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By Joseph Vasquez

Round eight of the 2024 TSL season delivered some fantastic results around the state, with fixtures between Clarence and Lauderdale, North Launceston and Launceston, and Kingborough and North Hobart headlining the weekend.

Kicking off the round was the blockbuster match-up of Clarence and Lauderdale under Friday night lights at Bellerive Oval. The Roos made a strong start on their home deck, kicking 3.5 to Lauderdale’s 1.1. The Bombers narrowed the gap slightly in the second term, Clarence still maintaining a lead of 12 points at half-time.

In the third quarter, the Roos remained in control, registering another 3.4 and only conceding two Lauderdale majors for the term. A five-goal final quarter for the home side sealed a 12.13 (85) to 6.6 (42) victory for Clarence.

In his long-awaited homecoming for the Roos, Jack Riewoldt was excellent up forward with three goals for the night. Other key contributors for Clarence included Keegan Ryan (one goals, 11 clearances, 34 disposals), Oliver Preshaw (three goals, nine one-percenters, 23 disposals), and Noah Holmes (nine clearances, 14 contested possessions, 21 disposals).

For the Bombers, Andrew Phillips (nine clearances, 67 hit-outs, 23 disposals), Sam Siggins (one goal, 16 contested possessions, 21 disposals), and Will Poland (six one-percenters, 13 rebound inside-50s, 21 disposals) were brave in defeat.

In the north on Friday night, it was the Northern Derby as North Launceston hosted cross-town rivals Launceston at UTAS Stadium. The Northern Bombers dominated early, kicking 4.3 to 1.1 in the first quarter. North Launceston extended their lead to 57 points at the half after a mammoth second quarter registering 6.8 whilst only conceding another 1.1.

After half-time, the Blues hit back, kicking three goals in the third term and holding the Bombers goalless. However, North Launceston still maintained a lead of 39 points at the final change. The hosts charged home in the last, kicking 7.4 and soaring to a 17.16 (118) to 5.4 (34) win over Launceston.

North Launceston’s Brad Cox-Goodyer was titanic with four goals and 38 disposals for the evening, and Beau Nash (six tackles, 10 marks, 33 disposals), Mitchell Nicholas (11 marks, 27 disposals), and Michael Stingel (one goal, 15 contested possessions, 26 disposals) were prolific in red and black.

Isaac Hyatt (eight clearances, 12 contested possessions, 25 disposals), Brodie Palfreyman (seven marks, eight tackles, 25 disposals), and Josiah Burling (five one-percenters, 12 rebound inside-50s, 22 disposals) were resolute against a superb North Launceston outfit.

And on Saturday afternoon, Kingborough and North Hobart faced off at the Twin Ovals. The Tigers made a strong start in the opening quarter against North Hobart, kicking three majors and keeping the Dees goalless. Kingborough kicked away in the following term, putting another three goals on the board and led by 32 points at half-time. In the second half, the Tigers went into cruise control, furthering their lead as the match grew and running out 14.12 (96) to 3.6 (24) victors over North Hobart.

Tyler Carter and James Zeitzen kicked three goals apiece for the Tigers, and Jack Tomkinson (two goals, 33 hit-outs, 31 disposals), Lachlan Clifford (one goal, 10 clearances, 25 disposals), and Riley Ashlin (one goal, 12 marks, 23 disposals) were fantastic for Kingborough in a big win.

Isaac McCrimmon (nine tackles, 21 contested possessions, 35 disposals), Angus Norton (six marks, six tackles, 27 disposals), and Tyler McGinniss (five marks, eight rebound inside-50s, 23 disposals) played with pride for North Hobart.

This weekend, North Launceston and Lauderdale will resume hostilities in the Battle of the Bombers, Launceston and Kingborough will clash at Windsor Park, and North Hobart will host the returning Glenorchy at North Hobart Oval.