193. Les Hepper

Administrator Inductee

New Norfolk/TFL, Administrator, 1957-1974

Life member, New Norfolk Football Club and the Tasmanian Football league

Les Hepper helped lead the New Norfolk Football Club through its most successful era in the 1960s and early 1970s. The highlight of his leadership was the 1968 season when under Trevor Leo the club won the TFL and state premiership for the first time.

Hepper was also active in designing and developing the new clubrooms at Boyer during his time as president. The grandstand at Boyer Oval was named the Les Hepper Stand in honour of his service to the club.

The development of Tasmanian football icon Peter Hudson also occurred at New Norfolk in the 1960s and Hudson’s highly successful 1966 National Carnival in Hobart and subsequent recruitment to Hawthorn in 1967 highlighted his progression from junior football at New Norfolk to Tasmanian and Australian football legend.

Les Hepper’s contribution to the New Norfolk and broader Derwent Valley was signifcant across a range of community endeavours, while his leadership in football in the district was profound.