North Launceston has got its premiership defence off to the best possible start, running away 53-point winners in a night match at Kingborough.
Coach and star midfielder Taylor Whitford kicked a lazy half-dozen in the 16.11 (107) to 8.6 (54) win, which also saw running defender Jay Foon announce his return from a serious neck injury by sneaking forward late in the game to kick a goal.
With Jordan Tepper and Jack Lanham making their debuts, the Bombers came out firing in the first term with seven goals to two.
The Tigers kept their Northern opposition to just four goals in the next two terms to cut the margin to 17 late in the third term before a five-goals-to-none last term blew out the margin.
Young gun Rhyan Mansell and returning forward Ben Elmer finished the game with two goals each.
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For the Tigers, former Hawthorn midfielder Kieran Lovell made a bright start in his State League return, kicking the home side's first goal and racking up plenty of ball through the middle.
Hugh Johnston and Michael Paul were the Tigers' sole multiple goalkickers with two each.
In the TSL's third opening round match, Lauderdale got its season off to a flier with a 53-point win over North Hobart.
The Demons were in the match until the last quarter, when the Southern Bombers kicked nine goals to two to ice the game.
Jacob Gillbee kicked six goals in the 16.15 (111) to 8.10 (58) win.