ROOS CLIP MAGPIES’ WINGS IN BLOCKBUSTER

Written by Anthony Osborn

In a result that will send shockwaves throughout the competition, Clarence emerged victorious in the battle of the two undefeated southern sides,  downing their fiercest rivals Glenorchy, with livewire Trent Standen kicking a bag of seven goals.

One of Tasmanian sport’s greatest rivalries had another classic chapter written on Saturday in a tight tussle at KGV, with Clarence storming home to a 14.7 (91) victory over reigning premiers, Glenorchy 8.7 (55). The Roos hung in for three quarters before exploding in a final term onslaught, kicking seven unanswered goals to record a major victory over their fiercest rivals.

With plenty of physicality and threats of passion boiling over, this was a match that confirmed the rich history of Glenorchy and Clarence rivalry is far from over.

Neither side was able to get into a dominant position over the course of the first three quarters in a physical, contested affair.

In a low scoring first half the Magpies looked to have more of the general play, mostly thanks to winning the clearances, however the Roos stayed in touch and in the contest all half and only trailed 2.4 (16) – 3.5 (23) at the main break.

The third term opened up significantly as both sides went goal for goal before Glenorchy kicked two goals in quick succession, and due to the strength of Glenorchy as a scoring outfit it looked as if they may have the power to run away with it.

However, late third-quarter goals to Sam Siggins and James Brenner cut Glenorchy’s lead back to eight points at the last change, keeping Clarence in the hunt.

And hunt they did. The Roos were ruthless in the final term and demonstrated that they are worthy of being in the premiership conversation.

The last quarter was all about the Eastern Shore outfit as they slammed on seven final quarter goals to hand Glenorchy their first loss of 2017 in jawdropping fashion. In a rare feat, the Roos also held Glenorchy scoreless in the final stanza.

The loss ends a formidable winning streak at the Magpies home venue that has spanned more than two seasons. Glenorchy’s last loss at KGV was in 2014 to North Launceston, some 19 wins ago.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius wasn’t disappointed that his side lost, but was bitterly disappointed in how they lost.

“I wanted the boys to play a bit different. They played back in their shells.

“They (Clarence) came here to win, they have a lot of outside runners amd if you give them a sniff, like Trent ‘Speedy’ Standen, they get their tails up and they are away.”

Standen was electric for the Roos, booting seven goals, including three final-term majors that pushed Clarence into a winning position, with Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley believing that Standen’s performance was indicative of his team as a whole.

“Speedy (Standen), like all of our guys has put in a massive preseason, especially for a 31 year-old. It’s fantastic for him to get reward for effort, much like the whole team.”

Webberley was rapt with the victory over Glenorchy, but conceded that his side still has a lot of work to do.

“We still have some massive holes in our game, but our endeavour and want for the contest was fantastic.

“We got smashed in clearances, which we probably expected coming in, expecially with Tyler Hanslow, Jack Gleeson and Jackson O’Brien, close to our three best ball-winners being out of the side.”

The Roos playing coach played a strong hand in the win, particularly in the last with some decisive involvements. Webberley was coy on what the win meant for his team’s premiership credentials.

“Glenorchy have been up for years and get hunted every week. It’s easier being the one doing the hunting than being the hunted. One game is a very small sample size- we just need to continue to improve and control what we can control.”

Clarence defended well all day, with the efforts of the back six particularly impressing Webberley.

“Our defenders were fantastic. Jason Bailey did a great job on Jaye (Bowden) by taking marks and setting up from defence.”

Tim Castle, Keegan Wylie and James Holmes were all terrific in defence for Clarence, with Holmes’ commitment to the football and willingness to put his body on the line being particularly impressive.

Jordon Arnold and Brayden Webb were solid all day for Glenorchy in defence, while Mitch Rainbird won a lot of contested ball in the midfield, particularly in the first half.

Clarence will host the Hobart City Demons at Blundstone Arena next Saturday, while Glenorchy will be tasked with hosting another blockbuster, this time against the seemingly unstoppable North Launceston.

GLENORCHY v. CLARENCE
Round 6 – 06/05/2017

Clarence                                1.0,  2.4,  7.5,  14.7  (91)

Glenorchy                               2.2,  3.5,  8.7,  8.7  (55)

GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 7, S. Siggins 1, J. Webberley 1, W. Wall 1, G. Chambers 1, J. Cox 1,
J. Brenner 1, A. Grace 1

Glenorchy :
M. Joseph 2, J. Bowden 2, L. Smith 2, T. Bowden 1, W. Atkin 1

BEST, Clarence :
J. Bailey, J. Webberley, T. Standen, G. Chambers, W. Wall, M. Ling

Glenorchy :
J. Arnold, M. Dilger, B. Quinn, J. Millhouse, D. Grant, B. Webb