Our Tasmanian under-16 and under-17 sides have had mixed results in clashes at the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney.
TASMANIA 11.9 (75) def. QUEENSLAND 7.11 (53)
Tasmania enjoyed an impressive 22-point win over Queensland in their first match of the under-16 National Championships, built off the back of a strong start and finish.
Tasmania kicked four goals to one in the opening term to take a 20-point lead into the first change.
Queensland came back in the second term to cut the margin to just three points at the main break before the group dug deep to maintain a seven-point lead into the early stages of the final term.
Tasmania were brilliant in the final term, kicking three goals to one to secure a hard-fought win over the Queenslanders.
Sam Collins continued his strong TSL form with North Hobart into representative football in a best afield display.
Toby Upson and Will Harper also competed well all day, while Glenorchy goalsneak Jye Bearman and Northern Bomber Jackson Callow kicked three goals each to help steer the side to victory.
Tasmania’s next challenge will be a match against the Northern Territory on Tuesday July 10 before a round three match against NSW/ACT on Saturday July 7.
Goals: J. Bearman 3, J. Callow 3, J. Menzie 2, J. Barwick, O. Davis, G. O’Neill
Best: S. Collins, T. Upson, W. Harper, J. Menzie, J. Bearman, J. Callow
TASMANIA 7.4 (46) def. by NSW/ACT 14.11 (95)
Tasmania’s under 17 side was overran by NSW/ACT in round one of the U17 Futures Championship, going down by 49 points.
NSW/ACT got off to a fast start, kicking 4.7 in the opening term to Tasmania’s 1.1, with this 24-point quarter time lead growing to 30 points at the main break.
Tasmania restricted NSW/ACT to three goals in the third term, but were unable to outscore the hosts, kicking one major.
The final quarter was a fairly high-scoring affair, with NSW/ACT piling on four goals to Tasmania’s three.
Kingborough Tiger and Tassie Mariner Oliver Burrows-Cheng was a standout for Tasmania, while fellow Mariner Will Peppin also stood tall as did Bailey Gordon, Tyler McGinniss, Oscar Shaw and Jack McCulloch.
Tasmania’s next clash will be against Queensland on Monday July 2.
Goals: O. Burrows-Cheng, B. Gordon, J. McCulloch, W. Peppin, T. Reeves, C. Stuart, L. Viney
Best: O. Burrows-Cheng, J. McCulloch, B. Gordon, T. McGinniss, W. Peppin, O. Shaw