History

History

Origin

Wolfe Tones is the most recently formed G.A.A. club in Victoria. The club entered the league in 1990, after three young Irish lads decided that another competitive club was needed in Melbourne's competition. The three lads, namely Sean McGovern, Micheal Murphy and Ciaran Mohan called a meeting for all those interest in forming a new club. The meeting was held on the first Monday of November, 1989 in the Normandy Hotel. The above three were joined on that historic night by Chris McGovern, Dick Heffernan, Anthony Tormey, Noel Morgan, Johnny Maloney, Martin Fox, Mick Fox, and Tom Riordan.

It was unanimously decided to form an new club with both a football and hurling team. In keeping with tradition, both in Ireland and abroad, the club was to be named after a famous figure in Irish history and thus the new club became known as Wolfe tones G.A.C.

Of all the founding members only Sean McGovern and Ciaran Mohan are still living in Melbourne, and both are still very active members of the club.

Honours

In its first year in the competition, 1990 Wolfe Tones won the championship in football. The same championship was won again in 1992, 1993 was a very successful year, with a league and championship double in football. The club had a lean period then, although it contested many finals and almost all semi-finals in both football and hurling.

1997 brought success again with a victory in the league for the footballers and also the hurling team with its first trophy, a superb win in the championship. Great credit must go to Michael Murphy and Dick Heffernan for their work and commitment towards the Wolfe Tones hurling team. This championship victory was indeed just reward.

1998 proved to be one of the club's most successful years. A marvelous victory in the 7-A-Side competition was followed by a hard earned win in the championship. The crowning glory came on Sunday 23rd August, when Wolfe Tones footballers won a thrilling encounter against old foes Sinn Fein. The unprecedented 'treble' was achieved. In 1999 The Tones retained the 7-A-Side.

In 2001 the Tones overcame another lean period to win the 7-A-Side and Championship, missing out on the League to Sinn Fein. The year 2002 was another sterling year for the club repeating their feat of 1998 winning all football competitions. In 2003 the championship was retained for the 3rd year in a row, the Tones again missing out in the league final.

In 2004 the Wolfe Tones Club revived the Railway cup competition which is fiercely contested by players from all clubs.

In 2005, the Tones achieved the treble of 7-A-Side, Championship and league titles for the third time in their history, beating Sinn Fein in each of the finals.

In 2006 and 2007, the Tones again proved to the the dominant force in Victorian Gaelic Football as they secured the treble of the 7-A-Side, Championship and League titles (2007), Illegally excluded from Championship in 2006).

In 2008 the Tones travelled to the San Remo tournament on the NSW Central Cost, creating history by capturing the football event at their first attempt. The Tones again secured the Championship with a comprehensive win over rivals Padraig Pearses, The league final was lost to a resurgent Sinn Fein.

In 2009, the Tones retained their Championship crown with a win over rivals Sinn Fein and regained the League crown with a win over Pardraig Pearses. 

In 2010 the Tones took out the League and the Championship and NSW Sam.

In 2011, the Tones had one of their finest years taking out 4 titles, The Melbourne Sevens, NSW SAM, The Championship and the League - a feat that has never done before by a Victorian Club.

The Tones retained the Melbourne Sevens in 2012 - missing out in the League Semi to Sinn Fein and Padraig Pearses in the Championship.

In 2013, The Tones won back the NSW SAM (Gosford Invitational) and regained both the Victorian League and Championship titles.

Again in 2014, The Tones retained NSW SAM, The Victorian League and Championship.

In 2015, The Tones remained unbeaten in NSW SAM (only to be knocked out on points) and retained the Victorian League. A depleted Tones lost out to Sinn Fein in the Championship. Alson in 2016, The Tones took out the inaugural Garryowen 9's competition - beating the hosts in the final.

So far in 2016 -  THe Tones have retained the Garryowen 9's, regained the 7's beating Penrith Gaels in the Final, Remained unbeaten in NSW SAM (this time regaining the title after beating MacAnallens in the final)

Running total: Victorian Championships 16, Victorian Leagues 13, Hurling Championships 1, Sevens 10, NSW SAM 6