312. Dennis Powell

Hobart, Ruckman, 1957-71

272 games, 73 goals for Hobart, 1957-71 powell
Hobart TANFL premierships 1959, 1960, 1963, 1966
Hobart State premiership 1959
Hobart Best & Fairest 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
Five representative games for Tasmania
14 representative games for TFL
Weller Arnold Medal, 1962 (Best TFL player in intrastate matches)
Hobart ‘Greatest Team – 1947-2001’ (Ruckman)

One of the finest ruckmen ever to grace the football fields of Tasmania, Dennis Powell was a key member of the great Hobart sides of the late-50s to mid-60s. Born in 1938, Powell hailed from the small midlands town of Tunnack, and first played senior football for his local club in the Midlands Football Association.

His talent soon saw him approached by several TFL clubs, and after initially being linked to North Hobart he joined Hobart in 1957. Over the following 15 seasons, Powell established a reputation as a ruckman of singular brilliance: long and lanky – even in his later years – Powell could adapt to almost any conditions and became known as the finest tap ruckman in the state. For nearly a decade, Powell combined with fellow club greats Burnie Payne and Mal Pascoe to form the legendary Hobart following division known as ‘The Three Ps’, a combination who helped propel Hobart to TFL premierships in 1959, 1960, 1963 and 1966, as well as the State premiership in 1959. In a sign of just how significant Powell’s contributions were during this period, he won Hobart’s Best & Fairest award a club record six times, a remarkable achievement given the quality of many of his teammates. Outside of club football, Powell was a regular representative player, turning out 14 times for the TFL.

He also represented Tasmania five times in interstate matches, where his performances led many to believe that he would have held his own at VFL level had he so wished. However, Powell was a man of simple pleasures, more than happy to ply his trade at TFL level for Hobart. By the time he hung up his boots at the end of 1971, Powell’s 272 games for Hobart was a club record. Post-retirement Powell was an obvious selection as first ruckman in Hobart’s ‘Greatest Team’ from 1947-2001, and he was a life member of the club for nearly 50 years. An enormously popular and respected figure, Dennis Powell passed away in 2017, aged 79.