All state footy continues to be postponed across Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. However, there’s a multitude of competitions still going.
Catch up on the weekend’s action from across Australia with The Inner Sanctum’s Around the States.
TSL – Round 16
Much has been said about the northern dominance in the current TSL landscape. But with Clarence defeating North Launceston for the second time this season, there is at least some hope for the southern sides heading into finals.
It was a tight two hours of football at UTAS Stadium, with Clarence overcoming the Bombers by just two points at full time.
Several of Clarence’s ex-AFL players made the difference on the weekend, their wealth of experience paying off.
Player/coach Jeromey Webberley was a ball commanding general down back, racking up 39 disposals.
Josh Green regained some form with 20 touches and 3 goals. Former AFL rising star Colin Garland had 19 disposals and two goals.
It was Garland who was the eventual hero, collecting a highly contested ball and snapping it through the big sticks in the last minute of the game.
Despite the narrow loss, the Northern Bombers had many positives to take away from the weekend.
It was a momentous occasion for player/coach Brad Cox-Goodyer. Round 16 marked the club champions 200th game for North Launceston. He isn’t slowing down, with 29 disposals and nine clearances on the weekend.
Captain Jay Foon led by example and gave his team every chance to win, with 25 touches and a game high 11 clearances.
After a loss to rivals Launceston last week, and now Clarence, the Bombers will be hoping to regain some form at North Hobart Oval next weekend. They will need to regain momentum with only five weeks of the regular season left.
Clarence will head back down the midland highway in high spirits. They face Glenorchy away on Saturday.
Final Score: Clarence 11.13 (79) def. North Launceston 11.11 (77)
Launceston 9.10 (64) def. Kingborough 7.9 (51)
Lauderdale 20.10 (130) def. Glenorchy 7.7 (49)
SANFL – Round 15
Sturt has kept its slim finals chances alive with a 13-point win over Central District in a dour affair on Saturday.
With just four games of the minor round to play, the Unley-based side made their charge to the top five more doable as they kept the Bulldogs to just three goals.
They were out of the blocks early, as Jack Penfold, Jordan Houlahan and Abe Davis got on the scoreboard in the first stanza.
They were running the ball well off of half back and dismantling the hapless Bulldogs with their overlap run into the forward fifty.
The second quarter became a stoppage-slog as Penfold’s goal from a free kick before the resumption of play was the only major, seeing contest after contest.
Central District was dominating clearances thanks to Harry Grant as well as Travis and Jarrod Schiller. Kyle Presbury used the ball well going forward, finishing with a game-high 34 possessions.
On the back of this, the Bulldogs had all the momentum late in the third quarter, finishing with goals to Brett Kennedy and Jarrod Schiller to go into the last quarter just a goal behind.
But having not won a last quarter all year, they stayed true to their form. An Adam Trenorden goal four minutes into the last quarter was enough to seal the deal for a 13 point Sturt win.
James Battersby was impressive in his 150th game, finishing with 25 possessions whilst key-defender Will Coomblas was a force to be reckoned with, taking six important marks.
Sturt will face North Adelaide next week in an important step on the way to the 2021 finals.
Central District face a trip to Woodville as it faces the reigning premiers, who march into a two games clear second place on the SANFL ladder.
Final score: Central District 3.5 (23) def. by Sturt 5.6 (36)
Glenelg 10.13 (73) def. South Adelaide 8.7 (55)
North Adelaide 14.11 (95) def. Adelaide 6.5 (41)
Norwood 7.3 (45) def. by Woodville-West Torrens 11.15 (81)
West Adelaide 11.5 (71) def. by Port Adelaide 13.6 (84)
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QAFL – Round 16
In its second round on return after Queensland’s COVID lockdowns, the QAFL kept on rolling.
While most games were decided by large margins, with finals teams matched up against bottom sides, Palm-Beach Currumbin challenged top of the table Broadbeach.
After defeating Sherwood Districts the week prior, Palm-Beach Currumbin was looking to make a push into finals as the season approached the business end.
Southport Sharks Brayden and Ashton Crossley featured in the match up for the Lions, but weren’t enough to unsettle the Cats from the top of the ladder.
Broadbeach forward star Jordan Moncrieff kicked six goals to add to his season tally of 55 majors in 13 games. Brandon Chadwick was prolific in the middle, while Sam Jasper kicked two handy goals in the pocket.
The Lions will take solace in knowing they can push the best of the best, the margin not drawing out beyond 28 points.
Both sides will enjoy a bye next weekend alongside Redland-Victoria Point. Labrador will enjoy the chance to claim top spot once again, taking on Mt Gravatt.
Final score: Palm Beach Currumbin 10.11 (71) def. by Broadbeach 14.8 (92)
Mt Gravatt 11.15 (81) def. by Surfers Paradise 15.14 (104)
Noosa 13.9 (87) def. by Maroochydore 20.21 (141)
Redland-Victoria Point 19.12 (126) def. Sherwood Districts 9.9 (63)
Wilston Grange 6.12 (48) def. by Labrador 18.23 (131)
WAFL – Round 15
The longer the season progresses, the more these young Royals prove themselves on the big stage. East Perth was able to claim the four points over rivals Perth on Saturday, behind a scintillating performance from midfielder Angus Schumacher.
The contested ball-winner had 33 disposals on the day, and kicked one of the goals of the season for the Royals to extend their margin in the first half – which was also his first goal for the club.
Out of the centre bounce after they had kicked another goal, Schumacher latched onto the ball off of the ruckmen’s fingers, burst away from the stoppage with incredible acceleration and loaded up for the barrel from 60 metres out.
He connected sweetly with the ball off his left boot, and sent it into the stratosphere. The Burley kept sailing over the forwards’ heads as it caught the wind at Mineral Resources Park, and made it through the big sticks in what was one of the moments of the season.
Schumacher kicked two goals on the day in a best on ground performance.
East Perth looked in firm control all day, but were very suddenly tested in the final quarter. Perth kicked five of the six fourth term goals to cut the margin from 30 points, but East Perth was able to hold on by nine points despite some wayward kicking.
Rohan Kerr was sensational for the visitors with 41 disposals on the outside of contests, while Angus Scott (33 touches) and Jackson Ramsey (30) were also superb.
Royals young gun Jacob Msando has stamped himself as one of the premier small defenders in the league this season, continually being given the big match-ups and handling them with experience beyond his 21 years.
For the Demons, Matthew Taylor (27 disposals) and Corey Byrne (24 and a goal) were great all day, but they couldn’t stop their side from slumping to ninth on the ladder, giving up their position to East Perth.
Final scores: Perth 10.9 (69) def. by East Perth 11.12 (78)
Subiaco 12.6 (78) def. West Coast 9.4 (58)
West Perth 12.18 (90) def. East Fremantle 13.7 (85)
Swan Districts 9.5 (59) def by South Fremantle 15.5 (95)
Peel Thunder 9.12 (66) def by Claremont 11.9 (75)
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