Southern Football League (SthFL) since 1996
Black and white (originally green and yellow)
Tasmanian Amateur Football League Southern Division (TAFLSD) - 1965, 1968, 1974-5-6, 1978-9-80-1, 1984, 1986-7-8, 1992-3-4-5 (17 total); TAFL State Championship (Conder Shield) - 1968, 1974, 1978-9, 1981, 1984, 1986-7, 1992-3 (10 total - record); TAFLSD Districts - 1981, 1984, 1986 (3 total)
334 by Richard Blackwell
Details of Claremont’s early history are patchy, but the picture becomes clearer after the club commenced in the Tasmanian Amateur Football League’s Southern Division in 1949. That was also the year the club replaced its original colours of green and yellow with the black and white still worn to this day.
After reaching consecutive grand finals in 1950 and 1951, both of which were lost, Claremont’s fortunes underwent a prolonged decline. Finally, in 1965, the Magpies again contested a grand final, and this time they were successful, downing University by 27 points, 13.16 (94) to 8.19 (67). Three years later, they added a second flag with another grand final win over Uni, this time by the much closer margin of just 2 points. Shortly afterwards, they procured their first state title thanks to an 11.14 (80) to 10.13 (73) defeat of Northern Division premier Mowbray.
It was during the 1970s that Claremont really arrived as a competition power, winning five premierships from five grand finals. In 1974, 1978 and 1979 the side also won the state title.
Impressive though this was, things would get even better, as in the sixteen seasons between 1980 and 1995 the Magpies contested every grand final except one, winning ten of them. The state championship was no longer being contested every season by this time, but Claremont still managed to win it on six occasions, losing only once.
In 1996 the TAFL went into recess, and Claremont crossed to the Southern Football League. In 1997 the Magpies won all except one of their 19 roster matches only to put in a ‘shocker’ on grand final day and go under to Kingston by 25 points. This remains the closest they have come to winning a SthFL flag. From 2002 until 2008 the Magpies competed in the SthFL’s regional league, getting within one game of the grand final in 2007 and finishing fourth the following year.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications