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.
Last season the two sides split their contests 2-2 en route to finishing in second and third place on the TSL ladder, with two of those contests going down to the final moments.
It was no different on Saturday, and while the home team escaped with a hard-fought win thanks to two goals in as many minutes at the death, the Magpies almost pinched it.
Tale of the Tape
After trailing by 15 points at half-time, Glenorchy produced a stunning third quarter of high-speed football to put themselves within reach of their first victory at The Tip since 2015.
It started with a clever James Webb intercept and pinpoint delivery to Matt Dilger, who slotted the set shot to get the ball rolling.
A stunning full-ground handball chain propelled the Pies forward again, and out of the ensuing contest Ben Kamaric found Webb who finished coolly on his trusty left boot.
The visitors again went coast-to-coast, Matt Joseph, Adam Roberts, Aiden Grace, Matt Dilger all involved to set up Daniel Coppleman's finish.
Roberts was next on the board thanks to a hard-at-it crumbing effort, then a brilliant Matt Dilger tap-down opened the door for a trademark Cal Daly finish.
Kamaric and Webb then set up Grace twice in succession, and when the siren sounded the Magpies were nine points in front.
While the Bombers would steal the contest at the death, Glenorchy supporters headed west after the game buoyed about their young team's prospects for 2020.
Webb was superb all day for the Pies, racking up 23 possessions, winning countless hard balls and featuring in multiple scoring chains thanks to his quality ball use, which registered 76% efficiency for the day.
Zac Webster was also in career-best form, outstanding defensively (4 spoils, 3 tackles, 2 chasedowns) while also providing electric run from behind the ball, amassing 31 touches including 8 rebound 50s and an efficient 70% ball use.
Skipper Josh Arnold continued his career-best form with 23 possessions, 8 marks and 10 pressure acts, while teaming with Webster to marshall the Magpies experienced defence, which conceded just 9 goals from 49 Lauderdale forward 50 entries.
* The RSEA Magpies head to Richmond on Saturday to take on Clarence in the first instalmant of this famous rivalry. Game time is 1pm