By Joseph Vasquez
The sixth round of the 2022 TSL season delivered a shellacking at Bellerive Oval, a topsy-turvy grind at UTAS Stadium, and a big upset at SkyBus Oval all on the same day.
First off, the Demons of North Hobart went north to face off against North Launceston at UTAS Stadium. The one-win North Hobart side looked to be on top early, kicking 4.1 to the Bombers’ 1.5 in the first quarter to lead by 14 points at quarter-time.
However, the home side hit back with a red-hot eight goal to North Hobart’s one second quarter to lead by 29 points at the half. The Demons remained in the contest thanks to a four-goal third quarter, but the Bombers kicked two goals straight to maintain a lead of 15 points at three-quarter time.
Despite keeping North Launceston scoreless in the final quarter, North Hobart managed only 1.2 to fall seven points shy of the Bombers in the end, a final score of 11.6.72 to 10.5.65.
In front of goals for the hosts, Isaac Newett (3.1, five disposals), player-coach Brad Cox-Goodyer (two goals, 31 disposals), and Theo Ives (2.1, eight disposals) delivered strongly for their side.
Around the ground, ruckman Alex Lee (20 disposals, 45 hit-outs), Jack Avent (30 disposals, 13 one-percenters), Fletcher Bennett (19 disposals), and others were strong for the northern red and black in their nail-biting victory. For North Hobart, the likes of Clinton French (three goals, eight disposals), George McLeod (26 disposals), Callum Kilpatrick (26 disposals), and Ryan Edmondson (11 disposals, 16 hit-outs) were brave in defeat.
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Down south, it was a dream return to Bellerive for Clarence, who donned the classic maroon and white V-patterned guernsey against local rival Glenorchy and delivered a brilliant performance to claim the Bingley-Linton Cup. It was an affair completely dominated by the Roos, who were on fire early and never looked back, putting the Pies to the sword.
Clarence won by 15 goals exactly in the end, the final score being 19.8.122 to 4.8.32. Veteran spearhead Colin Garland was superb up forward for the Roos, kicking 7.1 and amassing 13 disposals. Other Roos such as Trent Hope (3.2, 16 disposals), Ollie Preshaw (two goals, 12 disposals), Jack Preshaw (two goals, 25 disposals), and Jacques Barwick (2.3, 13 disposals) also starred up forward alongside Garland, and stars like Baxter Norton (31 disposals), Jarrod Harper (29 disposals), Sam Green (one goal, 28 disposals) also had dominant displays around the ground against Glenorchy.
For Glenorchy on a tough afternoon, Ben Kamaric (36 disposals), John Geard (23 disposals), and Blake Waight (21 disposals) delivered solid performances in trying conditions.
Finally, it was the upset of 2022 so far at SkyBus Oval between Lauderdale and reigning premiers Launceston. Thanks mainly to a four-goal first half from new Bomber Jayden Magro, the Southern Bombers controlled the opening half, leading by seven points at quarter time and 29 points at half-time.
However, Launceston was not done for yet, resurgent in the third term, kicking 3.6 to Lauderdale’s 0.2 to reduce the margin to seven points again at the final interval. However, it was Lauderdale’s day, who, thanks mainly to spearhead Sam Siggins (5.1, 24 disposals), kicked 5.4 to the Blues’ 2.1 in the final quarter to win 13.12.90 to 9.8.62, giving the premiers their first loss of the season.
Other than the brilliant efforts of Magro (4.3, 22 disposals) and Siggins, other Bombers such as Allen Christensen (one goal, 26 disposals), Haydn Smith (five disposals, 64 hit-outs), Lennon Marlin (35 disposals, 16 one-percenters, 13 clearances), and Harry Richmond (2.1, 21 disposals) were all brilliant across the afternoon.
For the defeated Launceston, Fletcher Seymour (24 disposals), Jobi Harper (23 disposals) and Josh Woolley (20 disposals) were among the best in blue on Saturday afternoon.
After their huge victory, Lauderdale will look to make it three on the trot when they take on Glenorchy at KGV Oval this Saturday. In other fixtures on Saturday, Kingborough return from their bye to host North Launceston at the Twin Ovals, and North Hobart and Clarence are set to lock horns at North Hobart Oval.