TSL Inception: 2009 (Founding Team)
TSL Premierships: 2016 (17 Premierships across other competition formats)
Alastair Lynch Medals: Jaye Bowden (2016, 2015, 2012)
Hudson Medallists: Jaye Bowden (2016, 2015), Aaron Cornelius (2014)
Home Ground: KGV Oval, Glenorchy
Guernsey Colours: Black and White stripes
Head Coach: Aaron Cornelius
Captain: Brayden Webb
Rivals: North Launceston, Lauderdale
Key Clashes: Round 4 vs Tigers at KGV on April 25 (Anzac Day)
Round 7 vs North Launceston at KGV on May 13
Round 8 vs Lauderdale at KGV on May 20
Ins: Zac Webster (Hawthorn), Harry Parker, Dylan Grant, Chris McKnight, Josh Davie (Brighton), Adrian Peach (Burnie NWFL), Lachie Barwick, Nate Newman.
Outs: Ben Reynolds (retired), Tom Cleary, Clinton French, Jordan Hayden, Daniel Joseph, Tim Butterworth, Daniel Muir, Scott Bennetts, Simon Spencer, Luke Webb, Liam Grace, Alex Blair, Matt Rainbird, Kobey Phillips, Michael Badcock.
Glenorchy went into 2016 with a fierce determination to redeem themselves after narrowly losing the 2015 Grand Final to North Launceston. The Magpies sat at 2-2 after Round 4, but then put together a 14 match winning streak, with seven of those victories being decided by more than 100 points. Glenorchy was defeated by North Launceston in the Semi-Final, but bounced back to smash Burnie in the Preliminary Final, setting up a Grand Final rematch with their Northern rivals. The Magpies claimed the decider by 20 points, putting the icing on one of the most dominant seasons played by a club in the TSL.
Individually, Glenorchy had many standout performers in 2016. Jaye Bowden made it back to back Alastair Lynch Medals as the TSL’s best and fairest player, also reclaiming the Hudson Medal he won in 2015 as the league’s leading goal kicker. Aaron Cornelius was named as TSL Coach of the Year, and the Magpies also had six players named in the TSL Team of the Year: Jordon Arnold, Tom Cleary, Ben Reynolds (captain), Daniel Joseph, Jaye Bowden and Rhys Mott.
The main focus of the pre-season at Glenorchy has been on developing player fitness and skills, according to Cornelius. Time trial results have shown improvement across the list, not just in younger players but club veterans. A recent weekend camp and intra-club practice matches have given Development League and fringe players the chance to put their hand up for senior selection, displaying that the player pathway program at the Magpies is thriving.
Former Hawthorn player Zac Webster has set an elite standard over the summer, and Captain Brayden Webb is reaping the rewards of an injury-free pre-season. Other players to impress at training have been Jordon and Josh Arnold, Cameron Duffy, Mitch Hills, and the formidable Jaye Bowden.
The Season Ahead:
Undefeated at KGV Oval in 2016, the Magpies look set to continue their stronghold on the TSL in 2017. While one third of last season’s Premiership side have departed the club, many experienced players and developing juniors ready to play senior football remain, keen to add another trophy to the Glenorchy cabinet. North Launceston looks to be the strongest challenger, with all four match ups between the two sides decided by four goals or less last season. A fast start to the year would set the Magpies up for another tilt at the cup, and with five of their first seven matches scheduled to be played at KGV, they are every chance to assert their dominance early and maintain that form throughout the 2017 season.
2017 Prediction: 1-4.