By Madelyn Friend

Round four saw West Perth deliver East Perth its first loss. In a rematch of last year’s grand final, West Perth came in with confidence running high after registering its first win of the season over Perth in round four. It was a crushing victory, with West Perth claiming not only a 100-point victory, but also registering some impressive statistics: 39 scoring shots to 14, 31 more possessions, 14 more marks, and, in perhaps the most telling statistic, 61 inside 50s to just 32. East Perth suffered from the loss of several of its Eagles-listed players, losing Jeremy McGovern, Scott Lycett, Patrick McGinnity, Sam Butler, Josh Hill and Dom Sheed to the AFL team. The final margin represents the first time East Perth has lost to West Perth by a three-figure margin.

In an interesting development, former Magpie and Tiger Andrew Krakouer played for West Perth in their development league, finishing with 26 possessions, seven tackles, five inside 50s and a goal, putting himself firmly in line for his West Perth senior debut this weekend.


East Fremantle (21.11.137) defeated Claremont (9.8.62)

East Fremantle goals: 4 Bourne, Dalziell, 3 Perham, 2 Peake, Henson 1 Eardley, Lester-smith, O’Brien, Young, Mcnamara, Bristow

East Fremantle best: Read, Mcnamara, Henson, Dalziell, Jupp, Bourne

Claremont goals: 3 Seaby, 2 Richardson, 1 Blackwell, Foster, Davies, Yu

Claremont best: Blackwell, Richardson, Seaby, Cameron, Foster

West Perth (22.17.149) defeated East Perth (7.7.49)

West Perth goals: 6 Tsalikis, 5 Adams, 4 Fowler, 3 Manning, 1 Antonio, Batterham, Black, Bartholomew

West Perth best: Tsalikis, Adams, Kerr, Black

East Perth goals: 3 Tunbridge, 1 Wulff, Locantro, Hutchings, Hart

East Perth best: Dobson, Blee, Tunbridge

Swan Districts (13.16.94) defeated South Fremantle (11.15.81)

Swan Districts goals: 3 Cary, 2 Jukes, 1 Anderson, Ugle, Boekhorst, Faulkner, Rogers, Geappen, Davis, Notte

Swan Districts best: Jetta, Ugle, Simpson, Ames, Blakely

South Fremantle goals: 2 Pickett, Kelly, Schloithe, 1 Sokol, Cook, Saunders, Pullman, Bewick

South Fremantle best: Martinez, Schloithe, Kelly, Higgins, Cook

Subiaco (16.9.105) defeated Peel Thunder (13.10.88)

Peel Thunder goals: 4 Lawrence, 2 Brown, Apeness, Morabito 1 Gillam, Dann, Grey

Peel Thunder best: Silvagni, Brown, Apeness, Hannath, Hancock

Subiaco goals: 3 Boland, Hampson, 2 Delahunty, Waters, Deluca, Bristow, 1 Horsley, Stockley

Subiaco best: Hampson, Stockley, Boland, Bristow, Elliott



By Dylan Matthews


West Adelaide 9.8 (62) defeated by Eagles 10.12 (72)

West Adelaide goals: Middleton 3, Hayes, Macreadie, Newell, Schmidt, Silverlock, Tuck

Eagles goals: McGregor 4, Wundke 2, Boyd, Fitzgerald, Hall, Martyn

West Adelaide best: Schmidt, Beech, Fisher, Milne, Keough, Macreadie

Eagles best: Boyd, Powell, Bode, McGregor, Von Bertouch, Hall, Sumner

The Eagles continued their strong early form by defeating West Adelaide by 10 points in a tight encounter under lights. There were eight lead changes in a scrappy contest, with midfield guns Chris Schmidt (West) & James Boyd (Eagles) toiling hard for their respective teams all night. Some costly unforced errors saw the Bloods trail by a goal at half-time, but they were looking the better of the two sides. Both sides wasted opportunities in the third quarter, as West Adelaide (2.4) & Woodville (1.4) both missed a few easy shots at goal. The scores were all tied up at three-quarter time and it was extremely hard to predict a winner. The Eagles dominated most of the last quarter, but a goal from Andrew Hayes late saw the margin cut back to three points with six minutes remaining.  The rest of the game was a thrilling hard-scrap, which eventually saw Chris Hall kick the winning goal for the Eagles from the pocket. West Adelaide now take on a depleted North Adelaide side next week, whilst the Eagles have got Port Adelaide on Easter Monday in what is sure to be match of the round.


Centrals 13.8 (86) defeated Norwood 6.8 (44)

Centrals goals: Glenn 2, Habel 2, Nason 2, Retzlaff 2, Gillbee, C. Milne, S. Milne, Schiller, Thomas

Norwood goals: Newton 2, Bartlett, Dawe, Donohue, Phillips

Centrals best: Goodrem, Glenn, Schiller, Habel, Retzlaff, Nason, Gillbee

Norwood best: Jefferies, Kirwan, McGuiness, Bode, Panos


Central Districts bounced back from last weeks disappointing loss, defeating reigning premiers Norwood by a whopping 42 points. The Doggies fielded a very young side, containing only three premiership players, and proved to be too quick for the hot favourites. The Redlegs started well early, kicking four of the first five goals, but it was all Centrals after quarter time, as they went on to kick 12 goals to three for the rest of the game. Their rebound from defence to attack was tremendous, with leaders Trent Goodrem and Paul Thomas leading from the front. The Dogs’ attack on the footy was ferocious all day. Youngsters Jackson Potter and Travis Schiller were brilliant around stoppages. Veterans Kierman McGuiness and Jace Bode toiled hard for the Redlegs all day.


Sturt 13.19 (97) defeated Adelaide 9.6 (60)

Sturt goals: Coad 4, Hansen 3, Duldig 2, Krause 2, Kurtze, Tambling

Adelaide goals: McKernan 3, Cameron 2, Atkins, Johnston, Lynch, Lyons

Sturt best: Beard, Kurtze, Bartlett, Kirkwood, Calabrese, Coade, Tambling

Adelaide best: Kelly, Lynch, Lyons, Shaw, Thompson

The Crows’ league side has had a tough start in the SANFL after being once again defeated, this time by a ferocious Sturt outfit. Adelaide, consisting of 13 AFL-listed players, just didn’t seem to click all day as the double blues marched home by 37 points. The home side was impressive for all four quarters, dominating the tackle count and making good decisions going forward. Ruckman Angus Kurtze was terrific, winning 27 hitouts to go with his 18 disposals. New Port recruits Zane Kirkwood (27 disposals) and Kory Beard (26 disposals) were outstanding for Sturt, whilst Michael Coad was once again brilliant up forward (four goals). Adelaide panicked with the ball too much and number of bad turnovers for the crows resulted in opposition goals. Tom Lynch was brilliant in his return game (31 disposals) and will almost certainly play for the senior side this week against GWS.


North Adelaide 12.10 (82) defeated by South Adelaide 18.8 (116)

North Adelaide goals: Thiele 3, Gregg 2, Anderson, Barnes, Boles, Combe, O’Brien, Thring, Williams

South Adelaide goals: Eddy 6, Boyd 3, Macleod 2, Bass, Cross, Dale, Gulden, Liddle, Thewlis, Veide

North Adelaide best: Shannon, O’Brien, Thiele, Amato, Campbell

South Adelaide best: Cross, Eddy, Macleod, Brooksby, Veide, Thewlis, Gulden

South Adelaide continued its surprising start to the season by demolishing grand finalists North Adelaide by 34 points at Prospect Oval on Saturday. The Panthers played a Fremantle-like brand of football, maintaining possession for large periods of the game, recording 80 more disposals than the Roosters. The Panthers were especially rampant early, racing to a 31-point lead at half time. Spearhead Brett Eddy was influential up forward, bagging six goals, whilst Magarey Medallist Joel Cross was at his brilliant best with 23 disposals, eight clearances and a goal. New coach Brad Gotch has had an ultra-impressive start to the season, claiming two consecutive top-three scalps of North and West Adelaide. North Adelaide were off the pace all day, but a six-goal third term saw them within two goals at the final break. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome a fit and determined South Adelaide. The Roosters’ woes continued, losing spearhead Alan Obst to a hamstring injury.


Port Adelaide 29.15 (189) defeated Glenelg 5.7 (37)

Port Adelaide goals: Butcher 5, Hitchcock 5, Harvey 3, Mitchell 3, Ah Chee 2, Haren 2, Newton 2, Stewart 2, Amon, Clurey, Logan, Moore, Neade

Glenelg goals: Bradley, Hooper, Jolly, McFarlane, Scott

Port Adelaide best: Newton, Summerton, Butcher, Hitchcock, Colquhoun, Stewart

Glenelg best: Joseph, McCarthy, Lonergan, Neal-Bullen

Port Adelaide well and truly recovered from its round one defeat, mauling the hapless Tigers by a whopping 152 points in what turned out to be Glenelg’s biggest loss in its rich history. The Magpies, consisting of 15 AFL-listed players, went inside 50 64 times, took 144 marks and kicked 29 goals in a dominant display. Power youngsters Ben Newton, Sam Colquhoun and Andrew Moore were brilliant at stoppages with their relentless attack on ball, while Cameron Hitchcock and John Butcher were outstanding up forward, kicking five goals each. Not one Glenelg player registered 20 disposals, and nine players ended up on less than 10. The win has already sparked more discussion about the controversial move to allow Port and Crows reserves into the SANFL.


Players To Watch:

 Steven Summerton (Port): 36 disposals, 11 marks, nine inside 50s

Ben Newton (Port): 31 disposals, 10 marks, seven clearances

Zane Kirkwood (Sturt): 27 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s

Richard Tambling (Sturt): 26 disposals, eight marks, eight clearances

Tom Lunch (Adelaide): 31 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s

Jarryd Lyons (Adelaide): 28 disposals, eight marks, 11 clearances

Luke Powell (Eagles): 26 disposals, nine clearances, seven inside 50s

James Boyd (Eagles): 26 disposals, five rebound 50s, seven clearances

Chris Schmidt (West): 33 disposals, seven tackles, 11 clearances

Brett Eddy (South): 15 disposals, seven marks, six goals


VFL Wrap – Round 2

By Sam Mills

Essendon 11.12 (78) defeated North Ballarat 9.10 (64)


Goal Kickers: O. Fantasia 4, A. Kefford 3, A. Tipungwuti, Z. Merrett, J. Mellington, A. Heppell.

Best Players: O. Fantasia, K. Aylett, B. Duscher.


Goal Kickers: J. Stanley 2, L. George 2, A. Boseley, M. Austin, M. Searl, N. Horbury, L. Anthony.

Best Players: O. Tate, L. George, T. Lockyer.

The Roosters travelled to the traditional home of the Bombers, Windy Hill, for their round two clash. Both sides lost their opening round matches, with North Ballarat losing a tight one to Collingwood at Victoria Park while Essendon were also involved in a close contest, going down to Casey by a goal. The home side took control of this match from the first bounce and whilst the Roosters got within two goals during the third term, the result never really looked in doubt. Orazio Fantasia was best on ground, kicking four goals and collecting 21 disposals, while Tiwi recruit Anthony Tipungwuti provided flashes of brilliance. North Ballarat’s Oliver Tate dished off the ball 26 times but it wasn’t enough to stop the Roosters from recording a second straight loss.


Port Melbourne 19.10 (124) defeated Collingwood 9.17 (71)


Goal Kickers: D. Connors 4, J. Scipione 4, C. Cain 2, W. Johnson 2, T. O’Sullivan 2, J. Rowe 2, B. Hogan, M. Wooffindin, T. Langford.

Best Players: S. Valenti, M. Wooffindin, T. Pinwill.


Goal Kickers: L. Fergsuon 2, Q. Lynch 2, C. Corr, M. Clarke, B. Hudson, C. Gault, J. Williams.

Best Players: J. Williams, B. Hudson, T. Couch.

On Saturday, Collingwood were the recipients of a football masterclass given by 2011 VFL premiers Port Melbourne. A nine-goal to one first quarter set it up for the Borough and they never looked back, smashing the Magpies by 53 points. Collingwood started very poorly but improved as the game progressed, restricting Port to only one goal in the final term while kicking three of their own, but it was too little too late. Daniel Connors and Josh Scipione were clinical up forward, kicking four goals each but once again it was Shane Valenti starring for Port, collecting 29 disposals. Jake Williams was the best for the away side with 23 disposals. The Borough now have won two on the trot while Collingwood remain on four points.


Northern Blues 15.12 (102) defeated Frankston 15.9 (99)


Goal Kickers: T. Bell 3, B. Johnson 2, J. Waite 2, S. White 2, C. Giles, B. McLean, T. Thomas, T. Wilson, C. Wood, L. Reynolds.

Best Players: B. McLean, T. Bell, S. Docherty.


Goal Kickers: J. Matheson 4, K. Haretuku 3, B. Cavarra 2, Z. Alwan 2, M. Lourey, J. Tynan, L. Potts, S. Hockey.

Best Players: K. Haretuku, S. Hockey, L. Kitchin.

Visy Park played host to an exciting clash between the Northern Blues and Frankston. The Blues started fastest and would keep that lead at every change, including a 16-point lead at three-quarter time, but the Dolphins still managed to put up a fight in the final term and nearing the final siren they took the lead. However, they ultimately fell short as Luke Reynolds kicked a goal after the siren to hand the team from Preston a memorable three-point win. Brock McLean disposed the ball 32 times for the Blues while Khan Haretuku was the best for Frankston with five goals and 15 disposals.


Box Hill Hawks 15.14 (104) drew Sandringham 14.20 (104)


Goal Kickers: M. Hallahan 3, L. Lowden 2, P. Lawlor 2, B. Ross 2, M. O’Donnell 2, L. Tobin, R. Schoenmakers, J. Sicily, B. Hartung.

Best Players: M. Lock, S. Iles, M. Hallahan.


Goal Kickers: S. Ross 3, T. Lee 3, C. Shenton 2, T. Milera 2, B. Murdoch, T. Dennis-Lane, A. Siposs, A. Schneider.

Best Players: A. Cockie, T. Simpkin, T. Milera.

A remarkable match at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday saw the Hawks and Sandringham play out the first draw of the 2014 VFL season. The Zebras flew out of the blocks, kicking seven goals to one in the first term, to lead by 41 points at quarter time. Last season’s premiers were on the receiving end of a Marco Bello spray at the break and they duly responded, kicking seven goals themselves in the second quarter to trail by a goal at the main break. At the final change, the away side had extended their lead to 17 points before it withered away. A Terry Milera goal in the dying seconds tied the game up and that was how it ended. Mitch Hallahan starred with three goals and 25 disposals while Seb Ross and Tom Lee kicked three each.


Williamstown 15.8 (98) defeated Footscray 7.15 (57)


Goal Kickers: A. Anastasio 4, S. Clouston 3, M. Gibbons 2, J. Johnstone, A. Marcon, W. Wheeler, L. Masters, J. Charleston, M. Banner.

Best Players: S. Clouston, A. Anastasio, A. Marcon.


Goal Kickers: T. Dickson 2, D. Fort, M. Honeychurch, N. Jamieson, J. Redpath, C. Smith.

Best Players: M. Bontempelli, B. Goodes, F. Roberts.

It was the clash between the two formerly aligned sides at Burbank Oval on Sunday. The Western Bulldogs and Williamstown split at the end of the 2013 season after 12 seasons together. Footscray romped home in their first round match against the Richmond while the Seagulls went down in a close one to the Blues. The home side held a 20-point lead at the first break and never relinquished it, eventually recording a 41 point victory. First-round draft pick Marcus Bontempelli was best for the Dogs with 27 disposals while Scott Clouston was instrumental in Williamstown’s first win as a stand-alone side since 1999, booting three goals and racking up 11 disposals.


Casey Scorpions 12.14 (86) defeated by Geelong 14.18 (102)


Goal Kickers: S. Byrnes 3, J. Fitzpatrick 3, C. Salem 2, W. Petropoulos, T. Smith, N. Page, J. Best

Best Players: E. Panozza, S. Byrnes, N. Jetta.


Goal Kickers: J. Walker 3, J. Linton 2, J. Hamling 2, M. Luxford, J. Hollmer, J. Thurlow, Z. Bates, J. Jansen, M. Herbison, T. Maas.

Best Players: J. Schroder, J. Walker, J. Sheringham.

Both of these sides had won their first round encounters, setting the scene for what was an interesting battle at Casey Fields. The opening term was an even affair, with the Cats holding a slight three-point lead at the end of it. They then kicked on in the second quarter with a five-goal to one term handing them a 32-point lead at half time. The Scorpions made a comeback in the penultimate quarter, slamming home five of their own to head into the final break trailing by only four points. From then on, however, it was all Geelong as the 2012 premiers ran out 16 point winners. Shannon Byrnes picked up 23 disposals and kicked three goals against his old side while Josh Walker also kicked three goals and collected 21 disposals.


Werribee 24.12 (157) defeated Bendigo Gold 11.8 (74)


Goal Kickers: M. Wood 4, B. Warren 4, K. Turner 3, J. Bolton 3, S. Sherlock 3, T. Shinners 2, B. Speight 2, M. Sodimaco, J. Porter, D. Reid.

Best Players: J. Bolton, S. Wright, B. Warren.


Goal Kickers: J. Bacon 3, B. McInnes 2, A. Magin 2, T. Downie, J. Redfern, S. Stroobants, S. Heavyside.

Best Players: L. Byrne, J. Wallin, A. Magin.

Highgate Recreation Reserve played host to these two winless sides, but despite their round one results, it was clear who was favourite for this match. In 2013, Werribee finished fifth on the ladder while Bendigo were stone cold last, finishing without a win. The Gold started strongly, surprising the crowd to lead by seven points at quarter time. From then on however, it was all Werribee, and they would go on to win by 84 points. Former Collingwood rookie listed player Jye Bolton led the way for the Tigers, amassing 36 disposals and slotting three goals, while Jarod Bacon kicked three for Bendigo.


Coburg 7.9 (51) defeated by Richmond 14.9 (93)


Goal Kickers: M. Clark 2, L. Featherstone 2, D. Cooper, D. Younan, D. Hill.

Best Players: A. Sturgess, D. Cooper, E. McConnell.


Goal Kickers: R. Bathie 3, R. McGough 2, J. Wall 2, T. Elton, J. King, E. Barlow, K. McIntosh, O. Stephenson, R. Young, G. Gleeson.

Best Players: R. Young, K. McIntosh, B. Waite.

Like the other match earlier on in the day at Burbank Oval, these two sides split at the end of the 2013 season. Coburg however were in a much weaker financial position compared to Williamstown and were never going to put up a big challenge against their former partners. The Tigers kicked six goals to one in the first term and from then on it was all about just maintaining their current lead. They kicked on in the last term to eventually run out 42-point winners. Ross Young was best afield for Richmond with 23 disposals and a goal while Daniel Cooper amassed 35 disposals and kicked one.



By Dave Harding


Lauderdale 21.18 (144) defeated Hobart City 11.13 (79)

GOALS: Lauderdale: Michael Cassidy 7, Benjamin Halton 4, Philip Bellchambers 3, Wiggins 2 Dylan Fyfe 2, Elijah Taylor, Alex Hevey, Kaine Waller 1. Hobart City: Brodie Shade 3, Julian Dobosz 2, Rory Fairbairn, Bane Shepherd, Sam Charlton, Brad Tilbury Sam Reeves, Ryan Sullivan 1.

BEST: Lauderdale: Michael Cassidy, Aden Johnston, Matthew Smith, Elijah Taylor Philip Bellchambers, Dylan Fyfe. Hobart City: Jesse Wells, Sam Charlton. Ryan Sullivan, Brad Tilbury,  Sam Reeves, Jake Doran.

All eyes were on the newly formed Hobart City as they battled Lauderdale, after all the contoversy during the off-season we were finally able to watch some footy. Michael ‘Jock’ McGregor believed that his side and the new Tigers side were going to ruffle some feathers this season.

It didn’t exactly start that way for City, as inaccuracy was costing both sides early, entering the break 4.6 to 1.4. The Bombers were on top and stayed there. Hobart City had no answers at all for Michael Cassidy who booted seven goals for the game.

Brodie Shade and AFL hopeful Julian Dobosz was Hobart City’s only shining lights up forward. Darren Winter’s Bombers are looking to show the competition that they’re going to be a threat this season as they continue their club up the ladder this season.

Lauderdale were too good all day, managing to easily account for the new side who still have yet to reveal a nickname. It does not get any easier for Hobart City in round two as they face Clarence. Lauderdale get to test themselves against the Western Storm.

Western Storm 7.16 (58) defeated by Launceston  11.10 (76)

GOALS: Western Storm: Zane Brown 2, Shaun Collis 2, Bart McCulloch 2, Tim Jones. Launceston: Joe Boyce 2, Corey Sheppard 2, Brennan Savage 2, Jake Rice 2, Casey Reissig, Scott Stephens, Sam Rundle 1.

BEST: Western Storm: Zane Brown, Alex Russell, Matt Hanson, Bart McCulloch, Shaun Collis, Thane Bardenhagen. Launceston: Joe Groenewegen, Corey Sheppard, Scott Stephens, Joseph Krushka, Jack Dyer, Sam Rundle.

Launceston defied the underdog status to record a courageous 18-point win against cross-town rivals and new boys to the competition the Western Storm at Aurora Stadium. The first half saw a bit of an arm-wrestle with both sides applying strong tackling pressure, as skill errors started to make the game appear to be very scrappy.

The game had only seen seven goals kicked for an entire half, the Blues having five of those, and the Storm just two. Launceston took a 17-point lead into the main break with fans hoping this low-scoring and standard game would improve in the second half.

The second half saw the game finally open up and the Storm started to press hard, they were getting on top of the Blues with the clearances and stoppages. Bart McCulloch booted two for the Storm and Zane Brown one as the Storm got within four points midway through the third term. But the Blues fought back through Corey Sheppard and captain Brennan Savage with late goals to maintain the 17-point buffer heading into the final quarter.

The Storm wouldn’t go away in the last with most of the play inside their forward half but they failed to make the most of their opportunities in front of goal. Their inaccuracy would prove costly for them booting seven behinds for the quarter.

Goals to Shaun Collis and Tim Jones cut the margin to eight points, but Launceston co-captain Joe Boyce booted two vital goals in the dying minutes to see the young Blues home in a gutsy display.

Tigers 13.11 (89) defeated by Devonport 16.17 (113)

GOALS: Tigers: Stuart Donnelly 3, Luke Graham 3, Kieran Lovell 2. Mackenzie Willis 2, Marcus Gardner,  Callum Rawson, Tyler Carter 1. Devonport: Beau Sharman 4, Kade Pitchford 3, Ryan Keep 2,  Aaron McNab 2, Nathan Robertson 2, Bradley Symmons,  Brodie Deverell, Adam Flannery 1.

BEST: Tigers: Marcus Gardner, Kieran Lovell, Daniel Golding, Stuart Donnelly, Mackenzie Willis, James McIndoe. Devonport: Kade Pitchford, Beau Sharman Bradley Symmons, Sam Hess, Adam Flannery, Nathan Robertson.

The Tigers made their TSL debut this weekend, with a bunch of local teenagers leading the club this season. They faced a Devonport side that has had a lot of players depart the last two seasons, but the Magpies were looking to flex their muscles.

For a brief moment it appeared the Tigers’ debut was going to see a fairytale ending. In the last quarter they closed in on the Magpies after trailing by 22 points, and the 24-minute mark of the last they trailed by just three points in front of their home fans at the Twin Ovals.

Callum Rawson had the chance to put his side in front with six minutes left in the game as he ran into goal but the teenager missed. The game was tight for the most part all day, but the wind seemed to have been taken out of the sails of the Tigers. Devonport slammed on three goals in the dying minutes of the game to get out of the game with a 24-point win.

Tigers coach Adam Henley was proud of his side which contained 14 teenagers, and 16 TSL debutants. Devonport’s coach would have been equally proud to have scored their first win for 2014 after being demolished in the season opener by the Storm.

Clarence 20.9 (129) defeated Glenorchy 14.10 (94)

GOALS: Clarence: James Charlesworth 7 Jeromey Webberley 3, LukeSullivan 2, Michael Blackburn, Trent Standen,  Aaron French, Josh Fox, Gabriel Chambers, Wade Wall, Brady Jones, Russel De Groot 1. Glenorchy: Aaron Cornelius 6, Daniel Joseph 2, Jordan Hayden 2, Jack Crossin, Nathan Muir, Daniel Muir, Jaye Bowden 1.

BEST: Clarence: James Charlesworth, Jeromey Webberley, Callum Mitchell, Jordan Roberts, Josh Fox, Wade Wall. Glenorchy: Brayden Webb, Daniel Joseph, Jordon Arnold, Jordan Hayden, Jamie Charman, Matthew Rainbird.

Arch rivals Glenorchy and Clarence battled underlights at Blundstone Arena. It was Aaron Cornelius’ debut as coach, and Jamie Charman’s first taste of Tasmanian football. The game became a bit of a shootout between James Charlesworth, also making his debut for Clarence, and Aaron Cornelius as they booted 13 goals between them – Cornelius ended with six , while Charlesworth ended with seven.

Jamie Charman proved to be a key signing for the Magpies, as he would dominate the ruck and did the hard yards around the ground in an AFL-standard performance. It was for nothing though as the home side got away with the win by 35 points.

The young Magpies showed good signs, particularly with their determination to stay in the contest as the Roos’ running game was simply stunning, and if the Roos keep it up for four quarters they could trouble a few of the early premiership favourites.

Clarence coach Matthew Drury missed the game due to injury, but he felt his side missed a chance to make a statement against a Glenorchy side missing a lot of experience.

Charlesworth, who crossed to Clarence from Hobart, was sublime up forward, managing to see off three opponents in a best-afield performance. He beat out former Richmond player Jeromey Webberley who lit up the midfield with 36 possessions and booting three goals.

Burnie 7.12 (54) defeated by North Launceston 12.8 (80)

GOALS: Burnie: Brodie Knight 2, Chris McDonald 2, Rohan Baldock 2, Claye Hardy. North Launceston: Allan O’Sign 4, Josh Ponting 2, Ethan Petterwood, Bradley Cox-Goodyer, Daniel Roozendaal, William McBride Taylor Whitford, Damien Medwin 1.

BEST: Burnie: Nick McKenna, Jason Laycock, Jameson Forman, Caleb Hislop, Chris McDonald, Dylan Smith. North Launceston:  Corey Nankervis, Taylor Whitford, Josh Ponting, William McBride, Ryan Worn, Logan Reynolds.

It was one of the biggest upsets of round one, with the Northern Bombers getting the points over last year’s Grand Finalist Burnie at West Park, normally considered a fortress of the Dockers.

The Bombers had to overcome a goalless first quarter but they went on to outpace and out-hustle the Dockers who were favourites to take the points. The Dockers had a flying start leading 3.4 to 0.1 at quarter time which was aided by a slight breeze.

The Bombers owned the second quarter entirely though as they put on eight goals, as their confidence grew. Allan O’Sign, Josh Ponting and William McBride kicked three goals in as many minutes to get the quarter underway.

Burnie, under new co-coaches in former Collingwood player Luke Shackleton and Andrew Herring, were rattled by the pace and the aggression shown by the Bombers to slip to a 22-point deficit at half time.

North Launceston worked on their fitness over the summer and it showed as they were dominating the game across the forward half of the ground. The Dockers only managed two goals in the third quarter coming from Harry Walters and Brodie Knight late.

The scene was set for the Bombers to claim an overdue win at West Park, where they have come so close in the last two seasons but failed to get over the line. Burnie were missing Darren Banham, but they had most of the players from last season’s Grand Final still there.

Jason Laycock dominated the ruck in the first half for the Dockers, and former Penguin captain Chris McDonald adapted fast to life in the TSL booting two goals in the opening quarter. But Burnie were unable to match the Bombers for four quarters.

Players To Watch

James Charlesworth (Clarence): The former Hobart player was in highdemand at the conclusion of last season. It was expected he would head to the Tigers but the Roos snuck in and got him and he proved his worth against the Magpies. The league could see he and Cornelius shoot it out for the Hudson Medal this season.

Aaron Cornelius (Glenorchy): ‘Ace’ booted six goals for the Magpies in their brave 35-point loss to Clarence. The playing coach has said he wants to prove himself for one last try at playing in the AFL. If the former Lion can continue this he could go close to doing that.

Bart McCulloch (Western Storm): Some would say Bart was a bit stiff not to have been re-drafted, he was an important part of the South Launceston premiership last season. McCulloch was also a key player in Tasmania’s win over the NEAFL as well, and he’s already started off well for the Storm.

Jeromey Webberley (Clarence): 36 possessions and three goals against Glenorchy; the former Richmond player is an assistant coach at the Roos, and was one of their top players last season.