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Tigers suffer another loss!

First Grade

After a confident start to the season the Tigers 1st Grade team have lowered their colours for the fourth successive week against an impressive Ainslie combination. The Tricolours were far too strong in most departments of the game clearly out muscling a much smaller Queanbeyan combination.

The Tigers played only five days earlier on a very heavy track at a waterlogged Dairy Farmers Park and their leg speed showed on the day. Although the current situation is in no way critical, it will be – if they don’t record a victory in the next encounter against Tuggeranong Hawks at Dairy Farmers Park on 20 June.

There is a bye this long weekend which will give them a buffer to “mend” some pride and hopefully see the return of a number of players to all three teams. For the first time in 6 weeks the Tigers suffered no long term injuries.

“It’s not the end of the world, but its something we have got to get through” James Kavanagh said at the after match awards. Kav had played his 150th first grade AFL Canberra match and was bitterly disappointed with the result. “We’ve dropped form for a number of reasons, confidence maybe – it’s hard to put a finger on it. If you knew you’d know how to fix it !!” he said.

Kavanagh said one of the reasons the Tigers had gone off track had been a lack of confidence and injuries to key personal which included fullback Neil Irwin, fellow back-line players in Jason Satchell, Tom Hollis, on ballers Matt Liddle, Andrew Lieschke and Billy Neely plus pinch hit ruck-man Mitch Heaslip.

Jake Oram and Andrew Swan waiting for their 1st Grade clash.

Roy Jaques played his first match of the season after off season surgery and will be better for the run. The Tigers included a third member from the Under 18 Grade in Ryan Price. His inclusion saw one of the youngest teams ever fielded by the Tigers in a first grade match. But it wasn’t the youngsters who let the team down with a “bit” of sole searching needed by some of the more experienced players if the Tigers are to get out of the current situation. Costly turnovers in the Ainslie forward 50 provided them with 7 goals. The Tigers were best served by Paul Slater, Kris Thompson, Brett Fruend and once again Toby Conroy.

AINSLIE 5 6 8 13 13 15 19 18 132 QUEANBEYAN 4 1 7 2 9 3 9 4 58AINSLIE Goal Kickers: N. PAINE 6, E. Stone 5, R. SHIRLEY 3, D. LOVE , M. Lawless , D. ARGALL , J. Holmes , J. HIRST Best Players: M. HEARN, J. Holmes, R. SHIRLEY, D. LOVE, R. Andrews, J. HIRST QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: M. ARMSTRONG 3, J. KAVANAGH 2, B. FRUEND , P. SLATER , M. DANIHER , S. DANIEL Best Players: P. SLATER, K. Thompson, P. BRIEDIS, T. Conroy, B. FRUEND, A. Swan
Reserve Grade

The Tigers Reserve Grade recorded a well earned victory after being well in arrears midway through the second quarter. A spirited fight back has enabled the team to move into equal second position on the ladder. At one stage they posted 8 goals without reply during the 2nd and third quarters.

Brett Ormston showed his value to the team with a courageous and well fought out game considering his current fitness. Newcomer Fred Nortje is gradually gaining in confidence and will be a handy player up forward during the remainder of the year. Dave Corcoran was at his “finger licking best” with some great work at ground level. Brendan Ward showed his undoubted talent with two goals.

AINSLIE 1 2 5 3 5 5 6 11 47 QUEANBEYAN 1 4 3 8 7 12 8 14 62AINSLIE Goal Kickers: M. ABLETT 2, K. Morris 2, J. SULLIVAN , J. Cuzner Best Players: P. ORCHARD, P. NEIBERDING, B. SHEEHAN, M. Mulroney, S. GRAY, D. ALSFORD QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: F. Nortje 2, B. WARD 2, K. WATTS , B. ORMSTON , L. WILKINSON , M. MACKENZIE Best Players: B. ORMSTON, B. WATTS, D. CORCORAN, J. Nancarrow, M. Moss, F. Nortje
Under 18 Grade

An under strength Under 18 Grade team were well defeated after a close encounter until mid way through the third term. Nine goals to the Tricolours without reply proved costly to a youthful Tigers combination but nothing can be taken away from the Ainslie victory as they were missing quite a number of their better players. Sam Jensen led the way with five goals with Jack Bowyer and Jordan Eagle trying the hardest in the back-line. Youngsters Jake Robinson and Mitch Price also came under notice for their respective games. Taylor Lee also provided plenty of spark at CHF.

AINSLIE 3 2 5 8 11 10 15 12 102 QUEANBEYAN 3 1 4 3 7 5 7 6 48AINSLIE Goal Kickers: J. BRADFIELD 3, L. CARTER 2, J. WHATMAN 2, D. PAINE , R. HAUPT , A. MITCHELL , B. FORD , N. READSHAW , A. VANDENBERG , L. O”NEILL , S. Gumley Best Players: L. O”NEILL, R. HAUPT, A. VANDENBERG, B. FORD, A. BUNDAY, J. WHATMAN QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: S. JENSEN 5, J. Murphy , T. Maher Best Players: S. JENSEN, J. Bowyer, J. Eagle, J. Robinson, M. Price, L. Dowling
Ladies Team

Round 5 v Belconnen @ Jamison Oval 6 Jun 10

QUEANBEYAN 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0) BELCONNEN 3.3 9.5 14.8 18.14 (122)Queanbeyan Goals: Best: Hannah Dunn, Kristen Turner, Davina Harris, Jacinta Froud, Katie Newton, Dani Lewis

While the scoreboard showed a ‘no-contest’ the newest team in ACTWAFL ranks continue to show a great deal of effort and some encouraging signs of improvement against a Magpies team that is arguably the best running team in the competition and close to the highest skilled.

In a match played in great spirit the Tigers tried hard to compete and turn the game into a series of one-on-one contests as the Magpies showed how dangerous they can be once they get their running game going. The Tigers showed in the first quarter that they are at their best fresh with Kristen Turner, Jane Vucago and Fran Langi applying great defensive pressure and leading a backline that made the Magpies work hard for every goal.

The second term started brightly as Rach Short put on a great shepherd to give Davina Harris time to run the ball out of the backline but some harsh and completely unnecessary over-officiating of the ‘exclusion zone’ and resultant 50 metre penalties gifted Belconnen half of their goals for the term and appeared to sap some of the Tigers pressure.

The Tigers applied more pressure in the second half, skipper Jacinta Froud and vice Dani Lewis leading the way. Hannah Dunn continued her stellar start to the year continuing to throw herself into marking contests with little regard for her own safety, tackling herself to a stand still. Katie Newton, Sarah Van Meurs and Liz Langi all had their best games for the season but in the end the Tigers were beaten to the footy too often and ultimately outclassed by a Magpies team far more experienced and skilled on the day.

The Tigers will enjoy the long weekend off before returning to their home ground to take on ANU at 11am on Saturday 19 June.

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KAV to play 150th!

The Tigers James Kavanagh will play his 150th AFL Canberra game against his former club on Saturday at Ainslie Oval. Originally recruited to Canberra by Ainslie from VFL Club Coburg, Kav has been a vital cog in the Tigers team since moving across the border in 2007. His 61st game with the Tigers is added to his 89 for Ainslie to give the 150th game milestone.

No one will more prouder than his parents Michael and Maggy who regularly travel from Melbourne to see their lad play in the black and gold. He has been a fantastic character of the Tigers Club both on and off the field since joining our organisation.

Well done Kav and we look forward to Saturday’s game.

The Tigers have added yet another youngster to their squad of players for the clash against Ainslie. Ryan Price joins Jake Oram, Andrew Swan and Sam Daniel – all of whom have been promoted in recent weeks to cover the injury concerns of the Tigers Senior Grade team.

“ Pricey” played for the Sydney Swans Reserves last weekend – also against Ainslie – along with fellow team mate Cameron Cobby. His elevation into the senior grade squad of players from which a final 22 will be named after training on Friday evening will further weaken the Tigers Under 18 Grade team. They clash with joint competition leaders Ainslie in the early match on Saturday. With Swan, Oram and Price having been amongst the Tigers best at this level of football during the year and with top spot up for grabs there will have to be a huge effort from all other players to win this match.

U18 Player Ryan Price has been added to the Senior Squad.

The Tigers Reserve Grade also face a monumental hurdle against an Ainslie team hurting after suffering a loss to Gungahlin last weekend. It was the Jets first win since entering the Reserve Grade competition this year. The Jets have many former Ainslie players in their team and are Coached by Todd Pulford – the Tricolours leading games record holder. The Tigers will field an unsettled line up on Saturday but have a number of players returning after last Sunday’s loss to competition leaders Belconnen.

The Senior Grade team have the most to lose. They sit precariously in the four at the moment with the knowledge that fifth and sixth placed teams – Eastlake and Tuggeranong have a game in hand after their match was postponed last weekend. The Tigers lost to Ainslie in the last encounter at DFP when leading at half time by 35 points.

The Tigers Ladies team meet Belconnen at Jamison Oval on Sunday at 12 Noon.

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Jake Oram in his First Grade Debut.

In atrocious conditions the Tigers fell short of inflicting defeat on the Belconnen Magpies last Sunday at Dairy Farmers Park by 15 points. Two goals in the time on period of the third quarter paved the way for the Magpies to win a close encounter. A further two goals in the time on period of the last quarter provided the Magpies with a comfortable victory considering the conditions.

They had 10 more scoring shots than the Tigers but failed to take advantage of their possession particularly in a tight finish. It has been described as the wettest day ever at Dairy Farmers Park. Rain fell throughout the match making for a soggy playing arena churned up by the Tigers Reserve Grade fixture match against Belconnen.

The Under 18 Grade match was postponed and will now be played on Thursday evening at Dairy Farmers Park commencing at 5.30pm.

First Grade

Belconnen kicked the opening goal of the game within the first two minutes taking full advantage of a dry ball. They did not kick another until midway through the second quarter. The Tigers were showing plenty of endeavour with fierce desire to win the hard ball in tough conditions. Two goals in the opening term with another in the second quarter gave the Tigers the lead at half time albeit by a point as the Magpies peppered their goals with few majors being scored.

The game never reached any great heights with over head marking non existent. It was a back-line pass that gave the Magpies an opportunity late in the third quarter which they pounced on and scored. They posted another immediately after to swing the match in their favour. It was near impossible for the home team when the Magpies posted the first goal after the ¾ time break but the game was in the balance until the dying stages with the Tigers unable to convert even though having plenty of ball in their forward line.

It was a day for the little guys with Toby Conroy, Mitch Daniher, Will Griggs and Michael Wescombe dominating proceedings for the Tigers. Youngster Andrew Swan showed plenty of ability and agility for a “big” man often clearing the ball out of defence. Kris Thompson made a welcome return and relished the wet conditions. The Tigers have now lost three in a row and are in danger of losing further ground if a win does not eventuate against Ainslie on Saturday at Ainslie Oval. In a tight competition every game is vital with loses in the past few weeks proving very costly.

A big congratulations to youngsters Sam Daniel and Jake Oram who both played their first game in 1st Grade.

QUEANBEYAN 2 0 3 1 5 1 6 1 37 BELCONNEN MAGPIES 1 2 2 6 4 8 7 10 52 QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: J. KAVANAGH 2, T. Conroy , M. DANIHER , M. WESCOMBE , M. ARMSTRONG Best Players: T. Conroy, M. WESCOMBE, W. GRIGGS, K. Thompson, M. DANIHER, A. Swan BELCONNEN MAGPIES Goal Kickers: A. Ainger 3, L. JEFFREY 2, G. Underwood , J. JENNINGS Best Players: S. Henning, A. BENNETT, J. Love, G. Underwood, J. JENNINGS, S. CURTIS

Tigers legend Doug Daniel giving his young bloke Sam some advice before his 1st Grade Debut.

Reserve Grade

In very similar circumstances the Tigers Reserve Grade team lost their encounter against the Magpies. They were well on top of their opposition by half time and on the way to inflicting the Magpies first defeat of the season. But after the break they lost the plot with six third quarter gaols to the opposition – three from 50 metre penalties! In the end the penalties were the difference on the day.

Although they fought the game through to the final siren, what could have been a fantastic victory in difficult circumstances ended up being a disappointing loss due mainly to undisciplined efforts of a few who must learn to accept the decisions of the men (or women) in orange.

Again it was the smaller guys who shone on the day with David Corcoran playing his best game for the club. Although not to keen to play in the wet conditions – (even offering a bribe to call the game off) – his wet weather ball handling and endeavours to win the hard ball were a feature of the game. Liam Wilkinson showed his undoubted class after returning from injury as did Andrew Lieschkie whose second game back since ankle surgery will put him in the spotlight for a return to the top grade in the near future.

Once again the team finished the game without a bench with four players succumbing to injury prior to three quarter time. Mitch MacKenzie returned to form after struggling early in the year. When fitness returns Paul Williams will be a very strong asset to either of the two senior grade teams.

QUEANBEYAN 2 3 5 6 5 6 6 10 46 BELCONNEN MAGPIES 0 6 2 7 8 9 8 13 61 QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: P. Williams 2, K. WATTS , A. LIESCHKE , D. CORCORAN , C. WALSH Best Players: D. CORCORAN, M. MACKENZIE, L. WILKINSON, B. ORMSTON, P. BRIEDIS, A. LIESCHKE BELCONNEN MAGPIES Goal Kickers: D. Posch 5, M. Douglas , A. GATENBY , J. Low Best Players: S. MIEKLE, M. Douglas, A. WHITTARD, B. Dess, S. Boyd
Ladies Team
Queanbeyan (W) 1 1 1 2 3 2 4 2 26 ADFA (W) 1 0 2 4 3 4 6 4 40 Queanbeyan Goals: Davina Harris 2, Fran Langi, Katie Newton. Best: Davina Harris, Hannah Dunn, Kristen Turner, Jacinta Froud, Rach Short

The Tigers ladies team were desperately unlucky not to post their first win of the season in wet conditions at Town Park against ADFA on Saturday.

In the first half the Tigers were slow to get into the game and allowed ADFA first use of the ball. The back-line, led again by determined efforts from Kristen Turner, Dani Louis and Rach Short, worked together to try and restrict the ADFA team, however it was ADFA who were able to post the first goal of the game. That seemed to kick start the Tigers as they worked a little harder and Davina Harris, on her way to a best on ground display playing in the midfield, pushed forward and made the most of an opportunity to give the Tigers a one point lead at quarter time. The second quarter started much like the first as again ADFA were first to the ball and built an 8 point lead at half time.

The Tigers made a brighter start to the second half with Hannah Dunn again playing well in the ruck and captain Jacinta Froud trying her best to lift the team. Davina kicked an almost action replay of her first goal to close the gap before a incorrect decision by the umpire, mistakenly awarding a 50m penalty against the Tigers after receiving abuse from the ADFA coaching staff, gifted the ADFA team their only goal for the term. The Tigers to their credit responded well and vice captain Fran Langi booted the teams third major (and the first of her career) to reduce the deficit to just two points at the final term.

The Tigers hit the lead in the final term when a great handball from Siau Goh gave Katie Newton an opportunity to goal, which she duly did. The Tigers then had opportunities to increase their margin but were unable to do so. Half way through the final term both Hannah and Davina were forced from the field with injury which made the job that much tougher. A correct free kick gave the ADFA team the chance to take back the lead which they were able to do, the Tigers defence’s inexperience showing a little as the ball probably should have been able to have been touched on the line. With seven minutes to go their was still time for the Tigers but to be fair it was the ADFA team that had all of the run in their legs in the last five minutes and kicked away to the final margin of 14 points.

While the result was disappointing the effort of the ladies on the day could not be questioned and the improvement they continue to display in their first season is a credit to their efforts on the training track. Another highlight were the debuts of Te Ani Lusk Waititi and Jacqui Williams who both showed a lot of promise in their first games. The Tigers team next face the Belconnen Magpies at 12 noon next Sunday at Jamo oval.

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