By Joseph Vasquez
In a weekend of horrible weather in the Hobart region, round seven of the 2022 TSL season delivered three wet and wild skirmishes in the south of the state.
First off, it was a winless Glenorchy hosting a Lauderdale outfit riding a wave of momentum after knocking off the premier Launceston the weekend before. The two sides played the early match in an unconventional timeslot of 11:30am, and after a tight first quarter, the Bombers kicked away.
Lauderdale went from a three-point lead at the first break to leading by 36 points at the half. They kept the momentum going with a five goal to one third quarter to lead in excess of 10 goals at the final break. When it was all said and done, Lauderdale made it three in a row, with a 17.11.113 to 5.2.32 win over the Magpies.
Forward Sam Siggins continued his great form with a display of 4.3 and 29 disposals, and others like Michael Blackburn (three goals, 14 disposals) and Allen Christensen (three goals, 28 disposals) were dominant in front of goal alongside Siggins.
Around the ground for the red and black, inside mid Nat Franklin (26 disposals), defender Nicholas Hooker (26 disposals), and forward Harry Richmond (1.1, 18 disposals, and seven marks) were some of Lauderdale’s best. Milestone man Bryce Walsh also played well in his 200th, amassing 25 disposals and kicking a goal late in the game. For the Magpies, the likes of Ben Kamaric (29 disposals), Josh Arnold (25 disposals), and Joshua Whitford (18 disposals and a goal) were brave in defeat.
Later in the day, it was a struggling North Hobart hosting a dominant Clarence at North Hobart Oval. The Roos got off to a red-hot start in the wet, kicking 4.5 to the Demons’ one behind in quarter one and keeping a stranglehold on the lead for the rest of the match.
Due to the poor weather and Clarence’s solid defence, North Hobart managed only 2.3 for the game as the Roos gradually increased their lead up to 56 points at the final siren, winning 10.11.71 to 2.3.15. Jacques Barwick (3.1, 16 disposals) and James Holmes (3.1, 17 disposals) were Clarence’s best in front of goal, and the likes of Jack Preshaw (29 disposals), Keegan Ryan (25 disposals), Jarrod Harper (24 disposals), and Keren Howlett (1.1, 21 disposals) were good on the afternoon in the red and white.
Despite a tough afternoon, the red and blue were led strongly by the likes of Tyler McGinniss (0.1, 31 disposals), Nick Jackson (28 disposals), Jack Sandric (0.1, 26 disposals), and George McLeod (26 disposals).
Finally, it was a low-scoring grind at the Twin Ovals between the Tigers and North Launceston. Both Kingborough and the Northern Bombers managed only two goals each to the same end of the ground, but the latter managed a two-point lead at half-time.
After a low-scoring third term, North Launceston kicked away in the fourth quarter, kicking 4.1 to a single Tigers point (all they managed to score for the second half) to win 7.9.51 to 2.5.17 in arguably the toughest match of the season so far.
Despite the low-scoring manner of the match, Bombers forward Nathan Pearce stood out on the afternoon with four of North Launceston’s seven goals. Others like Brad Cox-Goodyer (0.3, 26 disposals), Fletcher Bennett (20 disposals), and Seth Campbell (1.1, 22 disposals) starred for the Bombers in trying conditions. Despite a tough defeat, Tiger stars Zachary Adams (26 disposals), Kieran Lovell (23 disposals), Elijah Reardon (23 disposals), and Jack Tomkinson (1.1, 16 disposals) played strongly.
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Next weekend, North Launceston courts Glenorchy at UTAS Stadium, Launceston returns from their bye to host North Hobart at Windsor Park, and Kingborough face off against Lauderdale at the Twins