Round three of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw the Tigers win their very first game as a club and Glenorchy get on top of Clarence in a close encounter, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 6th May
Clarence v. Glenorchy (Blundstone Arena) – 12:00pm
In a rematch of last season’s preliminary final, Glenorchy again got the better of Clarence, running out 6.9 (45) to 3.7 (25) winners at Blundstone Arena.
Clarence entered the match off the bye and welcomed back two stars in Jacinta Limbrick and Loveth Ochayi, who both played for the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club in a practice match against the Casey Demons in Victoria last week.
The opening term was a tight tussle, with the first goal of the game being kicked by Elise Barwick for Glenorchy. This was followed by Clarence Player, Natalie Heggie, kicking the only other goal for the term shortly after, although Clarence did kick four behinds to take a four-point lead into quarter time.
Both teams were given lots of opportunities to score in the second quarter with Glenorchy player Natalie Daniels, and teammate Sandy Eaton, both scoring one goal each. Jacinta Limbrick was the only player to kick a goal for Clarence this quarter as the Magpies went into the main break with a three-point advantage.
The third quarter saw Jacinta Limbrick kick another goal for Clarence to mount increasing pressure on Glenorchy before Magpies captain Nietta Lynch kicked two goals, with one the result of a free kick and the other just as she was tackled by a Clarence player.
With an eight-point lead at three-quarter time, Glenorchy held the advantage heading into a low-scoring final term in which both sides struggled to hit the scoreboard.
Glenorchy kicked six behinds for the final term before Nietta Lynch booted her third in the final minutes of the game, all while keeping the ‘Roos scoreless.
Glenorchy have now won two in a row to sit second on the ladder, while the match marked Clarence’s first loss for the season after defeating the Tigers in round one and having the round two bye.
Clarence will travel north in round four to play against Burnie at Wivenhoe, whilst Glenorchy will head into the bye on a high.
Clarence Football Club 1.4 2.6 3.7 3.7 (25)
Glenorchy Football Club 1.0 3.3 5.3 6.9 (45)
Clarence Football Club: J. Limbrick 2, N. Heggie
Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 3, E. Barwick, S. Eaton, N. Daniels
Clarence Football Club: D. Elliston, G. Pennicott, N. Bresnehan, B. Scott, C. Wells, R. Long
Glenorchy Football Club: T. Corrie, J. Williams, N. Lynch, E. Barwick, H. Ryan, M. Sutcliffe
Sunday 6th May
Tigers v. Burnie (Twin Ovals) – 1:00pm
The Tigers 5.4 (34) registered their first win of the season against Burnie 1.2 (8) at the Twin Ovals, with the win holding extra significance as the club’s first win after not winning a game in 2017.
Last time they played each other, in round 15 of last season, Burnie ran out 4.6 (30) to 2.2 (14) winners, going on to make the finals, while the Tigers finished 2017 without a win.
The Tigers had a point to prove this time around, and in a tense opening quarter trailed by one point at quarter time.
The second term was a low-scoring affair with one Tigers’ behind leveling the scores at 1.1 (7) apiece at half time.
The third quarter saw the Tigers take the lead, kicking one goal and three behinds, all the while keeping Burnie scoreless.
The Tigers pushed on in the final quarter kicking three goals to Burnie’s one behind, leading the Tigers to a memorable and significant 26-point win.
Erin Lucas kicked three goals for the Tigers, with Samantha Grimsey and Gillian Millar both kicking one each, while Chloe Haines was the only goal kicker for the Dockers.
Both teams will be playing up north this week with the Tigers taking on reigning premier Launceston at Windsor Park, and Burnie hosting Clarence at Wivenhoe.
Tigers Football Club 1.0 1.1 2.4 5.4 (34)
Burnie Football Club 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2 (8)
Tigers Football Club: E. Lucas 3, S. Grimsey, G. Millar
Burnie Football Club: C. Haines
Tigers Football Club: C. Brooke, J. Murphy, H. Squires, M. Neal, E. Lucas, M. Absolom
Burnie Football Club: L. Stevenson, E. Doig, E. Duncombe, S. Rodman, L. Haines, F. Bryan