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GRAND FINAL EDITION

CONTENTS 4

View From Here

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Game On Schedule / Venue Plan / Premierships

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Feature Tassie Medal / Hudson Medal / RACTI Player of the Year

7 8

The Torch The Grand Finals Burning Questions Our Great Game 2012 Team of the Year Announced

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Our Great Game Matthew Richardson Medal

10 Competition Update Finals Results, Ladders, Goalkickers 11 Club Notes All the Club’s latest News 21 Players To Watch The Key Match-ups for 2012 22 President’s Message Burnie Dockers 23 Club Profile Burnie Dockers Pen Pics / Team List / History 25 Club Profile Launceston Blues Pen Pics / Team List / History 27 President’s Message Launceston Blues 28 Feature The Whistleblower  / Umpire Appointments 29 Point of View Who will stand up today when it counts? 30 Young Guns Colts Grand Final Preview / Players Pen Pics / Development 34 Feature History of Tasmanian Football Premiers 38 The Season That Was Summary of all TSL games in 2012 46 TSL Fixture 2012 Fixture and Results

from the editor Welcome to the Wrest Point State League Grand Final Souvenir CLUB RECORD. This is of course the final edition for season 2012. Well after a successful fourth season the premiership race culminates with the game we have all been waiting for and what better Grand Finale than a clash between this year’s dominant team and current competition title holder at Aurora Stadium to decide who will earn the title of Tasmania’s premiership football team for 2012. The game itself looks set to be another classic between these arch rivals. Burnie Dockers and Launceston Blues are meeting in a Grand Final for the 3rd time in their history and the second consecutive encounter in the Tasmanian State League decider. Back in 2008, in the Northern Tasmanian Football League, the Clubs met in a classic regional Grand Final which was won by the Blues by 13 points and allowed them to claim a 3rd consecutive title in that competition. Last year the Blues again prevailed by a more comfortable 44 points. Up until 2011 the Blues and Dockers had not tasted state premiership success for many years. Old Dockers supporters will have fond memories of their predecessor Club, the Cooee Bulldogs, lifting the state title in 1978 when they defeated Sandy Bay at West Park. While Launceston’s 2011 win was the first at state level for the Club since 1938, a double at this level would also replicate the achievements of the depression era Blue boys who took the 1937 and 1938 state premierships. So who will it be in 2012? Will it be Burnie who can carry their season long form through to the Premiership and in doing so rise from the ashes of their defeat in 2011. Or will the Blues bounce back from all the challenges that have been thrown at them in 2012 and not only win back to back titles, but also place themselves amongst the greatest teams that Launceston has ever produced. The answer will soon be known. In this edition we have produced a special feature of all the players lining up for the Dockers and Blues in the 2012 season decider. We have an extended feature of the Colts Grand Final between Launceston and North Launceston and also our look at the ‘The Season That Was - 2012’. In keeping with the focus of the Club Record we have also prepared a feature page for all 10 Clubs to round out their year. Finally, there are plenty of other great articles to keep all football fans reading when there is a moment’s break on the field. Best wishes to all teams who are representing their Clubs and communities and have an enjoyable Grand Final day at the footy. Daniel Smedley Editor

Cover Picture: Courtesy The Advocate and The Mercury Newspapers. Design: Brearne Ollington – Flying Colours.

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The Blues and Dockers battle again at Aurora Stadium for the Wrest Point State League’s holy grail – the 2012 Premiership Cup. GRAN D FINAL Dockers: Kade Munday and Luke Shackleton and Blues: Scott Stephens and Kade Kolodjashnij are featured and will be giving D FIN AL GR AN their all for the ultimate prize in BURNIE VS LAUNCESTON Tasmanian football. RECORD RECORD

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LEAGUE PROFILE |

view from here

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OUR PARTNERS

Welcome to the 2012 Wrest Point State League Grand Final.

Premier Partners

Today sees a re-match of the 2011 Grand Final with combatants Burnie Dockers and Launceston Blues once again vying for premiership glory and status. The big question remains who will prevail in season 2012, can the Launceston Football Club go back to back or will the Burnie Football Club win its first premiership since the reintroduction of the State League back in 2009? Due recognition needs to be given to the men at the helm of both football clubs. From the Burnie Dockers Coach, Brent Plant, and President, Peter Vincent, have done an outstanding job for this football club once again in season 2012. Brent Plant has led his team into successive Grand Finals, this speaks volumes of the processes Brent and his football department, along with Peter and his Board, have implemented prior and during the season. Well done to both Brent and Peter. From the Launceston Football Club Coach, Anthony Taylor, and former President, John McCrimmon, along with incumbent President, Peter Anthony, have also done an outstanding job for their football club in season 2012. Anthony Taylor has certainly driven the group to achieve greater results and for the club to go participate in successive Grand Finals also speaks volumes of the processes that whole Blues football department, along with John / Peter and their Board have implemented. To reach the grand final while consolidating his playing group from 2011 needs to be applauded. Well done to Anthony and John / Peter.

Major Partners

The finals series in season 2012 has been an outstanding one to date and today’s game will be no different. It will be an extremely close contest and if I had to predict a winner I would have to say Burnie by 17 points. Best of luck to all the participating teams in today’s Wrest Point State League Grand Finals where we have the Colts kicking off proceedings with Launceston Blues and North Launceston Bombers doing battle and then the big senior clash between the Burnie Dockers and Launceston Blues. As General Manager of the State League I am extremely pleased with the progress of the competition to date, some of the key indicators that support this view are:

• 80% of TSL clubs have played finals football; only South Launceston and Hobart haven’t yet played in a final.

• At the end of each home and away roster a different club has won the ‘minor premiership’; Glenorchy in 2009, Clarence 2010, Launceston 2011 and Burnie in 2012. • The media coverage of the TSL is exceptional – clearly the best (and most) media coverage of any state league football competition in the nation. • Our Government leaders strongly support the TSL model – given participation from clubs that truly encompasses the whole state; and that each club has a defined development zone (or district) that they are responsible for engaging with and developing. I must also take this opportunity to personally thank the 10 State League clubs that participate in the competition especially the Presidents, Club Managers, Football Directors and the band of tireless volunteers at clubs for their contribution to the competition in season 2012. One other final mention is to the media, I say thank you to all forms of the media for your outstanding coverage of the Wrest Point State League in season 2012. My final message to all football followers in the state is that the State League is about to complete its fourth year with one year remaining on the current licence agreements and the competition will remain viable, sustainable and stand the test of time. To support this message we will be shortly offering licences to clubs for season 2014 and beyond as we undertake discussions with our Clubs centring on longer licence agreement periods of 10 years. I hope all patrons that are attending the second Wrest Point State League grand final at Aurora Stadium have a very enjoyable experience watching the State League product.

Shaun Young General Manager Wrest Point State League

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Preferred Partners


GAME ON |

GRAND FINAL SCHEDULE/VENUE PLAN/PREMIERSHIPS

GRAND FINAL SCHEDULE 2012 9.00am Main gates open TSL Seniors:

TSL Colts: 10.55am Colts grand final – Launceston vs Clarence or North Launceston 12.45pm Colts game concludes 1.00pm Colts premiership presentation

1.45pm Teams enter playing arena 1.55pm National Anthem and Coin toss 2.05pm Seniors grand final – Burnie vs Launceston or Clarence 4.35pm Senior game concludes 4.45pm Senior premiership presentation

VENUE PLAN

Saturday 22 September COLTS Launceston v Clarence 10.55am SENIORS Burnie v Launceston 2.05pm Entry Via Gates 2,3 & 7 Adults: $12 Concession: $8 Children: $2 Footy Club Record: $6

SUCCESSIVE PREMIERSHIPS 4 - North Hobart -1939, 1940, 1941, 1945. 3 – Cananore – 1909, 1910, 1911.

2 – Launceston – 1937, 1938. 2 – North Launceston – 1949, 1950. 2 – North Hobart – 1961, 1962.

3 – Cananore – 1925, 1926, 1927.

2 – North Hobart – 1991, 1992.

3 – Launceston – 1933, 1934, 1935.

2 – Clarence – 1996, 1997.

3 - Clarence - 2000, 2009, 2010. 2 - North Hobart – 1914, 1920. 2 – Cananore – 1921, 1922.

2 – Clarence – 1993, 1994.

MOST RECENT STATE PREMIERSHIPS Last Premiership Launceston 2011 Clarence 2010 New Town / Glenorchy 1999 North Launceston 1998 North Hobart 1992 Cananore / Hobart 1990 Devonport 1988 Cooee / Burnie / Burnie Dockers 1978 City/City-South / East Lton / South Lton 1972 Lauderdale NA Club

Years Since 1 2 13 14 20 22 24 33 40 NA

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FEATURE |

TASSIE MEDAL/player of the year

2012

Recognising Tasmania’s best and fairest player

tassie medal top 10

Players from seven clubs have been named as the top ten vote winners for the 2012 Wrest Point State League’s top award, the Tassie Medal, which will be announced by AFL Tasmania at today’s Grand Final at Aurora Stadium.

Burnie - Luke Shackleton and Jason Laycock.

The clubs still harbouring a hope that one of theirs will win the TSL’s best and fairest award include Burnie, Lauderdale and South Launceston, each with two players in the running, while Clarence, Glenorchy and Launceston each have one. While North Hobart has Zane Murphy in the top ten, he finds himself ineligible to win the Tassie Medal for the third year in succession, due to being suspended for a reportable offence during the season. The winner will join the honour board alongside Kurt Heazlewood (2009), Brett Geappen (2010), Tim Bristow (2011). “Having seven clubs with players in the top ten for the Tassie Medal is a great reflection of the evenness of the Wrest Point State League,” said TSL General Manager, Shaun Young.

Clarence - Brady Jones. Glenorchy - Jaye Bowden Lauderdale - Bryce Walsh and Kaine Waller. Launceston - Jordan Harris. North Hobart – Zane Murphy*.

“The top 10 includes State League seasoned performers such as Luke Shackleton, Jason Laycock, Jaye Bowden and Jordan Harris along with a great array of young talent.

South Launceston Michael Musicka and Daniel Johncock.

“We congratulate all the players in the top ten on an outstanding season. Whoever wins will be worthy of the honour as the TSL’s best and fairest player, and will rightly stand alongside past winners Kurt Heazlewood, Brett Geappen and Tim Bristow.”

*Ineligible due to suspension

hudson medal

hudson medal

Mitch Williamson of Clarence Football Club has won the 2012 Hudson Medal for leading goal-kicker in the Wrest Point State League. Williamson kicked 6 goals in his last roster match to take his total to 80 goals in the home and away fixture. The award is named after Tasmanian and Hawthorn goal-kicking champion, Peter Hudson.

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PAST WINNERS 2011 Brian Finch (Launceston) 100 goals 2010 Brian Finch (Launceston) 81 goals 2009 Brad Dutton (Clarence) 63 goals

RACTi player of the year - luke shackleton Shackleton named by media as state’s best

competition along with his versatility to go forward and become a goal sneak with 20 goals for the season.

Burnie’s Luke Shackleton has completed a dominant home and away Wrest Point State League season by being named the 2012 RACT Insurance Player of the Year.

Luke has had an outstanding season with consistent vote catching games spread evenly throughout the year,” said State League General Manager, Shaun Young.

The Burnie Dockers co-captain finished the season with 30 votes, 3 clear of Glenorchy’s Jaye Bowden, with Burnie team mate, Jason Laycock, a further 15 back on 15 points.

He was locked in a two way battle with only being one point clear after round 4 from team mate Jason Laycock until he opened up a commanding lead of ten votes up to round 10, until finally holding off a late charge from Glenorchy’s Jaye Bowden.”

AFL Tasmania Football partners, The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate, award the votes each week. The RACT Insurance Player of the Year receives $2500 cash and a $2500 travel package. Shackleton picked up votes in twelve games, including seven best on field performances, four two-vote performances and one onevote performance, to join Clarence’s Jeromey Webberley (2009), Launceston’s Scott Stevenson (2010) and Clarence’s Cameron Thurley (2011) as winners of the RACT Insurance award. The former Tasmanian Devils and Collingwood listed player, has enjoyed his most consistent and injury free year of football since the inception of the TSL in 2009. Shackleton is considered one of the toughest competitors of the on ball brigade in the

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RACT Insurance CEO, Trent Sayers, believes Shackleton has won the respect of all involved in the Wrest Point State League. “On behalf of the RACT Insurance we congratulate Luke on an outstanding season to date,” Sayers said. “He has clearly been one of the most prominent players in the competition this season and thoroughly deserves to be awarded the RACT Insurance Player of the Year. “It is also extremely pleasing from RACT Insurance’s perspective that a player from each region has now won the award. “We look forward to watching him play during the finals series. As a company we are extremely proud of our association with AFL Tasmania, the Wrest Point State League.

TOP PLAYERS IN THE 2012 RACT INSURANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Luke Shackleton (Burnie) 30 Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy) 27 Jason Laycock (Burnie) 15 Brady Jones (Clarence) 12 Nick McKenna (Burnie) 12 Adam Derbyshire (Launceston) 10 Alex Gilmour (Clarence) 10 Brayden Webb (Glenorchy) 10 Cameron Thurley (Clarence) 10 Michael Musicka (South Launceston) 10 Scott Stephens (Launceston) 10


THE TORCH |

THE grand finals burning questions

the torch LAUNCESTON has the chance to make it back to back premierships and against the same opposition after storming home to defeat Clarence by eight points at Aurora Stadium on Saturday night. While the Blues took the win, they did it the hard way after being incredibly wasteful early when they had complete control of the game. Launceston were dominant from the opening bounce yet could not find the gap between the big sticks despite numerous opportunities from close range. Launceston had full control of the midfield and it appeared as it brought its own Sherrin while Clarence’s defence was besieged but refused to surrender. Veteran Roos defender Cameron Blight, in his last TSL game, had the big match up on Adam Derbyshire and used all his experience to keep a tight rein on the spearhead despite being beaten for pace by his younger opponent. The Blues had nine extra scoring shots in the first half and another three very gettable misses that failed to score at all but led by only 14 points at the long break. It was a different Clarence that came out for the second half. With playing-coach Matthew Drury thrown into the middle, the Roos started to take control. They used a short kicking game with forwards pushed up the ground, allowing plenty of space for the small quick forwards in Trent Standen and Jack Boon to run into. Clarence kicked four goals to one and had the momentum at the last change. When the Roos broke through the Blues press and Standen kicked his third to open the goal scoring in the final quarter, Clarence was out to a 14 point lead and seemed to be on way to a grand final spot against Burnie next Saturday. But this intriguing, hotly contested final had yet another twist. Seemingly on their knees, it was the Blues who rallied once more. Derbyshire led, marked and kicked truly for his second, then Corey Sheppard did exactly the same and suddenly the difference was back to less than a goal. All of a sudden it was the Roos under the pump and they faulted. At the 20 minute mark, Roos defender Tim Castle dropped a tough one-handed mark and his direct opponent, Sonny Whiting, swooped on the spillage, ran into an open goal and the Blues were back in front. It was Blues ruckman Nathan O’Donoghue who sealed the game as he got a toe-poke onto a goal line marking contest to end Clarence’s season. But O’Donoghue will have a couple of nervous nights as he was reported for striking Standen during the third quarter and Launceston will need its No.1 big man desperately against the Dockers dominant ruckman Jason Laycock if Launceston is to win the TSL premiership for a second time. So the Grand Final is a replay of 2011 with the same two teams, but this is a much different contest in so many ways. Whereas Launceston was the team that dominated 2011, it is Burnie which has been the top team for nearly all of 2012. This was best demonstrated in the second semi-final at West Park where the Dockers blew the Blues away on a windy day to cement their grand final spot, and forcing Launceston to reach the decider the hard way via the preliminary final. As usual, Dockers ruckman Jason Laycock will be the deciding factor in today’s finale. He torched the Blues single-handedly in the second semi, taking over 20 marks and kicking three goals. The only player even close to the physical capabilities of matching Laycock for the Blues, Nathan O’Donoghue, was best afield in last year’s grand final for his job on the former Essendon follower. Luckily for Launceston, O’Donoghue escaped with a three-match suspended sentence at the tribunal after pleading guilty to striking Roos Trent Standen. The Blues will also have a couple of handy inclusions from the second semi final team. Spearhead Adam Derbyshire and captain Scott Stephens both missed that game with injury and will strengthen the Blues structure and goal-kicking potency in the final. However, it is in the middle where the Dockers may have the greater edge. With silver service from Laycock, Burnie co-captains Luke Shackleton and Kade Munday have dominated. Shackleton has not missed a game this year and is one of the favourites for this year’s Tassie Medal as the TSL’s best and fairest player. The Dockers have also got improvement from some of their less heralded players in Rudy Barrett, Dylan Smith, Shaun Knott and Claye Hardy. Burnie, already bristling with some of the state league’s biggest names, could be further bolstered by the return of former AFL players Andrew Lee and Russell Robertson. The big ground could be a factor, given Burnie has only played two games in a month and both of those were on the small West Park ground, but the Dockers have been the best year all team and should deservedly claim their first ever state league premiership. BURNING QUESTIONS: •

Will the pressure of chasing Burnie’s first ever state league flag, in either the TSL or the old statewide league, suffocate the Dockers?

Does Burnie have the leg speed on the wide open expanses of Aurora Stadium?

How will Launceston stop man mountain Jason Laycock from dominating the game yet again?

Does Launceston have anything left in the tank after playing every week of the finals?

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OUR GREAT GAME |

2012 TEAM OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

2012

2012 team of the year Burnie and Clarence have both had five players named in the Wrest Point State League’s Team of the Year, an indication of why the two teams finished on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season. Further reinforcing the Burnie Football Club’s outstanding season, its head coach Brent Plant was selected as Coach of the Year, while Lauderdale’s Darren Winter was named his assistant. In naming the 22 players and coaching staff to receive “Dream Team” status, State League General Manager, Shaun Young, said it was no surprise that the League’s powerhouse clubs in the 2012 home and away season had filled so many positions in the line-up. “The Team of the Year is the best of the best, so it’s no surprise that the players from the top teams have impressed the selection committee.”

2012 Team of the Year Coach Brent Plant

NWUA

Assistant Coach Darren Winter Lauderdale Football Club

BP: Jordan Harris Launceston Football Club

The Team of the Year, now in its third year, is based on selecting the best player for each position, as opposed to selecting the best 22 players in the League.

HBF: Josh Woolley Launceston Football Club O’Keefe

Lauderdale and Launceston were the next most successful TSL clubs, earning three places each, followed by Glenorchy with two players. North Launceston, South Launceston, North Hobart and Devonport made up the remaining four positions while Hobart Football Club failed to gain representation.

W: Kurt McCabe Launceston Football Club ossen

RACTI Player of the Year, Burnie follower Luke Shackleton, was given the distinction of being named captain.

HFF: Cameron Thurley Clarence Football Club Drury

Another notable inclusion is the Mathew Richardson medallist (TSL rookie of the year award), Aaron McNab, who was named in the forward pocket. Umpires also received recognition with Raymond Mee being named as the Umpire of the Year.

Umpire Raymond Mee

Burnie Football Club

FP: Aaron McNab Devonport Football Club

FB: Nick McKenna Burnie Football Club

CHB: Ben Reynolds Glenorchy Football Club

C: Brady Jones Clarence Football Club BristBristow

CHF:Michael Cassidy Lauderdale Football Club

FF: Mitch Williamson Clarence Football Club

BP: Jack Siggins

Lauderdale Football Club

HBF: Harry Walters Burnie Football Club O’Brien

W: Jake Cox

Clarence Football Club

HFF: Michael Musicka South Launceston Football Club oortFooFootbalFootball Club

FP: Trent Standen Clarence Football Club StandenStandenFinch

Followers

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Jason Laycock

Kaine Waller

Jaye Bowden

Jesse Wells

“The amount of comments we have received about last year’s Team of the Year is a definite indication that the Tasmanian football community wants a Team of the Year to be selected,” he said.

Luke Shackleton (Captain)

Mitch Van Den Berg

“It is a huge honour for each of the players and coaching staff to be named in this team, and every selection has been carefully considered in terms of what they have achieved over the entire home and away season.”

Shaun Young State League General Manager AFL Tasmania

Young said that AFL Tasmania had no hesitation in continuing the Team of the Year, following widespread acceptance of the concept and the healthy public debate over selections.

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Burnie Football Club

Glenorchy Football Club

Burnie Football Club

Lauderdale Football Club

North Hobart Football Club

North Launceston Football Club

Rudy Barrett

Burnie Football Club

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MATTHEW RICHARDSON MEDAL

Matthew Richardson Medal - Rookie of the Year announced Devonport Football Club forward, Aaron McNab, has won the Matthew Richardson Medal as the rookie of the year, after a stellar season in the Wrest Point State League.

AARON McNAB

To be eligible for the medal, players must be under 23 years of age, have played less than 20 games at the commencement of the season in no more than two years of senior football. McNab began his football career at Sheffield High School and then played Under 17s with the Latrobe Football Club in 2009. The next year he moved to the Devonport Football Club to play State League football and was then picked in the Tassie Mariners squad in 2011. Aaron was highly regarded by the Mariners coaching panel led by head coach Matthew Armstrong and was always known for his football ability. McNab is a highly respected player at the Devonport Football Club and is known for his strong overhead marking and accurate kicking for goal. However, Aaron at times, has been thrown in defence this season and has acquitted himself just as well behind the football. “Aaron’s year has been exceptional considering that we lost our other key forward, Justin Rodman, for the season at the start of the year,” Devonport Football Club General Manager, Mark Fagan said. “He has had to carry the bulk of the forward line work often having two opponents working against him. He has definitely shown maturity above his age.” McNab is also an exceptional A grade cricketer with the Sheffield Cricket Club playing in the Cricket North West competition. “One day he may have to make a decision on which way he wants to head,” Fagan said. Tasmanian State League General Manager, Shaun Young, congratulated McNab for his outstanding year and winning the award that recognises one of Tasmania’s greatest footballers, former Richmond star Matthew Richardson. “The Matthew Richardson Medal is named after one of Tasmania’s modern day greats, and it is great recognition for Aaron to receive the medal for his outstanding year in the State League following on from his years in the Mariners program,” Young said. PICTURE: Courtesy The Advocate

THE RISE OF RICHARDSON Matthew Richardson was born and started his football career in Devonport. His father, Allan, was a premiership player for Richmond in 1967. Throughout childhood and his adult life football has been front and centre. An acknowledged ‘footy-head’ he is now also a respected commentator on the game. Richardson played 16 games and kicked 23 goals with Devonport in 1992 and was drafted later that year under the ‘Father / Son’ rule. He debuted for Richmond in 1993 and in his first season he was an AFL Rising Star nominee. For much of his career Matthew Richardson has made a name for himself as an enigmatic player in Richmond’s forward line, predominately at full forward. He has shown himself capable of producing great feats of high marking, running and goal kicking, but has had many seasons interrupted by injury during his career. He has lost the equivalent of 3 full seasons to injury. In 2008 a move to the wing early in the year proved a masterstroke. At 34 year of age the star veteran was given a free-wheeling role and he averaged 18 touches, finished equal third in the Brownlow Medal, took the most home and away marks in the AFL (222) and still topped Richmond’s goalkicking with 48. Matthew Richardson has multiple individual player honours and has been recognized by Richmond FC and Tasmania with selection in their respective ‘Teams of the Century’ and by his home state with early inclusion and then ‘Legend’ status in the ‘Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame’. Richmond player honours: • Brownlow Medal: 3rd (equal) in 2008. • Best and fairest - 2007; 2nd best and fairest 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005; 3rd best and fairest 2008. • All-Australian 1996, 1999, 2008. • International Rules Series 1999. • Leading goalkicker 1994, 1996 to 1999, 2001 to 2008. • Alex Jesaulenko Medal 1996.

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COMPETITION UPDATE |

FINALS RESULTS/LADDERS/GOALKICKERS

LADDER - SENIORS

2012

SENIOR GOALKICKERS

TEAM

P

W

L

D

F

A

%

Pts

Mitchell WILLIAMSON Clarence

80

Burnie

18

16

2

0

2034

1056

192.61

64

Adam DERBYSHIRE

Launceston

66

Clarence

18

14

4

0

1964

1254

156.62

56

Michael CASSIDY

Lauderdale

46

Launceston

18

14

4

0

1641

1261

130.13

56

Jaye BOWDEN

Glenorchy

45

Devonport

45

Lauderdale

18

14

4

0

1726

1343

128.52

56

Aaron MCNAB

Glenorchy

18

11

7

0

1650

1256

131.37

44

Trent STANDEN

Clarence

42

North Hobart

18

7

11

0

1428

1573

90.78

28

Cameron THURLEY

Clarence

34

South Launceston

18

6

12

0

1311

1468

89.31

24

Caden WILSON

North Hobart

33

North Launceston

18

6

12

0

1334

1565

85.24

24

David HUNT

Glenorchy

31

Devonport

18

2

16

0

1288

2088

61.69

8

Darren CRAWFORD

North Launceston

28

Jason LAYCOCK

Burnie

28

Hobart

18

0

18

0

778

2290

33.97

0

Sonny WHITING

Launceston

28

LADDER - COLTS

COLTS GOALKICKERS

TEAM

P

W

L

D

F

A

%

Pts

Edward STANLEY

Clarence

57

Clarence

18

15

3

0

1838

1097

167.55

60

Michael BLACKBURN

Clarence

41

Launceston

18

13

5

0

1608

1003

160.32

52

Declan MCSHANE

Launceston

38

Burnie

18

13

5

0

1466

1203

121.86

52

Stewart BESWICK

North Hobart

38

Burnie

24

Glenorchy

18

13

5

0

1305

1103

118.31

52

Kallum KUBICKI

North Launceston

18

10

8

0

1481

1179

125.61

40

Matthew TAYLOR

Launceston

24

Lauderdale

18

8

10

0

1286

1148

112.02

32

Andrew WHITMORE

North Launceston

23

South Launceston

18

8

10

0

1250

1226

101.96

32

Jake RICE

Launceston

23

North Hobart

18

6

12

0

1086

1279

84.91

24

Ryan WIGGINS

Lauderdale

22

Devonport

18

3

14

1

1072

1899

56.45

14

Dylan ROSS

Glenorchy

21

Cody WEEDON

North Launceston

21

Hobart

18

0

17

1

830

2085

39.81

2

Sonny WHITING

Launceston

28

RESULTS 2012 WREST POINT STATE LEAGUE FINALS SERIES – WEEK 1 Qualifying Final - Seniors Launceston 5.0 6.3 12.3 18.9 (117) Clarence 1.4 4.7 6.10 8.16 (64) GOALS - Launceston: A.Derbyshire 5, S.Stephens 3, K.Kolodjashnij 2, T.Bristow 2, S.Whiting 2, G.Shipton, B.Finch, N.O’Donoghue, J.Krushka. Clarence: B.Jones 3, T.Standen 2, A.Brettingham-Moore, M.Williamson, J.Watling. BEST - Launceston: T.Bristow, N.O’Donoghue, S.O’Keefe, J.Krushka, G.Savage, J.Harris. Clarence: C.Hensby, J.Cox, A.Gilmour, N.Mills, B.Jones, T.Castle. Elimination Final - Seniors Lauderdale 3.1 6.2 10.3 14.8 (92) Glenorchy 6.0 9.3 13.5 13.5 (83) GOALS – Lauderdale: A.Hill 3, J.Siggins 2, J.Dunham, D.Garth, P.Hudson, M.Smith, D.Smith, B.Walsh, S.O’Byrne, A.Joyce, R.McManus. Glenorchy: D.Hunt 4, J.Bowden 3, M.Dilger 2, S.Collis 2, R.Mott 2. BEST - Lauderdale: J.DiIenno, J.Siggins, A.Hill, D.Garth, J.Roberts, S.O’Byrne. Glenorchy: B.Webb, Z.Webster, B.Brown, M.Dilger, J.Bowden, J.Arnold. Qualifying Final - Colts Launceston 3.2 6.9 10.11 14.14 (98) Burnie 2.2 4.2 6.4 9.8 (62) GOALS – Launceston: T.Cleary 3, D.McShane 3, J.Rice 2, T.Holmes, A.Seen, L.Johnston, M.Lee, M.Taylor, J.Smith. Burnie: B.Knight 2, B.Hayes 2, T.Wooldridge, M.Wilson, J.Leno, K.Kubicki, M.Linnane. BEST - Launceston: A.Seen, D.McShane, M.Lee, B.Crick, T.Cleary, S.Skipper. Burnie: T.Wooldridge, N.Rolls, B.Grey, K.Harman, D.Howard, J.Plant. Elimination Final - Colts North Launceston 6.4 12.7 17.11 25.14 (164) Glenorchy 1.2 1.4 3.5 5.5 (35) GOALS - North Launceston: S.Heppel 9, A.Whitmore 5,

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N.Pearce 2, B.Mullins 2, J.Cousens 2, B.Cox-Goodyer, J.Foon, D.Bannister, L.Young, J.Lockhart. Glenorchy: J.Johnson, D.Robottom, J.Howard, J.Geard, M.Rainbird.

BEST - Launceston: A.Seen, S.Pennefather, T.Sheppard, T.Cleary, S.Skipper, D.McShane. Clarence: W.Burgess, J.Harper, B.Hay, N.Cherry, S.Tisdale, B.Ling.

BEST - North Launceston: J. Avent, Z.Burt, B.Mullins, S.Heppel, B.Alexander, J.Foon. Glenorchy: J.Lincoln, J.Geard, J.Watts, J.Gunther, S.Jones, S.Stewart.

First Semi Final - Colts

2012 Wrest Point State League Finals Series – Week 2 Second Semi Final – Seniors Burnie 5.4 6.5 15.9 17.10 (112) Launceston 1.0 4.6 5.6 9.13 (67)\ GOALS - Burnie: L.Shackleton 4, R.Barrett 3, J.Laycock 3, D.Smith 2, B.Milverton 2, E.Templeton, T.Davies, J.Templeton. Launceston: G.Shipton 2, J.Boyce 2, T.Bristow 2, T.Claridge, J.Harris, J.Krushka.

North Launceston 5.6 8.7 14.10 17.11 (113) Burnie 0.0 4.2 4.4 5.10 (40) GOALS - North Launceston: S.Heppel 4, A.Whitmore 3, J.Avent 2, J.Ponting, B.Taylor, D.Bannister, W.McBride, J.Hawkins, J.Foon, B.Elmer, J.Lockhart. Burnie: D.Howard, T.Wooldridge, B.Knight, I.Plant, D.McCrae. BEST - North Launceston: J.Foon, J.Ponting, B.Mullins, J.Avent, B.Alexander, B.Taylor. Burnie: M.Stanley, K.Brakey, B.Knight, N.Rolls, D.McCrae, J.Rawlings.

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BEST - Burnie: J.Laycock, T.McCrossen, D.Smith, L.Shackleton, B.Milverton, D.Banham. Launceston: G.Shipton, J.Harris, N.O’Donoghue, T.Bristow, J.Woolley, M.Lee.

Preliminary Final - Seniors

First Semi Final - Seniors

GOALS – Launceston: C.Sheppard 2, A.Derbyshire 2, S.Whiting 2, B.Green, D.Ellis, N.O’Donoghue. Clarence: T.Standen 3, J.Boon 2, M.Ling, A.French, B.Jones.

Clarence 4.2 7.7 10.8 16.11 (107) Lauderdale 6.4 10.7 12.7 14.8 (92)

Launceston 2.4 4.10 5.12 9.14 (68) Clarence 1.1 3.2 7.8 8.12 (60)

GOALS - Clarence: T.Standen 6, J.Boon 3, J.Cox 2, M.Williamson 2, T.Williamson, N.Mills, J.Watling. Lauderdale: J.Dunham 2, D.Garth 2, R.McManus 2, A.Joyce 2, B.Walsh, A.Hill, J.Siggins, P.Bellchambers, S.Siggins, P.Hudson.

BEST - Launceston: G.Shipton, J.Harris, C.Sheppard, M.Lee, B.Green, J.Groenewegen. Clarence: A.French, J.Roberts, N.Mills, J.Gleeson, A.Brettingham-Moore, L.Taylor.

BEST - Clarence: A.Gilmour, T.Standen, J.Boon, B.Jones, C.Hensby, J.Cox. Lauderdale: M.Fitze, J.Siggins, J.Roberts, T.Perkins, J.Dunham, K.Waller.

North Launceston 3.2 6.3 10.5 12.7 (79) Clarence 1.1 3.4 3.8 5.10 (40)

Second Semi Final - Colts Launceston 5.3 8.8 13.13 16.17 (113) Clarence 2.1 4.3 4.5 7.6 (48) GOALS - Launceston: T.Cleary 4, D.Withers 2, S.Pennefather 2, J.Bonney 2, R.Seargant 2, B.Demeijer, D.McShane, T.Woolley, J.Rice. Clarence: E.Stanley 3, M.Blackburn 2, W.Burgess, N.Cherry.

Preliminary Final - Colts

GOALS - North Launceston: A.Whitmore 3, C.Weedon 3, S.Heppel 3, D.Bannister, B.Taylor, W.Johnson. Clarence: S.Long 2, M.Blackburn, M.Hibberd, H.Bailey. BEST - North Launceston: D.Bannister, J.Avent, G.Provis, T.Loone, C.Barnes, B.Taylor. Clarence: J.Murphy, G.Chambers, M.Grace, N.Schade, J.Wylie, J.Murray.


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s r e k c o d e i burn PRESIDENT’S REPORT A lot of hard work by our volunteers has brought the Burnie Football Club a strong position on and off the field as we enter the finals series. Being top of the ladder at the end of the home and away series is the ideal platform heading into the finals and we are all excited looking at the challenge ahead. We have continued the development of our club as a family friendly environment in 2012. We are fortunate not to have the financial imperative to push bar sales that some other clubs are faced with, and this allows us to focus on providing young footballers with a club environment based on mutual respect and honesty. Our aim is for the Burnie Football Club to be the club of choice for families when their sons are getting involved with footy, from primary school in the Dockers Cup, through under age footy in high school, and then into the TSL Colts competition. Peter Vincent President

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Football Department Report This year there has been some real consistency from a number of players. Without doubt the big guns in Luke Shackleton and Jason Laycock have had huge years. With Jason dominating the ruck duels around the ground he has given Luke Shackleton a huge advantage by putting the ball down his throat all year. Luke capped of a stellar season by winning the RACT player of the year award. Another player who has had a consistent year is Nick McKenna. Since the state game where Nick played a key role in defence, Nicks year has come on in leaps and bound. He has played in numerous positions and occasionally having a run in the ruck. Very strong player who attacks the ball hard. Ulverstone recruit Shaun Knott has a great debut TSL season. Since crossing over Knotty has been outstanding at both ends of the ground. For a big bloke he is very versatile and would be one of the fittest players at the club. Big engine and can run all day. Two of the Dockers young guns that have really taken their football to another level this year are Rudy Barrett and Claye Hardy. Both players have had excellent years. Rudy would have to be the most improved midfielder at our club. With his raking left foot Rudy has added another dimension to his game with his hard running and excellent ball skills. Claye is also a hard inside midfielder with excellent foot and hand skill. This year Claye has been injury free which has been a huge bonus for the Dockers.

GAMES/GOALS

PLAYER Luke Shackleton Rudy Barrett Travis Davies Shaun Knott Brody Mihocek Kade Munday Brentyn Milverton Harry Walters Nick Mckenna Robbie Fox Jack Templeton Jason Laycock Claye Hardy Darren Banham Trent McCrossen Samael Rice Kade Brakey Eli Templeton James Plant Rohan Baldock Andrew Lee Vincent Ponsonby Dylan Smith Michael Linnane Brayden Hayes Zachary Mihocek Caleb Hislop Brodie Knight Daniel Oates Russell Robertson Brodie Johnstone Joel Rawlings Brady Grey David McCrae Kallum Kubicki

GAMES 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 17 17 17 14 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 8 5 5 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 1

GOALS 24 23 18 15 14 13 10 10 5 4 3 32 7 15 6 1 4 16 3 23 18 9 6 5 3 5 4 0 1 16 0 0 0 0 0

UPCOMING EVENTS Colts/Seniors Best and Fairest count. Friday September 21st

Annual Dinners/Awards Night.

Friday October the 19th

Pre–season Training Commences. Monday November 12th

Dockers Christmas Ball.

Saturday December 8th

Launch 2013 Membership Packages. Monday December 10th

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CLARENCE ROOS

2012

ROOS RENCE A CL PRESIDENT’S REPORT The Club has had another successful year on the field with the Senior team finishing the roster series in second and the Colts in first position. The Clarence Ladies team have set the standard winning their fourth premiership in the last five years and all those associated with the Club we offer ‘congratulations’ to the entire squad and coaching staff for bringing the “silver ware home”. As the season heads into its concluding stages who could have predicted that the final five would be so close and go right down to the last roster matches to determine ladder positions. I wish to thank our great sponsors for their continued generous support, our volunteers, staff, trainers, players and members and my fellow Board members for your hard work and dedication without which we simply could not survive We wish all participating clubs the best of luck in the finals series. Roger G S Viney President

UPCOMING EVENTS OCTOBER 5th - Friday Presentation Night – Century Room Blundstone Arena NOVEMBER Pre-season Training commences – dates and venue to be advised 28th – Wednesday - Volunteers Function Premiership Room Blundstone Arena DECEMBER 11th – Tuesday - Annual General Meeting Premiership Room Blundstone Arena FEBRUARY 2013 8th – Friday – Daniel Hulm Memorial Gold Day – Tasmania Golf Club of Fame

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Football Department Report Brady Jones – has made a huge impact since arriving and is one of, if not the hardest workers and leads the way with his professionalism. Hard work and natural talent has seen him touted as a possible mature age draft pick. His excellent performances earned him a place in Tasmania team where he won Lefroy Medal for best Tasmanian player. Jake Cox – crossed from arch rival Glenorchy this year and has been nothing short of outstanding. Running capacity and ability to carry the footy are big assets and combined with a deadly kick makes him a very dangerous player. Mitch Williamson – a big burley forward who won the TSL goal kicking this season. He is extremely strong and takes an excellent contested mark and is a very reliable kick for goal. Aaron French – tremendous season demonstrating what a quality footballer he is. Played in Tasmanian side and was among the best. Has really taken his game to a new level and can play in many positions but has made a name as a hard running, strong bodied midfielder. Jason Bailey – made debut 2011 but has risen to new heights in 2012. Regularly matches up on best forwards, and does a fine job. A no frills defender who works hard and hates to be beaten. Often giving away inches to his opponent his athleticism and strength are keys to his success. Alex Gilmour – pin point skills and desire to win the ball make Alex a very important player. Returned to TSL towards the end of last season and after a full preseason has made a big impact on the side. Jake Murphy – started senior career with the club this season and made a promising start. Can play as a medium size defender, or through the midfield. Has huge running capacity and is very athletic. He will develop into a very important player for the club in the future.

GAMES/GOALS

PLAYER Jake Cox Jaymes Baker Alex Gilmour Tim Castle Jason Bailey Mitchell Williamson Trent Standen Brady Jones Chris Hensby Nick Paine Taylor Williamson Angus Brettingham-Moore Matthew Drury Aaron French Lewis Taylor Cameron Thurley Jarrod Watling Nathan Mills Cameron Blight Jordan Roberts Ryan Bailey Brodie Langford Rohan Swan Jack Gleeson Brennan Savage Jack Boon Matthew Ling Jake Murphy Wade Burgess Zac Mastracola Jayden Wylie Sean Tisdale Andrew Blight Gabriel Chambers Reyne Westbury Nathen Douglas Aaron McVilly

GAMES 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 18 17 16 16 15 15 15 15 14 13 11 9 7 7 6 5 5 4 3 2 2 2 1 1

GOALS 14 12 1 1 83 53 11 2 1 15 13 5 15 34 14 5 3 3 1 13 3 12 3 2 1

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DEVONPORT MAGPIES

IES P T OR P DEVON PRESIDENT’S REPORT Magpie faithful make no mistake; the Devonport Football Club is up and about with the future looking bright. The light at the end of the tunnel is no longer a runaway train heading our way, loaded with $500,000 worth of explosives. The board of the Devonport Football Club is two years down the track of a plan to rebuild the club, following a clearly defined blueprint. A sporting club built on a solid financial foundation, one the community will be proud to support and call its own and a club young sports men and women of the region will strive to represent while enjoying a safe and enjoyable environment. The Devonport Football Clubs 2012 on-field performances have been guided admirably by our coaching staff headed by Glen Lutwyche with our young team following the example set by inspirational leader Al Clements. We have a highly talented group of young players coming through the ranks under the guidance of Junior Development Officer Matt Damon and Colts Coach Mark Lowe. Sincere thanks go to our loyal band of volunteers who keep the club ticking and to the hard working staff led by General Manager Mark Fagan. The Magpie machine is gaining momentum, our time is near, we will be back as a force in Tasmanian football and sooner than you think! Shane Yates President

UPCOMING EVENTS AFL Grand Final Breakfast When: Saturday 29th September 2012 Where: The Oval Function Centre Time: 8.30am – 11.30am Cost: $40 per head includes hot breakfast & beverages all morning (Champagne for the ladies available) Tickets: Available from the DFC ph: 6424 4542 This event promises to be a spectacular morning! What a way to start your big day! Compare Leon Perry will be interviewing a panel of guests all morning that include: • Tasmanian Football Hall of fame Legends Mark Williams, Chris Reynolds, Max Brown and Darryn Perry • Former Tasmanian Sheffield Shield Cricketer Danny Buckingham

Football Department Report This season has seen the emergence of younger players mixed with some experience that will provide a solid foundation for the future of the club. The club has been well served over the years by experienced players Al Clements and Sam Hess and this year the addition of Jeremy Soden, Adam Flannery, Justin Rootes, Dwayne Howard and Kurt Heazlewood to assist them has provided much needed guidance to our emerging young players. Nathan Robertson, Clay Griffiths, Jack Vanderfeen, Lachie Williams and Jacob Campbell all came to the club from Ulverstone at the start of the season and have adapted to the higher standard of TSL football very quickly. Alex Lee has emerged as a good ruckman / forward following his year with the Mariners and along with Under 16 representatives Brandt Lee, Jesse Johnson and Kade Pitchford they all look set to play regular senior football in 2013. Aaron McNab, Quade Byard and Brennon Kendall have certainly benefited from their years in AFL Tasmania programs and performed consistently all year. They will form a strong platform for the DFC for many seasons to come. Aaron McNab was a member of the Tasmanian training squad and many believe he was unlucky not to represent the State against the might of the VFL earlier in the year. His selection as the Rookie of the Year (Matthew Richardson Medal) was a true highlight for him and the club. The club has had a number of younger players experience senior football during the year and this will provide them with a good base for 2013. Jordan Smith, Brodie Deverall, Braden Van Buren, Billy Sharman, Claye Symmons, David Overton and Sam Shepheard have all played senior games during the year and have shown that with further development over the summer, they can have a real impact at senior level next year. Club stalwart Mark Lowe has moulded our young Colt side into a competitive team and with the addition of players coming up from our successful Under 17 team the future looks bright if players knuckle down over the summer and build on the strength, fitness and skill level required to play TSL Football.

GAMES/GOALS

PLAYER Aaron McNab Alan Clements Justin Rootes Adam Flannery Beau Sharman Klay Griffiths Sam Hess Hector Lenton Jacob Campbell Quade Byard Jeremy Soden Nathan Robertson Scott Bennetts Dwayne Howard Kaiyden Howe Clint Matthews Brennon Kendall Brodie Deverell Kurt Heazlewood Jack Vanderfeen Jordan Smith Adam McDermott Alexander Lee Jarrod Whiley Matt Damon Braden Van Buuren Lachlan Williams Mark Lowe Nick Von Schill Samuel Lutwyche Kade Pitchford Ashley O'Donnell Cory Plumbridge Ward Rakei David Overton Bentley Johnson Glynn Llewellyn Billy Sharman Brandt Lee Claye Symmons Nick Hess Sam Shepherd

GAMES 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 16 15 15 15 14 13 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 7 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1

GOALS 45 10 7 6 6 3 2 19 6 6 7 6 14 3 1 12 6 8 4 2 1

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The return of Justin Rodman for 2013 will provide another avenue for our forward line and with the improvement of our younger players over the summer, expectations of further improvement are high.

• Tasmania’s leading Auctioneer - Andrew Wright. There will be a unique memorabilia auction conducted as well as giveaways all morning. Don’t miss this exciting event that promises to deliver a morning of laughs and frivolity.

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GLENORCHY MAGPIES

2012

IES P Y H GLENORC PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2012 has been a year of strong development at Glenorchy. On field we have seen a young team and a new football coaching staff and department settle in to set the path for future strength and success. Off field has seen similar positive steps taken with the Club embrace our role as the No.1 sporting team for the northern suburbs and the centrepiece of the Glenorchy community hub at KGV. The Board have been working closely with the Federal and Local Governments to deliver our long held vision for the redevelopment of the GDFC owned rooms and facilities into a Sports and Community Hub with allied health facilities of a national standard. We have grouped several community clubs and providers to be part of the new facility and are currently finalising arrangements for ownership, management and design before agreeing to demolish the current member owned facilities launched by Eric Reece in 1968. While this is a great opportunity for all stakeholders the project have a construction phase that impacts on operations but we are sure our hardworking staff, volunteers and board will be able to work through this to deliver an asset to the community and football. With this shared vision we look forward to the competition in 2013 and beyond with high expectation. John McCann President

Football Department Report Considering the 2012 Season was seen as a Development year within our club it was still a successful one in terms of results with the Senior side showing they were a big danger come finals time only failing to Lauderdale by 8 points in the Elimination final. Our Colts side also showed steady improvement throughout the season and were also rewarded with a finals berth also being knocked out in an elimination final to North Launceston. It was a slow start to season 2012 for the Senior side with only 3 wins from the first 8 games. The turning point in our season was a 55 point lesson at the hands of Lauderdale in round 8, from then on we were able to comprehensively beat arch rivals Clarence twice and finished with an 11 win and 7 loss home and away record. Jaye Bowden had an absolute standout season and is favourite to win his 2nd Cazaly Medal, he was well supported by Captain Ben Reynolds, Ben Brown and Brayden Webb as other consistent performers. There was a flock of young Magpies who improved as the season went on and none better than first year player Sam Bouwman and his partner in crime in the backline, Josh Arnold. We also had 11 players play their first senior game of TSL football which can only benefit the club longer term. We will be looking to build on 2012 and become a regular finals contender in 2013 and beyond.

UPCOMING EVENTS Sunday 30 September - Colts & U18 Best & Fairest Saturday 6 October - Cazaly Medal Count Saturday 3 November - Melbourne Cup Sweep Draw Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Luncheon

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GAMES/GOALS

PLAYER Jaye Bowden Ben Reynolds Josh Arnold Sam Bouwman David Hunt Matthew Dilger Trad Duggan Shaun Collis Ben Brown Simon Spencer Matthew Rainbird Tyler Bowden Jacob Wigg Brayden Webb Jack Johnson Zachary Webb Daniel Joseph Nathan Matthews Luke Potter Rhys Mott Clinton French Zac Webster Joshua Grant Michael Badcock Scott Jones Ashton Arnold Dylan Grant Daniel Muir Tim Butterworth Joshua Fogarty Shaun Stewart Mark Corbett David Corbett Cam Mooney Dylan Ross Jamie Pace

GAMES 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 13 12 12 11 9 9 8 7 7 6 6 4 2 2 1 1 1

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HOBART TIGERS

HOBART PRESIDENT’S REPORT While it was a tough season on the field, we were in the fortunate position to welcome new talent to the club and also induct colts players into a senior line up for which they will certainly be better for in the coming years. We could not be happier with the way the coaching team and playing group have gone about their jobs despite a heavy loss of 15 senior players at the front end of the season. Off the field the Club has had a very busy time with our licence application, however keeping the wheels turning while all this has been going on has been our army of volunteers who, week after week, clean, tidy, massage, keep time, count interchanges, change the score board, cook meals and much more. Thank you very much for all your hard work and dedication. Finally, to the Grand finalists out there today; the Hobart Football Club congratulates your clubs and your teams on your achievements this year in making the Grand Final. Sean Sullivan President

TIGERS

Football Department Report Although on field success was not what we would have hoped for, as a coach I am pleased with the development of the playing group at Hobart during 2012. After a tough year on field we have been able to uncover a pool of players who have shown the traits which will provide the club with leadership in the future. While on a number of occasions our young list were able to compete with many of the opposition teams this year our lack of experience allowed teams to run away and win comfortably. Having said that it was extremely encouraging to see our young list continue to improve and listen to direction they were given. Our Colts team continued to develop and were unlucky not to string a few wins together. Brad Willis has done a tremendous job with these boys over the past couple of years and has great respect from all at the club. Tarquin Neterway, Calvin Philp, Gerrard Lynd, Troy Cunliffe, Alex Hartley and Dane Colbeck joined the club during pre-season and gave great service during the year. Jade Young returned to the club and soon after Ben Free, Brendan Midson, Nathan Hardy and Lewis Goss came on board. Youngsters Rohan Bones, Stu Donnelly, Jordan Fazackerly, Dan Golding, Perry Mannering, Rhys Heald, Dean Jetson, Dylan Huxley and Brandon Clark all made their senior debut and acquitted themselves very well. These are our players of the future and we are excited to have them at Hobart. We have perhaps had one of the highest turnovers of players in the competition over the past twelve months. This can be thought of as a negative but in fact provides an opportunity to those with drive and passion. I have been extremely impressed with how resilient our playing group has been and how they have continued to work on their game and improve as individuals. This will hold them and the club in good stead in the future. I must thank our dedicated volunteers, board, medical and coaching staff and our extraordinary supporters for their unwavering support during 2012. Our future can be looked on as uncertain and many people choose to run from a situation such as this. I am proud to be involved with a group of people who have chosen to stay put, work hard and fight to once again propel our wonderful club to greatness. I look forward to being a part of the journey.

GAMES/GOALS PLAYER Luke Sullivan Trent Harvey Troy Cunliffe Tom Robertson Sam Reeves Liam Azzopardi Ben Garret Mackenzie Willis Jayde Young Tarquin Netherway Alex Hartley Ben Free Todd Kelly Perry Mannering Rohan Bones Ryan Sullivan Dane Colbeck Lewis Goss Stuart Donnelly Nathan Hardy Calvin Philp Dion Clark Tim Lewinski Geoff Crosswell Gerrard Lynd Brendan Midson Max Catchpool

GAMES 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 15 15 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 9 8

Cam Potter Justin Harvey Scott Dickson Josh Dykes Peter Yole Daniel Golding Jordan Fazackerley Charlie Leek Rhys Heald Brandon Clark Bryden Goninon Dean Jetson Dylan Huxley Peter Howlett Stuart Paterson

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GOALS 6 2 12 7 6 4 1 1 8 4 1 4 12 7 3 3 2 2 14 5 2 1 1 1 2

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LAUDERDALE BOMBERS

2012

e al d r e d u la PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2012 has seen the Lauderdale Football Club take significant steps forward both on and off the field. The latter part of the season for Lauderdale has included such milestones as:

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Firstly a big thank you to Sponsors, Players, Officials and supporters, I think all will agree we have taken some steps in the right direction.

• Completion of Stage 1 of our clubroom renovations;

A look at the year, finished 4th with winning 14 games. One State representative Kaine Waller.

• Completion of the players’ gym area;

7 State under 18 members, Bryce Walsh, Sam Siggins, Thor Boscot, Aden Johnston, Ryan Wiggins, Brent O’Leary and Sam O’Byrne. Three State under 16s Damon Crew, Henry Hopwood and Phillip Bellchambers.

• TSL Seniors’ first ever finals campaign; • Record number of State Mariner representatives – 8 in total represented Tassie; • Kane Wallers’ State Team selection. Lauderdale Footy Club can now, without any doubt, stand up as one of the top clubs in Tasmania. As we embark upon this new era for our club, the challenge is to ensure that this success is sustainable. In order to achieve this, we need the support of everyone in our community who considers themselves a Lauderdale follower. Thank you for your tremendous support of our Seniors during the finals series. Well done to Darren and all the boys who have proven that with dedicated effort anything is possible! For all our juniors in finals, good luck as well. Thanks to everyone who has supported our club for 2012. We look forward to your continued support for an even bigger and better 2013. Graham O’Byrne President

Three Team of year members Kaine Waller, Jack Siggins and Michael Cassidy. We reached the finals for the first time in the TSL. Congratulations to the above players for having an outstanding year and also wish Bryce Walsh and Kaine Waller all the best with the Tassie Medal count today. We welcomed some new players to the club Darren Garth, Michael Cassidy, Jim Dunham, Damon Smith, Phil Bellchambers and Jake deWinter all playing senior football and looking forward to continued improvement from these players. The wash up from the 2012 season is we have improved significantly and look forward to the challenge 2013 presents, we have a young squad that will improve again over the preseason and hopefully continue to push up the ladder to have a shot at the bench mark teams in the competition Burnie and Launceston.

UPCOMING EVENTS Best & Fairest Night Friday 21st September at 6.30pm Venue: Foreshore Tavern Cost $25 Includes meal and live music Contact Joe Edwards 0409 111 130

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GAMES/GOALS

PLAYER Jim Dunham Jamie Diienno Damon Smith Marcus Fitze Sean Mackay Timothy Perkins Joshua Spaulding Darren Garth Paul Hudson Josh Roberts Robbie McManus Kaine Waller Matthew Smith Michael Cassidy Alex Hevey Alex Hill Jack Siggins Adam Joyce Bryce Walsh Jacob Martinovich Jarrod Westell Jake De Winter Samuel Siggins Alex Cook Samuel O'Byrne Simon Preshaw Brent O'Leary Ryan Wiggins Phillip Bellchambers Haydn Smith Thor Boscott Timothy Cleaver Jed Williamson Ben Mathewson Joseph Edwards Aden Johnston

GAMES 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 18 18 17 16 16 16 16 15 14 13 12 11 11 11 9 8 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 2 2 1

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LAUNCESTON BLUES

s e u l b n o t s launce PRESIDENT’S REPORT The Launceston Football Club has enjoyed another successful year in 2012. Our participation levels have increased in all our junior programs, and although sustaining an unprecedented number of injuries in the first half of the year, we have been able to remain very competitive in our Under 18, Colts and Senior teams. Can I take this opportunity to thank, on behalf of all our players, all our valued sponsors who enable us to provide the facilities and services to all participants at the Club. We are also very fortunate to have many committed and dedicated volunteers and I take this opportunity to thank you all. To our junior coaches, their assistants and helpers, to all other football department assistants, to our catering and canteen volunteers, to all our events and fundraising volunteers, on behalf of the board of the Club we would like to sincerely thank you all for your efforts in 2012. Good luck to all teams in the final series. Peter Anthony President

UPCOMING EVENTS Upcoming Events at Windsor Park Contact the Club for bookings on 0419 323 626 Grand Final Breakfast Saturday 29 September Featuring Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs) with Tim Mohr / Sam Reid of GWS. Best & Fairest Count Sunday 23 September Windsor Park Presentation Night Featuring the “Picasso Bros” Saturday 5 October Presidents Lunch Friday 26 October Windsor Park

Football Department Report The first half of the year was an interesting one for the Blues with a number of injuries to senior players. In the absence of the experienced players Josh Woolley, Jordan Harris and Scott Stephens were consistent contributors leading the way for our many first year players. As the year wore on and the team became settled Kurt McCabe was dominant in the midfield really taking his game to a new level. Gary Shipton’s return to the backline was important as he repels many opposition attacks and the return of Jackson Thurlow from the State Academy program was pivotal in the Blues late season surge. Jackson and Jesse Lonergan play well beyond their years and we are certainly looking forward to them playing big roles in this year’s Finals Series. With 14 players making their debut throughout the 2012 season the future looks really bright at Windsor Park. Of those boys to play regular senior footy are the Kolodjashnij twins (Jake & Kade) Jake Smith and Marcus Lee. All 4 were members of the 2011 State U16 Academy with the two Jakes and Kade graduating from the Prospect Hawks FC into the LFC Development teams. Marcus was recruited to LFC at the beginning of 2012. Throw in the home grown talent of Rohan Seargent, Jake Rice, Thomas Sheppard, Luke Johnston and let’s not forget the injured duo of Kyle Turmine and Alex Payne who missed the 2012 season due to knee reconstructions. All of these boys along with a host of others have shown great improvement from senior experience and with another pre season under their belts will all be pressing to become regular senior players.

Corporate sponsors • Bonner Consulting Engineers

• Robert Fergusons

• David Vautin

• SPT Security

• Factory Blinds

• Statewide Business Systems

• Finance Brokers of Tasmania • Floor Force • Hesketh McCrimmon Insurance • Impression Promotions

• Rossetto Tiles

• Steve Davis Signs • Supa Cool Radiators

GAMES/GOALS

PLAYER Tim Bristow Corey Sheppard Adam Derbyshire Joe Groenewegen Beau Green Josh Woolley Daniel Ellis Michael Sinclair Jordan Harris Gene Savage Sonny Whiting Scott Stephens Kurt McCabe Nathan O'Donoghue Sam O'Keefe Marjak Miar Jackson Thurlow Gary Shipton Kade Kolodjashnij Joseph Krushka Josef Boyce Scott Proctor Jesse Lonergan Marcus Lee Jake Kolodjashnij Jake Currie Jake Smith Brian Finch Luke Johnston Thomas Holmes Aaron Seen Tom Cleary Shaun Pennefather Jacob Bonney Tom Claridge Declan McShane Jake Rice Adrian Finch Ben Killalea Mason Keane Rohan Seargant Broderick Hardacre Daniel Withers Thomas Sheppard

GAMES 21 21 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 16 16 14 13 13 12 12 11 10 10 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1

GOALS 13 12 73 5 3 2 11 11 3 32 17 5 10 1 2 11 3 6 3 5 5 2 4 2 1 2 7 3 1 4 2 3 4 2 2

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• Tas Petroleum • Tasmanian Bakeries • Tom Moore & Sons

• John Scolyer Landscaping

• Tradelink Plumbing

• LJ Hooker

• WHK

• Paul Ellis Agencies

• Zest

• VMB Distributors

• Riverside Pharmacy

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CLUB NOTES |

NORTH HOBART DEMONS

north PRESIDENT’S REPORT The North Hobart Football Club has been in existence for over 131 years and this year has been one of the most challenging in the clubs history. The club started the season in an attempt to apply for the single State League licence on offer covering the CBD area of Hobart. However, AFL Tasmania offered a 50% joint venture to both Hobart and the North Hobart Football Clubs. Both clubs are working cooperatively to see this come to fruition in 2014. The North Hobart Football Club recently held a Special General Meeting where the members enthusiastically voted in favour of a 50/50 joint venture with the Hobart Football Club and also working with the Southern Football League in applying for a licence to field teams in the SFL competition in 2014. However during the process of applying for the licence a major drama occurred with the George Miller Stand on Ryde Street burning down. The Hobart City Council has received an engineering structural report which will be tabled and considered by council in the coming weeks making recommendation that the building be repaired to replicate , as closely as possible. This year’s President’s Luncheon recognised the achievements of the 1992 Premiership team coached by former Geelong star Mark Yeates and captained by one of North Hobart’s favourite sons Mark Devine. Master of Ceremonies and former Premiership player David Noonan interviewed Mark Yeates along with a number of the Premiership players. Players from this Premiership side then lined up the following day to play in the North to the Bay day against some of the finest players from the Sandy Bay Football club. This day was a huge success with the Demons home in a thrilling 2point victory over the Sandy Bay Seagulls. Thank you to all those involved in making this a great day. The Board would like to take this opportunity to wish all teams playing in the Grand Final the best of luck and to all the members, volunteers, players, official’s thank you for all your hard work in 2014. From the Demon family we send our best wishes to Life Member and tireless volunteer David Omant who took ill earlier in the year and is hopefully on the road to recovery.

2012

hobart GAMES/GOALS

Football Department Report We lost a wealth of experience and talent over the pre-season with eleven players from our last senior side of 2011, either leaving or retiring. Henry Schade was drafted to the Gold Coast Suns. Zeke Gardam also decided to give up football for the year after only just three games. On the up side, we had three quality Mariner boys come to our club in Calen Jeffrey, Jarrod Hibberd and Claude Alcorso. We also recruited youngsters Larry Owen and Jamie Clarke from Hobart, Brad Coad from Clarence and Rory Fairbairn from Queenscliffe Victoria. Tom Allwright returned to the club after a couple of years at Geelong, as did Tom Reid after spending two years in Queensland. Our other notable recruit was Jake Briggs from Hobart. All these changes meant we ended up with a very young and inexperienced list with only six of our players aged 23 or over. Our best performed player for the first half of the year would undoubtly be Joe Arnol, who coincidently suffered a season ending injury in Round 9. Younger players new to senior footy in Fairbairn, Charlton, Riley, Unsworth and Sandric put in some good performances in the first half of the year. In the second half of the year younger players also new to senior footy in Salter, the Fox brothers, Willis, Males, Howard and Grant put in some good performances. If some of these younger players can take the next step, it will certainly strengthen our player depth for next season. After a slow start to the season, tough defender Adrian Williams was probably our best performed in the second half of the year, along with Tom Allwright. Usual suspects in Murphy, Street and Wilson had various big games during the year, while Mariners Vice-Captain Calen Jeffery also played a few outstanding games. Our two most consistent performers for the year were Hugh Williams and Jesse Wells, and we expect these two to be prominent in our Best & Fairest voting.

PLAYER Bradley Coad Hugh Williams Tom Allwright Jake Briggs Larry Owen Nathan Street Rory Fairbairn Julian Dobosz Jesse Wells Tom Nichols Callan Dell George Marshall Adrian Williams Caden Wilson Zane Murphy Jamie Clark Tom Reid Calen Jeffery Oliver Di Venuto Nathan McCulloch Geoffrey Unsworth Daniel Fox Patrick Riley Joe Arnold Claude Alcorso Jarrod Hibberd Jack Sandric Rhys Charlton Robert Salter Zeke Gardam Josh Fox Sean Willis Billy Howard Thomas Males Nat Martin Blake Grant Nathan Williams Hayden Parker Patrick Fisher Robert Lapolla Theodore Jaynes Travis Brown

GAMES 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 13 13 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 7 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1

GOALS 8 1 19 12 9 8 2 25 21 6 5 5 3 33 7 1 5 1 5 3 1

4 3 1 1

8 3 3 1

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Bruce Free President specialising in:

• Public Relations • Communications & Media Advice • Media Training • Government lobbying • Crisis management • Issues Management

UPCOMING EVENTS Upcoming Events at North Hobart Contact the Club for further information BINGO Every Wednesday night - 7.30pm North Hobart Football Club Rooms Best & Fairest Night Saturday 5 October North Hobart Football Club Rooms

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Keryn Nylander BA FAICD 0418 996 536

Club Hotel National Pies Fresh Freight Tasmania Kane Signs Network gaming WHK Elastoplast Sport

K & D Trade LJ Hooker Commercial Hobart RACT Ronald Young Builders Shadforths Shearwater Resort Turnbull Family

Funerals Alpha Electrics Darryn Perry Fitness Darrell “Dasher” Eaton Family Graeme Sturgess Scott Bacon MP Brett Allender


CLUB NOTES |

NORTH LAUNCESTON BOMBERS

n o t s e c n u nth la PRESIDENT’S REPORT Our club continues to takes steps forward both on and off the field. The Club’s Committee has been delighted with the commitment and professionalism of our coaches and players in season 2012. Those of us old enough will remember in the last statewide competition it took us near a decade to win the senior flag. In this current league it is my view the club is further advanced with excellent development foundations established combined with the clubs corporate governance protocols being at a more mature state. Season 2012 was head Coach Zane Littlejohn’s first season in the job. An exceptional coaching talent we all look forward to Zane’s continued leadership in season 2013. Many of our young talented players recruited from our development zone were rewarded with senior games in 2012 demonstrating our clubs total commitment to building a successful senior team via opportunities provided to the players in our zone looking to challenge themselves to play at the highest level available in Tasmania. The continued development of our young players has a lot to do with our Colts Coach, Adrian Smith, and his support coaching team. We wish Adrian and his Colts team all the best for today’s Grand Final. We look forward to working hard over the preseason to continue the growth of our young players with our ultimate aim of regaining the on field reputation of being a powerful and continually successful club. Off field the club has continued to perform strongly with another strong profit result forecast. All persons involved in achieving this result are proud to be able to stand alone without needing to beg for hand outs to stay alive. Strength in number’s - on and off the ball! Thane Brady President

Football Department Report

GAMES/GOALS

There have been a number of good performances by players over the course of 2012 ,this not necessarily resulting in a team win but all players have adapted to a new game plan and team structure over the course of the year which will only benefit North Launceston in future years. The first half of the year saw a fair few players hit the ground running with Leigh Harding taking on a new role up forward and excelling , Luke McCarty outstanding down back and also through the midfield in a new role, Daniel Roozendaal in the ruck has dominated clearances and has been terrific around the club, Mitchell Van Den Berg, whilst young, has taken the next step and is fast becoming the league’s premier forward, Alan O’Sign has continued his consistent play and high work rate, with enormous courage and Dylan Riley, after moving from South Launceston, has given plenty of drive and run and settled into his new club. The second half of the year saw those players still playing well but the emergence of Sam Carins to fitness showed why Sam is regarded highly by all both in Tasmania and Queensland, Sam having recovered from a knee reconstruction found fitness in the second half of the year and at CHB controlled games with his run , poise and ball disposal, Sam is also a wonderful role model on and off the ground with training habits and team play. Ethan Petterwood is a young up and comer with great stamina and has also matured into a good player. Young Guns/Academy Players The 2012 season has seen the Northern Bombers debut a number of young players and also had nine players in state academies. Like most TSL clubs the Northern Bombers have an excellent bunch of young players who we hope to develop into quality senior players. • U16 Academy: Lachlan Young, Bryton Mullins, Baden Alexander, Jay Lockhart, Dakota Bannister. • U18 Academy: Zac Burt, Toby Nankervis, Mitchell Van Den Berg, Mark Walsh, Jordan Cousins.

PLAYER Allan O'Sign Dylan Riley Ethan Petterwood Luke McCarty Luke Purdon Adam Viney Daniel Roozendaal Geoff Mohr Matthew Viney Shane Wager Chris Carins Leigh Harding Zachary Burt Samuel Carins Bradley Cox-Goodyer Darren Crawford Mitchell Van Den Berg Mark Walsh Michael Praciak Brendan Taylor Josh Ponting Stephen Heppel Toby Nankervis Joel Mountney Jack Avent Jade Child William McBride Gavin Provis Jordan Cousens Lyndon Stubbs Christian Barnes Andrew Whitmore Cody Weedon James Peck Jay Lockhart Bryton Mullins Jay Foon Mitchell Cordell Eric Izbicki Warwick Johnson

GAMES 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 16 16 15 15 14 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 6 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 1 1

• OAMPS Insurance Brokers

• Hymark Furniture

• Launceston Bodyworks

• O’Byrne Plumbing

• Crossroads

• Statewide Glass

• PDF Foods

GOALS 21 6 6 1 10 3 3 1 6 4 25 14 8 3 28 17 4 3 2 1 8 4 2 2

2 1 4 1

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CLUB NOTES |

SOUTH LAUNCESTON BULLDOGS

2012

n o t s e c n u sth la GAMES/GOALS

PRESIDENT’S REPORT This year has been one of the most positive for the South Launceston Bulldogs in the new TSL competition. With several wins on the board and a high performing U18’s side the club’s future is looking ever brighter. Again we ran our multicultural program with ‘Dhino’ joining the club from South Africa. The team and staff are now eager for what 2013 has to offer. The board of the club has worked hard in developing the clubs facilities, sponsorships and social events with some fantastic evenings with Barry Hall, Wayne Carey and Mathew Richardson. Coming up we still have our Grand Final Luncheon on Sept 28th, Golf day on Nov 16th and the usual club events such as trophy night. A special thanks to all those who have helped the club through the year. Our sponsors contributions, member participation and player/staff dedication continue to build the clubs great future. Ian Goninon President

Football Department Report 2012 has been much improved for our club, winning 6 games and being very competitive against the top 4 sides in the TSL. In a first the Bulldogs twice defeated arch rival North Launceston and finished above them on the TSL ladder. Players who stood out in the first half of the year include: Mitch Hills – captain of the football club who played centre half forward for the most part, he has an extremely high work rate and has been able to run his opponents into the ground, combined with his contested marking giving us a fantastic target when transitioning the ball out of the back half. Michael Musicka – plays an explosive brand of football and started 2012 well, Michael was selected to represent Tasmania in the senior state game in which he made the best players. Shaun James – very underrated player outside of our club who takes the best medium sized forwards each week. Shaun has been our biggest improver and started the season in great form. The strength in our current list can be attributed to the fact we have number of young guns that have now started to play very well at senior level, these players include: Matt Hanson – half forward flanker with elite aerobic endurance, this combined with his hardnosed approach to the game has seen some high standard senior footy reaching the 20+ possession mark on more than 3 occasions. Cody Thorp – Is our number 1 ruck at the club who has given our midfielders first look at the ball most times. With his giant leap and competitive nature, Cody has also hit the scoreboard in season 2012 with 10 goals. Players who have finished 2012 well include: Jobi Harper – has played two very different roles for the club this year, key defender and running midfielder. Jobi gives great flexibility with his ability to play on the likes of Adam Derbyshire and also play midfield and collect 25+ possessions. Rory Mansell – has played key back in 2012 and been extremely solid and given our younger players support in the back half. On many occasions running back with the flight taking courageous marks. All players have applied themselves in a professional manner and should be commended for their hard work in a much improved season. We are extremely determined to follow our 3 year plan and play finals footy in 2013.

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PLAYER Michael Musicka Jay Blackberry Mitchell Hills Beau Thorp Tom Larby Jobi Harper Rulla Kelly-Mansell Daniel Trevena Braden McGee Bart McCulloch Daniel Johncock Shaun James Ben Keam Cody Thorp Will Hanson Thomas Reinmuth Alex Russell Patrick Lawrence Mitchell Thorp Clinton Drake Chris Taylor Simon Lindsay Matt Hanson Rory Mansell Dylan Visser Jock Darke Fergus Morrison Jordan Bennett Shaun Field Jacob Saunders Ryan Davis Andrew Zammit Bradley Etchell Bradley Swain Jake Price Jordan Tepper Micael Newport Nathan Bosworth Thembinkosi Zwane

GAMES 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 15 15 13 13 13 12 10 10 7 6 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

GOALS 23 16 13 7 6 5 4 3 23 12 6 1 11 1 13 3 24 6 1 4 1 1

UPCOMING EVENTS SLFC Grand Final Luncheon

Friday 28th September $140pp or $1350 table of 10 RSVP Country Club Casino - 6335 5777

SLFC Best & Fairest / Awards Night Friday October 5th Country Club Casino Book tickets at the club - 63445759

SLFC Golf Day

Friday 16th November Country Club Tasmania Course $330 per team Shot gun start 10am Register your team with the club - 6344 5759


PLAYERS TO WATCH |

THE KEY MATCH UPS FOR 2012

DOCKERS VS BLUES Burnie and Launceston meet for the second consecutive year in the Wrest Point State League’s ‘Big Dance’. In 2012 many of the key players from the 2011 edition return to resume battle. Burnie are seeking redemption, while the Blues are looking to enter territory their Club has not charted for more than 7 decades as they seek ‘back to back’ state premierships. If these Blues and Dockers have come to play then the Wrest Point State League Grand Final of 2012 will be a game for the Ages!

Jason LAYCOCK vs Joe GROENEWEGEN The key battle to determine which midfield gets on top. Will Laycock dominate in the air or will it be the running ability of Groenewegen that provides the Blues with a target. The colossal frame of Laycock has been able to monster all opponents in 2012, but Groenewegen has the mobility and ability to be the Blues most influential player. He who gives his side first use will give his team the best opportunity to come out on top.

Nick MCKENNA vs NATHAN O’DONOGHUE The battle of the big men! ‘NOD’ versus ‘Macca’. Will McKenna control the back half as he has done all year for the Dockers or will O’Donoghue be able to repeat his heroics from the 2011 Grand Final where he was awarded the Baldock Medal for best on ground?

Luke SHACKLETON vs Tim BRISTOW The prime movers of their respective team’s midfield. Look for Shackleton’s tough inside ball winning ability compared with the flashy hard running Bristow. In 2012 Shackleton has been the competition’s dominant midfielder, but Bristow, the 2011 Tassie Medallist, remains crucial to the Blues engine room. Who can get on top and provide their forwards with the most opportunities?

Eli TEMPLETON vs Jesse LONERGAN Team mates in July as they went into battle representing ‘The Map’. Two months down the track these teenagers are the fiercest of rivals. Both players possess explosive with excellent goal sense. Defensive pressure and ball winning ability are further attributes of these rising stars with AFL Draft aspirations.

Russell ROBERTSON vs Josh WOOLLEY This is sure to be a mouth watering tussle between the ex AFL player on the one hand and the competitions and Tasmania’s outstanding running defender on the other. Robertson’s brilliant high flying and goal sense is sure to attract the football fans. While Woolley’s closing speed and dash is admired by the football purists.

Darren BANHAM vs Jordan HARRIS Banham is the quintessential small in and under player with a big heart and goal sense. A serially strong tackler who loves the tough contest while putting his team first. The form of Harris is red hot and he is a clear favourite for Launceston’s Club best and fairest honours. If he can continue to control the area around the fall of the ball Banham and the other Dockers smalls will have limited impact on the scoreboard. Who will get first hands on the crumbs… Banham or Harris?

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE |

burnie dockers

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE A lot of hard work has brought the Burnie Football Club into a strong position on and off the field as we enter the finals series. Being top of the ladder at the end of the home and away series is the ideal platform heading into the finals and we are all excited looking at the challenge ahead. Our coterie functions during the year have been very successful with some fantastic guest speakers headed up by Cameron Ling and Michael O’Loughlin. We also held two premiership reunions during the year honouring Don Gales 1962 Burnie Tigers Premiership team and Putt McCarthy’s 1982 Cooee Bulldogs premiership team. As a club we have continued the development making our club a family friendly environment in 2012. We are fortunate not to have the financial imperative to push bar sales that some other clubs are faced with, and this allows us to focus on providing young footballers with a club environment based on mutual respect and honesty. Our aim is for the Burnie Football Club to be the club of choice for families when their sons are getting involved with footy, from primary school in the Dockers Cup, through under age footy in high school, and then into the TSL Colts competition. Finally the Burnie Dockers board would like to sincerely thank all our loyal volunteers who give so much of their own time. Without your dedication, passion and love for this club the Burnie Dockers FC wouldn’t be what it is today. We are in for a ripper of a match for the Grand Final at Aurora Stadium. Good luck to all involved. We hope to see you all at the game and after at West Park and look forward to your continued support in 2013. Peter Vincent President

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CLUB PROFILE | Burnie Dockers COACH - Brent PLANT Brent Plant played at the highest level in Tasmania for Cooee and Burnie Hawks, before embarking on a 20 year coaching journey in the early 1990s. After cutting his coaching teeth at Penguin he has also spent time in country leagues, at Ulverstone and with the Tassie Mariners. Following the first year of the Tasmanian State League in 2009, Brent Plant was appointed to the helm of his original rebranded Club, the burnie Dockers. In his first year (2010) he had to contend with a massive exodus before starting to turn the club around. Blooding and playing a lot of the youth around the club was the key. After finishing 7th in 2010 he took the Dockers to 2nd in 2011. Plant’s football career will have turned full circle if he can lead the Burnie Dockers to the ultimate prize in 2012, having first played for one of the Club’s predecessors, the Cooee Bulldogs, 30 years ago.

01 Travis DAVIES After a settling down period and adjusting to TSL football Travis has really stepped up to the higher level. Strong body who takes a good overhead mark.

04 Brayden HAYES Has had a interrupted year with a consistent groin injury. Very mobile young forward who is great at reading the play. Very dangerous around goals, excellent foot skills.

02 Brodie MIHOCEK

Named in the All Australian U/18 team in 2011. This year Brody has been used in a number of positions. Whether it is down back or upon forward Brody is a hard player for opposition teams to match up. 2012 State senior representative.

05 Luke SHACKLETON

Co Captain of the club, Has had an outstanding season . Very strong in and under player that gives %100 week in week out. Leads by example on and off the field a great ambassador for the club. Topped it off by winning the RACT player of the year.

03 Jack TEMPLETON Tough reliable defender that goes about his work without any fuss. Rebounds many attacking moves. Very rarely does Jack get beaten in a one on one contest. Makes good decisions under pressure.

06 Jason LAYCOCK

The most dominate tall player in the competition by a mile. When Jason is on song he is virtually unbeatable. Very skilful player that has amazing game sense to bring his teammates into the game. State senior team representative in 2012.

07 Shaun KNOTT

08 Brentyn MILVERTON

09 Darren BANHAM

Very versatile player who can play in a number of key positions around the ground. Since crossing over from the NTFL has really stepped up to TSL football.

A player who loves to be challenged, sacrifices his game to do a shut down job on an opposition player most weeks. Very hard at the ball player who loves a contest.

Small in an under player with a big heart. Very strong tackler that loves a tough contest. Very reliable player who always puts his team before his own game. Very strong last half of the season.

11 Rudy BARRETT

12 Kade MUNDAY

14 Joel RAWLINGS

Would have to be the most improved player at the club. Rudy has really taken his game to another level. Raking left footer who is also a very strong overhead mark. Been very lively around goals this year.

15 Harry WALTERS

Co Captain of the club, Kade is the general out on the ground and leads by example. Very skilful player by hand or by foot. Reads the play well and has tremendous ability to link up around the ground. Very rarely does Kade put in a bad game.

16 Rohan BALDOCK

Very skilful players who comes under the radar of most teams. Plays a lot taller that he looks which catches the opposition out at times. Has played down back for the most of the season but love to go forward and kicks goals.

Club leading goal kicker in 2011. Had a good start to the year but got struck down and was seriously ill during the mid part of the season. Not sure if he will make it back in 2012 but look out in 2013.

18 Robbie FOX

19 Andrew LEE

Looked like we lost him at the start of the season enrolling to go to uni in Melbourne. Second thoughts had Robbie joining us right at the start of the season. Showed patches of the great finals form of 2012. Looking forward to finishing the season on a high.

22 James PLANT

2012 State senior Captain. Real leader on and off the field. Struggled preseason with and injury. Very versatile for a big man with good skills and vision. Missed eight games in the middle of the season but expect big things from him over the finals series.

24 Russell ROBERTSON

A very strongly built defender who doesn’t give an inch to his opposition opponents. Has had a very consistent year. Very reliable and loyaler clubman.

17 Claye HARDY A good solid year after an interrupted 2011. Very strong mid fielder who has silky foot skills. Represented Tasmania in the State senior team in 2012. Future looks bright after signing with the club for another two years.

20 Dylan SMITH

Dylan was really was challenged by the coaching start at the start of the season. Since cracking into the seniors he has been a real asset with his good skill and goal kicking ability. Improves with every game and has a bright future at the club.

25 Kade BRAKEY

Defender come forward. James rotates around the ground a lot filling gaps where need be. A no fuss sort of a player who will always put the team in front of his own game.

The ex Melbourne high flyer/goal kicking machine has been a regular fly in the club. Robbo hasn’t lost a lot of his spring and his amazing ability to kick goals. He loves coming home and playing for his old club in front of his family. Hope we can see him during the final series.

26 Trent McCROSSEN

32 Samuel RICE

33 Brady GREY

Trent is a ball magnet that has great ability to read the play. Great foot skills who has really added a lot of depth and experience to our backline. Looking forward to a strong finals campaign from Trent.

Been a tough year for Sam with him attending Uni in Launceston during the week and travelling back to train and play. Sam is another exciting young player with fantastic endurance and leg speed.

Very talented developing forward. Although Brady has only played a handful of Colts games this year, when he has played he has shown a lot of potential at this level. Made his senior debut in the 2nd semi against Launceston and made the adjustment well.

35 Eli TEMPLETON

43 Nick MCKENNA

Very quick and talented young player. After completing a season with the Mariners Eli has really added a lot of versatility to our side. Explosive paces with excellent goal sense. Expect big thing from Eli over the finals series.

Nick has had a good consistent year. Key defender that has been thrown into the ruck on the odd occasion to help out. Very strong and covers a lot of ground during a game. Nick without a doubt would be one of our strongest and fittest players at the club.

After spending a year away in WA its great to have Kade back at the club. Kade is a Speedy wingman with pace to burn. A hard running player that lionks up well through the mid field.

44 Caleb HILSOP Came into the team once the National Under 16 carnival was completed. Caleb who captain the State U/16 team has really slotted in well at senior level. At the tender age of 16 Caleb looks like he has been playing senior football for year.

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CLUB PROFILE |

BURNIE DOCKERS

2012

BURNIE SENIORS No.

Hgt

Name

Wgt

D.O.B

Club

1

Travis DAVIES

180

83

23/6/90

Ulverstone

2

Brody MIHOCEK

194

86

4/2/93

Burnie Dockers

3

Jack TEMPLETON

190

90

28/9/91

Burnie Dockers

4

Brayden HAYES

178

74

17/6/93

Burnie Dockers

5

Luke SHACKLETON

180

95

17/11/84

Burnie Dockers

6

Jason LAYCOCK

201

114

4/11/84

East Devonport

7

Shaun KNOTT

193

90

19/9/89

Ulverstone

8

Brentyn MILVERTON

181

80

24/6/90

Latrobe

9

Darren BANHAM

173

73

28/5/85

Ulverstone

11

Rudy BARRETT

180

78

14/2/92

Wynyard

12

Kade MUNDAY

178

78

4/1/83

Burnie Dockers

14

Joel RAWLINGS

182

88

18/2/91

Burnie Dockers

15

Harry WALTERS

176

75

26/4/87

Devonport

16

Rohan BALDOCK

185

86

2/6/88

Wynyard

17

Claye HARDY

180

76

16/9/91

Burnie Dockers

18

Robbie FOX

186

78

16/4/93

Devonport

19

Andrew LEE

196

92

1/7/86

Burnie Dockers

20

Dylan SMITH

173

70

14/2/94

Burnie Dockers

22

James PLANT

187

86

17/8/90

Wynyard

24

Russell ROBERTSON

185

82

24/11/78

Burnie Dockers

25

Kade BRAKEY

178

74

2/7/90

Burnie Dockers

26

Trent McCROSSEN

178

77

11/7/84

Burnie Dockers

31

Brodie KNIGHT

178

70

6/3/94

Devonport

32

Samael RICE

178

71

26/7/93

Burnie Dockers

33

Brady GREY

178

70

20/7/95

Burnie Dockers

35

Eli TEMPLETON

182

67

19/8/95

Burnie Dockers

43

Nick McKENNA

194

98

3/3/88

Burnie Dockers

44

Caleb HISLOP

184

72

13/5/96

Burnie Dockers

Q1

G

B

Q2

G

B

Goals

Behinds

BURNIE - STAFF Coach Brent PLANT Assistant Coaches Andrew HERRING, Craig JOHNSTON Runners Jamie BOAG, Ali BOURN Team Manager Ian BROOMHALL Head Trainer John CHATWIN Football Manager Darren BATT, Barry GABY

Q3

G

B

Q4

G

B

HISTORY - BURNIE DOCKERS AFFILIATED:

Burnie Tigers - Burnie Football League 1913-21; NWFU 192231; Burnie Football League 1932-33; NWFU 1934-40; Burnie Football League 1945; NWFU 1946-86; NTFL 1987-93. Cooee Bulldogs - NWFU 1945-86. Burnie Hawks / Dockers - TFL Statewide 1987-2000; NTFL 2001-2008; TSL 2009-2011.

Home Ground: West Park, Burnie Formed: Burnie (as Emu Bay)1885; Cooee 1894; Burnie Hawks (formed

through partial merger of Burnie to the Cooee Football Club (which had been accepted in the TFL Statewide League) 1987; the regional based Burnie Tigers merged with the Burnie Hawks in 1993, and became known as Burnie Dockers in 1995

Colours: Purple and white. Previously: Purple, Green, Red and White. Also:

Hawks were brown and gold; Tigers were black and gold; Bulldogs were green and gold.

Emblem: Dockers. Also: Burnie Tigers, Cooee Bulldogs and Burnie Hawks. Premierships: Burnie Tigers – 1927-28, 1937, 1939, 1954, 1958-59-60,

1962-63, 1966, 1974, 1992. Tasmanian State Premierships - 1963 (1 total). Cooee Bulldogs - 1961, 1964-65, 1973, 1978, 1982 (13 total with 6 senior premierships). Tasmanian State Premierships - 1964 & 1978 (2 total). Burnie Dockers - 2001-2-3-4-5 (5 senior premierships). TOTAL – 24 senior premierships and 3 State Premierships.

best & Fairest: Wander Medalists: Burnie - Charlie Hallam 1928, Clem Riggs 1937, Ray Stokes 1954. Cooee - Len Hayes 1949; Lou Redman 1950; Graeme Shepherd 1973; Tom Lee 1979. Baldock Medallists: Burnie Dockers - Nick Probert 2003. Top Goalkickers: NWFU: Burnie - G.Goninon (67) 1947, B.Quirk (52) 1948,

M.Morse (60) 1961, D.Hodgetts (79) 1971 & (73) 1972, L.Barnes (82) 1979. Cooee D.Anderson (89) 1952, L.Hayes (51) 1957, S.Beaumont (73) 1972, (94) 1978, (143) 1984, A.Hodgetts (73) 1973, D.Shepherd (60) 1975 & (102) 1976. NTFL Top Goalkickers: Burnie Tigers - C.Reynolds (76) 1991 & (96) 1992. Burnie Dockers - A.Hering (102) 2001. TFL Top Goalkickers: Burnie Dockers - J.Plapp (98) 1996 (1 total).

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CLUB PROFILE |

LAUNCESTON BLUES

LAUNCESTON SENIORS No.

Hgt

Name

Wgt

D.O.B

Club

1

Sonny WHITING

178

75

18/12/86

Lilydale

2

Sam O'KEEFE

180

77

17/11/81

Old Scotch

4

Daniel ELLIS

175

78

26/11/87

Launceston

5

Jake CURRIE

178

78

5/3/89

Launceston

6

Scott STEPHENS

178

78

3/5/83

Launceston

7

Jesse LONERGAN

185

84

14/11/94

Launceston

8

Kurt MCCABE

178

80

28/9/87

Launceston

9

Jordan HARRIS

177

76

9/5/90

Prospect

10

Adam DERBYSHIRE

193

95

7/1/83

Launceston

11

Gary SHIPTON

183

91

23/9/82

Launceston

12

Jackson THURLOW

191

79

28/3/94

Launceston

13

Brian FINCH

183

83

10/12/80

South Launceston

15

Nathan O'DONOGHUE

195

102

12/4/86

Launceston

16

Joe GROENEWEGEN

197

92

25/10/91

Launceston

17

Tim BRISTOW

187

82

3/5/87

Sale

18

Jake SMITH

184

80

25/2/95

Prospect

19

Michael SINCLAIR

183

75

13/3/89

Launceston

20

Tom CLARIDGE

190

85

24/2/91

Launceston

21

Beau GREEN

181

78

10/11/81

Launceston

22

Jake KOLODJASHNIJ

191

84

9/8/95

Prospect

23

Gene SAVAGE

191

98

21/2/80

Launceston

24

Majak MIAR

196

82

13/9/88

Old Launcestonians

25

Joe BOYCE

176

76

6/11/89

Scottsdale

26

Josh WOOLLEY

187

86

12/5/92

Launceston

27

Kade KOLODJASHNIJ

188

78

9/8/95

Prospect

30

Marcus LEE

188

81

7/12/94

South Launceston

32

Corey SHEPPARD

176

72

3/8/91

Launceston

35

Joe KRUSHKA

185

82

9/7/91

Scottsdale

Q1

G

B

Q2

G

B

Goals

Behinds

LAUNCESTON - STAFF Coach Anthony TAYLOR Assistant Coaches Phil THURLOW, Anthony AXTON, Cale O’KEEFE Runners Andrew COWLEY, Tim QUILL Team Manager Tim COCKER Head Trainer Gary STREETS Fitness Casey MAINSBRIDGE

Q3

G

B

Q4

G

B

HISTORY - LAUNCESTON BLUES Affiliated:

NFA 1882-1885, NTFA 1886-1986, NTFL 1987-93, TFL Statewide 1994-97, NTFL 1998-2008, TSL 2009-2012.

Home Ground: Windsor Park, Riverside Formed: 1875 Colours: Navy blue and white Emblem: Blues Premierships:

NTFA - 1888-89, 1892-93-94, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1909, 1913, 1920, 1924, 1926, 1929, 1933-34-35-36-37-38, 1940, 1945, 1951, 1969, 1976, 1985. NTFL - 2006-7. Tasmanian State / TSL Premierships - 1933-34-35, 1937-38, 2011 (6 total).

best & Fairest: Tasman Shield Trophy: Neil Edwards 1928; Jim

Milbourne 1929; K.W. ‘Bill’ Cahill 1933 & 1936; Tom Ryan 1939; Lance Crosswell 1946-47; Darrell Crosswell 1951; R. ‘Bob’ Bye 1959-60. Hec Smith Memorial Medallists: Alby Dunn 1968; Paul Ellis 1976; Grant Alford 1980; Darren Cook 1986. Baldock Medallists: A.Sanders 2003; A.Taylor 2004; B.Finch 2005. Tassie Medallists: T.Bristow 2011.

All Australians: Graeme ‘Gypsy’ Lee 1966 (1 total) Top Goalkickers:

NTFA: H.Murray (9) 1889, P.Tabart (9) 1892, R.Lawrence (11) 1893 & (12) 1894, J.Gorman (16) 1896, P.Bird (15) 1900, S.Willett (8) 1905, V.Valentine (12) 1906, A.Ramsay (6) & R.Thomas (6) 1911, B.Freeland (25) 1925, J.Foley (70) 1930 & (52) 1931, H.Ranson (62) 1933, A.Waddle (44) 1935, L.Smith (59) 1937 & (73) 1938, M.Flood (71) 1945, R.McCrimmon (102) 1948, (83) 1949, (76) 1950 & (55) 1951, C.Tabe (67) 1955, D.Seen (50) 1967, A.West (65) 1969 & (50) 1970, R.Smith (94) 1976 & (63) 1977, I.Donnachy (63) 1978 & (78) 1982. NTFL Top Goalkickers: A.Derbyshire (93) 2005 & (133) 2006. TSL Top Goalkickers: B.Finch (81) 2010 & (100) 2011.

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CLUB PROFILE| launceston blues

2012 2012

COACH - Anthony TAYLOR Former Scottsdale, North Launceston and Launceston player best known for his ball winning and sublime skills. After a stint with the Tasmanian Devils in the VFL he continued his playing career in the NTFL with Launceston. Tayls captained the Blues from 2003 to 2007, leading them on-field to premiership success in 2006 and 2007. After returning to coach his home Club, Scottsdale, following his playing career, Taylor took on the challenge of coaching in the TSL in 2010. After finishing 3rd in 2010 Taylor was able to coach the Blues to their first State Premiership since 1938 in 2011.

01 Sonny WHITING

02 Sam O’KEEFE

04 Daniel ELLIS

Marking and crumbing small forward, elusive with great skills, kicked over 50 goals in 2011.

Known for his running ability and pin point kicking, continually provides the Blues with drive whether it be from half back or on the ball.

The speedy midfielder is a stoppage specialist whether it is in the midfield or the forward line. Loves a goal.

05 Jake CURRIE

06 Scott STEPHENS

07 Jesse LONERGAN

Inside midfielder who wins plenty of the ball, Jake thrives on contested footy and tackle pressure. Has re joined the club after being a member of the 2008 NTFL premiership winning team.

The Blues skipper! Look for him controlling the midfield group or as a marking/crumbing small forward.

The Rising Star of the TSL. Look for his powerful running ability and penetrating kicks. Is guaranteed to take the game on at break neck speed.

08 Kurt MCCABE

09 Jordan HARRIS

10 Adam DERBYSHIRE

Gritty midfielder/forward who has a penetrating left foot. Kurt is sure to give the Blues the running power that is required.

Really come of age in 2011 and was recognised by making the TSL team of the year. The Blues will be looking to add Harris to their midfield rotations in 2012.

The Clubs leading goalkicker has returned after 2 years in retirement. Derb is strong on the lead and his long range accuracy is deadly for the Blues.

11 Gary SHIPTON

12 Jackson THURLOW

13 Brian FINCH

Shippy become the ‘swing man’ for the Blues in 2011 whether it be down back or up forward. A real competitor who thrives on physicality.

The talented Tassie Mariner has been a revelation for the Blues. Can play in a variety of roles for the team. Loves taking a big grab and look for his ability to hit targets by foot.

The Hudson Medalist for the second consecutive year, is guaranteed to make all defenders honest with his strong marking and accurate kicking.

15 Nathan O’DONOGHUE

16 Joe GROENEWEGEN

17 Tim BRISTOW

Sure to give the Blues 110% in the ruck and up forward. Must be respected wherever he plays.

Has really stood up and taken the next step after the departure of Andrea Miar, high leaps and work rate are a real feature.

Tim will be the key to whom gets on top in the midfield battle. His hard running and pace can provide just the spark the Blues require. Very creative at stoppages.

18 Jake SMITH

19 Michael SINCLAIR

20 Tom CLARIDGE

Mature 17 year old with great athletic ability. One of the many young players pushing for senior selection.

21 Beau GREEN Look for the 200 game veteran leading his troops across the half back line. Has a great turn of foot and the team thrives on his attacking play and competitive spirit.

‘Silky’ can break a game open in a split second with his blinding speed. Is damaging around goals and can provide run from defence.

Tall option in the midfield or forward. Great skills and can find the goals. Has been resilient in overcoming injuries to play an important role in recent TSL finals series.

23 Gene SAVAGE

24 Majak MIAR

Tall, strong and fast with a booming left foot. Will pick up the opposition tall in the Blues backline.

Majak will provide great support for Groenewegen in the ruck or another tall option in the forward line. Has fantastic endurance which makes him hard to match up on.

25 Joe BOYCE

26 Josh WOOLLEY

27 Kade KOLODJASHNIJ

Always on the bottom of the packs feeding his team mates. Tackle pressure and desperation really inspire the Blues.

One of the Blues most improved players in 2011. Has matured into a key defender with good body strength, pace and a penetrating left foot.

Silky left footer who reads the ball extremely well. Can play as an attacking Half back or wingman.

30 Marcus LEE

32 Corey SHEPPARD

35 Joe Krushka

New to the Blues in 2012 Marcus is hard running wingman or hit up forward.

Can play in a variety of positions from midfield, up forward or minding dangerous small forwards. Clean ball handler with neat skills.

Medium sized defender/midfielder who has joined the Club from Scottsdale. Joe is a good overhead mark and has a long penetrating kick.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | launceston blues

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The Launceston Football Club is proud to again make the grand final of the Tasmanian State League, the premier football league in Tasmania. It is a fantastic achievement from the club to have both the Seniors and the Colts playing off in their respective grand finals. The Launceston Football Club prides itself on its ability to prepare and perform well in grand finals, and this week will be no exception. Congratulations to the North Launceston Football Club and the Burnie Football Club for making the Colts and Senior grand finals. Both games are shaping up to be outstanding contests. Our Colts have had a very consistent year, finishing 2nd on the ladder, defeating Burnie in the Qualifying final and then Clarence in the 2nd Semi-final, to advance to the grand final. The team has continued to develop young players, many of whom have benefited from playing Senior football throughout the year. The team will be very competitive on the expanses of Aurora Stadium. The Senior season has been an exceptional year of competition, with nothing between the top five teams. We have again managed our season well, continuing to build towards the finals with only one goal in mind. We have worked hard to manage our list, and a big thankyou to our staff for assisting in ensuring we have a full list for Saturday. I believe that the two best sides are playing off this Saturday, and the game will be a show case of what this competition is all about. Peter Anthony President

Back L to R: Josh Woolley, Jackson Thurlow, Tom Claridge, Adam Derbyshire, Marcus Lee, Joe Krushka, Michael Sinclair, Corey Sheppard. Middle: Phil Thurlow (Football Director), Daniel Ellis, Kurt McCabe, Brian Finch, Joe Groenewegen, Majak Miar, Kade Kolodjashnij, Jesse Lonergan, Gary Shipton, Tim Cocker (Team Manager). Front: Sonny Whiting, Beau Green, Sam O’Keefe, Anthony Taylor (Coach), Scott Stephens (C), Tim Bristow, Jordan Harris, Joe Boyce.

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FEATURE |

THE WHISTLEBLOWER/UMPIRE APPOINTMENTS

2012

whistleblower Progress in 2012 This year a separate TSL Umpiring Senior Squad was formed for the first time made up of 48 members (19 Field, 16 Boundary and 13 Goal). The Senior Squad was chosen from the 3 major umpire associations in Tasmania and comprised 30 umpires from Hobart, 11 from Launceston and 7 from the North West Coast. This was a change from previous seasons as these were the only umpires eligible to officiate at senior level. All senior squad members were required to complete a 5km Time Trial with target times being set for Field and Boundary umpires.

Ben LEHNER

Joel HARRIS

Mark TUCKETT

Nic SALTMARSH

Nick BUTLER

Raymond MEE

Sam RAINBIRD

Zane PATMORE

A Rookie Squad was also chosen. The average age of the Rookie Squad was only 17 – this augers very well for the future. These umpires mainly officiated at TSL Colts level but also umpired in Regional matches on occasions to assist with their experience and development. There are now many opportunities for umpires to further their career. Today, nine umpires (3 Field, 4 Boundary and 2 Goal) have been appointed to the TSL Grand Final which is the ultimate goal for any Tasmanian based umpire. With the reintroduction of the State League competition, we now have a direct pathway through to the AFL. The match will be observed by 3 AFL Umpiring Assessors and from this individual umpires participating may be invited to trial for the 2013 AFL Squad. Last year, Nick Foot was given the opportunity to trial for the AFL after his performance in the TSL Grand Final. Nick subsequently was put on the AFL Field Umpire List. He has umpired at AFL level regularly during the season and still lives in Hobart. Nick’s promotion to the AFL has certainly been a great incentive to the whole umpiring fraternity in the state. Michael Brown State Umpiring Manager/Coach AFL Tasmania

Sam CURE

umpire appointments Seniors Burnie v Launceston Colts Launcestonn v North Launceston

Field

Boundary

Goal

R.Mee, N.Saltmarsh,

P.Bidgood, A.Reardon,

B.Lehner

J.Enniss, L.Marsden

Field

Boundary

J.Harris, S.Cure, S.Rainbird

B.Gibbins, A.French, D.Picone, J.Upton

B.White, M.Ensbey Goal A.Jones, J.Carey

Emergency Field M.Tuckett Emergency Field Z.Patmore

Emergency Goal A.Jones Emergency Goal M.White

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POINT OF VIEW |

SCOTT WADE

Who will stand up today when it counts? I am writing this article the day the Australian “football family” heard the shocking news that AFL player John McCarthy died in Las Vegas while on a holiday with some of his Port Adelaide teammates. So sad, and while I never had the pleasure of meeting John, on behalf of the Tasmanian “football family” we pass on our sincere condolences to his family, his footy club and his past and present teammates. All day today memories of a great Tasmanian football product and a three time premiership teammate of mine have played on my mind; his name is Daniel Hulm. By the time Daniel Hulm left Tasmania at 21 years of age to challenge himself at a higher level he had played in three winning TFL statewide league premiership teams, won a club best and fairest award, won the Darrel Baldock medal for the best player in a TFL grand final, won a Lefroy medal and represented Tasmania – a remarkable career for just a young lad. Daniel Hulm is the best player I have seen not to be provided with the opportunity to play AFL football, however, he made an outstanding contribution to South Australian football at Central Districts – their first ever premiership captain and he also captained South Australia. In March of 2001, Daniel Hulm died in London – below is a wonderful article that I read about him earlier this year, and it reinforces the impact that great young men at football clubs can have on the lives of others. Premierships are forever, they can never be taken away! For the players that end today’s game as premiership players they will have formed a bond that can never be broken or taken away – forever they will be premiership teammates, and some (such as Daniel Hulm) will leave a mark on their teammates that will always be remembered. Below is an article from Adelaide earlier this year that remembered Daniel’s impact on Central District and hopefully TSL fans of today will appreciate what the bond between premiership players means – Daniel Hulm is a man that his teammates at Clarence will never forget – he was an enormous leader who had a permanent impact on those who had the pleasure of playing with him:

HULM - Some REMEMBERING DANIEL ughness, others will remember him for his to win. for his unparalleled will to

winning a if they were not serious about be forever FOR MOST Daniel Hulm will premiership. captained remembered as the player who A year later they did. h oug kthr brea irman of Central District to its Former Bulldogs coach and cha ed Hulm join letter m’s Hul SANFL premiership in 2000. said ks Hic yl Dar s selector nonsense t mos the the Bulldogs in 1997 as a nowas was inspirational. “He manian ks said. Hic ” get, ld 22-year-old midfielder from Tas cou you er dynamic lead e. renc Cla club of gue ning Lea l win tbal Foo doubt that in the retired having “There’s no ical crit was role Less than four years later he his hip the first premiers teammates the world to left an indelible mark on his ... and the premiership meant But . club n ther and the fabric of the nor him.” up the mentor about five months after hanging Central’s inaugural premiership 13, rch Ma on , don Lon in died ire to m des Hul ce ts, boo Peter Jonas said Hulm’s fier . tain cap 2001. l idea the win made him spoke and his The News Review Messenger “He played hard, trained hard s titie iden ing . said he to three of Central’s lead ,” high expectations were on the club to do ity abil about the influence Hulm had the had he ) field “(On the its future it most. ded nee and how he paved the way for something when the team team the n whe success. of se sen d s Grant, who “He had a goo he was and Bulldogs chief executive Kri ling batt and ng ggli stru was endation and get recruited Hulm at the recomm able to then step up his game his said ght, Wri e Stev ch coa mple on the exa his of then club by him ow foll to others th stand arrival made others at Elizabe ground.” just a rs he was up and take notice. “Danny was Hulm told Jonas over a few bee k. wee last said nt Gra grand tor,” the r peti afte com a fortnight n the line, he retiring about as Jon in. aga “He was straight up and dow ke spo er shook your final. They nev with then up looked you in the eye when he link to a Kild St to ed and you just mov and heard the hand, it was a firm handshake Saints coach Malcolm Blight . man ’s man a ning session. trai a knew he was ing dur th dea his news of Club man, like it did bit, fair a “He was the overall package: around , also, his off- “It knocked me It was it. ut abo loyalty, ability, toughness and rd hea we n footy club.” all of us whe field care for the support of the .” sad very , very never Hulm Hulm’s passion for the club was Grant, Jonas and Hicks agreed fivea te wro he n whe than ent club had the t wha more evid of ud pro very be would porters at t 11 flags. pas the of page letter to members and sup achieved, winning nine d’,” ecte exp I t the end of the 1999 season. wha t’s ‘tha say “He would ppointing disa a off ing com was tral Cen Hicks said. letter he bt none of us seventh-placed finish. In the Jonas added: “There’s no dou , the day t he did for wha demanded the Doggies seize and ny Dan et forg r eve will and all shed its culture as a pretender the club.” get behind those involved with the club s Dog the quit it. Hulm had threatened to

Now back to today - who will stand up today when it counts? Who will be the leader that leaves a permanent impact on their teammates, and it isn’t just the role of the experienced players – who will (like Daniel Hulm) be the young player to make a real difference today? Scott Wade Chief Executive AFL Tasmania

Source: Story - Matt Turner, The Messenger; Picture - Dean Martin, AdelaideNow.

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YOUNG GUNS |

COLTS GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

2012

Launceston Vs North Launceston The Colts competition has had another successful season in 2012. Some excellent quality games are being played each week throughout the season by the next generation of up and coming TSL senior players. The Colts consists of a minimum of 10 under 18 players, with up to 12 players in their U19 to U21 years. Clubs are able to play some older players in certain circumstances. In the Grand Final today, Launceston will start slight favourites against North Launceston after taking the shorter route to the grand final with wins over Burnie and Clarence. The Northern Bombers finished 5th on the ladder after the roster series and have now won 3 consecutive finals against Glenorchy, Burnie and Clarence to earn their opportunity to take the title. In 2012 the teams met 3 times during the fixture games with Launceston winning each time by margins of 17 and 4 points and then by a whopping 110 points in Round 16. However, the Blues would take anything from that game at their peril as the Bombers team is completely different line-up this time around. In fact both teams will call on at least 18 players each with senior game time in 2012. Launceston will be looking to defend their 2011 Colts title, but interestingly North Launceston won the 2010 Tasmanian State League Colts title, which was exclusively for U18 age players at that time.

Launceston Key Players: No.18 - Jake Smith After arriving from Prospect’s youth program has developed as a strong, athletic utility that can play at both ends of the ground. Dangerous around goals and has debuted for Launceston and the Tassie Mariners in his U17 year. No.22 - Jake Kolodjashnij Key position player who can control the back half or provide a target up forward. Has played 9 senior games in 2012 and also had a successful Tassie Mariner program during his U17 year. Also from Prospect Hawks. No.29 – Declan McShane Medium-tall and very athletic. Plays midfield and forward and is an important avenue to goal for the Blues. Good skills and endurance ensure he finishes games strongly. No.45 - Aaron Seen Hard nut who loves the contested footy. Has played some tagging roles at senior level already also. Has been the dominant force in the Colts finals series thus far in 2012. No.49 - Tom Cleary Key forward who attacks the footy like an old school centre half forward. Looking to continue goal kicking finals form in the Grand Final and if he can fire will go a long way to helping the Blues defend their 2011 title. No.51 - Shae Skipper Tall and athletic utility who provides run from defence or can be a leading option in the forward line. Is having a fine finals series in 2012.

North Launceston key players: No.2 - Zac Burt A talented player from George Town who is very versatile and can play at both ends of the ground. A courageous mark for his size and has found a home in defence. Zac is a a former Mariner who has played 15 senior games in 2012. No.4 - Jordan Cousens Tall, talented young wingman, Jordan is already a senior premiership player with Rocherlea at the young age of 17. After taking the step into the Tassie Mariners in 2012 he has also debuted at senior level in the TSL. An exciting player who can make a real impact. No.26 - Jay Foon Captain of last year’s U16 North Launceston premiership, Jay is the quintessential example of a player coming through the pathway. Commencing at North Launceston Auskick as a 6 year old he has played his entire junior and youth football career with the Bombers and made his senior debut this year. A well balanced player who reads the game with ease. No.28. Josh Ponting Recruited from Rocherlea Josh is a tough utility who has settled well at statewide level and has already played senior football on 10 occasions in 2012. No.38 - Andrew Whitmore Andrew is a polished forward who plays with a lot more maturity than his age suggests. Has continued to improve at TSL level since crossing from Bridport and as well as debuting in the senior team, has dominated the Colts finals with bags of 5, 3 and 3 goals to date. No.49 - Bryton Mullins A talented hard running midfielder who has played senior football already at North Launceston and also achieved a senior premiership for Winnaleah at 15 yrs of age. A state U16 representative in 2012 who has a very bright future. The Launceston FC have been able to develop a very strong Colts team that includes around 20 players who have played senior football in 2012. The club has benefited from a good zone relationship with Prospect Hawks and has also developed a strong contingent of players from within their own youth programs. Coach Darrin Geard is aiming to add a further Colts Premiership to the 2011 victory and the Reserves Premiership which was won in 2009. The contrast with the North Launceston team is significant with the Bombers having 7 of their team originating directly from their own junior club and a strong contingent from zone Clubs in George Town, Rocherlea, Bridport, St.Helens and Winnaleah, but also recruiting heavily from outside their zone. North’s coach, Adrian Smith, is in his first season of football coaching. It will be fascinating to see how many of the young players in each team are able to progress on and play senior TSL football or even higher with their Clubs over the coming years and we wish them well. But the challenge for all TSL Clubs remains to not only develop the young talented players in their zone, but also genuinely support the development of Clubs in their zone who are proving such fertile ground for the introduction of young talented players to the game. Daniel Smedley Editor

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YOUNG GUNS |

LAUNCESTON BLUES

COACH - Darrin GEARD A stalwart of the Launceston Club since commencing as a Junior Blue in the 1970s, Darrin Geard has coached Launceston’s reserves or Colts throughout their 4 years in the Tasmanian State League. Has had striking success since taking up the clipboard and is today aiming to add a further Colts Premiership to the 2011 victory and the Reserves Premiership which was won in 2009. As well as developing next generation senior TSL players of the game, Darrin is seeing a number of the Blues go on and become coaches in other Leagues.

20 Tom CLARIDGE

14 Broderick HARDACRE

18 Jake SMITH

Broderick is an enthusiastic midfielder with neat skills.

Strong athletic utility who can play at both ends of the ground.

22 Jake KOLODJASHNIJ

24 Majak MIAR

28 Shaun PENNEFATHER

Majak is a ruck or tall option in the forward line. Has fantastic endurance which makes him hard to match up on.

In and under midfielder who gives his all every contest.

36 Thomas SHEPPARD

37 Brad RAYNER

Small midfielder / forward who can run all day.

Skilful rover and small forward who has excellent finishing skills.

Key position player who can control the back half or provide a target up forward.

29 Declan McSHANE Declan is a midsize forward option that has exceptional hands in the marking contest. Knows how to find the goals.

Tall option in the midfield or forward. Great skills and can find the goals. Has been resilient in overcoming injuries to play an important role in recent TSL finals series.

39 Thomas HOLMES

40 Ben KILLALEA

In and under midfielder who is tough as nails. A real competitor who has a hunger for contested footy.

Fast & gritty back pocket who has also tasted run with roles in the seniors

43 Mason Keane

44 Josh Youd

45 Aaron Seen

Has really developed his game over the pre season. Mason can play as a second tall in the fwd line. Loves kicking a goal!

Former State U16 player with explosive speed and very good foot skills.

Hard nut who loves the contested footy. Has played some tagging roles at senior level already.

46 Jacob Bonney

47 Luke Johnston

48 Daniel Withers

Reliable defender who also has the ability to go forward and kick goals.

Ruck or key position, always gives his all for the Blues.

Crumbing forward/midfielder with clean hands neat skills and excellent goal sense.

38 Ben CRICK Solid strong defender, usually takes oppositions most dangerous forward.

49 Tom Cleary

50 Rohan Seargent

51 Shae Skipper

Key forward who attacks the footy like an old school centre half forward.

Another former State U16, has taken his game to a new level providing a strong target in the Colts.

Tall and athletic utility, will provide run from defence or a leading option in the forward line.

52 Tim Woolley

53 Jake Rice

54 Jackson Chorely

Tough inside midfielder/forward who thrives on laying tackles and applying forward line pressure.

Booming left footer who is quick over the ground and dangerous around goals.

Courageous in and under midfielder/ backman, always puts his body on the line.

57 David Brown

65 Brady DEMEIJER

Silky half forward with exquisite skills on both sides of his body, know where the goals are.

A product of the Tamar Cats JFC, Brady has progressed from U15’s through to Colts at a rapid rate. Brady is a ball winner in the midfield or craft resting forward.

66 Josh Burt The Blues U18 captain who led them to the Northern Premiership. Josh has worked hard on his game over the last 12 months and has slotted straight into the Colts when required.

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north launceston Bombers

2012

COACH - Adrian SMITH A professional educator in his first year of coaching Australian Football. Brings strong communication skills, leadership qualities, an extensive football background and a strong passion for developing young players and teaching them the necessary skills to improve their football. Played senior football successfully for 13 seasons and over 200 games with Devonport, Ulverstone and Old Scotch Football Clubs. Has also been heavily involved in Touch Football youth development in Launceston.

01 Brad COX-GOODYER

02 Zac BURT

04 Jordan COUSINS

Brad has tasted senior football over the past few years and has the ability to win the contested football and run and carry makes him the perfect fit for a modern day footballer.

Zac is a very versatile player who can play at both ends of the ground. A courageous mark for his size and has found a home in defence in the latter part of 2012. A former Mariner.

Tall, talented young wingman, Jordan is already a senior premiership player with Rocherlea at the young age of 17. Jordan is a member of the Tas Mariners in 2012 and is sure to excite the supporters when

11 Cody WEEDEN

15 Jack AVENT

23 Will MCBRIDE

A player of immense talent, Cody will only improve once his fitness improves. A bright future beckons for Cody and NLFC are rapt to have his services after crossing from South Launceston.

Jack is a hard running back or forward who trains and plays at a professional standard beyond his years, also seen as a future leader .

Having tasted senior football early in 2012 Will is progressing very well and his toughness and willingness to do team things is an asset any football club would love.

26 Jay FOON

28 Josh PONTING

30 Christian BARNES

Captain of last year’s U16 premiership Jay is a well balanced player who reads the game very well, Jay will be a leader in years to come at senior level.

Recruited from Rocherlea FC Josh is a tough utility who has settled well at statewide level and has already played senior football. NLFC are rapt to have Josh on their list.

The captain of Colts Christian is a wonderful left foot kick and a pleasure to have around the club who has played in senior practice games and was very good.

31 Conner BRAMICH

34 Tom LOONE

35 Stephen HEPPELL

Recruited from Smithton, Connor has settled in very well. Will miss games through school football but with his run and kicking will be a major asset.

The son of premiership player Anthony , Tom has progressed through U16 premiership side into the Colts, Tom is a well balanced player and a beautiful kick

Stephen is a power forward who is an excellent kick for goal. Has a strong set of hands and a great vertical leap. A leader of the colts team this year.

37 Eric IZBIKI

38 Andrew WHITMORE

Recruited from Launceston, Eric has tasted senior football in 2012 and is a very attacking player who can play both ends of ground.

Andrew is a polished forward who plays a lot more mature than his age , Andrew will improve the longer the year progresses.

40 Bayden ALEXANDER

41 Ben ELMER

Baden is from St Helens and was part of the Tasmanian U16 team in 2012. A developing player with a great leap and can play in the ruck or up back. A very exciting player for North Launceston.

Ben is a tall athletic player who can play in a variety of roles. Ben is fearless in the air and has very good aerobic capacity.

39 Gavin PROVIS A very reliable back man Gavin was a regular senior player at back end of 2012 and played very well, always seems to have time and has great closing speed.

42 Jay LOCKHART Already having played senior football at 16 for North Launceston , Jay is a bright up and coming player with immense talent, we look forward to watching Jay play in the future.

45 Lochlan YOUNG

48 Nathan PEARCE

49 Bryton MULLINS

From a very famous NLFC family Lochlan is fast making a name for himself at the club, Lochlan is a member of Tas U16 academy and is a forward with a big leap, with hard work Lochlan has a massive future.

Recruited from St Helens Nathan had a excellent first year at club in 2011 and with further development Nathan is certain to play Senior football in future.

A talented hard running midfielder who has played senior football already at North Launceston and a premiership for Winnaleah at 15 yrs of age. A state U16 rep Bryton has a very bright future.

51 Dakota BANNISTER

54 Brendon TAYLOR

55 Kody RIDDLE

Dakota is a member of AFL Tas U16 academy and is a product of North juniors having won a U15 premiership in 2011. NLFC see a bright future for Dakota in years to come.

A quick small forward Brendon is excellent at crumbing and forward line pressure and is held in high regard at North having tasted senior football in between school duties.

A very athletic player and a great kick who has crossed from South Launceston this year. Kody reads the play very well and is sure to develop into a regular senior player with his pace and endurance.

57 Jacob HAWKINS Another product of the U16 premiership in 2011 Jacob is a polished player who can play in a number of positions, a very good trainer, Jacob is finding his feet very well at Colts level having played a number of good games.

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59 Warrick JOHNSON

63 Jason TAYLOR

Warrick is a very talented tall wingman / utility who is a beautiful kick and mark. Warrick is in his first year at North Launceston after crossing from South Launceston. Has tasted senior football in 2012.

Jason is a very talented player who after crossing from South Launceston has made a impact at Colts level, a excellent mark for his size and a great football brain well look forward to Jason development.


YOUNG GUNS |

COLTS TEAM LISTS

LAUNCESTON COLTS No.

Name

Hgt

Wgt

D.O.B

Club

14

Broderick HARDACRE

179

72

16/5/92

Launceston

18

Jake SMITH

184

80

25/2/95

Prospect

20

Tom CLARIDGE

190

85

24/2/91

Launceston

22

Jake KOLODJASHNIJ

191

84

9/8/95

Prospect

24

Majak MIAR

196

82

13/9/88

Old Launcestonians

28

Shaun PENNEFATHER

175

65

1/9/90

Launceston

29

Declan MCSHANE

185

80

20/10/90

Launceston

36

Thomas SHEPPARD

174

65

26/5/94

Launceston

37

Brad RAYNER

175

65

21/1/95

Prospect

38

Ben CRICK

188

80

11/1/93

Launceston

39

Thomas HOLMES

179

72

3/8/91

Launceston

40

Ben KILLALEA

174

66

27/1/95

Launceston

43

Mason KEANE

187

78

11/3/95

Prospect

44

Josh YOUD

179

73

14/2/95

Launceston

45

Aaron SEEN

180

78

15/7/93

Launceston

46

Jacob BONNEY

185

80

13/9/94

Launceston

47

Luke JOHNSTON

193

82

25/6/94

Launceston

48

Daniel WITHERS

173

62

30/4/95

Prospect

49

Tom CLEARY

194

90

18/12/92

Glenorchy

50

Rohan SEARGENT

189

79

4/10/95

Launceston

51

Shae SKIPPER

188

71

11/6/95

Prospect

52

Tim WOOLLEY

178

70

20/12/93

Launceston

53

Jake RICE

190

78

28/11/94

Launceston

54

Jackson CHORLEY

175

75

1/7/95

East Launceston

57

David BROWN

185

82

9/3/93

Launceston

59

Matthew SPOHN

185

82

19/11/93

Brighton

65

Brady DEMEIJER

174

69

2/4/96

Launceston

66

Josh BURT

178

78

10/2/94

Launceston

G

Q1

B

Q2

G

B

Behinds

Goals

LAUNCESTON COLTS STAFF Coach Darrin GEARD Assistant Coach Anthony AXTON Runner Geoff FOLEY Team Manager Bob CAMPBELL Development Coach Scott STEPHENS

G

Q3

B

Q4

G

B

NORTH LAUNCESTON COLTS No.

Name

Hgt

Wgt

D.O.B

Club

1

Brad COX-GOODYER

179

80

8/3/93

Rocherlea

2

Zac BURT

180

73

2/2/94

George Town

4

Jordan COUSINS

192

80

6/3/94

Rocherlea

11

Cody WEEDON

196

84

19/3/94

South Launceston

15

Jack AVENT

167

59

12/7/93

North Launceston

23

William MCBRIDE

179

70

28/12/92

Hillwood

26

Jay FOON

170

57

9/7/95

North Launceston

28

Josh PONTING

191

75

8/9/94

Rocherlea

29

Mitchell CORDELL

180

70

8/10/92

North Launceston

30

Christian BARNES

179

72

27/3/94

Bridport

31

Connor BRAMICH

179

75

20/12/94

North Launceston

34

Tom LOONE

178

65

19/6/95

North Launceston

35

Stephen HEPPELL

179

71

24/4/93

George Town

37

Eric IZBIKI

187

90

3/1/90

Longford

38

Andrew WHITEMORE

187

88

26/11/93

Bridport

39

Gavin PROVIS

182

78

14/8/91

North Launceston

40

Baden ALEXANDER

185

75

27/7/96

North Launceston

41

Ben ELMER

185

77

5/9/93

Launceston

42

Jay LOCKHART

182

64

3/2/96

North Launceston

45

Lochlan YOUNG

181

76

19/5/96

North Launceston

48

Nathan PEARCE

172

65

13/5/95

North Launceston

49

Bryton MULLINS

181

71

25/5/96

Winnaleah

51

Dakota BANNISTER

180

78

9/7/96

North Launceston

54

Brendon TAYLOR

177

70

15/12/94

Prospect

55

Kody RIDDLE

182

70

4/3/95

South Launceston

57

Jacob HAWKINS

180

76

3/5/95

North Launceston

59

Warrick JOHNSON

184

75

16/9/93

South Launceston

63

Jason TAYLOR

178

75

24/6/94

South Launceston

Q1

G

B

Q2

G

B

Goals

Behinds

NORTH LAUNCESTON COLTS STAFF Coach Adrian SMITH Assistant Coach Peter WATTKE Assistant Coach Colin LOCKHART Assistant Coach Anthony LOONE Team Manager John PURDON Head Trainer Bob O’KEEFE

Q3

G

B

Q4

G

B

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FEATURE |

HISTORY of tasmanian football Premiers

2012

our great game Tasmanian football clubs have competed for a ‘State Premiership’ on and off for around 100 years. The governing leagues of Tasmanian football inaugurated an official State Premiership in 1909 when the Premier from the southern based TFL, namely Cananore (of Hobart), played against the northern based NTFA premiership team, Launceston. The State Premiership series became hugely popular from 1928 up until a dispute between the TFL and NTFA halted the series in 1951. The year 1928 was significant because the City Club (of Launceston) had recruited the high profile Victorian Roy Cazaly to coach and he duly delivered the first state title for a Northern Tasmanian club in his first season. The State Premiership series resumed in 1954 after the North-West Football Union (NWFU) successfully gained equal status with the NTFA and TFL. Subsequently, the State Premiership became a contest between the Premiership team from the 3 major Tasmanian regions. The period 1954 to 1973 became the second golden era of Tasmanian state football such was the interest and success of the series of games that was conducted to culminate each season and determine the best team in Tasmania.

The subsequent Tasmanian State League that was conducted up until the end of 2000 was very successful in attracting high quality players and coaches to Tasmania. The State League was very popular until a number of Clubs began to fail financially and were unable to continue in the competition. Regional football resumed in 2001 across Tasmania, but there was an inability to progress a State Premiership series for 8 long years despite constant speculation and a failed attempt in 2008. The State Premiership series has been disrupted on numerous occasions due to world wars, the influenza pandemic of 1919 and internecine disputes in the early 1950s, on and off in the 1970s and 1980s and again in the last decade. Historically there is a correlation between the relative strength and interest in a Tasmanian State Finals series or league and the strength of Tasmanian football at representative level. In this regard we can expect if the new Wrest Point Tasmanian State League is able to gain traction amongst football players, corporate and media supporters and fans, that a new fourth era of Tasmanian State football will dawn and this will strengthen Tasmanian football.

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However, new cracks began to appear in 1974, 1977 and 1979 when the three leagues could not agree on the timing of the finals series or their commitment to the concept.

Ultimately, the prolonged decline of the series in the early 1980s became a major catalyst for the formation of a Statewide League in 1986-87.

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FEATURE |

HISTORY of tasmanian football Premiers

Tasmanian State Premierships 1909 to 2011 Premierships

Runner-up

16 11 7 7 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 73

6 5 6 5 3 11 15 4 9 1 1 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 73

Name of Club North Hobart Cananore / Hobart City/City-South / East Lton / South Lton New Town / Glenorchy Clarence Launceston North Launceston Lefroy / Sandy Bay Cooee / Burnie / Burnie Dockers Ulverstone Devonport Latrobe Longford New Norfolk Scottsdale East Devonport George Town Lauderdale Penguin Smithton Wynyard

Note 1 30 premierships were not contested due to war, influenza, disputes. Note 2  Hobart and Sandy Bay were reformed as new Clubs from Cananore and Lefroy after World War Two when district football established. Note 3 South Launceston and Burnie Dockers are merged clubs who have not won a State Premiership in their own right. Note 4 New Town / Glenorchy is a merged Club. Note 5 Lauderdale has only competed at state level for the first time in 2009. Note 6 Ulverstone, Latrobe, Longford, New Norfolk, Scottsdale, East Devonport and Wynyard all currently compete at regional level, but have contested State Premiership series games. Note 7 Sandy Bay has been in recess since 1997. Note 8  George Town, Penguin and Smithton have all competed at senior level and won regional premierships during years when the State Premiership was not contested due to disputes.

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FEATURE |

TABLE OF TASMANIAN FOOTBALL PREMIERS

Year 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915-1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942-1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951-1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979-1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001-2008 2009 2010 2011

Venue

Winning Team

G

B

Pts

Hobart Cananore 6 10 46 Launceston Cananore 7 14 56 Hobart Cananore 16 18 114 Launceston Lefroy 8 9 57 Hobart Cananore Won on Forfeit Hobart North Hobart 8 18 66 Competition suspended owing to World War One Competition not held owing to an influenza outbreak Launceston North Hobart 7 8 50 Hobart Cananore 13 14 92 Launceston Cananore 28 22 190 Hobart North Hobart 20 13 133 Launceston Lefroy 6 3 39 Hobart Cananore 20 17 137 Launceston Cananore 7 10 52 Hobart Cananore 12 20 92 Launceston City 9 10 64 Hobart North Hobart 11 12 78 Launceston City 14 10 94 Hobart Cananore 7 7 49 Launceston City 7 14 56 Hobart Launceston 13 16 94 Launceston Launceston 8 11 59 Hobart Launceston 15 17 107 Launceston North Hobart 9 7 61 Hobart Launceston 16 9 105 Launceston Launceston 16 9 105 Hobart North Hobart 13 13 91 Launceston North Hobart 16 20 116 Hobart North Hobart 13 18 96 Competition suspended owing to World War Two Launceston North Hobart 12 12 84 Hobart Sandy Bay 13 13 91 Launceston North L’ton 19 16 130 Hobart New Town 16 9 105 Launceston North L’ton 13 17 95 Hobart North L’ton 14 9 93 Not contested Launceston City 9 16 70 Launceston Ulverstone 19 12 126 Hobart New Town 14 15 99 Launceston Longford 14 16 100 Devonport Glenorchy 7 11 53 Hobart Hobart 14 11 95 Launceston City-South 15 17 107 Burnie North Hobart 13 8 86 Hobart North Hobart 11 10 76 Launceston Burnie 8 25 73 Burnie Cooee 15 16 106 Hobart Glenorchy 11 16 82 Launceston City-South 10 15 75 Burnie North Hobart Declared No Game Hobart New Norfolk 9 13 67 Launceston North Hobart 26 20 176 Devonport Latrobe 15 10 100 Hobart Sandy Bay 12 14 86 Launceston City-South 14 14 98 Burnie Scottsdale 16 20 116 Not contested Hobart Glenorchy 18 24 132 Launceston Ulverstone 17 19 121 Not contested Burnie Cooee 19 25 139 Not contested Hobart Glenorchy 14 20 104 Hobart North Hobart 23 20 158 Hobart Devonport 15 7 97 Hobart North Hobart 18 22 130 Hobart Hobart 19 16 130 Hobart North Hobart 12 14 86 Hobart North Hobart 16 12 108 Hobart Clarence 19 12 126 Hobart Clarence 13 13 91 Hobart North L’ton 9 11 65 Hobart Clarence 14 17 101 Hobart Clarence 20 9 129 Hobart North L’ton 14 16 100 Hobart Glenorchy 15 9 99 Launceston Clarence 15 15 105 Not contested Hobart Clarence 15 11 101 Hobart Clarence 15 13 103 Launceston Launceston 12 14 86

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Losing Team

G

B

Pts

Launceston City North L’ton North L’ton Launceston City

2 4 1 4

6 5 4 10

18 29 10 34

4

9

33

Launceston City City North L’ton Launceston North L’ton Launceston North L’ton North Hobart Launceston Lefroy North L’ton North Hobart Cananore North Hobart New Town Launceston Lefroy North Hobart City Launceston City

2 8 9 18 5 9 5 10 3 9 5 7 7 12 5 6 6 12 5 12 9 12

14 8 8 8 5 12 20 15 14 15 6 6 8 13 12 6 8 12 9 13 6 19

26 56 62 116 35 66 50 75 32 69 36 48 48 85 42 42 44 84 39 85 60 91

Launceston North L’ton North Hobart North L’ton New Town Hobart

11 12 10 16 8 8

11 13 9 7 7 10

77 85 69 103 65 58

Hobart Longford Ulverstone North Hobart Burnie Burnie Burnie Cooee Burnie North L’ton Scottsdale Scottsdale Hobart Wynyard Scottsdale Launceston Clarence Latrobe Latrobe Cooee

6 10 46 12 13 85 10 11 71 12 7 79 6 11 47 9 14 68 12 17 89 8 10 58 9 10 64 6 13 49 14 14 98 9 8 62 9 13 67 Declared No Game 7 12 54 6 13 49 9 11 65 8 17 65 8 14 62 15 13 103

North L’ton Launceston

16 10

12 14

108 74

Sandy Bay

16

17

113

Sandy Bay Glenorchy Glenorchy Hobart North L’ton North L’ton Hobart North L’ton New Norfolk Clarence Burnie Burnie Clarence North L’ton North L’ton

9 16 8 16 10 8 10 17 8 7 10 18 6 7 8

18 10 6 4 12 12 13 15 5 13 14 14 15 11 8

72 106 54 100 72 60 73 117 53 55 74 122 51 53 56

Glenorchy Devonport Burnie

14 6 6

11 10 6

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LEAGUE PROFILE |

THE SEASON THAT WAS 2012

THE

SEASON THAT WAS

The Wrest Point State League’s 2012 season commenced with an innovative ‘season opener’ in each region in March. There followed a further 18 Rounds of action at night and during the day, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and for the first time a Wednesday night game. Once the fixture was complete a final five teams, using the well known ‘Page-McIntyre’ final five system, have competed over 4 weeks and 6 finals games for the Premiership.

regional season openers Beaten 2011 grand finalist Burnie announced its intention to return to the pointy end of the ladder with a smashing of North Hobart at West Park. Since the rebirth of the state league, North Hobart had been unbeaten at West Park, but that run came to a screaming halt as the Dockers inflicted a 58-point win over the Demons. Former Essendon ruckman Jason Laycock dominated the contest for the Dockers but was reported in the last term. It was a disappointing start for the Demons. Breezy conditions and the first game of the season made for a scrappy game down at Lauderdale but it was a wind-assisted third quarter burst that resulted in the home side securing a convincing 41-point win over Hobart. The Bombers came out with the breeze at their backs after half-time and slammed on 5.6 to a solitary point as the Tigers struggled to clear the ball from defence let alone penetrate their own attacking half. Hobart came home with the wind but could only outscore the Bombers by a point in the final stand in Tigers new coach Anthony McConnon’s TSL debut. Last season’s wooden spooner Devonport showed serious signs of improvement but weren’t able to take away the four points against North Launceston at Aurora Stadium. In a tight contest, the Magpies kicked the first four goals of the last quarter to get within two points of the Northern Bombers and a season opener upset looked a distinct possibility. North Launceston captain Darren Crawford booted a game high five goals, including two after the Magpies last quarter surge, as the Northern Bombers kicked the final four goals of the game en route to a 27-point win in Zane Littlejohn’s coaching debut.

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round 1

They took a quarter to start but the Clarence Roos finally kicked into gear and began their 2012 campaign in fine style with a win over Glenorchy. It was the Magpies who jumped out of the gate with six goals to two to open up a 26-point lead at the first change. But after quarter time it was all Clarence as they piled on 13 goals to three to eventually run out 40-point winners in the TSL’s first Wednesday night game. North Hobart was workmanlike rather than brilliant in disposing of Hobart by 51 points at North Hobart Oval. In a game that never reached great heights, the Tigers battled hard but didn’t have the ball skills to hurt the more polished Demons. Demon tall forward Zeke Gardam had a field day with six goals while Julian Dobosz booted three as the Demons won every quarter. South Launceston showed plenty of positive signs in its first game under new coach Mitch Thorp but periods of undisciplined play either side of the half time break cost the Bulldogs any chance of victory over Lauderdale at Lauderdale. The Doggies gave away four 50m penalties – and four goals – just before the long break followed by another before the ball had bounced from an incorrect head count proved to be the difference as the Bombers recorded their second straight win, this time by 30 points. Reigning premier Launceston had to do it the hard way to record its win in the opening round against North Launceston at Aurora Stadium. Perhaps feeling the effects of their trip to the Gold Coast for the Foxtel Cup the previous week, the Blues trailed the Northern Bombers at three quarter time by three points. But the Blues showed their championship qualities with a four goal to two last term to record a 10-point win. The most dominant performance of the round came from Burnie which absolutely blew Coastal rival Devonport away. Not even a big storm, which resulted in thunder, lightening, a torrential down pour and the loss of some of the lights, could stop the Dockers avalanche of goals as they piled on 25 goals to eight to record a 114-point smashing. Former Melbourne forward Russell Robertson – playing one of his guest fly-in

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games for Burnie – kicked six goals while Rohan Baldock booted four for the second straight week.

round 2 Lauderdale demonstrated the hype and excitement surrounding the Bombers preseason was well-founded with their third straight win of the season against Glenorchy. Travelling away from home for the first time, Lauderdale dominated the last three quarters of the game to run out impressive 39-point winners. New spearhead Michael Cassidy bagged four goals and provided a focal point for the victors. It has been a rough start for Glenorchy and its new coach Ben Beams having suffered two heavy losses. Reigning premier Launceston unleashed its dual pronged attack with devastating effect on Saturday against Devonport at Windsor Park. In just his second game back former Devils full forward Adam Derbyshire booted seven goals and last year’s century goalkicker Brian Finch added another four. The damage was done in the first quarter as the Blues kicked the opening eight goals and were never in doubt of losing the game as they cruised to a 71-point victory. South Launceston showed it would not be the easy beat in 2012 as it has been of the previous three seasons with a commanding win over cross-town rival North Launceston at Youngtown. It was arguably the Bulldogs best win since the rebirth of the state league and was done in fine style with a 36-point win. South blew the game away in the second term. After trailing the Northern Bombers by four points at quarter time, the Doggies piled on 6.2 to 1.3 to set up a lead it was never to relinquish. The TCA Ground was once the home of Tasmanian cricket for many a year prior to Bellerive’s development and Clarence racked up a cricket score of its own against Hobart. An opening term of five goals to one was a mere entrée to what was to come. With almost no real opposition, Clarence gave an awesome display of its firepower and potency belting through an incredible 12.5 to nothing to open up a 99-point lead at half time on the to a 157-point victory.


LEAGUE PROFILE |

THE SEASON THAT WAS 2012

round 3 round 4

Clarence underlined it would be back pushing for premiership contention with a 97-point smacking of North Hobart at Blundstone Arena. The Roos dominated the game from start to finish, winning every quarter and pulverising what was thought to be a fellow finals contender. Clarence finished third last year, a fairly successful year by most clubs’ standards, but not the Roos. The Roos appear by far the best of the southern teams to vie with Burnie and Launceston for this year’s flag.

Burnie was stamping its authority as well, this time on the road. Travelling down to Lauderdale, Burnie put the Bombers in its place and demonstrated how far they are off the big guns. After kicking only two goals from nine scoring shots in the first quarter, the Dockers set up their big win with a seven goal to two second term. Jason Laycock dominated the hit outs allowing Burnie to control the stoppages led by clearance king Luke Shackleton while Trent McCrossen was doing the damage with his fine kicking skills.

It was an 88-point drubbing but Clarence playing-coach Matthew Drury was far from happy with his side’s performance against Devonport. While full forward Mitch Williamson went goalless, the Roos still had 11 goal-kickers, including six multiple scorers. Glenorchy recruit Jake Cox had his best game in the red and white, carving up the midfield with his dash and precise leftfoot disposal. The Magpies have improved from last season and battled away manfully against the odds, but could only muster four goals for the game with the Kangaroos’ defence virtually impassable.

Burnie is clear premiership favourites after absolutely smacking last year’s premier Launceston by 21 goals at West Park. It was the most commanding performance possible against a reigning champ, even if an injury hit one. The Dockers won every quarter, while holding the much-vaunted Blues forward line – by far the most potent last season – to just three goals for the day. The Dockers thrashing of Launceston will send shivers through the spine of the rest of the competition, but the form of the Blues would give every opposition confidence as Windsor Park was an impenetrable fortress last season. Lauderdale dominated for three quarters at North Hobart Oval but had to survive a last term charge from the Demons before securing victory. The Bombers led by as much as 58 points during time on in the third quarter only to drop off in intensity while North Hobart rallied from nowhere. Big Jesse Wells led the Demons comeback with five last term goals when switched forward. Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was filthy with his team for its lack of concentration but with his team sitting in third spot knows the Bombers are well placed for a crack at their first finals appearance.

Reigning premier Launceston pulled out a gutsy performance to beat a vastly improved South Launceston at Windsor Park. Missing nine of its best players through injury, the Blues dug deep and showed they have depth as well as talent in a hard fought victory. Launceston was held goalless in the first quarter but gradually pulled away to an 11-point half time lead that was extended to five goals at the last change. Playing-coach Mitch Thorp kicked two goals for the Dogs but they would be disappointed to miss a good chance of inflicting the first defeat on the Blues this year.

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Glenorchy needed a spray from coach Ben Beams and a big turnaround to record its first victory for 2012. Its winless start to the season appeared set to continue at quarter time when the Magpies were jumped by hosts Hobart at the TCA Ground. The Tigers led five goals to nil at the first break and had complete control of the game and the undisciplined Pies. But for the second straight week, the Tigers failed to kick a goal in the second term. Magpies’ vice-captain Jaye Bowden was irrepressible either in the midfield or up forward as Glenorchy ran riot after quarter time. Coming off its upset loss to South Launceston last round, North Launceston bounced back with a strong 62-point victory in Devonport in round three. The signs were not good for the visitors, trailing at quarter time, but a six-goal second term turned the game the Bombers way and they continued on in the second half with 12 goals to five. Darren Crawford was dangerous with five majors, but he had support from Mitchell van den Berg who booted a game high six goals. Devonport had goal kicking targets of their own with Aaron McNab (five) and big Clint Matthews (three) combining for eight majors from limited opportunities.

The Glenorchy machine is starting to rumble after the Magpies embarrassed visitors North Launceston at KGV. It was not so much the enormity of the victory that left the Northern Bombers red-faced but the manner. All of North Launceston’s three goals came in the second term, meaning they were held goalless for three quarters. Leading by just three points at half time, Glenorchy stacked on seven goals to zip in the third to split the game open and secure its second win of the season.

South Launceston’s surge for the title of most improved continued on track with a commanding 11-goal win over Hobart at Youngtown Oval. In gale force winds, the Bulldogs were held goalless in the first term, but returned the favour in the second term while piling on eight of their own. From there the result was never in doubt as the Doggies eased away to their second win of the season. The Dogs had an even spread of goal kickers with 12 splitting the middle, but it was defender Jobi Harper who was best on ground while fellow youngsters Michael Musicka and Jay Blackberry were among the best showing there is still plenty of upside to come for South Launceston.

The hottest of hot favourites in this game, Burnie was made to work extremely hard to secure the four points against a dogged North Launceston at Aurora Stadium. It was only the third quarter where the premiership favourite Dockers were able to break clear and put the result beyond doubt. In that quarter, the visitors banged on 7.4 to two straight to turn a three-goal half-time lead into a 52-point match winning advantage. In a peculiar game in which both teams took turns in dominating, it was Clarence that better used its time in control to claim the Eastern Shore cup and continue its unbeaten run against Lauderdale in the TSL. The Bombers jumped their more-fancied neighbours at Blundstone Arena in the first quarter opening up a 13-point lead, but the second term was a red and white romp. Clarence banged on seven goals from 15 scoring shots to nil as the Roos smashed Lauderdale for 30 minutes. The Roos were able to withstand Lauderdale’s third term surge and respond with a commanding last quarter to record a comfortable victory.

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Reigning premier Launceston bounced back from a 21-goal thrashing by Burnie last round with a rugged one-goal win over Glenorchy at KGV Oval in the Saturday twilight game. In a game that ebbed and flowed all day, it was Blues full forward Adam Derbyshire who was the difference. An 11-point half-time lead was the most that separated the two evenly matched sides all night at the breaks, but it Launceston’s composure under pressure and big game experience that told the difference. Devonport kicked itself out of its first victory of the season with some woeful shooting at goal, handing South Launceston its third win in five rounds – the Dogs best start to a TSL season. South Launceston led by 14-points at the final break only to see the Magpies completely control the final quarter in all aspects of the game, except for goalkicking. Devonport had 10 shots on goal, but could only return 2.8, missing numerous easy shots. Against the run of play, the Dogs booted the last two goals of the game to ensure win number three. The battle of the inner city clubs on Sunday was an epic battle. The Demons led for most of the day but could not shake the pesky, brave Tigers, who drew level late in the last term. It was 16-year-old St Virgils’ schoolboy Jack Sandric who would be the hero for North Hobart, kicking the last goal of the game from 40m to set up victory.

round 6 It is the toughest trip in the TSL but Glenorchy nearly pulled off the upset of the season when it ran premiership favourite Burnie all the way to the line at West Park. The Magpies were given little hope against the unbeaten hot favourites but no one told Glenorchy. The visitors led at the first two changes and pushed the Dockers all the way, with Burnie gaining the ascendency in the third term with four goals to two. Both sides were only able to kick one goal each in the final quarter arm wrestle, but that was enough for Burnie. North Hobart’s season is in freefall as injuries, suspensions and unavailability’s take its toll on the Demons, but this is to take nothing away from North Launceston. Outside two victories over winless Devonport, the Bombers had not beaten anyone raising doubts over their finals chances this season. But on Saturday they produced a terrific first half and then did enough to ensure a comfortable victory on the road at North Hobart Oval, with intrastate victories almost worth double in a tight middle pack. Previously, this game was a flogging, but South Launceston is improving fast and made Clarence fight all the way to remain unbeaten in 2012. Clarence helped the Doggies cause with some wayward kicking, but the South Launceston of 2012 is a vast improvement on those previously representing the Bulldogs in the TSL. It was

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through the second and third quarters the Roos were able to open up a match-winning lead 32-points at the last break, the eventual final margin. Reigning premiers Launceston took a half to shake Devonport, but kept its season on track with a 49-point win over the Magpies. The Blues have been riddled with injury for most of this season, but still sit third on the ladder with just one loss from the opening six rounds and plenty of improvement to come. Devonport’s quest for that first victory continues, but can by buoyed brave performances so far. Young Magpies full forward Aaron McNab booted another four goals to take his tally to 16.

round 7 Undefeated against winless – there were fears this could get very ugly, and those fears were realised at the TCA Ground as Burnie put Hobart to the sword. It was the second term where the damage was done as the Dockers piled on 12 goals to one just in that term to smash the Tigers, as the visitors eventually ran out 124 point victors. Inform onballer Luke Shackleton racked up 44 touches and ruckman Jason Laycock dominated the stoppages as well as pushing forward to bag five goals. Glenorchy finally got reward for effort with a convincing win over the season’s most disappointing side, North Hobart, at KGV Oval. The Pies kicked the first four goals of the game and while having to survive a couple of mid-game comebacks, Glenorchy never relinquished the lead before running away with a comfortable victory. Of the teams outside the top five, the Magpies appear most likely to challenge those inside and should only get better as the season progresses. As for North Hobart, 2012 is turning into a train wreck. Lauderdale moved to third spot on the ladder – its highest position in the history of the TSL – with a hard fought win over Devonport at Devonport. The Bombers appeared to have the game sewn up at halftime with a 35-point lead, but Devonport never wilted and made the visitors fight all the way, winning the second half. Undersized ruckman Jamie DiIenno continued his recent good form while Michael Cassidy kicked three. Clarence did what it failed to do in all of 2011 – defeat Launceston, and fairly convincingly. Although the scoreboard read only a 20-point win, the final margin flattered the reigning premiers who trailed by as much as 50 points. The Roos started with a six goal to one first term and had many wasted opportunities in the first half. As you would expect from the champs, the Blues never gave in and made the Roos earn their win. South Launceston pulled off arguably its gutsiest ever win in the state league in a massive day-long arm-wrestle with North

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Launceston at Youngtown Oval. After a see-saw battle with the aid of the breeze for 3 quarters, the Bombers raced back into the contest and opened up a seven-point lead half-way through the final term. Kicking into the wind, teams of Bulldogs past would have flown the white flag – but not the 2012 model. The Doggies rallied again, fought back to tie the scores before playing-coach Mitch Thorp marked in the pocket and kicked truly. South Launceston now sits a game clear in fifth spot.

round 8 Burnie withstood an early South Launceston charge before storming away at home to maintain its unbeaten record this season. The Doggies flew out of the blocks, and should have had a bigger first term lead than 15 points, but could only convert four of 10 scoring shots. From then, it was the Dockers turn to take control. Seven goals to one in the second term, was part of 15 goals to three after quarter time as the Dockers flexed their muscles. Devonport would still be kicking itself for not recording its first victory of 2012. For most of the clash at North Hobart Oval, the Magpies were the superior side but somehow found a way to claw defeat from the jaws of victory. The visitors dominated the middle terms but were unable to put enough scoreboard pressure to shut the Demons out of the game. But the Demons got a sniff and stormed home with six goals to two. The match-winners were experienced Dees, midfielders Nathan Street and Zane Murphy and forward Caden Wilson with a five goals. What appeared to be a tight game between Lauderdale and Glenorchy was blown apart by a rampaging Bombers outfit. The game was tight early, with just a goal apiece at quarter time before the Bombers, playing on their home turf, went bang and demonstrated just how far they have come. They rammed on 6.2 to nothing in the second stanza to rip the game to shreds. Glenorchy were held to just three goals for the first three quarters until kicking five in the last term, but Lauderdale still booted seven to finish the game. Launceston bounced back from its previous round loss with a hard fought 16-point win over North Launceston, but did nothing to dispel fears that they cannot recapture its premiership form. The Blues opened up the game with four goals to one in the third term to take a 29-point lead into the last quarter. But the Northern Bombers weren’t done with yet. Whereas last year Launceston was putting teams to the sword, so far this year the Blues have been unable to kill the contest. The Northern Bombers kicked four goals to two in the last term, but the Blues were able to give veteran Sam O’Keefe a victory in his 200th game. Big burly full forward Mitch Williamson put on a show for Clarence bagging a careerbest 11 goals as the Roos thrashed Hobart


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at the TCA Ground for the second time this year. While it was not the 150-point plus win of earlier this year, it was still all one-way traffic. Williamson was sensational and has now moved eight goals clear on top of the TSL goal-kickers list in the race for the Hudson Medal.

round 9 It took awhile for Glenorchy to find the accelerator, but once it did, the home team zoomed away to inflict yet another big loss upon winless Hobart under the KGV Oval lights. At half time, the Magpies led by just 16 points but the second half was all black and white. Glenorchy piled on 10.10 to just one straight kick after the long break to pull away to a percentage boosting victory. At half-time at Lauderdale Oval it looked like a major upset was on the cards. The Demons had come to play and were dominating general play and on the scoreboard. By the time the siren sounded to end the second quarter, Lauderdale coach Darren Winter had steam coming out of his ears with the Demons leading his Bombers by 27-points. After a massive bake that tore paint off the change rooms, the Bombers came out and showed why they are destined for their first finals appearance. The home side added 9.18 to 2.2 in the second half, completely outplaying North Hobart. It was the usual one quarter where North Launceston went missing in action that cost them any chance of knocking off unbeaten Clarence at Aurora Stadium. After an even first term, Clarence took control in the second term and set up another win. It was in this quarter the Roos slammed on five goals to a point, and when they added the first two majors of the third term Clarence was out to a 45-point lead and it was game over. As they do against the better teams, the Northern Bombers battled on but were again found wanting. South Launceston might have lost a lot more than the four points at Youngtown Oval yesterday. The defeat cost the Bulldogs their spot in the top five but might also have ended playing-coach Mitch Thorp’s season. The big key forward had an opposition player fall across his leg early in the second term and suffered a broken leg. But it was good news for Launceston, with the victory the most comprehensive this season from the reigning champion. The win for the Blues means there is now a three game gap between the top four and the chasing pack. For three quarters, it appeared as there was going to be a massive boilover with winless Devonport all over undefeated Burnie at Devonport Oval. The young upstart Magpies led by 16 points at the last change after a dominant second quarter was consolidated in the third term. However, the Dockers took complete control in the last term, piling on six goals to one to remain unbeaten in 2012.

round 10 Burnie is now clearly the premiership favourite after easily disposing of reigning premier Launceston for the second time this season. While the 42-point margin was not as big as the 100-plus point hiding they gave the Blues earlier in the season, the Dockers were just as impressive in wet and windy conditions at West Park. There was just three points in the contest at half time but the home side flexed their muscles in the second, booting eight goals to one. It was again Burnie’s top line stars who shone in the rain, with state captain Andrew Lee leading the way with three goals up forward. When Lee wasn’t marking the ball he was busting open packs for his teammates. Glenorchy pulled off the upset of the State League season by inflicting Clarence’s first loss of the season at Blundstone Arena. The Roos had been largely untroubled for much of the season but the Magpies came to play, kicking 11 goals to four over the middle two quarters to set up the win. As expected in any clash between the two fierce rivals, there were spot fires throughout the day as the young Glenorchy outfit wanted to show it would be no pushover. In claiming victory the Magpies also regained the BingleyLinton Challenge Cup for the first time since 2008. Atrocious conditions confronted the South Launceston and North Hobart at Youngtown and life proved difficult for the Dogs without Mitch Thorp and the suspended Rory Mansell. The Dogs had as much of the ball as the Demons but without their leader patrolling the forward line the home side continually broke down when pushing forward. A three goal burst in the second quarter from North Hobart proved the difference, with the visitors turning a twopoint quarter time deficit into a 14-point buffer at the main break which was worth five goals in the slogfest. Tom Allwright played arguably his best game since returning to Tasmania, booting two goals and gathering plenty of important touches for the Demons. Lauderdale cemented its place at third on the TSL ladder with a workman-like win over a determined Hobart at the TCA ground. It was Lauderdale’s eighth win from 10 games, making them a dark horse for the TSL premiership, while the Tigers are still hunting for their first win. The Bombers blew the game apart in the third term when they kicked 7.1 to 0.1, laying the foundation for their 50-point victory.

round 11 In the top of the table clash Clarence gave Burnie its first loss of the season at Blundstone Arena. The Roos had

steeled themselves for the clash after a disappointing loss to Glenorchy last weekend and after trading goals in the first half Clarence then turned up the heat in the second half, grabbing the ascendancy and threatening to run away in the last quarter when it opened up a 19-point buffer. However Burnie refused to wilt, storming back to level the scores halfway through the last stanza before the Roos kicked away again. Brennan Savage was outstanding for the victors, not only breaking even with the league’s best player in Jason Laycock but winning plenty of the ball around the ground. A depleted Launceston held on for a gritty 17 point win against Glenorchy to ensure it remains entrenched in the top four. Missing a host of first choice players to school footy and injury, the Blues used a five goal burst in the third quarter to break free from a plucky Magpies who are rapidly improving as the season goes on. Reigning league best and fairest Tim Bristow was best afield, closely followed by Kurt McCabe, who gathered 35 quality possessions. The Magpies chalked up their first win of the season in extraordinary scenes at Devonport Oval. After bolting out of the blokes to kick the first five goals of the contest, the home side appeared set for a big victory only to see South fight back. The Bulldogs hit the lead in the third term and a Magpies fadeout looked imminent. However big man Clint Matthews kicked two last term goals to give Devonport the lead again, before Michael Musicka had a chance to steal the game for the visitors. Musicka marked the ball 20m almost dead in front with only seconds remaining and his side down by two points, only to push his kick across the face. After arriving to the ground and seeing the shattering view of the George Miller stand gutted by fire, the Demons produced a stirring performance to bury inner-city rival Hobart. The big win pushed North to the edge of the five while the Tigers now remain the only team without a win after Devonport broke its duck. The Tigers had little to smile about following another big loss, and if they fail to defeat Devonport next round at home there is every chance they will finish the season without singing the club song. Victorian recruit Tarquin Netherway battled manfully all day while Ryan Sullivan threw himself into everything for Hobart. In the battle of the Bombers it was Lauderdale who consolidated third spot on the ladder with a hard fought 39-point win. While the southerners frittered away a number of chances early in the game, the Northern Bombers took the most of theirs, kicking five straight to 4.5 to hold a one point lead at the first change. However the southern Bombers started to hit their stride in the second quarter with the likes of Matthew Smith, Kaine Waller and Damon Smith starting to find the ball. North battled on however and by three quarter time the visitors held a 14-point advantage. In the end it was Lauderdale who finished full of running, kicking 5.5 to 1.4 to close out the match.

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round 12 Reigning premier Launceston remains the great unknown in the race for the TSL premiership after another unconvincing win, this time at home over North Hobart. In wet and woeful conditions, the Blues at one stage opened up a five goal lead in the third quarter, before the Demons doggedly fought back. In fact Larry Owen had the chance to reduce the margin to just four points in the last term courtesy of a 50 metre penalty, but he missed his set shot from 20m out and that was enough for the Blues to hold on. It was all too predictable – North Launceston battling away against a much more fancied opponent before succumbing and being easily over run. This time it was Burnie doing the steamrolling at West Park. Coming off their first loss of the season – an away defeat to Clarence – the Dockers gradually extended their lead before bursting away with a six goal to two last quarter that enabled Burnie to secure the win. The Dockers were dressed in unfamiliar colours – the black and yellow of the Burnie Tigers to mark the 50-year anniversary of the 1962 premiership team. It was a case of near enough was not good enough as Lauderdale again failed to overcome its fiercest and closest rival, Clarence. The Roos were jumped in the first term before taking control in the second and third quarters only before having to withstand a last quarter fight back from the home side at Lauderdale Oval. The Bombers even had their chances in the dying minutes; with key forward Michael Cassidy and Darren Garth both missing set shots. But instead it was Clarence which prevailed to keep its perfect record against Eastern Shore neighbour Lauderdale in the TSL intact. It was winless Hobart’s best chance for its first win of 2012 – and the Tigers blew it. The Tigers must feel sick in the stomach after what happened at the TCA Ground after letting go a brilliant position against visiting Devonport. Hobart dominated the first quarter and half of the second term, racing out to a 42-point lead. But as so often with the Tigers, they had a complete lapse in concentration, allowing their opponents to take control of the game and eventually surge to victory. Devonport reduced that seven-goal deficit to 23-points at half time and then took over in the third term but were a little inaccurate, booting 5.7 to two goals, before another five goal to two in the last term put the result beyond doubt for the visitors. Full forward Aaron McNab finished with a haul of five while Sam Hess and Kurt Heazlewood were terrific all day. Glenorchy went along way to shoring up fifth position with a comfortable home win over South Launceston. The 43-point win sees the Magpies a game and significant percentage clear of the chasing pack as Glenorchy evened its win-loss ledger after 12 rounds.

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After a slow start, Glenorchy opened up the game in the second term and were never headed again. As usual, it was vice-captain Jaye Bowden leading the way. Dominating the midfield, Bowden was able to use his skill and class to also kick three goals, while full forward David Hunt lead all goal kickers with four.

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The crowd came to see former Melbourne high-flyer Russell Robertson and they were not disappointed. Robertson booted four goals for Burnie as they recorded a comfortable victory over South Launceston at Youngtown Oval. The Dockers set the tone early, and firmly had the game in control by half time, leading by 42 points at the main break and then coasted to victory. It was arguably the individual performance of the year and all but assured Glenorchy a finals berth for 2012. Playing his 100th game, Jaye Bowden turned on the performance of his career against Lauderdale. Bowden kicked eight goals – a personal best – as Glenorchy dominated the game after quarter time at KGV Oval. It was the visitors who started the best, leading at quarter time by 13 points but from then on it was a black and white romp. With captain Ben Reynolds and Bowden’s brother Tyler in complete control in Glenorchy’s defence, the Bombers could only kick three goals for the last three terms. TSL beware – last year’s premier is starting to rumble. Launceston inflicted a 44-point win on the road over Devonport, but it was more the manner of the victory rather than the margin. The Blues had 33 scoring shots to 14 demonstrating their dominance of the game. Launceston won every quarter with full forward Adam Derbyshire booting five goals and Kurt McCabe continued his outstanding form. North Launceston snapped a six-game losing streak with a thorough smacking of Hobart at Aurora Stadium. While the Northern Bombers recorded their fourth win of the year to overtake South Launceston and jump to seventh, the Tigers first win remains only a dream at this stage. Lively Bombers small forward Zac Burt booted three goals and veterans Shane Wager and Alan O’Sign racked up the possessions in the midfield while Sam Cairns was a rock in defence. It was a fiery, heated clash in the middle of winter, but despite a desperate, combative North Hobart effort, Clarence prevailed at Blundstone Arena. On more than one occasion the Demons got within a kick of Clarence, but could never get their nose in front in what was arguably North Hobart’s best performance of the season. North Hobart won the second half, but it was flashes of skill from the likes of Cameron Thurley and Trent Standen that ensured the Roos would remain second only to Burnie on percentage.

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round 14 North Launceston ensured its cross town rival wouldn’t complete the clean sweep on it in 2012 by winning the clash under lights at Aurora Stadium. In their two previous meetings this year, both at Youngtown, the Bulldogs had walked away with the four points but the Bombers ensured it would be third time lucky for their faithful on their home turf. The victory was set up in the opening quarter, where North kicked five goals to one to open up a 22-point advantage which would ultimately prove the difference. On his return from injury North skipper Darren Crawford kicked four goals, while South was not helped by injury woes with


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key play maker Beau Thorp (hip), defender Chris Taylor (knee) and big man Bart McCulloch (quad) all going down in the first quarter, leaving coach Mitch Thorp with just a two man rotation for the rest of the night. The Dogs did at least restrict the damage by booting the last three goals of the contest after North had skipped to a 44-point lead.

five-goal to one second term that set up the win as the Blues opened up a 30-point lead at half time, a lead that was never really threatened throughout the second half. While the Dockers Nick McKenna kept Blues spearhead Adam Derbyshire to just two goals, it was Sonny Whiting who did the damage. A clever medium-sized forward, Whiting was the most destructive player on the day around the big sticks, bagging a season-high haul of five goals. In positive news for the state’s AFL draft hopes, Jesse Lonergan – the nephew of Essendon’s Sam Lonergan – was best afield.

Hobart’s season from hell plunged to new lows after it was embarrassed by a rampant Clarence at Blundstone Arena. By quarter time the lead was already 51 points and it had stretched to 109 by the main break as the Tigers were held goalless in a display which lacked any passion. The visitors finally got on the board 10 minutes into the third quarter thanks to Ryan Sullivan, but by that stage the Roos had already slammed on 20 majors and it was just a matter of how ruthless they wanted to be. They didn’t let up in the percentage boosting effort which would have left coach Matthew Drury smiling from ear to ear. Cameron Thurley, Mitch Williamson and Trent Standen booted 23 goals between them, with Thurley’s 10 his best haul in a match and earning him clear man of the match honours. Williamson stretched his lead at the top of the goal kicking table with a further 8 goals. Tigers Alex Hartley and Josh Dykes did all they could down back to limit the carnage that was unfolding. The Demons kept their finals aspirations alive with a gutsy performance against a Glenorchy outfit which had hit its straps in recent weeks. The Magpies started the better of the two sides but failed to take the most of their chances, booting 2.5 in the first quarter while keeping the home side goalless. But with big Jesse Wells providing a target up forward North Hobart went into the long break with the lead. The game opened up in the second half as North found its run, kicking seven goals to four in the third quarter to open up a buffer which the Magpies could never bridge again. While the Demons remain in sixth spot on the ladder, they did cut the gap to Glenorchy back to four points. A blistering opening quarter from Lauderdale, who piled on 8.7 to 3.2, set the tone for its big win against the reigning premier. The Bomber came to play, running in waves and tackling and chasing with intent as the Blues backline repeatedly coughed the ball up under pressure. After an even second quarter the Blues surged at the start of the third term to cut the margin from 35 points to 17. However it was as close as they would get again as the Bombers steadied before pulling away to record arguably their best win of the season. The Dockers moved back to the top of the table on percentage with a third thumping of its Coastal rival this season but the victory may have come at a large cost. After trailing at quarter time Burnie slammed on 20 goals to four to run away with the match at West Park, but lost its most important asset Jason Laycock to a hamstring injury during the second quarter. With fellow big man and star Andrew Lee already sidelined with a quad strain, Laycock is the last player the Dockers can afford to lose with his work in the ruck unrivalled in the competition.

North Hobart’s late rush for finals action continued with eventually an easy win over North Launceston at North Hobart Oval. But the final score does not demonstrate the Demons slow start that saw them trailing by 23 points half way through the second quarter. The Demons smashed on nine goals to four after the long break and it was one man doing all the damage. North Hobart forward Caden Wilson was unstoppable after half time either in the air or on the ground as he booted six of his game-high seven goals in the second half, while Tom Allwright chipped in with three majors and Zane Murphy took over the midfield after spending most of the first quarter deep in attack.

d 16 n u o r round 15 Viewed by many as Hobart’s best chance to chalk up a maiden victory this season turned into another afternoon of great disappointment for those in black and gold. South Launceston was coming off a seven game losing streak and was without playingcoach Mitch Thorp and former Brisbane Lion draftee Bart McCulloch and were on the road. But any thoughts of a Hobart win was quickly put to bed by the desperate Bulldogs. The Doggies jumped out of the gates with 12 scoring shots to one in the opening quarter to open up a 35-point lead and never looked back. Their dominance was best illustrated in the last term as the Bulldogs piled on eight goals to rack up a massive victory – and importantly their fifth win of the season. While no other team can get close to Clarence, arch-rival Glenorchy has knocked off the mighty Roos for the second consecutive time. And just like the round 10 victory, it was built on midfield dominance. The crowd just shy of 3000 might have come to see Geelong premiership power forward Cameron Mooney in action in his only TSL appearance, but it was the rest of the Magpies doing the damage. Ruckman Ben Brown had complete control of the hit outs, enabling Brayden Webb, Jaye Bowden and Zac Webster to take control. There is still plenty of life in the old dog yet as reigning premier Launceston overcame premiership favourite Burnie for the first time this season at Windsor Park. It was a

Tipped to go right down to the wire, Burnie blew Clarence away to stamp itself as the 2012 premiership favourite. The Dockers won every quarter and any queries about its injuries depriving it of scoring power was put to bed with Eli Templeton bagging five, Caleb Hislop four and Jason Laycock and Michael Linnane two each. Burnie onballer Luke Shackleton continued his outstanding season with yet another best afield performance, and was well supported by Laycock in the ruck in his first game back from a hamstring and fellow midfielders Kade Munday and Darren Banham.

Hobart’s season from hell appears if it will only go to the very last round with yet another massive, uncompetitive flogging this time from Glenorchy. The Tigers were held scoreless in the first quarter – trailing by 51 points at the first change – and to just a solitary point by half time. After creditable performances against the big dogs, Glenorchy needed to put a lower ranked team away and that’s exactly what they did. It was all one way traffic with full forward David Hunt benefitting with six goals and the win secured the Magpies a finals spot. North Hobart’s slim finals chances were permanently extinguished with a comfortable loss to Lauderdale at Lauderdale Oval. With so much riding on the game, the Demons failed to fire a shot early, with the game pretty much over before North Hobart had even woken up. The

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margin at quarter time was 34 points and although the Demons improved significantly afterwards, the damage was done. While the four points were crucial, Lauderdale failed to build considerably on its percentage and now have Launceston breathing down its neck by less than one percent in the vital race for third spot. Bang, the reigning premier is back and in a big way. After beating Burnie for the first time last round, the Blues embarrassed cross-town rival North Launceston. It was a complete, four-quarter performance that would have sent shockwaves through the entire competition as Launceston edges closer to the form that saw it lost just one game on the way to last season’s flag. Adam Derbyshire was the recipient of the Blues domination with nine goals and Sonny Whiting was a more than able sidekick with four. With just two rounds to go, North Launceston is a chance to finish below another arch-rival in South Launceston for the first time in the TSL, while the Blues are in an extremely tight battle with Lauderdale for third spot and the double chance. South Launceston’s improvement continued with its sixth win for the year, doubling the number of victories from last season and likely to finish at a club best seventh position. And the Bulldogs did it in fine fashion, belting through nine goals in the opening quarter to two to set up a 41 point lead and the eventual win. With playing-coach Mitch Thorp returning for his first game from a broken leg and former Brisbane listed ruckman Bart McCulloch, the Dogs had way too much size and class for the Magpies. Thorp and Daniel Johncock kicked four goals each and captain Mitch Hills dominated across half forward.

coach Mitch Thorp had 37 touches playing in the midfield as well as kicking two goals. It is not often a coach is unhappy with a 102-point win, but Lauderdale coach Darren Winter knows it could have been so much more. The Bombers were exceptionally wasteful in front of goal against hapless Hobart in the first twilight game at the TCA Ground. With key forward Michael Cassidy going goalless, Adam Joyce stepped up with five goals, just one of 11 goal kickers for the Bombers. Premiership favourite Burnie continues to roll on, this time thumping North Launceston by 69 points. Burnie bolted out of the blocks against North Launceston, smashing through seven goals in the first term to zip as the game was over as a contest by the first break. The hosts were 86 points behind at three quarter time with just two goals to their names, but saved a little face with a four goals to one last term to reduce the humiliation but by only a little. Clarence’s scratchy form leading into the finals continued with a hard-fought 16-point win over North Hobart at North Hobart Oval. The Roos were coming off consecutive losses so were always looking for a win and they bolted from the blocks slamming through the first seven goals of the game. But from there the Roos had to resist several North Hobart surges. When Demons forward Caden Wilson kicked a pair of quick goals early in the last quarter, the difference was back to seven points with the home side having all the momentum. However, the Roos steadied with a goal to livewire small forward Trent Standen to ensure their losing streak was at an end.

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The battle of the Magpies ended up in an all southern affair on the scoreboard but it was far from that for most of the day as Devonport continues to provide nuisance value. The win continues Glenorchy’s winning streak and guarantee’s a spot in the elimination final but it took until the last quarter for the southerners to break free. Half way through the third term it was still game on but the more experienced Glenorchy was able to slam on seven goals to three behinds in the final term to turn an arm wrestle into a convincing win. South Launceston is another team which can go into its pre-season with lots of confidence after testing reigning premier Launceston all the way at Youngtown Oval. There was less than a goal in it for most of the match and after kicking the first goal of the last term, the Bulldogs led by eight points and appeared capable of pulling off a massive upset against one of the form teams of the competition. But after being well held by Jobi Harper, Blues full forward Adam Derbyshire booted two of his three goals for the game to give Launceston back the lead and it was never going to give it up. Dogs playing-

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Lauderdale’s round 18 was both sweet and sour. It was the Bombers first ever TSL victory over arch-rival Clarence, but with Launceston thumping Hobart, Lauderdale’s 13-point win was not enough to hold onto third spot and the double chance. Launceston jumped to third, edging out Lauderdale by just 1.61 per cent. However, round 18 will be long remembered by Lauderdale as it recorded its best ever TSL victory. It was not only because they downed the Roos, but the courageous manner of the win. The Roos were the better team in the first half, and managed to do enough during the third term to hold a 16-point lead at the last change. But despite the loss of their best key forward Michael Cassidy and running defender Sean MacKay in the first half, Lauderdale ran all over Clarence kicking six of the last seven goals.

While Lauderdale was battling it out with Clarence in one of the games of the season, Launceston was smashing Hobart to ensure it would jump to third on percentage. Despite heavy second half rain, the Blues did enough in the first half to lead by 84 points and while slowed after half time, still ran out huge 122 point victors. Adam Derbyshire and Sonny Whiting both feasted out on the Tigers carcass as the Blues did as they pleased. For the Tigers, the final siren ended statistically

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the worst season by a club in the TSL. The Northern Bombers celebrated former captain Shane Wager’s 150th game and the end of the season with a relatively comfortable win over Devonport at Aurora Stadium. In a wind affected game, North Launceston led by 13 points at half time, before outscoring the Magpies in the third quarter with the breeze and the last when kicking against it. In a sign of hopefully better days ahead for the Northern Bombers youngsters Will McBride on a wing and tall Toby Nankervis were their sides best. Despite the last round victory, it was yet another disappointing season for the Northern Bombers, while Devonport showed considerable signs of improvement but still only managed to record two victories for the season. Glenorchy tuned up beautifully with an easy 45-point win over North Hobart at North Hobart Oval. Despite resting trio Brayden Webb, David Hunt and Luke Potter, the Magpies still had far too much class for off-season bound North Hobart. After yet another slow start, the Demons fought their way back into the game and trailed by only seven points at three quarter time. But it was all one-way traffic in the last time as Glenorchy rammed on eight goals from 16 scoring shots on goal to three goals straight. Burnie secured the minor premiership and the right to host the second semi-final in two weeks’ time with a hard-fought win over South Launceston in a game battled against the elements at West Park. While the final margin was very comfortable, it was anything but for the Dockers for most of the match. Just two points separated the teams at half time with each side only mustering two goals each, and even at the last change there was only a seven-point margin to the home team after the Dockers kicked the only goal of the third term. But in the last quarter, the Dockers showed why they are the premiership favourites, finally breaking the brave Bulldogs with five goals to a behind.

finals W1 Elimination Final – Lauderdale vs Glenorchy For the second week in a row Lauderdale pulled off a last quarter miracle to again set a new bench mark. Just a week after defeating Clarence for the first time in the last roster game, the Bombers entered their first ever final and the pressure told early. Glenorchy was slick from the start and clean with the ball in hand, racing out to a 31 point lead half way through the second term. Two late goals to the Bombers reduced the halftime margin to 19 points, a margin that the Magpies extended by a point at the last change. What had been a tense arm wrestle became all one-way traffic as Lauderdale dominated every facet. Lauderdale kicked 4.5 in that last 30 minutes while keeping Glenorchy scoreless to win its first ever final in dramatic,


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emotional fashion. It came after playingassistant coach Matthew Smith was subbed out early in the third term with a hamstring injury while key forward Michael Cassidy was watching on from the sidelines due to a knee injury. Lauderdale coach Darren Winter helped spark the change by switching Alex Hill (who had three first half goals) to defence with Jake Siggins. Siggins booted two last term majors, playing a major role. Undersized ruckman Jamie DiIenno was a star at the stoppages and around the ball in a best afield performance. For Glenorchy it was a bitter defeat after a late season surge. Jaye Bowden was again brilliant, Ben Brown controlled the ruck in the first half and David Hunt kicked four. The Magpies season is now over while Lauderdale will take on arch-rival Clarence in next Saturday’s first semi-final. Qualifying Final – Clarence vs Launceston The reigning premier Launceston continues to rumble while the headaches at Clarence grow bigger by the day. The Roos suffered a blow before the first bounce with star Cameron Thurley ruled out with a knee injury and their day did not get any better. Clarence actually kicked the opening goal but from there the Blues got in control booting the next five of the quarter to take a 20-point lead to the first change. Blues captain Scott Stephens booted three goals in that five goal run but also reinjured a calf and was eventually subbed out. Clarence enjoyed its best term during the second quarter and closed to eight points at the long break and perhaps should have been closer but for some missed chances. However, any thought of the Roos returning to the winning list was quickly squashed as the Blues deservedly put the game beyond doubt with a 12-goal to four second half. Blues full-forward Adam Derbyshire was the most dangerous player on the ground finishing with five, while Gene Savage kept the Roos focal point and this year’s Hudson Medallist Mitch Williamson to just a solitary major. Launceston ruckman Nathan O’Donoghue was the best bag man on the ground, last year’s Tassie Medallist Tim Bristow played his best game of the year and Jesse Lonergan showed why he will be eagerly sought by AFL clubs at this year’s draft. Clarence has now lost four of its past five games and now faces a cut-throat semifinal next week. Brady Jones kicked three for the Roos and Chris Hensby and Jake Cox battled hard, but there were not many positives for Clarence ahead of next Saturday.

finals W2 1st Semi Final – Clarence vs Lauderdale Clarence finally awoke but only just in time. It took until the last quarter, but Clarence eventually showed a glimpse of the form that took it to second during the roster

season. Everything appeared on track for Lauderdale to continue its dream run as it led for the first three quarters, but just couldn’t put the Roos away. The Bombers first finals appearance was set to reach a preliminary final as they led by as much as four goals during the second term and still held an 11-point lead at the last change. However, Clarence does not have a reputation as one of the proudest clubs in the state by simply rolling over when faced with adversity. Even when general play favoured Lauderdale, Clarence was able to stay close enough that when momentum swung in the last term, the Roos were able to power into next Saturday’s preliminary final. It was a masterly last quarter as the Roos kicked 6.3 to 2.1 to storm home and save their season. Small forward Trent Standen was simply outstanding. He finished with six goals including two in the last term but also repeatedly chipped in when Lauderdale was dominating play. Standen was well supported by fellow small forward Jack Boon who kicked three as Jake Cox, Chris Hensby and Brady Jones took control of the midfield. It was the game where the loss of key forward Michael Cassidy really hurt the Bombers. They could not find a winner up forward to make the most of their earlier dominance and it came back to haunt Lauderdale in the last term. Still a fourthplaced finish, a first finals appearance and a first finals victory (in last week’s elimination game against Glenorchy) marks a successful season for the Bombers and bodes well for the future. 2nd Semi Final – Burnie vs Launceston Any doubts that Burnie is the out-and-out premiership favourite were put to bed at a windy West Park on Sunday. And any doubt Dockers ruckman Jason Laycock is the most dominant player in the TSL were similarly quashed as the former Essendon big man dominated the Blues from start to finish. Both sides suffered pre-game withdrawals with Burnie losing Russell Robertson and Andrew Lee and Launceston without captain Scott Stephens and full forward Adam Derbyshire. The first half was fairly tight but Burnie was able to defend better against the breeze in the second term to take an 11-point lead into the long change. However, it was the third quarter where the Dockers blew the Blues away. Rudy Barrett and Dylan Smith – two of the lesser names at the star-studded Dockers – kicked five goals between them in the third term as Burnie piled on 9.4 to a solitary goal to wrap up a spot in this year’s grand final. The 63-point three-quarter time lead was far too great for the Blues to overcome despite coming home with the wind. Laycock was simply unstoppable. He took in excess of 20 marks for the day, booted three goals and smashed the Blues in the hit outs. Teammate Luke Shackleton was also instrumental. As well as being his usual bustling self at the clearances, he snuck forward to finish with four goals including three in the opening term, while Darren Banham shut down the Blues most dangerous forward in the

absence of Derbyshire, Sonny Whiting. Launceston will now host Clarence in Saturday’s preliminary final at Aurora Stadium, while Burnie will enjoy another week off as it prepares for the grand final – and possibly the Dockers first ever TSL/ statewide league premiership.

finals W3 Preliminary Final – Launceston vs Clarence Launceston has the chance to make it back to back premierships and against the same opposition after storming home to defeat Clarence by eight points at Aurora Stadium on Saturday night. While the Blues took the win, they did it the hard way after being incredibly wasteful early when they had complete control of the game. The Blues were dominant from the opening bounce yet could not find the gap between the big sticks despite numerous opportunities from close range. Launceston had full control of the midfield and it appeared as if it brought its own Sherrin while Clarence’s defence was besieged but refused to surrender. Veteran Roos defender Cameron Blight, in his last TSL game, had the big match up on Adam Derbyshire and used all his experience to keep a tight rein on the spearhead despite being beaten for pace by his younger opponent. The Blues had nine extra scoring shots in the first half and another three very gettable misses that failed to score at all but led by only 14 points at the long break. It was a different Clarence that came out for the second half. With playing-coach Matthew Drury thrown into the middle, the Roos started to take control. They used a short kicking game with forwards pushed up the ground, allowing plenty of space for the small quick forwards in Trent Standen and Jack Boon to run into. Clarence kicked four goals to one and had the momentum at the last change. When the Roos broke through the Blues press and Standen kicked his third to open the goal scoring in the final quarter, Clarence was out to a 14 point lead and seemed to be on way to a grand final spot against Burnie next Saturday. But this intriguing, hotly contested final had yet another twist. Seemingly on their knees, it was the Blues who rallied once more. Derbyshire led, marked and kicked truly for his second, then Corey Sheppard did exactly the same and suddenly the difference was back to less than a goal. All of a sudden it was the Roos under the pump and they faultered. At the 20 minute mark, Roos defender Tim Castle dropped a tough one-handed mark and his direct opponent, Sonny Whiting, swooped on the spillage, ran into an open goal and the Blues were back in front. It was Blues ruckman Nathan O’Donoghue who sealed the game as he got a toe-poke onto a goal line marking contest to end Clarence’s season.

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Regional Season Openers

Glenorchy 14.17 (101)

SATURDAY 31 MARCH

SUNDAY 20 MAY

Burnie 20.12 (132)

df.

North Hobart 10.14 (74)

Lauderdale 11.19 (85)

df.

Hobart 6.8 (44)

North Launceston 14.14 (98)

df.

Devonport 11.5 (71)

Round 1 df.

Glenorchy 9.6 (60)

FRIDAY 6 APRIL (Good Friday) North Hobart 17.17 (119)

df.

Hobart 10.8 (68)

Lauderdale 17.18 (120)

df.

South Launceston 13.12 (90)

North Launceston 12.15 (87)

lt.

Launceston 13.19 (97)

Devonport 8.2 (50)

lt.

Burnie 25.14 (164)

Round 2 FRIDAY 13 APRIL Glenorchy 6.12 (48)

lt.

Lauderdale 13.9 (87)

SATURDAY 14 APRIL Launceston 22.12 (144)

df.

Devonport 11.8 (74)

South Launceston 14.11 (95)

df.

North Launceston 8.11 (59)

Hobart 4.7 (31)

lt.

Clarence 28.20 (188)

Round 3

df. df.

North Hobart 8.14 (62) North Launceston 12.9 (81)

df.

North Hobart 5.9 (39)

lt.

Victoria (VFL) 20.17 (137)

Lauderdale 8.9 (57)

lt.

Burnie 17.15 (117)

Hobart 9.8 (62)

lt.

Glenorchy 16.17 (113)

Launceston 11.13 (79)

df.

South Launceston 7.11 (53)

Devonport 10.12 (72)

lt.

North Launceston 19.20 (134)

Round 4 SATURDAY 28 APRIL df.

Hobart 6.5 (41)

Clarence 18.12 (120)

df.

Devonport 4.8 (32)

Glenorchy 9.13 (67)

df.

North Launceston 3.12 (30)

lt.

Lauderdale 13.8 (86)

SUNDAY 29 APRIL North Hobart 11.8 (74) Burnie 22.17 (149)

df.

Launceston 3.5 (23)

Round 5 SATURDAY 5 MAY

Hobart 2.9 (21)

df.

North Hobart 10.9 (69)

df.

South Launceston 5.8 (38)

Burnie 23.15 (153)

df.

Devonport 8.7 (55)

Clarence 30.14 (194)

df.

Hobart 2.6 (18)

North Hobart 14.14 (98)

df.

Glenorchy 9.11 (65)

df.

Launceston 10.11 (71)

lt.

South Launceston 18.16 (124)

df.

Clarence 10.10 (70)

SUNDAY 15 JULY

FRIDAY 20 JULY SATURDAY 21 JULY

SATURDAY 2 JUNE Burnie 17.17 (119)

df.

South Launceston 7.11 (53)

North Hobart 16.9 (105)

df.

Devonport 13.12 (90)

Lauderdale 17.7 (109)

df.

Glenorchy 8.6 (54)

SUNDAY 22 JULY

Launceston 10.10 (70)

df.

North Launceston 8.6 (54)

Lauderdale 15.18 (108)

Hobart 7.6 (48)

lt.

Clarence 22.13 (145)

SUNDAY 3 JUNE

Hobart 6.6 (42)

FRIDAY 8 JUNE Glenorchy 17.15 (117)

Round 15A BYE SATURDAY 28 JULY

Round 9

MONDAY 30 JULY

df.

Hobart 6.1 (37)

Lauderdale 12.21 (93)

df.

North Hobart 9.8 (62)

Round 15B

North Launceston 10.9 (69)

lt.

Clarence 14.12 (96)

SATURDAY 4 AUGUST

South Launceston 6.13 (49)

lt.

Launceston 17.10 (112)

Launceston 13.14 (92)

df.

Burnie 10.5 (65)

North Hobart 14.17 (101)

df.

North Launceston 10.8 (68)

Devonport 14.6 (90)

lt.

Lauderdale 21.6 (132)

Burnie 17.19 (121)

df.

Clarence 9.9 (63)

Glenorchy 22.18 (150)

df.

Hobart 3.3 (21)

Lauderdale 14.12 (96)

df.

North Hobart 9.9 (63)

Launceston 24.14 (158)

df.

North Launceston 3.3 (21)

South Launceston 19.16 (130)

df.

Devonport 11.5 (71)

Devonport 9.13 (67)

lt.

Glenorchy 18.12 (120)

South Launceston 8.10 (58)

lt.

Launceston 9.11 (65)

Hobart 3.3 (21)

lt.

Lauderdale 16.27 (123)

North Launceston 6.8 (44) North Hobart 15.11 (101)

lt. lt.

Burnie 16.17 (113) Clarence 17.15 (117)

Glenorchy 14.14 (98)

SATURDAY 9 JUNE

SUNDAY 10 JUNE lt.

Burnie 11.18 (84)

Round 16

Round 10

SATURDAY 11 AUGUST

SATURDAY 16 JUNE Burnie 13.10 (88)

df.

Launceston 6.10 (46)

Clarence 10.10 (70)

lt.

Glenorchy 15.10 (100)

South Launceston 4.9 (33)

lt.

North Hobart 8.8 (56)

SUNDAY 17 JUNE

South Launceston 15.17 (107)

Lauderdale 7.13 (55)

df.

North Launceston 10.9 (69)

Round 8

Devonport 9.13 (67)

SATURDAY 21 APRIL

df.

North Launceston 14.14 (98)

Round 14

SATURDAY 26 MAY

FRIDAY 20 APRIL Clarence 20.16 (136)

Glenorchy 18.4 (112)

Clarence 13.5 (83)

State Representitive Game Tasmania 3.11 (29)

WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL Clarence 15.10 (100)

South Launceston 13.8 (86)

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Hobart 8.7 (55)

lt.

Lauderdale 16.11 (107)

Round 17

Round 11

SATURDAY 18 AUGUST

SATURDAY 23 JUNE Devonport 11.16 (82)

df.

South Launceston 12.9 (81)

North Hobart 17.16 (118)

df.

Hobart 5.4 (34)

North Launceston 11.11 (77)

lt.

Lauderdale 17.14 (116)

Launceston 14.11 (95)

df.

Glenorchy 12.6 (78)

Clarence 16.12 (108)

df.

Burnie 13.4 (82)

Round 18

North Launceston 14.8 (92)

lt.

Burnie 20.14 (134)

Round 12A

Clarence 16.19 (115)

df.

Lauderdale 10.10 (70)

SATURDAY 30 JUNE

Burnie 8.15 (63)

df.

South Launceston 2.8 (20)

Glenorchy 12.10 (82)

lt.

Launceston 13.11 (89)

Burnie 14.15 (99)

df.

North Launceston 7.5 (47)

Lauderdale 14.15 (99)

df.

Clarence 13.8 (86)

Devonport 10.15 (75)

lt.

South Launceston 13.12 (90)

Lauderdale 11.9 (75)

lt.

Clarence 12.7 (79)

Launceston 21.18 (144)

df.

Hobart 3.4 (22)

Hobart 13.5 (83)

lt.

North Hobart 12.17 (89)

Launceston 10.8 (68)

df.

North Hobart 9.4 (58)

North Hobart 13.2 (80)

lt.

Glenorchy 17.23 (125)

Hobart 14.14 (98)

lt.

Devonport 17.11 (113)

North Launceston 16.15 (111)

df.

Devonport 10.11 (71)

Round 6

SUNDAY 1 JULY

SATURDAY 12 MAY Burnie 9.11 (65)

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST

Glenorchy 15.12 (102) df.

df.

South Launceston 7.17 (59)

Glenorchy 9.4 (58)

FINALS SERIES SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER - WEEK 1 FINALS

North Hobart 8.12 (60)

lt.

North Launceston 14.11 (95)

Round 12B BYE

Lauderdale 14.8 (92)

df.

Glenorchy 13.5 (83)

South Launceston 10.10 (70)

lt.

Clarence 14.18 (102)

SATURDAY 7 JULY

Launceston 18.9 (117)

df.

Clarence 8.16 (64)

Devonport 11.8 (74)

Competition Bye

SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER - WEEK 2 FINALS

Launceston 18.15 (123)

df.

SUNDAY 8 JULY

Round 7

South Launceston 11.9 (75)

SATURDAY 19 MAY

lt.

Burnie 19.16 (130)

Clarence 16.11 (107)

df.

Lauderdale 14.8 (92)

Burnie 17.10 (112)

df.

Launceston 9.13 (67)

SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER - PRELIMINARY FINAL

Devonport 13.7 (85)

lt.

Lauderdale 16.12 (108)

Round 13

Launceston 9.14 (68)

Hobart 4.8 (32)

lt.

Burnie 22.24 (156)

SATURDAY 14 JULY

SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER - GRAND FINAL

Clarence 12.20 (92)

df.

Launceston 11.6 (72)

Devonport 7.7 (49)

lt.

Launceston 12.21 (93)

Burnie vs. Launceston

df. AS

Clarence 8.12 (60) 2.05PM Aurora Stadium - A.S

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