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.