Kade Klemke to Coach Tigers NEAFL Team!
Canberra Calling or is that Queanbeyan !!!!!
A recent back page article in the Albury Border Mail indicated the movement of Culcairn Football Club Coach Kade Klemke to Canberra to further his coaching career in the NEAFL competition.
The article mentioned he was in negotiations with three NEAFL Clubs being Ainslie, Belconnen and Queanbeyan.
Tigers Vice Chairman and former Brisbane Bears player Michael Kennedy has today confirmed the appointment of Kade Klemke as the Tigers Director of Coaching for season 2012.
His appointment may come as a surprise to some but is welcome news to the Tigers football fraternity whose youth policy takes a brand new look.
He will be one of the youngest ever to Coach the Club in its long history. Kade will be a player coach, being a mid fielder come forward line player.
At age 21 he takes on the all important task of further rebuilding the Tigers NEAFL side which won just four games in the inaugural season of the new Eastern Conference competition.
With a further two teams from the AFL Sydney to be added to the competition in season 2012, the Club will experience an exciting period over the off season with a number of quality recruits expected to follow Klemke’s appointment at the Tigers Club.
Although a youngster his resume outlines a quality football background which includes Captaining the Murray Bushrangers to a Premiership in the highly regarded Under 18 Grade TAC Cup competition and subsequently being rookie listed to Essendon. He then moved to South Adelaide in the SANFL for a short period of time but returned to the Albury region due to family health issues. After playing just ten games with the strong North Albury Club in the Ovens and Murray League he finished a creditable third in its best and fairest in 2010.
His decision to Coach the Culcairn Club this year came from a desire to have a career in Coaching from which he has taken that Club to a minor premiership losing just one game during the Hume League home and away series.
His appointment at the Tigers Club furthers his ambitions as the NEAFL competition grows into a second tier AFL standard competition.
Throughout the process of appointing a new coach for season 2012, Tigers Vice President Michael Kennedy indicated that care taker Coach Adrian Pavese has been kept up to speed with proceedings. Pavese had also expressed an interest of taking on the role in 2012. Kennedy expressed his admiration for the way Pavese had assisted in the process saying “Pav’s desire for the Tigers Club to succeed in the NEAFL competition far outweighed his own ambitions of taking over the senior grade job.
He has assisted in gaining Kade Klemke to the Club in a most professional manner and is to be applauded in the manner in which he has conducted himself” . Klemke is expected to move to the area later in the year. In the meantime he has more important matters to contend with, that being marriage in November.
Football History JUNIORS: Henty FC (2000 – 2005)
SENIORS: Rivcol Bushpigs FC (2006) Murray Bushrangers/Culcairn FC (2007 – 2008) Essendon FC (2009) South Adelaide FC (2010) North Albury FC (2010) Culcairn FC (2011)
Football Achievements Representation All Australian Under 18s TAC Cup team of year (2008) NSW/ACT Rams under 16s & under 18s Ovens & Murray FL (2010) Farrar FL (2006) Best & Fairest Best and Fairest NSW/ACT Rams under 16s Voted best player division one under 18s NSW/ACT Rams and players’ player 3rd Murray Bushrangers (2007) 5th TAC Cup league (2007) 3rd North Albury (only played 10 games) (2010)Leadership Culcairn FC Senior Coach (2011) Murray Bushrangers premiership captain (2008) NSW/ACT Rams under 16s co-captain & under 18s vice-captain