President’s Report 

The season has not got off to the start we were anticipating with our senior men’s team playing good footy but not winning matches. We appreciate how you get behind our players and coaches. We all trust in their work to achieve our goal of getting us back into the winner’s circle.

We’ve got great depth and a host of senior ready players. Our challenge is to keep the current list of players for 2025 and to add a couple of key position players. Last year I spent a lot of time supporting our recruitment committee and observing the numerous hours and the variety of strategies and resources they deployed. We were really happy with the recruits we signed and believe if we can attract a couple of more for next year, we will be a force to be reckoned with.
Footy is a strange beast, and whilst our senior men’s team has not started well, we are still in it with the knowledge that we are as good as several sides in the comp.

Our Development League team is enjoying another great season and our women’s team is looking very competitive again. We have great talent coming up through the Under16’s and Under 18’s.

On a personal level I’ve been supporting my son Callum as we explore the best options to get him back on the paddock ASAP after his recent injury. It’s no secret we have a lot of players injured currently and we are lucky to have great physios and trainers working with them to hasten their recovery.

The planning for 2025 continues. Brighton is confirmed to join our six team Southern Premier League. Under 18’s girls and boys will become part of our senior club and will no longer be part of the SJFL or their current junior clubs. The Premier League, whilst part of the SFL, will have its own management committee with club presidents on that committee. Club presidents are currently meeting regularly to plan for 2025. AFL Tas will provide financial support to the Premier League for big cost items such as umpire payments and player insurance for example.

A key piece of work I am doing at the moment is looking to identify more clearly the human resources we need for the running of the club in 2025. For the most of our club’s recent history we were a footy club with two men’s teams. In 2025, we will have six teams across men’s and women’s seniors and under 18’s. We are going to need more parents and partners of players, as well as past players to take on roles. The workload with our current volunteers in key positions is not sustainable. This need is particularly important in team management roles, marketing, social events, organization and general administrative support functions. Please contact me if you can get involved.

Dave Kilpatrick
President

Friends of the Dees

What is “Friends of the Dees”?

Friends of the Dees is a new local initiative from the North Hobart Football Club in an effort to further engage the local business communities of North Hobart, surrounding the North Hobart Oval and the North Hobart Football Club.

The Friends of the Dees program is for those local businesses who are passionate the North Hobart Football Club, supporters (or football supporters in general), current players, past players or have a customer network that support the red and blue.
We are committed to deepening the engagement with the local community and are offering this program to highlight the amazing support, commitment and loyalty of local businesses who are supportive of the North Hobart Football Club.

What are the benefits of a local business being in the Friends of the Dees?

If a business signs up to the program, they will receive the following from the club:

• Invitation to a facilitated networking event for local North Hobart businesses at North Hobart Oval, and the chance to watch both our senior men and women teams play. Plus, the chance to engage and collaborate with other local businesses of North Hobart, and sponsors associated with the North Hobart Football Club.
• Friends of the Dees membership card.
• Business name and details listed on a directory on the North Hobart Football Club website.
• Invitation to club’s open training day (date TBC season 2024)
• Discounted business promotion and advertising options around the club (physical fence space, scoreboard, clubrooms).
• Discounted access to corporate boxes, and function room space in the Plaister Stand both on game day, and during the week (subject to availability).
• Red and blue decorations and advertisements to place in your business during TSL and SFLW finals.
• Access to the clubs newsletter with club updates
• Access to club memberships, game-day tickets, and club and player sponsorship opportunities.
The best part is – this won’t cost anything to sign up to the program!

What might the club receive in return from local businesses being part of the Friends of the Dees?

• There are no expectations from your business to contribute back to the North Hobart Football Club however:
• Your business may wish to provide in-kind support to the club to assist with providing game-day awards such as venue vouchers, to our players and volunteers.
• You are welcome to purchase a club membership or even come on board as a club or player sponsor where you will then receive free access to games, free advertising on the club’s website and social media pages, and potentially advertising on our billboards, scoreboard, and club uniforms.

For further information on the Friends of the Dees, please don’t hesitate to contact Gina Vernon at email georgina.vernon.15@gmail.com or mobile 0427 683 347.

Men’s Footy Report

Although recent results haven’t favored us in the win/loss column, I’m excited to highlight the positive progression within our club. Over the past month, we’ve proudly introduced several homegrown talents from our junior clubs into the senior squad. I’m thrilled to announce the debut of several promising players, all products of either the North Hobart Junior Club or Sandy Bay Junior Club. Archie Devine, Wilbur McMurray, Jack Gilligan, Charlie Bovill, Antony Volta, Riley Ferguson, Jacob Worsley and Max Cowburn have transitioned into the senior ranks, showcasing their skill and dedication on the field. Their inclusion not only strengthens our squad but also reaffirms our commitment to nurturing local talent. I have every confidence that they will uphold our values and contribute significantly to our future success.

While injuries throughout the ranks have presented challenges, they have also provided opportunities for other players to step up and make their mark. Despite the setbacks, morale within the group remains high, reflecting the resilience and camaraderie that define our team.

As we continue to work diligently on the training ground, I am optimistic about the future of our team. With the unwavering support of the club and our loyal fans, I believe we are well-positioned to overcome any obstacles that come our way. I am looking forward to the next month of competition, viewing it as another opportunity for our players to grow and flourish. Together, we will strive to make North Hobart proud.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our club.

Sincerely,
Adam Bester

Women’s Footy Report

After a very positive pre-season, the Women’s team hit some early hurdles with injury to experienced senior players and some player unavailability, as well as our usual loss of players to the Devils program. When these type of barriers occur, you really do find out whether the club personnel are willing to embrace the challenge – and NHFC/NHJFC certainly did.

We had a number of U18 players put their hand up to play, many of them making their debuts and showing that the next crop is an exciting one. We also had a few players come back to the club to fill holes for us on an as needed basis, which was a great display of respect for their teammates and the club.

Even with these early issues, the team has performed well, with improvement still to come! There have been multiple positives in every game – either on an individual level or the team showing the will to implement a game style to the best of their ability. The coaching staff are confident that the game style will come together and prove successful as we have more time to develop it on game day. Our wins have been good, and our losses have been very competitive – we have been the better team for long periods of the game in our losses. We are now concentrating on Team Defence, which is leading to more scoring opportunities. We are excited about the weeks ahead and how we can keep expanding our game style.

Congratulations to those girls picked in the SFLW All Stars Senior squad – Angelica Clark, Madi Lamb, Emily Mifsud, Jamie Symons, Chelsea Thomas and Grace White. Also to those chosen for the SFLU20 squad – Mackenzie Banks, Sophie Ferguson, Lily McConnon, and Chloe Smith (Grace and Madi have been selected in both!) – good luck girls, you all deserve to make the final team.

Looking forward to our continued improvement.

Go Dees
Jim Ransom

Members and Supporters – from Far and Wide

We are starting a new section to the newsletter to capture messages from our interstate and international club members and supporters. Please send us a note and we will publish it in future newsletters. Share your story by sending it to president@nhfc.net.au

To kick it off below is a message from Sean Holden who lives in South Australia

“We have never met but I am a North Hobart FC interstate member and thought I would drop you a line and introduce myself.

My Great-Great Grandfather is a Life Member of NHFC, Frederick Joseph Stapleton (also LM of the HFC and the TFL) and I played Little League for Glenorchy in 1979. My best friend Grant Burrell played for NH in the Little League, so I have always had an interest in the Demons. So much so I have been a supporter then Member of the Melbourne FC since 1982.

I have read bits and pieces about your background, and you may have known my Grandfather George Andrew Holden who was the Principal of the Bellerive Primary School (which I attended as well as Dominic College and Springfield Gardens PS).

In 1986 I played a season of Rugby with my school in Darwin and in 1987 I played a season of Aussie Rules with Young in NSW. In 2001 whilst in Denmark I played an Aussie Rules game for the North Copenhagen Barracudas Vs the Aarhus Bombers!

I am the CEO of The Flinders Ranges Council in Quorn (pop.1300) in South Australia, about 4 hours’ drive north of Adelaide. I am sure I am not the most remote North Hobart fan but I am most certainly one of your most passionate fans”.

Goodluck for the season.

Sean G Holden

Auskick is kicking goals in 2024 at NHFC

North Hobart football oval is alive every Friday evening with a swarm of more than 40 young footy enthusiasts in attendance, with their parents, siblings and grandparents cheering them on!

The Club has experienced wonderful support from our senior men and women players who give their time freely to coach the future generation of North Hobart footy fanatics each week and have a lot of fun in doing so.

NHFC Junior Development Coordinator, Laura Negri, is doing a fantastic job in leading exciting this program.

Development League update

The DL boys have started the season very well, currently sitting 2nd on the ladder with 4 wins and 1 disappointing 3 point loss to an experienced Lauderdale team on Anzac day.

It has been fantastic to see our emerging youngsters get stuck into the start of the season, and they are only just scratching the surface in how I know they can all play and contribute to the DL team.

Jack Wilson, Matthew Yates and Max Cowburn are currently all in the top 10 of the DL league goal kicking, which has been a nice start for them individually and great to see them finishing off the work of their teammates.

We’ve had 12 new faces so far come into the DL team this year – who have either graduated from the 16.5s, 18s or new to the club. They have all done a great job so far, and some of these boys have already gone onto make their senior debut this year, after demonstrating great form and playing their role for the team.

It has also been great to add Brad Hastie as an assistant coach to the fold on game day to assist with the DL team, and he also has the U18s ticking along nicely!

A big challenge awaits this weekend against Clarence, and I am confident we can start to demonstrate our game style for 4 quarters and build on our nice start to the season.

Over the next month or so, we look forward to welcoming back a number of players from long-term injuries, who have been working very hard behind the scenes.

Go Dees!

Tilbs

Our new junior Tasmania Devils Talent Pathway members

The North Hobart FC wishes to congratulate the following North Hobart Junior and Sandy Bay Lions Junior club players on their selection in the inaugural Tasmania Devils Junior Academy in 2024.

Mia Styles, Charlotte Howes, Darcy Foale, Finlay Ellerton, Will Claridge, Madeline Nichols, Connah Chivers, Rosalie Arnold &
Luca Murgatroyd – from NHJFC.

Sam Palser, Billy Banks-Smith, Harrison Brooks, Hudson Crowe, Max Fuglsang, Milla Gorringe, Fionn Hourihane, James Marsh, Harry Marshall, Darcy McShane, Lucy Meikle, Finn O’Meara, Lucy Stoneman & Stuart Zeeman – from SBLJFC.

Our club looks forward to watching the progress of these young Devils in the new Academy. Go Devils!

NHFC 2024 Ladies Day Luncheon tickets out now

The annual Ladies Day is a highlight of the NHFC social calendar.

This year the lunch will be held on the NHFC Men v Glenorchy match day, Saturday 25th May 2024, in the Hisense Room in the Plaister Stand from 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Tickets are $52 which includes gate entry, welcome drink and 2 course lunch. Our guest speakers this year are Kath McCann (Executive Director, AFL Tasmania Devils) and Fran Lockhart (Head of Community, Tasmania JackJumpers) – a great line-up!

We have some wonderful raffle prizes on offer so remember to bring cash to support Jireh House.
Please book your ticket online and only if you have any seating requests contact Kate Kerr by email at kate.kerr@decyp.tas.gov.au
Any dietary requirements should also be communicated to this email address.

Get you tickets now at https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/?aid=5359

Links to Roster Games

The following links are provided to NHFC and associate clubs’ rostered games plus results of all games to date:

NHFC TSL Senior Men

NHFC SFLW Division 1 Women

NHFC TSL Development League Men

NHFC / NHJFC STJFL Boys and Girls

SBLJFC STJFL Boys & Girls

The above links direct the user to the AFL’s Play HQ database – where you can find the details of the season roster, in the respective competitions, plus the results of each game and even the career details / games played et cetera, of each player. Individuals are registered as a unique identity within Play HQ for the extent of their football journey.

NHFC 2024 – Calendar of Events – Latest Update