Mudgee Dragons to provide a real test as Tigers start season

CHALLENGE: The Mudgee Dragons, who defeated the Cowra Magpies 24-12 to start their season, will take on the Oberon Tigers on Friday.
CHALLENGE: The Mudgee Dragons, who defeated the Cowra Magpies 24-12 to start their season, will take on the Oberon Tigers on Friday.

THE Oberon Tigers will kick off their 2019 season this Friday of the long weekend after a round one bye.

The Tigers will host competition favourites and Bathurst knockout winners the Mudgee Dragons, who have recruited heavily in the off season, including ex-NRL playmaker Jack Littlejohn taking the reins as captain/coach.

New Oberon captain/coach Josh Starling has been working hard since the beginning of November last year to change the club's culture and introduce a tough, no compromise style of play across all grades.

The Tigers took on the Western Rams under 23s side and the Wellington Cowboys in trial matches during the pre-season. Starling used a mixture of all grades in both trial matches and the signs were encouraging, with the top squad opening up early leads in both games.

Off the field, the club has been very busy improving the amenities for our players and supporters. With the assistance of Oberon Council, renovations have begun on the dressing sheds, while the ground staff have made sure that the playing field is in top shape.

A new, state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard and communications system has been installed through the collaboration of the senior and junior clubs.

Led by juniors president Spiro Kavaleiros, the Tigers were successful in applying for a State Government grant as part of the overall strategic direction to ensure player and supporter facilities are significantly improved.

The league tag girls, coached this year by Tahlia Nugent, play at 10.30am and the new-look, Starling-led Premier League boys will run on at 2.15pm.

The Leagues Club and Tigers canteen will be operating, so come down to the ground this Easter Friday and get behind your team.