Bombers defeat improved Magpies

Written by Jakson Peach

Lauderdale made it three straight wins, defeating a defiant Devonport by 44 points at Devonport Oval on Saturday afternoon.

After a difficult start to the season the Bombers have leveled the ledger at three wins and three losses with another strong performance, this time triumphant on the road against a spirited Devonport. Thor Boscott and Ray Hill were on fire in a fantastic second half, kicking a handful each.

It was a major improvement from the Magpies at home, but unfortunately they were not strong enough to hold off a fearsome Lauderdale. The hosts were just three points adrift at the major break but were out runned and out gunned in a strong second half showing from the visiting Bombers.

In the first term it was all Devonport showcasing new found efficiency by foot from an inexperienced side that has had their troubles with ball in hand early in the season.  Devonport kicked away to a three goal advantage at the first change with young Brodie Connelly proving a formidable target in forward 50 while their defensive structures stacking up, restricting Lauderdale to just 50 possessions for the entire quarter. If the opening quarter was a glimpse at where the Magpies are headed, the future is bright, showcasing some impressive fast ball movement.

The second stanza commenced in similar fashion but Lauderdale’s class began to come to the fore after a spirited quarter time address from Coach, Darren Winter. Pocket rocket Dylan Fyfe opened the account in the second quarter, gathering a long hitout before bolting into forward 50 to finish a wonderful running goal. He was collected as he kicked and his team mates rallied around him and it appeared to be a boiling point for Lauderdale seeing them flick the switch and control the middle of the ground, putting together a second quarter response that saw them lead by three points at the half.

In the third term Lauderdale demonstrated their forward firepower piling on 12 scoring shots to Devonport’s two, Thor Boscott and Ray Hill hit the scoreboard on their way to bags of five, while Ryan Wiggins caught the ball well but was unable to maximise his impact, kicking an innacurate 3.5 for the game.

The final quarter became a see-sawing affair as the young Devonport outfit hung around in the contest, ensuring the Bombers wouldn’t blow them away.

Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was delighted to see further strides forward for his young charges.

“We are seeing better efforts for longer periods of time. Our first quarter today was probably as good as our first quarter against North Launceston, we zinged the ball around pretty quick and our forwards got some separation and we hit the scoreboard pretty well,” he said.

Victorious Coach Darren Winter said his midfield were not finding the footy early and the shift in the game came when the Lauderdale midfield got on top.

“The midfield were particularly pleasing cause they started getting their hands on the footy and when they weren’t they provided good pressure and we weren’t able to do that in the first quarter.

“I think we got some good transition from turn overs and there was a lot of space in our forward line for Boscott, Hill and Wiggins to lead into and sometimes that breaks the opponent.”

Next week Lauderdale face the reigning Premiers, while Devonport take a rest with the bye.

DEVONPORT v. LAUDERDALE
Round 7 – 13/05/2017

Lauderdale                              2.2,  8.5,  13.12,  18.18  (126)

Devonport                               5.2,  8.2,  9.3,  13.4  (82)

GOALS, Lauderdale :
T. Boscott 5, R. Hill 5, R. Wiggins 3, R. McManus 1, P. Bellchambers 1, J. Roberts 1,
E. Whish-Wilson 1, D. Fyfe 1

Devonport :
B. Connelly 4, D. Schnoor 2, H. Barker 1, G. Millucci 1, D. Riley 1, B. Sharman 1,
S. Egger 1, Q. Byard 1, B. Symmons 1

BEST, Lauderdale :
R. McManus, B. Walsh, R. Hill, T. Boscott, R. Wiggins, T. Havea

Devonport :
B. Connelly, D. Riley, Q. Byard, S. Egger, M. Thorp, L. Creedon