The Wrap – Round 3

Photo: Solstice Digital

By Joseph Vasquez

Round 3 of the 2024 TSL season was a lively weekend of football statewide, with fixtures between North Launceston and North Hobart, Glenorchy and Lauderdale, and Launceston and Clarence.

Kicking off the round was the Northern Bombers and the Demons at UTAS Stadium. North Launceston made a fast start at home, kicking 5.4 to North Hobart’s 1.1 in the opening term. The second quarter was a closer affair, however the Bombers maintained a lead of 32 points at the main interval.

After half-time, North Launceston kicked away to a 61-point lead at three-quarter-time. In the end, it was a clinical 17.17 (119) to 4.8 (32) victory for the home side, who maintained their undefeated record in 2024 with their win over the Dees.

North Launceston’s Declan Chugg and Bradley Cox-Goodyer were prolific around the ground and in front of goal with three majors and 20 disposals each, and other key contributors for the Bombers included Harry Bayles (six marks, 28 disposals), Dominic Pitt (seven tackles, nine clearances, 27 disposals), and Oscar Van Dam (one goal, 25 disposals).

Despite the considerable defeat, North Hobart’s Tyler McGinniss (seven rebound inside-50s, 31 disposals), Angus Norton (six one-percenters, seven tackles, 24 disposals), and Isaac McCrimmon (eight clearances, 11 contested possessions, 22 disposals) led the way in red and blue.

Across the Tamar, Launceston and Clarence skirmished at Windsor Park. The first quarter was a war of attrition, with both sides registering three goals apiece and thus making the margin slim. However, Clarence dominated the following term, kicking eight majors and holding the Blues goalless. In the second half, the Roos went into cruise control, maintaining their sizeable lead to ultimately win 15.10 (100) to 5.12 (42).

Josh Green (seven goals, 20 disposals) and Bryce Alomes (four goals) were terrific up forward for Clarence, and the likes of Mitch Rainbird (one goal, 19 contested possessions, 29 disposals) and Keegan Wylie (one goal, eight marks, 27 disposals) were crucial in the Roos’ victory.

For the Blues, Bailey Gillow (nine tackles, 13 contested possessions, 23 disposals) and Samuel Foley (nine rebound inside-50s, 12 contested possessions, 19 disposals) were shining lights in a tough loss for Launceston.

Lastly, Glenorchy and Lauderdale did battle at KGV Oval. Lauderdale were red-hot in the first term, kicking 6.6 and holding the Pies scoreless for the quarter. The Bombers flexed their muscles in the second term, kicking another eight goals to lead in excess of 80 points at half-time.

Lauderdale resumed their dominance after the main break and took their lead into triple digits at the final interval. Despite a goalless final quarter, it was still an emphatic 17.13 (115) to 4.3 (27) victory for the Bombers.

Lauderdale’s Cambell Hooker and Andrew Phillips made their presence felt, combining for 11 of Lauderdale’s 17 goals, and Nat Franklin (nine tackles, 10 clearances, 34 disposals) and Phillip Bellchambers (one goal, 23 disposals) were excellent for the Bombers.

In the Glenorchy camp, Harrison Gunther (seven one-percenters, eight marks, 24 disposals), Jordan Hayden (one goal, 11 marks, 24 disposals), and Connor Ling (11 tackles, 13 contested possessions, 23 disposals) were brave in defeat for the Magpies.

This weekend, North Launceston courts Glenorchy at UTAS Stadium, Clarence faces off against the Kingborough Tigers, who are returning from the bye, at Blundstone Arena, and Lauderdale hosts Launceston at SkyBus Oval.