Tarrant to speak at reunion

THE North Launceston Football Club will hold its annual Back To North Day of premiership reunions at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.

The reunion day is organised each year by the club's past players association, the Northonians.

This year the club will recognise its premiership teams of years ending in four - the 1904 NTFA seniors, 1954 NTFA reserves, 1964 NTFA reserves, 1974 NTFA reserves, 1984 NTFA reserves, 1984 NTFA under 19s and 2004 NTFL under 19s.

North Launceston plays Burnie in its home State League match on the day and former AFL player and marquee recruit Chris Tarrant will line up for the club.

Tarrant will also be guest speaker at the Back To North luncheon before the start of the senior game.

``The Northonians encourage all past and current North players and officials (including volunteers) to attend and catch up with old teammates and friends,'' Northonians secretary Ricky Young said.

``The first Back to North Day was held in 2010 so this is our fifth year.

``We expect to attract more than 150 people to the luncheon and reunions - we have some people coming up from the North-West Coast, a few from interstate and a lot of local people.

``Our oldest attendee will be John Jeffrey, who is 91, and played in the early 1950s as a rover in the twos.''

Young is a former five-time premiership player and captain of the club with a distinguished record having played in senior grand finals from 1975-78, 1981, 1983 and 1985, and was part of premiership teams in 1975, 1977-78, 1981 and 1983.

He was North senior captain for five years from 1983-87. 

``There are about 150 members in the Northonians and a lot of them buy guernseys and playing gear for the current players each year,'' Young said.

``We fund that and other projects that the club asks us to put some money into.''


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