A sublime showing from Rulla Kelly-Mansell in the front-half for Launceston caught the attention, but it was the overall even performance of Sam Lonergan’s outfit in their big win over Burnie that was most impressive on Saturday.
The Blues won 24.18 (162) to 6.7 (43) after second and fourth quarters of dominance with the wind that resulted in 17.14 to 1.2 being scored in that period.
The remainder of the match was more of a competitive affair, however, with reward for effort not really coming the home side’s way in that time.
Kelly-Mansell, whose form this season has been one of the reasons for Launceston’s rise up the ladder, defeated Burnie on his own with a haul of 7.7.
He also did his best Jeremy Howe impersonation in the second term to bring down a hanger as the Blues ran riot.
They kicked the first three goals of the game, and held a 19-point lead before Burnie settled and the contest looked alive with the margin at 11 at the first change.
But then Launceston took over with a 9.7 to 1.0 second term.
The margin was out to as much as 84 in the third before the Dockers kicked four of the last five of the term, but the Blues put their foot down again in the last.
For Lonergan there were many positives to be had.
At their absolute best, Launceston’s clearance work was clinical, not just in their ability to win it in the contest, but the clean use of the ball out of that situation.
They also had multiple avenues to goal, with 12 goalkickers.
Lonergan himself snagged three, as did Jake Smith, with Sam Rundle and Jake Nunn managing two each.
“The second and the fourth quarters the boys did a fantastic job with the wind,’’ said Lonergan, whose side now has a 7-3 record.
“We moved the ball well, and sometimes when you’ve got the wind, it is quite easy to go long and deep and not actually lower the eyes and pick some easy options, but I thought the boys did that really well and executed their skills well in windy conditions.
“The positive thing is we had 22 players out there who really understood how Burnie were going to play and under pressure they still executed the way we wanted to work through the way the opposition were trying to nullify certain things.
“They just had a calmness about the way they moved the ball by foot and just waited for options to open up.”
Burnie coach Clint Proctor lamented his 1-9 side’s inability to cope when Launceston got on a roll.
“We’ve really struggled to deal with opposition’s momentum and it is something we really need to deal with and understand, and with a young group that is always a challenging part of the game,’’ he said.
Brodie Palfreyman, Jay Blackberry, Joe Boyce and Simon Vandervelde were also impressive for the winners, as were James Dowling, Proctor Harry Walters, Rudy Barrett and Tyrone Morrison for the Dockers.
But Morrison ended his day on report for a head butt against Nathan O’Donoghue in the second term.