Launceston bounced back in style with a 107 point triumph at North Hobart Oval to make it two three figure wins over the bottom placed Demons this season, a hundred point win undoubtedly a fitting margin for co-captain Chris Savage’s 100th game for the club. The Blues got out to a good start, kicking seven goals in the opening term and extended the lead in every subsequent quarter. They were also efficient in front of goal, kicking their highest goal tally for the season but also their second lowest amount of behinds in any game.
Jobi Harper was the major ball winner for the second week in a row since his debut, amassing 33 disposals, 8 clearances and two goals. He was part of a dominant midfield group alongside Sam Rundle with 28 disposals, 6 clearances, 7 tackles and two goals and Brodie Palfreyman with 27 disposals, 4 clearances, 5 tackles and goal, while Hamish Leedham gave them first use and also lead the team in tackles with 8. Jake Hinds also started in the middle, asserting his dominance early before moving into the backline later in the match. He ended up with 27 disposals and a goal.
Sonny Whiting went past 400 goals for Launceston, kicking six to go with 18 disposals and 9 marks. Mitch Thorp continues to pull away in the league goal kicking charts, booting five more on the weekend, while Giacomo Millucci and Jared Dakin were the other multiple goal kickers with two each. Youngster Jamieson House continues a very impressive start to his Launceston career, collecting 28 disposals, 6 marks and 5 tackles. Brendan Taylor returned to the senior side and continued his ball winning ways with 24 disposals, while Miller Hodge had 20 disposals in his second game back from Mariners duty.
Ryan Tyrrell continued an outstanding season with 21 disposals, five tackles and a team high 10 marks, while Jimmy Aganas also impressed at the back with 15 disposals, 6 marks and five tackles. The Blues had to play out the last quarter and a bit with just two players on the bench after Dylan Riley and Jared Dakin both succumbed to injury, both were on track for big days too with 16 and 15 disposals respectively from just over two quarters of action.
Next up is another trip down the highway as the Blues travel to Lauderdale Oval for Indigenous Round. This will be Launceston’s second game away to Lauderdale this season, with the round 3 clash resulting in a 62 point win for the visitors. The Southern Bombers now have their coach Darren Winter back from suspension however and have been in some better form recently, defeating Glenorchy by 33 points on the weekend.
North Hobart 7.2.44
Launceston goals: Whiting 6, Thorp 5, Harper 2, Millucci 2, Dakin 2, Rundle 2, Tyrrell, Palfreyman, Smith, Riley, Hinds
Launceston best: Tyrrell, Aganas, Harper, Whiting, House, Hinds
An undermanned Launceston was able to travel to North Hobart Oval and retain their unbeaten record this season, running out 24 point winners in a low scoring affair in which both sides were wasteful in front of goal at times. With only two non-teenagers in the side, and with one of those two in Jake Nunn going off injured during the match, the ability of several 16 and 17 year olds to move up from the under 18s and seamlessly step into their roles in the side was key.
Alec Wright continued his excellent season both for the Mariners and at Mercury Cup level, collecting 26 disposals and 6 marks and leading a particularly youthful defensive unit. Austin Lisson was one of those to look right at home stepping up from the under 18s, with 14 disposals and 7 marks. His ability to intercept was a real feature of his game. Jordan Talbot was another to step up from under 18s and impress with his intercepting, collecting 17 disposals and also getting forward to kick a goal. While Toby Lucas showed a real appetite for the contest, leading the team with 9 tackles while also collecting 17 disposals.
Jacob Boyd moved into an inside midfield role this week and continued his prolific season with 25 disposals, 7 tackles and a goal, while Adam Dickenson lead the team with 27 disposals, 6 tackles and a goal. Jack Tuthill’s aerial ability was on full display as he lead the team with 9 marks including 5 contested marks to go with his 22 disposals, while other stand out midfielders included Harvey Griffiths with 18 disposals and 8 marks and Bayley Neil with 17 disposals and 6 marks. Cam Curtis played forward this week and kicked two goals, while the other multiple goal kicker was Joel O’Donnell with two goals from his 13 disposals.
Next week the Blues travel south again, this time to Lauderdale Oval to take on the Southern Bombers. This will be Launceston’s second trip to Lauderdale this season, with the Blues winning the previous encounter back in round 3 by 40 points. Lauderdale currently sit in fifth on the Mercury Cup ladder and are coming off a 6 point win over Glenorchy last week.
North Hobart 4.7.31
Launceston goals: Curtis 2, O’Donnell 2, Talbot, J. Boyd, Dickenson
Launceston best: Wright, Tuthill, J. Boyd, Dickenson, Griffiths, Neil
By Josh Giblin