Glenorchy are on the board in 2020, after a heartstopping one-point win over the Tigers at Twin Ovals on Saturday to claim the Fred House Shield, with the game a tribute to the ANZACs after the traditional April 25 clash was postponed.
The story of the game was five goals from the evergreen Jaye Bowden, who returned to his best in just his second game since last September to claim the ANZAC Medal, finishing with 16 possessions, 7 marks and 5.3.
The Prince was a picture of perpetual motion in the forward line, teaming with Matthew Joseph (2 goals) superbly, while speedsters Cal Daly, Adam Roberts and Richie Dilger were relentless at ground level with 24 pressure acts between them.
In the midfield, the tireless James Webb racked up 17 pressure acts of his own, including 9 tackles, to go with 10 clearances in an impressive combination with John Geard (22 disposals, 8 marks, 6 clearances) and Mitch Rainbird (19 disposals, 5 clearances).
Down back, the RSEA Magpies welcomed back 2018 Roy Cazaly Medalist Daniel Joseph and 2016 premiership player Tom Cleary, with both bringing much-needed experience to the young group, lifting the load off Josh Arnold and Zac Webster.
Joseph had 6 intercepts in his 16 possesions, while Cleary produced 6 spoils and one of the moments of the game when he plucked a strong contested mark in the dying seconds as the Tigers pressed for an unlikely come-from-behind win.
Arnold was his usual dependable self, putting a lockdown on the dangerous Luke Graham while also picking up 13 possessions at an impressive 92% efficiency, while Webster had 18 disposals of his own.
Arguably the most exciting tale from Saturday's win was the performance of the club's baby brigade, with nine players 20 years or younger wearing the black and white after Aiden Grace, Sam Rundle and Matt Dilger were all forced outs from Round 3.
First-gamer Riley Best (12 possessions, 8 pressure acts) showed a cool head and courageous approach to immediately win over the Glenorchy faithful, while Claremont teenagers Braidy Simpson and Callum Thompson both kicked crucial final-quarter goals.
Simpson's was set up by Riley Oakley, who fearlessly ran back into oncoming traffic to spill the footy into his 15-year-old teammate's waiting arms. It was Best who got the ball to Thompson, who then slotted a truly remarkable drop punt goal from deep in the pocket.
When Simpson then fed Matty Joseph minutes later and the young veteran finished cooly it appeared the Pies were home, but they had to withstand one last Tigers charge, with Cleary and 19-year-old Nathan Blowfield making the key defensive plays to seal the deal.
Glenorchy RSEA Magpies 12.7.79 def Tigers 11.12.78
Goals: Bowden 5, M Joseph 2, Rainbird, Geard, R Dilger, Simpson, Thompson
Best: Bowden, Geard, Daly, M Joseph, J Webb, Rainbird, Arnold, Cleary, Simpson
*The RSEA Magpies have the bye this week, before facing North Hobart at KGV on Saturday 15 August