Hobart gears up for new season

THE siren has sounded for the start of the season at the Hobart Junior Football Club, with AFL in Tasmania returning at long last.

Junior and youth games are scheduled to commence on Sunday 19 July for all boys and girls teams, with Auskick able to start from 13 July.

Hobart Junior Football Club president and director Russell Cripps said many of the players were concerned that there was going to be no season.

“For many of our players, football is their primary winter sport, so not playing would have potentially affected their level of physical activity and for some, their mental wellbeing,” he said.

“The length of the roster will only be a few weeks shorter than usual with the last games pushed back to the end of September.

“We will try our hardest to provide as many children as possible the opportunity to learn how to play AFL football and to progressively improve their skills and understanding of the game.

“Our focus is always on maximising participation, having fun and teaching our players how to be well-rounded, respectful individuals who can work in a team environment.”

Mr Cripps said training had resumed at the TCA ground.

“Home of the Hobart Tigers, this beautiful ground is steeped in history and boasts one of the best playing surfaces in the city,” he said.

“Our first week back to training was limited to two groups because of restrictions around COVID-19 and wanting to trial the ‘new way’ of doing things.

“There was plenty of excitement at the first training session – we had children who had never played before and others who had not seen each other since last season.”

There are still more places available to play in boys Under 8s, 9s, 10s and 11, as well as Under 11 girls.

“We may not be one of the larger clubs, but we can guarantee a lot of fun, plenty of encouragement, new friendships and a bunch of enthusiastic coaches,” Mr Cripps said.

Caption: Back from left, James Buckland, James Wilson, Sidney Fletcher and Zakary Snare, with front from left, Jack Bull, Maverick Bradley and Zane Burgess.

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