Tiger Talk


President’s Lunch

Don’t forget to RSVP by tomorrow for the president’s lunch – which will feature Garry ‘Bull’ Baker as the guest speaker. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

This Week’s Games:

  • Saturday 29 June:
    • Seniors v New Norfolk at Boyer Oval – 2pm
    • Reserves v New Norfolk at Boyer Oval – 12pm
    • Under 19s v New Norfolk at Boyer Oval – 10am
  • Sunday 30 June
    • Womens v Kingborough Tigers at TCA Ground -12.30pm
  • Masters – Week Off

Trevor Leo Cup:

This week’s clash with New Norfolk in the Seniors will see both sides competing for the Trevor Leo Cup, as the current holders of the Cup Hobart will be looking to retain the cup. 

I was fortunate enough to meet Trevor Leo earlier in the year at the 1959 reunion and we discussed his career so I will provide an overview for those who aren’t familiar with his decorated career.

Trevor Leo had a distinguished career as a player with Hobart coming from Cooee in 1954, and played a lot of football under our most successful coach Mal Pascoe. Trevor started his own coaching career under his pupillage taking on the helm for Macalburn (Hobart’s Under 19s side) in 1958. Trevor left Hobart due to a transfer in his employment as a teacher. He moved to Launceston for the season in 1962 as captain-coach.

Upon his return to the south of the state in 1963, Trevor wanted a senior coaching position and with the incredibly successful Mal Pascoe at the helm for the Tigers he had to look elsewhere for opportunity. Trevor’s words were that Hobart were happy to give him a clearance, largely because of the fact that New Norfolk was languishing towards the bottom of the TFL. He went on to coach New Norfolk’s inaugural TFL Premiership in 1968, before retiring from playing. He continued as a non-playing coach for the 1969 season. After a spell in retirement from coaching he returned to the Tigers to coach for the 1974 season.

An incredible record for a footballer Trevor played in Premierships with Hobart in 1954, 1959, 1960, as well as coaching the New Norfolk premiership in 1968. He won the Hobart Best & Fairest award in 1957 and 1960, taking out the William Leitch medal (TFL B&F) in 1957. He represented Tasmania and extraordinary 18 times as a player.

Trevor played a total of 124 Games with Hobart, with a further 75 at New Norfolk. His time at New Norfolk saw him take the club that finished bottom winning just one game. It was sure to be a challenge, however in his first season he took New Norfolk to second. Unfortunately for him the Eagles lost the Preliminary Final to his old side Hobart by just one point at North Hobart Oval. Hobart would go on to be the Premiers defeating Sandy Bay the following week. In 1964, the Eagles were minor premiers before losing the Grand Final, and this continued with narrow preliminary finals losses in 1965 and 1966. It wasn’t until 1968 that Leo finally got that elusive TFL Premiership as a coach.

Trevor describes teaching at New Town High School before heading to Boyer Oval to take New Norfolk’s training. The greatest player he coached was Peter Hudson, whom he used to tutor with his maths after training. Peter of course famously went on to play 129 games, kicking 727 goals at Hawthorn. He is an including in the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and both the Hawthorn and Tasmanian Teams of the Century.

I asked Trevor what it was like coming up against his old club Hobart the first time, and he described sharking the tap from Denis Powell at the first bounce and setting up a goal. Apparently he promptly received a ‘blow to the ear’ from Powell who told him not to do that again. The next play he called for a handball from Hobart centre half back Alan Appleton, who hearing the familiar voice call promptly handballed too him.

Trevor has been recognised as a legend of Tasmanian Football and both clubs recognise this by playing for the Trevor Leo Cup once each year.

Detailed Results:

SFL Seniors: Round 10 (TCA) – 22 June.
Sorell: 3.4, 4.7, 5.7, 10.8 (68)
Hobart: 1.3, 4.5, 5.11, 5.13 (43)
Goals: B.Mabon (1), H.Triffett (1), M.Cripps (1), D.Williams (1), C.Woodward (1).
Best: G.Lynd, J.Barrett, L.Plummer, A.Evans, L.Azzopardi, B.Mabon.

SFL Reserves: Round 10 (TCA) – 22 June.
Hobart: 1.2, 4.12, 8.16, 10.17 (77)
Sorell: 2.3, 2.3, 2.3, 4.5 (29)
Goals: J.Webster (3), A.Henderson (2), J.Harvey (1), J.Rogerson (1), J.Young (1), M.Van Engen (1), S.Gray (1).
Best: D.Robottom, A.Henderson, L.Opray, S.Gray, J.Webster, J.Young.

SFL Colts: Round 11 (TCA) – 22 June.
Hobart: 3.3, 9.5, 11.9, 15.15 (105)
Sorell: 2.2, 4.4, 4.6, 5.7 (37)
Goals: B.Daniels (3), S.Stubbs (2), T.Styles (2), J.Pearce (2), K.Buck (1), B.Murray (1), J.Mcdonald (1), D.Mcevoy (1), K.Wright (1), T.Gamble (1).
Best: B.Murray, J.Pearce, B.Daniels, W.Golding, J.Woolley, T.Raspin.

1999 Reunion

Well it was great to see some familiar faces to celebrate 20 years since Hobart’s 1999 SFL Premiership. A huge thankyou to all involved in the day and a special thanks to Scott Quinn for organising.

Master Rules:

Another tough game for the Hobart Masters (Pigskins) this time at the TCA against Lindisfarne Blues. 

The Pigskins were off to a great start in the first quarter, with four goals straight! The Return of former coach Heath Walker along with Jeremy Lawrence made a deadly force in the forward line kicking goals.

But unfortunately into the second Lindisfarne got the upper hand and took control of the game. but not without the Pigskins still putting up a fight with our coach Chris Jordan working the ball out of the backline multiple times. Tim Luttrell in the middle who fought and played well all game and Wade Chatterton making sure those water bottles were always full! In the end, it was a hard game but well fought.

Final Score:
Lindisfarne: 15.10 – 100
Hobart Master’s: 5.2 – 32

Training Update:
Location and Time have changed for training, from now on will be at the TCA oval Thursday nights. 5:30pm.

News:
Hobart Masters Pigskins new team jumpers are before the league for approval, the new design will still have a bit of “pig” about them but will take on a more traditional HFC colour and logo.

Also we are on the hunt for options for our end of season trip. If you have a shack or property available for accommodation please let us know.