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By Joseph Vasquez

Round seven of the 2024 TSL season was an eventful weekend of football in Tasmania, with matches being played being Glenorchy and Launceston, North Hobart and Clarence, and Lauderdale and Kingborough.

At KGV Oval, Glenorchy made a strong start on their home deck, kicking 4.3 to the Blues’ 3.1 in the first term. The arm-wrestle between the two sides continued on in the second and third quarters, however the Magpies held slender leads at both the main and final intervals.  In the end, Glenorchy held off the persistent Launceston to win 12.9 (81) to 10.8 (68), their second triumph of the season.

Adam Roberts led the scoring for the Pies with three goals, and Jaye Bowden (two goals, 11 marks, 24 disposals), Jordan Hayden (nine marks, 10 contested possessions, 21 disposals), and Kobey Phillips (seven inside-50s, eight marks, 19 disposals) were key contributors in black and white.

Launceston’s Ben Hyatt continued his run of good form, registering four majors for the afternoon. Furthermore, Brodie Palfreyman (12 clearances, 19 contested possessions, 27 disposals), Bailey Gillow (11 clearances, 16 contested possessions, 26 disposals), and Dylan Riley (two goals, seven marks, 23 disposals) were resolute for the Blues in a narrow defeat.

Meanwhile, North Hobart and Clarence did battle at North Hobart Oval. Despite their inaccuracy, Clarence gained the upper hand early, holding the Demons scoreless in the opening quarter and leading by 19 points at quarter-time. The Roos furthered their lead in the second term, extending to a lead of 37 at the main break as well as keeping North Hobart goalless.

The floodgates opened following half-time, with Clarence kicking a mammoth eleven goals in the third term and registering another seven majors in the last. With North Hobart unable to kick a goal for the entirety of the match, it was an emphatic 23.18 (156) to 0.6 (6) victory for the Roos.

Josh Green, Jack Dolliver and Bryce Alomes were potent up forward for Clarence, combining for 14 goals on the day. Additionally, Tyson Hanslow (one goal, 15 contested possessions, 36 disposals), Noah Holmes (11 clearances, 41 hit-outs, 29 disposals) and Oscar Paprotny (seven clearances, 11 tackles, 26 disposals) were brilliant for the Roos in a resounding win.

North Hobart’s Harrison McLeod (six rebound inside-50s, nine marks, 25 disposals), Isaac McCrimmon (seven tackles, 10 contested possessions, 24 disposals) and Tyler McGinniss (six rebound inside-50s, six tackles, 23 disposals) played with pride despite their considerable defeat.

Finally, Lauderdale and Kingborough faced off at Lauderdale Oval. Lauderdale lead by four points at the first change after kicking 2.3 to the Tigers’ 1.5. Both sides resumed their war of attrition in the second quarter, with Kingborough closing to within two points of the Bombers at the half.

However, Lauderdale kicked away to a lead of 21 points after kicking 5.3 to Kingborough’s 2.2 in the third term. In the end, the Bombers were too strong, kicking four goals to one in the final quarter to win 12.15 (87) to 6.12 (48).

Lauderdale’s Cam Hooker made his presence felt with four majors, and Andrew Phillips (seven inside-50s, 61 hit-outs, 20 disposals) and Sam Siggins (two goals, 19 contested possessions, 29 disposals) were prolific for the Bombers. And in his return home, Mitch Robinson was a force in red and black, his contributions including 21 disposals and a goal.

Kieran Lovell (two goals, 14 contested possessions, 29 disposals), Lachlan Clifford (10 clearances, 13 contested possessions, 25 disposals) and Ben Donnelly (six tackles, 15 rebound inside-50s, 23 disposals) were standouts for the Tigers in the face of defeat.

This weekend, round eight kicks off with two Friday night blockbusters: North Launceston and Launceston at UTAS Stadium, and Clarence and Lauderdale at Blundstone Arena. On Saturday afternoon, the round concludes with a skirmish between the Kingborough Tigers and North Hobart at the Twin Ovals.