Round 1 is usually played in 20-plus degree temperatures, on a dry track with plenty of end-to-end action. Well, 2020 has taught us it's like no other year in living memory, and Saturday's season opener at KGV was no different.
Pic: Ty Turner and Brandon Oates
Ty Turner doesn't yet have a nickname at KGV, but few would argue if you labeled him the 'Brighton Bull'.
New Glenorchy TSLW vice-captain Brie Barwick can remember her first taste of football like it was yesterday, and not just because Magpie stalwarts Sandy Eaton, Nietta Lynch and Meg Jacobs were the coaches.
“My first footy memories would be as a Claremont junior rocking up to my first training and seeing Sandy, Niets and Meg as my coaches and thinking how the heck am I supposed to play this sport,” Barwick laughed.
Our next 'new face' for 2020 is Callum Thompson, a product of the Claremont Junior Football Club – where he won a record three-straight Beakley Medals for league best & fairest – who has come to the TSL squad via the Ben Brown Academy and the state U15 and U16 Devils squads.
*Pic courtesy of Solstice Digital + Photography
New Glenorchy TSLW captain Gennaveve Sullivan’s first speech as skipper was a memorable one, but perhaps not for the reasons you would expect.
“It was a bit shaky. I was dressed ridiculously, it was at our pre-season camp and we had to dress up. I was in a tutu with all this glitter everywhere, it wasn’t great,” she laughed.
Our next 'new face' for 2020 is one of five Ben Brown Academy graduates to earn a TSL contract.
Jude Saavedra was a big improver in Glenorchy's U16 team the past two years, and after a committed senior pre-season he earned a place in the senior side for the practice game against the Tigers in March and a spot on the TSL list.
We caught up with Jude, and Hudson Medalist Aiden Grace, to find out more about one of the club's youngest players.
A big thank you to Gen Sullivan, Brooke Thurlow, Brie Barwick and Celeste Murphy from our TSLW squad, along with special guest Lily Czeszek, for their brilliant efforts at the Food Bank in Derwent Park last Friday.
The TSLW crew will be back again this week, and Gen and Brooke are also helping out with food deliveries.
One of the young standouts from the pre-season was Zac Evans-Fenton, who after a slow start showed huge improvement to play in the senior practice game against the Tigers, where he acquitted himself well.
Let’s get to know a little but more about this U18 graduate, who is one of our club’s new senior-listed players for 2020:
Want to know what happened over the pre-season, how the list is looking, who the movers and shakers in the gym and on the track have been, and what the guys are up to now?
We caught up with coach Paul Kennedy to find out all the goss:
In news surely to delight every ‘Pies fan, Glenorchy greats Rhys Mott and Jaye Bowden have committed to the club for 2020.
Both players were recently named in the ‘100 Centenary Champions’ honouring the greatest 100 players from the club’s first 100 years, are true legends of the club and Tasmanian Football.
The Glenorchy District Football Club is very excited to announce that Dean Webster has been appointed as the GDFCW Senior Coach for 2020. Dean was Assistant Coach in 2019 and has previous experience coaching at junior level and the club is confident that with his experience, knowledge and dedication that he will be a great asset for women's football and the club in general.
It also gives the club great pleasure to announce that 2018 TSLW Premiership Coach, Craig Grace has been appointed Director of Women's Coaching for 2020. It goes without saying that Craig has been a fantastic role-model and leader at the club, and having someone of his caliber and experience within our ranks is a great asset.
GDFC Senior Club Coach, Paul Kennedy will continue to assist with the women’s program this coming season.
The GDFC thanks Pete Barwick for all of his efforts, not only as GDFCW Coach in 2019 but for his assistance and support both on and off the field during the last few years. Pete is very keen to assist where possible and offer support and guidance to the group.
More information to come on assistant coaches and pre-season information.
Season 2020 just got better for Magpie fans with Zac Webster officially re-signing, and the former Hawthorn speedster believes it’s going to be one of the best years yet for this storied football club.
The livewire forward-turned-defender had a brilliant 2019, switching ends and quickly becoming one of the TSL’s elite backmen, highlighted by a breathtaking 19-possession, 19-pressure act and 6 score involvement effort in the Bingley-Linton Cup.
Webster said he didn’t have to think long before recommitting to Glenorchy for 2020, and there’s a simple reason why.
One of the TSL’s deadliest players, and one of the competition’s forgotten stars, have re-signed with Glenorchy for the next two years as momentum continues to build for season 2020.
Callen Daly was the TSL’s most dangerous small forward in 2018 but went under the radar, however this year he made the competition sit up and take notice with a blistering season.
Daly nailed 27 goals while splitting time between the midfield and forward line, with many of those majors the equal of what Eddie Betts or Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti produce on the AFL stage.
TSL superstar and 2018 Roy Cazaly Medallist Daniel Joseph has officially re-signed with the club until the end of 2021, all but locking in a special milestone for the mercurial left-footer in the next two seasons.
Joseph ruptured his ACL in round 2 this year, his 131st game for Glenorchy, leaving him 19 appearances short of life membership. But with his rehabilitation on schedule, 'DJ' could potentially join star teammates like Jaye Bowden, Josh Arnold, Brayden Webb, Matt Dilger and Rhys Mott in the esteemed club in 2020.
The good news continues at KGV with Brayden Webb, the club’s second-longest serving captain in 100 years of football, signing on to remain a Magpie for the next two seasons.
Webb’s list of achievements is legendary – premiership captain, Roy Cazaly Medallist for club best and fairest, Lefroy Medallist for best on ground for Tasmania, four-time TSL Team of the Year member – including three times as captain – and six seasons as skipper of Glenorchy.
Season 2020 has already made a promising start in Magpie land, with club legend Josh Arnold re-signing to take care of what he calls “unfinished business”.
The 27-year-old stepped up brilliantly in the Centennial Season in the absence of injured leaders like Brayden Webb, Daniel Joseph and Harrison Gunther, highlighting just how valuable the unfashionable backman is to the club.
Glenorchy's Centennial Season has come to an end, overwhelmed in the 1st Semi-Final by an impressive Launceston outfit in the KGV mud on Saturday.
Backing up from their brutal qualifying final the previous week, the Magpies resembled the walking wounded and couldn't keep pace with the Blues, who dominated around the ball and thoroughly earned a place in this Saturday's preliminary final.
Veterans Jaye Bowden and Josh Arnold stood tall on a difficult day to be named best afield for the home side, while teenage defenders Nathan Blowfield and Cam Goodsell were outstanding, belying their youth with composed displays under pressure.
The Glenorchy boys are primed for the club’s first home final in over a decade as they prepare to welcome Launceston to town on Saturday.
*First bounce is at 2.30pm and the winner will face either Lauderdale or North Launceston in next weekend’s preliminary final
The game is now do-or-die for the Magpies after falling agonisingly short in last week’s epic qualifying final against the Southern Bombers.
Congratulations to Josh Arnold who joins an elite group on Saturday as he chalks up his 200th game for the Glenorchy District Football Club.