Bowden blitz sees Glenorchy destroy Devonport

Written by Richard Bannon

Glenorchy ontinued their exceptional start to the 2017 TSL season, dismantling a hapless Devonport by 154 points in the Magpie’s first home game of the season at KGV, highlighted by an outstanding 11-goal haul by star Jaye Bowden and a 58 hit-out rucking masterclass from Cameron Duffy.

Spurred on by the unfurling of their 2016 premiership flag, Glenorchy smashed Devonport in every facet of the game, on their way to a 28.18-186 to 4.8-32 victory.

Glenorchy flew out of the blocks, kicking seven goals in the opening quarter to rip the game away from the visitors. By half time, the contest was all but over, as the Magpies took a stunning 105-point lead into the main-break. Devonport’s only score at half-time was a solitary point, which came courtesy of a rushed-behind from the ‘Pie’s defence.

The onslaught continued into the third term, as Glenorchy heaped the pain on Devonport through manic pressure, and denying Port any access into the corridor of KGV. It took Devonport until the 14 minute mark of the third term to register their first goal, kicked by Bradley Chard, who was only moments earlier reported for a massive hit on Glenorchy’s Liam Smith.

With Glenorchy on track to kick a cricket score, Devonport mustered a bit of spirit and finished the game with three goals in the final term. Across all four quarters, Jaye Bowden was at his destructive best with an 11 goal bag, again demonstrating why he is one of the league’s very best.

Having the bye next weekend, Glenorchy must now wait 17 days before their next match, which is an intriguing fixture against the Tigers on ANZAC Day but the reigning premiers couldn’t of asked for a better start to 2017.

“We’ve got a training schedule booked in. We’ve had it for a while now, and we knew that this was coming up.” Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius said post-game.

“It’s a tough one. The Tigers are playing some good footy”.

Devonport coach Mitch Thorp conceded that Glenorchy were simply too good for his inexperienced side.

“It was men against boys today. Credit to ‘Ace’ (Cornelius) and the team they’ve got down here.”

Thorp acknowledged that there is a way to go before Devonport can match it with the top sides of the TSL.

“We are at ground zero at the moment. I signed a three-year deal to start again. We had twelve players today who had played less than ten games of TSL footy,”

“It was a tough day at the office. We’ll lick our wounds, review the game, and then we’re back on Friday against Burnie”.

Glenorchy unfurled their 2016 TSL premiership flag before a healthy home crowd on what was a lovely night for footy. Celebrating the club’s first senior premiership since their 2008 triumph in the SFL, it provided Cornelius with an opportunity to reflect on a special achievement.

“It was exciting to get back here (KGV), and just to appreciate the senior guys who played in a flag last year”

“Now we can get on with this season, and what we’re trying to get out of this one.”

Round 2 – 08/04/2017

Glenorchy                               7.4,  16.10,  21.14,  28.18  (186)

Devonport                               0.1,  0.1,  1.4,  4.8  (32)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden 11, L. Smith 3, J. Arnold 2, T. Bowden 2, M. Joseph 2, B. Webb 2,
Z. Webster 1, J. Arnold 1, M. Hills 1, M. Dilger 1, J. Geard 1, J. Millhouse 1

Devonport :
B. Butler 1, D. Schnoor 1, G. Millucci 1, B. Chard 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, B. Quinn, M. Rainbird, R. Mott, J. Millhouse, L. Smith

Devonport :
B. Hawkes, B. Symmons, D. Riley, T. Enniss, B. Sharman, D. Schnoor