*Photo courtesy of The Mercury
President John McCann has penned a passionate message thanking Jaye Bowden for his incredible contribution to the club, and highlighting plans for the future to make sure his legacy is ongoing:
“The Bowden name has long been associated with the Glenorchy District Football Club and although Jaye took on the mantel of that greatly respected name and champion tradition from grandfather Roy, father Michael Bowden (and maternal grandfather Norm Handley) at KGV, he did it in his own way.
Jaye has always been a thorough professional, going about the process of harnessing his great talents in an unassuming way to assist this Club to achieve great outcomes. His personal style over time has made him a respected Club life member with players , coaches, volunteers, staff and importantly supporters.
A loyal great
Jaye loves the Club and has stayed incredibly loyal to it in the face of many lucrative offers elsewhere and of course the wearing down burden of injury. For that we will always be appreciative, and fortunate that he played at the club for such a long period.
There is no doubt history will record Jaye as one of the greats of our Club, with multiple Cazaly Best and Fairest medals and Premierships, but also his Alistair Lynch and Peter Hudson Medals and State representation putting him amongst the top to have played the Tasmanian game and in the state-wide competitions.
Club supporters and Football followers have specifically come to KGV to see Jaye play and it has been said by many that he is the best we have seen .
An example to follow
We know importantly that the TSL competition gives the premium football talent in the State the opportunity to ply their trade against the best on offer in a professional environment, and to be showcased locally each week in front of the sometimes forgotten Tasmanian football public .
It is imperative for maintaining and indeed developing the local game's standards that this continues and we do not lose the foundations built over the last 10 plus years, which will result in potentially losing the next generation of talented players. Our best shouldn’t have to go elsewhere to play or to be spotted by the major competition.
The role these players and competition have in motivating the next generation of Tasmanian talent cannot be underestimated either.
Jaye’s legacy is a great example. We know at Glenorchy there will be a lot of aspiring young junior players wanting to wear number 32 in the black and white for many years to come.
The next chapter
As far as the next chapter is concerned we wish Jaye and Holly all the best for the future.
To some it may seem a pity for Jaye’s TSL career to end in such a strange “Covid adjusted” season, however Jaye has certainly more than earned the right to call time on his career as he seems fit, and although he will be missed on the field by many, he has confirmed he will not be a stranger to the Club.
We have several ideas on how the Club and Jaye can continue the legacy of his contribution and talent.
It says a lot about Jaye that he listed amongst all this achievements that playing in the TSL Premiership win over North Launceston in 2016 with his brother Tyler was the proudest moment in his football career.
All the best to a true Champion of Tasmanian football - a title that can be used too often but is most fitting here - and a son of the Club we will be proud of for a very long time to come, remember “Magpies always flock together!”
On behalf of the many Glenorchy Magpies thanks Jaye ‘32’ Bowden."