Round 17 of the Wrest Point TSLW season saw just the one game, with the Tigers hosting ladder leaders Glenorchy at the Twin Ovals, writes TSL W Digital Reporter Olivia Clayton.
Sunday 19th August
Tigers v. Glenorchy (Twin Ovals) – 12:00pm
Glenorchy 13.14 (92) defeated Tigers 1.0 (6) in round seventeen at the Twin Ovals.
The Tigers competed well in the opening term, kicking a goal via Hobart permit player Brianna McDonald, while the ‘Pies kicked 2.2 in the first term and a further 2.6 in the second to take a 26-point lead into the main break.
Glenorchy came out strong in the third, kicking another six goals to stamp their authority on the contest, with another three goals taking the Magpies to a big 86-point triumph.
Nietta Lynch kicked four goals for the Pies, Jasmine Tate Turvey, Mackie Sutcliffe, Thomasa Corrie and Sandy Eaton two each and Rachel Siely one.
Glenorchy coach, Craig Grace, said “in very cold and wet conditions the Tigers started really well and challenged us in the first half. We changed a few things around at half time and took control of the game in the second half to run away with a strong win. Our third quarter was easily our best kicking 6.2 and playing a really strong brand of footy.”
The Pies did not have any injuries in Sunday’s match, but Grace is taking a cautious approach with some of the team’s stars.
“We have been managing certain players as we near the finals in two weeks,” he said.
The Pies best players were Sarah Skinner, Hannah Smith, Holly Ryan, Nietta Lynch, Thomasa Corrie and Jasmine Tate Turvey.
“Sarah Skinner continued her outstanding season in the midfield and must be coming into calculations for ALFW recruiters. Hannah Smith at centre half back controlled play and Holly Ryan in the ruck played her best game for the season,” Grace said.
Tigers coach, Brad Willis concedes that the Magpies were the superior side on the day.
“Glenorchy were too powerful and skillful on the day and thoroughly deserved their win.
“Their relentless approach is to be admired and is a good lesson for a developing team. I thought we were very competitive in the first quarter with some of our linking play the best for the season,” Willis said.
“We were only -1 in contested possessions and inside 50s and led the clearances and tackle count. The game turned on its head in the second quarter when we lost star midfielder Marla Neal and dangerous forward Hannah Squires, both to concussion. Glenorchy got right on top in the 3rd quarter and it took a lot of courage to dig deep in the last quarter to hold a rampaging team coming home with the breeze.”
The Tigers best players were Olivia McKee, Samantha Grimsey, Tyler Roxann, Cara Brooke, Liarna Reid and Brianna McDonald.
“Liv McKee has really stepped up this year as a key defender after having spent most of her previous time as a forward. Liv and teenager Liarna Reid get the big jobs each week and are doing a great job for the team.”
“Sammy Grimsey and Roxy Tyler have had a terrific last month and shown huge improvement. On hundred gamer, Cara Brooke turned in another tireless performance. Special mention also to Hobart Tigers players Maddie Hogarth and Bree McDonald who helped out on the day and showed they are quite capable of playing at TSLW level,” Willis said.
Marla and Hannah will require clearances to play in the first semi. Rea Roberts (corked quad), Milly Smith (cheekbone) and Brooke Phillips (nose) should be right with the week’s break.
Tigers stay in fourth place on the ladder, and Glenorchy remains in top spot three games clear ahead of the last round.
The Tigers have finished all their rostered games and Glenorchy will play their final game at KGV against Clarence in round 18.
Tigers Football Club 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (6)
Glenorchy Football Club 2.2 4.8 10.10 13.14 (92)
Tigers Football Club: B. McDonald
Glenorchy Football Club: N. Lynch 4, J. Tate Turvey 2, M. Sutcliffe 2, T. Corrie 2, S. Eaton 2, R. Siely
Tigers Football Club: O. McKee, S. Grimsey, T. Roxann, C. Brooke, L. Reid, B. McDonald
Glenorchy Football Club: S. Skinner, H. Smith, H. Ryan, N. Lynch, T. Corrie, J. Tate Turvey