As a family club, our alumni are hugely important to the #CheetahPride. In the run-up to our homecoming game, we caught up with a player who contributed plenty to building the modern Cheetahs (Tish fact?) and only hung up his cleats last season – Aatish Pattni. As a mark of his contribution, Tish will be tossing the coin ahead of the seniors game against the Hastings Conquerors on Sunday.
Tell us about your time with the #CheetahPride?
My time as a Cheetah was amazing, I’ve been involved in every aspect of the club from playing to committee, to coaching and club development. The first year was fantastic with our 10-0 season, 2nd year in the then div1A we went back to the bowl! I played every position on O & D lines in my career and occasionally MLB. But I was best known as a DT. I was also D-Captain for a few years.
What’s your best memory from your time with us?
Other than coming up with the phrase #CheetahPride (Again, Tish fact?) my best memory of the pride is difficult as there are so many. As a player it would have to be the 10-0 season and as a coach it was seeing when our Juniors team won its inaugural game.
Are you still involved in football?
I’m currently not involved in football but I’m planning to return to coaching next year or the year after once other commitments die down.
What advise would you give to new players?
Don’t expect to be an all-star straight away. This game takes years to master and you need to allow your mind and body time to develop. Best thing to do in the early years is to be committed, put the gym work in and make the most of your opportunities on the pitch. Most importantly enjoy the ride, you will form some amazing friendships and bonds along this journey!
2002 -2003 Birmingham Lions Uni
2003 – 2004 Reading Knights Uni
2004 – 2005 – Birmingham Lions
2003 – 2012 – Chiltern then Watford Cheetahs
2016 – 2017 – Hertfordshire Cheetahs
2005 – 2009 – Cheetahs Treasurer
2011 – 2012 – Cheetahs Youth DC
2012 – 2015 – Cheetahs Juniors HC
Playing record: 63-69-1 (3 bowl appearances, 1 win) Coaching record: 4-26