Title hopes flying in the wind

CONFRONTED: Launceston hard-nosed defender Ashlee Carey looks to dish off a quick handball from a Glenorchy tackle.
CONFRONTED: Launceston hard-nosed defender Ashlee Carey looks to dish off a quick handball from a Glenorchy tackle.

AFLW rookie Courtney Webb rose again to new heights on Sunday, but Launceston fell in another crunch game.

The dual Blues star all but kicked Launceston’s total score in the sorry defeat to Glenorchy at Evandale.

The Magpies withstood defending an overwhelming last-quarter breeze to earn a 6.8 (44) to 3.4 (22) win amid ground-sodden conditions.

The second loss in back-to-back weeks to another genuine TSLW premiership contender has left coach Alex Gibbins scratching his head in search for answers.

SALUTING: Launceston ruck Abbey Green signals down ground.

SALUTING: Launceston ruck Abbey Green signals down ground.

Launceston suffered its fourth loss in nine matches to slide three wins behind Sunday’s TSLW pacesetters and two adrift of Clarence.

“Effort was high, but we lacked a bit of polish again in our connection between midfield and forward line,” Gibbins said. “But it’s what you expect in pretty tricky conditions – it was tough.”

Gibbins was holding onto the hope the Blues could kick four goals with the wind and come home strongly to win.

But Glenorchy’s sixth halfway through the final term effectively ended the contest. 

JUGGLING ACT: Blues campaigner Angela Dickson looks to cling onto a mark during the wild and windy conditions at Evandale.

JUGGLING ACT: Blues campaigner Angela Dickson looks to cling onto a mark during the wild and windy conditions at Evandale.

Webb, who spent the summer at Carlton, kicked three goals that included one late.

The home side that had to switch the clash from Windsor Park to Evandale failed to goal against the wind whereas the Magpies did both times, never once surrendering the lead all day.

Gibbins is not quite licked on returning back to the premiership form of last year.

“I take out of the match that we are still competitive in general play against the other top teams,” he said.