Glenorchy’s pre-mach confidence was soon unravelled by North Launceston as the reigning premiers cruised to a 62-point victory.
Magpies coach Paul Kennedy said his charges didn’t fear the competition’s powerhouse after toppling an undermanned Northern Bombers in round 3, but Taylor Whitford’s men were a class above on Saturday at KGV – winning 13.16 (94) to 5.2 (32).
A seven-goal to two second half saw key forward Zach Burt finish with four majors as Whitford and Brad Cox-Goodyer booted a couple each.
Burt (22 goals) now sits third behind teammate Tom Bennett and Launceston’s Mitch Thorp (39) on the league’s goal kicking list.
North held the Pies to a solitary point at quarter time and scoreless in the final term as defender Jay Foon, livewire Josh Ponting and rising star Sherrin Egger dominated all day long.
A five goal-to-three second term set up the triumph that sees North move two games clear of second-placed Launceston after 10 rounds.
The result was Glenorchy’s fourth-straight loss despite Mitch Rainbird kicking two majors and Daniel Joseph standing out.
The Pies’ cause wasn’t helped by the late withdrawals of skipper Brayden Webb and Brady Quinn.
However, a fast start has the 2016 champions languishing just percentage above Lauderdale in fourth position with a 4-4 win-loss record.
North Launceston next challenge last-ranked North Hobart at UTAS Stadium, while Glenorchy face Tigers.