1956 TANFL season

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The 1956 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 31 March and 8 September 1956.

1956 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
1956 TANFL Premiership Season.
Premiers New Town 8.7 (55) v Nth Hobart 7.10 (52)
Minor Premier Nth Hobart
Wooden Spooner Clarence (5th)
Grand Final attendance 12,182 at North Hobart Oval
Total Roster Series attendance 128,821 for 45 matches at 2,863
Total Finals Series attendance 39,047 for 4 matches at 9,761
Total aggregate attendance 167,868 for 49 matches at 3,426

Participating Clubs[edit]

1956 TANFL Club Coaches[edit]

TANFL Reserves Grand Final[edit]

TANFL Under-19's Grand Final[edit]

State Schools Old Boys Football Association (SSOBFA)

  • SwanDesign.png – Buckingham 7.9 (51) v Glenorchy 7.5 (47) – New Town Oval

State Preliminary Final[edit]

(Saturday, 15 September 1956)

  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – New Town: 3.2 (20) | 8.3 (51) | 9.5 (59) | 10.10 (70)
  • SouthMelbourneDesign.png – City: 1.3 (9) | 4.5 (29) | 5.7 (37) | 8.10 (58)
  • Attendance: 7,350 at North Hobart Oval

State Grand Final[edit]

(Saturday, 29 September 1956)

  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – New Town: 1.5 (11) | 5.7 (37) | 8.10 (58) | 14.15 (99)
  • BloodsDesign.png – Ulverstone: 2.8 (20) | 3.9 (27) | 6.11 (47) | 10.11 (71)
  • Attendance: 7,692 at North Hobart Oval

Intrastate Matches[edit]

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 28 April 1956)

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 26 May 1956)

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 23 June 1956)

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 21 July 1956)

Inter-Association Match (Saturday, 21 July 1956)

Interstate Matches[edit]

See: 1956 Australian National Football Championships

Match Two (Thursday, 14 June 1956)

  • CanariesDesign.PNG – Western Australia 14.19 (103) v Tasmania 11.14 (80) – Att: 11,000 at Subiaco Oval

Match Five (Tuesday, 19 June 1956)

  • TheMapDesign.PNG – Tasmania 27.22 (184) v Victorian FA 12.12 (84) – Att: 11,957 at Subiaco Oval

Match Eight (Thursday, 21 June 1956)

  • BigVDesign.PNG – Victoria 22.19 (151) v Tasmania 14.5 (89) – Att: 9,400 at Subiaco Oval

Match Nine (Saturday, 23 June 1956)

  • TheMapDesign.PNG – Tasmania 10.20 (80) v South Australia 8.19 (67) – Att: 42,000 at Subiaco Oval

Leading Goalkickers: TANFL[edit]

  • AustraliaNoel Clarke (North Hobart) – 80
  • Australia – Ian Westell (Sandy Bay) – 59
  • Australia – Joe Brown (New Norfolk) – 43
  • Australia – Max Griffiths (New Town) – 40
  • AustraliaRex Garwood (New Norfolk) – 37

Medal Winners[edit]

  • Australia – Bob Lewis (Sandy Bay) – William Leitch Medal
  • Australia – Lionel Churchill (New Town) – George Watt Medal (Reserves)
  • Australia – Don Cranfield (Glenorchy) – V.A Geard Medal (Under-19's)
  • AustraliaNoel Clarke (North Hobart) – Weller Arnold Medal (Best TANFL player in Intrastate match)
  • Australia – John Golding (Clarence) – Lefroy Medal (Best player in Interstate match)

1956 TANFL Ladder[edit]

Team Played Won Lost Draw For Against Percentage Points
North Hobart 15 12 3 0 1357 1036 130.98% 48
Sandy Bay 15 10 5 0 1230 1099 111.92% 40
New Town 15 8 7 0 1326 1210 109.59% 32
New Norfolk 15 8 7 0 1113 1161 95.87% 32
Hobart 15 4 11 0 1119 1289 86.81% 16
Clarence 15 3 12 0 971 1401 69.31% 12

Round 1[edit]

(Saturday, 31 March. Monday, 2 April & Saturday 7 April 1956)

Round 2[edit]

(Saturday, 14 April 1956)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 15.17 (107) v Nth Hobart 13.9 (87) – Att: 5,230 at North Hobart Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 19.21 (135) v New Town 7.9 (51) – Att: 2,527 at New Town Oval
  • NNorfolk2Design.PNG – New Norfolk 12.17 (89) v Clarence 7.14 (56) – Att: 2,142 at Boyer Oval

Round 3[edit]

(Saturday, 21 April 1956)

Round 4[edit]

(Saturday, 5 May 1956)

Round 5[edit]

(Saturday, 12 May 1957)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 22.12 (144) v Clarence 13.4 (82) – Att: 2,453 at North Hobart Oval
  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – New Town 14.17 (101) v New Norfolk 14.10 (94) – Att: 3,697 at New Town Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 18.11 (119) v Hobart 12.13 (85) – Att: 2,832 at Queenborough Oval

Round 6[edit]

(Saturday, 19 May 1956)

  • TigersDesign.png – Hobart 13.12 (90) v Clarence 14.5 (89) – Att: 2,411 at North Hobart Oval
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 13.13 (91) v New Town 12.13 (85) – Att: 4,501 at New Town Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 12.12 (84) v New Norfolk 11.9 (75) – Att: 2,598 at Boyer Oval

Round 7[edit]

(Saturday, 2 June & Monday, 4 June 1956)

Round 8[edit]

(Saturday, 9 June 1956)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 10.10 (70) v Sandy Bay 9.14 (68) – Att: 3,959 at North Hobart Oval
  • Queensland2Design.PNG – Clarence 8.16 (64) v New Town 8.12 (60) – Att: 2,184 at New Town Oval
  • NNorfolk2Design.PNG – New Norfolk 11.9 (75) v Hobart 10.14 (74) – Att: 1,482 at Boyer Oval

Round 9[edit]

(Saturday, 16 June 1956)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 15.14 (104) v New Norfolk 6.8 (44) – Att: 2,094 at North Hobart Oval
  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – New Town 12.16 (88) v Hobart 12.10 (82) – Att: 1,659 at New Town Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 13.8 (86) v Clarence 11.11 (77) – Att: 1,886 at Queenborough Oval

Round 10[edit]

(Saturday, 30 June 1956)

Round 11[edit]

(Saturday, 7 July 1956)

Round 12[edit]

(Saturday, 14 July 1956)

Round 13[edit]

(Saturday, 28 July 1956)

Round 14[edit]

(Saturday, 4 August 1956)

Round 15[edit]

(Saturday, 11 August 1956)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 9.14 (68) v Clarence 6.12 (48) – Att: 1,449 at North Hobart Oval
  • NNorfolk2Design.PNG – New Norfolk 11.14 (80) v New Town 9.9 (63) – Att: 1,849 at New Town Oval *
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 11.11 (77) v Hobart 7.7 (49) – Att: 1,142 at Queenborough Oval

Note: Final senior TANFL match staged at New Town Oval, New Town relocated to Glenorchy after this season, moving to KGV Park.

First Semi Final[edit]

(Saturday, 18 August 1956)

  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – New Town: 4.2 (26) | 8.6 (54) | 11.6 (72) | 13.10 (88)
  • NNorfolk2Design.PNG – New Norfolk: 2.6 (18) | 5.9 (39) | 10.10 (70) | 11.11 (77)
  • Attendance: 9,530 at North Hobart Oval

Second Semi Final[edit]

(Saturday, 25 August 1956)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 6.5 (41) | 7.7 (49) | 8.9 (57) | 11.12 (78)
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay: 2.0 (12) | 4.3 (27) | 6.4 (40) | 8.5 (53)
  • Attendance: 7,462 at North Hobart Oval

Preliminary Final[edit]

(Saturday, 1 September 1956)

  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – New Town: 3.2 (20) | 9.8 (62) | 13.6 (84) | 16.7 (103)
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay: 5.5 (35) | 6.5 (41) | 11.10 (76) | 13.16 (94)
  • Attendance: 9,873 at North Hobart Oval

Grand Final[edit]

(Saturday, 8 September 1956)

  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – New Town: 3.1 (19) | 5.3 (33) | 6.7 (43) | 8.7 (55)
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 2.2 (14) | 5.2 (32) | 6.6 (42) | 7.10 (52)
  • Attendance: 12,182 at North Hobart Oval

Source: All scores and statistics courtesy of the Hobart Mercury and Saturday Evening Mercury (SEM) publications.