Reigning Premiers make early statement
Written by Anthony Osborn, Richard Bannon
Any concerns of a premiership hangover at Glenorchy were quickly washed away this evening. As the reigning premiers emphatically stamped their intentions for the 2017 season, running out 98-point winners over the Hobart City Demons, at North Hobart Oval.
On a big night for the club, the Demons impressed early but eventually faded as a menacing Glenorchy took the game to another level of intensity, to storm home to a healthy win in a bold statement to the rest of the competition. The reigning premiers overran the faststarting Demons side to run out whopping 24.10 154 to 8.8 56 winners.
The Magpies dominated much of the play early on, but failed to capitalise on their opportunities, trailing the efficient Demons by seven points at quarter time.
Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was not surprised with the young Demons’ early intensity, having forecast an early Hobart City assault.
“We had to absorb the pressure and start to settle into the game and start playing our own footy”
Hobart City Demons coach Kane Richter was pleased with his side’s strong start but was disappointed in their drop off in pressure.
“We matched Glenorchy in the first quarter… (But) in the second we began to fall away… Glenorchy raised the bar”.
The Glenorchy defence proved instrumental in the second term turn around, generating rebound after rebound, as the home side broke down at half-forward, with these defensive plays resulting in Glenorchy pushing forward to boot six goals to two in a dominant quarter.
However, a Blake Grant goal after the half-time siren kept the Demons in touch and gave the North Hobart Oval faithful reason to roar as they sensed opportunity for an upset.
A 10 goal third term from the Magpies quickly squashed any sniff of an upset though, with the reigning Premiers demonstrating their capacity as an attacking force as they continuously peppered their forward 50, and unlike earlier in the match, they capitalised on their opportunities to kick away from the Demons.
The Glenorchy midfield got on top in a big way, with Rhys Mott and Brayden Webb prolific, while the forward line executed efficiently. Jaye and Tyler Bowden combined for nine goals throughout the match, with their strength, agility and skill proving to be too much for the Demons backs to handle. Jaye was imperious in the third quarter blowout in particular, booting four majors while Harrison Gunther also showed his wares as a promising half forward, kicking 2.2.
Zac Webster, in his first game back in the black and white after returning from Hawthorn in the AFL impressed Cornelius, as did Mitch Hills, Harrison Pearce, Cameron Duffy and Harrison Gunther in an overall strong team performance.
Despite an emphatic victory, Cornelius believes that there are still some areas for his side to work on ahead of a showdown with Devonport next week.
Things don’t get any easier for the fallen Hobart City, with a daunting away matchup with the 2016 runners up to follow the loss to the Premiers. Richter believes his inexperienced Demons will benefit from playing the competition’s heavyweights early in the season.
On the night the North Hobart/Hobart City Demons football club celebrated their 1000th player since 1945, Richter was impressed with the debut of Bailey Walker, who was officially the 1000th player for the club, the Demons Coach conceding that alongside Will Campbell, Walker was one of very few who took the game on consistently throughout the match.
HOBART CITY DEMONS v. GLENORCHY
Round 1 – 31/03/2017
Glenorchy 2.2, 8.5, 18.9, 24.10 (154)
Hobart City Demons 3.3, 5.3, 7.5, 8.8 (56)
T. Bowden 5, J. Bowden 4, H. Gunther 2, M. Hills 2, M. Dilger 2, M. Joseph 2,
B. Webb 2, Z. Webster 1, H. Pearce 1, C. Duffy 1, J. Webb 1
Hobart City Demons :
B. Shade 2, C. Dell 2, P. Kearney 1, B. Grant 1, K. Richter 1, J. Williamson 1
C. Duffy, M. Joseph, H. Gunther, B. Webb, J. Bowden, M. Dilger
Hobart City Demons :
W. Campbell, B. Walker, N. Hutchinson, E. Cole, J. Maple