Round one of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season has seen the reigning premier flex its muscle, and last year’s minor premier make an emphatic statement, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 22nd April
Launceston v. Glenorchy (Windsor Park) – 12:00pm
The 2017 Grand Final replay at Windsor Park saw Launceston 9.9 (63) take out top spot against Glenorchy 6.5 (41).
The Blues had the better of the Magpies once again, after running out 21-point winners in last year’s decider, but were forced to come from behind to do so.
Glenorchy outscored the premiers in the opening half to take a 13-point lead into the main break before holding a slim one-point advantage heading into the final quarter.
From there, however, Launceston ran riot, kicking 4.4 to Glenorchy’s 1.1, to finish 22-point winners.
Launceston saw two goals kicked by Abbey Green, Angela Dickson, Maggie Cuthbertson and Emma Manix-geeves, with Georgia Hill also scoring one.
Nietta Lynch, Sarah Skinner and Natalie Daniels all kicked two goals each for Glenorchy.
Launceston will play Burnie at Wivenhoe in round two, while Glenorchy will host Tigers at KGV.
LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB 1.1 3.2 5.5 9.9 (63)
GLENORCHY FOOTBALL CLUB 3.2 5.3 5.4 6.5 (41)
Launceston Football Club: A. Green 2, A. Dickson 2, M. Cuthbertson 2, E. Manix-geeves 2, G. Hill
Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 2, S. Skinner 2, N. Daniels 2
Launceston Football Club: A. Green, A. Dickson, M. Cuthbertson, A. Halaby, D. Taylor, E. Manix-geeves
Glenorchy Football Club: S. Skinner, M. Wright, G. Sullivan, B. Barwick, M. Sutcliffe, E. Barwick
Sunday 22nd April
Tigers v. Clarence (Twin Ovals) – 12:00pm
In a showing of dominance and serious intent, Clarence stormed home to record a 148-point win over the Tigers at the Twin Ovals to start season 2018.
The first quarter saw last year’s minor premiers come out strong with Jacinta Limbrick scoring the first goal of the game. This was followed by three goals kicked by Clarence’s captain, Maddy Smith, and one goal from vice captain, Sophie Pennicott, two players who went on to make a serious impact.
The first quarter was predominately spent inside Clarence’s forward half, with the Roos kicking five goals and five behinds, to the Tigers none. With Clarence taking a commanding lead into the first change, the remainder of the match was shaping up to an interesting watch.
The first half of the second quarter saw Clarence continue to control the contest, with goals kicked by Georgia Pennicott, Sophie Pennicott and Maddy Smith.
The Tigers’ misfortunes were encapsulated in a moment midway through the second quarter, when Clarence player Sophie Pennicott missed a goal that lead to an unfortunate turn of events for the Tigers when their kick out was marked, and subsequently kicked for goal by Clarence’s Jessica Minifie.
The last half of the second quarter saw another goal kicked by Sophie Pennicott and Maddy Smith, with Jessica Minifie having another chance at goal shortly before half time. Unfortunately, Minifie missed the ball leaving Clarence with six goals and five behinds in the second quarter. The Tigers continued to battle hard but still remained scoreless at the main break.
The third quarter saw Clarence kick seven goals and two behinds, with Maddy Smith kicking another two and Grace Mitchell, Jesscia Minifie, Sophie Pennicott, Nicole Bresnehan and Jacinta Limbrick all kicking a goal each.
The Tigers still struggled to hit the scoreboard in the third term, but the contest did spend more time in the Tigers’ forward half in the third term, highlighting the hard work being put in.
The Tigers managed to keep Clarence to 5.4 in the last quarter. Maddy Smith scored another two goals, rounding out her total to a phenomenal nine for the game. Grace Mitchell and Sophie Pennicott also added to their tallies to finish with two and five goals for the game respectively.
The final quarter also saw a 50 metre penalty being awarded to Tigers captain, Kristy Baker, which put her right in front of goal. Baker kicked the goal and the entire crowd went wild, with Tigers players running from all parts of the ground to congratulate their captain in scoring their one and only goal for the game.
Tigers will be looking to bounce back against Glenorchy in round two, while Clarence will have a week off to recover due to the bye ahead of round three.
TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 (6)
CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 5.5 11.10 18.12 23.16 (154)
Tigers Football Club: K. Baker
Clarence Football Club: M. Smith 9, S. Pennicott 5, J. Minifie 3, J. Limbrick 2, G. Mitchell 2, G. Pennicott, N. Bresnehan
Tigers Football Club: N. Iduteyiteka, M. Neal, C. Brooke, G. Millar, E. Johnstone, L. Reid
Clarence Football Club: M. Smith, J. Farrow, S. Pennicott, N. Bresnehan, R. Archer, G. Pennicott