Tigers celebrate excellence

Tigers inclusion boys gave some memorable speeches on the night.

By Julian Pitts

The Rococo Noosa Tigers celebrated both their senior and junior clubs presentation days last weekend with individual excellence both on and off the fields being recognised.

The presentations started last Wednesday night when our Coolum Noosa colts and Inclusion teams had their end of year celebration at the footy club in what was just a fantastic evening. Some of the speeches from our inclusion boys were just priceless and a big thank you to coach Rob Purvis and his assistants for giving these guys the chance to play footy and represent the Noosa Tigers which they are certainly proud to be a part of. Shane Dawes spoke glowingly of his charges after a year cut short by Covid ruined the colts’ chances of playing finals footy. Best and fairest Lachy Wilson and runner up Marty Kelly spoke like leaders and will certainly be mainstays of the Tigers senior group in future years.

The senior men’s and women’s presentation night was held at the beautiful Boathouse Restaurant on the Noosa River on Noosa Show Day. Of course, our women’s team was duly celebrated for their back-to-back glory with co-captain Cassy Young walking away with the best and fairest after a stellar year for the Tigers. Maddy Trompf finished runner up with older sister Keirra rounding out the top three. Great year girls and a big congrats also to Burgs, Ando and Insy who guided these girls to yet another premiership win.

Club legends Aaron Laskey and Garry Wallace took out the senior and reserves best and fairest respectively while departing coach and one of the club’s all time greats, Adam Bovalino, was given a deserving tribute on the night. Ex-president and Noosa stalwart Rob Purvis did a terrific job as master of ceremonies as he too was farewelled after years of hard work. Cameraman and live stream guru Arnie Schellars was awarded Clubperson of the year and no one could disagree on a more appropriate winner. A big thanks also to club sponsors the Boathouse for hosting the event and to Cass Young for organising the night.

The weekend rounded out with our junior presentation day on Sunday which attracted a huge attendance. A high marking inflatable and a sausage sizzle were the order of the day while the bar ticked over beautifully all day. Ollie Caspar and his premiership winning under 12 boys’ team were presented to the strong crowd who responded with rapturous applause while Hunter Walker received our volunteer of the year award after being nothing short of just a magnificent helper the entire year. Just an awesome day to finish the year and special thanks to all those who made it happen, in particular, Lisa Beauclerc and our new GM Jane Davis.

Can’t wait for the AFL grand final in a fortnight. I’m picking the Dogs by 11 points.