A five-goal haul from young Magpie James Webb helped cover the loss of key forward Jaye Bowden as Glenorchy toppled ladder-leading home team Clarence at Bellerive Oval on Saturday.
Webb kicked two goals in the first quarter alone and helped keep the heat on throughout the match for a 16.13 (109) to 12.14 (86) win.
Glenorchy’s pressure and ability with the contested ball made life difficult for the Kangaroos in the first quarter, but the home team steadied in the second to keep the contest alive.
However, several poor turnovers from Clarence delivered the ball straight to Glenorchy hands in the third quarter after a stop-start first half chewed up some time and increased the on-field tension.
The Roos didn’t give up with Jordan Roberts kicking a goal just before the main break to close the margin and keep Glenorchy from running rampant.
A wasteful free kick reversal from Clarence to Glenorchy also didn’t help the home team’s fight, but they came back firing in the fourth quarter.
Hungry for victory, the third-ranked Magpies set up a 29-point lead by three-quarter time but nearly let it slip away in the fourth quarter.
The final quarter mirrored round 6’s match-up where Clarence likewise snapped seven goals: but this time Glenorchy held strong.
Clarence kicked six majors under Glenorchy’s nose, however a late goal from Magpie Zac Webster pushed the margin back out to 23 points.