Sonny Whiting played game number 150 for Launceston on the weekend, an important milestone as it grants the two time premiership player life membership at the club. It’s been a period of milestones for Whiting, with his 150th coming just two weeks after he kicked his 400th goal for the club. Unfortunately, though, the Blues were unable to celebrate with a win as they slumped to their second defeat in a row.
Jake Smith played more midfield time this week and was one of the best players on the field with 19 disposals, 12 marks and two goals. Jobi Harper continues to be one of the major ball winners for the Blues every week with 21 disposals, 6 clearances and 8 tackles, while Brodie Pafreyman also contributed through the middle with 19 disposals, 5 clearances and 5 tackles. Jacob Boyd was rewarded with his first senior game for the year after consistently excellent form in the Mercury Cup and he competed well, collecting 14 disposals and 7 marks.
Jake Hinds was the major ball winner on the day for Launceston, with 23 disposals and 8 marks off half back. Fellow defender Dylan Riley was one of the Blues’ best yet again, fighting hard all day and collecting 20 disposals, 8 marks, 12 tackles and a goal. Joe Boyce was another to impress with his attitude as he played through all three lines, while Miller Hodge was named in the best for the second straight game. Jamieson House continued his consistent output this season with 19 disposals, 8 marks and 5 tackles playing through centre half forward, inside midfield and relieving Hamish Leedham in the ruck.
Launceston now have a chance to reset and gather themselves over the bye week, before launching into the back half of the season starting with back to back Hobart trips to face Tigers and Glenorchy. Bizarrely, the Blues will have to wait an extraordinary 36 days before they play their next home game, with the next fixture at Windsor Park scheduled for the 15th of July when Launceston hosts North Hobart in round 15.
Launceston goals: Smith 2, Gillow, Whiting, Riley, Hodge
Launceston best: Boyce, Smith, Riley, Hodge, J. Boyd, House
By Josh Giblin