Launceston TSLW side's forward line ready for finals

GET AROUND US: Launceston coach Alex Gibbins addresses his team at the three-quarter time break against Burnie. Picture: Simon Sturzaker
GET AROUND US: Launceston coach Alex Gibbins addresses his team at the three-quarter time break against Burnie. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

Launceston is tinkering about going tall in its forward line come the TSLW finals after a smooth transition in Sunday’s win over Burnie.

Coach Alex Gibbins was delighted that a first trial with a series of six-footers reaped rewards in what was an unprecedented move for women’s state football.

Cavaliers State League netballer Brie Rattray proved a revelation that had featured Abbey Green and Georgia Hill firing in front of goals.

Rattray kicked five goals to guide the Blues to a resounding 15.4 (94) to 0.1 (1) victory over the hapless Dockers at Wivenhoe Showgrounds.

Gibbins was confident the tandem set of talls could send shock waves through the defences of the Blues’ rivals.

“It’s a totally different set-up to what we had,” he said.

“We’ve got choices now to go tall or small in our forward line. Depending on our opposition in the finals, we can tinker a bit with it.

“We’ve been training for it, but in a game situation it was just good to see it worked.”

Launceston’s kicking efficiency showed in the first half after nine of the first 10 shots sailed through for goals.

Gibbins had been hoping a large win would boost its percentage in a race with Clarence to secure second spot and the double chance.

But the Roos have jumped out to 424 per cent compared to the 318 for the Blues after their rivals won by 130 points against Tigers on Sunday.

“It’ll come down to if Clarence beats Glenorchy they will get second,” he said.

“If they lose to Glenorchy, we’ll get second on points. It won’t be percentage anymore – they’re too far ahead.”

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