Tiger Talk – A Great Tradition

A Great Tradition – Cananore/Hobart Football Clubs

As part of the club’s theme for 2022, the Hobart Football Club is looking to celebrate and build on “A Great Tradition” that is our club’s history.

We really want to celebrate the club’s proud history dating back to 1901.

That is why last Saturday 23 July we proudly wore our ‘Cananore’ heritage strip in our Southern Football League match against the Cygnet Football Club.


The Weekend’s Results

Hobart 7.6 (48)
Cygnet 28.13 (181)

Hobart 1.1 (7)
Cygnet 29.10 (184)

Upcoming Matches

R16 – Bye
R17 – Saturday 6 August v Claremont  (Away)


Krispy Kreme Doughnut fundraiser for our club!

$25 – original box of 12
$32 – assorted box of 12
$32 – original and strawberry box of 12
$32 – choc iced box of 12
Orders and payment required by COB Wednesday 27th July
Eftpos available (at the TCA)
Payment required at the time of ordering.
For enquiries and order forms, please email: juniors@hobartfc.com.au or phone co-ordinator. Tina, 0438 071 743.
Collection from TCA on Thursday 11th August from 3 pm.
Please share with family, friends and work colleagues

Upcoming Events

Hobart Masters Step Up

Struggling for numbers in the Reserves on Saturday with illness and season ending injuries leaving around 20 guys unavailable. We were down to 15 available.

Enter the Hobart Masters with five players stepping up to play Reserves footy for the mighty Tigers. What a fantastic gesture by each of them.

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

What a great culture! Go Hobart (Masters)! #AGreatTradition

Good for Footy

Thanks to everyone who returned their Co-Op Toyota Good for Footy Raffle books and was eligible for our seller draw. The club has smashed our target raising over $5,500.

Congratulations to our 3 winners of $100 Woolworths Gift Vouchers, we will arrange delivery next week
🐯 Jason Green
🐯 Emily Snooks
🐯 Thomas Wilson

Our Condolences

Over the last month, the Hobart Football Club has lost two Old Players from two of our Outstanding Football Families.

The Name of Bailey and Leitch stand out through the ages and it is with a heavy heart we wish to advise our Members of there Passing.

Vivian ( Viv ) Bailey played 42 Games for the HFC between 1946 and 1949 and was brother of Harold (1950 Premiership Player and first to play 100 Games for HFC ), Bruce & Kevin ( Kevin played 163 games and two Premierships).

Graeme Leitch also played 42 Games for the HFC between 1958 and 1961, and was brother of Peter ( 146 Games and two Premierships) John (114 Games and One Premiership) and Bill (81 Games and 2 Premierships) who were all great contributors to the Hobart Football Club.

The coveted William Leitch Medal  was named after their Grandfather. What a record for the Hobart Football Club.


Further condolences

Sadly just before this went to “print” another two Old Players have passed away recently.

Geoff Wighton…. Geoff had a short stay at the Tigers due to injury, but managed 20 Games as a ruckman between 1959 and 1962 after coming down from Tunnack.

Colin Pitt….. Colin was Son of Ron Pitt ( Secretary & President of the Club during our Golden Years of the Sixties)  Colin played 29 games. Colin’s sister Helen was married to Glenorchy champ Barry Strange.

RIP to four valued members of the HFC family.

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A Great Tradition – Cananore/Hobart Football Clubs

Pictured (from left): Lachie Andrews, Jason Gridley, Jacob Quinn, David Monks

As part of the club’s theme for 2022, the Hobart Football Club is looking to celebrate and build on “A Great Tradition” that is our club’s history.

We really want to celebrate the club’s proud history dating back to 1901.
That is why this Saturday 23 July we will be wearing our ‘Cananore’ heritage strip in our Southern Football League match against the Cygnet Football Club.
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.”

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We’d love to see you tomorrow night (Thursday 31st March) to meet our new players and introduce the coming season, which is now only 3 days away!

Make sure you grab your membership ASAP!

Signup for your 2022 Membership

If online doesn’t suit Maralyn McVilly (Membership Director) will be at the Jumper Presentation this Thursday, as well as Saturday’s game and training next week (Tues/Thur).

This week’s games:

  • Saturday 2 April – 12pm – Reserves v Dodges Ferry (Shark Park)
  • Saturday 2 April – 2pm – Seniors v Dodges Ferry (Shark Park)

Supporters are invited to attend our sponsor the Pembroke Hotel (part of the Globe Hotel group) for a beer or Spreyton Cider after the game on Saturday!

Next week (first home game):

  • Saturday 9 April – 2.30pm – Reserves v Brighton (TCA)
  • Saturday 9 April – 4.30pm – Seniors v Brighton (TCA)


Long has community based sports struggled to gain quality trained medical support for their players. In a first for Tasmania and possibly Australia, new Your Hobart Health medical centre has selected community based SFL club Hobart Football Club, to be the Community based sporting body that it will provide professional medical support and supplies to for the next 2 years. After a miserable 2021 season, plagued by 24 long term injuries, Hobart Football Club is excited to have the professional support of Your Hobart Health at its disposal.

Your Hobart Health is a multi-disciplined medical centre, whose new state-of-the-art facilities has risen out of the ashes of the burnt out old Bridges Bros building in Bathurst Street. Your Hobart Health through Your Hobart Doctors has 11 doctors on staff, is an approved after-hours doctors practice, 3 nurses who assist in the multi-bed treatment rooms, on-site pathology services, and a chemist store through their Your Hobart Chemist.

Your Hobart Health will provide the Hobart Football Club with a doctor who will be the Hobart Club Doctor on game days at the TCA, and will donate medical & first aid supplies for the Hobart Trainers.

Your Hobart Health has a long historical connection to grass football in Tasmania, with Dr Mark “Doc” Baldock being 2nd cousin to legendary Tassie and St.Kilda great Daryl “Doc” Baldock. Dr Mark has volunteered his time to take his place on the Hobart bench on game days to provide professional medical support for the Hobart Trainers. Another connection to community based football is medical centre Business manager Gill Powell whose father played at Hobart Football Club in the 1960’s alongside triple Brownlow medallist Ian Stewart.

This a unique support of community based football in Tasmania, one which the Hobart Football Club is very appreciative, and one which may help to prevent serious injuries to players.

Pictured: Recruit Charlie Meadows is tended to by Club Doctor Dr Baldock, Head Trainer Tony McSherry watches on!

From The President

It is finally upon us, the 2022 season is just 3 days away.

After a long pre-season the ball will be bounced in anger, and all the hard work will be a memory with the Tigers taking on the Dodges Ferry Sharks at Shark Park on Saturday 2 April 2022. READ MORE FROM LAST WEEK’S WRITEUP HERE

Spreyton Cider Promotion

We’d encourage you to support our fantastic new sponsor Spreyton Cider Co.

As an incentive to try their products, the club is pleased to announce an introductory price of $6 for the month of April.

The club will be stocking Spreyton Cider products including Apple, Apple & Raspberry, Hard Ginger and Cherry Cider. Spreyton Fresh juice products will also be available the canteen. Check out their website to find out more about our fantastic sponsors!

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2020 Annual General Meeting Notice

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday 3 December at the Den (HFC Clubrooms), TCA Ground from 6.30pm. Members are invited to attend.

The board is currently seeking any member recommendations for Life Membership Nominations by 5pm Wednesday 18 November 2020 by email to admin@hobartfc.com.au or by phone on 0458 015 332

2020 HFC Season Awards

Congratulations to all our 2020 Season Award Winners!
In particular our senior result was a special one with the Adams brothers becoming the first HFC family to jointly win the B&F award.
Thanks as well to Scott Quinn, Callam Upchurch for organising the night as well as other volunteers who assisted. Shout out to The Golden Roast Hobart for their great job of the catering.
  • Seniors B&F Winner – Bailey Medal- Jack and Luke Adams
  • Runner Up – Kobey Phillips
  • Women’s B&F Winner – Danielle Woolley
  • Runner Up – Charlotte Cooper
  • Reserves B&F Winner – Macalburn Medal – Caley Gough
  • Reserves B&F Runner Up – James Caulfield
  • Russell Young Club Person of the Year Award – Diana Kwong
Senior Awards
  • MVP – Brad Joseph
  • Most Consistent – Gerrard Lynd
  • Best 1st Year Player – Brock Daniels
  • Most Improved – Bryden Goninon
  • Coaches Award – Ethan Monks
  • Leading Goalkicker – Alex Gilmour
Women’s Awards
  • Best 1st Year Player – Brooke Johns
  • Most courageous – Charlotte Cooper
  • Most Improved – Kirra Lucas
  • Coaches Award – Lisa Crossan
  • Leading Goalkicker – Bree McDonald
Reserves Awards
  • MVP – Justin Harvey
  • Most Consistent- Campbell Dickens
  • Best 1st Year Player – Tyler Raspin
  • Most Improved – Jack Daly
  • Coaches Award – Trent Spriggs

Happy Birthday Pat! 90 Years Young

While a lot of our current players & their families will only know Pat as Marky’s Mum, in fact Pat has been part of our Hobart Football Club all her life.
Being part of the Bailey dynasty Pat along with her 3 sisters, Betty, Fran & Kaye, spent their young years watching their four brothers, Harold, Bruce, Viv and Kevin play for our club.
Pat had some time away from the TCA when she married Ted and four offspring, Debbie, Susan, Stephen and Mark came along. She always supported our club from afar.
It was when her sister Kaye’s son Peter Upchurch started to play that the family once again became involved. Many of the sons of her brothers also played Included is Graeme (Cazza) Bailey who for a long time was our game day runner.
Over the years Pat could be seen selling raffle tickets at the games, working in the canteen or kitchen and traveling the state to support her beloved Hobart Tigers. To this day Pat is known to protect the reputation of our club, she recently took the time to phone the editor of The Mercury with a strong message regarding what she saw as a misrepresented report.
We are blessed to be able to celebrate this very special Birthday with Pa, Ted and Mark and wish her many more! 🐯

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SFL/SFLW Covid-19 Protocols Reminder

Thanks to all supporters, spectators, volunteers and players for your cooperation so far to allow the SFL/SFLW Competition to occur so far. Please keep up the great work, just some reminders below from the competition.

COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Wet Areas- anyone consuming alcohol is to be seated and to maintain 1.5m social distancing
  • Hand sanitizers and wipes are to be located located on all entrance points, changerooms, canteens and clubrooms and are available near commonly touched surfaces.
  • Spectators are NOT allowed in changerooms during or after games.
  • Please be aware of social distancing at all times. Usage of signage to remind spectators.


  • It is still recommended that teams stay out on the ground during half time breaks unless inclement weather conditions.
  • Footballs need to be wiped down/sanitised in between games.
  • Posters and signage indicating COVID protocols are required at all entrances, canteens, changerooms and around the grounds. (Please see attached as well as more information on the AFL Tasmanian website).
  • Individual drink bottles are required and water carriers are only allowed during breaks in play. Stationed water bottle drinks tubs are recommended in each pocket and sidelines.
  • Timekeepers are reminded that time continues when stretchers are on the ground.


  • A reminder that entrance gates need to be covered all day in to monitor the numbers inside the venue (500 people max).
  • Ground announcements where possible, as well as scoreboard footage where possible of COVID protocol reminders.
  • In an effort to maximise game times, please ensure that there are adequate spare footballs behind the goals.
  • For more information please visit https://www.afltas.com.au/covid-19-return-to-train/
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Tiger Talk


The Hobart Football Club is saddened by the loss of past player Brendan Free. ‘Nudie’ played 107 games for the HFC and was a member of the 1999 premiership side. Brendan is part of the famous Free family who are like royalty at the HFC. Brendan’s father, the late Kevin Free, and his 3 brothers all played for the club along with numerous uncles and cousins. Brendan’s cousin and current player Josh Young is carrying on the family tradition in 2020.

Nudie always loved a beer and one Saturday night after a game decided to have a snooze in the clubrooms after 1 or 2, only for everyone else to leave and lock the doors on him. A Sunday session had been planned for the next day and it was to everyone’s surprised when the doors were unlocked at lunchtime to find Nudie already sitting at the bar waiting for the boys to arrive to get back into it.

He was a fantastic clubman and an extremely popular and selfless teammate and will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

Condolences to Brendan’s Mum, Sybil, brothers, Martin (Chilli), Simon (Horse) and Nick, Sister Katie and children Lachie and Ella.

R.I.P Nudie.

Season Launch this Saturday Night!

We’ve published our full Seniors, Womens and Reserves 2020 Fixtures here!

Womens Kick off this Friday Night at the TCA – 6.30pm 🐯🏈
Season Launch Event this Saturday Night
🐯🐯🐯Jumper Presentation Night🐯🐯🐯
18th of July
6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
TCA – Den
$10 Entry (includes food)

– 2020 jumper presentations
– 2019 life member presentations

Entertainment Memberships

Entertainment Books have gone 100% digital. Support your club and local business and grab yourself one! 🐯🏈 the app is easy to use.

Tiger Lotto

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Graeme Peck!

If you haven’t signed up for Tiger Lotto there are still numbers left signup here– for $10 a week you can be in our weekly $400 cash draw (1 in 100 chance of winning). Win some ca$h and support your footy club.

Toyota Good for Footy Raffle

We know that Toyota is a great sponsor of footy, in addition to Co-Op Toyota being a valued sponsor of the club we’re taking part in the Toyota Good for Footy Raffle! Tickets are $5ea, with three cars to be given away and heaps of other prizes. Support your footy club and grab a few 🏈🐯🚗

Tickets are on sale here.

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Tiger Lotto

A big thank you to everyone who has supported the club and make Tiger Lotto possible. Thanks to everyone who’s signed up so far.

If you haven’t yet there are still numbers left – for $10 a week you can be in our weekly $400 cash draw (1 in 100 chance of winning).

Signup at www.hobartfc.com.au/tigerlotto

Congratulations to our first 3 winners:

  • Justin Harvey
  • James Pulford
  • Gerrard Lynd

A Sad Note

We at the Hobart Football Club are saddened by the passing of William (Bill) Halley.

Bill was a Member of our one and only Reserves Premiership in 1955 coached by Don McVilly  that thrashed Sandy Bay 110 to 32.

He was later a Member of our 1960 Premiership Senior Side coached by Mal Pascoe that defeated North Hobart by 4 points.

Bill had the nickname of Bullfrog and was a very likeable chap and a great team man.   RIP  Bill


As the season 2020 begins to look more likely to occur we’d encourage those who haven’t already to suppor the club and get your membership.

Head to https://www.hobartfc.com.au/membership/ or give Josh a call on 0458 015 332

Tiger Triumph Podcast


New podcast series dropping soon taking a look back at the rise of the Hobart Football Club’s Under 18 side from winless cellar dwellers in 2016 to undefeated premiers in 2017 in the Southern Football League (SFL).

Hosted by Ryan Rosendale and premiership coach Will Perry, each episode the guys will sit down and detail just how this miraculous feet was pulled off. It’s a pretty extraordinary football story, one definitely worth hearing about!

Join the guys for a bunch of laughs and along the way they’ll be joined by guests that played a role throughout the two year period where the side turned everything around to reach that one day in September.

Episode 1 will be kicked through the big sticks mid-week and will be available on all your podcast-loving platforms! 🏉 🎙

Give their Facebook page a like to keep up with the podcast – more to come!

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From The President – COVID-19

Note from the President – Club Statement

Hi everyone,

Well we are certainly living in strange times at the moment.

I wanted to give a quick update on where we sit with the COVID-19 virus and how it is affecting our club. I won’t be saying too much here because of the lack of information at this time but I will definitely fill you in as I get more. You can be sure that the HFC taking this very serious and will take every measure to ensure our players, officials and supporters health will not be compromised by this.

The AFL has recommended that training cease from this week, until further notice. The start of the season has unfortunately been postponed with no community football to be played before May 31. This is disappointing and frustrating (believe me I know, I now have time to do my lawns when I would much prefer to be at the footy) but everyone’s health is a priority at this time.  Obviously a few of our early functions are in limbo but the board will be looking at these and we will see if we can move them to later in the season. In the short term we will postpone the upcoming Season Launch function (which will be re-scheduled to a future date). If some of these functions don’t go ahead we will need your support when it comes down to other functions later in the year.

Anyway as I said I just wanted to let you all know how we are travelling at this time and that I am in touch with the SFL daily (sometimes more and I am sure they are sick of me) about what we are doing and how it will affect us.

I will certainly pass on any more information as I get it.

Look after yourselves and stay healthy.


Callam Upchurch

President, Hobart Football Club Inc.

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Hobart Football Club Book – Celebrating 75 Years

We are pleased to advise that Ray Hill known to us as tireless Archivist “Brows” has launched his book of “Hobart Football Club Celebrating 75 Years”
Ray is to be congratulated on his many tireless hours spent compiling this addition which is great value at just $25 per copy.
Books can be purchased at A & J  Printers in Wellington St North Hobart, at Block Mounting Main Rd Moonah, at Corner Bite Take Away 171 Augusta Rd Lenah Valley,  at HFC Den at AGM  on 6/12 ,  Phone Maralyn McVilly on 0428547544 or from Ray on 62789025. If you require the book to be posted out  we will add postage

AGM This Friday

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held this Friday 6 December at the Den (HFC Clubrooms), TCA Ground from 6.30pm. Members are invited to attend.

Recent Events

Thanks to all who attended the club’s recent strategic planning workshop with Terry Dillon from TD Solutions, more to come in this space soon! Certainly some great opportunities coming for the footy club.

In addition we recently held our Thankyou Volunteers Day with the opportunity to meet our new look coaching panel, which was well attended!

Coaching Panel

2020 Hobart FC Coaching Team
From left: Brad Joseph (Snr Playing Assistant), Sam Hughes (Reserve), Pete Jelkic (Senior Assistant), Alex Gilmour (Senior Playing Coach), Paul Rainbird (Senior Bench Coach) & Renee Schuettpelz (Womens).

Under 19s Coaching Expressions of Interests Sought

Bunnings BBQ Assistance Required

The club is running a Bunnings BBQ next Thursday 12 December from 9am-4pm. We are after assistance cooking or serving for shifts from 12-2pm and 2-4pm. Please contact Secretary Joshua Munting on 0458 015 332 or admin@hobartfc.com.au if you can assist!


Congratulations to Russell Young, Tony McSherry and new coach, Alex Gilmour on receiving awards at the recent AFL Tasmania Southern Community awards night at the TCA!


We have had too many signings and re-signings for me to mention at this point in time! Why not check us out on Facebook (search Hobart Football Club) and give us a ‘like’ – you’ll see it all there, plus plenty more!

Womens Players

Thanks to the following:

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