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Horace Charles Gorringe



Horace Charles Gorringe (Member 1987)

4 July 1895 - 16 July 1994

Horrie was rated by many old time players, both in Tasmania and Victoria, as the greatest rover ever produced in Tasmania. He was a natural footballer who did not need much coaching. It was not until after the first World War that Horrie established himself as the prince of Tasmanian footballers.

At the age of 17, Horrie was put straight into Cananore's senior team. He remained with Cananore until he retired in 1928. During this period Cananore were League premiers on five occasions - 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926 and 1927. They also were State Premiers in 1921, 1922, 1926 and 1927. Horrie formed an integral part of the team's overwhelming success during these years.

He had many offers to play V.F.L. football but he turned them all down to remain in Tasmania. Horrie was a member of the famous League team of 1923 that defeated South Australia. He also played for Tasmania in 1921 (Sydney), 1924 (Hobart) and 1927 (Melbourne).

During his long career he rarely missed selection in League combined sides.