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Full nameGlenorchy Football Club
Nickname(s)Magpies, Pies
MottoFortis ad Finem (Fight to the Finish)
2020 season
Home-and-away seasonLast (3-9-0 from 12)
Leading goalkickerJaye Bowden (17)
Best and fairestJoshua Arnold
Club details
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919) (as "New Town FC")
Colours  Black and   White
PresidentJohn McCann
CoachPaul Kennedy
Captain(s)Brayden Webb & Joshua Arnold
Premierships17 (1935, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1965, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2016)
Ground(s)KGV Oval
Glenorchy, Tasmania (capacity: 18,000+ capacity)
Other information

The Glenorchy District Football Club is an Australian rules football club currently playing in the Tasmanian State League and the Southern Football League in Tasmania, Australia.


The club is nicknamed the Magpies after its black and white playing strip, and was originally known as New Town Football Club (wearing a green and white strip) when it started out as a member of the Tasmanian Football League in 1919.

New Town changed its name to Glenorchy in 1957 after absorbing the already established club Glenorchy Rovers and relocated its headquarters to KGV Oval at Glenorchy in Hobart's northern suburbs in the same year, playing its first match at the venue on 4 May 1957 against Hobart. It remains there to this day. After the death of the Tasmanian Football League in December 2000, the club was temporarily without a league to play in.

After some political maneuvering within football circles, Glenorchy were admitted to the Southern Football League, but at a high price, with the club being forced, as a condition of entry to the League, to give up its black and white playing strip, and its Magpies emblem as it clashed with former Southern Amateur club Claremont Magpies, who were already a member of the SFL.

Glenorchy announced in early 2001 that they would adopt a new green, black & white playing uniform, and be known as the "Glenorchy Storm". This was not popular with fans who drifted away from the club, and its membership and support base decreased rapidly.

There was to be considerable rejoicing amongst its fans in 2004, after persistent pressure from the club, and the fact that Claremont were now playing in the SFL Regional League, which resulted in Glenorchy being granted the return of its black and white strip, and the Magpie emblem.


Club record attendance

24,968: 1979 TFL Grand Final vs Clarence Roos at North Hobart Oval.

Club record attendance (Home & Away)

8,480 + approx. 2000 non-paying juniors: 2011 TSL Round 1 vs Clarence Roos at KGV Oval

Club record score

TFL 34.21 (225) vs Hobart 18.14 (122) at KGV Oval Round 22, 1983.

Senior coaches

Coach Years Competition Premierships
Roy Cazaly 1948-1951 TANFL 1948, 1949, 1951
Bill Fox 1952 TANFL
Jack Rough 1953-1960 TANFL 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958
John Chick 1961-1963 TANFL
Bob Parsons 1964-1968 TANFL 1965
Graeme Gahan 1969-1970 TANFL
Trevor Sprigg 1971-1974 TANFL
Peter Hudson 1975-1976 TANFL 1975
Jack Rough 1977-1979 TANFL
Colin Tully 1980 TANFL
Peter Hudson 1981 TANFL
Garry Davidson 1982-1984 TANFL 1983
Danny Ling 1985-1987 TANFL/TFL Statewide 1985, 1986
Robert Groenewegen 1988 TFL Statewide
Billy Picken 1989 TFL Statewide
Danny Ling 1990-1991 TFL Statewide
Kim Excell 1992-1995 TFL Statewide
Paul Hamilton 1996-1999 TFL Statewide/TSFL 1999
Shayne Stevenson 2000 SWL
Steve Reissig 2001 SFL
Leigh McConnon 2002 SFL
John Klug 2003-2004 SFL
David Newett 2005-2007 SFL 2007
Michael Bowden 2008 SFL 2008
Ben Reid 2009-2010 TSL
Byron Howard 2011 SFL
Ben Beams 2012-2013 TSL
Aaron Cornelius 2014-2017 TSL 2016
Paul Kennedy 2018- TSL


Glenorchy District Football Club Team of the Century: 1919–2000


Notable players that went on the play in the VFL/AFL who started at Glenorchy:

Players who came to Glenorchy post-career:[2]




William Leitch Medallists

(Best and fairest player – TFL and SFL premier senior football)

George Watt Medallists

(Best and fairest player – TFL reserves football)

V. A. Geard Medallists

(Best and fairest player – TFL thirds football)

D. R. Plaister Medallists

(Best and fairest – TFL fourths football)

Lefroy Medallists

(Best and fairest – Tasmanian state team)

Horrie Gorringe Medallists

(Best on field in the Premier League Grand Final)

Tassie Medalists


  1. ^ "Past Coaches". Glenorchy Football Club.
  2. ^ "afl-vfl-players". Glenorchy Football Club.