Tradition

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Formation of the Club

Morningside is a club with a proud history that dates back to its original days as the Hawthorne Juniors, formed in 1931. The Hawthorne and Morningside Australian Football Clubs amalgamated in 1950.  Hawthorne consisted of junior teams playing in the colours of white with a red sash (later a red V).  Morningside consisted of senior teams playing in the colours of Black and White vertical stripes.  The colours were combined to the present day of Red, White and Black and used for the first time in 1951.

Jack Esplen and Our Oval

Jack’s association with the club began in 1947 when he was a patron and supporter of both the Morningside and Hawthorne Football Clubs.  It was Jack who virtually engineered the amalgamation of both of these clubs.

During the 1950’s and early 1960’s Jack’s involvement was largely directed towards junior football and especially in the schools area where he played a major role in establishing a strong base for Australian Rules Football in our local area.  He later moved to the Gold Coast but retained a strong interest in the club and continued to support the club as Patron.

In appreciation of his long time efforts for the Club he was recognised by having the playing oval named in his honour.

Our Tradition

Our traditions and history are elaborated in the pages below:

We have also scanned a few documents from the past, so that you can see that while some things remain the same, others are now very different!

Senior Affiliations

  • QANFL 1950-63

  • QAFL 1964-96

  • QSFL 1997-99

  • AFLQ  2000-present


Junior Affiliation

  • AFLBJ


Formed

  • 1950 - the club developed from the Hawthorne Juniors, which was formed in 1931


Colours

  • Black, white and red


Emblem

  • Panthers


Senior Premierships

  • 1965, 1991, 1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
, 2014

Reserves Premierships

  • 1965, 1967, 1990, 2001, 2003,  2006, 2009
, 2013, 2014, 2016

Colts/U18 Premierships

  • 1982, 1988, 1996, 2006, 2009
, 2012, 2013

Grogan Medalists

  • Noel McGuinness 1953 & 1954

  • Henry Maguire 1955

  • Keith Farnsworth 1957

  • Merv Dihm 1960

  • Terry Johnston 1967

  • Jeff Ebert 1974

  • John Blair 1982

  • Daryl Bourke 1989 & 1993

  • Ricky Chapman 1992

  • Mitchell Howe 1994

  • Dean Edwards 1998

  • Jacob Gough 2003

  • Nathan Kinch 2008


QAFL Top Goalkickers

  • G.Jones (114) 1974, (124) 1975 & (142) 1976

  • J.Newton (81) 1979

  • J.Blair (86) 1985

  • J.Manson (106) 1986

  • D.Vickery (95) 1989, (117) 1990, (100) 1991 & (81) 1992

  • M.Russell (83) 1994, (105) 1995 & (101) 1997


Senior Highest Score

  • 47.28 (310) v Caloundra 1.3 (9) on 6 May 1990


Thanks to Australian Football for the use of information from their website at: australianfootball.com

© Morningside Panthers 2015