Arch Rivals to play in Round 1.
The Tigers commence defence of the NEAFL Eastern Conference Premiership with a first round clash against perennial rivals Ainslie at Dairy Farmers Park on Sunday 24 March.
This should be a classic encounter between the two clubs.
There have only been a few occasions where the two have appeared in the opening round since the formation of the League in 1924 – and, it is quite possible this is the first time this has occurred on the Tigers home turf.
The last time the two clubs met in an opening round was in 1995 – 18 years ago with the Tricolours posting a 17.12 (114) to 11.13 (79) win at Football Park.
They went onto to win the premiership over the Tigers in a hard fought grand final 17.10 (112) to 14.12 (95) but not before suffering a strong defeat in the second semi final losing to Queanbeyan 19.9 (123) to 5.15 (45).
The NEAFL Eastern Conference draw has the Tigers playing both Ainslie and Belconnen three times, Eastlake and Tuggeranong twice along with Sydney Hills Eagles and Sydney University with games against GWS, Sydney Swans, Labrador and Aspley making up the 18 round competition.
The Tigers first road trip is in the second round when they travel to the Gold Coast to take on Labrador Tigers.
They then play Eastlake at Dairy Farmers Park before entering the first round of the FOXTEL Cup at Manuka Oval in a curtain raiser match to the GWS v St Kilda AFL game against Northern Territory Thunder on 13 April. (the game will be replayed on Fox Sports 3 at 5.00pm).
The AFL game is a twilight fixture and is the first ever competition game played under lights at Manuka Oval.
A win against the Thunder will then see them play Werribee Tigers at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening 28 May – a game that will be broadcast on FOX Footy that evening at 8.30pm.
Other highlights of the NEAFL Eastern Conference draw for the Tigers include: • Playing Belconnen Magpies at their new home ground facility at Kippax (4 May) • Playing GWS GIANTS for the first time at Dairy Farmers Park (30 June) • Playing Northern Conference teams Aspley and Labrador for the first time. (former Tigers player Jason Satchell is now a playing member of the Aspley Hornets )).
The NEAFL Eastern Conference draw can be obtained by way of the following link: www.NEAFL.com.au or click here