McCulloch mapping out success

Tasmania's Bart Mc Culloch celebrates one of his three goals. Picture: Scott Gelston
Tasmania's Bart Mc Culloch celebrates one of his three goals. Picture: Scott Gelston

BART McCulloch just loves putting on the Tasmanian jumper.

And playing against a team called the NEAFL.

The Western Storm ruckman was one of the dominant players on the ground at Bellerive Oval yesterday thanks to his aerial work and three-goal haul.

He narrowly missed out on best on ground honours to Burnie's Jason Laycock, who was awarded the Lefroy Medal.

If MCCulloch had been successful with that personal accolade, it would have been back-to-back honours after taking home the medal in last year's win over the NEAFL Eastern Conference.

"It was really good to take a few marks and finish off with a couple of goals, even though it was disappointing to miss those couple," the former Brisbane Lions-listed big- man said post-game after Tasmania's 41-point win over the NEAFL.

"At the end of the day we had a really good win against what I see as really strong competition.

"The boys' midfield pressure was fantastic and the delivery into the forward line was fantastic, which makes a forward's day easier.

"We are so lucky we have this history with the map on this jumper, and everyone that pulls on this Tassie jumper knows how important it is and knows that second-grade efforts aren't acceptable."

Match-day coach Brett Geappen felt it was a monumental win for the state.

"It's huge win as we were up against a competition that is a level above ours.

"But we have that famous jumper, the famous map, where they are representing regions, we were representing our people."

But Geappen was highly critical of the crowd, saying it was disgraceful that well under 1000 were on hand to watch a representative match played at a high standard.


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