Tiger Talk

This week’s games:

The Telstra Shop, Cat & Fiddle Hobart is sponsoring Saturday’ match against Dodges Ferry. The game will be known as the Telstra Store Cat & Fiddle Challenge. Support the game and the Club, by coming along to see the Tigers play for the trophy on Saturday”

Saturday 2 June 2018
Seniors 2pm v Dodges Ferry at TCA Ground
Reserves 12pm v Dodges Ferry at TCA Ground
Colts BYE
Women 4.30pm v Lauderdale at Lauderdale Oval

Sunday 3 June 2018
Masters 10.30am v Lindisfarne Blue Baggers at ANZAC Park

The Week Gone:
Well, another week is over and the Tigers saw some disappointing results against some strong opposition. The Seniors and Reserves both being showed a couple of football lessons at the hand of the Lindisfarne “Two Blues”, with both sides going down by 88 and 54 points respectively. The Under 18s match was abandoned during the second quarter. Finally, our Women played against the arch-rivals North Hobart on Sunday, going down to the North Hobart Demons 0.3.3 to 4.16.40. Our Masters enjoyed the week off (as they play fortnightly games).

A week of course is a long time in football, and so is a season. We see now our SFL sides have reached the halfway point of the season, with the Seniors placed just outside the top five in sixth spot only percentage behind fourth and fifth positions. The Reserves are sitting a bit higher, in fourth two wins inside the top five. The Under 18s, whilst not dominant like last season sit in fourth and are currently on track to make the finals. And of course our brand new women’s side, whilst sitting in eight out of nine spots have really improved in their seven games and have managed the one win so far. We know that a lot of the girls are in their first season, and we look forward to continued improvement throughout the year.
Who could of course forget our masters, the Pigskin Warriors. They’ve played the five wins so far and despite coming close a couple of times haven’t chalked up a win just yet, we’re hopeful that this week is the week as they take on the Lindisfarne Blue Baggers who are also yet to register a win.

Following this week our Senior side has a two-week break, with a competition bye for the Representative Game and a club bye the following round. We know we’ve got a lot of weeks left in this season and this will give us a chance to reset and push for finals. The Women have the competition bye, a game against last year’s Grand Finalists the SE Suns and then a bye. Whilst the Under 18s have a few weeks off starting this week.
As far as the Representative games the club would like to congratulate the following players who were selected in the extended SFL Representative Squads, we know you will all represent our club and competition well should you get the opportunity!

  • Mens – Liam Azzopardi, Jayden Charlton, Sam Reeves and Tim Robertson.
  • Womens – Madelyn Hogarth and Brianna McDonald.
 As always best of luck to our sides this round, and thanks to the club’s supporters, sponsors and volunteers. GO THE TIGERS!

Major Raffle:
The President Luncheon saw the Club’s major raffle drawn, winners were as follows:

  1. Roger Munro – ARB In Car Fridge with Cover
  2. Debbie Huxley – 3m x 2m Saager Indigenous Woollen Rug
  3. Leigh Noye – Kenwood Excel Juicer
  4. Glen Dodge – $100 Voucher from Bennett’s Furniture
  5. Paul Banks – $100 Voucher from AWM Electrical
  6. Postie Mike (C/O Darrel’s Book) – 2018/19 HFC Gold Pass MEmbership
  7. Wendy Blake – $100 voucher Hobart Football Club
  8. Laura Hills – Dinner for two at the Beltana Hotel
  9. Tim Langdale – $50 Bunnings Voucher
  10. Craig Rogerson – $50 Bunnings Voucher
Upcoming Events
  • 16 June – Players Function
  • 23 June – Ladies Luncheon/Social Night in the Den
  • 7 July – Christmas in July
  • 21 July – Black and Gold Ball
  • 28 July – 1966/73 Premiership Reunions
  • 28 July – Ronald McDonald Day / Players Function
  • 12 August – 100 Club
 Two Old Fellas
Whenever we think of valued volunteers we recognise the two old fellas who support our players, Col & Brian. Now for those who know these two reprobates you can imagine it wasn’t easy to get information from them without hearing stories of their escapades over many years. We talked about how they were able relocate things to our advantage. The tricks they played on each other and others, this includes their favourite players and coaches, their least favourite players coaches and board members! They also talked about the upheavals over the years, especially when we had to go back to the SFL and then to change to the Lions.

They were not very comfortable talking about themselves but we have done our best to honour their dedication to HFC. Brian Bacon has always been a supporter of HFC & played with Macalburn in the underage competition. In those days clubs battled to meet the payments of country clubs, Brian chose to go and play with Dunalley where the extra money would help with his Mum bringing up the family as a single mother. Brian admits he has some regrets with that decision as he feels he would have made the grade with Hobart and played in their premierships.

He continued to support HFC over the years and became more involved in 1990 when he talked his son in law Brendon Browning into coming to play with HFC.

Brian’s favourite player for the HFC is Burnie Payne, his best character is Ray Hill. And of course his favourite memory is the famous 1973 premiership when “Appleton’s Army” went on to beat the previously undefeated Sandy Bay side. He tells the story of a punter who put $100 on Sandy Bay and when the siren went Brian took off across the ground with his mates chasing him to collect the money.

Col Sullivan came to HFC in 1975 to assist his brother Tom who was head trainer with the underage team and other than four years when he left us due to a difference of opinions with a board member is still here. He has worn many hats including head trainer.

Col’s favourite player was Graeme ‘Brer’ Fox, his best character is Kyle Wilson. His best memory was the premiership in 1990 after his worst memory in losing the 1989 final. He has vivid memories of the player’s disappointment. Lots of them inconsolable but soon he could see the determination towards the 1990 premiership.

Such is their selfless nature, seeking little credit for themselves Col and Brian have paid credit to the many trainers who have come through our club in their time. There are too many to list here but we are very thankful to all of them.

We will also mention their two wives who must be appreciated for their support. There must have been times when they thought Col and Brian should move up to the club they were here so often. (We will honour Brian’s wife Irene in the future for her dedication to HFC). We are very lucky to have these two men supporting our club towards their 80’s & wish them the best of health. It’s hard to think how we would be without them.

100 Club Monthly Draw
Last night saw the third monthly 100 club draw in the Den.
Congratulations to John Mathers who takes home the $100 prize!

It’s definitely not too late to grab your membership, Josh Munting will be at the game on Saturday for those interested in signing up. Otherwise please feel free to give
Maralyn (0490 818 798) or Josh (0458 015 332) a call to arrange.

You can of course, purchase your membership online also at www.hobartfc.com.au.