It was always going to be a day to remember for Jaye Bowden, and the Glenorchy boys made sure it’s one he’ll never forget with a 62-point demolition of the old enemy, Clarence.
Bowden became the second member of the Magpies’ 500-goal club just two minutes into the game, joining the legendary Peter Hudson thanks to an off-the-ball cut lunch from Roo Chris Nield.
Bowden was awarded a free kick, calmly slotted the easiest of set shots and was mobbed by his teammates, before reaching deep into his bag of tricks minutes later for a classic snap from the boundary.
The Prince would go on to boot four for the opening quarter and six for the game to celebrate his milestone in style and let the entire TSL know he has fully recovered from last season’s ankle injury.
Two players have kicked 500 goals for Glenorchy District Football Club - the legendary Peter Hudson and now Jaye Bowden. 🌟Bowden booted his 500th on his way to a bag of six in a 62 point smashing of the old enemy, Clarence. WATCH THE FULL GAME: https://youtu.be/7IGq4QfdqZsPosted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, 13 April 2019
Bowden had his finger prints all over an incredible 10-goal opening term that all-but ended the contest at Bellerive before it had even got going.
Brayden Webb hit Aiden Grace on the chest from the opening bounce and, when Nield elbowed Bowden in the chin immediately after, the umpire escorted Grace to the goal line and he duly converted.
Nield decided to have another crack at Bowden away from the ball to gift the master his 500th, Jaye then finding Sam Reeves with a pinpoint pass and the Pies had their third.
Bowden’s laser-like boot then nailed Grace on the lead, who in-kind fed Josh Grant in the corridor and the big fella’s set shot sailed over the goal umpire’s head.
Grant was at it again shortly after, marking on the behind line and coolly slotting a banana from the angle to extend the margin to 25 points just 14 minutes into the game.
Clarence momentarily halted the momentum with a major to Wade Wall, but Bowden produced his magic from the boundary line and then finished off a superb Cal Daly pass on the goal line.
Grace nailed his second, Bowden his fourth and then Daly produce yet another classic rover’s goal as he pinched a perfect front-and-centre and dribbled the Sherrin home from 30 metres out.
It was a staggering burst of high-pressure, high-speed football that had the large contingent of travelling Glenorchy fans in raptures with their team 51 points ahead at the first change.
While the Roos battled manfully in the second term to reduce the margin to a straight seven goals at half-time, and then 36 points in the opening minute of the third stanza, the Pies had the answers.
It was nearly the perfect small forward's game. Everything the pocket rocket Callen Daly touched turned to gold for Glenorchy. SEE THE FULL GAME: https://youtu.be/7IGq4QfdqZsPosted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, 13 April 2019
Glenorchy gallop away
Some brilliant forward pressure from Brayden Webb and Daly resulted in the Pocket Rocket’s second major, before Daly fed Grace on the lead for a classy set shot from the boundary line.
Grace then slotted one from the other pocket, Adam Roberts nailed a set shot from another Bowden goal assist, before Rhys Mott’s incredible foot skills found his milestone-making full forward for Jaye’s sixth.
When Daly fed Reeves for his second the margin was 56 points at three-quarter-time, but the Magpies didn’t take their foot off the pedal into the breeze in the final term, their forward pressure resulting in goals to Liam Smith, James Webb and Daly to complete the job.
It was Bowden’s day - he now requires a further 72 goals to move alongside 'Huddo' - but such was Daly’s brilliance he pipped the Prince for best on ground honours, with Mott and Ben Kamaric not far behind.
The Webb brothers, Grace, Cam Duffy, Josh Arnold, John Geard and Ryan Banks-Smith led a long list of other Magpies to make a big contribution.
*Glenorchy has the bye over Easter before taking on the Tigers on ANZAC Day at KGV
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Glenorchy 20.16.136 d Clarence 11.8.74
Goals: Bowden 6, Grace 4, Daly 3, Grant 2, Reeves 2, Roberts, Smith, J Webb
Best: Daly, Bowden, Kamaric, Mott, J Webb, Grace, Banks-Smith, Duffy, Geard