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Welcome back Hervey
 Last year Hervey Gardner and his family packed up and went on the trip of a lifetime driving up to the very top of the East Coast of Australia. Two weeks into their trip Hervey fell off a mechanical bull dislocating and severely breaking his elbow. This would be bad enough however the family were in the middle of nowhere 2 ½ hours east of Weipa. By the time paramedics reached Hervey they were worried that he may lose the use of his arm. .....  Full story.  Posted: 29/04/2016


ANZAC Day honours
 On a brilliant autumn day for football, St Bedes/ Mentone Tigers re-iterated the status of Fortress Brindisi with a tough, uncompromising, come-from-behind 7 point victory over traditional ANZAC Day rivals Old Scotch on Monday. After a respectful ceremony commemorating the country's ANZAC tradition in front of a large crowd, the Cardinals started well kicking with a flukey 12-15 point Brindisi Street breeze but were repelled by a stout SBMT defence with James Tyquin continuing his outstanding early-season form. But, as is so often the case in today's football, defence quickly turned into offence and with the first 3 goals of the game the Tigers looked to be steamrolling their highly-fancied opponent...  Full story.  Posted: 26/04/2016


Respect, traditions, the ANZACs
 St Bedes/Mentone Tigers play Old Scotch next Monday - ANZAC Day. The origins of this game were in 2008 in St Bedes/Mentone Tigers first ever season in A Section (now Premier Division) when St Bedes/Mentone Tigers suggested to the VAFA the idea of and ANZAC Day game in a similar tradition to the AFL. The idea was accepted and Old Scotch (SBMT's preferred opponent) duly took up the initiative. The first ANZAC Day game played, as such, in the VAFA was born at Brindisi Street ....  Full story.  Posted: 20/04/2016


Bridie Winbanks Swaps Tiger's Sash For Big V
 Bridie Winbanks came to the Tigers from Waverley, her love for the game in her genes, with her father David playing for both St.Kilda and the Sydney Swans. Bridie starting playing football mid-season in 2015. She went to watch her friend play and before long she was dragged over the fence to fill in as the side was lacking numbers. Her love and passion for the game quickly grew as she did, Standing 182.4cm tall Bridie is a fierce ruck that is rarely beaten.  Full story.  Posted: 19/04/2016


Tigers back to earth
 St Bedes/ Mentone Tigers start to the season came down with a thud in windy conditions at the Beach Oval with a 25 point loss to Old Brighton in their VAFA Premier B clash, following their resounding opening round victory over Fitzroy. Kicking with a 4 goal breeze in the first the Tigers, after conceding the first goal, got moving and with George Rowland playing a quarter 'out of the box' and Josh Cowan roaming wide and in everything, had the better of the Brighton team but were only able to show a 20 point margin at the first break.  Full story.  Posted: 17/04/2016


Field Umpires required for Reserves & Thirds
 The VAFA are about 30 Umpires short of providing enough Field Umpires for the RESERVES and THIRDS Competitions, and thus have put the onus back on us the club's to provide them. Basically the edit from the VAFA is no UMPIRE no GAME Therefore we are calling on all people involved within our club who may want to take up this opportunity and help us out starting this week. It is a Tax Free paid position of $80.00 per game. If interested please contact Tom Brain on 0423 433 488 ASAP.  Full story.  Posted: 13/04/2016


A good start - VAFA Round 1
 St Bedes/ Mentone Tigers resumed control of Fortress Brindisi in their VAFA Premier B clash at home against Fitzroy on Saturday with a sound 85 point victory. After the long wait of an arduous pre-season under new coach Stephen Ryan supported by Adam Acreman and Steve D'Andrea, the Tigers found the visiting Lions a tough nut to crack in a highly-competitive first quarter with the Tigers defence ably led by Dan and Tom Garside working overtime to repel the willing opposition to trail by 4 points at the first break.  Full story.  Posted: 10/04/2016


Buxton Mentone Major Sponsors
 St. Bede's/Mentone Tigers is excited to announce that Wes Belt of Buxton Mentone have become a MAJOR SPONSOR for 2016 and beyond. BUXTON have have been a long term sponsor of the club for in excess of 10 years and we are happy that they are committing to our future. Buxton is one of Melbourne's Premier Real Estate groups establishing a proud reputation for their reliability, integrity and an ability to achieve the highest prices for their sellers and landlords.  Full story.  Posted: 5/04/2016


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Mentone Reserve Improved Facilities Forum

Mentone Reserve improved facilities Forum – Wednesday 4 May 2016 - 6.00pm – 6.45pm – clubrooms Remo Street. This is an open invitation to players and parents to attend a short meeting on proposals put to the Club by Kingston Council and to seek your feedback / support or rejection. The sub-committee will then present their recommendation to the Board for a decision. Kingston has been working on a masterplan for the Mentone Recreation Reserve for almost two years but they have indicated that its completion is some time off. The Club has put forward a vision on what we believe the reserve and surrounds should be for the future and whilst this has some support in council, a future council (after this October’s elections) will decide on the speed or lack thereof in future years. The current Victorian Government whilst in opposition made a $1M dollar commitment to our club towards improving our facilities. Council has also been working on a restoration plan for the Soppert Pavilion Grandstand which is in serious decline structurally. They have now proposed combining the restoration works of $0.5M with the State Government commitment of $1M plus a further $1M for stage one. A rough outline of Stage one is as follows and includes the partial closure of Remo Street:- Renovate the visitor’s change rooms; Knock down the current office, ladies toilets and outside gent’s toilet; Build out to the middle of Remo Street; Build two new female change rooms which can be opened up to one and can be further opened up as a break out social area; Build new ladies and gents toilets accessible from both the social room and to outside patrons; Build two new office spaces; Build a meeting room. If you are attending, please email secretary@stbedesmentonetigers.com.au or call Peter Davis 0417 357 634. Full story.

Posted: 29/04/2016

Local Federal MPs support Electronic Scoreboards

The Club recently applied for funding under the Stronger Communities Programs towards the construction of electronic scoreboards for both grounds. The Mentone reserve is in the Federal Electorate of Isaacs, Southern Road is in Hotham and local community panels were set up to determine the applications. Mark Dreyfus (Isaacs) and Clare O’Neil (Hotham) have both indicated that our applications have been successful at the local level and they now need to be submitted to the department for final approval. Their electorate contributions are $20K & 16K respectfully. The program requires a matching dollar for dollar ratio so will need to undertake serious fundraising over the coming 8 months. We are hoping to install a fairly substantial LED system at Mentone to allow for player and goal highlight graphics, advertising and live AFL football and the Southern Road LED system to allow for advertising. With increased advertising opportunities the Club will be able to enjoy a new income stream which will allow us to better our facilities and equipment for our players. If you would like to be involved in the scoreboard projects, please email secretary@stbedesmentonetigers.com.au or call Peter Davis 0417 357 634. Full story.

Posted: 29/04/2016

In My Head on Sunday Morning

Reflections from a proud dad on the first game of the season and his son’s 50th game for the Tigers.... There’s the alarm. Come on, get up. Take the dog out...yes, don’t look at me like that, I know it’s cold. Upstairs, wake up the boys. Come on. Wake up, now. I know its early – footy, remember? OK, you tell me what’s special about today – yes, it’s your 50th game. Breakfast. Let’s take a photo in front of the banner. Get together, smile. Great, let’s go. Have we got everything? Keys, wallet, phone. Have we got boots, white shorts, socks? Do I know how to get there? “Hey Siri!” It’s your 50th, you can choose the music – good choice. Sing along. At the ground. Perfect morning for footy. Bright sun, clear sky. Getting organised – you got the same number as last year? Good one. Go and have a kick. Coaches get the team together. “Come on Tiges!” Great message coach; simple, clear, positive. Hold up the banner – so proud. Everyone’s lined up, here he comes (must get his looks from his mum). Big cheers. Get organised for the start of the game. “Go Tigers!” “Come on boys.” “Stay on your man.” “Run.” “Come on, ump!” Did I say that out loud? Oh, well. Good quarter boys. Have a drink. Great run down the wing. Great shepherding, super teamwork – and a perfect kick to the leading forward (must have got that left foot from his dad). That’s it, head over the footy. Hold your marks. Great kick. Right in it now boys, one quarter to go. Someone’s hurt. Get out there. He’s OK. Tough nut, that one. Super effort boys. Never mind. You played well, they played well. They were just a bit better today. We’ll get ‘em next time. Andrew, Dad (and trainer) of Under 12 boys. Full story.

Posted: 18/04/2016

Career & Employment Services
St Bedes / Mentone Tigers is able to offer Career and Employment Services. Phil Scott is one of our long term club members and an employment specialist who is willing to help provide assistance to any player seeking employment opportunities, and to employers looking for staff. Our goal is to not only provide to our players a great environment to play football, but to also leverage on their behalf personal opportunities that will benefit their career and/or study development into the future. We also hope that employers see our club as a great resource to support their business. POSITION WANTED: Opportunity in Civil Engineering or Construct Management for recent graduate with Civil Engineer Degree If you are aware of an employment opportunity that may be suitable for one of our players, give Phil a call on 0418391407 or email: mentonejobs@optusnet.com Full story.  Posted: 22/11/2015