Written by Wrest Point TSLW Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Round eleven of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season sees a battle between two of the competition’s top teams with Launceston hosting Glenorchy, while the Tigers return from the bye to take on the ‘Roos.
Sunday 8th July
Launceston v. Glenorchy (Morven Park, Evandale) – 12:30pm
Form Guide (most recent first): Launceston – L W B L W | Glenorchy – W B W W W
Last Time They Met: Glenorchy 4.6 (30) def. Launceston 1.4 (10) – Round 7, 2018 at KGV
Reigning premier Launceston, takes on the current ladder-leader Glenorchy at Morven Park, Evandale in round 11.
Last time they played each other, Launceston scored just one goal and were defeated by 20 points.
Sarah Skinner, Nietta Lynch, Natalie Daniels and Brieanna Barwick all kicked one goal each for the Pies, while Mackie Sutcliffe, Skinner, Zabreena Manjerovic, Jade Williams, Rachel Siely and Barwick were named as the best.
Katie Stanford is named as the Pies emergency, with Gennaveve Sullivan and Jade Williams coming into the side for round eleven.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace concedes facing the Blues will be a serious challenge.
“Launceston are a dangerous team and we need to be at our best to compete with them. We’ll continue to try and play our style of football and see how we go.”
Courtney Webb was Launceston’s only goal scorer when the sides met in round seven, with Kate McLaughlin, Brooke Thurlow, Hayley Whyte, Ange Dickson, Dearne Taylor and Ashlee Carey the Blues’ best players on the day.
Elyse Page, Jodie Clifford and Bianca White are all in for Launceston this week, with Camilla Taylor, Mia King and Danika Corcoran going out.
Danika Corcoran will be a big loss after breaking her hand in last week’s loss to Clarence, and will be out for seven weeks.
Launceston coach Alex Gibbons admits the team will need to rally in the face of injuries against such a talented outfit in Glenorchy.
“For Glenorchy we will need [to] regroup and put up a really brave showing in as a team, as the weight of injuries is getting heavier by the week,” he said.
Players to Watch:
Meg Sinclair (Launceston): Sinclair played 14 matches in 2017 and was named in the best players three times. In her 2018 season Sinclair has played six games and finished in the best players on three occasions. Sinclair was named as Launceston’s best player in round 10, where she did played a key role, “Sinclair was our best player on the day who did a fantastic job on the dangerous Jacinta Limbrick,” Gibbons said post-game.
Tahlia Strong (Glenorchy): Strong has played eight matches this year and finished in the best players in her last two matches. On both occasions she was named as the second-best player on the day. Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, states that “Strong, a first-year player coming up from Claremont under 17’s, really impressed and showed she has a great future for someone so young.”
LAUNCESTON v. GLENORCHY
Round 11 – 08/07/18
12:30PM – Morven Park, Evandale
B: H. Whyte, A. Carey,
HB: M. Sinclair, N. Ristrom, C. Thuringer
C: C. Stanley , D. Taylor, C. Webb
HF: E. Manix-geeves, E. Page, M. Radford
F: G. Hill, B. White
R: A. Green, J. Clifford, A. Dickson
Int: Z. Claridge, A. Halaby, K. McLaughlin, B. Thurlow,
In: E. Page, J. Clifford, B. White
Out: C. Taylor, M. King, D. Corcoran
B: J. Williams, R. Siely,
HB: T. Corrie, H. Smith, T. Strong
C: Z. Manjerovic, S. Skinner, G. Terry
HF: H. Ryan, N. Lynch, M. Sutcliffe
F: J. Tate Turvey, M. Jacobs ,
R: G. Sullivan, B. Barwick, E. Barwick
Int: G. Allan, N. Daniels, S. Davis, S. Eaton,
Emg: K. Stanford
In: G. Sullivan, J. Williams
Sunday 8th July
Tigers v. Clarence (Twin Ovals) – 1:00pm
Form Guide (most recent first): Tigers – B L L L L | Clarence – W W L W B
Last Time They Met: Clarence 16.12 (108) def. Tigers 0.0 (0) – Round 7, 2018 at Geilston Bay
The Tigers return from the bye to host Clarence at the Twin Ovals in round 11 and will be looking to make amends after going down to the ‘Roos by 108 points in round seven.
Although the Tigers were unable to score, their best players on the day were Kristy Baker, Gillian Millar, Cara Brooke, Chelsey Van Muijlwijk, Lilly Ellis and Mikayla Absolom.
Natalie Heggie kicked eight goals for the Roos, Jacinta Limbrick three, Hannah Scott and Darcy Elliston two and Loveth Ochayi one. Hannah Scott, Jacinta Limbrick, Natalie Heggie, Darcy Elliston, Loveth Ochayi and Rachel Long were Clarence’s best players.
Maddy Smith, Tahlia Bortignon and Claire McManus are out in round eleven, and Olivia Hudson and Chantelle MacPherson come in for the ‘Roos this week.
Clarence enter the match full of confidence after three wins from its last four matches, including an impressive 25-point defeat of last season’s premier Launceston, at Windsor Park last weekend.
The Tigers will be desperate to remain competitive and keep pressure on the fourth-placed Dockers as the two teams duke it out for a place in the finals.
Players to Watch:
Jess Murphy (Tigers): Murphy played 11 matches in the 2017 season, finishing in the best players seven times. This year Murphy has played eight games and finished in the best players three times. The Tigers had the bye in round ten, but in round nine when they played Launceston, Murphy finished as the fourth best player on the day. Tigers coach, Brad Willis, said that on that day “Murphy defended strongly and led by example.”
Bronte Scott (Clarence): In her first year of TSLW Football, Scott has played eight matches and been named in the best players four times. So far second place is the highest ranking she has scored in the best players and in round 10 she was named as the sixth best player. Although Scott is new to the TSLW, she is showing continuous improvement and should be a player to keep an eye on for the remainder of the season.
TIGERS FC v. CLARENCE
Round 11 – 08/07/2018
1:00PM – Twin Ovals
B: N. Cormie, J. Murphy
HB: K. Baker, M. Wilkinson, E. Johnstone
C: S. Grimsey, C. Brooke, O. McGow
HF: L. Ellis, O. McKee,
F: N. Durham, M. Absolom, B. Phillips
R: M. Neal, E. Doyle , T. Roxann
Int: P. Odwogo , M. Smith, C. Van muijlwijk
B: R. Archer, K. Johnson,
HB: G. Mitchell, R. Long, H. Scott
C: J. Farrow, G. Pennicott, J. Minifie
HF: J. Limbrick, D. Elliston, S. Pennicott
F: S. Hinks, N. Heggie,
R: C. Wells, B. Scott, T. Ford
Int: O. Hudson, C. MacPherson
In: O. Hudson, C. MacPherson
Out: M. Smith, T. Bortignon, C. McManus