Lauderdale too hot for Burnie
LAUDERDALE’S season resurgence has reached such a level that the Bombers now firmly believe they can match it with the TSL’s best, coach Darren Winter says.
The Bombers moved into third spot after embarrassing a non-existent Burnie 25.18 (168) 9.2 (56) yesterday for their fifth straight win.
It was yet another sign of Lauderdale’s revival after the club lost its opening three games.
Winter said his side was growing in confidence.
“There’s a different feel about the group at the moment, they are young and enthusiastic,” he said. “Our attack on the footy is fierce. The aggression we’re showing on the ball is outstanding.”
The Bombers shot out of the blocks so fast yesterday it made the Dockers look like they were still on the Midland Highway. The well-drilled Lauderdale booted 11 goals to three for a 57-point half time lead.
And the bloodbath continued in the third stanza, with Lauderdale dancing out to a 95-point lead by the final change. The hosts rounded out their emphatic win with an- other six goals in the stanza.
Ray Hill (four goals) Ryan Wiggins (three) cut imposing figures up forward for the Bombers with captain Bryce Walsh and Robbie McManus also impressive.
Winter said the group was now ready for this weekend’s road trip to face North Launceston, which lost its first game of the season to Clarence yesterday.
“They [North] will be on the rebound so that always makes it a little more difficult to go up there and win because they will reset and address a lot of things,” he said. last
Winter added his players were still annoyed about the 10-goal loss they were handed by the Northern Bombers in Round 1.
“We’re a lot more hardened at the moment and we’ll go up there and be very aggressive at the ball. I don’t think they will catch us on the hop this time.”
Yesterday’s result may have been a sign of better things to come for Lauderdale, but it was conversely Burnie’s fifth straight loss.
However, playing coach Clint Proctor said his young side would stick to their guns after a high turnover of players in the off season