Tigers make camp on the river

February 09, 2018

Brandon Ellis celebrating the 2017 premiership.

IT’s not often the AFL premiers are in town but Echuca-Moama will get the chance to see the Tigers next week as they roll in for their Community Camp.

The club will engage in multiple community events, skills sessions at local schools and public appearances.

The main event will be an open club training at Victoria Park on Tuesday morning at 9am.

After the session, players will be signing autographs for the public.

Premiership star Brandon Ellis said the team were excited to be coming to the town.

‘‘We absolutely love going into these communities,’’ Ellis said.

‘‘I love Echuca. I’ve been coming up here the last couple of years to go wakeboarding, so I really love the area.

‘‘Echuca is a fantastic community, they love their footy and we can’t wait to meet them all.

‘‘We love getting to talk football with people and when we get to work with the juniors at clinics and schools, it’s a fantastic opportunity.’’

Since the breaking of their 37-year premiership drought, the Tigers have seen a massive swell in support.

This on top of already having one of the most passionate fanbases in football.

‘‘Our fans are amazing,’’ Ellis said.

‘‘Everywhere we go we have yellow and black all around us, fans can’t wait to see the players and we can’t wait to see them.

The Tigers, who stunned many football experts last year with their rise to the premiership, will be looking to avoid the ‘‘premiership hangover’’ that has dogged multiple sides in the last ten years.

‘‘We have come back in a really good place,’’ Ellis said.

‘‘I think we are a far tighter group this year. The win got in our heads that we are a better team than people gave us credit for. It proved to us what we believe and what Dimma (coach Damien Hardwick) has told us.

‘‘We have come back knowing if we work hard we can continue to be at that level.’’

Ellis, who last year signed a two year extension, said he never considered leaving the club.

‘‘I’m a city boy, I grew up in North Carlton so this is very much my home, it made it a pretty easy choice to stay.’’

The club begins its community camp on Monday.

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