Coast club’s 50th year not one they’ll soon forget
The Noosa Tigers AFL Club’s 50th year has been one they won’t soon forget, and not because they are sitting on top of the table.
For the Tigers, 2020 was supposed to be the year they celebrated the club’s proud history, attempted to retain their title and welcomed a women’s team to the club for their first season.
But a global pandemic made short work of that.
In 1970, if someone said, ‘in 50-years-time the Noosa Tigers will be involved in an eight-game shortened season and the Victorian-based St Kilda Saints will be living less than a kilometre away,’ you would have assumed they were mad.
But here we are.
Club President Rob Purves was proud of the resilience shown by the players during a very tumultuous season.
“For the players, it’s just business as usual,” he said.
“They are excited to get back playing.”
After three rounds, the defending premiers sit atop the ladder, which Purves claims is a testament to how keen the players have been to get back on the field after the lockdown.
“It’s actually been a positive,” he said.
“When we shutdown we weren’t sure how many players would come back.
“But we have come back (from COVID lockdown) stronger.
“They have come back in abundance.”
It may be the inaugural season for the 30-strong women’s team, but it seems someone forgot to tell them.
The women have recorded one win and one close loss in their first two games.
That is made even more impressive considering only two of the 30 players had any AFL experience.
“It’s been great for the footy club having the girls here,” Purves said.
“It has added another dimension to the club.”
Having an elite sporting team just a stone’s throw from your club house may seem like a local AFL club’s dream.
But the irony is, with the strict regulations set by AFL Australia, the St Kilda Saints may as well be on the other side of the country.
“It’d be great to have them engaging in the footy club,” Purves said.
“We understand they are a professional business and they’ve got their protocols.
The Noosa Tigers will host Coorparoo Kings in round 4 of the QFA.
First bounce in the main game is 2pm on Saturday, August 1.