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.
The clinical and desperate Pies producing a remarkable 201 pressure acts in the shortened game to hold their visitors to 2 goals until the 12-minute mark of the final term.
As is often the case, it was skipper Josh Arnold leading the way with 18 pressure acts of his own, including 10 trademark spoils.
Fellow veterans Sam Rundle (14, including a game-high 6 effective tackles), Daniel Joseph (13), Jaye Bowden (10), Tom Cleary (10) and Matt Dilger (9) also set the standard with their physicality.
In total, the Magpies had 17 players with 7 pressure acts or more, and after forcing turnovers they produced some superb wet weather footy to capitalise.
The home team forced a whopping 50 turnovers, won clearances 36-31 and inside 50s 40-34, allowing Bowden (3 goals) and Matthew Joseph (2 goals) to feed off some quality delivery from the likes of Zac Webster, Ben Kamaric, Cooper Meredith and Matt Dilger.
Tale of the tape
Bowden was again a class act, picking up 17 possessions, 10 score involvements, 8 marks and 8 inside 50 entries to go with his 3.3.
In the midfield, the returning Ben Kamaric had 19 possessions, 11 clearances, 11 pressure acts, 7 contested balls and 4 inside 50s.
He received great support from ruckman James Deegan, who had a team-high 8 contested possessions, 3 clearances and 13 pressure acts.
Just as impressive was second-gamer Riley Best, who picked up 16 possessions and 10 pressure acts, forcing 5 turnovers with his ferocious tackling, and sealing the game early in the final quarter with a classy 45-metre finish.
Down back, Arnold racked up a team-high 20 disposals and 9 marks, while Webster was a class above in the wet conditions with 15 possessions at 86% efficiency.
There is no time for the Magpies to celebrate, with reigning premiers North Launceston in town next Saturday.
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Glenorchy RSEA Magpies 7.8.50 def North Hobart 4.8.32
Goals: Bowden 3, M Joseph 2, Rundle, Best
Best: Deegan, Arnold, Bowden, Kamaric, Best, Rundle, Webster