Glenorchy District Football Club - The Magpies

Most of our supporters out there know that if it wasn't for our loyal band of volunteers, our club would cease to exist!  We are very fortunate to have a dedicated bunch that bleed black and white and contribute many hours of their time to help the GDFC survive and prosper.  

We would like to recognise our volunteers and have introduced a "Volunteer of the Month"  award to say thank you for all your hard work and efforts.

Our inaugural winner is a man of few words but has been instrumental in our fundraising activities and puts in the hard yards every week for the club.  Whether it be setting and packing up at Bingo, selling raffle tickets at various locations or just helping out on game day, Craig Peters is a man that the club owes a big thank you!

In recognition of his efforts and to say thanks, Craig has been awarded with a $25 voucher to use in the bar, enjoy mate!


THE Glenorchy Magpies Football Club is throwing its support behind the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal for 2015.

Players will swap their usual black and white socks for red ones when they hit King George V (KGV) Oval on Saturday 23 May for the “Red Game” – a dedicated match against Devonport Football Club to raise money and awareness of the Salvos’ biggest annual fundraiser.

“We are honoured to be an official community partner of the appeal, so we are more than happy to get behind this great cause and we urge others to do the same,” Magpies senior coach Aaron Cornelius said.

Lieutenant Amy Jones from the Salvation Army’s Moonah Corps and Community Centre said money collected at the game would assist residents in the northern suburbs.

“Whether it is emergency relief, financial counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services or providing places of safety, the Salvation Army can only continue to do our work with your support,” she said.

The Speaker of Tasmania’s House of Assembly and Red Shield Appeal chair for the Moonah Corps, Elise Archer, applauded the Magpies for their community spirit.

“It is fantastic to see these footy players being positive role models by giving a helping hand to Tasmanians that need it most,” she said.

“Whether you are a ‘die-hard’ fan, a club supporter, or even a footy novice, the Red Game is a great opportunity to show your support for the wonderful work the Salvation Army does and to help those less fortunate.”

The Red Game between Glenorchy and Devonport will be held on Saturday 23 May from 1pm at KGV in Glenorchy.

The Salvation Army’s 2015 Red Shield Appeal will run from 27 May until 6 June, with the doorknock weekend on 30 to 31 May.

In 2014 I was again pleased to be part of the committed Board and group of volunteers at GDFC that is working hard to ensure the Club’s success both on and off the field. This year it was a balance of making sure the Club presents itself strongly, and operates as effectively as possible, while also remaining committed to a long term vision for what this Club can become in the next few years and well into the future.

GDFC entered the 2014 season having recently signed a new 10 year licence with AFLTas to play Senior’s and Development League teams in the TSL competition.  We were hoping for a settled period during which the competition would grow in profile, popularity and support.  Over the summer we saw the departure of South Launceston, North Hobart and Hobart - all great Clubs - with three new Clubs Hobart City, the Kingborough Tigers and Western Storm being created or emerging to  join the competition. 

It was a year of rebuilding for us. While at the end of 2013 there were players coming to the end of their careers who chose to leave, we were able to draw upon the last few seasons of junior development and welcome some new young faces to senior’s football at the Club, and we had a slow start to finalising coaching positions. Given that, 2014 was an amazing ride for the Club with some great highs and some moments that took the Club to confronting realities regards sport and injury.

We were very fortunate to secure Aaron Cornelius as a playing coach. Aaron returned as a 23 year old armed with the latest in AFL coaching techniques and a focus on taking the Club back to playing successful football. He has been inspirational in turning the Club’s fortunes around. The Club played a lot of youngsters, had a long list of injuries to key players to start the year and commenced the season with low expectations from the football public. The year grew to the Club reaching third place on the Senior ladder (convincingly beating flag favourites Clarence on their own turf), staring down a double chance if not top spot before a sickening turn of events when Aaron was seriously  injured. Our playing stocks significantly reduce with other injuries taking a toll. We look to take the positives with us into 2015.

 Key features of 2014

  • Finalisation of the design and lease agreements for the new GDFC premises. The proposal for which was supported by a huge majority and will see our Clubrooms of 46 years knocked down to make way for the best Club and community sports facility in the State.
  • Finalising a long term (51 years) Clubrooms agreement for the current site with a matching long term lease for the continued use of the Cresswell Beakley Stand and equally long term license for the use of KGV. Finalising a new 10 year license with AFLTas to continue in the TSL competition.
  • Reviewing the governance and structure of the GDFC and developing the GDFC Future Directions Plan.
  • Continued engagement with the Glenorchy City Council as equal prime partners in the KGV redevelopment.
  • Securing former GDFC young star and Brisbane Lions player Aaron Cornelius as Playing Coach for the Club.
  • Successfully introducing the GDFC Women’s Team.
  • All 4 senior teams playing finals football, State Representation and individual awards to Club Players.
  •  The continued success of Bingo as an important volunteer run revenue raiser for the Club.
  • The success of the Relive the Rivalry Game, which the Club supports and the GDFC trainers commit to every year.
  • The Cazaly Night (GDFC Best & Fairest) at the Showground’s this year was a great night and besides Aaron getting himself up to attend the presentations, make a terrific speech, the players acceptance speeches left everyone attending very positive about where the Club is heading.
  • The increasing contribution the Club makes to the community through connections such as the Salvation Army “Red Saturday” Clash, our support of Second Bite and other community initiatives.
  • Continued capability to run big events (SFL Finals) which had great numbers this year and attract marquee players such as Jamie Charman and Alan Didak for specific games.
  • The ongoing development and improvement of our playing list under, the Football Department, Aaron and his coaching panel, and Steve Maxwell President of the GDJFC. Some very strong junior performances this year.
  • I would also like to note the success in the 2014 AFL draft with Josh Watts going to the Brisbane Lions and Zac Webster’s promotion to the senior list at Hawthorn. We acknowledge the role of our Football Department in their development and congratulate and wish them both all the best.

The Board during 2014 has continued to work with a dedicated band of the volunteers to keep improving operations at the Club and in particular focussed on the important work done by three sub groups; the Bingo group, the Past Players (New Town and Glenorchy Past players and Officials Association) and the Junior Football Club, all of which need to be strongly embraced into a unified Club. I must note the strong support and willingness to work co-operatively from the leaders of these three important groups. We have also worked to insure that many members of the Clubs groups have had an influence on design and future operations in the redeveloped Club. The Football Department is an area where we are and will always continue to try and source the best people to provide skills, expertise and management to achieve a continued on-field success for the Club.

While at the AGM we will recognise individuals who have provided great service to the Club over a number of year, I would like to thank all the volunteers for their efforts in 2014 and note the leadership of the groups provide by Carol De Jersey in the Kitchen, Bretta Button in the Kiosk, Barry Hassett and Des Peters in the Football Department, Dennis Bird and Chris Hutton in the trainers and medical  team, Ray Court in Membership, Terry Nichols and Dennis Bird  in the Bingo arena and Steve Maxwell with Junior football. To all the volunteers this year on behalf of the board we say, thank you.

I would like to thank the Board of 2014 for their efforts and look forward to working with those that have put their hand up again and welcome new directors to the role. The unity of the Board in meeting the challenges and opportunities of 2014 has been great to see.

I would also like to note and thank our Corporate Partners Tattsbet, Network Gaming and key sponsors during 2014: Get Real (Major Sponsor, Tony  McCulloch), Wrest Point (Kath McCann), Mayne’s Marine (Reg Turner), 9/11, Northgate, Island Batteries, Coffee Club, REVIVE, FitFreak and J Boags and Sons. We also thank our raft of minor sponsors, identified in the annual report.

2015 will be an important year for the Club. We will be a stronger Club on-field. The player list already holds great promise, and preseason training has already commenced. Meanwhile, we will be embarking on the new Club facility construction process, increasing commercial activity at the Club and strengthening our links with the Glenorchy community. It will be a great period for all supporters and the community to get behind the Club. Our future success depends on everyone getting right behind the Club and to be aware that fund generating activity and member contributions are a major part of ensuring success. Thanks again to all those who have contributed to GDFC in 2014.

Bring on 2015. Go Pies!

John McCann

The season of 2014 was full of highs and lows for me as a Coach. Being my first coaching job I have learnt so much along the way. Coming from such a professional environment meant that I had to lower my expectations for a few things such as, missing training for small things and little strange excuses. As the year went on we started to change the attitude and culture of the boys.

The message that we used was:
“This is the highest level of football in the State and the highest level many of you will play so, once you signed to play here, you have committed to the requirements and time it takes to play here.”

In December 2013, the Glenorchy District Football Club was fortunate to secure the services of its former player and ex-Brisbane Lions player Aaron Cornelius as it’s playing coach for the next two seasons, after the sudden resignation of Ben Beams in that role. Aaron brought with him a new level of professionalism to the club, and despite the loss of some 31 players from the previous year, and with all the “experts” writing the club off, to the players and coaches credit, we were able to great on field resolve and manage to win 11 games to qualify for the finals, only to lose in the first elimination final. The club also appointed Matthew Smith from New Norfolk as assistant and bench coach, and Shane Piuselli – a former past club great, as coach of the Development League team (and later as a most valuable player); Michael Styles was his assistant; Brian Free was appointed as Under 18’s Team coach with Graeme Bennetts as his assistant.

There is no doubt that these appointments have had a profound effect on the development of the wealth of young talent within the club ranks at present, and has also added enormously to the professionalism of the core group of players. The club was fortunate to engage the playing services of two former AFL players in Jamie Charman and Alan Didak from Brisbane and Collingwood respectively during the season. Unfortunately, Jamie copped a nasty calf injury when dominating the game against Lauderdale which ended his year prematurely, and whilst Alan did struggle on the playing field, his participation was reflected in the increased numbers in attendance at the game. Both players also attended the club’s Black and White Ball at the casino.

The low light of the season was the debilitating injury that Aaron suffered at Blundestone Arena against Clarence in round 15, and this had a profound effect on the club’s playing capabilities for the remainder of the year. The injury sustained was horrific to say the least, and as a club, we wish Aaron the best possible result from his operation in January, and his future rehabilitation in his efforts to get back to full health. The Development and Under 18 teams both qualified for finals footy after a season in which both sides had to struggle through a continual change of playing personnel due to Academy and injury constraints, and to make finals was a great reflection on the coaches of the respective sides to keep the teams focused, as there is no doubt that both coaches had plenty of sleepless nights with team selection. The positives of the season will suffice in time, as the fast tracking of the young group will hold the club in good stead for the future going forward.

The initial year of the club’s participation in the Women’s League was also an important stepping stone in the future direction of the club, and the team was successful in progressing to the preliminary final. We look forward in anticipation to a further progression of the team going forward. We as a club acknowledge the efforts of its coaches Luci-Anne Otterway, Greg Grubb, Lee Tulip and all their associated helpers for their efforts during the year. It is time to once again acknowledge the untiring efforts of all associated with the Football Department throughout the year, be it as team managers, assistant team managers, trainers, physiotherapists, water carriers, property stewards timekeepers, ground managers, statisticians, interchange stewards, umpire escorts, scoreboard attendants, club runners, fitness advisers, contracts, list and development personnel. A special thanks of gratitude to Barry, Pop, and Mick for the team manager roles.

From all players and Football Department, a big thanks to the entire kitchen, bar, canteen, office volunteers and staff - thank you for all your assistance throughout the year. To the Board of Management – we acknowledge your unwavering support on all matters presented.

Ray Court once again has done an amazing job in looking after the area of membership and player sponsorship, and to you “Dennis” - special thanks.

The club would also like to acknowledge the following on their achievements throughout the season:

Cazaly Medallist – Jaye Bowden

Peter Hudson Medallist – Aaron Cornelius

RACT Player of the Year – Jaye Bowden

State Representatives – Jaye Bowden, Aaron Cornelius, Brayden Webb (Men’s) Sandy Eaton, Nietta Lynch, Sarah Davis, Alanah Kelly (Women’s)

Mariners – Mitch Rainbird, Josh Watts, Jordon Arnold, Jordan Hayden, Matt Joseph

Women’s League Best & Fairest – Alanah Kelly

Women’s League Goalkicker – Nietta Lynch

Also congratulations to all club award winners on their respective awards. Thanks to all coaching staff: Aaron, Matty, Shane, Michael, David, Grant, Leigh, Brian, Graeme, Luci-Anne, Greg, Lee for your untiring work during the year, and there is no doubt the seeds for the future of the club have been planted. The club has introduced the following motto for 2015 as its driving force: “Building to Be the Best.”

Finally, to all associated with ensuring that the club redevelopment of its facilities and its long term viability within these – a thank you from the Football Department for achieving the outcomes you have after countless hours of negotiations.

Des Peters
Football Director


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