Round ten of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Clarence defeat Launceston and Glenorchy take the points against Burnie, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 1st July
Launceston v. Clarence (Windsor Park) – 12:00pm
Clarence defeated Launceston 7.4 (46) to 2.9. (21) in round ten at Windsor Park. Last time these two teams played each other in round five, Clarence won by 19 points.
After NAIDOC Week celebrations got underway prior to the match, the opening term saw no goals being kicked by either of last season’s grand finalists, with Launceston the only team to appear on the scoreboard with just two behinds.
Blue Nicole Ristom ended the first quarter with an injured foot/ankle, and things didn’t get much better in the second term, with the Blues kicking three behinds to Clarence’s four goals.
The ‘Roos were rampant in the first seven minutes of the second term, with Tarn Ford, Natalie Heggie (twice) and Darcy Elliston all registering majors to break the game open.
There were slight concerns for the ‘Roos when Maddy Smith finished the quarter on the bench after being winded by a heavy bump, but she went on to play the remainder of the match.
The ‘Roos started the third quarter with a 19-point lead over Launceston before Georgia Hill was granted a free kick for the Blues and kicked their first goal of the game.
Sophie Pennicott kicked two for Clarence in response, however, increasing their lead to 27 points at three quarter time.
The fourth quarter saw a couple of scoring opportunities for both sides, but both only managed one goal each, Saasha Hinks for the ‘Roos and Zoe Claridge for the Blues as the visitors ran out 25-point winners at Windsor Park.
The Blues suffered a big blow with only a couple of minutes left on the clock when Danika Corcoran broke her hand, meaning she will miss the next seven weeks.
Clarence coach, Andy Smith, said “it was great to be invited to participate in the celebrations of NAIDOC week hosted by the Launceston Women’s Team. Both sides embraced the theme ‘Because of her we can.’ The game was fast following and a good showcase of State League Football.”
“I thought in the second quarter we got our game up and running and that impacted the scoreboard. Only having two rotations on the bench I was really pleased with how the girls dug deep in the last quarter,” he said.
The Roos’ best players were Jessica Minifie, Katherine Johnson, Natalie Heggie, Tarn Ford, Rachel Long and Bronte Scott.
“Youngster Jess Minifie moved from the forward line to the wing this week and played her best game of the season,” Smith said post-game.
Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons also reflected on the significance of the day, and conceded that the ‘Roos might just be the team to beat in 2018.
“Sunday was a really special [day] for both clubs as we celebrated NAIDOC week together as a football community.
“On the ground Clarence were very impressive and to me looked every bit the premiership favourite.”
“We were beaten in all aspects of the game but most particularly the contested ball and offensive spread, which if you lose these two factors, it’s very hard to win.”
The Blues best players were Meg Sinclair (who locked down Jacinta Limbrick), Ashlee Carey, Chevy Thuringer, Meg Radford, Ange Dickson and Brooke Thurlow.
Gibbons confirmed that the extent of Nicole Ristrom’s injury will need to be assessed.
“She will be having scans to work [out the] severity.”
Clarence remain in second place on the ladder after the game, one win behind Glenorchy and one win ahead of Launceston who remain in third position.
Clarence will take on the Tigers at the Twin Ovals in round 11, while Glenorchy will face Launceston at Morven Park, Evandale.
Launceston Football Club 0.2 0.5 1.6 2.9 (21)
Clarence Football Club 0.0 4.0 6.3 7.4 (46)
Launceston Football Club: Z. Claridge, G. Hill
Clarence Football Club: S. Pennicott 2, N. Heggie 2, D. Elliston, T. Ford, S. Hinks
Launceston Football Club: M. Sinclair, A. Carey, C. Thuringer, M. Radford, A. Dickson, B. Thurlow
Clarence Football Club: J. Minifie, K. Johnson, N. Heggie, T. Ford, R. Long, B. Scott
Sunday 1st July
Burnie v. Glenorchy (Wivenhoe Showgrounds) – 12:00pm
Glenorchy 12.10 (82) defeated Burnie 4.4 (28) at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round ten in a very different game to when the Magpies defeated the Dockers by 96 points to zero in round five.
The Dockers were sensational early, kicking the opening three goals of the game to give the Magpies quite the scare.
Glenorchy managed one goal prior to the first break and had a nine-point deficit on their hands.
The Dockers failed to score in the second quarter, however, with Glenorchy kicking three goals and ending the main break with a 12-point lead.
Glenorchy continued to dominate in the second half, kicking five goals to Burnie’s one behind in the third term.
Burnie came back in the fourth quarter to kick one goal to the Pies’ three but ended up being defeated by 54 points.
Burnie coach Richard Mulcahy took positives out of the match.
“In Sunday’s game we saw a great improvement in effort from last week and [the] last time we played Glenorchy.
“[We had a] great first quarter [and] kicked the first three goals. Glenorchy took over in quarters 2 and 3, but we held up in the last [and] kicked 1.3 to the pies 3.0,” he said.
Hannah Martin and Sarah Cotton kicked two goals each for Burnie, while Chloe Haines, Emily Duncombe, Libby Haines and Lauren Stevenson were also standout performers for the Dockers.
“All the girls put in on the day. Tegan Byard and Hannah Martin (2 goals) from Ulverstone, and Sam Cotton (2 goals), Wynyard, were great,” Mulcahy said.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, agreed that the Dockers were impressive.
“Burnie showed improvement from our last game and jumped out of the blocks to kick the first three goals. Apart from our first quarter I was really happy with our performance as we continue to work on improving areas of our game.
“Our third quarter in which we kicked 5 goals was a highlight and showed how we can move the ball as a team,” Grace said.
Nietta Lynch kicked four goals for the Pies with Meg Jacobs scoring three, Mackie Sutcliffe, Elise Barwick, Natalie Daniels, Sarah Skinner and Sandy Eaton also hit the scoreboard with one each.
Holly Ryan, Tahlia Strong, Nietta Lynch, Meg Jacobs, Sarah Skinner and Gemma Allan were Glenorchy’s best players on the day.
“Meg Jacobs up forward kicked three goals and had her best game of the season, and Holly Ryan playing in the ruck dominated play around the ground,” Grace said.
After a hard-fought encounter, Grace concedes the team will have to be monitored during the week.
“We had a few sore bodies after the game and will have to assess a number of players throughout the week,” he said.
At the end of round ten Burnie remains in fourth spot on the ladder and Glenorchy keep their position on top, one game clear of Clarence in second place.
Round 11 sees Burnie with the bye and Glenorchy taking on reigning premier Launceston at Morven Park, Evandale.
Burnie Football Club 3.0 3.0 3.1 4.4 (28)
Glenorchy Football Club 1.3 4.7 9.10 12.10 (82)
Burnie Football Club: H. Martin 2, S. Cotton 2
Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 4, M. Jacobs 3, M. Sutcliffe, E. Barwick, N. Daniels, S. Skinner, S. Eaton
Burnie Football Club: C. Haines, E. Duncombe, L. Haines, L. Stevenson, H. Martin, S. Cotton
Glenorchy Football Club: H. Ryan, T. Strong, N. Lynch, M. Jacobs, S. Skinner, G. Allan