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The 2024 TSL season resumed over the weekend past, with North Launceston and Kingborough, Glenorchy and Clarence, and North Hobart and Launceston doing battle against one another.

Kicking off the weekend’s proceedings were ladder-leaders North Launceston courting the Kingborough Tigers at UTAS Stadium. Both sides were wayward early, and the hosts took a slender lead of seven points into quarter-time. The Northern Bombers kicked away in the second term, scoring four goals to one to lead by 24 points at the half.

North Launceston remained in control throughout the second half and, despite some inaccuracy, ultimately soared to a dominant 13.16 (94) to 5.11 (41) victory over the Tigers.

Oliver Dean, Harvey Griffiths and Brandon Leary notched two goals apiece for the Northern Bombers, and Michael Stingel (one goal, 21 contested possessions, 35 disposals) and Oscar Van Dam (one goal, six clearances, 31 disposals) were excellent in red and black.

For the Tigers, Kieran Lovell (one goal, seven clearances, 34 disposals) and Eddie Cole (one goal, 17 contested possessions, 22 disposals) were brave in defeat.

In the south, Glenorchy and Clarence locked horns at KGV Oval. Clarence made a solid start against the Magpies, kicking 3.3 to 0.4 in the first term. However, the Pies were able to cut the margin back in the second quarter, down by just eight points at half-time.

The home side continued to challenge the Roos in the third quarter and found themselves 12 points shy of Clarence at the final interval. Despite Glenorchy’s tenacious effort, the Roos were too strong in the end, kicking five goals to one in the last to win 11.6 (72) to 4.12 (36).

Josh Green snared three of Clarence’s eleven majors, and Noah Holmes (two goals, 34 contested possessions, 38 disposals) and Oscar Paprotny (seven clearances, nine tackles, 24 disposals) were superb for the Roos.

Meanwhile, Glenorchy’s Isaac Manson (12 clearances, 19 contested possessions, 26 disposals) and Harrison Gunther (eight marks, 11 contested possessions, 22 disposals) led the way in black and white.

Lastly, North Hobart and Launceston faced off at North Hobart Oval. The Demons held Launceston scoreless in the opening term, but only managed 1.3 in that period. Scoring freed up in the next quarter, and North Hobart extended to a lead of 16 at the half.

The third term was an arm-wrestle between both sides, however North Hobart remained in front on the scoreboard. The Blues surged late, but the Demons held their nerve to register their first win of season 2024, victorious 7.8 (50) to 6.7 (43).

Charlie Bovill and Samuel Wright kicked two goals each for North Hobart, and Thomas Liefhebber (one goal, 22 contested possessions, 32 disposals) and Callum Kilpatrick (one goal, eight inside-50s, 28 disposals) were key contributors in red and blue.

Launceston’s Dylan Riley kicked three of the Blues’ six goals for the afternoon, and Josiah Burling (10 marks, 11 rebound inside-50s, 31 disposals) and Liam Jones (one goal, 17 contested possessions, 30 disposals) were defiant in a nail-biting loss.

This weekend, Clarence and North Hobart skirmish at Bellerive Oval, Kingborough hosts the returning Lauderdale at the Twin Ovals, and Launceston and Glenorchy resume hostilities at Windsor Park.