The scene is set for a huge TSL showdown at KGV on Saturday afternoon as the second-placed Magpies welcome the fourth-placed Launceston Blues to town.
The game is a Family Day with $9 family admission and a wide range of entertainment for kids of all ages, but perhaps the best entertainment will be the meeting of two superstar midfielders and former teammates.
Glenorchy recruit Sam Rundle, previously the Blues’ captain, was one of the best on ground in Round 1 when his new club claimed a hard-fought 29-point away win at Windsor Park.
The Magpies lead was under two goals at the final change that day, but thanks to the exploits of Ben Kamaric, James Webb and Rhys Mott in the midfield, and Aiden Grace up forward, they piled on 4.5 to run away victors.
Rundle was the star of the first half in the season opener with 14 possessions in the opening hour, and his contested-ball battle with veteran Blues star Jobi Harper is sure to worth the price of admission.
Both players are amongst the state's very best hard-ball winners, and both can go forward and hit the scoreboard - be prepared for a marquee match-up!
Geardy joins elite club
The other great midfield story this week is John Geard, the veteran racking up 150 games for Glenorchy after doing it the hard way and grinding a significant part of his career in the development league.
Geard will officially become a Life Member of the club at game’s end, and his efforts alongside Kamaric, Rundle and Webb will be a big factor against a quality Launceston midfield led by Harper, WAFL star Tim Bristow and the in-form Fletcher Seymour.
On the outside, two legendary TSL wingmen in Mott and Jay Blackberry will also clash in a pivotal match-up, while Cam Duffy and Hamish Leedham’s ruck duel will decide which midfield gets first use and which wingers get space to use their elite skills.
While Blues coach Mitch Thorp is out suspended, he still has an exciting forward line at his disposal, including dangerous youngsters Alec Wright, James Gillow and Grant Holt, who have booted 20 goals between them this season.
Glenorchy welcome back Josh Arnold from injury, who will provide run and leadership alongside Harrison Gunther and Trad Duggan.
In the Magpies’ forward line, Aiden Grace and Cal Daly have been the stars, but the likes of Josh Grant, Sam Reeves, Bayley Bester and Adam Roberts have all been in the goals in recent weeks.
Of course, dynamic pair Jaye Bowden and Zac Webster could also swing forward to provide a stern test of the Blues’ back six, while also dropping back to help the defence.
Family Day at KGV
Game starts at 2pm, family entry is just $9 and features:
- Indoor Kids Zone with movies, free WiFi and play activities, along with a great view of the footy
- Gladiator Arena and jumping castle outside for the big and little kids from 2-4pm
- Canteen operated by a Five Star Chef
- Keno, Tote and bar facilities