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Playing in his 312th game, Kangaroo's Captain Brad Crowden looks on as Bracknell and Deloraine players reach for the ball.  Photo by Mike Moores

Playing in his 312th game, Kangaroo's Captain Brad Crowden looks on as Bracknell and Deloraine players reach for the ball.

Photo by Mike Moores

Wearing the modern jumpers, the Roos Reserves struggle for the ball.  Photo by Mike Moores

Wearing the modern jumpers, the Roos Reserves struggle for the ball.

Photo by Mike Moores

FRIENDS, FAMILIES, supporters and past players gathered together on Saturday 22 June, to celebrate Deloraine Football Club's 125 years in the game.

The Senior Kangaroos team battled Bracknell, wearing replicas of their 1979 football jumpers.

The jumpers pay tribute to the last time that the Deloraine seniors claimed the premiership with an unexpected victory over Perth, in the Esk Football Association Grand Final.

Now part of the Northern Tasmanian Football Association, members of the 1979 winning side gathered in Deloraine for the club’s 40th and 125th anniversaries.

Despite the loss on the day, the Senior Kangaroos remain hopeful about winning their next grand final before too long.

In the meantime they continue to hold their place in the community as a strong team with a proud tradition.

Thumbs up for Kanga, the Roos’ new recruit

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Deloraine Football Club’s new mascot Kanga gets to know some of the club’s rusted-on supporters. From left, Cooper Field, Benji Crowden (6) and Lucy Crowden (3).  Photo by Mike Moores

Deloraine Football Club’s new mascot Kanga gets to know some of the club’s rusted-on supporters. From left, Cooper Field, Benji Crowden (6) and Lucy Crowden (3).

Photo by Mike Moores

By Hayley Manning

THE DELORAINE Football Club’s latest recruit – Kanga, has become quite the socialite, posing for snaps, sponsoring businesses and handing out Easter eggs around Deloraine.

It is going to be a busy year for Kanga on the field and at the club, as they prepare to acknowledge Deloraine Football Club’s milestone 125 years with a host of events.

Club President, Shaun Donohue, said he wants to ensure the year is a success, not just in terms of winning games but with the local community taking part in the celebrations. And presumably Kanga and friends will be there too.

Funny football

SportJoanne Eisemann

March 2019

DELORAINE FOOTBALL Club is celebrating its 125th year in 2019. The first function for the year is bound to start the celebrations o§ on the right foot with a Comedy Road Show to get everyone laughing. The Laughs of Launnie International Comedy Festival will be held at the Deloraine Football Club, Racecourse Drive Deloraine on 22nd March at 8:00pm.

The line up includes Lindsay Webb, Bryan O’Gorman from Canada, Kirk Smith representing the US of A, Luke Heggie, Fiona O’Loughlin and more. Tickets are $50.00. The show is for one night only so book early by calling 0437 749 034 or email Organisers think life is better when you’re laughing and invite you to come and laugh with them.

John Loone, a life of service

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John Loone

John Loone

SEPTEMBER 2018 | Wendy Laing

 JOHN ARTHUR Loone was born on the 25th of January 1931 in Deloraine. His early years were spent in Launceston where, at school level, he represented the north in football and athletics.

He also attended the Deloraine Catholic school during his primary years and his wife, Leslie recalled that he walked home after school with Patti Pratt.

For a short time, when he was sixteen, he worked at Harris’s in Deloraine which was then was situated next to the British Hotel. From there he joined his father to start Deloraine’s first newsagency. This developed into RH Loone and Sons, and recognising the potential for growth, they moved to where the newsagency stands today. This became John Loone’s focal point for 40 years.

While still in his twenties, John and his grandfather, Roy Loone bought a Bedford bus and the school bus and charter business began. At the tender age 29 he became a Justice of the Peace and served 58 years.

It was not widely known though that he was also a Probation officer for many years.

Football played a large part in his life. John played 234 games and also coached the Deloraine Club. Over time he held the positions of President, Treasurer and Patron. His family remember a game at the Westbury football ground, where he was chased by an elderly lady hitting him with an umbrella when he attempted to stop a fight between players.

John Loone’s contribution and involvement in the community of Deloraine was a remarkable achievement. He was Treasurer of the Deloraine High School Parents and Friends for 28 years and spent 25 years as a volunteer fireman.

When Harris Menswear building caught fire he raced inside to retrieve vital documents. Seconds after he got out, the roof collapsed.

As a Member of the Legislative Council, John Loone worked hard for his electorate. Major achievements included championing the upgrades of Ashley, the Deloraine hospital and cleaning up the Deloraine riverbanks.

He tirelessly lobbied the Government for a grant to start Giant Steps. After two and a half years of planning, preparation, and help with extra funds, Giant Steps became a reality with Mr Loone becoming the first Chairman. Leslie Loone said the Legislative Council members called him a quiet achiever

John Loone passed away on the 3rd of August 2018 aged 87. He had been married to Lesley for almost 64 years and father of Rodney, Liz, Louise and Anthony. He was loved by all his friends and extended family.

Photo | Supplied

Mudlarks in muddy mayhem

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Reserves best shot long crop

Reserves best shot long crop

JUNE 2017 | David Claridge

A WET and muddy Saturday in May saw a win for the Deloraine Reserves and wins for the Scottsdale U/18’s and Seniors.

Scottsdale Division One Seniors finished on 89 to beat Deloraine 23. In the Division One Reserves, Deloraine won with 28 to Scottsdale’s 23 in what was a low scoring affair.  The U/18’s match was much the same, with Scottsdale coming out on top.  Shaun Donohue, President of the Deloraine Football Club, remarked how both the U/18’s and the Reserves games were a low scoring, close affair.

“But after a good start in the Seniors, we unfortunately went down by ten goals,” Mr Donohue said.

“The weather conditions suited Scottsdale a bit better than our boys.  We’re a young side with smaller bodies against a bigger-bodied team.  The seniors were too strong against us in the end.

“It was very wet and muddy all day. The rain didn’t let up at all.

“We’ve always had good games against Scottsdale.  It’s pretty much this year that they have a lot more experienced team than us.  Our team are young but will get better the more senior games they play.  We expected a few losses throughout the Year and our Boys will keep working hard to improve.  We had five under 18’s playing Seniors that day but due to the conditions it didn’t really suit the youngens”.

“The U/18’s and Reserves are going along pretty well, they are in the top five at the moment.  Our senior team is in a rebuilding phase at the moment with a lot of young players.  I just want all of our supporters and sponsors to know to stick with us as I am sure they will be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years.”  Josh Cameron, Jordan Loone, Matthew Griffin and Ben McLennan were amongst the best for the Seniors game.

Peter Fish, Secretary of the Scottsdale football club explained how in the Seniors, Deloraine kicked the first couple of goals in the first quarter but after that it was pretty much one way traffic.

“The reserves was a pretty close game, there wasn’t much in it.  Scottsdale copped a couple of injuries which left us a man or two short but we did well and deserved to win the match,” Mr Fish said.

“The weather was terrible driving rain.  It wasn’t heavy enough to cause any flooding but it was just cold and wet all day.

“We enjoy coming down and playing teams like Deloraine.  The club always looks after our players after the game.

Deloraine Football Club President, Shaun Donohue, was recently awarded a Sport and Recreation award for his long contribution to various sports.

“It was very surprising. Four weeks before the presentation I learned I was a finalist, it was down in Hobart. It was overwhelming to win it amongst all of the other amazing volunteers in the state.

“I’ve been involved in sport for a long time with junior footy into senior footy, as well as junior and senior basketball, helping to initiate a few things for the footy club from Beyond Blue to having days to raise money and awareness for cancer.”

Photo | Mike Moores

Sport in brief

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MARCH 2016

Westbury Sports Centre 40 years old

THE WESTBURY Sports Centre has reached a new milestone. In its 40th year since construction a reunion has been organised.

Anyone interested is invited to the celebration on 10th April at 1:30pm. There will be free entertainment and afternoon tea. RSVP is by 30th March to Pat Poulton on 6393 1342

Deloraine footy

THE DELORAINE Football Club is preparing for a big season in 2016. They are once again offering Club Memberships for $2o.00.

Club Membership provides entry into each Jackpot Draw held at the conclusion of home games.

The cash prize jackpots each week if the member drawn is not in attendance.

Members also receive special prices at the Club Bar.

This year, the Committee have decided to reward one lucky member who signs up before or at the first home game on 9th April.

Each new or returning member signed up by the conclusion of the first home game will go into the draw to win a Club jacket valued at $70.00!

You can sign up for membership at training nights which are currently held Monday and Thursday evenings, at the first home game, or by contacting Julian Frost on 0448 391 314.

Westbury bowls

The Westbury Bowls Club is very proud of their member, Julian Frost; not only for becoming the club’s singles champion, but for also winning the Northern Singles Champion of Champions.

Gaylene McNabb, the Bowls North Secretary and member of the Westbury Bowls Club, said that in April Julian will travel to Hobart to compete against the Southern and North West Champions for the title of Tasmanian Singles Champion for 2016.

With the pennant season coming to an end, both the Thursday Division two and Division three teams will be playing in the finals.

Deloraine bowls

FORTY SIX Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, bowlers had a great afternoon at the Deloraine Bowls Club on Friday, 26th February.

Bradey Davis won the clubs novice competition and went on to become the Bowls North Novice Champion.

There are three generations of the family playing bowls at Deloraine. This includes the Patron of the club, Graeme Davis OAM, his son Keith and his grandson Bradey.

With two more games to play, the Thursday Division Three pennant team has a chance to make it into the top four and play in the finals this year.

[udesign_icon_font name="fa fa-camera" color="#000000"] Mike Moores