Written by Grant Jessup
Glenorchy are looking to celebrate their Centennial game in style on Friday night against traditional foes Clarence at KGV Oval.
After last week’s disappointing loss to Launceston, the Magpies are looking to respond on a massive occasion against the old enemy.
Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy believes the fierce rivalry between the two sides is alive and well despite suggestions the hostility is fading.
“In terms of a club as a whole, Clarence is the biggest one [rival],” Kennedy said.
“We treat this like we’re in the eighties and playing Clarence.”
The Magpies coach believes the historic rivalry originates from the social economic divide between the two cities.
“Clarence used to refer to the Glenorchy folk from the northern suburbs as the savages.”
“We think they’re snobs, they think we’re stupid,” he said.
Kennedy did not fully appreciate the rivalry between the two clubs until the Pies lost to the ‘Roos in Round six, 2018.
“When we played Clarence the first-time last year, I treated it as just another game and they beat us at KGV.”
“One of my assistant coaches, he kind of, in a good way, had a crack at me afterwards. He said you can’t treat a Clarence game like that,” Kennedy said.
Before their second encounter with the ‘Roos during the 2018 season, Kennedy built up the game and his players responded.
“When we played Clarence last year, the second game, our theme was let’s write a chapter today in the club’s history.”
“The boys were great; they kicked the first ten goals of the game that day. No Glenorchy team had done that against Clarence before,” Kennedy said.
The club’s centenary is not the only milestone with key midfielder Rhys Mott set to play his 150th senior game for the Pies.
“Rhys is superb. When I first came down here, I lived with him and his partner Dana,” Kennedy said.
“Even though he’s from Ulverstone, he’s black and white through and through.”
Kennedy is expecting his side to rise to the occasion for the club and Mott.
“This game is hugely important, we don’t want to any of our past players and supporters walking away from Friday night disappointed,” he said.
However, the Magpies also have one eye on the future.
“If we get the job done Friday, we’ve set ourselves up pretty well for a run in the second half of the season,” Kennedy said.