Lauderdale prevail over winged Magpies
Written by Alex FitzGerald
Lauderdale has all but locked down third spot on the ladder after defeating Glenorchy by 13 points in a tight affair at a blustery Lauderdale Oval on Sunday.
Glenorchy led the see-sawing match between the two powerhouses by two points at the final change after Jaye Bowden kicked three majors in the third term before the home side ran over the top late to walk off 13.16 (82) to 10.9 (69) winners.
Liam Meagher was a late withdrawal from the Lauderdale side after freakishly being knocked out by a football in the pre-game warm up, with teenager Corey Laoumzis replacing him minutes before the first bounce. Jaye Bowden was cleared to pull on the boots for the Magpies despite being under an injury cloud, with anticipation high among the strong crowd.
The first quarter saw Glenorchy draw first blood through a Zac Webster goal from the boundary, with Mitch Hills kicking the Pies’ second just seconds later. The two sides traded goals from then on in fast-moving fashion, with the visiting side holding a slim 4.2 (26) to 3.4 (22) lead at the first break.
It was Bowden who got the ball rolling in the second term, with the Magpie booting the opening goal and having a major influence with ball in hand early on. From then on the home side lifted their effort and intensity, with Thor Boscott’s midfield influence resulting in three straight Lauderdale goals via the boots of Alex Hevey, Josh McGuinness and Toutai Havea. Hills kicked his second major for Glenorchy to temporarily halt the Bombers’ charge, but late goals to swingman Ryan Wiggins and midfielder Dylan Fyfe saw the Bombers head into the rooms after a jostle at half time with a handy 8.9 (57) to 6.5 (41) lead.
Both sides started the half a player down, with a poke in the eye sidelining Lauderdale wingman Phil Bellchambers while Magpie defender Dylan Grant was unable to recover from a collision with Boscott just a minute into the third term. With the wind picking up and light rain falling, Glenorchy did all the attacking early, and the quarter well and truly belonged to the classy Bowden. Playing forward, he kicked three crucial goals to be the difference between the sides, and with Lauderdale failing to seize their opportunities at the other end and managing just five behinds for the term, Glenorchy went into the final stanza ahead 9.9 (63) to 8.13 (61).
The fourth quarter began in dramatic fashion, with a 100 metre penalty against Glenorchy’s Josh Watts seeing Josh McGuinness slot his second goal from 30 out after originally being paid a free kick at half back. Alex Hevey followed with a second major of his own after a brilliant Ed Stanley tackle on Mitch Rainbird at half forward, and when Mitch Anderton kicked the Bomber’s third for the term on the run, the home side were out to a 17 point lead. Magpie midfielder Rhys Mott found Bowden with a pinpoint kick late in the term, and when Bowden sold the man on the mark the dummy to kick his fifth goal from long range, the margin was cut to 13 points. A number of forced stoppages on the wing followed, and the Magpies were unable to apply further scoreboard pressure, as Lauderdale recorded a hard-fought 13 point victory at the final siren.
Lauderdale assistant coach Clint Brown was pleased with the win.
“It was a scrappy affair, but to get the four points against Glenorchy, who are in really good form at the moment, was a great result,”
He admitted that there was concern among the Bomber camp at three quarter time, but praised several versatile players’ efforts in the decisive final term.
“We probably could have pushed away with the breeze (in the last) but didn’t use it that smartly if you look at how many points we kicked.
“We pushed Max Kleverkamp forward in the last quarter and he created a lot of scoring opportunities. I think Josh McGuinness was one of our best players for the day; he controlled the back, went into the midfield, and even went forward at times and created scoring opportunities as well.”
Lauderdale was served well by McGuinness and Kleverkamp, with midfield quartet Nat Franklin, Alex Hevey, Dylan Fyfe and Bryce Walsh all complementing solid performances with big final terms respectively. Thor Boscott was damaging every time he touched the ball, with Ryan Wiggins also solid in a mainly defensive role.
Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was proud of his wounded charges and impressed with the Lauderdale outfit.
“It’s obviously disappointing not to get the win, but I’m very proud of the boys and how they went about it again; we’ve had an interesting year with injuries and things aren’t going our way, but you have to deal with it.
“Lauderdale played the ground really well; they hunted in packs they tackled well, they moved the ball on. They’re a classy side with a good midfield.”
Cornelius was pleased with the efforts of utility Mitch Hills, who finished with two goals, and how Rhys Mott broke free of his close-checking opponents to move the ball effectively, but it was the game of five goal hero Bowden that had him smiling the most.
“He’s very patient with the footy and understands the game; he reads it quite well. He’s a classy player and if you get the ball in his hands he makes a difference.”
The Magpies will be counting the cost of Sunday’s match, with pacy wingman Zac Webster re-injuring his hamstring compiling knocks sustained by defenders Dylan Grant and Jordon Arnold. Cornelius’ side faces Launceston next week, a club he rates as one of the better sides in the competition, with the coach expecting a four quarter effort of his likely-to-be depleted 22.
Lauderdale will travel to West Park to meet last-placed Burnie, with the Bombers not having won at the ground in some time and determined to build on their strong form by returning with the four points.
LAUDERDALE v. GLENORCHY
Round 17 – 30/07/2017
Lauderdale 3.4, 8.9, 8.13, 11.16 (82)
Glenorchy 4.2, 6.5, 9.9, 10.9 (69)
GOALS, Lauderdale :
J. Williams 2, A. Hevey 2, T. Havea 1, T. Boscott 1, A. Hill 1, E. Stanley 1,
R. Wiggins 1, M. Anderton 1, D. Fyfe 1
J. Bowden 5, M. Hills 2, Z. Webster 1, M. Rainbird 1, B. Reynolds 1
BEST, Lauderdale :
J. McGuinness, N. Franklin, A. Hevey, R. Wiggins, D. Fyfe, M. Kleverkamp
R. Mott, J. Bowden, M. Hills, J. Arnold, T. Butterworth, J. Arnold