Torquay Football Club

 

Formed after WW1 with the colours of blue and white. The Torquay Football Club competed in the newly formed Freshwater Creek Football Association in 1921. The four competing teams were Freshwater Creek, Modewarre, Connewarre and Torquay. Some games were played at Grovedale.

The first season was not without controversy with a game between Torquay and Connewarre being declared ‘null and void’ after some irregularities by the umpire and inconsistency between the time keeper and goal umpires. Reinforced by the Torquay goal umpire not producing his score card before the enquiry.

Like many other activities, during World War II the club ceased to exist and reformed in 1951 under the guidance of George McCartney.

Viv Berryman, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 96, was the last surviving coach from that period. Second hand jumpers were donated by the Richmond Football Club, and hence the club became known as the Torquay Tigers.[1]

The first under 15’s team was formed in 1952 and played in yellow windcheaters with a Superman motif on the front! This team trained on a reserve at the end of Gilbert Street and was coached by Geo McCartney.[2]

Early competitions were played on the oval which is now the camping ground with teams changing at the hotel across the road. While the clubrooms were built in 1959 games were played at Spittle’s paddock (near McDonalds) with players using the garage behind the wine shop (now a fruit shop) as changing rooms.

Playing in the Jarman Cup Competition Torquay won its first flag in 1960. The Bellarine Football League was formed in 1971 with both Seniors and Reserves winning flags. Six other senior flags have been won since and over 24 other team premerships. G. McCartney, Laurie Nairn, Lester Edwards and others pushed for a better oval resulting in a new complex built by South Barwon Shire in the late 1970’s and in 1984 flood lighting was installed.

The Club has grown considerably, especially in recent times, and now fields sides in the Bellarine Football League, the Geelong Junior Football League, and the YMCA competition, as well as the very important introductory Auskick football program.[3]

 

 

Sources:

[1] https://torquaytigers.com/about-us/our-history/
[2] ibid
[3] Ibid
The Geelong Advertiser, 1921
Pescott, John (1985)  South Barwon 1857-1985

 

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