Written by Anthony Osborn

A Jaye Bowden-less Glenorchy have registered their first victory over a top-five side in season 2017 in an impressive 23-point victory over archrival Clarence at Blundstone Arena, earning the reigning premiers the Bingley Linton Cup.

The 16.13 (109) to 12.14 (86) victory was built off the back of an exceptional opening term, where Glenorchy’s cleanliness with ball in the hand shone through, despite the late withdrawal of star Jaye Bowden.

In a finals-like contest, Glenorchy’s ability to hit the scoreboard early proved invaluable as the Magpies held off several Clarence charges to secure what could be a season-defining victory.

The opening term was a relatively even affair around the ground as both sides applied the heat. However, poor Clarence disposal efficiency and alternatively cleanliness from the Magpies saw Glenorchy kick five unanswered goals before the first break.

The ‘Roos skill execution improved after the first term as the pressure continued to grow, with Clarence still well and truly in the hunt at the main break, particularly after a Jordan Roberts goal late in the half cut the deficit to just 16 points.

Glenorchy responded well to this challenge in the third term, finishing with five third-quarter majors to take a 29-point lead into the last change.

A final quarter Clarence surge saw the Roos cut the deficit back to just 18 points and brought the home crowd to their feet as the slight brewing of an upset began to emerge, but a late Zac Webster goal snuffed out any chance of a remarkable turnaround, handing Clarence their second loss for season 2017.

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was pleased to get the victory, but also by how his side started the match and responded in the third term.

“They (Clarence) are a hard team to beat – it was good to get the four points. The way we bought into that first quarter was outstanding through our pressure and ability to score.

“It was pretty even with scoring shots at half-time. We understood where we were and needed to respond in the third quarter,” Cornelius said.

Clarence coach Jeromey Webberley shared a similar view on the match and was left to rue some poor skill errors and decision-making in the opening term.

“Both sides had enough of the ball in the first term, Glenorchy were just more polished… It was a really good, red-hot game of TSL footy (and) was pretty even after quarter time.

“Full credit to Glenorchy, they really hunted us. They closed down our transition footy which we have been able to get sides with – this game will really help us,” Webberley said.

The likes of Brayden Webb and Rhys Mott found plenty of the football for the Magpies, while Zac Webster proved to be a handful all afternoon.

Liam Smith, Jordon Arnold and Josh Watts were all similarly impressive, while James Webb finished with five majors, including two in the opening stanza, in an eye-catching display.

For the ‘Roos, Jackson O’Brien was prolific around the contest with his clearance work, while Tim Castle also impressed in nullifying the impact of Glenorchy gun Harrison Gunther. Trent Standen was also impressive, finishing with three majors.

Despite the win against such a high quality opponent, Cornelius insisted that his side are not getting too far ahead of themselves, particularly with matches against premiership hopefuls North Launceston and Lauderdale across the next fortnight.

“I know it is a cliché, but it is week in, week out for us at the moment. North Launceston are a very good side- they won’t take us lightly and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly. It’s been a great rivalry over the last couple of year’s and both teams will be going to battle next Saturday.”

Glenorchy escaped from the match with a clean bill of health, besides the hamstring injury to Jaye Bowden that ruled him out as a late withdrawal.

“Yeah, Jaye was a late player to pull out. It is all about managing him and making sure it is not a four to five week injury,” Cornelius said.

Clarence will be forced to manage the rolled ankles of both Keegan Wylie and Zac Mastrocola throughout the week, while Jake Cox was again a late omission from the named side, but all three are expected to be fully fit to play next week.

While Glenorchy face the imposing trip to UTAS Stadium to face North Launceston next Saturday, Clarence will be looking to get back on the winners list against the Hobart City Demons at North Hobart Oval, the only other team Clarence have lost to in season 2017 thus far.


Round 15 – 15/07/2017

Glenorchy                               5.3,  6.7,  11.10,  16.13  (109)

Clarence                                0.5,  3.9,  6.11,  12.14  (86)

GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Webb 5, B. Reynolds 3, Z. Webster 2, H. Pearce 2, M. Rainbird 2, M. Hills 1,
R. Banks-Smith 1

Clarence :
I. Callinan 3, J. Roberts 2, T. Standen 2, G. Chambers 2, M. Blackburn 1, L. Murfitt-Cowen 1,
T. Hanslow 1

BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Webb, B. Webb, L. Smith, Z. Webster, J. Arnold, J. Watts

Clarence :
J. O’Brien, T. Standen, M. Ling, T. Castle, S. Siggins, K. Palmer-Hughes