One Easter a father was teaching his kid to drive when out of nowhere a rabbit jumped on the road. Slamming on the breaks the child exclaims to, “Oh no dad I nearly ruined Easter! I almost ran over the Easter Bunny.” to which his father replied, “It’s okay son – you missed it by a hare.”
There’s only 7 days to go!
President’s Address – Season 2021 is here
This is my first chance to do an address as President to the whole club, and really I must take the opportunity to say how excited we all are for the 2021 season.
The club has built from a winless 2019 season, to playing finals under senior coach Alex Gilmour in 2020. And with a very impressive pre-season I am confident we can build on these results.
Other clubs have viewed us as “Poor Old Hobart” for too long, but that stops now. We have recruited some really exciting players, who we know can take us to the next level. We’ve added some class to our midfield, and some real key position talls that will have us compete with anyone on their day.
We’ve bolstered our coaching group to support Alex, including the return of our Under 19s side to fuel the next generation. Plus we’ve seen the return of the newly branded Hobart Masters side after a year off. We’re extremely excited to have these two sides back on board. Unfortunately, we won’t be fielding a Womens side in 2021 but we’ll work on this.
Our Senior Coach Alex Gilmour made a really insightful comment to the playing group up at St Pats – when he described the “noise” around the football club at the moment. After being down for so long, we started to see jealousy and spite from opposition clubs at times last year. I suspect that will occur again this year as we continue our journey upwards as a club. We must enjoy the “positive buzz” that is around the club and the noise, but at the same time we must not bite back at the spite and jealousy, but rather wear it as a badge of honour. We will let our football do the talking, let’s not get sucked in.
From Left: Jacob Quinn, Adam Henderson, Brad Joseph
Well done to the playing and coaching group on a professional pre-season, with the Camp and the practice games against Dosa and St Pats, as well as the under 19s showing against Lindisfarne and Lauderdale. Welcome to our new players, thanks for buying in to our club’s vision, and to our seasoned players it time for us to repay the faith that you’ve given us.
We have a few upcoming events on the way:
The Mal Pascoe Memorial Golf Day is this Sunday (it is all sold out)
Our first game is a weeks away – takin on Cygnet at the TCA on Good Friday
And the Matthew Richardson night is on Friday 23 April (details on the bar)
For those of you who haven’t grabbed your membership, it’s time for you to Answer The Call, thanks to those who have so far. Chat to Maralyn McVilly (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or jump online!
From Left: President Josh Munting, David Palmer (recipient of life membership), Club Patron Hon Elise Archer MP, John Jeffrey (recipient of life membership), Paul Munting (recipient of life membership).
Finally congratulations to everyone involved in our recent season launch , including our newest life members, John Jeffrey, David Palmer and Paul Munting. Thanks also to our sponsors, coaches, players, and our supporters. Congratulations to our three new Captains, Brad Joseph (Seniors), Adam Henderson (Reserves) and Jacob Quinn (U19s) and their respective leadership groups. Be proud to be a part of the Hobart Football Club – I know I am. Thank you.
From Left – HFC Senior Leadership Group: Dylan Huxley, James Pulford, Jayden Charlton, Luke Adams, Brad Joseph.
From Left – HFC Reserves Leadership Group – Will Dean, Jack Daly, Hayden Triffett, Adam Henderson, Ryan Barrow
From Left – U19s Leadership Group – Hudson Arkley, Jason Gridley,Lachie Andrews, Jacob Quinn.
Patron’s Message – Elise Archer MP
As Patron of the Hobart Football Club for the fourth season, I am delighted to be involved in its long, proud history. Last season, despite being shortened, proved to be a successful one for our Club, returning to the finals series after finishing winless in 2019. The recruitment of Alex Gilmour as Senior Coach, a number of new recruits, as well as the team’s strong performance in practice matches so far indicate that this season will build on last year’s success.
It is exciting to learn of the return of the Under 19’s team, and see early success in their practice matches. I am sure this will strengthen the Club’s future base of recruits.
It is also encouraging that our Club’s vision for this year is to work towards a return of a women’s team in 2022 and to see the Hobart Masters’ team return this year after going into recess due to COVID-19 last year.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge and congratulate three members of our Club who received life memberships this year – John Jeffrey, David Palmer and Paul Munting. A life membership is a prestigious award that marks many years of service and dedication, and all three men should feel very proud of this well-deserved achievement.
I commend the Board for working hard to acquire additional sponsors for our Club, and I wish the Board, players and members a successful season on and off the field.
The Hon Elise Archer MP
Patron Hobart Football Club
First Home Game – Volunteers
The season is rapidly approaching, if you can assist please reach out. It could be for an hour between games even, everything helps. In particular we are looking for the following volunteers for our first game on Friday 2nd April (Good Friday)
Canteen helpers – serving, grill, etc
Bar Staff – RSA required
If you’re keen to help out let President Josh Munting know (email@example.com or 0458 015 332)