Tiger 200 Club function report.
What a great function!
Great attendance, just under 300 guests (which meant the room was nearly full!)
Great theme. All but a few of the living members of the Tiger 200 Club were present.
Great MC. Matthew Richardson was simply terrific. What a media future he has to look forward to. We were indeed privileged to have him as MC.
Great venue. How good is it to be back at Punt Road in the new ME Bank facility? It felt like we’d come home, and access to the bar at the conclusion of formal proceedings saw many guests linger and savour the day in full.
We can claim with little fear of contradiction that the first function of the 10th year of the THC was a great success.
THC Vice President Michael Perry welcomed guests, especially:
- the Hon. Peter Nixon AD,
- former RFC Presidents Ian Wilson, Neville Crowe and Bill Durham,
- inaugural President of the Tommy Hafey Club Rob Slade,
- President of the North Cairns Tigers Brett Potter,
- President of the Maryborough FC Kelvin Noonan,
- Triple Best and Fairest winner, captain of the Tigers from 1960 to 1962 and Brownlow Medal runner-up in 1962 Ron Branton,
- and Barry Michael who won the IBF super featherweight title in 1985 and successfully defended it the same year.
Mike also thanked sponsors Peter Lehman wines, Malvern Hotel and Esprit Limousines before announcing the new major THC sponsor for 2012 The Outdoor Furniture Specialists stores in Nunawading and Springvale. There’s a great connection between these OFS stores and the THC with co-owner Murray Rance and THC sponsored player Alex Rance. We look forward to a positive relationship between TOFS and the THC in 2012.
There were apologies from some of the Tiger 200 Club. Dick Clay was overseas, Jimmy Jess was fishing, General Mark Lee has just had hip surgery and couldn’t fly, Mervyn Keane was sent to Perth on an Essendon recruiting trip, Kevin Sheedy and Matthew Knights had coaching duties for GWS and Geelong VFL respectively, and KB had SEN commitments.
Gary March spoke enthusiastically about the significance of the function and the encouraging progress the Tigers are making both on and off-field.
A new segment, the Mystery Player Award, was introduced and saw the return of Brian Morrison to Tigerland. Brian played 8 senior games for the Tigers in 1960 before choosing the more lucrative career of shearing, at which he excelled being named Australian sheep shearing champion in 1967 and 1968 and in 1972 breaking the world record by shearing 410 Merino sheep in one day.
The Tiger 200 Club was splendidly represented on the day by:
- Darren Gaspar,
- Francis Bourke,
- Bryan Wood,
- Wayne Campbell,
- Dale Weightman,
- Joel Bowden,
- Matthew Richardson,
- Roger Dean,
- David Cloke,
- Michael Roach,
- And current RFC CEO Brendon Gale.
Matthew Richardson interviewed RFC Captain Chris Newman who is scheduled to become the 24th player to play 200 games for the Tigers in round 8.
Matthew and Mike acknowledged the deceased members of the Tiger 200 Club, Jack Dyer, Jack Titus, Percy Bentley, Kevin O’Neill and Vic Thorp.
The function was recorded on DVD.