Slow-starting Blues blow Tigers away

Launceston overcame a slow start to power themselves to a commanding 64 point win over Kingborough at Windsor Park on Saturday, writes Tom Waller. 

 

Launceston has recorded its third win of the season and second in a row with a strong victory that was built off the back of a scintilating second quarter goalfest.

 

Lead by ball magnet Kieran Lovell, the Tigers were able to kick late goals in the first quarter to take a 16 point lead into the first break.

 

Not happy with his side’s efforts in the first quarter Mitch Thorp implored his leaders to step up and improve on their first quarter showing.

Launceston responded with a superb nine goal to one second quarter to all but sew up the four points.

 

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Kingborough struggled to get any sort of momentum after quarter time being held goalless from the 13-minute mark of the second quarter, until the sixth minute of the last quarter.

 

The Blues were well served by their midfield group. Fletcher Seymour was best on ground collecting 35 possessions, kicking two goals and applying 10 tackles.

Jobi Harper, Brodie Palfreyman and Brendan Taylor also kicked two goals each to dominate their opposition.

Coach Thorp was also able to stamp his authority on the contest kicking three goals, including a running 50m long range goal as well as a tight boundary set shot.

The Blues had 10 players hit the scoreboard with goals, with six of these players kicking multiple to underline the even team performance.

 

Former Hawk Lovell was the best for the visitors with Marcus Davies also holding his own.

The Blues have the bye next week and can look forward to having senior midfielder Jay Blackberry back after he successfully got through his second development league game, whilst Kingborough face Clarence next Saturday night.

 

Launceston 1.1, 10.2, 15.4, 19.5 (119)

Tigers 3.5, 4.6, 4.7, 8.7 (55)

 

GOALS

Launceston : B. Taylor 3, G. Holt 3, M. Thorp 3, J. Harper 2, B. Palfreyman 2, F. Seymour 2, A. Wright, T. Lucas, T. Miller, R. Tyrrell

Tigers : M. Paul 3, K. Lovell, L. Graham, M. Gardner, E. Reardon, L. Griggs

 

BEST

Launceston : F. Seymour, M. Thorp, B. Taylor, J. Harper, J. Smith, B. Palfreyman

Tigers : K. Lovell, E. Reardon, M. Gardner, M. Davies, M. Reynolds, M. Paul