North Launceston destroy Dockers

North Launceston continued on winning ways with an awesome display of forward firepower, amassing a jaw dropping 51 scoring shots in a 127 point win over an undermanned Burnie Dockers.

In wet and windy conditions at UTAS Stadium, North Launceston controlled the contest from the first bounce with the Bombers midfield mauling Burnie who had no answers. It could have been a lot uglier for Burnie with inaccuracy saving them from an even bleaker afternoon.

The Dockers faced wave after wave from North who had 27 inside 50s to Burnie’s three in the opening quarter but North didn’t make their dominance count on the scoreboard, registering just three majors from 10 scoring shots in total.

The second stanza saw North storm further away from the inexperienced north west outfit with five goals to two. Whitford was outstanding with clean and explosive work from stoppages, while ruckman Alex Lee was delivering the Bombers’ prime movers, silver service. Connor Pearton snagged two opportunistic goals for the term, while Bart McCulloch played perhaps his best game for the season and was a fantastic target despite not bringing his goalkicking boots.

IC: Andrew Woodgate Whitford had the ball on a string

Statsitics painted a picture of dominance at the major break, with North in charge of clearances with a 29 to 8 advantage at the half. For Burnie, Rudi Barrett and Blair Rubock were the pick of the bunch, making the most of limited forays forward to hit the scoreboard in what would prove their most fruitful quarter.

The result was put well and truly to bed in the premiership quarter with nine goals to nil for the hosts. Brad Cox-Goodyer kicked two for the term to continue his exceptional vein of form. Zach Burt was well held by young Keiselis with the RACT Insurance Player of the Year vote leader restricted to just a solitary goal.

The third term gave Burnie injury woes to add to the scoreboard agony with leaders Tyrone Morrison and Clint Proctor hobbling off.

The final term saw the sting leave the game as North coasted home to a three figure victory. Whitford and McCulloch kicked three each, while Cox Goodyer, Bennett, Couch and Pearton all chimed in with two in a phenomenal team performance.

North were well served by their leaders with Whitford the best player on the ground and Coach Tom Couch not far behind, both winning plenty of the footy and hitting the scoreboard. Alex Lee was sensational in the ruck, while Jay Lockhart and Jay Foon were terrific out of the back half.

Couch was delighted with the performance, especially considering the difficult conditions.

“It is probably the happiest I have been after a game. I thought for four quarters the boys put in a real effort.”

“We are getting better every week which is what we are aiming to do. We will look over the tape and get ready for next week it is going to be an exciting game, we are really looking forward to it and I think the competition is looking forward to it too,” he said.

Next week will be a tougher test for North Launceston, with the Bombers facing reigning Premiers, Glenorchy at KGV.

Round 6 – 06/05/2017

North Launceston                        3.7,  8.16,  17.24,  20.31  (151)

Burnie Dockers                          0.1,  2.1,  2.2,  3.6  (24)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 3, T. Whitford 3, C. Pearton 2, T. Couch 2, T. Bennett 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 2,
Z. Burt 1, L. Hollmer 1, K. Thomas 1, J. Foon 1, J. Ponting 1, C. Harrison 1

Burnie Dockers :
J. Murray 1, B. Rubock 1, R. Barrett 1

BEST, North Launceston :
T. Whitford, T. Couch, C. Pearton, T. Bennett, J. Ponting, A. Richter-Salter

Burnie Dockers :
N. Walters, R. Barrett, B. Rubock, S. Kalbfell, H. Walters, D. Brazendale