Training is currently held every Tuesday & Thursday night from 6.00pm, No.1 oval, Kable Avenue, Tamworth. New players welcome.
The Tamworth Australian Football League (TAFL) began in 1997 as a Tamworth local league with just four teams competing, the foundation clubs being the Prime Magpies, David Mitchell Swans, Courthouse Eagles and Nuttsy's Bulldogs. In 1999, Nuttsy's Bulldogs were renamed to the Cargill Kangaroos, and in 2002 the Cargill Kangaroos were again renamed to today’s Tamworth Kangaroos.
The Tamworth Kangaroos play in the local Tamworth AFL competition and now compete against Narrabri, Gunnedah, Armidale, Inverell and our cross town rivals, theTamworth Swans. We are a very successful club in the competition having never missed the finals and winning 4 premierships from 8 grand finals appearances in the last 14 years and finishing 3rd in 5 other years in that period. During this period, we have also received many individual awards including 2 coach of the year, 6 league best and fairest, 5 best on ground grand final day, 5 leading goal kicker, 2 rising star and 2 sporing pulse awards.
We are both a family club and a very social club and for season 2016 we have again secured a major sponsor in the Courthouse Hotel, where we will host our after match presentations and also where the team, officials, volunteers, families & friends will dine and socialise each weekend. In the TAFL, the opposition team also supports the respective home team by returning to the sponsor’s establishment for post-match awards.
The club has several functions each season which spans across nearly the entire year and not just the footy season. We have sign up day, annual golf competition, presentation evening, event nights, individual celebrations as well as finals celebrations with many of the team continuing to catch up over the off season.
The people in this club are found to represent the heart and soul of Tamworth living with a wide cross section of community members involved from business identities, hard-working people, local families and young people with big futures. It has been and remains to be a club that attracts and welcomes new people to the club and the region.
The TKAFC's AGM in 2014 appointed Zeb Taylor to take over from Shane Douglas as President and Tony Bishop as head coach for the 2015 TAFL season.
The committee had a couple of main objectives for the 2015 season. Firstly to ensure the club was in a financially sustainable position and have a major focus on player welfare, and secondly the club was unhappy finishing third and missing out on having the opportunity to compete in the final game of the TAFL season, the Grand Final. Tony made it quite clear to all involved at the Roos that one of the most important steps toward achieving the clubs on-field goal was to improve player fitness and thus pre-season training began in the second week of November.
With minimal numbers for the first week or two, word spread and players soon began turning up from everywhere to commit to what the club had set out to achieve. The return of some old faces and the recruiting of several talented new players from all over Australia saw the buzz around the Roos begin to grow and soon there were more players training than the club has seen in the previous five seasons.
With the committee working overtime off-field and the players training solidly, the Roos began the 2015 TAFL season with an extreme amount of confidence travelling up to take on an unusually under strength Armidale in round one and achieving their first on-field goal, beating the Nomads on their home turf. Not to lose focus, from here on in it was as they say "one game at a time".
The Roos off-field had by now secured a club record amount of sponsorship which saw the adoption of the new Roos outfit; the introduction of two new club physios and the purchase of thirty new footballs to ensure training was undertaken in a professional manner.
The Roos, however, didn't have everything go their way during the 2015 season with several key players sidelined through injury, some for the entire season. Although the injuries mounted, the Roos retained their confidence in each other and then, several months later had the opportunity to go one step further than originally envisaged and take home the premiership cup.
Unfortunately the Roos premiership campaign came up just short going down by 2 goals to the New England Nomads. The mighty Rooboys played inspired footy for the 1st half but the now 4 in a row premiers came back and the Roos could not stop their momentum in the 2nd half.
The club most certainly done their coach proud as they all played their hearts out on that Saturday in September and were well supported by the Roos "road crew" who also gave their all for the men who were honoured with wearing the guernsey.
Brandon McRedmond was awarded the golden fist for his efforts on the dangerous forwards and Matt Hodge was unlucky not to be awarded the Graham Nuttall award such was his dominance of the midfield. Rhett Graham came of age as a big game performer but the entire squad really did put the lot on the line and the team is very reminiscent of the 2007 side as was this game. That is a good omen for season 2016 as that side was galvanised by the pain of losing and were spurred on to go one better.
Another long training campaign has since begun but the effort will be worth it. 2016 here come the mighty Rooboys - out we come to play!
Out we come, out we come, out we come to play,
Just for recreation sake to pass the time away,
Heaps of fun, loads of fun, enjoy yourself today,
The Rooboys will be hard to beat when they come out to play,
Join in the chorus, sing it one and all,
Join in the chorus, the Roos are on the ball,
Good old Rooboys as champions we will be,
The Rooboys will be Premiers, just you wait and see!