Anyone wanting to get on board as a Tiger in 2018 is most welcome. We are a club that reaches from Auskick and U8s right through to our A grade senior team. We’re a family club where every single player is valued and challenged to be the best they can be. We are fortunate to have players from our senior teams in coaching positions throughout the junior ranks, and there are many ways we link the junior and senior aspects of the Club together, so everyone feels the strong sense of belonging to the “red, gold and blue”!
New players can contact the club via the website: https://www.stbedesmentonetigers.com.au/index.php/contact-us and female players of all ages, both junior and senior, can head down to Brindisi St Oval at 5.30pm on 18 February 2018.
The new electronic score boards are being installed over the summer break. The Southern Rd Oval will have the installation complete before Christmas and Brindisi St through January.
The girls’ teams have had a number of group pre-Christmas sessions. Part of the focus for the girls in this pre-season has been the importance of an effective warm up.
Every girl, both return players and new, has showed fabulous skill improvement across the sessions already. At the try out clinic in November, current players came to welcome newcomers to the club with gusto!
Player numbers are strong with recruiting help from schools Mentone Girls Secondary, Mentone Girls Grammar and Kilbreda College as well as St Patrick’s Primary. We couldn’t do this without them! Numbers are already building across all teams at this early stage and with another Women’s and Girls’ Come-&-Try-Day planned for 18 February, these teams will go from strength to strength!
Many of the upper junior boys’ teams have started pre-season training and have also added to this commitment with the brilliant running club organized for all junior players who wish to keep their fitness up in the off season. Many boys have headed down to the Mentone Life Saving Club on a Monday after school and done the dash along the foreshore. The benefits will pay off once the season starts and our Tiger boys have the fitness and stamina to run all day!
The SBMT senior men’s and women’s teams have been back and hard at it for some weeks now.
The SBMT Senior Men’s teams are in a terrifically strong position. We’ve had 90 players come to train so far during pre-Christmas training!
SBMT is very excited to welcome Liam Sumner to the Tigers in 2018 as player/assistant coach of the Senior team. Liam has played 4 seasons at Greater Western Sydney and 2 seasons at Carlton. His experience will be a brilliant asset to the team this coming season.
In 2018 we have some players who will divide their time between SBMT as their home club and their VFL sides. We are lucky to have returning players Jack Hellier (Captain, Collingwood VFL) and Kye Beveridge (Collingwood VFL). We also welcome Nathan Smith who played Sandringham VFL in 2017 and in 2018 will divide his time between SBMT and Frankston Dolphins, and Stephen Tahana, who is going between Collingwood VFL and SBMT.
The Tiges will also see the welcome return of previous SBMT best and fairest winner Pat Tyquin, after a year off with injury, and we’re looking forward to seeing a couple of players who have committed full-time to the Tigers in 2018, Ben Dance (last season at Footscray VFL) and we welcome back into the fold James Mangoni, after graduating from the Sandy Dragons.
Training will recommence for all U19s and Senior Men’s on Monday 15 January.
In the SBMT Senior Women’s team, the appointment of new senior coach Al Gailey and assistant coaches Darren Story and Georgia Wilson has resulted in plenty of enthusiasm on the track. The senior women’s team has had 3 sessions in the last 4 weeks with brilliant early commitment from both returning players and new recruits. The focus so far has been skills acquisition along with a 1.6k time trial. Fantastic effort by all players to complete the time trial with some excellent results recorded. The most pleasing thing the coach has noted is the team's enthusiasm. He’s also been really encouraged by the level of skill which holds us in good stead for 2018. With the break for Christmas just starting, all players have a training program to complete over the summer before returning for pre-season in early Feb.
Great work by the players and coaches so far and we can’t wait for 2018 season to start!