Media Release – Hobart Football Club’s vision to restore the roar in ’24 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Hobart Football Club’s vision to restore the roar in ’24 

HOBART, November 2, 2023 —  

The Hobart Football Club outlines its plans to return to the Southern Football League Seniors and Reserves competitions for Season 2024, as it celebrates the club’s 80th anniversary. 

Today on 2 November 2023, the Hobart Football Club is proud to unveil improvements to its TCA Ground Clubrooms, “The Den”. The improvements were made possible through collaborative partnerships with Choices Flooring Hobart and the City of Hobart. See photos of the improvements here.

The improvements are a small part of the club’s new strategic plan 2024-2027 which outlines key aims under the pillars of culture, facilities, junior pathways and volunteers. Improvements to club culture, facilities, the return of a senior womens team for 2025, and growing junior participant numbers are all key objectives of the plan.  

Club President Josh Munting outlined the club’s vision which he said was about rebuilding the club’s positive image in the community with the objective “to be a highly regarded and professional club, cultivating a strong culture centred around family, friendships, and positive work-life balance”. 

The HFC has recently appointed Director of Coaching Aaron Vince, with the search for the club’s next Senior Coach underway. Aaron is a credentialed coach, with experience as Kingborough Tigers TSL Coach and at the North Hobart FC. 

The club has in excess of 40 players, and is optimistic that it will attract the right Senior Coach and supporting staff to build on the club’s rich history, to demonstrate and foster our club values (Unity, Development, Integrity, Community, Passion and Fun) in the Southern Football League Competition for 2024 and beyond. 

Interested applicants should contact Aaron Vince – 0439 601 976 or email admin@hobartfc.com.au 

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For media inquiries or further information, please contact: 

President Josh Munting, 0458 015 332. 

Follow us on Facebook for updates and stay tuned for the latest developments from Hobart Football Club. 

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Media Release – Hobart Football Club’s vision to restore the roar in ’24 2024-01-30T15:45:03+11:00

Club Statement

The club is pleased to welcome our new Club Reserves Coach Will Perry for Season 2023.
Will returns to the HFC, already well known to our members after coaching the the club’s Under 18s side to an undefeated Premiership season in 2017; before taking on line coaching roles with Lauderdale and North Hobart in the TSL.
Perry received the SFL Coach of the Year Award in 2017 and will be a valued addition to our Club. He has already commenced recruiting for Season 2023 and beyond, and has had positive indications that 10 of his past players will return to the club.
Training this week returns to the Tuesday and Thursday 6pm time slot, player and supporters tea on Thursday night.
Please purchase your membership now, ahead of Season 2023.
Go Tigers!
Club Statement2023-08-10T14:50:39+11:00

Club Statement

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The Time is Now – Game on at Tigerland

Following the Hobart Football Club’s Call to Arms the club has been buoyed by the level of support the club has received from its community over recent days.

HFC President Josh Munting urged those considering playing Football in 2023 that the time is now, “if you want to play footy and support a proud club to continue, we need you on the training track tomorrow (Wednesday night), 6pm at the TCA Ground”.

Training last night saw AFL Legends Mathew Armstrong and Jay Schulz supporting Club Coach Dylan Huxley in running training.

Pleasingly the club had seven new players at training commit last night and saw over 20 players on the track, following training returning to the TCA Ground.

Munting said of training last night “the feel was fantastic with a number of returning players, as well as a number of new players who are willing to step up and support our club.”

The club is still actively looking to attract new or returning players from the Greater Hobart area to support our club’s rich history.

The Club will provide an indication to the SFL Executive later in the week with Munting optimistic the club would be in a position to field a stand-alone Reserves side, similar to the position taken by the Brighton Football Club in 2019.

The HFC will establish a sub-committee to plan for Season 2024, with the club looking to attract quality Hobart people to rebuild its senior program.

HFC President Josh Munting said “it was fantastic that the players responded to the call out today and that the club has some quality individuals who are prepared to step up and support the rich history of their club”.

Training next week will shift to Tuesday and Thursdays, 6pm at the TCA Ground.

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Club Statement

The club is excited to announce Dylan Huxley has committed to the role as the senior coach of the Hobart Football Club, which has been warmly received by the playing group.

Dylan has been a loyal servant at the club since 2012, and has had success coaching taking our Under 19s group to the Grand Final in 2021, before taking on a role as an assistant coach in 2022.

HFC President Josh Munting said “As a club, and a board we are excited that Dylan has committed to the role as we know his loyalty to the club is second to none. We look forward to continuing our club’s culture and positive environment together for season 2023 and beyond.”

Munting also thanked the interim coaching group supported by Nathan Hartnett and Darryn Perry, stating that their support and contribution was invaluable in supporting the club to find a suitable coach given the challenging circumstances.

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Club Statement2023-03-29T12:49:17+11:00

President’s Report 2022

The AGM provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the year that was, as well as offering some well-deserved praise and thanks.

To start my report – a sad reflection from 2022 with Tigers Legend Doug Simpson passing away. This time last year we learned of Doug’s health complications and provided him a fantastic card of well wishes from our members.

Doug was known for his passionate support of the Hobart and Longford Tigers, attending games at the TCA Ground and Longford Recreation Ground in alternate weeks.

He had a positive outlook and rich sense of humour, and was loyal to his mates and his Tigers! Doug will always have a place in the Top Bar on game day in our hearts and minds. Rest in Peace mate.

 

Doug’s Place in the Top Bar

On a more positive note, I don’t usually highlight my fellow directors, but this year I will. To the Board of the Hobart Football Club, thank you for your tireless hours of work behind the scenes, your friendship and for support of both myself and this fantastic football club.

To my Vice President, Russell Cripps thanks for having my back and being a ‘wise’ head that I can test in all sorts of thoughts and scenarios with.

Bronwen our Secretary, thanks for your thankless work in taking minutes and generally being a fantastic contributor.

Rendell, thanks for your tireless work and advocacy on delivering value to our sponsors. The work you do is outstanding and the long support from our sponsors and the substantial increase in revenue in a time of ‘belt-tightening’ is testament to your work. Well done on adding ‘Your Hobart Health’ and ‘Spreyton Cider’ to our list of valued sponsors.

Marcus, our Treasurer who a lot of you haven’t met. Thanks for coming on board this year, to a role which we struggled to fill and for your passion for the role so far. I’ve seen you really grow into the role so far and you’ve been valued greatly.

Michael, your considered discussion at board level and real understanding of how people work is invaluable.

Finally to our outgoing Directors

  • Scott Quinn – thanks for your passion and tireless work for this club. It will be hard to replace you, and we appreciate all the work which you have done for this club.
  • Maralyn McVilly – a Hobart Supporter for life, you’ve stepped up to the board after decades here and been very passionate about growing membership and supporting this wonderful football club. Thank you for your contributions over an enormous period of time

I’d encourage anyone considering joining the Board to get in touch, it is a challenging role, but one which is incredibly fulfilling also.

Thanks also to our sponsors who we wouldn’t be here without. On behalf of the Hobart Football Club, I would like to acknowledge the massive and important support by all our sponsors, without whose support the Club would struggle to survive.

I would like to thank Major long term sponsors Co-Op Toyota, McDonald’s North Hobart and CDC Development, more recent Major sponsors Butler McIntyre and Butler, Falls Real Estate, Globe Hotel/Cellarbrations and new sponsors for 2022 Your Hobart Health and Spreyton Cider. We would also like to thank all of our other sponsors, as listed on the final page of this report.

I’d particularly like to thank our community partners including the Rotary Club of Hobart, which does a fantastic job in supporting our club through running the gate. I’d also like to thank our community partner, Clubs Tasmania which has supported the club to save on it’s power bill in 2022 onwards and will continue to leverage new opportunities for our club. Thanks of course to our Patron the Hon. Elise Archer MP.

I said it last year, and I’ll say it again  – to our volunteers, members and supporters, thanks to each of you. You are the lifeblood of this Football Club. Each of you make this club a better place, and I know I’m thankful that you continue to be a part of it.

To our players, be it in the juniors, seniors or masters, thank you for wearing the famous Hobart Football Club jumper (or Hobart Masters jumper) proudly each week and for your contribution to the rich fabric of our club.

The club’s financial performance this year was poorer than the 2021 season, with COVID and the absence of an Under 19s program seeing a decrease in revenue at home games.

Generally a tough economic climate has seen a decrease in revenue from Tiger Lotto, as belts tighten. We really need the members help to either find new subscribers or to jump on board and support Tiger Lotto if you can. Get in touch if you can assist.

Sustainability:

As I said last year, it remains clear that the current business model of the HFC is not sustainable, and as a board and a club generally we have a lot of work to do to ensure the HFC continues as an important part of the community for the next generation.

We are working hard with AFL Tasmania Volunteers Coordinator Joe Chivers to ensure our systems and process are the best they can be to recruit and retain volunteers. Thanks to Joe for his fantastic work through the year, and I hope that AFL Tasmania can retain him for a long time; his work is invaluable.

In 2022 the club finally secured a full liquor licence, which we hope will help us to drive revenue from non-club functions.

Throughout 2022 worked with Clubs Tasmania to reduce our electricity bill and partner with other organisations such as the Hobart International fundraiser which is currently occurring in January 2023. We also continue to work with Rotary Club of Hobart to support our volunteers.

2022 also saw the club’s senior players supporting our volunteers through providing support in the canteen during the second half of the season. We recognise that while it becomes increasingly difficult to attract volunteers, this kind of support will be a necessary. With that said the players were incredibly supportive and their efforts were appreciated.

During 2022 following a proposed new sports ground hire fee being introduced charging Kingborough Council sporting clubs $15 per hour to train and play, I provided some media commentary around the excessive fees which the club pays the City of Hobart for using the TCA Ground ($55 hour to train, $90 hour to play). Following this I presented to the Parks and Recreation Committee who has commissioned council to review their fee model. Following the recent Council Election, I will shortly reach out to the Chair of the new committee structure to raise this issue, as I understand our members have long held views around the inequity of the fees our club faces. These fees are yet another barrier to us being sustainable.

While we are proud of our Junior Club, we know we’ve got work to do to have a full complement of juniors. The reality is the lifeblood of any organisation is the people, and we need more young people and their families filtering through to our club. It remains of the utmost importance to our club’s future, and to the Hobart community that we can work closely with the Sandy Bay Junior Football Club to ensure players continue past Youth Football.

This is why I have had several discussions with executive members of the Sandy Bay Junior Football Club and with other key stakeholders. These conversations have some way to go, and haven’t progressed at the pace we would like, but I’m confident the positive opportunity remains to work together. The impending collapse of the TSL after the 2023 season presents an exciting opportunity for the Hobart Football Club to determine it’s own destiny, and we know a sustainable youth pathway is a part of this. The HFC has no interest in being a two-team club, and recognises the need to have strong junior, mens, womens and masters football programs. We will continue to update and inform our members surrounding upcoming changes to Tasmanian Football and the opportunities which it presents our club.

The Football Season:

What an eventful 2022 it was, with the year starting with the borders opening and rampant COVID cases making event planning and revenue raising very difficult. This delayed the start of the 2022 pre-season.

We had the fantastic pre-season camp at Coles Bay and I was impressed by the group’s closeness, effort and professionalism. The Tye Bennett Cup stayed in the Den and a solid practice match against St Pats saw us heading into the season proper.

The season would have plenty of challenges including COVID, injuries and the emergence of a younger group following the loss of some more experienced players.

Our playing group was one which we are proud of and represented the Hobart Football Club proudly at all times, never throwing in the towel. We had three or four close finishes which went against us and ultimately those games were “eight point games”. Despite coming seventh, we really weren’t that far away from the last spot in the Top Five. We are optimistic of where this group can go in the next season and beyond.

As this young energetic nucleus pushes through to 50 senior games we truly believe the club will see the benefits for years to come.

Our Reserves Program struggled as numbers dropped off with injuries, COVID and work commitments. Unfortunately Reserves Coach Steve Joseph had to step down around two thirds of the way through the season, we thank Steve for his commitment and the continued support of our club. I am please to announce that for Season 2023 Damian Butler is on board as our Reserves Coach, Damian has an impressive CV at the DOSA Football Club and we welcome him on board following a thorough selection process.

A personal highlight from 2022 – at the height of our player shortage even I had to “pull the boots on”, although you’d be excused for saying I didn’t do much. But one thing I was really proud of was the commitment of our Hobart Masters (over 35s) group to step-up and put their bodies on the line to ensure our club could put a team on the park, providing over nine fill-in players. What a great culture!


Pictured from left: James Holmstrom, Alan Sharp-Paul, David Woodcock, Steve “Jungle” Denehey, Michael Webster, Mark Latham from the “Hobart Masters”

Other personal highlights from the season included the fantastic speaker Robert Shaw at our Annual President’s Luncheon, make sure you don’t miss the 2023 edition.

2022 also saw the club celebrate its rich history, with a return to the famous Pre WW2 Cananore strip in our home game against Cygnet. Well done to John Mathers for his work supporting replicating the original Cananore design, which looked fantastic. Thanks to David Charlesworth for attending training on the Thursday Night prior and talking about his family connection with Cananore.

2022 Cananore Strip – Seniors v Cygnet (TCA Ground)

Photo courtesy of Paul “Hutch” Hudson

Our last home game against Huonville saw the culmination of our change to our Playing Life Membership Policy with a number of deserving life members presented with their awards.

This included playing life memberships being awarded to

Josh Dykes, Luke Sullivan, Daniel Gray, Mark Beck, Sam Reeves, Brent Dickson, Damian Wickham

Ben Hughes, Mathew Harvey, Mark Knott, Clint Stewart and Andrew Lemm

 

As well as Roger Munro and Debbie Atwell being recognised for their contributions to the HFC.

Our new life members in attendance on the day.

The past players event was well attended and made for a fantastic day which we will look to repeat in 2023 and beyond. Past Players should ask their fellow teammates to add them to the “Hobart FC Past Players Facebook Group” to find out more.

The life members in attendance on the day – what a group!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for having me as your President, here’s to a positive 2023.

Go Tigers!

Josh Munting

President’s Report 20222023-03-29T12:47:54+11:00

Richo Event Change – New Date – FRI 23 April

Hi all – due to the uncertainty surrounding the current Melbourne lockdown the Hobart Football Club in consultation with Matthew Richardson have decided to delay the Sportsman’s Night which was scheduled for this Friday 19 February.
Richo is extremely keen to come down and support our Football Club, so for this reason we have postponed to the new date of Friday 23 April. We thank our members, supporters, as well as Richmond/AFL fans for their strong support of the event so far.
To make it easier for those wishing to attend – tickets which have already been purchased will automatically carry over to this new date, however if anyone requires a refund for the new date please contact the Club on 0458 015 332 or by email to admin@hobartfc.com.au
We anticipate that tickets will be hotly sought for the new date, and encourage those interested to purchase them at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/136515628921/
As always, thanks for supporting the Hobart Football Club
Richo Event Change – New Date – FRI 23 April2021-02-15T20:51:54+11:00

Club Statement

Statement from the Hobart Football Club:

The Hobart Football Club (HFC) board has determined that the club will not be in a position to field a Women’s team in 2021, making the difficult decision to place our Women’s side into Recess for the 2021 SFLW Season.

This decision was made considering a number of factors, none more so than what the club believes to be a systematic failure of AFL Tasmania to stabilise the multiple flailing women’s leagues that already exist throughout the state under a common set of administrative rules.  The introduction of more leagues is further, impeding the ability to nurture existing Teams to become viable and competitive.

In an unstructured attempt by AFL Tasmania to grow women’s footy in Tasmania, many clubs have or are facing the tough decision to withdraw from these separate leagues. The HFC has made its views known that Womens Football in Tasmania has to date lacked the appropriate structure and resources to fund, support and grow a sustainable women’s competition.

Uncertainty surrounding the TSLW competition and the possible creation of an Old Scholars Womens competition, without a fully developed youth girls pathway has presented the club with challenges in fielding a side for the 2021 season.

HFC President, Josh Munting said “We’d like to thank those women’s players who supported our club over the past few seasons. When the time is right, and the women’s league structure is in a more healthy and sustainable position, the Club will welcome the opportunity to support and nurture women who would like to play footy for our great club.”

 

Club Statement2021-01-14T11:35:19+11:00

Club Statement

Our members were advised that Callam Upchurch has stepped down as the President of the HFC at our recent Annual General Meeting (AGM). The HFC board would like to take the opportunity to thank him for his passion and efforts to bring the club forward.

At the HFC Board Meeting on Saturday Joshua Munting has been appointed as the President of the Hobart Football Club, with current Junior Director Russell Cripps being appointed as the Vice President to support Josh in the transition to the role. Mr Munting had a few words to say at the club’s volunteer thank you day on Saturday:

I am extremely humbled and proud to be standing here. I’m excited by the direction this club is heading in on-field, and look forward to growing our board to support the great work which Quinny, Rat and the Players are delivering on field.

I may only be 27 years old, but I’m proud to have been involved with this footy club for the last 22 years. The HFC is family, I grew up watching my brother Nathan play in the underage premiership in 2000, whilst I was only 7 years old, I played Auskick here under Phil Geason (believe it or not), and my brother Jacob (best known as Magic) has played here for a number of years. I’ve had the opportunity to play Juniors with the club and stink it up in the Reserves in the prestigious number 83 guernsey, before my knee put a dampener on that (well it was an excuse anyway!).

Dad has always been a passionate supporter of the club, in various roles and I was extremely proud of his recent award of life membership. I’ve been privileged to have my family be a part of this club, and feel that as a club it’s now time for us to progress back to where we deserve to be.

My vision for this club is one which has a strong junior program from Auskick to Under Age, which has on field success. And includes both Womens and Master Rules sides.

I believe our club values of Family, Passion, Success and Tradition describe the heart of what makes this club great. We have some challenges going forward to drive membership and revenue, to grow juniors and to make on-field success a sustainable part of our club. We also have some ambition for where we’d like our home ground the TCA’s facilities to get to, but thanks must go to Russell Young and John Barker for their work so far.
We all love this footy club, and I look forward to working together to make us even stronger and better.

The HFC have identified a number of skillsets which it desires on the board and will shortly be advertising roles which target suitably skilled individuals who can assist to take the club forward off-field. #AnswerTheCall

Club Statement2024-04-09T15:15:28+11:00

Thank You Volunteers Day *THIS SATURDAY*

The club will run our Thank You Volunteers this Saturday at ‘The Den’. The players will undergo a run and training session in the morning.

Volunteers are invited to attend a BBQ from 12.30pm as a recognition of their valued efforts once again in the 2020 season, in addition we will be introducing a number of new recruits from 1pm onwards. Hope to see you there! And Thanks again to our wonderful volunteers who we couldn’t survive without.

Thank You Volunteers Day *THIS SATURDAY*2020-12-09T11:11:38+11:00
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