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