Griggs to Play 100th 1st Grade Game
Will Griggs will play his 100th 1st Grade Game for the Tigers this Sunday against arch rivals Ainslie at Dairy Farmers Park in what will be the Tigers last game against the Tricolours at this level of football – a rivalry that’s stems back to 1928.
The Clubs decision to leave the NEAFL competition and Ainslie’s decision to honour the three year NEAFL license ends an enormously competitive period of time that’s has seen some fantastic games of football between two of the oldest Clubs at the highest level of football available in the region.
The Tigers will revert back to the local AFL Canberra based 1st Grade competition in 2015.
Griggsy played his 100th Club game three weeks ago and was set to play his 100th 1st Grade game last weekend against GWS GIANTS but a head knock against Redlands in Brisbane and subsequent surgery to a mouth injury robbed him of that milestone.
However the toughness of this outstanding local product will see him take the field on Sunday in what will be an achievement that has included two knee surgeries along the way – the first being before he started senior footy – one which threatened his entire career before it had even started. Two games into this season and a further problem involving the same knee resulted in minor surgery and an absence from the playing arena for 6 weeks.
His competitiveness, determination and toughness belies his body size. His ability to manoeuvre out of tight situations and read the play are features. This combined with regular bone crunching tackles and placing himself in positions that a much stronger bodied player would dare venture.
With just two NEAFL games to go housemates Ben King and Nathan Kerlin are also expected to achieve milestone games being 50 1st Grade and 50 Club Games respectively in the final NEAFL home and away game against Eastlake along with team mate Todd Dickinson who will also play his 100th 1st grade game. Not to be outdone brother Cambell is expected to play his 100th Club game in the last round of matches before the finals series.
The Club congratulates Will on this outstanding achievement which will be recognised at the Tigers 100 Club Dinner on 23 August.
The Tigers AFL Canberra 1st Grade team and Rising Stars Under 18 Grade team have the bye while the Tigerettes will play the curtain raiser match on Sunday at the new time of 11.00am against Eastlake. The Tigers GOLF BALL promotion will take place at approx 1.00pm not at ½ time of the NEAFL match as previously advertised.