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
Congratulations to our Captain Nietta Lynch on playing her 100th game, undoubtedly our most reliable player week in and week out who never disappoints and will always put her body, heart and soul on the line for her ‘Pies. Welcome to the Life Members club of GDFC!
Congratulations to Daniel Joseph who has finished equal first in the RACT Player of the Year!
‘DJ’ has had a fantastic season after returning to the club after a stint with Aspley in the NEAFL, where he won the Carl Herbert Medal for the best and fairest last year.
Daniel tied for first place with North Launceston’s Taylor Whitford, and we congratulate both players on their stellar seasons!
Sunday 19 Ausgust 2018 was a historic day for the Glenorchy District Women's AFL in their win over Tigers, with Captain, Neitta Lynch becoming the first woman to kick 200 goals in the TWL!
Not a bad effort from 'Nietzy' who started her career at full-back!
Also congratulations to Rachael Siely who chalked up her 50th game and kicked her first ever goal, a fantastic effort!
Our girls have had an amazing season and now look towards finals action, stay tuned for upcoming times and dates.
Yesterday Sandy Eaton became the 2nd only playing female life member of the Glenorchy District Football Club.
Sandy has been a part of AFLW since it’s beginning in Tasmania and has captained her teams for 8 years out of the 9 she has played in Tasmania, including being the state captain multiple times. Sandy has been a leader on and off the field in many ways and someone that everyone who has played with her has looked up to.
Congratulations Sandy, we are all so proud of you.
History was be made at The Nest this Sunday when Gemma Allan became the first female player to chalk up 100 games and a life membership of the Glenorchy Football Club.
Gemma has been a part of AFLW since it’s beginning in Tasmania and has been a steady and knowledgeable head for younger players and players a like to turn to when needed. Gemma has put so much into this game over the years and is one of the reasons AFLW in Tasmania is continuing to grow and deserves every accolade that came from the game on Sunday.
Congratulations Gemma, we’ll back you in the whole way and don’t forget how proud your teammates are to play alongside you every week.
Get it gurl.
The Glenorchy Football Club congratulates Club Captain, Brayden Webb, who achieves Life Membership for the club as he plays his 150th game.
“Pidge” has become one of the most likeable and respected players in Tasmanian football. A man more than deserving of Life Membership of our great club.
Congratulations to our very own Thomasa Corrie who this year was not only our Best and Fairest but also the TSLW League Best and Fairest!!!!
Thursday, 21 September:
Girl's last training session - 6pm
Family and supporters BBQ
Meet the players
Magpie Bar Open
Saturday, 23 September:
Players bus departs KGV at 8.30am
Supporters bus departs KGV at 10:45am, Cost: $10. Limited numbers first in, first server! Text Leslee on 0414 301 801 to book your seat.
Game commences - 1.15pm
Live Stream of the game from the Magpie Bar
Players return to KGV approx 6.00pm - supporters welcome
Sunday, 24 September:
GDFC Women's Best and Fairest Count
KGV - all supporters, friends and family welcome!
The Grand Final this Saturday will see Zabreena Manjerovic achieve her 50 Senior Womens Games Medallion. Before coming to Glenorchy Zabreena played 19 games with Lauderdale FC.
A big Thank You to all who came to the game today & cheered the Magpie girls on in their fantastic win against Clarence!
The TSLW Grand Final will be held at UTAS Stadium next Saturday at 1:15pm! .... All supporters welcome .... come cheer the girls on to (hopefully) their 1st Grand Final win!
Glenorchy def. Burnie 7.8.50 - 2.2.14
What a game it was here at KGV with the girls beating Burnie who had previously knocked them out of the past two finals series.
BOG went to Zabreena Manjerovic who played her best game of the season and was the barometer across half back with her quick hands and pin point kicking.
2nd best went to Nietta Lynch who provided a target down forward all day and her effort around the contest could not be questioned.
Goals to: S. Eaton 2, J. Rattenbury 2, K. Rattenbury 2, H. Ryan.
The girls will now face arch rivals Clarence next weekend in what will be a thrilling and tight Preliminary Final with the winner to face Launceston in two weeks time at UTas Stadium.
Let's get as many supporters we can to next weekends game to cheer the girls on into a grand final!