Weekend football scoreboards

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Clarence 18.12 (120) d Devonport 4.8 (32)

South Launceston 15.17 (107) d Hobart 6.5 (41)

Glenorchy 9.13 (67) d North Launceston 3.12 (30)


Bracknell 23.17 (155) d Scottsdale 4.5 (29)

Bridgenorth 21.15 (141) d Deloraine 5.5 (35)

George Town 13.8 (86) d Longford 5.5 (35)

Rocherlea 21.9 (135) d Hillwood 10.4 (64)


Fingal 16.16 (112) d Perth 7.5 (47)

Old Scotch 20.13 (133) d Tamar Cats 8.7 (55)

Evandale 31.13 (199) d Uni-Mowbray 7.6 (48)


Motton Preston 15.9 (99) d Sheffield 11.13 (79)

East Ulverstone 21/12 (138) d Wesley Vale 9.9 (63)

Spreyton 21.13 (139) d Rosebery Toorak 10.8 (68)

Forth 33.25 (223) d Turners Beach 1.2 (8)


Campania 9.10 (64) d Campbell Town 9.5 (59)

Swansea 9.9 (63) d Woodsdale 8.9 (57)

Mt Pleasant 24.18 (162) d Tasman Peninsula 4.0 (24)


Irishtown 13.8 (86) d TC Bulldogs 3.2 (20)

Redpa 6.14 (50) d Scotchtown 4.3 (27)


Mole Creek 20.11 (131) d Wilmot 12.8 (80)

MV Suns 16.15 (111) d Railton 12.9 (81)


Latrobe 17.16 (118) d Wynyard 8.10 (58)

East Devonport 19.23 (137) d Smithton 11.7 (73)


Yolla 14.10 (94) d Yeoman 4.6 (30)

South Burnie 9.14 (68) d Natone 8.8 (56)

Ridgley 50.31 (331) d Cuprona 1.1 (7)


Branxholm 7.14 (56) d St Helens 7.10 (52)

Winnaleah 15.15 (105) d Bridport 6.7 (43)

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Burnie Community House opens its doors

City Kitchen recruits Nikki Corbitt and Burnie Community House coordinator Tracy Edington-Mackay with volunteer driver Allen Lockey at the open house.Having a new place to call home is good news for not only those that use Burnie City Kitchen but the volunteers.
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This afternoon, volunteers and those interested in the service had a chance to look through the Burnie Community House.

The new venue will be where volunteers will prepare and serve meals on Monday and Wednesday evenings. It’s also a place where those that use the service can come in out of the cold and eat their meal or take it home.

Burnie City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite said it was wonderful to finally have somewhere they could call home.

”It’s been something that we have wanted from the start and to me it’s really a dream come true,” Mrs Hite said.

For the full story read Monday’s Advocate Newspaper.

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East Devonport defeats Smithton

NTFL final score:
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East Devonport:


EAST Devonport has defeated Smithton by 64 points with the Saints failing to score in the final quarter.

The Swans added five goals to their tally in the last quarter, spreading the goals around.

Full forward Nick Milbourne failed to add to his half time tally of five but remained the game’s leading goal kicker.



NTFL Three quarter time update:

East Devonport:


SMITHTON closed the gap slightly on East Devonport with the help of the wind in the third quarter.

The Saints kicked four goals as opposed to the Swans’ one against the breeze.

The East Devonport talls are dominating the game by getting a lot of the ball.

The Swans will have the strong wind on their side in the final corner.



NTFL half time update:

East Devonport


EAST Devonport is leading Smithton by 42 points at half time.

The wind that seemed to be favouring the Southern end of the ground has turned around and is now coming from the South West.

The Swans used this to their advantage in the second quarter, kicking 10 goals and three points.

Nick Milbourne got three goals for the quarter to take his tally to five and marked everything that came in his direction.

Adrian Partridge also chipped in three goals for the Swans.

For the Saints, Damien Medwin added two goals to take his game tally to three.

Wynyard: 8-6-54

Latrobe: 7-9-51

NTFL round 5 quarter time update:

East Devonport:


EAST Devonport and Smithton are tied at the end of the first quarter.

A fairly strong breeze at the East Devonport ground seems to be favouring the Southern end to which East Devonport kicked but the Swans proved a bit inaccurate kicking 3-8.

Nick Milbourne has kicked two for East Devonport while Scott Blizzard has kicked two for Smithton.

Wynyard: 4-1-25

Latrobe: 2-3-15

Read the full report in The Advocate on Monday.

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West Park gets heart pumping

*(1/2)HE’S played in front of thousands of screaming fans at the MCG, but Russell Robertson has never played a senior game at West Park.
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That will all change tomorrow when the former Melbourne great runs out for Burnie against Launceston.

To say the full-forward is excited about the homecoming is an understatement.

“I’ve only played a handful of games there and none of them have been in the seniors,” Robertson said.

“After all these years playing in Victoria I feel like I’ve got to do this and it’s great I can get a game on West Park.

“Hopefully there is a good crowd there to see some good quality football.”

Robertson’s West Park debut could not be more timely, with Burnie squaring off against the Blues for the first time since last year’s grand final.

With Robertson expecting plenty of close attention, both tactically and verbally, Melbourne’s four- time leading goal kicker hopes to take some of the pressure off some of his younger Dockers team- mates.

“There always is a little bit of niggle wherever I play,” he said.

“Guys get into you, but that’s football.

“You use what you can to get an edge and I’m used to it.”

After slotting six goals against Devonport in round one, Robertson proved he will be more than just a shield from opposition barbs during his five-game stint with the Dockers.

He hopes to pick up from where he left off.

“It was a torrid evening in Devonport for the last game, when the weather came in, but I felt I did my job,” he said.

“Part of that was to teach some of the younger guys in the forward line who have lots of talent.

“I know Planty (coach Brent Plant) very well, and I’ve got to know the guys at the club and they are great blokes.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out and having a run with them again.”

With plans to hang up the boots at the end of the season, Robertson, the coach of St Joseph’s in the Geelong Football League, is desperate to win a premiership before his playing days are over.

“The last premiership I played in was with the reserves at the Dockers in 1996,” he said.

“Whether it’s with St Joseph’s or Burnie, I want another one.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Tschirpig’s Tassie tales are good ones

(2/4)BRUCE Tschirpig could be forgiven for having less than fond memories of his time residing on the Coast.
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From being punched by arguably the state’s greatest footy export to having the prestigious Burnie Gift taken from him, Tschirpig certainly has plenty of tales to tell from his time in Tasmania.

However, those tales are nothing but positive.

“I had some great times playing footy in Tasmania,” Tschirpig said.

“Doc (Baldock) was one of the best coaches I played under and certainly one of the best players I played with.”

Tschirpig will return to the Coast this week to attend the reunion for the Latrobe Football Club 1969-72 NWFU premiership sides.

Tschirpig, originally from Wentworth, made eight appearances with Richmond in the 1971 VFL season which included a four-goal haul in a win over Carlton at the MCG to celebrate Roger Dean’s 200th game.

Although he played in Richmond’s final home and away season fixture, Tschirpig was not called upon for the finals.

He left for Latrobe the following season.

“I wasn’t wanted by Richmond at the end of 71 after I’d undergone a cartilage operation (on his knee),” he said.

“I’d had a few offers from Essendon and other clubs, including Latrobe.

“I’d never been to Tassie and I was looking for something different, so after speaking with club officials, I decided to make the move.”

Taking to the field for the Demons in the 1972 premiership winning side, Tschirpig also played in the 1973 and 1974 losing grand finals and again in 1975.

As for what happened in the 1976 Burnie New Year’s Day Gift, Tschirpig, who ran to keep fit for football, is still mystified as to what happened.

A red-hot favourite to win, being snapped up for a record $450 in the Calcutta leading up to the big race, Tschirpig naturally made it through to the final and won – or so he thought.

“My colour went up and my name was written on the winner’s cheque,” he recalled.

“Kevin Portch, who finished second, and his trainer both congratulated me on the win.

“Next thing, I was informed officials were looking at the photo finish and then (Portch) was announced the winner.

“I’ve looked at the photos since and my foot was across the line first.

“I’m still a bit mystified by it all.”

Richmond lured him back in 1976, but he could only add two further games to his tally and finished his career in Western Australia where he played at East Fremantle and Perth.

The 62-year-old, who still resides in Western Australia, was this year inducted into the inaugural AFL Masters WA Hall Of Fame.

Also set to attend next Saturday night’s reunion at the Latrobe Football Club are former AFL legends Barry Breen and Des Tuddenham.

Tickets are still available for the night, which is open to the general public.

For further information or to book tickets, contact Peter Freshney on 0417287006.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Last year’s brave showing proof nothing is impossible

IF DEVONPORT’S players are seeking motivation for todays’s match against the undefeated Clarence, coach Glen Lutwyche suggests they look at the first half from the last time the two teams met.
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Late last season, the Magpies got the jump on the Roos, leading by eight goals at quarter time and maintaining their advantage until the main break.

While weary legs gave out in the second half, Lutwyche said it proved no contest was unwinnable.

“You always give yourself a chance,” Lutwyche said.

“We’ve made some structural changes to counter their talls and our aim is to improve.”

The winless Magpies will welcome back Kurt Heazlewood for the trip south, while youngsters Jordan Smith and Claye Symmons will make their debuts.

“Both players have good leg speed and we think their run and dash will be suited to the bigger ground,” Lutwyche said.

After a promising opening half, Devonport faded against North Launceston last weekend and eventually went down by 62 points.

Lutwyche said it was back to basics for his team on the training track this week.

“We’ve looked how we can run front and square,” he said.

“We’ve also looked at getting some quicker ball movement and improving our run and carry.”

In the weekend’s other games, South Launceston would fancy its chances to get its second win for the season against cellar dweller Hobart.

The competition’s big improver Lauderdale should bounce back from last week’s 60-point loss to Burnie with a win over the young North Hobart outfit.

Glenorchy and North Launceston should fight out a close game at KGV.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Grand final defeat is history, says Plant

BURNIE coach Brent Plant and his players haven’t dwelled on last year’s TSL grand final.
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And they are not about to start.

The 44-point loss to Launceston won’t be mentioned in Plant’s pre-game address when the two sides meet at West Park tomorrow.

“We talked about it at the season launch, because making it to a grand final is a big achievement,” Plant said.

“Other than that we have seen it as history, it’s gone.

“We won’t talk about it as a group at all.”

While the events of last September would likely be a burning motivator for the players individually, the resolve they have shown as a group has been nothing short of exceptional.

The Dockers have won all three of their opening games by more than 50 points.

Plant said the commitment the side was showing extended beyond the boundary line.

“Last week we got home from Hobart at three minutes to midnight and the players were at a recovery session at the beach at 8am the next morning,” he said.

“They were standing out in the middle of Bass Strait so they are certainly enjoying each other’s company and are committed to the cause.”

Along with their hardened approach, the Dockers are also catching Launceston on the hop.

The Blues will be without Brian Finch, Nathan O’Donoghue and Gary Shipton for the clash, all key members of last year’s premiership side.

The Dockers will welcome back 228-game AFL legend Russell Robertson, with playmaker Darren Banham also a possibility to return.

Still, Plant is not taking anything for granted.

“We’ve been working on increasing our run and spread across all areas,” he said.

“That is Launceston’s strength and they do it quite well.

“We want to play accountable, man-on-man football and shut down their run.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Cats go for height

WYNYARD coach Shannon Bakes will roll the dice in today’s clash with Latrobe.
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The Cats are undefeated and sit comfortably on top of the ladder, but Bakes believes there is still room for improvement against the Demons, who he said are a different team to that which won last year’s premiership.

“They’ve changed their gameplan, they’re a run and carry team now, but still very dangerous,” Bakes said.

“We’ve got a bit of run too but we have brought in some bigger players to give us a height advantage.

“We’ve been evaluating our structures over the first couple of weeks and we’ve got to the stage where we are almost set, we’re just putting the last part in tomorrow (today).

“It’s trial and error, and who knows it might not work, but we’re prepared to risk it if there is a chance to move forward.”

The bigger bodies Bakes referred to are defenders Craig Stretton and David Fitzpatrick.

Wynyard’s back line will also be bolstered by the return of captain Daniel Franks, however Gregg Sharman, the full-back in last year’s TSL team of the year, is another week away from returning from a hamstring injury and illness.

“He was probably right to play but it’s a long season so we decided to give him another week,” Bakes said.

Meanwhile, Latrobe has not made a change to the side which was defeated by Penguin last week.

Demons coach Dale Perry said his team would have to execute the basics properly if it was to claim the away win.

“To win at Wynyard it is important to get your hands on the football first, use it well and then work as a team to fill the gaps,” Perry said.

“We’ve been doing lots of transition work at training.

“If Wynyard grabs hold of the momentum we want to be able to stop it.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Swans eager to triumph at home

WITH its two wins this season coming on the road, East Devonport coach Daniel Freshney admits his side is still getting used to the wide open spaces of Girdlestone Park.
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However, Freshney is confident the Swans will be able to turn their fortunes around at home this weekend when they take on Smithton.

“We are pretty much a whole new team so the smaller grounds and tighter spaces have suited us a bit better,” Freshney.

“It’s something we are getting used to, but our confidence is up and hopefully we can get a win in front of the supporters this week.”

The Swans hand was forced at the selection table, with Mark Marriott (foot) and Bradley French (hamstring) both missing through injury.

Brady Stubbs and Chris Poole were omitted from the side, which lost to Wynyard last round.

Into the side comes Kurt Jeffrey, Michael Bloomfield, Rodney Coglan and George McLachlan.

Freshney hoped the inclusions would help his side run the game out.

“Last week we played three quarters of good football, but got smashed in the third,” he said.

“This week we’ve talked about making good starts to the quarters and continuing on through the game.

“We know we can match it with the best, we’ve just got to sustain the pressure.”

A win would lift the fourth- placed Swans above the third- placed Saints, and should Latrobe lose to Wynyard, the red and white would be in outright second place.

However, Freshney was not getting too carried away.

“Smithton have some very dangerous key players like (Scott) Bryan, (Damien) Medwin and (Clint) Riley,” he said.

“We will need to be on from the opening bounce.”

Smithton, 39-point winner over Ulverstone last week, has made one change, with Luke Viney coming in for Josh Smith.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Another win likelyfor confident Ulverstone

ULVERSTONE travels to Mitsubishi Park to meet Launceston City, which is yet to win a game but has managed two draws so far this season.
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Ulverstone will be full of confidence after coming off a 5-0 win over Burnie last week.

Sean and Adam Conkie, along with Brayden Mann and Joel Stone, will cause problems for the City defence as they will be relied on by Reds’ coach Nick Owen to supply the goals.

The Reds’ back line will aim for a clean sheet to back up last week, as new signing Ryan Keep has been solid between the sticks.

Burnie United will be looking to bounce back against Riverside Olympic after its loss to Ulverstone last week.

Riverside is coming off the bye, so Burnie will look to get on top early and perhaps take advantage of what could be a slow start by Olympic.

United coach Tony Cocker will welcome Elliot Stewart into the side after serving a week’s suspension.

Burnie goes into the encounter at Montello as the underdog, but if it can string together all its good patches of play for a full match, an upset may be on the cards.

The Devonport Strikers should go into the match against the Northern Rangers at the NTCA Ground with an unchanged side, apart from coach Chris McKenna possibly starting on the field after a good week at training.

The Northern Rangers have played only two games this year and have performed well winning against the Knights 3-1 and Launceston United 6-2.

The Strikers have been solid defensively over the past couple of weeks with Kamil Douglas slotting into the sweeping role, replacing the injured Scott Wilson.

This will be the match of the round and will be an indicator as to where the teams sit in the race for the title.

The Somerset Sharks will have the home ground advantage in round four when they meet Launceston United.

Although the Sharks lost last week, they will be taking a lot of positives from the game and should draw some confidence from the match, after being the better side against the Knights.

Ryan Liston will make a return to the side as will James Nettleton, who will start in an attacking role to hopefully resolve the Sharks’ problem of putting the ball in the back of the net.

The Sharks will have to fight off a determined Launceston United side searching for its first three points in several years.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.