1950

This was the year in which a seconds competition was established as a feeder to the senior roster. Both Wilf Barker and Pat Hales were re-elected at the annual meeting and K. Hall was appointed captain-coach. Penguin again only won one match when it beat Burnie on 17 June and drew with Cooee on 27 May. Every win for Penguin was like a premiership, with supporters remaining loyal. The reserves team however, had more luck winning 11 games and finishing just outside the four. E. Hayes was again successful in the best and fairest award.


1951

Don French (1962)

The dynamic Bobby Parsons was recruited from New Town in the TFL to coach Penguin this year, with no changes to the executive positions. Parsons was a dynamic player and possibly the smallest coach to be appointed to a Union club. He was popular, highly respected and it was hoped that his inspiring play would rub off on players. Still, most coaches are only as good as the players they have to work with. The club showed an on-field improvement and won four roster matches.

APPM and Yeoman had been eliminated from the competition with football now being municipal, with one club to each municipality. Devonport and Burnie, being the main and larger municipalities, were allowed two teams each. Each senior team had a reserves team which played as a curtain raiser to the senior game.

Don French (pictured 1962) won the senior best and fairest and G. Ruffles the reserves award.


1952

Wilf Barker continued as president for his eighth term and P. Hayes was appointed secretary. Bob Parsons continued in his second year as coach but could only manage to see the team register two wins and one draw to finish on the bottom of the ladder. The reserves performed better, knocking on the door of the four. If the seniors could gain several key players then it was thought they could move up the ladder and gain some lost prestige. Being the smaller municipality, and with limited job opportunities, a shortage of finance, it was hard to entice recruits to the town from other areas. So, it was a matter of using local players and hoping for the best. Fullback, Vic O’Brien won the best and fairest with D. Ruffles gaining the honour in the reserves.


1953

The club was able to recruit several players from New Town (TFL) to help bolster its stocks in another year which saw no changes to the club’s leadership. Another year of disappointment ensued, with the club winning only three games but managing to move off the bottom of the ladder. The reserves team had a more successful season to make a place in the four and went on to win its first premiership by beating Latrobe at West Park. Former New Town recruit Jack Conway won the best and fairest, with A. Anderson successful in the reserves.

Reserves Premiers


1954

At last the seniors began to show improvement under the guidance of Bob Parsons, winning six games and finishing fifth, only two games outside the four. Penguin missed out on several games by small margins which, had they won, would have been entrenched in the four with a chance of playing for the premiership. The reserves again showed good form but relinquished the title. Wilf Barker and P. Hayes continued in the main administrative positions, with Jack Conway again winning the seniors best and fairest. K. Barrett won the reserves award.


1955

Bob Parsons exercised his coaching option for the fifth and final year and his stint at Penguin gave him the longest period of coaching to that time of any Union club. There were again no changes to the administrative positions. the season brought smiles to the faces of supporters, as the team won eight of the 14 roster games to finish in the four, in fourth position. Penguin met East Devonport in the first semi at West Park and had the majority of the coastal supporters with them. The two clubs met twice, with East winning both games. Luck was against the Blues, as East went on a goal spree, kicking 17.21 to 6.9. Finals nerves had got to many Penguin players but now the team could sense what winning was all about. Don French won the senior best and fairest with W. Woodcock the reserves winner. Bob Parsons was runner-up in the NWFU goal-kicking for the third consecutive year. K. Howard won the under 19s B&F. This was also the year that the club first won a match against Latrobe on Latrobe’s home ground.


1956

Burnie player, Bob Kerr, who later became one of the Coast’s top umpires, took over as coach, with Wilf Barker taking up his 12th year as president and P. Hayes his fifth term as secretary. Kerr managed to lure his Burnie team mate Brian Quirk to Penguin, while Bob Parsons returned to Hobart, taking Brian Townly with him. With the inclusion of several mainland country recruits, the club was hoping for a more consistent season under the new coach, who certainly had a tough act to follow. Parsons had done more to lift coastal football, especially in intrastate matches, than almost any other footballer, although the Coast boasted many fine players. Although not in the champion mould, Kerr was a good, honest footballer and worthy opponent. This was reflected in the Wander Medal voting, as he came in equal second for the season. Penguin finished in sixth spot with the reserves gaining the same berth. Trevor Dunham was the Union’s leading goal-kicker, finishing with 54, and had his team mates looked for him more often the club could have finished higher up the ladder. Brian Quirk won the senior best and fairest and M. Ray took out the reserves award.

1956 Seniors

Butch Deverell (mascot), Bob Kerr, Jack Conway, Ivan French, Noel Whittle, Ray Clarke, Des Hiscutt, Terry Dick, Kevin Howard, Vic O’Brien, Alan Duncan, Don French, Peter de Bomford, Stan Aitken, Barry Hodgetts, Trevor Dunham, Denzil Wilkins, Brian Quirk, Kevin Barrett, Don Harington, Geoff Johnston.


1957

Colin Moore took over from Bob Kerr as coach, only to see the club slide back to the bottom of the ladder. It had been hoped early in the season that the good form shown the previous year could be carried on, but it was not to be. Many games were lost by only a small margin and it wasn’t until the end of the season that things began to fit into place, with the senior team winning three out of the last four games. The reserves also had an indifferent season to win only three games and finish in seventh position. Vic O’Brien won his second best and fairest award and 1951 winner, G. Ruffles won the reserves mantle. Coach Col Moore won The Advocate award and Fred Whatley the under 19s award.


1958

Don Harrington and Wilf Barker

This was the year that the coveted Wander Medal came to the club via the talents of Col Moore. Moore returned to Hobart before the season began, but was soon back on the Coast to continue as a player under coach Barry Strange, and take over the reins as reserves coach himself. Big things were expected of the team with the likes of Moore, Don Harrington and spearhead Trevor Dunham, all pooling their experience in one team. Penguin finished sixth, winning seven matches, but along the way earned the respect of the other clubs as being a side not to be taken lightly. Dunham became the Union’s top goal kicker and had there been another key forward, the team could have finished much higher up the ladder. The reserves just missed making the finals, finishing fifth. Don Harrington, the senior rover, won the best and fairest with A. Beswick the reserves winner and Fred Whatley the under 19s award for the second consecutive year. Col Moore represented the State at the centenary carnival in Melbourne. Barry Strange was also selected but withdrew and was penalised from playing with Penguin for the duration of the carnival.


1959

The critics were saying the club would produce good football, but again they were proved wrong. Wilf Barker and P. Hayes were again in control of the executive positions and Barry Strange continued into the second year of his contract. He was again selected in the State side with Col Moore and both accredited themselves well in the State match against Western Australia. Again the club finished sixth spot; the reserves made the finals but were put out by Ulverstone in the first semi final. John Webster, who had given the club outstanding service over the previous two seasons, won the best and fairest, with R. French taking out the reserves award.


1960

After a few years in the football wilderness, it was time for the club to show what it was made of. The senior side missed out on the four only by one game after many good performances during the season. It had shown a big improvement and lost several games by just one kick. Trevor Dunham again topped the goal kicking, with the highest tally kicked over the previous 10 years. His best effort, 10 goals, was kicked against the record scoring Wynyard team on 21 May. The reserves showed some form to finish in second spot and beat Burnie 10.18 to 9.14 in the chance for a stab at the flag. The team met Ulverstone at West Park and, after a bright start, led the Robins until virtually the closing stages, when Ulverstone managed to get on top and clinch the game. The under 19s played in the Western Division and had a poor season, winning only one game. But what was starting to show out was the depth which the club could rely on, the experience of players who had been with the club for many seasons and the raw talent of the new recruits from surrounding farming areas. Col Moore and Barry Strange represented Tasmania in the memorable game against Victoria at York Park, in which Tasmania beat the Big V. Trevor Dunham, after kicking 76 goals for the season, took out the best and fairest, with Alex Hayes winning the reserves award.


1961

After being secretary for nine years, P. Hayes decided not to seek re-election and was replaced by D. Barker. Wilf Barker began his seventeenth consecutive term as president, after having had life membership bestowed on him for such an untiring stint at the helm. One of the things that kept Wilf at the helm so long was the tight knit feeling among the community, something peculiar to small municipalities, and a loyal and strong club following. Col Moore again was coach after Barry Strange returned to Hobart to call it a day.

The performance of the senior team was mediocre, missing on many games by small margins and finishing just outside the the four in fifth spot. The reserves had a much better season, finishing third, and comfortably beat Cooee in the semi final to set up a clash against Burnie in the pre-final. Luck was not on their side though, as they went down by six points. Don Harrington had a top year and took out the best and fairest, with J. Wallis taking the reserves award.


1962

Wilf Barker was elected president for what proved to be his eighteenth and final term. His only personal reward was seeing the club administration settle; on-field satisfaction was not to be while he was in charge. He had created a record which most likely will never be broken. John Bonney was appointed secretary and Henry Thomas was rewarded for his years of service with life membership. He was a person who featured in the limelight, but a quieter type who went about doing his duties without seeming to be conspicuous. Penguin took the unusual step of appointing Dudley Rattray as training supervisor and non-playing coach and Jock French as coach and captain of the seniors, with ruckman Ron Fry coach of the reserves.

Injuries and illness to French did little to help the Blues and again a disappointing season resulted. The club managed to win only five games to finish seventh spot. Spearhead Dennis Adams won the Union goal kicking award with 41 goals, one of the lowest recorded in post-war kicking. Penguin’s most impressive win was against Devonport on 16 June when it kept Devonport to only one goal, but like the previous years they promised so much but delivered so little. The reserves however, made the four and met and beat Wynyard in the first semi by 17 points. They then met Burnie in the pre-final, going down by 20 points. The Under 19s, playing in the Western Division, beat Police Boys Club in the first semi but lost to Wynyard on the siren by four points in the pre-final. although missing the last game of the season, Darrel Whiley won the Seniors Best & Fairest with W. Emmerton the reserves and Phil Lade the Under 19s.

1962 Seniors

Back row: J. Matthews (trainer), Wilf Barker (President), Hec Beswick, Graham Revell, G. Bryan, R. Fry, Gerry Howard, J. Webster, Brian Revell, R. Dawson, V. Webster, Ted Howe (trainer)
Middle row: Laurie Howard, E. Turner, Fred Whatley, Don French, Denis Rattray (coach), J. French, W. Rattray, Dennis Adams
Front Row: C. Doodt, Don Harrington, Garry French (Mascot), A. Dawson, M. Kaine, B. Radford.

1962 Reserves

Back Row: J. Matthews (trainer), G. Bennett, A. Anderson, Nazza Haywood, B. Garland, K. Wylie, R. French, H. Davies, B. Emmerton, Reg Peebles (trainer)
Middle row: G. Kelly, D. Hay, G. Guard, Ernie Ling, Dennis Rattray (coach), A. Burns, J. Lancaster, Ted Eagling
Front Row: G. Davies, A. Hayes, Sandy Radford, P. Doxin, B. French, C. Doodt, A. Robson

1962 Under 19s


1963

After a slow start to the season, the club began to show a marked improvement in form and hit its straps towards the end of the season. The seniors finished in the four after drawing the final roster match against Wynyard to gain a small break over Devonport who had a healthier percentage. With the retirement of Wilf Barker, R.A. Green took over as president with John Bonney continuing as secretary. Former Brunswick and VFA representative Kevin Johnstone was appointed captain-coach and his influence was obvious. It was the first time the Blues had a senior side in the finals in eight years, and then it was under Bob Parsons. Penguin met Ulverstone at Ulverstone in the first semi and on their two previous meetings the results stood at one game apiece. Finals nerves obviously affected the team, which was no match for the Robins, going down 20.14 to 9.7.

The reserves after a good season the year before disappointed, finishing sixth. Gerry Howard won the senior best and fairest with P. Gardiner the reserves. It was interesting to note that up-and-coming young stars like Phil Lade and Graeme Revell were yet to fully blossom. The club caught up on a backlog of honours by bestowing life memberships to K.V. Hardy, Ted Howe, J. Storay and R. Swain.

Seniors 1963

Reserves 1963

Under 19s 1963


1964

In pre-season matches Penguin were good under the coach Kevin Johnstone, with Lade and Revell showing the way. There were no changes to the club administration. The season began with a six point loss to Cooee, but then the next three games against Ulverstone, Burnie and East Devonport were all victories. But, as in past years, a slump hit two-thirds of the way through the season and any chance of of making the finals was cancelled out. The reserves and under 19s both finished sixth after disappointing seasons. The under 19s, although not officially part of the Union, had now dispensed with divisional football and were playing the minor curtain raiser with the same number of teams as the senior competition.

Darrel Wylie again won the senior B and F award, his second in three years, while Bill Dawson and R. Ray won the reserves and under 19 sections respectfully. Outstanding Don Harrington was honoured with life membership for his great contribution to the club as player and worker.


1965

In an endeavour to lift itself up the ladder, the club recruited star Geelong forward Fred Wooller as coach. He was a former Geelong captain and great things were expected from him. Former captain and coach Kevin Johnstone had left the club to play with East Devonport.

With the retention of young players like Revell and Lade and a good blend of youth and experience, Penguin was again hoping this would be the season. But it was almost mid-season before they showed any form, then the usual slump set in. The Blues missed making the four by two games to finish fifth, likewise the reserves had a dismal season to finish seventh. The under 19s were not part and parcel of Union football and were officially part of the clubs being administered by the senior body.

Fullback Hec Beswick won the senior B & F. Guy Harrington, father of Don, was honoured with life membership.


1966

A name synonymous with the present day club, Bill Fielding, was elected as the new president for the season, with John Bonney continuing as secretary.

Under Fred Wooller’s guidance as coach, Penguin won half the games played, losing several by just a few points. At the end of the roster, the Blues were one game out of the four but had a healthier percentage than fourth placed Ulverstone. Wooller was the leading Union goal kicker and big ruckman, Ian ‘Bull’ Cullen finished runner-up in the Wander Medal. It was a big disappointment for the Blues followers that the team promised so much but just missed out on maybe giving the title a big push.

The reserves finished in sixth position, but the under 19s finished second, equal on points with third team, Wynyard. Penguin met Ulverstone in the second semi, failing by just two points. Having to do it the hard way, they won their way back into the grand final by beating Wynyard in the pre-final. Luck was against the junior Blues, going down in the final.

Kevin Purdy, Peter Mathewson and A. Mawer were the recipients of the best and fairest awards. It was also the season that the club decided to foster football further by forming and sponsoring and under 17 side.


1967

Despair over the previous seasons performance was evident in the club, which could only manage three wins for the year to finish in seventh spot under the previous year’s administration. Some of the club’s performances during the year were pathetic and it was obviously going to take a lot of soul searching for an improvement in all three levels to become evident. The only ray of sunshine was the under 19s which lost only two games to finish atop of the ladder. The side met Wynyard in the second semi to register a comfortable win, 14.13 to 5.11. Ulverstone won its semi to set up a clash against Penguin and at this stage the scores were a win apiece during the season, though the Blues were odds on favourite to win the flag. Just as in previous years, Ulverstone’s hoodoo against Penguin became apparent as the Robins left the Blues runner-up for the second consecutive year.

Kevin Purdy and Max Jaffray tied for the senior Best & Fairest, with B. Stoward and Ross Plapp the reserves and under 19s, and B. Butler the under 17s. Both John Bonney and Bill Fielding were rewarded for their outstanding service to the club with life memberships.

For the record, the full names of the players are:

Fred Wooller, Hec Beswick, Vern Drake, Maurice Hawes, Bill Dawson, David Flint, K. Morton, Harry Davey, D. Mason, Phillip Lincoln, Brian Stingle, Kevin Purdy, John Webster, Ray Howe, Terry Owens, Leon Richardson, Max Jaffray, Don Harrington.


1968

As is the case today, for every player a club gains, there’s bound to be equivalent losses. Such was the story for Penguin this season when soccer convert K.L. ‘Charles’ Brandenburg was appointed secretary. Fred Wooller exercised his four-year option as coach and he was heartened by the return of Phil Lade from a short stint with Hawthorn. Mich Franklin also returned from Queensland. However with their return, the club lost the services of Vern Drake, Phillip Lincoln and Hec Beswick. Bob Cheek had been recruited from Longford as ruckman but the changes did nothing for the senior sides standing.

The Blues once again had the dubious honour of finishing wooden-spooner. The reserves finished two games out of the four but the honours were with the under 19s who finished third on percentage but equal on points with the ladder leader Wynyard and second placed Burnie. They met Cooee in the first semi final, winning 11.4 to 9.7 and with accurate kicking beat Burnie in the Preliminary final by two points, 7.7 to 5.17 to enter the grand final. Wynyard was the firm favourite but the young Blues showed great endeavour to shrug off nerves and win the club’s first under 19 title.

Promising youngster Terry Owens won the senior Best and Fairest, Bill Radford the reserves and Robert Close took the double by winning the NWFU and club B & F in the under 19s. Graeme Revell was awarded life membership and Guy Harrington received the NWFU Certificate of Merit.


1969

Bob Franklin took over the reins from the hard working Bill Fielding and the cigar smoking ‘Charles’ Brandenburg continued as secretary. Former Burnie coach Ray Walker took over the coaching role from Fred Wooller, who accepted a coaching spot in country Victoria.

The senior team again fell by the wayside to finish seventh. The reserves and under 19s both made the four, finishing third. The matches were played at the Devonport oval and the under 19s failed to live up to expectations and were beaten by Wynyard by five points in a close encounter. The reserves beat Burnie comfortably to progress to the pre-final. Cooee was there opponent and the Blues won by a massive 84 points, 16.14 to 3.8 to progress to their third consecutive grand final. Latrobe reserves had also made their way to the final but could not muster the required reserves to retain its premiership with Penguin winning its second title. It was a rewarding effort for coach Bob Cheek, who had won the Alstergren Trophy, the Union’s best and fairest trophy in interstate matches; the first occasion that a Penguin player had received it.

Wayne Manson won the senior Best and Fairest award from Terry Owens. R. Howe the reserves award, Brian Butler the under 19s and Sam Ling the under 17s.

It was the women’s year as far as the honour roll was concerned with Miss W Groom, Mrs L Harrington and Mrs M Wescombe receiving Life Membership. Mrs Harrington made it a treble for her family as her husband Guy and son, Don had previously won the honour. It was the first time in Union history that three members of one family had been honoured and it wasn’t until later years that the Aherne family of Latrobe equaled the feat.

Night premiership matches were introduced for the bottom four teams and played at Penguin but the Blues were eliminated in the first semi final.