Flown the Nest – Tristan Tiller

Name: Tristan Tiller

When did you play for the Falcons?
2008-2014

Position played?
Midfield and wing

Favourite position?
Wing


Tiller

Why did you come down to the Mighty Falcons Nest?

I worked with Bill Harris the 2’s coach at the time, I was playing in Bentleigh where I grew up but had moved into St Kilda so was looking for a local team

Who were the coaches you have had in your time at the club and can you tell us a bit about each of them?

Nathan Dallas – We arrived at the same time and he had an immediate effect on me and the team, He was the type of coach who lead by example, you wanted to win for him. He would put his body on the line every week going in for the hard ball but had an amazing leap and ability to come away with the ball. As a coach he was able to get the best out of his players, lifting our fitness and skills.

Nath is one of my best mates today lives a few streets away and our boys are only a year apart so look out for them in 20 years time in the blue and Red!

Can you give us a few of your highlights both on and off the field since being at the club?

Don’t tell my wife, but my time playing footy at the falcons was some of the best times in my life, on the field There are so many but playing Finals are always a highlight I was fortunate enough to play in plenty as a falcon.

Off field I had the honour of becoming President of this great club in 2009 and 2010 and to see the group on the committee over those year take us forward to financial security was a real achievement  (On the back of Jason “The Bizzness” Wier’s amazing 2 years prior)

What are some of the nicknames you have had during your time at the club, and where did they come from?

Not to much to explain here “Till” and then “ The Prez”

Greatest player you have seen (played with) pull on the mighty Red and Blue?

There have been so many Will McIndo would tap it wherever we wanted it and made us on ballers look a lot better than we where. James “Bricky” Brick, Justin “Milkman” Mahoney, Steven “Cowboy” Bennet, Richard “Baks” Baker, Nath dalls, and don’t tell him he will get a big head but Stu Maunder was very very good… Hum all on ballers ok so also Sean Allan and Tommy King where dam good forwards and Lockie “Back door” Brown was a dam good back man as well as a top bloke.

Greatest Falcons team you have been involved with?

2009 – Arguably the greatest falcons team ever, we made the grand final having only lost 1 or 2 games for the year, oh what could have been I am still woken at night with thoughts of that Grand Final day, La Trobe where a seriously good side we where very unlucky to come up against them. The wind even changed to go against us each quarter it was terrible day!

Greatest victory you have been involved with?

Has to be my first win at home with the Falcons in 2008, there was a lot of new players and we are in round 6 and this is our first home game. We had played aright but I don’t think we had won a game. As I remember it, we where down all day but not by much against St Francis when “cowboy” Bennet marks 60m out on the boundary the siren go’s we are 5pts down and he takes his kick from where we now set up the Marquee, I’m in the goal square with the other 30 players on the ground and I see it sail over my head unbelievable we went crazy! Instantly bonded, this set us on a path to success as group…. We went on to win the next 9 games in a row and scrape into the finals; we then won 2 finals that year amazing effort.

Most memorable player you have played with?

You cant beat the feeling of running out with your own Brother, KT being my senior of 8 years we didn’t play together growing, so playing with him for a couple of year was amazing every time I ran out in the same team I definably walked a little taller.

What would you say were your strengths and weaknesses of your game?

Probably my biggest weakens was my fluctuating fitness, my skills where definably not amazing either but I tried. I like to think my biggest strength was my gut running and naturally strong body, I liked getting in and under…

What are you doing now?

I Live in Albert Park with my wife and Son Judson (Future Falcon) we also have another baby on the way, I run a Timber Flooring business in Port Melbourne called Kustom Timber as well as sitting on the Albert Park Committee as an advisor. I still enjoy coming down to watch the Falcons play and I am proud to say many of my now closest friends I met and played football with at this great club.

What is your greatest memory from your time with the Falcons?

Since we didn’t win a flag then I guess it is ok to say footy trips? Arlie Beach or Gold Coast with my mates, unwinding and building stronger bonds with people you wouldn’t normally travel away with…defiantly not playing Knuckles with Lochie “Back Door” Brown.