The Tigers returned to Dairy Farmers Park on Wednesday 23 November in preparation for the 2012 NEAFL Eastern Conference Season.
Incoming Coach Kade Klemke was on hand to put players through their paces with quite a number of new faces attending the first session. With 60 players attending during the first week the club is hopeful of a rise up the ladder in 2012.
The Tigerettes also commenced training this week with a good turnout providing Dave a lot of excitement going into the 2012 season.
Players from all grades are encouraged to attend.
Training will continue at 6.00pm and continue each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday until the break over Christmas.
Coaching Appointments Announced
Tigers General Manger Ron Fowlie confirmed and introduced incoming NEAFL Coach for 2011 Kade Klemke at the Tigers Prestigious Presentation evening. Klemke travelled from his home town of Henty to be in attendance for the official announcement.
He is expected to move to the area mid to late November after his marriage to Rachel early that same month. An informative interview of Klemke by MC Joel Feuerherdt provided a strong insight as to his desires to continue the impressive youth policy the club has provided in 2011.
In addition to his announcement the Club also confirmed the re appointment of Adrian Pavese to the Reserve Grade team along with his appointment as NEAFL Match Day Coach. There had been speculation that he may be moving on to further his coaching career which now includes triple premiership success with the Tigers at Reserve Grade level and a stint as care taker coach of the NEAFL team from Round 12 this year.
The Club has also retained the services of Paul James who has been the Clubs conditioner for the past three years. PJ takes over the NEAFL Assistant Coaching position.
Highly regarded Under 18 Grade Coach Paul Campbell retains his position as does the Tigers Ladies Coach Dave Matthews who enters his third year with the Club after moving across from the Hawks.
Fowlie confirmed the signing of Werribee Tigers Josh Bryce as the Tigers Transitional Coach for 2012. This position dedicated to providing the youth of the Club a pathway for their inclusion into the two senior grade teams.
Other appointments to each grade will be announced in the near future.
Ben Klemke to join Tigers in 2012.
The Tigers also officially announced the signing of Ben Klemke to the Clubs playing list. A distant cousin of new the Tigers new Coach, Ben joins the Tigers with an impressive resume having played TAC Cup with the Bushrangers as a major positional player.
Ben Klemke played with the Bushrangers in 2009 / 2010 and gained a top 5 place in that teams Best & Fairest in 2009.. This season he spent with his home town of Henty and came 3rd in the Club Best and Fairest along with being awarded the Rising Star in the Hume League.
The Coaching appointments announced at presentation night include: • NEAFL Coach: Kade Klemke, Assistant Coach: Paul James, Match Day Coach: Adrian Pavese, Runner/Bench Coach: Michael Goiser. • Transitional Coach: Josh Bryce. • AFL Canberra Reserve Grade Coach: Adrian Pavese, Assistant Coaches: Dennis Quade (runner), Brian Campbell, Scott Taylor, Paul Campbell, Peter Jensen. • AFL Under 18 Grade Coach: Paul Campbell, Assistant Coaches: Peter Jensen, Josh Bryce. • AFL Canberra Women’s Coach: Dave Matthews, Assistant Coach: Peter Skinner. • Strength and Conditioning Coach: TBC