Round six of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Glenorchy defeat the Tigers in difficult playing conditions, whilst Launceston defeated Burnie by 72 points, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 27th May
Tigers v. Glenorchy (Twin Ovals) – 12:00pm
Glenorchy 10.15 (75) defeated the Tigers 3.0 (18) at the Twin Ovals in quite a physical round six affair, making it two-from-two against the Tigers this season after running out 75-point winners in round two.
The game began with a heavy dew on the ground which remained for the entire match. Glenorchy’s Sandy Eaton scored the first goal of the game when teammate Tahlia Strong was tackled by Tigers player Liarna Reid. Eaton picked the ball up from the ground, after Strong had attempted to handball it out, and ran straight into an open goal. This was then followed with a goal from Glenorchy’s Nietta Lynch.
Towards the end of the term both teams battled for the ball inside the Tigers forward fifty. Marla Neal managed to scoop the ball up from the ground and kicked the Tigers first goal of the game, leaving them only ten points behind at quarter time.
Glenorchy scored five behinds in the second quarter with Pies player, Meg Jacobs, scoring the only goal of the term.
Not even two minutes into the third quarter Tigers player, Jess Murphy, fell backwards on the ground after a shepherd from Glenorchy’s Nietta Lynch. During the match Tigers player, Brooke Philips also left the ground.
Tigers coach, Brad Willis, stated that “Jess Murphy and Brooke Philips [both] sustained heavy knocks and will require clearances to play [in round seven] under the concussion protocols.”
The third term also saw Tigers captain, Kristy Baker, awarded a 50-metre penalty, kicking the Tigers’ second goal of the game.
Glenorchy’s captain, Nietta Lynch, soon answered with a goal right in front to regain momentum.
Another scoring opportunity came for Glenorchy when Lynch kicked the ball to teammate Gemma Terry who scored a goal right in front of the goal line. Lynch scored another goal for Glenorchy late in the third term whilst Morgan Wright scored her first goal of the season putting the Pies with a 41-point lead going in to the final quarter.
Less than thirty seconds into the fourth quarter Nietta Lynch scored another goal for Glenorchy, adding to her impressive performance.
Later in the fourth term Marla Neal was awarded a free kick in the Tigers forward fifty but did not make the distance. Teammate Olivia McKee marked the ball in a two on three contest right on the goal line. McKee went back and lined up, kicking the Tigers third goal of the game.
Lynch went on to score her fifth goal of the game for Glenorchy, whilst teammate Natalie Daniels scored the Pies tenth and final goal of the game.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace was pleased with the performance, commenting that “our ruckman Genn Sullivan was [also] a standout on the day with a dominant display both in the ruck and around the ground. Sarah Skinner and Mackie Sutcliffe continue to impress and have featured in the best players in the majority of our games.”
Milly Smith Rea Roberts and Lilly Ellis finished the game as the Tigers top three best players with displays that impressed coach Brad Willis.
“For a second year player Rea Roberts stuck to her guns on star Magpie CHF Nietta Lynch and won her fair share of one on one’s. Milly Smith rucked tirelessly all day and young defender Lilly Ellis kept the classy Mackie Sutcliffe goalless,” Willis said.
Glenorchy player, Nietta Lynch was also referred to the Match Review Panel for rough conduct against Tigers player, Kristy Baker. The Match Review Panel “determined that the action did not constitute a reportable offence and no further action will be taken.” – Meaning the star Magpie is free to play in round seven.
The Tigers will go head to head with Clarence at Geilston Bay, whilst Glenorchy hosts Launceston at KGV in round seven.
Tigers Football Club 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 (18)
Glenorchy Football Club 2.4 3.9 7.11 10.15 (75)
Tigers Football Club: K. Baker, O. McKee, M. Neal
Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 5, S. Eaton, N. Daniels, M. Wright, G. Terry, M. Jacobs
Tigers Football Club: M. Smith, R. Roberts, L. Ellis, C. Brooke, M. Neal, O. McKee
Glenorchy Football Club: G. Sullivan, S. Skinner, S. Eaton, N. Lynch, M. Sutcliffe, G. Terry
Sunday 27th May
Launceston v. Burnie (Windsor Park) – 12:00pm
Launceston defeated Burnie 10.12 (72) to 0.0. (0) at Windsor Park to remain atop the Wrest Point TSLW ladder after six rounds.
Burnie continued to be plagued with injuries ahead of round six as they looked to put in a competitive display.
The Dockers were unable to score any goals but with no bench, and down one on the field, they managed to restrict Launceston to 10 goals after conceding 12 in round two, with the Blues held to just two goals in both the second and third terms.
Launceston were pleased to take the points, but know that they have room for improvement.
“(The team) were a little disappointed with how the game unfolded on Sunday. The team has identified from our loss to Clarence some fundamental parts to our game that we have gone away from, and wanted to execute them on Sunday, but with how the game unfolded we were unable to do this,” Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons said post-game.
Despite this, Dearne Taylor continued her great form kicking three goals for Launceston and was named as their best player for the match.
Gibbons, stated that Taylor’s “physicality at the contest and ability to hit the scoreboard as a midfielder was a real highlight”.
Under 18 state player, Georgia Hill, also scored three goals for Launceston and finished the match as their second-best player. Nikki Ristrom kicked two for the Blues whilst Ange Dickson, and one of Launceston’s other under 18 state players, Meg Radford, both scored one each.
Despite the result, the Dockers will again be impressed by the performances of some of their young stars with Chloe Haines, Lauren Stevenson and Samantha Langmaid all delivering strong showings, while also being named in the under-18 Tasmania team that will compete at the AFLW U18 National Championships.
Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, was proud of how these players performed, as well as the competitiveness and desire being shown by the team.
“All the girls that have only played a handful of games [also] showed great improvement,” Mulcahy said.
In round seven Burnie will have the week off with the bye, whilst Launceston will take on Glenorchy at KGV.
Launceston Football Club 3.5 5.9 7.11 10.12 (72)
Burnie Football Club 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0)
Launceston Football Club: D. Taylor 3, G. Hill 3, N. Ristrom 2, A. Dickson, M. Radford
Launceston Football Club: D. Taylor, G. Hill, C. Thuringer, M. Sinclair, Z. Claridge, N. Ristrom
Burnie Football Club: C. Haines, L. Stevenson, S. Langmaid, C. Cochrane, S. Sanderson, C. Chandler