The Gundagai Tigers might come from the smallest town in the Group 9 competition, boasting a small population of 1900, but it hasn’t stopped them from being crowned Group 9 Club Champions for the second year in a row.
The Tigers have well and truly punched above their weight for the best part of a decade, winning titles galore, and in 2021 the Black and Golds fielded all five age groups and had most teams bound for a big showing in the finals before the season was cut short.
Tigers representative Marty Hay was proud of his club’s efforts in 2021, hinting it was a well-deserved achievement.
“Bloody oath it’s good. It’s a massive achievement for our club to win it,” Hay said.
“Being the smallest club in the competition and the smallest town, it shows what we are about as a club.”
Hay explained that fielding five teams in the Group 9 competition was an achievement for Gundagai, let alone being named Club Champions for two years in a row.
“It is a massive achievement. We don’t feild all grades every year, and when we can pull it off, it is a rare achievement to be named Club Champion,” Hay said.
“To do it two years in a row – it shows we are passionate about our footy.”
The Tigers won’t have an under 16s side in 2022, all but ruling Gundagai out of Club Champion contention.
“Take next year for instance – we won’t have an under 16s, so we basically have no hope of winning it without five sides,” Hay said.
“It’s unfortunate but we will work hard to get five teams on the paddock again.”
First-grade coach Luke Berkrey was pleased that the club was named Group 9 Club Champion, but he was still ruing a lost opportunity to potentially win back-to-back first-grade titles after Gundagai finished second on XXXX Gold ladder.
“It’s probably not up there with winning the title, but for a little town like Gundagai to pick up this award is terrific,” Berkrey said.
“The club did remarkably well to get five teams on the ground, let alone winning the Club Champions title.
“We are really proud. It’s certainly a nice touch and good reward for everyone in the club.”