Vale Mal Pascoe

The Hobart Football Club sends it heartfelt condolences to the Pascoe family upon the passing of Tigers legend, Mal Pascoe, who passed away this morning aged 87. Pascoe played in the Essendon Reserves VFL/AFL premiership team in 1952 before going on to play 94 senior matches with the Bombers between 1953-1958.

He crossed to Hobart to become playing coach in 1959 after Geelong legend Bob Davis had initially signed on as coach but declined to come due to business reasons. Pascoe starred in his first year, taking out the William Leitch Medal for the best and fairest player in the TANFL for that season, the Weller Arnold Medal for the best TANFL player in intrastate matches, topped the TANFL goalkicking with 75 goals for the season along with playing and coaching our 1959 TANFL Premiership and State Premiership teams.

In 1960 Tasmanian he again topped the TANFL goalkicking with 57 goals that season. He went on to coach and play in the 1960 and 1963 TANFL Premierships before handing over the reins to John K Watts for the 1966 season. His 177th and final game as a player was the 1966 TANFL Premiership, finishing his career with 341 goals for the club.

Pascoe returned to Hobart as coach in 1978 and 1979 to mentor a young Tiger team. He was the longest serving and most successful coach in Hobart Football Club’s history having coached the club to three TANFL premierships and one State premiership, playing in four TANFL premierships and a State premiership.
His record of nine seasons as senior coach ran from 1959-1965 and 1978-1979 across 209 matches.

Pascoe was immortalised as one of the famous Three-P’s along with Burnie Payne and Denis Powell, the Western Grandstand at the TCA Ground was named in their honour in 1998.

Mal Pascoe was inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall Of Fame in 2015.

Vale Mal Pascoe – 31 March 1933 to 24 August 2020.

The importance of Mal’s contribution to Tasmanian Football was recognized by being chosen in the Ruck In Hobart’s official “Best Team (1947 to 2002)” and being inducted into  AFL Tasmania’s Hall of Fame. Hobart Football Club’s Induction into the AFL Tasmania’s Hall of Fame as a Great Club is indeed indebted to Mal’s contribution.

Whether it was in the middle of the ground, in the backline or as a forward, there was very little on a football field that Mal Pascoe could not do. Mal Pascoe is still Hobart Football Club’s most successful coach in what is known as the “Golden Era of Tasmanian Football”.

RIP    Champ

Live Stream – Service

Please find below the link to access the live stream of the funeral service Mal Pascoe.

The stream will go live some time shortly before the commencement of the Service at 3.00pm on Friday 28th August, 2020, (please note that when you click on the link it states that the service is commencing at 2.30pm, this allows our audio staff to do one final live check prior to 3.00pm)

Womens Report

Saturday saw the Tiger women take on New Norfolk and both teams were looking for a win. The game started out a bit scrappy but it wasn’t long before the tigers found their groove and kicked themselves 3 goals. The second was much better with the team controlling the play putting on another 5 to take a huge lead into the halftime break. New Norfolk rallied in the 3rd and got a point on the board, but with one rotation on the bench and a few late game injuries, Hobart managed to pile PM another 9 goals for the game, even with time being the game being called off with 4 mins to go. Bree McDonald top scored with 4, and the rest of the goals evenly spread throughout the team. With a record high win the girls will go into the Brighton game full of confidence and paired with the great improvements they’ve made over the season so far, they should see win number 2!!

Hobart              3.2   8.9   13.11   17.12 (114)

New Norfolk    0.0   0.0   0.1      0.1 (1)

Goal Kickers: B. McDonald 4, E. Warn 2, I. Stoye 2, S. Roberts 2, F. Langford, L. Crossan, C. Cooper, S. Burridge, B. Johns, K. Smith, L. Hayes
Best Players: B. McDonald, M. Sims, F. Langford, S. Burridge, S. Roberts, B. Johns

Reserves Report

This was a really important game for the reserve’s finals aspirations and, after a mostly poor performance the previous week against Huonville where we only played well in short patches, we had a real focus on being better for longer and bridging the gap between our best and our worst. After a fairly slow start with New Norfolk scoring 3 of the first 4 goals, we kicked into gear late in the first quarter, kicking 2 late goals to be behind by less than a kick at quarter time. From then on it was an excellent team performance and, after losing 10 players through injury/unavailability from the previous game, to come out with a 17 point win against good opposition was a sensational effort. Our midfield got on top, winning a heap of the ball and applying great pressure on the opposition mids.

The forward line worked really well together, led by Timmy Clark who overcame a hip injury to kick 4 goals. It was great to see our young backline, containing for 18/19 year olds, really take it up to a big, experienced New Norfolk forwardline. Trent Spriggs, Tyler Raspin, Jonty Pearce and Jason McDonald all contested well against their bigger opponents and then gave us a real spark, taking the game on and using their speed when the ball hit the ground. There were some fantastic defensive efforts all over the ground with guys willing to work hard and sacrifice their own game for the team, something that had been lacking over the first half of the season. Justin Harvey defied his age once again with a great game across half forward and through the middle, James Caulfield continued his great form with a workhorse type effort through the middle and Trent Spriggs came back into the side and made the most of his opportunity with an outstanding defensive game. This was a really courageous, character building performance and puts us in a great position to make a run towards finals. We need to back it up in a huge game against Brighton this week.

Hobart              3.0   6.1   9.2   12.5 (77)

New Norfolk    3.5   5.7   5.9   8.12 (60)

Goal Kickers: T. Clark 4, A. Bidgood 2, H. Pfeiffer 2, W. Dean, J. Barrett, C. Gough, J. Caulfield
Best Players: J. Harvey, J. Caulfield, T. Spriggs, C. Dickens, T. Raspin, C. Gough

Seniors Report

Round 5 saw our senior side take on top of the table New Norfolk in what was a tough , quality game of footy. Both sides started the game well but it was the eagles who settled better and controlled longer periods of the first half. With a few positional moves after half time our boys came out firing in the 3rd Qtr to reduce the margin to only 3 points at the final change. With Brad Joseph slotting through the first goal of the last Qtr , all the momentum seemed to be with the tigers but unfortunately we weren’t able to hold that momentum for long enough and 4 unanswered goals to New Norfolk sealed the win and showed why they are one of the top sides in 2020. Hobart coach Alex Gilmour believed his side missed a big opportunity “They were better for longer today but it was disappointing that we had all the momentum, hit the front early in the last Qtr but unfortunately we seemed to go away from our game plan and structures at crucial stages of that last Qtr” “We’ll learn from it and hopefully bounce back next week against Brighton” he said

Kobey Phillips and Luke Adams were sensational throughout the entire game racking up big numbers. Gerard Lynd continued his fine season with another classy display. Jack Adams’s competitiveness was a real feature while Tim Lewinski limited the influence of the dangerous Marcus Parker.

Hobart             1.3    3.7   8.12   11.15 (81)

New Norfolk   3.4   6.5   9.9    14.15 (99)

Goal Kickers: A. Gilmour 5, B. Lockley 2, B. Joseph 2, M. Cripps, J. Adams
Best Players: K. Phillips, L. Adams, G. Lynd, B. Goninon, J. Adams, T. Lewinski

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Hobart Football Club Coach Alex Gilmour has extended his contract for a further 2 years, meaning he will lead the club until the end of the 2023 SFL season.

We have loved having ‘Rat’ on board, and are looking forward to the coming years!