President’s Update

Included in this newsletter is the North Hobart FC Board Report to the 2023 NHFC Annual General Meeting. Please take time to read about our achievements and our strategic planning for the future.

Whilst our players have been working hard on their pre-season training our Board has been busy getting things ready for 2024 as well as planning for our transition to the new Premier League competition that commences is 2025. It’s a lot of work but I am very lucky to have a great team of Directors to undertake the key roles and tasks required.

I enjoyed our Christmas lunch with past players and supporters, held on Thursday 14th December. The food was exceptional and the company superb. This form of camaraderie is great for our health and wellbeing. We thank the Tridents members for taking on the organisation of activities to keep past players and supporters connected to the club, and of course Bev Horne and her highly capable catering team.

We are still in the process of putting our playing list together with things looking promising at this stage. This newsletter provides some of the headlines around our recruiting and player retention and I will update members as we firm things up further in this area.

To our sponsors and corporate partners, a big thank you again for your highly valued contributions to the Demons in 2023, and we look forward to further enhancing our relationships in 2024 and beyond.

Finally, thanks to all who have worked hard for the club in 2023. Your efforts and support are highly valued.

Merry Christmas and have a happy and safe New Year

Dave Kilpatrick – President

Pictured below: Some of our past players and supporters enjoying the recent Xmas lunch.

Club Person of The Year – The David Omant Shield  

We were pleased to award Daniel Gerrard with the Club Person award for 2023.

Daniel operates our electronic scoreboard, locks and unlocks the training and social rooms, does bar service, cleans, packs up and is a general hand to our GM Paul Curtain.

Nothing is too much trouble for Daniel. He is admired by all at our club and we could not do without him.

Daniel is always finding ways to improve his skills and knowledge of footy game day organisation and aspires to be working in the Tassie AFL game day logistics in the future.

We are more than happy to help Daniel on that journey.

Pictured below: A very proud Daniel with his well-deserved award.

Leadership Award – The Jim Bacon Shield

Rick Tipping is the award winner for 2023.

For the past four years Rick has led the development of our policy, procedures and support for Wellbeing for our footy community.

Rick’s focus is on ensuring we do our best to support positive mental health for all involved with our club. Through Rick’s work our club is recognised widely as a leader in the field of wellbeing and positive mental health in sporting clubs.

In 2022 we won a Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Network Life Award for the best sporting club in Tasmania.

Soon we will be able to formally announce that we have achieved national recognition in this area. A further award is to be announced in Canberra during February 2024.

Pictured below: Rick accepting the 2023 Jim Bacon Leadership award from President Dave.

Thomas Liefhebber Wins Award

Congratulations to Thomas Liefhebber who received the award for Third Year Apprentice of the Year at the recent Work & Training Awards night.
Tommy is currently doing his Certificate III in Carpentry and works for Lawless Wagner Builders. Tommy made the move from the NW Coast a few years back. This not only opened up career and footy opportunities, but also a broadening of personal experiences and great new friendships.

As readers will be aware, Work and Training is one of the largest skills and training organizations in Tasmania and continues to be one of NHFC’s major corporate partners.

Good on ya, Dutchy! Congrats!

Pictured below: Thomas in action at the awards presentation event.

UTAS Scholarship Award

Felix Mole has won the 2024 North Hobart UTAS Scholarship and will join the Demons in January 2024, as he commences study in Medicine at UTAS.

Felix was in the Sydney Swans Academy prior to playing senior footy for Pennant Hills in the strong AFL Sydney competition.

Whilst playing his school footy for Knox Grammar Sydney, Felix was selected as Captain of the Combined Associated Schools Representative Team.

Felix plays from the half back line or on ball. Originally from Branxholm (Tas) he has played the bulk of his footy in Sydney, and is currently in Darwin playing for the famous Nightcliff F.C.

Pictured below: Felix in action, welcome to the D’s.

ATAR Top 100 Performers Tasmania 2023

We congratulate our club players Grace White, Madison Lamb and Will Groom who were all announced in the Top 100 ATAR scores in the state. The ATAR is the combined score of year 11/12 results converted to a National equivalent score that ranks each student in comparison to all students who complete year 12. It is used for university entrance purposes.

This is an amazing achievement by Grace, Madison and Will, all of whom have successfully combined their studies and stellar football careers.

Pictured below: Our very high achieving students, Grace, Madison and Will

New Demon Recruit

It is with great delight that we welcome Ryan Watson to the Demons for season 2024.

Ryan played last season with the Bendigo Pioneers in the Coates Talent League, spending time on-ball and up forward. He has also tasted senior football with Kangaroo Flat in the Bendigo League and for his hometown of Mildura in the Sunraysia League.

Ryan trained with the club last week and we have been impressed with his clean hands and skills on the track plus the way he presents himself off the field.

He is a great young man that we can’t wait to see develop over 2024 and for many seasons to come.

Welcome to the Dees Ryan, and we wish you all the best.

Pictured below: A snap of Ryan in action with the Bendigo Pioneers.

Another New Demon Recruit

We are excited to extend a massive welcome to Isaac McCrimmon who will pull on the Red and Blue for season 2024.

Originally from Launceston, Isaac moved to Melbourne for university and played in the strong Southern and Eastern football league competitions.

In 2018, he ventured north to Noosa where he has spent the last 6 seasons playing in the QAFL. The highlight being part of two senior premierships.

At 31, Isaac’s on-field presence will be significantly valued by our playing group – whether it be coming off a half back flank or through the middle.

The McCrimmon family name is one that is familiar at North Hobart, with Isaac’s father John being a fine player in the late 1970’s for the Demons.

All the best for the year ahead, Isaac, and welcome to North Hobart!

Pictured below: Isaac alongside Senior Coach Adam Bester

Killa is Back

We are so glad that Callum Kilpatrick has returned to help us achieve our goals in 2024.

Callum comes back to us from a year with West Preston-Lakeside in Victoria’s Northern Football Netball League.

Callum was a Senior the Best and Fairest winner in 2021, a Tasmanian Under 25 representative and was part of North Melbourne’s VFL program.

Welcome back to the Demons, Callum. We can’t wait to see you back in the Red and Blue!

Below: Killa in action versus North Launceston

President’s Annual Report 2023

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We conducted our 2023 NHFC Annual General Meeting at the social club on 14 December.

The event was well attended and following its conclusion there was a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Demons. Jane Omant and members of the Omant family were in attendance to award the NHFC Club Person of the Year Award – The David Omant Shield – to 2023 recipient, Daniel Gerrard.

The report tabled to the meeting by Club President, Dave Kilpatrick, is provided below for your information.

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Dear Members, Supporters, Players and Stakeholders,

As we reflect on the events of the past year, I am pleased to present the End of Year Report for the North Hobart Football Club. The 2023 season has been one marked by remarkable achievements, community engagement, and strategic advancements that have positioned our club for sustained success in the years to come.

On-Field Success:
The highlight of the year undoubtedly lies in the success of our Women’s team, securing the premiership for the second consecutive year under the exceptional guidance of Head Coach Darren McConnon. Their dedication and hard work have truly set a standard for excellence within the club.

The Men’s Development League also celebrated success, clinching the premiership under the leadership of playing coach Brad Tilbury. That was our most recent men’s premiership in 20 years. Additionally, our Under 18s made their mark by reaching the finals, showcasing the promising talent within our ranks. Furthermore, the Men’s Seniors achieved a milestone by winning twice as many games as in the previous two years, signaling a positive trajectory for the club.

Membership and Sponsorship:
Our club has experienced significant growth in both membership and player sponsorships, a testament to the enduring support of our community. Despite economic challenges, corporate sponsorship revenue has been maintained at previous year levels, showcasing the resilience of our partnerships and the commitment of our sponsors. We thank our many sponsors for their continued support.

Volunteer Recognition and Board Initiatives:
Our volunteers have been the backbone of our success, dedicating their time and effort to ensure the smooth functioning of the club. The Board of Directors has taken proactive measures to reward and recognize their invaluable contributions, acknowledging that our success is a collective effort.

Thanks to our Volunteer Team Leaders:
We are greatly appreciative of Chris Smith, Mandy Jenkins, Wayne Flanagan, Catherine Sandric, Paul Curtain and Nigel Reid in their roles as volunteer team leaders. We also acknowledge the significant contribution of our footy game day support staff.
A special thank you to Peter Fisher for the work he did in revamping our Web Site and his ongoing work as editor and publisher of our newsletter. We also thank Fletcher Keeling and Mark Stewart for their outstanding work managing our Facebook page.

National Recognition:
The North Hobart Football Club was recently honored with a national Good Sports award for Excellence in Mental Health and Wellbeing. This recognition underscores our commitment to creating a positive and supportive environment for all community. It is the result of the leadership in this area by our Director Rick Tipping over the past 3 years.

Player Payments:
In alignment with our commitment to inclusion, player payments were introduced in the senior women’s program, bringing us in line with other SFLW Division 1 teams.

Facilities Upgrade:
A significant refreshment of the Hisense Room in the Plaister stand has been completed, creating an enhanced facility that not only generates additional revenue for the club but also provides more opportunities to engage the wider community in club activities and at our Oval. We thank Shane Arnol, Paul Curtain and Peter Fisher for their voluntary work on this project.

Junior Development
We value our strong partnerships with North Hobart Junior Football Club and Sandy Bay JFC. This year we delivered the equivalent of more than 100 days of junior coaching programs including Auskick, school clinics, coaching of junior club teams, coach education and our highly successful North Hobart Youth Footy Academy. Along with more than 20 senior player volunteers our delivery of junior programs also extended to employing Footy Academy and school clinic coaches and a part time Junior Development Coordinator at the club.

UTAS Scholarship and Brewer Scholarships:
This year, we proudly reintroduced the North Hobart UTAS scholarship, an initiative aimed at providing educational support to a new recruit residing outside of Hobart. The scholarship includes assistance for relocation to Hobart, ensuring that talented individuals have the opportunity to join our club and contribute to our success. The UTAS scholarship is in addition to our Brewer Scholarships, which are offered to existing club players to further their academic and skills training pursuits.

We are excited to announce that we have selected the UTAS scholarship winner. Felix Mole has been awarded the 2024 North Hobart UTAS Scholarship and will join the Demons in January, along with commencing studies in Medicine at UTAS. This initiative reflects our commitment to nurturing talent both on and off the field, fostering a culture of continuous growth and development.

Strategic Focus and Governance:
This year, our Board of Directors has worked diligently to strengthen governance and planning practices, with a clear focus on defining our club’s purpose and strategic goals. Looking ahead, our major goal is to win a Senior Men’s premiership by 2025, and we are committed to the strategic initiatives required to achieve this milestone.

Financial Stability:
I am pleased to report that the North Hobart Football Club finished the financial year with a profit. This strong financial position adds to our reserves, ensuring the sustainability and growth of our club. Our Tridents coterie group also provides significant financial assistance to our club of which we are very grateful.

Acknowledgment of Board Members:
I extend my heartfelt thanks to the esteemed members of our Board, each of whom has played a crucial role in the club’s achievements. Special appreciation goes to Vice Presidents Josh Lutrell and Luke Curtain, Directors Catherine Sandric, Fiona Felmingham, Sophia Bellears, Rick Tipping, Mark Stewart, Jonathan Rogers, and Brandon Edmondson. Your dedication and commitment are the driving forces behind our success, and I look forward to tackling the challenges ahead with this outstanding team.

Retiring Directors:
A special moment of gratitude is reserved for our retiring Directors, Fiona Felmingham and Catherine Sandric. Fiona, as the Director of Finances for the past 4 years, has steered us to the strong financial position we enjoy today. Her expertise and commitment have been invaluable. Catherine Sandric, during her 3-year tenure, has made significant contributions to the organization of key events and the development of our strong and inclusive club culture. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their outstanding service.

Welcome to New Board Members:
I am pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our Board, each bringing unique skills and perspectives that will contribute to the continued success of the North Hobart Football Club. We extend a warm welcome to:

• Peter White, Director of Finance: Peter brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Board, and we look forward to leveraging his skills as we navigate the financial challenges ahead.
• Amy Dunham, Assistant Director Women’s Football: Amy’s passion for women’s football and her experience will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen and grow our women’s program.
• Georgina Vernon, Director for Club Culture and Engagement: Georgina’s commitment to fostering a strong and inclusive club culture aligns with our values. Her role will be instrumental in building meaningful connections within our community.

Appreciation for General Manager:
I would like to express my appreciation to our General Manager, Paul Curtain, whose leadership and dedication are integral to the day-to-day operations of the club. Paul’s commitment ensures the smooth functioning of the club and contributes significantly to our continued success.

Our Coaches Leading the Change
Our team coaches have led a cultural change at the club this year. We are positive and proud of our collective achievements. Our players believe in themselves and we have built the foundations to be competitive at all levels. We thank Besty, Tilbs, Doug, Cal, Sammy, Ferge, Kevin, Scott, Rocket, Goose, Jim, Chelsea, Laura, Claire and Harry for their leadership this year.

Strategic Goals and Future Outlook:
In looking ahead, we recognize that next year marks the final year of the TSL. Our aspirations are high, and we plan to play finals in the last season of this competition. Looking further, in 2025, we will transition to a 6-team competition based in Hobart, and substantial work lies ahead to prepare for this change.

During this transition, we will place a strong emphasis on enhancing the club member experience to ensure our club remains relevant and to build new ways to engage the wider community in positive activities at our club.

Our strategic goals 2023 -2025 are crystal clear, serving as a roadmap for our future success:
• A Senior Men’s and Women’s Premiership by 2025,
• 10 Male and 10 Female Players in Representative Teams Each Year
• 100 Days of Junior Development Support each year
• 1,000 Members by 2025
• 10,000 Volunteer Hours Each Year
• $100,000 Sponsorship Dollars Annually

These goals not only embody our commitment to on-field success but also emphasize our dedication to community engagement, development, and sustainable growth.

As we navigate these pivotal moments in our club’s history, the North Hobart Football Club remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence. With the support of our dedicated members, players sponsors, volunteers, and the broader community, we are confident in achieving our collective vision.

The achievements of the past year are a testament to the collective efforts of our players, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, and the broader community. The North Hobart Football Club is well-positioned for continued success, and we look forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities that the upcoming year will bring.

Challenges and Future Initiatives:
As we celebrate our successes, it is crucial to acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead. The North Hobart Football Club is entering a transformative phase as we transition to the new 6-team premier league competition. Alongside this shift comes the cessation of grant funding from AFL Tasmania. This poses a unique challenge that necessitates the development of a new business and operational model to secure the club’s financial viability.

The Board recognizes that navigating this transition will be a complex task, and ensuring the sustainability of the club requires a comprehensive and strategic approach. Over the next 12 months, our primary focus will be on developing innovative solutions and robust strategies that align with the evolving landscape of Australian rules football. This period of transition is not only an opportunity for growth but also a test of our resilience and adaptability.

Thank you for your unwavering support. We will continue to ensure our communications are frequent, open and honest as we work together as members of our great footy club to ensure we prosper in the future.
Sincerely,

Dave Kilpatrick
President, North Hobart Football Club

Image below: NHFC’s current strategic goals for 2023 – 2025