The Week Gone:
We had a mixed bag this week, with the Under 18s having a Bye. The reserves never really got going, going down in a low scoring clash with Dodges Ferry. The final scores Hobart 4.8.32 lost to Dodges Ferry 6.12.48, this leaves our Reserves sitting in fourth spot with Dodges now percentage only above the Sharks. The Seniors had a better performance, a poor start in the first quarter had us in trouble, until the boys showed a lot of grit in the second quarter to bite back. The Tigers looked to have buried the game in the third quarter, scoring 4.1 to 0.2 to the Northern End of the ground. The Sharks didn’t give up easily kicking 5.1 in the last with the Tigers holding on by 7 points, which include a Zac Lucas goal after the siren. Callan Newman’s run off halfback was instrumental, ruckman Tim Robertson hardly missed a hitout all game and Luke Sullivan played like it was his birthday (which was coincidentally the following day) to dominate clearances. A great performance which may decide who plays in the finals late in the year.
The Women also played on Saturday this week on the “hallowed turf” of Lauderdale Oval, against a tough opposition they were up against it all day. Going down 7.8.50 to 0.1.1, they got better as the game got going with only a single point scored for each side in the last quarter. Our girls have a bye for the Rep game this week before taking on the South East Suns, next Sunday 17 June from 10am at Abbotsfield Park.
Of course we’ve also yet to mention the Pigskins. And didn’t they come marching in, grabbing their first win of the season. Jeff was kind enough to provide us with a report on the game!
Hobart Pigskin Warriors Round 6:
Hobart Pigskin Warriors 7 12 54
Lindisfarne Blue Baggers 5 4 34
A crisp, clear winters morning greeted the Pigskins for their clash against Lindisfarne Blue Baggers at ANZAC Park. With both sides yet to win this season, this game shaped up to be an absolute belter. The Piggies have struggled with slow starts this season, but today a determined effort to turn this around resulted in a handy break to the boys, hitting the scoreboard with 4 majors before the Blue Baggers had registered a score.
The fast start allowed for some breathing room for the boys from Hobart to absorb the pressure that was to come. Playing Coach Heath’s injured calf was the only sour point of a strong first quarter. With both sides evenly matched, the next two quarters were an even arm wrestle, as both teams tried to assert an influence on the outcome. Inaccurate kicking during the final quarter, where the Pigskins had 8 scoring shots resulting in 2.6 for the quarter, this result was not a true representation of Hobart’s dominance. Final scores saw the Piggies taking home the bacon 7.12.54 to 5.4.34.
Beck showed his class up forward bagging a lazy 4 to be the only multiple goal kicker for the day. Best on ground was difficult to pick with the forwards being delivered solid service from a rampant midfield and supported by a solid defensive back 6. Special mention to Gaffney & Rohrlach for volunteering to play for the Blue Baggers, with Gaffney being one of their best. A tougher assignment in Kingborough Tigers lies ahead next for the Hobart Pigskin Warriors, but the signs are encouraging and a second win is not out of reach.
Best: M.Rokicki, M.Collis, M.Beck, A.Jones, C.Jordan, M.Skeggs
Goals: 4 M.Beck, 1 J.Hooker, 1 S.Newlands, 1 M.Rokicki
Match Report: J.Faulkner
- 23 June – Ladies Luncheon/Social Night in the Den
- 7 July – Christmas in July
- 21 July – Black and Gold Ball (Cocktail Function)
- 28 July – Ronald McDonald Day / Players Function
- 11 August – Eastern Shore Reunion
- 12 August – 100 Club
The Old – The New – The Returning
Irene Bacon – We mentioned last week that we would talk about Brian Bacon’s wife Irene.
Irene has followed the HFC for most of her life. And let us say that when it comes to dedication to the Hobart Football Club we can certainly look at Irene’s long history especially over 20 years from 1983 until 2003. It was then that Illness brought a halt to her being able to do the things she wanted to do.
Irene was a very active member of social committees that organised everything from Balls, Best & Fairest Presentations, Fashion Parades, Car Rallys and Players Teas. She remembers Player Revues, Mock Weddings and even catered for the daughter of a members actual wedding. Memories of the players revue, when a group of ladies including Irene & her daughter Vicki, dressed as nuns & performed “I Will Follow Him” for coach at the time Jock McGregor.
Irene represented the social committees on the board of HFC and still has the minutes from meetings. These were valuable in reminding us of just how it all worked so well with members joining theses organising committees. When it came to collecting prizes for raffles or fundraising Irene actually walked the streets of Hobart to talk to businesses for donations. We recall auctions that were very successful due to Irene’s diligence.
One of Irene’s favourite memories is the 1999 Premiership. After the concerns of coming back from the statewide league to the Southern Football League she was (like all of us) very proud of the coaches and players for their dedication to completing that feat.
Irene still follows the club closely and enjoys getting back to the TCA if she can manage support. Her favourite player of all time is Scott Quinn (current Reserves Coach) and she is happy that he is back. Thanks to Irene for her loyalty and support, she exemplifies the dedication that football clubs are about.