North Launceston were made to fight for their seventh win a in row, Lauderdale delivered a demolition job and Kingborough furthered their finals hopes while creating some history.
Hamish Spence runs through each game and previews this week’s clashes.
Northern Bombers survive gutsy ‘Roos
North Launceston made it seven wins in a row on Saturday, after overcoming Clarence by just nine points at Richmond Oval.
The Northern Bombers trailed at half-time, but won the second half to come away as 10.8 (68) to 9.5 (59) winners.
The ‘Roos were valiant in defeat, pushing the ladder leaders despite missing some of their best players due to injury and the SATIS Grand Final.
Clarence’s pressure and effort were clear to see from the outset, despite being undermanned they won the first quarter three goals to two.
Christopher Nield made a bright start to his day with two goals, while big man Bart McCulloch crumbed and dribbled through his own ball at ground level.
The second quarter was a fairly even contest, with two goals scored by either side.
Tom Bennett looked dangerous with the Northern Bombers only two goals for the quarter, before an ankle injury ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Clarence managed to take a slim four-point lead into half-time.
After the main break North Launceston’s experience and class started to show, with skipper Bradley Cox-Goodyer and Josh Ponting starting to get on top through the middle.
They kicked four goals to one in the third quarter, with coach Taylor Whitford hitting the scoreboard and Cox-Goodyer executing a textbook rove and snap.
Clarence won the final quarter, with Nield doing everything he could to try and get them over the line by kicking all three of their last term goals.
But it wasn’t enough, with McCulloch’s second deep into the quarter effectively sealing the game.
Nield made the most of his opportunity due to Clarence’s nine outs, booting a game-high five goals.
Keegan Wylie’s (21 disposals, 10 rebounds 50 and one goal) experience was important off half-back and Jason Bailey was as solid as a rock deep in defence.
Cox-Goodyer’s (23 disposals, five clearances, seven inside 50s and one goal) game was one of the difference makers.
Ponting (19 disposals, six clearances and six inside 50s) class came to the fore and Mark Walsh (15 disposals, two clearances and four inside 50s) was also prevalent.
Clarence: 3.2, 5.3, 6.5, 9.5 (59)
North Launceston: 2.3, 4.5, 8.8, 10.8 (68)
Goal Kickers: C. Nield (5), K. Wylie, J. Green, L. Swinton, S. Green
Best Players: C. Nield, K. Howlett, J. Bailey, B. Jones, S. Green, R. Bailey
Goal Kickers: B. Lowe (2), B. McCulloch (2), T. Bennett (2), J. Avent, B. Cox-Goodyer, D. Withers, T. Whitford
Best Players: B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Ponting, A. Richter-Salter, M. Walsh, J. Avent, C. Young
Souring Southern Bombers give Launceston the blues
Lauderdale delivered their most dominant performance of the season on Saturday, after destroying Launceston by 63 points at Skybus Oval.
It was a near-perfect performance from the Southern Bombers with every line firing, setting up an 18.7 (115) to 7.10 (52) win.
After an excellent 2020 campaign so far, Saturday’s result stands out as a massive blemish on the Blues’ record.
Launceston were actually up by eight points midway through the first quarter, but from there Lauderdale went on a nine-goal unanswered run that lasted until the third quarter.
They kicked four goals to close out the first term, before booting another four in the space of just five minutes to start the second.
Toutai Havea kicked two in the first, while utility Sam Siggins popped up with three (with two of them coming in the first minute of the second quarter).
No more goals were kicked after the Southern Bombers opening second-quarter blitz, but the damage had been done with the Blues facing a 40-point deficit at half-time.
The third term was a high-scoring affair, with eight goals kicked and Launceston actually winning the quarter.
Jake Hinds booted two more goals (bringing his tally to three), while skipper Jobi Harper fought through the tag from Bryce Walsh to deliver two ripping goals of his own.
But Lauderdale still managed to find the big sticks and cut into the Blues good work.
But Launceston couldn’t keep the high-scoring tempo going in the last, while Lauderdale were more than happy to, running riot with six goals to close out the game.
Harry Richmond was the chief destroyer, kicking three for the term to bring his total to a handful of five for the day.
Half-back flanker Josh McGuinness (23 disposals, five clearances, four inside 50s and one goal) starred in his new role through the midfield.
Richmond (14 disposals, seven marks and five goals) had a day out, while Will Poland and Oscar Shaw kept Mitch Thorp and Dylan Riley to one goal respectively.
Harper (20 disposals, 11 clearances and two goals) had an influence despite being tagged, while Hinds fought hard up forward with three goals.
Lauderdale: 5.2, 9.3, 12.5, 18.7 (115)
Launceston: 2.3, 2.5, 7.9, 7.10 (52)
Goal Kickers: H. Richmond (5), S. Siggins (3), L. Nelson (2), T. Havea (2), T. Martin, J. McGuinness, R. McManus, H. Smith, P. Bellchambers, S. Tilley
Best Players: J. McGuinness, W. Poland, H. Richmond, A. Kalcovski, H. Smith, O. Shaw
Goal Kickers: J. Hinds (3), J. Harper (2), M. Thorp, D. Riley
Best Players: J. Harper, B. Taylor, I. Chugg, J. Hinds, J. House, F. Seymour
Battle-tested Tigers claim maiden win against ‘Pies
Kingbrough bolted into top four calculations on Sunday, after beating Glenorchy by 10 points at KGV.
Despite playing off a four-day break, the Tigers got off to a hot five-goal start that set up their 8.12 (60) to 8.2 (50).
Since their inception in 2014, the Tigers had never beaten the ‘Pies until last Sunday (the only team that had alluded them up to that point).
Glenorchy got back into the game with a strong second term, but were outplayed for the majority of the day and kept in it, in part, due to Kingbrough’s inaccuracy.
The Tigers burst out of the blocks with some free-flowing ball movement, kicking five goals to two in the first.
Kieran Lovell made an ominous start to his day with the first of the game, while big man Tyler Carter booted two.
Glenorchy managed to stay in touch thanks to two goals form their returning superstar, Jaye Bowden.
Carter’s third to open the second looked like it would continue the Tigers’ momentum, but Glenorchy made a stand.
On the back of Cal Daly, who kicked three goals for the term, the ‘Pies got back into the game and reduced the deficit to just one point at half-time.
Glenorchy carried this form into the second half, kicking the opening two goals of the third to get in front for the first time all game.
But Kingbrough responded and got back on top, taking the lead back in the latter half of the term.
It was a frustrating comeback though, with the Tiger’s 2.6 scoreline suggesting that they should have been up by more than six points at the final break.
The final quarter was a tight and tense struggle, with no more goals scored for the rest of the game.
Kingbrough’s backline held firm, keeping Glenorchy scoreless to seal the win, with the Tigers’ continued inaccuracy late in the game inconsequential.
Daly (23 disposals, five clearances and three goals) sparked Glenorchy’s revival in the second term.
Bowden was massive on return with four goals, while John Geard (29 disposals, 10 clearances and six inside 50s) was a bull through the midfield.
Lovell (40 disposals, 13 clearances, six inside 50s and one goal) had a monstrous performance to easily be best on ground.
Lochie Griggs (21 disposals, 10 marks and five inside 50s) was brilliant on the wing and Jack Bilson (14 disposals, nine marks and two goals) was influential up forward.
Glenorchy: 2.1, 6.1, 8.2, 8.2 (50)
Tigers: 5.1, 6.2, 8.8, 8.12 (60)
Goal Kickers: J. Bowden (4), C. Daly (3), R. Banks-Smith
Best Players: C. Daly, D. Joseph, J. Bowden, J. Arnold, J. Geard
Goal Kickers: T. Carter (3), J. Bilson (2), K. Lovell, W. Campbell, M. Willis
Best Players: K. Lovell, J. Bilson, L. Gadomski, M. Willis, T. Carter, L. Griggs
Up Next: Round 11
Kingbrough vs Clarence, 1:30pm Saturday 19/09/2010, Twin Ovals
Round 11 kicks off with a clash that has major finals implications, as fourth and fifth on the ladder face off.
After their season looked all but gone, the Tigers have won their last two games and moved to fifth on the ladder. A win here gives them a real chance at a finals berth.
The ‘Roos lost no fans after their performance against North Launceston, but need to keep winning to secure their spot in the top four.
North Launceston vs Lauderdale, 1:40pm Saturday 19/09/2020, UTAS Stadium
A blockbuster match between two firing teams, as last year’s Grand Finalists continue their epic rivalry.
North Launceston have won their last seven games in a row, but the reigning premiers were made to work for it against Clarence.
Lauderdale sent a major message to the rest of the competition after destroying the Blues, a win here would only further their premiership credentials and increase their chances of a home final.
Launceston vs North Hobart, 2:00pm Saturday 19/09/2010, Windsor Park
A crucial match for both sides, after their last encounter was a game of the year contender decided by just three points.
Launceston has not done a lot wrong this season, but will be looking to respond after Saturday’s disappointing performance.
North Hobart have lost their last five games in a row and are now last on the ladder, they need to win here to salvage what once looked like a promising season.
Glenorchy has the bye