Tiger ladies honoured with Vixens selection

vixensCongratulations to our very own Tiger players Lisa McHugh, Lucy Kavanagh, Michelle Healy, Polly Moane, Nichola McLaughlin, Karen Keane, Tanya Scully and Lynne Mitchell who have been selected for the national womens team – England Vixens. First match for the side will be at the Axios Euro Cup on the 4th October in London.

For the latest Vixens news, follow them on twitter: @EnglandVixens

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Tigers beat Convicts in the wet on Tyneside

group tigers convictsOn Saturday June 7th women from all over Great Britain and Ireland converged in Newcastle to play the Tyne Tees Tigers Women’s team at North Shields Rugby Club. The visiting team, the Convicts, were able to boast 2 Irish internationals, a French international, a couple of experienced Australians and no less than 4 of the always well drilled Glasgow Sharks side. It was clear that these girls would be no pushovers, especially for the Tigers side who were all playing in either their first or second game of Aussie Rules.

In a 9 –a-side game played over 4x 15 minute quarters, both teams showed skill, flair and commitment that at times belied the heavy rain and always slippery conditions. During the first quarter playing with the wind and some luck the Tigers took control of the game whilst the convicts got to grips with the conditions and their new team mates. Convicts ruck recruit Rachel ‘Killa’ Kilmartin used her height to dominate the ruck contest from the get go, but the hard running of Tigers midfielders Lucy Kavanagh, Polly Moane, and Michelle Healy coupled with the strong marking of forward Jordy Lane allowed the Tigers to take a 25 point lead into the first break.

1Q: Tyne Tees Tigers 4.2.26 Convicts 0.1.1

The second quarter saw the Convict Tia Bool work her way more into the game with her Australian experience and class on the ball evident to all, allied with the pacy running of Kirsty Gray saw Bool kick the convicts first goal of the game. But it wasn’t to be, as a stellar quarter by the Tigers midfielder Lynn Mitchell saw her kick 3 goals and attract the attention and chants of the growing crowd as the Tigers piled on 5 goals to take a 50 point lead into the half time break.

HT: Tyne Tees Tigers 9.3.57  Convicts 1.1.7

In the Third quarter again the convicts stepped it up with the run and carry of the Irish pair Carolann Cass and Fiona Roarty coming to the fore. Enabling French International Gaelle Hazimeh to double the vistors goal tally. But a comeback wasn’t to be as the Tigers defence of Grace Campbell and Tanya Scully marshalled by the majestic Lisa McHugh, were able to deal with the attack and rebound effectively allowing the hard working forwards of Jordy Lane, Karen Keane and Nicola McLaughlin to add another 5 goals to the Tiger tally.

3QT Tyne Tees Tigers 14.4.88 Convicts 2.1.13

The final quarter saw some tired legs continuing to compete over the rain sodden ground with Glasgow Sharks representatives Evelyn McGee, Kristi Jo Fawcett and Sarahmairead McLachlan standing their ground as they had all day, through the midfield and backline against a strong tigers attacking formation. The Tigers added another 2 goals to finish up the winners by 88 pts and not even the weather could dampen the spirits of the players and crowd who’d enjoyed themselves immensely that afternoon.

Final Tyne Tees Tigers 16.6.102 Convicts 2.2.14

The day was a great success and a positive step forward for the development of the game in Europe. The next planned ladies game in England will be held in London on the 21st of June as part of the Wimbledon Hawks Ladies Day. For more information contact Tia Bool tia.bool@afleurope.org


Tigers: Lane 5 Mitchell, Healy 3 Keane 2 Kavanagh, Moane, McHugh 1

Convicts:  Bool, Hazimeh 1


Tigers: Lucy Kavanagh (capt), Lisa McHugh, Jordy Lane, Lynn Mitchell, Nicola McLaughlin, Polly Moane, Michelle Healy, Tanya Scully, Karen Keane, Grace Campbell

Convicts: Tia Bool (Wimbledon Hawks), Gaelle Hazimeh (Wimbledon Hawks), Rachel Kilmartin (Wimbledon Hawks), Fiona Roarty (Belfast Kookaburras), Carolann Cass (Belfast Kookaburras), Kirsty Gray (Glasgow Sharks), Evelyn McGhee (Glasgow Sharks), Kristi Jo Fawcett (Glasgow Sharks), Sarah Mairead McLachlan (Glasgow Sharks)

10462754_10152064248026249_1543433317004791730_nMatch report written by Ian Baxter

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Match report from Haggis Cup womens – Tigers defeat Sharks

Tigers Victorious in 1st Women’s Australian Rules Football Match
Glasgow Sharks 14 pts. defeated by Tyne Tees Tigers 30 pts.

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On Saturday the 12th of April, England’s first female Aussie Rules club-side travelled to Glasgow to take on the Glasgow Sharks Ladies in the 2014 Haggis Cup. This is the first time two British clubs have played a women’s game. The Tigers ladies who had only picked up an Aussie rules ball for the first time 12 weeks previously were excited with the anticipation of playing in this historic game.12 April 2014. The Haggis Cup at GHA Rugby Club
The game was played as 8-a-side with 4 x 15 minute quarters on a full size rugby pitch. With the home side having a large interchange bench (in Aussie Rules players can sub on and off at anytime) and the Tigers having none over the course of the game the Tigers fitness would be tested.12 April 2014. The Haggis Cup at GHA Rugby Club
The first quarter was a cagey affair as each side sussed each other out. The Tigers created plenty of opportunities but only managed to kick 2 behinds (worth 1 pt.) and a late Glasgow goal (worth 6 points) saw the home team go into the 1st break 4 points ahead. tiger coaching ian

The second quarter saw the Tigers start to look more composed with Lynn Mitchell kicking the Tigers first competitive goal to take the lead. The high quality of the marking and kicking game of Tiger players Lisa McHugh and Polly Moane caught the eye of the spectators and coaches alike. The Tigers worked hard for each other in the third quarter adding another goal seeing them take a 5 point lead into the final break. With one quarter remaining and less than a single goal between the sides, would the Tiger legs tire and allow the larger Glasgow squad to escape with the victory? 12 April 2014. The Haggis Cup at GHA Rugby Club

Instead of fading the Tigers grew stronger moving the ball quickly with some long kicking, good marks and quick hands to kicking another two goals extending their lead and eventually running out the winners by 16 points. Afterwards Tigers Captain Lucy Kavanagh talked of her pride in being involved in England’s first Aussie Rules team “I felt extremely proud to be representing the Tyne Tees Tigers in the Haggis cup. Not only did we make history by becoming the first ever women’s English AFL team we won the Haggis cup! What an amazing day!”ltiger winners
Tigers Coach Ian Baxter “I’m very proud of what the girls have achieved today. It’s not easy to take up an entirely new sport, but to be pioneers of the game is a fantastic achievement. To play as well as they have is a credit to them and the hard work they’ve put in.”
Given the success of the day both the Tigers and the Glasgow Sharks are looking to hold a return match in Newcastle with dates in the late spring/early summer currently being discussed… Watch this space.Tigers ladies win

Quotes from some of the girls after playing their first games
Lucy Kavanagh (Tyne Tees Tigers Captain)
“Being involved in setting up a ladies team has been very rewarding. Hopefully we can stick at it at training and continue to develop the team! I felt extremely proud to be representing the Tyne Tees Tigers in the
Haggis cup. Not only did we make history by becoming the first ever women’s English AFL team we won the Haggis cup! What an amazing day! I hope to continue the good work at training and push forward in
strengthening the ladies team as a whole!! “

Nicola Mclaughlin (Tyne Tees Tigers)
“I like Aussie rules for the skills and that the game is fast paced. The game on Saturday was a good introduction and hopefully over the next few months we can keep working on our skills and raise the profile of the women’s team. The more women we get on board the more chance we have of raising the profile of Aussie rules so we can get a few matches. The haggis cup weekend was brilliant great banter with all the teams!”

Lynn Mitchell (Tyne Tees Tigers)
“It was amazing to be a part of and win the Haggis, especially because we are such a small team. Hopefully this will help to get some more people interested in the sport. For a team/club that has not been together long there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie. It feels great to have our first game over and to get the win against a team that would have been the favourites. It is just brilliant and I can’t wait for the next one. “

Lisa McHugh (Tyne Tees Tigers)
“Great weekend! It was all very well organised and gave us a real taste for Aussie rules! Feel very proud to be the First Ladies team in England and to have brought the Haggis Cup home to Newcastle. Hopefully it will be the first of many!!”

Polly Moane (Tyne Tees Tigers)
“It was an amazing experience to play our first game of Aussie rules and come away with a trophy! Everyone worked really hard and all our training with the men’s team paid off! Hopefully this is the start of big things for the tigers women and men’s teams!

Stacey Hughes (Glasgow Sharks Captain)
“Today was a great day for women’s Aussie Rules in Britain. It’s the third year that the Haggis Cup has included a women’s match of some sort and to welcome Tyne Tees, a brand new team, to Glasgow and have so many of our players playing their first ever game of Aussie rules today was great for the development of the game. I’m proud of the effort from all my girls today but unfortunately Tyne Tees were too strong for us on the day. I feel the wind and luck played a big factor in the outcome of the game but it was a fiercely fought contest and there are lots of positives for us to take from the match. I look forward to coming up against Tyne Tees in the future and wish them the best of luck developing the women’s side of their club.”

Photography courtesy of Duncan Gray http://duncolm.smugmug.com

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AFLCNE season kicks off – Saturday 26/04

Tyne Tees Tigers vs Leeds Minotaurs

Saturday 26th April sees the start of the AFLCNE season 2014. Tigers will be hosting the reigning champions Leeds Minotaurs. KO 1pm at North Shields Rugby Club, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Come along and watch. Free Entry. Bar with food will be open.

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Veteran Magpies overcome developing Tigers

On Saturday, the Tigers hosted a visit from the London-based Putney Magpies. Played at a new venue for the Tigers, Monkton Stadium, it became quickly apparent that the blustery conditions would have their part to play in the game.putney1
With the Magpies consisting almost exclusively of experienced Australian players backed up by a decade of experience, it was obvious from the outset that this would be challenge for a Tigers team that boasted no less than four debutants. Playing into the wind in the first quarter, the Magpies dominated possession in the early stages but found it difficult to convert their chances into goals, allowing the Tigers to find their claws and snatch the first goal of the game. Aided by the wind and a hard-working midfield the Tigers were able to match the Magpies for much of the quarter, keeping the scores close at the break.putney4

However, with a change in ends and now playing with the wind, the vast experience of the Putney Magpies came to the fore, the intelligent movement of their forward line making life difficult for the Tigers defence. With the tide starting to turn strongly in the Magpie’s favour, it was a relief for the Tigers to hear the half time whistle and with it a chance to regroup.putney2
Running out after half-time, the Tigers took the game to the Magpies. Playing with refreshed determination, the Tigers were able to pin the opposition back for large periods of the third quarter, once again taking advantage of the strong winds to kick a number of goals. Unfortunately, the change of ends in the fourth quarter saw the Magpies kick several goals of their own to give Putney what turned out to be a comfortable (and deserved) win.
Overall, a tough opposition for the Tigers saw that they’re still waiting for their first victory, but the team can take plenty of heart from the competitiveness shown across the field. With excellent individual performances from both the Tigers regulars and rookies, and ever-improving teamwork, things are certainly looking bright for the upcoming season.

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