It seems like eternity since last season concluded but I'm excited about the prospect of football returning this coming weekend. Our senior men's and women's playing group, including our Under 19 men have been training the house down since late October last year and can't wait for the weekend to arrive. All our teams have had a chance to trial new game plans and other positional changes in our recent practice matches against quality opposition and you, as supporters, will see an exciting new brand of competitive football from all our teams. We would also like to welcome to the club Joey Remman who will be taking the reins as coach of our second senior women's team for 2019 . Joey, we welcome both you and your family with open arms to the club and wish you all the very best for a successful season ahead with the women's team ably supported by senior women's coach Al Gailey.
An update on our new development, all our portable change rooms for the opposition teams along with storage containers, a portable first aid room, and a brightly coloured red portable canteen have all been installed inside the ground and in the vacant block at the rear of the ground and demolition works are due to commence any day now. Rather than having to have our junior and senior players use the portable change rooms located in the vacant block, we have gathered a number of talented local tradespeople to professionally renovate the dilapidated visitors change rooms adjoining the social club and the result is fantastic. I'm sure that all of our players will greatly appreciate the efforts put in by the team. Special thanks go to Simon Richards and Mitch Kent from Simtec Electrics, Luke Young from LA Plastering P/L, Chris Dee of Chris's Painting Services, Jimmy Colyvan and Andrew Whitelaw, along with several other club members who gave so generously of their time to make this happen.
With two senior women's teams competing this season, which is a first for the club and a tremendous achievement by Al Gailey, all his support staff, and the playing group, which have been amazing in the recruitment of new players to the club. Due to the number of new and existing women playing at the club this season, we have purchased brand-new jumpers for both teams and are pleased to announce that the Geschke family, who have been such fantastic supporters of the club over many years, have kindly come on board to be the major sponsor of the women's teams for the next three seasons which is greatly appreciated. The new company logo looks fantastic on the women's jumpers and I'm sure that they will wear the jumpers with great pride this season and beyond. We would also like to also welcome back on board for their 30th year of amazing support to the club, both Mark and Ron Gordon from CCH. As a first for this season, we will be using the front and back of the senior men's jumpers to proudly display the CCH logo for all to view .
Both Tom Brain and Samuel Browne have been responsible for keeping everyone informed with any special club based news stories, photos, or upcoming club events for the season ahead through our weekly newsletters. The feedback has been really positive and the guys are doing a fantastic job. Arriving soon will be Tiger TV with some fantastic interviews planned for the season ahead. Touching on our upcoming events, we have our first home game lunch for the season on Saturday the 13th of April which will honour our life members and past players of the club. As tables are filling fast, and for catering purposes, you will need to register your attendance via our try booking account. Simply click on this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BBKIA
On behalf of the VAFA committee, all of our senior players, and our coaching and support staff, we promise to provide you all with fantastic entertainment throughout the season ahead. There will be matches played every week throughout the season at both our home ground at Brindisi Reserve and Southern Road Reserve and we would love to have you come down, support the club and the players to make this a memorable season for all. Thanks again for your continued support of the club and I look forward to meeting with you all at some stage during the season.
St.Bedes Mentone Tigers AFC
With the demolition and renos taking place at Brindisi we are in need of some help with quality coffee on Saturday & Sunday match days.
Anyone with contacts to a coffee cart please get in touch with the club.
At the 2018 AGM a third life membership was also awarded to James Tyquin.
We must acknowledge from the outset that this was another case where we were remiss in not recognizing James much earlier.
The club constitution automatically awards life membership on playing 200 senior games. In James case he joined the club as a seven year old in 1994, and played 149 junior games before playing his first U19 VAFA game. Along the way he received Best & Fairest awards in the U14, 15 and 17 teams.
The Russell Logan Memorial Trophy was appropriately awarded to James in his final 2002 MSJFL season. This award recognizes the player, who has come through the age groups, which epitomizes the values we hope truly represent the club both on and off the field.
In 2003 James graduated to the Under 19’s and by mid season had cemented his place in the senior team. He had though qualified for the U19 finals series, and went on to help the team win the premiership that year.
By 2006 his heroics are particularly remembered in the C Section Grand Final against AJAX. Claimed to be one of the best VAFA games ever the side was reduce to 17 players when the umpire sent James from the ground in the opening minutes. Not to be stopped he came back to play a major role in the come from behind victory. Significantly James was the Best & Fairest Runner Up in that C Section, premiership season.
James went on to play a significant role in the three peat, C to A premiership run. He was appointed Senior Captain in 2009 and recognized as Club Champion in 2010.
Last year James play his 200th Senior VAFA game and by the end of 2018, his 363rd club game. A truly magnificent effort.
None of the above fully describes the player or the person. James is a highly talented, game changing on-baller whose style of play breathed leadership both on and off the field. In the big games James stood up at the time it was needed to change the course of a game. His stand out efforts have always been there when it counted, and inspirational to his team mates and club supporters. To do this at VAFA Premier A senior level means he can and could seriously play!
James genuine drive for the club, its teams and players to be the best has always been prevalent. In 2017 he not only played seniors, but coached the U17’s, whilst in 2018 he played and assisted the reserves team as well
Significantly James has shared the journey in part with his two younger brothers Pat and Tommy, also major players in the senior side. Along with mum and dad, Leonie and Mark, they have all given so much to the club and its members.
There is no better recipient of this recognition then James Tyquin.
Chris Dee received Life Membership at our recent AGM in recognition of his truly outstanding contribution.
Way back in 2002 Lachie Dee joined the Tigers as an Under 9. It wasn’t long before dad rolled up his sleeves and team managed many sides from 2004 right through to 2018.
Along the way he took on the important task of MSJFL Club secretary from 2008 to 2010. He also had stints as MSJFL and VAFA registration secretaries as well as MSJFL League delegate.
Our news report dated 08 October 2008, has Chris as the ticket contact for the Saturday night Junior Music/Sport trivia night. Over the years there have been countless occasions where Chris put his hand up to make sure it happened
In more recent years he joined the VAFA committee and has thrown his energy behind daughter Bek in growing the game and opportunities to promote and develop women’s football at the club.
Chris was way, way overdue for this honour. It was remiss of us not to have awarded it much earlier.
Importantly though we recognise the most important thing that Chris brings to the club. It’s not that he fills a roll or makes things happen. It’s more the great positivity and warmness in the way that he goes about it that makes the club better. And the obvious enjoyment that he clearly feels in helping others.
A terrific recognition and well deserved.