1984 TANFL season

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The 1984 Tasmanian Australian National Football League (TANFL) premiership season was an Australian rules football competition staged in Hobart, Tasmania over twenty roster rounds and four finals series matches between 31 March and 22 September 1984.
The League was known as the Winfield League under a commercial naming-rights sponsorship agreement with Winfield tobacco company.

1984 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 John Bennett
Participating Clubs Clarence Kangaroos
Glenorchy Magpies
Hobart Tigers
New Norfolk Eagles
North Hobart Demons
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Stadiums North Hobart Oval
Bellerive Oval
KGV Football Park
Boyer Oval
1984 TANFL Premiership Season.
Premiers Clarence 13.13 (91) v Glenorchy 9.11 (65)
Minor Premier Glenorchy (8th as Glenorchy)
Wooden Spooners Hobart (12th)
Grand Final attendance 14,664 at North Hobart Oval
Total Roster Series attendance 111,385 for 60 matches at 1,859
Total Finals Series attendance 33,564 for 4 matches at 8,391
Total aggregate attendance 144,949 for 64 matches at 2,264

Participating Clubs[edit]

1984 TANFL Club Coaches[edit]

Midas Mufflers League (Reserves) Grand Final[edit]

Dux Hotwater Systems League (Under-19s) Grand Final[edit]

Interstate Matches[edit]

Escort Shield (Saturday, 28 April 1984)

Escort Shield (Sunday, 20 May 1984)

Escort Shield Grand Final (Saturday, 30 June 1984)

Intrastate Matches[edit]

Winfield Intrastate Series (Saturday, 9 June 1984)

Winfield Intrastate Series (Sunday, 10 June 1984)

Winfield Intrastate Series (Monday, 11 June 1984)

Leading Goalkickers: TANFL[edit]

Medal Winners[edit]

  • AustraliaScott Wade (Hobart) – William Leitch Medal
  • Australia – Victor Di Venuto (North Hobart) – George Watt Medal (Reserves)
  • Australia – Craig Randall (Hobart) – V.A Geard Medal (Under-19s)
  • Australia – Brendon Mayne (Clarence) – D.R Plaister Medal (Under-17s)

Season Summary[edit]

In what was one of the most even seasons in TANFL history, all six clubs were within striking distance of a top-three berth at various stages during the season.
Glenorchy swept all before them during the minor rounds and led the competition by five games (20 points) over their bitterest rival, second placed Clarence - alarmingly for the Magpies, two of their three losses during the season came at the hands of Clarence who they were to fall to twice in the finals.

Hobart, despite finishing on the bottom for the third successive season had been sitting in the top three midway through the season after finding some great form, but after the loss of key players to suspension and injury (including inspirational Captain-Coach and the season's William Leitch Medalist Scott Wade), the Tigers slumped to a 91-point loss to an inconsistent North Hobart side and incredibly, sank to the bottom, finishing with the wooden spoon with six wins, only two wins from a finals spot.
Sandy Bay under four-time premiership coach Paul Sproule started the season in magnificent touch but suffered from a disastrous mid-season slump and barely regained form, needing a win in the final round of the season to make the Four, the Seagulls were thumped by Glenorchy and New Norfolk were able to sneak into the finals at their expense with a commanding 70-point win at Bellerive against the eventual premier, Clarence.
The form lines of the two Grand Finalists (Glenorchy & Clarence) in the stretch to the finals could not have been more marked.
Glenorchy sat pretty atop the table winning its final nine roster matches in succession (and 37 out of their previous 40 matches since 1983) while its opponent, Clarence, had won just two out of their final seven (both narrow wins against bottom side Hobart).
In the Second Semi Final in wet conditions, Glenorchy looked to be cruising home to another Grand Final at halftime, but the Roos' eventually found some form and shocked the Magpies to boot nine out of the last eleven goals of the game to cruise through to the Grand Final.
Darryl Sutton's North Hobart "Mean Machine" (a theme the club carried through their 1984 campaign) had high hopes of breaking their premiership hoodoo which stretched back to 1974, starting with demolishing New Norfolk in the First Semi Final which included a sensational 12-goal haul from Demons Captain–Coach Darryl Sutton, the Demons were confident of beating Glenorchy for a shot at Clarence for the flag, but the Magpies under coach Garry Davidson had other ideas and used their vast finals experience to their advantage and were untroubled all day in making it through to the Grand Final with a 31-point victory.
The Grand Final was a tight affair, the Roos getting the jump on Glenorchy in the first quarter, but the next two-quarters the game became a close, hard and tough battle.
The Clarence team, leading by two-points at the final change, saved its best for last and ran away with a five goal to one final quarter to upset Glenorchy by 26 points, reviving nightmares of 1979 for Glenorchy who, in that year also were beaten by Clarence despite finishing well out on top.
Coach Robert Shaw was a jubilant man as he held the M.A.S McNeair Trophy aloft to signify Clarence's fourth premiership victory since their admittance to the League in 1947.

1984 TANFL Ladder[edit]

Team Played Won Lost Draw For Against Percentage Points
Glenorchy 20 17 3 0 2168 1746 131.71% 68
Clarence 20 12 8 0 1970 1773 111.11% 48
North Hobart 20 9 11 0 2013 2071 97.19% 36
New Norfolk 20 8 12 0 1907 1827 104.37% 32
Sandy Bay 20 8 12 0 1828 2179 83.89% 32
Hobart 20 6 14 0 1735 2125 81.64% 24

Round 1[edit]

(Saturday, 31 March 1984)

Round 2[edit]

(Saturday, 7 April 1984)

Round 3[edit]

(Saturday, 14 April 1984)

Round 4[edit]

(Saturday, 21 April 1984)

Round 5[edit]

(Wednesday, 25 April 1984)

Round 6[edit]

(Saturday, 5 May 1984)

Round 7[edit]

(Saturday, 12 May 1984)

Round 8[edit]

(Saturday, 19 May 1984)

Round 9[edit]

(Saturday, 26 May 1984)

Round 10[edit]

(Saturday, 2 June 1984)

Round 11[edit]

(Saturday, 16 June 1984)

Round 12[edit]

(Saturday, 23 June 1984)

Round 13[edit]

(Saturday, 7 July 1984)

Round 14[edit]

(Saturday, 14 July 1984)

Round 15[edit]

(Saturday, 21 July 1984)

Round 16[edit]

(Saturday, 28 July 1984)

Round 17[edit]

(Saturday, 4 August 1984)

Round 18[edit]

(Saturday, 11 August 1984)

Round 19[edit]

(Saturday, 18 August 1984)

Round 20[edit]

(Saturday, 25 August 1984)

First Semi Final[edit]

(Saturday, 1 September 1984)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 7.4 (46) | 12.6 (78) | 14.10 (94) | 21.11 (137)
  • NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – New Norfolk: 1.3 (9) | 1.7 (13) | 6.9 (45) | 13.12 (90)
  • Attendance: 5,698 at North Hobart Oval

Second Semi Final[edit]

(Saturday, 8 September 1984)

  • SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Clarence: 0.3 (3) | 2.5 (17) | 6.9 (45) | 11.12 (78)
  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Glenorchy: 2.8 (20) | 5.9 (39) | 6.10 (46) | 7.11 (53)
  • Attendance: 5,136 at North Hobart Oval

Preliminary Final[edit]

(Saturday, 15 September 1984)

  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Glenorchy: 3.4 (22) | 7.5 (47) | 13.8 (86) | 16.10 (106)
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 1.4 (10) | 3.6 (24) | 8.9 (57) | 10.15 (75)
  • Attendance: 8,066 at North Hobart Oval

Grand Final[edit]

(Saturday, 22 September 1984)

  • SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Clarence: 4.3 (27) | 5.7 (37) | 8.10 (58) | 13.13 (91)
  • GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Glenorchy: 1.2 (8) | 4.6 (30) | 8.8 (56) | 9.11 (65)
  • Attendance: 14,664 at North Hobart Oval