Expressions of interest – TSLW Match Managers

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2019 Tasmanian State League Women’s season to perform the role of Match Manager.

This role is a voluntary position that will be responsible for ensuring all match day protocols and procedures are followed in accordance with the TSLW Rules & Regulations and the TSLW Match Manager list of duties.

To express interest in performing this role, please contact Ben Ling on

Applicants will be required to obtain an active Working with Vulnerable People Card, with multiple roles available in Hobart & Launceston.

Wrest Point TSLW to expand in 2019

The development and expansion of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s competition is set to continue with both Lauderdale and North Launceston entering from the 2019 season. 

This expansion will see the Wrest Point TSLW competition move closer to mirroring the Men’s Bupa Tasmanian State League.

AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires said “this is another important milestone for female football in Tasmania.  Our game has seen amazing growth in recent years and it’s important we continue to provide opportunities for female footballers.”

AFL Tasmania’s TSL State Manager Carl Saunder is excited by the growth and development of female football and the Wrest Point TSLW competition.

“To have both Lauderdale and North Launceston entering the competition next season moves us closer to our goal of having a State League Women’s competition that replicates the Men’s game,” Saunder said. 

The arrival of both Lauderdale and North Launceston will be followed by North Hobart, with the club being granted a licence for entry from 2020. 

Lauderdale and North Launceston will join Clarence, Glenorchy, Launceston and Tigers FC in a six-team 2019 Wrest Point TSLW season.

“Today is a really exciting, landmark day. 

“Next year will see the Wrest Point TSLW competition expand to six teams, with the aim of having the current seven TSL clubs compete in the competition from 2020 onward,” Saunder said. 

“North Launceston has had a provisional licence for 12 months now, so it was always the plan to build steady progress around the expansion of the competition.

“Lauderdale dipped their toe in the water a few years ago in relation to female footy and this year they played in the SFL and have built from the bottom-up with a youth program. This is what we think is the right model for clubs to build female football.

“Similarly North Launceston has started from the bottom up with youth teams and played in the development series we held earlier this year; so they are ready.”

This expansion is reflective of the booming growth in women’s football in Tasmania, with female participation in club football experiencing a growth of over 45% in 2018 – something that will only be beneficial to the Tasmanian football landscape moving forward. 

“What we know and what we see is that the female game is creating new opportunities for people who don’t normally connect with football to come along and play or support it,” Saunder said.

Through the mirroring of the senior TSL men’s competition, the Burnie Dockers have chosen to withdraw from the Wrest Point TSLW competition and are likely to join the NWFL Women’s competition from 2019. 

AFL Tasmania Female Talent Manager, Leigh Elder, confirmed that work will continue on the north-west coast to provide opportunities within the talent pathway. 

“We will work with the north-west in finding the appropriate opportunity to showcase their best talent, so all players in the state have the opportunity to progress through the pathway,” Elder said. 

“We will certainly work with stakeholders on the north-west coast. Jamie Hayward is now full-time in talent development in that part of the state, so we will work with each individual – both male and female – to make sure they have the right support and resources,” Saunder said.

Elder also emphasised the importance of the Wrest Point TSLW competition. 

“Having a strong Wrest Point TSLW competition will support the state’s best talent and provide further pathways for aspiring females who have dreams of playing for the Tasmania Devils in the TAC Cup Women’s competition from 2020 and ultimately the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos at the AFLW elite level.”

All The Winners From The 2018 Tasmanian Footy Awards

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

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


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

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

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

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

IC: Solstice Digital


Lynch Medal Top 10:

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


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

IC: Solstice Digital


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

TSLW Best & Fairest Top 10:

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

TSLW: Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy) – 34 Goals

Mercury Cup: Campbell Hooker (Lauderdale) – 46 Goals




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

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

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



BELINDA KITTO (New Horizons)


JAMES BALDOCK (Deloraine Auskick Centre)


PETER BROWN (Forrest Primary School)


DANIEL HASSETT (Rosny College)



DENNIS BIRD (Claremont Football Club)

BARRY HASSETT (Glenorchy District Football Club)


CRAIG FOX (Prospect Hawks – NTJFA)

The 2018 Alastair Lynch Medal Preview

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

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

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


How The Alastair Lynch Medal is Awarded

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

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

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



Best chances

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

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

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

Ryan Bailey had a breakout 2018. IC: Solstice Digital


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



Best chances

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

IC: Solstice Digital

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

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


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

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

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



Best chances

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

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

Nat Franklin has consistently impressed. IC: Solstice Digital


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



Best chances

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

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

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


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


North Hobart

Best chances

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

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

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


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



North Launceston

Best chances

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

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

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

IC: Andrew Woodgate

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

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


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


Tigers FC

Best chances

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

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

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

IC: Solstice Digital

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


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

‘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

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

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.