Under 14's Make History
FIrst Ever Under 14 Div 1 TeamUnder 14's Make History
The Redcliffe Tigers future is well and truly looking bright with history for the club once again in 2010. It has been 8 years since the club has had a division 1 youth team dating back to the under 16’s in 2002. This year the under 14’s have achieved the virtual impossible by becoming the first ever Redcliffe Tigers under 14’s team to play in the AFLBJ under 14’s division 1 competition. To be able to finally mix and compete with the dominant state league clubs such as Aspley, Morningside, Redlands and Mt Gravatt is a major step for the club and true testament that opportunities to play quality football on the north side are not restricted to one or two clubs.
This process can be dated back to the coaches of the last few years that have stood over these players and helped developed them through the age groups. Names such as Tim Campbell, Peter Roach, Bev Dawson, Storm Carlson, Geoff Pyke, Chris Nicholson are prominent names in the rise to recognition. Not house hold names in the football circle but major influences in the progress of our players and club.
Continuing on from them last year to coach the under 14’s in its first year of div 1 football this year, is our own AFLQ Hall of Fame member Rob Dickfos who has taken both the State Auskick Coach of the Year and the State Youth Coach of the year awards over the years. With his team of support staff in Heath Grant, last year’s Redcliffe senior coach, Chris Nicholson, last year’s 12’s coach and Shane Watson, a high school teacher who adds the understanding of teenage behaviour to the mix of football experience. Add to that the professional application of manager Jodie Cester and the team has the right ingredients for success.
While they are under no illusion at the huge step most players are taking by being in this team, they could also say that if anyone is able to teach them the requirements and qualities needed to play at such a level, then the coaching staff put in place are the ones to do it. Each week will bring David verses Goliath battles, but over the years we have learnt that any player who puts on the Tigers jumper does so with pride, commitment and determination that far outweighs their size and ability.
We congratulate them on the history making year ahead and wish them well in their endeavours as we do all of our teams and know that they will represent the club in the best way possible.