Glenorchy District Football Club - The Magpies

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.

The Magpies again controlled procedings in the second stanza, former Blue Sam Rundle relentless around the packs against his former side, but inaccuracy by foot continued to thwart his new team's hard work.

Spurred by Brodie Palfreyman's consistent workrate around stoppages, Launceston closed to within two points at the long interval.

A similar theme played out in the third term, Glenorchy pushing clear as Cam Duffy continued to give first use to the likes of Rundle, James Webb and Ben Kamaric, while the class of Rhys Mott and Jaye Bowden also began to come to the fore.

But once again the final piece in the conversion puzzle was missing, only Rundle's clever snap interrupting a long run of points, and when Launceston booted three quick majors the difference was just 10 points at the final break.

Final flourish
However, Grace's second goal in time on had kept the Magpies clear, and despite kicking against the wind in the fourth quarter, the Pies dominated proceedings to boot 4.5 to 1.1 in the closing 30 minutes.

Brayden Webb, Kamaric, Rundle and Daly were pivotal in the late charge, Duffy's strong marking around the ground was a factor, while Harrison Gunther and Josh Arnold repelled any Blues sorte forward.

TIm Butterworth was also a star in defence, shutting down Hudson medallist Mitch Thorpe.

Grace finished with four goals while returning veteran Clinton French nailed a pair.

Glenorchy 9.15.69 d Launceston 5.10.40

Best: Duffy, Butterworth, Rundle, Mott, Grace, Bowden

Goals: Grace 4, French 2, Daly, Grant, Rundle


The Magpies return to KGV next Saturday evening for their Heritage Game against North Hobart, when in honour of the club's beginnings, Glenorchy will wear the orginal New Town Football Club jumper,

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The game also doubles as a Family Day, with face painting, inflatable sports stadium, footy activities and the St Albi Tuckshop Van.

 

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