A Ton for Faulkner

Luke Faulkner kicked his 7th goal in the time on period of the second quarter of the clash with the Caboolture Lions at Mott Street yesterday. It was sweet relief for Faulkner as the normally composed character was feeling the pressure of the prospect of achieving the second only 100 goal haul for a Mayne Tiger in 90 years as interest in the milestone had reached fever pitch during the week.

A pitch invasion by dozens of well wishers and supporters halted play in a scene not experienced at Mott Street capping off a tremendous achievement by a much loved Tiger.

The last time this milestone was achieved was way back in 1983 when Dale “Chook” Woodhall kicked 113 for the Tigers. Interestingly for the statisticians, Woodhall and Faulkner both wore number 4 in achieving the milestone.

Faulkner went on to kick a total of fourteen goals to equal his effort when these clubs last met.

Whilst the day belonged to Faulkner, and the score was very lop sided, plenty of credit goes to the Caboolture Lions who battled it out right to the end never giving in at any time.

Once again, credit must go to the Tiger defence that continues to be rock solid with Bill Stephens making the most of his opportunities to get into the action and maintain an enviable defensive record.

Club Captain Caleb Brown was back from a couple of week’s lay off to enjoy some time in the middle and up front which he clearly enjoyed racking up almost fourty possessions and some valuable time in the action.

The Tiger midfield was dominant and it is very clear that everyone is working at full capacity to keep their position in this side as the club approaches the finals. Corbin Sellen went to a new level yesterday as he drove himself to stoppages to get the hard ball and in the process kick five goals in an impressive performance.

Young Zac McLean continues to show he is a player that has a big future as he also achieved significant possessions including five goals from an on ball role.

Unsung midfielder Jake Magill played his usual composed role accumulating possessions as a link player delivering quality ball to a hungry and grateful forward line while it is getting harder to say anything more about the Coach Shaun Daly as he controls his young midfield group like a general.

Even though this was a comprehensive four quarter win, the Tiger faithful will be pleased that it was also an efficient effort with no hint of hubris attached. There are bigger things at stake as the club approaches the important part of the season.

Everyone will enjoy a weekend off with the competition bye next week and look forward to the Caloundra road trip following.

Scores: Mayne 45.27.297 d Caboolture 0.2.2

Goals: L Faulkner 14, Z McLean 6, C Sellen 5, J Magill 4, N Keim, S Daly, J Collings, L Bourke, L Howard, B McElligot 2, C Brown, C Massingham, L Ferguson, J Duffy 1.

Best: L Faulkner, C Sellen, J Magill, Z McLean, S Daly, C Brown.

Tigers made to work by courageous Blues

In stark contrast to the week before Mayne ran out comfortable winners against a young and inexperienced Nambour outfit who, whilst well beaten were courageous to the end at Palmwoods yesterday.

It was another Faulkner and Housego show with both key forwards being on the end of the relentless supply of possession with the former going on to kick another 8 goals to retain his season average while the latter kicked a quick fire four before sitting out the last period of the game to keep fresh for coming weeks.

The backline was a little surprised by the young talent on show from the Blues and needed to step up a gear to take control. Tom O’Malley was once again his ever reliable self coming out of the defensive line repelling the Blues attack and turning it into attack at will. Ben Davies was busy and with his reliable skills has really cemented a spot as a small defender.

In the middle, Shaun Daly racked up a season high possession count as he created opportunities around him, linking up to his young team mates around him. The midfield support of Jake Magill and Jack Collings was superb as they also achieved high numbers but it was their ball use which pleased the Tiger heirachy particularly after the first break.

The young brigade lead by Zac McLean continue to grow in importance to the team and his performance in particular showed great maturity and confidence yesterday.

The Tigers return home to Mott Street next week with Luke Faulkner sitting on 93 goals for the season thus far. Faulkner kicked a season high of 14 goals last time the Tigers met the Caboolture Lions so there is every possibility that he could tick over into three figures this coming week. This is an exciting distraction for not only Faulkner as the club dusts off the record book again. The last time this milestone was achieved was way back in 1983 when Dale “Chook” Woodhall kicked 113 for the Tigers. It was also the only time a Mayne player has exceeded 100 goals in 90 years of the club’s history.

Scores: Mayne 29.16.190 d Nambour 3.4.22

Goals: L Faulkner 8, A Housego 4, J Magill 3, C Paterson, S Daly, L Bourke 2, J Duffy, Z McLean, C Sellen, B McElligot, L Ferguson, J Collings, B Parish, S Greville 1.

Best: T O’Malley, L Faulkner, J Collings, J Magill, Z McLean, S Daly.

Mayne snatch vital win in top of the table clash

In a withering burst of four goals in the last two minutes of their clash with Noosa, Mayne snatched a vital victory to retain their unbeaten record and push three games clear at the top of the ladder.

Noosa burst away in the opening quarter to take a ten point lead at the first break and set the scene for an exciting game. Both clubs were missing some important talent but it was clear that they each sensed the importance of the occasion and there was not going to be any excuses acceptable.

It was a gripping battle of the midfields all day as each fought for ascendency. Mayne coach Shaun Daly was closely checked but still managed to play a pivotal role in proceedings to influence play throughout the day while Nikos Keim was again busy creating opportunities around the stoppages to also play an integral role against the quality opposition.

Tom Falconer was his usual creative self and has been a very handy mid season addition to the Tigers.

In a different looking forward line with Luke Faulkner having a rest, the Tigers proved that they have other avenues to goal, utilising seven goal scorers in the 12 goal game. Taylor Murtha played an important role kicking 3 goals at centre half forward while Spencer Greville played his best game this year to take out the best player accolade for the day.

The backline was without Captain Caleb Brown, also having a break, but the experience of Tom O’Malley and Dean Hartley showed through to limit opportunities.

However, it was the last half of the last quarter that had both club’s supporters on the edge of their seats. Mayne lead by 10 points at the last break which was whittled down to 5 points as the game moved into time on. In a freakish kick for goal, Noosa were able to take a one point lead with two minutes and ten seconds left on the clock.  

Noosa supporters were elated while the Mayne supporters could only look on in hope for a miracle. 

The next two minutes were pure magic for the locals as four centre clearances lead to four goals. The first clearance ended with Spencer Greville kicking a major to regain the lead and ignite the team. This was followed by Ben McElligot winning the ruck and following up his own hit out to score a running goal. Big Luke Howard got into the action crumbing a ball and kicking truly. The icing on the cake was a very composed mark and goal from young colt Zac McLean from outside the 50 to seal the game before the siren sounded. 

Scores: Mayne 12.9.81 d Noosa 8.10.58
Goals: T Murtha 3, J Magill 2, S Daly, B McElligot, T Falconer, Z McLean, S Greville 1.
Best: S Greville, N Keim, S Daly, T Falconer, B McElligot, T O’Malley. 

Really great to see the Noosa guys staying around for a drink to watch the awards presented even though they had a long trip home.

Tigers do it for Housie

It was a very special day for the Mayne Football Club with Andrew Housego lining up for his 250th appearance and nobody was going to be the one to let him down.

The only thing working against this special event was the weather as a sleety cloud moved in just before the game and a miserable drizzle started.

Whilst the Roos were determined to do their best to halt proceedings, the boys in black and gold were relentless, proving to all that it didn’t matter what the occasion and how physical the game might be, they would not be stopped.

Once again, this was a strong win built on a backline determined to blanket any opposition raid. Caleb Brown showed every one of his many skills as he stepped and weaved around his opponent. But it is the way that this defensive group work together that is making it so difficult for oppositions to score . Dean Hartley was once again miserly while Ben Davies is revelling in being a member of this group once again putting in a key performance.

In the middle, it was a small man’s day with a lot of footy on the deck due to the slippery conditions. Nikos Keim, for the second week in a row was outstanding, emerging from places that he shouldn’t dare to travel picking up the hard balls for his team mates. Jack Collings also played a critical role around the tough stuff and was instrumental in the result. 

But it was Luke Faulkner, thinking he was back in Tassie, again making the most of the forward pressure to kick yet another bag ignoring the conditions. 

The next game is the battle of the top of the table with Noosa at the Den. 

Scores: Mayne 15.21.111 d Maroochy 7.8.50  

Goals: L Faulkner 7, Z McLean, L Ferguson 2, C Sellen, T Murtha, D Smith, C Brown 1. 

Best: J Collings, L Faulkner, D Hartley, B Davies, C Brown, N Keim. 

Urban warrior continues to entertain in game 250

Story by Mitch Ferguson 

One of the all time greats of the Mayne Tigers AFC will chalk up game number 250 on Saturday at Maroochydore. Come the first bounce 35 year old Andrew Housego will play it as he always has – with a steely desperation at the contest, iron willed determination and a commitment to the cause that has never waned in 18 years of senior football. To have watched any of the preceding 249 games would provide a highlight reel in itself. Typically there would be a classical contested mark of the football with arms outstretched well beyond the reach of his hapless opponent. A measured run up precedes a booming kick at goal, defensive attributes that extend beyond the bone jarring tackles and physicality at the contest, a “measured” discussion here and there with the umpiring fraternity – all form part of the Housie package. The man defines resilience, durability and loyalty in a day and age where society perhaps does not. His ability to defy the odds time and again in getting up for a game when it appeared an ongoing niggle, strain or cork may have ruled him out, is legendary. Memories of game 150 stand out for those in attendance where he single handedly dragged the Tigers over the line at Everton against old foe Sandgate, battling a shocking ankle injury all week in the lead up.

Nevertheless, for a man who has played alongside hundreds of players over the years, including a record breaking 11 year tenure as captain, very few could or would claim to “know” the great man. Perhaps this in itself provides an insight into the construct of Housie, a man by his own admission “…don't need a lot of motivation, other than pride in my own performance.” 

One of the enduring images for many of his teammates is of their great leader arriving to the game in a tiny Ford Festiva sedan which somehow accommodates his lithe 195cm frame. Despite a very recent upgrade Housie has stuck with the economical Festivas for almost 16 years. For those of us game enough to share a ride with Housie would find that nothing prepares him better for battle than a Keith Urban or Garth Brooks classic. He is a very accomplished Karaoke singer, a dreadful right hand lower order batsmen, talented MC, husband of Jodie and father of 2 beautiful children in Spencer and Abigail and hopeless at golf. Housie is sensational company on all too infrequent (but perhaps with good reason) nights on the town. His loud and infectious laugh and boundless energy ensure a brilliant time for all. At nearly every club function Housie will slip quietly out the door to catch the 12:30am train home to Nudgee where he settled some years ago. No fanfare or fuss. 

Whilst the local footy landscape has changed over the course of his career many of the Housieisms have remained the same. He would at best have worn no more than 4 pairs of boots in his entire career, which could have been an economical choice as much as superstition. He will warm up before training for no more than 30 seconds before leaping into lane work and for the last 10 years of his career has won the coveted “biggest hit of the year” award for his on field exploits. Rarely sighted before March each year in pre season Housie seems to take great delight silencing the knockers – always posting an incredibly quick 3km time trial albeit under the whip from 1200m out and carrying a generous Xmas spread across the girth. 

You would be hard pressed to find anyone in the competition with a bad word to say about Housie.  

When asked to reflect on his 249 games to date Housie has placed the milestone very high up on his list of achievements. He is particularly pleased to be sharing the day with Luke Ferguson and Caleb Brown the only survivors of the team from the old State League days. Whilst he hasn’t ruled out a tilt at the all time Mayne Tigers games record of 284 games, for the moment Housie is happy to be playing with his mates and preparing for a long overdue tilt at the ultimate success this season. 

In a week where one of the Brisbane Lions’ all time greatest players has retired, one of the most respected players in the local competition will clock up a well deserved milestone.    

Tigers tame Lions after ferocious opening

The Kedron Football Club had prepared well for the clash with the Tigers in their first home game played between these two proud clubs since 1989. The Lions stunned the Tigers with their attack on the footy and run and carry to take a quick lead mid way through the first quarter.

The Tigers brains trusts had to scramble quickly to make the necessary changes to take control over the game and pull back the lead to go to the first break with a four point advantage.

After the first break it was all Tigers as the visitors kicked 7 goals 8 behinds in the second quarter with Andrew Housego and Luke Faulkner putting on another clinic as the Redleggers struggled to get any quality possession in their forward half.

Captain Caleb Brown led his backline from the front to blanket any chance of a revival from the gallant opposition. Bill Stephens was miserly while Tom O’Malley, Dean Hartley and Ben Davies operated as one to dominate their opponents after the first break only letting another 2 goals past them in a familiar story.

The midfield received a huge boost with Nikos Keim returning to the firsts after an injury forced layoff and a quick tune up in the twos last week. Jack Collings was superb in his tagging role nullifying the impact of the classy Kedron midfield, a role which he is becoming an expert.

The Tigers now prepare for Andrew Housego’s 250th game next week against Maroochy at Maroochy. All Tiger supporters are encouraged to come along and cheer on this loyal Tiger. He is in vintage form having kicked 5 and 8 goals over the last two games respectively.

Scores: Mayne 22.13.145 d Kedron 8.8.56

Goals: A Housego 8, L Faulkner 7, N Keim, L Bourke 2, Z McLean, L Ferguson, J Duffy 1.

Best: N Keim, C Brown, A Housego, W Stephens, J Collings, L Faulkner.

Daly leads Tigers to Victory over Hornets

The middle of the year has not been a happy time for the Tigers in recent years so often succumbing to horror runs of injuries and university study commitments. With fifteen players out of the squad, there were some changes required but this year the Tigers depth is much stronger.

Coach Daly made it clear to all at training this past week that it was critical that the team get off to a good start as the Hornets would be looking to take a scalp.

The Tigers duly complied commencing with a six goal burst with no reply in the first term and the scene was then set. Daly led from the front once again accumulating over 40 possessions driving his team forward at every chance. He was ably supported around the middle by Gabe Dillon in an equally strong effort.

The Hornets weren’t daunted by the first quarter burst and set about pegging it back courageously coming at the Tigers for the rest of the day.

Luke Faulkner had another big day kicking nine goals while veteran Andrew Housego was not showing any signs of age taking high marks all day and getting amongst the scores with five majors as well.

Tom Falconer was visiting for the weekend and was happily brought into the side to play like he had never left to make his usual impression on the midfield and forward line. Down back it was business as usual with Brown, O’Malley, Stephens and Hartley shutting things down as they developed.

Scores: Mayne 20.18.138 d Aspley 9.3.57
Goals: L Faulkner 9, A Housego 5, T Murtha 2, J Duffy, T Falconer, L Bourke, J Maher 1.

Best: L Faulkner, G Dillon, A Housego, S Daly, J Duffy, T Falconer.

Tigers tame gallant Panthers

In another efficient display the Tiger backline stifled any opportunity for the Caloundra Panthers to mount scoreboard pressure. Bill Stephens lead another miserly effort from the stable back six of Tigers with Dean Hartley and Caleb Brown also taking honours to contribute to a comprehensive win at Mott Street yesterday.

The Caloundra Panthers were down on some of their regular talent with key injuries but some of their younger brigade showed they have plenty to offer and will have benefited from this outing to give their selectors something to think about as the season rolls on. They were far from disgraced but were unable to capitalise on good work in the middle to get on the board often enough.

Mayne ruckman Luke Howard put in another consistent effort to lead his midfield and provide plenty of opportunities for his running support. Dom Smith continues a stellar run in the midfield and once again gave the forward line good service.

In the first week since round one the Tigers enjoyed the services of Faulkner, Ferguson and Housego combining together. The veterans helped themselves to plenty of the incoming ball to accumulate ten goals between them but accuracy saved the Panthers with an almost equal number of points being recorded by the experienced trio.

Young Jack Collings was in everything as well contributing with defensive pressure around the middle and pushing deep into attack.

The competition will enjoy a weekend off as the representative weekend looms large. Queensland play the VAFA at Burpengary in the match of the day on the 8th June while SEQ plays Nth QLD in the curtain raiser. Eight Mayne Tigers have been selected in the SEQ squad.

Scores: Mayne 19.16.130 d Caloundra 6.4.40

Goals: L Faulkner 5, L Ferguson 3, S Daly, S Greville, A Housego 2, L Howard, C Sellen, D Smith, J Collings, T Murtha 1.

Best: W Stephens, L Howard, J Collings, D Smith, D Hartley, L Faulkner.


Faulkner wins Mick Nolan Medal

The Tiger faithful may have celebrated 90 years of footy in the Black and Gold at the Den yesterday but it was Luke Faulkner who iced the cake helping himself to fourteen goals and a unanimous choice to receive the Mick Nolan Medal.

In another dominant display at full forward, Faulkner made the most of every opportunity that came his way either taking exciting pack marks or shooting for goal.

Once again, the back line was impenetrable with Captain Calen Brown marshalling his troops to restrict any chance of the Caboolture Lions breaking the line. However, to their credit, the Lions never gave in and kept attacking right to the last.

The Tigers welcomed back club stalwart Andrew Housego after a three week hiatus and he was quickly back into the action with seven goals and a vintage display.

The absence of Coach Shaun Daly from the lineup with a bout of the flu didn’t stop the midfield as Dom Smith continued on his good form while ruckman Luke Howard controlled the stoppages in the middle and around the ground.

The Tigers play Caloundra next week at the Den in what shapes as an important challenge as the competition moves further into the second round. Mayne will welcome back Daly and still hopes to get experienced midfielder Nikos Keim back into the lineup soon.

Scores: Mayne 37.27.249 d Caboolture 0.1.1

Goals: L Faulkner 14, A Housego 7, Z McLean 3, C Sellen 2, J Maher 2, L Ferguson 2, L Howard 2, D Smith, L Bourke, T Murtha, J Duffy, J Magill 1.

Best: L Faulkner, A Housego, L Howard, C Brown, J Robinson, D Smith.

Mayne Celebrates 90 Year Milestone

The Mayne Football Club comes together this Saturday, 24th May, to once again celebrate the memory of Mick Nolan, the last Premiership Captain Coach of the Tigers.

The Mick Nolan Medal is awarded annually to the player adjudged to be the best and fairest Mayne player in the home game played closest to the date of Mick’s passing. Mick passed away on the 27th May 2008. Mick Nolan moved to Queensland to take over the reins of the Tigers after an illustrious career with the North Melbourne Football Club where he played an integral role in securing their first premiership in 1975. He steered the Tigers to a Premiership in 1982 and subsequently coached the Tigers for many years and played an important part in the survival of the club.

Mick’s wife Nettie will present the Mick Nolan Medal.

This day has evolved into a day of reunion for Mayne Tigers of all ages, sometimes celebrating significant milestones, or just as importantly rekindling old friendships forged in black and gold. In the year 2014, the club also celebrates 90 years since being formed in 1924. The club expects a large roll up of members and supporters to cheer on the 2014 Mayne Tigers as they take the field against the Caboolture Lions at 2.00pm.

As part of the 90th Year Celebrations, the club will welcome Dick Drake, the oldest living player, a premiership player from the 1952 Tigers and Norm Thomas, President of the Mayne Tigers from 1971 to 1974, as the oldest living supporter to share their recollections as part of the Mayne story.

All Mayne Tigers, young and old are encouraged to join in the day which commences with the Colts kicking off at 9.45am, followed by the Reserves at 12pm and Seniors at 2pm. Formalities commence at 1.30pm.

Daly leads Tigers on relentless mission

Coach Shaun Daly stressed to his charges before the clash with the Nambour Blues at the Den that everyone must adhere to their team role and no diversion from the team objective would be tolerated. In an eleven goal to nil opening term he got exactly what he asked for to put any chance for the Blues out of the question.

This was the annual Ladies Day event with all proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation. The Tigers wore pink socks while the Blues got into the spirit of the day wearing pink laces and also donating to the cause.

In a game where the home side dominated by such an extent it was impossible to find a player who did not perform from the once again miserly backline lead by Captain Caleb Brown to the unstoppable forwards of Faulkner and Ferguson.

Gawler recruit Luke Howard once again impressed in the ruck, around the ground and in a stint up front capturing three goals.

The honours did belong to the midfield lead by Daly and Dom Smith who controlled proceedings to continually drive the ball forward and provide the linkages for the attacking raids emanating from the backline. Gabe Dillon did a power of work as well to figure in the dominant group as did Corbin Sellen in what is becoming a repetitive comment.

The Tigers meet the Caboolture Lions at the Den next week in the Annual Mick Nolan Medal Day and Tiger Reunion. The Tigers look forward to seeing Tigers, young and old at this 90th Year Reunion Day of the club.

Scores: Mayne 33.17.215 d Noosa 1.2.8

Goals: L Faulkner 9, L Ferguson 5, L Howard, L Bourke 3, B McElligot, J Duffy, J Maher, C Sellen, S Daly 2, C Massingham, G Dillon, D Smith 1.

Best: S Daly, D Smith, C Brown, C Sellen, L Howard, C Massingham.

City Tigers take Outright Top Spot

In a battle worthy of a top table clash, the city based Mayne Tigers reigned supreme to secure outright first spot and remain undefeated after six rounds.

In a sometimes spiteful affair, there was no quarter given or asked by either side.

Mayne got off to a good start to lead the first quarter with a two goal margin on a fast track and the game was set for a wrestle. However, Mayne could not trouble the scorer in the second stanza while Noosa looked too strong and too fast piling on five goals and taking an effective four goal lead at the main break.

Coach Daly gave an impassioned speech to all his charges to want the ball and want to win. This is exactly what he got with Noosa only able to score two more goals for the second half while Mayne kicked away with four and six goals respectively to win an emphatic victory.

Luke Howard in the ruck provided the dominance needed in the big man division around the ground as well as in the air and is now really earning his stripes while serial pest Corbin Sellen once again was in everything creating turnovers and opportunities to keep Mayne in the game.

Evergreen Luke Faulkner maintained his average with seven more goals despite plenty of attention from a quality backline.

Scores: Mayne 15.7.97 d Noosa 10.5.65

Goals: L Faulkner 7, S Greville, C Sellen, C Brown 2, D Smith, L Ferguson 1.

Best: C Sellen, L Howard, L Faulkner, C Brown, S Daly, B Davies.


Tight tussle at the top

In a closely fought encounter for most of the day, the Tigers ground down Maroochy to break away and record a strong win at the Den.

Once again the back line remained rock solid allowing the Roos forwards little air holding them to a miserly two goals for the day.

The gusty conditions were particularly tricky adding another dimension to the game which both sides found difficult to master.

Dean Hartley was a stand out down back, but as usual the Brown, O’Malley, Stephens combination with the insertion of Ben Davies this week were working with him as a team to deserve credit for the ultimate result.

Coach Daly, once again racked up possessions at will recording forty two touches for the day in what seems like a team rule to go through him. He was well supported by Jack Collings in and around the middle while Ben McElligot continues to play a strong role.

Corben Sellen didn’t put a foot wrong all day and was once again at the head of the tackling list creating turnovers and defensive pressure all around the ground.

Up forward, the two Lukes didn’t have it all their way this week as the Maroochy backline had a plan which they executed all day to restrict the Tigers to their lowest return so far this year and make the game a fascinating contest to watch.

It is a battle of the Tigers next week as the club heads off on the hardest road trip of the year to Noosa in a battle for the top. Both teams are five from five and it promises to be a fascinating contest.

Scores: Mayne 8.13.61 d Maroochy 2.10.22

Goals: L Faulkner, L Ferguson, T Murtha 2, L Bourke, W Stephens 1.

Best: D Hartley, S Daly, J Collings, B Davies, C Sellen, B McElligot.


Local derby reignites old rivalry

For the first time in around 20 years former inner north side arch rivals Mayne and Kedron clashed at the Tigers home ground yesterday. 

After a hard fought contest the Tigers prevailed by 40 points scoring eight goals to three in the second half after the Lions had worried the home side with their commitment to the contest and their skill level with ball in hand. 

The Tigers fitness stood them in good stead on another humid day, although at times they were ragged under pressure, something that they will have to alleviate from their game if they want to play and do well in finals. 

Billy Stephens was superb down back with his disciplined play, courage and closing speed. 

Luke Faulkner and Luke Ferguson were strong key forward targets sharing 12 goals between them, whilst coach Shaun Daly was his usual industrious mid field self with 30 odd touches. 

Others to do well were Taylor Murtha with his dash, skill and reading of the play across the mid field and at half forward, Corbin Sellen who played his role well, and Ben McElligott who was good in the ruck after being crook all week. 

Jack Collings also had plenty of the footy, but his performance was marred by being sent off at the start of the last quarter.

This week we host another contender in Maroochydore, at Mott Street, who will be on the rebound after a narrow loss to Noosa.

Scores: Mayne 17.14.116 d Kedron 10.16.76

Goals: L Faulkner 7, L Ferguson 4, T Murtha 2, L Bourke, C Sellen, D Smith, M David 1.

Best: W Stephens, L Faulkner, S Daly, T Murtha, L Ferguson, C Sellen.

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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