IS TATHRA the best grassroots Aussie rules club in Australia?
Club stalwart Rob “Frog” Little believes the Tathra Sea Eagles are the top performing club across the nation in 2013.
Little has put out a big challenge that Tathra has been the sport’s most impressive club this season.
The Eagles can make a stake to the claim, boasting a very impressive list of achievements in both senior and reserve grades.
The teams combined to win two Sapphire Coast Australian Football League premierships, a pre-season title, two league best and fairest awards, two SCAFL leading goal-kicker awards, club of the year and three other special honours.
Tathra started the season in top form by taking out the annual Cooma Cup in March.
The Eagles recorded four wins from as many starts in the pre-season competition, with skipper Jason Ainsworth named man of the carnival (BDN, 28/3).
Tathra then remained undefeated during the regular SCAFL season in both senior and reserve grades, before earning spots in the grand final.
At the league’s awards presentation night last month, the Eagles collected eight honours.
Ainsworth continued his fine season by being named senior best and fairest, while Troy O’Loghlin won the reserves equivalent.
Full forward Mitch May took home the senior goal-kicking award with 140 goals and Brad Colligan led the way in reserve grade with 47.
Tathra was voted SCAFL’s club of the year and senior playing-coach Luke Taylor was named coach of the year.
Senior ruckman Jessie Hoyland-Meaker was named rookie of the year and Tathra’s Rohan Fell won an umpires award.
A great season culminated in Tathra’s two leading teams taking
part in grand final
day at Berrambool
Oval, Merimbula, last Saturday.
The Eagles took home their fourth successive SCAFL senior flag courtesy of a 55-point win over Pambula.
Earlier in the day, Tathra edged out the Bega Bombers by 13 points to win the reserve grade title.
Little, who has been involved in Aussie rules for 60 years, said the Eagles deserved the title as “best [grassroots] club” nation-wide.
“I believe that no other club has done all of this anywhere,” he said.
“I’ve played in five competitions and spoken to lots of people – there’s no possible chance it’s happened before.”
Little said it had been an exciting year for the club.
“This is not to skite because we might not win anything next year.
“But it has been quite exceptional,” he said.