Un­beaten Blues roll Pies

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ALEX LUT­TRELL

LIND­IS­FARNE’S vic­tory over reign­ing premier Clare­mont may not ease the pain of grand fi­nal de­feat last year, but coach Daniel Will­ing be­lieves it has put them in a po­si­tion to chal­lenge for the SFL flag this sea­son.

The Blues over­came Clare- mont 20.17 (137) to 17.8 (110) at An­zac Park yes­ter­day to re­main un­de­feated so far this sea­son.

Af­ter tak­ing a nar­row three­p­oint lead into quar­ter time, Lind­is­farne al­lowed Clare­mont into the game dur­ing the sec­ond stanza.

The Pies booted seven goals to four to take an 11-point lead into half time, but that slen­der buf­fer didn’t last long.

Lind­is­farne tilted the bal­ance in its favour dur­ing the third quar­ter by adding seven goals of its own to Clare­mont’s four.

The hosts then landed the killer blow dur­ing the fourth quar­ter with six goals to three. Blue Ben Van Kraa­nen was the match day hero with seven ma­jors.

The win kept Lind­is­farne sec­ond be­hind New Nor­folk by per­cent­age, while Clare­mont (fourth) has now dropped games against flag con­tenders the Blues and New Nor­folk.

Will­ing said he was par­tic­u­larly pleased with the sec­ond half.

“We didn’t talk about the grand fi­nal last year be­fore­hand at all,” he said.

“We used this as an op­por­tu­nity to get two wins clear [of Clare­mont]. We feel we will be one of the [top] three there at the busi­ness end of the year.”

Clare­mont coach David Hunt con­ceded Lind­is­farne was the classier side and con- trolled the game for longer.

“We’ve now lost by four goals to each of them [New Nor­folk and Lind­is­farne],” Hunt said.

Else­where, Dodges Ferry con­sol­i­dated third spot with a nar­row 86-83 win over Huonville, while Cygnet smashed Ho­bart 150-93 and Brighton walked by Sorell 133-56.

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