Kicking back: Summerland AFL champions Tweed Coast Tigers enjoy ‘Mad Monday’ celebrations at the Murwillumbah races.
Kicking back: Summerland AFL champions Tweed Coast Tigers enjoy ‘Mad Monday’ celebrations at the Murwillumbah races. Blainey Woodham

Tigers soak up super flag win

FROM “Silly Sunday” hangovers to “Mad Monday” at the races, the celebrations continued well into the week for Summerland AFL champions Tweed Coast Tigers.

“I'm starting to come good today,” captain Jai Pursell said.

“The boys and everyone in and around the club have thoroughly enjoyed it (winning grand final) and celebrated well.”

And so they should.

Beaten semi-finalists in their 2009 debut season, the Tigers roared into 2010 with conviction and quickly set about earning a reputation as the top cats on the Northern Rivers.

Dropping just one game during the regular home and away season – by merely two points – the Tigers made mincemeat of every prey that stood before them.

With a season-high scoreline of 231 and low of 76, Tweed recorded five triumphs in excess of 100 points, including the record 203-point annihilation of Nimbin in round three, en route to securing the minor premiership.

Then toppling perennial powerhouses Ballina and Lismore in the major semi-final and grand final respectively – both by 28 points – they deservingly collected their maiden flag.

“What we have achieved is a testament to the bunch of guys, playing group in particular, that we have at our club and all the hard work that has gone into getting the Tigers up and running,” Pursell said.

“It's brought great enjoyment to all involved and their families and has put us in good stead for the future.

“In years to come these guys can look back at what they have created for the club and know they did their part in ensuring the club's future and successes.

“Winning has really brought the club and town together.

The comradeship, mateship and the likes has really blossomed over the last few weeks and there is an overwhelming response for back-to-back premierships.”

The Tigers sport one of the most enviable line-ups in the league.

Spearheaded by former state-leaguer David Round and the likes of James Walle, Arnold Knight and Ash Grimwald, together with the plethora of young local talent, including star rookie Nathan Wilson, Tweed established themselves as one of the competition's most proficient units.

But then that's what the Tigers' mission statement was all about.

They wanted to add a level of professionalism to the Summerland league and help take it to the next echelon.

And after enjoying such astounding successes, they are well on their way to doing just that.

“We have endeavoured to take a professional approach to all we have done this year and showcase our game as best as possible to the region,” Pursell said.

Pursell said he had no doubts the majority of the roster would return to defend their title next season.



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