First game set to brew

In the wake of starting our practice sessions it seems that this pre-season is not going to ever end, ever. But alas, there is hope on the horizon as the Tigers continue to prep for the *queue the music* First Game of The Season.  The Tigers will make their conquest to Cullen Park in Houston, TX, home of the last stand of the Alamo and the world’s largest pecan, to face the Lonestars in The Ruggles Cup of 2015, in memoriam of a fallen Lonestar teammate.

The boys from Baton Rouge are excited to lace up the boots and see their recent hard work in action. The Tigers have seen a few new faces on the pitch with the addition of a couple of Aussies and some young thoroughbreds from campus. We recently sent a camera crew to the Baton Rouge Tigers Clubhouse, but were denied access to the vault that Coach Stebbing had installed late last week. Though Coach Stebbing denied to comment on several requests, if he had to say something, we believe that he would have said something to the tune of: “I’m just happy to be here.”

Don’t forget to check out the ANZAC Day Event following the game.  More information at the Lonestars Website.

If you are one of our many Houston fans, or if you just need to get out of the house before the in-laws show up, come check out the match.

Saturday, April 25 at 11:00am / Cullen Park: 19008 Saums Rd, Houston, TX  77084

Two Tigers running loose in Baton Rouge, 3 if you count Mike


LSU has granted a probational status to the Australian Rules Football Club, an LSU Student Organization. The club comes just in time for Josh Growden to have to make a tough decision, although sources say that he’s leaning to towards the American football, football team.

Nonetheless, the student organization is a first step to creating a footy culture on campus. Luckily the Student Footy Club President contacted the Baton Rouge Tigers for some assistance with coaching and training.  This comes as a relief since the local Academy does not carry Sherrin or Burley balls.

We liked to wish a good luck to the Footy Club at LSU. If you’d like to get in touch with them for donations or participation, please contact Adam Diaz at

Non-alcoholic Cheers!

Mike: LSU Tiger
Mike: LSU Tiger

Practice is going…well, pretty well.

Greeting fellow Baton Rouge Tigers Australian Rules Football Club fans, friends, players, and friendly foes:

As of lately, the past fortnight and a half to be precise, the footy gods have blessed Baton Rouge with “pretty ok” weather, as quoted by one player (unknown source). The LSU Parade Grounds have proven to be a lively lush pasture suitable for the practicing of Australian Football, despite the sand pit lines and random holes. Even on days that the weather fortune tellers have predicted doom and gloom, our boys have flexed their pectorals and forced the precipitation away. Don’t be fooled, we’re not the only ones enjoying the sporadic sparks of spring, (apparently the Starks were right, “winter is coming”, or isn’t going away). We’ve seen the likes of Ultimate Frisbee, Cricket, two boys throwing a baseball as far as possible, and the American-Football-Dad-and-Son backyard catch. Believe it or not, we’ve even had fans come out for practice; although they may have already been there enjoying the quiet before our lot took the field. Regardless, the Tigers are moving forward this year. Coach Neil has already seen some improvements with straighter kickers, and smarter decisions.  Practice has been well organized and productive throughout the whole session. Players are giving feedback on what they like, what has been working, and what drills they feel are showing improvements.  Don’t get us wrong, it’s a long, hard road to success, but it feels good to be on it.  If Dan Patrick were here, I feel he would have something clever to say about the boys and their initiative. If it were Bob Costas, he would have questions that help build a picture of the future. But you’re stuck with me…and I’ll say that I’m just happy to be here, and we’d love to see you here too. Check out our Facebook page for updates on practice days and locations.  Cheers!

Adam Diaz

Interview with a Stebbing

<<Cue Ian Drury and the Blockheads, and the soothing crackling of a living room fire>>

I had a chance to sit and chat with the 2015 Baton Rouge Tiger’s Australian Rules Football Club Head Coach, or BRTARFC-HC for short. Who is the man behind the whistle?

Adam: Neilsy!!!

Neil: Adam, how ya goin?

A: You want a beer?

N: ****CENSORED****

A: So, what is your footy bio?

N: Played for Hadfield Primary school for 2 years and we were awesome. Won both the Football and Cricket grand finals. Went to Metro’s in both. Played for Hadfield Football Club U13’s and U15’s and we were crap. Mostly played as a midfielder. Played open age for St. Andrews Vic Amatuers FA as a wingmen and then Glenroy Football Club as a Full Back in the Essendon District FL.

A: Noice. What do you want from your footy future?

N: Want to see the BR Tigers get some consistent players. Want to teach football as I was taught which is getting the basics right.

A: That goes into my next question…what do you want from your players?

N: Hmmm good question. Get the basics down and to execute them well in a game. Make them believe in themselves build self confidence.

A: When we see you on the field, it’s obvious that you love the game,..what do you love about the game?

N: Gee wiz. Reading the play just love beating someone who I have out-read. The wide range of skills. The competition. Teammates who become friends

A: Let’s say someone actually reads this, what would you want to say to the players?

N: Be passionate about learning the basics this will hold you in good stead for your career

A: And what about the fans?

N: Enjoy watching us and come out. Get around us at the 3 breaks and pump us up. Enjoy the evening with us.

A: Thank mate. (To the waitress) Could we grab our bill? (Back to Neil) No…no…it’s on me.

Interview on Feb 26, by Adam Diaz

1st Practice has been Practied

What was supposed to be a rainy miserable February day manifested into a blossoming beauty. As the old clock tower began to mumble the tune of two o’clock, the Tigers began trickling onto the practice pitch, the LSU Parade Grounds.  Coach Neilsy Wheelsy, recently retired from active play, has taken his boot off of the footy and into the arses of the Tigers. Immediately we began to calibrate our cleats and address the basic skills, because everyone knows that you can’t spell “slicks” or “slacks” without basic skills.  The practice was well organized and well structured…and after two hours of sweat, Coach Neil called it.  Thanks to everyone who came out and we’ll you next week.

Photo taken by N. Klein
Photo taken by N. Klein

Officer Meeting

Josh Cartmill (President), Coach Neil Stebbing, and I (Vice President) met yesterday evening in preparation of the start of the 2015 season.  We have a lot to look forward to this year, as the three of us talked about where the club is today and what goals we should be concentrating on this season. We’re all excited about the kick off of our season, with the first practice less than a month away. The meeting was mainly to discuss how practice will be coordinated and scheduled in order to make the time we have productive. However, don’t be fearful of practice turning into “lace’s out” serious. One of the lasting characteristics of the club is the positive atmosphere in which we operate. The three of us absolutely hold this attribute above all us.  We are looking to mold our club into a structured amount of fun, and have it continue to be something that you’d want to take back home to Sheila.

Remember to set your calendars to Feb 22, 2015 @ the LSU Parade Grounds.

Pre-Season Get Together

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What a great day the boys had for a run and a kick.  The LSU parade grounds were a soft emerald green and the skies perfectly partly cloudy.  We warmed up a bit with kicking footies, foot passing soccer balls, and throwing footballs.  With Neil and Rob picking teams, we kicked off our day with soccer where the teams ended in a one to one tie after twenty minutes.  After a some much needed oxygen and water, our next sport was American Football, light tackle. Our group picked up two LSU Students, Tyler and Ross who joined opposing teams. Team Rob came out on top with a two to one score (single points for touchdowns).  Then, with our winter joints oiled and a little bit of athletic rust shaken off, we jumped into some footy.  There were some great defensive plays, some good movement of the footy with hand balls and drop kicks. Team Rob came out on top again at the end of twenty minutes. Both Tyler and Ross showed great promise, learning the ropes of Aussie Rules and getting into the mix of things. We also had a great sideline crew with Robin (resting for a Marathon), Nicki (out with a pulled back), and Elise (photographer).  Next on the list…First Practice – Feb 22.  More to come.

2015 Pre-Season Get Together

In half of a fortnight, the footy club will be hosting our first event of the New Year. The details are as follow:

When: January 10th, 2015 – stretching begins at 2 pm

Where: LSU Parade grounds – near Dalrymple Dr and Highland Rd

What: Non-illegal organized shenanigans, bring sportswear, cleats, mouth piece if you have one.

Come out and meet some of your 2015 Baton Rouge Tigers. We will have several sports balls to play around with, water, and t-shirts for sale. Even if you don’t want to throw or kick anything, we’d love to meet you and hang out a bit. All of our Australians have been vetted and do not bite. There will be an after-after party at Chimes immediately following, so bring an extra shirt or change of shoes. Chimes is located at 3357 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. Check out our facebook page for more details and updates.

Baton Rouge Tigers Annual General Meeting

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by: Adam Diaz

Sunday, Dec 14th 2014

The Baton Rouge Tigers had their annual meeting this past Sunday at The Londoner in Baton Rouge.  First of all, many thanks to The Londoner for putting up with our lot.  The meeting was productive and many items were discussed about the upcoming 2015 season.  Elections were held and we would like to congratulate the 2015 Board headed by Josh Cartmill as President.  Josh expressed a desire for the team to push for recruitment of new players, and to set a positive tone for the season, on game day, during practices, and generally everything that involves our footy club.  Other elected positions went to Adam Diaz (Vice President), John Zimmerman (Treasurer) and Neil Stebbing for Head Coach.  Neil will be taking this role head on, as he has retired from active play at the end of the 2014 season.  Next up for the Baton Rouge Tigers we expect to see the 2015 fixtures and some team events scheduled and published for the upcoming season.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, keep practicing, and we hope to see you next year.