After a formal mid-season performance review with our head coach of men’s footy, the Board has decided with Adam’s agreement, to appoint him to continue in his current coaching role in 2024. Adam has also accepted our request that we consider an option to extend his role into 2025. This will provide us with the support we need as a club to transition to the new competition.
Adam was originally appointed for 2023 at a time when there was much uncertainty about the future of the TSL beyond this year. Now that we know that the TSL will continue in 2024, we have commenced getting our people on board to lead us to further success next season.
Adam’s impact on the club in his role as Head Coach, has been significant in a very short period, moving us from a club in a development phase into a winning phase. Within the men’s playing group, Adam has instilled a strong sense of belief in their ability and has allowed his assistant coaches to flourish and develop as stronger leaders in the footy context.
Adam’s previous track record as a coach in Melbourne is significant and has highlighted his ability to quickly turn the fortunes of senior teams around to the positive, where he was a Premiership Coach. Adam is well regarded in Tasmanian footy and has recently been appointed to the role as Assistant Coach of the Tasmanian Senior Men’s team to play Queensland at North Hobart Oval on 1 July.
More than just coaching his team, Adam has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing a club culture built around family values and family involvement in the club. Adam’s wife Kate and his children are fully involved in the club and are supportive of Adam continuing in this role next year. Adam provides the sort of leadership we need to ensure we succeed and deliver on our Club’s Purpose and Goals.
Over the next few weeks our club Directors will be formally reviewing our coaches’ performance and development across all teams/roles. We then plan to have all positions for 2024 in place by the end of June.
I thank the club members who attended our briefing and discussion session regarding the changes to the competition past 2024. We heard a range of views about our preferred future and clarified and confirmed the risks and opportunities arising from the conclusion of the state-wide competition. Since that meeting I have met with Damian Gill and Andy Bennett from AFL Tas regarding the 2025 competition structure. From that meeting I learnt that It is likely that there will be a six-team premier league in Hobart with the five southern based TSL clubs and one other club to join from the SFL. This premier league in the South will be for men’s and women’s as well as under 18s and may extend to include younger age groups. A working group comprising club presidents, AFL Tas and SFL executives will be formed to develop this knew competition. Whilst this is a major change for our club, we are looking at it as an opportunity to further deliver on our club purpose and strategic goals.
As you may well know our GM Paul is on an extended holiday in Europe. It has taken an army of volunteers to cover the work that Paul does. In particular I thank Rick Tipping, Peter Fisher and Shane Arnol who have picked up much of this workload. This is over and above the full range of tasks that other members of our volunteer brigade have continued to undertake.
‘Winners are grinners’ with four wins on the last weekend in May. It’s been a long time since each team that we put out on the paddock returned the win. Our Senior Women’s led out on Friday night with the first win for the weekend, and then the men delivered the goods in all three matches against Launceston. The club room was on fire after the win against Launceston.
Several casual observers at the club have noticed a general feeling of positivity across all sections of the club community which has been building steadily over the past few months. People have commented to me how it is visible that our players are enjoying their footy and the club vibe and they can see our club culture is very strong at present. This is not simply about our recent success on the paddock, it’s a steady growing positive mindset, with well intentions, and it’s a way of being, as we enjoy our time together as a footy club. It’s led collectively by our coaches, volunteers, senior players and our highly committed Board of Directors.
Let’s work hard, to keep this positivity going.
Picture below: 2003 NHFC Premiers – 20 year reunion to be celebrated on 17 June