Moore PArk Tigers JAFC
A friendly, family oriented club with players between 5 and 17
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About Our Club

Moore Park Tigers Junior Australian Football Club works towards two core values:

  • to provide AFL skill development in a fun and safe environment
  • to build community

We are a friendly, family-oriented club with players aged between 5 and 17 coming from all over the Inner Sydney suburbs and Sydney South and East.  We pride ourselves on our high standard of coaching, and have a dedicated group of volunteer, AFL-accredited coaches (and welcome more coaches to come join us).

Moore Park Tigers fosters our players’ enthusiasm for the game while developing a culture of fair play and sportsmanship.

Join Us

Membership includes:

In addition, with the support of AFL NSW/ACT, membership allows you to enter into the rewarding club culture of AFL with:

We look forward to welcoming your family to the Moore Park Tigers JAFC.

our history
The moore Park Tigers Story
2006

In 2006, the AFL NSW/ACT installed goal posts on land managed by the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, on the field adjacent to the intersection of South Dowling and Cleveland Streets, Moore Park.

Sept 2008

At the end of the second clinic in 2008, McPherson called the players and parents together, and asked them to consider forming a new Junior AFL club. AFL NSW/ACT promised its support for the initial year, but volunteers were needed to step up and run the club. A working committee of interested parents was formed in September 2008.

Mar 2009

The Moore Park Tigers JAFC played its inaugural competition match on 28 March 2009, on its home ground at Moore Park Bat & Ball Oval – in Yellow and Black.

2022

Premiers!!

apr 2007

At the time, AFL NSW/ACT was increasingly fielding calls from parents wanting their children to play AFL, but who were unable to join the closest Junior AFL club, Easts Bulldogs JAFL, because its Auskick programme was full. McPherson suggested that as an alternative AFL NSW/ACT was considering running an Auskick clinic at Moore Park – if there was enough interest.

The Auskick clinic at Moore Park commenced in April 2007 with 45 players, and ran for two seasons on Sunday mornings. 

23 Jan 2009

The Moore Park Tigers Junior Australian Football Club (MPTJAFC) was founded on 23 January 2009, entering into the Sydney City League, part of the AFL Sydney Juniors competition.

Five teams were fielded in the Saturday morning competition, with one team each in Under 5s to Under 9s. The Executive Committee in the foundation year included Michael Luvio as President, Andrew Grulich as Secretary, and Skye Molyneux as Fundraising and Social Coordinator.

2018

Moore Park Tigers celebrate 10 years of Junior AFL!

2023

Moore Park Tigers celebrate 15 years of Junior AFL!

About US
Home ground

Bat & Ball Oval, Corner of Cleveland and South Dowling Streets, Moore Park 2021

Oh we’re from Tigerland

A fighting fury

We’re from Tigerland

In any weather you will see us with a grin

Risking head and shin

If we’re behind then never mind

We’ll fight and fight and win

For we’re from Tigerland.

We never weaken ’til the final siren’s gone

Like the Tiger of old

We’re strong and we’re bold

For we’re from Tiger (yellow and black)

We’re from Tigerland.

AFL is a winter sport. Training will be cancelled only if the ground is closed by Centennial Parklands, or conditions are unsafe (such as lightning, hail or strong winds).

Centennial Parklands’ decision on whether to close the ground is made on the state of the Oval and not on whether it is actually raining on any particular day. On weekdays, Moore Park Tigers is usually notified of ground closures by about 9-10am, but it can be as late as 3pm. Each Team manager will let their team know how ground closure will be communicated amongst their team.

For those wanting more immediate and constant ground status information, go to the Centennial Parklands’ website Sport Field Status. Or Centennial Parklands’ Wet Weather line on 02 9339 6670 – this is where ground closures (usually) should get posted first.

On game day, the Wet Weather Check website is the first to be updated with information on ground closures. While we will also make announcements on ‘Club Corner‘ and contact managers, this is updated first. The decision to cancel a game is only ever made by the President of the home club – never by individual teams.

For home games at Bat & Ball Oval, check ground status after:

  • For Friday night games, check after 10am on Friday
  • For Saturday games, check after 7.30am Saturday
  • For Sunday games, check after 7.30am Sunday

‘Club Corner’ is located in the Right-Hand Column of this website (just below the sponsor advertisements) and is viewable from any page in the club website, or scroll to the end when viewing from a smart phone.

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The Moore Park Tigers Junior Australian Football Club (MPTJAFC) was founded on 23 January 2009, entering into the Sydney City League, part of the AFL Sydney Juniors competition.

Five teams were fielded in the Saturday morning competition, with one team each in Under 5s to Under 9s. The Executive Committee in the foundation year included Michael Luvio as President, Andrew Grulich as Secretary, and Skye Molyneux as Fundraising and Social Coordinator.

The beginnings of MPTJAFC, however, started a few years earlier – with the quiet arrival of a set of AFL goal posts at Moore Park South in the Centennial Parklands.

About those goal posts

In 2006, the AFL NSW/ACT installed goal posts on land managed by the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, on the field adjacent to the intersection of South Dowling and Cleveland Streets, Moore Park.

Historical records with the NSW Australian Football History Committee showed the field had been an established AFL ground from 1903 until the 1960s – although back then players told of having to fetch the posts from the yard of a nearby house and return them after the game was over. Craig Davis, an AFL legend of Carlton, North Melbourne, Collingwood, and Sydney, along with Jason McPherson, AFL NSW/ACT Development Manager for Sydney City, were involved in re-establishing the ground once again for AFL.

Getting the numbers

At the time, AFL NSW/ACT was increasingly fielding calls from parents wanting their children to play AFL, but who were unable to join the closest Junior AFL club, Easts Bulldogs JAFL, because its Auskick programme was full. McPherson suggested that as an alternative AFL NSW/ACT was considering running an Auskick clinic at Moore Park – if there was enough interest.

The Auskick clinic at Moore Park commenced in April 2007 with 45 players, and ran for two seasons on Sunday mornings. At the end of the second clinic in 2008, McPherson called the players and parents together, and asked them to consider forming a new Junior AFL club. AFL NSW/ACT promised its support for the initial year, but volunteers were needed to step up and run the club. A working committee of interested parents was formed in September 2008.

Making the new club

Davis and McPherson initially proposed that the new club be called the Randwick Eagles, and play as part of the North Shore League in its Sunday competition to attract players who could not play AFL on a Saturday.

However from the start, the Auskick clinic at Moore Park had naturally drawn players from all the inner Sydney and Eastern Suburb communities surrounding Centennial Parklands. The name Moore Park was chosen over Randwick as it was considered inclusive of all the catchment communities as well as acknowledged the new club’s relationship with the Centennial Parklands.

A decision was then made to play in the Sydney City League, in its Saturday competition. Playing on a Saturday allowed the new club to play against the neighbouring Junior AFL clubs, and in a League where an 8th club would be highly valued in the competition, as opposed to a 15th club in the North Shore League.

Which mascot

The more difficult issue was the mascot. AFL NSW/ACT’s advice was to align the new club with an AFL Club. The mascots of AFL Clubs that were not already in use in the Sydney City League included the Eagles, and a few more. When an approach to the West Coast Eagles was unsuccessful, Luvio continued contacting the working party’s preferred AFL Club short list – and was able to secure the mighty Richmond Tiger’s support for an alignment with the new club.

The Moore Park Tigers JAFC played its inaugural competition match on 28 March 2009, on its home ground at Moore Park Bat & Ball Oval – in Yellow and Black.

Go the Tigers.