Gavin Luttrell ranks among the best rovers/wingmen ever produced in Tasmania.
A hard hitting but scrupulously fair player had a record on and off the field which is unsurpassed in Tasmanian football with more than 300 senior games all over Tasmania to his credit as well as a number of successes as a captain and coach of club and combined teams.
As a wingman he contested every ball and gave fierce opposition but he was always warmly regarded by his fellow footballers as a true sportsman.
Gavin Luttrell started his football career at Campania school playing there for four seasons and captaining the side for two seasons.
He then played with Bellerive before joining Lefroy in 1932 as a winger and rover.
During the period from 1932 to 1940 he was rated as the best winger in the league.
He first represented the TANFL against the Huon Association in 1932 in a series which was drawn one all. In the first match at Franklin on June 18th, the TANFL defeated the Huon 20.11.131 to 8.14.62 but in the return match at North Hobart on September 10th the Huon 19.20.134 defeated the TANFL 14.9.93.
In 1936 he gained selection in the Southern side to play the North and from then on was rarely out of combined teams playing the likes of visiting mainland sides East Fremantle, Broken Hill and Fitzroy as well as intrastate games. he was a member of a combined team on no less than 44 occasions.
He won the Lefroy best and fairest award twice; in 1936 and 1940 and played 212 games for the club before going north to play for Longford.
During the war Gavin Luttrell coached Railways in the Essential Services competition where he won the competitions best and fairest award in 1944.
In 1945, when the NTFA resumed after the second world war, was appointed coach of North Launceston where he remained until 1950.
Under his guidance the team won five consecutive NTFA premierships from 1946 to 1950. The Robins also won the State premiership in 1947 and 1950. In other State title matches the Robins lost by less than a goal on each occasion.
In the memorable 1950 State final he came out of retirement at age 38 to play for the Robins.
The 1946 North Launceston NTFA premiership side. Gavin Luttrell is fourth from the left in the front row.
Gavin's coaching career encompassed coaching the NTFA from 1957 to 1960 during which time they played eleven times and were only defeated on three occasions.
The 1947 State premiership team; North Launceston. Gavin Luttrell is seated in the middle of the second row. Charlie Searl
, NLFC president is seated on the left of the same row. John Leedham
is pictured second from right in the same row
He was approached by VFL clubs including Richmond and Geelong but declined because of employment commitments.
He was also a pennant tennis and golf player, an amateur boxer and professional runner winning most Gifts in Tasmania.
In 1959 Gavin Luttrell joined the Mercury newspaper's "Sports" team and reported on NTFA football for four years.
When he retired Gavin Luttrell had played in 350 senior games in the north and the south of the island. He was made an honorary life member of North Launceston in 1951 and became patron of the club for six years between 1965 and 1970. He was a selector for both NTFA and State sides.
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Gavin Luttrell - a Tasmanian Football Legend