By Joseph Vasquez
The third round of the 2022 TSL season delivered more great football around the isle, with the premier Launceston going 3-0 with a win over Kingborough, and Clarence and North Hobart both snaring their first wins of the 2022 season against North Launceston and Glenorchy respectively.
Up north, it was a blockbuster match-up at UTAS Stadium between the Northern Bombers and Clarence. The Roos were dominant early and led by 19 points at the half in a relatively low-scoring affair. However, the young Bombers hit back to close the gap to only seven points at three-quarter time.
However, the Roos were too good late, kicking 3.7 to 1.2 in the fourth term to run out 8.13.61 to 5.7.37 winners in an upset. Despite the low-scoring match, star forward Colin Garland kicked four of Clarence’s eight goals, and skipper Jarrod Harper snagged two of his own and amassed 20 disposals.
Other Clarence stars such as Baxter Norton (28 disposals, one goal) and Keegan Wylie (27 disposals) had solid performances across the ground. And despite their defeat, North Launceston star midfielders Brad Cox-Goodyer (24 disposals), Ben Simpson (28 disposals) and Fletcher Bennett (22 disposals) were influential for their side.
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Next, it was yet another primetime affair at the Twin Ovals as the Tigers and Launceston faced off. After a very entertaining first term with twelve majors kicked between the two sides, the premiers, who led by 17 points at quarter time, pulled away with six goals to two in the second and third quarters to put a sizeable margin between them and Kingborough.
The hosts fought back in the last quarter, but the Blues were too classy and won by 33 points, a final score of 16.10.106 to 10.13.73. Launceston had many contributors in their fine victory, with the best of them Jay Blackberry (17 disposals, three goals), Fletcher Seymour (32 disposals) and Jackson Thurlow (14 disposals, two goals). For Kingborough, stars such as Edward Cole (28 disposals, one goal) and Kieran Lovell (27 disposals, two goals) were brave in defeat.
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Hot start from the Tigers but Launceston found another gear in the second term. Stars on every line, seriously impressive outfit.
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Finally, a superb performance from North Hobart at home capped off the round’s action, with the Dees running out 115-point victors against the struggling Glenorchy Magpies. Their lead stretched even further as the match grew older and finished the game with 24 goals to Glenorchy’s five (the final score was 24.12.156 to 5.11.41). North Hobart had many solid performers across the ground for the afternoon, with the best of them Sam Caswell, who in his 100th TSL game kicked four majors, bagged 26 disposals and was named best on ground.
Others included the likes of Nick Jackson (24 disposals, four goals), Lachie Dale (26 disposals, three goals) Callum Kilpatrick (28 disposals, one goal), George McLeod (31 disposals), Dominic White (25 disposals, one goal), and Callen Daly (16 disposals, two goals). Despite the tough loss, Glenorchy’s Ben Kamaric (30 disposals), John Geard (27 disposals, one goal) and Callum Thompson (23 disposals) all played with pride for the Pies.
Lauderdale had the bye this weekend but will resume their campaign against crosstown rival Clarence on Good Friday. Other matches this coming weekend (both to be played on Good Friday) include Launceston and North Launceston locking horns at Windsor Park in another crosstown skirmish and Kingborough hosting North Hobart at the Twin Ovals