Tigers prepare for AFL premiership
WITH less than three weeks to go before the season opener against the North Coffs Kangaroos the Grafton Tigers AFL Club are hurriedly preparing for another crack at the North Coast premiership.
The coach for the past two seasons, Grahame Blackwell, has gained some help from former Ulladulla coach Rod Newman.
The pair are working well together and with their joint knowledge and experience in the game the club and players are reaping the benefits.
As well as a change in coaching staff the playing roster is enjoying one of the biggest player influxes in recent history with no less than 10 new players keen to pull on the boots this season.
The list includes young key position player Kodie O’Malley and his father Pat, huge ruckman Kieran Pascoe, and classy onballers Joel Sword and Jarrod Meade.
However there are also some very good players moving on as well. The exciting Dale Beaver and Bryce Kurtzman have moved to the Gold Coast for work and big Hugh O’Toole also moving north due to work commitments.
The usual suspects are still going around, including league representative key position players Justin Darby and Daniel Zacek, who are looking stronger and fitter than ever.
Young onballer Tim Whalan is flourishing in his new tagging role while up forward Damien Cameron adds an element to class and speed.
The Tigers train on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Ellem Oval from 6pm. The juniors begin one hour earlier at 5pm and are still looking for players and anyone interested can contact Simone Baker on 0434 011 062.