Changing Landscape of Local AFL !
The changing landscape of local footy is certainly highlighted this weekend. Who would have thought just twelve months ago that five local teams would be playing teams from interstate in NSW, Queensland and South Australia.
History will be made on Saturday at Dairy Farmers Park with the first ever interstate clash between an Eastern Conference team and a Northern Conference team of the North East Australian Football League.
Mt Gravatt Vulcan’s travel from Brisbane on Friday to take on the Tigers at 11.45am on Saturday.
It is one of five interstate games being played over the weekend involving former AFL Canberra Clubs. Belconnen travel to Sydney to play the Swans Reserves on Saturday as the curtain raiser to the Swans v Geelong match at the SCG. Tuggeranong Hawks take on the might of the GWS Giants in another first – that being the first competition game being played at Blacktown in Sydney’s west. Eastlake travel to Brisbane to take on last years AFL Queensland Premiers – Morningside.
Ainslie has the bye in the NEAFL this week but will play West Adelaide in Adelaide as part of the Foxtel Cup on Friday.
Tigers star Toby Conroy will be looking to guide the young Tigers to victory over our Queensland visitors!
There are exciting times ahead for local AFL followers and the respective playing group(s) of each club. Tigers v Vulcans
The Tigers are not expected to make many changes from last weeks team that defeated Belconnen by 123 points. Its only injury concern was youngster Kaine Stevens but recent reports indicate he will be fit for the clash against the Vulcan’s on Saturday.
Possible inclusions are Neil Irwin who returns after a carry over suspension from last year’s finals series and youngster Mitch May who was a late call up to the Sydney Swans Reserves match against Ainslie last Saturday. “If” they are included there will be two very unlucky players to miss from what was a complete team effort last week against the Magpies. Jeremy Kirkwood could also press for selection after an impressive return from a years layoff due to injury.
The Vulcans have won their two opening matches of the season and sit equal top of the Northern Conference table.
They appear to have a strong list of players including former AFL players Albert Proud (Brisbane Lions) and Chris Smith (Fremantle). Also in their list is Cam Bernasconi, a strong midfield player formerly of the Tuggeranong Hawks.
They – like the Tigers – have a strong contingent of local juniors in their squad of players.
It promises to be a great day at Dairy Farmers Park with the Tigers Under 18 grade team up against a resurgent Eastlake Demons squad at 9.30am with the “main” game of the day being the Tigers Reserve Grade also up against Eastlake at 2.15pm.
The Tigerettes Ladies team play Gungahlin at Amaroo on Saturday at mid-day. The main match will be broadcast live on QBN FM 96.7 from 11.20am. Updates can be found on Twitter