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The RSEA Magpies have produced a stirring 19-point win over arch-rivals Lauderdale at KGV in a game billed as a 'mini final' by coach Paul Kennedy. 

The toll from the previous week's loss, with Adam Roberts, Brayden Webb, Darrean Wyatt, Sam Rundle and Zac Webster all forced omissions, meant one of the youngest Glenorchy sides in history took to the field in a must-win game in hurricane-like conditions.  

When a club has 20 players unavailable due to injuries, concussion, work commitments and school footy, it has an enormous impact on the development league side, and that was the challenge the Glenorchy boys faced last week.

With just 12 players from the senior list available for the crunch game against Lauderdale, the Claremont Football Club stepped up and offered six of their players as their team had the SFL bye.

Together with a group of Glenorchy U16 and U18 players, that was the boost the RSEA Magpies needed to record a 23-point win and move a game clear inside the top four.

While Lauderdale anchor the bottom of the development league ladder, with such an undermanned line-up it shaped as a massive danger game for the Pies' finals hopes, and the club is very grateful to our Claremont neighbours for their assistance. 

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It was a huge week for the RSEA Magpies women's team who won their ninth straight game for season 2021 by defeating Clarence by 62 points.

With the return of stars like Sarah Skinner, Perri King and Molly Mitchell, the girls produced a stunning second quarter, booting 5.2 to 0.1 to bounce the Roos off Blundstone Arena and keep the Smith-Corrie Cup in Magpie hands. 

The Clarence Roos have broken their Bingley-Linton Cup drought with a well-earned win over Glenorchy at Bellerive Oval.

The third-placed Roos built the game up as their best chance in a number of years to reclaim the prized trophy, with their full contingent of Devils available and the RSEA Magpies missing a host of stars.

The Glenorchy boys were ready for their fire, however, bringing enormous pressure to control the opening 15 minutes of the game, but some wayward ball use meant they only had one major to show for it. 

Clarence responded in what was an outstanding contest, and some slick conversion gave them a 14-point lead at the first change.

The high-pressure encounter continued in the second term, but it was the Roos who maintained the heat for longer, and a four-goal burst to close the quarter blew the game open.

Glenorchy responded in the third term, and a major early in the final term had the margin back to six goals, however the injury bug had bitten hard, with Brayden Webb, Sam Rundle, Zac Webster, Adam Roberts and Darrean Wyatt all sidelined.

The Pies down to 16 players on the field at one stage, and although Callen Daly reemerged to give the visitors a 17th player, Clarence made the most of their advantage to cruise to a 68-point win.

Dom Brown was outstanding for the RSEA Magpies, limiting gun Clarence midfielder Ethan Jackson to just one clearance and picking up an incredible 18 pressure acts, while Cooper Meredith and Daniel Joseph were ever-dependable down back.

Harrison Gunther competed hard at both ends, as did James Deegan in the ruck, while youngster Luke Nicholson was tireless on the wing.

Glenorchy 5.4.34 def by Clarence 14.18.102

Goals: Webster, Kamaric, Gunther, Brown, Wyatt
Best: C Meredith, Brown, D Joseph, Gunther, Deegan, Nicholson

Gunther marks v Lauderdale

The RSEA Magpies welcome back star utility Harrison Gunther for their huge Bingley-Linton Cup clash with Clarence at Bellerive on Saturday, as they look to maintain their stranglehold on the coveted cup.

After the sombering news that lynchpin defender Tom Cleary will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL, the return of Gunther after a strong run of form for North Melbourne in the VFL is a timely boost. 

Indigenous jumper - Kira Maass
*Pic of Kira Maass by Jane Roussow Photography

The all-conquering RSEA Magpies women's team has moved to a perfect 8-0 for season 2021 with an emphatic 94-point win over Claremont in the SFLW, with star forward Tarn Ford dominant with 8 goals.

With the AFL deciding not to run a TSLW in 2021 - leaving Tasmania's best players without the opportunities provided to those in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia - the club has created a range of opportunities for our women's team to help fill the void. 

Daniel Joseph
*Pic by Chris Rules

It was the long-awaited day that Daniel Joseph reached 150 games and became a Life Member of the Glenorchy District Football Club, and his teammates made sure it was one to remember at North Hobart Oval.

Bouncing back from a heavy loss in Launceston, the RSEA Magpies wasted no time in making amends as they booted the first 7 goals of the game to take a 45-point lead into quarter-time. 

Daniel Joseph v Tigers
*Pic by Chris Rules

It was a frustrating day at the office for the RSEA Magpies as they failed to fire in the third term, and failed to convert their many opportunities as they fell by 24 points to the much-improved Tigers at Twin Ovals.

The day was typified by the visitors' opening few minutes, where two 'stand' 50-metre penalities gifted the Tigers a pair of cheap goals and a perfect kickstart to the day. 

Gunther marks v Lauderdale
Pic by Chris Rules

It was a case of G-Force at KGV last Saturday as Harrison Gunther and John Geard guided the RSEA Magpies to a memorable 26-point win over Lauderdale. 

Tarn Ford

An exciting new tradition got underway with a strong Glenorchy win, as our women's team defeated Clarence by 30 points in the inaugural Smith-Corrie Cup at KGV on Saturday. 

Kamaric snap

Ben Kamaric gave a strong early indication he is back to his brilliant 2019 form with a Dusty Martin-like performance in the RSEA Magpies' season opener at KGV.

In a game that swung back and forth throughout, a string of late majors secured the win for Clarence, but there were certainly positive signs for the young Magpies, most noticeably Kamaric's form. 

Nick Reibelt

The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies are pleased to welcome emerging 20-year-old Nick Reibelt to KGV for the 2021 season.

“He’s a young man who’s had to do it the hard way, not being identified in the AFL talent pathways growing up and having to very much drive his own development,” coach Paul Kennedy said. 

Brie and Jenna
The Glenorchy District Football Club is proud to announce Brie Barwick as the 2021 captain of our women's team.

Just 20 years of age, Barwick is a two-time TSLW Team of the Year star who has quickly developed into a passionate and caring leader of the club her family is so connected with. 

Chris Howard

It wasn’t how Chris Howard thought he’d spend his first season as a state-league footballer – wearing pink and delivering messages from the coach.

While he was certainly committed, his ‘debut year’ at the Glenorchy RSEA Magpies after crossing from University will be remembered more for giving away 50-metre penalties than anything to do with a Sherrin. 

Bayley Bester
*Pic by Dera J Photography

February 16 is a special day for Bayley Bester. 

Two years ago today his world changed forever when partner Krista gave birth to their twin daughters, Charlie and Ivy. 

MJ Disco celebrate

*Pic courtesy of Solstice Photography + Digital

The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies kick off their 2021 TSL campaign with back-to-back home games against a traditional and modern rival.

After a bye for Round 1, the Pies welcome long-time foe Clarence to KGV on Saturday 10 April, which is sure to be a feisty affair after the teams split their two meetings last season. 

Ben Kamaric

*Photo courtesy of The Mercury

How was 2020 for Ben Kamaric?

“Frustrating,” he said without hesitation or any further addition.

Anyone who spent time at KGV last year would have seen ‘Disco’ prowling like a caged lion, trying to come to terms with a season derailed by two innocuous injuries. 

Harrison Gunther v Launceston 2019

Saturday 27 July, 2019. That was the last time Harrison Gunther speared a low, penetrating kick in anger, cleverly intercepted an opposition foray and shut down a gun opponent. 549 days ago.

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Club Coach Paul Kennedy's season 2020 report to the board has been made available for members and supporters:

Season 2020 marked year three of the club’s plan to re-invigorate our junior club and youth talent pathways, refashion the TSL playing list into a sustainable form while at the same time maintaining strong top-end talent to remain a premiership contender in the TSL.

The need for this plan was brought about by the recognition in 2017 that the club’s playing stocks were in an unsustainable state, due to the deterioration of the playing numbers in the junior club, the lack of zone talent pathways, very few Glenorchy players in the state U18 program, the departure of players from the 2016 premiership squad and the need to plan for the retirement of existing stars.

The following report tracks key indicators around producing a sustainably successful TSL team, based around strong junior and youth programs and a successful talent pathway. 

Darrean Wyatt Collingwood*Photo courtesy of Getty Images

The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies are delighted to welcome Darrean Wyatt to KGV.

Wyatt, a 203cm utility, started his senior football career as a Collingwood rookie, before playing in the VFL with Frankston and Coburg, where he was coached by Magpies mentor Paul Kennedy. 

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