It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these updates, and it’s certainly been an up and down year to date. After the high of going 4-0 we looked a chance to knock off the reigning Premiers Huonville, but at this stage the footy gods had other plans. Inaccurate kicking, compounded with major injuries to key personnel.
Since then we’ve had over 24 injured players for the year with 10 of our top 12 out for extended periods. You learn a lot about a group when they’re up against it, and the efforts have for the large part been there. A well battled match saw us challenge Lindisfarne, a disappointing display against Dodges Ferry at home, followed by a footy lesson against a polished Cygnet side.
The boys bounced back onto the winners list with a club record win against Claremont. That particular round also saw the President’s Lunch. I’d like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the return of Scott Wade to the football club as our guest speaker. Scott spoke about his family connection to the club, his playing career and the future of football. I was proud to welcome one of Hobart’s greatest footballers back to the club. Thanks to Scott for his time, and for sharing some great stories around his footy career. Well done to Caieta on her fantastic catering for the event too and thank you to our volunteer bar staff David and Steph Palmer (dad was hiding upstairs somewhere too!)
Thanks to the Hobart Football Club sponsors, members and supporters who attended this fantastic day, one which really emphasised just how much this club means to people. If this wasn’t already on my mind, the circumstances last week surrounding Cygnet player Ryan Wiggins faces are horrific and on behalf of the HFC, are thoughts are all with him, his family and friends and the Cygnet Football Club. As a club we will play our part in supporting Ryan, but if you do wish to donate to support him the details are further down in this newsletter. The efforts of the Tasmanian football family to support Ryan have been very moving.
Last week, prior to the bye we took on a tough New Norfolk at Boyer and were outclassed on the day, this week will see a few returns and we are optimistic about our chances of bouncing back. Our injuries have certainly challenged this club, but we all appreciate the effort and attitude despite this.
Our season at the moment hangs in the balance, but we have a genuine belief that we can still make the finals. To our Senior Coach Alex Gilmour and his coaching group, the players, keep the belief and hang in there. We know that we are refreshed after the week off and pumped up for a huge game against an up and coming Sorell side, with a few ins for the club.
Tomorrow night also sees an off-field highlight with the Black and Gold Ball taking place at Aura (Crowne Hotel complex), we look forward to seeing everyone dress to impress! Enjoy the night and stay safe and importantly GO YOU TIGERS!
Back in action this week
SFL Round 14
Saturday 17 July 2021
v Lindisfarne – 10am
v Sorell – 12pm
v Sorell – 2pm
Krispy Kreme Sales
Our Juniors are holding a Krispy Kreme fundraiser!
**at the football on Saturday in the canteen, top bar or The Den
Orders must be received and payment confirmed by noon Thursday 22 July.
Collection day is Thursday 5th August from 3 pm at the TCA.
Ryan Wiggins support (SFL):
The support of the football community to the Cygnet Football Club and the Wiggins family has been fantastic. The Go Fund Me page donations have been amazingly generous and show how much Ryan is loved by all.
Moving forward the Cygnet Football Club and the Wiggins Family have set up an account for clubs and leagues to donate to for the Wiggins family to access for their needs. The account details are:
This account will only be used for donations to Ryan. Clubs and leagues are asked that donors put the details of the Club or Donor in transaction so the Family can thank people at a later stage. AFL Tasmania will administer the account to verify the transactions both in an out of the account.
The SFL are proud of our football family and their fantastic support both not only to the Wiggins family but the Cygnet Football Club at this difficult time.