Tommy Tiger ready to roar on the sidelines in support of Bloomfield

EYE OF THE TIGER: NAB Orange branch manager Sunila Kumar (right) presents Bloomfield Junior Rugby League Club mascot Tommy Tiger and treasurer Glen Robinson with a signed country ball.  Photo: STEVE GOSCH                                                         0605sgtiger

EYE OF THE TIGER: NAB Orange branch manager Sunila Kumar (right) presents Bloomfield Junior Rugby League Club mascot Tommy Tiger and treasurer Glen Robinson with a signed country ball. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0605sgtiger

BLOOMFIELD Tigers Junior Rugby League Club officially unveiled its new mascot, Tommy Tiger, at Brendon Sturgeon Oval on Tuesday.

“He’s going to run around at all the home games, mainly with the younger kids,” Bloomfield treasurer Glen Robinson said.

“At our first home game he ran around handing out lollies and that sort of thing, just giving the kids another attraction. They all get in and try and pull his tail and his head off.”

Bloomfield purchased a tiger- shaped jumping castle at the beginning of the season, with one eye on creating as much buzz around the club as possible.

“The draw hasn’t been particularly kind to us, we’re all split up a bit, but that’s how it works,” Robinson said.

“We’re really looking to capitalise on our home games when we have them, and with Tommy and the jumping castle combined, we’re hoping to positively promote the club, and have a bit of fun.”

The club also officially revealed their new kit.

Despite being Orange Hawks feeder club for some time, Bloomfield has always worn separate jerseys to the senior club.

Now, the two clubs will wear the same strip, from Group 10 premier league all the way down to under 6s.

Robinson said Bloomfield are hoping it strengthens the link between the two clubs.

“It’s the first time I know of that our jerseys have been uniform from Hawks down to Bloomfield,” he said.

“We’re hoping to do some different things with Hawks as well, to promote both clubs.”

NAB Orange branch manager Sunila Kumar was on hand to present Bloomfield with a signed country team rugby league ball, courtesy of Country Rugby League, to raffle off.

Robinson said any proceeds raised will be injected straight back into the Bloomfield club, and stressed the importance of supporting grassroots sport.

“All the money will go straight back into the club, back into the kids” Robinson said.

“We’ll raffle it off, with other things like jerseys. It’s tough out there now to get sponsorship and things like that, so any way we can raise money to help out the juniors is worth it.”

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