Dear members of the Glenorchy Magpie Family,

I don’t need to tell you that these are very challenging times for the Glenorchy District Football Club, the football community and everyone in our wider community.

Obviously, with the new government restrictions now in place, all the core operations of our club have now been suspended – our senior football teams, our junior club, our bar, function centre and bingo.

While our players are understandably disappointed not be taking on Clarence on 4 April after four months of intense pre-season training, we all understand the current situation is bigger than football.

The latest advice from the Federal Government is that:

  • There is a ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more
  • Social distancing recommendations remain in place

Acting under this advice the GDFC Bingo will be cancelled and potentially recommence on Thursday 9th April.

Further information will be made available as it comes to hand via our Social Media and Website pages.

GDFC Board

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The AFL wishes to advise that following a meeting with AFL State CEOs a collective decision has been made to postpone the operation and / or the commencement of each premier State League (including the TSL and TSLW) and state talent program (including the NAB League Boys and Girls competitions).

The decision was collectively agreed upon based on the part-time nature of these competitions and the financial implications for the State League clubs and State Leagues.

This decision is effective until May 31.

The AFL will continue to explore all fixturing alternatives to ensure matches are played, however, acknowledges the situation is fluid and any decision made may change.


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The health and safety of our football community – participants, players, coaches, umpires, volunteers and fans are paramount.

The AFL is closely monitoring the situation with respect to COVID-19 and it is important that any information you receive with respect to COVID-19 or any other infectious illness comes from a reputable source. We are regularly consulting with the Australian Government, the World Health Organisation and the AFL’s Chief Medical Officers on the best advice for our football community.

The Glenorchy District Football Club is committing to creating a safe, fair and inclusive sporting and social environment. It seeks to prevent all forms of harassment, discrimination and abuse to promote positive behaviour and values.

Member Protection Information Officers are trained to be the first point of contact for any person considering making a complaint. They provide confidential, impartial and timely information and support. They act as a sounding board and provide information about complaint resolution options available to address the individual’s concerns.

General Manager, Duncan Warburton is the club’s Member Protection Information Officer and can be contacted by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 6272 9593.

New Town/Glenorchy Past Players and Officials Association

100 Centennary Champions 
Hall of Fame Induction

The New Town and Glenorchy Past Players and Officials Association are holding a very unique event that every past player should make an effort to attend on Friday, 15 November 2019 in the Jack Rough Function Room from 6.30pm.

100 Centenary Champions :
The event will bring together the club's young and old to honour  the respective achievements and contributions set in stone by our past and present players. From the oldest living Past Player who started his football career in 1948 to the modern era of players, will jointly celebrate 100 years of fluctuating seasons.
In excess of 250 nominations have been received from twenty prominent past players, coaches and officials who participated in the nomination process that covered the period 1945 to 2018. Players nominated from the pre 2nd World War era (1919-1941) were selected from club archival profiles and presented as part of the process.

No doubt the final 100 Centenary Champion list will include a few surprises that may cause some conjecture,  however, that’s the norm with these type of concepts.

The final 100 will be presented on the night of the 15th November, with each to receive a framed Centenary Certificate, while their name will be etched on an appropriate honour board for prosperity and unveiled by new Association President, Greg Saunders.

Master of Ceremonies:
Well known Tasmanian actor and entertainer, John X will host the evening and will be joined by his crooning colleagues during the night for a must-see performance!                                        

Hall of Fame:
The induction to the Club’s Hall of Fame for Modern Day Champion, Jay Bowden will be one of the most memorable in recent history…. truly is a special occasion!

Jaye has cemented an incredible record by winning six ‘Banjo’ Patterson Best & Fairest awards. A record that stood for 60 years, jointly held by pre-war great, Eric Hanlon sen. and 1950’s sensation, Neil Conlan of four awards apiece.
No Door Sales - only 200 tickets - don't miss out!
Cost is $70pp and includes a wonderful carvery by Waji Food
Tickets can be purchased via direct debit:
BSB   :   067 101               
A/C No.  :  2801 3675                       
A/C Name   : Past Players

or from:

Ace De Jersey - 0457 799 241
Graham Kelly - 0400 212 805
Robert Postma - 0418 314 710
Stan Walker - 0429 811 968
Bob O'Toole - 6272 1701


Club Stalwart Barry Hassett (pictured with his wife, Sue) was recognised last year as Tasmanian Football's 'Volunteer of the Year” at a gala event at Wrest Point.
The award was hotly contested with many worthy volunteers nominated from leagues and teams throughout Tasmania, but it was 'Our Baz' who was adjudged the winner.
Barry's prize is a very generous 2019 AFL Grand Final package for 2 people provided by AFL Tasmania which he will be enjoying this weekend with his lovely (and very understanding) wife, Sue.  The experience includes 3 days in Melbourne attending many Grand Final events including the traditional Friday parade and premium seats at the big game. 
Barry Hassett is an institution at Anfield Street, and many describe him as the 'heart and soul' of the Glenorchy District Football Club.  He has been involved at the club for well over 50 years in many capacities including Director, Team Manager and property steward to name a few.   His commitment and love of the 'Mighty Magpies' is unparalleled and it would be hard to find a more dedicated football volunteer in Australia.
The Club acknowledges this wonderful initiative of AFL Tasmania to recognise and reward volunteers and their families who are the lifeblood of all football clubs.
On behalf of the Club, past and present,  Barry and Sue, thanks for your support, commitment and tireless involvement with the Club. Enjoy this reward and recognition as a  token of the esteem the Football community and the Glenorchy District Football Club hold for your amazing contributions.


 Best Wishes,
John McCann

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In recent months The Executive has been reduced to only five members following the resignation of our most recent President, Barry Connolly.  Barry has accepted an invitation from  Club President, John McCann, to join the GDFC Board while Leon Carr and Ray Careless also decided to commit more of their time in assisting the club on a general basis.

During their time these former members were a valuable part of our Association and we wish them well in their new roles with the Club.
Fortunately, we  had only the last home game functions to conduct which allowed us to operate without any concerns. It also allowed us the opportunity to review our  membership of both former and current members in an endeavour to at least fill the position of President.
Following a recent meeting with a prospective candidate, we are pleased to advise he was only too willing (despite a little arm twisting) to accept the role. It is our pleasure to confirm former player, Greg “Sheepy” Saunders is now our Association President and looks forward to continuing the good work done by his predecessor.

As a former President of Rotary Claremont,  current committee member of Ronald McDonald House and prior to retirement was employed by Australia Post for 45 years which should prove beneficial  for him in his new and exciting role as our President.  


Thank you to all who entered the GDFC Centennial Raffle.
Congratulations to the following lucky winners:
1st Prize - Kathy Sutton
2nd Prize - Margaret Unwin
3rd Prize - David Brazendale
4th Prize - Greg McDougall

Glenorchy District Football Club

Inclusion and Respect Policy – 2019

Ben Atkin trophy

Our next Glenorchy 'Legend of the Century' is one of the best midfielders Tasmania has ever produced, Ben 'Bucket' Atkin.

A 1999 premiership star, William Leitch Medalist and 3-time Cazaly Medalist, Ben was also a star for the Tasmanian Devils when they were a force to be reckoned with in the VFL.

Bucket's message to all Glenorchy fans is get to the Centennial Dinner and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 100 years:

Click here to reserve your place alongside Magpie royalty 

"I just can't wait to come along to the dinner and catch up with all the people I was lucky enough to play with and just reminisce," he said.

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Our next legend of the century is Jaye Bowden, who last weekend joined Peter Hudson in Glenorchy's exclusive 500-goal club with a six-goal haul against Clarence.

We caught up with Jaye before the game to catch his thoughts about the milestone, his career at KGV and his club's 100-year celebration.

The Glenorchy District Football Club celebrates 100 wonderful years in 2019 and we invite you to join us for 2 very special events on our Centennial weekend.

On Friday 31 May, enjoy the best seat in the house as Glenorchy host arch-rival Clarence under lights in our 'Centennial Game'.  Members of the 1999 TSL premiership team will be in attendance along with special guests.  Price is $40 per person, or a table of 10 for $300 and includes a ‘pub-style’ meal from Waji Food, game viewing from the magnificent Jack Rough Room and ground entry.  The function starts at 6.00pm, with the GDFC Women’s team playing Clarence at 5.30pm with the big game between Glenorchy and Clarence starting at 7.30pm.

Saturday morning our Development League kick off against Clarence at 11.30, while our Under 18s play at 9.30am.  Kiosk will be open along with the Magpie Bar.

On Saturday evening, 1 June the celebrations continue with our Centennial Dinner at Wrest Point Casino. Club legends, live entertainment, wonderful memories and guests such as Peter Hudson, Rodney Eade and many more.  Cost is $155 (inc GST) for Adults, $130 for GDFC Members, $110 for GDFC Concession Members and $1350 for a table of 10.

Sunday, 2 June will be a final chance to catch up with members, supporters and friends with a family day at KGV.

Bookings can be made online via the following link;

2019 is a great and historic year for our proud club.  I look forward to seeing you to help us celebrate.

Duncan Warburton
General Manager


Glenorchy Gazette February 7, 2019

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FRESHLY shined, polished and looking brand new.

With a little dedication and elbow grease, the Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC) has restored the legendary RH ‘Banjo Patterson’ trophy to its former glory, much to the appreciation of the club community.

GDFC general manager Duncan Warburton said the trophy restoration was long overdue.

“Unfortunately, over the years the trophy fell into disrepair and wasn’t looked after the way it should have been,” he said.

“Luckily, the New Town/Glenorchy Past Players and Officials Association took it upon itself to restore the trophy to its former glory.

“This process was spearheaded by Past Players and Officials Association historian Graham Kelly, with the assistance of Stan Walker.

“It involved removing dents and stains on the trophy and repolishing it and Graham and Stan were instrumental to the process.”

The Banjo Patterson trophy is a GDFC icon, bought to life from former New Town Football Club player Banjo Patterson.

Mr Warburton said when Mr Patterson retired, he joined the New Town Football Club committee.

“Mr Patterson wanted to have a trophy made that could be presented to the best and fairest player each year,” he said.

Mr Warburton said Mr Patterson funded the trophy himself on the condition that it be named after him.

“The trophy was passed by the board and first awarded in 1928 to Eric Huxtable,” he said.

Over the years, the trophy has been awarded to notable players such as Peter Hudson in 1978, 1976 and 1979, Neil Conlan in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958 and, more recently, Daniel Joseph in 2018.

Current player Jaye Bowden has been awarded the trophy six times and holds the record for the highest number of best and fairest wins.

Following its restoration, the trophy is being displayed in a trophy case with other GDFC memorabilia at KGV and is open during business hours if members of the public wish to view it.

“It’s one of the most impressive trophies of its kind in Australia and we are excited to share it with our community,” Mr Warburton said.

Caption: GDFC general manager Duncan Warburton with the recently restored RH ‘Banjo Patterson’ trophy.

This Policy outlines our procedures for a balanced and responsible approach to the service, supply, consumption and promotion of alcohol and our requirements regarding smoke-free environments at club games, special events, functions and other club-related activities. It represents our club’s commitment to its members, volunteers and guests, acknowledging the role that sporting clubs and associations play in building strong and healthy communities.

This Policy will also assist our club to:

  • Ensure adult behaviour is a positive influence on younger players and spectators.

  • Meet its duty of care in relation to the health and safety of our members, volunteers and guests

    who attend any club games, special events, functions and other activities.

  • Uphold the reputation of our club, our sponsors and partners.

  • Understand the risks associated with alcohol misuse and smoking and our role in minimising

    this risk.

  • Comply with liquor licencing and tobacco legislation.

    This policy applies to all our members, Board and Committee members, coaches, officials, other volunteers and guests.