Round seven of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season will see the competition’s top two sides meet again, while multiple teams will be without players due to the 2018 NAB AFLW U18 Championships, writes TSLW Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 3rd June
Glenorchy v. Launceston (KGV) – 11:30am
Form Guide (most recent first): Glenorchy – W W B W W L | Launceston – W L W B W W
Last Time They Met: Launceston 9.9 (63) def. Glenorchy 6.5 (41) – Round 1, 2018 at Windsor Park
Abbey Green, Ange Dickson, Maggie Cuthbertson and Emma Manix-geeves kicked two goals each for the Blues and Georgia Hill kicked one on that day, while Glenorchy hit the scoreboard through two goals each from Nietta Lynch, Sarah Skinner and Natalie Daniels.
This week Glenorchy loses Hannah Smith, Holly Ryan and Elise Barwick to the Under 18 State AFLW Team, while Mackie Sutcliffe is also out for the Pies in round seven.
The Pies will receive a boost, however, with Zabreena Manjerovic, Elisenda Fornells Vernet and Katie Standford returning alongside Jasmine Tate Turvey, who is coming off a shoulder injury.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, says “heading into this week we are focused on plying our style of football and continuing to bring pressure to opposition sides.”
“Launceston have had the wood on us over the past few contests and we are keen to again test ourselves against the reigning premiers.”
Launceston’s Mia King, Amy Halaby, Camilla Taylor, Meg Radford and Georgia Hill will also miss round seven for the U18 AFLW State Championships, while Molly Clark will be out for the remainder of the year due to travelling abroad.
The Blues will be boosted by the return of Hayley Whyte and Danika Corcoran, and Carlton AFLW player Courtney Webb.
Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, states that “this week against Glenorchy we will have a very different looking team. We do have quite a deep squad and feel we can cover our outs.”
“We really enjoy playing Glenorchy and both teams have a mutual competitive respect so I expect the game will be a high quality game.”
Players to Watch:
Gennaveve Sullivan (Glenorchy): Sullivan played ten matches last year in the ruck and was named in the best players four times. So far this year, she has played four games and been named in the best players three times. Sullivan finished last week’s match against the Tigers as best on ground for Glenorchy.
Dearne Taylor (Launceston): Taylor played ten games in 2017, scored six goals and finished in the best players seven times. In 2018 she has played five matches in the midfield, scored five goals and been named in the best players three times. Taylor also finished as the Blues best on ground in round six against Burnie.
B: J. Williams, R. Siely,
HB: T. Corrie, Z. Manjerovic, N. Daniels
C: S. Davis, S. Skinner, G. Terry
HF: G. Allan, S. Eaton, T. Strong
F: J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch,
R: G. Sullivan, B. Barwick,
Int: E. Fornells Vernet, M. Jacobs , K. Stanford, M. Wright
B: A. Carey, N. Ristrom, H. Whyte
HB: C. Thuringer, M. Sinclair,
C: Z. Claridge, D. Taylor, C. Stanley
HF: E. Page, B. Thurlow, C. Webb
F: D. Corcoran, K. McLaughlin, B. White
R: A. Green, , A. Dickson
Int: J. Retallick
In: H. Whyte, D. Corcoran, C. Webb
Out: C. Taylor, G. Hill, A. Halaby, M. Clark, M. King, M. Radford
Sunday 3rd June
Clarence v. Tigers (Geilston Bay) – 12:00pm
Form Guide (most recent first): Clarence – B W W L B W | Tigers – L B L W L L
Last Time They Met: Clarence 23.16 (154) def. Tigers 1.0 (6) – Round 1, 2018 at Twin Ovals
Geilston Bay will play host to Wrest Point TSLW action for the first time this season in round seven when Clarence host the Tigers. The last time these teams met was the first round in 2018 with Clarence defeating the Tigers by 148 points at the Twin Ovals.
Maddy Smith scored nine goals for the Roos but remains out this week. Sophie Pennicott kicked five five, Jessica Minifie three, Jacinta Limbrick and Grace Mitchell two, and Georgia Pennicott and Nicole Bresnehan one each.
The Tigers captain, Kristy Baker scored their only goal for the game.
Clarence returns from the bye with Grace Mitchell and Chantelle MacPherson set to return to the side.
Nicole Bresnehan will miss round seven for the ‘Roos, while Jenna Farrow, Jessica Minifie, Chloe Wells and Tahlia Bortignon miss this week to play in the Under 18 AFLW Championships.
Erin Lucas and Milly Smith are out for the Tigers in round seven, with Priscilla Odwogo and Hailee Baldwin also playing in the Tasmanian U18 Team.
Jess Murphy and Brooke Phillips have been cleared to play after receiving heavy knocks in round six against Glenorchy.
The Tigers will be eager to push the ‘Roos after going down to the ‘Roos in round one, with coach Brad Willis identifying some key areas of focus for his team.
“The focus will be on winning the ball at the source and not getting drawn into contests which Clarence exploit so effectively,” Willis said.
Clarence will be returning from the bye after only losing one game so far this season. A win here would see the ‘Roos stay in touch with Glenorchy and Launceston.
Players to Watch:
Nat Pearce (Clarence): Pearce played 13 games last year and kicked seven goals, while being named in the best players four times. This year Pearce has played four matches, been named in the best players twice and has kicked seven goals. This puts her in sixth place in the goal scoring for the entire competition. Keep your eyes on Pearce this weekend against the Tigers.
Rea Roberts (Tigers): Roberts is only a second-year player, playing nine games in 2017 and being named in the best players four times. In 2018 Roberts has played four matches and was named in the best players twice. With the Tigers developing as the year progresses, Roberts is a player on the rise and one that should not be overlooked.
B: S. Hinks, T. Nichols,
HB: R. Archer, R. Long, H. Scott
C: T. Ford, S. Pennicott, G. Mitchell
HF: N. Heggie, L. Ochayi, J. Limbrick
F: D. Elliston, N. Pearce,
R: K. Johnson, G. Pennicott, B. Scott
Int: C. MacPherson
B: O. McKee, R. Roberts,
HB: J. Murphy, E. Kirkwood, L. Reid
C: K. Baker, C. Brooke, O. McGow
HF: M. Lawler, G. Millar, B. Phillips
F: S. Grimsey, M. Absolom, M. Neal
R: N. Durham, L. Ellis,
Int: I. Balon- Rotheram, M. Prince, T. Roxann