Clarence secures a spot in the Grand Final after knocking out 2018 Premiers Glenorchy in the Wrest Point TSLW Preliminary Final, TSLW reporter Olivia Clayton looks at the match.
Clarence 9.3 (57) def. Glenorchy 5.9 (39)
Glenorchy – N. Lynch 2, N. Daniels 2, E. Barwick
Clarence – N. Pearce 2, G. Mitchell 2, M. Wise 2, A. Prokopiec, B. Oates, J. Williams
Glenorchy – B. Barwick, G. Sullivan, J. Tate Turvey, S. Skinner, T. Corrie, N. Daniels
Clarence – J. Williams, N. Bresnehan, G. Mitchell, M. Wise, B. Scott, N. Garlo
For the first time this season Clarence defeated Glenorchy and in the process, booked a spot in the 2019 Wrest Point TSLW Grand Final.
The ‘Roos kicked two majors in the opening term to the Pies one. Half time saw Clarence with a 20-point lead after kicking another three goals. The third quarter saw Glenorchy notch another two goals with one from Natalie Daniels in her 100th game. Clarence added another major to their score to lead by 13 points going in to the final quarter. The Pies kicked two more goals in the final term but the ‘Roos kicked another three majors to win by 18 points.
The match wasn’t without a few incidents. Glenorchy’s star player Mackie Sutcliffe was stretched off in the second quarter with an injury. The final minutes of the fourth quarter also saw Clarence player Netty Garlo stretchered off the field after Glenorchy ruck Gennaveve Sullivan collided with her. The incident was referred to the Match Review Panel, and then the Independent Tribunal, which resulted in Sullivan copping a four-match suspension.
Captain Nietta Lynch and Natalie Daniels were the Pies leading goal kickers with two apiece and Brieanna Barwick was Glenorchy’s best on ground.
Glenorchy have had a strong season in 2019 after coming off the back of their 2018 Grand Final win. They had only lost three matches prior to the Preliminary Final which were all against undefeated 2019 Minor Premiers Launceston.
Sarah Skinner, Brieanna Barwick, Elise Barwick and Thomasa Corrie have all had stellar seasons. Gennaveve Sullivan won the ANZAC Day medal in the first match of the season. Lynch and Daniels booted the most goals for the side this season with 33, and 26, to their names, which also placed them third and fourth in the competition’s overall goal kicking.
With such a strong side as their opponent and so much on the line, Clarence Vice-Captain Nicole Bresnehan reiterated how important and significant the win was.
“We haven’t beaten them all year and we finally came out and won the one that mattered,” says Bresnehan.
“I think it all just came together today, and it hasn’t when we’ve played them before.”
Natalie Pearce, Grace Mitchell and Mel Wise booted two each for Clarence and Jessie Williams was the side’s best on ground.
“I think we held each line structure really well,” says Bresnehan.
“Mel Wise up forward played really well, Rachel Archer down back and Nat Pearce and Netty on the wing. But I think as cliche as it sounds, it was really a team effort today.”
Clarence will play Launceston in the 2019 TSLW Grand Final this Saturday at Blundstone Arena.
“They are undefeated, they’re going to be a really hard side to beat, but I think we came within 13 points so there’s no reason we can’t [win],” says Bresnehan.