Havea hits Devonport for six
Lauderdale’s impressive form continued, making it ten wins in 11 games with a dominant 59 point victory over a young Devonport outfit at Lauderdale Oval.
It was a tip of the cap from the Bombers to their beloved Coach, winning in style to mark Darren Winter’s 150th game in charge.
Skipper Bryce Walsh was outstanding, leading the way in midfield with over 30 possessions and the dynamic Toutai Havea starred with six exquisite goals, while Thor Boscott was a fantastic foil with four of his own.
The Bombers shot of the blocks in style with a ferocious attack on the ball, gaining midfield supremacy, moving the ball fast and with precision, leaving the Magpies shellshocked in the opening term.
Thor Boscott set out where he left off from his nine goal haul last week with an early mark and goal to get the ‘Dale going, they then piled on another three goals six for the term with Hooker, Sutton and Havea getting on the board to take complete control and lead by 30 at the first break.
The Bombers were ruthless in the middle of the ground with Walsh leading an awesome midfield brigade, Devonport barely had a look forward of centre in the first quarter with the hosts proactive in their intercept play seeing the Magpies scoreless at the close of quarter one.
Devonport started the second with some promise with two quick goals from both their co-captains, Beau Sharman struck first before Dylan Riley curled back Devonport’s second to cut the margin to three goals, the closest the Magpies would get all day. Ray Hill played predominantly forward and he took a fantastic pack mark to engineer his first of two for the day, answering Devonport’s brief reply before the Bombers heaped on the pain with five more including a couple from Havea. The Richardson medalist took a liking to the right forward pocket at the far end, threading the needle from difficult angles to get his outstanding day roaring. Riley added the visitors’ third courtesy of a high free kick in the dying embers of the half but the Magpies were a long way back as the siren sounded.
The third quarter was an impressive response from the young Devonport outfit, owning the quarter to outscore the home side four goals two behinds to two goals seven behinds. Youngster Giacomo Milluci stood up with two of his three goals for the day coming in the third quarter response, trimming the margin to 45 at the final break.
Mitch Thorp was well restricted, held to just one behind for the afternoon. Ethan Whish-Wilson was terrific in denying Thorp opportunities inside the arc and was well supported by a strong defensive unit.
The last quarter saw the Bombers kick away again with five goals five behinds to run out 59 point victors. Toutai Havea kicked two more in the late flurry to finish with a six pack in a dominant day out by the utility.
Despite defeat Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was impressed that his Magpies stuck in there after a tough start.
“They started well and we didn’t and they put a gap in us and we were chasing arse all day. But we’ve got some character in the group, we’ve got a lot of young blokes and they didn’t throw the towel in.”
Thorp said it was a contrast between a young team in a rebuild and a team right in the premiership frame.
“We know where we are at and we know where Lauderdale are at, they looked very very good. It would be a good team to stop them at the moment.
“We had 11 players today that had never played at Lauderdale footy ground but thats okay… all those experiences is what we are after.”
Lauderdale Assistant Clint Brown was delighted with his side’s attack on the ball and the victory.
“It was a good win. The pleasing part was our start, our defensive pressure was probably the best we’ve seen it all year.”
The Bombers face Glenorchy next week in a mouth watering matchup that will shape the make up of the top five.
“Any time you play Glenorchy is always an exciting time, they are the defending premiers and it is good to see where we are at. I guess everyone sees us as the form team in the competition at the moment so you want to take that into the game and show why you’ve gotten that reputation.”
LAUDERDALE v. DEVONPORT
Round 16 – 22/07/2017
Lauderdale 4.6, 10.10, 12.17, 17.22 (124)
Devonport 0.0, 3.0, 7.2, 10.5 (65)
GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Havea 6, T. Boscott 4, R. Hill 2, R. Sutton 1, C. Hooker 1, M. Anderton 1,
R. Wiggins 1, P. Bellchambers 1
G. Millucci 3, B. Sharman 2, D. Riley 2, B. Symmons 1, B. Scott 1, B. Butler 1
BEST, Lauderdale :
B. Walsh, R. Hill, E. Whish-Wilson, A. Hevey, M. Kleverkamp, T. Havea
D. Riley, B. Symmons, B. Butler, G. Millucci, M. Thorp, B. Sharman