36. Gavin Luttrell

Coach Inductee

Lefroy/Longford/North Launceston/NTFA, Wingman, 1930-60

> 212 games for Lefroy, 1930-40 (club record)
> Around 15 games for Longford, 1941
> Around 100 games for North Launceston, 1945-50
> North Launceston captain-coach, 1945-50
> Lefroy TFL premiership, 1937
> North Launceston NTFA premierships, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
> North Launceston state premierships, 1947, 1949, 1950
> Lefroy Best and Fairest, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
> NTFA representative coach, 1957-60 (11 games)
> Coach of North Launceston ‘Greatest Team 1945-1999’

A champion between-the-wars player who excelled as a coach after the Second World War, Gavin Luttrell was instrumental in leading North Launceston into arguably the most successful era in the club’s history.

After 212 games, four consecutive Best and Fairests and a premiership with TFL side Lefroy during the 1930s, Luttrell moved to the north of the state during the early years of World War II, playing one season with Longford in 1941 before the association went into war-enforced recess. Upon resumption, Luttrell was appointed captain-coach of North Launceston, a side who had not tasted NTFA premiership success since 1931. Under Luttrell’s leadership, however, the Robins were soon transformed into the dominant force in northern football, winning five consecutive NTFA flags between 1946 and 1950 and winning three out of five state premierships in that time. After six enormously successful seasons Luttrell ended his time at North Launceston on a high note; his final match was the 1950 state final against North Hobart at North Hobart Oval, from which the Robins emerged 35-points victors. He also retired as a player after this match at the age of 38, having made more than 350 senior appearances for three clubs over 20 years.

After leaving North Launceston Luttrell went on to coach the NTFA representative team to an impressive 8-3 record against the TANFL from 1957-1960, as well as becoming a respected sports reporter for The Mercury newspaper. North Launceston honoured Luttrell in 1999, naming him coach in the club’s ‘Greatest Team’.