Roos beat Blues
Written by Matt Hill
In a game that was destined to give a telling insight into where both teams sat, Clarence were too strong for Launceston at Windsor Park. The Roos running out convincing 38 point winners.
For much of the game it was a fairly tight contest, Clarence showed their class and experience against a young Launceston side, who at stages dominated play but couldn’t string together enough good passages to hit the scoreboard heavily. In the battle of third verses fourth, it showed that there was a fair gap between the two, with Clarence having another gear to go to.
Clarence controlled the early stages of the first quarter with immense pressure around the ball and a good set up around the ground. Michael Blackburn was the damaging forward for the game kicking three for the game but two of those in the first term for the Roos, skipping out to a 16 point lead at quarter time.
Hamish Leedham had the better of the ruck duel for Launceston and was giving his midfield first use as he was dominating in the middle for the blues, and Jay Blackberry played his usual part as Launceston’s dominant midfielder. In the second stanza, Launceston went unrewarded with a lot of the play but unfortunately for the Blues they were unable to find a way to goal for all their effort. Thankfully for the Blues, Nunn and Whiting were able to score goals mid-way through the second term and bring them to within 15 point. Two quick goals to key player Sam Siggins saw the southerners respond and go into the main break ahead by 20 points.
The remainder of the game was evenly spread with a lot of disposal errors and high tackling pressure causing multiple turnovers, of which Clarence capitalised on. The Roos rewarded themselves with a lead of 32 points at three quarter time and then eventually run out the game winners, extending the advantage by a further goal.
Victorious coach Jeromey Webberley was really pleased with his side’s effort and praised Jason Bailey for his role on Sonny Whiting and Tim Castle for his shut down role on key Launceston player Rulla Kelly-Mansell.
“Overall, I was really happy with how the back six performed today and they were a major contribution to us winning the game today.”
Michael Blackburn also had a stand out game for the Roos.
“He has worked really hard and had seven scoring shots today and continues to play his role for the team.”
Launceston coach Sam Lonergan said his young Blues simply met their match in a more seasoned side.
“He was pleased with the effort his boys gave today but unfortunately we just came across a well drilled and experienced side.
“It is a three year process to find your way to the top of the state league and we are only six months in, so the signs are certainly promising for us looking forward.
Brodie Palfreyman continued his good form and battled hard all day. Ruckman Hamish Leedham and midfielder Jay Blackberry also played strong games and were among Launceston’s standout players.
Looking forward to next week’s state league action, Launceston have the bye before taking on Tigers at the Twin Ovals, in what should provide some insight on whether Launceston are up for a finals spot early on in the season.
Clarence however take on rivals Glenorchy at KGV in a game of epic proportions.
“We are confident going into it after today’s result and will certainly give everything we have.
“North and Glenorchy are the clearly the best two sides in the league and we will certainly see how far we are from the top tier next week,” Webberley explained.
LAUNCESTON v. CLARENCE
Round 5 – 30/04/2017
Clarence 3.1, 6.2, 8.6, 10.11 (71)
Launceston 0.3, 2.6, 3.6, 4.9 (33)
GOALS, Clarence :
M. Blackburn 3, S. Siggins 2, I. Callinan 1, J. Holmes 1, T. Hanslow 1, A. Grace 1,
T. Standen 1
J. Blackberry 2, J. Gillow 1, S. Whiting 1
BEST, Clarence :
Z. Mastrocola, M. Blackburn, T. Castle, J. Bailey, T. Hanslow, G. Chambers
B. Taylor, J. Blackberry, H. Leedham, C. Brown, J. Boyce, S. Lonergan