THE Glenorchy Magpies have cinched the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Premiership following a thrilling win against North Launceston at Aurora Stadium on Saturday 17 September.
After a tough first half, the Glenorchy Magpies took the lead in the third quarter to rob North Launceston of their third grand final win in a row.
With a final score of 9.6(60) to North Launceston’s 5.10(40), the Magpie’s took home their first statewide flag since 1999.
Glenorchy Magpie coach Aaron Cornelius said the 2016 win was not just for the players, but also for the fans and volunteers of the club.
“There were some great individual performances in that second half, but it took 22 players to beat North Launceston,” he said.
The celebrations continued for the Magpies when Clinton French was named best player in the grand final, as well as winning the Darrel Baldock Medal.
Jay Bowden was announced best player in the competition, taking home the Alastair Lynch Medal.
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said that despite the game being held in Launceston, many Magpie fans had made the trek to Aurora Stadium to support the team by creating a sea of black and white.
“The Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC) has a strong grassroots community focus and to see the community come together to support the boys is fantastic,” she said.
“Nothing makes me prouder as a mayor than seeing Glenorchy people supporting each other.
“It has been a tough year for the club with the redevelopment at KGV taking longer than expected, but the hard work of management, the coach, players volunteers and the passion of the supporters has ensured that the 2016 season ends on a high note.”
Local retailers also lent their support to the premiership bid with many taking the time to decorate their businesses back and white.
This was done as part of a competition coordinated by GDFC and Mayor Johnston, who awarded first prize to the Camping Hut, second prize to Lowes and third prize to Max Coombes & Son.
Mayor Johnston said the 2016 Premiership trophy looked “fantastic” in the brand new KGV building and GDFC clubrooms.
“I have no doubt that if the community continues to support the club, we will see another one come our way in the 2017 season,” she said.
Caption: The Glenorchy Magpies bask in their premiership glory.