Victorians too strong for Tassie

THE Tasmanian under-23 team lowered its colours to Victoria when beaten by 56 points at North Hobart yesterday.

The Victorians were always in control in a high-standard game played as part of the Australian Amateur Football Council's triennial series.

Victoria kicked away in the second half to finish with 16.19 (115) to Tasmania's 8.11 (59).

Tom Bennett, of Hillwood, kicked six of Tasmania's eight goals in an encouraging game while captain Jack Templeton, of Penguin, was in everything as he tried to lift his team.

The Victorian team, representing 15 clubs from metropolitan Melbourne, flew into Hobart on the morning of the match.

Full forward Nicholas De Steiger of Old Melburnians was prominent in front of goal but struggled to convert and finished with 2.6.

The Victorians were best served by captain Marshall Rippon, of University Blues, and Anthony Scott and Gabriel Hamilton from Old Trinity. The Victorian team will be back in Hobart next year when Tasmania hosts its first AAFC carnival with teams also coming from Western Australia and South Australia.

The Tasmanian team was coached by Anthony McConnon.

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