Glenorchy Football Club seeing red in its 100th year

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PLAYERS will put on their red socks on 25 May, with the Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC) preparing for its biggest Red Saturday during the club’s centenary year.

Held annually at the KGV Oval, GDFC partners with the Salvation Army for its Red Shield Appeal to raise vital funds to help the Salvation Army continue the amazing work it does in the community.

Glenorchy will take to the field against Launceston in what is expected to be a scintillating match for spectators.

A luncheon will be held in the Jack Rough function room, with tickets costing $45 per head or $320 for a table of eight.

Ticket holders will be treated to a meal from Waji Food, a first-class view of the game and a talk from Glenorchy senior coach Paul Kennedy who will speak about his football experiences in the AFL and TSL, as well as the importance of community in the northern suburbs.

A number of family activities will also be held throughout the day, with the Salvation Army collecting money through donation tins.

GDFC general manager Duncan Warburton said he wanted to make Red Saturday a tradition to get all community members along to the game to support a good cause.

“Our club has always been a place to provide young men and women with a sense of belonging, along with providing opportunities for them to grow and develop, not only as footballers but as valuable members of the community,” he said.

“It may be our own members, supporters or players that come across a difficult time in their lives and may need to reach out for support from the Salvation Army.”

With the club in its 100th year, Mr Warburton said the GDFC was an icon of the northern suburbs.

“The club was originally created in 1919 when a bunch of young men who had just returned from World War I took up football to help ease the memories of what they’d been through,” he said.

“There are still young men and women who are looking for an outlet in their life, who want to succeed, who want to join a great community club, and want to meet new people and form friendships that will last their lifetime.

“We want to be a community club that welcomes everyone.”

Local Salvation Army community centre manager Captain Jeff Milkins said all proceeds raised would support vulnerable Tasmanians in Glenorchy.

“We want to support the local community in every way we can, so raising money in this community means we can deliver more services and help so many more people who are struggling or going through crisis points in their life,” he said.

The collaboration between GDFC and the Salvation Army has been extended for another three years and both parties are certain it will be longer.

“Red Saturday is the centrepiece in our preparations for the Red Shield Appeal, so it’s a great opportunity for us to get the word out and reach a large segment of this community that we live in and love so much,” Captain Milkins said.

“We’re moving right into the heart of Glenorchy later this year, so we’ll be close to the club, and to have that connection will be a great thing between two key groups in the community of Glenorchy.”

For more information on Red Saturday or to RSVP, phone 6272 9593 or email or visit

GDFC will also be holding a number of events throughout the course of the year to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.

This includes its centennial game on 31 May against Clarence and centennial dinner at Wrest Point Casino on 1 June.

Caption: From left, Glenorchy District Football Club general manager Duncan Warburton, Glenorchy Alderman Simon Fraser, Salvation Army’s Shieldy the Mascot and local Salvation Army community centre manager captain Jeff Milkins are excited for this year’s Red Saturday.

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