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(Placename) a city in Australia, the chief port of the island state of Tasmania on the Tamar River, 64 km (40 miles) from Bass Strait. Pop: 68 443 (2001)


(ˈlɔnˌsɛs tən, ˈlɑn-)

a port in Australia, on N Tasmania. 88,486.
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I have this moment, whilst writing, had a wire from Jonathan, saying that he leaves by the 6:25 tonight from Launceston and will be here at 10:18, so that I shall have no fear tonight.
This includes the win in the 2013 Launceston Cup when the then six-year old finished strong outworking Lucky Angel and Dream Pedlar by two lengths.
He thanked the Launceston City Council and the Tasmanian Government for the huge honour.
Launceston crossed for three tries during that time to draw themselves back to within five points, before a relieving final whistle saw Blaydon hang on for back-to-back victories after their 15-13 at Wharfedale the previous week.
TOM ROCK reckons Blaydon's impressive 35-26 Launceston win must spur the Crow Trees men on to bigger and better things - through the close of this term and into the next.
Then followed that extraordinary eight-minute spell, sparked by Jeff Gregson's pace following up a Lee Audis kick to nail Launceston No.
Launceston fumbled at the restart and Wordley muscled his way through only to be denied just short of the line.
Six tries later though and Launceston had racked up a half-century.
Launceston fought back with Westren again crossing over.
Tynedale fly down to Cornwall on Saturday morning for their Redruth clash, while Blaydon host opposition from the same county when they take on Launceston at Crow Trees.
By half-time that was 24-24 as Bressington kicked his first penalty, Launceston winger Hamish Smales made 80 yards to send lock Mike Myerscough in andStour captainandhookerBenGerry struck following a lengthy build-up.
the Rudder Cup were nearing the end of their Bass Strait crossing, 21 boats set sail on the morning of 28 December in the inaugural Clive Peeters Launceston to Hobart Race, an innovative event conceived by the Derwent Sailing Club in Hobart and the Tamar Yacht Club in Launceston.