Coburg Lions news

Craig McRae's debut one to forget

From the Sunday Herald-Sun
Reported by Howard Leigh
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COBURG caretaker coach Craig McRae came away from yesterday's debut assignment against Port Melbourne empty-handed.

The Brisbane Lions triple-premiership forward, who took over the Tigers' coaching reins from Jade Rawlings, was forced to settle for a 45-point loss to Port.

"I don't believe in fairytales and it wasn't too good," McRae said.

Coburg searches for coach

From the Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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COBURG Tigers will meet with their AFL-aligned partner Richmond this week to discuss a replacement coach for Jade Rawlings.

It is understood a replacement could come from one of the three Richmond assistants who missed out on the caretaker position — Craig McRae, Wayne Campbell and David King — in order for Richmond to keep control of the development of its younger players.

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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COBURG Tigers have snared former Hawthorn midfielder Tim Clarke as a playing assistant coach in a new-look team for 2009.

The 26-year-old, who is also touted to be named captain, shied away from lucrative offers from West Adelaide and Canberra to remain in Melbourne.

Cleary mulls Coburg coup

From the Moreland Leader
Reported by Simon Craig


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COBURG footy legend Phil Cleary has not ruled out mounting a boardroom challenge to stop the Coburg Tigers\' proposed move to Craigieburn.

Coburg is expected to relocate to a planned $8 million football training centre in the rapidly growing outer suburb. The centre will be used as a summer training base by Coburg\'s AFL affiliation club Richmond.

Mr Cleary used his column in Inside Football magazine last week to attack Coburg for not consulting members on its future plans, and criticised Moreland Council over the "sorry tale of neglect" at Coburg City Oval.

Coburg president Lil Priest rejected the accusation, saying members had been briefed on the issue during the president\'s lunch at the past two home games.

Coburg Tiger move angers council

From the Moreland Leader
Reported by Simon Craig


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MORELAND Council is fuming over cash it spent backing VFL club the Coburg Tigers.

As Coburg's relocation to Craigieburn becomes all but a formality, Moreland councillor John Kavanagh lamented the tens of thousands of dollars spent in recent years trying to placate the Richmond feeder club.

Sport Minister James Merlino all but confirmed the move, reported in the Leader in January, during a visit to Craigieburn last week to announce the $2.5 million State Government contribution to the football training centre.

Mr Merlino said the facility will "bring VFL and perhaps even AFL football to the area, with the Coburg Tigers slated to train and play matches at the new oval".

Tiger returns, Coughlan pulls up unscathed

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Carley Jellet

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RICHMOND midfielder Mark Coughlan took the first step to returning to senior football yesterday, playing a half of football in Coburg's 53-point win over Collingwood at ABD Group Stadium.

After undergoing two knee reconstructions, Coughlan's comeback was again disrupted due to hamstring soreness, but the 26-year-old got through yesterday's match unscathed.

Limited game time and close checking by Collingwood's Paul Licuria kept Coughlan to 10 possessions, but it was enough for Coburg coach, Jade Rawlings, who said he was happy to see the injury-plagued midfielder playing again.

Tigers emphatic in Grand Final victory over Borough

Reported by Justin Cooper

The Coburg Tigers Reserves side accounted for a struggling Port Melbourne outfit in the 2007 Reserves Grand Final at MC Labour Park on Sunday.

It was an eventful first term, which saw 6 goals kicked between the two sides as the Tigers took a slender 2 point lead at the first break.

But it was all the Tigers in the second term, which saw them take a 27 point advantage at the main break after Coburg slammed on 5 goals to Port’s 4 behinds.

The Tigers kept control in the third term, as they kicked 4 goals to Port’s 2, as they took an astonishing 52 point buffer at the last break.

But a 5 goal to 3 last term handed the Tigers the emphatic win and the 2007 Reserves Premiership, as they won 17.20 (112) to 8.8 (56).

Richmond listed player Cleve Hughes (5 goals) was a focal point upfront for the Tigers, as livewire forward Jonathan Mullins (3 goals) and Jake De Sousa (3 goals) all chipped in, keeping the Borough defense constantly under pressure.

Myles Sewell was terrific in the midfield as ruckman Steven Foster, who was best-a-field, constantly gave his midfield first use as Borough ruckman Rhys Bloomfield struggled to make an impact.

Singing the praises of the Carusos

From The Age

Reported by Chris Walker
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AT COBURG City Oval last night, there was a familiar scene. Having finished training, Natale Caruso and his younger brother Fortunato could be found handballing and kicking stab passes to each other, honing their already fine skills. Mick, their father, patiently waited in the club rooms, ready to serve the Coburg Tigers players their Friday night pasta.

Tomorrow, Nat and Fort will stand side by side for only the 11th time in a match when Coburg takes on Williamstown in the VFL first preliminary final.

"They are the soul of our club," said coach Andy Collins of the young brothers from Fawkner. "It's the way they train. You could not ask for two more professional guys and they have had outstanding seasons. They're the energy behind our success so far this year."

Both joined Coburg from the TAC Cup competition having played for the Calder Cannons.

Coburg Tigers flag intentions

From Herald Sun
Reported by Geoff Poulter

SECOND-placed Coburg Tigers are keen to test themselves against the two main flag contenders in the final four rounds.

They clash with Geelong (third) this morning at Skilled Stadium and then face an away game against ladder-leader Sandringham in Round 20 on August 25.

"They are clearly the class sides of the competition this year," Coburg coach Andrew Collins said this week.

"It is an exciting challenge to play at Geelong this week and then we've got Sandringham in a couple of weeks."

Collins is also chuffed about playing the curtain-raiser to the Geelong-Richmond game.

"I would encourage the VFL to do that bit more," he said.

"There are some special games played as curtain-raisers to an AFL game when it could easily have been VFL games.

"We have that opportunity with the alignments.

"It would be great to have the Coburg Tigers playing on the MCG before the Richmond Tigers (Coburg's affiliate)."

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