ON THERUN:Grafton Tigers Under-18s in action on Ellem Oval.
ON THERUN:Grafton Tigers Under-18s in action on Ellem Oval.

Young Tigers bound for AFL semi-finals

By TIM HOWARD

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

A FOUNDING member of the Grafton Tigers AFL Club was a bit miffed over a story pronouncing the 2005 season a disaster for the Valley's footballing codes.

Bill Bennett, who turned out for Tigers when the club formed 25 years ago, said the Tigers Under-18s will be playing today for the minor premiership when they meet lowly-placed North Coffs on Ellem Oval.

Bennett's son, Nathan, will turn out with the young Tigers today, carrying on the family's football traditions.

The Tigers are just behind competition front-runners Nambucca Valley, which they have beaten in their only clash this season.

In fact the Tigers gave the leaders a bit of a touch-up, winning 9-16-70 to 1-16-22.

Bennett's only worry is that at this late stage of the season North Coffs will forfeit the game.

"We need to play them as we need to get the percentage points," he said.

Bennett said the Under-18s deserved to win the club's first premiership after an outstanding season.

"They are a great bunch of kids and they have played the type of football that wins competitions all season," he said.

"Coach Rick Hayman has got them playing a good brand of footy."

The Under-18s game kicks off at 12.30pm this afternoon. The seniors game will follow.



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