The club is saddened to advise members and supporters that life member Pat Kelly has passed away. The Club and all players and supporters wish to pass on their heartfelt best wishes to Ray and their daughter Leanne.
Pat Kelly along with her husband Ray have been stalwarts of the Hobart Football Club for longer than most people can remember. Pat was always cheerful and had a warm friendly smile for everyone. Most people would know Pat for the time that she spent helping in the kitchen and for various functions where she worked tirelessly a lot of the time behind the scenes as she was not one to covet notoriety. A perfect example of this is the fact that both Pat and Ray cleaned, vacuumed and scrubbed the Den and the canteen during the week when they were not in the limelight. It is doubtful that many people knew the amount of hours that they both put into the Club.
As many people would know Pat did not have the best of health over the last few years but true to her stoic nature she took it all in her stride and at times made light of her health problems even making jokes. Pat underwent a double mastectomy but never complained of her problems in public and she was a shining example to all that had similar problems to the extent that she was recognized at a Club function by the Cancer Council. To prove Pat’s resilience and jovial nature she often referred to her false breasts as “ the girls”. After Pat came out of hospital and after a very short convalescence she continued to work and clean for the benefit of the Club.
Pat was a true supporter of the Club through thick and thin and she will be genuinely and sorely missed by all her knew her. Both Pat and Ray were very justly recognised with Life Memberships which would have to be one of the most popular moves the Club has ever made.
The Hobart Football Club has lost a great person and a much loved member of our family. Rest in Peace Pat!
(Photographed: Pat and her husband Ray being presented with their Life Memberships of the Hobart Football Club)
Coaches Profile – Nathan Hartnett – Under 18s
Occupation: Police Officer
Previous Clubs: Brighton, St. Virgil’s
Clubs Coached: Brighton, Hobart
Greatest Influence: Father
Favourite Position Played: Midfield, half-back
Biggest Football Thrill: Grand Finals
Biggest Disappointment: Knee injuries which resulted in retirement
Football Ambition: Continue to enjoy coaching
Most Admired Player: Nick Maxwell
Toughest Opponent: All
Favourite AFL Team: Collingwood
Advice to Juniors: Work hard and enjoy
What could improve the competition: A greater focus on the underage levels of each club
Our President – Russell Young