Round 16 of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season saw Launceston defeat Burnie at Wivenhoe Showgrounds, and the Tigers go down to Clarence at Geilston Bay, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 12th August
Burnie v. Launceston (Wivenhoe Showgrounds) – 12:00pm
Launceston 15.5 (95) defeated Burnie 0.1 (1) in round sixteen at Wivenhoe Showgrounds.
Launceston kicked 3.1 in the first quarter and then 6.0 in the second term, all while conceding just the one behind to take a big lead into the main break.
The third quarter saw the Blues kick 4.1 before another two goals were added in the final quarter to finish the game with a 94-point win.
Brie Rattray kicked five goals for Launceston, with Mikayla Binns, Ange Dickson and Meg Radford making an impact with two each, and Camila Taylor, Nicole Ristrom, Dearne Taylor and Georgia Hill all kicking one.
Launceston coach, Alex Gibbons, said the team “went down to Burnie with the intention of trialing a couple of things but mainly to continue our recent good form and hit some game targets we set. We just fell short of these targets in tricky conditions but we were still happy with our performance against a Burnie team that tried really hard.”
“We had a new look forward line to give us options in finals and it worked extremely well on the scoreboard but also how it functioned. It is definitely an asset against opposition in finals that they haven’t seen before.”
Brie Rattray, Mia King, Mikayla Binns, Ange Dickson, Meg Radford and Camilla Taylor were all standouts for the Blues.
“Brie Rattray kicked five goals for us and was very influential in the air. Mia King and Mikayla Binns played well also in a midfield group that executed well.”
“One injury concern with Zoe Claridge hurting her ankle with the severity unknown but the bye will help this week,” Gibbons said.
Burnie coach, Richard Mulcahy, stated that “in Sundays game in heavy conditions the girls gave it their all against a tough well organised Launceston team.”
“We had plenty of ball but failed to finish off our hard work when inside 50. Weight of numbers took their toll in the end. Hannah Martin suffered a badly dislocated and jarred thumb in the third quarter.”
The Dockers best players were Emily Doig, Lauren Stevenson, Emily Duncombe, Shelby Aitken, Lila Wijesingha-Frohmader and Shaeli Rodman.
Burnie stays in fifth place on the ladder, and Launceston remains in third, behind Clarence on percentage.
Launceston and Burnie both have the bye this week, but in round 18 they will return to play each other at Windsor Park.
Burnie Football Club 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 (1)
Launceston Football Club 3.1 9.1 13.2 15.5 (95)
Launceston Football Club: B. Rattray 5, M. Binns 2, A. Dickson 2, M. Radford 2, C. Taylor, N. Ristrom, D. Taylor, G. Hill
Burnie Football Club: E. Doig, L. Stevenson, E. Duncombe, S. Aitken, L. Wijesingha-Frohmader, S. Rodman
Launceston Football Club: B. Rattray, M. King, M. Binns, A. Dickson, M. Radford, C. Taylor
Sunday 12th August
Clarence v. Tigers (Geilston Bay) – 12:00pm
Clarence continued its impressive streak of form with a big 20.10 (130) to 0.0 (0) win over the Tigers at Geilston Bay in round 16.
The ‘Roos kicked 5.1 in the first quarter and then 3.3 in the second quarter to lead by 52 points at half time and have the game well and truly in control.
In the third quarter the Roos kicked 5.3 and in the final term another seven majors to win by 130 points.
Maddy Smith kicked five goals for Clarence, Darcy Elliston, and Hannah Scott three, Sophie Pennicott, and Jacinta Limbrick two, and Jessica Minifie, Bella Goward, Netty Garlo, Jenna Farrow and Tiarna Ford one apiece.
Tigers coach, Brad Willis, said the team competed as well as they could under trying circumstances.
“We went into the game undermanned and many who played were unwell.
“The endeavour was there for three and three quarters, but a serious injury to key on-baller Olivia McGow changed the game dramatically. She was not only winning a lot of the ball herself, but in head to head contests had only conceded one goal to star forward Maddie Smith,” Willis said.
“Not only did the injury deflate the team, but shuffling the deck to cover created some tough mismatches and Clarence took full advantage. The last quarter was pretty much a procession as Clarence did what they liked and through exhaustion and inexperience we were powerless to halt their run.”
“Despite the heavy loss the team did fight on bravely and we did have some individual standouts.”
The Tigers best players were Marla Neal, Hannah Squires, Tyler Roxann, Liarna Reid, Samantha Grimsey and Cara Brooke.
“Marla Neal continued her fine form racking up 36 disposals and six tackles. Cara Brooke, despite being unable to train all week showed her typical courage. Roxy Tyler, playing her first game in an unfamiliar role down back put her body on the line and was ably supported by Nicole Durham and young gun Liarna Reid. Hannah Squires and Sammy Grimsey also worked tirelessly and never gave the game away.”
“As reported earlier Liv McGow suffered a season ending fractured collarbone and will be a big loss on the eve of the finals. Liv had the operation on Monday and we wish her all the best with her recovery.”
Clarence coach, Andy Smith was full of praise for the efforts of the Tigers around the ground.
“The scoreboard didn’t reflect the effort from the Tigers side, especially around contested ball and tackle pressure.”
“I was happy with the girls for way they moved the ball. We had an even contribution from all players and a good spread of goal kickers – the players were disciplined to stick to our game plan despite the lop sided scoreboard.”
Clarence’s best players were Jacinta Limbrick, Georgia Pennicott, Maddy Smith, Saasha Hinks, Jessica Minifie and Chloe Wells.
At the end of round 16 Clarence remain in second place on the ladder with equal wins to Launceston in third, while the Tigers stay in fourth.
Tigers will face a Glenorchy side fresh off the bye in round 17 at the Twin Ovals, while Clarence will have the bye before locking horns with Glenorchy in round 18 at KGV.
Clarence Football Club 5.1 8.4 13.7 20.10 (130)
Tigers Football Club 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0)
Clarence Football Club: M. Smith 5, D. Elliston 3, H. Scott 3, S. Pennicott 2, J. Limbrick 2, J. Minifie, B. Goward, N. Garlo, J. Farrow, T. Ford
Clarence Football Club: J. Limbrick, G. Pennicott, M. Smith, S. Hinks, J. Minifie, C. Wells
Tigers Football Club: M. Neal, H. Squires, T. Roxann, L. Reid, S. Grimsey, C. Brooke