NATIONWIDE exposure, increased opportunities to recruit players and the possibility of a $100,000 windfall are just some of the benefits of the Queanbeyan Tigers’ historic Foxtel Cup campaign.
That’s according to Tigers general manager Ron Fowlie who has hailed the Queanbeyan’s inclusion in the exclusive 10-team competition as a landmark achievement for the club.
The Foxtel Cup is a four-round interstate competition involving the top club sides from each of the country’s second-tier leagues including the VFL, WAFL and SANFL.
The Tigers qualified for this year’s competition after claiming last season’s NEAFL Eastern Conference premiership.
This weekend will see Queanbeyan take on the Northern Territory Thunder in the competition’s qualifying round at Manuka Oval. The match will serve as the curtain raiser to the AFL clash between Greater Western Sydney and St Kilda.
Of greater significance, the match will also be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports, marking just the second time in Queanbeyan’s 88-year history the club has featured in a televised match.
“From my point of view, I never envisaged the club would be playing in this calibre of competition,” Fowlie said. “To be on the same stage as the best club’s from the top leagues in Australia, it’s quite unbelievable really.
Foxtel Cup, qualifying round
Who: Queanbeyan Tigers v NT Thunder
Where: Manuka Oval
When: Saturday, 11.35am
For the full story, see this Friday’s edition of The Queanbeyan Age.
By Andrew Johnston