The Tigers are proud to announce our on-field leadership group for 2016. Taking up the Captains role is Samo (pictured centre), with support from his two Vice Captains Stu (left) and Chippie (right).
Samo has been involved with the Tigers for over a decade. During this time he has dedicated a lot of his time and energy to the Tigers, being a valuable player on the field and an even greater contributor off it. He claims responsibility for most of the tour shirts that the team wear with pride, and he is responsible for some of the shocking ones that sit in the bottom of wardrobes throughout the world. Samo is certainly up there in the record books for the most games played by any Tiger, and has also taken many individual awards throughout the years (including some he didn’t actually win himself). He holds an unbeatable club record for mentioning himself more times in the one article than was previously thought possible. Samo is a former club coach and has an infectious love for the Tigers. We look forward to seeing him lead the side this year.
Stuart Maycock was previously a member of the Australian National Volleyball Team, taking up the sport so that he could enjoy watching women’s volleyball from an up close vantage point. After several attempts at Takraw here in Thailand, Stu called it a day and decided to be a dominant big man for the Tigers. Working tirelessly in the ruck, Stu was duly rewarded for his efforts with a best on ground display in the match against Singapore in July 2015. Stu is often mistaken for a telegraph pole while walking the streets of Bangkok, and we hope he continues to stand tall for the Tigers over the coming season. Stu is a natural leader and will be very valuable in his role as Vice Captain this year.
Chippie is still relatively new to the game of Aussie Rules Football, and despite his disability (he is South African) he has shown an incredible progression in both his skills and understanding of the great game. On the field Chippie is a silky smooth footballer with an eye for a goal. He is a hard runner and very courageous in his commitment to the win the ball. Off the field he is equally as smooth (perhaps less courageous). At the Tigers, Chippie has redefined the concept of a hipster, and with his wicked dress sense he is able to pull of combinations and colours that would leave the rest of us facing crimes of fashion. It is through his commitment and infectious personality that we feel Chippie is an obvious choice for one of our Vice Captains.