NNDFC game day notes – Round 1, April 7


Matthew Smith – Senior Coach | Adrian Burdon – Assistant Coach
Nigel Hay – Reserves Coach | Hedley Thomson – Assistant Coach
Tristan Triffett – Colts Coach Assistant Coach
Melinda Green – Women’s Coach Assistant Coach

Today we see the commencement of the 2023 season. This season clearly demonstrates the issues facing all clubs – that is the severe lack of players willing and prepared to play our great game of Australian Rules Football. There are many reasons for this, and the answers are also many and complex. One of the key issues is the lack of juniors coming through the system and the number of senior clubs in southern Tasmania.

It is unfortunate that one of our most fierce and respected rivals, the great Hobart Football Club, is unable to field a Senior team this season. It is also disappointing that the Glenorchy District Football Club, which is our Tasmanian State League pathway club for our most talented juniors, was looking into going into recess this season. Whilst Glenorchy has managed to get a Senior team together for this season, they were unable to field a Development League side. This shows the serious state of football in Southern Tasmania.

We are not immune from this and are also experiencing a lack of numbers at training so far this year. It is hoped that numbers will improve once the season gets under way. We wish the Hobart Football Club and the Glenorchy District Football Club all the very best in their endeavors to navigate a difficult season this year and hope they can get back to full strength for the seasons ahead.

Today we welcome the Claremont Football Club to Boyer Oval for the first game of the 2023 season for an encounter which will give us some indication of what lies ahead for us this season. Claremont have recruited quite well, while we are working on developing our up-and-coming young players with a view to longer term success. It is great to see former club best and fairest winner Mark Horne back in the “Red, White & Black” for a “one-off” appearance today. We look forward to catching up with Mark after the game.

Returning Senior Coach, Matthew Smith, will be working on developing the young talent within the group and providing them with structures and game plans to enable them to be competitive for longer periods in games. We don’t expect immediate success but hope that the young team can improve as the season progresses and start to develop into a strong competitive unit.

COACH’S COMMENTS – Matthew Smith
After a disappointing season last year, I have rejoined the club with a three-year plan to return the club to being consistent finals contenders. We have a good group of young players who will develop over time but need to improve their skill levels.

The focus this season will be on respect, skills, team structures and game plans. We are actively encouraging experienced ex-players back to the Club to provide on and off field guidance to assist these younger players in their development. We don’t expect to be a force this season but expect to see improvement and to be competitive in most games for longer periods.

As a young group with an average age of 20 we will be underestimated by our rivals. We will be the underdogs against most teams in the competition, but we love that title. The focus this season is to build confidence and experience in our younger players. We will continue to strive to build a solid foundation for the successful future of the club.

As mentioned previously, we do not have an excessive number of players to fill our Reserves team. Reserves coach Nigel Hay and his assistant, club legend Hedley Thomson, have been working hard with the players available and will rely on a number of Colts players to top up the team this season. There is also a rumour that a number of retired players may make an appearance to help out. This would be a great outcome if it happens as their experience and knowledge would be a great asset to our young players.

Colts Coach Tristan Triffett has had good numbers in pre-season training. This is extremely encouraging as many clubs are struggling for Colts players. These will be the future of the club and we look forward to their development this season under Boof and the other coaches.

Our women’s team, under new coach Melinda Green play their first game next week against Brighton at Boyer Oval. More information will be provided next week.

Community football clubs rely heavily on sponsors and the New Norfolk District Football Club (NNDFC) is no exception. In line with the club’s three-year Strategic Plan and a lot of hard work from the incoming committee, the NNDFC is proud to announce and acknowledge the following sponsors for the 2023 season:
Diamond Sponsors (Key Priority Partners): Kinetic, Norske Skog, New Norfolk & Derwent Valley News, the Valley Sports Bar, and Power Solutions.
Platinum Sponsors: NNDFC Old Players Association, La Las Laundry, Barwick’s Landscape Supplies, Graham Family Funerals, Petrusma Real Estate (Tegan Rainbird).
Gold Sponsors: Colorbond On Top Roofing, Dyson Painters, Banjo’s Bakery.
Silver Sponsors: 9/11 Bottle Shop.
Bronze Sponsors: Stephen Dixon, Brian Mitchell MHR, Senator Claire Chandler, Williams Outdoors, Harvey Coghlan, Bennett’s Petroleum, Plenty Cider, Derwent Valley Glass, Barry Triffitt, Co-Op Toyota, Derwent Valley Council, Craig Farrell MLC, Priority Promotions, Rebecca White MP, Squincher, and the New Norfolk Hotel.

The New Norfolk District Football Club appreciates, and thanks all sponsors for their generous support.

Most people are unaware of how much work goes into fielding four community-based football teams each weekend during the football season. It takes a massive amount of work and there are many volunteers who work behind the scenes to ensure that this occurs. It is getting harder each season to recruit the number of volunteers required to fill all positions. If any supporter has some time available to volunteer in some way, please contact any board member. Your assistance is always welcome.

During this season we will be acknowledging our volunteers with photos and profiles. It would be great to see our supporters acknowledge these volunteers whenever they see them around the games or in the street. The club would like to thank all our volunteers for all they do for the club. We want you to know how much we appreciate everything you do for us.

The New Norfolk District Football Club would like to thank Priority Promotions and John Wilshaw for supporting the club by once again putting together and printing the football Record for us this season. This initiative is exclusively between Priority Promotions and the club and is greatly appreciated. It takes a lot of work to produce the Record, but we think it is an important tool to keep our members and supporters informed. We hope everyone enjoys the content this season and any feedback or suggestions are welcome.


Women v Brighton at Boyer at 9am
Colts v Brighton at Boyer Oval at 10.30am
Reserves v Brighton at Boyer Oval at 12.30pm
Seniors v Brighton at Boyer Oval at 2.30pm

Chris Lovell
Vice President – Football Operations

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