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.
But then something clicked. Josh Arnold, Zac Webster and Rhys Mott teamed up to escape defensive pressure, just as the Tigers were pressing for a back-breaker.
From Mott’s long kick Aiden Grace won a hard ball on the wing and found Ryan Banks-Smith in the centre square, feeding it back to the charging Mott who coolly landed the Sherrin on Sam Reeves’ chest.
The Big Fish then nailed a six-pointer from 50 metres out and the flat Pies suddenly had a pep in their step.
Arnold then picked off another intercept and sent it forward, where Cal Daly skied high to spoil, before scooping a lightning handball to Jaye Bowden, who incredibly nailed a Peter Matera-like banana from 45 metres out.
Jaye Bowden long-range banana
Mr 500 was up to his old tricks with this brilliant banana to spark the comeback win over the Tigers at KGV.Posted by Glenorchy District Football Club on Sunday, 11 August 2019
Glenorchy’s stars had stepped up in the key moment and suddenly a freezing and silent KGV was rocking with anticipation.
Then, right in the shadows of three-quarter-time, Arnold was at it again, picking off another errant Tigers kick and kickstarting a chain that featured Bowden, Reeves and James Webb, who launched the ball deep inside forward 50.
Grace brought in front and centre where second-gamer Josh Whitford pounced and cleverly snapped the ball to Matthew Joseph, who made no mistake from the goal square.
Final quarter party
In the blink of an eye, a four-goal deficit had been cut to one at the final change, and the Glenorchy boys were choc-full of belief with half-an-hour to play.
It was Whitford who got the final quarter party started with a clever snap from a tight angle after marking a skied ball from Grace.
Next was Adam Roberts’ turn, slotting an improbable snap from 55 metres out on the boundary, before Reeves slotted through a clever soccer goal from the penalty spot.
Things were rolling now, and the roars got loader when big Cam Duffy marked strongly at the top of the goal square following a brilliant Bowden intercept at half-forward.
With the result beyond doubt, it was Daly who put the icing on the cake with one of the most exquisite goals you will see from the Anfield St pocket.
Sharking the opposition tap at a boundary throw in, the Pocket Rocket somehow dissected the big sticks with a left foot snap from tight against the boundary line.
Cal Daly's amazing snap - St Albi Tasty Play of the Day
How good is Callen Daly? Well, we're lost for words after this goal, so you'll just have to watch for yourself. Safe to say he gets the St. Albi Tasty Play of the Day! There were plenty of other heroics on Saturday as the Magpies booted the final eight goals of the game to roll to victory. Read about it in the Magpie Match Report: https://glenorchymagpies.org.au/index.php/football/team-news/251-comeback-pies-make-it-3-on-the-trotPosted by Glenorchy District Football Club on Sunday, 11 August 2019
It was the perfect finish to a memorable win, after it looked like it would be the Tigers day following the opening 70 minutes.
The visitors were impressive early and would be left ruing their inability to finish off their work around goal.
A chunk of credit for that must go to the Magpies’ back group, superbly led by birthday boy Arnold.
‘Jezma’ amassed 27 possessions, 11 marks, 9 spoils and 5 score involvements from the back pocket in an incredible, best-on-ground performance.
Webster, Cam Goodsell and Aaron Brennan were also strong performers down back, while first-gamer Braydon Patterson produced a dependable display.
In the midfield, Mott (32 possessions) and Bowden (28 possessions, 13 marks, 6 intercepts) were the standouts, while James Webb played a key role on Kieran Lovell after half-time.
John Geard was also outstanding, particularly in the sticky conditions in the middle, racking up 12 hard balls and 14 clearances in his 26 possessions.
Up forward, Daly and Reeves booted two apiece, as did Duffy, who dominated the ruck dual with 40 hit-outs as the ‘Pies scored a +12 advantage from stoppages.
The only negative from the day was a hamstring scare to star midfielder Ben Kamaric, who was withdrawn from the game in the second term as a precaution.
The Magpies will be sweating on his fitness, and that of Sam Rundle who is due to return next Saturday, for their big 2 v 3 clash with Lauderdale at KGV.
*The senior game v Lauderdale starts at 1pm, surround by the development league at 10.30am and the TSLW at 4pm
Glenorchy 12.6.78 d Tigers 6.19.55
Goals: Daly 2, Duffy 2, Reeves 2, Bowden, M Joseph, Mott, Roberts, Rowbottom, Whitford
Best: Arnold, Mott, Bowden, Geard, Webster, J Webb, Duffy, Reeves, Daly
Round 19 Post Match - Kennedy & Baumeler
After trailing all afternoon Glenorchy produced an inspired five goal to none last term to claim an important win over an inaccurate Tigers FC. A result that could prove vital to the Magpies top three ambitions. Hear the post game thoughts of Glenorchy Coach Paul Kennedy and Kingborough Tigers Coach Trent Baumeler.Posted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, 10 August 2019