the 2018 Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season has been released. 

Last year saw a highly competitive inaugural Wrest Point TSLW season, with Launceston running out 21-point winners over Glenorchy in the Grand Final to claim the premiership. 

The new season will launch with a replay of this encounter at Windsor Park on Sunday April 22, with the Tigers also playing host to Clarence on the same day.

Launceston will be looking to recapture the form that saw them claim the premiership last season while the other four clubs in Burnie, Clarence, Glenorchy and the Tigers push to try and chase them down.

TSL General Manager Carl Saunder said the new Wrest Point TSLW season offers plenty of excitement for players and fans alike.  

“Last year was such a successful inaugural season for the Wrest Point TSLW and we can’t wait for the competition to go from strength to strength in 2018. 

“The Wrest Point TSLW offers a fantastic pathway for young Tasmanian footballers to pursue their goals of playing football at the highest level possible.

“It is a really exciting time for women’s football and particularly so right here in Tasmania,” Saunder said. 

Round by round fixtures and updated scores as the season progresses can be accessed here. 

RoundDateHome TeamAway teamVenueTime
Round 1Sunday, 22 April 2018LauncestonGlenorchyWindsor Park12:00PM
Sunday, 22 April 2018TigersClarenceTwin Ovals12:00PM
BYEBurnie
Round 2Sunday 29th April, 2018GlenorchyTigersKGV12:00PM
Sunday, 29th April 2018BurnieLauncestonWivenhoe12:00PM
BYEClarence
Round 3Sunday, 6th May, 2018ClarenceGlenorchyBlundstone Arena12:00PM
Sunday, 6th May, 2018TigersBurnieTwin Ovals1:00PM
BYELaunceston
Round 4Sunday, 13th May, 2018BurnieClarenceWest Park12:00PM
Sunday, 13th May, 2018LauncestonTigersWindsor Park12:00PM
BYEGlenorchy
Round 5Saturday, 19th May, 2018ClarenceLauncestonOatlands11:00AM
Sunday, 20th May, 2018GlenorchyBurnieKGV1:00PM
BYETigers
Round 6Sunday, 27th May, 2018TigersGlenorchyTwin Ovals12:00PM
Sunday, 27th May, 2018LauncestonBurnieWindsor Park12:00PM
BYEClarence
Round 7Saturday, 2nd June, 2018GlenorchyLauncestonKGV12:00PM
Sunday 3rd June, 2018ClarenceTigersGeilston Bay12:00PM
BYEBurnie
BYE9/10 June 2018BYEBYEBYE
* Queen's Birthday *9/10 June 2018BYEBYEBYE
Round 8Sunday, 17th June 2018

GlenorchyClarenceKGV2:00PM
Sunday, 17th June 2018
BurnieTigersWest Park1:00PM
BYELaunceston
Round 9Sunday, 24th June 2018
ClarenceBurnieGeilston Bay12:00PM
Sunday, 24th June 2018
TigersLauncestonTwin Ovals12:00PM
BYEGlenorchy
Round 10Sunday, 1st July 2018
LauncestonClarenceWindsor Park12:00PM
Sunday, 1st July 2018
BurnieGlenorchyWivenhoe12:00PM
BYETigers
Round 11Sunday, 8th July 2018
LauncestonGlenorchyMorven Park (Evandale)1:00PM
Sunday, 8th July 2018
TigersClarenceTwin Ovals12:00PM
BYEBurnie
Round 12Sunday, 15th July 2018
GlenorchyTigersKGV1:00PM
Sunday, 15th July 2018
BurnieLauncestonWest Park12:00PM
BYEClarence
Round 13Sunday, 22nd July 2018
ClarenceGlenorchyGeilston Bay12:00PM
Sunday, 22nd July 2018
TigersBurnieTwin Ovals12:00PM
BYELaunceston
Round 14Sunday, 29th July 2018
BurnieClarenceWest Park12:00PM
Sunday, 29th July 2018
LauncestonTigersMorven Park (Evandale)1:00PM
BYEGlenorchy
Round 15Sunday, 5th August 2018
ClarenceLauncestonBlundstone ArenaTBC
Sunday, 5th August 2018
GlenorchyBurnieKGV1:00PM
BYETigers
Round 16Sunday, 12th August 2018
BurnieLauncestonWest Park12:00PM
Sunday, 12th August 2018
ClarenceTigersGeilston Bay12:00PM
BYEGlenorchy
Round 17Sunday, 19th August 2018
TigersGlenorchyTwin Ovals12:00PM
BYEClarence, Burnie, Launceston
Round 18Sunday, 26th August 2018
LauncestonBurnieWindsor Park12:00PM
Sunday, 26th August 2018
GlenorchyClarenceKGV12:00PM
BYETigers
Semi Final 11/2 September 20183rd Place4th Place
Semi Final 21/2 September 20181st Place2nd Place
Prelimiary Final8/9 September 2018Loser SF2Winner SF1
Grand Final15/16 September 2016Winner SF2Winner PF

Wrest Point TSL W season preview

Burnie Dockers

The defending Premiers.

The Dockers have lost some top end talent in Brittany Gibson and Ellyse Gamble to fruitful AFL W careers and Meagan Kiely, who moved interstate for selection. They gain young talented players from within the north west region, including Lauren Stevenson, Zoe Knight and Sarah Skinner and will debut the talented twins from Wynyard, in Chloe and Libbie Haines. They also have AFL W experience on their side with Assistant Coach Emma Humphries set to bring the Dockers some dash and outside class.

Player/s to watch: Jackie Mercer – a ruck/key position with immense talent, who was high in the vote getters early last year until injury halted her, she has been impressing at training in a new home at Burnie.

Prediction: Third. If you lose the talent the Dockers have lost to greener pastures then is is a hard ask to replace it. The group that has come in will get there and show promise but they haven’t got the experience to impact and challenge from first bounce.

First game: v Glenorchy – West Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017

Clarence

Historically a pace setter who lost last year’s grand final.

The top end remains and the Roos have a developing young group coming through and therefore start the season as deserved premiership favourites.

The talent of Jascinta Limbrick and Zoie Crawford and in reality a cast of thousands are hard to ignore when you look at the top end of female talent in Tasmania. Part of the new talent at the club includes Jemma Farrow, new to the game but has excelled both through the Academy and her Club Programs.

Player/s to watch: Nicole Bresenehan, pacey wingman with elite talent. Represented North Melbourne in the AFL curtain raiser earlier this year and with another solid season under her built, it could put her in AFL W calculations.

Prediction: Premiers, they look the benchmark but they are susceptible to pace and outside run.

First game: v Launceston – Windsor Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017

 

Glenorchy

Gone are the days where Glenorchy are reliant on a few. Building fitness and a talent base, this year has the potential for theMagpies to get the ultimate return. Nietta Lynch and Sandy Eaton deserve success with only a 2-3 window left for them in their glittering career.

Player/s to watch: Holly Ryan – state under 18 player who is a very talented key position defender, elite skills and an ability to read the play. Her development in senior football will help guide Glenorchy’s premiership hopes, part of the missing pieces for the Maggies.

Prediction: Runner up, has the potential to be the team to beat despite finishing third the last two years. Only the home and away season will show us, if they have made the jump over rivals, Clarence.

First game: v Burnie – West Park 1:00PM 29/04/2017

 

Launceston

Young talent time. The Blues are chocka-block full of talent. The challenge for the club is the average age of the list is quite low. With a majority in the state youth girls academy, the team is set for premiership glory but which year that arrives will be the golden question.

Fitting the talent into the list has been one of the great challenges so far for the team. Launceston are a tall athletic team that will be well suited to the big grounds and firm decks that finals football offer.

Player/s to watch: Daria Bannister – currently Tasmania’s only national academy player and no doubt, the most draftable under age player in the state. Bannister has the ability to impact the game in any area of the ground, back, mid or forward.

Abbey Green – athletic, tall key position player. AFL scouts will be keen to follow her development throughout TSL W, 2017.

Prediction: 1-4, this team could be anything. They could surprise if all their young talent clicks. With their list profile and the talent they possess they could win the premiership or they could struggle to find their groove and finish towards the bottom. Time will tell.

First game: v Clarence – 1:00PM Windsor Park 29/04/2017

Tigers

The Tigers are a young developing group, who we expect to take time to challenge for the cup. Although we should never underestimate that their youth girls were the inagurual STJFL Premiers and as we have learnt in the AFL and AFL W, youthful enthusiasm can create success. Hannah Squires and Loveth Ochayi are potential AFL W candidates and could help lead them to several wins throughout the year.

Player/s to watch: Kristie Baker, an experienced campaigner that crossed over from Clarence to provide support as Captain of the emerging Tigers.

Loveth Ochayi, athletic, tall player that is brilliant below her knees. Could be draftable as a key position forward.

Prediction: Fifth, a developing year on the way for the young Tigers.

First game: Bye,  (Round 1) v Glenorchy (Round 2) – KGV 11:30AM 6/05/2017


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WREST POINT TSL W

ROUND 1

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BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB v. GLENORCHY FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 1 – 29/04/2017

West Park – 1:00PM

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Burnie Football Club
B: M. Wright, L. Stevenson,
HB: S. Skinner, K. Sheehan, J. Whelan
C: L.  Haines, K.  Goodson, C.  Loring
HF: K. Loring, Z. Knight,
F: M. Singleton, J. Brown, S. Loring

R: J. Mercer, E. Humphries, C. Haines
Int: J. Bader, S. Ferguson-Stevens, S. Rodman, S. Edwards

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Glenorchy Football Club
B: T. Wiggins, R. Siely,
HB: J. Tate Turvey, H. Ryan, T. Corrie
C: E.  Barwick, Z.  Manjerovic, A.  Scott
HF: J. Rattenbury, N. Lynch, G. Allan
F: K. Rattenbury, N. Daniels,
R: M. Fish, B. Barwick, S. Eaton
Int: G. Terry, E. Fornells Vernet, S. Jenkins, S. Davis


LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB v. CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 

Round 1 – 29/04/2017

Windsor Park – 1:00PM

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Launceston Football Club
B: E. Barrenger, A. Bowen,
HB: M. Cuthbertson, S. Townsend, P. Hamilton
C: M. Sinclair, K.  Child, H. Whyte
HF: N. Celebre, G. Hill,
F: M. Clark, A. Green, E. Manix-geeves
R: S. Brown, D. Corcoran, C. Webb
Int: M. Gardner, N. Ristrom, M. Smith, J. Retallick

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Clarence Football Club
B: J. Farrow, R. Archer,
HB: C. Kenny, Z. Crawford, G. Pennicott
C: S.  Bale, N.  Bresnehan, N.  Pearce
HF: T. Ford, J. Limbrick, M. Wise
F: G. Mitchell, M. Green,
R: E. Groves, S. Pennicott, N. Heggie
Int: S. Harris, L. Gwynne, S. Hinks, N. Taylor

Wrest Point TSL W delivers new top tier for Tassie female talent

AFL Tasmania and Wrest Point are delighted to launch the inaugural season of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSL W) competition.

The Wrest Point TSL W will kick off on April 29, 2017, with Tasmania’s top female footballers competing for five clubs across the state in an exciting 15 round season.

Women’s footy is a rising juggernaut and the establishment of the Wrest Point TSL W is a major step in its growth within Tasmania; giving ambitious female athletes a talent focused competition to play in.

“It is an exciting step to launch the Wrest Point TSL W, a competition that sits beside the Men’s as the premier competition for female footy in Tasmania,” TSL State Manager Carl Saunder said.

“It will see a rise in the professionalism and competition for local Women’s footy. It also provides a clear pathway for Tasmanian females who have been inspired to take up our great game.

“Tasmania has proven in the first year of AFL W that we produce some fantastic players but I believe the Wrest Point TSL W will only see more talented players develop and flourish to become stars,” Saunder added.

The five participating clubs are Launceston, Burnie Dockers, Clarence, Glenorchy and Tigers FC. Tasmanian star Emma Humphries recently played for Melbourne Demons in the hugely successful first installment of the AFL Women’s competition, she will now return to Tasmania to play for Burnie in the brand new Wrest Point TSL W competition.

“The Wrest Point TSL W is going to look a little different to previously, but in a good way,” Humphries said.

“Having a five team competition and also using the new 16 a side rule, is going to make games exciting, and also fast paced.

“It’s going to be an exciting season.”

AFL Tasmania CEO Rob Auld has made it clear AFL Tasmania is strong in its ambition to be involved in upcoming AFL W expansion. He believes the launch of the Wrest Point TSL W is important in establishing a base of talent to underpin any future team.

“This is a really big day for Tasmanian footy.

“Women’s footy is booming and this new competition will give girls of all ages in Tasmania, a strong competition to strive to compete in.

“I have no doubt the Wrest Point TSL W will become an important step on the way to many Tasmanians playing AFL W, in Tasmania.

“It is wonderful to have the support of a prestigious organisation and brand such as Wrest Point, I think it speaks volumes of the product and the trajectory of Women’s footy in our state.”

Wrest Point are the naming rights partner of the TSL W, showing outstanding support for Women’s football in Tasmania.

“Wrest Point is excited and proud to be the naming rights sponsor for the inaugural Tasmanian State League Women’s competition,” said Kath McCann, Sales & Marketing Manager at Wrest Point.

“But, the announcement of our naming rights sponsorship is not just about the excitement and passion we, at Wrest Point, have for the game.

“Ours is a long history of supporting football and now, with the terrific move to a national professional league for female players, we are thrilled to be showing our support for the next wave of AFL in the state. And in particular being here at the start of what I’m sure will be an exciting and rewarding journey.”

The competition is made up of five teams in 2017 but AFL Tasmania is open to expansion over the coming years.

First bounce of the new competition is on April 29 2017, with Burnie hosting Glenorchy and Launceston facing Clarence.