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Regional

Originally there was 3 senior football leagues covering the 3 populated regions:

  1. TANFL (Tasmanian Australian National Football League)
    Hobart plus New Norfolk
  2. NTFA (Northern Tasmania Football Association)
    Based in Launceston plus Scottsdale and Longford
  3. NWFU (North West Football Union)
    From Latrobe in the east to Wynyard in the west


TANFL

The Tasmanian Australian National Football League comprised of 6 clubs

Club Mascot Colours Ground
Clarence Kangaroos Red & white Bellerive Oval
Glenorchy Magpies Black & white King George V Oval
Hobart Tigers Black & yellow TCA Ground
New Norfolk Eagles Red, black & white Boyer Oval
North Hobart Demons Blue & red North Hobart Oval
Sandy Bay Seagulls Blue & white Queenborough Oval

NTFA

The Northern Tasmania Football Association comprised of 6 clubs

Club Mascot Colours Ground
City-South Redlegs Red & white Youngtown Memorial Oval
East Launceston Demons Blue & red York Park
Launceston Blues Blue Windsor Park
Longford Tigers Black & yellow Longford Oval
North Launceston Robins Black & red York Park
Scottsdale Magpies Black & white Scottsdale Rec. Ground

NWFU

The North West Football Union comprised of 8 clubs

Club Mascot Colours Ground
Latrobe Demons Blue & red Latrobe Rec. Ground
East Devonport Swans Red & white Girdlestone Park
Devonport Magpies Black & white Devonport Oval
Ulverstone Robins Black & red Ulverstone Rec. Ground
Penguin Blues Two tone blue Penguin Sports Ground
Burnie Tigers Black & yellow West Park Oval
Cooee Bulldogs Green & yellow West Park Oval
Wynyard Cats Blue & white Wynyard Football Ground


In 1980, the Smithton Saints joined the NWFU to bring the league to 9 clubs.

In 1984, the NTFA expanded its competition to 8 clubs by inviting the 2 largest towns in the region, George Town and Deloraine to join.

Club Mascot Colours Ground
City-South Redlegs Red & white Youngtown Memorial Oval
East Launceston Demons Blue & red York Park
Launceston Blues Blue Windsor Park
Longford Tigers Black & yellow Longford Oval
North Launceston Robins Black & red York Park
Scottsdale Magpies Black & white Scottsdale Rec. Ground
George Town Saints Red, black & white George Town Oval
Deloraine Kangaroos Blue & white Deloraine Oval


TFL & NTFL

In 1986, a statewide league was created. It comprised of the 6 TANFL clubs plus 2 clubs from the NTFA and a club each from the 2 cities within the NWFU, Devonport and Burnie. The Launceston clubs joined in the 1986 season with the NWFU clubs joining in 1987.

North Launceston was the most successful club in the NTFA so was an easy choice. The TFL (Tasmanian Football League) wanted York Park so East Launceston was controversially selected as the second club from the NTFA. Fortunately East Launceston merged with City-South and become the South Launceston Bulldogs. With North Launceston and South Launceston, it was the perfect scenario. South Launceston played its matches at City-South's Youngtown Memorial Oval.

Devonport FC was selected for its city whilst Cooee was selected for the Burnie club. It renamed itself as the Burnie Hawks to represent the whole city. Glenorchy were already the magpies so Devonport became the Devonport Blues.

This left the NTFA and NWFU with insignificant number of clubs. So the competitions merged to create the NTFL (Northern Tasmanian Football League).

pre-1987 TFL NTFL
T
A
N
F
L
Clarence Kangaroos Clarence Kangaroos
Sandy Bay Seagulls Sandy Bay Seagulls
Hobart Tigers Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles New Norfolk Eagles
N
T
F
A
North Launceston Robins North Launceston Robins
East Launceston Demons South Launceston Bulldogs
City-South Redlegs
Launceston Blues Launceston Blues
George Town Saints George Town Saints
Scottsdale Magpies Scottsdale Magpies
Longford Tigers Longford Tigers
Deloraine Kangaroos Deloraine Kangaroos
N
W
F
U
Latrobe Demons Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans East Devonport Swans
Devonport Magpies Devonport Blues
Ulverstone Robins Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues Penguin Blues
Burnie Tigers Burnie Tigers
Cooee Bulldogs Burnie Hawks
Wynyard Cats Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints Smithton Saints


Year

With increased travelling costs, clubs gradually drifted back to local competitions.

1987

Longford left the NTFL

TFL
(10 clubs)
NTFL
(11 clubs)
Local
Competitions

Clarence Kangaroos
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
North Launceston Robins
South Launceston Bulldogs
Devonport Blues
Burnie Hawks

Launceston Blues
George Town Saints
Scottsdale Magpies
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Burnie Tigers
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

Longford Tigers

1991

George Town left the NTFL

TFL
(10 clubs)
NTFL
(10 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
North Launceston Robins
South Launceston Bulldogs
Devonport Blues
Burnie Hawks

Launceston Blues
Scottsdale Magpies
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Burnie Tigers
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

George Town Saints
Longford Tigers

1994

Launceston was the logical club to join the TFL in 1986 along with North Launceston. In 1994 they left the NTFL to join the TFL

TFL
(11 clubs)
NTFL
(9 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
North Launceston Robins
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Devonport Blues
Burnie Hawks

Scottsdale Magpies
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Burnie Tigers
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

George Town Saints
Longford Tigers

1995

Burnie Tigers merged with Burnie Hawks to become the Burnie Dockers in the TFL

TFL
(11 clubs)
NTFL
(8 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
North Launceston Robins
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Devonport Blues
Burnie Dockers

Scottsdale Magpies
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

George Town Saints
Longford Tigers

1997

South Burnie joined the NTFL so the city had a club to represent the city after Cooee and Burnie Tigers had switched to the TFL

TFL
(11 clubs)
NTFL
(9 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
North Launceston Robins
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Devonport Blues
Burnie Dockers

Scottsdale Magpies
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
South Burnie
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

George Town Saints
Longford Tigers

1998

A new TFL club, Southern Districts Cats is formed to replace the insolvent Sandy Bay Seagulls. Launceston and South Launceston left the TFL and joined the NTFL. Hobart Tigers left the TFL to local league. North Launceston Robins renamed as Northern Bombers.

TFL
(8 clubs)
NTFL
(11 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Southern Districts Cats
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
Northern Bombers
Devonport Blues
Burnie Dockers

Scottsdale Magpies
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
South Burnie
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

Hobart Tigers
George Town Saints
Longford Tigers

1999

Southern Districts Cats was wounded up within its second TFL season. South Burnie left the NTFL and returned to local league

TFL
(8 clubs)
NTFL
(10 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Southern Districts Cats
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
Northern Bombers
Devonport Blues
Burnie Dockers

Scottsdale Magpies
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

Hobart Tigers
George Town Saints
Longford Tigers
South Burnie

2000

The TFL was replaced with the Statewide League. Its 6 clubs representing 6 cities : Clarence, Hobart Demons (formerly North Hobart Demons), Glenorchy, Northern Bombers (Launceston), Devonport Power (formerly Devonport Blues), Burnie Dockers. New Norfolk Eagles joined local league. Scottsdale left the NTFL

SWL
(6 clubs)
NTFL
(9 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
Northern Bombers
Devonport Power
Burnie Dockers

South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

Hobart Tigers
New Norfolk Eagles
George Town Saints
Scottsdale Magpies
Longford Tigers
South Burnie

2001

North Launceston, Devonport and Burnie Dockers left the SWL to join the NTFL. With no other magpies in the NTFL, Devonport returned to its traditional name. The Statewide League now only having 3 Hobart-based clubs left, they joined local league.

NTFL
(12 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Northern Bombers
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Deloraine Kangaroos
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Devonport Magpies
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Burnie Dockers
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

Clarence Kangaroos
Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
Hobart Tigers
New Norfolk Eagles
George Town Saints
Scottsdale Magpies
Longford Tigers
South Burnie

2004

Deloraine left the NTFL

NTFL
(11 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Northern Bombers
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Devonport Magpies
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Burnie Dockers
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

Clarence Kangaroos
Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
George Town Saints
Scottsdale Magpies
Longford Tigers
Deloraine Kangaroos
South Burnie

2005

Hobart Tigers is renamed as Hobart Lions

NTFL
(11 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Northern Bombers
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Devonport Magpies
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Burnie Dockers
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

Clarence Kangaroos
Hobart Lions
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
New Norfolk Eagles
George Town Saints
Scottsdale Magpies
Longford Tigers
Deloraine Kangaroos
South Burnie

2009

The statewide league returned as a 10 club Tasmanian State League. It comprised of 5 clubs from Hobart - Clarence, Lauderdale, Hobart Tigers, North Hobart, Glenorchy - 3 clubs from Launceston - Northern Bombers, South Launceston, Launceston - Devonport and Burnie Dockers from the North West Coast.

TSL
(10 clubs)
NTFL
(6 clubs)
Local
Leagues

Clarence Kangaroos
Lauderdale Bombers
Hobart Tigers
North Hobart Demons
Glenorchy Magpies
Northern Bombers
South Launceston Bulldogs
Launceston Blues
Devonport Magpies
Burnie Dockers

Latrobe Demons
East Devonport Swans
Ulverstone Robins
Penguin Blues
Wynyard Cats
Smithton Saints

New Norfolk Eagles
George Town Saints
Scottsdale Magpies
Longford Tigers
Deloraine Kangaroos
South Burnie


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