A youthful Glenorchy team has shown some promising glimpses for the future before ultimately falling by 53 points to Lauderdale at KGV on Wednesday.
Featuring a remarkable 12 players aged 20 years or under, the RSEA Magpies successfully lured the highly-touted Southern Bombers into a scrap in the opening three quarters, but couldn't finish the job.
The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies' finals hopes are now in other teams' hands after a tense 10-point loss to the Tigers.
It was a slow start that ultimately cost the home side as they defended into a strong and gusty KGV wind, conceding five goals despite controlling significant periods of the term.
After Glenorchy allowed the first goal of the second stanza things looked grim, but the young Magpie side stuck to their guns and came charging back.
Not once, but twice. That's how many times the TSLW RSEA Magpies have now downed powerhouse Launceston in the shortened 2020 season.
The Blues have won their other five games by a combined 178 points, including a 29-point shutdown of premiers Clarence, but haven't had the answers for the Pies.
The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies have fallen heavily to the Launceston Blues in a disappointing day for the undermanned Pies.
Rocked by the loss of Ben Kamaric, Jaye Bowden, Mitch Rainbird and Adam Roberts from the previous week's team - which had convincingly defeated Clarence by 29 points - a Glenorchy team featuring 11 players aged 20 or younger never came to grips with the Blues' contested ball game.
*Pic by Solstice Digital & Photography
The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies made it three wins from their past four games with a start-to-finish shutdown of arch-rivals Clarence on Saturday.
It was a statement team performance, with 15 Pies players collecting 10 or more possessions and 20 players laying at least one tackle.
Pic by Solstice Photography
After falling to Clarence in the opening round by 32 points, the Magpies' TSLW team has bounced back in emphatic fashion.
The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies put on an early clinic of pressure against North Launceston in Saturday's much-anticipated clash at KGV, but ultimately the experience of the premiers proved too much.
Having lost Daniel Joseph, James Deegan and Zac Webster from the previous week's win over North Hobart, the hosts went in underdogs but had plenty of bite from the opening siren.
The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies made it two on the trot with a go-to-woe shutdown of a previously red hot North Hobart at KGV.
In their past two games, the Demons had dismantled Lauderdale and gone within a whisker of pipping ladders leaders Launceston, but on a wet KGV day the Glenorchy team defence proved a tough nut to crack.
Glenorchy are on the board in 2020, after a heartstopping one-point win over the Tigers at Twin Ovals on Saturday to claim the Fred House Shield, with the game a tribute to the ANZACs after the traditional April 25 clash was postponed.
The story of the game was five goals from the evergreen Jaye Bowden, who returned to his best in just his second game since last September to claim the ANZAC Medal, finishing with 16 possessions, 7 marks and 5.3.
Lauderdale 9.14.68 def Glenorchy RSEA Magpies 8.8.56
Goals: Grace 2, M Joseph, M Dilger, J Webb, Coppleman, Roberts, Daly
Best: J Webb, Webster, Arnold, Daly, Rundle, Grace, M Joseph
In the latest instalmant of what has become a must-see TSL rivalry, the Glenorchy RSEA Magpies and Lauderdale fought out a thriller at SkyBus Oval on Saturday.
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.