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.
The home-and-away season finishes next Saturday evening with a KGV showdown against reigning champs and minor premiers North Launceston, before the Magpies front up against Lauderdale in a highly-anticipated Qualifying Final a week later.
It needed something special, and that’s exactly what the Glenorchy boys produced to tame the Tigers and keep their double-chance destiny in their own hands.
At the midway point of the third quarter the Magpies trailed by 23 points and, try as they might, hadn’t been able to get their game into gear all day against a determined and impressive Kingborough outfit.
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TSL action returns to KGV this Saturday as Glenorchy face an ever-improving Kingborough Tigers outfit in what promises to be a tight see-sawing affair.
Wayward kicking threatened to derail Glenorchy’s charge to a clean sweep over the old enemy, but eventually their contested-ball dominance proved too much for Clarence as the Pies sealed the Bingley-Linton Cup for the sixth straight year.
Remarkably, on a beautiful day for football at Bellerive, the visitors managed just 11 goals from 34 shots, with 17 registering a minor score and six sailing completely wayward.
However, after the Magpies were jumped by a fierce Clarence side early, that inaccuracy around goal was the only blemish on a quality second-half performance, where the victors led inside 50 entries 26-13 and booted 7.11 to 2.5.
It was how it should be when Glenorchy meet their oldest foes at North Hobart Oval – physical, furious and see-sawing – and, in the end, it was the visitors singing the song after their 23-point triumph.
There were a number of match-winners on the day, none more so than two of the youngest Magpies, stand-in vice-captain Harrison Gunther and the ever-improving Ryan Banks-Smith.
This week's game against North Hobart is a particularly special one for club veteran Clinton French as he achieves Life Membership of the Glenorchy District Football Club by playing his 150th game.
‘Frenchy’ has a long a decorated career in the Black and White and was the winner of the George Watt Medal in 2006 for the Best and Fairest player in the Reserves competition. He played in the 2006 and 2007 SFL Reserves Premierships and then cemented himself as a senior player in 2008 where he was a member of the Glenorchy Senior premiership for that year.
In 2016 Glenorchy broke a 17-year statewide premiership drought by defeating North Launceston by 20-points at UTas stadium. It was a day to remember for Frenchy as he not only kicked 4 goals but was also awarded the Darrel Baldock Medal for best afield in an historic occasion for our proud club. He was also a State representative in 2011 and is amongst the top 10 goalkickers in the club’s history.
The Glenorchy Football Club congratulates this wonderful clubman on his achievement, a player truly worth of Life Membership.
Well done Frenchy!
Twenty-one of the northern suburbs best 15 and 16-year-olds, hailing from the Glenorchy and Claremont junior football clubs, have done their region proud with a strong 10-point win over North Launceston at UTAS Stadium.
The young men are members of Glenorchy's Ben Brown Academy, established last September, which has already had 36 talented players from Glenorchy, Claremont and New Norfolk juniors through the doors.
The aim of the academy, run by senior coach Paul Kennedy and TSL players, is to teach the tactics and skills of modern football to help young players transition to senior football in the near future, and also give them new skills to take back to their respective junior teams.
It was a quality first half of football between two of the TSL's heavyweights at KGV, but the second half was one to forget for Magpie fans as Launceston ran out easy winners.
There was good news earlier in the week for Glenorchy with the return of Jaye Bowden, Zac Webster, Sam Reeves and James Webb, and the home team lifted with some smart ball movement in the opening term to starve the Blues of possession and take a six-point lead into the first break.
Aiden Grace was proving a headache for the visitors with three goals, capitalising on the excellent work of Harrison Gunther (4 intercepts) across half-back and the run of Ben Kamaric (12 possessions) in the middle of the ground.