The Wrap: Round 6

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By Joseph Vasquez

Round 6 of the 2024 TSL season dished up some fantastic contests across Tasmania, with matches between Clarence and Glenorchy, Launceston and North Hobart, and Kingborough and North Launceston making up the weekend.

To kick off the round, Clarence took on Glenorchy at Blundstone Arena and got off to a flyer, kicking an unopposed 7.3 in the first term. The Roos were met with some resistance in the following quarter, as Glenorchy restricted them to just 3.1 and put 2.2 on the board themselves.

However, Clarence maintained a sizeable lead and flexed their muscles after half-time, extending their lead to 74 points at the final change. In the end, it was a dominant 22.10 (142) to 5.7 (37) victory for the Roos, back on the winners’ list after a tough loss to ladder-leader North Launceston the week prior.

Up forward, Bryce Alomes was a force to be reckoned with, kicking eight goals for the afternoon. Additionally, Noah Holmes (24 clearances, 31 hit-outs, 37 disposals), Keegan Wylie (seven rebound inside-50s, 14 marks, 35 disposals), and Oliver Preshaw (two goals, 13 marks, 25 disposals) were key for the Roos in a big win.

For the Magpies, Jordan Hayden (five marks, five clearances, 27 disposals) and Blake Waight (two goals, 12 contested possessions, 21 disposals) were shining lights in a hard defeat.

In the north of the state, Launceston, fresh from the bye, hosted North Hobart at Windsor Park. The Demons made a promising start on the road against the Blues, in front by a goal at quarter-time after kicking 2.3 to 1.3. Launceston hit back strongly in the second term, kicking five goals straight and keeping North Hobart goalless for the quarter to lead by 22 points at the half.

The Blues remained in control following the main break and extended to a lead of 38 at three-quarter-time. Another five-goal quarter for Launceston in the last sealed a prolific 15.8 (98) to 4.11 (35) for the hosts.

Launceston’s Ben Hyatt was excellent with six goals and 25 disposals, and Bailey Gillow (nine marks, 16 contested possessions, 35 disposals) and Isaac Hyatt (one goal, nine clearances, 28 disposals) were vital in navy blue. In his 150th senior match, Launceston skipper Brodie Palfreyman was also influential with a goal and 25 disposals.

North Hobart’s Harrison McLeod (five marks, 10 contested possessions, 31 disposals), Thomas Liefhebber (five tackles, six clearances, 28 disposals) and Tyler McGinniss (seven marks, 13 contested possessions, 27 disposals) were resolute in red and blue.

Finally, it was a blockbuster fixture at the Twin Ovals between the Kingborough Tigers and North Launceston. The Northern Bombers held a slim lead of four points at the first break after kicking three goals to the Tigers’ 2.2 in the opening quarter. For the remainder of the first half, both sides continued their arm-wrestle, with the visitors in front by 10 points at half-time.

After half-time, North Launceston came out firing, kicking away to a lead of 34 points at the final interval after registering six goals to two in the third term. In the end, the Northern Bombers were too strong, running out 17.13 (115) to 9.10 (64) winners over the Tigers and further solidifying their place atop the TSL ladder.

Declen Chugg led the way up forward for North Launceston kicking five majors, and Oscar Van Dam (10 tackles, 13 contested possessions, 28 disposals), Brad Cox-Goodyer (one goal, six marks, 23 disposals) and Alex Lee (six one-percenters, 47 hit-outs, 15 disposals) were enormous for the Northern Bombers.

Kingborough’s Kieran Lovell (nine clearances, 19 contested possessions, 35 disposals), Riley Ashlin (seven clearances, 18 contested possessions, 27 disposals), and Lachlan Clifford (one goal, 10 clearances, 26 disposals) held their ground against a strong North Launceston outfit.

This weekend, Glenorchy and Launceston do battle at KGV Oval, North Hobart and Clarence skirmish at North Hobart Oval, and Lauderdale return from the bye to court Kingborough at Lauderdale Oval.