North Launceston fought back against the Tigers' "finals-like" intensity to battle to a 16.8 (108) to 9.12 (66) win at Kingborough on Saturday.
North got out to a quality start thanks to top work inside 50 by Tom Bennett, coach Brad Cox-Goodyer and Brandon Leary who kicked the match's first three majors.
In spite of this, the Tigers managed to keep the deficit to 20 points at half time, before making a surge in the third quarter to come with in two points.
"At the end of the first half, both team's had good patches of play," Cox-Goodyer said.
"We thought we just couldn't convert a bit... [the] Tigers moved the ball pretty well inside forward 50 and in the third quarter they brought finals-like intensity."
However, the Bombers hadn't reached their top form yet, bounding into the fourth quarter to boot nine goals and wallop their fellow finals hopefuls.
"Had a couple of stern words with the guys at three-quarter-time to understand that we needed to respond and then we did," Cox-Goodyer said.
"I was pretty pleased that we were able to do that.
"But if we have that kind of intensity in the third quarter against Launceston in two weeks, we'll be a fair bit behind the eight ball."
Cox-Goodyer said midfielder Mark Walsh was the key that turned the lock for the Bombers in the final term.
"He was phenomenal, that last quarter was on the back of what he was doing," he said.
"The amount of stoppages ... he won clearance after clearance and he really got it going."
Cox-Goodyer added that moving Michael Stingel into the middle also helped give the side the speed it needed to rattle off points.
The player-coach led his team with three goals, first of which was his 400th with the club.
Tigers Marcus Gardner led his team in majors with three as well.
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