Glenorchy District Football Club - The Magpies
Mission one of the Centennial Season has been accomplished, with the Magpies locking in third place and the double chance with an emphatic 48-point win over Lauderdale at KGV on Saturday.

Now the hard part begins as Glenorchy search for a fairytale ending to what has been a 100-year celebration to remember.

The home-and-away season finishes next Saturday evening with a KGV showdown against reigning champs and minor premiers North Launceston, before the Magpies front up against Lauderdale in a highly-anticipated Qualifying Final a week later.

After seeming down-and-out six weeks ago, the Glenorchy boys enter the final phase of 2019 full of confidence, thanks to come-from-behind wins over North Hobart, Clarence and the Tigers, then Saturday's go-to-woe defeat of the Southern Bombers.

Cal Daly celebrates v Lauderdale
*Pic thanks to Solstice Digital and Photography

The Magpies were on from the first minute, dominating clearances and inside 50s early in the contest to put the visitors on the back foot.

Stars shine
Callen Daly and Rhys Mott were omnipresent in the middle, while Jaye Bowden was simply unstoppable in the forward line on a perfect day for football, Lauderdale unable to find a match-up with Josh McGuinness sidelined.

Had Bowden's kicking boots been on in the first quarter the contest may have been done and dusted after half-an-hour, but that was the only down point in a vintage performance by The Prince.

Jaye had 22 of his 29 possessions by half-time, and led his team in hard balls (10), marks (10) and score involvements (9) as he appeared to be playing every position on the ground.

Bowden did get the scoreboard ticking with a clever set-shot snap 10 minutes in, converting a strong contested mark on the end of a Mott forward entry.

When Zac Webster picked off an intercept and fed Bayley Bester, who duly found Aiden Grace inside 50, the Pies had two on the board.

Grace fires with four

Glenorchy District Football Club spearhead Aiden Grace has moved three goals clear in the race for the Hudson Medal, booting four in a big win over the Bombers at KGV. 📺 FULL GAME: | #BUPATSL

Posted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, 17 August 2019

Webster, Bowden and Daly then teamed up to find Clinton French and the home side were 20 points ahead at the first break.

Webster was superb, blanketing outstanding Bombers forward Ben McGuinness while providing dazzling run from defence all day.

His best attacking foray ended in the hands of Daly - via Grace and Josh Whitford - and the Pocket Rocket provided yet another seen-to-be-believed finish from the boundary line to bring the healthy KGV crowd to life.

Champagne footy from 'Pies

Zac Webster's dash and weave. Aiden Grace's smarts to keep the ball in. Josh Whitford's composure. Callen Daly's class. This brilliant Glenorchy District Football Club goal had it all 🤯 📺 FULL GAME:

Posted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, 17 August 2019

Daly was sensational, finishing with 20 possessions, 9 score involvements, 7 clearances and a mix of speed and strength in the contest that the talented Lauderdale midfield couldn't contain.

His mercurial major capped a five-goal-to-one third term that featured a pair of Grace goals, a sensational stoppage snap from Bowden and French's third to push the margin to 39 points. 

What most of those majors had in common was the involvement of Mott, who continued his brilliant season with 28 possessions, 7 clearances and 7 score involvements.

Finishing the job
The fun wasn't over for the home fans, Bowden slotting a shot from the near-impossible angle to open the final term, John Geard (7 clearances) snapping a gem from a forward 50 stoppage, and then Grace completing his haul with two clever snaps as the Magpies' lead hit 65 points.

The Bombers added some respectability to the scoreboard late, but it was Glenorchy's day, and they now head to the business end of the season in a rich vein of form, which will be tested against the competition's powerhouse this Saturday.

Other strong contributors included Josh Arnold (17 possessions, 9 marks), Sam Reeves (9 marks, 3 contested) and Adam Roberts, who kicked a goal and racked up a team-high 16 pressure acts in his 50th game for the club.

Glenorchy 14.8.92 d Lauderdale 6.8.44

Goals: Grace 4, Bowden 3, French 3, Daly, Geard, Reeves, Roberts
Best: Webster, Bowden, Daly, Mott, Grace, Roberts, Arnold

*The Magpies play North Launceston at KGV this Saturday (24 August) at 5.30pm


Round 20 Post Match - Kennedy & Winter

Glenorchy District Football Club ran riot at KGV yesterday, comfortably accounting for Lauderdale Football Club to lock away third spot heading into finals. Paul Kennedy and Darren Winter share their thoughts on the contest. 📺 FULL GAME:

Posted by Tasmanian State League on Saturday, 17 August 2019




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