Glenorchy Magpies fly into finals

By Julian Amos*

THE finals season is now upon us.

During the home and away season I have endeavoured to share with you the many activities that happen within a football club.

I have also discussed the experiences of our coaches, players, supporters and volunteers – all who make the workings of our club possible.

The mood around the Glenorchy Magpies is buoyant as we approach the finals, and preparation is well advanced.

The seniors have suffered two losses, one to Lauderdale and the other to North Launceston.

The development league team has also suffered two losses to North Launceston and Clarence.

Each of these clubs are in the final five, so there is nothing complacent about our approach to the finals games.

Much public attention will now focus on the seniors team, which is our flagship playing group.

Throughout the year, this group of players has been moulded from a team of individuals – some of them champions in their own right – into a champion team.

Even our opponents have been impressed with our performance, especially our defensive unit, and we go into the finals without injury.

With a defence that is hard to penetrate, the team has been ably led by captain Brayden Webb, who has been supported by impressive goal-kicking performances from Jaye Bowden and Daniel Muir, as well as impressive contributors in Rhys Mott and Jordan Arnold.

I could mention every player, and it is difficult not to do so, but as always, the mention of individuals runs a risk that takes away from the team.

If we are to be successful in the finals our success will be a result of a champion team effort.

As is sometimes said, “there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’.”

Running a football club is not cheap, and this year we have been faced with the extra burden of not having clubrooms, which in the past have provided us with a trading base.

So it has not been an easy year.

With all the disruption that has occurred it is a fantastic result for us to be on top of the ladder in both the seniors and development grades.

The new clubrooms, due for completion in March, will enable us to get our feet back on the ground from an operational point of view.

With a function centre, a café and an open lounge/bistro area, the precinct will provide a much-needed boost to the Glenorchy district.

Our relationship with the Migrant Resource Centre and the Revive allied health facility, which will also be housed in the centre, will enable a range of community-based programs to be established.

The building continues to grow before our eyes and with the construction phase nearing completion, our efforts are now concentrating on the fit out.

The builders have advised that parts of the building may even be ready for occupancy by the end of the year.

We are confident the facility will be accepted into the social fabric of the broader community, and we are looking forward to settling into our new home.

*Julian Amos is a board member of the Glenorchy District Football Club. This column is written on behalf of all board members.

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