It was two moments of Callen Daly magic that swung the game Glenorchy’s way and propelled his side to a memorable 11-point win over the previously undefeated Lauderdale on Saturday at KGV.
The first was a perfectly-punched drop punt from the pocket that made a mockery of the tight angle, the second an exquisite dribble kick that even Jason Dunstall would have stood and applauded.
That pair of majors surrounding the 20-minute mark of the third term brought the Magpies back from a 16-point deficit, the home team booting six of the final eight goals of the game to record a stirring win.
It’s on at KGV this Saturday as fierce rivals Glenorchy and Lauderdale square off in a massive 1 v 3 clash.
There has been much publicity about who the Magpies are missing at the moment, but the playing group has made it clear they’ve got what it takes to shock the league and win.
“We don’t talk about who is missing, we have belief in who is playing,” coach Paul Kennedy said.
“In the first half last week we didn’t put our best foot forward, but the response in the second half was sensational, they showed heart and fight.
“We’ve got some really good experience coming into the team this week and some x-factor as well, we are ready to defend our turf.”
It was a disappointing evening at UTAS Stadium on Saturday, a 48-point loss compounded by some key injuries, but there were also some positive signs for the Magpies in both games.
Following injuries to captain Brayden Webb (knee) and vice-captain Josh Arnold (chest) in the second quarter, North Launceston pounced, booting the final five goals of the term to take a match-winning 39-point lead into the long break.
The extent of Webb’s knee injury will be known following a scan early this week, while after initial fears of a fractured sternum for Arnold, it appears his condition is now less serious, with more to be known in the coming days.
A trio of young, heart-and-soul Magpies have racked up 100 games for the club, and the latest in that instalment “can’t wait” to celebrate that milestone with a win over North Launceston at UTAS Stadium on Saturday night.
The blockbuster match-up between two powerful clubs – who have fought out two grand finals and two second semi-finals in the past four years – is the TSL game of the round.
It was something perhaps unthinkable just a decade ago, but the picture on the KGV terraces on Thursday evening gave a glimpse of the future.
The TSL team had taken care of business and retained the treasured Fred House Perpetual Trophy, now it was the TSLW team's turn to shine.
With most of the 1100-strong crowd remaining, the women unveiled their 2018 premiership flag and then put on a show.
It was a wind-swept ANZAC Day game against a most-determined opponent, but the sheer grit of an emerging midfield trio delivered Glenorchy their fourth-straight win – by 22 points over the Tigers – to open the Centennial season.
A constant and fluky north-westerly wind stripped the game of any aesthetic appeal, and that meant both teams had to roll up the sleeves and get the job done the hard way.
It was John Geard, James Webb and Ben Kamaric who answered that call the loudest, combining for 83 possessions, 38 tackles and 29 clearances to give the Magpies a crucial +17 edge at stoppages and 52-37 advantage in inside 50s.
The traditional ANZAC Day clash between Glenorchy and the Tigers takes on a new dimension this season, with the clubs clashing in TSL and TSLW on the same day at KGV.
Both teams will wear tribute jumpers to honour the sacrifices of so many young ANZACs over the decades, and the winner of the TSL clash will receive the Fred House Perpetual Trophy for 2019.
Fred, 98, is the last remaining survivor of HMAS Sydney, and is a member of both the Glenorchy and Kingston RSL clubs.
The Magpies' TSLW team will unveil their first-ever premiership flag, won in a nailbiter over Clarence last September, in an historic moment for the club.
The day also features the St Albi Tuckshop Van with outstanding local food and an inflatable sports stadium for the kids from 3-5pm.
The first 100 kids who attend the inflatable sports stadium will receive an Easter egg for their efforts.
It was always going to be a day to remember for Jaye Bowden, and the Glenorchy boys made sure it’s one he’ll never forget with a 62-point demolition of the old enemy, Clarence.
Bowden became the second member of the Magpies’ 500-goal club just two minutes into the game, joining the legendary Peter Hudson thanks to an off-the-ball cut lunch from Roo Chris Nield.
Bowden was awarded a free kick, calmly slotted the easiest of set shots and was mobbed by his teammates, before reaching deep into his bag of tricks minutes later for a classic snap from the boundary.
How about this statline from forward Aiden Grace in Saturday's Heritage Game win over North Hobart?
It rolls like this - 19 possessions, 12 marks, 11 score involvements, 8 pressure acts and 5 goals!
Sounds good? It looks even better, check out the video right here:
A superb first-quarter burst has propelled Glenorchy to a comprehensive 41-point win over its oldest rivals North Hobart in Saturday’s Heritage Game at KGV, which saw the green and gold jumper of New Town's early years return to state football.
A packed Heritage Dinner had heard from old Magpies-Demons rivals Gary Linton and Darryn Perry, and with one of the biggest KGV crowds in many years filing through the gates, the home side put on an early show to befit the occasion.
It was a physical start with numerous skirmishes in the opening minutes, but some Josh Arnold-triggered ball movement through the corridor ended with Aiden Grace five metres out and the Magpies were on the board.
It was a grind but the Pies didn't mind, running out convincing 29-point winners over Launceston on Saturday to open the Centennial Season.
Kicking with the Windsor Park wind in the opening term, the Glenorchy boys squandered their dominance around the ground.
However, an electric crumbers' goal by Cal Daly and Aiden Grace's first major in the black and white ensured the visitors took an eight-point lead into quarter-time to get some return for their efforts.
LAUNCESTON v GLENORCHY
Round 1: 2:00PM – Windsor Park
Radio: 103.7 or 96.5 FM in Launceston or https://cityparkradio.com/online-stream/.
Round 1 of the Centennial Season is finally here, and it starts with a stern test of the Magpies at Windsor Park.
While much talk has been about the players Launceston have lost, the Blues had the TSL’s strongest list in 2018 and plenty of quality remains.
New captain Jobi Harper had a strong finish to last season, and after a big pre-season shapes as a midfield key for Launy with his ability to win contested ball and hit the scoreboard.
He will be joined by familiar faces such as Brodie Palfreyman, Jake Smith and Hamish Leedham, while new coach Mitch Thorp is looking forward to unleashing a band of youngsters from last year’s undefeated development league side.
Thorp will again be the focal point up forward, along with resting ruckmen Leedham and Sam Bruinewoud, while small men Brendan Taylor and James Gillow will also require plenty of attention.
Ready to roll
The Magpies feel they’re up to the challenge though, the returning Jaye Bowden a massive boost after his serious ankle injury against Launceston in last year’s Qualifying Final win.
He is joined by recruits Aiden Grace and Sam Reeves to give the black and white some serious marking power, while Adam Roberts, Clinton French, Cal Daly and former Blue Giacomo Millucci make a dangerous crumbing fleet.
Of course, Millucci isn’t the only man facing his old side, Launceston captain Sam Rundle now a Magpie and ready to lead the midfield charge that is so critical on the expanses on Windsor Park.
He is joined by veterans Brayden Webb, Rhys Mott and John Geard in the middle, while emerging stars Ben Kamaric and James Webb are sure to have their turn in the middle.
Coach cautiously confident
With the standout backline from last season largely intact, led by Josh Arnold, Daniel Joseph and Harrison Gunther, Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy likes the strength his team possesses across all three lines.
“While we don’t have everyone available for Round 1, we head up to Launy with a strong side, and we need to, they have played finals the past two seasons for a reason,” he said.
“AFL results so far have reinforced that you can’t take anything for granted early in the season, and the guys are mentally ready for a tough grind against a good team who play their home ground really well.
“Windsor Park is a very long deck and presents challenges in that regard, but we feel like we have a versatile team this year so hopefully we will be up to the task.”
B: J. Arnold, J. Grant, C. Salter
HB: A. Brennan, H. Gunther, D. Joseph
C: G. Millucci, J. Geard, J. Webb
HF: A. Grace, S. Reeves, B. Kamaric
F: C. Daly, J. Bowden, L. Smith
R: C. Duffy, R. Mott, S. Rundle
Int: T. Butterworth, C. French, C. Mcknight, B. Webb
Emg: J. Deegan, R. Oakley, A. Roberts, J. Stevenson
B: J. Boyd, S. Vandervelde, J. Tuthill
HB: J. Smith, E. Conway, R. Tyrrell
C: C. Brown, J. Harper, M. Hodge
HF: B. Palfreyman, M. Thorp, F. Seymour
F: J. Gillow, H. Leedham, G. Holt
R: S. Bruinewoud, J. Donnellan, B. Taylor
Int: H. Griffiths, T. Lucas, T. Miller, L. Walsh
Emg: T. Bristow, J. Hinds, B. Killalea, J. Talbot
The Glenorchy District Football Club congratulates Brayden Webb, who has been voted captain of this great club for the sixth year.
This moves 'Pidge' alongside the great Jack Rough as the second-longest serving skipper in the club's 100 years, just one year behind Michael Styles' record.
The Centennial Season just got more exciting, with Aiden Grace the latest recruit to fly into The Nest!
Previously from Clarence, Aiden led the Geelong Football League's goal kicking last season, booting 59 majors for runners up St Mary's.
That form earned him three call-ups to the Geelong VFL team and he produced a classy 4-goal performance against minor premiers Richmond.
Senior Club Coach Paul Kennedy is excited about having a player of Aiden's calibre at the club for the Centennial Year and beyond.
"Gracey is an outstanding talent but he's also a great example for his teammates with the way he goes about training, which is impressive for a 21-year-old," Kennedy said.
"He still has aspirations to play at the highest level, as a club we fully support that and we look forward to the big impact he's going to have for Glenorchy in the TSL."
Grace's first home outing at KGV is on Saturday 6 April in the Heritage Game against North Hobart.
Click here to book your spot at the official Heritage Game Dinner featuring all-time greats of the Magpies-Demons rivalry, Gary 'Super' Linton and Darryn Perry.
The Glenorchy District Football Club is proud to announce Peter Barwick as TSLW Senior Coach for the 2019 season, taking the reins from premiership coach Craig Grace.
Peter, a Playing Life Member of the club and GDFCW Assistant Coach in recent years, commented:
“It’s a great honour to head up the panel as senior coach in the club's Centennial Year. It’s also a privilege and a challenge to take over from Craig, who has done an amazing job, not only for the Glenorchy Football Club, but for women’s football in general."
Peter will head up a Coaching Panel of (from left to right) Garry Barwick (midfield coach), Dean Webster (backs coach) and Sandy Eaton (forwards coach).
In a first for the club, the team’s opening game will be on ANZAC Day under lights at KGV, including the unfurling of the 2018 Premiership Flag.
Enjoy the Thirteen Plays of Christmas from 2018, see you soon for our Centenary Year:
Best & Fairest: Daniel Joseph
Best & Fairest Runner Up: Harrison Gunther
Best & Fairest 3rd: Josh Arnold
Best Clubman: Rhys Mott
Best First Year Players: Adam Roberts & Jack Stevenson
Best in Finals: Josh Arnold
Best Team Player: James Webb
Leading Goalkicker: Jaye Bowden
Magpie Tough: Ben Kamaric
Most Consistent: Callen Daly
Most Effective / Impact Player: Mitchel Rainbird
Most Potential: Ben Kamaric
Best & Fairest: Brodie Rowbottom
Best & Fairest Runner Up: Daniel Coppleman
Best in Finals: Riley Oakley
Best Team Player: Chris McKnight
Coaches Award: Braydon Patterson
Leading Goalkicker: Brodie Rowbottom
Most Consistent: Nathan Newman
Most Effective / Impact Player: Brodie Rowbottom
Most Potential: Dominic Brown
Best & Fairest: Connar Walker
Best & Fairest Runner Up: Beau Kelly
Best Team Player: Zac Welsh
Most Consistent: Zac Evans-Fenton
Most Effective / Impact Player: Nathan Blowfield
Most Improved: Brandyn Holmes
Most Potential: Seb Michalowski
Best & Fairest: Mackie Sutcliffe
Best & Fairest Runner Up: Sarah Skinner
Best First Year Player: Jade Williams
Best in Finals: Natalie Daniels
Best Team Player (Players Player): Mackie Sutcliffe
Coaches Award: Rachael Siely
Leading Goalkicker: Nietta Lynch
Most Improved: Elise Barwick