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 email@example.com 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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Gallant finals charge ends at hands of Gorillas
Despite the best efforts of the boys on Saturday it was not meant to be with Grange charging home to record an emphatic 5 goal win at Everton.
The late withdrawal again with an ongoing virus to veteran Andrew Housego diminished the marking power of the Tigers and Grange took full advantage with a 4 goal burst before the Tigers steadied to draw level at quarter time.
Injuries to key players in Nikos Keim and Sam Paterson presented a challenge to the coaching staff however the group managed to settle and then mount another charge and drew level again at 3 quarter time. Shaun Daly managed to shrug aside the Grange taggers and was well supported by Dean Hartley down back. Spencer Greville was also prominent with incisive runs through the middle of the ground.
The match was headed for a dramatic climax but Grange finished the better of the two teams kicking the last 4 goals of the game to run out 32 point winners and clinch 5th spot for the finals.
It was a case of so near but so far again for Mayne who now finish the season with the Magpies at Everton on Saturday.
Goal Kickers: L. Bourke 3, C. Massingham 2, L. Faulkner 2, C. Brown 2, C. Sellen , S. Daly , J. Collings , B. Davies
Best Players: S. Daly, D. Hartley, S. Greville, N. Aldridge, C. Massingham, L. Ferguson
Warm and sunny winters day turns bleak on Gold Coa
Mayne went into the much anticipated clash with Palm Beach on Saturday with high expectations yet within half an hour were all but blown off the park by a powerful and sometimes belligerent Lions outfit.
On the end of a 9 goal to 1 first quarter Mayne toiled away in the second and managed to stop the bleeding to some effect and entered half time in desperate need of a spell. To that point only Shaun Daly and Dean Hartley were in any sort of form and coach Ferguson implored the team to regroup and return fire.
A fired up Tigers outfit then blasted a 7 goal to nil volley to stun the local crowd with Luke Faulkner destroying a number of opponents deep in attack. Only 15 points down now at the last change and the boys were back in with a sniff.
Further forays into attack went unrewarded in front of goal in the last term by Mayne and were punished by a resettled Lions combination. Palm Beach cruised to a deserved 30 point win on the back of a 5.1 to 2.5 finish.
With 2 games to go 5th placed Mayne meet 6th placed Grange in a local derby of epic proportions on Saturday at Everton.
Goal Kickers: L. Faulkner 3, C. Brown 2, S. Daly 2, N. Aldridge , J. Gillett , L. Bourke , L. Ferguson , J. Duffy
Best Players: S. Daly, S. Paterson, J. Collings, S. Greville, D. Hartley, D. Smith
Mayne break Weyba Rd spell
After being on the receiving end of plenty of lopsided scores at Noosa over the past 9 years, yesterday's 108 point victory was a long time coming. Buoyed by a 6 goal effort from captain Caleb Brown the Mayne Tigers were in control for most of the afternoon. An explosive 11 goal second quarter set up what was an historic win and a fitting reward to the players and supporters who ventured up the highway.
Corey Massingham returned to form with 4 goals, Luke Faulkner was prominent all day and Chris Paterson played his best game in Tigers colours.
The boys now move to 5th spot on the ladder and take on PBC down the coast on Saturday afternoon.
The day was further enhanced by wins in both the reserves and Colts making for a historic day.
Goal Kickers: C. Brown 6, C. Massingham 4, J. Collings 3, J. Gillett 3, C. Azzopardi 2, L. Bourke , C. Paterson , C. Sellen , A. Potter , N. Keim
Best Players: L. Faulkner, C. Massingham, C. Paterson , C. Brown, C. Azzopardi, J. Collings
Housego's heroics not enough as Tigers slip up in
Fielding perhaps their strongest side in quite some time the Tigers were confident of a huge showing against the Demons on Sat at Everton. Even with intermittent showers throughout the afternoon it appeared as though the conditions might favour the home side.
From the start the game was one giant arm wrestle with both sides cracking in at the contest and nothing more than 2 goals seperating the lineups all day. Housego was enormous in the ruck and again showed why his Testimonial Dinner on Wed night will be a popular event. Nic Aldridge was a welcome return to the side and enjoyed the wet track but the same could not be said about a number of team mates who struggled underfoot.
Despite copping a red and yellow card the Demons were still coming at the Tigers with 5 minutes on the clock and kicked the last 3 goals of the game to destroy the home side. Mayne appeared to be out on their feet and didn't respond with the coaching panel unable to find a winning combination in the midfield.
This week it is the toughest road trip in the competition with Noosa at Noosa.
Impressive Display from Tiger Boys
The large majority of the senior side had never played at the University home ground before Saturday's clash against the students. After a clinical 123 point victory it appears as though the Mayne boys may have found a liking for the surface. Up against a willing opponent it took until the start of the last quarter for the scoreboard pressure to really build. The Tigers stuck to the plan despite the Uni boys flooding numbers back and with 13 goal kickers were able to find a regular avenue to goal.
Corey Massingham cashed in with 5 goals, Dom Smith was busy through the midfield and Taylor Murtha kept a tight rein on the Uni spearhead throughout the match. The coaching panel were very pleased with the way the boys finished off the game in what was a disciplined and unselfish display from the side. The victory has the boys well placed heading into an epic clash against the Demons on Saturday at home.
Goal Kickers: C Massingham 5, D. Smith 3, C. Brown 2, J. Gillett 2, S Daly 2, C. Sellen , L. Bourke , S. Greville , N. Keim , T. Ditchburn , J. Duffy , A. Potter , D. Evans
Best Players: D. Smith, S. Paterson, S. Daly, C. Brown, N. Keim, C. Sellen
Tigers' Pay Tribute to Club Stalwart
Andrew Housego has been with the Mayne Tigers for the best part of 18 years.
A model player, ambassador and captain, Housego is beloved in the community and the heart and soul of the football club.
Later this month, Mayne and the wider football community will have the opportunity to celebrate the career of Housego, with a testimonial dinner to be held in his honour.
Mayne president, Russell Ditchburn, speaks volumes of the impact Housego has made on the football club and community, highlighting his loyalty and character.
“He truly is the cornerstone of our group, 10 years as captain and 18 years at the club, he is a tremendous guy and a perfect example of what a role model should be,” Ditchburn said.
“When people ask me who my favourite player at the club is, at the top of my list every time is Andrew. From my perspective he could have played at any level, but he has been extremely loyal, even through tough periods.”
Mayne coach, Mitch Ferguson, expressed his gratitude for what Housego had contributed throughout his career, emphasising the significance of the night.
“What Andrew has done for the club, the players and the community over the years is immeasurable. It is important to honour champions and show an appreciation for all the effort they have put into their career, so the dinner is very important for everyone,” Ferguson said.
The dinner will feature former racing writer Bart Sinclair as MC and guest speakers Kelso Wood and AFL Hall of Famer, Robert Walls.
Ditchburn believes the night will be one to remember.
"The dinner gives the club and the community the chance to honour Andrew for being an exemplarily serviceman. Having Robert (Walls) there as a keynote speaker is exciting and I think it will be the highlight of the evening,” Ditchburn said.
The dinner will be held on July 24 at 7pm at Allan Border Field, Albion.
Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a two course meal plus drinks. Contact Murdoch Campbell on 0418 181 200 to book your ticket.
Mayne star suffers season ending injury
Despite running out 81 point winners at home on Saturday the wider Tiger community's thoughts are with young gun Tom Falconer. In the 5th minute of play Falconer was knocked senseless when in possession on the half forward flank. Unable to take his kick he was carried from the field and straight to hospital where he was later diagnosed with severe facial injuries, requiring surgery later this week. Losing Falconer and with Shaun Daly receiving a yellow card and being sidelined when remonstrating in support of the young Tiger, the team needed to regroup and hold on for the remainder of the quarter. The result was a 3 goal deficit at the first break.
After regaining their composure the boys swung into action in the second term and kicked 8 goals to 2, however lost key defender Tom O'Malley with a hamstring tear. Sam Paterson provided terrific drive out of the centre, with Jeames Gillett and Corbin Sellen dynamic up forward. It was more of the same in the second half with the Tigers capitalising on the Bombers turnovers and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Tom Ditchburn had his best game of the season along with the ever reliable Dean Hartley who enjoyed an entertaining battle with his opponent all afternoon.
With the bye this weekend the boys will welcome back a number of players from injury layoffs including the return of stalwart Luke Ferguson who arrives back this week from an extended business trip overseas.
Best Players: C. Sellen, C. Brown, T, Ditchburn, J. Duffy, J. Gillett, L. Faulkner
Goals: C. Brown 7, C. Massingham 4, L. Faulkner 4, J. Gillett, 3, B. Davies 1, D. Evans 1, S. Paterson 1, C. Sellen 1.
Hard Working Tigers Edge Past Spirited Roos
The Tigers rolled their sleeves up and were made to work extremely hard against a young and energetic Roos outfit on Saturday at Everton. Going into the game Mayne held concerns over the pace and enthusiasm of the Roos and it wasn't until midway through the 3rd term that the boys cracked the game open. Again it was the defensive pressure all over the ground that made life easier for the Tiger's defence with Tom O'Malley and Henry Leung turning in big games.
Caleb Brown and Liam Bourke finished off some terrific service from the midfield division and Chris Patterson toiled manfully in the middle all afternoon.
A 68 point victory was reward for a classic all round effort and stands the group in good stead for another home game this time against the Burleigh Bombers on Saturday.
Goal Kickers: C. Brown 4, L. Bourke 3, S. Greville 3, D. Smith 2, J. Gillett , D. Evans , C. Sellen , T. Ditchburn , B. Davies , M. Jones
Best Players: S. Daly, C. Brown, H. Leong, T. O''Malley, J. Duffy, D. Smith
Faulkner return outstanding
It was a welcome relief for the Tigers faithful to see Luke Faulkner get through the clash with Sandgate unscathed. Faulkner has had a tough start to the season with injury, although any disappointment on field was tempered by the arrival of young Archie in good order a few weeks back. Yesterday, it was vintage Faulkner in the 12 goal win against arch rivals Sandgate as he racked up a ton of possession, kicked 2 goals and took the odd hanger.
Spurred on by an encouraging last month of footy the Tigers started the game on song and as Tom Falconer snapped truly early on it looked liked the boys were set for a big one. Shaun Daly monstered his opponents throughout the afternoon and linked up well with his stablemate Josh Duffy. 16 year old Alex Barnes had a terrific day out kicking 3 goals and Liam Bourke had a day out scooting around the forward line.
Coach Ferguson was thrilled with the commitment to the contest and singled out the defensive unit for an excellent performance.
" It was important to not let the young opposition into the game at any stage and the boys followed the game plan brilliantly. Sandgate were willing and no doubt will be a force in the competition sooner rather than later"
The reserve grade also put in a strong performance to lead all day to finish with a solid win making it two years in row that the Tigers have taken out the daily double.
The boys now face an in form Maroochy Northshore at home on Saturday
Goal Kickers: A. Barnes 3, L. Faulkner 2, C. Brown 2, J. Gillett 2, L. Bourke 2, C. Sellen , D. Smith , T. Falconer
Best Players: S. Daly, D. Hartley, H. Leong, L. Faulkner, L. Bourke, A. Barnes
Lions pull off great escape
It took them all day to get there but with only 30 seconds on the clock PBC managed to kick the goal that put them in front claiming a pulsating 5 point victory. The Tigers were understandably gutted and left to rue a couple of defensive errors late in the final stanza. In windy conditions it was all Mayne early with Tom Falconer, Dean Hartley and Chris Patterson leading the charge and PBC a man down after a red card to Perry-Bolt.
Despite this the Lions still found an avenue to goal in the 3rd quarter kicking 5 majors, setting up a dramatic conclusion. After 3 wins on the trot in a similar situation it wasn't to be for Mayne with the Lions slamming home the winner from outside 50m. The siren sounded with Mayne in attack and PBC jubilant.
We now head to arch rivals Sandgate for what will be a huge game for the 3 grades.
Goal Kickers: C. Brown 3, T. Murtha 2, J. Gillett 2, C. Sellen , T. Falconer , J. Collings , T. Ditchburn , L. Bourke , D. Smith , S. Paterson , M. Laing
Best Players: T. Falconer, C. Brown, J. Collings, A. Potter, D. Smith, C. Sellen
Mayne stars set to miss clash with Lions
Preparations for this weekend's battle with Palm Beach have been rocked by the withdrawal of stars Shaun Daly and Luke Faulkner from the Tiger's squad. Daly will be back in his hometown of Albury attending a funeral whilst Faulkner is still recovering from fractures in his back from a marking contest during a match 4 weeks ago. To add to coach Ferguson's woes veteran Andrew Housego failed to complete training last night and is in serious doubt to line up in the black and gold on Saturday.
Whilst the ommisions of Daly, Faulkner and Housego comes as a blow to the sides chances against the powerhouse Gold Coast outfit, there were encouraging signs from the group on the track last night to cause an upset. The Tigers will need to come prepared to counter the star studded Lions in particular Murphy, Carr and Munro who appear classes above the competition this season.
Mayne in Great Escape
Mayne arrived at Peak Oval on Saturday desperate for the 4 points on offer and left a few hours later mission accomplished. What transpired in between certainly was nerve wracking stuff for the supporters on hand and perhaps even more so for the players on the field.
Cooly jumped out of the blocks with the first 3 goals of the game before Caleb Brown and Shaun Daly started to assert their dominance that continued throughout the afternoon. The Tigers and Blues then went goal for goal until midway through the 3rd term when Mayne skipped 5 goals clear and then with 10 minutes to go on the clock in the final term the margin was over 40 points. Somehow the Blues dragged themselves back into the contest and clawed back the margin to 4 points with Lynch and Haines prominent. Fortunately the siren ended the contest with Mayne still in front and relieved to take home the 4 points.
Corbin Sellen and Jack Collings combined well all day and provided excellent defensive pressure. Ben Davies again turned in a consistent performance and Henry Leung rebounded well after having his hands full in the first half.
The win capped off a remarkable day on the road with the colts and reserves both recording excellent wins.
The Tigers return home this week against competition powerhouse Palm Beach.
Goal Kickers: M. Jones 4, S. Daly 3, C. Brown 3, C. Sellen 2, J. Collings , J. Gillett , S. Greville , C. Azzopardi
Best Players: T. O''Malley, H. Leong, S. Daly, T. Falconer, M. Jones, C. Brown
Tiger Faithful Enjoy Huge Come from Behind Win
Mayne stormed home in the final quarter on Saturday to clinch a valuable win against Noosa ending an 8 year drought against the powerful Sunshine Coast club. In front of a capacity reunion day crowd Mayne kicked 5 goals to 1 with Andrew Housego, Shaun Daly and Sam Paterson leading the charge. Paterson was later awarded the Mick Nolan medal proudly presented by Nettie Nolan who was on hand to witness the Tigers triumph. Nettie delivered an emotional speech, reflecting on Mick's time involved with the Mayne Tigers as a player, coach and father of Ricky, Danny and Dale. She was thrilled with the support she received from the supporters during the day which included the 1973 premiership side.
At one point more than 6 goals behind on the scoreboard, Mayne managed to restructure the lineup in time to find the winning combination. Noosa were relentless and physical as usual and with a few minutes left on the clock the result was hanging in the balance. 16 year old debutant Alex Barnes from Everton Juniors showed a clean set of heels and will remember his first game for some time. In the end though it was a united front in the latter parts of the game combined with a sensational tackling effort which carried the side over the line.
This capped off a wonderful day with both the Ressies and the under 18’s also recording wins to fill the trifecta.
We now face a rejuvenated Coolangatta outfit this Saturday on the Gold Coast.
Goal Kickers: A. Housego 2, M. Jones 2, C. Sellen , B. Davies , S. Paterson , L. Bourke , S. Daly , B. McElligott , S. Greville
Best Players: S. Paterson, A. Housego, S. Daly, N. Aldridge, T. O''Malley, J. Gillett
Mick Nolan Day and Annual Tiger Reunion
The anniversary of the passing of favourite son Mick Nolan heralds great anticipation and desire in the Mayne Tiger’s Den with the annual awarding of the Mick Nolan medal for the best and fairest Mayne Tiger this weekend at the home game against Noosa. The game is played at the closest scheduled home game to Mick’s passing and all players consider this one of the most prestigious awards that the club will bestow in any given season.
The day is also further celebrated now as the annual reunion for all Mayne Tigers, but this year particular emphasis is placed on the following teams of yesteryear, the 1973 Mayne First 18 Premiership team, the 1973 Mayne Colts Premiership team, the 1963 Mayne Colts Premiership team and the 1993 Mayne First 18 finalists.
The club has been advised that players are booked to come in from all around the country for this special occasion to enjoy tales of daring do, some true and some perhaps expanded as the years have passed.
The Mayne Tigers welcomes all past players and supporters to this year’s biggest round of the year at the Den, Mott Street, Enoggera. Carn the Tigers!!