Lauderdale pressure brings down Launceston
THE Bombers are back to their bruising best and set up their season with a 30-point victory over Launceston yesterday at Lauderdale Oval.
Despite a strong third term, Launceston was no match for Lauderdale, which ran away a 17.9 (111) to 12. 9 (81) victor.
Launceston looked like it was going to continue on from last week’s thrashing of North Hobart when power forward Mitch Thorp kicked the first goal of the game, however Lauderdale’s tackling pressure helped it control the game and the hosts kicked the next four goals.
When Thorp kicked his second of the quarter he narrowed the margin to less than three goals but a late spoil from Joe Boyce put Ed Stanley on the goal line after the quarter-time siren.
The Bombers continued to dominate proceedings and stretched their 19-point advantage from quarter time to 43 points at the major break.
In the third quarter, Lauderdale continued to punish Launceston and its lead went past 10 goals before Launceston kicked five straight to finish the quarter and go into the final break 35 points down.
Launceston also won the last quarter but it was a little too late for the visitors who now sit only two wins ahead of Lauderdale.
The win means Lauderdale has now knocked off two premiership contenders in as many weeks.
The Bombers have the bye next round and assistant coach Clinton Brown said the side could build on the momentum of the past few weeks before it took on the Tigers in a fortnight. “I think the boys are starting to learn if they follow instructions and play to their capabilities, they cannot only match it with the better teams in the competition but beat them,” Brown said.
“That’s two really good wins in a row. “We were unlucky not to beat Clarence a few weeks ago too.”
Nat Franklin was dominant in the middle for the Bombers and was often the link for Lauderdale’s switches of play.
Phil Bellchambers kicked two goals in the first quarter when the game was on the line and his efforts in congestion allowed Rhys Sutton to be dangerous on the outside of stoppages.
“Nat and Phil Bellchambers were outstanding,” Brown said.
“Coming up against their midfield and some of the best inside mids in the comp, I think we got the better of them.”