Burnie Dockers Football Club

Burnie Dockers Football Club is an Australian rules football club in Burnie, Tasmania, Australia. The club currently competes in the North West Football League (NWFL).

Burnie Dockers
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Names
Full nameBurnie Dockers Football Club
Nickname(s)Dockers
Club song"We're a happy team at Burnie"
2017 (TSL) season
After finals9th
Leading goalkickerBlair Rubock 22
Club details
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
Colours              
CompetitionTasmanian State League
PresidentPeter Vincent
CoachTBA
Ground(s)West Park, Burnie (capacity: 12,000)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Other information
Official websiteburniedockers.com.au

Club historyEdit

The Burnie Dockers were formed as a result of a merger between former TFL Statewide League club Burnie Hawks (formerly known as Cooee) and NTFL club the Burnie Tigers. After several years of bitter hatred in the city between the two rival clubs, both clubs were struggling both on-field and financially by the early 1990s.

In late 1993 the Burnie Hawks absorbed the Burnie Tigers and merged, however the club still played as the Burnie Hawks until, with the arrival of former North Melbourne champion Peter German, the club adopted a new emblem, colours and jumper designed to appease both sides of the divide.

From 1995 the Burnie Dockers were successful, making the 1996 and 1997 Grand Finals, but ultimately losing both to Southern powerhouse, Clarence. Shortly after, the Dockers found themselves (like many TFL clubs during the 1990s) in serious financial trouble and facing extinction until a late bailout by the Burnie City Council saved them. The Dockers participated in the Tasmanian Football League until 2000 when it announced it would be pulling out of the fledgling competition, the League therefore folding and the Dockers joined the Northern Tasmanian Football League in 2001.

Success was never far away and the Dockers became arguably Tasmanian football's most powerful domestic club during the early part of the 2000s, winning five consecutive NTFL premierships from 2001–2005. After two lean years, the Dockers bounced back in 2008. Playing in a thrilling NTFL grand final, the Dockers fought tenaciously against the all-conquering Launceston Blues, but fell short by 13 points in front of 5,274 fans at Latrobe.

Burnie rejoined the newly re-established Tasmanian State League (TSL) competition in 2009, and has played there since. Since 2015, its reserves team has competed in the North West Football League seniors, and it has also fielded teams in the junior grades of that competition.[1]

Burnie Dockers first fielded a women's team in 2013 in the Tasmanian Women's League. The Dockers competed in 3 consecutive grand finals taking out the TWL premierships in 2014 and 2016.

In 2017, Burnie withdrew from the NWFL seniors and reserves competitions due to lack of players.[2]. In 2018, they withdrew from the Tasmanian Football League and rejoined the NWFL seniors, citing lack of players and raising questions about AFL support of local footy.[3][4]

Club songEdit

The club song is "We're a happy team at Burnie" which is based on "The Yankee Doodle Boy".

Statistics and recordsEdit

Affiliations – Burnie Tigers:

  • 1885–1912 – North West Football
  • 1913–1921 – Burnie Football League
  • 1922–1931 – North West Football Union
  • 1932–1933 – Burnie Football League
  • 1934–1940 – North West Football Union
  • 1945 – Burnie Football League
  • 1946–1986 – North West Football Union
  • 1987–1993 – Northern Tasmanian Football League

Affiliations – Cooee Bulldogs/Burnie Hawks:

  • 1920–1922; 1930–1944 – Junior competitions
  • 1945–1986 – North Western Football Union
  • 1987–1994 – TFL Statewide League

Affiliations – Burnie Dockers:

  • 1995–2000 – TFL Statewide League
  • 2001–2008 – Northern Tasmanian Football League
  • 2009–2017 – Tasmanian State League
  • 2015–2016, 2018-present – North West Football League

Home ground:

  • West Park Oval

Formed:

  • Burnie Tigers: 1885 (as Emu Bay)
  • Cooee Bulldogs: 1894 (became Burnie Hawks in 1987)
  • Burnie Dockers: 1995

Colours:

  • Purple, green, red and white (old)
  • Purple and white (-present)

Emblem:

  • Dockers

Premierships – Burnie Tigers:

  • 1899, 1911, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1974, 1992

Tasmanian State Premierships:

  • 1963

Premierships – Cooee Bulldogs:

  • 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1982

Tasmanian State Premierships:

  • 1964, 1978

Premierships – Burnie Dockers:

  • 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

TSL Premierships:

  • 2012

Cheel Medallists:

  • 1928 – Charlie Hallam – {Burnie Tigers}

S.L Alford Medallists:

  • 1937 – Clem Riggs – {Burnie Tigers}

Wander Medallists:

  • 1949 – Len Hayes – {Cooee Bulldogs}
  • 1950 – Lou Redman – {Cooee Bulldogs}
  • 1954 – Ray Stokes – {Burnie Tigers}
  • 1973 – Graeme Shephard – {Cooee Bulldogs}
  • 1979 – Tom Lee – {Cooee Bulldogs}

Baldock Medallists:

  • 2003 – Nick Probert – {Burnie Dockers}
  • 2008 – Kade Munday – {Burnie Dockers}
  • 2012 – Jason Laycock – {Burnie Dockers}

All-Australians:

  • Nil

NWFU leading goalkickers:

  • 1947 – G. Goninon {Burnie Tigers} – 67
  • 1948 – B. Quirk {Burnie Tigers} – 52
  • 1961 – M. Morse {Burnie Tigers} – 60
  • 1971 – D. Hodgetts {Burnie Tigers} – 79
  • 1972 – D. Hodgetts {Burnie Tigers} – 73
  • 1979 – L. Barnes {Burnie Tigers} – 82
  • 1952 – D. Anderson {Cooee Bulldogs} – 89
  • 1957 – L. Hayes {Cooee Bulldogs} – 51
  • 1972 – S. Beaumont {Cooee Bulldogs} – 73
  • 1973 – A. Hodgetts {Cooee Bulldogs} – 73
  • 1975 – D. Shepherd {Cooee Bulldogs} – 60
  • 1976 – D. Shepherd {Cooee Bulldogs} – 102
  • 1978 – S. Beaumont {Cooee Bulldogs} – 94
  • 1984 – S. Beaumont {Cooee Bulldogs} – 143

NTFL leading goalkickers:

  • 1991 – C. Reynolds {Burnie Tigers} – 76
  • 1992 – C. Reynolds {Burnie Tigers} – 96
  • 2001 – A. Hering {Burnie Dockers} – 102

TFL Statewide League leading goalkickers:

Highest scores:

  • Burnie Tigers 30.21 (201) v Penguin in 1963
  • Cooee 31.22 (208) v North Launceston 6.13 (49) in 1982
  • Burnie Dockers 49.35 (329) v Smithton 0.1 (1) in 2001

Most games:

  • 265 – David Langmaid – {Burnie Tigers}
  • 288 – Anthony 'Tom' Lee – {Cooee Bulldogs}

Record finals attendance:

Notable playersEdit

There is a list of past and present Burnie Dockers players who have played at AFL:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jordan Abell (1 August 2014). "Welcome back: NTFL clubs give unanimous approval for the return of Burnie and Devonport". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ Brad Cole (8 March 2017). "Burnie withdraw from 2017 NWFL seniors and reserves". The Advocate.
  3. ^ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/afl-greats-worried-after-burnie-dockers-exit-tasmanian-competition-20180206-h0ux1r.html
  4. ^ Alex Fair (15 September 2018). "Burnie Dockers win the 2018 NWFL Grand Final". The Advocate.

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