Demons keep finals hopes alive

Written by Richard Bannon

Hobart City’s hopes of making the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League’s top five have received a massive boost, following their stirring nine-point victory over Launceston at Windsor Park yesterday afternoon.

The Demons remain in sixth place on the ladder but have now drawn level on points with the Blues following the 8.8-56 to 5.17-47 win.

Launceston, who have played one less game than Hobart City, boast a significantly higher percentage than the Demons.

Essentially, Hobart City needs to win their remaining two games of the season against Lauderdale (away) and Tigers FC (home) by massive margins to make up for percentage, whilst relying on Launceston to drop at least two of their remaining three matches against Glenorchy (away), Devonport (away), and North Launceston (home).

Hobart City’s victory came on the back of a four-goal haul from star forward Josh Williamson, with two of his goals coming in the opening term to give the Demons an ideal start.

Launceston’s Jake Nunn also kicked two majors in the first term, but it was the Demons who led at the first change, 3.4-22 to 2.2-14.

Inaccuracy cruelled Launceston in the second, kicking a wasteful 1.6 to the Demon’s 1.2 to trail the away side by four points at half time.

With its season on the line, Hobart City came out firing in the third term, kicking three goals to skip ahead of the Blues

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan converted a major to keep his side in the contest, but still trailed Hobart City by 15-points at the last change.

The goal kicking yips then crept back into the game of the Blues, as they kicked a wayward 1.6 to 1.1 in the final term to let Hobart City off the hook despite dominating the general play.

LAUNCESTON v. HOBART CITY DEMONS
Round 17 – 29/07/2017

Hobart City Demons                      3.4,  4.6,  7.7,  8.8  (56)

Launceston                              2.2,  3.8,  4.10,  5.17  (47)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 4, S. Willis 1, J. Charlton 1, B. Grant 1, N. Baker 1

Launceston :
S. Lonergan 2, J. Nunn 2, R. Kelly-Mansell 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
N. Baker, B. Norton, C. White, H. Williams, B. Grant, J. Williamson

Launceston :
J. Boyce, J. Hinds, C. Brown, J. Nunn, S. Rundle, J. Blackberry