The NWFL has reinforced its standing as the premier regional competition in Tasmania after a resounding 88-point win over the SFL in Saturday’s representative game.
Played in wet and windy conditions at Ulverstone, the NWFL set the tone for the game from the start, kicking 4.8 in the first term while keeping the opposition scoreless.
It was a more even affair in the second quarter, with the SFL upping its work rate and getting the first score on the board through Ben Cato.
But the home responded through influential on-baller Rodney Coghlan five minutes later to help send them into the main break with a 34-point lead.
Any hopes the visitors had of a comeback were quickly extinguished by the NWFL in the third quarter as goals to captain Josh Holland, Claye Sculthorpe and Tyler Kelly extended the lead to 61 points at the final change.
It was more of the same in the last quarter, with the miserly NWFL defence not giving an inch, while Sculthorpe, Braden Van Buuren, Brandon Howard and Andrew Lee all kicked truly to complete the 13.20 (98) to 1.4 (10) rout.
Coghlan was awarded the Paddy Martin Medal for best NWFL player on the ground, while Holland and Brayden Hayes won the respective coaches awards.
The NWFL’s win was overshadowed by a badly broken wrist to Penguin’s Rohan Baldock, which saw him taken to hospital.
In the earlier under 18 representative game, the NWFL recovered from a slow start to defeat the SFL 7.4 (46) to 3.3 (21).