Glenorchy District Football Club - The Magpies

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.

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