The Week Gone (and this week):
Last week saw our Seniors season come to a disappointing end, with a big loss at the hands of Lindisfarne seeing us miss the finals. The day started off well with the Tigers kicking the first 3 goals before a vocal crowd, featuring our friends from the Longford Tigers who came down by bus to support their Tiger cousins. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there, with the Tigers handed a football lesson. The Reserves put on a disappointing display as well but have the chance to atone for that match today. Our Under 18s had the week off due to a Lindisfarne forfeit.
Sunday saw the Women finish off their season with an interesting contest against North Hobart, going down by 43 points. We were grateful to see Clare and the girls as a new and welcome part of our club, thanks to all for representing our club proudly and we look forward to you all returning next year!
It’s the time of year that we all look forward – Footy Finals. Saturday at 9.45am our Under 18s take on Sorell, and our Reserves take on Dodges Ferry at 11.45am. Both games are at Shark Park (Dodges Ferry). Both are worthy opponents, and we wish the boys luck in both elimination finals. Go the Tigers!
Save The Date – Best & Fairest Count – October 6th will be the Best & Fairest night at the Den – more details to come soon!
Where would we be without Tony McSherry? I would like to suggest “Up the creek without a paddle!”
Tony has worked above & beyond supporting our “FOUR” teams. This has all been made more difficult by the teams having to train & play home games at different grounds with Tony racing between grounds if required.
Tony’s Dad John McSherry played football for New Norfolk and was knocked out by Mal Pascoe in his first game against Hobart at the TCA. Mal’s comment of “Welcome to the Big League Son” have stuck with the family. Luckily for us, it didn’t stop Tony coming up to Hobart.
Tony was talked into coming up to Hobart in 2003 by his brother-in-law Martin (Chilly) Free to initially run water. Tony chose to complete the courses to gain all the Certificates to really provide professional sports medicine as required by our players.
Tony performs a valuable job at the club, carrying out rub-downs, assisting with strapping and recovery as well as diagnosing injuries. It is known that opposition clubs value his assistance when offered.
Among his other duties, Tony takes the towels and trainers gear home to clean. He is responsible for making sure the players are well prepared.
Tony counts Banger Harvey, Josh Dykes and Clint (Ringo) Stewert as players he is closest with and has the greatest respect for Mal Pascoe. He is a mad Hawthorn Supporter, loves Heavy Metal music (as anyone in the club gym can attest to) with AC/DC as one of his favourites. Tony is known to “dress” up on occasion but his dancing leaves a bit to be desired! The boys do get up him about his black T-Shirts. He is known as “Hot Dad” among our ladies. Most of all Tony is passionate about the Hobart Football Club and you won’t want to rubbish our club. He is a strong believer that we made the right decision in staying in the SFL. We are seriously indebted to Tony for his loyalty & dedication to our club.
Thanks to everyone who bought a 100 Club ticker or attended the event. The overall draw was won by Matthew Yates, with Runner-up Mark Cripps and Sean Sullivan taking home third prize. Thanks to everyone who organised this event!
As the HFC Women’s Team’s inaugural SFLW season came to an end we took the opportunity to talk with Coach Claire Sutton. You might remember the season started with only “one player” having played competition footy. What we have now is a “team” of players who have benefited from Claire’s experience and skills to really want to continue to learn, looking to one day become premiership players for the Hobart Football Club.
Claire told us how the girls all felt welcome at our club from the beginning. From President Russell Young down through to the supporters.
Unfortunately having to train separately due to our Ground not being available was certainly not ideal and she looks forward to the improvements next year.
Like previous teams for our club, our players have come from many and varied backgrounds in their lives so far. We see girls showing their leadership skills coming to the fore while younger players enthusiastically learning the fitness and skills which have improved considerably.
While only having won two games we really look forward to 2019 and the success they deserve. Claire and the girls would like to pay special mention to Tony McSherry and Callum Upchurch, with both having gone above and beyond in assisting them.
Coaches Profile – Scott Quinn
Name: Scott Quinn
Occupation: Cooperage Manager
Previous Clubs: OHA , Brighton, St Virgil’s
Greatest Influence: My parents
Favourite Position Played: Rover
Biggest Football Thrill: Winning a premiership
Biggest Disappointment: Losing Grand Finals
Football Ambition: Coach a premiership team
Most Admired Player: Greg Williams
Toughest Opponent: None
Favourite AFL Team: Carlton
Advice to Juniors: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard
What could improve the competition: Salary cap