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.
It was a day to forget at UTAS Stadium last Saturday, with a young Magpies team outplayed by the reigning premiers, the Northern Bombers soaring to an 87-point win.
That result sets up a mouth-watering clash at KGV today, with the third-placed Glenorchy (8-4) welcoming fourth-placed Launceston (7-5), with the winner to leave the ground with the provisional double chance with five games remaining in the season.
There were some positive signs even in last week's heavy loss, Cal Daly in particular continuing his outstanding season with 28 possessions and 16 pressure acts.
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Their backs were squarely against the wall, but on a blustery day at the Twin Ovals the Glenorchy boys stood tall, running out 13-point winners over a gritty Tigers outfit.
With James Webb, Sam Hall, Zac Webster and Adam Roberts all outs, the Magpies asked much of youngsters Cam Goodsell, Will Atkin and Isaac Manson, along with surprise inclusion Matty Joseph, who had been expected to miss the season following a shoulder reconstruction.
In what was a brutal contest around the packs, it was the ever-present ruckwork of Cam Duffy and the relentless speed and aggression of Cal Daly, Ben Kamaric and Sam Rundle that eventually turned the contest Glenorchy’s way.
Daly and Kamaric produced some magical moments along the way, their uncanny brilliance around goal adding more than a touch of class to a tough, old-fashioned game of footy.
It was one of the highest-quality games of the TSL season, and while Glenorchy didn’t leave Lauderdale Oval with the four points, they departed knowing they can strongly challenge the current ladder leaders on their own dunghill.
Ben Kamaric and Rhys Mott continued their stunning seasons with another pair of brilliant displays in the midfield with over 30 possessions each, as two quality on-ball brigades battled each other to a standstill, Nat Franklin and Sam Siggins the standouts for the home side.
Both teams accumulated 42 clearances, while the Pies edged the inside 50 count 52-50, where Cal Daly and Aiden Grace both slotted three goals to continue their fine 2019 efforts.
How did a huge Centennial weekend get kick-started? With our TSLW team repeating their thrilling 2018 grand final win over Clarence, sparked by back-to-back third-quarter bombs from Elise Barwick.
The first came after some slick hands by Jasmine Tate Turvey and Katie Stanford, Barwick finishing the job from 40 metres with a lightning release under pressure that never looked like missing.
A minute later, after a quality centre break by 50-gamer Genn Sullivan, it was again Stanford who fed Barwick and the teenager roosted another towering six-pointer, sailing across the line at post height from 35 metres out.
At that point it appeared the Magpies were ready to roll over the Roos, having turned a five-point quarter-time deficit into a 19-point lead midway through the third, and when Mackie Sutcliffe drilled a well-struck drop punt moments later the contest appeared done.
They say cometh the hour, cometh the man, and when Clarence threatened a boilover in Friday night’s Centennial Game, plenty of Magpie men both old and new stood tall to deliver a stunning 70-point win.
Two of the club’s modern greats in Jaye Bowden and Rhys Mott – who played his 150th game to achieve Life Membership – were amongst those answering the call, putting on typically brilliant displays to lead the charge.
Glenorchy started the game with grunt, precision and run, dazzling the large night-time crowd – which included Peter Hudson and the 1999 premiership team – with six goals to one in the opening term.
The scene is set for a huge TSL showdown at KGV on Saturday afternoon as the second-placed Magpies welcome the fourth-placed Launceston Blues to town.
The game is a Family Day with $9 family admission and a wide range of entertainment for kids of all ages, but perhaps the best entertainment will be the meeting of two superstar midfielders and former teammates.
The conversion mightn’t have been en pointe, but the Magpies ultimately cruised to a 45-point win at North Hobart Oval on Sunday, thanks to a masterclass from two of the club’s all-time greats.
With the much-improved Demons almost creating the boilover of the season eight days earlier at UTAS Stadium – where they led North Launceston late in the fourth quarter – Glenorchy headed into the Round 8 clash ready for four quarters of tough footy.
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.