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By Joseph Vasquez

Round 5 of the 2024 TSL season delivered more exciting football statewide, with North Hobart and Lauderdale clashing at North Hobart Oval on Anzac Day, Glenorchy and Kingborough facing off at KGV Oval, also on Anzac Day, and North Launceston and Clarence doing battle on Saturday.

Fresh from the bye, North Hobart looked to snare their first win of the season against the Bombers and got off to a cracking start, kicking six straight goals in the opening quarter to Lauderdale’s 2.2. The latter hit back in the second term, kicking six goals of their own to the Demons’ 2.3 and took a narrow three-point lead into the main break.

Scoring was more scant in the third term, with both sides even at 70 points apiece at three-quarter-time. In a gripping final quarter, Lauderdale overcame the defiant North Hobart to win 15.13 (103) to 13.6 (84).

In his return, Lauderdale’s Sam Siggins was dominant with six goals and 25 disposals, and Fletcher Hooker (nine clearances, 15 contested possessions, 27 disposals), Nat Franklin (seven clearances, 16 contested possessions, 26 disposals) and Andrew Phillips (two goals, 59 hit-outs, 24 disposals) were superb in red and black. For his performance which included 13 disposals and a goal, Thor Boscott was awarded the Anzac Medal.

Isaac McCrimmon (five tackles, 15 contested possessions, 32 disposals), Callum Kilpatrick (seven rebound inside-50s, 10 contested possessions, 27 disposals) and Sam Wright (two goals, six marks, 25 disposals) were resolute for North Hobart in a nail-biting loss.

At KGV Oval, the opening quarter between Glenorchy and Kingborough was an arm-wrestle, with the latter kicking two goals to the former’s one. The Tigers kicked away in the second term, registering 6.5 to Glenorchy’s 1.5 to lead by six goals at half-time.

From there, Kingborough went into cruise control, maintaining their substantial lead throughout the second half and running out 16.10 (106) to 7.7 (49) winners over the Magpies.

Tyler Carter was prominent up forward for the Tigers with three majors for the afternoon, and Kieran Lovell (two goals, 19 contested possessions, 42 disposals), Riley Ashlin (two goals, seven inside-50s, 36 disposals), and Jack Tomkinson (12 clearances, 36 hit-outs, 27 disposals) were among Kingborough’s best on the day. Lovell was awarded the medal for best on ground.

Glenorchy’s Jordan Hayden (one goal, nine marks, 27 disposals), Callum Thompson (seven clearances, 14 contested possessions, 20 disposals) and Brodie Rowbottom (two goals, five one-percenters, 18 disposals) held their ground against a dominant Tigers outfit.

A couple of days later, North Launceston and Clarence skirmished at UTAS Stadium. The Northern Bombers made a fast start against the Roos, kicking 4.8 to a single Clarence goal. Both teams scored two goals apiece in the second term, and North Launceston took a lead of 27 points into the main interval.

Scoring dried up in the second half, and although the Bombers lacked accuracy in front of goal, they remained in control of the contest. At the final siren, it was a 10.21 (81) to 5.5 (35) victory for North Launceston, who maintained their undefeated record in 2024 and cemented their place atop the TSL ladder.

North Launceston’s Oscar Van Dam was supreme with three goals and 30 disposals, and Brad Cox-Goodyer (one goal, 11 inside-50s, 31 disposals), Declan Chugg (one goal, 11 tackles, 19 disposals), and Alex Lee (13 contested possessions, 23 hit-outs, 17 disposals) were vital for the Northern Bombers.

Bryce Alomes registered three of Clarence’s five goals for the match, and Keegan Wylie (one goal, 15 rebound inside-50s, 32 disposals), Noah Holmes (10 clearances, 18 contested possessions, 21 disposals) and Tyson Hanslow (five marks, eight tackles, 17 disposals) stood tall for the Roos in defeat.

This weekend, Clarence court Glenorchy at Bellerive Oval, Launceston return from the bye and host North Hobart at Windsor Park, and the Kingborough Tigers and North Launceston do battle at the Twin Ovals.