Ladies Team are Champions
The Tigerettes have been crowned Champions after an undefeated season in Division 2 of the AFL Canberra Ladies Competition.
This is a magnificent effort by the entire group of ladies who have represented the organisation proudly throughout season 2013.
They were gallant in victory over ANU last Sunday at Greenway Oval as were the Students gallant in defeat. The post match huddle by both teams is testament of the respect both held for each other in what was a quality nerve racking Grand Final.
In a frantic last term, the students rallied and posted three goals to nil to even the goals kicked by both teams as the final siren sounded but it was the missed opportunities that won the day for the Tigerettes with a further 14 scoring opportunities during the match to just 4 by ANU.
The FINAL Score being: Tigerettes 5.14 (44) to ANU 5.4 (34).
In terms of winning a premiership the entire team were faultless on the day in the manner in which they represented the Tigers Club. Before the match, during and after they were fantastic to watch as they prepared, played and then celebrated.
It was indeed a celebration of improvement for many of the Ladies who had never played the game before but had come together over a four year period to win an historic first ever Ladies premiership for the Tigers Club.
Much of the ground work had been laid by inaugural Tigers Coach Dave Matthews who had previously guided Tuggeranong Hawks to a Ladies premiership along with Keith Jones.
Womens National Athem
But now the glory is celebrated by first year Co Coaches Robert Anderson and Paul Lyons along with assistant coach and runner Peter Skinner.
Indeed “Ando” is a favourite of the club (so described by “slick”) at the after match celebrations. Having played in many premiership teams for the Tigers 1st Grade team and represented at the highest level of our game with Footscary in the VFL (now AFL), he has indeed developed the Tigers culture.
Add the dedication of Team Manager Joan Vosnakes (and husband Nick), Sports Trainer Wendy Downey (and husband Ray), Physio Aileen Morris and roustabout Mark Lindbeck plus the many others who have supported this team, they can now bask in the glory of being involved in a Tigers premiership team.
No mention of names for the Grand Final victory. It was indeed a team effort.
Boys on the Fence web-600
GF Singing the Song web-600
April Geale BOG-600
Grand Final Speech J Froud-600
Best on ground as voted by an independent panel went to first year Tigerettes player April Geale.
The Tigerettes would like to thanks all those who assisted on the day in particular the volunteers more readily associated with the men’s teams in: Ray Daniel, Fred Gisik, Darryl Taylor, Gary Bullivant, Chrissy Craven, Judy Mustard and Noel Miller. The support of all the senior grade players and the many supporters who attended the day including Mayor Tim Overall made for an exceptional experience for the Tigerettes.
The Ladies had special support on the day from ACT Ladies Representative Coach Adrian Pavese who initiated the inaugural Tigerettes team when involved as the Tigers Administration Manager 4 years ago.