Round 11 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Glenorchy defeat Launceston at Morven Park and Clarence defeat the Tigers at the Twin Ovals, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 8th July
Launceston v. Glenorchy (Morven Park, Evandale) – 12:30pm
Glenorchy defeated Launceston 6.8 (44) to 3.4 (22) in round 11 at Morven Park, Evandale, backing up a 20-point win over the Blues when the sides last met in round seven.
Both teams struggled to score a goal in tough conditions from the get go. Launceston were only able to score one behind in the opening term, while the Magpies had plenty of opportunities, with the opening goal from Mackie Sutcliffe followed by a Nietta Lynch major to open up a 16-point lead at the first change.
Courtney Webb came out strong for the Blues kicking two goals in the second quarter to shorten the margin.
Natalie Daniels kicked the ‘Pies only goal for the term, but Glenorchy still ended the second term with a seven-point lead.
The Blues failed to score anything in the third quarter, whilst Glenorchy’s Jasmine Tate Turvey kicked her first for the game and Nietta Lynch nabbed her second to open up a handy 21-point buffer heading into the final quarter.
The final quarter saw Courtney Webb kick her third for the Blues and Nietta Lynch her third for the Magpies, with Glenorchy holding on to finish with an important 22-point win.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, stated that “the game was played in heavy conditions with a strong wind to the bottom end of the ground. We felt we controlled the game for most of the day and were really pleased to travel up north against a quality opposition and get the win.”
“We managed to score the only goals to the top end of the ground against a strong breeze. What really impressed us most was the ability to play to our strengths and continue to improve on our structures.”
The ‘Pies best players were Brieanna Barwick, Gennaveve Sullivan, Mackie Sutcliffe, Sarah Skinner, Nietta Lynch and Elise Barwick.
“Brieanna Barwick was again outstanding in the midfield and is having an fantastic season. Genn Sullivan controlled the ruck and Rachael Siely shut down the Blues forward line,” Grace said post-game.
Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons was reflective after the match.
“We were beaten by a better team on the day. Conditions made it tough to execute a few of our game styles, and Glenorchy played them better than us and were pretty even across the ground.
“[With] general play we were competitive, and our girls certainly had a high effort, but we were unable to catch Glenorchy after they used the wind well in the first quarter,” Gibbons said.
The Blues best players were Courtney Webb, Chevy Thuringer, Jodie Clifford, Meg Sinclair, Kate McLaughlin and Abbey Green.
“Courtney Webb had a high influence on the game which was a welcomed return as she continues to build on her late start to the season,” Gibbons said.
Courtney Webb and Ashlee Carey both also celebrated their fifty game milestones with Launceston this week.
“The tale of the season of us with injuries, but Dearne Taylor suffered [an] Achilles injury although minor. Kate Mclaughlin a corked calf (TBA), Zoe Claridge foot bruising (1 week), Emma Mannix-Geeves a hip flexor (1 week), Channette Thuringer dislocated fingers (1 week), Brooke Thurlow hand (TBA), Ashlee Carey back (TBA), Amy Halaby – hamstring tightness (cleared to play) and Nicky Ristrom a late withdrawal with an ankle (TBA).”
Glenorchy remain on top of the ladder, three games clear of Launceston, who is currently sitting in third.
Launceston will face Burnie at Wivenhoe in round 12, while Glenorchy will host the Tigers at KGV Oval.
Launceston Football Club 0.1 2.3 2.3 3.4 (22)
Glenorchy Football Club 2.4 3.4 5.6 6.8 (44)
Launceston Football Club: C. Webb 3
Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 3, J. Tate Turvey, M. Sutcliffe, N. Daniels
Launceston Football Club: C. Webb, C. Thuringer, J. Clifford, M. Sinclair, K. McLaughlin, A. Green
Glenorchy Football Club: B. Barwick, G. Sullivan, M. Sutcliffe, S. Skinner, N. Lynch, E. Barwick
Sunday 8th July
Tigers v. Clarence (Twin Ovals) – 1:00pm
Clarence 12.6 (78) defeated the Tigers 1.1 (7) at the Twin Ovals in round 11, following the ‘Roos 108-point win in the same fixture back in round seven.
Both teams battled harsh conditions this week and ended the first quarter with seven points apiece, a promising start for the Tigers who were kept goalless last time these sides played each other.
Clarence went on to kick 3.4 in the second quarter, 3.0 in the third and 5.1 in the final term, finishing the game with a 71-point win. The Tigers were unable to score in the rest of the match.
Clarence coach, Andy Smith, says the “Tigers contested ball work in the first half showed how much they have improved as a team.”
“I thought in the third quarter we moved the ball a lot better by hand and foot and got ourselves in better scoring positions. We were kicking into a strong breeze and the girls made better decisions with the footy.
“I’m happy to get through injury-free in the wet and windy conditions,” Smith said.
Darcy Elliston kicked four goals for the Roos, Jacinta Limbrick three, Keeghan Smith two, and Natalie Heggie, Chloe Wells and Rachel Archer one each in another even team performance.
Clarence’s best players were Georgia Pennicott, Sophie Pennicott, Tarn Ford, Jacinta Limbrick, Darcy Elliston and Keegan Smith.
“Georgia Pennicott, in her 50th club game, was really strong for us in the midfield. Darcy Elliston made the most of opportunities up forward and finished with four goals.
“Jacinta Limbrick continued her good form from the last month and fnished with 3 goals. Keeghan Smith in her first game of football chipped in with 2 goals,” Smith said.
Tigers coach, Brad Willis, also thought the game was played at a good standard.
“Sunday’s game was a good standard considering the trying conditions – bitterly cold, rain and a strong breeze to one end.
“Apart from a 10-minute period at the start of the second quarter when we lost structure and composure, our pressure around the ball was very good. Clarence had more options going forward and rebounded particularly well, but I didn’t think the scoreboard was a true reflection of our effort.”
Brooke Phillips was the Tigers only goal scorer, while Jess Murphy, Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Tyler Roxann, Olivia McKee and Olivia McGow were standout performers.
“Stalwart Jess Murphy played a great game down back and Roxy Tyler on a wing played her best game for the club. It was unfortunate there was no footage of the game because Olivia McGow took one of the marks of the year twisting over the top of a pack.”
“Ruck Milly Smith was concussed in the second quarter and took no further part in the game. She will miss this week’s game.”
At the end of round 11 the Tigers remain in fifth spot on the ladder, while Clarence stay in second place.
Round 12 will see Clarence have the bye and the Tigers take on ladder-leader Glenorchy at KGV.
Tigers Football Club 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 (7)
Clarence Football Club 1.1 4.5 7.5 12.6 (78)
Tigers Football Club: B. Phillips
Clarence Football Club: D. Elliston 4, J. Limbrick 3, K. Smith 2, N. Heggie, C. Wells, R. Archer
Tigers Football Club: J. Murphy, M. Neal, C. Brooke, T. Roxann, O. McKee, O. McGow
Clarence Football Club: G. Pennicott, S. Pennicott, T. Ford, J. Limbrick, D. Elliston, K. Smith