North Launceston has taken a 19-point lead into half-time in a low-scoring slog at Lauderdale.
Both sides kicked just one goal in the second term after North kicked away in red time of the first quarter.
Sam Siggins looked to have pulled one back late in the second term with a flying snap from 40m out, only for the umpire to signal the kick had been touched.
Josh Ponting has been North's best with an assured performance in the middle, while Matt McGuinness won a heap of ball in the first term.
- North 5.3 (33) leading Lauderdale 2.2 (14)
- GOALS: North: Ponting Rushton Egger Donnelly Edmunds
- Lauderdale: Baker Shaw
Launceston have made good on Mitch Thorp's plea for a quick start at Bellerive, bolting from the blocks to take a 7.4 (46) to 4.1 (25) lead into half-time.
Clarence kicked the first goal of the day through last week's five-goal man Chris Nield before Launceston piled on the next six of the game.
Fletcher Seymour has again been impressive against his former side, booting two goals in the opening term and winning plenty of ball.
Dylan Riley is the game's only other multiple goal-kicker.
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