324. Rickie Dolliver

Player Inductee

Hobart/Burnie/Sandy Bay/South Launceston/Country Football, Defender/
Forward, 1973-96

113 games for Hobart, 1975-1980; 1984
56 games for Burnie, 1981-83 (captain-coach)
76 games for Sandy Bay, 1986-89
16 games for South Launceston, 1990 (captain-coach)
c. 120 amateur games for Richmond/Campania, Channel, St. Virgils &
Campania, 1985; 1991-96
Hobart TFL premiership, 1980
Sandy Bay Best & Fairest, 1988 [Equal]
Sandy Bay Leading Goal-Kicker 1986, 1989
National Amateur Championships All-Australian, 1985 (Captain)
Represented Tasmania vs Geelong, 1979
Greater Northern FL representative, 1981-82
TFL intrastate representative, 1976-80; 1984
NWFU intrastate representative, 1981-83 (Vice-Captain)

One of Tasmanian football’s great nomads, Rickie Dolliver represented the state at U16 level in 1973 before embarking on his senior career with Hobart as a 17- year old two years later. He quickly developed into an outstanding senior player playing as a centreman and ruck-rover, winning regular TFL representative honours and being bestowed with the Hobart vice-captaincy, a position he held for the Tigers’ 1980 TFL premiership under Paul Sproule.

The following season saw Dolliver line up with NWFU side Burnie, having been appointed captain-coach
of the club aged just 23. He enjoyed moderate success during his three seasons on the coast, serving as vice-captain of the NWFU combined team and twice representing the Greater Northern League, most notably in the famous victory over the VFA at Devonport in 1981.

Dolliver returned to Hobart for a season in 1984, and after a year coaching in country football in 1985 – a season in which he captained Tasmania and gained All-Australian honours at the National Amateur Championships – he returned to his original junior club Sandy Bay as playing assistant coach in 1986. Initially starring as a forward and leading the club‘s goalkicking in his first season, Dolliver later shifted predominantly to the backline, winning Sandy Bay’s Best & Fairest in this role in 1988.

Aged 33, he played one final season of senior football as playing coach of South Launceston in 1990 before spending his final years in Tasmania coaching at country level with Channel, St. Virgil’s and Campania. Post-senior football Dolliver continued to perform brilliantly for many years in Super Rules and AFL Masters, winning All-Australian honours at no less than four carnivals for – incredibly – three different states/territories (TAS, NSW and ACT) before hanging up his boots for good in 2023.

While undoubtedly a stand-out player, arguably Dolliver’s greatest contribution to the game has been his commitment to the development of the next generation. Since his first role with the Sandy Bay U19s in 1989 (winning a premiership), Dolliver has taken charge of countless junior teams and enjoyed particular success with the Belconnen Football Club in Canberra, leading both their U17 Boys and U16 Girls teams to premierships in 2019.