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.