Round twelve of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Glenorchy defeat the Tigers by 75 points in Gemma Allan’s milestone match and a Courtney Webb-led Launceston side defeat the Dockers by 132 points at Wivenhoe, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 15th July
Glenorchy v. Tigers (KGV) – 1:00pm
Glenorchy defeated the Tigers 12.17 (89) to 2.2 (14) in round 12 at KGV, celebrating Gemma Allan’s 100th match in style and backing up a 57-point round six win over the Tigers.
The Magpies got off to a fast start, kicking four goals and two behinds in the opening term to the Tigers’ two minor scores.
Nietta Lynch hit the scoreboard with two majors in the opening term, with goals from Gemma Allan and Macki Sutcliffe, providing the ‘Pies with a 24-point lead going in to the second quarter.
The Tigers continued to apply lots of pressure in the term, conceding just the one goal (kicked by Gemma Allan), but the Magpies also missed opportunities with eight behinds.
Both teams attempted to score in the third quarter but the hosts were the only side to hit the scoreboard, with Mackie Sutcliffe, Jasmine Tate Turvey and Sandy Eaton kicking one goal each to open up a 60-point lead at three quarter time.
The final quarter saw Glenorchy kick four goals with Hannah Smith and Tahlia Strong kicking their first goals of the game, Sandy Eaton with her second and Mackie Sutcliffe with her third.
Kristy Baker snapped the Tigers first goal of the game around the ten-minute mark and teammate Hailee Baldwin dribbled one through around the 17-minute mark shortening the margin to 75 points.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, was pleased with the win but insists his side has plenty of areas to improve on.
“Whilst pleased with the win it wasn’t one of our better games for the season. It was a history making day for the club with Gemma Allan playing her 100th game and we were really pleased to be able to celebrate in style”
“Gemma Allan’s two first half goals where a highlight, also we had patches where we moved the ball really well enabling our forward line to get plenty of chances.”
The ‘Pies best players were Gemma Allan, Sarah Skinner, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Elise Barwick, Thomasa Corrie and Tahlia Strong.
“Gemma Allan in her 100th had her best game for the season and Sarah Skinner was again in our best few with plenty of clean possession through the middle of the ground,” Grace said.
Tigers coach, Brad Willis was pleased with the fight shown by his side against the ladder leaders.
“…Very pleased with our four-quarter application against Glenorchy. Certainly, we wanted to start and finish well and we achieved that.
“Equally, in setting small goals for each game, we managed our highest number of scoring shots against Glenorchy. Whilst their depth of talent was imposing, our pressure around the ball was very good and we created turnovers with our tackling.”
“For the most part our structures held up and the ability to adapt to Glenorchy’s rotations showed real game awareness. To run out the game with no bench and score 2 goals in the last quarter is great credit to the stamina and determination of the team.”
The Tigers best players were Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Olivia McKee, Gillian Millar, Lilly Ellis and Liarna Reid.
“The engine room of Marla Neale, Cara Brooke, Kristy Baker and Hailee Baldwin worked tirelessly. Liv McKee was a real leader in a young backline in which Liarna Reid did a terrific job on Nietta Lynch. First year player Nicole Durham really applied herself to the unfamiliar role of tagger and Roxy Tyler provided great energy on the wing. Gilly Millar certainly put her volleyball talents on show with a dominant ruck performance late in the game,” Willis said.
“There were a lot of ice packs on display after the game, testifying to the bruising encounter, so it remains to be seen how the girls will pull up. The only major concerns for this week surround the availability of Liv McGow (knee) and Lilly Ellis (collarbone).”
The Tigers stay in fifth place with a chance to challenge that status this weekend against Burnie at the Twin Ovals as both sides continue to battle for a finals spot. Glenorchy remain on top of the ladder and will take on Clarence at Geilston Bay in round 13.
Glenorchy Football Club 4.2 5.10 8.14 12.17 (89)
Tigers Football Club 0.2 0.2 0.2 2.2 (14)
Glenorchy Football Club: M. Sutcliffe 3, S. Eaton 2, N. Lynch 2, G. Allan 2, H. Smith, T. Strong, J. Tate Turvey
Tigers Football Club: K. Baker, H. Baldwin
Glenorchy Football Club: G. Allan, S. Skinner, J. Tate Turvey, E. Barwick, T. Corrie, T. Strong
Tigers Football Club: M. Neal, C. Brooke, O. McKee, G. Millar, L. Ellis, L. Reid
Sunday 15th July
Burnie v. Launceston (Wivenhoe Showgrounds) – 12:00pm
A remarkable 11-goal haul from Courtney Webb steered Launceston to a big 20.12 (132) to 0.0 (0) win over Burnie at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round 12.
Last time they played each other was in round six when the Dockers went down by 72 points, and the Blues started this game full of intent with six goals in the opening term.
The Blues continued their surge in the second term with a further five goals before kicking 5.4 in the third term and 4.2 in the final stanza to finish with a 132-point win.
Courtney Webb kicked 11 goals for the Blues; the most she has ever scored in a game to lead the way for the Blues, while Abbey Green (two goals), Ange Dickson (two), Georgia Hill and Meg Radford also hit the scoreboard.
Amy Halaby, Dickson, Green, Webster and Radford were all influential players for the Blues, with Webb the most influential player on the ground.
Although a tough day on the scoreboard, Burnie, who have had a torrid run with injuries in 2018, were well-serviced by Kaytlyn Johnson, Teagan Byard, Courtney Chandler, Shaeli Rodman, Emily Doig and Kaylah Keogh; who all worked tirelessly.
At the end of round 12, Launceston remain in third spot on the ladder, while Burnie stay in fourth place.
Launceston will have the bye in round 13, while the Dockers will travel south to tackle the Tigers at Kingston’s Twin Ovals.
Burnie Football Club 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0)
Launceston Football Club 6.4 11.6 16.10 20.12 (132)
Launceston Football Club: C. Webb 11, C. Webster 3, A. Green 2, A. Dickson 2, G. Hill, M. Radford
Burnie Football Club: K. Johnson, T. Byard, C. Chandler, S. Rodman, E. Doig, K. Keogh
Launceston Football Club: C. Webb, A. Halaby, A. Dickson, A. Green, C. Webster, M. Radford