History

The Palmerston Game Fishing Club was founded in 1991 by ten like minded fishermen. Over the years the club has grown into the high profile well respected club it is today. Initially starting out with club meetings in member’s back yards, then moving on to the Palmerston Tavern for a short time and then the Gray Community Hall.

Around the mid 90s the club with the assistance of the NT Govt was granted a plot of Land in Palmerston and moves were made to construct a club house. A roof was erected along with a storage shed however progress then stalled with a lack of funds.

For many years the clubs marquee event was the Corroboree Park Challenge which helped attract many members to the club.  It continues today as one of the only competitions open to all members of the public.

With the club development at a bit of a standstill. It was recognised PGFC would need more funds to achieve its ultimate goal of having its own licenced clubrooms.  In around 1995 with a view to helping achieve the financial goals, several members spawned the idea of implementing a national fishing tournament.

Subsequently in 1996 after a great deal of effort from club members the first Barra Nationals was held on the Daly River where it is still held today. The event was an immediate success and following the running of a second successful Barra Nationals in 1997 the club was in a comfortable financial position. The incoming President of the time, Trevor Edwards, put a motion to the AGM to finish construction of the clubrooms. With the motion being carried a bank loan was obtained and construction of our current premises commenced. The premises were completed and officially opened in mid 1999.  With the opening of the clubrooms, membership of the club quickly grew.

The club has maintained an emphasis on family and juniors with many of its local laws, social events and fishing trips being organised to facilitate the engagement and involvement of families and juniors.

The club has seen many milestones over the years, from obtaining our land, starting the Barra Nationals in 1996 and the opening of our clubrooms in 1999.  2009 saw the club take over the running of the Secret Women’s Business competition, a well supported women only event. Another annual event for which the club has become renowned for is the Junior Anglers Clinic where 100 junior anglers are educated in all aspects of fishing from water safety, knots, casting, lure selection and catching a fish.

None of this can happen without the support and participation of the diehard club members. Further on you will find a list of life members and club presidents these people along with many other unsung members of the club have dedicated untold hrs to enable the club to reach the current position it holds today, that of a highly respected, active, progressive member of the fishing community.

Presidents

YearName
1991-1994Terry Davis
1995-1997Bryan Spoorle
1998-2002Trevor Edwards
2003Russell Fry
2004Russell Fry
2005Steve Shenfield
2006Steve Shenfield
2007Craig Wortlehock
2008Lynne Fry
2009Lynne Fry
2010Julie Davies
2011Trevor Edwards
2012Trevor Edwards
2013Paul Williams
2014Paul Williams
2015Adrian Glazbrook
2016Adrian Glazbrook
2017Paul Williams
2018Paul Williams

Life Members

YearName
2002David Bowler
2004Mike Newman
2006Trevor Edwards
2008Paul Williams
2008Russell Fry
2013Ray Colley
2013Tash Colley
2015Andre Camesi
2015Marita Camesi
2016Casey Van Engelenhoven
2018Chris Archbold
2018Dave Archbold
2018Dennis Smart
2018Heather Malone
2018Denis Malone

Club Masters

YearName
2005Phillip Clark
2005Shane Flanigan
2005Darren Crawley
2006Dennis Smart
2006Steve Shenfield
2009Ray Colley
2011Trish Wright

Club Champions

YearName
1991-1992Ron Nurton
1993Dave Bowler
1994Bryan Spoorle
1995Darryl Briscoe
1996Ivan Biorci
1997-1998Geoff Cook
1999Grant Edwards
2000Geoff Cook
2001Phillip Clark
2002Dennis Smart
2003Lynne Fry
2004Shane Flanigan
2005Ray Colley
2006Barry Wilson
2007Greg Miller
2008Lynne Fry
2009Ray Colley
2010Matthew Lumb
2011Dennis Smart
2012Tennille Lockwood
2013Jordan Smart
2014Dennis Smart
2015Kevin Anderson
2016Steve Jones
2017Aaron Walker
2018Jordan Smart

Club Metre Board

YearNameSpeciesLength
2004Shane FlaniganBarra106cm
2004Melissa PainBarra102cm
2004Ashley HamBarra103cm
2004Phillip ClarkBarra100cm
2004Laing ClarkJew117cm
2004Ray ColleyJew130cm
2004Sally EdwardsJew104cm
2004Chris StaffordBarra102cm
2004Craig DixonJew110cm
2004Steve ShenfieldMack116cm
2004John RobertsBarra111cm
2004Julie McCourtJew104cm
2004John McCourtJew106cm
2004Lynne FryMack123cm
2004Trevor EdwardsJew115cm
2004Laing ClarkMack106cm
2004Dwayne KrolligJew112cm
2004Joe ByersJew101cm
2004Suzie WilliamsJew109cm
2004Dennis SmartJew109cm
2004Kylie HendersonJew106cm
2004Ray ColleyMack112cm
2004Shane FlaniganJew111cm
2004Darren CrawleyMack115cm
2004Steven TaylorMack140cm
2004Troy GillamJew131cm
2005Darren CrawleyBarra103cm
2005Phillip ClarkMack105cm
2005Phillip ClarkJew120cm
2005Suzanne Van EngelehovenJew111cm
2005Shane FlaniganMack102cm
2005Dennis SmartMack125cm
2005Cate DummetJew108cm
2005Darren CrawleyJew117cm
2005Melissa LundMack110cm
2005Ben DummetJew117cm
2005Brian LundMack102cm
2005Brian LundJew109cm
2005Phil LawlorMack120cm
2005Natasha CercarelliJew120cm
2005Lynne FryJew102cm
2005Dave ArchboldMack108cm
2005Sharon WilsonJew107cm
2006Barry WilsonBarra120cm
2006Dennis SmartBarra103cm
2006Greg MilerBarra128cm
2006Alek GangurBarra130cm
2006Steve ShenfieldBarra104cm
2006Steve ShenfieldJew106cm
2007Leigh WrightJew125cm
2007Madison WrightJew104cm
2007Trish WrightJew110cm
2007Josie WrightJew120cm
2007Craig DixonBarra100cm
2007Alison DixonJew120cm
2007Russ FryJew102cm
2007Pam HousleyJew107cm
2007Steve TetleyJew105cm
2007Colleen EllisJew110cm
2007Ben WilsonMack125cm
2007Greg MillerJew116cm
2007Chris ArchbaldMack126cm
2007Gay LaveryMack121cm
2007Jean WilsonJew103cm
2007Wayne EllisJew108cm
2007Jason EllisJew102cm
2008Don FriendMack107cm
2008Lynne BaileyJew118cm
2008Tony BaileyJew118cm
2009Ray ColleyBarra109cm
2009Jordan SmartJew105cm
2009Leigh WrightMack130cm
2009Trish WrightMack122cm
2009Dave WhitelawJew117cm
2009Alison SmartJew107cm
2009Dave WhitelawMack119cm
2010Rohan WalkerJew125cm
2011Paul WilliamsBarra106cm
2011Doug MartlandJew103cm
2011Rohan WalkerBarra100cm
2011Trish WrightBarra102cm
2011Lenna LehmannJew120cm
2012Andre CamesiJew103cm
2012Russ FryBarra114cm
2012Amanda JenkoJew115cm
2012Bruce McDonaldJew106cm
2012Jason JenkoJew104cm
2014Erica GlazbrookJew110cm
2014Karen GlazbrookJew101cm
2014Nicholas GlazbrookJew101cm
2014Samara GlazbrookJew105cm
2016Chubbs HollisJew125cm
2016Lynne FryBarra104cm
2016Jason PreoJew117cm
2018Angie WalkerJew117cm
2018Kayla WalkerJew117cm