Celebrating a century of black and white

15 January 2019|Sport| Off Comments off on Celebrating a century of black and white|

WITH plentiful premierships under its belt, the Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC) has a lot to be proud of.

But its most exciting achievement is making it to its centenary year.

Founded in 1919 as the New Town Football Club, GDFC was originally formed by a group of passionate and dedicated footballers who played at New Town Oval.

GDFC general manager Duncan Warburton said the club (New Town Football Club) developed to play in the senior league, winning its first premiership in 1935.

“We continued to win premierships in 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955 and 1956, cementing ourselves as a serious competitor in the league,” he said.

“The club was renamed the Glenorchy District Football Club in 1957 following the merge of New Town Football Club with a group of players called the Glenorchy Rovers.

“We then went on to form our home grounds at the KGV football ground, now affectionately known as ‘The Nest’.”

The newly formed GDFC won its first premiership in 1958 and has since continued to win premierships and host popular and well-respected Tasmanian players such as Peter Hudson, Roy Cazaly, Darryl Sutton, Rodney Eade and John Chick.

Looking back over its 100-year history, Mr Warburton said 1975 and 1986 were significant years for the Pies.

“1975 was the year that the club won the State Premiership, defeating North Launceston in a game that was later inducted in the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame, and 1986 was when our club won premierships in the Seniors, Reserves, Thirds and Fourths, a feat never before achieved by a Tasmanian football club” he said.

“Over the past 20 years, the club has not only had success on the football field, but also in the Glenorchy community.

“We’ve maintained a good relationship with the Salvation Army, hosting Red Saturday fundraisers for the past five years.

“We also have various outreach programs, where we get into local schools to teach footy to the kids, which is really rewarding.

“We are all about helping young people improve themselves as individuals, members of the community and as footballers.”

To celebrate its centennial year, the club will host a number of celebratory rounds, as well as a family fun day for the club community.

On 31 May, GDFC will play its centennial game against arch-rival Clarence at KGV under lights.

Mr Warburton said he was expecting a big crowd and support for the club.

“In addition to the centennial game, the heritage round against North Hobart, the traditional Anzac Day game against Tigers and the Indigenous round against North Launceston will be very special games for the club,” he said.

To celebrate the centennial year, the club has released a special logo, new playing guernseys and a new range of merchandise.

The club will host a centennial dinner on 1 June at Wrest Point Casino to celebrate its achievements with players – both past and present – family and the members of the community.

Caption: Clockwise from back left, Glenorchy District Football Club premiership players Brad Curran (2007 and 2008), Hannah Smith (2016), Gary Linton (1975, 1985 and 1986), Clinton French (2008 and 2016) and Tim Green (1999).

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