Baker and Bugg say goodbye to Bulldogs

CLOSING IN: Latrobe’s Zane Littlejohn tackles South Launceston’s Scott Merritt in Saturday’s NTFL match at Latrobe. Picture: PETER LORD.”They both feel they don’t want to be part of the club’s future,” he said.
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Baker and Bugg were both omitted from Saturday’s senior team to play Latrobe and, although selected in the reserves, neither took the field.

Baker is considering returning to his original club George Town and Bugg is likely to return to Bracknell.

Crisp said he wanted to sit down and talk with both players before South Launceston considered giving them a clearance.

Baker, 31, is a highly-decorated player at South Launceston where he has played almost 150 games and was a premiership player in 1998 and 1999.

In 2001, he won the G. B. “Paddy” Martin Medal for being the NTFL’s best representative player against the SFL.

Bugg joined the Bulldogs this season after representing the NTFA last year, but has struggled to cement his place.

South Launceston won its second game of the season with a nine- point victory over Latrobe on Saturday and Crisp said the team had to start building on its youth.

¤¤¤ Burnie will have an anxious wait tonight to see if ruckman Brad Davis is available to play against Smithton this week.

Davis has been booked on a charge of striking Wynyard’s Ashley Poke and he will appear before the NTFL Independent Tribunal in Devonport.

He was reported by field umpire Phil Blizzard.

A misconduct charge laid against East Devonport defender Brent Mullett and held over from Anzac Day will also be heard tonight.

Mulett has been charged with allegedly stomping on Devonport opponent Rhys Colbeck.

¤¤¤ Both the Launceston and Penguin football clubs are planning a major reunion of their last premiership teams.

Launceston beat North Launceston for the 1985 NTFA flag and in the same year Penguin defeated Smithton in the NWFU.

Launceston’s premiership coach Kerry Sanders continues to be involved at Windsor Park, as do Phil Thurlow, Michael Cook, Malcolm Atkins, Paul Ellis, Robert Dutton and John McCrimmon.

The reunion will be held on June 25, with Launceston playing the Northern Bombers at Aurora Stadium earlier in the day as a prelude to the VFL game.

Penguin’s 1985 reunion is being organised by Wayne Turnbull and will be held on July 9 after the round 14 clash with Smithton.

¤¤¤ East Devonport senior coach Leon Perry stood in as under-19 coach at Penguin on Saturday in the absence of Ron Mansfield.

Mansfield was suspended from holding any official duties for three weeks by the NTFL Independent Tribunal after being found guilty on a misconduct charge.

A spitting complaint laid against East Devonport forward Leigh Febey from Anzac Day’s town premiership against Devonport has been referred to the tribunal.

¤¤¤ The East Devonport Football Club’s Old Swans Association is mourning the death of its patron Brian “Macka” McCormick.

McCormick died last Friday after a short illness and, following his funeral tomorrow afternoon, a function will be held at Girdlestone Park.

McCormick was bar manager at East Devonport for many years.

¤¤¤ NTFL round 7 next Saturday: Launceston v Ulverstone at Windsor Park; South Launceston v Penguin at Youngtown; Devonport v Northern Bombers at Devonport Oval; Burnie v Smithton at West Park; Wynyard v Latrobe at Wynyard; East Devonport bye.

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