TSL round 3: Blues bolt to big win over Lauderdale

POTENT: Sonny Whiting kicked four for the Blues.
POTENT: Sonny Whiting kicked four for the Blues.

Launceston has flexed its muscle as a serious premiership contender, taking four points from its trip to Lauderdale. 

The Blues recorded an 18.16 (124) to 9.8 (62) win over last year’s grand finalists, who are yet to record a win after three matches this season but are always difficult to play at home.

Sam Lonergan’s side burst out of the blocks with the first three goals and took a 14-point lead into quarter time despite weather which seemed determined to showcase all four Tasmanian seasons in one day.

The Blues built on their first quarter dominance in the second term, stretching their lead out to 32 points as Brodie Palfreyman, recruit Jack Rushton and Jay Blackberry got the better of a Lauderdale midfield boasting Nat Franklin and Phil Bellchambers.

The two sides played out a tight third quarter but it was all Launceston in the final term as the Blues turned a 29-point lead into a 62-point win.

Sonny Whiting was lively in the forward line, popping up with four goals while Devonport recruit Mitch Thorp did his work early, slotting three goals to keep his spot at the top of the competition’s goalkicking list.

Big man Hamish Leedham put in another good game in the ruck to be one of his side’s best, while Jake Hinds was influential in his return from suspension. 

Both clubs were well-represented in Saturday’s Mariners clash, with Blues Chayce Jones, Tim Auckland and Jamieson House and Bomber Matthew McGuinness named in the best.