Tigers too strong for Hornets

For the third week in a row the Tiger backline was almost impenetrable. Tigers Captain, Caleb Brown led his team to another strong win blanketing the Aspley Hornets forward line out of the game to record a big win at the Den.

At the other end of the ground, the return of Luke Faulkner gave the Tigers too many avenues to goal for the Hornets backline to manage returning a personal haul of seven goals.

However, the Hornets didn’t give it away at any stage battling it out right to the last minute despite the oppressive April conditions.

In the midfield, once again Daly was strong while his capable partner Nikos Keim was at his creative best orchestrating attacking raids for the forwards to capitalise upon.

Dean Hartley and Tom O’Malley along with Bill Stephens make up a miserly group down back and need to be praised for the way the team is performing.

The squad go into the Easter break with three solid wins and will look forward to the local derby with old rivals Kedron on the ANZAC weekend in a clash that hasn’t taken place for over two decades.

Scores: Mayne 24.19.163 d Aspley 10.2.62

Goals: L Faulkner 7, M David 3, T Murtha 2, A Housego 2, L Ferguson 2, S Daly 2, D Smith, T O’Malley, L Bourke, C Sellen, N Keim, G Dillon..

Best: Brown, Faulkner, Dillon, Daly, Hartley, Sellen.


Tigers work hard to get over Panthers

The Tigers forward line was again served very well by it’s veteran contingent with a nine goal effort by Luke Ferguson. Ferguson was unstoppable in a flawless display in the spearhead role.

The Tigers were without Luke Faulkner and Andrew Housego, both absent due to family commitments, taking out the double figures return of the prior week, however Coach Daly prior to the game was very positive about the opportunities that would bring to a couple of young Tigers seeking their first grade opportunity.

However, it wasn’t all one way traffic as the home side worked hard all round the ground to create their own opportunities and didn’t give in at any point. The battle of the midfield was critical in the first half of the game and Daly proved to be the difference winning countless contests to drive his team forward to create multiple forward entries. He was well supported by Nikos Keim who is relishing his opportunity to work in and around this sort of experience and together they make a potent midfield combination.

It was at this time that the Tigers perhaps wasted a lot of their opportunities by trying to share the possession around too much but the success starved Tiger supporters won’t be complaining about that sort of problem.

In another miserly performance the backline lead by Captain, Caleb Brown, shut down all avenues to goal, blanketing the Panthers in almost every opportunity they created. Brown had his two ever reliable key men in Dean Hartley and Tom O’Malley working in sliding defence around him to play pivotal roles in the Tigers rebound work.

Scores: Mayne 15.10.100 d Caloundra 6.6.42. Ferguson 9, Daly 2, McElligot, Howard, D Evans, G Dillon.

Best: Ferguson, O’Malley, Daly, Keim, Hartley, Brown.


Vintage Faulkner starts with double figures

Luke Faulkner started the Tigers season with a vintage display. Faulkner came to the Tigers in 2010 with an impressive record as a leading goal kicker and yesterday the crowd at Burpengary were treated to as a good a display as you could hope to enjoy with all his tricks on display.

The Caboolture Lions had no answer to the Tigers key position men starting with dominant displays down back from Captain Caleb Brown at centre half back letting nothing past as he marshalled his backline troops to enforce a miserly result.

But up forward it was the Faulkner and Housego show as the scores were racking up with unrelenting forward momentum driving the ball their way.

Faulkner finished with eleven goals and Housego five with a further nine goal scorers which would have pleased the Mayne coaching group.

New Coach Daly dominated centre clearances leading the midfield in the early stages of the game until the result was beyond doubt before going forward to cap off a very solid start to his coaching career with two goals.

It was a dominant display all round but there were no big celebrations after the game with recognition of plenty more work in front of the squad to come.

Final Scores: Mayne 28.20.188 d Caboolture 2.8.20 Faulkner 11, Housego 5, Ferguson 2, Sellen 2, Daly 2, Bourke, McElligot, Morrison, Dillon, Smith, David 1.

Best: Faulkner, Daly, Dillon, Housego, Brown, Keim

Daly delivers rousing call to arms at Season launch

New Coach Shaun Daly urged players, officials and supporters to want and expect success in 2014 and not be satisfied with anything less.

A crowd of 120 players, officials, family and supporters were treated to a good old fashioned oration full of passion by Daly in his inaugural coaches address at the 2014 Mayne Tigers Season Launch and Jersey Presentation.

The night was attended by 1973 Premiership Coach David Cearns and three of his team mates in Graham McColm, Greg Street and Peter Clay who were heard to be considering a comeback after the new Coaches call to arms.

MC Danny “Chippa” Craven took the audience through a special night of introductions starting with the new Colts team for 2014. This was followed by a gourmet’s delight put on by Sponsor, Treasurer and Chef Extraordinaire Guy Gardner and his able assistants Sandra Gardner and Albert Thompson. It seems that a good spicy curry is now becoming the food of choice at Tigerland.

The glittering line up of stars presented with their 2014 jerseys commenced with 243 game veteran Andrew Housego as number 1 jersey holder in his 18th season of senior football. Andrew looks as good as ever and is once again raring to go and looking for success, something every Tiger supporter wishes for him.

Other well credentialed players to receive their jerseys were former best and fairest winners, Caleb Brown and Luke Faulkner who with Dean Hartley make up the senior leadership trio. Brown is now in his third year as Club Captain.

The reserves will be lead by a new group of young men in Scott Webber, and former Mayne Juniors Jaxon Quaife and Scott Forrester. Reserves Coach Nifty Miller is very excited about his young team and looking for big things from them this year.

The first round match this Saturday will be played against Caboolture at the new Burpengary AFL standard facility.


Stephens makes the grade

The Mayne Football Club congratulates Andrew Stephens on his selection to the AFL Umpiring panel in 2014.

Andrew is a former Mayne junior who humbly says “he wasn’t much of a footballer but was keen to stay involved in AFL”. Andrew started with the Tigers in under 8’s playing many seasons before looking to try his chances as a Junior Club Umpire. Mayne President Russell Ditchburn recalls Andrew keenly pressing him as a 12 year old for an opportunity to be a club umpire. As soon as Andrew was old enough at 13, he was given an opportunity and it was evident that he was clearly a natural whistleblower.

Andrew came back in under 16’s to give footy another go but was unlucky to sustain a significant injury. It was clearly fateful that umpiring was Andrew’s future.

Andrew’s younger brothers David and Bill also played their junior footy for the Tigers and Bill continues today as a key defender in the senior team.

The Stephens family are true community people with father Richard and mother Alice both being involved with the club performing important roles. Richard performed committee roles in the juniors and continues today as the club Auditor while Alice performed the enormous task of proof reading and referencing the Club History book “From Glory to Heartbreak”.

The club wishes Andrew every success in his continued umpiring career.

Farewell Bruce “Wolf” Steenson (1/5/1960 – 22/2/2014)

The Queensland AFL community said good bye to a much loved friend yesterday.

Bruce Steenson was farewelled by a crowd estimated by the media at approximately 1,000 people. Irrespective of the number that attended, there are many more people that came in contact with Bruce over his 53 years that will be feeling the loss.

The memorial service was held on the oval of the Aspley Football Club at Graham Road, Carseldine where Bruce’s passionate association with footy first began. The enormous crowd of mourners were treated to a history of Queensland football over the last fourty years both in pictures and in stories.

In a service lead by long time family friend, John Bellert, stirring recollections of Bruce’s involvement in football were delivered by Tony Tucker of the Aspley Football Club, Shane Johnson representing the Mayne Football Club, Gary Fitzpatrick on behalf of the Banyo Football Club and Derek Delaney, the Queensland Masters.

Tributes were also delivered by John Ford on behalf of Bruce’s partner of 31 years, Cathy Andrews, Michelle Davis on behalf of his son Michael Dobie and Kevin Crilly, his long time friend and confidante spoke about mateship. Michael Trost of the Aspley Golf Club gave a personal, at times humorous account of his lifelong memories of the wolf man.

Bruce’s mother Gloria courageously urged the congregation to look after their family and to seek a better environment where it is safe to be on the streets late at night.

A collection of pall bearers were hand picked to represent the various periods of his very full life.

After the service, the hearse carrying “Wolfie” left the Aspley oval to a final siren. Family and friends adjourned to the Aspley clubhouse to share their own stories and experiences of a friend whose life had been ended far too early.

5th March 2014

Mayne Tigers Jersey Presentation 2014

To All Players, Members, Family, Supporters and Friends,

The Club will proudly present Jerseys to the players that will represent the Mayne Tigers in 2014 in all three grades, Seniors, Reserves and Colts. 

The Presentation Ceremony will be held as follows; 

Where:          The Mayne Clubhouse, Mott Street, Enoggera 

When:            Friday Night, 21st March, 2014 

Time:              6.30pm for 7.00pm 

Dress:             Semi Formal

Cost:               Entry is $10 per person which includes Dinner and Door Prize Ticket. Drinks at Club prices.

 Bookings:      Essential, please RSVP to president@maynetigers.com.au by 17th March 2014. 

This is a prestigious event for the Mayne Football Club. Everyone who would like to meet the Players who will be wearing the Black and Gold this year are invited and encouraged to attend.

More Sponsorship Packages Available

The Mayne Tigers are seeking player sponsors for the 2014 season. The club is pleased to have renewed arrangements with long term club sponsor GVG as well as gaining substantial support from MB Electrical as the under 18 team sponsor.

Player sponsorships are a key ingredient of the club’s plans to increase awareness of the great things being achieved by individual players and through this initiative, establish long term associations with the community.

An individual player sponsorship flyer has been loaded on this site under the sponsorship opportunities page.

A number of long term sponsors have stepped up again to sponsor players and several new families and local businesses have come forward to support the club.  All of the club's sponsors are acknowledged on the sponsorship page of this site.

All Mayne Tiger supporters are encouraged to recognise and support our sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsoring a player, or if you have any other sponsorship initiatives in mind, please contact Russell Ditchburn on 0413 274 967 or Guy Gardner on 0413 430 902.

Training Begins for 2014

The 2014 pre-season commences this Tuesday night, 14th January 2014 at the Den at 6.00pm.

After a very successful and well attended pre-Christmas programme the club looks forward to a strong start to 2014. A new look coaching group and another influx of youth to the club together with the retention of key loyal players augers well for the season.

The draw for the season has been released and the first game will be played at home against the Nambour and Hinterland AFC on the 29th March 2014. This makes for an eleven week programme in preparation for the first game.

If the pre-Christmas attendance is any indication, there will be tremendous competition for a position in the first team on 29th March.

The coaches and committee look forward to seeing all players, both current and prospective, on Tuesday night.

Mayne Young Guns support Transplant Queensland

Club stalwart Seamus Carrigan supported by Under 18’s Coaches Jarad Marsh and Matty Evans answered the call of long term club physio Ciaran McSherry to support the inaugural Transplant Queensland Charity Soccer Tournament held at the Albion Indoor Sports Centre yesterday.

Ciaran is one of the organisers of this event put together to raise funds and much needed awareness of the significant benefits achieved by organ donation and transplant. He asked the Tigers if they would be prepared to participate and Seamus was the one to rally the young guns to put together a team for the event.

The format was five games over the course of the day consisting of five a side teams with unlimited substitutions. The Tigers had a group of eleven willing participants who enjoyed the day and after playing the five round robin games made the finals. The format was very challenging but it was a great cross training work out for the boys playing the unfamiliar round ball game.

One of the teams participating in the day consisted entirely of transplant recipients who were pretty handy and a living example of the great work of Transplant Queensland.

Ciaran sends his thanks to the Tigers for their support of this important charity.

Mayne Tigers Major Sponsor 2014 - GVG Design Construct

GVG Design Construct Pty Ltd was established in 1997. The founding directors, Guy Gardner and Darryl Vaughan, combined their knowledge and experience as consulting structural/civil engineers and project managers to create a "full service" design and construct business. GVG was further strengthened in 2012 when Simon Betteridge and Geoff Price progressed from long term senior managers to become directors. Simon and Geoff have extensive experience in the construction industry and now control the day to day running of the construction business.

Guy Gardner has had a long association with the Mayne Tigers since his boys, Beau and Sam first joined the Mayne Juniors in 1997 performing coaching roles, providing sponsorship and playing an important part on committees over the last fifteen years. Guy is a Life Member of the Mayne Junior AFC.

Guy and his wife Sandra continue today as hard working volunteers for the club as Treasurer and Canteen Convenor respectively.

The Mayne AFC thanks GVG Design Construct Pty Ltd, Guy and Sandra Gardner for their continued support at all levels of the club.

Please support our sponsors.

Mayne bolsters coaching panel

The Tigers are pleased to announce another important signing to the coaching panel.  Neville “Nifty” Miller is a well known name to Queensland footy having played and coached at many levels since coming to Queensland in the early 1980’s.

Nifty has an enviable playing and coaching record spanning five decades and five states.  He started his senior career at the Wagga Tigers, progressed to play four seasons of VFL at South Melbourne, two years at West Adelaide, six years at Sandy Bay for three premierships  and then on to Queensland to play at Mt Gravatt.  He then went on to an extensive coaching career at Wynnum and Mt Gravatt before taking on representative youth teams in the South East Bushrangers, Western Taipans and the Queensland Under 16 and 18 state teams.

Nifty will provide his extensive experience and support to the senior team and specifically take the reins for the Tigers young reserve grade side.

Nifty will be supported by a playing Assistant Coach in Tom Ditchburn.  Tom has been playing for the Tigers since 1994 when he joined as a six year old.  In addition to over 150 junior games, Tom has played over one hundred senior and reserve grade games with the last three years as reserve grade Captain.  Tom is a dual Graham Walters reserve grade best and fairest award winner.


Club stalwart receives Life Membership

It has been some time since the Tigers awarded a life membership which underlines the price that is placed on this honour at Tigerland. At the recent Club Champion Award night this rare honour was bestowed on long serving senior coach Mitch Ferguson.

Ferguson, a Cairns product, first ventured to Brisbane in 1993 to study at the University of Queensland and in a fateful decision decided to join the Mayne Tigers. He debuted in the seniors in 1994 playing two seasons before returning to Cairns to teach in 1996.

After several years working in Cairns as a high school teacher he was lured back to Brisbane and at the same time resumed his footy career at the Tigers playing for three more seasons before sustaining a severe back injury which cut short his senior playing career in 2004. However, his love of footy and teaching combined to encourage him to take up a coaching position as understudy to Rob Dickfos as the reserve grade coach for seasons 2005 and 2006. Dickfos moved on after 2006 and Ferguson jumped at the opportunity to take the head coach position in 2007.

It has been a tough road for the Tigers over the intervening years but at the same time it has been one of slow renewal and much credit goes to Ferguson for his range of effort across the footy club’s core activities. Whilst there haven’t been any additions to the trophy cabinet, there has been a strong increase in the depth of the playing personnel as well as the way in which the club presents itself and works as a cohesive unit.

President Russell Ditchburn, who has also worked as one of the coaches under Ferguson was very pleased to be the one who presented this honour after having a very close relationship over the last seven seasons working together. Ditchburn gave an account of the many activities that Ferguson has undertaken for the Tigers over his time at the club in addition to his playing and coaching record. This included a committee position, marketing and finding sponsorships, fundraising, hosting club functions and working with the Mayne Juniors assisting junior coaches.

Ferguson’s impressive record includes six years at the helm, which is the third longest serving senior coach for this proud club. He had a short break in 2011 stepping down as Head coach but still worked with Luke Faulkner as bench coach before taking over again in 2012.

In his response to the award, Ferguson was truly taken aback by the announcement given that he is rarely out of the inner sanctum of the club to know all the goings on.

The Mayne Tigers proudly congratulates Mitch Ferguson for achieving this award.

Evans makes it two in a row

The Club Champion Medal Night was another successful evening for Danny Evans as he took out the Graham Walters Trophy for being adjudged the Best and Fairest Player in the reserve grade for the second year in a row.

Evans played eight games out of a possible sixteen while making six senior appearances during the season making this an extraordinary effort. After returning to the reserve grade he dominated the back end of the season taking out eight of a possible twelve maximum votes on offer in the last four rounds to storm home and take the lead from second placed Luke Radonich who held a handy lead after round 12. Radonich himself received a call up in round 16 to the senior team making it impossible to hold off Evan’s charge.

The Peter Ives Player’s Player trophy was awarded to Scott Webber in a good news story of a player making the transition from rugby league in the middle of 2011. In a rare effort, Webber has worked tirelessly to learn the game to such an extent that he broke through for a senior appearance in the last round of the season. Webber also picked up the most improved award.

In a season of renewal the reserve grade awards were otherwise dominated by a new wave of young players fresh from the under 18 class of 2012 with Eddy Newman taking out the Best First Year Player, while Reece Herrick, Stew Settle, Scott Forrester and Shaun Harvey also collected awards.

The youth now available in the reserve grade squad bodes well for the Mayne Tigers in 2014.

Daly top Tiger in 2013

Shaun Daly capped off a remarkable debut season for the Mayne Tigers taking home the coveted Keith Beavis Club Champion Medal at the Tigers’ presentation night on Friday night. With 3 rounds to be counted it was Caleb Brown holding a slender lead before Daly charged home for a popular and much deserved win.

Recruited from the powerful Albury Tigers Football Club, the powerful centreman dominated possession despite heavy attention from taggers each and every week. Armed with the fastest hands in the league Daly recorded an incredible number of handballs and also averaged over 8 tackles per game.

After thanking his partner Steph and his coaches, team mates and supporters, Daly took the chance on stage to reflect on his move north to Brisbane and the Mayne Tigers in 2013:

“Once I accepted the offer to move to Brisbane with work I started to talk with local footy clubs. After my first conversation with Mitch (senior coach) on the phone we just sort of clicked, we had the same ideas on footy and the way it should be played…I am so sure now we made the right move coming to Mayne…the club has been terrific in helping Steph and I settle in with lots of couples at the footy each week too.”

Part of the attraction in moving to the Tigers was the chance to continue to develop his coaching skills with Daly taking over the reins on match day a number of times throughout the year. With club stalwart Mitch Ferguson now stepping aside Daly will take on the role of playing senior coach in 2014.

“I am really excited about the coaching role and know that we have a huge amount of work to do to be successful…to the playing group I can assure you that it will all be worth it…the feeling of playing in and winning grand finals lasts forever”

Daly also was awarded the Mick Nolan Players Player trophy as voted on by each member of the senior side each week.

Caleb Brown finished runner up to the club champion after a magnificent year kicking 40 goals as a centre half forward and 17 year old Henry Leung was named rookie of the year after playing 15 games in the seniors. Other award winners included Sam Paterson, Dean Hartley, Jeames Gillett, Ben McElligott and Corbin Sellen.

Mayne Tigers look to the future

The landscape of football in South East Queensland rarely stands still for long. AFL Queensland announced a review of the competition structures a little over a month ago with a view to accommodating power clubs from the reduced NEAFL Competition. This has meant that a new or perhaps some might say old QAFL structure was an option to be reintroduced between the current Division 1 and the NEAFL

Inevitably, this has meant that the Mayne Tigers have had to sensibly review their position and consider making an application to play in the higher competition. Club President, Russell Ditchburn met with Michael Conlan of AFLQ to fully understand the criteria expected including adherence to the six pillars necessary to be considered and met such that the club would be eligible to be accepted into the new QAFL. In considering that information and consulting with the playing membership and the genuinely active support base, a decision was made by the committee to not make an application for the QAFL.

In making that decision, the club has made a strong commitment to continuous improvement in all of the areas necessary to meet the AFLQ criteria in the future and build a strong club that can genuinely compete in the highest league. It is important to recognise that the club has made significant improvements in on and off field structures over the last two years with increased off field support, broader coaching resources, greater playing depth, consistent and committed sponsorship and more financial planning and certainty.

The club is very aware of the high regard that it is held in by AFL Queensland and is very pleased that the peak body has made a strong commitment to the club to assist with infrastructure needs and do all that is necessary to help the club improve its position in the years to come.

The Mayne Tigers will be working on a new Strategic Plan which takes into account all the positive aspects of the club as it stands today with a view to a clear direction for 2014 through to 2019.

In the more immediate timeframe, the club has already announced internally the appointment of a new coach now that long term club stalwart Mitch Ferguson has stepped down to tend to his growing young family. Russell Ditchburn thanked Mitch, on behalf of the club for all his hard work over many years as he has given everything possible to the club and set it up for future success with the culture that he has fostered in the club.

The Club recently announced internally the new head coach for 2014 is Shaun Daly. Shaun was recruited from the Albury Tigers for season 2013 as a playing assistant coach after a very successful and decorated career including being the winner of the 2011 Ovens and Murray League Medal. Shaun has proven to be a tremendous addition to our club both on and off the field readily gaining the respect of his playing peers and the club administration. Shaun came to Queensland with a long term view of his professional career with a transfer in his work as an accountant with Crowe Horwath and to establish himself in a football club where he and his girlfriend Steph could make friends with like minded people. We are very fortunate that is with the Mayne Football Club.

Shaun has provided the Committee with a comprehensive plan that he intends to implement as soon as possible which will build on recent progress.

The Club is pleased to also announce that Danny Craven has accepted the role of Director of Football for the Mayne Football Club starting immediately. Danny is well known to all in the Queensland Football Community having served as a player at the St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Bears, before going on to coach senior premierships at West Brisbane and Mt Gravatt. Danny has also been a junior premiership coach at the Everton Wolves while watching the progress of the Mayne Tigers. Danny will steer the football department using his extensive experience while providing leadership and mentoring to the coaching group.

Furthermore, the club welcomes back Shane Johnson. Shane has a long association with the Mayne Tigers, having played 123 senior games after moving from Tasmania in the mid 1970’s. Shane was appointed as the first Junior Development Officer of the club and was instrumental in making the club a junior powerhouse in the early 1980’s. He has been a successful premiership coach at senior level and he is highly respected and well known to the wider Queensland football community having also served in senior roles at the Brisbane Lions and in consultancy positions to the AFL. Shane has a wealth of knowledge and his network of football contacts across the country is exceptional. He has always maintained a close eye on the club assisting in many ways over the years. Most recently, Shane chaired a review of the club’s operations at the end of season 2012.

Shane will provide coaching support as well as utilise his knowledge and network to assist the club in recruitment, fundraising, marketing and promotion

Importantly, the Club’s Major Sponsor in GVG has recommitted to the Club in a strong showing of faith in the committee and the new football department for 2014 and beyond.

The club would like all of its supporters to know that it is putting a strong focus on a sensible and sustainable approach in looking to the future and it looks forward to competing in the new QFA Northern Conference in 2014.

All supporters are encouraged to be involved in Season 2014 in any positive capacity that they think they can assist and benefit the club.


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