The Imalu Tigers from Melville Island left on an early flight this morning in preparations for their Dreamtime at the G match as apart of the AFL Indigenous Round.
The Imalu Tigers will face off against the Western District Eels in the curtain raiser to the Richmond v Essendon Game starting at 4.30pm this Saturday as a part of the Indigenous Round of the 2009 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
Arriving yesterday in Darwin on a short stop over from the Tiwi Islands the Tigers continued their journey with an early morning flight onto Melbourne. The Tigers won the opportunity to play at the MCG after winning the Norforce Community Division of the 2008 Defence Jobs AFL Carnival.
The side from Melville Island has been training hard and are looking forward to the game. “The boys are really looking forward to this and are pumped up and ready to go,” said Team Coach Gideon Pangirminni after the Tigers had landed in Darwin.
After arriving in Melbourne this morning the Tigers will have a scratch match against Hurstbridge who have a large contingent of Tiwi Islander’s playing on their list.
Their other activities for the week include going to the Melbourne Zoo, a training session at Windy Hill with the Bombers, MCG Tour, and dinner at Punt Road with AFL Players, Coaches and the Territory’s own Michael Long and Maurice Rioli.
“We have a full week ahead of us, we have a scratch match tomorrow after we land and then we get the opportunity to meet up with the players from the Essendon Football Club too,” said Pangirminni.
The Tigers will have two free days in Melbourne before returning to the Territory on Tuesday 26 May.