‘Plucky Pies Clinch 2018 Premiership

Glenorchy took out the 2018 Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s Premiership after overcoming the ‘Roos in an enthralling, hard-fought Grand Final, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.

Glenorchy 6.1 (37) got the upper hand in the fourth quarter to defeat Clarence 5.5 (35) in the Grand Final at UTAS Stadium in a fascinating, intense contest that lived up to the status of the season’s deciding fixture.

Those in attendance were treated to a physical match from the get-go, with lots of bumps and contests and swings in momentum. Jacinta Limbrick kicked the first goal of the game for Clarence, which was followed by a goal from Glenorchy’s Mackie Sutcliffe.

Elise Barwick kicked another for the Pies after she was awarded a free kick, and Limbrick got her second for the game after she tapped in through right in front of the goal line.

The opening term was played at a frenetic intensity, with both teams easing into the occasion of playing off in the biggest match of the season.

Clarence, fresh a Semi Final victory over Glenorchy and the following week’s bye, took a two-point advantage into the first break and quickly increased this to eight when Nicole Bresnehan kicked her first less than two minutes into the second term.

Sarah Skinner and Nicole Bresnehan were standouts for their respective sides. IC: Solstice Digital

But, as happened in the opening term, Glenorchy found a response, with Sandy Eaton ensuring the Magpies trailed by two points at half time.

Glenorchy got off to a strong start in the third term, with a Hannah Smith major putting the side in front for the very first time, but Clarence star Maddy Smith, who had battled a shoulder injury in the opening half, threatened to blow the game apart with two goals and a behind in a short period of time to hand the ‘Roos a 10-point lead at three-quarter-time.

Natalie Daniels gave Glenorchy hope when she kicked a goal to put the Pies just four points behind early in the term before both sides threw everything at the contest as the clock ran down.

With  five minutes left to go, Thomasa Corrie won a big one-on-one contest on the wing, driving the ball forward to Natalie Daniels, who gave off a smart handball to Mackie Sutcliffe, who nailed the goal – handing Glenorchy the lead.

Hannah Smith kicked a behind just before the quarter’s end, with Clarence continually being denied by the Magpies across half forward, ensuring Glenorchy were crowned by 2018 premiers with a two-point win.

Glenorchy’s accuracy in front of goal (6.1) was particularly impressive in such a fiercely contested outing.

Glenorchy coach Craig Grace was full of praise for his team, and Clarence after the match.

Mackie Sutcliffe finished with the medal for best on ground. IC: Solstice Digital

“It was a great contest and a fantastic showcase of women’s football,” Grace said.

“We thought we had more of the ball than Clarence for most of the game and believed at three-quarter-time that we just needed to change a few things structurally going forward.”

The Magpies had winners across the park, with Jade Williams across half back and prime movers Sarah Skinner, Elise Barwick, Zabreena Manjerovic and Brieanna Barwick all impressing, while dangerous half forward Mackie Sutcliffe, with her two crucial goals was rewarded with best afield honours.

“Mackie was fantastic and really stood up in the big moments of the game. Given this was Mackie’s first season at state league level she has been great and I think she still has plenty of improvement in her game.”

“Jade Williams played really well through the backline and we felt she was our best player on the day,” Grace said.



Clarence Football Club                   2.2,  3.2,  5.4,  5.5  (35)

Glenorchy Football Club                 2.0,  3.0,  4.0,  6.1  (37)



Clarence Football Club : J. Limbrick 2, M. Smith 2, N. Bresnehan

Glenorchy Football Club : M. Sutcliffe 2, H. Smith, E. Barwick, N. Daniels, S. Eaton


Clarence Football Club : L. Ochayi, J. Limbrick, N. Bresnehan, M. Smith, R. Long, T. Ford

Glenorchy Football Club : J. Williams, M. Sutcliffe, Z. Manjerovic, B. Barwick, S. Skinner, E. Barwick

Wrest Point TSLW Grand Final Preview

The rich rivalry shared between the Clarence and Glenorchy football clubs has long been recognised as one of the best in Tasmanian men’s football, and with both club’s women’s teams becoming powerhouses within the TSLW, this season’s Grand Final shapes as a big moment in the history of the two clubs, writes Olivia Clayton. 


Grand Final

Clarence v Glenorchy – UTAS Stadium (Saturday 15 September 12:30pm)

Head to Head in 2018: Clarence – 2 | Glenorchy – 3

Round 3 – Clarence 3.7 (25) def. by Glenorchy 6.9 (45) at Blundstone Arena

Round 8 – Glenorchy 4.2 (26) def. Clarence 2.5 (17) at KGV Oval

Round 13 – Clarence 2.5 (17) def. by Glenorchy 4.6 (30) at Geilston Bay

Round 18 – Glenorchy 3.7 (25) def. by Clarence 6.8 (44) at KGV Oval

Semi Final – Glenorchy 1.5 (11) def. by Clarence 3.12 (30) at KGV Oval


2018 Wrest Point TSLW Grand Finalists Clarence and Glenorchy enter the biggest match of the year after a series of hard fought contests throughout the season, with Glenorchy’s early season advantage over the ‘Roos marred by two recent defeats heading into the business end of the season.

The ‘Roos and ‘Pies first faced off in round three at Blundstone Arena, with the visitors drawing first blood with a 6.9 (45) to 3.7 (25) victory.

Thomasa Corrie was immense across half back for the Magpies in the win, controlling the back half for the victors, while skipper Nietta Lynch proved to be a match-winner with three goals in a low-scoring contest.

The Magpies made it two from two against the ‘Roos in round eight, this time winning 4.2 (26) to 2.5 (17) at a very wet and windy KGV Oval.

Both sides were kept goalless in the first term, with the hosts just having the better of the ‘Roos across the next three quarters, kicking four goals to two and hold on to record a grinding nine-point win in Thomasa Corrie’s 50th game.

The Magpies did it again against the ‘Roos in round 13, this time running out 13-point winners at Geilston Bay in another hard-fought, low-scoring affair.

Glenorchy, getting the better of the contested, physical match, controlled the stoppages in one of the more absorbing contests seen this season, typical of the rich rivalry that has been developed over the years between these sides.

Clarence finally tasted success against the Magpies this season when the sides met in round 18, defeating the minor premiers by 19 points in the final home and away match of the season.

Both teams battled strong winds and rain on the day, with the Roos gaining the upper hand in a physical contest that would prove to be strong preparation for the heat and intensity of finals football.

IC: Solstice Digital

The ‘Roos took confidence out of this performance and dished out a similar effort immediately the following week, defeating Glenorchy 3.12 (30) to 1.5 (11) in the Semi Final at KGV.

It was a typically physical opening half, with just the two goals kicked seeing Clarence take a three-point buffer into the main break.

Grace Mitchell extended this lead late in the third term with a clutch major to steady the ship for the ‘Roos, before a Natalie Pearce goal in the final term and another stellar defensive effort kept the Magpies out of the contest in the final term.

Both squads are rich in talent, as evidenced by Clarence spearhead Maddy Smith becoming the first Tasmanian open age signee for the North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos in the AFLW and Glenorchy trio Gemma Allan, Sandy Eaton and Nietta Lynch all reaching the 100-game milestone during the season.

The official TSLW Team of the Year reinforces this notion, with the team containing four Clarence stars and seven from Glenorchy, with Nietta Lynch named captain and Craig Grace named coach.

This final encounter booked Clarence a direct ticket to the Grand Final and the all-important week off, while Glenorchy, after finishing the season as minor premiers, were then forced to take on Launceston in last weekend’s Preliminary Final for a spot in the decider,

IC: Solstice Digital

The Magpies were strong in that Preliminary Final, marking skipper Nietta Lynch’s 100th game in style with a resilient win after being challenged early in the final, eventually running out 6.10 (46) to 2.7 (25) winners.

Both teams house solid squads, and with such close encounters throughout the season, the Grand Final is anyone’s game.

Both sides have typically brought immense heat to the contest in opening quarters against each other, and if either side is able to get off to a fast start, it could go a long way to winning the match and securing the biggest prize.

The wide expanses of UTAS Stadium may favour the younger ‘Roos, particularly being fresh off the weekend off, but don’t be surprised if Glenorchy’s experience comes to the fore and the Magpies take the prize.


Players to watch:

Maddy Smith (Clarence)

A genuine star of the competition, Smith’s talents have seen her listed with North Melbourne for the upcoming AFLW season. Dangerous near goal or further afield, Glenorchy will be very busy trying to curtail Smith’s influence.

Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy)

The competition’s leading goalkicker has been a dominant force for years now. An inspiring leader of this team, expect Lynch to be at the forefront on the big stage.



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

Commentary also available via City Park Radio

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Wrest Point TSLW Preliminary Final Wrap

The Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s Preliminary Final saw Glenorchy book a ticket to the Grand Final after beating out reigning premiers, Launceston, in a thrilling match at Blundstone Arena, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Saturday 8th September

Glenorchy v. Launceston (Blundstone Arena) – 12:00pm

Glenorchy 6.10 (46) defeated Launceston 3.7 (25) in the Preliminary Final at Blundstone Arena.

In a replay of last season’s Grand Final, fans were treated to a cracking game of football, with two of the competition’s top sides putting it all on the line for a shot at premiership glory against Clarence.

The opening term saw Sandy Eaton kick the first goal of the game for the Pies, and the Blues kick just two behinds.

The Magpies looked to take this positive start into the second term, as highlighted by an Elise Barwick attempted specky and another Jasmine Tate-Turvey major.

Launceston, staring down the barrel of an exit from the finals, faced a 17-point deficit leading into the third term but narrowed the margin to 10 by the final change thanks to goals from Dearne Taylor and Emma Manix-Geeves, although Sarah Skinner also managed to hit the scoreboard for the ‘Pies, kicking her side’s only goal for the term.

The game, set for a grandstand finish, became even closer early in the final term, when a Camilla Taylor goal put the Blues just four points behind and with the momentum to potentially storm home.

The Magpies, however, stood firm under pressure, and quickly swooped to kick three goals through captain Nietta Lynch (in her 100th game), Mackie Sutcliffe and Meg Jacobs, who kicked the final goal of the game to secure a 21-point win.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace was pleased with how his side performed.

“The game was played in perfect conditions and we rediscovered some of our best footy which was pleasing.

“It’s great to be back after making it last year and it’s something the team set as a goal at the start of the year.

“Grand final week is always an enjoyable experience so we look to enjoy and then focus on performing at our best come Saturday,” Grace said.

The ‘Pies best players were Brieanna Barwick, Elise Barwick, Gemma Allan, Jade Williams, Zabreena Manjerovic and Nietta Lynch.

“Elise and Brie Barwick provided us first use of the ball around the stoppages and played really well. Jade Williams was rock solid in defence.”

IC: Solstice Digital

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbins, was full of praise for the Magpies’ performance.

“I thought the game was controlled by Glenorchy bar a 20-minute period in the second half. We were unable to get our running game going by some excellent pressure from Glenorchy and it was the best I have seen Glenorchy with ball use, also.”

“We were very lucky to be close enough at half time as we didn’t fire a shot; however our girls fought hard and really lifted their tempo in the second half and played the game out and got close to hitting the front early in the last quarter,” Gibbins said.

The Blues’ best players were Nicole Ristrom, Meg Sinclair, Hayley Whyte, Chevy Thuringer, Ashlee Carey and Camilla Taylor.

“Our defensive group were our best players on the day and kept us in with a chance to win which was lead by Nicky Ristrom who did an excellent job on Nietta Lynch.”

Glenorchy will now challenge Clarence at UTAS Stadium this Saturday for the 2018 Wrest Point TSLW premiership.


Glenorchy Football Club               1.2      2.7      3.9    6.10 (46)

Launceston Football Club            0.2      0.2      2.5     3.7 (25)



Glenorchy Football Club: S. Skinner, S. Eaton, N. Lynch, J. Tate Turvey, M. Sutcliffe, M. Jacobs

Launceston Football Club: C. Taylor, D. Taylor, E. Manix-geeves


Glenorchy Football Club: B. Barwick, E. Barwick, G. Allan, J. Williams, Z. Manjerovic, N. Lynch

Launceston Football Club: N. Ristrom, M. Sinclair, H. Whyte, C. Thuringer, A. Carey, C. Taylor

Wrest Point TSLW Preliminary Final Preview

Week two of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s finals sees Glenorchy and Launceston in an epic battle at Blundstone Arena for a spot in the 2018 Grand Final, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Preliminary Final

Saturday 8th September

Glenorchy v. Launceston (Blundstone Arena) – 12:00pm

Head to Head in 2018: Glenorchy – 2, Launceston – 1

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 6.8 (44) def. Launceston 3.4 (22) – Round 11, 2018 at Morven Park, Evandale

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

Glenorchy will look to redeem themselves this week, after suffering two straight losses to Clarence – one in round 18 and the other in last weekend’s Semi Final.

These losses now place the minor premiers in a blockbuster Preliminary Final showdown for a spot in the Grand Final against Launceston – the side that defeated the Magpies in the 2017 decider.

Last time these teams met Courtney Webb kicked all three of the Blues goals. Webb, Chevy Thuringer, Jodie Clifford, Meg Sinclair, Kate McLaughlin and Abbey Green were the Blues best players on the day.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, says “we’ve been setting ourselves for this weekend for a while now. We feel we are as well prepared as possible and now look forward to delivering on the day.”

“Blundstone Arena suits our game style with speed and we beat Clarence there earlier in the year.

“Glenorchy have a very different game style so whoever gets the game on their terms will probably leave victorious.”

Launceston’s only change to their team this week is Courtney Webb coming in and Danika Corcoran out.

Captain Nietta Lynch, kicked three for the Pies, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Mackie Sutcliffe and Natalie Daniels one apiece on that last occasion.

Glenorchy’s standouts on the day were Brieanna Barwick, Gennaveve Sullivan, Mackie Sutcliffe, Sarah Skinner, Nietta Lynch and Elise Barwick.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, says “we look forward to the chance to redeem ourselves after a disappointing few weeks. Launceston are a good side and we will need to be at our best to get over the line. Playing at Blundstone is always great for the girls and should be a great game to watch.”

Glenorchy has made no changes to their team from the semi-final against Clarence last week.

This promises to be a cracking contest, and with a spot in the 2018 decider on the line, could really go either way.

Catch up on what happened when these sides last met in round 11


Players to Watch:

Mackie Sutcliffe (Glenorchy): The Pies star forward, Mackie Sutcliffe, has kicked 15 goals and been named in the best players eight times in 2018. Sutcliffe continues to have an impact in every game that she plays. Coach Craig Grace, says “Sutcliffe continues to impress”.

Abbey Green (Launceston): The Blues dangerous ruckman has kicked seventeen goals this season and was named in the best players seven times. Green is a pillar of the Launceston side, and will no doubt play an important role in the preliminary final.




B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

HB: N. Daniels, H. Smith, T. Strong

C: Z.  Manjerovic, S. Skinner, G. Terry

HF: T. Corrie, H. Ryan, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,

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

Int: G. Allan, S. Davis, S. Eaton, M. Jacobs

Emg: E. Siely, K. Stanford


B: H. Whyte, N. Ristrom,

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

C: C.  Stanley , D.  Taylor, C.  Webb

HF: M. Binns, A. Green, G. Hill

F: E. Manix-geeves, B. Rattray,

R: B. Thurlow, M. King, A. Dickson

Int: A. Carey, A. Halaby, M. Radford, C. Taylor

Emg: Z. Claridge, B. White

Wrest Point TSLW Week 1 Finals Wrap

Week one of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s finals saw Clarence secure a spot in the Grand Final and Launceston overpower the Tigers to win by 107 points, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


First Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

Launceston v. Tigers (Windsor Park) – 12:00pm

Launceston 17.12 (114) defeated the Tigers 1.1 (7) in the Semi Final at Windsor Park.

Megan Wilkinson kicked the Tigers only goal of the game which came in the first quarter as the visitors got off to a competitive start.

Launceston players Dearne Taylor, Emma Manix-geeves and Mikayla Binns kicked a goal each, ending the first quarter with a 16-point lead.

Manix-geeves came out in the second term and kicked another four goals for the Blues, while teammate Brie Rattray also kicked two goals this quarter, to increase Launceston’s lead to 53-points at half time.

The third quarter saw Abbey Green kick two goals for the Blues, and Ange Dickson and Meg Radford one apiece.

Green kicked another two in the final quarter for Launceston, and Dickson and Camilla Taylor kicked one each to win by 107-points.

Tigers coach, Brad Willis, says “it was a really tough game for our girls because of the pace of the game and Launceston’s ability to rotate freely and strongly through the midfield. Our pressure around the ball was arguably the best for the year and we contained Launceston for significant periods of time.”

“But if the ball got out their transition was quick and decisive and we didn’t have the legs to stem the flow. Ironically, in planning for their talls and executing pretty well with Rattray and Hill only kicking two between them, it was Emma Mannix-Geeves that got off the chain and was particularly damaging.”

“Despite the margin the girls were extremely pleased with their resilience and the way they fought the game out and certainly did not let down the supporters that made the trip north.”

“Gilly Millar was a tower of strength in the ruck and Roxanne Tyler continued her good form of the last month. Emerging talent Liz Kirkwood displayed plenty of dash, young defender Liarna Reid did not concede a goal and veterans Cara Brooke and Jess Murphy were relentless at the coal face,” Willis said.

Willis states he “came away from the game super proud of my team, but none the wiser as to the premiership favourite.”

“All three contenders present quite differently and it literally will be who bring their A game on the day. With the late inclusion of Brie Rattray now playing alongside Abbey Green and Georgia Hill it becomes the tallest forward line in the competition and will stretch both Glenorchy and Clarence. Whichever midfield gives their forwards the most opportunities will likely determine the eventual winner.”

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbins, says he “was really happy with our performance on the weekend. We had three late withdrawals which affected our rotations but our midfield battled really well and took the sting out of the game early.”

The Blues best players were Emma Manix-geeves, Ange Dickson, Abbey Green, Dearne Taylor, Amy Halaby and Mikayla Binns.

“Emma Mannix-Geeves broke the game open in the first half in the forward line as well as our midfield group getting on top in clearances.”

The Tigers finals dreams end here but Launceston will play Glenorchy this Saturday at Blundstone Arena for a spot in the Grand Final.


Launceston Football Club             3.5      9.6     13.9    17.12 (114)

Tigers Football Club                     1.1      1.1      1.1     1.1 (7)



Launceston Football Club: E. Manix-geeves 5, A. Green 4, A. Dickson 2, B. Rattray 2, C. Taylor, M. Binns, D. Taylor, M. Radford

Tigers Football Club: M. Wilkinson


Launceston Football Club: E. Manix-geeves, A. Dickson, A. Green, D. Taylor, A. Halaby, M. Binns

Tigers Football Club: G. Millar, E. Kirkwood, T. Roxann, L. Reid, J. Murphy, C. Brooke


Second Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

Glenorchy v. Clarence (KGV) – 12:00pm

Clarence 3.12 (30) defeated Glenorchy 1.5 (11) at KGV for the second time in two weeks.  

Clarence player, Sophie Pennicott, kicked the first goal of the game after she put it on her boot as she was dragged across the goal line.

Glenorchy managed to get on the scoreboard shortly after, with a behind after the siren from Holly Ryan, to see the Pies trail by eight points at the first break.

Sandy Eaton showed the Pies were still in it, kicking a goal not long after the opening bounce to put the margin at just two points early in the second term.

Both teams attempted to score a goal in the remainder of the quarter with no success, with the Pies scoring another two behinds to Clarence’s three behinds.

With the Roos leading at half time by three points, it was still anyone’s game.

The third quarter saw Glenorchy kick two behinds, and Clarence kick three behinds. Grace Mitchell kicked a goal for the Roos after the siren, to put them in the lead by nine points.

The Final quarter saw Clarence kick three behinds, and Natalie Pearce with a goal. Glenorchy player Mackie Sutcliffe also took a courageous mark in front of the Roos goal line, but the Pies were unable to score this quarter, finishing the game with a 19-point loss.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, said the game “was played under intense pressure and although low scoring was a good showcase of female football.”

There were “no injuries but a number of sore bodies that we are managing through the week.”

The Pies best players were Natalie Daniels, Elise Barwick, Rachael Siely, Thomasa Corrie, Tahlia Strong and Jade Williams.

“Nat Daniels and Rachel Siely across the backline played really well and rebounded many of Clarence’s attacking moves.”

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says “It was typical game of finals footy with the tempo going up a notch and both sides cracking in hard.”

“It’s good to get through to the Grand Final but there still a lot of work to do in the next two weeks.”

The Roos best players were Maddy Smith, Grace Mitchell, Georgia Pennicott, Bronte Scott, Jacinta Limbrick and Loveth Ochayi.

“Grace Mitchell kicked a big goal after the siren at 3/4 time to give us a little bit of momentum. It was a solid team performance.”

Clarence goes straight to the Grand Final, while minor premiers Glenorchy will have another life, with the winner of the clash between the Magpies and Blues set to determine the ‘Roos opponent in the Grand Final.


Glenorchy Football Club                 0.1      1.3      1.5     1.5 (11)

Clarence Football Club                   1.3      1.6      2.9     3.12 (30)



Glenorchy Football Club: S. Eaton

Clarence Football Club: N. Pearce, G. Mitchell, S. Pennicott


Glenorchy Football Club: N. Daniels, E. Barwick, R. Siely, T. Corrie, T. Strong, J. Williams

Clarence Football Club: M. Smith, G. Mitchell, G. Pennicott, B. Scott, J. Limbrick, L. Ochayi

2018 Wrest Point TSLW Team of the Year Announced

The Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) Team of the Year has been selected.

All five Wrest Point TSLW clubs were asked to nominate players they believed worthy of Team of the Year consideration. An assembled panel then selected the best 20 of the 2018 season.

TSL W matches are played with 16 on the field. The selection panel picked the team and positions as if the team were to play a game.

Please see the team listed below.


Chanette Thuringer (Launceston)
The dashing Launceston defender has impressed in 2018, earning Team of the Year honours for a second straight season. Provides plenty of bounce and drive out of the back half for the Blues and was named in the best players on six occasions.

Rachael Siely (Glenorchy)
Holding down a key defensive post, Rachel Siely has been a rock for the Magpies in 2018. Rarely beaten by her direct opponent, Siely continues to get the job week in, week out and provides great stability to this defence.



Lauren Stevenson (Burnie)
One of the state’s most exciting young talents, Lauren Stevenson earned Allies selection at the under-18 National Championships while being a consistent member of the Burnie defence. 10 appearances in the Dockers’ best players from 13 games underlines her consistency as a lockdown defender, while her precise kicking has become a trademark of her game.

Loveth Ochayi (Clarence)
After starting the season as a rotating forward and defender, the talented Ochayi looks to have found a home in defence for the ‘Roos, holding down the Centre Half Back post. Is able to blanket the opposition’s best forward, as highlighted by conceding just one goal to leading goal kicker Nietta Lynch in round 13.

Thomasa Corrie (Glenorchy)
Arguably the most consistent player in the TSLW, Corrie backed up a sensational 2017 season with another strong campaign. Named in the best players on four occasions and playing a key leadership role both at KGV and within this team.



Elise Barwick (Glenorchy)
A classy outside midfielder, Elise Barwick is an immense talent, as highlighted by her time representing Tasmania against NSW/ACT. A strong outside runner with devastating pace, Barwick uses her speed and dash to slice and dice opposition sides. Named in the best on seven occasions from 13 games.

Sarah Skinner (Glenorchy)
After being named in the back pocket in the 2017 Team of the Year while at the Dockers, Skinner has taken her game to another level this season with more midfield minutes. Skinner has a knack for accumulating the football and makes the opposition pay with strong use heading inside 50. The ball magnet kicked six goals from her 13 games, while also being named the best on 10 occasions.

Libby Haines (Burnie)
One of the most versatile players in the state, Libby Haines has gone from strength to strength this season, being named in the best 10 times from 11 games. Earned the opportunity to play for Melbourne University in the VFLW and the Allies at the under-18 Championships, Haines is an elite user who can play as a half back or ruck.


Mackie Sutcliffe (Glenorchy)
A classy half forward with the capacity to hurt opposition defences, Mackie Sutcliffe has taken her game to another level in 2018. Kicking 15 goals from 14 games, the 19 year old has been a crucial figure in Glenorchy’s minor premiership campaign, with her willingness to take the game on a feature.

Jacinta Limbrick (Clarence)
The linchpin of the Clarence forward line, Jacinta Limbrick has been an immense presence inside 50 all season to earn her second straight Team of the Year Centre Half Forward selection. Limbrick kicked 24 goals from 13 games, while also providing bringing her teammates into the game to hit the scoreboard. A gun of the competition.

Maddy Smith (Clarence)
The first open age North Melbourne signing from Tasmania, Maddy Smith started the year in style with a nine-goal haul against the Tigers and hasn’t looked back since. A consistent contributor inside 50, Smith has kicked 23 goals for the season, often working right up the ground to influence contests further afield.



Courtney Webb (Launceston)
Courtney Webb’s elite talent has been on full display throughout the season, kicking 20 goals a rotating midfielder/forward. Webb delivered arguably the performance of the season in round 12, booting a stunning 11-goal haul against the Dockers.

Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy)  – Captain
The most decorated of TSLW players, Glenorchy superstar Nietta Lynch was the competition’s premier forward, booting 34 goals from 14 games. Lynch has been an exemplary leader for the Magpies, steering the side to the minor premiership, and with another Leading Goalkicker award to her name, is a clear choice as captain and full forward.



Abbey Green (Launceston)
The most damaging ruck in the TSLW, the 2017 Team of the Year ruck has added a further string to her bow this season with increased potency forward of centre. With 13 goals from 13 games, Green is a handy avenue to goal, while also rarely getting beaten in the ruck.

Nicole Bresnehan (Clarence)
A workhorse within the Clarence midfield, Nicole Bresnehan is a machine on the inside and after being named in the best players six times from 11 games on top of a stint with Melbourne Uni in the VFLW, has only taken her game to another level after also earning Team of the Year recognition in 2017.

Angela Dickson (Launceston) – Vice Captain
The Launceston co-captain and assistant coach has been a model of consistency at Windsor Park this season, kicking 14 goals from 14 games and being named in the best players on nine occasions. A consistent performer built for the big moments, Dickson is a walk-up selection for this side.


Brieanna Barwick (Glenorchy)
The hard-working Barwick has earned her second straight team of the year nod after another consistent campaign. A hard-running midfielder who thrives around stoppages, Barwick is a workhorse for the ‘Pies and the kind of player that can lift those around her. Worked forward to kick four goals throughout the season.

Mia King (Launceston)
One of the state’s most exciting young guns, Mia King has X-Factor written all over her. A classy user of the ball with the work-rate to match, King has kicked four goals from 10 TSLW appearances in 2018, while also earning call ups for the Tasmanian, Eastern Allies and All Stars representative sides.

Marla Neal (Tigers FC)
A stalwart of her Tigers outfit, Marla Neal is one of the toughest players in the TSLW. A strong inside midfielder, Neal uses her strength and explosiveness to break away from stoppages and get out of trouble. A ferocious tackler and clearance machine, Neal is the type of player every side would love to have several of.

Chloe Haines (Burnie)
Another emerging versatile talent, Chloe Haines has delivered eye catching performances throughout the season as a key forward, ruck and rover. With elite skills, footy smarts and the ability and willingness to play a variety of roles, Haines has impressed with eight best player nods from 10 matches.


Craig Grace (Glenorchy) – Coach
Grace has helped steer the Magpies to the 2018 minor premiership after being defeated just twice throughout the home and away season. The competition’s frontrunner for almost the season’s entirety, Grace is an impressive coach and has helped nurture some exciting young Magpie talent.

Andy Smith (Clarence) – Assistant Coach
The 2017 Coach of the Year has again done a terrific job with his squad, guiding the ‘Roos to second spot on the ladder. Clarence remained competitive in every game they played this season, with several big wins highlighting the talent of the team and the success of his game plans.

Alex Gibbins (Launceston) – Assistant Coach
The 2017 premiership coach has been an impressive leader at Windsor Park in 2018, ensuring the side maintained form and competitiveness, despite often having an injury-depleted squad.


Wrest Point TSLW Week 1 Finals Preview

Week one of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s finals sees Launceston and the Tigers battle for a spot in the preliminary final, and Glenorchy and Clarence meet in a rematch of round 18 at KGV, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


First Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

Launceston v. Tigers (Windsor Park) – 12:00pm

Head to Head in 2018: Launceston – 3, Tigers – 0

Last Time They Met: Launceston 7.10 (52) def. Tigers 0.1 (1) – Round 14, 2018 at Morven Park, Evandale

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

The Tigers return from the bye to look for an upset against Launceston in the First Semi Final at Windsor Park.

Last time these teams met Courtney Webb kicked three goals for Launceston, Abbey Green two, and Mikayla Binns and Georgia Hill one each.

The Blues standouts on the day were Mikayla Binns, Abbey Green, Courtney Webb, Kate McLaughlin, Dearne Taylor and Ange Dickson.

The Blues and Tigers will be fighting for survival at Windsor Park. IC: Solstice Digital

The Tigers were unable to score a goal against the Blues, only managing one behind. Their best players were Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Olivia McGow, Hannah Squires, Jessica Murphy and Milly Smith.

The Tigers will be without star midfielder, Marla Neal, and key forward, Hannah Squires, after they both suffered a concussion in round seventeen against Glenorchy and were not cleared to play.

Tigers coach, Brad Willis, says Neal and Squires “will be travelling up with us on Sunday to help on the sidelines along with Olivia McGow (broken collarbone).”

The Blues harbour one of the most solid squads in the competition consisting of players such as Ange Dickson, Abbey Green, Emma Manix-geeves and Chevy Thuringer.

The Tigers will need to come out fighting in their first TSLW final in order to one up the fancied Blues, with both sides desperate to remain in contention for the 2018 Premiership.

Catch up on what went down when these sides last met in round 14. 

Players to Watch:

Ange Dickson (Launceston): The Blues assistant coach played her 100th game against the Tigers in round nine. Dickson has played 14 games and been names in the best players nine times. Dickson has also kicked 14 goals and has contributed highly in every game that she has played.

Cara Brooke (Tigers): Brooke played her 100th game of senior football in round seventeen against Glenorchy. Brooke has played 14 matches this year and been name in the best players twelve times. Brooke will no doubt continue to play an essential role for the Tigers against the Blues this week.


1st Semi Final – 02/09/2018

12:00PM – Windsor Park


B: M. Smith, , H. Whyte

HB: M. Sinclair, N. Ristrom, C. Thuringer

C: Z.  Claridge, D.  Taylor, C.  Stanley

HF: G. Hill, A. Green, M. Radford

F: E. Manix-geeves, B. Rattray,

R: B. Thurlow, B. White, A. Dickson

Int: M. Binns, D. Corcoran, A. Halaby, C. Taylor
Tigers FC

B: L. Reid, G. Burgess,

HB: M. Absolom, R. Roberts, O. McKee

C: K.  Baker, C.  Brooke,

HF: E. Kirkwood, G. Millar, M. Wilkinson

F: N. Durham, B. Phillips, J. Murphy

R: M. Smith, S. Grimsey, T. Roxann

Int: B. McDonald, M. Hogarth

Second Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

Glenorchy v. Clarence (KGV) – 12:00pm

Head to Head in 2018: Glenorchy – 3, Clarence – 1

Last Time They Met: Clarence 6.8 (44) def. Glenorchy 3.7 (25) – Round 18, 2018 at KGV

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

The Second Semi Final will see a rematch of round 18, when Clarence became the first team this season to defeat ladder leader Glenorchy at KGV.

Sophie Pennicott kicked two goals for the Roos, Jessica Minifie, Jenna Farrow, Darcy Elliston and Natalie Pearce kicked one each.

The Roos best players on the day were Sophie Pennicott, Maddy Smith, Nicole Bresnehan, Jacinta Limbrick, Loveth Ochayi and Bronte Scott.

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says the team will “continue to execute our game plan under finals pressure.”

Nietta Lynch kicked two goals for the Pies and Sandy Eaton kicked one. Glenorchy’s best players were Elise Barwick, Gennaveve Sullivan, Natalie Daniels, Brieanna Barwick, Jade Williams and Thomasa Corrie.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, says “we’ve been able to try a few different things over the past few weeks so we will look to take our good form throughout the season and play our best footy.”

With both squads evenly matched, and expected to come out fighting, this could be quite an unpredictable and thrilling game, with the Magpies and ‘Roos looking to book a direct ticket to the Grand Final.

Players to Watch:

Sarah Skinner (Glenorchy): Skinner only moved to Glenorchy this year and has so far been named in the best players 10 out of the 13 matches that she has played. Skinner was named as best on ground twice, and will no doubt continue her great form this Sunday against Clarence.

Maddy Smith (Clarence): Smith became the first Tasmanian–born player to sign with the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos. Smith has only played eight matches this season but has scored twenty-three goals and is third in the overall goal kicking. Smith is a reliable shot on goal, and one that the Roos will need in this close encounter.



2nd Semi Final – 02/09/2018

12:00PM – KGV Oval


B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

HB: T. Strong, H. Smith, N. Daniels

C: Z.  Manjerovic, S.  Skinner, G.  Terry

HF: T. Corrie, H. Ryan, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,

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

Int: G. Allan, S. Davis, S. Eaton, M. Jacobs

Emg: E. Siely, K. Stanford


B: R. Long, R. Archer,

HB: G. Pennicott, K. Johnson, H. Scott

C: J.  Minifie, N.  Bresnehan, G.  Mitchell

HF: J. Limbrick, S. Pennicott, M. Smith

F: T. Ford, L. Ochayi,

R: C. Wells, D. Elliston, B. Scott

Int: B. Goward, N. Heggie, S. Hinks, N. Pearce

Emg: J. Farrow, N. Garlo

Wrest Point TSLW Finals – Week 1 Schedule Announced


With the Wrest Point TSL Women’s home and away season drawing to a close yesterday, the schedule has been announced for the first week of the highly anticipated 2018 finals series. 

Glenorchy, who dropped just two games for the season, will host the ‘Roos at KGV Oval, with the two sides meeting for the second time in as many weeks.

Clarence are the only side to have defeated the Magpies since round one, running out 19-point winners when the two sides met in the final round of the season.

Launceston will host the Tigers in the other Semi Final, with the Blues holding a perfect record in matches against the Tigers in 2018.

The Tigers, coming off the final round bye, will be looking to cause an upset against the reigning premiers when the sides meet at Windsor Park.


Semi Final 1 Venue Time
Launceston vs. Tigers Windsor Park Sunday 2nd September 12:00pm
Semi Final 2 Venue Time
Glenorchy vs. Clarence KGV Sunday 2nd September 12:00pm


Final Home and Away Ladder: 

Team P W L D % Pts
14 12 2 0 315.93 48
14 10 4 0 399.2 40
14 10 4 0 355.12 40
14 2 12 0 12.1 8
14 1 13 0 11.55 4

Wrest Point TSLW Round 18 Preview

Round 18 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season will see Launceston and Burnie battle it out at Windsor Park, and Glenorchy and Clarence go head to head at KGV in a fiercely anticipated match, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Sunday 26th August

Launceston v. Burnie (Windsor Park) – 12:00pm

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

Last Time They Met: Launceston 15.5 (95) def. Burnie 0.1 (1) – Round 16, 2018 at Wivenhoe Showgrounds

Burnie and Launceston return from the bye to go head to head at Windsor Park in the final round. They have played each other four times so far this year.

Launceston will be looking to jump into second spot. IC: Solstice Digital

Launceston won in round two by 82 points at Wivenhoe Showgrounds, in round six by 72 points at Windsor Park, in round twelve at Wivenhoe Showgrounds by 132 points, and more recently in round sixteen by 94 points at Wivenhoe Showgrounds.

Burnie were unable to score a goal in that most recent meeting, but their best players on the day were Emily Doig, Lauren Stevenson, Emily Duncombe, Shelby Aitken, Lila Wijesingha-Frohmader and Shaeli Rodman.

Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, said the “focus now is to finish off the season with a strong four quarter effort.”

Brie Rattray kicked five goals for the Blues in that last contest, while Mikayla Binns, Ange Dickson, and Meg Radford kicked two each, and Camilla Taylor, Nicole Ristrom, Dearne Taylor and Georgia Hill all with one.

Launceston’s best players were Brie Rattray, Mia King, Mikayla Binns, Ange Dickson, Meg Radford and Camilla Taylor.

Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, says the team “just need to play the game well with one eye on finals while we await the result of the other game to see where we finish on the ladder.”

The Blues have been in good form of late, and can leapfrog Clarence into second place with a win, and a Glenorchy defeat of the ‘Roos.

Players to Watch:

Mikayla Binns (Launceston): Binns has played much of this year in the TWL North with Scottsdale and was named in the best players six out of the eleven games that she played. In round 14 against Tigers, Binns was named best on ground. Coach, Alex Gibbons said, “we welcomed back Mikayla Binns for her first game of the year and she was the standout for us and will be a very handy addition for us in the latter parts of the season.” Binns has since played two more games finishing as third best in round 16 against Burnie.

Finlay Bryan (Burnie): Bryan has played 10 games in her first year playing TSLW football. Bryan was named in the best players, in round three against the Tigers, in only her second game of TSLW football. Although Bryan is still new to the TSLW, Bryan has shown that she can have an impact on the game and is one to watch in future seasons.



Round 18 – 26/08/2018

12:00PM – Windsor Park







B: B. White, M. Smith,

HB: C. Thuringer, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte

C: C.  Stanley , D.  Taylor, C.  Webb

HF: M. Binns, A. Green, B. Rattray

F: E. Manix-geeves, G. Hill,

R: C. Taylor, M. King, A. Dickson

Int: A. Halaby, K. McLaughlin, M. Radford, B. Thurlow






B: S. McLennan, F. Bryan,

HB: S. Ferguson-Stevens, L. Haines,

C: S.  Langmaid, K.  Johnson, B.  Smith

HF: L. Stevenson, M. Radford, N. Whitehead

F: C. Clarke, S. Rodman, S. Mason

R: E. Doig, E. Duncombe, C. Chandler

Int: I. Porter

Sunday 26th August

Glenorchy v. Clarence (KGV) – 1:30pm

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

Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 4.6 (30) def. Clarence 2.5 (17) – Round 13, 2018 at Geilston Bay

The current top two teams on the ladder battle in out at KGV in round 18. This will be the fourth time that they have played each other this season, with the Magpies holding a clean sweep of victories over the ‘Roos so far this season.

Clarence will be looking to topple the minor premiers in the final round. IC: Solstice Digital

In round three Glenorchy won by twenty points at Blundstone Arena, in round eight by nine points at KGV and then again in round thirteen by thirteen points at Geilston Bay.

Tiarna Ford and Jacinta Limbrick kicked one goal each for Clarence back in tound 13. The ‘Roos best players on the day were Saasha Hinks, Loveth Ochayi, Maddy Smith, Sophie Pennicott, Hannah Scott and Georgia Pennicott.

Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says his side will have a clear focus with just one game to go ahead of the finals.

“We will continue to work on executing our game plan,” Smith said.

Gemma Allan, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Nietta Lynch and Mackie Sutcliffe all kicked one goal each for the Pies in that last meeting, while Natalie Daniels, Zabreena Manjerovic, Sarah Skinner, Gillian Sullivan, Hannah Smith and Jade Williams were the best performers.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, says a match against Clarence in the final round is the perfect preparation for finals football.

“We really look forward to this week’s game and to play one of the contenders for the premiership leading into finals is a perfect lead in to the following week. Our focus is on playing our best footy which will prepare us for the upcoming finals campaign,” Grace said.

Players to Watch:

Zabreena Manjerovic (Glenorchy): Manjerovic played 11 matches in 2017, named in the best players six times and was named best on ground twice. Manjerovic has played 10 games in 2018, kicking one goal and has been named in the best players three times, finishing as best on ground in round eight against Clarence. Manjerovic was named as second best the last time the Pies played Clarence in round 13. Coach, Craig Grace said “Manjerovic on a wing played a pivotal role in moving the ball forward.”

Hannah Scott (Clarence): Scott has played 12 matches in her first season of TSLW Football, kicked eight goals and been named in the best players three times. Scott was named best on ground against the Tigers in round seven. Coach, Andy Smith said “Scott won the SFL (regional comp) Best and Fairest award last year so it was good to see her play her best game for the club since stepping up to the TSLW.” In round eight against Glenorchy Scott was named as second best, and then fifth in round thirteen against the Pies.



Round 18 – 26/08/2018

1:30PM – KGV Oval


B: J. Williams, R. Siely,

HB: N. Daniels, H. Smith, T. Strong

C: Z.  Manjerovic, S.  Skinner, G.  Terry

HF: T. Corrie, H. Ryan, M. Sutcliffe

F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,

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

Int: G. Allan, S. Davis, S. Eaton, M. Jacobs

Emg: E. Siely, K. Stanford








B: R. Long, R. Archer,

HB: G. Pennicott, K. Johnson, H. Scott

C: J.  Minifie, N.  Bresnehan, G.  Mitchell

HF: J. Limbrick, S. Pennicott, M. Smith

F: T. Ford, L. Ochayi,

R: C. Wells, D. Elliston, B. Scott

Int: N. Garlo, N. Heggie, S. Hinks, N. Pearce

Emg: J. Farrow, B. Goward

Wrest Point TSLW Round 17 Wrap

Round 17 of the Wrest Point TSLW season saw just the one game, with the Tigers hosting ladder leaders Glenorchy at the Twin Ovals, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.


Sunday 19th August

Tigers v. Glenorchy (Twin Ovals) – 12:00pm

Glenorchy 13.14 (92) defeated Tigers 1.0 (6) in round seventeen at the Twin Ovals.

The Tigers competed well in the opening term, kicking a goal via Hobart permit player Brianna McDonald, while the ‘Pies kicked 2.2 in the first term and a further 2.6 in the second to take a 26-point lead into the main break.

Glenorchy came out strong in the third, kicking another six goals to stamp their authority on the contest, with another three goals taking the Magpies to a big 86-point triumph.

Nietta Lynch kicked four goals for the Pies, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Mackie Sutcliffe, Thomasa Corrie and Sandy Eaton two each and Rachel Siely one.

Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, said “in very cold and wet conditions the Tigers started really well and challenged us in the first half. We changed a few things around at half time and took control of the game in the second half to run away with a strong win. Our third quarter was easily our best kicking 6.2 and playing a really strong brand of footy.”

The Pies did not have any injuries in Sunday’s match, but Grace is taking a cautious approach with some of the team’s stars.

“We have been managing certain players as we near the finals in two weeks,” he said.

The Pies best players were Sarah Skinner, Hannah Smith, Holly Ryan, Nietta Lynch, Thomasa Corrie and Jasmine Tate Turvey.

“Sarah Skinner continued her outstanding season in the midfield and must be coming into calculations for ALFW recruiters. Hannah Smith at centre half back controlled play and Holly Ryan in the ruck played her best game for the season,” Grace said.

Tigers coach, Brad Willis concedes that the Magpies were the superior side on the day.

“Glenorchy were too powerful and skillful on the day and thoroughly deserved their win.

“Their relentless approach is to be admired and is a good lesson for a developing team. I thought we were very competitive in the first quarter with some of our linking play the best for the season,” Willis said.

“We were only -1 in contested possessions and inside 50s and led the clearances and tackle count. The game turned on its head in the second quarter when we lost star midfielder Marla Neal and dangerous forward Hannah Squires, both to concussion. Glenorchy got right on top in the 3rd quarter and it took a lot of courage to dig deep in the last quarter to hold a rampaging team coming home with the breeze.”

The Tigers best players were Olivia McKee, Samantha Grimsey, Tyler Roxann, Cara Brooke, Liarna Reid and Brianna McDonald.

“Liv McKee has really stepped up this year as a key defender after having spent most of her previous time as a forward. Liv and teenager Liarna Reid get the big jobs each week and are doing a great job for the team.”

“Sammy Grimsey and Roxy Tyler have had a terrific last month and shown huge improvement. On hundred gamer, Cara Brooke turned in another tireless performance. Special mention also to Hobart Tigers players Maddie Hogarth and Bree McDonald who helped out on the day and showed they are quite capable of playing at TSLW level,” Willis said.

Marla and Hannah will require clearances to play in the first semi. Rea Roberts (corked quad), Milly Smith (cheekbone) and Brooke Phillips (nose) should be right with the week’s break.

Tigers stay in fourth place on the ladder, and Glenorchy remains in top spot three games clear ahead of the last round.

The Tigers have finished all their rostered games and Glenorchy will play their final game at KGV against Clarence in round 18.

Tigers Football Club                        1.0      1.0      1.0      1.0 (6)

Glenorchy Football Club                2.2      4.8     10.10   13.14 (92)



Tigers Football Club: B. McDonald

Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 4, J. Tate Turvey 2, M. Sutcliffe 2, T. Corrie 2, S. Eaton 2, R. Siely


Tigers Football Club: O. McKee, S. Grimsey, T. Roxann, C. Brooke, L. Reid, B. McDonald

Glenorchy Football Club: S. Skinner, H. Smith, H. Ryan, N. Lynch, T. Corrie, J. Tate Turvey