MJ Disco celebrate
*Pic by Solstice Digital & Photography

The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies made it three wins from their past four games with a start-to-finish shutdown of arch-rivals Clarence on Saturday.

It was a statement team performance, with 15 Pies players collecting 10 or more possessions and 20 players laying at least one tackle. 

Kicking with the assistance of the trademark, gusty KGV north-westerly in the opening term, Glenorchy slammed on four goals to one to set up the win, including a classy end-to-end team goal finished by a quality Adam Roberts volley.

Pies find answers
While the Roos piled on three majors in quick succession to open the second stanza, the home side produced a brilliant into-the-wind burst to keep the game on their terms, with Cal Daly and Mitch Rainbird slotting difficult set shots into the flukey breeze to turn the tide.

Then it was a case of 'Cal power', as Daly snapped a classic crimber's goal and young Callum Thompson produced arguably the goal of the day, a dribble kick from tight in the railway line pocket.

That set up a 15-point edge at half-time, which quickly extended past five goals as Roberts finished off some clever work from Ben Kamaric and Richie Dilger, then Matthew Joseph brilliantly set up Jaye Bowden.

While the Roos pounced early in the fourth with two quick snags, it was all Glenorchy from there, with Matthew Joseph again playing the role of provider - this time to Kamaric - and Bowden producing yet another goal for the ages after some standout Pies pressure.

Tale of the Tape
One of many quality pressure men on the day was Ryan Banks-Smith, the 19-year-old producing perhaps the best game of his TSL career with 26 possessions and 8 marks.

He was only outdone by the incredible Kamaric, who amassed 35 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 10 marks, 8 clearances, 7 inside 50s and 7 rebound 50s in a complete game that was reminiscent of his breakout 2019 season.

Daniel Joseph (24 possessions), Jaye Bowden (22 possessions, 2 goals) and Josh Arnold (21 possessions) were all outstanding as the home team controlled the game with smart execution for the best part of 100 minutes.

Rainbird (19 possessions, 5 clearances, 2 goals), Daly (3 goals), Roberts and Matthew Joseph were also excellent, their statlines not doing their contribution justice, while James Deegan was a big presence all day in the ruck.

Glenorchy 12.9.81 def Clarence 7.10.52
Goals: Daly 3, Bowden 2, Rainbird 2, Roberts 2, M Joseph, Thompson, Kamaric
Best: Kamaric, Banks-Smith, Rainbird, Bowden, D Joseph, M Joseph, Daly, Deegan

*The RSEA Magpies head to Windsor Park this Saturday to take on Launceston. First bounce is at 2pm

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