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
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