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Northern Bombers History:


North started the season with G. Turner as captain, and with the majority of last year’s players, including the Scott brothers, it promised to be a successful season for North.

After losing the opening game to Launceston by just four points, victories were obtained in the next three matches with 37 and 45 point wins over City and a 22 point win over Launceston. Of the 10 matches contested by North it had won six and drew once with City. -
On September 3rd, North and City met to decide the Premiership. North fielded the following team: A. Tynan, C, Higgs, D. Scott, Barnes, Fowler, Walker, A. Scott, Gaitskell, C. Scott, Hart, Courtney, Lee, French, Gardner, D. Ingles, E. Sellars, G. Sellars, F Sellars.

Scores were: City 3.2, 6.1, 6.10, 8.10 (58) North 2.0, 6.1, 6.3, 7.4 (46).

City scored two goals in the final four minutes to take out the premiership before a crowd of 5,000 people.

Best for North were Walker, Scott (3), Gardner, Sellars (3), Fowler, Lee and Tynan.

This season saw the introduction of printed team sheets.

North Launceston was well represented in Association matches by G. Turner, B. Ingles, A. Tynan, C. Barnes and the Scott brothers.


At the Annual General Meeting, held in March, it was decided to appoint Percy Martyn of Essendon as coach. A dashing half-back, Martyn had represented Victoria and South Australia. It was also decided to have a Club badge and the Robin was adopted as the Club emblem.

Under the new leadership, North started the season well with a 56 point win over City. After 10 matches North had recorded three wins and two losses against both City and Launceston.

On August 26th, North met City for the premiership and fielded the following team: Martyn (C), Turner, D. Scott, Kimberley, McDonald, Gardner, A. Scott, Gaitskell, McKenzie, Ford, Armitage, Fitzpatrick, Franks, Barnes, Sellars, D. Ingles, Sculthorpe and Fowler.

The match finished in a draw with both sides registering 5.11(41).

Scenes of great excitement followed. The crowd rushed the ground and carried their heroes shoulder high from the field.

The result of the match created great interest. However, the Association Committee decided at a special meeting that, under the rules, the result of the match left City premiers for the season. The decision in favour of City was based on City having a two point lead at the end of the 11 roster matches.

In matches against the South and the North West Coast, Martyn, Gaitskell, Sellars, Turner, Barnes, D. Scott, Fitzpatrick, Tynan, A. Scott and Sutherland were North’s representatives.

1923 -- Premiers

The start of this season gave no indication that North Launceston would win the premiership. The Robins lost their first four matches, with their first win being registered on July 7, with a seven point victory over Launceston. They next took revenge on City to the tune of a 46 point win with “Chilla” Scott kicking eight goals.

After a four week break for combined matches North won three of their last four games.

In the final match for the premiership North did battle with City n October 6. North was represented by Turner (C), Lorimer, D. Scott, Fowler, Towell, Gardner, A. Scott, Gaitskell, Wing, D. Scott, Armitage, Franks E. Cannon, Barnes, Oakley Ingles, Hughes and Sculthorpe.

Scores were: North 1.3(9), 3.4(22), 4.5(29), 5.9(39). City 0.4(4), 2.7(19), 3.9(27) 4.9(33)

After an 11 year drought North had won the premiership and, with it, the Ludbrook Cup.

However, the Robins went down to North Hobart in the State Premiership at Hobart on October 20, the final scores being North Hobart 20.13(133) to North Launceston 18.8(116). In ideal conditions and before a crowd of 6,000, North Launceston were far from disgraced with the goalkickers being C. Scott 7, A. Scott 6 and Turner 3.

The Annual Report on the 1923 season reported that Ludbrooks had presented the Club with a set of uniforms.
Trophy winners were J. Gaitskell, D. Scott, R. Franks, G. Turner, C. Barnes, C. Scott, E. wing and A. Scott.

Representatives in matches against the T.F.L., the N.W.F.U., Broken Hill and Collingwood were L. Crosswell, A., C. and D. Scott, D. Ingles, Cannon, R. Franks, J. Gaitskell, C. Barnes, J. Sculthorpe and W. McDonald.


In this season the senior clubs adopted the junior clubs from the N.T.J.F.A. and Invermay became known as Second North Launceston.

North were fortunate to obtain the services of Max Munro from Cananore and, with a number of new players, started the season well with a 46 point win over City with ‘Chilla’ Scott kicking five goals. The next two games were close affairs with a two point win over Launceston followed by a three point victory over City. All hope of another premiership went with the loss of the final four matches.

In representative matches against South, North West Coast, North Broken Hill and Fitzroy the Club was well represented by M. Munro, D. Scott, A. Scott, C. Scott, C. Barnes, J. Gaitskell, G. Turner, C. Crosswell, C. Fowler, J. Towell and J. Sculthorpe.

This season the Australian Carnival was held in Hobart. North was proud to have four players in the Tasmanian side -- Don Scott, Alan Scott, “Chilla” Scott and D. Armitage. “Chilla” Scott scored 20 goals and Don Scott was the mainstay on the back line.

1925 -- Premiers

The Annual Report presented on March 24 revealed that the Club had been successful in obtaining the services of H. (Bert) Sutton as coach for the new season. Sutton had been with South Melbourne for three and a half seasons from 1920 and later was coach of Albury.

New players to join the Club were Bain, Elmer, Brooks, Paterson, Jones, Elliott, Summers, Berkery, B. Scott, Derbyshire, Bishop, Windred, Kimberley and Padman.

The Tasman Shields Trophy was introduced for the Association’s best and fairest player. It was won by H. Wade of City.

The Robins went into the first match against City with no less than 10 new players, largely juniors, who had worked their way up to the senior ranks. Notable absentees were A. Scott, J. Towell, J Gaitskell, C. Scott and D. Armitage.

Under the new coach North won their first four games. However, tragedy struck in the third encounter with Launceston on July 14, when Sutton was reported and later suspended for striking a Launceston player. Despite the offence taking place as the players were leaving the ground at the end of the game, Suttons was suspended until September 19.

The loss of their campaign and coach was instrumental in North losing four of their next six matches.

On September 19, North, with Sutton back in the side, met City and won by 24 points to go level on premiership points with Launceston.

Before the match commenced the Chairman and Secretary of the club visited North’s rooms and welcomed the Robin’s skipper, Bert Sutton, and expressed their pleasure at seeing him back on the playing field.

The final between North Launceston and Launceston was played on October 3. Launceston dashed away to an early lead and held the advantage until half time when they led by 26 points. After half time North became a forceful and purposeful combination, going down by just five points in a thrilling finish.

After having been minor premier, North again faced Launceston in the Grand Final on October 10, this time for the premiership.

North Launceston was the more aggressive and systematic side on the day and won by 19 points. Establishing a 17 point lead before heavy rain squalls swept York Park the Robins wren never headed.

Scores: North Launceston 2.5(17), 3.5(23), 8.7(55), 8.8(56). Launceston 0.0(0), 1.3(9), 3.6(24), 6.10(46).

North’s premiership side was: Sutton(C) Lorimer, D. Scott Munro, Gaitskell, A. Scott, Fowler, Terry, C. Scott, Gardner, Ingles, Elmer, Summers, Adams, Campton, Atkins, B. Scott and McQueen.

In the State Premiership at North Hobart, Cananore played fast systematic football, administering a 71 point defeat to north Launceston in front of 6,000 people. Only in one department was the northern premiers superior and that was in the air where the Scott boys gave a fine display. Cananore: 20.17(137) to North Launceston 9.12(66). Goals for North were from C. Scott 5, J. Elmer 2, Alan Scott won the medal for the best player in the North Launceston team.

North’s representative players for the season were M. Munro, D. Scott, J Gaitskell, R. Summers, H. Sutton (C), J. Elmer, O. Adams C. Barnes and G. Harding.


The Inclusion of the Longford Club in the Association was a great boost to northern football. Four teams in the competition meant that each would be involved in each round of matches.

For this season, North lost the services of three of their most valuable players in F. Turner A. Scott and J. Elmer.

Fred Odgers was North's new coach for season 1926. It was to be an inconsistent season by the Robins with just seven wins from the 15 matches played.

Launceston defeated City in the Grand Final by 13 points. Club trophy winners were B. Scott. W. Ingles, V Long, C. Munro, H. Dilger, D. Scott and 0 Adams.

The season concluded with a two day motor tour of the North East Coast via St. Marys, St. Helens, Scamander, Derby and Scottsdale.

The Annual Dinner was held at the Central Hotel and the ladies’ committee was entertained to dinner at George Town in appreciation of their work during the year.

— Premiers

This was the most successful season in the history of the Club. By winning 14 out of the 16 matches North Launceston won the 1927 Premiership Pennant, the Boags Tr ophy, and the right to hold the Claude J ames Shield for the second time and the new Ludbrook’s Cup for twelve months.

North Launceston won the title by defeating Launceston at York Park by 23 points. Launceston fielded a weakened team, but North was far the superior side.

A stiff southerly breeze caused most of the play to be at the northern end and kicking was erratic with only 10 goals resulting from 37 shots.

North fielded their strongest side with Jock Elmer being the best man on the ground.

Others to play will were F. Odgers, J. Gaitskell Adams McQueen, Padman and Fleming.

The final scores were: North Launceston 7.13(55) to Launceston 3.14. (32).

For the State Premiership against Cananore in Hobart, North fielded the following team: J. Gaitskell (c), O. Adams B. Scott, D. Padman, J. Terry, M. Munro, W. Ingles, R. Summers, J. Elmer, D. Atkins J. McQueen, P. Snowball, E. Rouse, H. Dilger, E. Fleming, Wyly, E. Archer and G. Harding. Fred Odgers the coach of North Launceston had to withdraw at the last minute with an injured shoulder.

Scores: Cananore 4.8(32), 5.10(40), 8.17(65, 12.20(92). North Launceston 1.3(9), 4.6(30), 7.12(540, 10.15(75)

Goalkickers for North were: Adams 4, Elmer 3, Summers, Padman and Fleming.

Jock Elmer was North’s best player, ably supported by Summers, Wyly, Adams, Atkins, snowball and Dilger.

Players to represent the Association during the season were F. Odgers, D. Scott, R. Summers, 0. Adams, D. Atkins, P. Snowball, Wyly, Osborne, J. Elmer, E. Fleming and J. Gaitskell.

The captain, J. Gaitskell was the Association’s Best and Fairest Player (decided by public vote). The vice-captain and coach, Fred Odgers, tied with L. Gaffney of Longford for the Tasman Shields Trophy. 0. H. Adams established a Tasmanian record by kicking 68 goals in 16 roster matches. Adams was also included in the Tasmanian team for the sixth Australian Football Carnival played in Melbourne.


North Launceston commenced the new season with close wins over City and Longford before losing to Launceston by 32 points and to City by 64 points. In the match against Launceston on May 26, Launceston created a then record by scoring 19.18(132) to North 7.8(50).

After playing a draw against Longford on June 9, North won eight of the final 10 roster matches.

In the game against Longford at Longford on July 7, the Robins bettered the previous record score with 22.28(160) to 11.10(76). The main goalkickers were Cunningham 7, Summers 5, Elmer 4.

In the Grand Final on September 29, North went down to City by 16 points before a crowd of 5,890 - a record for a club match at York Park. In a low scoring game City led at each change with the final scores being City 8.6(54) to North 5.8(38).

Goalkickers: City - Sice 4, Brooks, Grenda, Best and Wood.

North — Cunningham 4, Elmer 1.

Best Players City — Burrows, Emms, Lewis, Sice, Brooks. North — Gaitskell, Wing, Terry, Summers, Stott, Cunningham, Atkins, McQueen, Rouse, Archer.

North Launceston was well represented in combined matches against the T.F.L. and the N.WF.U. by J. Cooke, R. Summers, F Odgers, J. Gaitskell, J. Elmer, P Snowball, J. Terry, J. McQueen and H. Cunningham.

An important occasion for the Club was on May 5, when the new clubrooms were opened.

A well deserved honour was received by Mr. I H. Elliott when he was elected a life member of the Association .


The Robins, although losing the premiership to Launceston, enjoyed a very successful season. Fred Odgers was in his fourth season as coach and J. Gaitskell his third as captain. The Club suffered the loss of 0. Adams, their champion goalkicker, who moved to the mainland, but the loss was offset by the return of champion back man Don Scott.

The season commenced a week late, resulting from the aftermath of the disastrous floods.

After defeating City by 16 points in the opening game, the North Launceston players were the guests of the management of the Majestic Theatre for winning the first match of the season at York Park.

As the season progressed it was evident that North would have to defeat Launceston to be premiers. The Robins won each of their five encounters with City and Longford. After defeating Launceston in the opening round five successive defeats were handed out by the Blues. Each match was a close encounter with the margins being 4, 14, 12, 2 and 7 points.

The Grand Final was played on September 28, with Launceston, after being 16 points down at half-time and leading by just three points at the last change, outscored North in the final quarter to win by 16 points.

North Launceston was represented by J. Gaitskell (C), E Odgers (vice captain and coach), J. Terry, P. Snowball, D. Scott, P. Hartnett, D. Atkins, R.Stott, C. Exton, E. Rouse, J. Palliser, L. Healey, J. Cooke, H. Cunningham, C. Bickford, R. Summers, R Brown and Osborne.

The N.T.F.A. played six combined games during the season with home and away matches with the T.F.L. and the N.W.F.U. in addition to matches with North Broken Hill and Collingwood. North Launceston were represented by L. Healey, P. Snowball, C. Bickford, J. Palliser, D. Scott, E. Rouse, P. Harnett, R. Stott, J. Cooke, H. Cunningham, J. Terry, R. Summers, D. Atkins and F. Odgers. This representation showed the strength of the Club. Of the 18 to play in the Grand Final only four had not played for the Association during the season.


The Annual General Meeting was held in the new clubrooms, the old City Band Rooms at the corner of York and Charles Streets.

W. J. Adams, the new coach, had arrived in February and came with an impressive record, having played with Fitzroy in the 1924-25-26 seasons and leading Victoria against New South Wales in 1926. In 1927 and 1928 he was captain and coach of Northcote and in 1929 he was with Preston.

The new season saw the introduction of the 19th man to the game.

The new coach enjoyed early success by winning the first three matches. The success, however, was not to continue and at the end of the season the score stood at nine wins from 15 matches.

In the semi-final on September 27, North met Launceston for the right to play in the final. Launceston won a thrilling match by 18 points.

Best players for North were: H. Cunningham, W Adams, C. Bickford, L Palliser, D. Scott and P. Snowball.

As a wind-up to the season North visited Latrobe, playing a match against the local club who were coastal premiers. Latrobe easily defeated the visitors kicking 15.19 to 11.17.