North Launceston has entered its one-week finals lay-off on a high after overcoming obscene conditions and Glenorchy to finish the home and away roster 15-3.
Having taken a five-goal lead into the half, the Bombers were able to hold out through pelting horizontal rain at KGV to win 12.11 (83) to 4.8 (32).
Such was the severity of the conditions that Taylor Whitford's Bombers played out the final minutes of the last term with only 12 men on the field as players sought refuge from the rain.
With Glenorchy already assured a double chance in finals, Paul Kennedy opted to rest star veteran Jaye Bowden and Braydon Patterson, with former Blue Sam Rundle and James Deegan taking their places.
Full Time at KGV | North Launceston secure a 51-point win in the wet over Glenorchy 🌧— Bupa TSL (@TasStateLeague) August 24, 2019
The Bombers fielded just 12 players in the dying minutes, such were the conditions with the minor premiership sewn up.@GDFCmagpies ⚫️⚪️ 4.8 (32)@NLFC_Bombers 🔴⚫️ 12.11 (83)#BUPATSLpic.twitter.com/EhZr2qsjtw
North Launceston went in unchanged and kicked the first two of the match through a Bart McCulloch set shot and a Whitford banana, and took a 10-point lead into the break.
Brad Cox-Goodyer found his way forward in the second term and slotted two, with the Magpies having to wait until the half-time siren for former Geelong VFL forward Aiden Grace to thread their third.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side in the second half as the Bombers distributed their goals by height as pocket rocket Jack Rushton, prolific midfielder Josh Ponting and McCulloch hit the scoreboard.
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The two sides then shared a goal apiece in the last as the Bombers completed a clean sweep of Glenorchy games this season.
Grace finished as the Magpies' only multiple goal-kicker and secured the league goal-kicking title in the process by finishing three majors clear of Cox-Goodyer.
The Northern Bombers captain will take solace in being a good chance to collect the player of the year award after finishing as one of his side's best in the win.
Glenorchy will meet Lauderdale in a qualifying final next weekend, with the winner to play North for a spot in the grand final.
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