Round three of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season is likely to tell us more about the competition’s pecking order, with two southern powerhouses going head to head, and the emerging Dockers travelling south to take on another developing side in the Tigers, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 6th May
Clarence v. Glenorchy (Blundstone Arena) – 12:00pm
Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 5.5 (35) def. Clarence 4.2 (26) – Final Round 2, 2017 at Blundstone Arena
Clarence and Glenorchy will meet for the first time since the 2017 Wrest Point TSLW series. On that occasion, Glenorchy came from behind at half time to gain a nine-point victory over minor premier Clarence, which saw them progress to the grand final going down to Launceston.
The goal kickers that led Glenorchy to the grand final were Kate Rattenbury with three and Nietta Lynch and Sandra Eaton, who both kicked one each.
Clarence had four different goal scorers in that loss, with Maddy Smith, Mel Wise, Grace Mitchell, Jacinta Limbrick all scoring one.
This should be a thrilling match with both teams being strong contenders for the 2018 flag.
Clarence made an impressive start to the season with a 148-point thumping of the Tigers before the round two bye, while Glenorchy enter the clash after accounting for the Tigers last weekend and going down to Launceston in round one. Will the Roos get one back on the Magpies?
Players to Watch:
Maddy Smith (Clarence): Smith scored nine goals in her first game of the season, and despite having the bye last week, is currently the lead goal scorer in the competition.
Brieanna Barwick (Glenorchy): Barwick was Glenorchy’s leading goal kicker in round 2, scoring three goals, making her the competition’s fifth highest goal kicker so far.
Tigers v. Burnie (Twin Ovals) – 1:00pm
Last Time They Met: Burnie 4.6 (30) def. Tigers 2.2 (14) – Round 15, 2017 at Twin Ovals
Burnie and Tigers are both looking for their first win of the season in round three at the Twin Ovals.
In round 15 2017, Burnie were able to defeat the Tigers with Sarah Skinner scoring two goals and Jessica Whelan and Jessica Brown scoring one each.
The Tigers scored two goals last time they took on Burnie with Mikayla Absolom scoring both.
Burnie faced the in-form Blues last weekend after having the round one bye, going down to the reigning premier by 82 points.
The Tigers have also had a difficult start to the season, going down to Clarence and Glenorchy in big losses to start the season.
This game will be an interesting match to watch with both teams eager to register an early season win.
Players to Watch:
Hannah Squires (Tigers): Squires was named as best on ground for the Tigers last week against Glenorchy. In 2017 Squires was named in the best players for five out of the seven matches she played. Last week, having played her first game for the year, she is off to a strong start this season and is definitely one to watch.
Libby Haines (Burnie): Haines was Burnie’s best on ground in last week’s game against reigning premiers, Launceston. In 2017 Haines was named in the best players for five out of eleven matches she played. With last week being her first game for the season, we can only imagine that it was a taste of what’s to come.