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elbusto

elbusto

The Launceston Warriors remain undefeated in the Tasmanian Rugby League after two rounds after defeating the Southern Rabbitohs 44 to 22 in Hobart on Saturday. The Warriors led the game from the start putting in a strong effort against a gritty Rabbitohs combination.

Harry Johnson and Clarke Chancellor put in strong efforts for the Warriors ably supported by Isaac Anderson and Jono Tunks. The Warriors have been a surprise package so far, winning the pre-season 9s competition and now winning their first two games in their inaugural season.

In the other match, the Hobart Tigers blasted the Eastern Thunder off the park with an 84 to 4 win. The Tigers ran riot scoring 16 tries in a classic exhibition of Rugby League against a brave but outclassed Thunder team. Polo Finau and Sid Fielea ran in 7 tries between them in a sparkling display in the backline. Best on the field was Tigers new recruit, Ratu Bishop who also crossed the try line twice. The Thunder tried hard all day but were unable to control the Tigerís big guns in the ruck area. Jeff Ellis and Chris Casboult had strong games for the Thunder with new recruit, Blaze Reed, also putting in a solid effort.

In the under 17s the TRL Development Squad defeated the Taroona Blues 28 to 24.


Next week, the Tigers travel to Launceston to play the Warriors in what promises to be the start of a great North South rivalry between the Clubs. The Thunder will play the Rabbitohs at the University Oval in Hobart at 3pm.

Justin Kearney
President TRL
0411 674 164 
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knitey

knitey

Hang on....their all imports, they only have one head each? 
elbusto

elbusto

hahahahahaha! 
knitey

knitey

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. 
Marcus1979

Marcus1979

I think they broke into the science lab and got some of that antidote ;) 
elbusto

elbusto

The Hobart Tigers have marched through the State Wide Tasmanian Rugby League Grand Final defeating the Launceston Warriors 36-26 in Launceston Saturday.

In hot conditions, the Tigers hit the ground running stretching out to a 24 to 6 lead at the break. The Tigers forwards dominated the first half led by second rowers Beau Scott and Fua Pomana who both created plenty of opportunities for the rampant Tigers backline to run in four sparkling tries.

The Warriors regained their composure after half time outclassing the Tigers to bring the score to 30 to 26 to the Tigers with ten minutes left on the clock.

However, the Tigers bit back with a classy try to centre Polo Pua converted by Fale Atileo. The Warriors made crucial errors that cost them any chance of wining the game in the dying minutes and now face a sudden death game against the Southern Rabbitohs next Saturday at the University oval at 3pm.

The Warriors best players were hooker Isaac Anderson and pivot Robbie Lyon.

In the other game, the Southern Rabbitohs withstood a strong first half challenge by the Eastern Thunder to run out easy winners 52 to 6. Howie Hyland was outstanding at five eighth well supported by Zac Locke who is the stand out winder of the competition.

The Thunder were best served Wally Bird at fullback and retiring Club legend Chris Cavanagh.

Justin Kearney
Chairman
Tasmanian Rugby League
0468 427 858 
knitey

knitey

What have the crowd figures been like?

And is the interest better down south? 
elbusto

elbusto

About 150 in Launceston - no idea in Hobart - I was running touch in Launnie 
knitey

knitey

The league could really do with some press coverage up in the north and north west, I never see an article about it in either the Examiner or the Advocate. 
elbusto

elbusto

Rabbitohs 38 Warriors 22 full time. Rabbitohs through to Grand Final V Tigers next Saturday 4pm University Oval. 
elbusto

elbusto

The Southern Rabbitohs have marched to their third consecutive Grand Final in the State Wide Tasmanian Rugby League after defeating the minor premiers, the Launceston Warriors’ 38 to 22 on Saturday.

In perfect conditions at the University Rugby Oval, the Rabbitohs finished all over a brave Warriors unit who were in the game till the final ten minutes.

The Rabbitohs opened the game with a brilliant try after three minutes to young winger, Caden Salter, who placed himself perfectly to run onto a beautiful offload from Aaron Wale.

The Rabbitohs steamed ahead to a 12 nil lead before Warriors Captain, Isaac Anderson, burrowed over to bring the score back to a 12 to 6. Warriors prop, Nick Sotiriou, powered his way over for two tries and the Warriors looked to be heading to their first Grand Final.

Rabbitohs centre, Charlie Meni, threw the game wide open with a try after a strong run and the Warriors clung onto a 22 to 20 point lead with twenty minutes to go.

The game changer was a try after a powerful ten metre burst from man of the match, Aaron Wale, which saw the momentum fall the Rabbitohs way with ten minutes left on the clock. Two further tries sealed a memorable Rabbitohs victory. All eyes turn to the Grand Final next week between arch rivals, the Rabbitohs and Hobart Tigers at University Oval at 4pm.

Best for the Rabbitohs were Michael Lovell, Aaron Whale and Caden Salter. The Warriors best were Isaac Anderson, Harley Lyons and Nick Sotiriou.

Southern Rabbitohs 38 (J Stankowich 2, O Gearman, C Meni, A Wale, C Salter, M Lovell Tries J Stankowich 5 Goals) defeated Launceston Warriors 22 (N Sotiriou 2, I Anderson, I Doust Tries, E James 3 Goals)


Justin Kearney
Chairman
Tasmanian Rugby League
0468 427 858 
elbusto

elbusto

This weekend the Tasmanian Rugby League celebrates its biggest day of the year when the Southern Rabbitohs take on the Hobart Tigers in the Grand Final at University Oval at 4pm.

The Rabbitohs have been the steady improvers of the season culminating in a brilliant win over the Launceston Warriors last weekend.

Meanwhile the Tigers had last weekend off and may have lost some momentum as a result.

Rabbitohs Coach, Jeff Tonks, has every reason to be happy with his Team as they are peaking just when it matters. The Rabbitohs game is built on grit and determination, with Howie Hyland the link between a solid forward pack and a back three who can score from anywhere on the park.

The Hobart Tigers are a well drilled unit whose strength lies in playing a structured game under Coach Mick Hunt. Mick is a cagey and knowledgeable Rugby League exponent and he will have a few tricks up his sleeve this weekend. Sunia Maafu will lead from the front and will be keen to put this one away for the Tigers.

Scott Dyson will be this weekend's Referee and he will assert his authority to ensure a clear ruck and an open game.

Good luck to all players and match officials this weekend from all of us at the Tasmanian Rugby League. You should be proud of yourselves for your achievements this year.

Enjoy YOUR Grand Final!

Bus Kearney
Chairman
Tasmanian Rugby League 
LeroyTheTiger

LeroyTheTiger

Crikey the Warriors stumbled in their final few games when it looked like they were going to go through the season undefeated, bad luck but go the Tigers!. 
elbusto

elbusto

The Warriors lost a few players but they will be better next year. Had a very good first year mate. 
LeroyTheTiger

LeroyTheTiger

Will the success of the Warriors inspire any other new clubs to be formed?. 
elbusto

elbusto

The Tasmanian Rugby League is pleased to announce there will be a match played between North Hobart and South Hobart Under 17s Teams at 2pm as a prelude to the TRL Senior Grand Final. 26 young lads will take the field to play the Greatest Game of Them All. Get there early to see Tassies youngest and best play Rugby League! University Rugby Oval - 2pm!!!!; 
elbusto

elbusto

Yes - watch this space 
elbusto

elbusto

The Hobart Tigers have defeated the Southern Rabbitohs 40 to 30 in the Tasmanian Rugby League Grand Final played at the University Rugby Ground on Saturday.


In a game of big hits and enthralling attack, the two sides hammered each other till the last minute of the game when the Tigers sealed the match with a try to centre Ivan Meaclem.


The Rabbitohs took an early lead when man of the match, Kaden Salter, scored the first of his three tries in the third minute. From thereon, the first half was an arm wrestle with neither side able to gain a clear advantage.


The Tigers Coach, Mick Hunt, was clearly disappointed with his sides lack of discipline, which saw centre, Polo Pua, sin binned for a high tackle. Despite this, Tigers clung to a slender 8 to 4 lead at half time.


After the break, the warm conditions and the pressure took its toll and the game opened up. The sides traded tries with the Rabbitohs clinging desperately close to the Tigers score line but unable to take the lead.


A brilliant 50 metre bust by retiring Tigers second rower, Fua Pomana, gave the Tigers a 12 point lead with five minutes to go. However the Rabbitohs replied with a converted try to Salter setting up a grandstand finish with only two minutes left on the clock.


Meaclem’s try in the final minute of the game broke the hearts of the Rabbitohs supporters after a gritty performance from their side.


The Tigers best players were Captain, Sunnia Ma’afu, Sid Fielea and full back, Luke White. Salter was the Rabbitohs best with Captain, Jamon Stankovich also having an outstanding game.


The Tasmanian Rugby League season concludes on Saturday 16 March with a North versus South match to be played in Launceston at Royal Park.

Tigers 40 (Tries Sunnia Ma’afu, Josh White 2, Viliami Vea, Ivan Meaclem, Fua Pomana, Vaha Afa, Conversions Ivan Meaclem 4) Rabbitohs 30 (Tries Kaden Salter 3, Aaron Whale, Jamon Stankovich, Zac Locke, Coversions Jamon Stankovich 3)





Justin Kearney

Chairman

Tasmanian Rugby League

0468 427 858; 
grobbo73

grobbo73

Well done to the Tigers. Justin, did the GF get any local press?


Can't wait to see what transpires and you guys are doing a fantastic job down there in such a difficult market, well done! 
elbusto

elbusto

Many thanks 
elbusto

elbusto

Southern Tasmania play Northern Tasmania in the inaugural Tasmanian Rugby League intra-State clash this Saturday at Royal Park in Launceston at 2pm.

Northern Tasmanian Rugby League is still smouldering after the Warriors failed to make the Grand Final after finishing minor premiers in this years State Wide Rugby League Competition.

Northern Coach, Criff Tupou, missed the finals series and is ready to inflict some revenge on the men from the South. The Northern Team will be strengthened by players from Devonport and Burnie making this a true North V South grudge match.

Southern Coach, Mick Hunt, has had trouble motivating his players for this game and the Southern Team will start as underdogs.

The game will be won in the forwards where Tupou and giant prop, Nic Sotiriou will come face to face with their Southern counterparts Mick Evans and Jeff Ellis in a do or die battle for possession.

Justin Kearney
Chairman
Tasmanian Rugby League
0468 427 858 
elbusto

elbusto

Southern Tasmania has won the inaugural Rugby League State Wide challenge defeating Northern Tasmania 16 to 14 At Royal Park in Launceston on Saturday.

In a thrilling match the Souths held off a determined Northern Team in a game that went down to the wire.

The game was an arm wrestle for the first twenty minutes until Northern Captain, Criff Tupuo, burst through the Southern defence to score under the posts. Five minutes later 17 year old winger, Zac Locke, stunned the big crowd with a thirty metre dash to score out wide for the South. The try was unconverted and the North clung to a 6 to 4 lead at half time.

After the break Northern Tasmania started to control the ruck area with big prop, Harry Johnson, scoring in the 47th minutes to give the North a 10 to 6 lead.

Tupou was sent to the sin bin in the sixtieth minute for an indiscretion and the South struck back.

Following some strong work by Captain Sunnia Maafu and Matt Ford, the South were rewarded with two tries by winger Zac Locke and hooker Vaha Afa in the 60th and 65th minutes and clung to a 16 to 10 lead with time running down on the clock.

Man of the match Nate Wells and second rower Sam Rice continued to work the North into a scoring position and their hard work was rewarded in the 78th minute when bullocking centre, Perry Chancellor, scored out wide to give inside centre, Jake Shayer, a difficult kick to draw the match.

Facing the wind and rain, Shayer gave the kick every chance but it swung too wide hitting the left goal post depriving the North of a well deserved draw.

Best for Southern Tasmania were Sunnia Maafu, Matt Ford and Zac Locke. The North’s best players were Sam Rice, Nate Wells and Jake Shayer.

Southern Tasmania 16 (Kaden Salter, Zac Locke, Vaha Afa tries Fale Atileo 2 conversions) Northern Tasmania 14 (Criff Tupou, Harry Johnson, Perry Chancellor tries, Jake Shayer conversion)

Referee: Scott Dyson
Touch Judges: Clive Traill, Jack Dyson



Justin Kearney
Chairman
Tasmanian Rugby League
0468 427 858 
elbusto

elbusto

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The Tasmanian Rugby League will be holding a meeting in Burnie on 19 April to start the process of forming a North Western Club. Anybody interested in assisting should contact me. Details of the meeting will follow. Big times ahead for Rugby League in Tasmania!!!!!!!

Justin Kearney
Chairman
Tasmanian Rugby League
0468 427 858
 

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