The Tommy Hafey Club Invites you to LUNCH FRIDAY 21st JULY
ME Bank Centre, Maurice Rioli Room, Punt Road, Richmond
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Celebrating the lives and careers of some of our greats from the 90’s and early 00’s
Join your friends and colleagues at this prestigious function where we will share both hilarious and heart warming stories about where our players have been and what they have been doing with their lives since retiring.
Our MC will be a huge Richmond fan favorite NATHAN BROWN.
Players invited: Jake King, Michael Gale, Scott Turner, Justin Charles, Kane Johnson, Andrew Kellaway, Chris Naish, David Rodan, Ben Harrison, Greg Tivendale, Greg Stafford
Time: 12.00 for 12.30pm start
Cost:$120 Financial THC and FP&OA members $140 non - members
RSVP: By the 14th July 2017
Sam Parnall on 0413 964 689
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1967 Premiership 50th year anniversary dinner.
What a fabulous night! 200 guests packed the magnificent dining room at The Australia Club to honor the 1967 premiership team, represented by all but one living player (Royce Hart could not attend), and including members of the Swift, Barrot, Richmond, Strang and Richardson families.
Patron Maureen Hafey was joined by daughter Joanne, Peter and Kaye Hafey.
The players gathered privately before the dinner to re-live old times and swap yarns. By the time they entered the dining room, to a standing ovation and rousing rendition of “We’re From Tigerland” Johnny Ronaldson’s goal had travelled 80 metres!
Tommy Hafey Club President Rob Edgley welcomed guests and introduced Australia Club host member Philip Allison, then RFC CEO Brendon Gale who paid tribute to the wonderful achievement of 1967 when a team of average age 23 years, with no finals experience, defeated a highly fancied, more experienced Geelong team.
Former RFC President Ian Wilson, who remains the oldest surviving member of the 1967 Richmond Committee, spoke glowingly of the contribution of senior coach Tommy Hafey, then President Ray Dunne, General Manager Graeme Richmond and assistant coach John Nix (who was present on the night).
Michael Perry, centre half back in the ‘67 premiership team then talked about the game and showed some tv highlights (in black and white!). It looked a long time ago as over-head shots showed an MCG still with the old Southern stand, the old Olympic stand and the old member’s pavilion. What a crowd though, official attendance 109,000.
Following main course, Bobby Phillips conducted a spirited auction of the original 1967 Grand Final footy record, a fantastic black and yellow set of number plates FLAG 67, and a marvellous framed collage of Neville Crowe highlights.
Kevin Bartlett then took to the stage and proceeded to run through every player, showing highlights of their play (except Michael Green who as 20th man did not get a run on the day). What would a show be without a small hiccup and sure enough we had one when it was discovered that the highlights of Billy Barrot, arguably best on ground, and Roger Dean had been inadvertently erased!
Only KB could retrieve such a situation which he did with great aplomb.
Final tributes were then paid to Maureen Hafey for her wonderful support of Tommy and all the players, plus Barry Stanton who as fitness coach and runner was a key force in the 1967 triumph.
The night wound up with some lively music and we’re pretty sure every-one went home happy.
I think we’ll have to do it all again in 69!
Special thanks to Tracey Browning from Gamechanger Events for helping organise this sensational function.
2016 THC Award Function Report
The 2016 member and Award function was held on Tuesday 6th December in the Maurice Rioli room Punt Road, and strongly supported by members many of whom brought first time guests.
THC vice president Michael Perry welcomed members and guests and introduced two of the new players recruited during the trade period, Dion Prestia and Josh Caddy. Mike conducted a Q & A with each player, both of whom began their AFL careers at Gold Coast Suns, both drafted in the 2010 draft. Both are Victorian boys and both have already played 95 AFL senior games. To say both were super impressive would be an understatement. Both spoke positively about their reasons for joining the Tigers and their desire to enjoy long term careers and team success at Punt Road. Both stayed throughout the function, talking to members and guests, posing for photographs and generally embracing the whole night.
David Astbury, now entering his 7th year at Tigerland, was also in attendance and spoke positively about pre-season training form and his strong desire for both personal and team success in 2017.
President Rob Edgley then provided a run-down of THC functions in 2016 and presented a cheque for $15,000 to the RFC, accepted with thanks by CEO Brendon Gale. Brendon outlined the new AFL zoning system and the new RFC Academy program to which the funds from the THC will be directed.
Michael Perry then introduced Neil Balme who spoke with clarity and conviction about what he thought needed to be done at Richmond next year and how he expected that there would be an immediate and significant improvement in effort and a resultant on-field improvement. However he was equally quick to point out that there were no guarantees and improvement would only come if every-one within the Club was on the same page and committed to achieving the same goals.
Mike then invited THC patron Maureen Hafey to join Neil and announce the winner of the 2016 THC Award, and present the trophy. This was awarded to Dale Weightman in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the RFC over almost 40 years, during which he became a premiership player at age 20 (1980), captained the Tigers for 5 years during some of the leanest years, played a total of 274 games, got reported 16 times, represented Victoria on 20 occasions, won All-Australian selection three times, was selected in the RFC Team of the Century, became a member of the AFL Hall of Fame, and has been a RFC staff member since ending his playing career and currently holds the position of Club Relationship Manager. The THC Award is an annual award made to the person deemed to have made a significant contribution to the Richmond FC and who demonstrated Tommy’s 4 golden D’s: Dedication, Discipline, Determination and Desire. Maureen presented Dale with the bronze bust trophy of Tommy and Mike and Neil then engaged Dale in a lively and entertaining interview about his playing career and life at Tigerland.
Just when things were beginning to wind down who should bowl in but Kevin Sheedy. Invited to the stage for a quick chat, we were entertained by a classic Sheeds performance, combining humour, candour and the promise of something new on the horizon involving the Tigers and the Bombers. Watch this space!!
Maureen then assisted Mike in drawing the raffle, which ended formal proceedings. Once again the catering staff at the Maurice Rioli room provided a wonderful spread of finger food, and the boys at the bar were kept busy replenishing empty glasses.
As has become a feature of these functions, there was a warm, friendly atmosphere in the room and no one was in a hurry to go home. If you’re reading this and haven’t re-joined the THC please do so since your support keeps the flame of Tommy alive and contributes to the on-going success of the Club we love, Richmond.
Tommy Hafey Club “Tommy’s” Legacy lunch Friday 15th July 2016.
If you think what you’re about to read is something you’ve already read you’re correct, this is exactly what we wrote after the April “Captain’s Call” lunch ……
“We often get asked, ‘how do you keep coming up with such great themes’? But in the Maurice Rioli room on 15th July, we can confidently say “we did it YET again”!
Any theme involving our inaugural patron Tommy is bound to be popular but this one, where we celebrated Tommy’s enduring legacy, was one out of the box. In 2005, we honoured Tommy’s life in football with a record attendance at the Grand Hyatt. It was a big, spectacular show with football celebrities extoling Tommy’s virtues.
This function embraced players Tommy coached at the four VFL/AFL Clubs, players who Tommy influenced in both football and life. Rex Hunt is passionate about the positive influence Tommy had on his life so he made an ideal master of ceremonies. Peter Hafey, brother and runner for Tommy at three Clubs, was instrumental in attracting some of the biggest names in football to the function including Brownlow medallists Greg Williams and Peter Moore, the Macedonian marvel Peter Daicos, premiership coach Choco Williams, the irrepressible Warwick Capper, our very own Robbie McGhie and many others from the Tigers, Swans, Magpies and Cats.
All players spoke of Tommy’s inspirational leadership, friendship and loyalty and especially of the close “family” environment he and Maureen created at every Club. Little wonder he achieved such an amazing coaching record. The Magpie players, including Ian Cooper, to a man expressed their regret that in five grand finals they could not deliver one premiership for Tommy. It still irks them to this day. The Geelong boys, Mark Yeates, Andrew Bews, Greg Williams and Darren Flanigan all spoke glowingly of the positive impact Tommy had on themselves as players and people, and the Club. The Swans, Warwick and Greg Williams, were equally effusive about Tommy’s impact in Sydney, an example of which was that in three successive rounds in 1987, the Swans kicked more than 30 goals a match and attracted crowds of 40,000+ to the SCG.
A cameo appearance by Dr. Geoffry Edelsten reinforced the sheer power of Tommy’s presence in the Sydney market and what a pivotal role he played in the beginning of what is now a flourishing national competition.
Mark “Choco” Williams prepared a special presentation to mark his appreciation of what Tommy had done for him and how his contribution extended beyond the four league Clubs to junior Clubs, schools and country football.
The Hafey family was well represented by three generations with our patron Maureen leading the way. KB, Francis Bourke, Bryan Wood, Eric Leech, Ron Branton and special Tiger guests Gerald Betts and Stephen Roach were all present to lend their appreciation of Tommy’s legacy.
The function climaxed with visual presentations of Mike Brady singing his song “Tommy” and poet Chris Driscoll’s deeply moving rendition of his poem, “Hafey’s Comet”.
The function ended with Tommy’s enduring legacy: “if it is to be, it is up to me”.
Yet again it proved the point, don’t miss a THC function or you’ll miss something special.
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Richmond By The Numbers is a tribute to past senior players by the Richmond Football Club Former Players and Officials Association.
Each week the “Former Tigers” will post rare and sometimes never before seen images of Richmond players from bygone era’s on their Facebook page… www.facebook.com/formertigers
This week they have started from the top with those who wore the #53 to #34 guernseys. Keep checking the Former Tigers' Galleries every week as they progressively count down and add more player galleries…
Be sure to also visit www.formertigers.com.au