After on off season where he has been courted by other clubs local junior Kaine Stevens has given the news the Tigers were hoping for by announcing this week that he will return to the Tigers in 2011.
Kaine spent the last 12 months playing for the GWS U18 in the TAC Cup as well as representing the NSW/ACT RAMS through out the year. Kaine had a slow start to the 2010 season after off season surgery and he unfortunately missed out on being drafted.
However in a huge positive for Stevens and the Tigers he finished the GWS season all guns blazing being named in the best players consistently in the last 7 rounds which will set him up for an exciting 2011.
The Queanbeyan Tigers are thrilled to announce the signing of two more Riverina Stars who will join the Tigers in 2011.
Steven Jolliffe is only 18 years old but has already established himself as a future star. He has been a member of the NSW/ACT Rams for the past two years winning the Rams Trainers Award in 2010.
At club level Steven has been an important member of Collingullie Ashmonts Back to Back 1st Grade Premiership Teams 2009/2010 placing 5th in the 2009 B&F as a 17 year old, he won Collingullie 2010 Rising Star and placed 2nd in the 2010 Farrer League Rising Star.
“Having spoken to Tigers Coach Rod O’Riley who has extensive AFL experience, the exposure young players will get by playing in the new NEAFL and with my ambitions of still being drafted the Queanbeyan Club ticked all the right box’s for my future development” Steven said
Football Manager Adrian Pavese expressed the club’s excitement in securing Jolliffe. “We are thrilled Steven has chosen the Tigers to assist him in his ambitions to be the best player he can be” Pavese said
“He is a quality young bloke from a quality family and they will fit right into our family culture here at the Tigers, in fact all the young players we have recruited for the 2011 season will have the opportunity to forge their own history with this great club” he added.
The Club would also like to announce that Ben Walsh will be joining the Tigers for the 2011 season (picture to follow). Ben is from the powerful Riverina club the Ganmain Grong Grong Matong Lions and was an important member of their 1st Grade Premiership team in 2010.
Again at only 18 years old Ben adds to the youth policy the Tigers are adopting and comes to club as an extremely versatile player who can play CHB, CHF or Ruck.
This exciting news comes on the back of signing of 4 new players and the return of 3 key Senior players for the 2011 season.
Four new players joining the Tigers for its 2011 entry into the North East Australian Football League are Alex Overs, Daniel Campbell, Liam Walker Eastick and Peter Shugg.
These players come to the Tigers with strong playing credentials with Alex and Daniel having come from College backgrounds.
18 year Daniel Campbell recently captained the successful Marist College Premiership team to Back to Back titles in the local Under 18 Grade competition.
He has been the leading goal kicker for this grade over the past two seasons (2009 – 93 & 2010 – 95) and is certain to add depth to the forward line set at the Tigers.
Daniel has won Under 16 Div 1 League Best & Fairest in 2008 and was Runner Up in Under 16 Div 2 Best & Fairest in 2007. He has quality skills a strong leading forward who can also be used as an on ball player.
Alex Overs is also 18 and joins the Tigers from Assumption College in Victoria but originates from Barellan NSW.
Assumption College has produced many top line AFL players in its history including Shane Crawford and Alex’s record at Assumption is extremely impressive.
He played in the 1st 18 from 2008-2010, Vice Captain 2010, R/Up B&F 2010, member of the Herald Sun Shield Premierships 2008-2009, member of the Associated Grammar Schools Premierships 2008-2009 and Associated Grammar Schools Victoria Representative 2010.
Alex was also a member of the U18 NSW/ACT Rams 2010 and was Best on Ground v Tasmania. U16 NSW/ACT Rams member 2008.
Liam Walker Eastick returns to the Tigers after playing in Tathra’s Senior Premiership in 2010.
In 2008 Liam played 4 permit games and 2009 spent the whole season with our U18s. In this time Liam debut in the Seniors and had a game with the Sydney Swans Reserves.
He returned to Tathra in 2010 to play with some very close friends. The club is excited to have Liam back in the Tigers colours in 2011.
Peter Shugg is a 20 year old who joins the Tigers from the NTFL Tasmania. He moved to Canberra for his University studies and comes highly recommended from his former club. At 6′ 4″ Peter will add some much needed size to the Tigers structures in 2011.
The Tigers would also like to welcome back three former Senior players to the 2011 Tigers.
Prolific goal kicker Paul Williams returns from a year off from finishing his Uni Degree and will be an important part of the forward line.
Jeremy Kirkwood also returns in 2011. Having a year off after surgery Jeremy is still regarded as one of the most talented junior players for his age in AFL Canberra. After spending 2008 and 2009 with the Rams and already having played at Senior level with the Tigers, Jeremy will add some much needed speed to the Tigers ranks.
Nuggetty rover Chris Walmsley returns after spending the 2010 season establishing his own building company. The Tigers have certainly missed his in and under hard ball get ability and he will compliment the likes of Neely, Conroy and Daniher as he assists the midfield rotation.