BUPA TSL Round 2 Midfielder of the Week

Round two of the Bupa Tasmanian State League finished is done, with Glenorchy, North Launceston and Launceston all registering big wins.

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

In this edition we are taking a look at the midfielders, with Northern Bomber Josh Ponting and Launceston midfielder Jack Donnellan the two contenders.


Josh Ponting (North Launceston)

Josh Ponting in action against the Tigers IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

North Launceston’s premier midfield group contains some of the most recognisable names in Tasmanian football. From Mark Walsh to Taylor Whitford to Brad Cox-Goodyer, the depth of midfield talent at UTAS Stadium is enviable.

A name that often doesn’t spring immediately to mind, but one that really should is that of Josh Ponting.

Now 23, Ponting has developed into a midfield star for the Bombers, as evidenced by his best on ground performance against the Tigers on Saturday.

Ponting found plenty of the football but really impressed with the way he stepped up in the absence of Cox-Goodyer, who was a late withdrawal, and Walsh, who went off injured.

Ponting has firmly established himself as a key midfielder in this Bombers outfit, and with a performance like this under his belt early, he will certainly be a player to watch over the course of 2018.


Jack Donnellan (Launceston)

Jack Donnellan was one of several Launceston midfielders who stood tall in the Blues’ big win over North Hobart on Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park.

Jack Donnellan in action for the Blues last season. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Donnellan, an inclusion for the clash, impressed alongside the likes of Brodie Palfreyman and Jay Blackberry to well and truly hand the Blues midfield dominance.

Donnellan impressed with his intensity on the contest and the man, while also using his foot skills to at times carve up North Hobart’s defensive structures.

With the midfield group, including Donnellan, using the ball well while dropping their eyes, there is no surprise Mitch Thorp was able to kick a haul of seven.