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Honour given to hard-nosed flanker

THE main field at Bottomley Park will tomorrow be named in honour of Wallaby great David Wilson.

Expect fitting pre-game fanfare at the Easts-Brothers lift-off to the club season for one of rugby’s finest Tigers, yet don’t imagine the accolade carrying any weight in corners of his own household.

“Dad, I thought you had to be famous to have a field named after you,” was 11-year-old son Harry’s wisecrack this week when Wilson’s Sydney-Brisbane trip loomed for the grand unveiling.

Young Harry wasn’t around when his dad was a non-stop flanker spilling blood in that 1999 World Cup final triumph when the French took to his chin with a boot or any of his 105 games for Queensland.

Now 45 and with a Tony Shaw hairstyle, Wilson recounted yesterday just how much Bottomley Park and his time at the den meant to him.

“Bottomley Park was home base for 23 years. I played all my juniors there, it’s where we celebrated a Colts premiership, I started in A grade there and the Tigers were still my club when I was away with the Wallabies,” Wilson said.

“I still remember swinging and climbing over those rafters in the clubhouse like just about every young player who has come through Easts and the all-nighter after the Colts grand final.

“It’s a great honour to be recognised this way.”

Wilson was also a two-time Rothmans Medal winner (1989 and 1991) for his resonant club performances.

He still takes a keen interest in rugby. He is more at ease that there are back-ups for David Pocock in his old position than he was when the Wallabies were exposed without one at last year’s Rugby World Cup.

“Beau Robinson was unlucky not to be in the original Wallaby squad for the World Cup,” Wilson said.

“Liam Gill is a lighter player and a true ball scavenger.

“He’s fit and young and will only get better.

“Michael Hooper, at the Brumbies, is being mentioned a lot so he must be making improvements too.”

Like every player of his generation, Wilson is heartened to hear that former Wallaby teammate Michael Lynagh, while still in hospital under observation, is stable and alert after his recent stroke.

Senior team lists for all grades on website

Team lists for all Senior Teams have now been posted on the website. Come down to Bottomley to support all the teams as they take on Brothers for the first round clash of the season.  A copy of the game day program is also available under the premier grade tab.  Make sure you like us on facebook to keep up to date with all the activities throughout the season.

Old Boys Day & Naming of Field 1 this Saturday @ Tigerland!

This Saturday sees the start of the senior season and what better way than to start off with Old Boys Day against our tradtional foe – Brothers.  Additionally, Easts are using this occasion to honour one of its own by naming Field 1 after them.

Easts have been playing at Bottomley Park since 1949.  The club had its origins as Brisbane State High Old Boys in 1947 and changed its name following advice from the Qld Education Department and Qld Rugby Union.  In the more than 60 years since, many thousands of children and adults have played for Easts at Bottomley Park.

One player has stood out from all the rest and this Saturday Field One will be named in his honour.

He started playing here in Under 7’s (which was the youngest you could play back then) and progressed to First Grade, now called Premier Grade.  He played 105 games for Queensland, 79 Tests for Australia and captained the Wallabies 9 times.  Throughout his career he won every international trophy available to an Australian test player (Bledisloe Cup series wins in 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2000 including the win as captain), a World Cup in 1999 and finally a tri-nations series win in 2000 before his retirement from test rugby later that year.

The formal announcement of the naming of the field will be made in front of the clubhouse grandstand just prior to the premier grade game which kicks off at 3.15pm.

BayFm to broadcast live from Bottomley this Saturday

BayFm 100.3 will be broadcasting live from Bottomley Park this weekend (2 – 5pm) for the opening round clash against Brothers.  Whilst we are expecting all our loyal supporters to be down at Bottomley for the naming of Field 1 ceremony at 3pm followed by the Premier Grade game, those who can’t make it can tune into 100.3 to get a live update on the game.  All grades will be playing at home with kick off for the senior competition starting at 10.40am.  Juniors start at usually time of 8.10am.

Game Day Program

                Field 1

Field 4

10.40am    Colts 1 3rd Grade
12 noon     Premier Colts 2nd Grade
1.30pm      1st Grade 4th Grade
3.15pm      Premier Grade

Premier Squad to be announced next Thursday

With trials completed, and the depth of talent showing the skills that they bring to the playing group, the Premier Coaches find themselves in an enviable position when choosing the 22 man squad for the round 1 clash against traditional rivals, Brothers.  Playing such a highly respected nemesis, makes the machinations of the starting 15 even more important and the contribution of the impact players coming into the game.  With the already established talent and the wonderful skills of the new Tigers to the club it is very exciting to see the gelling of what looks like being a great Tigers outfit.  Roll on round one! April 28th 3.15pm Bottomley Park

Tigers Finish Trials with a Flourish

Easts finished their pre-season trial matches with a very impressive 66-0 victory over Norths. The win was highlighted by winger Sean Cox’s (#11) four tries. Easts started the game positively with good ball retention and scored an early try through winger Kieran Ross (#14) on the back of sustained pressure on the Norths defence.

Two more tries were scored in the first half.  However poor handling in great field position cost the Tigers more points in the first half. This trend of missed opportunity continued in the second half until the opening try of that period ignited the Easts backs to display a master class of attacking rugby that lead to another six tries.

The forwards won the battle at the breakdown allowing quality ball for the backs. The scrum was dominant from the start and the lineout was solid throughout the entire game. Michael Bermingham (#3) and Michael Stolberg (#4) were brilliant, making their biggest contributions with ball in hand, charging up the field with effective ball carries.

Matt Brandon (#10) controlled the game from fly half, with a standout kicking performance that gave the Tigers the territorial advantage throughout the match.

Easts youngest recruit, UJ Seuteni, made his debut for the Tigers coming off the bench after 20 minutes to give David Skelton (#12) a well deserved rest. Seuteni’s first touch belied the quality that he would show with his next few touches. A face ball, grubber in behind the line and the silken footwork with the grace and power of Chazz Michael Michaels on ice, showed some of the skills that he will bring to the squad. Seuteni had time after the break at fly half whilst skipper Matt Brandon observed his team’s performance from behind.

This victory draws a close to the pre-season and puts the Tigers in good stead to open the regular season, at home, against old enemy Brothers on the 28th April.

2007 Gallery update

Want to go down memory lane to when Josh Parry had very very blonde locks or a young Ben Mowen learnt his craft behind the microphone?  Take a look and the Lions when they came to town and trained at Easts or Premier Grade in their pre-season training in front of the Grandstand before it was refurbished.  Then head to Media Gallery and check out the latest additions to the website.  Be a part of history and join in this years season launch on April 28th for the naming of Field 1 at 3.00pm

Vale Foundation Member Gerry Cummins

CUMMINS, Gerald Francis (Gerry) Passed away peacefully on Sunday, 15th April, 2012. Aged 79 Years. Formerly of Brisbane. Late of Miami. Beloved Husband of Clare. Loving Father of Maree, Peter, Bernadette, Dan, Gerard and their Families. Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Gerry will be offered at the Calvary Memorial Catholic Church, Santa Monica Road, Miami, on Thursday, 19th April, 2012, at 10 a.m..

Tiger V Tiger at Suncorp last friday

St.George Queensland Reds flyer Aidan Toua (Easts Tiger) has recovered from a hamstring injury to earn selection at outside centre in last Friday night’s round seven FxPro Super Rugby clash at Suncorp Stadium against the ACT Brumbies. (Brumbies Captain Ben Mowen from the Easts Tiger fraternity and Ruaidhri Murphy #1 jersey also a Tiger at heart)

Toua offered some relief to an injury hit backline after being passed fit from a hamstring strain he sustained during the Reds opening trial match of the season against the Brumbies in Cairns.

Eddie Quirk (fellow Tiger) was also included in the squad named for the clash against the Brumbies.  Both Eddie and Aidan are guest speakers being interviewed by Jim Tucker at the upcoming Bovine Lunch @ Normaby Hotel this friday.  Limited Tickets available online.

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