A fiery exchange greeted the half time siren of the TSL grand final, with North Launceston holding a 14-point lead.
After a gripping two quarters, half-forward bull Dakota Bannister found himself yellow-carded for headbutting Lauderdale skipper Bryce Walsh shortly after the half-time siren.
Nearly a dozen umpires surrounded the incident, where Rhyan Mansell eventually emerged from the bottom of a pack of Southern Bombers.
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Earlier, the Northern Bombers had enjoyed the best of the play.
With ruckman Alex Lee sporting a leg brace after a fortnight clouded by injury concern, the visitors made better use of their chances early to build a three-goal lead at the first change.
Lauderdale hit back in the second with majors to Nicholas Raglione, Alex Hill, Robbie McManus and Alex Saunders.
Jay Foon and Arion Richter-Salter have led North expertly across half-back with young Devils star Jackson Callow best on ground at the half with two goals and a handful of contested marks.
- North Launceston 7.5 (47) leading Lauderdale 5.4 (34)
- GOALS: NORTH: Callow 2 Bannister Cox-Goodyer Edmunds Ponting Simpson
- LAUDERDALE: Hill Saunders Raglione McManus Burge
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