NTFA Division 1 | Round 6

IN THE CLOUDS: High-flying Saint Nicholas Burt flies over the top of Longford opponent Connor Alexander in the NTFA division 1 match at Tigerland. Pictures: Phillip Biggs
IN THE CLOUDS: High-flying Saint Nicholas Burt flies over the top of Longford opponent Connor Alexander in the NTFA division 1 match at Tigerland. Pictures: Phillip Biggs

Hillwood has ended the Bridgenorth juggernaut in no uncertain terms amid a meritorious 45-point win.

The Parrots had been one of only two NTFA division 1 teams undefeated entering Saturday’s tantalising clash.

But on the back of hot form stretching back as far as late 2017, the early-season pacesetters had no answers for Hillwood’s attack on the ball from the outset.

The home side just never looked headed in the 20.7 (127) to 12.10 (82) result to end Bridgenorth’s four-game winning streak.

The Sharks piled on seven goals to two to open up a 32-point quarter-time lead.

Andrew Whitmore provided an early target on the full forward’s way to seven goals for the day and 21 for year.

The visitors did trim the deficit back to 23 points by the main break kicking to the scoring end. But the Tamar derby was turned on its head during the third term.

Jacob Lowe’s men tore the Parrots’ defence apart from an eight-goal-to-one quarter that unceremoniously killed off the contest.

Joe Clements played a lone hand up front for a forlorn Bridgenorth with six goals.

SOUTH Launceston has moved to not only outright top spot but clear premiership favouritsm, predictably casting aside Deloraine with ease at Youngtown.

The top-versus-bottom game looked a mismatch on paper just as the final scoreline indicated.

The Bulldogs had kept the Kangaroos scoreless in first half and to just two scoring shots by the last change to win 21.13 (139) to 4.3 (27).

Eleven misses from 19 shots in the first half somehow had South Launceston only 59 points in front.

But a seven-goal straight third quarter better reflected the side’s true dominance heading to a 94-point lead.

Swingman Bradley Keegan had booted four goals in attack among the 10 major scorers for the Bulldogs.

The reigning premiers have only conceded 145 points in five games building towards a back-to-back title defence.

BALL: Tiger Zeke Gossage.

BALL: Tiger Zeke Gossage.

LONGFORD has spoiled George Town’s rousing return to form, delivering a 107-point reality check to the perennial easybeats.

George Town did lead by four points at quarter-time to give the Saints real hope.

But Longford’s big-game presence built over successive finals campaigns shone through with a six-goal to nil second term on home turf.

FIRM HANDS: George Town onballer Chev Deacon marks, plays on and then looks to break away from the Longford pressure amid the 107-point defeat on Saturday.

FIRM HANDS: George Town onballer Chev Deacon marks, plays on and then looks to break away from the Longford pressure amid the 107-point defeat on Saturday.

The Tigers completely shut the visitors out in the second half. They scored 11 goals after the interval and kept George Town to just one over the last three quarters.

Forward Daniel Berry kicked five goals for Longford, as Chev Deacon scored three of the Saints’ only four.

No details from the Bracknell and Rocherlea match were provided by The Sunday Examiner’s deadline.

CELEBRATION: Longford teammates Josh Gray and Sam Luttrell hand out high fives after notching another Tigers' goal against George Town.

CELEBRATION: Longford teammates Josh Gray and Sam Luttrell hand out high fives after notching another Tigers' goal against George Town.