Laud­erdale pres­sure brings down Launce­s­ton

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - KYLE WISNIEWSKI

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.”

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