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Haddo to Play 150th – Tough Games this Week!

Chris Haddock plays 150 Club Games.

Sunday at Manuka Oval represents the third occasion this year that the Tigers will have met the Belconnen Magpies.

The draw is such there was a requirement to accommodate all different scenarios including cross over games between the Northern and Eastern Conferences of the NEAFL competitions plus the inclusion of Ainslie in the knockout FOXTEL Cup.

Having played Belconnen three times in seven matches they may not play the Magpies again this season. Belconnen occupy bottom of the table at the moment (having lost their opening 6 games of the season) but they are a proud organisation and no doubt this once dominate club of AFL Canberra will be out to turn the tables this weekend.

The Tigers could have back Casey Walsh, James Kavanagh and Steve Jolliffe – all of who missed last week’s match against Tuggeranong due to injury / illness.

The importance of Sundays clash with Belconnen takes on more significance as it will be the 150th Club game for Chris Haddock. Chris has accumulated 77 1st Grade games and 72 Reserve Grade matches. If you add the Under 18 Grade matches he could well be on his way to the magic 200 mark – but that’s not the way the Tigers count games.

At just 26 years of age, “Haddo” has plenty of years ahead of him. He could break the 100 1st Grade mark given the opportunities that may occur with the NEAFL competition, and the experience he may be able to provide the Tigers young outfit at the moment.

He has three premierships under his belt including two with the Reserves but the Under 18 Undefeated Champion team of 2002 would be the most important. He played alongside brother Michael in that team. Mick unfortunately lost his life in a car accident on Christmas Eve 2004.

He played his first NEAFL game for the 2011 season last weekend.

The milestone will be recognised at the Tigers 100 Club on Saturday 27 August.

“Haddos” record stands at: • Age 26 • Queanbeyan Tigers Junior – Joins Club from St Edmunds College • 1st Grade Games Played – 77. Reserve Grade Games Played – 72 • Co – Captain of the Clubs Undefeated Under 18 Grade team of 2002 • Tigers Scholarship Recipient 2001 – 2002 • Alan Stein Medal – 2002 Most Promising Junior • Alan Muir Medal – 2001 Under 18 Best & Fairest • Reserve Grade Grand Finalist – 2003, 2004 • Reserve Grade Premiership Player – 2007, 2009 • Tigers Past Players Award – 2004 • 1st Grade Most Improved – 2008

In other news Daniel Jabornik will play his 50 Club game for the Tigers this Sunday. “Jibba” joined the Tigers from the far south coast six years ago and has since won numerous awards including the Leagues Reserve Grade Best and Fairest.

Games times for this Sunday are: Under 18’s at 9.30am, Reserves at 11.30am and NEAFL at 2.00pm. The Tigers Ladies team have a bye.

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