Glenorchy has overcome an impressive Tigers outfit to record a famous 23-point victory at a muddy KGV.
The Magpies lifted their intensity mid-way through the third quarter with poor kicking proving to cost the Tigers dearly, TSL Digital Reporter Grant Jessup writes.
The Tigers were dangerous early with Kieran Lovell looking threatening in front of the goals.
Despite dominating inside 50s and keeping the Pies goalless, the Tigers finished the first term with one goal and six behinds.
A further eight behinds, in a second quarter with a slight breeze, kept Glenorchy in the contest with the likes of Lovell, Sam Duigan and Mickey Paul losing their kicking boots.
Half-way through the third term, a ruthless Tigers side look set to run away with the match, booting three goals in a row, including two from Paul.
The Magpies were also a man down on the bench with star midfielder Ben Kamaric suffering a mild hamstring strain in the second quarter.
However, the Pies made some on-field adjustments and took their game to another level.
Sam Reeves went forward, kicking two goals, Jaye Bowden brought his influence to the midfield and James Webb performed a successful shutdown role on Lovell.
The Magpies booted eight goals in row to storm home to a commanding victory with ruckman Cam Duffy and goal sneak Cal Daly kicking two majors each.
Daly provided the Glenorchy faithful with a late goal of the year contender with a brilliant snap from an impossible angle.
Pies acting-captain Josh Arnold was huge in defence, celebrating his birthday in style with a best on ground performance along half-back.
Veteran Rhys Mott also lifted in the midfield during the absence of Kamaric.
Ryan Matthews made a tremendous, almost match-winning, contribution in the middle for the visitors.
Tigers defender Will Poland also kept Glenorchy spearhead Aiden Grace goalless for the match.
Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy was pleased his side showed some grit after the Tigers kicked three goals in a row to start the third term.
“It was a moment of truth. We could of rolled over at that point and got really soundly beaten.”
“There wasn’t anything pretty in that third quarter but we just worked at it and got those last three goals and guys came in with a lot of belief at that point,” Kennedy said.
Finishing with six goals and 19 behinds, along with seven extra scoring shots, Tigers coach Trent Baumeler was left to rue a missed opportunity.
“The first three quarters were really good, really positive.”
“We had a lot of scoring shots but weren’t able to kick accurately and then, when the big moments came in the last quarter, Glenorchy were able to get on top of us,” said Baumeler.
Baumeler also paid tribute to Ben Donnelly for his tagging role on Zac Webster.
Glenorchy 0.0, 4.2, 7.4, 12.6 (78)
Tigers 1.6, 3.14, 6.15, 6.19 (55)
Glenorchy : C. Daly 2, S. Reeves 2, C. Duffy 2, J. Whitford, J. Bowden, B. Rowbottom, M. Joseph, R. Mott, A. Roberts
Tigers : M. Paul 3, K. Lovell, J. Pearce, R. Matthews
Glenorchy : J. Arnold, R. Mott, J. Bowden, Z. Webster, J. Webb, C. Duffy
Tigers : R. Matthews, M. Paul, M. Davies, B. Donnelly, K. Lovell, B. Adams
With two rounds remaining, Glenorchy will test themselves against a fired-up Lauderdale at KGV Oval this Saturday at 1:00pm.
Tigers will look to respond on Saturday when they host an improved Clarence outfit at Twin Ovals, beginning at 2:00pm.