Friday, October 24, 2014

Wall of Fame


FLOYD PRIMMER – Our First Premiership Coach

Floyd Primmer is a legend within himself. The name Primmer associates itself with the Tigers Club from 1935 through to Floyd’’ death in 1987. During his latter years of life Floyd was an avid supporter of the Tigers and attended games on a regular basis.

His long association commenced in 1935 when transferred to Queanbeyan after playing with Carlton in the VFL and Albury in the Ovens and Murray League. A strong and robust centre-man, he Captain \ Coached the Tigers in 1935, 1938,1939,1949 and 1941. He had the rare distinction of coaching three successive premiership teams.

After a long break from the coaching scene he again held the Tigers coaching position in 1952 achieving success with the Queanbeyan \ Acton combined side of that year taking the side into the grand final.

Floyd represented Canberra in 1935 against Broken Hill, in 1937 against the Victorian Amateurs in which he was Captain, attended the All Australian Football carnival playing against Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania in 1938 and against NSW in 1939. Floyd was named amongst the best players in each of the above mentioned games.

His powerhouse interest of Australian Football was also felt off the field where he performed the following duties with the Tigers Club: Committeeman 1936, 1940. CFL Delegate 1939 and Secretary 1941. Floyd Primmer – at the time – our most successful coach.

BRIAN QUADE – Our legendary Coach

Brian Quade had successful coaching periods at East Wagga in the Riverina Football League and with the now defunct Manuka Football Club in the ACTAFL before joining the Tigers as 1st Grade Coach in 1984.

Following this appointment Brian guided the Club into its first ACTAFL Grand Final in 24 years, winning the flag in a thrilling triumph over the highly fancied Ainslie Tricolours. From 1985 to 1992 he led the Tigers into a record equalling eight successive grand finals for four premierships in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1991.

During his time with the Club he also coached the ACTAFL Representative team on many occasions with considerable success winning the Fosters Shield in 1986, a competition involving Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales.

When Quadey officially announced his retirement from the Clubs senior grade coaching role at the completion of the 1993 First Semi Final there were few dry eyes amongst the many players, supporters and officials who were crammed into the rooms to hear the final words of this great man. The air was full of emotion as a number of Club Officials spoke highly of the “Quade Factor” in the club which extended beyond the playing field to the administration of the club and counselling of young players.

His ten years of guiding the Club through its most successful period will not be forgotten. Fortunately he has remained actively involved in the organisation in various capacities including committee, Chairman of Selectors, ruck coach etc.

His personal qualities and his long involvement in the game of Australian football were recognised in 1997 by the AFL by way of his appointment as a Director on the AFL (NSW \ ACT ) Commission and as Chairperson of the ACT \ Sapphire Coast Regional Board. These two important bodies are responsible for the development of the game throughout NSW.

Life Membership and admittance to the Tigers Wall of Fame in addition to the Australian Sports Medal are individual awards received in recognition of his valuable contribution to our game.

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Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson gained Life membership and induction to the Tigers Wall of Fame in 1992 for his magnificent career with the Tigers Club which included 200 First Grade matches.

“Ando” played with the Junior Tigers before graduating into the Senior ranks making his senior debut in 1976 against Manuka at Jamison Oval. Over the next few years he had two stints with Footscray (now Western Bulldogs) in the VFL (now AFL) in addition to his final tally of 229 1st grade games with the Tigers.

He was recognised as one of the best players ever produced by the Tigers and so it was odd he never won the Clubs Best & Fairest Award.

He was Club captain in 1986 and 1987; a premiership player in 1985, 1988 and 1991 whilst also being a prominent member of the 1989 Reserve Grade premiership team after missing the majority of the season with injury and major illness. He represented the ACTAFL on many occasion’s including being a member of the famous ACT team that defeated a VFL Representative team at Manuka Oval in 1980.

He has performed the duties of Assistant Coach of the Tigers 1st Grade team in 1984 and 1985 whilst in the year 2002 took over the role of conditioner mid season. Ando also coached the Tigers Reserve Grade team during the season 1993 and 1994. He continues his involvement at the time of publication as Match Day Assistant to both 1st and Reserve Grades.

MERV STRANG – Player \ Coach \ Administrator

Merv Strang was a member of the famous foot-balling family from Albury [ NSW] and on his arrival in Queanbeyan in 1938 he make an immediate impact kicking 126 goals for the season and playing in the Grand Final team of that year.

He was also involved in a three way tie for the 1938 Mulrooney Medal with team mate Tom Kelly and Manuka legend Jack Dorman. Kelly winning the award on count back. Merv however annexed an independent public award for his brilliant season. (Both Merv and Jack Dorman were to later receive a Mulrooney Medal each as the League adopted a new policy of awarding the Medal when tied voting occurred)

Merv played in excess of 100 first grade games for the Tigers including the great 1939, 1940 and 1941 premier sides filling the full forward, roving and centre positions in dashing style kicking 138 goals in 1940.

He was a regular ACTAFL player. Merv Strang proved himself a fine club person holding the positions of Treasurer in 1939, 1940 and 1945 whilst occupying the position of Secretary in 1946. He annexed three Club Best and Fairest awards in 1940, 1942 and 1943 and Coached the Tigers in 1945.

Stan Anderson

Stan Anderson

Stan Anderson played most of his football career in and around Melbourne. A rugged defender “Ando” played and \ or Coached VFA Clubs Box Hill, Yarraville and Dandenong before transferring to Canberra in 1959. He joined the Acton Football Club and then transferred to Queanbeyan in 1960 and was a member of the Tigers 1961 Grand Final team which was defeated by Ainslie by eight points in wet weather conditions. He has been a devoted Tiger ever since.

He played senior football well into his forties for the Tigers before allocating many of his varied talents to the art of sports medicine. From approximately 1965 through to 1997 he was head of the sports medicine department of the Tigers Club often having to strap all three teams by himself – so little was the off field support staff at the Club during some years of terrible existence. Stan was a devoted one eyed supporter of the Club and he along with wife Bernice and family were the driving force behind Queanbeyan’s struggle to survive in the late sixties, early seventies.

Stan received Life Membership of the Tigers Club in 1972 and the ACTAFL Merit Award in 1983 for the valuable service he rendered to Australian football for Queanbeyan and the ACT. His proudest moment arrived when son Robert was drafted to VFL Club Footscray in 1982, returning after two stints with the Bulldogs to play an important part in the revival of the Tigers Club during the eighties.

Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong is highly regarded as one of the most outstanding players ever to have joined the Tigers Club during its eighty year history.

He moved to the Canberra / Queanbeyan District from Wagga in 1993 to attend University and was coerced to play with Queanbeyan through the tremendous friendship of Brian Quade with Riverina Legend Greg Leach.

Leachy coached and played for East Wagga and NSW and on learning of Mark’s pending move to Canberra quickly informed Quadie of this naturally gifted player who had played only a handful of senior grade games with the East Wagga Club.

As a seventeen-year-old he was approached by a number of AFL Canberra Clubs eventually choosing the Tigers over some of the more financially based organisations.

During his first game, Tigers Legend Alan Muir noticed this strapping young bloke on the playing field and quickly asked his name. Misunderstanding Mark for Merv, (and as the Clubs long serving correspondent for the Queanbeyan Age) “Merv” Armstrong was given a glowing report by “Rear-up” in the paper and ever since has been known – affectionately as Merv to all and sundry.

At the tender age of 28 he is highly decorated with most awards glossing his trophy cabinet. They include:

  • 200 1st Grade games with the Tigers – the 200th being registered with a 104 point victory over Eastlake on May 2, 2004.
  • AFL Canberra Representation on 23 occasion’s being Captain in 2002 and 2003 .
  • Tigers 1st Grade Best & Fairest on three occasion’s 1996, 1998 and 2003.
  • Tigers Captain – 2000 and 2001.
  • All Australian Country Football Representative 1998.
  • Selected in the ACT Canberra Team of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 being named Captain in 2002 and 2003.
  • Tigers Premiership Player 1998,1999 and 2000 and Grand Finalist in 1994, 1995, 2002 and 2003.
  • Playing Coach of the Tigers – 2002, 2003 and 2004.
  • Named in the 1999 – AFL ACT Legends Team covering 75 Years of Football – the only current player – then still playing – to be named.
  • Supplementary player for the Sydney Swans.
  • Runner-up in the Leagues most prestigious Mulrooney Medal on three occasion’s.
  • Presented with two AFL Canberra Player of the Year Awards.

In addition to the above he has been an inspirational leader of the Tigers Club since his early days in the organisation. His love of the game and the Club can not only be gauged by his dedication to the organisation but his willingness to promote and develop himself as an ambassador within AFL Canberra. His determination to achieve Wall of Fame status in the Tigers Organisation stems from early admission to the Tigers 100 Club at which he stated his intentions of “one day being on the wall”. Tonight he achieves that goal along with the many other personal goals he has already achieved in life which at the time of this recognition includes a lovely wife Kellie and son Jack .

His achievements with the Tigers Organisation rate in the legendary category. Up there with the best. Tonight – 14 August 2004 – the Tigers Organisation – admit this talented individual to the prestigious Tigers Wall of Fame.

James Black

James Black

Inspirational – the only word to describe the awe-inspiring Jim Black. Rated as one of the best rovers seen in the ACT Australian Football League “Blackie” commanded respect from every player and it was no coincidence the Club enjoyed many successful seasons whilst he donned the black and gold jumper.

His career commenced on winning the ACT Junior League Best and Fairest awards in the U – 15’s (1968), U – 16’s (1969) and the U – 18’s (1971 – 1972). At the tender age of 15 he played his first senior game for the Tigers and was invited to play with the famous Collingwood Football Club in the VFL, however declined due to personal reasons.

Blackie won his first 1st Grade Best & Fairest for the Tigers in 1974 and followed this achievement with similar award winning efforts in 1977, 1978 and 1980. He was runner up for this award in 1971, 1976 and 1979 and despite missing eight competition games in 1978 was runner up to Mike Demaine in the Mulrooney Medal. Demaine joined the Tigers from West Canberra the following year.

Serious knee injuries finally succumbed Jim Black to retirement after 191 1st grade games and 18 ACTAFL Representative matches which included the historical and memorable win over the Victorian Football League in 1980.

Jim was a loyal club person who also performed creditably in 1980 as senior grade coach. He is a member of the Tigers elite 100 Club and was named in the ACTAFL Legends Team in 2000 – a team selected from all players who had played ACTAFL football in the then 75 year history.

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Gary Bullivant

Gary first became involved with the Tigers Organisation in the early seventies. He commenced an administration role with the club under the leadership of Dave Imrie who at the time had served the Tigers as President during the long and protracted period of gaining a licence for the proposed club in South Queanbeyan.

Gary served the committee as Secretary from 1983 and was elected in as President in 1993 of the Licensed Club – a position he still occupies today after 11 years at the helm. During this time the club has grown enormously and has become a prominent and successful business operations in Queanbeyan supporting many and varied community activities.

In addition to the enormous amount of time and effort required to preside over an increasingly large business operations he maintained an active interest in the development of the football operations of the Tigers.
He served as game day statistician along with another long serving official Van Rakowski for ten years before joining the ranks of the Clubs Sports Medicine Trainers in 1994. He along with Fred Gisik have been integral members of the First Grade teams during this time in particular the triple premiership years of 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Gary has been recognised by the Licensed Club and Football Operations with Life Memberships being awarded in 1999 (Football) and 2001(Licensed Club) for his outstanding efforts as a voluntary official of the Tigers Organisation.

Much of his devoted life towards the Tigers club can be attributed to the support given from his wife Clair and other family members.

Roger Cuschieri

Roger Cuschieri

Roger finally played his 100th 1st grade game for the club in 1995 after having played his first senior grade game in 1984. In and out of the top team on many occasions during an era when the club fielded some of its best ever teams, his fitness and dedication and improvement of his own style of play rewarded him with a regular berth in the top grade later in his career. Along the way he also notched up well over 100 reserve Grade games for a total in excess of 200 Club games. He won the Reserve Grade Best & Fairest in 1991 and 1992.

More affectionately known as Cush, he has been a regular committee person for many years in addition to successfully coaching the Under 18 grade team to a premiership in 1987. He played in the 1985, 1989 and 1990 Reserve Grade Premiership teams as well as being a participant of the 1992, 1994 and 1995 First Grade Grand Final teams. Although missing out on a First Grade premiership his contribution to premierships in 1985, 1998, 1999 and 2000 as the team’s runner shows his great passion for the game and the Club.

Doug Daniel

Doug Daniel

Doug Daniel was awarded Life Membership and inducted into the Wall of Fame in 1992 for his magnificent achievement of playing 200 1st grade games.

Doug also started with the Junior Tigers and went on to play 238 1st grade games, second only to Tony Wynd at the end of his playing days. He was also a regular ACTAFL Representative player who participated in nine 1st Grade Grand Finals for Premierships in 1988, 1989 and 1991.

After retirement he continued his association with the Club and was appointed Assistant Coach of the 1st grade team to Michael Kennedy in 1995 and to Des Campbell in 1996 in addition to being James Dore’s assistant coach in the 1998 1st Grade Premiership team.

He also Coached the Tigers Reserve Grade side in 1998, 1999 and 2000 of which the 98 side participated in the grand final. In the years 2001 and 2002 Doug became a valuable off field assistant to all senior grade coaches. At the time of publication Doug is the NSW / ACT RAMS Under 18 Grade Coach in Canberra – a positron he has held for three years.

Doug was awarded the Alex Jesaulenko Medal for best on ground in the 1988 Grand Final.

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Chris Davis

Chris moved to the District in 1994 to attend University – following in the footsteps of his great friend Mark Armstrong both of whom had enjoyed successful Junior Australian Football careers at the East Wagga Football Club.

As a raw seventeen year old, he became well known for his uncanny ability to manoeuvre through the most difficult situations on the football arena – and to this day – some 12 years later is highly regarded amongst his peers as a tremendously talented and dedicated person to the Tigers Club.

His dedication is no more highlighted than that of Season 2004, when due to an injury he lost considerable form and played the majority of the season in Reserve Grade. Not many players would have continued to play a role in the Club in such circumstances but to his great credit he persevered and by years end could have considered himself unlucky not to have regained a 1st Grade position for the 2004 Grand Final. He subsequently played in the Reserve Grade Grand Final being named man of the match in a standout performance.

This Reserve Grade Grand Final appearance compliments an impressive list of 1st Grade Grand Final appearances which include the 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003 matches with victories in the famous three consecutive record equalling Premierships of 1998, 1999 and 2000.

He has Represented AFL Canberra on nine occasions and was named in the ACT Team of the Year in 2002. His positioned being at centre half back, where his tremendous marking, play on style of football and long kicking abilities has ranked him amongst the best in the business.

“CD” has been an extremely dedicated and loyal servant of the Queanbeyan Tigers Club. Rarely has he asked for more – than loyalty to himself – a rare quality found amongst players in this day and age – and for that reason, the Queanbeyan Tigers Club are most grateful and proud to have had a player and person of such high quality as a member of its organisation. At the time of publication he continues to play at the top level. He played 174 1st Grade games and 26 Reserve Grade games to reach the 200 Club games mark and admittance to the Wall of Fame and is expected to reach the 200 1st Grade game mark next season – 2006.

James Dore

James Dore

James Dore eats breath’s and lives footy. His passion is undeniable. He is one of the standout former Coaches of the Tigers Club.

From his quiet by nature approach to players at each break of a game, to his fiery and somewhat uncontrollable times during a match in the coach’s box, no one can deny his passion for the game.

Incredibly James Dore joined the Tigers as a Committee person on the Board of Directors of the Licensed Club after he moved to the region from Country Victoria. A qualified Accountant he was appointed Treasurer of the Tigers Licensed Club in 1998 – a position he still holds at the time of publication.

Before moving to the Canberra / Queanbeyan District he had an enormously successful playing career with Nar Nar Goon, Pakenham, Wycheproof and Mildura Imperials totaling over 300 Senior Grade games between 1965 and 1989. In addition he Coached four senior grade premierships in and around the Gippsland area after which he held Development Officer positions at both the Carlton and Essendon Football Clubs.

Obviously with those credentials and a member of the Licensed Board of Directors he did not go unnoticed by the Football Organisation of the Tigers Club and when the following turn of events occurred in late 1997 – he eventually – after much persuasion accepted the position of senior grade coach of the Tigers Club.

It would be one of the coups of coaching appointments in the Canberra District for many years. Although the Club knew little of his character or his incredible manner he became one of the most valuable acquisitions the Club had procured for some time. His impact on the Tigers Club would be felt for many years with three of the most incredible Premierships ever obtained in the history of the Club – and all in succession.

The first – the 1998 Premiership came about after the club had lost approximately 35 players from there listing of players from the previous year. This resulted in the Club not being able to field at team in the Under 21 / Under 19 Grade competition. They gained few recruits during the off season and at the first training sessions James attended, no more than 12 players turned up for a quote of “what have I got myself into” unquote.

During the lead up to the first game three of the new recruits decided to pack up and go home whilst the Clubs leading full forward was advised he would be transferred to Adelaide for work within weeks. In an amazing start to the season, the Tigers reeled off eight straight victories to lead the competition for most of the year and then progressed into the grand final after defeating Belconnen in the second semi final this after suffering a heavy defeat in the last home and away match by that same opponent.

The following year, the Tigers once again would meet Belconnen in the Grand Final only to upstage them again, this time with a team of players riddled by injury with no less than nine players carrying some type of injury into the deciding match. In one of the best Grand Finals witnessed at Football park, the Tigers posted three goals in time in to win the match by 16 points – Tiger legend Tony Wynd playing in his last match for the Club posting the second last goal to seal what was an incredible victory.

The third consecutive premiership victory was obtained over Eastlake after they had given the Tigers an almighty pasting in the second semi final. The victory was certainly a feather in the cap of James Dore who had suffered serious illness during the season and against the Club that had signed him only three years earlier only to back down on promises, subsequently losing him to the Tigers.

James Dore has been a fantastic contributor to the organisation both as a Coach and as an Administrator since 1997 and he will well be remembered for his enthusiasm, unusual personality and most importantly great friendship during his period with the Tigers Club.

Ron Fowlie

Ron Fowlie

Ron Fowlie – better known as “Chook” to all and sundry has given tremendous service to the Tigers Club in many fields of Administration and without doubt has justly earned the title of “Mr Football”.

He played all his junior football with the Tigers before graduating into the senior ranks playing both senior and reserve grade football albeit only a short career due to knee injuries.

He has many fine attributes with his enormous work rate in any capacity being a feature particularly in the organisation of football teams and functions being his specialties. Along with Dave Imrie, he was one of the main instigators of the building of the Tigers licensed club which when came to fruition was a dream come true for the hard working young administrator.

Since the opening of the licensed club – and with Chook at the helm of the day to day administration of football – the Tigers have won every premiership title and every individual award available from the ACTAFL and the now newly named AFL Canberra.

This includes the following:

  • Five Club Championship Awards
  • Seven 1st Grade Premierships with participation in 14 of the past 18 Grand Finals (up to and including the 2002 season)
  • Three Reserve Grade Premierships from 6 Grand Finals
  • Two Under Age Premierships: Under 19’s – 1983, Under 18’s – 2002 with the Under 21’s appearing in the Grand Final in 1987
  • The 1st Grade team has appeared in 21 consecutive finals appearances since 1982.

Ron Fowlie has held most positions in the Tigers Organisation, achieved many individual awards and appointments at State level.

They are as follows:

  • QAFC Secretary 1973 – 1974
  • President 1975 – 1980
  • Director 1981 – 1988
  • Secretary Manager Licensed Club 1983 -1984
  • Chairman of Football 1985, 1987 – 1988
  • Chairman of Selectors 1976, 1987 1988
  • Member of Building Committee 1976 – 1980
  • Under 19 Grade Coach 1983 – 1985 (1984 Premiers)
  • ACTAFL Delegate 1973 – 1988
  • ACTAFL General Manager 1980 – 1983 (First ever appointment)
  • NSWAFL Executive Director and General Manager Sydney AFL – 1986
  • Founder \ organiser of the Tigers prestigious 100 Club
  • Founder \ organiser of the ACTAFL 200 Club
  • Awarded Life Membership of the QAFC Ltd in 1985
  • Received National Football League Merit Certificate – 1985
  • Awarded the Honour of carrying the Year 2000 Olympic Torch
  • Awarded the Australian Sports Medal – 2000

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

This block-busting player participated in many matches with our Junior Organisation before progressing to Senior Grade ranks. Originating from the small township of Ardlethan in the Riverina and moving to Queanbeyan with his parents at a young age, Jason was always destined to play a high standard of Australian Football. After making his debut for the Tigers in 1990 he played 95 First Grade matches before being recruited to the West Adelaide Football Club in 1996.

Before his departure he had played in a number of Grand Final and Premiership teams including the following – the 1989 – Reserve Grade and 1991 First Grade Premierships, 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1995 – 1st Grade Grand Finals – all lost to the Ainslie Football Club.

On his return Jason became an integral part of the record equaling triple Premiership teams of 1998, 1999 and the year 2000. To his credit he played an enormous part in developing on and off field mateship during these Premiership years which were enormously taxing on all participants. He has since played in another Grand Final being the year 2002, which totals nine 1st Grade Grand Final appearances.

During his long senior grade career with the Club he also represented Canberra on 10 occasions, finished runner up in the 1995 Mulrooney Medal and won the Tigers 1st Grade Best & Fairest in the following Years 1995, 2000 and 2002.

His enormous on field ability was recognised with selection in the All Australian Country Representative team in 1998 selected at the National Carnival held in Bendigo. He has also been honoured with appointment as Captain of the Tigers 1st Grade team in 2002, a position he retains today.

He played his 100th 1st Grade match for the Club in 1998 and most recently played his 200th Club Game being made up of 8 Reserve Grade Matches and 192 1st Grade matches.

Jeff Gilbert

Jeff Gilbert

Jeff joined the Tigers as an inspirational young player at the age of 19 from Ardelthan in 1987. He had won the Ardlethan Clubs Senior Grade Best and Fairest in 1986 and was destined to do the same at the Tigers during 1989 and 1992.

Throughout his long association with the Tigers he has been one of the most consistent, determined and hardest players ever to don the famous black and gold colours of our organisation. He also was somewhat of a rebel in his initial years returning to the red and yellow stripes of Ardelthan in 1988 – one year after joining the Tigers. He returned the following year to play in his second Grand Final appearance for the Club this time annexing the 1989 Premiership. The following year he was off again, this time being drafted by the Sydney Swans where he established himself as a quality player during one of the Swans strongest years in the AFL.

In 1991 he rejoined the Tigers Club, played in another Premiership and was an integral playing member of the Tigers organisation particularly the 1998 and 1999 Premiership teams until he retired after the year 2002 Grand Final loss. (Mind you Jeff retired ever year after each season had concluded and was notorious for his Monday night injuries and sausage eating abilities).

In total Jeff had played in 9 Grand Finals for four Premierships, accumulated 190 1st Grade matches, 5 Reserve Grade matches, and Represented Canberra on 11 occasions.

He won the ACTAFL Player of the Year Award in 1993 and was admitted to the Tigers 100 Club in 1994.

Fred Gisik

Fred Gisik

For many years the Tigers Club have had the wonderful and professional services of a group of voluntary Sports Medicine Trainers.

During a period of over 25 years the late Stan Anderson held the reigns as the face of chief strapper (as they were called) assisted by the likes of Alan Jones and John Lynch plus many other faces.

Now our players are cared for by the ever reliable and hugely popular group of volunteers including the duo of Fred Gisik and Gary Bullivant. They are the real backroom boys, just two of a number of people who volunteer their services in the Sports Medicine Field to assist our players prepare for matches each weekend and at training three nights per week.

The Gisik name stretches back to the late seventies when Fredís younger brother Wally became a senior grade player with the organisation as well as serving on the Tigers Football Committee. This in addition to Presiding over its Junior Club.

Eventually a young Gisik came through our Junior teams graduating into the Under 19’s and then into seniors. That being young Rod, a promising player throughout his Junior career. His eventual placement into the Senior Club commenced the career of his father into the field of Sports Medicine with Fred occupying a position of trust amongst our players since 1991.

Having “Freddie” on board has been of enormous benefit. His popularity amongst all concerned within the organisation can not be questioned. Not only does he provide his services in a voluntary capacity but also along with the lovely ìDiddlesî – his wife of some 30 plus years – sponsor the Tigers Club each season. Not many clubs anywhere could boast the support of such an individual providing a huge amount of his time each week while assisting the Club in a monetary way providing sponsorship. Further – both Fred and Diddles provide the after match refreshments for the Reserve Grade each week – no charge and no reimbursement ≠ we don’t dare to offer !!!!!!.

A transport driver by employment, there would be few days whereby ìFreddieî would not be up and running before sunrise, work throughout the day often driving to Sydney and back ≠ off loading and then arriving at training before most players – to then strap and look after our players to well after 8.00pm. This in itself is a magnificent effort considering he provides his services each weekend of the football season from 8.30am on match days assisting the Under 18 grade team to well after 5.00pm when the 1st Grade complete their match.

He has a physical job during the day ≠ and a tough job after work. The amount of time some players spend in the backroom really does test this mild mannered mans temperament.

Rod Gisik

Rod Gisik

Now that young bloke ≠ who is probably the reason Freddie has spent so much time with the Tigers Club ≠ Rod, played his 200th Club Game for the Tigers during 2006.

This being a combination of 147 1st Grade matches and 53 Reserve Grade matches. Along the way he was a participant of the three consecutive First Grade Premiership teams of 1998, 1999 and 2000 while also be a participant of the 1995 and 2002 1st Grade Grand Finals and 1992 and 2004 Reserve Grade Grand Finals.

ìGisî graduated into the Senior Club by way of the Under 19ís of which he Captained and won its Best and Fairest Award in 1993. His 1st Grade debut in the same year was under the guidance of legendary Coach and mentor Brian Quade. However his talents had been recognized by the Senior Football Organizations in 1992 when awarded the Alan Stein Memorial Trophy for Most Promising Junior, a year in which he also played in the Reserve Grade Grand Final.

A year of consolidation as a senior grade player in the Reserves in 1994 was rewarded with a runner up Best and Fairest Award in this grade. What followed has been a remarkable journey for this hugely popular player. He has been a regular member of the Tigers First Grade team ever since 1995 with the exception of 1997 (overseas) and 2004 (injury).

Awards have been numerous but include the 1st Grade Most Improved player in both 1995 and 1998 and Best Utility on 2001.

Wally Gisik

Wally Gisik

Wally Gisik has been associated in one way or another with the Tigers Football Club since his late teens, having progressed through the clubs junior and senior organisations both as a player and as a administrator.

His association throughout the last 20 years has been one of extreme loyalty, dedication and commitment to whatever cause he devoted his time. On the field there was no other player with the passion and spirit he showed to his fellow teammates.

As an Administrator, Wal was unique. His strong, likable and sometimes outrageous personality always came the forefront, especially after a few social drinks. Wally came through the junior ranks, serving on the juniors committee for a short time before taking over the reins as Junior Club President – a position held for 3 years. He continued to coach junior teams and represents the Junior Board of Management during a crucial period in which the Senior Organisation was laying the basis to obtain sufficient community support to build a licence club in South Queanbeyan.

History now avails itself of a liquor license being granted to the Tigers Club in 1982, with construction of the building commencing soon after. Wally served on the initial board of Directors as Vice President a position he held for 14 years.

Wally had a long association with the Football Management of the Tigers Club – which ran separately to the License Club prior to becoming co- Chairperson (alongside partner in crime Ron Fowlie) in 1986.

It is a testament of Wally’s commitment to the Tigers Club that it won every Premiership and Award available to an ACTAFL Club during his time as an Administrator. The dream of many former club associates to establish a licensed club premises and to promote and develop our game in Queanbeyan has been highly successful. Wally’s contribution is worthy of special commendation.

Only a few people closely associate with this lovable character will truly know and appreciate the real work behind a successful football club. Wally’s involvement on match days from early morning to late afternoon for the twenty years defies imagination. This dedication has been recognised by both the Senior and Junior organisations with Life Membership being awarded in 1987 and 1988 respectively.

A quote from Premiership Winning Coach Brian Quade. ” Wally has been a tower of strength covering many aspects of the administration and playing side of the Tigers. His capacity to entertain the troops on many occasions has helped ease the tension of defeat and set us on course for the next encounter”.

Michael Goiser

Michael Goiser

Michael Goiser is a product of the Queanbeyan Tigers Junior organisation and highly regarded as one of the most astute players ever produced within the Senior Club. He played in the 1987 Under 17 Premiership grade team whilst representing the ACT Junior Australian Football League at most levels of participation.

Michael became a member of the Tigers 100 Club in 1993 after commencing his 1st grade career in 1986 under the guidance of Senior grade coach Brian Quade. He would have played in only a handful of Reserve Grade matches during his 200 1st grade games with 99% of the matches being played in the fullback position. Indeed he was regarded as the best full back in the League and represented the ACTAFL on 21 occasions with great distinction in this position.

More familiarly known as “Gois” his quiet manner but influential attitude resulted in the Club appointing him as First grade Captain in 1996 – a position he held for four years. Probably his proudest moment(s) were that of 1998 and 1999 when holding aloft the back to back premiership trophy(s). These premierships amongst many other highlights including the 1998 and 1989 Premiership titles. In addition he played in history making third consecutive Premiership title of the Year 2000 and was later to become Coach of the Tigers Reserve Grade team in 2002 whilst still playing in the top grade. Add to this is election to the Board of Directors of the Tigers Licensed Club in the Year 2000 and it is little wonder he holds a special place in the history of the Tigers organisation. His total 1st grade games played as of the completion of 2002 was 243 – second only behind the legendary Tony Wynd (347).

Geoff Gosling

Geoff Gosling

Geoff Gosling joined the Tigers Club as a player in the late seventies after moving to Queanbeyan from the township of Griffith through his employment with the local courts. Although not overly blessed with enormous football talent he certainly made emends with his courage and dedication to the club both on and off the playing field.

Whilst playing for the Tigers he also became actively involved in the day to day administration of the junior club where he held the position of President for many years. Under his leadership the junior club became a very successful breeding ground for numerous players who eventually graduated into the senior ranks to become premierships players in what eventually developed into the greatest era of the clubs history.

A great knowledge and passion for the game did not go unnoticed by our friends from across the border. He was enticed to take on the role of Secretary of the ACTJAFL, a position he occupied during 1986 to 1988 before moving into the role of Treasurer in 1991.

After a break from the game (due to family commitments) his passion for AFL re-ignited and he rejoined the Tigers Club in 1997 to assist at the tribunal appeal hearings before taking on the position of Chairman of Football in 1998, a position he still occupies today. He has since guided the organisation to three successive Premierships – 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was renown for his positive attitude towards attempting to equal the long-standing record of three successive premierships obtained by the 1939, 1940 and 1941 teams – this being achieved under difficult circumstances.

In addition to the many hours he has given (guiding the Tigers Senior Football Operations) he also occupies a position on the AFL Canberra Executive as well as being a member of the NSW/ACT Regional Board.

His Life Membership of the Queanbeyan Tigers Junior Organisation (awarded in 1986) and the Life Membership of the Tigers Football Operations (2002) is a testimony of the respect he is held within the Tigers Organisation. In addition – his services to Sport were recognised by the Australian Government with an Australian Sports Medal.

He also received an Australian Football Foundation Merit Award in 1990 for services to Junior Football. His family and Annie have been great supports of his endeavors with the Tigers Club and have been very patient of his activities for the Tigers Club.

Bob Griffen

Bob Griffen

This chap is probably one of the best known sporting identities in the district particularly in AFL and Rugby League circles.

A former player of the Tigers Club during which time he posted 151 1st Grade matches, Bob Griffin is an absolute legend in both codes of football due to his enormous physical strength and toughness he displayed when playing either code. In his retirement away from the playing field he became an active volunteer in numerous capacities but especially as a masseur, of which he is rated as one of the absolute best.

With the Tigers Club he was highly regarded as a strong defender in some of the best teams ever fielded by the Club, particularly in the fifties when Queanbeyan and Acton formed the famous Combine teams which participated in five consecutive grand finals for three premierships in 1953, 1954 and 1956.

ìGriffoî being a member of the undefeated 1956 team surrounded in that team by legends of the calibre of Alan Muir, Harold Williams, Roy Watterston, Roy Williams, Bill Gadd and Lindsay White.

He played in some very difficult times with the Tigers Club in the early sixties during which time he Coached the Senior Grade team in 1965.

After retirement he was coaxed back to the Tigers Club in the mid seventies when he became Chairman of Selectors under the leadership of Coach Kevin Delmenico. During this time, the Club enjoyed success on the field with high quality sides that played in the finals series between 1975 through to 1979 unfortunately incurring many injuries to key personal which limited their abilities to achieve ultimate premiership success.

He has always enjoyed his time with our organisation during which he also gained an enormous reputation world wide for his expertise in the Sports Medicine field of massage particularly with the Canberra Raiders Rugby League Club in their formative years and then hugely successful premiership years. He has travelled the world with the Australian Rugby League International team for Test Series matches in England and France and enjoyed a similar masseurís role with the NSW State of Origin Team.

In addition to treating injuries incurred by way of the footy field he also assists many Australian and local sporting stars plus the elderly at George Forbes House in Queanbeyan along with numerous citizens who frequent his home for the love of his ìrough handsî.

Griffo assists our sports medicine team previously being a member of the volunteer group during the premiership years of 1998 ≠ 2000. He has always welcomed injured players into his home for treatment regardless of whether he has been directly involved with the organisation or not and considers the Tigers Club as one of the best organisations he has been involved in.

One of the great sporting larrikins, Griffo is never shy of letting you know how he thinks or feels towards anyone and with his quick witted nature, can put the most confident of person back into the smallest of holes.

But the biggest secret of the toughest guy in town is that he canít watch his team play. He is too nervous to watch and is often seen either resting in the change rooms while the game is being played or leaves for home during the match.

Bobbie Griffin ≠ a true legend of the Tigers Club

VAN RAKOWSKI – 200 Club games \ Treasurer

Van Rakowski was born in England and immigrated to Australia with his parents two year later. After settling in Queanbeyan, he commenced playing Australian Football at an early age with the St Gregory’s schoolboy teams, graduating into the Tiger Junior and senior grade teams at an early age.

His talents were easily recognised by Queanbeyan Officials who were looking for youngsters to build the Club into a competitive unit. The Tigers were described as the easy beats of football during his early playing career and often struggled to field teams. On many occasions players were expected to “back up” after playing lower grades to make up the numbers. In this regard Van was always available and was a strong competitor in all grades.

Although never reaching representative level in senior ranks, van produced many memorable 1st grade matches as a wingman \ ruck rover with his pace and strong marking ability being a feature. He was awarded Life Membership in 1979 for his valuable contribution as a player in achieving 200 Club games of which 157 were 1st grade matches.

Whilst in retirement, Van was enticed back into the football world in 1984 as Treasurer of the Licensed Club. His sincerity and honesty in this position is exemplified by the success of the licensed club through Vans thorough knowledge of accountancy and strict budget control. He served as Treasurer for five years before taking over the position of Secretary which he held for a further seven years. He also assisted on match days with the onerous task of providing statistics for ten seasons.

Frank Hopkins

Frank Hopkins

Sporting headlines from the edition of the Canberra News of Wednesday 10, 1971 “Queanbeyan in trouble – Australian Rules dying where it was born”. That headline clearly depicted the clubs predicament and near extinction during the late sixties, early seventies.

It was only special people of the calibre of Frank Hopkins and Noel Miller whose sincerity and complete loyalty to the Club in a very unique way kept the Tigers alive.

Both rarely played our great Australian game however their involvement and support went way beyond the call of any volunteer. Their long and respective association(s) with the Club commenced back in the fifties with Noel as a player and Frank as a Team Manager.

Frank Hopkins involvement centred around his three sons Ronnie, Dennis and Brian all of who are members of the Tigers 100 Club. Ron played 200 Club games for the Tigers and was awarded Life Membership in 1980. Dennis played 158 1st grade games and Brian 146 1st Grade games. Franks wife Norma was an active supporter and worker of the Ladies Committee with both receiving Life Membership in 1971 for their efforts.

Franks enormous contribution to Australian Football was recognised by the ACTAFL in 1975 with Life Membership whilst he also received an Australian Sports Medal in the Year 2000 for services rendered.

The enormous voluntary service given to the Club by this very loyal gentlemen will never be surpassed. During his respective term(s) as Team Manager he has received the utmost respect from all members of the Tigers Club. This is particularly so with the players who have shown great commitment during the tough years when Frank enjoyed his time as team manager.

Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

Being a former South Australian, Dave knows only too well the value of our great Australian game of AFL. Transferring in the Navy to Harman in the early nineties, his player abilities were well above that offered by our associate Club – the Harman Hoggs of the Canberra and District Football League, therefore Dave decided to try his hand at AFL Canberra level with the Tigers Club.

He joined the organisation in 1994 and has been a regular senior grade player during this time – although freely admitting his disappointment of being “not good enough” in 1997 for 1st Grade selection. This in fact made him a more determined player and to prove a point, he became an integral member of the triple premiership teams of 1998, 1999 and 2000 in addition to playing in other Grand Finals, unfortunately without success including the 1994, 1995, 2002 and 2003 deciders.

In addition he has played in two Reserve Grade Grand Finals being in 2001 and 2004. In 2005 he was once again reinstated into 1st Grade selection and posted his 150th 1st Grade math during the season.

A tough, physical player “Stumpy” has been a tremendously valuable person to the Tigers Organisation whether on or off the field of play and like Chris Davis, has never ask for any more than Club loyalty for his efforts and now the club gives due recognition for an outstanding on field career that has spanned 12 consecutive years. Whether as an on ball player, wingman or on the half forward line rarely would you fail to see a 100% effort from one of the tremendously popular players of his time.

Dave Imrie

Dave Imrie

Dave Imrie moved to Queanbeyan in the sixties from the small NSW country township of Tulibigeal in the Riverina District. He was an accomplished player at both Australian Football and Rugby League.

He immediately became involved in the Tigers Club passing on his many varied skills to his three sons Colin, Alan and Bruce. Both Colin and Alan went on to play over 150 1st grade games each with the Tigers as well as being Members of the Board of Directors during the formative years of the Licensed Club.

In addition to his two sons being prominent members of the Club, wife Nola served on many Committees and received Life membership of the Tigers Organisation in 1971 in recognition of her efforts.

Dave served as President of the Football Operations during the period 1868 to 1970 – a traumatic period for the Club as it languished down the bottom of the ladder. He again took the helm during the period 1981 to 1983 which was the period the Licensed Club became established.

In fact the Tigers Licensed Club premises will forever remain as a monument to Dave Imrie as he was the main driving force towards the establishment of this very successful and delightful home base for his beloved team and its supporters.

Dave’s contribution to the establishment of Australian Football in Queanbeyan was recognised in 1983 with Life membership of the QAFC Ltd and by the National Football League in 1982 with the presentation of a Merit Award – the then highest honour to be bestowed on an individual in our game. In recognition of his contribution to the Licensed Club the main bar area in the Club has been named the Dave Imrie Bar.

GEORGE SCHOW – Founder of the Tigers Junior Organisation

George Schow recalled that the Canberra Football League gave him one pound per week to assist help form a junior club in Queanbeyan during the 1931 season. On approaching the public and convent schools he was informed that only Rugby League was to be played in the schools.

One afternoon whilst having a kick down at the showgrounds, two boys playing truant came from behind the pavilion and started kicking the ball with him. Within a week he had twenty lads for an under 15 side, which after losing their first match went through undefeated for the rest of the season. Players in that team who were later to play in the three premiership senior grade team of 1939, 1940 and 1941 were the Williams brothers, Mick Gibbons, Sid Brown (one of the truants), Jim Beazley, George Sherd and Ted Rowley.

George continued to coach many junior sides over three decades. His most successful team(s) were the intermediate teams of 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951, all of whom won consecutive premierships and formed the nucleus of players who participated in Queanbeyan \ Acton senior grade premiership teams of 1953, 1954 and 1956 (Champions).

Until his death in 1986, George was a keen follower of the Tigers Club having a wealth of football experience in the offering and a patron of the senior football club for eight years. He was awarded Life Membership of the senior grade club in 1961 as an acknowledgment of his contribution towards the development of Australian Football in Queanbeyan.

THE SCHOW BROTHERS – Keith, Ross and Peter.

Keith, Ross and Peter Schow, sons of the legendary Tigers Junior grade coach George Schow wore the Tigers jumper with great distinction, each of the boys possessing outstanding skills honed to perfection from an early age by their dedicated father.

The three Schow brothers all played in excess of 100 first grade games for the Tigers and were founding members of the Tigers 100 Club formed in 1982.

Keith, the eldest was a star player in junior ranks winning many Best and Fairest club and ACTJAFL awards before graduating into senior football where he soon made a name for himself as one of the best full backs to have played in the League. At the age of 19, Keith won the Mulrooney Medal awarded to the Best and Fairest player in the ACTAFL. He was signed by Collingwood in 1951 playing for two seasons before returning to Canberra to play with the powerful Queanbeyan \ Acton combine teams being a member of the 1953 and 1954 premiership teams.

Ross was a classic back pocket or half-back flanker who earned a reputation as one of the toughest defenders of his era. His disposal and handling skills were a delight to watch.

Peter was a fine utility player who could play in attack or defence and could fill a position across the centre line when required. He possessed uncanny anticipation. Both Ross and Peter were excellent performers during their respective finals appearances.

THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS – Arthur, Ron, Harold, Jim (Bubby) and Roy.

The William’s Brothers were widely regarded as the most famous footballing family in the Queanbeyan Canberra district.

Their careers with the Tigers is legendary with each of the five brothers starring in several premiership teams as well as representing Canberra in numerous interstate matches commencing with Arthur’s selection in the All Australian Carnival in 1933 and terminating with Roy’s inclusion in the ACT team for the All Australian Carnival in 1958.

All of the William’s boys possessed outstanding skills being polished ball handlers, with splendid disposal foot and hand combined with controlled aggression to make them feared opponents of all clubs in the Canberra League.

Arthur, Ron Harold and Bubby were members of the Tigers famous 1939, 1940 and 1941 premiership teams. Harold better known as “Skinny” continued playing football post-war and in 1953 at the age of 33 Captained the powerful Queanbeyan Acton Premiership team. A remarkable effort considering he had played in the 1st premiership side for the Tigers in 1939.

Roy, the youngest of the five brothers played the 1952 season with Collingwood in the VFL and gained a reputation as a skilled aggressive performer. Roy was a member of the Queanbeyan \ Acton 1953-54 and 1956 premiership teams.

In addition to their prowess in the code of Australian Football all of the Williams brothers were highly skilled Rugby League footballers and played for the Queanbeyan Blues over many years.

Arthur. Ron, Harold and Roy are all members of the Tigers 100 Club – Bubby paying the supreme sacrifice in World War 11

Frank Jones

Frank Jones

Frank Jones accompanied by his wife Elise and children John, Alan & Mary arrived in Australia from England on the 3rd of October 1967 and settled in Melbourne. They moved to Queanbeyan on the 13 March 1970 and became interested in Australian Football when his two sons commenced playing our great Australian game in 1973 in the Under 19 grade with the Tigers Football Club.

In fact it was probably his wife and daughter who actually got the ball rolling through their involvement in raising funds for the Tigers by the way of operating the canteen facilities at each of the clubs home games that persuaded Frank to become interested in the Tigers Club.

As the boys progressed out of the Under 19 grade and into senior grade football they both found the standed of football out of their range but continued their association with the club in administration roles. John becoming the clubs official time keeper a position he held for over 500 games whilst Alan became a trainer with the Tigers in 1975 continuing in that association well into the eighties culminating with his involvement in many of the premiership teams of that era.

With the entire family holding some type of position within the club they were recognized in 1975 when they were awarded the best clubpersons award. They were again recognized in 1988 when the scoreboard of Margaret Donoghoe Sportsground was named the Frank Jones and Family scoreboard in appreciation of their efforts towards the Tigers Football Club over many years.

Alan Jones was awarded Life Membership of the Football Club in 1990 whilst his father received the award in 1994. Frank was also recognized for his contribution to Australian Football by the ACTAFL in 1987 gaining an ACTAFL Merit Certificate for his continuous service to the game in Canberra.

It is estimated that Frank Jones raised approximately $200,000.00 from 1975 when he began walking the streets of Queanbeyan selling tickets in various raffles. His approachable nature rarely saw a non-sale and many Queanbeyan residents looked forward to that regular knock on the door and his friendly smile and simple request of “would you like to buy a ticket in a raffle”.

Bob Kay

Bob Kay

Bob Kay was born at Duntroon in the ACT and after moving to Queanbeyan as a youngster played his First Senior game for the Tigers at age sixteen, kicking eight goals in his first game and being names best on field in the local press.

He played in excess of 100 First Game for the Tigers from 1930 to 1941 including the legendary 1939-1940-1941 Premiership victories. He played out standing football in the centre using his tremendous skills to set-up numerous goals for the Tigers.

Bob was an automatic selection into the ACT Representative teams leading the side as Captain on one occasion and was also vice-captain of the Tigers Premiership teams.

He was a magnificent clubperson on and off the field. In addition to playing for the Tigers he held down the position of Secretary of the Club in 1932 and 1933 and was Treasurer in 1934.

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly was born at Narrandera in 1912. In 1932 during the depression he left home like many other country people seeking work. In 1937 work commenced on the railway line between Bungendore and Captains Flat. Tom found employment on the railway line whilst living at Bungendore. Described by his team-mates as a well built 6’2″ centreman he travelled from Bungendore to Queanbeyan each Saturday by train to play football. They described him as the “life of the party” after games.

Tom won the Mulrooney Medal with 13 votes on a countback from team-mate Merv Strang and Manuka’s Jack Dorman. He pulled 4 first votes. (In the nineties, players who had tied for Medals were recognised with both Jack and Merv being awarded the Mulrooney Medal ceremoniously).

In 1939, Tom played an important part in the Tigers first premiership team and was also a member of the Canberra representative team which played against New South Wales in Sydney and Canberra.

When war was declared he enlisted in the army and transferred to Melbourne. Although playing only two seasons in Canberra, Tom Kelly had made a dramatic impression on those who saw him play with his outstanding handling and first class kicking.

Wally Mason

Wal Mason

Wal Mason arrived in Queanbeyan in 1924 from Ballarat in Victoria. The enterprise of Mason brought many changes to old Queanbeyan.

Mason Succeeded in transferring a liquor license from the Gundaroo Royal Hotel to Queanbeyan and after subdividing a block of land in Crawford St, built the still standing Hotel Queanbeyan – more affectionately known today as the Top Pub. The construction built totally of brick and roofing tiles made at his brickworks, contained fifty five rooms, cost 52, 000 pounds and was Queanbeyan’s first three storey building.

Wal Mason formed the first “Aussie Rules” Club in Queanbeyan in 1925. He was assisted by other members of his family Stan, Fred and Joe. The team adopted the colours of red and white and was known as “Masons Team”.

Wal Mason was an emphatic sportsperson who liked to be best at whatever he tried, hence his decision to bring Melbourne stars Moss and Murphy to Queanbeyan especially to play in the semi – final team of 1925. The team won the match, however lost on protest with the team that they defeated, Federals, going on to wins the grand final.

The Mason Family, in particular Wal Mason commenced a long historical period of Australian Football in Queanbeyan and for this he will be remembered as the founder of our game in Queanbeyan.

ROBIN SCHELBERGER – 200 Club games

Robin is another player who had he been with a lesser club would have played close on 200 1st Grade games. As it stands he completed his career with 102 1st grade matches and well in excess of 100 reserve grade matches. His dedication to the Tigers throughout the eighties and nineties which has seen some of the best football teams produced by the club is testament of his desire to achieve success regardless of the level of football he played.

His achievements include: Reserve Grade Premierships in 1985, 1989 and 1990 (Captain) and a Grand Final in 1992. He received the ACTAFL Reserve Grade player of the Year in 1992, Runners up Reserve Grade Best and Fairest in 1992, Most Consistent Reserve Grade player in 1994 and Best Clubperson in 1994.

Phil Mclure

Phil McClure

Phil McClure moved to the Queanbeyan \ Canberra district in 1986 and has been heavily involved with the Tigers organisation by way of being a player or an administrator ever since.

As an administrator Phil took over the reigns of the Tigers Junior organisation in 1988 when no other nominations were forthcoming. This despite the fact he had no offspring actually playing the game and in fact – was a young man himself. He remained President for seven consecutive years in addition to playing 1st Grade football with the Tigers being a member of the 1988, 1989 and 1991 Premiership teams.

During his term as President he coached two junior teams, some of the players eventually graduating into the senior ranks and playing along side him. He has also represented the Junior Club on the Licensed Clubs Board of Directors since 1993. Phil is also a member of the Tiger prestigious 100 Club having played 151 1st Grade matches. In addition he has played well over 50 reserve grade games. He has been co – coach of the Tigers Reserve Grade team in 1997 and 1998 during which year they participated in the Reserve Grade grand final. He has been a match day assistant of the senior grade teams from 1998 to 2002. He has been Treasurer of the Senior Grade Club since 2000. In addition to his great enthusiasm for the Club, his wife Karen has been of great support providing statistics each week of the 1st grade games. He was awarded Life membership of the seniors in 1999 and of the Juniors in 1998.

GEORGE STEVENS – 200 1st Grade games

George Stevens made his 1st grade debut in 1980 but did not cement a spot in the top grade until 1986. He was a permanent member of the team from then on participating in nine grand finals for premierships in 1988, 1989 and 1991. He was also a member of the 1985 Reserve Grade Premiership team and represented the ACTAFL in 1991 in the NSW State Championships. The 1987 and 1989 1st grade teams were regarded as two of the best teams of the modern era and for George to be a member of those teams speaks highly of the player. George went on to play in 206 1st Grade matches. He continues his association in the game at the time of publication as Coach of St Edmunds Under 15 grade team with his two eldest sons gaining notoriety for their football abilities in the teenage years.

Jack McNamara

Jack McNamara

Jack McNamara arrived in Queanbeyan in 1933 from Sydney. He married Nell Mason, a daughter of Wal Mason – the Tigers Foundation President of 1925 – and so was steeped in the tradition of the Tigers Club from the time of his involvement.

Jack McNamara was an outstanding footballer being a star in the premiership teams of 1939, 1940 and 1941. Although not of heavy physique, jack played in the ruck and was regarded by all opponents as a very tough highly skilled performer who gave 100% in every game. His playing career extended from 1933 to 1950 with the Tigers.

Apart from serving the Tigers superbly for 18 seasons, Jack was also a regular selection in the ACT teams for over a decade and was appointed captain and coach of several representative ACT combinations.

On the administrative side of his affiliation, Jack filled many executive positions with distinction including President 1960 -1964 and Treasurer 1946 – 1951. Jack was awarded Life membership in 1958 whilst his late wife Nell – a tremendously dedicated worker for both the Junior and Senior organisations – was also awarded Life Membership in 1964.

The fact that Jack McNamara retained an interest with the Tigers for over 55 years is an indication of his loyalty to the Tigers and indeed the City of Queanbeyan.

Jack played well in excess of 200 games and was a founding member of the Tigers elite 100 Club formed in 1982. The ACTAFL Reserve Grade Medal for the Best and Fairest player is named after the legendary McNamara in recognition of his contribution to our great Australian game.

Noel Miller

Noel Miller

Sporting headlines from the edition of the Canberra News of Wednesday 10, 1971 “Queanbeyan in trouble – Australian Rules dying where it was born”. That headline clearly depicted the clubs predicament and near extinction during the late sixties, early seventies.

It was only special people of the calibre of Noel Miller whose sincerity and complete loyalty to the Club in a very unique way kept the Tigers alive.

Although producing four daughters Noel Miller’s love of the game has kept him involved as a player or team manger for the past forty years. His greatest joy is to see under age players’ progress through the ranks and succeed at the highest level of senior grade football with the Tigers. He has managed the 1986 and 1987 Under 17 Premiership teams, the 1984 Under 19 Premiership team, the First Grade Premiership teams of 1985, 1988. 1989, 1991, 1998, 1999 and 2000 whilst attending to seven other grand finals in this grade. In the Reserve Grade he has managed the 1985, 1989 and 1990 Premiership teams with three other grand finals for this grade whilst probably one of his proudest moments was being Club Manager of the 2002 Undefeated Champion team in the Under 18 Grade. He also attended to the Under 21 grand final team of 1997. He recieved Life Membership of the Club in 1985, an ACTAFL Merit Award in 1986, The Tuggeranong Cowboys Grand Final Luncheon and Federal Member for Monaro Gary Nairn’s Volunteer of the Year Awards (respectively) in the year 2001.

The enormous voluntary service given to the Club by this very loyal gentlemen will never be surpassed. During his respective term(s) as Team Manager he has received the utmost respect from all members of the Tigers Club. This is particularly so with the players who have shown great commitment during the tough years as team manager and then during the enormously successful era when Noel graced our presence as team manager.

Alan Muir

Alan Muir

The Terrace Bistro in the Tigers Licensed Club has been named the Alan Muir Room, after the Clubs longest serving stalwart.

Alan was the Clubs record 1st grade games record holder for 31 years with a total of 225 games. He commenced his playing career in 1947 and played in three successive Intermediate Premiership teams – 1947, 1948 and 1949 before graduating into the Tigers senior grade teams.

In addition to playing in six grand finals including the 1953, 1954 and 1956 Premiership teams he represented the ACT for over a decade mainly in his preferred centre half back position.

He has held many positions as a club official in his now 55 years of involvement including the following:

  • President – 1951
  • Secretary 1959 – 1961
  • Senior Vice President – 1981
  • Publicity Officer – 1950, 1957 – 1961, 1984 – 2002
  • Member of Building Committee – 1978 – 1980
  • ACTAFL, AFL Canberra Tribunal Delegate – 1985 – 2002

His long association with Australian Football in Canberra and with the Tigers Club in particular has been recognised by the following:

  • Admitted to the Tigers 100 Club – 1982
  • Admitted to the ACTAFL 200 Club – 1982
  • Awarded QTAFL Life Membership – 1985
  • Awarded QTAFC Merit Award – 1987
  • Inducted into the Tigers Wall of Fame – 1987
  • Awarded ACTAFL Media Award – 1999
  • Received the Australian Sports Medal – 2000
  • Inducted to the ACT Sports Hall of Fame – 2000
  • The Tigers Under 18 Grade B & F became known as the Alan Muir Medal – 2001
  • Received Recognition for 50 Years Service from the AFL – 2002

Alan Muir is a gentleman in the true sense of the word; a loyal club-person and devoted football follower. Alan’s vast knowledge of our great game and that of the Tigers Club is unsurpassed.

Reg Netting

Reg Netting

Reg Netting was born in Finley {NSW} and moved to the Queanbeyan district in 1935. He immediately joined the Tigers club and Proved himself the “prince” of centre half backs of his era.

Reg was a magnificent high mark and a splendid kick and out-pointed all opponents in well over 100 First Grade Games for the Tigers including the brilliant 1939, 1940, 1941 flag winning combinations.

He was a regular selection in the ACT Representative sides proving to be a quality player at the highest level.

Reg Netting also filled the position of Club Secretary in 1938 and 1940 stamping his name as a tremendous person both on and off the field.

Michael Niesen

Michael Niesen

At the conclusion of the 1993 season, the Tigers Legendary Premiership Coach Brian Quade resigned after ten years at the helm. During his last term of office, the Club sought and were successful in enticing West Adelaide Assistant Coach Rod O’Riley to the vacant position for the 1994 Season.

O’Riley was aware of the Clubs history and player requirements through former player Michael Kennedy who at the time was a playing member of the West Adelaide Club. Major position players were required and so the name Michael Niesen came forward for the possible replacement of the ageing Allan Mapleson – the Tigers long serving fullforward of the day.

Michael Niesen joined the Tigers in February of 1994 on a one year arrangement vowing to return to Adelaide after experiencing a year in Canberra – a place he never thought Australian Football existed. In deed he had never heard of Queanbeyan – only Fyshwick – for reasons other than football !!!!!.

Eleven years later – “Nieso”, as he is more affectionately known – is the Tigers greatest ever forward line player having posted an incredible 648 (up to round 15 of 2005) including a century of goals in his first year with the Tigers of 1994.

He is rated as one of the best ever fullforwards that has graced the playing fields of the Tigers Club, which includes the likes of century goalkickers Mal Wheeler, Lindsay White, Allan Mapleson and Merv Strang. No other player in the 81 year old history of the League (to our knowledge) has posted over 600 goals and in doing so, he also has three premierships and a further four grand final appearances to his credit.

Included in the Premierships is the magnificent 1999 and 2000 victories of which he gains favourable credit for the team’s incredible wins against enormous odds. He posted arguably some of the best pressure goals in these two grand finals. In particular the 1999 game of which he was named the Best on Ground Player receiving the prestigious Alex Jesaulenko Shield. His on field leadership is inspirational and many a win has come from the boot of this very popular club person.

He has played for the AFL Canberra Representative team on 10 occasions and was the Leagues leading goalkicker in 1997 (45) and 1998 (97).

“Nieso” is a club leader on and off the ground and his recruitment to the Tigers has proven to be one of the great success stories in the long history of the Queanbeyan Club. He continues his involvement at the time of publication as a player of the Reserve Grade team and leading goalkicker in the League.

Roy Williams

Roy Williams

The William’s Brothers were widely regarded as the most famous footballing family in the Queanbeyan Canberra district.

Their careers with the Tigers is legendary with each of the five brothers starring in several premiership teams as well as representing Canberra in numerous interstate matches commencing with Arthur’s selection in the All Australian Carnival in 1933 and terminating with Roy’s inclusion in the ACT team for the All Australian Carnival in 1958.

All of the William’s boys possessed outstanding skills being polished ball handlers, with splendid disposal foot and hand combined with controlled aggression to make them feared opponents of all clubs in the Canberra League.

Arthur, Ron Harold and Bubby were members of the Tigers famous 1939, 1940 and 1941 premiership teams. Harold better known as “Skinny” continued playing football post-war and in 1953 at the age of 33 Captained the powerful Queanbeyan Acton Premiership team. A remarkable effort considering he had played in the 1st premiership side for the Tigers in 1939.

Roy, the youngest of the five brothers played the 1952 season with Collingwood in the VFL and gained a reputation as a skilled aggressive performer. Roy was a member of the Queanbeyan \ Acton 1953-54 and 1956 premiership teams.

In addition to their prowess in the code of Australian Football all of the Williams brothers were highly skilled Rugby League footballers and played for the Queanbeyan Blues over many years.

Arthur. Ron, Harold and Roy are all members of the Tigers 100 Club – Bubby paying the supreme sacrifice in World War II.

Tony Wynd

Tony Wynd

Queanbeyan and the ACT’s first All Australian Representative was Tony Wynd. Tony was selected in the Australian “Galahs” team to tour Ireland and the USA in late 1987. He is one of the very few players to be selected for this team outside the major Australian Football League including AFL, VFL, SANFL & WANFL

Although only 23 at the time of his selection he was well qualified, being one of the most outstanding footballers during the eighties. Tony Wynd represented the ACT at all levels of football both Junior and Senior. He achieved the following football personal highlights during his career:

  • Selection in the All Australian Under 17 Teal Cup team.
  • Won the Tigers 1st Grade Best & Fairest a record 5 occasions: 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993 & 1997 and in doing so had the award named after him to record this magnificent achievement. The 1st Grade Best & Fairest award became known as the Tony Wynd Medal in 1997 – ‘he won his own medal that year’.
  • Won the Mulrooney Medal as the Leagues Best & Fairest a record four occasions: 1983, 1988,1989 and 1990.
  • Played a record 347 1st grade games with the Tigers Football Club
  • In addition he played a record 41 representative games for the ACTAFL
  • Named Vice Captain of the ACTAFL Legends Team – a team selected from all players who have ever played in the ACTAFL during its 75 year history at the time of the announcement.
  • Captain of the Tigers for a record 8 years – 1988 to 1995
  • Captain of the ACT representative team for a record period 0f time: 1988 to 1991 and then again during the period 1994 to 1997
  • Played in 11 1st Grade Grand Finals for the Tigers winning 6 Premierships.
  • Assistant Coach of the Tigers: 1988 to 1993 and 2002
  • Best on ground in the 1990 Grand Final winning the Alex Jesaulenko Medal
  • Awarded Life Membership of the Tigers in 1989
  • Admitted to the Tigers Wall of Fame in 1987
  • Admitted to the Queanbeyan City Council’s Sporting Gallery in the Bicentennial Hall
  • Awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000

Selection in the All Australian Galahs team proved one of the highlights of his career however a broken bone in his right leg prevented him making the journey. The National Football League still recognised his talents with presentation of his All Australian jumper.

“Aussie” as he is well known can best be described as a determined player, a dedicated club-person who has been an excellent ambassador for the Tigers Club, Queanbeyan City and our great game of Australian Football.

MALCOLM WHEELER – The Tigers Sensational Full forward

Tiger’s Champion full forward or centre half-forward Malcolm Wheeler is widely regarded as one of the most gifted players of the fifties and sixties to wear the famous Tiger jersey. His rapid elevation to First Grade Football (after not having the benefit of a junior career) and with only a handful of colts games under his belt, is a remarkable story.

Mal made an immediate impact in senior ranks, thrilling fans with his superb aerial work, taking sensational marks in the packs and kicking long and accurate goals to destroy opposing teams. After kicking 65 goals in his debut season in 1957, Mal booted 87 goals in 1958 and posted 108 goals in a magnificent effort during the 1959 season, a large percentage being kicked from the centre half forward position. Malcolm was also the Tigers leading Goal kicker in 1961, 1962 and 1963 winning the Club Best and Fairest in 1963 and again in 1965.

During his illustrious career, Mal played 103 First Grade Games for the Tigers and performed with the distinction in ACTAFL representative teams for several seasons, including the 1958 All Australian Carnival held in Melbourne.

His goal kicking efforts for the Queanbeyan Tigers gained him the record for goals kicked for the Tigers Club (479) a record which would not be broken until the Year 2001 by Michael Niesen.

COL WHEELER – 200 First Grade Games

Col Wheeler is the younger brother of Malcolm and was a star backman during the sixties and early seventies. He is one of only nine players to play 200 First Grade Games for the Tigers, a milestone achieved during the 1971 season.

More affectionately known as “Herb” Col was one of the most reliable Queanbeyan players of his era rarely beaten in a contest, an excellent mark, an expert and skilled player despite the lack of on field success. Col rarely missed a game and consistently produced praiseworthy efforts, against all opponents for his beloved Tigers.

Col won many awards for his superb defensive play whilst representing the Queanbeyan Tigers in a fine career. He is a member of the elite ACTAFL 200 games club and was awarded Life Membership of the Tigers Club in 1971.

JOHN WHEELER – Ace Ruckman of his Era

John Wheeler is the cousin of Col and Mal. He broke into the Tigers Seniors ranks after only a few colts games and without the benefit of a junior career went on to become the leading ruckman for more than a decade (1957 to 1968) using his great frame to dominate ruck and marking contests with strength and skill.

He was an immediate selection in the 1958 ACTAFL Representative team which went to the All Australian Carnival in his first full season of senior football. John became a regular selection in ACT Representative teams in a period of time which can be only described as a one of the most dominate by a ruckman in a career stretching from 1958 to his last Representative game in 1968.

Big John took out the Tigers Best and Fairest in 1959 and 1962 plus Captained the First Grade side in 1962. He played 136 First Grade Games for the Tigers always giving a totally committed performance and proved that he was one of the best big men to have worn the Tigers Jersey.

STEVE VIZY – 200 1st Grade Games \ Mulrooney Medallist

When Steve Vizy was coerced into playing in an Under 15’s junior game of Australian Rules by his mate Tim Wynd, no one ever thought that he would become one of the clubs most consistent and favourite players ever to don the Black and Gold.

Such is the case in the year 2000 when we celebrated his 200th First Grade Game and his induction into the Tigers Wall of Fame.

Steve’s talents were first recognised in 1987 when, as a member of the Tigers Under 17 Grade Premiership team he was called upon to play his 1st First Grade Game under the guidance of Brian Quade.

He went on to play in ten Grand Finals with Premierships in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

In 1988 he was awarded the ACTAFL Best First Year Player Award. In addition, Steve was keenly scouted by the North Melbourne Football club to join their hugely successful Under19 grade team.

He represented the ACT on many occasions, co-captained the Tigers Club in 1999 (along with career mate Michael Goiser) and was adjudged the ACTAFL Best and Fairest Player in 1997 being awarded the Mulrooney Medal. This same year he won the 104.7 Player of the Year Award.

His enormous ability to lift a team with his voice and enthusiasm before, during and after the match has often been the difference between a win and a loss for the Tigers.

When the Vis is ‘on song’ you know the Tigers will perform. His fitness and dedication and his preparation for any game have always been to the forefront. Whilst he took some persuading in the early days to back up each year for another season, his efforts in his last six have set a great example to the younger players of the club.

Steve Vizy is one of our Champions. His infections smile and genuine concern for the Tigers Club, his team mates and his many friends will always deliver the ‘ Wizard ’ as one of the great individuals to have graced the playing arena in the Black and Gold of the Queanbeyan Tigers.