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


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 


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 2023-11-02T10:56:03+11:00

Tiger Talk

It’s been a big 287 days since our last victory. But this one meant so much more. Go Tigers 🐯🏈

Round 7 – Reserves

Hobart        2.3   6.4   8.6    11.7 (73)
Lindisfarne 2.1   4.4   7.7.    9.10 (64)

Lachlan Plummer 4, Josh Dykes 2, Nick Freeman, Ethan Monks, Trey Ramritu, John Shaw, Luke Waters.
Best Players:
Lachlan Plummer, Luke Waters, Samuel Cosgrove, Christopher Sutherland, Zane Awde, Ethan Monks.

Hobart Football Club Strategic Planning Survey

Thanks to everyone who completed this work, we are now collating the results to inform work in developing our new strategic plan.

Upcoming Dates
Fri 26 May v Sorell – Pembroke Park 7pm
Sat 3 June v Huonville – TCA -1pm – “Shit Kit’ Function Post Game
Sat 10 June – Comp Bye
Sat 17 June – v Cygnet – Cygnet – 12pm
Sat 24 June – v Claremont – TCA – 12pm
Sat 1 July – v New Norfolk – Boyer – 11.30am

60 Years On – Hobart Forever

60 years later, last week saw the club celebrating its 1963 Premiership with ten players in attendance, two apologies for our reunion at the Black Buffalo hotel. Sadly a further eight of the 20 are no longer with us, and we missed each of your presence.

Remarkably the club won three flags in five years, and five in a decade 🏆

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our Proud Football Club and for starting the Great Tradition at the HFC.

L-R Burnie Payne, David Sullivan, Ray Hill, Neville Legro, John McDermott, Bill Leitch, Alan Page, Kerry Wilson, John Blake, Paul Sproule, Brian Larratt, John Jeffrey, Noel Gray, John Leitch

Volunteer Support Needed


We’re hoping to streamline the way we managed and attract volunteers to support various areas of the club such as bar, canteen and football operations.

To make it easier to find volunteers to support our fundraising and operations, we’ve created an email and SMS communication group. Please spend five minutes and signup to our volunteer database to make it easier for our volunteer coordinators to run this wonderful club.

Remember Many Hands Makes Light Work – and we can’t do it without our wonderful volunteers.


Recently, the Hobart Football Club was in crisis due to lack of players. The Club made a public plea to arms, with many new and previous players answering the call, including coach Will Perry & assistant coach Darryn Perry. Quickly playing numbers swelled to 40+, and the Club had to make the tough decision to field a Reserves side only, a decision widely supported by players & supporters alike.

The “vibe” around the Club is now bubbling.

Our loyal sponsors also answered the call. Respecting the Club’s decision for a Reserves only side for 2023, our loyal sponsors are once again supporting our Club. The HFC greatly appreciates the valuable financial support by our sponsors, without who’s backing the Club would not survive. Behind our major sponsors our caring people, and it is time for players and supporters of the HFC to give back to these people and their businesses. The Club strongly urges all of you to support our sponsors when next buying a car, getting a takeaway meal, building a house/office, getting legal advice, going to the doctor/chemist, selecting a bottle-shop/counter meal, or buying fresh apple cider online or at pubs & clubs.

Our valued sponsors
Tiger Talk2023-05-25T17:26:15+11:00

Volunteer Support Needed


At HFC, around 13% of our club income is generated by our canteen (our third biggest income earner). Running the canteen is a huge job and run completely by volunteers.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist in the canteen THIS SUNDAY 7 May between 10am and 4pm, and on the 21st of May between 9.30am and 4pm. Even an hour would be greatly appreciated.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping on these days, or anytime throughout the year, please contact Tina Matson on 0438 071 743 or and let us know – we would love to hear from you.

Our club relies on having volunteers to keep the wheels turning – so if you’re interested in a volunteer role in general, please reach out for more information.

We are after some bar assistance please over the next few weeks.

We’d appreciate any help, be it for an hour or all night – reply to this email or contact 0458 015 332.

* Friday 5 May – 7pm-12pm – Private Birthday

* Saturday 6 May – 7pm -12pm – Private Birthday

* Saturday 13 May – Kerry O’Keeffe Function – 6pm to midnight

* Saturday 20 May – game day bar (v L’Farne) – 1pm to 4pm – and post game function 8-12pm


We’re hoping to streamline the way we managed and attract volunteers to support various areas of the club such as bar, canteen and football operations.

To make it easier to find volunteers to support our fundraising and operations, we’ve created an email and SMS communication group. Please spend five minutes and signup to our volunteer database to make it easier for our volunteer coordinators to run this wonderful club.

Remember Many Hands Makes Light Work – and we can’t do it without our wonderful volunteers.

Volunteer Support Needed2023-11-02T10:09:27+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.

Club Statement2023-07-31T22:41:57+11:00

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.

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

Tiger Talk

The 2023 SFL Fixture has been released.
See the full Hobart Football Club Fixture here

What a great time to purchase or renew your HFC Membership for Season 2023. Head online to our TidyHQ membership system now.

Our first few games

  • Good Friday – 7 April v Cygnet (TCA Ground)
  • 15 April v Claremont (Abbotsfield Park)
  • 22 April v Dodges Ferry (TCA Ground)

Russell Young – Outgoing SFL President

Well done to our own Russell Young on a fantastic job as the SFL President from 2020-2022, after “retiring” from your role at the HFC.

You have really steadied and built the SFL’s finances, sponsorship, brand and significantly increased the cooperation between clubs at Board Level. In addition you’ve picked up the pieces of the collapsed TSLW competition and done a fantastic job in doing so. The SFL has been lucky to have you at the helm.

See Russell’s full statement here.

Peter Ratcliffe

The Hobart Football Club has lost one of its Greats overnight.

Peter Ratcliffe who played 260 games for the Club and was a member of the 1966 and 1973 Premierships passed away overnight. Peter played in John Watts 1966 side and was vice Captain in our 1973 Triumph. Peter was our last Captain of Macalburn our under 19 side in the State School Old Boys Association. 1963. This was later known as our HFC Under 19 Team of which the Tradition continued with Peter’s Son , Simon being Captain.

Peter was a true Clubman who served as Secretary and on Board for many years.

Peter had been battling ill health for some time.
Our Sincere Sympathy to Helen and family for their sad loss.

Angus Adams
On behalf of the Hobart Football Club we pass on our condolences to Colleen and family on the recent passing of Angus Adams.

Angus was a massive contributor to footy, including at the Hobart Football Club.

Angus was involved with Football for over 60 years from playing to umpiring to volunteering at club and State level in various capacities.

He along with Trevor Best and Ian R Parker set up Superules in Tasmania and the three of them were highly regarded at National Level. The concept remains a part footy fabric in Tassie to this day.

Angus’s many years with Superules saw him oversee with the help of many others 2 National Carnivals in 1992 and 2000.

Angus was renowned for his commitment to the cause but reluctance to share the workload sometimes 😊😊 It was never anything other than to get the job done for the good of everyone.
For his efforts he was awarderd:

  • Life Member Southern Primary Junior Football
  • Life Member Tasmanian Superules 1992
  • Life Member Superules Australia 1999
  • Superules Hall of Fame 1999.

His last role was as CEO of the SFL which was a challenging position but he did it the only way he knows. “HAVING A CRACK”.

Rest in Peace Angus, and thank you for over 60 years contribution to this great game.

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Tiger Talk2023-03-29T12:48:03+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.


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

Tiger Talk

Volunteers needed!

The Hobart Football club have joined forces with Tennis Tas for the upcoming Hobart International Tennis tournament.

The club have committed to the set up and pack down of the event to raise much needed funds for the year ahead.

This is where you and your family and friends come in!

We are looking for volunteers on the below dates for approx 3 hour blocks – with 4/5 people per time slot. Volunteers will be required to assist with set up and pack down. Please note: these roles will require some manual labour, trolley usage and light lifting. Volunteers are also required to hold WWVP cards and will need to undergo a National police check (this will be free of charge).

Set up dates and times
Wed 28th Dec
8am – 11am and 11am – 2pm

Thurs 29th Dec
8am – 11am and 11am – 2pm

Pack down dates and times
Sun 15th Jan

Mon 16th Jan
8am-11.30am and 11.30am-3pm

What’s in it for you??
– Lunch, drinks and sunscreen will be provided
– Volunteering not only helps the club it also gives you the opportunity to get to know other people within the club.
– You could make a day of it with family and friends, taking part in an exciting Tasmanian event!

If you are interested in helping out for one or more day/time slots, please contact Tina on 0438071743

Merry Christmas from the HFC

On behalf of the Hobart Football Club, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for being a valued part of our Football Club.

Our valued sponsors
Tiger Talk2023-01-25T16:29:09+11:00
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