Reflecting back on last week and the year so far:
Firstly we should look at the seniors who whilst they missed the finals seasons end saw a real turn around in our competitiveness and some encouraging signs of change for the future.
The Reserves were sensational on the weekend and may I suggest that only our lack of finals experience left us 8 points behind at the final siren. A great team effort followed up by a few celebrations. The Reserves fought hard eliminating Dodges Ferry and Claremont in the finals series and looked dangerous in the 8 point loss.
This week sees the main event with our Under 18’s participating in 2017 Grand Final day this Saturday from 8.55am at North Hobart Oval.
Picture this, Hobart Football Club appoint an untested coach who has a family background rich in football, a man who shows passion and desire to achieve. Enter Will Perry. Will took a look at the list and already knew most of the players. He commented that lots needed to be done and a couple of recruits would be handy. Game on, Will recruited, worked diligently with the playing group and created a harmony rarely seen in Under 18 football. The team have won every game this year and still echo that Tigers song after each game like it hasn’t been sung before. It is an amazing journey especially when you add more of the facts like 18 of today’s players did not play in a winning team in 2016. The list of changes goes on and on and so do the challenges like this week the ream has been training at the Cross Roads in the dark as the TCA is being resurfaced. Hobart Football Club has a lot of respect for the way Southern Storm play their football and we understand there will be no easy ball gets in this game.
We look forward to the game and as a club wish our side the absolute success they deserve. We encourage supporters to sit in the Plaister Stand at the game in their Black and Gold.
William Leitch Medal
Good News came our way at the William Leitch Medal where again our Under 18’s were recognised with Lachie Plummer taking out the league best and fairest with Harry Fish hot on his tail. Well done gentlemen. Lachie then went on to win the goal kicking award for the league and true to form apologised for beating his team mate Isaac Hovington by one goal.
The next piece of reward for effort was bestowed on Will Perry who was named Southern Football League coach of the year. This is an exceptional achievement and I do not know of any first year coach having received this honour.
There was still more good news with Paul Munting awarded Southern Football League Volunteer of the year award and the club overall being placed 4th in the Bibby award which recognises the clubs entire season at all levels.
On Saturday the Under 18’s we will venture back to the TCA for some food and great company and this invite extends to players, families and supporters of our club. Sunday will see us celebrate the year with all our players in the Den from 10am until 4pm so please feel free to join us .
Our Best & Fairest Count is October 7th at Salamanca Inn
Cost is $50pp and includes a 2 course meal.
Bookings and pre-payment essential.
Debbie Huxley – 0418 510 151
Scott Quinn – 0409 156 881