By Joseph Vasquez
A nail-biter at KGV and two one-sided affairs at Windsor Park and Blundstone Arena made up the 11th round of the 2022 TSL Season.
First, it was an entertaining affair between current cellar-dwellers Glenorchy and North Hobart at KGV. The winless Magpies shot out of the blocks against the Demons, kicking 5.3 to 4.2 in the opening term. North Hobart retook the lead at the half by three points and further consolidated it in the third, kicking 4.5 to Glenorchy’s 2.3 to lead by 17 points at the final break.
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Glenorchy were brave late, but the Demons stood tall to win 13.12.90 to 10.11.71 in only their second victory of season 2022. North Hobart stars such as Nick Jackson (3.5, 13 disposals), Lachie Dale (3.3, 12 marks, 17 disposals), Jack Sandric (one goal, six marks, 19 disposals), and Tyler McGinniss (22 disposals) were excellent in the red and blue.
For the losing Magpies, their own Ben Kamaric (3.2, 11 clearances, 27 disposals), Matthew Joseph (21 disposals, eight rebound 50s), and Callum Thompson (one goal, five clearances, 20 disposals) were brave on the afternoon.
Next, it was a textbook performance by the premier Launceston at Windsor Park against Lauderdale. After a tight, low-scoring first half between the Blues and Bombers. the former pulled away with a dominant second half, where they kicked 9.6.60 to 2.3.15 to win 14.8.92 to 3.7.25.
The likes of Jackson Thurlow (5.2, 17 disposals), Jobi Harper (four goals, 16 clearances, 42 disposals), and Fletcher Seymour (0.1, 11 clearances, 33 disposals) were superb in the navy blue. For Lauderdale, Ed Stanley (32 disposals, eight marks), Sam Siggins (0.2, nine clearances, 23 disposals), and Lennon Marlin (26 disposals) were strong in a tough loss.
Finally, it was a strong performance from Clarence against a young North Launceston at Blundstone Arena. Despite a very inaccurate first half of 4.10, the Roos put the Northern Bombers to the sword early and never looked back. After a more efficient second half of 8.6 to 3.3, Clarence ran out 12.16.88 to 4.6.30 winners.
Clarence’s Baxter Norton (34 disposals), Keegan Ryan (25 disposals), Jarrod Harper (three goals, 20 disposals), Colin Garland (3.5, 18 disposals), and Oliver Preshaw (2.2, 11 disposals) were all great in the red and white. For North Launceston, Jack Avent (1.1, 25 disposals), Michael Stingel (23 disposals), Bradley Cox-Goodyer (1.1, 21 disposals), Blade Sulzberger (19 disposals, eight tackles, two goals) and Declan Chugg (20 disposals) were influential on a tough afternoon in the south.
Next Saturday, Lauderdale hosts North Hobart at SkyBus Oval, the Tigers return from their bye to court Glenorchy at the Twin Ovals, and Clarence takes on the red-hot Launceston at Blundstone Arena.