Old Players…

OPOSAHobart Football Club Old Players, Officials & Supporters Association Inc.
  P.O. Box 235 North Hobart 7002

President       John Jeffrey
Treasurer       John McDermott
Committee     Peter Bennett, Leslie Smith, John Mathers

On the 26th January 1954 Mr Pat Downie wrote a letter to the Hobart Football Club requesting permission to form the above Association.  After a Board meeting of the HFC , Secretary Mr Fred Stapleton confirmed on the 22nd February 1954 that permission was granted to form the Association and offered some guide lines for the formation of same.  That was the beginning of your Association.

The Hobart Old Players, Officials & Supporters Association honors all former players, officials and supporters that have ever been involved with the Hobart Football Club Inc.

Please call John Jeffrey on 0419 138 105 or John McDermott on (03) 6248 9598 and become a member today!

Email enquiries can be directed to John Jeffrey at:  jeffreyj.b@bigpond.com



2016 AGM Re-Cap

A recap of last night's Annual General Meeting - congratulations to all who were recognised and elected. Thanks to all who attended.
The Hobart Football Club is proud to welcome the following LIFE MEMBERS:
Paul Sproule - Former Richmond AFL Premiership Player (1973,1974), 99 games, Hobart, 1962-66 (Premiers 1963, 1966), Hobart TANFL Premiership Coach 1980.
Matt Cramond - Passionate Hobart Supporter for 40 years including 16 years as scoreboard operator in rain, hail, snow or sunshine.
Chris Wright - Outgoing board member, who was served on the club board since 2004. Was instrumental in the Hobart/St Virgils partnership.
Paul Munting (re-elected)
Callam Upchurch (re-elected)
Rendell Emmett (New Election - Sponsorship/Marketing)
Joshua Munting (New Election -Membership/Communications)
The following board members have opted to step down, thanks greatly for their service
Steven Gillbee (retiring)
Chris Wright (retiring)
The rest of the board is as follows:
Russell Young - President
David Palmer - Treasurer
Paul Banks - Secretary
John Jeffrey

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Tiger Talk


Well we have seen the coaches report and he certainly has a great bunch of players working with him.  The numbers at training are amazing and the enthusiasm is contagious. To drive over the hill at the crossroads and see a wall of black and gold jumpers training  is special and a sight that I have not previously witnessed. The different drills, games and obvious competitiveness between the players makes training a worthwhile sight.

This Thursday there will be a players barbeque and the bar will be open from 7.30 so come along and check out the training before a relaxing drink.

Thursday 8th of December is our AGM at 6pm for 6.30 start. The information that is prepared for the AGM is the culmination of many hours work so please come along, hear where our club is at, check out our future plans and have your say.

Sunday 11th of December is the Volunteers Day thank you with a barbeque commencing at midday and cruising through to 3pm. All volunteers are welcome.  (See you there)

December surely is a busy month and it includes the Xmas luncheon of the Old Players, Officials and Supporters Association on December 18th (see attached flyer)

Annual Christmas Lunch

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Hobart A Great Tradition

tas-football-hall-of-fameFriday Night saw the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame annual awards night, Hobart already having strong representation including our 2010 recognition in the 'hall' as a "Great Club", as well as recognition of our 1973 team of "Giant Killers". We have a number of inductees including Noel Atkins, Trevor Leo, Burnie Payne, Ian Stewart, Scott Clayton, Alastair Lynch, Paul Hudson, Scott Wade, Chris Fagan, Jamie Shanahan and Mal Pascoe. The Hobart Football Club was once again recognised with the elevation of Paul Sproule to 'ICON' Status in the Hall of Fame. Also recognised on the night was Mathew Armstrong, who was inducted as a legend. Paul Sproule was a tough, skilful and damaging ruck-rover/forward who emerged with Hobart in the TFL in the mid-1960s. His credentials in Tasmanian football were established in the fiery 1966 TFL grand final that was won by the Tigers by one point over Glenorchy. A fortnight later, the Tigers went down by eight points to City South in the state final in an even more brutal affair. VFL talent scouts had seen enough, however, and Sproule was duly recruited to Essendon for the 1967 season. After making significant progress in the 1968 season, including playing in the premiership decider which the Dons lost to Carlton, Sproule’s career stalled in the early 1970s. At this time Richmond was still under the guidance of Tom Hafey and its administration was led by Peter Schwab. The Tigers recruiting guru had seen both Sproule and Royce Hart on a recruiting mission in 1966 and had tried to secure Sproule at that time. In late 1971 he couldn’t believe the Dons were letting Sproule go and he moved quickly to sign him for Richmond. The Tigers were spot on in their assessment; Sproule became an integral part of their two premierships in the 1970s and was a finals specialist frequently amongst their best players in the big games. Still in his prime, Paul Sproule’s next move was to return to Tasmania and take on the captain-coach role with Sandy Bay in the TFL. Sproule subsequently led the Bay to three consecutive flags and followed this with a fourth as coach of his original club, Hobart, in 1980. Mathew Armstrong played over 150 AFL games for Fitzroy and North Melbourne between 1987 and 1997, following being recruited from Hobart at the end of 1986. Following his AFL career he was the Captain/Coach of the undefeated North Launceston team in the 1998 Statewide League, He was an assistant coach at Brisbane in 1999, following on from which he coached the Tasmanian Devils in the VFL, and has run various state academy programs throughout the year, He is certainly a very deserving inductee into the hall of fame. See more information on all Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame Inductees here.

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Mal Pascoe Inducted to Tasmanian Hall of Fame

  Mal Pascoe Profile We look at Hobart Legend Mal Pascoe, who is set to be inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

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Old Players Sunday School Coming Up

Invite 12 July

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1955.....Our Only Reserves Premiership

Can you remember the trolley buses to South Hobart and trams rattling up Elizabeth Street? The grassy bank next to the Main Grandstand at North Hobart Oval ? If you can you probably remember our greatest game of 1955... Yes 60 Years ago... It was our first and only Reserves Premiership won by our great club. September 19th 1955  Hobart Football Club won its only Reserves Premiership,when it overwhelmed Sandy Bay in the Grand Final at North Hobart Oval. Hobart dominated most positions to win by 78 Points. It took the lead soon after the start and its superiority was never threatened. Hobart won in and around the packs and across the centre and was more purposeful in its approach to goal.  It also used clever handball and accurate positional play.  It was just reward for Coach Don McVilly’s insistence to play as a team which had resulted in Hobart only losing two Roster matches before going on to win Hobart’s only Reserves Premiership in Tiger History .HFC Reserves 1955 Premiers THE GRAND FINAL TEAM B       Alan Gibson       Graeme Pullen       Brian Powers HB    Ray Kennedy      Peter Wilson         Barry Thompson C       Geoff Cashin       Don McVilly          Peter Hills HF    Graeme Gaylor    Derek Jacklyn      Brian Fleming F     Athol Unsworth     Peter Leitch       Brian  Oakes Foll    Bill Halley   John Anderson   George Thurley Reserves    Athol  Cook    James  Wilkinson Emg   W.L. Milburn , A. Garrard,  G. Wells Others who would have been available but for injuries were:-  Dennis Chadwick, Vic Harrison, Darryl Milburn and Joe Whittle HOBART          2.3       7.9     12.14     16.14     110 SANDY BAY       1.1      2.3       2.6      4.8           32 Best  Hobart   Don McVilly,  Bill Halley,  Peter Leitch,  Graeme Gaylor,  Athol Unsworth, George Thurley, Peter Hills, Barry Thompson  &  Graeme Pullen Goals  P.Leitch 6, J.Anderson 3,D.Jacklyn & W.Halley2, A.Unsworth,G.Cashin,G.Thurley 1 ea

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