SOUTH Launceston set up a final round clash against Burnie at Aurora Stadium on Saturday which will determine top spot on the State League ladder and a week off for the winner as minor premier, after easily accounting for North Hobart by 96 points in an accomplished performance at North Hobart yesterday.
In a potential danger game for the Bulldogs, coach Mitch Thorp had his side up and about from the first bounce, booting six goals to two in the opening quarter, and they were never seriously threatened in the 23.10 (148) to 8.4 (52) victory.
Thorp continued his outstanding form to kick five goals with Bart McCulloch booting four and Thane Bardenhagen and Alex Russell three each among 11 goalkickers for South.
"Any time you win by 96 points you have to be happy as a coach," Thorp said. "Certainly we were a little bit patchy but it was a pretty good performance considering North Hobart had a bit to play for and obviously we did as well."
Thorp praised the efforts of Bardenhagen when the game was there to be won, singling him out as the Bulldogs best player along with Dylan Riley in the back half and Jock Darke making the most of his opportunity as a "fringe" senior player.
Thorp, Rory Mansell and Matt Hanson rounded out their best six.
Josh Fox kicked three goals for the Demons.
LAUDERDALE was too good for Hobart recording a 14.19 (103) to 8.10 (58) victory at Lauderdale.
Ryan Wiggins kicked three goals with Alex Hevey finishing with two and being the Southern Bombers best player.