Written by Jakson Peach
It was a tale of two halves at Devonport Oval, with the North Launceston Bombers coming away 96 point victors over Devonport.
The first half was competitive as Devonport put up a fight against their highly favoured opponents, the second was a blow out as an impregnable North Launceston flexed their muscle.
The Magpies shot out of the blocks, kicking the first three goals in a row before North Launceston kicked into action and went on to kick three of their own. The last 10 minutes of the opening quarter was a see-sawing finish with a goal right on the siren from Coach Tom Couch putting the Bombers up by just two points at the quarter’s completion.
In the second quarter, North Launceston opened the floodgates scoring 46 points in the second term to the Magpies’ 12. Brayden Butler and Bradley Cox-Goodyer were everywhere in the second stanza, both collecting plenty of the ball. North Launceston signalled things to come in the second quarter, following Devonport’s three goals to open the game, North Launceston kicked 11 of the next 14 goals to put them up by six goals at the major break.
After the half time break North unleashed, kicking 13 goals out of their next 15 scoring shots, using their run and carry from half back and the wings to pick apart Devonport’s inexperienced defence. The game became repetitive after half time with the ball going through the big sticks nearly every it entered North Launceston’s forward 50, despite the repetition there were some breathtaking passages of play that left some spectators in awe.
The one-two punch of Zac Burt and Tom Couch was on show once more, Zac Burt continued his impressive form, kicking six more goals to take his yearly tally to 16, while Coach Couch finished off four goals of his own. Walsh booted three, while Avent, Cox-Goodyer and Thomas all chimed in with multiples in the big victory. Cox Goodyer was very damaging with another explosive game in the middle of the ground.
Coach Tom Couch said that the scoreboard did not show the standard of footy the Devonport side played. He was happy with the involvement of some younger players that were blooded into the Bombers line up due to injury and state honours, particularly Kaleb Turner. Couch was happy with the consistency of the way the team played, with a four quarter performance and a showcase of strong overall team fitness.
Opposing Coach Mitch Thorp was again impressed with his young Magpies, he was very pleased with their application against a very professional outfit such as North Launceston in the first half. Symmons, Byard and 19 year old Brayden Butler were all good in a losing effort. The loss won’t have an effect on Devonport’s approach as Thorp explained the club is five games into a 60 game plan.
DEVONPORT v. NORTH LAUNCESTON
Round 5 – 29/04/2017
North Launceston 4.3, 11.7, 18.8, 24.9 (153)
Devonport 4.1, 6.1, 8.1, 9.3 (57)
GOALS, North Launceston :
Z. Burt 6, T. Couch 4, M. Walsh 3, J. Avent 2, K. Thomas 2, B. Cox-Goodyer 2,
A. Richter-Salter 1, C. Pearton 1, T. Bennett 1, B. McCulloch 1, J. Ponting 1
B. Butler 2, B. Connelly 1, H. Barker 1, D. Schnoor 1, M. Thorp 1, B. Scott 1,
Q. Byard 1, B. Symmons 1
BEST, North Launceston :
M. Walsh, B. Cox-Goodyer, Z. Burt, B. McCulloch, A. Lee, T. Couch
Q. Byard, B. Butler, B. Symmons, S. Egger, M. Perry, B. Sharman