Glenorchy were able to avenge their defeat to Launceston last week and square the ledger at two wins apiece for the season as they were too good in the qualifying final at Blundstone Arena. The Blues got off to a great start and took a 24 point advantage into the main break, but from there it was all Magpies as the second placed team from the home and away season maintained their second chance and removed any room for error for Launceston for the rest of the campaign.
Jamieson House continued his consistent season, with the youngster collecting 18 disposals and laying a team high 11 tackles to be named the Blues’ best on the day. Another reliable teenager in Chayce Jones was the biggest ball winner for Launceston with 23 disposals, a team high 8 clearances, 7 tackles and a goal. Sam Rundle had 15 disposals, 4 clearances and 10 tackles, Brendan Taylor 15 disposals, Brodie Palfreyman 14 disposals, 4 clearances, 6 tackles and a goal, and Tim Auckland competed well in the ruck with 13 disposals and 5 tackles.
The two multiple goal kickers for Launceston were Mitch Thorp with 14 disposals, 5 marks and two goals, and Jake Smith with 12 disposals, 4 tackles and two goals. Dylan Riley returned to the side and competed hard up forward and occasionally through the midfield with 16 disposals, 7 tackles and a goal, while amongst the backline Rulla Kelly-Mansell was the major ball winner with 15 disposals.
The Blues will now have to regroup for their do or die clash with Lauderdale this weekend at UTAS Stadium after the Southern Bombers easily accounted for their bitter rivals Clarence by 58 points on the weekend. Launceston have won two of the three meetings between the sides this season, with the most recent game being a 64 point win for the Blues at Windsor Park in round 17.
Launceston v Lauderdale will be played under lights at 6:30pm on Saturday, while Launceston’s undefeated Mercury Cup side will also be in action that day as they take on Glenorchy at 1pm also at UTAS Stadium. The winner of the TSL game will go on to play the loser of North Launceston and Glenorchy next week with the loser eliminated, while the winner of the Mercury Cup game will go straight through to the grand final, and the loser will get a second chance next week.
Launceston goals: Smith 2, Thorp 2, Harper, Palfreyman, Jackson, Jones, Leedham, Riley
Launceston best: House, Jones, Riley, Rundle, Savage, Sheppard
By Josh Giblin