President’s Report

I want to take some time to highlight a few things that are happening around our club.

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the great leadership shown by Rick Tipping, Director of Wellbeing and Volunteers, in gaining recognition for our club as the Best Sporting Club in Australia in providing effective programs and resources to support the wellbeing and mental health of our players, volunteers and other club members. 170 sporting clubs across Australia were nominated for this award and we stood out as the best in the country.

Also, at the Australian Good Sports Awards, Nigel Reid, our tireless and generous bar manager, was awarded the runner up in the Tasmanian Volunteer of the Year Award. Nigel is much more than our barman; he goes to great lengths to get to know our players and club members and their families and contributes in so many positive ways to our strong and inclusive club culture.

Our strong club culture underpins our recent success. It hasn’t happened by chance; we have worked on building this. It’s a strong culture that has led to the success of the Jack Jumpers and like that successful sporting team, we are building success through paying particular attention to our club culture. To help us further develop this, we have invited Gina Vernon onto our Board to help guide our next bit of work together in this area.

We were pleased to announce Felix Mole as our 2024 UTAS scholarship holder. Felix is studying to become a medical doctor and we are pleased that we can support him in this endeavor and that he can contribute to the success of our footy club. Jack Wilmott and Krystle Gibbs (Lefty) are our Brewer Scholarship winners for 2024. We had several quality applicants for these scholarships and it was a difficult task to select the winners. We thank the Brewer Family and the Tridents for donating these scholarships.

We are close to finalising our events calendar for the year and are considering a couple of changes such as possibly re-introducing the Red and Blue Ball as a mid-season event. This would allow us to make the awards night a more informal event. Feedback is that with the current format of the awards night, we are trying to squeeze too much into the one event. For this idea to proceed we will need to form a social committee to plan and lead this event along with a couple of other events, including the women’s lunch and the Calcutta. To further this. I am wanting to hear from players and club members who could join the social committee. More importantly I am looking for some leadership in this area of club life.

The planning for 2025 is well underway, we will have U18 boys and girls, men’s reserves and senior men’s and women’s teams in the new six team Premier League competition. Next year the Under 18 boys and girl’s teams will officially be a part of our senior club playing in the Premier League and not the STJFL. Junior club footy will end at the 16.5-year-old age group from 2025. We have some very important work to do to ensure we are attracting and nurturing high quality people and players into our Under 18 teams next year.

One of the key challenges of the transition to the new competition is how we remain financially sustainable when the AFL Tas cash grant to TSL clubs ceases. We have a committee working on this led by our new Director of Finance Peter White. We are in good hands with Peter and Paul Curtain leading this work.

And finally, our strategic plan with its very concise and targeted goals describes our clear purpose and direction. One of our goals is to provide the opportunity and support for 10 men and 10 women to play representative footy each year. To achieve that we need all players in all teams to be successful on the field and be in the best possible physical and mental condition for success. It’s easier to get noticed for selection in representative footy, if you are playing in a team that is winning games. We want to further build our reputation as a destination club for aspirational players and sports leaders and administrators. With our dedicated coaches and support staff and the calibre of players and people around the club, we are well placed to achieve this goal in 2024. I’m continually amazed at the effort our coaches; support staff and player leaders go to ensure we get better each year.

The pointy end of our strategic goals set for 2023 – 2025 is to win a premiership in women’s and men’s seniors. We achieved 50% of that goal last year, when our women team won their back-to-back Div 1 Premiership. We can now record that goal as achieved but we will happily take another women’s premiership this year if that is possible. To help guide this, we have invited Amy Dunham onto the Board as Assistant Director Women’s footy, who is assisting Sophia Bellears with the strategic direction and day to day operations of our women’s footy. Amy is also looking into the viability of us establishing a women’s masters (over 35) team.
So rightly so, we are now focussing our energies on winning the Senior Men’s flag and we have 2 years now to achieve that.
Let’s be really clear about our major goal – but with that let’s keep it fun. Whilst we are now into the second year of the 3-year plan to win that premiership, if players want to deliver us a premiership this year, we will gladly take it.

Best of luck in 2024, we have done the hard work and now it is time to enjoy the footy and friendships.

Dave Kilpatrick
March 2024

Below: Top left – Andrew Wilkie MP joined NHFC President Dave Kilpatrick at the Good Sports Awards in Canberra recently. Andrew is a member of our footy club.
Below: Top Right – Rick Tipping holding our Good Sports Awards. We were the national winners from 170 nominees representing a variety of sporting clubs.
Below: Middle Left – Jack Willmott, Dave Kilpatrick, Krystle Gibbs (Lefty) Sharon Brewer and Paul Curtain at the awarding of the 2024 Brewer Scholarships.
Below: Middle Right – Felix Mole, NHFC’s 2024 UTAS scholarship holder.
Below: Bottom – NHFC players attending the 2024 season launch

Vale Pam Graham

The North Hobart Football Club is saddened to announce the passing of lifetime supporter and club stalwart, Pam Graham, wife of club legend, Des The Demon Graham. Very few can claim a North Hobart lineage like Pam. Born into the famous Reid family of North Hobart, Pam was destined to bleed red and blue.

Pam’s uncles and aunties were Noel ‘Nogger’ and Peggy Reid, Beryl and Eric Wiggins, and Don and Betty Reid. The whole Reid family were a North Hobart institution – trainers, committee members, players and die hard supporters.

Pam started a long-term bingo competition at the Club, helping to raise vital funds in an era where every penny counted. Pam and Des’ children Debra and Shane grew up on the Ryde Street stand alongside Pam and the Reid family, watching Des play.
Pam even played for North Hobart herself in the Club’s first ever women’s team. Club stalwart Dan Keegan had this to say about Pam:

“Yes, definitely a tough lady and I like that in a person. I saw her play in a woman’s game of footy 50 years ago before it was fashionable. She stood out from the rest, she could really play!! She always gave me a warm embrace whenever I met her at the club. I remember her when Des was playing in the late 60’s and a New Norfolk player had hit Des! Well! Pam seated in the Ryde Street stand threatened to jump the fence and kill the offending player!! Oh, the great days when football was everything and nothing else mattered! Des and Pam are both legends of North Hobart”.

Pam came back to North Hobart in recent years when the Club’s rightful name was returned and assisted with volunteering efforts alongside Debra and granddaughter Jess. Both have fond memories of Pam helping prepare food for the players after home games, where much laughter and frivolity ensued.

Pam’s health didn’t allow her to be as active with North Hobart over the last couple of seasons but she continued to be red and blue to her core. People like Pam Graham and her family are integral to the history of our great Club, and her loss will be keenly felt around the Club.

The Club passes on our sincere condolences to Des, Debra, Shane and the whole Graham and Reid families. Our teams will play with black armbands out of respect to Pam at our first home games this season.

Vale Pam, thank you to you and your family for your valued contribution to our Club over your lifetime.

Friends and family are warmly invited to attend a celebration of Pam’s life at 12.30pm Monday 25 March 2024 at Turnbull Funerals, Letitia St, North Hobart, followed by a reception at the North Hobart Football Club social rooms.

Pictured below (left) are Pam, husband Des and daughter Deb in the clubrooms; and (right) also Pam, front and centre, with the crew in the famous Ryde St stand, back in the day.

Men’s Footy Report

Welcome to Season 2024!

It’s been a huge pre-season, starting before Christmas and running until now. Pre-Christmas the men trained two night a week at John Turnbull Oval in Lenah Valley and I was so impressed with how the players returned after the break, hungry to improve and make gains on 2023. Our time trial results have seen significant improvements, with many PBs over 2023/2024.

It’s been great to see some of our under-age players stepping up into the senior program and I can see all have bright futures in the red and blue. We’re in a great place with the talent pool coming through and it’s one that excites me.

Recruiting is a hard business and we had a small team of Hugh Williams Snr, Luke Curtain, Dave Kilpatrick, Kate Kerr and myself working hard in the 6 months since September, and we are thrilled with the men we’ve picked up – Isaac McCrimmon (#11, his dad’s number when he played at North Hobart), Ryan Watson (#15), Callum Kilpatrick (#22), Nathan Janes (#32), Daniel Saunders (#41), Cade Cavanagh (#44) and Felix Mole (#48).

One key highlight of pre-season was our camp at Miena, hosted by David Monk’s nan Helen at Central Highlands Lodge, Miena. If you are ever in the area, pop in and say g’day to Helen – what a legend! Also a huge shout-out to Doug Osterloo for all his preparation for this very enjoyable and rewarding weekend.

This year’s leadership team will be ably led by Jack ‘Sid’ McCulloch and supported by Thomas Liefhebber, Isaac McCrimmon, David Monks, Angus Norton and Jack Sandric. I can’t wait to work with these men, I know we are in great hands. The leadership team has also been working with Richard Maloney from Quality Minds, who has had major success with many premiership winning teams in recent years. This collaboration will guide Jack and the leadership group throughout the year.

We concluded pre-season with two practice matches, against Lindisfarne and Lauderdale, and each match showed the signs of what is to come. It’s an exciting time and we can’t wait to have you all on board for 2024 and beyond.
Go Dees!

Women’s Footy Report

Good numbers at training and solid sessions coming into the start of the season. Ashleigh Probert-Hill has been taking a fitness and running program with the girls which has been a big boost for their fitness, so everyone is feeling prepared heading into round 1.

The lightning premiership hosted by Brighton on 2 March was a very successful event, with the women’s team taking the overall win with 90 points (closest score was Kingborough with 50 points).

The Practice match on Saturday 16 March was a success with a convincing 50+ point win over Old Scotch at Rocherlea.

The focus of the program this year is on leadership development as we have secured a grant from AFL Tas to the value to $2500. We are currently exploring courses we can undertake to develop the leadership skills within the program.

We have a strong coaching team this year with Darren staying on as head coach, Jim Ransom stepping up as 2IC Assistant Coach in Mark’s (Goose’s) place, and Brian Thomas (Chelsea’s Dad) also coming on board as an assistant coach. Laura Negri has committed to another year and is developing each week as a strong leader in the Women’s Program.

Visit of Mornington Peninsula U15 girls and boys squads

The club once again hosted the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League (MPJFL) over the March long weekend. The group comprised U15 girls and boys squads, support staff and coaches and an entourage of around 100 parents and friends. Most of the group were accommodated next door to the oval at Rydges Hotel. The MPJFL love the proximity of their accommodation and the access to first class football playing surface and facilities.

On Saturday games were played against southern Tasmanian junior Devils squads and on Monday games were played against North Hobart Academy girls and boys team. Academy players were from North Hobart and Sandy Bay junior football clubs.

The Devils squads were too strong in Saturday games and the visitors were successful on Monday. Our teams acquitted themselves extremely well and a big thank you to the team coaches; Laura Negri and Chelsea Thomas (girls) and Leigh Nicholls (boys) and the players. Also a big shout out to the club volunteers who catered over the weekend.

Planning is already underway for next year’s visit.

And there was a special highlight for both Cam Price and his daughter Evie, from the MPJFL. They were able to locate father / grandfather, Ross Price, on the club's honor board. Many will remember Ross who was our senior coach back in 1976.  Pictured below are Cam and Evie in the clubrooms checking out the honor board.

Social Commitee - Get Involved

We are establishing a social committee to plan and organise a few social events at the club.
Initially this will involve organising the Red and Blue Ball, the annual Women's luncheon and the Calcutta 300 club event. The committee may also decide to introduce new events to the program.

The committee will be supported by relevant Board Directors and our GM but largely will operate with autonomy. We have a strategic goal to increase the level of active engagement that club members have at the club and the work of this committee is critical to developing this further.

Let Dave Kilpatrick know if you are available to get involved at email or have a chat with him on this at the next game.

NHFC Tridents Annual Golf Day 2024

The North Hobart FC ‘Tridents’ would like to thank all of the sponsors who so generously supported our 19th annual Golf Day event, recently conducted at the New Town Bay Golf Club.

A great day was enjoyed by all players - once again they were very capably supported by the NHFC Trident's volunteer team - who manned the barbies, served the drinks and tested players various abilities as they tried to land on the green from the tee. A tremendous range of prizes was on offer at the end of the day, courtesy of our wonderful sponsors and supporters.

Please support our sponsors as they support us – and we certainly hope to see them involved with the 2025 event as we celebrate the 20th anniversary event!

Thank you from the North Hobart FC Tridents to all of the following companies and individuals:

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Frank’s Restaurant and Bar, All Aerobics, Drummond Golf, Hobart Plant Hire, the Kalis Group / Black Buffalo Hotel, the Vantage Group / Brooker Inn, Ziggys Supreme Smallgoods, Bruce Felmingham Consulting, National Pies, Rydges Hobart, Bennett's Petroleum Supplies, Harvey Norman Electrical, New Town Bay Golf Club, Queens Head Hotel, Flora Gondwana, RSEA Workwear, Hotel Valern, The Shamrock Hotel, Peter Crosswell, Cripps Bakery, Repco Hobart, Tasmania Golf Club Pro Shop, Talbot Hotel, Beaurepaires, Wicked Clothes, Bridgestone Select, Granada Tavern, Rockwall Bar & Grill, St Albis, AWM Electrical, Billy’s Burgers, T42, State Theatre, Dulux Paints, North Melbourne FC AFLW, Crescent Hotel, Moonah Plumbing, Don’t Drink Drive Merchandise,
The Mont, Waterfront Hotel, Wattyl Paints, L&H Electrical, Dowling McCarthy Tyres & Wheels, Banjo’s Rosny, Wattlebanks Catering,
Inspiration Paints.

Community & Veterans Wellbeing Hub at North Hobart Oval

The club has in principle agreement from the CEO of RSL Tasmania and Hobart City Council to explore the development of a multi- purpose health and wellbeing facility at North Hobart Oval. This initiative is supported by a number of ex -Services organisations. This project also aligns with the Hobart City Council’s North Hobart Neighbourhood Plan that is currently in development.
On behalf of the Project group, we have been seeking support from the major political parties for funding commitments to realise this project.

To date we have support from the Labour Party and Kristie Johnston, Independent Member for Clark. The club is excited to acknowledge a $350,00 election funding commitment received from the Australian Labor Party, through local member Ella Haddad. This includes seeding funding to deliver detailed design work involved in repurposing the Cazaly Stand and adjoining carpark area into a veteran’s health and well-being centre. Concept designs will soon be finalised – initial funding was provided by the club and the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Tasmania Association.

The commitment also includes funding for some other initiatives to support the wellbeing of the wide and varied community that uses North Hobart oval including:
- the installation of netting behind the goals at both ends of the oval. Netting will help alleviate current significant health and safety issues; and
- supply of power to the oval perimeter and the installation of communications infrastructure to support telecasting of major events such as AFLW, A League soccer, community football finals and representative games.

We thank both Ella Haddad and Kristie Jonston for their support.

As the principal user of North Hobart oval, NHFC is reaching out to all the major political parties on behalf of the project team to request funding. We hope to have more news shortly.

Below - left - Dave Kilpatrick with Geoff Bennett of the Tasmanian Permanently Incapacitated Ex Service Men Association (TPI), Ella Haddad, Member for Clark and GM Paul Curtain inspecting the site.

Below - right - Paul Curtain pictured with Kristie Johnson, Member for Clark and Finance Director Pete White.

Volunteers Still Needed

Firstly - thanks to all who contributed a sentence to our competition! Here are our four winners (your prize is on the way guys):

Fiona - “The volunteer family at North Hobart have so much fun with lots of laughter when we are working to serve our club.”
Nigel - “I love meeting people and helping the football community to grow and have a great experience.”
Steve - “I love being the first contact to our customers on each game day. With a big smile and using a gentle voice l welcome them all.”
Wayne - “I feel valued. And I have red and blue in my veins.”
We'll use these wonderful quotes to help us recruit new volunteers for 2024.

Recruitment notice- North Hobart Volunteers for 2024

“The best part of volunteering at NHFC is being part of the 'family', the inclusive culture at the club and the wonderful friendships I have formed.” (Fiona – bar volunteer)
North Hobart is one of Australia’s oldest and most successful footy clubs. Our success is built largely on the work of our amazing volunteers.
There’s a volunteer role for you at our club in 2024. We need volunteers with interests and skills suited to one or more of the following:
• Team Management and assistant team management • Marketing and Sponsorship
• Bar Service • Canteen Service
• Gate Staff • Club History & Archives
• Player Mental Health and Wellbeing • General Administration
• Sports Trainers • Events coordination/helper
• Social committee member

We celebrate and support our volunteers. We provide access to training where needed. We welcome volunteers who can give as little as a couple of hours a week. For more information, position descriptions, and to register your interest in joining our volunteer family, email our Volunteers and Wellbeing Director, Rick Tipping:

NHFC 2024 - Calendar of Events