GDFC polishes up its most prized possession

FRESHLY shined, polished and looking brand new.

With a little dedication and elbow grease, the Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC) has restored the legendary RH ‘Banjo Patterson’ trophy to its former glory, much to the appreciation of the club community.

GDFC general manager Duncan Warburton said the trophy restoration was long overdue.

“Unfortunately, over the years the trophy fell into disrepair and wasn’t looked after the way it should have been,” he said.

“Luckily, the New Town/Glenorchy Past Players and Officials Association took it upon itself to restore the trophy to its former glory.

“This process was spearheaded by Past Players and Officials Association historian Graham Kelly, with the assistance of Stan Walker.

“It involved removing dents and stains on the trophy and repolishing it and Graham and Stan were instrumental to the process.”

The Banjo Patterson trophy is a GDFC icon, bought to life from former New Town Football Club player Banjo Patterson.

Mr Warburton said when Mr Patterson retired, he joined the New Town Football Club committee.

“Mr Patterson wanted to have a trophy made that could be presented to the best and fairest player each year,” he said.

Mr Warburton said Mr Patterson funded the trophy himself on the condition that it be named after him.

“The trophy was passed by the board and first awarded in 1928 to Eric Huxtable,” he said.

Over the years, the trophy has been awarded to notable players such as Peter Hudson in 1978, 1976 and 1979, Neil Conlan in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958 and, more recently, Daniel Joseph in 2018.

Current player Jaye Bowden has been awarded the trophy six times and holds the record for the highest number of best and fairest wins.

Following its restoration, the trophy is being displayed in a trophy case with other GDFC memorabilia at KGV and is open during business hours if members of the public wish to view it.

“It’s one of the most impressive trophies of its kind in Australia and we are excited to share it with our community,” Mr Warburton said.

Caption: GDFC general manager Duncan Warburton with the recently restored RH ‘Banjo Patterson’ trophy.