Clarence’s stranglehold on the State League’s development competition came crashing down at the hands of North Launceston on Saturday.
The reigning three-time champions bowed out of contention in straight sets with a 10.8 (68) to 7.12 (54) minor semi-final loss at UTAS Stadium.
The Northern Bombers, who finished the home and away season in fourth spot, led at every interval having jumped out to a 10-point opening-term lead.
The Roos kept coming and narrowed the margin to seven points at the half and four points with a quarter to play.
But a 2.5 to 1.1 final stanza was enough for the hosts to advance through to next week’s preliminary final.
Kyle Lanham (three), Connor Pearton and Oliver Sanders (two each) led the goalkickers, while Callum Harrison, Lachlan Young and Jack Mazengarb stood stern.
For Clarence, Daniel Reimers finished with three and Keren Howlett two.
North will play GLENORCHY in next week’s penultimate fixture after falling to unbeaten flag favourites Launceston to the tune of 106 points.
The Blues led by five goals at quarter time in the second semi and the result was never in doubt as they booked another grand final ticket – winning 22.11 (143) to 5.7 (37).
The gap was 62 points at half-time and 101 at the end of the third with six unanswered goals as Alec Wright, Tyson Miller and Grant Holt dominated.
A six-goal haul from Blair Rubock led all-comers with Giacomo Millucci (three), Jake Nunn, Anthony Liberatore and Jared Dakin (all two each) joining in on the party.
It resembled more a Blues training session at Windsor Park, however, Tim Butterworth, Matt Joseph, Daniel Coppleman fought hard for the visitors.
Glenorchy had five individual goalkickers.