Lauderdale break through

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Lauderdale have broken through for their first win of season 2017, running out 13 point winners over Hobart City Demons off the back of an attacking final three quarters in blustery conditions at Lauderdale Oval.

Hobart City Demons started the fastest with the wind at their back in the opening quarter, but the Bombers were relentless from that point onwards, booting eight goals 13 behinds to five straight goals after the first break to claim their maiden victory 10.14 (74) to 9.7 (61) of 2017.

Lauderdale showed their intent early with a clearance in the first minute finding Toutai Havea, who duly converted the set shot from 30 metres out.  A scrambled soccer goal inside the square from midfielder Dylan Fyfe followed soon after, and the Bombers were up and about.  It was all the Hobart City Demons’ way for the rest of the quarter though, with quick ball movement seeing three goals booted in quick succession, including a fine set shot from Liam Azzopardi,  as they went into the quarter time huddle ahead 3.3 (21) to Lauderdale’s 2.1 (13).

Hobart City Demons started the second term as they finished the first, with Jess Maple kicking his second goal for the match just seconds after the quarter began, with the away side now ahead by 14 points.  The wind began to pick up halfway through the quarter, and Thor Boscott used the Bomber’s fast ball movement to his advantage to hit back from close range for the home side.  Both teams showed a lot of physicality as the ball remained locked in the Bomber’s forward half for close to ten minutes, and a melee broke out in the forward pocket as tempers flared.

Boscott took his time from a mark soon after to find Robbie McManus with a beautiful pass, and he kicked truly to lock the scores up at 4.6. (30) a-piece.  The Bombers continued to press ahead with the wind on their side, and just before the siren McManus turned his opponent inside out to kick his second goal from 40 metres out, sending Lauderdale into the main break ahead 5.7 (37) to 4.7 (31).

Hobart City Demons came out fighting in the third quarter, kicking the first two goals with the wind to lead by five points in the opening minutes. Ethan Whish-Wilson steadied the ship for Lauderdale with a calculated set shot, and moments later young Bomber Rhys Sutton kicked an incredible goal from the boundary that triggered a chorus of car horns.  The Demons struck back through Sean Willis’ evasive effort to goal from close range, before Boscott soccered through his second major to put the Bombers in front by ten points at the final break.

When Havea goaled early in the final term, it looked like Lauderdale would pull away but Hobart City Demons kept pushing forward. The Bombers’ defence were forced to repel repeated attacks as they tried desperately to cling on. Trent Millhouse slotted an expert shot from the boundary late in the match to close the margin but the Bombers weren’t to be headed, holding firm to outlast their opponents. The hosts, ecstatic 11 point victors when the siren sounded 25 minutes into the last quarter.

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Fyfe was outstanding, winning plenty of the ball in the Bombers midfield.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter was pleased that his players were able to hold on for their first win of the year.

“We’ve had three pretty tough games first up, and today was a good reward for the work the boys have put in. They pulled the trigger and backed themselves in.”

Winter was especially proud of the Lauderdale defence in the final term, with Josh McGuinness, Mitchell Anderton and Dylan Johns standing tall.

“I don’t think Josh had a touch in the third, then he came out and took six or seven marks in the last quarter and steadied us, and used the ball really well.  He’s a quality player.”

Dylan Fyfe was outstanding in the midfield for the Bombers with 31 disposals and an incredible 15 tackles, while keeping the influential Ryan Matthews in check for most of the match.  He was well supported by Captain Bryce Walsh, who collected 31 touches of his own, and Thor Boscott, who kicked two goals and won some key clearances when the game was in the balance.  Robbie McManus, who missed out on selection in the TSL squad announced to play the NEAFL, was also a standout, and his performance also pleased Winter.

“Robbie’s had four outstanding games, and his work rate is second to none in our team.  “Guys like that, we’d really like to see play for the state, but there’s a few more weeks before it gets finalised, so if he continues to play well we hope to be able to sneak him in,” Winter explained.

Hobart City Demons assistant coach Richard Robinson didn’t mince words after the game.

“We’re very disappointed; it was probably the worst performance we’ve put in all year.

“We got beaten at something we pride ourselves in: contested possessions, after half time their players like Boscott and Walsh got too much of the footy.’

While the result didn’t please Robinson, he sang the praises of the Hobart City Demons’ backline.

“I thought our defenders did a really good job, I think (Liam) Azzopardi on (Lauderdale forward Ryan) Wiggins was really good, and Hugh Williams in his first game back for the year was really good as well.

“To be fair, if the defenders hadn’t have stood up like they did, it could have been a five or six goal loss.”

The Hobart City Demons were well served by midfielder Eddie Cole, who had a strong first half, and by first year standout Bailey Walker, who showed courage in what was a physical match. Jesse Maple also contested well at ground level to finish up with two goals for the afternoon from limited opportunities.

The Demons host Devonport next week at North Hobart Oval, and Robinson will be looking for his charges to put in four quarters of consistent effort to fight back for a win over the young Magpies.  Lauderdale meet a resurgent Tigers, who boast a similar brand of fast-paced and physical football, under lights at Twin Ovals next Saturday evening, in what should be one the matches of the round as both sides push for a top five spot early in the season.

Round 5 – 29/04/2017

Lauderdale                              2.1,  5.7,  8.11,  10.14  (74)

Hobart City Demons                      3.3,  4.7,  7.7,  9.7  (61)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 2, R. McManus 2, T. Havea 2, R. Sutton 1, L. Meagher 1, D. Fyfe 1,
E. Whish-Wilson 1

Hobart City Demons :
J. Maple 2, S. Willis 2, K. Wisniewski 1, R. Cowie 1, B. Grant 1, T. Millhouse 1,
J. Williamson 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
D. Fyfe, T. Boscott, B. Walsh, J. McGuinness, R. McManus, S. Hill

Hobart City Demons :
B. Grant, J. Maple, R. Matthews, W. Hay, L. Azzopardi, B. Walker