Bombers savour

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - JAMES BRESNEHAN

THEY had to wait seven weeks but re­venge was sweet for the North­ern Bombers over Glenorchy yes­ter­day as the TSL’s reign­ing pre­mier ex­e­cuted the per­fect raid on KGV.

Glenorchy em­bar­rassed the Bombers first time at UTAS Sta­dium, the Magpies swoop­ing in for a 52-point win.

North Launce­s­ton coach Tay­lor Whit­ford was adamant it would not hap­pen again — and he was right.

Pow­ered by a four-goal haul to burly for­ward Zac Burt, North over­came a shaky open­ing term to storm away with the game, win­ning 13.16 (94) to 5.2 (32).

That North Launce­s­ton had 29 scor­ing shots to seven un­der­pinned Whit­ford’s be­lief that the Bombers have the best back­line in the State League — and it’s hard to ar­gue.

Sher­rin Eg­ger, re­cruited from Devon­port, Con­nor Young and Lachie Young, and Jay Foon, were out­stand­ing in keep­ing the Pies to their low­est score this sea­son.

“They’re my back six and I rate them the best in the com­pe­ti­tion,” Whit­ford said.

“I know some peo­ple out there don’t, and that’s their busi­ness.

“But they are great and they’re a group, not in­di­vid­ual play­ers, and they’re jelling re­ally well to­gether.”

Af­ter a low-scor­ing first quar­ter, the Pies and Bombers swapped the lead four times in the sec­ond and Glenorchy led half­way through the quar­ter.

Zac Burt’s sec­ond goal at the 20 minute mark was the be­gin­ning of a four-goal red­time burst by the visi­tors, which saw them lead by 23 points at half­time.

Af­ter the main break, North Launce­s­ton kicked eight of the last nine goals, Burt reg­is­ter­ing four, and Brad Cox-Goodyer and Whit­ford two apiece.

North Launce­s­ton wanted pay­back and got it.

“The in­tent and the hunt around the ball in the first quar­ter was fi­nals-like footy — low-scor­ing and hard,” Whit­ford said.

“Come the sec­ond and third quar­ters, we showed our fit­ness and that when we do the sim­ple things well, we’re a good side.

“Last time we had a young group, to­day we had a ma­ture group and that made a lot of dif­fer­ence.”

Two wins clear on top of the lad­der and only the one loss to Glenorchy, some ob­servers say North Launce­s­ton has one hand on the pre­mier­ship cup.

“We are un­der no il­lu­sions that any­thing can hap­pen and noth­ing is a given,” Whit­ford said.

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