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

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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 lsu.footy@gmail.com.

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