Written by Alex FitzGerald
A complete four quarter performance from Glenorchy has seen the Magpies blow away a hapless Burnie side to the tune of 144 points at KGV Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The home side booted six goals to one in the first term and only got better as the match wore on, finishing with a dozen individual goal kickers in 2016 Premiership defender Ben Reynolds’ return game, to run out huge 26.22 (166) to 3.3 (21) winners.
The first quarter saw Glenorchy cut the Dockers apart with their ball use, and early on it was clear that the coastal side were in for a tough day. Jaye Bowden was brilliant from the start, slotting two goals for the term and having a hand in two others as the Magpies kicked six unanswered goals in a show of strength. Rudi Barrett responded just before the siren for Burnie with a long left shoe, but his side went into the first break well behind, trailing 1.2 (8) to 6.5 (41).
The Dockers managed the first goal of the second term, with Bailey Boag marking in the square and kicking truly to give his side a sniff of hope. But despite some valiant efforts in defence, Burnie were unable to stem the flow, as the Magpies’ stars went to work. Tassie Mariner forward Harrison Gunther led up hard and was rewarded for his efforts, finishing with three goals for the quarter, with captain Brayden Webb showing his class with two punishing majors of his own. Glenorchy piled on seven goals in total as winger Zac Webster starred, and at the main break the home side led 13.10 (88) to 2.2 (14).
With Burnie coach Clint Proctor off with a suspected broken arm, the Glenorchy domination continued in the third term as they booted 5.7 to 0.1. Midfielder Rhys Mott was everywhere, finishing the quarter with four inside 50’s and two goals, as his side went into the final huddle leading the coastal youngsters 18.17 (125) to 2.3 (15).
The third term opened with the familiar sight of spearhead Jaye Bowden slotting a clinical set shot goal from the boundary for Glenorchy. Second majors respectively to Butterworth and Watts soon followed as the Magpies peppered the goals, and while Walker gave the Tigers some hope late in the term with a banana goal from a tight angle, the visitors slammed on two more six pointers inside the final minute to head into the three quarter time huddle ahead 11.10 (76) to 7.9 (51).
The final quarter saw three more individual Glenorchy players hit the scoreboard, with defender Jordon Arnold rewarded for his hard work in the back half with a rare major. James Webb pushed forward to kick two of his four goals, as the Magpies ran the game out until the end, claiming a percentage-boosting 144 point victory.
Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was pleased with how his players kept the foot on the pedal for the whole afternoon.
“It was a great result; the way the guys played the game and their body language was very positive for our club.”
Despite the overwhelming margin however, Cornelius wasn’t entirely satisfied with the performance, and conceded the Magpies had some areas they needed to work on.
“I think we had a few lapses and we were wasteful in front of goal; We had too many missed tackles and gave away too many free kicks.”
Harrison Gunther and Jaye Bowden finished with four goals apiece, and Cornelius was full of praise for the work ethic of the duo, highlighting Gunther’s presence and repeat efforts and Bowden’s 20 marks. Usual defender James Webb also booted four goals, with forward target Josh Watts playing at centre half back, and the coach was happy with how those players performed in their different roles throughout the match.
“I thought he (Webb) was exceptional today, and has been really dangerous across the last few weeks with his pace. Wattsy made the transition to centre half back this week, and I thought he was really good with his intercept marks and his one on one efforts at ground level.”
Midfield trio Rhys Mott, Zac Webster and captain Brayden Webb were all prolific throughout the match, combining to drive the ball inside attacking 50 too many times to count, with the latter making the most of his opportunities to finish with three goals.
For the Dockers, it was another big loss in what has been a transition period for the club, but coach Clint Proctor was proud of how his players tried hard against quality opposition.
“Effort and intensity is something that you can control, but obviously our skill and application is not at the standard the competition requires at the moment. We’re in the development stage, and we’re hoping it improves in time.”
The future looks promising for Burnie, with teenagers Ethan Jackson and Jamieson House running hard through midfield and on the wing to win a number of possessions, with Darcy Brazendale also competing admirably in defence. Captain Nick McKenna made a large number of spoils in the backline, ensuring that the Magpies had to work around his imposing frame en route to goal.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Dockers, who host North Launceston at West Park next weekend before their well-earned bye. Glenorchy face southern rivals Clarence at Blundstone Arena in Round 15, and are scheduled to face off against all of the sides currently making up the top 5 at present in the following weeks.
While it will be a make or break month for the Magpies, Cornelius is looking forward to the challenge and the clarity it will give him on where they sit.
“In about four weeks’ time we’ll be able to get a gauge on where we’re at; it’s all about doing things right and our processes, and giving ourselves the best opportunity to play some finals deep into the end of the year.”
GLENORCHY v. BURNIE DOCKERS
Round 14 – 08/07/2017
Glenorchy 6.6, 13.11, 18.17, 24.22 (166)
Burnie Dockers 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 3.4 (22)
GOALS, Glenorchy :
H. Gunther 4, J. Bowden 4, J. Webb 4, B. Webb 3, Z. Webster 2, J. Geard 1,
D. Coppleman 1, C. Duffy 1, T. Butterworth 1, B. Reynolds 1, R. Mott 1, J. Arnold 1
Burnie Dockers :
E. Jackson 1, B. Boag 1, R. Barrett 1
BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, R. Mott, B. Webb, Z. Webster, J. Webb, M. Hills
Burnie Dockers :
N. McKenna, R. Barrett, J. House, E. Jackson, H. Walters, D. Brazendale