North Launceston crush cross town rivals

Written by Matt Hill

In a game that failed to live up to the hype of a fierce cross-town rivalry North Launceston blitzed their neighbours Launceston, leading from start to finish to run out convincing 85 point victors.

In a win that rings the warning bells out to the competition, North Launceston completely dominated their fierce rivals to continue an impressive unbeaten start.

North Launceston controlled the early stages of the first quarter with their dominant midfield group of 100th gamer Taylor Whitford, Bradley Cox-Goodyear and Jay Lockhart setting up the two stars up forward for the day in playing coach Tom Couch and Zac Burt, who kicked 11 goals between them for the day.

North pressed the Launceston defence up and then used their run and carry from the back half and midfield to run it forward and kick some easy goals. Launceston fought back in the later stages of the first term and Sonny Whiting was able to score the Blues only major ofthe quarter, North led by 23 points at the break.

Courtesy of Andrew Woodgate

In the second stanza it was much of the same as North continued to dictate the play and put immense pressure on the struggling Blues. Zac Burt was outstanding in the air and was near unstoppable, whilst partner in crime Tom Couch was at his dangerous best and for his efforts he snapped an miraculous banana set shot, earning him his second major for the game.

Jay Lockhart and Brad Cox-Goodyear dominated the midfield and set up much of North Launceston’s play and were too much for the Blues to handle. The Bomber dominance appeared to get to the Blues mentally with tensions flaring with some big hits which could see a couple of Blues players face the tribunal during the week. If not for someinaccurate kicking, the Bombers lead could have been greater than 46 points.

Going into the premiership quarter the Blues needed to find another gear but unfortunately the Bombers continued to surge forward with efficient and slick handball link ups a feature of a North day out. Cox-Goodyear provided a major highlight for the quarter with a long bomb that resulted in a monster 55 metre goal. In the later stages of the term, Launceston sparked into action with three goals in a minute, with Jay Blackberry in his 150th game slotting a goal, Sonny Whiting selling some candy around two North players and slotting a goal and then young gun Jake Hinds kicking a set shot which was the best passage of play for the Blues for the day.

Courtesy of Andrew Woodgate

A 58 point lead at three quarter time quickly blew out, as a relentless North put the foot to the floor. North booted seven goals straight in the last thanks to captain Whitford, who went forward and kicked two majors as well as goals from Cox-Goodyear, Couch, Burt and Hollmer to finish 85 point winners.

Brad Cox-Goodyear played a leading hand in midfield and was awarded the Adam Sanders medal as best on field. The big win makes it a perfect run into the bye for North, who sit at 3 and 0 with a strong percentage. For Launceston, they’ll look to bounce back when they hit the road to take on Lauderdale.

LAUNCESTON v. NORTH LAUNCESTON
Round 3 – 14/04/2017

North Launceston                        4.5,  9.9,  12.17,  19.17  (131)

Launceston                              1.0,  2.0,  5.1,  7.4  (46)

GOALS, North Launceston :
Z. Burt 6, T. Couch 5, B. Cox-Goodyer 3, T. Whitford 2, L. Hollmer 1, C. Pearton 1,
T. Bennett 1

Launceston :
S. Whiting 4, J. Harris 1, J. Blackberry 1, J. Hinds 1

BEST, North Launceston :
B. Cox-Goodyer, J. Lockhart, Z. Burt, M. Walsh, C. Young, A. Lee

Launceston :
J. Blackberry, J. Hinds, J. Harris, J. Smith, C. Sheppard, B. Taylor