Bombers blitz blows away Tigers

Written by Alex FitzGerald

Lauderdale have claimed their second win in a row, outrunning and outmuscling the Tigers in a physical encounter under lights at Twin Ovals to emerge from the contest convincing 32 point winners.

The Bombers booted 3.9 to a solitary behind in the first quarter, and despite the Tigers challenging in the third term, they were never headed as they managed 30 scoring shots to 13 in freezing conditions to claim their second straight victory, 12.18 (90) to 9.4 (58).

Lauderdale dominated the first term at Twin Ovals, with the majority of play spent inside their attacking half, and the Tigers were lucky that the damage wasn’t greater at quarter time, with the inaccurate Bombers kicking three goals and nine behinds.  The Tigers struggled to move the ball into their forward 50, with Lauderdale defenders Mitchell Anderton and Rhys Sutton repeatedly mopping up across half back to drive the away side forward, and at quarter time the score read 3.9 (27) to 0.1 (1).

The second quarter saw more of a contest, as the physicality both sides are known for rose to another level, with several spot fires on the grandstand wing bringing the already vocal crowd to life.  After a slow start, the Tigers finished the term with two late long bomb majors to outscore Lauderdale for the quarter, heading into the main break down 4.2 (26) to 7.9 (51).  The comeback came at a price for the home side however, with first gamer Ben Donnelly limping from the field with an apparent knee injury, and star forward Brandon Batchelor ending the half on crutches.

Buoyed by their late second term efforts, the Tigers came out fighting in the third stanza, kicking three of the first four goals to work themselves back into the game.  They moved the ball in more of a fast-paced fashion to break through the staunch Lauderdale defence, and at three quarter time were adrift by only 13 points, trailing the Bombers 8.4 (52) to 9.11 (65).

Tigers coach Aaron Vince urged his players to pull the trigger in the final term, but it was Lauderdale who hit the ground running, with repeated forays into their forward 50 as the rain began to fall and the wind increased.  The Bombers were simply too good and dominated the term with 10 scoring shots to the Tigers’ one.  The match was all but decided halfway through the quarter, with Lauderdale running away with a strong 12.18 (90) to 9.4 (58) victory, to put themselves inside the five on the ladder.

Vince was disappointed with the efforts of his Tigers in the first term, but didn’t blame the defence for the Bombers’ fast start.

“We didn’t play the style of footy we wanted to play; we got outworked in the first quarter. “When you put your backline under the pressure of repeat entries, any backline is going to struggle with that. ”

He was pleased with how they responded to kick goals in the second and third quarters,  but overall conceded it was a poor night for the home side.

“To the players’ credit they responded throughout the middle part of the game, and won some contested footy,  but unfortunately the last quarter was a carbon copy of the first quarter.

“We’re very disappointed; we didn’t come to play tonight and I think the scoreline flattered us in the end.”

The Tigers’ standouts were few and far between, but the efforts of defender Mitchell Carter and young midfielder Lachy Watt could not be doubted.  Chris Nield also worked hard across half forward to finish with three goals.

Lauderdale coach Darren Winter conceded that the Tigers’ comeback had been a worry, but was all smiles after the match.

“It was a pretty tough contest out there; we probably had control of the game in the first quarter, but didn’t put them away, so when they fought back, we were pretty concerned about it.

“We had to battle across the next two quarters, but I thought the we had control of large portions of the game.”

Lauderdale went into the match without captain Bryce Walsh, who pulled up sore after a fitness test, ruckman Liam Meagher, who was ill, and forward Ryan Wiggins, who played in the midfield in the Bombers’ Mercury Cup side.  In their absence, midfielder Dylan Fyfe continued his stellar start to the season with 35 disposals and eight tackles, with Nat Franklin and Rhys Sutton also working hard for 33 and 31 disposals respectively.  Forwards Ray Hill, Dylan Johns, and Blake Newell were also outstanding, combining for seven goals.

Winter was pleased with his backline, singling out the performances of Anderton, Josh McGuinness and Max Kleverkamp.

“We’re pretty happy with our defensive efforts at the moment; we’ve been able to hold sides to losing scores.

“We need to be able to open up the opposition going the other way a bit more now.”

Lauderdale head to the coast to play a winless Devonport next week as they seek a third straight victory to cement their spot inside the top five, and will be looking to build on their percentage after a couple of close wins.  The Tigers will face Launceston at Twin Ovals, with both sides having started the season well but coming off two losses.  That match should see a return to form for at least one of those teams, as they strive to remain in touch with the five.

TIGERS v. LAUDERDALE
Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Lauderdale                              3.9,  7.9,  9.11,  12.18  (90)

Tigers                                  0.1,  4.2,  8.4,  9.4  (58)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
R. Hill 3, B. Newell 2, D. Johns 2, R. Sutton 1, P. Bellchambers 1, J. Roberts 1,
R. Hooker 1, E. Stanley 1

Tigers :
C. Nield 3, J. Pearce 2, B. Rees 2, T. Carter 1, M. Gardner 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
D. Fyfe, N. Franklin, R. McManus, T. Boscott, J. Roberts, M. Kleverkamp

Tigers :
L. Watt, T. Gogolin, C. Nield, B. Rees, J. Pearce, T. Peterson