Bombers lock up top spot with Docker demolition
Written by Andrew Johnston
North Launceston will claim the 2017 TSL minor premiership after a monstrous 142 point demolition of the Burnie Dockers at UTAS Stadium.
The Bombers kicked 23 goals on the way to their victory, whilst holding the Dockers to just two goals six, their lowest score since the 2009 rebirth of the State League.
The Bombers were dominant from the first bounce, keeping the Dockers scoreless to quarter time, whilst kicking seven goals of their own. Tom Bennett was brilliant in the opening quarter, taking six marks inside 50 to set up his teams early dominance.
The Bombers second quarter however saw kicking issues arise, booting just three goals to seven behinds. Returning captain Taylor Whitford began to impact the game for the Bombers, kicking his second. Burnie’s tackling pressure was majorly improved in this quarter but the soon to be wooden spooners were unable to make a major impact on the scoreboard, scoring just the one behind.
After half time, Bard Cox-Goodyer took control of the match booting four third quarter goals, and was a constant presence in the centre of the ground. Coach Tom Couch’s decision to move Tarryn Thomas to the midfield saw the rising Bomber have a major impact, as the Bombers added seven goals with Thomas having a hand in many. Burnie finally hit the scoreboard with Rudy Barrett kicking the Dockers first of the game.
The final quarter saw the Bombers begin party time, adding a further six goals, including two for Lewis Holmer and Tom Couch, saw the Bombers lead blow out to 160 points. The Dockers were brave in the final, adding one goal three, but were convincingly beaten by the best side in the competition.
Burnie ruckman Tyrone Morrison hoped the young coastal outfit would learn from the tough outing.
“Looking at the scoreline there is probably not a lot to take out of it but in terms of our rebuild North Launceston are a really good side and we are always looking at the top sides and how they do things.
“It would be nicer to be a bit closer to these top teams but we can go back and look at the tape and we have a lot more to show our young fellas to show where they are going wrong and they can take it onboard.”
North Launceston Assistant Adrian Smith said the effort and ball movement was really pleasing.
“Our link play between the halves has been really good our ability for our defenders to just hit that target inside and open the game up or change the direction is something we have been working on and it is starting to come together.”
In the final round of the season, the Dockers return home to West Park for a West Coast showdown with Devonport, whilst the Bombers head across the Tamar to Windsor Park to play Launceston, as both Launceston teams prepare for finals.
NORTH LAUNCESTON v. BURNIE DOCKERS
Round 20 – 19/08/2017
North Launceston 7.5, 10.12, 17.18, 23.22 (160)
Burnie Dockers 0.0, 0.1, 1.3, 2.6 (18)
GOALS, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer 5, J. Ponting 3, T. Bennett 3, L. Hollmer 2, B. Simpson 2, B. McCulloch 2,
T. Couch 2, T. Whitford 2, K. Baker 1, T. Thomas 1
Burnie Dockers :
E. Jackson 1, R. Barrett 1
BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Ponting, T. Bennett, M. Walsh, J. Foon, T. Thomas
Burnie Dockers :
N. McKenna, R. Barrett, B. Keiselis, E. Jackson, H. Walters, B. Rubock