It wasn’t such a Good Friday for Launceston as the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end at the hands of rivals North Launceston, in front of a great crowd at Windsor Park. Last season’s losing grand finalists showed why they are one of the barometers of the competition with a commanding display, winning in the end by 85 points.
Sonny Whiting continued his good goalkicking form at the start of the season, slotting four majors from limited opportunities to take his season tally to 14 as he hunts down Kerry Tuthill Memorial Trophy number four and potentially a second Peter Hudson Medal. The club’s newest life members, small forwards Corey Sheppard and Jordan Harris, were both named among the best as they showed plenty of endeavour trying to keep Launceston in the contest.
Jay Blackberry commented during the week how he hasn’t had much luck in milestone games and unfortunately that trend continued in his 150th Tasmanian State League game. However on a personal note it was a typical performance we’ve come to expect from the consistent midfielder as he was named the Blues’ best player on the day. He has recorded over 20 disposals and over 10 tackles in every game this season and Good Friday was no exception. Blackberry has now effected a remarkable 40 tackles over the first three rounds.
Jake Hinds returned to senior football after a week away with representative duties and picked up where he left off against Devonport, winning plenty of the ball and playing various different roles. He’s second only to Jake Smith in disposals per game this season. Brendan Taylor continued his efforts to try and establish himself in the team after missing out in round one, following up a more attacking display last week by showing the other side of his game, and laying 13 tackles to be second only to Jay Blackberry in that department. Jake Smith was Launceston’s biggest ball winner for the second week in a row and also led the team in spoils with six as he tried to stem the tide of North Launceston attacks.
The Blues aren’t done with the Bombers just yet, as next week they travel to Lauderdale Oval to take on the southern variety in their first trip down south this year. Lauderdale are still searching for their first win of the season after losing to Clarence this week and both sides will be determined to bounce back from losses to their fiercest rivals.
North Launceston 19.17.131
Launceston goals: Whiting 4, Harris, Blackberry, Hinds
Launceston best: Blackberry, Hinds, Harris, Smith, C. Sheppard, Taylor
By Josh Giblin