The Burnie Tigers of 1963 honoured

BURNIE’S historic state premiership grand final win of 1963 will be immortalised as a landmark moment in Tasmanian football later this year.

The John Heathcote-coached Tigers’ win over North Launceston will be inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame in the “memorable game” category.

The match was the icing on the cake for a golden era for the club, capping off a run of NWFU premierships as the Tigers finally broke through for a state premiership.

Ruckman Don Carter was in the best players that day and the Tigers’ best and fairest in ’63.

He said the induction was great recognition for the side of that era.

“We won five premierships in six years, the first four years we got into the final of the state premiership, always knocking off the first but couldn’t quite win the second. We were determined to win this one,” Carter said.

“Just to win a premiership is special, to win six is even more special and to win the state was the icing on the cake.”

One player missing from events marking the occasion at the club and in Hobart this winter will be Terry Shadbolt, who died recently.

Carter said he would be missed at the celebrations.

“It was tragic that `Shaddy’ died last week,” he said.

AFL Tasmania chief executive Scott Wade said the match was a landmark moment and deserved its place alongside nine other memorable match-ups in the state’s football history.

“We think it’s a memorable game in the context that it was Burnie’s fifth attempt at the state flag, and that was the one that they won,” Wade said

“It signifies a great era of the Burnie Tigers and the 50th anniversary is obviously very significant.”

The Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame dinner will be held at Hobart’s Wrest Point casino on Friday, July 5.

Members of the 1963 Burnie state premiership team Kevin Redman and Don Carter talk about their history-making win. Picture: Grant Wells.

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