Tiger Talk


Volunteers’ Recognition Day

APOLOGIES LAST WEEK’S TIGER TALK SHOULD HAVE LISTED SUNDAY 21 October from 2pm to 4pm we will be holding our annual Volunteers’ Recognition Day to pay tribute to the great volunteers who make up our club! All club volunteers are invited to come and have some food and beverages to wind down post Season 2018.

Annual General Meeting Date

Friday December 7 – formal notice of business will be provided closer to the date.

Best & Fairest – President’s Address

The Best & Fairest saw Russell Young’s last chance to address the club as a whole, with him taking the opportunity to name a number of volunteers who he is thankful for their support over the last five years. In the interests of avoiding a bumper edition we won’t name them all here, however the club certainly is lucky to have the great volunteers which we do!

Russell paid thanks to the club sponsors and to the Board who he stated have supported my vision to improve the Club. Also recognising where the club has come from since 2014 and thanking the Players and coaches Steve Woods, Mark Beck and Martin Free that were there in 2014 – it was you guys that kept the Club alive and Russell highlighted that he’ll never forget your contribution to the Hobart Football Club.

Rusell emphasises that this season has been very difficult and that having to train at different grounds has tested our resources to the limit, but that despite this we continued to grow

This Season saw a women’s team join our Club. These girls hadn’t played football and had to train at Clare St on a soccer ground with no goalposts, poor lighting and no help other than their Coach Clare and their inspirational go-to guy Callam Upchurch.  We are pleased that Clare has been reappointed for 2019. Also, Congratulations to Bree McDonald who was given the honour of being joint captain of the first ever SFL women’s representative side. While our Master rules team has been with us for three seasons now they had the same problems as the Girls with their training this season. The Club really need to embrace these guys.

Although the Colts didn’t have the stellar season of last year they did make the finals, and thanks to Coach Nathan Hartnett for his tireless work to not only field a team but also the professional way he coached these young men also thanks to Janet and Russell Cripps who continued to help with the Colts, even when son Mark was playing in the seniors.

The Club has held positive meetings with the Sandy Bay Junior Football Club during the year and have been invited to meet with some repetitive from the Taroona High School to help as a pathway to our Colts going forward

The Reserves also made the finals for the second year running, and a big thanks to Scott and his assistant Sam Hughes. It’s hard to coach a Reserves side as you really never know who your players will be each week so a job well done. Scott is standing down from the role and joining the Board I’m pleased to announce Sam Hughes will be Reserves coach for 2019

Five years ago I stood here and declared that in 2018 the seniors would be playing off for a premiership, and to not make the finals after our steady build up was devastating for all of us.

Mark Beck took it personal and I did as well, but we all have to move on and learn from our mistakes. One thing I can say there is no harder worker to improve the football side of the club than Mark Beck  I thank Mark for efforts this year and I’m glad the Board saw fit to extend his term as Coach.

It has to be noted that since our last premiership in 1999 we have had nine senior coaches that one every two years. No club can have stability by continually changing the coach. Our Club has to start accepting some responsibility and not just put a coach in place and forget about him. I know I take some responsibility for this year’s result and all of us players, board members and support staff must develop a hunger for success it is the only way the Club will survive.

Other highlights for the year included the Women’s team (and especially their first win over New Norfolk), Luke Sullivan finishing  equal third in the William Leitch Medal and taking out joint winner of the Huon News SFL award for the best player in the comp, as well as the the Club finishing runner-up to Lindisfarne in the Bibby Shield Club Championship

Finally, Our Club is entering a very exciting future with the new oval and the $ 4.9 million new development starting to gain momentum. I think we have started to grow up, we have always blamed others for our problems.

In the past we’ve heard:

  •  AFL Tas don’t want us
  • HCC wont help us
  • We get nothing out of the Govt
  • Sponsors are hard to find
  • Recruits don’t want to come to us 

Well things are changing

  • AFL Tas now listen and are helping
  • HCC have spent over $1 million on the ground and are supporting our push for new facilities
  • The Government has given a grant for $50,000 and are supporting the proposal for the new facilities
  • Sponsors are getting involved
  • And we seem to be starting to see recruits coming to the Tigers

There is still a lot of hard work to do and It’s time for someone younger with new enthusiasm to takeover and I’m pleased to announce the Board has recommended that Callam Upchurch replace me as President at the next AGM. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Tiger!

Best & Fairest Results:

📌Quick re-cap of last weekend’s Best & Fairest Count results:

Aaron Hall Medal Winner: Colts.
● Will Stadler (41) & Angus Evans (41)
● Jamie Woolley (37)
● Zane Awde (30)

HFC SFLW Medal Winner: Womens.
● Bree McDonald (45)
● Kate Barker (37)
● Maddie Hogarth (34) & Fiona Langford (34)

Macalburn Medal Winner: Reserves
● Chris Elwell (51)
● Dylan Huxley (37)
● Mitchell Bird (35)

Bailey Medal Winner: Seniors
● Jayden Charlton (73)
● Luke Sullivan (50)
● Tom Robertson (38) & Liam Azzopardi (38)

Russell Young Award (formerly Clubman of the Year): Mark Cripps

A huge thankyou to Debbie Huxley and the rest of the Committee who did a fantastic job of organising the evening!

Facebook Supporters Group

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Save the date:

Saturday 17th November for the 2018 Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant and our club will be participating! Details will be posted closer to the date.🎅🐯🏈
We have arranged a discounted meal deal at McDonald’s after the pageant.🎅🐯🏈

Opportunity to Assist the HFC

Liquor and Gaming has recently changed our licensing condition to mean that all alcohol servers must have a valid RSA certificate (not just the supervisor).

This means that we might need to ensure we have any people who might from time to time help with the bar undertake courses. Paul Munting has advised he will be auditing the RSA certificates we have on file and those we don’t have cannot assist us.

Below is an opportunity to gain a qualification and assist the club!

Good Sports is arranging an RSA Course:
Monday 22 October (6.15pm-9.30pm at Blundstone Arena)
The cost is usually $60 per person.

In order to ensure we have enough overflow for peak times, or when others are unavailable the HFC is offering to cover the cost of this course for volunteers interested. The expectation would be that they undertake at least 3 hours of bar work next year in return.

Please let me know your interest by COB Monday 15 October (jmunting@gmail.com / 0458 015 332). In addition, please feel free to suggest appropriate persons to offer the opportunity to.