268. Geoff Hill

268. Geoff HillPlayer Inductee

New Norfolk/Fitzroy, Defender, 1954-1974

18 games, Fitzroy, 1959-60
164 games, New Norfolk, 1954-58 and 1964-68
New Norfolk Best and Fairest, 1964
New Norfolk TFL and state premiership teams, 1968
New Norfolk coach, 1973-74
Represented the TFL on numerous occasions
Represented Tasmania on nine occasions in 1957, 1958 and 1965

Geoff Hill was a great servant of New Norfolk Football Club and a highly regarded defender. He represented Tasmania as a schoolboy champion in carnivals in 1950 and 1951. After debuting for the Eagles as an 18-year-old in 1954 he developed into one of the state’s best full backs. He was a regular TFL representative and first represented Tasmania against South Australia in 1957. A member of Tasmania’s National Carnival team in 1958, he was recruited by Fitzroy’s Arthur Edwards, who was also New Norfolk’s first TFL coach back in the 1940s. Hill won selection in a strong Fitzroy combination under the innovative coach Len Smith, but was curtailed by a serious shoulder injury and returned to coach in Tasmania. After a successful period with Kermandie in the Huon Football Association he returned home to a New Norfolk club that was on the rise. His form was so good that he achieved further personal and club honours and helped win the Eagles the ultimate prize: their first TFL and state premiership under Trevor Leo’s leadership in 1968. Throughout the 1970s Geoff Hill continued to serve New Norfolk FC as a coach and committeeman before his sudden passing in 1982.