Tiger Talk – Friday the 13th

A quick reminder, Black and Gold Ball RSVPs and payments are due by the end of today (Friday 13th July). Details for RSVPs and Payment is in the flyer (click on the flyer for full size).

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The Week Gone:

What a performance from our three men’s sides on Saturday. The Under 18s kicking the day off with a win over New Norfolk at Queenborough Oval against a previously unbeaten New Norfolk side. The boys led all day kicking their way to a 49 point win which will frighten some of the other Under 18s sides. Cult hero (or is that colts hero) Mark Cripps kicking five majors on the day. Stand out performance ales from Opray, Golding, Knapp, Ingram and Woolley came at the right time.

Back up to the TCA for the Reserves, and this looked like it was going to be a close game with only a couple of goals in it at halftime. After the major break however Hobart seized control, restricting New Norfolk to a solitary point in the second half and kicking 10.8 of it’s own to record a useful 68 point win. Griggs with four and Huxley with three goals led the way in what was a strong team performance.

Finally, after New Norfolk kicked the first goal of the game, the Seniors gave us one of the best possible starts. The Tigers kicking their second highest score in a quarter to lead 11.8.74 to New Norfolk’s 1.1.7 at quarters time. New Norfolk came a few goals close for halftime, but the Tigers early dominance resulted in a 62 point win. This win puts us a win clear in the top five and severely dents New Norfolk’s chances of playing finals this year (after last year’s flag). A proud day for the Tiger faithful!

Our women’s side again played on the Sunday at Boyer and couldn’t quite hit their rhythm against a classy University side, with the girls going down 6.13.49 to 0.0.0 at the end of the day. Best players were Ryan, McHenry, McDoanld, Langford, Wong and Woolley.

Our Master Rules again had the bye.

This Week’s Games:

  • Seniors/Reserves/U18s – Bye for Competition Rep game
  • Womens – Sunday 15 July – v Cygnet 3pm at New Town Oval (gala day at the venue from 10am, get along and support Womens footy and the Hobart Tigers)
  • Masters – Sunday 15 July – v Sorell 10.30am at Kingston Beach Oval

Christmas in July:

Club Secretary Paul Banks (left) and President Russell Young were in the festive spirit

Around 80 attendees spent their Saturday night treated to a wonderful Christmas dinner as the club held it’s Christmas in July function. A fantastic night was had by all. A big thank you to Simon Street (from our Master’s side) who cooked the meals and did a wonderful job. Also many thanks to Paul Banks, our Secretary, who organised what was a fantastic night. Thank you of course to the other volunteers who make events like this one possible. It was great to see a number of junior families attend for the event also.

Pat Kelly:

As we write this update our long-time Hobart Football Club life member and volunteer Pat is fighting a battle with her health. Pat has been in Royal Hobart Hospital for more than a month while Doctors try and sort out some issues with her mobility.

After stabilizing her other health issues she has now transferred to the Peacock 3 floor at the Repatriation Hospital to start her physiotherapy. Knowing Pat we are confident she will have full confidence in her Doctors and Physiotherapists to get her going again.

We know she really misses watching the boys play and catching up with her friends. We all love Pat and really look forward to the day very soon when Pat can join us back up at the TCA.

Remembering 1997 to 1999 – Part One

In 1997 our debts were increasing due to poor results which then effected attendances, sponsorship and consequently the ability to retain players. Even though our Seniors & Reserves were unable to win a game our Under Age Team performed well in making the finals. The club had hit dire straits and was in jeopardy of being forced from the Statewide League (SWL).

The Statewide League attempted to force our club into three-way merger with Sandy Bay & North Hobart. Following meetings with members, it was decided that this should be explored. We remember the last home and away game at North Hobart when poles holding the Kevin Bailey designed run-through banner snapped which as it turned out proved to be an omen as the planned merger failed.  We lost that last game and we remember the distraught players, families, and supporters after the siren. We had no idea where our young players would get a game in the future.

Led by our President Noel Gray, the decision was made to apply to join with the recently formed Southern Football League which had been formed from the demise of the Southern Amateurs and the Huon Football Association. The acceptance came with conditions. We could no longer show our Tigers logo, our playing strip was changed to a gold base with black numbers, but at least we were still alive.

Former Hobart Football Club, Geelong Player & Premiership Coach of Cygnet, Ray O’Rourke, accepted the senior non-playing coaching position for 1997. He was set a huge task to form teams. Doc Gould was appointed Assistant Coach, Reserves coach was Steven Willis and Damian Wickham was brought on board to coach the Under Age. With Martin “Chilli” Free Captaining of the seniors the players could not have been in more loyal hands to frame our future. They worked to install excellent skills, enthusiasm and dedication to make them proud to be part of our Hobart Football Club. Although only winning a few games there was an air of confidence in our future.

This confidence in our future was really supported by members of our Board, Financial Members & Supporters. Some of whom are still volunteering and supporting our club. Due to these people giving their time and money. Man working bees and an increase in sponsorship saw all systems go by the first round of 1998.

We were looking ahead with confidence – the incredible story of just how 1999 played out will be continued in our next week’s issue.

Membership Draw

Congratulations to Alex Harvey (wife of Justin) who has won the Membership Raffle for a slab of beer, we will be in touch to arrange your prize being collected.