Windsor Park hoodoo smashed

NORTH Launceston broke a nine-year Windsor Park hoodoo with an emphatic 63-point victory over cross-town rival Launceston in their State League match yesterday.

North Launceston's Bradley Cox-Goodyer kicks into attack at Windsor Park yesterday.

North Launceston's Bradley Cox-Goodyer kicks into attack at Windsor Park yesterday.

The Northern Bombers led by 16 points at quarter-time and  28 at the main break,  kicked eight goals to three to dominate the second half and ran out winners 16.11 (107) to 6.8 (44).

North had a more even spread of contributors as they controlled the midfield and used the ball well by foot offensively to hit forward targets.

Brad Cox-Goodyer continued his excellent form this season, kicking six goals, five of which came in the first half and were important in getting North going.

Captain Mitchell Van Den Berg played his best game of the year and was outstanding up forward, marking strongly and finishing with four goals.

Zac Burt was another dangerous player, finishing with three goals. Ruckman Daniel Roozendaal was outstanding, with Andrew Cox-Goodyer, Ben Elmer, Jay Lockhart, Dakota Bannister and Taylor Whitford all making good contributions for the Bombers.

``It's been nine years since we won here, so it's a good result for our footy club,'' North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn said.

``If we have our 22 contributors and our work-rate is high, we normally put in a good performance, and we did that again today.

``Offensively we disposed of the ball really well by foot, and we've been questioned whether we can kick a winning score and today we showed we can, and we had a good even spread of goal-scorers.''

Launceston had its chances in the opening quarter with Rohan Sergeant pulling down some good marks as a forward target.

But inaccurate kicking for goal proved costly, with the Blues managing just six behinds for the quarter and failing to exert scoreboard pressure or receive reward for effort.

Brennan Savage finished with five goals to be the Blues' best goalkicker, but apart from that they struggled.

Launceston coach Scott Stephens was pleased that his side was competitive at the contests but said they lacked the class to finish off their work.

``In the first quarter when the contest was on, it was a case of missed opportunities, and if we had   been able to hit the scoreboard with those shots on goal - I'm not saying it would have changed the outcome, but it would have been a different story and we would have been in the game a bit more.

``At the end of the day they probably have a weight of numbers that are more advanced than where we are   with their spread and skill level, and they were pretty good.

``Cox-Goodyer early was very good and set the game up for them.

``Van Den Berg I thought was outstanding all day and hard to contain in the end, and they had too many options in the midfield and going forward.''

Stephens praised the efforts of Sergeant as their best player and was pleased with the work of some of his younger, more inexperienced players such as Jack Donnellan, Jack Dyer and Jake Smith.

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