Well what a season 2020 has been. Here we are on the eve of the finals season and we find ourselves in the elimination final against Lindisfarne. This is the beginning of a new era so you will forgive me for not dwelling on 2019. So, in this new era, as a club, all of us, Players, Members, Supporters, Volunteers and Board members, we have to get used to being treated differently than we have been.
It has already started. We have all heard the calls from our opposition supporters and players, posts on social media, and other comments that target our football club. Even I have been harassed in a pub by another team while not even in any Hobart gear. This is the way it’s going to be from now on. No one will say anything when they are beating you; but as soon as you look like you are having success it all changes.
I am saying this because it’s how we deal with it that will set us apart from the rest. Over the last few weeks, I have unfortunately been told about the behaviour of some of our supporters, now I know it can always be said “well what about their supporters?” and it’s true I have been on the end of few choice words during the season as well, but that’s for other clubs to deal with. We are better than this and we’d ask you to adhere to our club values and avoid acting in a way that puts the club in a bad light. It’s all about perception and these little things make us look disrespectful. As Alex (Rat) has said numerous times during the season, we have to get used to winning. By winning we are going to have pot shots at us all the time, but we have to be bigger and walk away from it. Let our on field and off field success have the last say. Anyway, that’s all I want to say of that.
It has been great to see the amount of support the club is getting both at home games and also away games. Our functions, although limited have been very well attended and I thank everybody who has been able to attend for doing so. One thing we also need to do after an away game is make sure we can get into the opposition clubrooms for at least one drink. I know it’s not always that easy but once again it’s all about perception. We are normally good at that but last week we let ourselves down with a poor showing after the game.
We not only have the seniors’ elimination final on Saturday, but Friday night sees the ladies team play their last game for the season down at Sorell against the Suns. This will be Renee’s last game as coach of the side so if you are able to, then it would be good to see a lot of Hobart supporters down there for that. The game starts at 7pm and is on the back oval.
So, as 2020 draws to a close we will start to plan for 2021 very soon, but we still have a few things left like the Best and Fairest with the date TBC, Volunteers day and the AGM, both dates also TBC. Look out on Social media and the club’s website for more info. As always, the club is looking for volunteers so if you can spare a few hours each week or fortnight then please let a board member know and we can have a chat.
We hope to see you supporting the Womens and Seniors this week (and hopefully in the coming weeks!), Go Tigers!
Renee Schuettpelz has made the decision to step down as the Women’s Coach at the end of this season.
On behalf of the club we’d like to thank Renee for her role as Assistant Coach and for taking the helm this season, we hope you’ll stick around the footy club! The Women are playing their last game of the Season this Friday Night, 7pm at Sorell against the SE Suns, we’d encourage you to get along and support and thank Renee for her valued contribution.
Ball / “A Night at the Den”
A huge thankyou to all involved in the great night, particular shout outs to Chris Thongnoppakun, Kate Barker, Diana Kwong, Fiona Langford, Michelle Cronly and others for their organisation of what was a fantastic evening.