League: Tasmanian State League
Year: 2021 - Round 16
Date: 17 July 2021
Ground: Lauderdale Recreation Ground
Glenorchy 7.7.49 lost to Lauderdale 20.10.130
Strong games by returnees Josh Arnold and Chris Howard were amongst the positives on a disappointing day at Skybus Oval, where Lauderdale marked their fundraiser for Ryan Wiggins with an outstanding performance.
With long-time Bombers stalwart Wiggins in hospital in Melbourne after a tragic accident, and his family facing significant costs, the day raised well over $20,000, showing the strength of the club and the football community in supporting one of their own.
Lauderdale president Julie Kay thanked Glenorchy supporters for their generosity, and our club has high praise for the way the Bombers have rallied around Ryan and his family.
Fast start, fast finish
Wiggins' former teammates did their bit on the field, coming out red hot and booting the opening five goals in just eight minutes to put the Magpies on the back foot.
While the Pies fought back within three goals by half-time, two bursts in the third term put the result beyond doubt, and the home team kept their foot to the floor in the final quarter to run out 81-point winners on a day where their experienced core were all outstanding.
For Glenorchy, Josh Arnold showed great signs in his second game back from a broken ankle, going head-to-head with former AFL star Allen Christensen in a brilliant battle, while also collecting 23 disposals and marshalling a young backline missing the likes of Darrean Wyatt, Tom Cleary and Zac Webster.
Chris Howard, playing just his fourth game in the past two years, showed what a great asset he will be, playing chief interceptor in his role at centre-half-back to finish with 18 possessions, 12 marks and 6 intercepts.
All at KGV are hoping 'Howie' now gets a good run of games to show what he can do on a consistent basis.
Harrison Gunther was a shining light up forward with 15 disposals, 8 marks and 2 goals, while Cal Daly was up to his usual tricks with a pair of majors from the boundary line in the first and third quarters.
Young midfielder Riley Oakley led the way with 9 tackles, while fellow mids James Deegan (8 tackles), Callum Thompson (7) and John Geard (7) also applied the pressure.