Launceston enjoyed a taste of what the future could look like in a see-sawing 10-point win over Clarence.
Facing wind, rain, and a winless but hungry Roos side at Bellerive Oval, the Blues ran away 10.8 (68) to 8.10 (58) on the back of big statements from their youngsters.
Fletcher Seymour saved his best game in blue for his old side, topping off a supreme midfield effort with a clutch goal in the final term, while Grant Holt (three goals) looked every bit as deadly in front of goal as his Norwich City namesake during the 2011-12 English Premier League season.
Blues coach Mitch Thorp credited his players for standing up when Clarence took the lead on two occasions during the final term.
"We had 102 tackles which really set a standard and gave us some momentum going into the last quarter where we were finishing with the wind," Thorp said.
"We had a five-point lead at three-quarter time so we did a lot of work early in the game to set up the win.
"Credit to Clarence, they got back in front in the last quarter so it took some real nerves for us to control the ball and then hit the scoreboard when we needed to."
Thorp said the result was even more pleasing in light of getting not just games, but wins, into his young players.
"This season is really about exposing some of our younger players to TSL," he said.
"We'll try and expose the players we've identified to 12 to 15 games this year and that's the real plan of ours, for the Holts and the [Jack] Tuthills to keep playing.
"Fletcher Seymour's game today was probably as good as we've had this year - he had 26 disposals but more importantly he had 15 tackles and then hit the scoreboard.
"Jake Smith was really strong, he's a had a really good start to the year, Casey Brown's work all year has been first-class and to have someone like Grant Holt bob up today and kick three goals in a low-scoring game really gave us some momentum."
In more good news for the Blues, star midfielder Jay Blackberry pulled up well from his first hit-out in nearly a year, kicking two goals in the development league on return from an ACL.
"That was a really pleasing part of today that we got in nice and early and everyone got to see Jay play again and Jay play how Jay does - he was very classy, laid a lot of tackles and got through the game unscathed," Thorp said.
"We'll have a discussion this week about where he plays next week but his game today was very solid."
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