Bupa TSL Round 6 Back of the Week

Round six of the Bupa Tasmanian State League season saw the Roos end the Magpies’ unbeaten start to the season, the Blues continue their red-hot form and the southern Bombers register a valuable win. 

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

Several stars of the competition shone in the back half of the ground, with Clarence’s James Holmes and Launceston’s Dylan Riley standing out. Honourable mentions must go to Lauderdale key defender Ryan Wiggins and Glenorchy stalwart Josh Arnold.


IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Dylan Riley (Launceston) 

With Dylan Riley renowned as one of the competition’s elite prime movers, Launceston have a serious luxury on their hands to play the former Devonport star across half back.

Riley has played the role with aplomb, controlling the back half for the Blues this season, while providing plenty of drive and bounce into attack.

Riley was part of a Launceston defensive group that only conceded three goals for the game, while also combining well with the midfield group of Jay Blackberry, Jake Hinds and Brodie Palfreyman to help provide first-rate service to key forwards Mitch Thorp and Jamieson House.


James Holmes (Clarence)

Holmes in action against Launceston in round five. IC: Solstice Digital & Photography

Another week, another daring performance out of the back half from Matthew Richardson medalist James Holmes.

Holmes played a sweeping goalkeeper role at times in the impressive win over Glenorchy, mopping up anything on the last line of defence, while also taking calculated risks to run off his man and impact contests.

A medium-sized defender who is equally dangerous at ground level and in the air, Holmes is an integral member of this side and a player opposition teams will need to start doing their homework on, if they haven’t already done so.