Tiger Talk – 2 August 2018

The Week Gone

Another week is over with the club hosting our annual ‘Ronald McDonald House Hobart’ Fundraiser which saw a number of children in attendance activities, with Heroes in Hospitals bringing along Gru & Dave (Despicable Me) as well as Benny the Bengal in attendance. The club would like to thank everyone who donated with the day raising over $700 for Ronald McDonald House Hobart. Thanks to all involved, including Par Avion who donated a scenic flight for two over Hobart as the raffle prize.

Friday Night kicked off with our girls playing a night game at Abbotsfield Park against Claremont. The Tigers girls were in the hunt early before Claremont managed 5 unanswered goals in the second quarter and kicked away to a 10 goal win. Best Players included S. Reynolds, M. Hogarth, K. Barker, D. Woolley, F. Langford, L. Standen.

Saturday started off with the Underage getting a win over Sorell at New Town with the lads kicking away in the second half to complete at 38 point win and lock up fourth spot.

The Reserves was a rough game with the Tigers in control for most of the match at home to manage to gain another four points with an 11.8.74 to 4.4.28 win. The win keeping the Reserves in fourth spot above Dodges Ferry, with the slight possibility of the side creeping into third with an upset win over Huonville (who sit two games ahead in third).

The Seniors didn’t put together a convincing start, kicking an inaccurate 4.9 in the first half. They turned this around in the second half to finish with 13.10.88 on their way to a 14 point win. The Eagles battled hard all day with a patch of Tigers goals in the third quarter the main difference between the two sides. The day at the TCA also saw host to old players get together featuring a number of players from the 1966 and 1973 Premiership teams, and it was great to see so many familiar faces in attendance.

The Masters extended their season also – recording a 22 point win over the Lindisfarne Blue Baggers to make the playoffs at the upcoming Masters day!

This week sees some tough clashes for the Tigers who take on Huonville with the Seniors really needing an upset to make the finals, while the Womens’ side will take on Lauderdale at our adopted home ground ‘New Town’ on Sunday. Best of luck to all our sides this week! Eat ‘em alive you Tigers!

This Week’s Games:

Saturday 4 August 2018

  • Seniors – v Huonville at Huonville 2pm
  • Reserves – v Huonville at Huonville 12pm
  • Under 18s – v Huonville at Huonville 10am

Sunday 5 August 2018

  • Womens – v Lauderdale at New Town – 1.30pm
  • Masters (Finals Gala Day) – v Dosa Roosters – Blundstone Arena at 9am

Under 18s Premiership Flag

Our Under 18s side was presented with their Premiership flag recognising their unbeaten 2017 season, thanks to the SFL’s Tony Gibson for presenting the flag. Well done to all involved!

Black & Gold Ball

We promised some photos from the recent Black & Gold Ball – well the good news is we have too many to include here. Click this link to checkout the full album of 80 photos!


Toyota ‘Good For Footy’ Raffle Books

These need to be sent back to the mainland ASAP, those who haven’t returned them to the club please provide to Paul Munting (or give him a call on 0427 256 340).

Eastern Shore Reunion

Around the Club

Following the recent 1966 and 1973 get together over the weekend the club has had a chance to chat to some valued members of our football club from years past, and share their stories with our avid readers.

Ray Quarrell

Life Member Ray Quarrell started with Hobart Football Club in 1980 after being approached by then-coach Paul Sproule. Even though he is no longer as involved as in the past Ray is still called on with the knowledge that a player will enter the game with an extra spring in his run.
Ray was and still is known for triple skills in coaching runners, conditioning and sports massage. Very welcome skills for our football club. Ray has enjoyed many successes with his runners but most proud of his Stawell Gift wins which include Andrew Robinson in 2013 & former trainer to this year’s gift winner, Jacob Despard. Ray also celebrates his 48th year attending the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals with far too many successes to list here.
During his time Ray has experienced the coaching styles of at least ten coaches. Paul Sproule, Bruce Greenhill, Peter Hudson, Mark Browning Greg Lane, Wayne Petted and Jock McGregor to name a few.  To support such varied personalities & styles surely shows the respect shown to Ray’s expertise in providing the best of training and sports massage to have our players training to the best of their ability. We remember how the boys could be seen with ropes tied around them to car tyres as one of his strength training methods. We also remember the timing of their sprint training being extremely competitive. Ray and his wife Kathleen can still be seen supporting our club, with Ray often down in the change rooms assisting our players.

Paddy Williams

While on holiday on the Central Coast of NSW I visited Woy Woy and “looked up” a former star Hobart Football Club footballer Patrick ( Paddy ) Williams. Paddy a high flying ruck-rover and utility man was called “Star” by the media, played in the HFC’s 1950 & 1959 Premiership Sides and also played for Tasmania then coached several other clubs in the South with success before retiring in 1962.

Paddy was such a character and whilst coaching Cygnet in the Huon Association in 1951, convinced all present to play a game of left-handed darts. Paddy was a natural left-handed player – so guess who took the money !!!

Paddy now aged 91 left Hobart in 1969 due to the ill health of his Father who lived on the Central Coast of NSW. Paddy had packed all the gear ready for one of his regular fishing trips with great mate Rex Anning. Alas, he received a phone call to advise that his dad was very ill in Hospital. The fishing trip was called off and Paddy flew to NSW to be with his dad.

Originally the plan for Paddy was to stay two weeks before returning home, but as his Sister lived on the coast, she convinced Paddy to stay with her a “little longer”.

Paddy rang his business partner of Sportsmaster Distributors Athol Martin in Hobart to advise him of his extended stay, but Athol said to ring him next day when he was sober and hung up on him.

Having a few beers in the pub a fellow offered Paddy a job at Erina on the Coast.  From there he started his own business in April and by November his wife Gwen had joined him to live on the Central Coast.

At 91 our mate Paddy is still going strong and often reflects on his great times in Hobart. Attached is a photo of “Star” with yours truly taken during the visit.

Sam Jeffrey

Sam has a number of achievements with his boxing career as well as in his dedication to our Hobart Football Club.

During his boxing career Sam fought as a professional in 47 bouts, only losing on four occasions. He won both the Tasmanian Middleweight and Lightweight titles. He then went on to fight the 1956 Heavyweight Championship. His opponent Charles Crane outweighed him by 20 pounds and was almost half a head taller. Although knocking Crane down early in the bout, in the end Cranes strength prevailed and Sam was knocked out in the sixth round. This was to be Sam’s last fight. Sam also trained boxers and was the trainer when former Hobart player, Peter Wilson won the Tasmanian Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Title in 1957.

Sam did play football for Butlers Gorge and was part of the winning Premiership in 1949 before going on to coach.

Sam began as a trainer with Hobart Football Club in 1955. Little did he know then that it was to be an association with our club that was to last until 1992. Sam became Head Trainer in 1972 and was later the State’s Head Trainer. Sam served the club through one state premiership (1959), three Seniors Premierships (1973, 1980 and 1990), one Reserves Premierships (1955), one thirds (1984) and one fourths (1979). There were many fine celebrations amongst those.

Sam has seen many quality players and coaches with Hobart and the opposition but is loathe to name his best coaches or players. HE DOES LIST Burnie Payne, Trevor Leo, Malcolm Bugg, Dennis Powell, David Sullivan, Jack Sullivan and Bill Williams amongst many others. Among the coaches he rates Allan Appleton, as well as Mark Browning for their ability to mould the teams the way they wanted them.

We remember when the person who was supposed to wear the Tiger suit pulled out at the 1990 Grand Final. When the replacement Tiger approached Sam for a drink, imagine his surprise when a female voice came forth instead of the male he had been expecting. It is our pleasure to recognise Sam’s contribution to the club, who with his beautiful wife Judy love to hear of our longevity and successes