By Joseph Vasquez
Round 19 of the 2022 TSL season was an intriguing one, with the round comprised of matches between Glenorchy and Kingborough, North Hobart and Lauderdale, and Clarence and Launceston.
First, it was the Magpies hosting the Tigers at KGV. Kingborough gained the upper hand early against Glenorchy, kicking 3.2 to 1.1 in the first quarter to take a 13-point lead.
The Tigers extended their lead out to 44 points in the second quarter after kicking 5.3 and holding the Pies to only two points. From there, things only got better for Kingborough and worse for Glenorchy, as the latter were held goalless in the third quarter and conceded 4.5 to the former.
Despite Kingborough holding a 73-point lead at the final break, the Magpies salvaged some pride in the final quarter and cut the margin to 52 points after a 5.2 to 1.5 quarter in their favour. Regardless, it was a dominant 13.15.93 to 6.5.41 victory for the Tigers.
Jordan Lane (4.2, nine disposals), Tyler Carter (3.2, eight marks, 19 disposals), and Luke Graham (3.4, 19 disposals) were brilliant in front of goal for the Tigers, and stars such as Lachlan Clifford (1.1, eight marks, nine clearances, 37 disposals), Riley Ashlin (0.2, seven tackles, eight clearances, 30 disposals), Zachary Adams (seven marks, 25 disposals), and Marcus Gardner (six disposals, 51 hit-outs) were excellent against Glenorchy.
For the Pies, Bailey Jenkins was the standout performer kicking four of their six majors, and others like Callum Thompson (0.1, nine clearances, 26 disposals), Josh Arnold (10 clearances, 25 disposals), and Blake Waight (seven marks, 25 disposals) resisted the Tigers.
Next, it was North Hobart taking on Lauderdale at North Hobart Oval. Lauderdale took a slight five-point lead at the first break after kicking 3.4 to the Demons’ 2.5. The Bombers extended their lead to 20 points at half-time after a 4.4 to 2.1 second term.
North Hobart stayed in the contest after both sides kicked three goals in the third quarter, but that hope was quickly extinguished in the last, as Lauderdale held the Dees to three behinds and kicked 6.8 themselves to win 16.20.116 to 7.11.53.
Sam Siggins of Lauderdale continued his super season with 5.3, nine clearances and 35 disposals against North Hobart, and the likes of Bryce Walsh (2.2, 10 clearances, 38 disposals), Michael Blackburn (2.5, seven marks, 12 disposals), and Lennon Marlin (0.1, seven clearances, 36 disposals) delivered against the Demons.
For North Hobart, Cohen Stephenson (3.1, 10 disposals) and Nicholas Jackson (two goals, six disposals) were good up forward, and star Dees like George McLeod (15 rebound inside-50s, 37 disposals), Callum Kilpatrick (five clearances, seven tackles, 26 disposals), and Will Groom (0.2, 19 disposals) defied the Bombers.
Finally, it was a blockbuster at Blundstone Arena between Clarence and Launceston. The Blues got off to a flying start, kicking 4.3 to a solitary Clarence goal in the first quarter to lead by 21 points at quarter time. They [Launceston] then extended their lead further to 32 points at the half after a 5.2 to 3.3 second quarter.
The Roos were able to scrape the margin back to 27 after winning the third term kicking 3.2 to the Blues’ 2.3. However, Launceston would not be denied, kicking another 5.4 in the fourth quarter to Clarence’s 3.2 to win 16.12.108 to 10.7.67.
Jackson Thurlow (five goals, 11 disposals), Jake Hinds (4.3, 13 disposals), and Dylan Riley (3.1, 10 disposals) dominated the scoring for Launceston and were well supported by the performances of stars like Jay Blackberry (seven tackles, 21 disposals), Brodie Palfreyman (0.1, six clearances, 18 disposals), and Joe Groenewegen (eight clearances, 51 hit-outs, 10 disposals).
For the defeated Clarence, Jacques Barwick (2.2, 11 disposals), Sam Green (two goals, nine clearances, 10 one-percenters, 24 hit-outs, 23 disposals), and Jarrod Harper (two goals, 14 disposals) were resolute against the premiers, along with the likes of Keegan Wylie (nine rebound inside-50s, 26 disposals), Jack Preshaw (0.1, 22 disposals), and Baxter Norton (seven clearances, 21 disposals).
This coming Saturday in the penultimate round of the 2022 season, Clarence hosts Glenorchy at Bellerive Oval, Launceston faces off against the Tigers in a top-two clash at Windsor Park, and North Launceston returns from the bye to venture south and verse North Hobart at North Hobart Oval.