Glenorchy's Centennial Season has come to an end, overwhelmed in the 1st Semi-Final by an impressive Launceston outfit in the KGV mud on Saturday.
Backing up from their brutal qualifying final the previous week, the Magpies resembled the walking wounded and couldn't keep pace with the Blues, who dominated around the ball and thoroughly earned a place in this Saturday's preliminary final.
Veterans Jaye Bowden and Josh Arnold stood tall on a difficult day to be named best afield for the home side, while teenage defenders Nathan Blowfield and Cam Goodsell were outstanding, belying their youth with composed displays under pressure.
The Glenorchy boys are primed for the club’s first home final in over a decade as they prepare to welcome Launceston to town on Saturday.
*First bounce is at 2.30pm and the winner will face either Lauderdale or North Launceston in next weekend’s preliminary final
The game is now do-or-die for the Magpies after falling agonisingly short in last week’s epic qualifying final against the Southern Bombers.
Congratulations to Josh Arnold who joins an elite group on Saturday as he chalks up his 200th game for the Glenorchy District Football Club.
The home-and-away season finishes next Saturday evening with a KGV showdown against reigning champs and minor premiers North Launceston, before the Magpies front up against Lauderdale in a highly-anticipated Qualifying Final a week later.
It needed something special, and that’s exactly what the Glenorchy boys produced to tame the Tigers and keep their double-chance destiny in their own hands.
At the midway point of the third quarter the Magpies trailed by 23 points and, try as they might, hadn’t been able to get their game into gear all day against a determined and impressive Kingborough outfit.
Here is the latest on our wounded and unavailable Magpies:
TSL action returns to KGV this Saturday as Glenorchy face an ever-improving Kingborough Tigers outfit in what promises to be a tight see-sawing affair.
Wayward kicking threatened to derail Glenorchy’s charge to a clean sweep over the old enemy, but eventually their contested-ball dominance proved too much for Clarence as the Pies sealed the Bingley-Linton Cup for the sixth straight year.
Remarkably, on a beautiful day for football at Bellerive, the visitors managed just 11 goals from 34 shots, with 17 registering a minor score and six sailing completely wayward.
However, after the Magpies were jumped by a fierce Clarence side early, that inaccuracy around goal was the only blemish on a quality second-half performance, where the victors led inside 50 entries 26-13 and booted 7.11 to 2.5.
It was how it should be when Glenorchy meet their oldest foes at North Hobart Oval – physical, furious and see-sawing – and, in the end, it was the visitors singing the song after their 23-point triumph.
There were a number of match-winners on the day, none more so than two of the youngest Magpies, stand-in vice-captain Harrison Gunther and the ever-improving Ryan Banks-Smith.
This week's game against North Hobart is a particularly special one for club veteran Clinton French as he achieves Life Membership of the Glenorchy District Football Club by playing his 150th game.
‘Frenchy’ has a long a decorated career in the Black and White and was the winner of the George Watt Medal in 2006 for the Best and Fairest player in the Reserves competition. He played in the 2006 and 2007 SFL Reserves Premierships and then cemented himself as a senior player in 2008 where he was a member of the Glenorchy Senior premiership for that year.
In 2016 Glenorchy broke a 17-year statewide premiership drought by defeating North Launceston by 20-points at UTas stadium. It was a day to remember for Frenchy as he not only kicked 4 goals but was also awarded the Darrel Baldock Medal for best afield in an historic occasion for our proud club. He was also a State representative in 2011 and is amongst the top 10 goalkickers in the club’s history.
The Glenorchy Football Club congratulates this wonderful clubman on his achievement, a player truly worth of Life Membership.
Well done Frenchy!
Twenty-one of the northern suburbs best 15 and 16-year-olds, hailing from the Glenorchy and Claremont junior football clubs, have done their region proud with a strong 10-point win over North Launceston at UTAS Stadium.
The young men are members of Glenorchy's Ben Brown Academy, established last September, which has already had 36 talented players from Glenorchy, Claremont and New Norfolk juniors through the doors.
The aim of the academy, run by senior coach Paul Kennedy and TSL players, is to teach the tactics and skills of modern football to help young players transition to senior football in the near future, and also give them new skills to take back to their respective junior teams.
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.
Thanks to our supporters who have been enquiring about our injured players. Below is a list of injured and unavailable Magpies and their expected return dates:
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.