Hawthorn's 11 cups on show at QVMAG

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten, Hawks Tasmanian Operations Manager Shayne Stevenson, QVMAG Curator of Contemporary Art Damien Quilliam, QVMAG Community History Research Officer Ross Smith with historical football related items at QVMAG. Photo by Phil Biggs

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten, Hawks Tasmanian Operations Manager Shayne Stevenson, QVMAG Curator of Contemporary Art Damien Quilliam, QVMAG Community History Research Officer Ross Smith with historical football related items at QVMAG. Photo by Phil Biggs

ELEVEN Hawthorn premiership cups will be in Launceston to coincide with two Hawk games coming up at Aurora Stadium in June.

It will be the first time all the cups, including the 2013 cup, will have travelled from Victoria.

The cups are coming to town as a tribute to the great contribution Tasmania has played in the history of Hawthorn Football Club and the ongoing story of AFL in Tasmania.

Through negotiation with the Launceston City Council, the cups will be on display at QVMAG, Inveresk, to coincide with the 50th home ground game at York Park between Hawthorn and West Coast Eagles.

Entitled We are Hawthorn, the exhibition will also give fans of Australian Rules footy the chance to see portraits of Tasmanian star Peter Hudson, guernseys, programs from historic clashes at York Park and medallions, dating back to the early 1900s.

Among items on display will be a Tasmanian football baggy green and straw boater from 1908, to a sleeveless leather lace-up guersey last worn in 1911, and a Bibby Medallion presented by Leo H. Bibby, all worn with pride by Bruce Carter.

"The guernseys will be interesting for boys taking up the game because there is every type of guernsey, wool through to synthetic on display," Hawks Tasmanian operations manager Shayne Stevenson said yesterday.

"The exhibition is all about iconic memorabilia and objects that relate to the history of Hawthorn, the grand final games and the long list of Tasmanian players associated with the club."

Twenty eight Tasmanian players have represented Hawthorn in the VFL and AFL competitions, including one of the greatest full forwards to ever play the game Peter Hudson, 1971 premiership player Bruce Stevenson, and current player Grant Birchall.

Hudson will officially open the exhibition next Friday at 5.30pm. Tickets are $66. For bookings, call 63233742 or visit the QVMAG at Inveresk or Royal Park.

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