Minor premiers Glenorchy have only just stripped off its bridesmaids’ tag to claim a maiden TSLW premiership.
The beaten grand finalists to Launceston last year returned to UTAS Stadium but this time managed to outlast Clarence 6.1 (37) to 5.5 (35).
The thrilling end to the state women’s season had the lead change eight times.
Glenorchy were forced to come back from a 10-point deficit at three-quarter time.
The Magpies hit the front late in the quarter when best-on-ground Mackie Sutcliffe got loose from a marking pack 30 metres straight in front to kick her second goal.
Clarence had the chance either side of the winning goal when two errant shots were sprayed out on the full.
Inside the final 90 seconds, Glenorchy could have sealed the premiership with their first missed shot all day from six earlier straight kicks.
Fears the TSLW grand final could turn into a slogfest in early overcast and damp conditions was unfounded.
After just nine goals were kicked in the development league decider, both teams combined for four goals in the first quarter.
Forward Jacinta Limbrick scored both of the Roos’ goals, including a long bomb from outside 40 metres.
Clarence held a two-point advantage at both the first and second change.
Glenorchy pinched the lead, but Roos opportunist Maddy Smith goaled twice in minutes to deliver the biggest margin of the game.
Pies full forward Natalie Daniels’ opener set up the moment for Sutcliffe to win the game in the tense finish.