The home-and-away season finishes next Saturday evening with a KGV showdown against reigning champs and minor premiers North Launceston, before the Magpies front up against Lauderdale in a highly-anticipated Qualifying Final a week later.
It needed something special, and that’s exactly what the Glenorchy boys produced to tame the Tigers and keep their double-chance destiny in their own hands.
At the midway point of the third quarter the Magpies trailed by 23 points and, try as they might, hadn’t been able to get their game into gear all day against a determined and impressive Kingborough outfit.
TSL action returns to KGV this Saturday as Glenorchy face an ever-improving Kingborough Tigers outfit in what promises to be a tight see-sawing affair.
Wayward kicking threatened to derail Glenorchy’s charge to a clean sweep over the old enemy, but eventually their contested-ball dominance proved too much for Clarence as the Pies sealed the Bingley-Linton Cup for the sixth straight year.
Remarkably, on a beautiful day for football at Bellerive, the visitors managed just 11 goals from 34 shots, with 17 registering a minor score and six sailing completely wayward.
However, after the Magpies were jumped by a fierce Clarence side early, that inaccuracy around goal was the only blemish on a quality second-half performance, where the victors led inside 50 entries 26-13 and booted 7.11 to 2.5.
It was how it should be when Glenorchy meet their oldest foes at North Hobart Oval – physical, furious and see-sawing – and, in the end, it was the visitors singing the song after their 23-point triumph.
There were a number of match-winners on the day, none more so than two of the youngest Magpies, stand-in vice-captain Harrison Gunther and the ever-improving Ryan Banks-Smith.
Twenty-one of the northern suburbs best 15 and 16-year-olds, hailing from the Glenorchy and Claremont junior football clubs, have done their region proud with a strong 10-point win over North Launceston at UTAS Stadium.
The young men are members of Glenorchy's Ben Brown Academy, established last September, which has already had 36 talented players from Glenorchy, Claremont and New Norfolk juniors through the doors.
The aim of the academy, run by senior coach Paul Kennedy and TSL players, is to teach the tactics and skills of modern football to help young players transition to senior football in the near future, and also give them new skills to take back to their respective junior teams.
It was a quality first half of football between two of the TSL's heavyweights at KGV, but the second half was one to forget for Magpie fans as Launceston ran out easy winners.
There was good news earlier in the week for Glenorchy with the return of Jaye Bowden, Zac Webster, Sam Reeves and James Webb, and the home team lifted with some smart ball movement in the opening term to starve the Blues of possession and take a six-point lead into the first break.
Aiden Grace was proving a headache for the visitors with three goals, capitalising on the excellent work of Harrison Gunther (4 intercepts) across half-back and the run of Ben Kamaric (12 possessions) in the middle of the ground.
Our next Glenorchy 'Legend of the Century' is one of the best midfielders Tasmania has ever produced, Ben 'Bucket' Atkin.
A 1999 premiership star, William Leitch Medalist and 3-time Cazaly Medalist, Ben was also a star for the Tasmanian Devils when they were a force to be reckoned with in the VFL.
Bucket's message to all Glenorchy fans is get to the Centennial Dinner and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 100 years:
"I just can't wait to come along to the dinner and catch up with all the people I was lucky enough to play with and just reminisce," he said.
Our next legend of the century is Jaye Bowden, who last weekend joined Peter Hudson in Glenorchy's exclusive 500-goal club with a six-goal haul against Clarence.
We caught up with Jaye before the game to catch his thoughts about the milestone, his career at KGV and his club's 100-year celebration.
Get your Centennial Membership!
The Glenorchy Football Club is proud to announce that 2019 Memberships are now available.
We have a very special Adult Membership that includes a limited edition NTFC/GDFC Centennial badge along with a 9 home game pass. There is also a Centennial Family Membership, Concession and a new addition with the Social Family Membership. Great value for families and supporters and includes free entry to our 2 family games at KGV and a GDFC mini-footy!
Click here to purchase your Centennial Memberships online, or they can be purchased at the club offices, Magpie Bar or via direct deposit.
The Glenorchy District Football Club is very proud to unveil our new centennial logo for 2019.
The club was originally founded as the New Town Football Club in 1919, and was located at New Town Oval.
In 1957 the club merged with the Glenorchy Rovers was renamed the Glenorchy District Football Club and relocated to KGV, which is now known as the spiritual 'Home of the Magpies'.
Our new logo encompasses the original colours of New Town along with the now famous black and white.