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.

“That the constitution be amended as follows”

  1. By adding the words “or its appointed sub-committee” after the last reference in the paragraph to Board of Management in the fourth line of Part 7 Misconduct of Members, Rule 39 (1).
  2. By adding the words “Following the sub-committees report” at the beginning of the sentence in the first line of Part 7 Misconduct of Members, Rule 39 (3).
  3. That the words “Club Licences” be replaced with “General Licences” in the second line of Part 8 Miscellaneous Provisions, Rule 43, Guidelines – Liquor Licencing Act.
  4. By adding the words “and Lounge” after the reference to Part 8 Miscellaneous Provisions Rule 45.
  5. That the words “Club Licenses” be replaced with “General Licenses” in the second line of Part 8 Miscellaneous Provisions Rule 45 (1).
  6. That the whole paragraph be removed in Part 8 Miscellaneous Provisions Rule 45 (2).
  7. That the whole paragraph be removed in Part 8 Miscellaneous Provisions Rule 45 (4).
  8. By adding the words “male” after the word “Any” in the first line of Rule 31 Life Members (2)
  9. By adding a new rule, classified as (3) with the wording “Any female player who has played one hundred (100) games with the Senior Women’s Team of the Club shall automatically become a Player Life Member in Rule 31 Life Members.
  10. That paragraph (3) under Rule 31 now becomes paragraph (4) with the addition of the above new paragraph.


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Glenorchy District Football Club will be held at the upstairs Jack Rough Room, 1A Anfield Street Glenorchy, at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

1. To confirm the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting held on the 24 January 2018
2. The adoption of the Financial Statements for the period ended 31st October 2018
3. Declaration of Office Bearers for the following positions:
(i) President (2 years)
(ii) Secretary/Public Officer (2 years)
(iii) Treasurer (2 years)
(iv) Five (5) Directors (four 2-year positions and one 1-year position)

Nominations for the above positions must be in writing signed by two (2) financial members of the Association and accompanied by the written consent of the nominee. Nomination forms are available from the Club Office and must be lodged with the Public Officer by 5.00pm Tuesday, 22 January 2019.

4. Appointment of Auditor for the ensuing year.
5. Adoption of amendments to the Club Constitution. A copy of which can be obtained either from the club website or from the Public Officer at 1A Anfield Street.
6. Announcement of Life Membership/s.
7. Announcement of Merit Certificate/s.
8. The consideration of any business presented in accordance with the Articles of the Club.
9. Election of Patron.

Warren Ross
Public Officer


Attention Magpie Fans!!

We are very excited to announce that our exclusive on-line store with Tribal Sport is live and ready to take your orders!

All items displayed on the page are ready to order immediately, 

The range and quality of merchandise available will have you looking sharp for our Centennial year, whether you are a supporter, member, player or just love great footy gear!

There will be plenty more items to come, but this is just a taste to get your summer wardrobe sorted!

This exclusive pre-order period runs from now until the 8th of January, 2019.

Be a part of history in 2019!


gdfc 100 logo 300wThe Glenorchy District Football Club is very proud to unveil our new centennial logo for 2019.

The club was originally founded as the New Town Football Club in 1919, and was located at New Town Oval.

In 1957 the club merged with the Glenorchy Rovers was renamed the Glenorchy District Football Club and relocated to KGV, which is now known as the spiritual 'Home of the Magpies'.

Our new logo encompasses the original colours of New Town along with the now famous black and white.



Even though the Glenorchy Magpies have a bye this weekend we need to be involved with this powerful initiative to keep our TSL.

Combined Clubs Media Release.

In 2013 the AFL invited several Tasmanian football clubs to join with them as part of a 10 year strategic plan to reignite Tasmanian Football and create the Tasmanian State league.  Engaged in the representations the AFL made at the time the intent was shown that they would back the TSL and its member clubs and assist in creating football centres of excellence around the state even past the 10 year original funding guarantee.  So many people have invested in the AFL's plan, worked extremely hard and devoted their careers to walk harmoniously with the AFL through the journey. Now the community that surrounds the TSL, the business community, the political landscape are in bewilderment why only 5 years in the AFL want to abandon their own plan rather than develop it, work with it, resource and make it stronger. In terms of the fundamental vision of the TSL to deliver Best Talent and Premier Competition all TSL clubs have more than delivered on these outcomes and more importantly become community pillars for young boys and girls, men and women to not only develop their football, fitness and health but many life skills and opportunities both professionally and educationally.

From within the 7 TSL football centres of excellence that now exist in this state in a unanimous show of unity, all participating players, coaches and support staff in the Tasmanian State League, Mercury Cup, Tasmanian State League Women’s and the TSL aligned U18s competition will wear dual red arm bands in this weekend's games to highlight the need for the state league. 
All 7 presidents of the current TSL clubs are united in their clubs position presented to the Gill McLaughlin lead steering committee into the Future directions of AFL in Tasmania, the Tasmanian State league must stay to complement the elite talent pathways being touted for the top end talent within the Tasmanian football community.

“ The TSL Presidents, coaches, players, Club officials  and supporters are united in the call to maintain the State League. Although there is disappointment there is currently not a North West Club represented in the League this does not mean the TSL is not an important level of football for the State. The Clubs are committed to continuous improvement of their Clubs and the league. What Tasmanian Football needs is consistency and not continuous upheaval . There are 5 more years to run on the current TSL Clubs license a perfect platform to build the Tasmanian Football Plan. Improve it, resource it appropriately and  the TSL will continue to provide the pinnacle for the talent pathway in Tasmania.” John McCann President Glenorchy Magpies.

“The success of the current TSL structure and all 7 clubs professionalism and football programs was ratified on the weekend when 12 young men out of the Tassie Mariners were named in the U18 Allies squad for this year's Div 1 U18 national carnival," said Craig Martin President of North Hobart Football club.

“Should the Tasmanian State League not be a part of Future directions of Tasmanian Football steering committees plan then it is a shot to the heart of the entire football community in Tasmania.  The TSL is bigger than the 7 vested TSL clubs, it's about a massive number of supporters, volunteers and a critical mass of young men and women who aspire to play in the state's premier competition," said Paul Gadomski of the Tigers Football club.

The players and coaches best understand the role the TSL plays in developing the state's best talent, and through this demonstration of unity are asking AFL CEO Gill McLaughlin, AFL Tas CEO Trisha Squires and the entire steering committee to listen to them.

“TSL clubs provide a professional environment where players are given access to good coaches and support staff where they can train hard, smart and recover well to ensure they play to their optimum week after week.  We teach them life skills.  Do we really want a return to a regional system that forces our Allies representatives and draft hopefuls to start looking at interstate football careers?” said Richard Robinson – Senior Coach NHFC.

Support for TSL survival is growing with the Premier Will Hodgman quoted in the Mercury last week as saying he has challenged the AFL and Gill Mclaughlin to step up and back the state league.

Trent Baumeler – Senior Coach of the Tigers FC said: “The TSL is the premier competition in the state, not just in terms of the football played but the professional environments its creates for young men striving to play at the highest level environment they can. The Tigers have been lucky enough to see Mackenzie Willis drafted to Gold Coast via the TSL, and Keiran Lovell and Hugh Dixon have come back to state league levels in their draft years after their Mariners seasons were over to remain playing at a high state league level.”

The players of the TSL urge all fans to support the TSL remaining as an integral part of the Tasmanian football strategic plan. Why should Tasmania be the only state in Australia without a state league?

Glenorchy senior coach – Paul Kennedy went on to say: “Scrapping the state league would create a black hole in the talent pathway. I have spent 17 years in the VFL as a player and coach and can say without hesitation the TSL is a perfect stepping stone into this state's own VFL team. Without it though, the step up to VFL football would be a quantum leap for our young players, and the Devils would be set up to fail.”

Jeromey Webberly – Senior coach – Clarence football club said “Why do we need the TSL? For me it’s simple, best competition, best players, best facilities and best environments in the state. If coaches and players are aspiring to reach the highest level possible it's where they should be."

Thanks to all who attended last night's AGM. A fantastic financial result was reported, and the future is looking very positive into 2018 and beyond. The Club thanks current Treasurer, Eleanor Whitchurch, for her efforts and professionalism and wish her all the best for the future.

Congratuations to Ray Court who was presented with a Certificate of Merit for his services to the club.

We welcome the following Directors to the Board of Management for 2018/19:

Narelle Green - Treasurer
Danny Ling - Director
Nathan Foale - Director
Ken Silver - Director
Kelly Hunt - Director
Tony Hilder - Director

The above individuals join:
John McCann - President
Warren Ross - Honorary Secretary.

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