Profile: Located centrally, in the heart of Hobart, at the TCA Ground on the Queen’s Domain, the Hobart Football Club (HFC) is a community-based AFL Club, fielding teams from Auskick to Junior Boys and Girls, Reserves, Senior Men and Masters. The Club has a membership distribution in excess of 650. The Club is well established in the Southern Football League (SFL) and continues with its proud history forged over 80 years. The club’s home, the TCA Ground, has a state of the art playing surface and a State of the Art Electronic Video scoreboard and plans in place for other facilities redevelopment and additions.

Vision:

Our vision is to be a highly regarded and professional club, cultivating a strong culture centered around family, friendships, and positive work-life balance. We strive to set the benchmark for sportsmanship, community engagement and success on and off the field, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that ensure our members are better footballers, professionals, and individuals who thrive within and beyond our great club.

History & Success

Founded in 1944, The ‘Tigers’ have won 10 premierships and have been successful in supporting over 25 players reaching AFL/VFL level. Players such as Triple Brownlow Medallist Ian Stewart, Triple Premiership player Alastair Lynch, Collingwood’s Jeremy Howe and North Melbourne’s Aaron Hall.

Cananore (Our WWII Predecessor)

Our World War II predecessor Cananore dates back to 1901. Despite only competing as a senior club from 33 years the Cananore club went on to win 11 TFL premierships and 10 state premierships; winning it’s last TFL Premiership in 1933.

See more on Cananore here.

TANFL/TFL Statewide League Premiers: 1950, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1973, 1980, 1990

TANFL/TFL Statewide League runners-up: 1947, 1949, 1952, 1955, 1989, 1992

SFL: Premiers 1999, Runners-up 2003, Colts (18s) Premiers 2017, Colts (19s) Runners Up 2021

Juniors

Hobart Junior Football Club participates in the Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League. Our teams include Auskick, 2 x Under 8s, Under 9s, Under 10s, Under 12s, Girls Under 10s and Under 15s, currently we are aiming to grow our participation numbers even more.

Want to get Involved?

We are always keen to hear from people who’d enjoy playing, supporting, or volunteering in our club. People from all walks of life make up the Hobart Football Club. Shoot us an email to admin@hobartfc.com.au or get yourself a membership.

Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame

In 2010 the Hobart and Cannanore (our predecessor) Football Clubs were inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame as a ‘Great Club’

Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame

In 2010 the Hobart and Cannanore (our predecessor) Football Clubs were inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame as a ‘Great Club’

Josh Munting – President – admin@hobartfc.com.au

Bronwen Colhoun – Secretary

Marcus Negri – Treasurer – treasurer@hobartfc.com.au

Russell Cripps

Tom Darke

Stuart Davies

John Lemm

Corey Mingari

Lauren O’Brien

Hobart Football Club Life Members

N.H. Legro, B.T. Payne, D.K.Wilson, P.J. Ratcliffe, R.R. Hill, J.L. Woods, H. Jeffrey, E.P. Reid, W.A Petterd, K. Upchurch, P Pierrehumbert, C Sullivan, R. Wilson, G. Bailey, E. Green, R. Young, M. Pierrehumbert, A. McElwee, N. Gray, K Bailey, R. Quarrell, S. Gillbee, C Adams, G. Walker, E. Pierrehumbert, G. McElwee, M. Free, S. Walker, J. Harvey, T. Leo, J. Blake, M.McVilly , T. Harvey, D. Sullivan, A. Appleton, R. Kelly, P. Geason, A. Davis, K. Anderson, P. Sproule, C. Wright, M. Cramond, I.Bacon, A.McSherry, G.Mason, S.Hughes, J.Cripps, R.Cripps, J.Jeffrey, D.Palmer, P.Munting, D.Atwell, R.Munro, J.Dykes, L.Sullivan, D.Gray, M.Beck, S.Reeves, B.Dickson, D. Wickham, B. Hughes, M.Harvey, M.Knott, C.Stewart, A.Lemm, G.Peck.

H. Bailey, J. Miller, G. Cassidy, W. McIndoe, R. Gaylor, F. Stapleton, W. Stanfield, A. Allen, A.R. Pitt, S.J. Anning, W.N. Gray, G.G. Lloyd, D. Bould, G.W. Thurley, R.F. Gore, J.L. Butler, H.W. Kiernan, Mrs. J.L. Butler, P.J. Downie, L. Fisher, B.E Powers, M.P. Peck, L. Bahr, J. Upchurch, E.S. Males D.M. Powell A.R. Hughes J.G. Livingston, J Edge, Dr. G. Mackay-Smith M.J. Wade R. Burns , K McKellar, L.J. Commane, P. Kelly, B. Harvey, G.Butler, M.Pascoe, B. Bacon, D.J. Townsend. (All Deceased)

We are a Good Sports club


We are a Good Sports club

Sporting clubs such as ours play a significant role in the community and have a responsibility to our members and their families. We have chosen to join over 9000 clubs across Australia taking part in the Good Sports program. Through Good Sports we are committed to managing alcohol responsibly and ensuring smoke free areas, which we believe will help us to provide a healthy, safe and family friendly environment.

We are also part of the Good Sports Healthy Minds program. Sport plays a huge role in improving mental health in Australia, and as part of the Good Sports Healthy Minds program, we are tackling mental health issues.

Mental illness impacts everyone and we are dedicated in removing the stigma surrounding mental health.

As a Good Sports club, we are committed to educating our community about mental health and we will promote improving mental health with our coaches, club members, committee, players, parents and families.

Together, we are helping inspire a healthier sporting nation.

Speak to our club committee about what being a Good Sports club is all about or visit www.goodsports.com.au.

CLUB SONG

For recordings go to the Club Song Audio tab

The HFC Mens and Womens’ club songs are listed below:

HOBART FOREVER BOYS

Hobart forever boys,
Hobart are we.
Home of a great tradition,
With the premiership our mission.
Hobart forever boys,
Answer the call,
Eat ’em alive you Tigers.
Hobart’s the greatest team of all.

Full Original Version also includes:
We’ll beat the Magpies wether it be wet or fine,
We’ll beat the Magpies and at the bell they’ll be behind.
No doubt about the reason for it.

Hobart forever boys,
Hobart are we.
Home of a great tradition,
With the premiership our mission.
Hobart forever boys,
Answer the call,
Eat ’em alive you Tigers.
Hobart’s the greatest team of all.

HOBART FOREVER GIRLS

Hobart forever girls,
Hobart are we.
Home of a great tradition,
With the premiership our mission.
Hobart forever girls,
Answer the call,
Eat ’em alive you Tigers.
Hobart’s the greatest team of all.

Hobart forever girls,
Hobart are we.
Home of a great tradition,
With the premiership our mission.
Hobart forever girls,
Answer the call,
Eat ’em alive you Tigers.
Hobart’s the greatest team of all.

Current Version [Recorded Spectangle Productions, 1989]

Earlier Version [Purity Records, 1971]

Prior to World War 2, the club was known as Cananore and wore a black and yellow strip known as the Canaries.

The club was a Junior club playing at the West Hobart oval in the TFL from 1901 to 1907, before moving to the TCA Ground and being recognised as a senior club from 1908 to 1941 before going into recess for World War 2.

When they would look to return in December 1944, District Football had been formed and the Hobart Football Club was formed at a meeting at the Continental Hotel on 19 December 1944, wearing the same black and yellow, playing at the TCA but changing emblems to the Tigers.

Other founding District Clubs include the now defunct Sandy Bay Football Club, North Hobart Football Club, New Town District Football Club (now Glenorchy) and the New Norfolk District Football Club.

Despite only competing as a senior club from 33 years the Cananore club went on to win 11 TFL premierships and 10 state premierships; winning it’s last TFL Premiership in 1933.

The Club boasted famous players including Albert Collier who played 205 VFL Games with Collingwood, and left the famous Collingwood “The Machine” 1927-1930 flags to Captain/Coach the Canaries, he managed a William Leitch Medal, TFL and State Premiership in his two years at the club.

Other Prominent Players include Horrie Gorringe who played for Cananore from 1914-1930 as a forward pocket and rover.

He went onto play in 5 premierships, made the Tasmanian Team of the Century and has been inducted into the Tasmanian and Australian Football Hall of Fame’s respectively.

Both the Cananore and Hobart Football Club’s would be inducted into the AFLTAS Hall of Fame as a Great Club in 2010.

Adding the success of the two clubs together we can celebrate 122 years of history including:

  • 20 TFL Premierships
  • 12 State Premierships
  • 1 SFL Premiership

Hobart – “A Great Tradition”

Cananore Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Horrie Gorringe, Jack Gardiner, Bruce Carter, Jack Charlesworth, Pat Hartnett, Fred Pringle, Allan Scott, Don Scott and Hec Smith.

Hobart Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Scott Clayton, Noel Atkins, Don Gale, Trevor Leo, Burnie Payne, Ian Stewart, Scott Wade, Paul Sproule, Alastair Lynch, Garth Smith, Wayne Fox, Chris Fagan, Jamie Shanahan, Kevin Bailey, Matthew Armstrong, and Paul Hudson.

Even more on the history of Cananore

Thanks to Matt Cramond

The inscription on the base of the copper name plate sitting on display in the Hobart clubrooms reads as follows. “Charles Edward Walch’s home in Davey Street, Hobart, was named Cananore after his place of birth, Cannanore, a town on the Marabar Coast, Madras Presidency, India. His father, Major J.M Walch was stationed at Cannanore with his regiment, and while there the brothers James and Charles were born. The family, with three sons and two daughters came to settle in Tasmania in 1842.

Charles was then a boy of 12 years of age. Charles subsequently became Superintendent of the Congregational Sunday School, and in 1901 a football team was formed and called Cananore as a tribute to him. The dwelling’s name plate was made in copper by Charles Walch’s niece under the guidance of Mr Dechaineux at the Hobart Technical School and inadvertantly spelt incorrectly omitting one ‘N’.

Cananore, after playing in two junior football associations was admitted to the Tasmanian Football League in 1908 and remained as a Senior Club until the advent of District football at the conclusion of the Second World War.”