It was always going to be a day to remember for Jaye Bowden, and the Glenorchy boys made sure it’s one he’ll never forget with a 62-point demolition of the old enemy, Clarence.

Bowden became the second member of the Magpies’ 500-goal club just two minutes into the game, joining the legendary Peter Hudson thanks to an off-the-ball cut lunch from Roo Chris Nield.

Bowden was awarded a free kick, calmly slotted the easiest of set shots and was mobbed by his teammates, before reaching deep into his bag of tricks minutes later for a classic snap from the boundary.

How about this statline from forward Aiden Grace in Saturday's Heritage Game win over North Hobart?

It rolls like this - 19 possessions, 12 marks, 11 score involvements, 8 pressure acts and 5 goals!

Sounds good? It looks even better, check out the video right here:

A superb first-quarter burst has propelled Glenorchy to a comprehensive 41-point win over its oldest rivals North Hobart in Saturday’s Heritage Game at KGV, which saw the green and gold jumper of New Town's early years return to state football.

A packed Heritage Dinner had heard from old Magpies-Demons rivals Gary Linton and Darryn Perry, and with one of the biggest KGV crowds in many years filing through the gates, the home side put on an early show to befit the occasion. 

It was a physical start with numerous skirmishes in the opening minutes, but some Josh Arnold-triggered ball movement through the corridor ended with Aiden Grace five metres out and the Magpies were on the board.

*Heritage Game - Glenorchy v North Hobart at 6pm - Family entertainment from 5-7pm

The Glenorchy boys ride into Saturday’s historic Heritage Game against old rivals North Hobart buoyed by their 29-point win in Launceston in Round 1.

It was the Magpies’ first win at Windsor Park since 2016, and just the third time they’d sung the song at the House of Windsor in a decade of the modern reincarnation of the statewide league.

The triumph was keyed by some outstanding contributions, none more so than mid-forward Ben Kamaric, who accumulated 28 possessions to go with 10 clearances and 6 tackles.

He had great support from Rhys Mott, who tallied 26 touches thanks to his tireless run, and he is likely to renew acquaintances with North Hobart tagger Brad Tilbury this Saturday evening.

It was a grind but the Pies didn't mind, running out convincing 29-point winners over Launceston on Saturday to open the Centennial Season.

Kicking with the Windsor Park wind in the opening term, the Glenorchy boys squandered their dominance around the ground.

However, an electric crumbers' goal by Cal Daly and Aiden Grace's first major in the black and white ensured the visitors took an eight-point lead into quarter-time to get some return for their efforts.

LAUNCESTON v GLENORCHY

Round 1: 2:00PM – Windsor Park

Radio: 103.7 or 96.5 FM in Launceston or https://cityparkradio.com/online-stream/.


Tough opposition
Round 1 of the Centennial Season is finally here, and it starts with a stern test of the Magpies at Windsor Park.

While much talk has been about the players Launceston have lost, the Blues had the TSL’s strongest list in 2018 and plenty of quality remains.

New captain Jobi Harper had a strong finish to last season, and after a big pre-season shapes as a midfield key for Launy with his ability to win contested ball and hit the scoreboard.

He will be joined by familiar faces such as Brodie Palfreyman, Jake Smith and Hamish Leedham, while new coach Mitch Thorp is looking forward to unleashing a band of youngsters from last year’s undefeated development league side.

Thorp will again be the focal point up forward, along with resting ruckmen Leedham and Sam Bruinewoud, while small men Brendan Taylor and James Gillow will also require plenty of attention.

Ready to roll
The Magpies feel they’re up to the challenge though, the returning Jaye Bowden a massive boost after his serious ankle injury against Launceston in last year’s Qualifying Final win.

He is joined by recruits Aiden Grace and Sam Reeves to give the black and white some serious marking power, while Adam Roberts, Clinton French, Cal Daly and former Blue Giacomo Millucci make a dangerous crumbing fleet.

Of course, Millucci isn’t the only man facing his old side, Launceston captain Sam Rundle now a Magpie and ready to lead the midfield charge that is so critical on the expanses on Windsor Park.

He is joined by veterans Brayden Webb, Rhys Mott and John Geard in the middle, while emerging stars Ben Kamaric and James Webb are sure to have their turn in the middle.

Coach cautiously confident
With the standout backline from last season largely intact, led by Josh Arnold, Daniel Joseph and Harrison Gunther, Glenorchy coach Paul Kennedy likes the strength his team possesses across all three lines.

“While we don’t have everyone available for Round 1, we head up to Launy with a strong side, and we need to, they have played finals the past two seasons for a reason,” he said.

“AFL results so far have reinforced that you can’t take anything for granted early in the season, and the guys are mentally ready for a tough grind against a good team who play their home ground really well.

“Windsor Park is a very long deck and presents challenges in that regard, but we feel like we have a versatile team this year so hopefully we will be up to the task.”


Glenorchy

B: J. Arnold, J. Grant, C. Salter

HB: A. Brennan, H. Gunther, D. Joseph

C: G.  Millucci, J.  Geard, J.  Webb

HF: A. Grace, S. Reeves, B. Kamaric

F: C. Daly, J. Bowden, L. Smith

R: C. Duffy, R. Mott, S. Rundle

Int: T. Butterworth, C. French, C. Mcknight, B. Webb

Emg: J. Deegan, R. Oakley, A. Roberts, J. Stevenson

 

Launceston

B: J. Boyd, S. Vandervelde, J. Tuthill

HB: J. Smith, E. Conway, R. Tyrrell

C: C.  Brown, J.  Harper, M.  Hodge

HF: B. Palfreyman, M. Thorp, F. Seymour

F: J. Gillow, H. Leedham, G. Holt

R: S. Bruinewoud, J. Donnellan, B. Taylor

Int: H. Griffiths, T. Lucas, T. Miller, L. Walsh

Emg: T. Bristow, J. Hinds, B. Killalea, J. Talbot

 

 

 

Leaders

The Glenorchy District Football Club congratulates Brayden Webb, who has been voted captain of this great club for the sixth year.

This moves 'Pidge' alongside the great Jack Rough as the second-longest serving skipper in the club's 100 years, just one year behind Michael Styles' record.


2019 GRACE AIDENThe Centennial Season just got more exciting, with Aiden Grace the latest recruit to fly into The Nest!

Previously from Clarence, Aiden led the Geelong Football League's goal kicking last season, booting 59 majors for runners up St Mary's.

That form earned him three call-ups to the Geelong VFL team and he produced a classy 4-goal performance against minor premiers Richmond.

If you would like to sponsor Aiden and receive a Framed Centennial Jumper along with other benefits, sign up for our Centennial Player Sponsorship
 

Senior Club Coach Paul Kennedy is excited about having a player of Aiden's calibre at the club for the Centennial Year and beyond.

"Gracey is an outstanding talent but he's also a great example for his teammates with the way he goes about training, which is impressive for a 21-year-old," Kennedy said.

"He still has aspirations to play at the highest level, as a club we fully support that and we look forward to the big impact he's going to have for Glenorchy in the TSL."

Grace's first home outing at KGV is on Saturday 6 April in the Heritage Game against North Hobart.

Click here to book your spot at the official Heritage Game Dinner featuring all-time greats of the Magpies-Demons rivalry, Gary 'Super' Linton and Darryn Perry.

gdfc women coaches 2019

The Glenorchy District Football Club is proud to announce Peter Barwick as TSLW Senior Coach for the 2019 season, taking the reins from premiership coach Craig Grace.

Peter, a Playing Life Member of the club and GDFCW Assistant Coach in recent years, commented:

“It’s a great honour to head up the panel as senior coach in the club's Centennial Year. It’s also a privilege and a challenge to take over from Craig, who has done an amazing job, not only for the Glenorchy Football Club, but for women’s football in general."

Peter will head up a Coaching Panel of (from left to right) Garry Barwick (midfield coach), Dean Webster (backs coach) and Sandy Eaton (forwards coach).

In a first for the club, the team’s opening game will be on ANZAC Day under lights at KGV, including the unfurling of the 2018 Premiership Flag.

Enjoy the Thirteen Plays of Christmas from 2018, see you soon for our Centenary Year:

2018 EATON SANDY AWARD
In a befitting presentation at last Friday's annual AFL Women's Lunch at Blundstone Arena, our own Sandy Eaton was named Tasmanian Woman Footballer of the Year.

One of the finest GDFCW Players the club has ever produced, Sandy has been an ornament to the game and the heart and soul of our Women's team since it's inception in 2014.

Sandy announced her retirement from football after this season's premiership win, but she is very keen to remain involved with the club, and no doubt her experience and knowledge will be a benefit for our future GDFCW stars for many seasons to come.

Congratulations Sandy!

Seniors

Best & Fairest:  Daniel Joseph

Best & Fairest Runner Up: Harrison Gunther

Best & Fairest 3rd: Josh Arnold

Best Clubman: Rhys Mott

Best First Year Players: Adam Roberts & Jack Stevenson

Best in Finals: Josh Arnold

Best Team Player: James Webb

Leading Goalkicker: Jaye Bowden

Magpie Tough: Ben Kamaric

Most Consistent: Callen Daly

Most Effective / Impact Player: Mitchel Rainbird

Most Potential: Ben Kamaric

 

Mercury Cup

Best & Fairest: Brodie Rowbottom

Best & Fairest Runner Up: Daniel Coppleman

Best in Finals: Riley Oakley

Best Team Player: Chris McKnight

Coaches Award: Braydon Patterson

Leading Goalkicker: Brodie Rowbottom

Most Consistent: Nathan Newman

Most Effective / Impact Player: Brodie Rowbottom

Most Potential: Dominic Brown

Under 18s

Best & Fairest: Connar Walker

Best & Fairest Runner Up: Beau Kelly

Best Team Player: Zac Welsh

Most Consistent: Zac Evans-Fenton

Most Effective / Impact Player: Nathan Blowfield

Most Improved: Brandyn Holmes

Most Potential: Seb Michalowski

 

Women's

Best & Fairest: Mackie Sutcliffe

Best & Fairest Runner Up: Sarah Skinner

Best First Year Player: Jade Williams

Best in Finals: Natalie Daniels

Best Team Player (Players Player): Mackie Sutcliffe

Coaches Award: Rachael Siely

Leading Goalkicker: Nietta Lynch

Most Improved: Elise Barwick
 

2018 tslw premiers
 

 

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LYNCH NIETTA 100gamesCongratulations to our Captain Nietta Lynch on playing her 100th game, undoubtedly our most reliable player week in and week out who never disappoints and will always put her body, heart and soul on the line for her ‘Pies. Welcome to the Life Members club of GDFC!

2018 JOSEPH DANIEL RACTCongratulations to Daniel Joseph who has finished equal first in the RACT Player of the Year!

‘DJ’ has had a fantastic season after returning to the club after a stint with Aspley in the NEAFL, where he won the Carl Herbert Medal for the best and fairest last year.

Daniel tied for first place with North Launceston’s Taylor Whitford, and we congratulate both players on their stellar seasons!

Sunday 19 Ausgust 2018 was a historic day for the Glenorchy District Women's AFL in their win over Tigers, with Captain, Neitta Lynch becoming the first woman to kick 200 goals in the TWL!

Not a bad effort from 'Nietzy' who started her career at full-back!

Also congratulations to Rachael Siely who chalked up her 50th game and kicked her first ever goal, a fantastic effort!

Our girls have had an amazing season and now look towards finals action, stay tuned for upcoming times and dates.

 

2018 LYNCH NIETTA

SIELY RACHAEL

sandyeaton 100gamesYesterday Sandy Eaton became the 2nd only playing female life member of the Glenorchy District Football Club.

Sandy has been a part of AFLW since it’s beginning in Tasmania and has captained her teams for 8 years out of the 9 she has played in Tasmania, including being the state captain multiple times. Sandy has been a leader on and off the field in many ways and someone that everyone who has played with her has looked up to.

Congratulations Sandy, we are all so proud of you.

gemmaallan100History was be made at The Nest this Sunday when Gemma Allan became the first female player to chalk up 100 games and a life membership of the Glenorchy Football Club.

Gemma has been a part of AFLW since it’s beginning in Tasmania and has been a steady and knowledgeable head for younger players and players a like to turn to when needed. Gemma has put so much into this game over the years and is one of the reasons AFLW in Tasmania is continuing to grow and deserves every accolade that came from the game on Sunday.

Congratulations Gemma, we’ll back you in the whole way and don’t forget how proud your teammates are to play alongside you every week.

Get it gurl.

bw 150gamesThe Glenorchy Football Club congratulates Club Captain, Brayden Webb, who achieves Life Membership for the club as he plays his 150th game. 

“Pidge” has become one of the most likeable and respected players in Tasmanian football. A man more than deserving of Life Membership of our great club.

Congratulations Pidge!

Click to see Brayden's profile

2017 CORRIE THOMASACongratulations to our very own Thomasa Corrie who this year was not only our Best and Fairest but also the TSLW League Best and Fairest!!!! 

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