Round 13 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Glenorchy defeat Clarence in a physical match at Geilston Bay and the Tigers win in a high stakes game against Burnie at the Twin Ovals, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 22nd July
Clarence v. Glenorchy (Geilston Bay) – 12:00pm
Glenorchy defeated Clarence 4.6 (30) to 2.5 (17) in round 13 at Geilston Bay, backing up a nine-point win in the same fixture back in round eight.
The opening term saw Glenorchy kick one goal to Clarence’s three behinds, giving them a three-point lead at quarter time.
The Pies increased their lead to 17 points at half time after kicking two goals and three behinds to the Roos one behind.
Clarence came back in the third quarter narrowing the margin to four points after kicking two goals and one behind to Glenorchy’s three behinds.
The Roos were unable to score in the fourth term, however, and Glenorchy kicked one more goal ending the game with a thirteen-point win.
Gemma Allan, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Nietta Lynch and Mackie Sutcliffe kicked one goal each for the Pies. Tarn Ford and Jacinta Limbrick also kicked one goal each for Clarence.
Clarence coach, Andy Smith commented on the physicality of the contest.
“It was more of a physical game of football than a skillful game of football. Glenorchy controlled the stoppages and contested ball from quarter time on and this helped them get the result in their favour.”
The Roos best players were Saasha Hinks, Loveth Ochayi, Maddy Smith, Sophie Pennicott, Hannah Scott and Georgia Pennicott.
“Maddy Smith played well in her first game back from injury. Loveth Ochayi also had a good game in her first game back for 3 weeks. Saasha Hinks played her best game for the club this year and Sophie Pennicott worked tirelessly in her 50th club game,” Smith said.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, agreed that it was a tough contest.
“It was a very physical contest which is now a regular occurrence with the rivalry the two teams have built up over the past few years.
“We were really challenged for a period in the third quarter and it was pleasing we were able to withstand the challenge and then lift a gear in the last quarter to do enough to get the win.”
“It was a significant match for us with Sandy Eaton playing her 100th game but also it secured top spot on the ladder as we head into finals and allows us to manage our players over the final month,” Grace said.
The Pies best players were Natalie Daniels, Zabreena Manjerovic, Sarah Skinner, Gennaveve Sullivan, Hannah Smith and Jade Williams.
“Natalie Daniels played her best game for the season across half back with her field kicking a big reason for our win. Zabreena Manjerovic on a wing play a pivotal role in moving the ball forward and Jasmine Tate-Turvey was able to provide a crucial contest deep in our forward line which helped us lock the ball in.”
“We had a bad head clash between two of our players which required 5 and 7 stitches respectively but both players were able to get patched up and come back on which showed real courage. We now head into the bye which gives a number of players a well-earned rest,” Grace said.
Glenorchy remains at the top of the ladder, three games clear of Clarence, who are following in second place.
Clarence takes on Burnie at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round 14, while Glenorchy will have a week off with the bye.
Clarence Football Club 0.3 0.4 2.5 2.5 (17)
Glenorchy Football Club 1.0 3.3 3.6 4.6 (30)
Clarence Football Club: T. Ford, J. Limbrick
Glenorchy Football Club: G. Allan, J. Tate Turvey, N. Lynch, M. Sutcliffe
Clarence Football Club: S. Hinks, L. Ochayi, M. Smith, S. Pennicott, H. Scott, G. Pennicott
Glenorchy Football Club: N. Daniels, Z. Manjerovic, S. Skinner, G. Sullivan, H. Smith, J. Williams
Sunday 22nd July
Tigers v. Burnie (Twin Ovals) – 12:00pm
The Tigers 1.5 (11) defeated Burnie 1.3 (9) in a nail biting, low-scoring clash at the Twin Ovals in round 13, with the Tigers atoning for a 25-point loss to the Dockers back in round eight.
The opening term saw both teams kick one behind each, with Burnie scoring another in the second quarter and the Tigers with three more.
The Tigers started the third quarter with a two-point lead against Burnie, which was reduced to just one point at the end of the third term, when Burnie kicked another.
The Tigers kicked another behind in the final quarter and with about six minutes to go led by two points.
Chloe Haines continued to appear all over the ground in an effort to get the ball in to Burnie’s forward 50, however the Tigers beat the Docker to it, with Captain Kristy Baker kicking a goal in her 100th game of senior football to give the Tigers a handy buffer.
Lauren Stevenson was quick to answer, kicking Burnie’s first goal of the game, with about four minutes to go, to cut the deficit back to just two points, and setting up a grandstand finish.
Both teams fought for possession in the last remaining minutes of the game but were unable to score again, with the Tigers holding on for their second win of the season, and one that may be crucial with these two sides battling it out for the final finals spot.
Tigers coach, Brad Willis, stated that “with so much hinging on the result, both teams were at pains to keep the game tight and so it developed into a low scoring, contested match. The game was in the balance right to the final siren with neither side being able to deliver the knockout blow.”
“We had 24 more inside 50s and should have capitalised on those, but equally the Dockers missed some relatively easy set shots. It was fitting that 100 gamer Kristy Baker scored a pivotal goal in the final quarter,” Willis said.
The Tigers best players were Milly Smith, Jess Murphy, Olivia McGow, Liarna Reid, Marla Neal and Kristy Baker.
“It was a great battle in the midfield with Marla Neale and Cara Brooke doing the in and under work and Olivia McGow running herself to a standstill. Milly Smith rucked tirelessly and the rebound from the back 5 was a feature. For the second week in a row Roxy Tyler pulled off another game changing tackle that really got the team up and about.”
“The only major injury concern was a calf strain to ruck Meg Wilkinson which will probably sideline for a couple of weeks. Nic Durham had to come off early with a rib complaint but should get up, and a corky to Cara Brooke is unlikely to force her out. It was great to see Hannah Squires get through a whole game after missing 10 weeks of football,” he said.
Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, stated that “Sunday’s game was a very even tough contest between the two young teams.”
“Some of our less experienced players contributed, which was pleasing. Lauren Stevenson showed great game sense to drift forward late and kick a goal to keep us in it.”
The Dockers best players were Emily Duncombe, Chloe Haines, Samantha Langmaid, Libby Haines, Courtney Chandler and Eliza Cropp.
“Emily Duncombe and Chloe Haines were the standouts for us on the day. Second gamer Eliza Cropp did well also.”
“Sarah Wilson is being treated for a knee problem and will miss at least one week.”
At the end of round 13, the Tigers move up to fourth place, one game clear of Burnie who drop down to fifth.
Burnie will host Clarence at Wivenhoe Showgrounds in round 14, while the Tigers will travel to Evandale to take on a Launceston outfit coming off the bye.
Tigers Football Club 0.1 0.4 0.4 1.5 (11)
Burnie Football Club 0.1 0.2 0.3 1.3 (9)
Tigers Football Club: K. Baker
Burnie Football Club: L. Stevenson
Tigers Football Club: M. Smith, J. Murphy, O. McGow, L. Reid, M. Neal, K. Baker
Burnie Football Club: E. Duncombe, C. Haines, S. Langmaid, L. Haines, C. Chandler, E. Cropp