Cal Daly dodges

The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies' finals hopes are now in other teams' hands after a tense 10-point loss to the Tigers.

It was a slow start that ultimately cost the home side as they defended into a strong and gusty KGV wind, conceding five goals despite controlling significant periods of the term.

After Glenorchy allowed the first goal of the second stanza things looked grim, but the young Magpie side stuck to their guns and came charging back. 

With Callen Daly and Jaye Bowden both firing, the hosts booted six unanswered majors bracketing half-time to pinch the lead, capped by a classy stoppage goal from Ryan Banks-Smith.

With the wind swinging across the ground, a pair of six-pointers to the Tigers set up a thrilling final term, but in the gusty conditions in turned into a slog.

First Glenorchy controlled possession but couldn't hit the scoreboard as the Tigers desperately repelled repeated forward 50 entries.

Then the visitors had their turn locking the ball in their half and managed to run the clock down, while the Pies couldn't convert their remaining forward forays as both teams went goalless in difficult conditions.

Tale of the Tape
With four of this season's starting midfielders sidelined - James Webb (concussion), Ben Kamaric (ankle), Sam Rundle (family commitment) and Mitch Rainbird (suspension), along with skipper Brayden Webb (knee rehabilitation) - the Magpies desperately needed players to step up, and their leaders did.

Daly moved into the midfield and produced a pearler, snagging three trademark classy goals to go with 24 possessions, 11 pressure acts and 5 clearances in a best-on-ground display.

Vice-captain Daniel Joseph moved onto the wing and not only accumulated 30 possessions, but hunted with venom around the contest to set the standard for his young group.

John Geard stepped into a leadership role in the midfield and picked up a season-best 29 touches, including 19 contested possessions and 10 clearances - helping the new-look Magpies midfield win the stoppage battle - along with 6 tackles.

Captain Josh Arnold continued his outstanding season down back with 28 disposals, 5 tackles and 4 intercepts.

Despite playing through injury, Bowden booted 4 majors to once again provide a stellar target up forward.

*The Magpies have the break this weekend, before facing Lauderdale at KGV at 7.15pm next Wednesday (23 September) in our final home game for 2020

Glenorchy RSEA Magpies 8.2.50 def by Tigers 8.12.60

Goals: Bowden 4, Daly 3, Banks-Smith
Best: Daly, D Joseph, Arnold, Bowden, Geard, Roberts, Cleary

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