By Joseph Vasquez
The 15th round of the 2022 TSL Season delivered more impressive football across the Apple Isle, with clashes between Glenorchy and Clarence, Launceston and Kingborough, and North Hobart and North Launceston.
First off, it was the winless Magpies against Clarence at KGV. The Pies challenged the Roos early, holding with them for the majority of the first half but Clarence still taking a 22-point lead into the long break.
Glenorchy played with spirit, but the class of Clarence shone through in the second half and the latter pulled away. In the end, it was a 17.8.110 to 6.8.44 victory for the red and white.
Jacques Barwick (3.1, 10 marks, 19 disposals) and Oliver Preshaw (three goals, eight marks, 12 disposals) starred up forward for Clarence, and the likes of Keegan Wylie (37 disposals, nine marks), Baxter Norton (one goal, 11 clearances, 30 disposals), Sam Green (30 disposals, 15 hit-outs, six clearances), Jarrod Harper (two goals, eight clearances, 25 disposals) and Jack Preshaw (two goals, 28 disposals) were all brilliant.
For the Pies, Ben Kamaric (3.1, seven marks, 14 disposals) and Nathan Blowfield (2.1, nine disposals) kicked truly for the hosts, and stars like Blake Waight (27 disposals, 12 marks, 14 rebound inside-50s) and Cameron Duffy (one goal, nine disposals, 40 hit-outs) were defiant in a tough defeat.
Up north at Windsor Park, it was a top-of-the-table clash between Launceston and the Tigers. The Blues were dominant early, kicking 5.5 to 2.2 in the first term and making their intent known from the outset.
Launceston then hit another gear in the second, kicking 6.4 to Kingborough’s 1.1 to lead by 54 points at half-time and all but shut the gate on the visitors. The Tigers fought hard in the second half, but the 2020 and 2021 premiers continued to dominate despite some inaccuracy and cruised to a 82-point win at home (the final score was Launceston 19.19.133 to Kingborough 7.9.51).
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Ex-AFL player Jackson Thurlow was enormous in front of goal for Launceston, kicking a bag of eight goals along with eight marks and 16 disposals. Additionally, Brodie Palfreyman (2.1, 31 disposals), Fletcher Seymour (27 disposals, five clearances), Jake Hinds (2.4, 18 disposals) and Jobi Harper (two goals, 16 disposals) were dominant in the navy blue.
And despite a tough loss, the Tigers’ Kieran Lovell (1.3, seven clearances, 45 disposals), Elijah Reardon (24 disposals, 10 one-percenters, 10 rebound inside-50s), Jack Tomkinson (one goal, eight marks, 34 hit-outs, 22 disposals) and Luke Graham (2.1, 14 disposals) were all influential.
Finally, it was a clash between the North Hobart Demons and North Launceston at North Hobart Oval. The Bombers were on early, kicking 6.5 to the Demons’ 2.2 to lead by 27 points at quarter-time.
However, the home side lifted after the break, kicking 5.1 to 2.5 in the second term to close the gap at 13 points at the half. Despite dominating the second term, the Dees were held scoreless by North Launceston in the third with the latter kicking 5.7 to extend their lead to 50 points.
Both sides were poor in front of goals in the final quarter, but the Bombers still ran out 16.20.116 to 8.10.58 winners on the road.
Brad Cox-Goodyer (three goals, eight clearances, 20 disposals) and Harrison Hobbs (three goals, 11 disposals) were accurate on an inaccurate afternoon for the Northern Bombers, and stars like Seth Campbell (2.2, nine marks, 29 disposals), Harry Bayles (2.1, nine marks, 25 disposals), Heath
Ollington (1.2, six clearances, 25 disposals), Jack Avent (two goals, seven clearances, 21 disposals), and Alex Lee (seven clearances, 47 hit-outs, 18 disposals) were superb in the red and black.
For the hosts, Will Splann (2.2, seven marks, nine disposals) and Thomas Liefhebber (two goals, 10 disposals) held their own against the North Launceston defence, and the likes of Tyler McGinniss (one goal, 11 rebound inside-50s, 25 disposals), Callum Kilpatrick (21 disposals), and Nick Jackson (1.2, eight marks, 14 disposals) challenged the Bombers.
This Saturday, North Hobart heads down to the Twin Ovals to take on the Tigers, Launceston hosts crosstown rival North Launceston at Windsor Park, and Lauderdale returns from the bye to court rival Clarence at SkyBus Oval.