New Norfolk, Tasmania

Photo courtesy of Matt Cramond and Wikipedia

New Norfolk are the reigning back-to-back premiers of the Southern Tasmanian Football League. The club was formed in 1947 and won two premierships in the Tasmanian Football League, in 1968 and 1982.

Its most famous son is unarguably Peter Hudson, who played for the red-white-and-black Eagles in the early-mid 1960s before joining Hawthorn in the then Victorian Football League and becoming one of the greatest full-forwards the game has ever seen.

According to the fullpoints footy website, when AFL Tasmania reintroduced a statewide competition in 2009 New Norfolk, somewhat surprisingly, was not one of the inaugural ten member clubs. Rather less surprisingly, the Eagles have found life in the much weakened, single division of the Southern Tasmanian Football League to be very much to their liking, and their premierships in both 2009 and 2010 were both achieved convincingly.

Photographer Mat Cramond notes on his Wikipedia page that Boyer Oval, home of the New Norfolk scoreboard, has ‘ unfortunately been a magnet for vandalism in the town over the past several years and has fallen into a gradual state of disrepair.’

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