Young Guns and Recruits Step Up In Bomber Win

Written by Josh Partridge. North Launceston picked up where round one left off on Saturday, recording an emphatic 62-point win over the Tigers at UTAS Stadium to make it two from two and start 2018 on a high. 

Josh Ponting starred for the Bombers. IC: Andrew Woodgate

The Bombers well well led by midfield star Josh Ponting, who finished as the best player on the ground in a performance that, while classy, was perhaps not quite the polished game expected of the reigning premier.

Despite having skipper Brad Cox-Goodyer as a late withdrawal, the Bombers held the lead all afternoon to record a strong 13.14 (92) to 4.6 (30) victory over the Tigers.

North Launceston coach Taylor Whitford, who again impressed individually, was happy with the result but knows his side has room to grow.

“We had a lot of the ball and we weren’t able to use it going forward effectively enough and that’s probably due to the fact they had a lot of numbers behind the ball at stages and we overused it a little bit,” Whitford said after the win on Saturday.

North Launceston did well to get off to a blistering start, breaking out to an 8.8 (64) to 2.2 (14) lead at half time, and Whitford was pleased with how his younger players and new faces were able to step up to the task.

For a club that won the premiership last year and have already been touted favourites for 2018 after consecutive ten goal wins in the first two rounds, North’s list is incredibly young, with seven players under 20 years a part of the win against the Tigers.

Particular praise was heaped on former Devonport defender Sherrin Egger, who Whitford considered to be close to best on ground.

Egger, Connor Young, Cody Lowe, Arion Richter-Salter, Fletcher Bennett, Ben Simpson and Kasey Curtis (who unfortunately dislocated his shoulder with 30 seconds left in the game), all make up a group of young Bombers who are able to take the game on against some of the best in the competition, with Young, Richter-Salter and Simpson all members of the 2017 premiership team.

The game of Jordan Cousens, one of five recruits currently in the starting 22, also impressed Whitford.

Cousens, who played for Rocherlea in the NTFA Division 1 competition last year, returned to North Launceston for 2018 after playing at the club in 2012/13 in the Colts competition.

On Saturday Cousens, along with other recruits, Dakota Bannister (East Coast Swans) , Beau Sharman (Devonport) , Michael Tang (Port Melbourne, VFL) and Egger, were able to collect the ball frequently and use it effectively to benefit the group.

Will Campbell was again one of the Tigers’ best. IC: Andrew Woodgate

Tigers coach Trent Baumeler, although disappointed in the result, was pleased with how his leadership group of captain Samuel Rice and vice captains William Campbell and Mitchell Carter stepped up to try and restrict the margin, particularly in the second half.

Baumeler also praised the efforts of experienced defender Marcus Davies, who impressed with his physicality and ball use.

“We expect those guys to play well, lead the group and drag the rest of them along every week. The leaders have to step up in these sorts of games and that was a pleasing thing about today,” Baumeler said.

North Launceston will be looking to continue their superb start to 2018, facing a rampant Glenorchy at home in round three, while the Tigers will be resting up with a round three bye.

BOMBERS SOAR OVER BRAVE ‘PIES IN GRAND FINAL REMATCH

Written by Anthony Osborn

 

North Launceston continued their unbeaten start to 2017 with a hard-fought 18-point victory over an undermanned Glenorchy, handing the Magpies their second straight loss at KGV.

Faced with the late omissions of Zac Webster (back) and Matthew Dilger (virus), an undermanned Glenorchy kept in touch all day in a tough, physical rematch of last season’s grand final, but were unable to run over the top of a tough Bombers outfit, with North Launceston running out to a 13.13 (91) to 11.7 (73) victory.

The Bombers jumped out of the blocks early, kicking the first three goals while keeping the reigning premiers scoreless for the first 24 minutes. Some missed opportunities and two late Glenorchy goals, however, restricted the visitors’ lead to 17 points at the first break.


Glenorchy were in control of general play in a low-scoring start to the second term, but a flurry of late quarter goals from North Launceston, including a clutch Tarryn Thomas set shot, provided the Bombers with a 23-point lead at the main break.

North Launcetson exploded in the first two minutes of the second half, with goals to Bart McCulloch and Tom Bennett extending the lead to 35 points, but the third term went in favour of Glenorchy as they kicked five of the next six goals to trail by just 11 points at three-quarter time.

The final stanza was a genuine arm wrestle as the rain rolled in, and after early Bomber goals through McCulloch and Zac Burt, Glenorchy faced a race against the clock to steal an unlikely victory.

Two late goals from Jaye Bowden gave the Magpies a sniff, but Jack Avent kicked a terrific running goal in the final minutes to secure North Launceston their sixth win from six attempts in season 2017.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius found plenty of positives in the loss, especially after a disappointing showing against Clarence last week.

“I’m the happiest you can be after a loss. I was really impressed by how the boys played today- we took the game on. This was the best we have played across four quarters all year.”

North Launceston dominated the clearances throughout the match, with the performance of ruckman Alex Lee a standout to his teammate and coach, Tom Couch, who believes Lee should be the ruckman of the State side, which faces the NEAFL representative side in June.

Couch was instrumental in his side’s victory himself, providing plenty of drive and class through the middle of the ground.

Bart McCulloch kicked five majors in a dominant display and was wonderfully assisted by the lively Jack Avent, who kicked three, including the sealer, while wingman Jay Lockhart and defenders Connor Young and Jake Pearce also impressed.

Tom Morgan and James Farrow, who played a half in the Mercury Cup match earlier in the day, were mightily impressive in their Glenorchy debuts, while James Webb, Connor Salter and Josh Arnold in his 150th match had good games.

Harrison Pearce kicked three goals and Harrison Gunther provided plenty of contests in impressive returns to the side.

Couch was pleased with the Bombers’ four-quarter performance, but stopped short of declaring his side as the team to beat.

“(Glenorchy) are the best side we have played so far this year- we learned more today than across our first five games. We will probably have to wait until we have played everyone. By late June we should have a better feel for where we are.”

Cornelius was bullish about where his side is going, especially with the likes of Sam Hall, Matthew Joseph, Tyler Bowden, Tim Butterworth, and the two late omissions from the match, Zac Webster and Matthew Dilger, all sitting on the sidelines.

“We know where we are at. We took it up to the best side in the state and we look forward to playing them again.”

Glenorchy will be desperate to get back on the winners list against the southern Bombers of Lauderdale next Saturday at home, while North Launceston will play host to the Tigers.

 

GLENORCHY v. NORTH LAUNCESTON
Round 7 – 13/05/2017

North Launceston                        4.5,  7.9,  10.10,  13.13  (91)

Glenorchy                               2.0,  4.5,  9.5,  11.7  (73)

GOALS, North Launceston :
B. McCulloch 5, J. Avent 3, Z. Burt 2, T. Thomas 1, M. Walsh 1, T. Bennett 1

Glenorchy :
H. Pearce 3, J. Bowden 2, L. Smith 2, J. Webb 1, R. Mott 1, J. Arnold 1,
H. Gunther 1

BEST, North Launceston :
T. Couch, J. Avent, B. McCulloch, A. Lee, J. Pearce, J. Ponting

Glenorchy :
T. Morgan, C. Salter, B. Webb, H. Gunther, H. Pearce, J. Arnold

 

 

 

2017 TSL Preview – North Launceston


Written by Andrew Johnston.

Nickname: Bombers

Colours: Red and Black

Coach: Tom Couch

Captain: Taylor Whitford

Home Ground: University of Tasmania Stadium

Biggest Rival: Launceston

2016 Review: After premierships in 2014 and 2015, the Bombers had a strong season, getting through to a third successive Grand Final, where the club fell to Glenorchy

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Ins: Tom Couch, Bart McCulloch

Outs: Daniel Roozendal

2017 Preview: The Bombers have lost Coach Zane Littlejohn to the role of the Brisbane Lions development coach. However, the club has gained an experienced head as their new coach, with Tom Couch joining the club. Last year, he was the strength and conditioning coach with Richmond, and has played at AFL level with Melbourne.

The club will be aiming to return to the top of the table, and to remain the benchmark of the competition this season. The club are looking incredibly fit, and early pre-season results show the club is tracking well towards another finals tilt.

Watch out for Launceston derby’s in rounds 3, 12 and 21, as well as Grand Final rematches with Glenorchy in rounds 7 and 16.

Solstice Digital: the former Melbourne Demon Tom Couch will lead North Launceston in 2017

 

The Coaches say on…

2017 Aspirations: “We want to be competitive in every game, and to play finals at the end of the year.”

Key Focus Areas of Improvement: “It’s not so much what we needed to work on, but more things that I felt are important. I brought in a few things I see as important, and put my spin on it. They’ve had a great pre-season. They attack every session, they care for each other and they push each other.”

Most Impressive Off-Season: Mark Walsh.

Who will have a breakout 2017: Mark Walsh, Jack Avent, Arion Rickter-Salter Jock White.

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “Glenorchy obviously being the reigning premiers. I think teams are quick to write off the previous champs in any league, but I think they’re still the team to beat.”

Prediction: 1st

 

Tom’s lead pick

By Phil Edwards, Examiner

Tom Couch, son of the late Geelong Brownlow Medallist Paul Couch, is believed to be the frontrunner for the Simon Black Academy coaching position in Launceston and is highly likely to fill a joint role as North Launceston’s next TSL senior coach.

Fairfax Media understands that Couch is one of a shortlist of three candidates left in the race to fill the position left vacant with the move of two-time State League premiership coach Zane Littlejohn to a development role with the Brisbane Lions.

It is believed that two of the remaining candidates are from interstate and one is an internal applicant from this year’s coaching staff.

FRONTRUNNER: Tom Couch, playing VFL football for Richmond during the round two match against Footscray Bulldogs at Punt Road Oval in April. Picture: Getty Images

A 28-year-old, Couch was picked up in the 2011 AFL rookie draft and played three AFL games for Melbourne over two seasons before being delisted at the end of the 2013 season.

An inside midfielder, he has played VFL football with Richmond and Collingwood and was Richmond’s strength and conditioning coach this year.

He won a best and fairest with Melbourne’s VFL affiliate the Casey Scorpions in 2012 and finished runner-up in the Liston Trophy the same year.

Couch has also travelled the world working closely with professional tennis players in preparation for major tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

He has also specialized in AFL junior development for youngsters aspiring to play AFL football and has been a fitness consultant for multiple local football clubs across the country.

It is understood that Couch will fill the Academy coaching role in the North of the state with the Northern Bombers having already stated their preference for the successful applicant to fill a dual role as their senior coach.

North expects to bring the two external candidates to Launceston this week for a tour of the club and further discussions before making a final decision.

The club plans to make an announcement of their new coach by the end of the month.

It is understood Couch has future ambitions to become an AFL coach.

Rooza flags future role as footy coach

Phil Edwards, Examiner

North Launceston ruckman Daniel Roozendaal wants to try his hand at footy coaching down the track – but not just yet.

The 29-year-old announced his retirement from TSL football after the Bombers grand final loss to Glenorchy bringing an end to a distinguished career with the club he loves.

“Rooza” reached his 150th game for the red and black in July achieving life membership with the club where he started playing as a teenager in 2001 in a career interspersed with five years away playing in the NEFU.

“I have a lot of work commitments and family commitments so I thought it was time to finish at State League level and devote a bit more time to those,” he said.

“I was hoping to finish on a good chapter with Zane leaving and everybody wanted to do that but it was not to be and you take the good with the bad.

“We’ve got some good ruckman there with Alex Lee and young Jackie Rowlands coming through and I’ve put a bit of time into those guys trying to develop them into better senior ruckman.

“So it won’t hurt me to step aside and let those guys start to shine and become their own players.”

Roozendaal said he intended to play on next year but had not made any decision yet with whom.

“I am definitely going to play but don’t know where I am going to play. It is going to be whatever suits me best with living and working in Launceston.”

Roozendaal said the 2014 TSL flag with North ranked as a career highlight – the same year he won the Alastair Lynch Medal as the competition’s best and fairest player and the Darrel Baldock Medal for best on ground in the grand final.

“I couldn’t top that for football feelings and memories coming back to the club 12 months prior and working our bums off to get there and being rewarded for that was unbelievable.

“That would be the main one and the other one would be the last four years I’ve been here and the memories I’ve made with my teammates – blokes I consider as family.

“Playing 150 games at North Launceston and life membership at a proud, family-based club – I’m proud to say if you cut me I bleed black and red.

“You are either a swampie or you’re not and I am proud to say I definitely am and I hope my kids will be that way too and continue on the family name at North Launceston.

“I definitely want to go down the coaching path but probably not in the next 12 months or so because I have to concentrate on work stuff and family.

“I think I can still contribute and help some teams out with that sort of role.”

A super contribution

By Rob Shaw, Examiner

With his side-parted, short, black hair and broad-rimmed spectacles, there’s more than a touch of the Clark Kents about Zane Littlejohn.

But even Superman eventually ran out of sequels in which to save the day.

After two State League flags, the superpowers finally ran out in a third straight grand final, but Littlejohn flies off into the Queensland sunset with both a proud record and universal respect.

Like another diminutive North Launceston thinker, Brendon Bolton, Littlejohn leaves the venue formerly known as York Park for the AFL with modest playing credentials but a coaching style deserving of a higher stage.To watch the 30-year-old coach his beloved Bombers for the last time was as enthralling as anything going on the other side of the boundary line.

In contrast to the stereotypical image of an excitable leader alternating between raising fists in celebration and smashing them through walls in frustration, Littlejohn prefers observation over obscenity. Even as the contest swung towards Glenorchy with the premiership quarter living up to its name, he remained passive, quietly dispatching instructions to runners and sharing ideas with assistants. Inside must have been a washing machine of emotions but outside was a picture of composure.

When the three-quarter time siren sounded, North were 20 points down and the three-peat looking as likely as the AFL’s Four-thorn.

Coaches’ on-field addresses are usually considered off limits for newspaper reports but I figured as this was Littlejohn’s last it would not betray any confidence.

His teaching background was instantly apparent. Not only did he speak comfortably to a gathering but they hung on his every word.

This must be what it’s like to be taught by Mr Littlejohn.

Again, unlike so many in the coaching game, there was a lack of either swearing or volume.

“Do what you do best,” he implored his players. “Don’t hope for it to happen, make it happen.”

It had more than a few shades of Hawthorn coach John Kennedy’s infamous motivational address: “Don’t think, do”, but it was similarly inspiring.

“Don’t wait for Taylor Whitford, don’t wait for Daniel Roozendaal, youmake it happen.”

With his most trusted lieutenants like Roozendaal, Whitford and Brad Cox-Goodyer front and centre, Littlejohn reminded his men that their shared six-year journey was not over yet.

And it was entirely appropriate that a teacher should make a literary reference to conclude his final address.

“Continue to write the chapter how you want,” he added.

Ultimately, neither side won the final quarter. The teams went goal for goal, point for point, to maintain the same 20-point margin between them at the final siren.

If the mark of a man is not how he deals with triumph, but adversity, then Littlejohn passed that test.

As the visiting bench exploded in joyous celebration, the home side’s coach continued to take in the scene before strolling out to console his players.

His only departure was to break into a run to make sure he reached Aaron Cornelius for a congratulatory handshake before his opposite number was swallowed up in a whirlpool of black and white celebrations.

Gathering his shattered players, their faces dampened by tears as well as sweat, Littlejohn implored them to: “Carry ourselves in the professional way we have developed over six years.”

That they did, Whitford particularly impressive as he paused during an emotional losing captain’s address to encourage his opponents to enjoy what he said would be the best time of their lives.

The rest of the day had hit a similarly appropriate tone, witnessing, as it did, the best and worst aspects of what remains arguably Tasmanian sport’s most iconic annual event.

A well-attended pre-match function played host to some impeccable timing as Premier Will Hodgman and treasurer Peter Gutwein walked in on Robert Auld’s address just as the new AFL Tasmania CEO was praising the sport’s state government support.

However, it also served to help demonstrate the outdated folly of retaining the state’s highest individual footy honour as part of a distracted luncheon.

If ever there was a conclusive argument for giving the Alastair Lynch Medal it’s own Brownlow-style occasion, it was perennial front-runner Jaye Bowden not only being otherwise occupied when announced as winner before the game but also collecting the accolade afterwards only to admit, with commendable honesty, that the medal he truly coveted was the premiership one to follow.

Expect this year to be the last for the award’s current format.

Auld’s address continued the new AFL Tasmania theme of openness and consultation but reluctance to simply avoid rocking the boat. He concluded: “I don’t want for us to take the path of least resistance because if we do the destination will be mediocrity.”

It was a suitably profound statement on a day when 6128 supporters farewelled the state’s latest AFL aspirant.

Littlejohn leaves North Launceston and Tasmanian football healthier for his involvement.

He’d make an ideal first coach for a Tasmanian  AFL team. But that’s about as likely as the rest of Superman’s comic book storylines.

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Littlejohn sad farewell to Bombers

By James Bresnehan, The Mercury

IT will hurt Zane Littlejohn to leave the club that has been his second home for five years but he packs his bags for Queensland proud of his achievements at North Launceston.

After finishing eighth in 2012 and ’13, Littlejohn masterminded three grand final appear­ances and two premierships in his past three years as Bombers coach.

They were unsuccessful in landing a third flag against Glenorchy at Aurora Stadium on Saturday, but the 30-year-old heads to his new job as Brisbane Lions development coach pleased with the impact he has had at the Bombers.

“Yes, it’s going to hurt when I leave,” he said.

“I said to my wife this morning, that’s the biggest disappointment in my time at the club, having to leave.

“When I first got the job I had a two-year contract. I wanted to leave the place in a better spot than I first found it.

“Whether I had an influence on just one person, that would be a win for me, I never expected playing in three grand finals and winning two of them.

“It has been a whirl wind of emotions, especially after the game.

“I’ve made a lot of good friends at this place and being coach has given me a lot of great opportunities.

“This will be home for a long time. It’s a special footy club and I’m proud of playing some part in helping them get back to the top of Tassie footy.”

Littlejohn’s proudest ­moments were winning TSL premierships in 2014 and ’15.

“To see the joy on people’s faces in ’14 and ’15, not just the players but the people who have been around this football club a lot longer than I have, is something I will never forget,” he said.

“I have no doubt people are saying that’s probably the end of North Launceston but it has never been about me.

“This playing group will stick together, I’m pretty sure, and hopefully we will see them back up the top again.”

Littlejohn has a daughter on the way next month and will be in Brisbane in time to take the Lions’ first-year to third-year players for preseason in ­November.

Meanwhile, Bombers ruckman Daniel Roozendaal has announced his retirement from the TSL.

Moving on

By Phil Edwards, The Examiner

Zane Littlejohn will head to Brisbane to take up his new AFL development coaching role by early November.

Littlejohn was able to secure the position with the help of contacts at the AFL Coaches Association and flew to Brisbane for talks after the Northern Bombers round 19 clash against Launceston in early August.

“Greg Hutchinson passed my name on to Brisbane and from there I got a phone call from Justin Leppitsch and Matty Francis and before I knew it I was up there having a meeting two weeks later and was offered a position,” he said.

Littlejohn has signed a three-year contract with the football club independent of who the new Lions coach will be.

“I love to continue to learn and challenge myself and others to step outside our comfort zones and this is a new challenge for myself and my family.

“It is something we are really excited about and have worked hard for and it was always a goal of mine to try to get into the AFL system.”

Littlejohn said his role could change depending on the new coach but expects to be a skill development coach working with first-year players and getting them ready to play AFL football. On match days he will work with their reserves side in the NEAFL competition.

“It is about continuing to challenge myself and learn and get inside the four walls of the Brisbane Lions and what comes after my three years I don’t know – I just want to sink my teeth in and leave my mark there in a positive way.

“I want to be a listener and obviously try to provide something for them and leave a bit of myself with that footy club regardless of whether I do three years,10 years or 20 years.

“Let’s hope it can lead to something else – I would love to one day be in the Brendon Bolton situation but there is a lot of water to go under the bridge before any of that happens so I just want to focus on doing my role really well.”

Littlejohn said the Lions started pre-season training on November 7, which was when his contract started but it would ultimately depend on whoever was appointed senior coach when he wanted his staff in place.

He said he was proud of what he had been able to achieve as North Launceston coach – a club with a proud 120-year history.

“I am indebted to the club being senior coach for five years and having been here nine years all up which is nearly a third of my life. I owe them more than they owe me after giving me the opportunity to coach.

“If I could choose a club to bring my boy through to play his footy it would definitely be at this footy club.”

Littlejohn and wife Kat met at the club and are expecting their second child at the end of October, a sister for two-year-old son Boyd.

Magpies gain flag revenge

By Phil Edwards, The Examiner

Glenorchy are the 2016 State League premiers after dethroning dual reigning premier North Launceston by 20 points in a low-scoring and high pressure grand final at Aurora Stadium.

In a tight arm-wrestle the Magpies led by four points at quarter time and the Northern Bombers by six at half-time with both teams managing only three goals apiece for the first half.

But the third term lived up to its reputation as the premiership quarter with Glenorchy grabbing the momentum in the game and banging on five goals to one to take a 20-point lead at the final change.

No one would ever write North Launceston off under coach Zane Littlejohn but with only one goal apiece kicked in the final quarter the Northern Bombers were unable to find the goals they needed to stage a fightback eventually surrendering the premiership cup in a 9.6 (60) to 5.10 (40) defeat.

The Southern Magpies were the better team in the second half kicking six goals to North’s two and deserved their grand final victory and their revenge for an eight-point loss in the 2015 decider.

It was Glenorchy’s first flag since 2008 in the SFL and broke a 17-year statewide drought with their last premiership coming in 1999.

Clinton French kicked four goals in a best on ground performance to claim the Darrel Baldock Medal just pipping teammate Ben Reynolds who was outstanding in defence all day.

The Pies had more contributors when it counted with Mitch Rainbird, Brayden Webb, Jaye Bowden, Tom Cleary and Mitch Hills other good players.

“North Launceston missed a few opportunities which kept us in the game and we hadn’t played our brand of footy and we spoke about it at half-time not having any passengers and guys attacking their tackles and they certainly lifted in the second half,” Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius said.

“French was fantastic and Benny Reynolds was tremendous and I thought Benny and Jaye kept us in the game – in the end I knew it would take 22 players to beat North Launceston and I think that certainly happened in the second half.”

North Launceston captain Taylor Whitford led from the front and was outstanding for North with Tarryn Thomas and defenders Jay Foon and Corey Nankervis other good players.

“Same amount of scoring shots but probably early in the game we didn’t capitalise on opportunities and put the score on the board,” Littlejohn said.

“Our effort and intensity at the contest early was good but we didn’t grab it went we needed to grab it and didn’t have enough contributors in the second half to be able to get the game.”

Pies run over the top of Bombers

By James Bresnehan, The Mercury

GLENORCHY broke a 17-year premiership drought at the highest level by snuffing out North Launceston’s attempt to win three on the trot in the TSL grand final at Aurora Stadium today.

After a tough first half, the Magpies broke the shackles with a super second half to take their first statewide flag since 1999, beating the Bombers 9.6 (60) to 5.10 (40) in front of 6128 fans.

North Launceston was restricted to three goals after quarter-time while the Pies added six, emphasising the brilliance of Glenorchy’s backline led by Ben Reynolds and Jordy Hayden, with Tom Cleary, Tim Butterworth, and the Arnold brothers Jordy and Josh playing critical supporting roles.

Glenorchy won back-to-back premierships in the Southern Premier League in 2007 and 2008, but this was its first state flag since the penultimate year of the previous statewide competition.

The tempo was frenetic in the opening term.

Glenorchy supporters did not have to wait long for something to cheer about when Jaye Bowden kicked the first goal after 1 min 16s – a round-the-corner special from a set shot on the boundary.

The Pies dominated the first 10 minutes until North Launceston started hitting targets by hand and foot.

The most dangerous Bomber was Stephen Witkowski, who kicked 1.2 and put another out of bounds.

The Magpies finished the quarter with two goals, including one to Tyler Bowden after the siren, to lead 18-14 at the first change.

The second quarter was as dour as a grand final can be, with both sides choking each other’s run, and goals were worth their weight in gold.

Glenorchy did not add to its quarter-time score, with few meaningful inside 50s and on the two occasions they could have scrounged a score the Bomber backs turned them away.

It was similar at the other end although Glenorchy’s back six was under more pressure.

North scored 1.4 for the term, its only major coming off the boot of Josh Ponting, who snapped a beauty entering time-on.

Glenorchy shut the door on most attacking moves by North in the third quarter while regularly penetrating their own forward 50m.

French proved dangerous in the third, kicking two goals, while skipper Brayden Webb came into the game along with Matthew Dilger.

Bombers skipper Taylor Whitford worked hard to keep his team in touch with 10 possessions for the third quarter but Glenorchy’s workrate yielded 16 inside 50s to 10, giving French, Daniel Muir, Mitch Rainbird and Jordy Hayden opportunities to goal.

Glenorchy suffocated every attempt by North to get back into the game in the final term and coasted to a 20-point win.