The conversion mightn’t have been en pointe, but the Magpies ultimately cruised to a 45-point win at North Hobart Oval on Sunday, thanks to a masterclass from two of the club’s all-time greats.
With the much-improved Demons almost creating the boilover of the season eight days earlier at UTAS Stadium – where they led North Launceston late in the fourth quarter – Glenorchy headed into the Round 8 clash ready for four quarters of tough footy.
It was two moments of Callen Daly magic that swung the game Glenorchy’s way and propelled his side to a memorable 11-point win over the previously undefeated Lauderdale on Saturday at KGV.
The first was a perfectly-punched drop punt from the pocket that made a mockery of the tight angle, the second an exquisite dribble kick that even Jason Dunstall would have stood and applauded.
That pair of majors surrounding the 20-minute mark of the third term brought the Magpies back from a 16-point deficit, the home team booting six of the final eight goals of the game to record a stirring win.
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.
It was something perhaps unthinkable just a decade ago, but the picture on the KGV terraces on Thursday evening gave a glimpse of the future.
The TSL team had taken care of business and retained the treasured Fred House Perpetual Trophy, now it was the TSLW team's turn to shine.
With most of the 1100-strong crowd remaining, the women unveiled their 2018 premiership flag and then put on a show.
It was a wind-swept ANZAC Day game against a most-determined opponent, but the sheer grit of an emerging midfield trio delivered Glenorchy their fourth-straight win – by 22 points over the Tigers – to open the Centennial season.
A constant and fluky north-westerly wind stripped the game of any aesthetic appeal, and that meant both teams had to roll up the sleeves and get the job done the hard way.
It was John Geard, James Webb and Ben Kamaric who answered that call the loudest, combining for 83 possessions, 38 tackles and 29 clearances to give the Magpies a crucial +17 edge at stoppages and 52-37 advantage in inside 50s.
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.
The Glenorchy District Football Club celebrates 100 wonderful years in 2019 and we invite you to join us for 2 very special events on our Centennial weekend.
On Friday 31 May, enjoy the best seat in the house as Glenorchy host arch-rival Clarence under lights in our 'Centennial Game'. Members of the 1999 TSL premiership team will be in attendance along with special guests. Price is $40 per person, or a table of 10 for $300 and includes a ‘pub-style’ meal from Waji Food, game viewing from the magnificent Jack Rough Room and ground entry. The function starts at 6.00pm, with the GDFC Women’s team playing Clarence at 5.30pm with the big game between Glenorchy and Clarence starting at 7.30pm.
Saturday morning our Development League kick off against Clarence at 11.30, while our Under 18s play at 9.30am. Kiosk will be open along with the Magpie Bar.
On Saturday evening, 1 June the celebrations continue with our Centennial Dinner at Wrest Point Casino. Club legends, live entertainment, wonderful memories and guests such as Peter Hudson, Rodney Eade and many more. Cost is $155 (inc GST) for Adults, $130 for GDFC Members, $110 for GDFC Concession Members and $1350 for a table of 10.
Sunday, 2 June will be a final chance to catch up with members, supporters and friends with a family day at KGV.
Bookings can be made online via the following link; https://www.trybooking.com/BBBTZ
2019 is a great and historic year for our proud club. I look forward to seeing you to help us celebrate.
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.