*Pic by Solstice Digital + Photography
After 243 games and 547 goals as a Magpie, one of Glenorchy’s greatest, Jaye Bowden, is calling time on his illustrious state league career.
Bowden arrived at KGV from Brighton juniors as a 15 year-old, and debuted in the senior team as a defender in 2006 aged 17.
Of course, he would go on to make his name as a damaging midfielder and prolific goal-kicker, becoming just the second Glenorchy player – after Peter Hudson – to kick 500 career goals in Round 3 last season, when he booted six goals in a 62-point win over Clarence at Bellerive.
“After 17 years of calling the place home and the countless number of memories and life-long mates that I have made, the time feels right for me to call it a day,” Bowden said.
“I can't thank everybody at the club enough for the contribution they have all made towards my career, be it big or small, with the things we have achieved along the way.”
Bowden played in the 2007 and 2008 SFL premiership sides and had arguably his best season to lead the Magpies to the 2016 TSL flag, booting 85 goals in 21 games to firmly etch his name in Glenorchy folklore.
“It’s rare in this day and age to be able to farewell a player who is truly a living legend of the club,” coach Paul Kennedy said.
“The fact Jaye contributed at such a high level for so long, helping the club to multiple premierships and playing his entire career at Glenorchy when so many other options beckoned, means he will long be talked about in the same breath as legends like Cazaly, Hudson and Ling when people look back over the history of our club.”
Bowden has claimed a record six Roy Cazaly medals as Glenorchy Best & Fairest and led the club’s goalkicking six times. He earned Life Membership of the club in 2015 and became the first player awarded TSL Life Membership last year.
Bowden also represented Tasmania on seven occasions, won three Alistair Lynch medals as TSL Best & Fairest, three Peter Hudson medals as TSL leading goalkicker, and has been named in the TSL Team of the Year nine times.
Bowden’s final game in front of the Magpie faithful will be this Sunday at North Hobart Oval.
*The Glenorchy District Football Club will host celebratory events in Jaye’s honour next season