1954 TANFL season

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The 1954 Tasmanian Australian National Football League (TANFL) premiership season was an Australian Rules football competition staged in Hobart, Tasmania over fifteen (15) roster rounds and four (4) finals series matches between 17 April and 18 September 1954.
Hobart Football Club began playing their home fixtures at North Hobart Oval from this season due to a dispute between them, the TANFL and the Tasmanian Cricket Association and its (at that time) more financially influential co-tenant, the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club (HGRC) over the high rental costs incurred to use the TCA Ground for football.
Owing to the dispute between all parties the ground did not host any TANFL fixtures until Hobart resumed playing home matches there in 1961.

1954 TANFL Premiership Season
General Information
Founded 12 June 1879 in Hobart, Tasmania
Previous Names TFA (1879–1886)
STFA (1887–1896)
STFL (1897)
STFA (1898–1905)
TFL (1906–1927)
TANFL President Mr Merv McNeair
Participating Clubs Clarence Kangaroos
New Town Magpies
Hobart Tigers
New Norfolk Eagles
North Hobart Robins
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Stadiums North Hobart Oval
New Town Oval
Bellerive Oval
Boyer Oval
Queenborough Oval
1954 TANFL Premiership Season.
Premiers Hobart 12.10 (82) v New Town 10.12 (72)
Minor Premiers Hobart (5th)
Wooden Spooners New Norfolk (3rd)
Grand Final attendance 11,461 at North Hobart Oval
Total Roster Series attendance 100,169 for 45 matches at 2,226
Total Finals Series attendance 38,774 for 4 matches at 9,693
Total aggregate attendance 138,943 for 49 matches at 2,835

Participating Clubs[edit]

1954 TANFL Club Coaches[edit]

TANFL Reserves Grand Final[edit]

TANFL Under-19's Grand Final[edit]

State Schools Old Boys Football Association (SSOBFA)

State Preliminary Final[edit]

(Saturday, 25 September 1954)

State Grand Final[edit]

(Saturday, 2 October 1954)

  • SouthMelbourneDesign.pngCity: 1.6 (12) | 5.10 (40) | 7.13 (55) | 9.16 (70)
  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart: 2.3 (15) | 3.3 (21) | 5.5 (35) | 6.10 (46)
  • Attendance: 6,951 at York Park

Intrastate Matches[edit]

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 12 June 1954)

Jubilee Shield (Monday, 14 June 1954)

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 3 July 1954)

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 31 July 1954)

Inter-Association Match (Sunday, 13 June 1954)

Inter-Association Match (Sunday, 31 July 1954)

  • SandyBayDesign.png – Huon FA 14.16 (100) v TANFL II 11.16 (82) – Att: 1,200 at Geeveston Oval.

Interstate Matches[edit]

Interstate Match (Saturday, 10 July 1954)

Leading Goalkickers: TANFL[edit]

  • Australia – Ian Westell (Sandy Bay) – 68
  • Australia – Max Griffiths (New Town) – 42
  • Australia – E.Griggs (New Town) – 40
  • Australia – L.Sutton (North Hobart) – 37
  • AustraliaLes McClements (Clarence) – 37

Medal Winners[edit]

  • Australia – Bruce Roe (New Norfolk) – William Leitch Medal
  • Australia – M.Cleary (North Hobart) – George Watt Medal (Reserves)
  • Australia – Ray Young (New Norfolk) – V.A Geard Medal (Under-19's)
  • Australia – C.Moore (North Hobart) – Weller Arnold Medal (Best TANFL player in Intrastate Matches)
  • AustraliaGordon Bowman (Sandy Bay) – Lefroy Medal (Best Tasmanian player in Interstate Matches)

1954 TANFL Ladder[edit]

Team Played Won Lost Draw For Against Percentage Points
Hobart 15 11 4 0 1407 1078 130.52% 44
New Town 15 9 6 0 1568 1087 144.25% 36
Sandy Bay 15 9 6 0 1363 1234 110.45% 36
North Hobart 15 8 6 1 1181 1089 108.45% 34
Clarence 15 6 9 0 930 1325 70.19% 24
New Norfolk 15 1 13 1 903 1537 58.75% 6

Round 1[edit]

(Saturday, 17 April & Monday, 19 April 1954)

Round 2[edit]

(Saturday, 24 April 1954)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 14.20 (104) v New Norfolk 7.10 (52) – Att: 2,026 at North Hobart Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 23.18 (156) v New Town 19.14 (128) – Att: 3,017 at New Town Oval
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 12.23 (95) v Clarence 2.8 (20) – Att: 1,382 at Bellerive Oval

Round 3[edit]

(Saturday, 1 May 1954)

Round 4[edit]

(Saturday, 8 May 1954)

Round 5[edit]

(Saturday, 15 May 1954)

  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 13.12 (90) v Nth Hobart 12.15 (87) – Att: 4,301 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 16.9 (105) v New Norfolk 11.17 (83) – Att: 1,576 at New Town Oval
  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 11.15 (81) v Clarence 9.17 (71) – Att: 1,069 at Bellerive Oval

Round 6[edit]

(Saturday, 22 May 1954)

Round 7[edit]

(Saturday, 29 May 1954)

Round 8[edit]

(Saturday, 5 June 1954)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 8.14 (62) v Sandy Bay 4.3 (27) – Att: 1,949 at North Hobart Oval
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 9.12 (66) v New Town 5.14 (44) – Att: 1,227 at New Town Oval
  • Queensland2Design.PNG – Clarence 8.12 (60) v New Norfolk 6.13 (49) – Att: 475 at Bellerive Oval

Round 9[edit]

(Saturday, 19 June 1954)

  • RedlegsDesign.png NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Nth Hobart 12.15 (87) v New Norfolk 12.15 (87) – Att: 1,708 at North Hobart Oval
  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 10.21 (81) v New Town 10.17 (77) – Att: 2,581 at New Town Oval
  • Queensland2Design.PNG – Clarence 10.15 (75) v Sandy Bay 9.15 (69) – Att: 1,617 at Bellerive Oval

Round 10[edit]

(Saturday, 26 June 1954)

Round 11[edit]

(Saturday, 17 July 1954)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 17.20 (122) v Nth Hobart 12.11 (83) – Att: 4,301 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 23.25 (163) v Clarence 6.12 (48) – Att: 1,353 at New Town Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 17.12 (114) v New Norfolk 11.11 (77) – Att: 850 at Boyer Oval

Round 12[edit]

(Saturday, 24 July 1954)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 18.19 (127) v New Norfolk 11.12 (78) – Att: 1,096 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 16.17 (113) v Sandy Bay 7.10 (52) – Att: 3,384 at New Town Oval
  • Queensland2Design.PNG – Clarence 5.15 (45) v Nth Hobart 2.5 (17) – Att: 1,197 at Bellerive Oval

Round 13[edit]

(Saturday, 7 August 1954)

Round 14[edit]

(Saturday, 14 August 1954)

Round 15[edit]

(Saturday, 21 August 1954)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 14.13 (97) v Sandy Bay 13.9 (87) – Att: 3,992 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 32.19 (211) v New Norfolk 6.12 (48) – Att: 941 at New Town Oval *
  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 16.23 (119) v Clarence 10.9 (69) – Att: 860 at Bellerive Oval

Note: New Town became the first club to score more than 200 points in a match since Lefroy in 1932, it took until 1979 for it to be broken again.

First Semi Final[edit]

(Saturday, 28 August 1954)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 2.3 (15) | 7.7 (49) | 10.11 (71) | 11.13 (79)
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay: 2.6 (18) | 3.10 (28) | 7.11 (53) | 10.15 (75)
  • Attendance: 8,787 at North Hobart Oval

Second Semi Final[edit]

(Saturday, 4 September 1954)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart: 4.3 (27) | 8.5 (53) | 12.13 (85) | 18.15 (123)
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town: 5.1 (31) | 5.2 (32) | 10.7 (67) | 15.9 (99)
  • Attendance: 8,045 at North Hobart Oval

Preliminary Final[edit]

(Saturday, 11 September 1954)

  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town: 3.2 (20) | 7.9 (51) | 10.10 (70) | 12.12 (84)
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 3.4 (22) | 5.10 (40) | 7.12 (54) | 8.13 (61)
  • Attendance: 10,481 at North Hobart Oval

Grand Final[edit]

(Saturday, 18 September 1954)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart: 4.3 (27) | 6.7 (43) | 9.8 (62) | 12.10 (82)
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town: 3.3 (21) | 4.4 (28) | 7.9 (51) | 10.12 (72)
  • Attendance: 11,461 at North Hobart Oval

Source: All scores and statistics courtesy of the Hobart Mercury publication.