NORTH Launce­s­ton has stormed into a fourth con­sec­u­tive TSL grand fi­nal af­ter a dom­i­nant dis­play.

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - DAM SMITH

THE TSL’s most con­sis­tent club has stormed into a fourth con­sec­u­tive grand fi­nal on the back of one of the most dom­i­nant fi­nals dis­plays in Launce­s­ton yes­ter­day.

North Launce­s­ton, look­ing to re­turn to the top of the tree af­ter winning back-to-back flags in 2014-15 be­fore los­ing to Glenorchy 12 months ago, dis­man­tled chal­lenger Laud­erdale at UTAS Sta­dium in a ram­pag­ing 94-point hid­ing.

The 18.21 (129) to 4.11 (35) rout in­stalled the home side as rag­ing flag favourites in a fort­night, with the south­ern Bombers left to lick their wounds ahead of a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal show­down against Launce­s­ton next Satur­day.

As poor as the visi­tors were the hosts were on song from the out­set, dom­i­nat­ing at the coal face to set the wheels in mo­tion early.

The loss of No.1 ruck­man Alex Lee to ham­string tight­ness be­fore the bounce left Lewis Hollmer to carry the load and the big man pro­duced his best per­for­mance of the sea­son to pro­vide sil­ver ser­vice to his mid­field­ers.

North kicked the open­ing seven goals of the game to open up a 41-point lead by half­time be­fore killing off the con­test by ram­ming home the first five ma­jors of the sec­ond half.

They iced the cake by keep­ing Laud­erdale score­less in the last term and pep­per­ing their own goal with 4.8.

Skip­per Tay­lor Whit­ford (4.3) was elec­tric through the mid­dle and up for­ward with three first-half goals, Jake Pearce pro­vided am­ple sup­port and a wa­ter­tight back six was led by Arion Richter-Sal­ter.

Hollmer and Bart McCul­loch each booted three ma­jors while Brad Cox-Goodyer and coach Tom Couch fin­ished with two.

“I think we have played well at cer­tain stages but maybe in front of a big­ger crowd and in a

big­ger game it might be a bit more no­tice­able,” Couch said when asked if his men had played bet­ter in 2017.

“The boys have been getting bet­ter ev­ery week. To an­swer your ques­tion per­haps, but there are still ar­eas we need to im­prove.

“It is about con­tin­u­ing to im­prove, you have to get bet­ter in­di­vid­u­ally and within the lines work­ing to­gether as well. Prob­a­bly just lit­tle things peo­ple watch­ing don’t no­tice.

“You have to work hard, we men­tioned at three quar­ter­time about our last quar­ters. It is some­thing we re­ally pride our­selves on, we had to run out the game.

“It is tempt­ing when you are up by a cer­tain mar­gin to take your foot off the gas.”

Laud­erdale had few win­ners on the night, with Toutai Havea bat­tling man­fully in the ruck while Nat Franklin was the best of a mid­field which was well down on usual out­put.

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