Tiger Talk

The Week Gone:

A tough result for our women’s side, coming up against last year’s Grand Finalist the South East Suns. The girls fought hard but couldn’t match it with a classy opposition going down 16.18.114 to 0.0.0. The best players for the Tigers were:
A.Wong, N. Manser, D. Woolley, K. Jones, B. McDonald, C. Sutton

The Pigskin Warriors were meant to play against the Kingborough Tigers, who the pundits were left claiming were the Kingborough Kittens as they forfeited giving the Mighty Pigskins back to back wins (and an early trip to the pub???).

This Week Coming:

With most of our sides coming off the extended Bye it will be good to be back this week. The Tigers have the following games, while the Masters have this week off and the Women have a Bye.
This Week’s Games:
Saturday 23rd June

  • Seniors – 2pm v Brighton at TCA Ground
  • Reserves – 12pm v Brighton at TCA Ground
  • Under 18s – 9.30am v Lindisfarne at ANZAC Park
  • Womens – BYE
  • Master Rules – WEEK OFF

Patron of the Hobart Football Club

President Russell Young announces Club Patron at our recent President’s Lunch. “As President of our Club, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the State Attorney-General, the Honourable Elise Archer MP, has accepted the role as Patron of the Hobart Football Club. The Minister has been a long time friend, supporter and sponsor of the Hobart Football Club, and the Club is very honoured to have her as our Patron”.

Upcoming Events:

  • 23 June – Ladies Luncheon/Social Night in the Den
  • 7 July – Christmas in July
  • 21 July – Black and Gold Ball
  • 28 July – Ronald McDonald Day / Players Function
  • 28 July – 1966/1973 Teams get together
  • 12 August – 100 Club

    Black & Gold Ball Flyer – click to view


A Blast from the Past – 2000 Colts Side

To fully recognise the U18 Colts Premiership we need to go back to the beginning of 1999. Phil Exton was appointed coach about 4 weeks before the start of the season.

He was presented with the dilemma of only about four players being age eligible and HFC was affected by the zones set by AFL Tasmania. Luckily Phil was a teacher at Geilston Bay High School and had other teacher friends at Guilford Young College and St Virgils College. Phil was able to gather enough boys from those schools to field a side. While some boys had played football for Glenorchy or Southern Cats etc., they came to HFC. Phil also recognised some talented soccer players as well and athletes convincing them to come to HFC as well.

Although from all these different backgrounds, the boys really engaged. As is still the practice the boys were made to play for their school every few weeks instead of the club. A positive was that we were able to build our player base but selection proved a bit stressful in the finals. A couple of situation affected the end result of the season. A goal which was called a point against Clarence and a goal kicked on the siren against Glenorchy had them just missing out on the finals.

Hobart finished second on the ladder in 2000 to Channel having been beaten by them twice. Mark Waterson coached Channel. Matthew Pilkington Captained Hobart which was a tribute to him as he had only played soccer prior to 1999. Players remember the nerves at the last training session due in part to selection issues. One memory to ease the tension was the rather “loud” noise heard from the room followed by hilarious laughter!

A big crowd attended the game at North Hobart. Players report how exciting the morning was but each of them had the sense of “not finished yet” The game proved to be a bit of a scrap with the final score of 9 goals 9 = 63 to 6 goals  8 = 44. BEST PLAYERS Daniel Nielsenbeck Beck,  Steven Youd,  Simon Walker Sam Gray, Dirk Armstrong & Matthew Pilkington. All in all a whole of team effort.

Back at the TCA was really exciting. There were lots of cheers and tears throughout the room. We remember their renditions of our club song but the  boys had chosen the Hunters & Collectors song ” Holy Grail” as their finals song. The song could be heard throughout the day & night. HFC player, Anthony Summers won the SFL Goalkicker of the year with 77 goals including a club record of 15 goals against Kermandie for season 2000.

Player Daniel Kirk, who was a star soccer player before being coaxed by Phil Exton to play AFL at Hobart was chosen to play with the Devils. This then led him to going to South Australia to play for Glenelg.

The coincidence of the premiership members of the 2000 & 2018 teams being from different schools and the background is not all that unusual considering how Hobart’s recruitment zone is allocated. Congratulations to our U18 Colts of 2000 you did us proud.