In news surely to delight every ‘Pies fan, Glenorchy greats Rhys Mott and Jaye Bowden have committed to the club for 2020. Both players were recently named in the ‘100 Centenary Champions’ honouring the greatest 100 players from the club’s first 100 years, are true legends of the club and Tasmanian Football.
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Season 2020 just got better for Magpie fans with Zac Webster officially re-signing, and the former Hawthorn speedster believes it’s going to be one of the best years yet for this storied football club.
The livewire forward-turned-defender had a brilliant 2019, switching ends and quickly becoming one of the TSL’s elite backmen, highlighted by a breathtaking 19-possession, 19-pressure act and 6 score involvement effort in the Bingley-Linton Cup.
Webster said he didn’t have to think long before recommitting to Glenorchy for 2020, and there’s a simple reason why.
One of the TSL’s deadliest players, and one of the competition’s forgotten stars, have re-signed with Glenorchy for the next two years as momentum continues to build for season 2020.
Callen Daly was the TSL’s most dangerous small forward in 2018 but went under the radar, however this year he made the competition sit up and take notice with a blistering season.
Daly nailed 27 goals while splitting time between the midfield and forward line, with many of those majors the equal of what Eddie Betts or Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti produce on the AFL stage.
TSL superstar and 2018 Roy Cazaly Medallist Daniel Joseph has officially re-signed with the club until the end of 2021, all but locking in a special milestone for the mercurial left-footer in the next two seasons.
Joseph ruptured his ACL in round 2 this year, his 131st game for Glenorchy, leaving him 19 appearances short of life membership. But with his rehabilitation on schedule, 'DJ' could potentially join star teammates like Jaye Bowden, Josh Arnold, Brayden Webb, Matt Dilger and Rhys Mott in the esteemed club in 2020.
The good news continues at KGV with Brayden Webb, the club’s second-longest serving captain in 100 years of football, signing on to remain a Magpie for the next two seasons.
Webb’s list of achievements is legendary – premiership captain, Roy Cazaly Medallist for club best and fairest, Lefroy Medallist for best on ground for Tasmania, four-time TSL Team of the Year member – including three times as captain – and six seasons as skipper of Glenorchy.
Season 2020 has already made a promising start in Magpie land, with club legend Josh Arnold re-signing to take care of what he calls “unfinished business”.
The 27-year-old stepped up brilliantly in the Centennial Season in the absence of injured leaders like Brayden Webb, Daniel Joseph and Harrison Gunther, highlighting just how valuable the unfashionable backman is to the club.
Glenorchy's Centennial Season has come to an end, overwhelmed in the 1st Semi-Final by an impressive Launceston outfit in the KGV mud on Saturday.
Backing up from their brutal qualifying final the previous week, the Magpies resembled the walking wounded and couldn't keep pace with the Blues, who dominated around the ball and thoroughly earned a place in this Saturday's preliminary final.
Veterans Jaye Bowden and Josh Arnold stood tall on a difficult day to be named best afield for the home side, while teenage defenders Nathan Blowfield and Cam Goodsell were outstanding, belying their youth with composed displays under pressure.
The home-and-away season finishes next Saturday evening with a KGV showdown against reigning champs and minor premiers North Launceston, before the Magpies front up against Lauderdale in a highly-anticipated Qualifying Final a week later.
Twenty-one of the northern suburbs best 15 and 16-year-olds, hailing from the Glenorchy and Claremont junior football clubs, have done their region proud with a strong 10-point win over North Launceston at UTAS Stadium.
The young men are members of Glenorchy's Ben Brown Academy, established last September, which has already had 36 talented players from Glenorchy, Claremont and New Norfolk juniors through the doors.
The aim of the academy, run by senior coach Paul Kennedy and TSL players, is to teach the tactics and skills of modern football to help young players transition to senior football in the near future, and also give them new skills to take back to their respective junior teams.
Our next Glenorchy 'Legend of the Century' is one of the best midfielders Tasmania has ever produced, Ben 'Bucket' Atkin.
A 1999 premiership star, William Leitch Medalist and 3-time Cazaly Medalist, Ben was also a star for the Tasmanian Devils when they were a force to be reckoned with in the VFL.
Bucket's message to all Glenorchy fans is get to the Centennial Dinner and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 100 years:
"I just can't wait to come along to the dinner and catch up with all the people I was lucky enough to play with and just reminisce," he said.
Our next legend of the century is Jaye Bowden, who last weekend joined Peter Hudson in Glenorchy's exclusive 500-goal club with a six-goal haul against Clarence.
We caught up with Jaye before the game to catch his thoughts about the milestone, his career at KGV and his club's 100-year celebration.