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.
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Mitch Thorp further enhanced his reputation as one of the competition’s premier forward targets with a dominant eight-goal haul against the Tigers, while reigning RACT Insurance Player of the Year Jaye Bowden starred in a losing cause for the Pies.
Mitch Thorp (Launceston)
Already sitting atop the Peter Hudson Medal count after five rounds, Thorp motored further ahead as the competition’s leading goalkicker with eight majors against the Tigers.
Now with 24 goals for the season, 11 clear of his nearest competitor, Thorp has seamlessly slotted into life as a Blue, creating headaches for a hapless Tigers defence at Windsor Park.
With aerial dominance, an exceptional goal sense and bold leadership, Thorp leads one of the competition’s most potent forward lines and is sure to provide weekly headaches to opposition coaches and backmen alike, as at the moment he will not be stopped.
Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
Although his side lost for the first time in 2018, Glenorchy stalwart Jaye Bowden delivered another eye-catching display, floating between the midfield and forward line to boot three goals, take a mark of the year contender, and keep the Pies in the contest.
Bowden booted three goals in the second term, with his aerial prowess and sublime skills threatening to take the game away from the Roos.
Bowden toiled all afternoon and was far and away the Magpies’ best performers against traditional rival Clarence – named as his side’s best and picking up three RACT Insurance Player of the Year votes.