Tiger Talk

Pat Kelly

The club is saddened to advise members and supporters that life member Pat Kelly has passed away. The Club and all players and supporters wish to pass on their heartfelt best wishes to Ray and their daughter Leanne.

Pat Kelly along with her husband Ray have been stalwarts of the Hobart Football Club for longer than most people can remember. Pat was always cheerful and had a warm friendly smile for everyone. Most people would know Pat for the time that she spent helping in the kitchen and for various functions where she worked tirelessly a lot of the time behind the scenes as she was not one to covet notoriety. A perfect example of this is the fact that both Pat and Ray cleaned, vacuumed and scrubbed the Den and the canteen during the week when they were not in the limelight. It is doubtful that many people knew the amount of hours that they both put into the Club.

As many people would know Pat did not have the best of health over the last few years but true to her stoic nature she took it all in her stride and at times made light of her health problems even making jokes. Pat underwent a double mastectomy but never complained of her problems in public and she was a shining example to all that had similar problems to the extent that she was recognized at a Club function by the Cancer Council. To prove Pat’s resilience and jovial nature she often referred to her false breasts as “ the girls”. After Pat came out of hospital and after a very short convalescence she continued to work and clean for the benefit of the Club.

Pat was a true supporter of the Club through thick and thin and she will be genuinely and sorely missed by all her knew her. Both Pat and Ray were very justly recognised with Life Memberships which would have to be one of the most popular moves the Club has ever made.

The Hobart Football Club has lost a great person and a much loved member of our family. Rest in Peace Pat!

(Photographed: Pat and her husband Ray being presented with their Life Memberships of the Hobart Football Club)

Coaches Profile – Nathan Hartnett – Under 18s

Nickname:  Harters

Age:  37

Occupation:  Police Officer

Previous Clubs:  Brighton, St. Virgil’s

Clubs Coached:  Brighton, Hobart

Greatest Influence:  Father

Favourite Position Played:  Midfield, half-back

Biggest Football Thrill:  Grand Finals

Biggest Disappointment:  Knee injuries which resulted in retirement

Football Ambition:   Continue to enjoy coaching

Most Admired Player:  Nick Maxwell

Toughest Opponent:  All

Favourite AFL Team:  Collingwood

Advice to Juniors:  Work hard and enjoy

What could improve the competition:   A greater focus on the underage levels of each club


Our President – Russell Young


When Russell Young retired from his day job I am sure he would not have planned to have had to work as hard as he does as President of our club. Or maybe he did! Russell has held senior roles for our club and others over many years.
It’s not an easy position to hold. Past Presidents praise Russell’s dedication to whatever role he fulfilled. Whether to protect the coach from interference,  to having all personnel in their places on time, to representing our club through many trying times with SFL, councils, parents but mostly wanting what is best for our club ( although the late delivery of the saveloys did come up from a certain coach).
Through all of this we must also recognise Russell’s wife Wendy. Thanks to Wendy, Russell has been able to dedicate so much time and energy as required.  Of course, along with Wendy we get the rest of the clan. Special mention should also go to Russell’s daughters, Rhianna, Laura, Sophie, Jess and their partners. There are nine grandchildren including Jess’ sons Jacob, Kodi and Kade. You will know them from running water and helping in the canteen. Families like the Young family are the backbone of our club. With plenty of exciting times ahead still, we take the opportunity to thank Russell for his service to our club.