Glenorchy Football Club
The Glenorchy District Football Club is an Australian rules football club currently playing in the Tasmanian State League and the Southern Football League in Tasmania, Australia.
|Full name||Glenorchy Football Club|
|Motto||Fortis ad Finem (Fight to the Finish)|
|Home-and-away season||3rd (12 wins, 6 losses, 0 draws)|
|Founded||1919(as "New Town FC")|
|Colours||Black and White|
|Premierships||17 (1935, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1965, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2016)|
Glenorchy, Tasmania (capacity: 18,000+ capacity)
The club is nicknamed the Magpies after its black and white playing strip, and was originally known as New Town Football Club (wearing a green and white strip) when it started out as a member of the Tasmanian Football League in 1919.
New Town changed its name to Glenorchy in 1957 after absorbing the already established club Glenorchy Rovers and relocated its headquarters to KGV Oval at Glenorchy in Hobart's northern suburbs in the same year, playing its first match at the venue on 4 May 1957 against Hobart. It remains there to this day. After the death of the Tasmanian Football League in December 2000, the club was temporarily without a league to play in.
After some political maneuvering within football circles, Glenorchy were admitted to the Southern Football League, but at a high price, with the club being forced, as a condition of entry to the League, to give up its black and white playing strip, and its Magpies emblem as it clashed with former Southern Amateur club Claremont Magpies, who were already a member of the SFL.
Glenorchy announced in early 2001 that they would adopt a new green, black & white playing uniform, and be known as the "Glenorchy Storm". This was not popular with fans who drifted away from the club, and its membership and support base decreased rapidly.
There was to be considerable rejoicing amongst its fans in 2004, after persistent pressure from the club, and the fact that Claremont were now playing in the SFL Regional League, which resulted in Glenorchy being granted the return of its black and white strip, and the Magpie emblem.
Club record attendance
24,968: 1979 TFL Grand Final vs Clarence Roos at North Hobart Oval.
Club record attendance (Home & Away)
8,480 + approx. 2000 non-paying juniors: 2011 TSL Round 1 vs Clarence Roos at KGV Oval
Playing List 2017
|Roy Cazaly||1948-1951||TANFL||1948, 1949, 1951|
|Jack Rough||1953-1960||TANFL||1953, 1955, 1956, 1958|
|Danny Ling||1985-1987||TANFL/TFL Statewide||1985, 1986|
|Robert Groenewegen||1988||TFL Statewide|
|Billy Picken||1989||TFL Statewide|
|Danny Ling||1990-1991||TFL Statewide|
|Kim Excell||1992-1995||TFL Statewide|
|Paul Hamilton||1996-1999||TFL Statewide/TSFL||1999|
Glenorchy District Football Club Team of the Century: 1919–2000
- Backline: Roland Curley, Roy Witzerman, Alan Leitch.
- Half-back line: Trevor Sprigg, Barry Strange, Robbie Dykes.
- Centre line: Michael Styles (Capt), Neil Conlan, Ben Atkin.
- Half-forward line: John Klug, Max Griffiths, David Pearce.
- Forward line: Danny Ling, Peter Hudson, Gary Linton.
- Ruck: Jack Rough, Rex Garwood, Ron Marney.
- Interchange: John Chick, Matthew Mansfield, Kevin Morgan, Denis Lester, Kevin Baker, Adrian Fletcher, Max McMahon.
Notable players that went on the play in the VFL/AFL who started at Glenorchy:
Players who came to Glenorchy post-career:
- Tasmanian Football League
- Premiers (15): 1935, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1999, 2016, 2018 (TSLW)
- Runners up (19): 1923, 1926, 1946, 1950, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 2009, 2015, 2017(TSLW)
- Southern Football League
- Premiers (2): 2007, 2008
- Runners up (2): 2001, 2006
- Tasmanian State Premiership (5): 1948, 1953, 1956, 1965, 1975
William Leitch Medallists
(Best and fairest player – TFL and SFL premier senior football)
- 1951 – Rex Garwood
- 1967 - Neville Johnston
- 1975 – Trevor Sprigg
- 1978 – Peter Hudson
- 1979 – Peter Hudson
- 1980 – Gary Linton
- 1988 – Adrian Fletcher
- 1999 – Ben Atkin
- 2005 – David Newitt
- 2006 – Jesse Crouch
- 2008 – Shane Piuselli
George Watt Medallists
(Best and fairest player – TFL reserves football)
- 1963 – Dal Johnson
- 1968 – W. Hayes
- 1973 – P. Lynsky (tied)
- 1981 – Wayne Olding
- 1987 – Mark Horner (three way tie)
- 1988 – Steven Hay
- 2006 – Clinton French
V. A. Geard Medallists
(Best and fairest player – TFL thirds football)
- 1950 – J.Chick
- 1956 – D. Cranfield
- 1974 – L. Berwick
- 1981 – N. Jeffrey
D. R. Plaister Medallists
(Best and fairest – TFL fourths football)
- 1978 – Jamie Woolley
- 1991 – Craig Grace
(Best and fairest – Tasmanian state team)
- 1965 – M. McMahon (tied)
- 1979 – Darryl Sutton
- 1986 – David Pearce
- 2009 – Shane Piuselli (tied)
- 2019 - Aiden Grace
Horrie Gorringe Medallists
(Best on field in the Premier League Grand Final)
- 2007 – Brad Curran
- 2008 – Damian McIver
- 2012 – Jaye Bowden
- 2015 – Jaye Bowden
- 2016 – Jaye Bowden
- "Season 2017 Squad". Glenorchy Football Club.
- "Past Coaches". Glenorchy Football Club.
- "afl-vfl-players". Glenorchy Football Club.
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