TUFC Club News 2021

Off-field reports, news, profiles and social events

1. Words from the new coach Ben Van Kraanen

 Training prior to Xmas has been great, with around 30 boys rocking up each Wednesday night, some of the boys have been doing extra running sessions also which is fantastic. We’ve made a start on the way we want to play next season, a quick brand of footy. High risk high rewards.

Looking forward to getting into it in Jan, where we will train twice a week. Keep an eye out for a few new recruits in the next couple weeks.  

2. Info re Coaching panel


The TUFC proudly welcomes new Senior Coach Ben Van Kraanen and Playing Assistant Coach Troy Cunliffe for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Ben and Troy are long time friends who have for some time harboured a desire to Coach together and now realise that dream. Both arrive directly from North Hobart having spent 2020 there and a number of years in their younger days. Ben is his own right was a good footballer but in the future may well be remembered more for his coaching achievements than playing. A former senior Premiership player in the Old Scholars but more recently turning his hand to coaching to become a Reserves Premiership Coach during the golden era at Lindisfarne. In 2020 Ben coached the North Hobart Development League side narrowly losing their final to eventual Premier Launceston. Ben has a passion to coach and will be a valuable asset to the TUFC.

Troy Cunliffe’s football resume is as impressive as most. Like Ben he hails originally and most recently from North Hobart winning the Best and Fairest in 2020.Perhaps most recognised for his time as a Premiership player at Lindisfarne and notably winning the William Leitch Medal for the best player in the competition – two years running. An elite midfielder, Troy will be a huge on field presence for the club moving forward.

We think they are an outstanding pair to lead the club into 2021 and beyond.

Great news to have Mav continue as Reserves Coach and with the young group can build on last seasons Grand Final appearance

 3. TUFC Women

 Great to see Gerry taking the reins again and with good numbers at training two nights a week before Xmas skills are getting plenty of work. At an OSFA meeting last Tuesday, re a womens competition, OSFA clubs St V, Hutchins and OHA have decided to apply to join the SFLW for 2021. Given the TSLW has folded and couple of their clubs will wish to join the SFL we will look to after Xmas to understand how the competition will work.

4. Pre-season Report


The Rainbows women's team have commenced training and are already looking forward to next season, especially after some mixed results in 2020. So far, the standard has been impressive, and I've no doubt that we will improve and take our footy to another level. Our retention rate from 2020 should be about 80%, so it's great to have virtually the same group striving to take the next step. And as always, our players have a wonderful attitude and first class work rate around training.

That said, we are always looking for new players, and the welcome mat is out for any prospective newbies. It also looks like the SFLW will change somewhat next season, with the apparent demise of the TSLW and possibility of a new, divisional competition. It will be interesting to see what evolves.

On a personal note, congrats to Anna and Amy Dance-Clark on the recent birth of their daughter Addison.

On behalf of the Rainbow women, we wish all Uni supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to the challenge of 2021.