North gets its revenge on Magpies

North Launceston’s Jack Avent gets a handball away under pressure from some Devonport opponents.

North Launceston’s Jack Avent gets a handball away under pressure from some Devonport opponents.

NORTH Launceston squared the ledger and exacted full revenge on Devonport for its round 10 defeat after smashing the Magpies by 96 points in a percentage-boosting win at Aurora Stadium yesterday.

The Bombers were sharp and up and about from the first bounce and super impressive in probably their best first half of football for the season.

It was all one-way traffic with them dominating possession and inside 50 entries.

They kicked 5.4 in the opening quarter, while holding the Magpies scoreless, and added another eight goals to one in the second term to be in total control and open up a match-winning 76-point half-time lead.

Devonport struggled to get its hands on the ball with North’s pressure at the contest, its ball use and run and spread a class above the opposition.

The Magpies lifted and played better in a more competitive nine-goal to six second half – but the damage had already been done as North Launceston ran out the game easy winners, 22.10 (142) to 7.4 (46).

The presence of marquee recruit Chris Tarrant makes the Bombers walk that bit taller and although Tarrant played his part in the victory with a five-goal cameo appearance, he was far from the sole reason for the big win, with North having 22 contributors across the board.

Brad Cox Goodyer continued his good form kicking four goals and was again one of North’s best players as was Allan O’Sign who won plenty of the ball and also kicked four.

Zac Burt chipped in with three goals, with two each to Jay Lockhart and Will McBride.

‘‘We weren’t happy with our start last week, but we paid some attention to it during the week and I thought they did that really well,’’ North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn said.

‘‘We spoke about what we did well in the second half last week and about making sure we start simple and keep it basic and not overcomplicate things at this level – doing the team things and have 22 do their role and that’s what I thought we did well in the first half and really in the whole game.’’

The Bombers had plenty of good players with none better than Taylor Whitford, who just edged out O’Sign for best on ground honours, while boasting a host of other good contributors including Will McBride, Jay Lockhart, Cal Young, Ethan Petterwood, Bryton Mullins and Jack Avent.

Better players were harder to find for the Magpies, but Kade Pitchford continues to be a catalyst and key ball-mover, Billy Sharman and Brayden Stevenson impressed as did Braden Van Buuren for his effort in keeping Mitchell Van Den Berg to one goal.

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