A trio of young, heart-and-soul Magpies have racked up 100 games for the club, and the latest in that instalment “can’t wait” to celebrate that milestone with a win over North Launceston at UTAS Stadium on Saturday night.
The blockbuster match-up between two powerful clubs – who have fought out two grand finals and two second semi-finals in the past four years – is the TSL game of the round.
The Northern Bombers lowered their colours by 16 points at Lauderdale last week, but are a different proposition at home on the expanses of UTAS Stadium.
Ben Kamaric, who raises his TSL bat with 100 games on Saturday night, realises what a task it is for the undefeated Magpies, but is primed for the challenge.
“I love playing them, they’ve been our main rivals in my time at the club, with them being so successful and our successful period happening at the same time,” he said.
“It’s going to be a great game and I can’t wait to play them.”
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‘Disco’, who has been in sizzling form this season with 119 disposals and 31 tackles across the opening four games, said he is honoured to reach the 100-game milestone.
“It means a lot to me, especially because I’ve come through the club since under 8s,” he said.
“I remember when Jaye played his 200th game, and that made me realise what an honour it is to play for this club and reach milestones like this.”
Saturday night brings a rematch with North Launceston midfield stalwarts Brad Cox-Goodyer, Taylor Whitford and Josh Ponting, while the ruck battle between long-time rivals Cam Duffy and Alex Lee will also be pivotal.
Praise for 'Jimma'
Glenorchy’s midfield has started the season in fine form, winning clearances in all four games with Kamaric, John Geard, Sam Rundle, Rhys Mott, Cal Daly and the Webb brothers all playing their part.
James Webb played his 100th game for Glenorchy in Round 2, and has also been in brilliant form, continuing to establish himself as one of the best rovers in the TSL, highlighted by an ANZAC Day display that featured 26 possessions, 13 tackles and 12 score involvements.
“Jimma makes it easier for all of us because he is so selfless and will do whatever it takes to help the team,” Kamaric said.
“I said to him he’s got to start calling his own number more because he’s just happy doing his role to help the rest of us and help the team win, but he’s such a good player we want him getting lots of the ball too, and he was great last week.”
The Magpie forward line led by Jaye Bowden, Aiden Grace and Cal Daly will present plenty of challenges to the Bombers’ quality defence, led by Jay Foon, Arion Richter-Salter and Connor Young.
Mac's the man
At the other end, Glenorchy will be relying on the likes of Josh Arnold, Harrison Gunther, Liam Smith and Co to maintain their stingy start to the season.
One name who goes under the radar is defender Chris McKnight, who was rock solid in his 100th game on ANZAC Day, drawing praise from good friend Kamaric.
“I told him all last week I was going to injure him at training so he had to miss a week and we’d play our 100th together,” Kamaric laughed.
“He’s the sort of person you want to play with because you just know exactly what he’s going to bring each week and you know he’ll put his body on the line.”
*First bounce of the senior game is at 5.30pm and will be broadcast live at the Magpie Bar at KGV, and can also be viewed via the TSL facebook page or AFL Tas youtube page