Lauderdale made an emphatic statement early in Saturday afternoon’s defeat of North Hobart, but as Josh Duggan writes, the developing Demons will take plenty out of the contest.
With the aid of a rampant breeze that mysteriously disappeared after the first quarter, Lauderdale needed barely 10 minutes to put the result of Saturday’s clash against North Hobart at Lauderdale Oval beyond doubt.
The Bombers kicked seven goals in the opening term to jump out to a 45-point lead by the first change, with Lauderdale’s big guns firing from the get-go.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the baby Demons, however, conceding just six goals for the remainder of the match to ensure Richard Robinson and his North Hobart side took plenty out of the contest.
Coach Robinson commended his team’s effort in a match that quite easily could have blown out.
“The first half was disappointing, but to the boys credit again, there was a response in the second half and we started to play how we came down here to play,” Robinson said after the match.
“I think after quarter time it was eight goals to six, so we take something away which is good… We obviously showed in the second half if we can stick to what we came down to do, we can score a few goals and keep them to two or three,” he said.
Despite being goalless in the first quarter, they improved as the match went on; kicking five goals to one in the last, and closing the margin to a respectable 42 points, having been down by 60 at half time, and 72 at three quarter time.
When the game became stretched in the second half, several of the exciting young stars from North Hobart were allowed to get on the outside and run; a sure sign that these future game breakers are continuing to improve this year as they get valuable experience at the senior level.
Angus Norton was named amongst the best for North Hobart after a fantastic performance, also hitting the scoreboard with a goal, much to his coach’s delight.
“I think Angus Norton’s second half was sensational; I think it’s his third game of senior footy, and he really led the way in that second half”
Norton was just one of the young Demons who stood up on Saturday, with Will Peppin, Baxter Norton and Callum Kilpatrick all doing important work around the contest as they continue their development.
The Demons will have the bye in round 14 before a big clash with the Tigers at North Hobart Oval the week after – a match they will enter with plenty of confidence after accounting for the Tigers earlier this season.
Lauderdale were well serviced by the likes of Robbie McManus, Jacob Gillbee and Nat Franklin in the win and will be looking to cause an upset in next weekend’s grand final replay at UTAS Stadium.
Lauderdale 7.4, 10.8, 13.14, 13.16 (94)
North Hobart 0.1, 1.2, 3.2, 8.4 (52)
Lauderdale: E. Stanley 3, B. McGuinness 3, J. Gillbee 2, T. Martin 2, R. Sutton, A. Hill, N. Raglione
North Hobart: C. Garland 2, B. Norton, A. Norton, J. Barwick, S. Willis, S. Caswell, S. Collins
Lauderdale: R. McManus, J. Gillbee, N. Franklin, R. Sutton, J. McGuinness, B. McGuinness
North Hobart: A. Norton, H. Williams, B. Tilbury, B. Norton, W. Peppin, O. Di Venuto