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:
"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.
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; https://www.trybooking.com/BBBTZ
2019 is a great and historic year for our proud club. I look forward to seeing you to help us celebrate.
Glenorchy Gazette February 7, 2019
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.