Round 14 of the Wrest Point TSLW season saw a muddy, wet and windy weekend of football. TSLW reporter Olivia Clayton looks at each match.
Glenorchy 9.11 (65) def. North Launceston 3.2 (20)
North Launceston – E. McKinnell 2, M. Cuthbertson
Glenorchy – N. Lynch 5, J. Tate Turvey 2, S. Skinner, H. Ryan
North Launceston – S. Townsend, M. Cuthbertson, E. McKinnell, J. Clifford, S. Farrow, C. Farrow
Glenorchy – T. Corrie, N. Daniels, E. Barwick, M. Sutcliffe, S. Skinner, R. Siely
Glenorchy came out on top against North Launceston in round fourteen, defeating them by 45 points at Invermay Park.
The Pies kicked seven goals six in the opening half to North Launceston’s one goal. The Northern Bombers came back in the last half to kick two goals two, but Glenorchy booted another two goals five to win.
Nietta Lynch was the Pies leading goal kicker booting five for the side, while Thomasa Corrie again impressed to be named the Magpies’ best.
Glenorchy coach, Peter Barwick says the effort of the side was strong early.
“Our effort in the first half particularly was very good, in the second half the game became a little more congested and we failed to make the most of our forward entries.
“Thomasa Corrie had a great game and really set up a lot of attacking entries for us with good run and carry from half back. Across the board it was a pretty consistent team effort with all players contributing at different stages,” he said.
Glenorchy are sitting second on the ladder and will host Lauderdale at KGV this Saturday.
Emily McKinnell kicked two of North Launceston’s goals and Maggie Cuthbertson snagged the other. Sophie Townsend was the Northern Bombers’ best on ground.
Claudia Matteo, North Launceston’s backline coach, acknowledged how big of a test the Magpies presented.
“It was a very tough and physical game.
“We went toe to toe with a premiership team and matched them three quarters out of four.
“Glenorchy are an experienced and well-structured side, and we were impressed with how the girls took on the challenge and had them in grasp most of the game.”
Despite the result not going the way of North Launceston, Matteo was impressed with the consistent performances provided by her side.
“We were extremely impressed with all the girls this game. It was difficult to pick out the top 5.
“Everyone played their role and it was a very rewarding game both physically and mentally for the team.”
North Launceston are currently in fourth place on the ladder and will take on the Tigers at the Twin Ovals in round fifteen.
Clarence 9.24 (78) def. Lauderdale 1.1 (7)
Clarence – M. Smith 3, J. Minifie, A. Prokopiec, N. Bresnehan, M. Harper, G. Mitchell, B. McDonald
Lauderdale – B. Dickenson
Clarence – A. Hardner, M. Smith, N. Bresnehan, M. Harper, S. Webberley, G. Mitchell
Lauderdale – O. Hudson, K. Teders, C. Knowles, C. Stewart, M. Goldsmith, C. Edmand
Clarence notched their eighth win of the season after defeating Lauderdale by 71 points at Skybus Oval.
The ‘Roos struggled to capitalise in front of goal in the first half, finishing with 3.16. The ‘Roos had similar control over the contest from there in the second half, kicking a further 6.8 to the Bombers’ 1.1.
Maddy Smith kicked three goals for Clarence, while Alice Hardner was a standout in the ruck.
The ‘Roos are currently sitting third on the ladder, two wins clear of North Launceston in fourth spot. Clarence will travel up North this week to take on ladder leader Launceston at Windsor Park.
Bridget Dickenson kicked Lauderdale’ s only goal, while Olivia Hudson was the team’s best performer.
Lauderdale coach Robbie McManus saw positives from his team’s effort in tough conditions.
“Sunday’s conditions were obviously shocking, so as a team we planned to dive right into the contested style. I wanted repeat effort from my girls, and I felt everyone bought into it for the majority of the game.
“I think it’s hard not to give Olivia Hudson and Katie Teders plenty of credit for the way they’ve been attacking the contest and following up tackle after tackle. I’m not sure if possibly we match up slightly better against Clarence, but I really believe as a whole, the team really lifted their intensity for the game.”
Lauderdale are sitting sixth on the ladder and will battle it out against Glenorchy on Saturday at KGV.
Launceston 12.17 (89) def. Tigers 1.2 (8)
Launceston – A. Green 4, C. Haines 3, D. Bannister 2, L. Haines, K. Hill, A. Dickson
Tigers – H. Baldwin
Launceston – K. Hill, C. Thuringer, A. Dickson, L. Haines, C. Haines, D. Bannister
Tigers – T. Clifford, M. Neal, E. Brereton, C. Brooke, P. Odwogo, H. Baldwin
Launceston continued their remarkable form, defeating the Tigers by 81 points at Windsor Park to remain undefeated in 2019.
The Blues kicked 8.8 in the first half to the Tigers one goal, and in the second half kicked a further 4.9 to the Tigers additional two points.
Launceston coach Ange Dickson pointed to her side’s ability to kick goals into the wind.
“The weather conditions made the game extremely tough on the weekend. We managed to score well when kicking against the wind which set us up nicely for the rest of the game.
“The Tigers are always tough opponents. They play a physical and smart brand of football which always pushes us to work harder and lift our game… We controlled the outside run which enabled us to come away with another great win.”
Abbey Green was the Blues leading goal kicker with four, while Kelsie Hill was dynamic with her run and carry.
Dickson also acknowledged some other key players as factors in determining the result.
“Brooke Thurlow [also] lifted her game to a new level. Her ruck work was fantastic, and she backed it up with a great physical presence around the ground. Daria Bannister again presented well all game and was supported well by Abbey Green in the forward line.”
Tigers coach, Brad Willis, says that “playing Launceston at Windsor Park is by far the biggest challenge in women’s football. Unlike all other teams in the league they have strength on every line and even bat deep through their interchange. We always try to get the best match ups and then it’s up to the girls to embrace the challenge of playing against the best.
“Apart from the second quarter when they broke the game open with the breeze, I was really pleased with our attack on the football and the pressure we applied. To hold Launceston to two goals, coming home with the breeze, showed a lot of character.”
Hailee Baldwin kicked the Tigers only goal, which came in the first quarter, and Tayla Clifford was named as best on ground. “Tayla Clifford in the ruck, really put her body on the line against much taller opponents,” says Willis.
“Marla Neal was her normal damaging self, including 10 tackles and 6 clearances [and] Hailee Baldwin was productive on ball and up forward. Ella Brereton was rock solid at half back, and Cara Brooke in her 50th game for the Tigers was as courageous as ever.”
Launceston will finish the season in top spot with only two rounds left and three wins clear of Glenorchy in second. The Blues will take on Clarence in round fifteen at Windsor Park.
The Tigers will finish the season in fifth place and will miss out on finals with new comers North Launceston four wins clear in fourth place. The Tigers will host North Launceston this week at Twin Ovals.