Tasmanian footy fans enjoyed footy under lights, the WAFLW had its last regular season games and the VFL chugged on, with the return of state league footy in Victoria coming this weekend.
All that and more in this week’s addition of Around the States.
TSL – Round 11
For only the third time this season, the TSL went under the lights as Glenorchy hosted Kingborough at KGV on Friday night.
It loomed as an important game for the Magpies, as a win would keep them in touch with the top four. It was a hard, scrappy contest in wet conditions.
Only one goal was managed in the first quarter, but the scoring quickly opened up. Max Collidge bagged two goals in the second to give Kingborough a 19-point lead at half time.
Glenorchy put up a spirited fight, booting four goals in the third term. It couldn’t hold off a rampant Tigers attack as the visitors held on to win by two goals.
With this win, the Tigers have solidified their position in the finals while Glenorchy may have seen its chances disappear.
The wet conditions meant the game was won in the middle of the ground. Edward Cole was a key contributor to the Tigers’ midfield dominance, racking up 31 disposals and 11 clearances.
Tigers skipper Lachlan Clifford continued to lead by example with a 21 disposal, one goal performance on Friday night.
William Campbell put up a best-on-ground performance with 25 disposals and two goals, while Brady Rees is enjoying a breakout year with a season high 25 touches on Friday night. He’s averaging 17 disposals for the year.
Glenorchy’s Ben Kamaric proved he is still one of the best midfielders in the TSL, with a game high 32 disposals, 12 tackles and 14 clearances.
Kingborough will host fellow finals bound side Clarence in round 12, and Glenorchy will have a tough challenge as it welcomes ladder leaders Launceston to KGV on Saturday afternoon.
Final score: Kingborough 9.8 (62) def. Glenorchy 6.4 (40)
North Launceston 10.10 (70) def. Lauderdale 5.5 (35)
Launceston 21.16 (142) def. North Hobart 6.3 (39)
WAFL – Round 10
In the first bye round, East Perth has pulled off one of the upsets of the season, downing the reigning premiers in one of the performances of the WAFL season.
The Royals, whose only win to this point of the season had come against the winless Eagles, had given the Bulldogs a scare five weeks prior. The premiers managed to claw out a slim victory on that day, but it wasn’t to be in round 10.
South Fremantle was immediately on the back foot, with the Royals storming out of the gates in Nathan Blee’s 150th match.
Blee was superb in his milestone, collecting 25 touches and using the ball brilliantly all day long in front of a vocal Leederville Oval home crowd.
But it was the young guns of the Royals who provided the spark. Nathan Eaton has added a real presence to the lineup in recent weeks, with Jacob Msando one of the best small defenders in the WAFL already and Matt Young proving a constant threat in the forward half.
The Bulldogs have some searching to do after going down in the upset of the season. They threw everything but the kitchen sink at the hosts in the final stanza, but some ill discipline and skill errors proved costly as the Royals ran out five point victors.
East Perth 8.11 (59) def. South Fremantle 8.6 (54)
Claremont 14.6 (90) def. Peel Thunder 12.11 (83)
WAFLW – Round 15
On the eve of the finals, Claremont has sent a warning shot to the rest of the competition, defeating the reigning premiers in the last round.
A brilliant second quarter laid the foundation for the Tigers, with multiple goal scorers Amber Goodwin-Wissink and Brooke Whyte causing the Thunder’s defence headaches all day.
With stars on every line for Peel, it was imperative for Claremont midfielders to give their side an equal share of the ball, and it proved to be a great performance as they broke even to get the ball in the forward 50.
Superstar Kate Bartlett had her fair share of opportunities to get her side back into the game, but the Peel dynamo was unable to convert in front of goals after going through the season as one of the most clinical players in the WAFLW.
She ended with 1.4 for the match, with Kira Phillips also wayward, kicking 1.2 for the game. Ella Roberts worked tirelessly all day and kicked a goal for the visitors.
Claremont hosts Subiaco in an elimination final, while Peel will travel to face Swan Districts. The Swans’ only defeat for the season came last week against the Thunder, so the matchup promises to be one of the games of the year with a place in the Grand Final up for grabs.
Claremont 6.5 (41) def. Peel Thunder 4.8 (32)
Subiaco 7.6 (48) def. East Fremantle 5.6 (36)
South Fremantle 2.0 (12) def by Swan Districts 11.9 (75)
There were once again only two VFL games last weekend, with Victorian teams still unable to resume playing. They did resuming training, however, and will be returning for a full weekend this round across both the VFL and VFLW.
It was a shockingly similar story for Sydney on the weekend leading convincingly at half-time by 26 points over Gold Coast.
Harry Morrison enjoyed a strong start for the Swans, finishing the day will three goals to his name. The crafty forward was dangerous at ground level, stepping around Suns defenders with ease.
It was all started from the middle, Sam Gray (32 disposals), Dylan Stephens (32 disposals, seven tackles) and Ryan Clarke (30 disposals, five marks and a goal) running the engine room.
Darcy MacPherson got the ball rolling late for the Suns in the second quarter, finishing the term with two goals to keep them in touch, Jacob Townsend and Joel Jeffrey piled on the goals, going into the final term 10 points up.
Hayden McLean (eight marks, four goals) was the Swans number one target up forward all day, and the combination of himself aerially and Ben Ronke at ground level nearly won the game.
It would come right down to the final seconds, as Jeffrey kicked truly on the siren to win the game for Gold Coast, adding to his tally of nine goals across six games for the season.
Brayden Fiorini couldn’t keep his hands off the footy for the Suns, finishing with 45 disposals, nine marks and a goal in what was an inspiring performance to help deliver the comeback victory.
It’s becoming a concerning for Sydney, now having lost its past three games after leading at half-time. They’ll enjoy a bye this weekend, and coach Jeremy Laidler will no doubt take the time to address the fade-outs.
Gold Coast will travel up the highway to take on Queensland rivals Aspley at Graham Road, searching for back-to-back wins for the first time in the 2021 VFL season.
Final score: Sydney 16.8 (104) def. by Gold Coast 17.5 (107)
GWS 17.12 (114) def. Aspley 9.11 (65)
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