By Joseph Vasquez
Round five of the 2022 TSL season over the Anzac weekend delivered more brilliant TSL football, with Kingborough dominating the struggling Magpies, Launceston outshining Clarence to remain undefeated, and Lauderdale securing their first win of 2022 at North Hobart Oval of Anzac Day.
First off, the Pies hosted their first game of the season against the Tigers at KGV Oval on Saturday afternoon. It was an affair almost completely dominated by Kingborough, who played superbly against the inexperienced hosts to win 19.17.131 to 3.5.23.
Ben Donnelly (four goals, 16 disposals), Jordan Lane (4.4, 20 disposals), Tyler Carter (4.2, 11 disposals), and Marcus Gardner (3.1, 14 disposals) were all potent in front of goals for the yellow and black, and others like Zach Adams (34 disposals and a goal), Lachlan Clifford (24 disposals), Riley Ashlin (28 disposals), and Eddie Cole (0.2, 27 disposals) had influential showings for the Tigers.
Who says defenders can’t kick for goal? 🤷♂️
He’s normally stuck in the Tigers backline, but Ben Donnelly was swung forward late against Glenorchy and responded with four goals in a quarter!
That quickfire bag earns him the Cripps Fresh Play of the Week 🍞 pic.twitter.com/x6fpDVYzlE
— TSL (@TasStateLeague) April 26, 2022
For Glenorchy, the likes of stalwart Ben Kamaric (0.1, 35 disposals), Blake Waight (0.1, 32 disposals), Josh Arnold (24 disposals and a goal), and John Geard (31 disposals) were valiant in a tough defeat.
Up north also on the 23rd, Launceston hosted the red-hot Clarence at Windsor Park. It was an even contest with the Roos leading by a point at quarter-time before the premiers hit back with a five-goal to two-goal second quarter to lead by 18 points at the half. After a scrappy third term with both sides scoring a goal apiece, Clarence remained in the contest only 14 points behind at the final break.
However, the Blues were too good in the last, kicking seven goals unopposed to win 16.6.102 to 6.9.45. Big guns Jake Hinds (6.1, 12 disposals), Jackson Thurlow (three goals, 17 disposals), Fletcher Seymour (2.1, 27 disposals), Zachary Morris (two goals, 24 disposals) delivered up forward, and the likes of Jobi Harper (1.1, 20 disposals), Brodie Palfreyman (0.1, 23 disposals), and Alec Wright (24 disposals) were also impressive in the navy blue.
In the Clarence camp, stars like Sam Green (20 disposals, 35 hit-outs and a goal), Baxter Norton (21 disposals), Lachlan Borsboom (1.1, 25 disposals), and Jarrod Harper (15 disposals and a goal) continued their impressive seasons with solid efforts at Windsor Park.
Round 5 is done and dusted, which can only mean one thing – Daly Potato Co Goal of the Week time!
— TSL (@TasStateLeague) April 26, 2022
Finally, it was a blockbuster fixture on Anzac Day between the North Hobart Demons and the Lauderdale Bombers at North Hobart Oval. With both sides fielding impressive line-ups, the stage was set for a superb Anzac Day clash. It was an entertaining first term between the Demons and the Bombers, with the latter kicking four and leading by five points at quarter-time.
The hosts struck back with a strong quarter two, kicking three majors to one to take the lead by four points at the main interval. However, an inaccurate third term from North Hobart and another four-goal term from the red and black proved a divisive and decisive factor in the match.
With a 16-point lead retaken at the final break, the Bombers kicked two further goals and held the Dees to 1.4 in the last quarter to win 11.9.75 to 7.14.56. This victory was not only Lauderdale’s first in 2022, but also secured the club the 2022 Anzac Memorial Trophy. Bombers forward Harry Richmond was awarded the Anzac Remembrance Medal as the best on ground, kicking a major, amassing 18 disposals, six one percenters, and taking nine marks.
Tall forward Sam Siggins (3.6, 26 disposals) played a big part up forward for Lauderdale along with young star Fletcher Hooker (two goals, 19 disposals) and forward Edward Stanley (two goals, nine disposals), while other Bomber stars such as Josh McGuinness (36 disposals) and Lennon Marlin (20 disposals) dominated around the ground. For the Demons, the likes of Callen Daly (0.1, 22 disposals), Tyler McGinniss (1.1, 22 disposals), Samuel Caswell (0.1, 23 disposals), and Lachlan Murphy-Dale (3.1, 24 disposals) were impressive despite the nail-biting loss.
Congratulations to Bombers gun Harry Richmond who played a variety of roles on his way to winning the Anzac Remembrance Medal 👏 pic.twitter.com/KWgtrQCPFW
— TSL (@TasStateLeague) April 25, 2022
North Hobart will look to bounce back when they go north and take on a young North Launceston this Saturday at UTAS Stadium, who had the bye this weekend. And in the south this Saturday, TSL football returns to Bellerive in 2022 as Clarence hosts Glenorchy at Blundstone Arena, and Lauderdale hosts the biggest challenge in Tasmanian football at SkyBus Oval: a rampant Launceston.