Tiger Talk

The Week Gone:

Last week in the SFL and SFLW saw a tough round for the Tigers, with the Under 18s starting off the day with a win over Claremont. They never quite got away from the Magpies, but managed their way to a 34 point win. The Reserves started ok, but switched off after halftime to get a lesson going down by 49 points. The Seniors gave a mixed bag, starting off with the first couple of goals before conceding seven in a row, in a poor spell across the first quarter and half the second quarter. The Tigers kicked a couple before halftime to peg Claremont back and go in 19 points down. The Tigers played a strong second half to hit the lead at various points in the last quarter. But we couldn’t get the job done, with that lapse in the first and second quarter coming back to cost us the four points. We’re left percentage outside the top five now, with a tense battle coming up between ourselves, Dodges Ferry and Cygnet for the fourth and fifth positions. The Tigers needing to win this week and then pinch an upset over Huonville or Lindisfarne to put our fate in our own hands.

A great night was had by all last Saturday night at the Hobart Function Centre for the Black & Gold Ball, a big thankyou to Heath Neville for organising the night. We were hoping to have some photos of the wonderful night to include with this week”s Tiger Talk but they should be featured next week instead (apologies for the inconvenience). Everyone enjoyed themselves, even the Women’s side were in strong attendance before backing up the next day against New Norfolk for their second win of the season! The ladies dominated the match taking home a 62 point win, which could have been more but for kicking an inaccurate 9.14 on the day.

This Saturday sees us conducting our gate raffle and collecting donations to support Ronald McDonald House – please dig deep and support the cause. The first prize in the raffle is a scenic flight for 2 over Hobart. Please support Ronald McDonald House Hobart and grab your tickets at the game.

The Week Coming:

This week sees our annual Ronald McDonald Day at the TCA on Saturday (more details further on)

Friday 27th July:

  • Womens v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park – 6.30pm

Saturday 28th July:

  • Seniors v Sorell at TCA Ground – 2pm
  • Reserves v Sorell at TCA Ground – 12pm
  • Under 18s v Sorell at New Town Oval – 9.30am

Sunday 29th July:

  • Masters v Lindisfarne Blue Baggers at Lauderdale – 10.30am

Eastern Shore Reunion

Saturday 11 August at the clash with Lindisfarne we will be holding the “Eastern Shore Reunion” – save the date, with more details coming very soon!

Membership Offer:

Those of you who have seen last week’s Tiger Talk may notice that we have a special membership offer on for the rest of the roster season! All new Adult Members ($30), or greater, purchased between now (Fri July 20) and the home game against Lindisfarne on August 11, will include your very own Hobart Football Club bar mat free of charge (note: this doesn’t include postage).
Give us a call to arrange – or head online to purchase (www.hobartfc.com.au/shop)
Maralyn (0428 547 544) or Josh (0458 015 332)

A football club is only as good as the people which form a part of it. In 2018 the Hobart Football Club set an ambitious goal to have 500 members. We currently sit at 342 members. But there is still time for us to get to our target. With memberships starting at just $10, it’s not too late to show your support for the Hobart Football Club.

Under 18s 2017 Premiership Flag

Our 2018 UNDER 18 PREMIERSHIP FLAG will be presented to the players between the Reserves & Seniors game this Saturday followed by some snacks in the den for the players. We hope to see all involved there! Win the Premiership’s our mission!

A Sad Note:

Our condolences to Troy Pfitzner (our U9 coach), his wife Bec and their boys Zac and Oliver on the recent passing of Troy’s Dad in Adelaide.

Remembering 1997 to 1999 Part Three

As we move forward to Season 1999 the news gets better & better. Noel Gray continued as President with John Blake as his right-hand man who played a big part in the makeup of the teams.
Ray O’Rourke had only wanted one year at the helm, so John Blake made the approach to Steve Gilbee as Playing Coach. This proved to be a decisive move as former players chose to return
to play under Steve’s coaching. With the great group of young players (who had benefited from Ray O’Rourke’s coaching), it was all systems go. Steve bought with him a professionalism that enabled him to work towards getting the best out of each player while forming a team from our new young upper comers with our more experienced players.
As well as the players who had remained, there were those supporters who had stood by the club like Greg Lane, Graeme Bailey, Angus Adam’s and of course Col, Brian and Ted amongst many others. With a lot of our board members and supporters still on board Steve Gilbee, knew his off field would be well supported.
Unfortunately, the stress and strain affected the health of Noel Gray and he suffered a stroke very early in the season. Once again John Blake stepped up to take the reigns.
Imagine the excitement when we convincingly won the first game of the season against Kermandi 115 to 15  Kermandie were held to 3 points until 3/4 time. We went on to win the next six games before a couple of losses. We remember a few close games, one in particular against Brighton when we were leading at three quarter time only to have Brighton fly home. We just held on to win by 3 points.  With many great wins we ended the home & away as Minor Premiers.
There was a lot of confidence with coaches & players coming into the grand final as we had beaten Brighton by 47 in the second semi. The Grand Final was played at Huonville on 11/9/1999 before a crowd of 3896. Thanks to supporters our colours & voices were well represented. Some supporters travelled by bus & they certainly made their presence felt on arrival at the ground. The Kev Bailey run thru banner which read “WE’RE BACK” was delivered in the back of Graham McVilly’s horse trailer. A great memory is the young children of senior players in Jake Gillbee (former Gold Coast Sun and now at Lauderdale) Maddie Gillbee, Zac Gould, Johnathan and Aaron Hall and other member’s children formed two lines to the banner.
Hobart jumped Brighton in the first quarter and were leading by 4 goals at quarter time. Conditions were quite heavy but Hobart’s running game soon showed up against the slower Brighton players.  The second quarter saw goals spread across our players and the lead moved out to 6 goals 4. Brighton made some changes at halftime and third quarter was goal for goal. It looked as if Brighton were getting their game going. Coach Steve Gilbee made changes, we started to win possessions across the middle of the ground and soon we were starting to kick goals. The final score of Hobart 20.9 129 to Brighton 11.12 78 proved we were worthy Premiers.  Steve Gilbee was presented with Best on Ground, Plover took the opportunity in his acceptance speech to thank the many supporters who attended & who had stood by our club over the past few years.
Dale Hall finished the home and away with 88 goals – he added a further 10 goals in the finals finishing with 98 at the end of the season. Many of our supporters say to this day how happy they are that we joined the Southern Football League.