Tigers optimistic about 2005 local AFL season

Grafton Tigers coach Leith Basset is expecting big things from his side when the North Coast Australian Rules Football competition begins.

The squad resumed training three weeks ago, with most players from last year's side committing for another season.

"The upcoming season is looking pretty promising," Basset said.

"Everyone has been training really well in preparation for whatever this season holds and we are quietly confident of improving on last year's great effort. We have maintained a large portion of last year's side, and we have been very impressed with the new recruits that are already becoming part of our club."

Basset has split training between Ellem Oval and the Grafton Pool in a bid to improve both the fitness and skills of his players.

"We've done some good work at Ellem Oval running and developing the necessary skills and fitness required, as well as beating the heat a bit by training at the Grafton Pool," he said.

"It has provided an excellent base for both Rick Hayman (Under-18 coach) and myself to have both the teams firing when the season finally starts."

In 2004 the Tigers made the semifinals only to be defeated by Woolgoolga, while the Under-18s reached the preliminary finals.

The Tigers will hold a sign-on day and jumper presentation at the Crown Hotel, Grafton, in the near future. A date has not yet been finalised.

If you are interested in joining the club in any capacity you can contact either Warren Bagnall on 6643 2821, or Basset on 6642 7787 or 0419 902 503.

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