Bomber brilliance destroys Dees
Written by Richard Bannon
The Southern Cross Tasmanian State League’s top five is all but locked away following Lauderdale’s barnstorming 89-point victory over a sluggish Hobart City Demons outfit at North Hobart Oval.
In perfect conditions, the Bombers smashed the Demons in just about every facet of the game on their way to a 21.19-145 to 8.8-56 victory, and in doing so highlighting the gulf of class between the TSL’s top five and the rest of the competition.
Goal kicking was well spread for the brillian Bombers with Thor Boscott and Nat Franklin booting three, Campbell Hooker, Dylan Fyfe, Ray and Alex Hill all kicking two, amongst 13 individual goalkickers.
The result now leaves the Demons a win and considerable percentage outside of the five, with the home side’s finals hopes now hanging by a thread.
Lauderdale’s Corey Laoumtzis kicked the first goal of the game 12 minutes into the opening term, which was quickly followed by Robbie McManus converting to give the Bombers the early advantage.
Demons forward Sean Willis goaled for his side to steady the ship, but the Bombers kicked two of the next three majors to take a 4.4-28 to 2.2-14 lead into the first change.
It was in the second term that the Bombers took flight, with an impressive seven goal to one quarter snatching the game away from the Demons, putting the game to bed at the major break. A barrage highlighted by a superb set shot from the boundary by backman turned forward, Alex Hill.
Lauderdale continued their momentum throughout the second half, adding a further ten goals across the third and fourth terms, whilst restricting Hobart City to just eight goals total for the game.
Hobart City’s primary scoring tactic of fast ball movement and isolation within their forward 50 was snuffed out by Lauderdale, with Demons forwards Willis, Josh Williamson, and Callan Dell combining for just four goals.
Lauderdale monstered Hobart City in the midfield. Whilst the ruck battle between Lauderdale’s Haydn Smith and Hobart City’s Charlie White was an even contest, the Bombers’ star trio of Nat Franklin, Dylan Fyfe and Bryce Walsh were relentless in their run, spread and forward drive.
Hobart City displayed little response to the Bombers’ midfield masterclass. Already missing gun Will Campbell, who was serving the second of his two match ban, the Demons needed its star on baller Ryan Matthews to match what Lauderdale had brought to the contest but Matthews was well blanketed by Walsh, who performed a run-with roll on Hobart City’s most influential player.
Lauderdale Coach Darren Winter was pleased with a fantastic overall team performance.
“I thought our midfield was pretty good, Franklin finished with three goals and got a fair bit of the ball, Bryce Walsh was good again and (Phil) Bellchambers is outstanding.
Hobart City Demons Assistant Richard Robinson said his charges were beaten by a better side.
“After quarter time they were harder at the footy than us. Their foot skills have gone to another level since we played them last, their ball movement was really good and to be honest they were much better than us all over the ground which was really disappointing.”
Lauderdale next host the Tigers at Lauderdale Oval, whilst Hobart City faces their second road trip to the north west coast in three weeks when they travel to play Devonport.
HOBART CITY DEMONS v. LAUDERDALE
Round 14 – 08/07/2017
Lauderdale 4.4, 11.8, 16.15, 21.19 (145)
Hobart City Demons 2.2, 3.3, 4.3, 8.8 (56)
GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 3, N. Franklin 3, C. Hooker 2, D. Fyfe 2, A. Hill 2, R. Hill 2,
R. Sutton 1, B. McGuinness 1, B. Walsh 1, R. McManus 1, T. Havea 1, C. Laoumtzis 1,
J. McGuinness 1
Hobart City Demons :
J. Barwick 3, J. Williamson 2, S. Willis 1, M. Bidgood 1, C. Dell 1
BEST, Lauderdale :
P. Bellchambers, M. Anderton, N. Franklin, R. Sutton, H. Smith
Hobart City Demons :
R. Matthews, M. Bidgood, B. Norton, B. Walker