Mighty Robins side to be inducted

NORTH Launceston's 1947 state premiership side will be the tenth legendary team inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

The Robins team coached by Hall of Fame member Gavin Luttrell had victories over City and then North Hobart on its way to the club's first state premiership final, which was the high water mark of North Launceston's golden era from 1946 to 1950.

The club dominated Northern and Tasmanian football in that period.

The Robins won five consecutive Northern Tasmanian Football Association premierships and went within two kicks of achieving the same feat in the state premiership games that they played against the premier teams from the South.

In the 1946 state grand final against Sandy Bay, North went down by six points, and in 1948 it was defeated in the corresponding game by New Town by two points.

It comfortably accounted for North Hobart in 1947, New Town in 1949 and also Hobart in 1950 with a rare victory at North Hobart Oval.

North Launceston's achievement in winning eight of a possible 10 premiership titles in the five-year period is outstanding.

The Robins' narrow loss in the 1946 state premiership against Sandy Bay steeled them for the 1947 season and they became the most dominant team of their generation.

With great players on every line, the Robins of 1947 were able to crush both City in the NTFA grand final and then a highly rated North Hobart in the state grand final by a combined margin of 144 points.

Astute captain-coach, Luttrell led the way in both games, but it was their trio of first ruck state representatives in Bert Chilcott, Ray Summers and Noel Atkins who would prove the decisive difference.

Along with a young John Leedham and another state representative in key forward Mervyn Mitchell, the Robins were able to dominate games almost at will.

The state premiership win in 1947 was the first of five to date in the long and proud history of the North Launceston Football Club.

While the achievement of the 1947 team is deservedly deemed legendary, it does not overshadow the record of the North Launceston Robins in that era.

In five seasons at the highest level, a combined total of 42 senior players delivered the club no fewer than five NTFA and three state flags.

The official induction will take place on July 4 at the Hall of Fame gala function at Wrest Point.


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