North Launceston’s Joshua Holland gets his hands on the ball.NORTH Launceston forward Tom Bennett kicked six goals for the second week running to help his side dispose of the Tigers by 61 points in their clash at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.
Bennett was again one of the Northern Bombers’ best players, providing a focal point up forward as they saw off a determined young Tigers side to win 18.11 (119) to 8.10 (58).
The Tigers came to play and bounced out of the blocks in the first quarter, kicking the first two goals of the game and impressive with their quick ball movement as they outplayed the reigning premier for most of the quarter.
Two late goals to Josh Holland and Tom Bennett kept the Northern Bombers in touch with a narrow four point lead at quarter-time.
North coach Zane Littlejohn gave his charges a blast at quarter time which woke them up as they lifted their intensity and pressure in the second quarter to kick the first four goals and eight in total for the term to extend their lead to 34 points at half-time.
The Tigers battled gamely and showed positive signs with their effort and endeavour and the way they approach and play the game but North had simply too much class and too many winners kicking seven goals to four for the second half to run out easy winners.
Ethan Petterwood was impressive with his performance through the midfield and moving forward to kick two goals.
North captain Taylor Whitford continued his good form, picking up plenty of possessions and kicking four goals while Josh Holland and Mark Walsh also kicked two each.
“They came out and started well and you have to give credit to the opposition and the start was probably going to be their strongest point coming off a bus trip and playing the reigning premiers,” Littlejohn said.
“We were disappointed we let them start the way they did and we didn’t start too well.
“Just our defensive efforts and we weren’t clean inside on the stoppages and I think it is a mindset thing.
“It’s about getting that mindset right when you are coming against an opposition that we are expected to beat and focusing on the brand of footy we want to be known for.”
Sam Rice and Mackenzie Willis were two of the Tigers’ best players, while Chris Nield and James McIndoe kicked two goals each.
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