Round 4 – Lauderdale Vs Launceston at Lauderdale Oval
The Blues’ first trip south of the season was a successful one, with Launceston winning a tough encounter against the Southern Bombers 15.11.101 to 13.12.90 at Lauderdale Oval. After several momentum swings throughout the game the last quarter was a thrilling goal for goal encounter, despite coming back time and again Lauderdale were never able to overhaul the the lead the Blues had built up in a six goal to two third quarter. A great way for Launceston to return to the winners list and improve to 3-1 on the season, while Lauderdale will consider themselves unlucky to remain winless.
Rulla Kelly-Mansell continued his impressive start to his Launceston career with three goals from 23 touches. He has now kicked multiple goals and been named in the best in three of his first four games for his new club. Jake Smith showed his versatility, marking strongly and slotting three majors of his own when he spent some time forward. Corey Sheppard and Brendan Taylor were the other multiple goalkickers for the Blues with two apiece.
Brendan Taylor enjoyed perhaps his best game of the season to date with 28 disposals to go along with his aforementioned two goals. Youngster Brodie Palfreyman was named the Blues best, he had 19 touches and a team high 9 tackles and a goal, as he continues to prove himself as a vital cog in the team after moving into the midfield this season. While coach Sam Lonergan also impressed in a typically tough in and under display, 18 of his 21 touches were contested. The midfield continues to be a deep and talent filled area for the club, with different players popping up to take the leading role each week.
Stewart Williams continued a good start to his time in Tasmania, laying 8 tackles and collecting 14 disposals to be named among the best. Simon Vandervelde was solid as always at full back, thwarting Lauderdale’s forwards with a team high six spoils. He now has more than twice as many spoils as the next best Launceston player this season.
Next week it’s second versus third as the Blues host the undefeated Clarence at Windsor Park on Sunday. It will be back to back northern trips for the Roos who are coming off an impressive 65 point triumph away at Devonport. Both sides will no doubt appreciate the extra day between games following long away trips.
Launceston goals: Kelly-Mansell, Smith 3, Taylor, C. Sheppard 2, Whiting, Spohn, Palfreyman, Hodge, Nunn
Launceston best: Palfreyman, Taylor, Kelly-Mansell, Lonergan, Smith, Williams
By Josh Giblin