Back on the Track!
Back on the Track
Training The Tigers are back into full swing on the training track after returning mid January. New Coach Rod O’Riley is pleased with the numbers attending over the three sessions per week.
Training for all grades is being held at Dairy Farmers Park each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the three men’s teams with the ladies occupying the ground each Tuesday and Thursday at the same time.New players are most welcome. Please contact the Club Office on 62993467 or phone 0419280764.
Draw The North West Australian Football League draw has been released and can be obtained through the AFL Canberra website www.seeyaatthefooty.com.au or by clicking onto the link above.
The Tigers face the Belconnen Magpies first up at Dairy Farmers Park on 3 April followed by AFL Queensland Club Mt Gravatt on the following Sunday at the same venue.This match will commence at an earlier time to allow the visitors to travel back to the sunshine state that afternoon. The Tigers third encounter of the season will be against last years premiers Ainslie at their home turf.
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NEAFL – A New Era in Football.
April 10 is the commencement date for the Tigers onslaught on the 2011 North East Australian Football League (Eastern Conference) with a first up match at Dairy Farmers Park against Belconnen Magpies.
The NEAFL will officially commence the previous week with the Northern Conference – (which has more teams including Darwin Thunder, Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions) – starting a new era in football.
The NEAFL will provide a pathway on the Eastern seaboard for aspiring young players to develop their skills at a second tier level which eventually will be comparable to the SANFL and WAFL.
The Tigers first encounter with a team from the Northern Conference will be in round 2 at Dairy Farmers Park against one of the leading AFL Queensland teams in Mt Gravatt.
The new NEAFL has created huge interest in local football circles with the premiers of each conference playing off in a major grand final at the end of the season.
In addition the victors of each conference have the opportunity to play in a further competition the following year – administered by the AFL –of which includes the premiers of all the State Leagues around Australia and played as curtain raiser matches to AFL games at the major AFL venues such as the MCG.
The newest Club into the Eastern Conference – (being the former AFL Canberra 1st Division competition) is the Greater Western Sydney Giants coached by the legendary Kevin Sheedy. Their first up match is against Ainslie at Ainslie Oval in the opening game in the competition on 9 April.
The Tigers meet the Giants in Round 8 at Bankstown.
The Tigers play the Swans twice in three weeks during June as curtain raiser matches to the Swans v Richmond match at the SCG and Collingwood at ANZ Stadium – two of the great AFL venues.
Below are brief details of the NEAFL and the Tigers involvement:
· The Eastern Conference is made up of Queanbeyan, Ainslie, Eastlake, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Sydney Swans Reserves and Greater Western Sydney Giants Reserves.
· The Northern Conference is made up of Mt Gravatt, Southport, Labrador, Broadbeach, Aspley, Redland, Morningside, Northern Territory Thunder, Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions Reserves.
· The Tigers play Northern Conference teams Mt Gravatt and Southport as cross over games. The results of cross over games count towards the respective competitions.
· The Tigers play the Sydney Swans Reserves three times during the year including two matches in three weeks against the four time consecutive premiers of AFL Canberra ( 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).
· The last home and away match for the Tigers will be against the big improver’s of 2010 – Tuggeranong Hawks. A reunion of the Tigers 1991 1st Grade Premiership team will coincide with the Tigers 100 Club Dinner over this weekend.· The Eastern Conference will play its Grand Final over the weekend 17/18 September with the North Eastern AFL Grand Final being played on Sunday 25 September – Venue to be determined.