Ruth­less Roos show they mean busi­ness

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - THEMERCURY.COM.AU JAMES BRESNEHAN SUN­DAY MAY 28 2017

CLARENCE an­nounced its ar­rival as a force in the TSL this sea­son by down­ing pre­vi­ously un­de­feated North Launce­s­ton at Blund­stone Arena yes­ter­day and the coach had one word to say about the Roos’ ef­fort — proud.

De­spite be­ing hob­bled by a leg in­jury, Clarence coach Jeromey Web­ber­ley still led his Roos into their big­gest bat­tle of the year.

Not only did he kick two goals and play a few tricks in the mid­field, Web­ber­ley watched his men play like premier­ship con­tenders against the side ev­ery­one had pegged as the team to beat for the flag, win­ning 16.7 (103) to 12.14 (86).

It was an­other notch in the Roos’ gun­belt and they now sit equal at the top of the TSL lad­der on 28 premier­ship points, with the North­ern Bombers cling­ing to top spot by per­cent­age.

“I’m re­ally proud of the boys,” Web­ber­ley said.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a ma­jor chal­lenge and we needed to play four quar­ters to beat them, and we prob­a­bly got three and a half.

“The last part of the fi­nal quar­ter they got a run-on. We fell away with our struc­ture around the stop­pages but once we got that back we were able to slow the game down and wrap it up.”

The open­ing term was a thriller and Clarence nudged clear by 15 at half­time.

In the third term the Roos put the pedal to the metal, pulling away by 37 points at the third change and 43 when Sam Siggins drilled a ma­jor to start the fi­nal term.

North Launce­s­ton kicked five of the next six goals and only a goal by Jar­rod Harper en­ter­ing time-on stead­ied the nerves of Roos sup­port­ers.

Clarence’s best in­cluded on­ball dy­namo Jack­son O’Brien, and Michael Black­burn, Michael Fisher, James Homes and Kee­gan Wylie.

Bombers coach Tom Couch, who was North’s stand­out with 6.3, had a long de­brief with his play­ers and then as­sis­tant-coaches af­ter the loss.

“We came with a plan and didn’t quite ex­e­cute early. We didn’t make the most of our op­por­tu­ni­ties but full credit to Clarence, they are well coached and they did well,” Couch said. “We lacked poise go­ing for­ward. We’ve missed a few shots in the past two weeks and that re­ally had an im­pact on the score­card to­day.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing but only round 9.” it’s

Pic­tures: MATHEW FAR­RELL

CAUGHT: Clarence’s Jack­son O’Brien. CLEARED: Clarence's Wade Wall kicks the Roos for­ward against North Launce­s­ton.

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