TSLW 2017: Launceston defeat Burnie at West Park

UNDER THE PUMP: Launceston's Emma Manix-Geeves gets the ball away under pressure during Sunday's TSLW win over Burnie. Picture: Cordell Richardson
UNDER THE PUMP: Launceston's Emma Manix-Geeves gets the ball away under pressure during Sunday's TSLW win over Burnie. Picture: Cordell Richardson

Finding a way to address costly lapses is the priority for Launceston coach Alex Gibbins following Sunday’s TSLW win over Burnie at West Park.

The second-placed Blues secured win number eight for this campaign with a 24-point triumph, 7.4 (46) to 3.4 (22), but got a scare when the home side kicked two late goals in the third and appeared to have all the running heading into the last.

But his side steadied to kick the first two majors of the final term to steady the ship.

“I thought general play was very even, but we were just a little more silkier and finished off the play a little better,’’ Gibbins said.

“It was with our use of the ball, structures and discipline in general where we won it.

ON THE ATTACK: Launceston's Melissa Smith in action against Burnie at West Park on Sunday. Picture: Cordell Richardson

ON THE ATTACK: Launceston's Melissa Smith in action against Burnie at West Park on Sunday. Picture: Cordell Richardson

“But [lapses] have been a trend all year, and we have tried to make it a focus to play four quarters, and we didn’t do that again today.

“That is all mental though, and to be honest, I did give them a pat on the back at half-time, and that’s not the thing to do as we can’t afford these lapses.”

Naomi Celebre kicked three goals for the winners and Chanette Thuringer was strong in defence.

AFLW midfielder Emma Humphries was outstanding for Burnie, while Kirsten Loring and Jessica Brown were also strong contributors.

The Blues do have one injury worry ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Tigers, with Skye Brown hurting her knee late in the contest.