Stop the presses: Just received word from Hotham MP Clare O'Neil that her recommendation of a $16,000 grant towards an electronic scoreboard has been approved by the Federal infrastructure department. Many thanks Clare.
Dear Members and Supporters, Please take the time to read this message. Our club has now received registration from the Australian Sports Foundation for both our electronic scoreboards projects and our Mentone reserve facility renewal project. Now we need to get the word out to all Tiger supporters who want to back us to provide better facilities for now and into the future. First up we need to raise $30,000 towards the purchase of two electronic scoreboards (one at each ground) and then $50,000 in 2017 to fit out stage one of the Mentone Reserve redevelopment. Can you spare $50, $100 or more towards the electronic scoreboards? The Mentone Reserve project in particular is a video screen at a cost of around $80,000. We have already been gifted a substantial amount from Peter Kerr, our Senior Team Manger of more than 30 years. ( Peter tragically passed away last January) On top of this, Isaacs Federal MP Mark Dreyfus has backed the club to receive $20,000 in funding. The Southern Road project is a smaller unit at a cost of around $35,000 and so far we have been supported by Hotham Federal MP Clare O'Neil who has backed the club to receive $16,000 in funding. The club is asking for your financial commitment but more importantly, your advocacy to your network of family and friends who may not be involved at the club but support our desire to provide AFL sporting opportunities to the youth and young adults in Kingston and surrounding areas. We believe that the electronic scoreboards will open up a new advertising income stream and assist us to put these extra funds into better facilities for our players. All donations made are 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE and is a simple two minute process. Donations can also be made anonymously to the club. https://asf.org.au/make-donation/electronic-scoreboards-project/ If you are moving into a higher tax bracket, this is the perfect time to donate and reduce your tax payable to the ATO. With June 30 fast approaching, now is a great time to back the Tigers. Regards, Peter Davis Board Secretary 0417 357 634
St Bedes/ Mentone Tigers maintained (and enhanced) its record at Fortress Brindisi when it downed ladder-leader Beaumaris by a solitary point in their top-of-the-table clash on Saturday and in-so-doing themselves moved to the top of the Premier B table for the first time since Round 18 in 2007. The Tigers kicked the first goal of the game but for the remainder of the quarter the visitors took the initiative and with late consecutive goals wrested back the ascendency to lead by 11 points at the first break. In the second St Bedes, with Ben Dance and Chris Mangoni leading an attacking defensive unit, took control to bang on 3 unanswered goals only for the ladder-leaders to respond in kind to restore their position and take a 10 point lead into the long break. After half time, the Mentone team assumed control of the game as Jaryd Robertson and Brayden O'Toole took ownership of the air and with Michael Barnes and Darcy Holden winning the battles on the ground, the Tigers looked to be on verge of the knock-out blow but the Blue team refused to concede leaving the scoreline reading a single point the difference as the two teams lined up for the last stanza As befits a top-of-the-table clash, the challenger challenges and the leader resists and this is exactly how the final quarter played out - St Bedes/Mentone Tigers controlled the possession, time-in-forward 50, tackles, hardball-gets, the lot but couldn't land the knock-out blow on their northern neighbours. The Tigers, as has been their way all year, looked to be running out the game far stronger than their local rivals, looked to be tackling harder and more often and in the end it was doubtless this continued relentless pressure and will-to-win every contest that got this emerging unit over-the-line again. Winning from difficult positions, winning under pressure, winning against good teams is starting to become the standard for this team that is emerging as a group and as a team and these attributes will again certainly be called on as the season works towards September but knowledge of what it takes to succeed in these circumstances is being learnt week-in and week-out and that can only be a good thing. Similarly, the Development Team after an inglorious display against the ladder-leaders last week came to show their true talent against the second team on the Premier B Reserve table, and after leading all day won another close one by the slenderest margin with Ben Nicoll, Lew Stutterd and Johnny Patounas the best in a very even team effort. The Thirds worked hard and were in the contest at half time but eventually lost against an accomplished opponent in Therry Old Colls. Both Under 19s found themselves on the losing end of encounters against Fitzroy and Parkside respectively - the Under 19 Development Team losing for the first time in 7 weeks away to the ladder-leaders where they were still in-touch at 3/4 time but unable to bridge the gap while the Under 19s had their colours lowered by 4 points in a close one but remain in 3rd position on the table. Next Saturday the Seniors and Development Team take on Old Brighton at the Fortress with a view to reversing the result of their less-than-satisfactory loss against their Bayside rivals earlier in the season, the Thirds travel to Glenhuntly to take on Old Caulfield Grammarians and the Under 19s journey to Old Trinity while the Under 19 Development Team take on MHSOB in the first of a triple-header at Brindisi Street on Saturday.
The club is excited to advise that Raffle Ticket 4828 was drawn at our club luncheon today and the winner of the Mentone Toyota Yaris was won by Mr Brendan Hislop. Congratulations Brendan. Many thanks to all our dedicated members and parents who have made our major fundraiser an outstanding success. If you are in the market for a new Toyota, drop down and see Tom Rocks at 23-25 Nepean Hwy Mentone, Telephone 8514 3900.