Roos look ready to challenge Northern teams

Clarence star Cameron Thurley has hung up the boots along with teammate Nick Paine.
Clarence star Cameron Thurley has hung up the boots along with teammate Nick Paine.


INS: James Charlesworth, Oliver Di Venuto, Cam De Gooyer, Josh Fox, Luke Sullivan, Scott Mathewson.

OUTS: Mitch Williamson, Tom Balcombe, Taylor Williamson, Cameron Thurley and Nick Paine.

COACH: Matthew Drury.


CLARENCE looks to have recruited strongly in the off- season, and the Southern powerhouse club should be the most likely to threaten the Northern dominance of the competition in finals over the past three seasons.

The Roos have retained Matthew Drury as playing coach and have added some big names to their list including James Charlesworth, Oliver Di Venuto, Cam De Gooyer and Josh Fox.

They have lost some experience with big full-forward Mitch Williamson leaving the club and Cameron Thurley and Nick Paine retiring.

"I feel like we have a stronger list than last year and we've trained harder over the preseason than we have for the last two or three preseasons," Drury said.

"There is a real enthusiasm and commitment from the players, and they certainly want to achieve success this year, and I think we're on track to do that.

"I like our prospects and I'm confident we've done the work and are prepared as well as we ever have been, and it's now up to putting in some good performances."

Drury said the Roos had worked at improving the defensive side of their game and their skill level by foot and had changed the type of running done during the preseason with an emphasis on power, speed and agility.


INS: Aaron Cornelius, Kurt Styles.

OUTS: Nathan Matthews, David Hunt, Marcus Parker, Mick Paul, Shaun Collis, Tim Butterworth and Simon Spencer.

COACH: Aaron Cornelius.


THE Southern Magpies have a new coach in former Brisbane AFL player Aaron Cornelius, who has returned home to his old club after being delisted by the Lions at the end of last season.

Cornelius takes over the coaching reins from Ben Beams, who resigned at the end of last season with a year to run on his contract.

Cornelius has not given up on his AFL dream and is hopeful that a good season in the TSL can resurrect his chances with AFL recruiters.

The Magpies have had a significant turnover of players losing a lot of experience.

"We've got a lot of young guys who we've retained and haven't really done too much recruiting, as I came on the scene really late, other than New Norfolk onballer Kurt Styles," Cornelius said.

"With a young list we're looking for a rebuilding year and would like to make KGV a bit of a fortress and make it hard for sides to come down and win this season.

"With some of our older players having left, a few of the younger ones need to stand up, and it's an opportunity for me to find out about the players and set up for a couple of years' time."

Cornelius said he would try to implement some of his AFL experience and create a professional environment at the club.


INS: Ben Holton, Jamie Di Ienno, Adam Duggan, Zach Plant.

OUTS: Tim Perkins, Danny Flood, Josh Spaulding.

COACH: Darren Winter.


EXPECT Lauderdale to again be a force to be reckoned with under coach Darren Winter.

The Southern Bombers have lost last season's captain, Tim Perkins, and tagger Danny Flood to retirement, but have picked up Cygnet full-forward Ben Holton, full-back Adam Duggan and Castlemaine recruit Zach Plant, and Jamie Di lenno is back from Hobart.

"We've got a couple of nice young players there and we have got everyone back on the track and training well after having quite a few injuries last year," Winter said.

"We've got a few inclusions which will strengthen us up across the board, so we're pretty confident we will certainly improve from last year.

"We felt we didn't have that genuine full-forward last year who could kick goals, which we think Holton might fill for us."

Winter said the Bombers were keen to look after their players and maintain their list after an injury-plagued 2013.


INS: Tim Petersen, Rob Pascoe, Beau Adams, Mark Jensen, Jordan Lovell, Michael Booth, Rohan Bones, Mackenzie Willis, Stuart Donnelly, Kieran Lovell, Brandon Batchelor, Marcus Gardner, Quinlan Redell.


COACH: Adam Henley.


THE Kingborough-based Tigers are another of the new clubs to join the competition this season, with Adam Henley taking on the coaching role.

Henley is a former Kermandie and Glenorchy assistant coach and was in charge of Kingborough's SFL team for the past three years.

"It's pretty exciting stepping up to TSL level and there is a lot to learn, but there are a few experienced people around the club to help myself and the players," he said.

"We have about half a dozen players left from our SFL side but we have a fair chunk of players come back who left the club over the past few years to play TSL.

"We have some Mariners from last year and this year who are part of our main core group of 25 or 30.

"We've got a really young group and it's going to be a tough year, and the top three or four sides are way in front of us in experience and older bodies.

"It's a big unknown but we're really happy with our preseason and fitness levels, and they've taken on every challenge.

"We've haven't set real goals of where we're going to finish on the ladder or wins and losses, and it's based around some KPIs we'll assess to indicate whether we've had a successful year or not.".


INS: Ryan Sullivan, Sam Reeves, Tom Robinson, Liam Azzopardi, Gareth Delaney, Jesse Wells, Hugh Williams, Jake Briggs, Callen Dell, Jayden Charlton.


COACH: Michael McGregor.


A FORMER Kermandie, Hobart and Huonville coach and North Hobart assistant, Michael McGregor will be in charge of the competition's other new entity in Hobart City, with the bulk of the new club's list made up of former North Hobart and Hobart players.

"Apart from Charlesworth and Di lenno, we think we got the next best of the crop of players from Hobart," McGregor said. "We lost about 35 players from North Hobart all up but we retained some very good ones including Gareth Delaney, Jesse Wells, Hugh Williams our captain, Jake Briggs, and Callen Dell."

McGregor said realistically it was hard to tell how Hobart City would go, having to unite two lists, but he was happy with the playing group assembled.

"We've lost a lot off the North Hobart list but the ones we've brought in from Hobart have gelled really well and the indicators in our practice matches are that we are not far off the mark," he said.


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