Queanbeyan Football Club

The Queanbeyan Football Club, nicknamed the Tigers, is an Australian rules football club that competes in the AFL Canberra. The club is based in Queanbeyan, one of the oldest (proclaimed a town in 1838) and fastest growing municipalities (proclaimed a city in 1972) in New South Wales, that draws players, supporters and administrators from a region of 100,000 people covering the Division of Eden-Monaro.[1]

Full nameQueanbeyan Football Club
Club details
Founded1925 (1925)
CompetitionAFL Canberra
PresidentGary Bullivant
Ground(s)Allinsure Park
Other information
Official websitetigersclub.com.au

History, Facilities and Organisation

Affiliated: The team was affiliated with Federal Territory Football League in 1925–26.[2] It was affiliated with the Canberra Australian National Football League in 1927–74, the ACT Australian Football League in 1975–99, AFL Canberra 2000–10 and the North East Australian Football League 2011–present. The club adopted black and gold colours in 1935 after VFL club Richmond donated a set of playing jumpers.[3]

Alan Muir wrote about the team: "The fact that the club survived all of those tough periods was due to the dedication and vision of men like our Foundation President Wal Mason followed by other outstanding Administrative personalities in Jim Prendergast, Maurie Richards, Dick Sydes, Tom Borrowman, Reg Watson, Jack McNamara and Dave Imrie through to more recent administrators covering both football and the licensed club in Ron Fowlie, Gary Bullivant, Van Rakowski, Geoff Gosling and Mark Thompson”.[4]

The Junior Tigers commenced their 66th Year in the ACT Junior Football League in 2013 and provide over 80 per cent of the senior grade teams (10 former local juniors played in the 2012 NEAFL EC Premiership Team when it defeated the Sydney Swans by 30 points in 2012).[5]

Since 1979, the team has been located at Dairy Farmers Park and supporters have raised $800,000 (in addition to grants from the Tigers Licensed Club) to install facilities such as a roofed grandstand, Interchange and Coaches Boxes for home and visiting teams, an Administration Building, ground lighting, a Hall of Fame walk, canteen, goal netting, scoreboards and disabled access.[6]

Premierships (14):

No. Year Competition Opponent Score Venue
11939Canberra Australian National Football League
21940Canberra Australian National Football League-
31941Canberra Australian National Football League
41953Canberra Australian National Football League-
51954Canberra Australian National Football League-
61956Canberra Australian National Football League-
71985Australian Capital Territory Football League-
81988Australian Capital Territory Football League-
91989Australian Capital Territory Football League-
101991Australian Capital Territory Football League-
111998Australian Capital Territory Football League-
121999Australian Capital Territory Football League-
132000AFL Canberra-
142012NEAFL Eastern Conference-

Mulrooney Medallists:

  • Tom Kelly 1938
  • Merv Strang 1938
  • Keith Schow 1950
  • Roy Watterston 1953 and 1954
  • Tony Wynd 1983, 1988, 1989 and 1990
  • Steve Cornish 1990
  • Michael Kennedy 1994
  • Steve Vizy 1997
  • Mitch Daniher 2009.[7]

League top goalkickers:

  • G. Lovell (93) 1940
  • R. Savage (54) 1946
  • L. White (100) 1956
  • M. Wheeler (58) 1958
  • J. Lysewycz (67) 1977
  • I. Male (63) 1987
  • D. Skuta (61) 1989
  • S. Cornish (105) 1990
  • A. Mapleson (126) 1992
  • M. Niesen (45) 1997 (97) 1998
  • L. Ellis (70) 2002, (89) 2003
  • M. Armstrong (103) 2007, (57) 2008 (57) 2010.[8][9]

Highest score:

  • 43.37 (295) vs. RAAF on 27 July 1940.[10]

Record finals attendance:

  • 10,000 (approx.) for 1985 Grand Final: Queanbeyan 23.18 (156); Ainslie 14.13 (97).[11]

NEAFL history

The club entered the NEAFL for the competition's inaugural season in 2011. In 2012 it won the Eastern Conference premiership with an 18.13.121 over Sydney Swans 13.13.91.[12]

Alignment with Sapphire Coast Australian Football League

Queanbeyan Tigers have appointed Peter Williamson – a former Captain Coach of the Tigers Club who has moved to the South Coast to coordinate a pathway for developing players from all Sapphire Coast Australian Football League Clubs (a region stretching from Bermagui in the North to the Victorian border in the South).[13] For many years the Queanbeyan Tigers sponsored the South East Region Academy of Sport which involved players from clubs in areas such as Bateman's Bay, Bega, Eden and Merimbula, throughout the Bega Valley Shire.[14]

Alignment with Cooma Australian Football

Queanbeyan Tigers have a formalised development relationship with the Cooma Cats Australian Football Club.[15]

AFL/VFL players

There is a list of players who have played at AFL/VFL:


  1. Queanbeyan City Council http://www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/Discover-Queanbeyan/Heritage (accessed 27 July 2013)
  2. Queanbeyan Age 4 September 1925.http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4535914 (accessed 24 July 2013)
  3. Honour Roll and History. Queanbeyan Tigers http://tigersclub.com.au/footballclub/about-2/history/ (accessed 24 July 2013)
  4. Ron Fowle. Tiger Tiger Burning Bright. Queanbeyan Australian Football Club 1925-1988. Queanbeyan Football Club 1st ed 1988.
  5. Queanbeyan Tigers Australian Football Club. Junior Tigers http://tigersclub.com.au/footballclub/junior-football/fixtures-and-results/ (accessed 24 July 2013)
  6. Tigers-Dairy Farmers Park http://tigersclub.com.au/footballclub/about-2/home-ground-dairy-farmers-park/ (accessed 27 July 2013)
  7. Ron Fowlie. History of the Tigers 100 Club and Famous Tigers 1925-2005. Canberra Queanbeyan Football Club 2005.
  8. Ron Fowlie. History of the Tigers 100 Club and Famous Tigers 1925-2005. Canberra Queanbeyan Football Club 2005.
  9. Queanbeyan Tigers Wall of Fame. http://tigersclub.com.au/footballclub/about-2/wall-of-fame-2/ (accessed 24 July 2013)
  10. Ron Fowlie. History of the Tigers 100 Club and Famous Tigers 1925-2005. Canberra Queanbeyan Football Club 2005.
  11. Ron Fowlie. History of the Tigers 100 Club and Famous Tigers 1925-2005. Canberra Queanbeyan Football Club 2005.
  12. NEAFL 2012 Eastern Conference Grand Final Review http://www.canberratimes.com.au/afl/afl-news/grand-final-medal-count-on-way-to-sydney-20130611-2o2c5.html (accessed 24 July 2013)
  13. Bateman's Bay Affiliation Gains Strength. Queanbeyan Tigers. http://tigersclub.com.au/footballclub/batemans-bay-affiliation-gains-strength/ (accessed 27 July 2013)
  14. Bega District News Australian Football Scholarships 2005 http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/1050199/australian-football-scholarships-awarded/ (accessed 27 July 2013)
  15. Queanbeyan Tigers. Memorandum of Understanding with Cooma Cats http://www.sportingpulse.com/club_info.cgi?client=1-1051-17832-0-0&sID=224393&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=16713081 (accessed 27 July 2013)
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