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By Joseph Vasquez

Round eleven of the 2024 TSL season served up some intriguing contests last weekend, with Clarence and the Kingborough Tigers facing off at Bellerive Oval, Lauderdale and Launceston battling at Lauderdale Oval, and Glenorchy and North Launceston skirmishing at KGV Oval.

Kicking off the action on Saturday were the Roos and the Tigers at Bellerive. Kingborough were dominant early, kicking 3.6 to Clarence’s 1.3 in the first quarter. The Roos return served in the second however, kicking 6.3 to 2.4 to lead by eight points at the half. The third term was an arm-wrestle between both teams, but Clarence maintained their lead at the final change. In the end, the Roos outlasted Kingborough to 12.10 (82) to 8.16 (64).

Jarrod Harper and Jack Dolliver combined for seven of the Roos’ twelve majors for the afternoon, and Oscar Paprotny (seven clearances, nine inside-50s, 35 disposals), Keegan Wylie (six marks, 15 rebound inside-50s, 32 disposals) and Tyson Hanslow (five tackles, 14 contested possessions, 27 disposals) were also excellent for Clarence.

Kingborough’s Kieran Lovell (seven clearances, 10 contested possessions, 28 disposals), Mitch Brouwer (one goal, nine clearances, 24 disposals) and Jack Tomkinson (one goal, 31 hit-outs, 23 disposals) stood tall in the Tigers’ defeat.

Next, Lauderdale took on Launceston at Lauderdale Oval. The Blues made a promising start on the road, kicking 2.1 to Lauderdale’s 1.3 in the opening quarter. Lauderdale hit back in the second quarter and despite some inaccuracy, they led by 12 points at half-time. The struggle between the two sides endured throughout the third quarter, with the Bombers gradually extended their lead to 20 points at three-quarter-time. Lauderdale finished fast, kicking six goals to two in the last to win 11.17 (83) to 5.7 (37).

Sam Siggins was prolific for Lauderdale with four goals and 31 disposals, and the likes of Bryce Walsh (one goal, 20 contested possessions, 34 disposals) and Andrew Phillips (one goal, 49 hit-outs, 20 disposals) were also superb in red and black.

For the Blues, Josiah Burling (seven contested possessions, 15 rebound 50s, 40 disposals) and Liam Jones (nine inside-50s, 13 contested possessions, 30 disposals) held their ground against the Southern Bombers.

Finally, Glenorchy and North Launceston resumed hostilities at KGV Oval. The Magpies made a solid start, leading by three points at the first change after kicking 3.1 to 2.4 in the opening quarter. Both sides only registered one major apiece in the second term, and the score was level at 28 points apiece at the main interval. Glenorchy continued to challenge the Northern Bombers in the second half, kicking another 3.1 in the third term to lead by just two points at the final break. In the end however, North Launceston were too strong, winning 9.17 (71) to 7.6 (48) over a defiant Glenorchy.

Harvey Griffiths continued his brilliant run of form with four goals for the Northern Bombers, and Michael Stingel (14 contested possessions, 17 clearances, 29 disposals), Harry Bayles (five marks, six rebound inside-50s, 29 disposals) and Blade Sulzberger (seven marks, 11 contested possessions, 26 disposals) were key contributors in a nail-biting victory for North Launceston.

Meanwhile, Glenorchy’s Riley Oakley and Matthew Joseph snared two goals apiece, and Braidy Simpson (12 contested possessions, 13 rebound inside-50s, 36 disposals) and Harrison Gunther (10 contested possessions, 14 marks, 29 disposals) were fabulous for the Pies despite a narrow defeat.

This weekend, North Launceston and Clarence face off in a top-of-the-table clash at UTAS Stadium, Kingborough and Glenorchy clash at the Twin Ovals, and Lauderdale take on the returning North Hobart at Lauderdale Oval.