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The 2014 AFL Canberra premiership success of the Queanbeyan Tigers’ First Grade, Rising Stars and Women’s Division 2 seems to have rubbed off on many former Tigers who have participated in grand finals around the country.

2012 NEAFL Eastern Conference premiership player Roy Jaques, joined 2000 AFL Canberra premiership player (and Alex Jesaulenko medallist) Jason Brown at Henty ‘Swampies’ for a drought-breaking premiership — the club’s first flag since 1996. The Swampies had a comprehensive 45-point win over Rand-Walbundrie in the Hume league grand final. Rand-Walbundrie featured former Eastlake players Dean Roulstone, Ben Maiden, Mark Kimball, Tim Gray, Shaun Allan and Justin Mesman.

Earlier in the day Former Tigers premiership player, Brett Wightman hung up the boots after Jindera Bulldogs had a heart-breaking 1 point grand final loss to Brock/Burrum Saints in the Hume League Reserves grand final.

In Sydney, Randwick City dominated the Division Three grand final winning by 127 points against Penrith. Randwick were coached by former Tiger Mitch Rose who kicked six goals in the grand final.

In the Ovens and Murray League, Josh Robinson, who spent the early part of the 2014 season in the Queanbeyan Tigers NEAFL team returned to the Albury Tigers where he joined another former Queanbeyan Tiger, Andrew Carey to take out the O&M premiership with a 7 point win over Yarrawonga, who featured former AFL star Brendan Fevola.

In the Murray League, Levi Power, who also spent the early part of 2014 in the Tigers NEAFL side, returned home and participated in Rumbalara’s premiership, coming from five goals down at half-time to pinch a five-point victory. Levi was also voted Best on Ground in the grand final.

In the Riverina League, one of the Tigers favourite sons, dual Mulrooney Medallist Mitch Daniher went down by 13 points when Collingullie defeated his side Mangoplah. While in the Riverina League Reserves, former Queanbeyan Tiger Justin Rynehart coached the Wagga Tigers to a win, also over Mangoplah.

Over in South Australia, in the Great Southern Football League, former Tigers Bill Neely and Luke Ellis contributed heavily in both the goal scoring and best players lists for Encounter Bay, but went down by 8 points to Strathalbyn.

In the AFL Canberra Division 3 decider, played earlier in the day of our own First Grade and Rising Stars grand finals, former Tiger Andrew Lieschke had a hand in the Cootamundra Blues 40 point win over Yass Roos. Although ‘Licka’  wasn’t able to play the grand final himself as he recovers from a season ending knee injury, he was an integral part of the team in 2014.

No doubt there are many other players with links to the Queanbeyan Tigers that played in grand finals. If you know of any more email us at general.manager@tigersclub.com.au and we’ll update this page.

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