Tiger Talk

Master Rules

The Hobart Pigskin Warriors/Hobart Masters are seeking more players before the commencement of the Season on Sunday 31 March. While the numbers are getting there if you are or know anyone over 35 who’s keen to play footy let us know! The games are every fortnight on Sundays. Training currently 5.30 Wednesdays at Cornelian Bay (but will soon move venues). Please Contact Coordinator Wade Chatterton 0419 110 001 or Coach Chris Jordan 0415 494 017 to get involved!🏈

Tipping entries close tonight

We are after some more members, supporters and players to sign up to our footy tipping competition. Signup is $50, and there is a weekly prize of $50 to the best Tipster. Full details below, but please SIGN UP BEFORE TONIGHT’S FIRST GAME by heading to www.hobartfc.com.au/tipping

Details for payment included in the bottom of below flyer!

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Thommo Night

Last Friday Night saw the club hosting the Jeff Thomson sportsman’s night, and wasn’t it a good one. Thommo was absolutely ‘Ruthless’ in his storytelling and sure entertained the audience. We got about 130 people there and it was great to hold a big event as the season approaches. A few thankyous for the night below.

Thanks to David Charlesworth for organising the event and the auction. A huge thankyou to our Number 1 Ticketholder John X who graciously MC’ed the night for us. It was great also to see our lovely patron the Member for Clark (formerly Denison) Elise Archer MP.

Other volunteers who helped on the night included in the Bar Paul Munting, Andrea Godfrey and their fantastic new helper Ryan Williams. Thanks also goes to Maralyn for helping Paul and Andrea with food, Rendell for helping to organise to promote the event and Josh for his time on the door. Thanks as per usual to the ‘Wednesday Crew’ who helped setup the room and to Darryl who no doubt cleaned up after. And of course an even bigger thanks to everyone who came along, supported the event and made it a great night!

1959 Premiership Reunion – Pt Two

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Max Byers

Max was an out of area player for the Tigers. He described growing up and playing football with Tunnack with his cousin Dennis Powell (a club legend). Max mentioned his pact with his cousin Dennis that they’d both move to Hobart to play football for the same club wherever that was. While neither had ties to any club North Hobart was interested in Powell, with Hobart chasing Byers.

Max described that the desire to sign together was important and that Hobart offered slightly more money that North in the end. It was the best decision he ever made Max now comes to say.

Max left Hobart to play for Essendon in 1962, but he describes how that nearly didn’t eventuate. He was flown over to Melbourne to train with Carlton once. It didn’t work out so he returned to Hobart. Essendon got wind and he was back over there to meet with them.

After being convinced by the famous John Coleman to sign with the Dons, Max had to sit out 12 weeks due to the interstate clearance rules at the time. 1962 was the first year the VFL had Runners and Coleman convinced Byers to be the runner for that period. An opening in the midfield came up due to injury and Max played 5 games before being replaced for finals where the Bombers went on to win the 1962 flag. Max was the emergency for the premiership winning side.

Max describes Coleman as a great person who looked after him well, encouraging him to work on his fitness by running up the stairs when doing deliveries from his own Taxi Truck which he brought up with him for Tasmania. Unfortunately this stair running led to stress fractures in Byers’ feet and he only played 2 more games with the Bombers. Stress fractures of course, were unheard of at that time.

Max spent 1963 with the Bombers before heading to Numurkah in the Murray Football League (North East Victoria) as a playing coach, he coached a flag there and ended up settling down with the family in Numurkah for a long time!

Trevor Leo

I had promised that Part Two would include a write-up on the famous Trevor Leo, however I have decided to hold this off. In Round 2 (13 April) the Tigers will host New Norfolk for the Trevor Leo Cup at the TCA Ground, I thought it was more fitting to leave a detailed writeup on Trevor until then.

I will instead discuss Mal Pascoe for the meantime.

Mal Pascoe

Mal Pascoe is the club’s most successful coach. He was in attendance at the 1959 reunion, with everyone keen to say hello to him. Unfortunately Mal’s health isn’t the greatest and he was brought to the function by his son Mark. We were however all glad we got a chance to see him! Given that the main grandstand at the TCA incorporates his name (Powell-Pascoe-Payne Stand) you have probably worked out he was a gun player/coach.

The Powell, Pascoe, Payne trio who the main granstand at the TCA Ground are now named after

Mal came to the club from Essendon where he played juniors and thirds/reserves from 1949 (including a reserves premiership in 1952), before he made his senior debut in 1953. Mal played with the Dons until 1958, totalling 94 senior games with 41 goals as a tidy return.

Mal signed on with Hobart as the playing coach from 1959 to 1965, making him the longest serving coach for the club when you include his second stint as coach for seasons 1978 and 1979.

He was an instrumental part of Hobart’s success and played ruck rover despite coming to the club as a half back flanker. During his first period with the club Hobart would win TFL Premierships in 1959, 1960 and 1963 as well as a state premiership in 1959.

Mal won the William Leitch medal for his standout year in 1959. Mal also continued playing post coaching and stayed to play in the 1966 Premiership under John Watts (who he had played under Mal). His career for Hobart included 177 TFL games, 341 goals and the giant collection of premierships I’ve already discussed.

Mal’s second stint as club coach (this time in a non-playing capacity) for 1978 and 1979 saw him coach a young struggling team and develop blokes like Scott Wade, Chris Fagan (Brisbane Lions Coach) and Scott Clayton (West Coast list manager). The club only managed 9 wins from 40 games in these two seasons, finishing bottom both years. Pascoe was selected in the position of Ruck Rover in Hobart’s best team of 1947 – 2002, played representative football for Tasmania and twice won the TFL Leading Goalkicker (1959 he kicked 75 goals, 1960 he kicked 57 goals.). He is an inductee into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame, and is someone who will forever be a legend of the Hobart Football Club.


Thanks to those who have taken out their membership for Season 2019 already! And if you haven’t we encourage you to do so soon to ensure it’s ready for the first game on 6 April! Give Joshua Munting a call on 0458 015 332 or head to www.hobartfc.com.au/shop

For those who have ordered their packages, we will be receiving the final components of membership packages late this week or early next. Following this, we will arrange delivery/postage of your membership package in the next week or so.


For up to date fixtures for the season please head to www.hobartfc.com.au/fixture

We are awaiting final details before releasing the Women’s and Under 19s (Colts) fixtures. Our apologies but these are both beyond our control.

Player Sponsorships

Player sponsorship packages are available, please review the below flyer for details. You can pay for sponsorship online

For queries, etc contact Joshua Munting (0458 015 332 / admin@hobartfc.com.au)

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