TSL grand final provides day of family fun

PROUD SUPPORTERS: Isabelle Philpott, 9, Hayley Goymour, 11, Brodie Goymour, 7, and Brock Johnston, 8. Picture: HOLLY MONERY.

PROUD SUPPORTERS: Isabelle Philpott, 9, Hayley Goymour, 11, Brodie Goymour, 7, and Brock Johnston, 8. Picture: HOLLY MONERY.

Thousands of Tasmanians turned out to support the Northern Bombers as they took on Glenorchy in the TSL grand final on Saturday.

North Launceston were hungry for more premiership success as they sought a historic three-peat of TSL flags.

Splashes of red and black were littered through crowd, while a number of supporters took the chance to get their faces painted in their footy colours.

Pies and hot chips were the order of the day for many spectators, as the RACT stand at Aurora Stadium began to fill an hour before kick off.

Enjoying a bit of fun on the ground before the game were brothers Dylan and Bailey Wells, and their cousins Callum and Declan Perry.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Dylan Wells, 19, and Bailey Wells, 15, with their cousins Callum Perry, 8, and Declan Perry, 5, all of Youngtown, at the TSL grand final. Picture: Holly Monery

FAMILY AFFAIR: Dylan Wells, 19, and Bailey Wells, 15, with their cousins Callum Perry, 8, and Declan Perry, 5, all of Youngtown, at the TSL grand final. Picture: Holly Monery

“We came out to support North Launceston in the statewide grand final,” said 19-year-old Dylan.

“It will be close but hopefully North win, we’ll wait and see.”

He said it was not common for the family to watch the state league, as they tended to watch the AFL, but it was a good chance to get out together and bond.

I don’t know about teaching them a few things, but we like to get out and have a kick. They enjoy it and enjoy the exercise. - Dylan Wells

“I don’t know about teaching them a few things, but we like to get out and have a kick. They enjoy it and enjoy the exercise,” he said.

Robbie Goymour, of Ravenswood, took youngsters Brodie Goymour, 7, and Brock Johnston, 8, to the final.

He said their PE teacher used to play for the Northern Bombers and the boys loved to join the supporters.

“We watched them the last two years, so we thought we would come and watch them again this year,” Mr Goymour said.

He said the boys both played AusKick and wanted to join the Northern Bombers. “It's good for them to run around, exercise and burn off energy and they love the game so it’s good for them to come out and enjoy it,” Mr Goymour said.

But despite the strong support it was a heartbreaking end for North Launceston fans as Glenorchy won their first TSL premiership since 1999 and their first in the new state league format.

The final score for the game was Glenorchy 9.6 (60) to North Launceston 5.10 (40).

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