The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies have fallen heavily to the Launceston Blues in a disappointing day for the undermanned Pies.

Rocked by the loss of Ben Kamaric, Jaye Bowden, Mitch Rainbird and Adam Roberts from the previous week's team - which had convincingly defeated Clarence by 29 points - a Glenorchy team featuring 11 players aged 20 or younger never came to grips with the Blues' contested ball game. 

The Magpies kicked into a strong wind in the opening term and weathered a storm, a late goal from former Launceston player Ethan Conway keeping the margin to 20 points at quarter-time.

Two early set shot misses in the second term prevented the visitors from making a brief charge, and from there the Blues put the foot down, booting the next nine goals bridging half-time to set up their 97-point win.

Tale of the Tape
Best for the beaten Pies was Tom Cleary, who out-pointed Blues coach Mitch Thorp to finish with 17 disposals, 5 spoils and 5 marks to go along with numerous one-on-one wins over his experienced rival.

Skipper Josh Arnold had a strong battle with in-form Blues star Dylan Riley, who booted 3 goals, while Arnold impressively compiled 31 possessions, 9 rebounds 50s, 7 spoils and a game-high 7 one-percenters.

Daniel Joseph was also strong down back, amassing 23 possessions, 8 marks and 5 intercepts, while Sam Rundle (11 pressure acts) and John Geard (22 possessions) worked hard in the midfield.

*Glenorchy take on the Tigers in a crunch game this Sunday at KGV. First bounce is at 1pm

Glenorchy 3.3.21 def by Launceston 17.16.118
Goals: Conway, M Joseph, Daly
Best: Cleary, Arnold, D Joseph, Rundle, Geard

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