As the 2023 season draws to a close, I proudly reflect on a year characterised by hard work, enjoyment, and above all, improvement. From the outset, our mission was clear: to elevate our skills, enhance our competitiveness, and savour every moment on the field. And through dedication and teamwork, our club not only achieved these goals but also discovered the true essence of footy.
Hard Purposeful Work:
Hard purposeful work was the cornerstone of our success. The sweat and determination poured into every training session, every sprint, and every drill laid the foundation for our achievements. It was the extras and the dedication that set us apart. The North Hobart Football Club became a testament to the power of hard work, proving that with determination and perseverance, any challenge can be overcome.
Amidst the drive for improvement, we never lost sight of the joy inherent in the game. The laughter shared in the rooms, the cheers from the sidelines, and the jubilation after each goal reminded us of why we fell in love with football in the first place. I’m proud of our players for embracing the thrill of competition while revelling in the camaraderie that football fosters.
Our players, coaches, and support staff demonstrated a remarkable work ethic that translated into tangible improvements on the field. Seven hard-fought victories in the Seniors were the fruits of our labour, a testament to the countless hours of training and the resilience displayed in every match. Each win was a reflection of our commitment to progress, showcasing not only individual growth but also the collective strength of our team.
Development League Triumph:
A shining beacon of success this season was our Development League team, which clinched the premiership. Their victory illuminated the club, highlighting the depth of talent and the promising future that lies ahead. The triumph of the Development League team symbolises the dedication and hard work invested by both players and coaches, setting a standard of excellence for the entire club.
Behind the Scenes:
None of this would have been possible without the dedicated efforts of our coaching staff and support personnel. My assistant coaches Brad, Cal, and Doug played a pivotal role in shaping our players' skills and mindset and I thank them for that. Bear Robinson for all his work in opposition analyses, thank you. Luke Curtain, our Football Director, provided invaluable guidance, while Sammy Yee's high-performance training standards pushed our players to their limits, enabling them to reach new heights. I am also deeply appreciative of the hard work put in by our trainers and physiotherapists, whose expertise kept our players in top condition throughout the season. Thanks again to everyone.
Gratitude to the Community:
A heartfelt thank you goes out to our invaluable volunteers, whose tireless efforts behind the scenes are the backbone of our club. Your dedication ensures that our team can focus on what they do best – playing footy.
The successes of our under 18's and under 16.5's teams highlighted the promising future of our club. Under the mentorship of Matt Ferguson and Sid McCulloch, these young talents not only improved their skills but also found immense joy in the sport, foreshadowing the passion and talent that will drive the North Hobart Football Club forward.
Excitement for the Future:
As the leader of this team, I am incredibly proud of the strides we have made this year. Yet, what excites me even more is the boundless potential that lies ahead if we continue to stick together. The unity we have forged, the lessons we have learned, and the memories we have created are the building blocks for future successes. The prospect of facing new challenges and reaching greater heights is not daunting but invigorating, and I have unwavering faith in the talent, dedication, and values of this team.
A Heartfelt Thanks:
In closing, I extend my deepest gratitude to every player, coach, staff member, volunteer and supporter who contributed to the North Hobart Football Club's journey in 2023. Your hard work, dedication, and passion have made this season very special. Let us carry the lessons of this year forward, remembering that through improvement, enjoyment, and unyielding hard purposeful work, we can achieve greatness.
I am very proud of where we stand today, but I am even more excited about the heights we will reach in the future. Together, we can become unstoppable. Go Dees!