Written by Alex FitzGerald
A dominant third term from Glenorchy has seen them overcome a resilient Tigers outfit in sunny conditions to the tune of 25 points on Saturday afternoon at Twin Ovals.
After a fast start, the 2016 Tasmanian State League Premiers went into the main break a mere two points ahead, but a commanding third quarter in which they booted five goals enabled them to break free of the Tigers to hold on for a 14.14 (97) to 10.12 (72) win.
One of the major talking points out of the game was the Tigers’ late recruitment of former St Kilda player Daniel Archer.
The first 10 minutes of the match was goalless, with strong defence from both sides on display, a high number of intercept possessions cut off most forays forward. Former Brisbane Lions listed player Josh Watts finally broke the drought, taking a big contested grab and converting the subsequent set shot to put Glenorchy on the board. The Tigers received plenty of drive forward from towering recruit Daniel Archer, who took five marks in the first term alone, and he responded with a major soon after. From then on it was all the Pies’ way, as they finished the term on an accurate 4.2 (26) to the Tigers’ wasteful 1.5 (11), with the crafty Matt Joseph snaring two goals.
The Tigers came out blazing in the second quarter, with a fast goal to Mitch Walker. The Magpies returned fire soon afterwards through Tim Butterworth, but a big tackle from Jack Pearce saw him slot a crucial goal for the home side, and when the hard running 16 year old Oliver Burrows-Cheng set up Walker for his second major, the game was evenly poised. A late steadying goal from James Webb saw the Magpies hold a slim 6.4 (40) to 5.8 (38) lead at the main break.
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 some of the strangely absent physicality both sides are known for present itself, as the struggle for the football reached its peak. Mitch Rainbird was in everything, with the tough Glenorchy onballer booting an early goal but also finding himself in the umpire’s book for striking Tyler Carter, an incident which gifted the Tigers a major of their own. The ever-classy Liam Smith looked to have sealed the game for the Magpies when he sidestepped his opponent to slot the goal of the day from long range, but two hurried majors from the hosts gave the Kingborough supporters a faint hope. Enter Rainbird, who ran hard up the grandstand wing to kick his second of the stanza as Glenorchy maintained their three quarter time lead of 25 points at the final siren.
Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius praised the Tigers for pushing his side, particularly in the opening half, but was happy with how the Magpies responded after the main break.
“To their credit, (the Tigers) really got the ball moving forward and they beat us in the inside 50’s and took some good marks; they were pretty innacurate, which kept us in the game.
“In the first half they brought the heat; they were a different outfit to last week, and credit to them.
“I thought we played really well in the third quarter, and managed to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game, with our ability to get the ball out of the stoppages.”
The Magpies were well served by forward target Josh Watts and the roaming Matt Joseph, who finished with three goals apiece, while Mitch Rainbird and Tim Butterworth kicked two majors. Defenders Matthew Dilger and Rhys Mott were influential, linking up well with midfield trio Jaye Bowden, James Webb and Ben Kamaric.
Cornelius singled out the performance of usual forward Bowden, who played on the ball.
“We had a bit of variety (in the forward line) which let Jaye get up the ground; he had over 30 disposal and played a very well-rounded game.”
Tigers coach Aaron Vince was happy with how his side, particularly the defenders, bounced back after saying that he had felt let down by the playing group following last week’s big loss to the Hobart City Demons.
“I thought our response (compared) to the effort that we put in last week was tremendous; our backline worked really well, and we had over 40 handball receives back there so that was pleasing.”
With seven changes made to the side that took to the field in Round 12, Vince made his message clear on selection policy for the rest of the season.
“We’ll hopefully get players back (from representative and school duties) and we’ll continue to play players based on form.”
Daniel Archer had a huge influence with his presence across half forward, particularly in the first half, and will play for the Tigers for the rest of the 2017 season. Michael Booth and Tyler Carter shut down dangerous forwards Tyler Bowden and Mitch Hills to earn the praise of Vince, but he was most impressed with captain Tim Peterson in a defensive role.
Teenage wingers Oliver Burrows-Cheng and Connor Bryant also stood out with their fearless attack on the ball, with both laying big tackles and driving the ball forward against the run of play.
The Tigers have the bye next week before facing Lauderdale, Launceston and North Launceston in what will be a tough July. Glenorchy will host the hapless Burnie Dockers as they look to cement a finals position, and Cornelius is preparing his charges for a strong run home.
“We want to get ourselves into a routine (of consistent football) with not too many changes, and set ourselves up for the back half of the year.”
TIGERS v. GLENORCHY
Round 13 – 01/07/2017
Glenorchy 4.2, 6.4, 11.10, 14.13 (97)
Tigers 1.5, 5.8, 7.9, 10.12 (72)
GOALS, Glenorchy :
J. Watts 3, M. Joseph 3, M. Rainbird 2, T. Butterworth 2, J. Webb 1, J. Bowden 1,
L. Smith 1, C. Duffy 1
M. Walker 3, D. Archer 2, M. Carter 1, T. Carter 1, S. Rice 1, J. Pearce 1,
B. Livingston 1
BEST, Glenorchy :
J. Bowden, B. Kamaric, T. Butterworth, R. Mott, M. Dilger, J. Webb
T. Peterson, M. Booth, D. Archer, T. Carter, O. Burrows-Cheng, C. Bryant