Aussie rules club full of good cheer
By TONY WHITE
CHEER leaders for a Grafton Aussie Rules Club. Now there's a first.
Westlawn Grafton Tigers Australian Football League Club have enlisted the services of a bevy of young ladies to act as cheer leaders for this season.
Known as the 'Cubs', the group comprises 15 girls aged between 14 and 22 years old.
"We think it will add some colour to our games, provide entertainment during the breaks and it's an opportunity to get the girls/ladies more involved," senior coach Leith Basset said.
"It's certainly a first for the club and the Australian Rules League."
The cheer squad is the brainchild of Tigers supporter, Tegan Beattie.
"Tegan approached us and we thought it was a great idea," Basset said. "
"It will add a new dimension to our club."
Last season the Tigers finished third in the North Coast AFL behind premiers North Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
And the club can boast the League's senior and junior Player of the Year ? Mark Blundell and Dale Beaver.
"Last year was the first time in 25 years a Grafton club had both winners of the Player of the Year," Basset said proudly.
"We're aiming for a big year this season.
"This our 25th year and we have a lot of events planned.
"Hopefully we can get former players along for a few functions and to take an active interest in the club."
This season seven clubs are aligned with the North Coast AFL with Macksville joining the competition.
The League stretches from Grafton to Port Macquarie.
The season commences in the first week of April and Basset has several trial games planned for March to ensure the players are primed for the season kick off.
Players or supporters interested in joining the club can contact Basset on: home 6642 7787, mobile 0419 902503 or club president, Warren Bagnall, home 6643 2821.