Photo: Solstice Digital

By Joseph Vasquez

Round 4 of the 2024 TSL season dished up some fabulous contests across the state, with North Launceston and Glenorchy battling at UTAS Stadium, Clarence and Kingborough locking horns at Bellerive Oval, and Lauderdale and Launceston skirmishing at Lauderdale Oval.

Up north, North Launceston were challenged early on their home deck by Glenorchy, with both sides kicking two majors apiece in the opening quarter. However, the Northern Bombers extended to a more comfortable lead of 14 points at half-time after kicking two further goals in the second term and holding the Magpies goalless in the quarter.

The home side continued to kick away after the main break, in front by 34 points at the final change despite some Glenorchy resistance. In the end, it was a sizeable win for North Launceston, running out 16.14 (110) to 7.5 (47) winners over the Pies.

Khalen Matthews was instrumental up forward for the Bombers kicking a bag of five and was well assisted by the likes of Jack Aherne and Harvey Griffiths, who registered three apiece. Additionally, Beau Nash (seven clearances, 15 contested possessions, 32 disposals), Fletcher Bennett (six rebound inside-50s, 19 marks, 32 disposals) and Blade Sulzberger (one goal, eight inside-50s, 27 disposals) were superb in red and black.

For Glenorchy, Harrison Gunther (nine contested possessions, 13 marks, 26 disposals), Jordan Hayden (two goals, nine contestes possessions, 23 disposals) and Isaac Manson (three goals, nine marks, 16 disposals) were resolute in the Pies’ defeat.

In the south, Clarence and Kingborough faced off at Blundstone Arena for the Gadomski-Riewoldt Trophy. Scoring was scarce in the opening quarter, with Clarence registering three minor scores and the Tigers kicking a goal and a behind. The struggle between both sides continued in the following quarter, but Kingborough remained in control and led by 13 points at the half.

After half-time, the game was turned on its head as the Roos came out firing, kicking 5.2 for the term and keeping the Tigers goalless to lead by 15 points at three-quarter-time. Ten goals were kicked between both teams in the final quarter, but Clarence held on to defeat the premiers 13.7 (85) to 8.11 (59).

Jack Dolliver (four goals) and Bryce Alomes (three goals) were crucial for Clarence in front of goal, and James Bealey (seven marks, eight rebound inside-50s, 26 disposals), Jack Preshaw (five clearances, eight tackles, 24 disposals, and Noah Holmes (one goal, 14 contested possessions, 19 disposals) were vital in Clarence’s victory.

In the Tigers’ camp, Lachlan Clifford (seven clearances, 11 contested possessions, 24 disposals), Jack Tomkinson (18 contested possessions, 30 hit-outs, 20 disposals), and Lachlan Gadomski (five marks, five rebound inside-50s, 17 disposals) held their ground in a tough defeat for Kingborough.

Lastly, Lauderdale did battle with Launceston at SkyBus Oval. Both sides were evenly split at quarter-time after kicking 2.5 apiece in the first quarter. In the following quarter, the Blues kicked three goals to Lauderdale’s 1.3 to clinch a nine-point lead at half-time.

The third term was an arm-wrestle, but the visitors maintained their slim lead. And in a thrilling final quarter, Launceston held on to win 8.7 (55) to 6.16 (52), their first win of the 2024 season.

Ben Hyatt and Rocky Barron kicked three goals each for the Blues, and Brodie Palfreyman (one goal, seven tackles, 23 disposals), Isaac Hyatt (15 tackles, 18 contested possessions, 22 disposals), and Samuel Foley (seven clearances, 14 tackles, 20 disposals) were prolific in navy blue.

Nat Franklin (15 clearances, 19 contested possessions, 32 disposals), Haydn Smith (10 contested possessions, 73 hit-outs, 11 disposals), and Cambell Hooker (three goals, nine marks, 17 disposals) were prominent for Lauderdale.

This weekend, North Hobart returns from the bye and will host Lauderdale at North Hobart Oval on Anzac Day. Also on Anzac Day, Glenorchy will court Kingborough at KGV Oval, before North Launceston and Clarence face off at UTAS Stadium a couple of days later on Saturday afternoon (April 27).