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Not even 54 possessions from Bill Neely could help the Tigers.


Simply woeful – are the only words that can describe such an inept performance by the Tigers 1st Grade team last Saturday against Eastlake.

Had the Tigers won they could have almost sealed a finals berth. As it stands they will be flat out staying off the bottom of the ladder – a position they have not held since the dim dark days of the early seventies – 1971 in fact !!!

The Tigers knew the ramifications the result would bring and the reason such emphasis was placed on the match after a disappointing game against the Swans Reserves the previous week.

They looked sluggish, they looked slow and they looked as if they wanted to rack up individual statistics such was the overuse of handball, short kicks and indirect play into their forward line.

The less said the better.

The Tigers plight won’t be made any easier against Ainslie this Sunday at Dairy Farmers Park. The Tricolours are placed in second position and travelling quite nicely after a few early season hiccups. Other than the effort of Bill Neely and the superb effort of James Kavanagh at CHF there were few other Tigers worthy of a mention in a dismal 58 point thrashing.

EASTLAKE 3 6 7 7 11 12 17 16 118 QUEANBEYAN 1 1 4 3 5 3 9 6 60EASTLAKE Goal Kickers: P. MCGRATH 3, M. Monagle 2, S. Gumley 2, M. TAYLFORTH 2, B. MAIDEN 2, A. BRUCE , C. GIBSON , D. ROULSTONE , L. McMAHON , M. DEAN , C. Clarebrough Best Players: J. Van Meurs, P. MCGRATH, S. CLARKE, M. Monagle, R. Hall, D. RYALL QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: M. ARMSTRONG 3, J. KAVANAGH 2, M. DANIHER , P. Franchi , A. LIESCHKE , J. SATCHELL Best Players: B. Neely, James Kavanagh.


The Tigers and Eastlake were equal on competition points in second position before last weeks match even though the Tigers had suffered two losses to the Demons this year. The game was always going to be of a high standard and that it was.

From the outset both teams displayed a keenness to win the hard ball and two early goals to the Demons set the tone for an interesting match throughout. The same old names keep popping up as strong contributors each week but to the credit of all who took the field the 4 point victory was a fantastic win over quality opposition from a complete team effort however 50m penalties marred the match.

The Demons have a game in hand against Tuggeranong being the postponed washed out match a month ago. It is imperative the Tigers focus each week on upcoming games if they are secure a top two berth and a double chance in the finals.

EASTLAKE 2 1 5 3 8 3 11 4 70 QUEANBEYAN 3 3 7 3 8 4 11 8 74EASTLAKE Goal Kickers: L. HADDRILL 2, D. O”Rourke 2, D. Keenes 2, B. ADAMS , P. Chaffer , S. Smith , D. FORD , C. SQUIRES Best Players: D. Keenes, N. BOWEN, R. WILSON, M. GALLAGHER, D. FORD, C. McLachlan QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: D. JABORNIK 3, D. CORCORAN 2, F. Nortje 2, B. ORMSTON , B. WARD , J. BROOKER , C. DAVIS Best Players: D. QUADE, B. JABORNIK, C. HADDOCK, D. CORCORAN, J. BROOKER, P. BRIEDIS

Under 18 Grade

Manuka Oval was significantly wet and add an early morning fog resulted in freezing conditions for the youngsters. It took most of the first quarter for the players to finally adapt to the conditions but once they did they took control over an opposition lacking numbers on the bench.

There were some standout performances: Andrew Swan – returning from a stint in the seniors dominated. It won’t be long before he is back in the 1st Grade team. Ryan Price showed his pace and ability to break the packs giving the forward line heaps of opportunities. Dale Dickinson and Jake Robinson form a are powerful ruck due and are excellent around the ground.

In fairness to the rest of the team it was fantastic to see a couple of players who rarely receive a mention gain valuable on field time. Mitchell Theunissen posted three important goals and once he develops physically will be an important cog in this team in future years. Lachlan Dowling is another who enjoyed his time – his pace being a distinct advantage. James Murphy, Dean Solway and Jack Bowyer have all been strong contributors in recent games.

EASTLAKE 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 5 23 QUEANBEYAN 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 12 90EASTLAKE Goal Kickers: B. Nafrak , T. Tiffen , J. Johnson Best Players: A. Clark, M. Bayly, H. Bryant, A. Doyle, A. Godfrey, E. Lang QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: M. Theunissen 3, J. Murphy 2, J. Robinson 2, D. Solway , J. Bowyer Best Players: R. PRICE, D. DICKINSON, A. Swan, J. Robinson, M. Theunissen, L. Dowling


Round 8 v Riverina @ McPherson Oval, Wagga Wagga 3 Jul 10

QUEANBEYAN 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0) RIVERINA 5.5 13.10 15.12 20.13 (133)Best: Bobbie Minniecon, Fran Langi, Pip Butt, Jacinta Froud, Sarah Van Meurs, Gen Fleeton

The first road trip to Wagga proved to be a very tough learning experience for the Queanbeyan Tigers women. Although the team had suffered from injuries and illness to key players prior to the match it was still a disappointing effort, particularly in the first half.

From the opening bounce the Riverina team dominated the centre square clearances and provided their forwards with clean ball. The effort and contesting that the Tigers have prided themselves on all season just wasn’t there consistently enough although there were several reasonable individual efforts with Bobbie Minnecon playing well in Defence before being moved up the ground and Fran Langi and Gen Fleeton trying hard in the key defensive posts.

To the Tigers credit they put on a much improved performance after the half time break with Pip Butt doing well having been thrown into the ruck, Sarah Van Meurs finding plenty of the ball and skipper Jacinta Froud trying to lead the way as usual. The backline also held firm and restricted the Riverina team to a credible two goals in the third term.

The start of the final quarter saw the Tigers best passage for the day. Gen won a one-on-one contest at full back and released to Siau Goh who found Sarah V on the hard lead. Sarah found Jane Vucago in the middle of the ground who in turn hit the skipper up with a precise pass. Jacinta found Katie Newton across half forward but unfortunately the passage broke down and for the rest of the term normal transmission was resumed as the Tigers tried hard but the Riverina team were able to find ways to score, particular from stoppages.

After the long bus trip home, the team did manage to have a win on the weekend taking out the Karaoke Challenge in fine style, demonstrating that despite the hard slog on the field this season the team is sticking together off the field which bodes well for the rest of the season and beyond.

A quick thanks to all the support staff who helped get the team to Wagga Wagga and back safely. Thanks to Nick for driving the bus, Mark for travelling down to serve both as goal umpire, and then drinks waiter on the way home and of course Joan and Judy who continue to give great support to the team as Manager and Sports Trainer. And can’t leave out Jonesy who did a great job in the fluro green of the team runner and arguably an even better job in the short black dress later at the Tigers Club.

Ina quirk of the draw the Tigers take on the Riverina team in the next round, this time hosting at Queanbeyan Town Park at 11am on Saturday where they’ll be keen to put up a more competitive performance.

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AFL Network Southern Cross TEN has come on board as a Major Corporate Sponsor of the Tigers Club for 2010 and 2011.

Announcing the arrangement Southern Cross TEN Group General Manager Tim Davenport believes the Sponsorship of a local AFL Canberra Club will assist promote the local competition throughout the regional areas of NSW through their associated regional stations.

Southern Cross Media are one of the major distributors of AFL games in Australia and have welcomed the opportunity to promote a local AFL Canberra Club throughout their vast network in Canberra and NSW.

With the AFL floating the idea of a new competition in 2010 encompassing Clubs from the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Northern Territory, the new sponsorship arrangement couldn’t come at a better time for the Tigers Club. Promotion of the Club through the network will have enormous advantages as the club promotes and develops its brand in anticipation of a new competition.

Marketing Manager of Southern Cross Media Joel Feuerherdt believes the Club will be able to attract other sponsorship arrangements by way of its involvement with the television network.

Although the value of the sponsorship arrangement has not been released General Manager of the Tigers Club Ron Fowlie has indicated it is substantial and will be invaluable to the ongoing costs of managing a successful sporting organisation.

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Coach Armstrong addressing the Troops.


Our trip to ANZ Stadium ended with a lesson in skill, speed, accuracy and a score line no club wants to travel back home with. It was a 22 goal deficit at the end of play – but – (and there is always a positive) the Tigers played well enough to suggest all is not lost.

The Swans were far too superior on the day and with the advantage of having a quality group of top up players from State level, they produced a brand of football that will be hard to beat come finals time by any team in the AFL Canberra competition.

The writing was on the scoreboard by quarter time with a ten goal quarter to the home team. In an all too familiar pattern – the longer each quarter goes – the more the score line blows out. Superior fitness is the most obvious reason. They are professional footballers and are relentless in their ambitions of securing a senior grade spot at the top level.

The Tigers produced some strong passages of play which give reason they can still impact on the competition this year. It was only three years ago that the Swans kicked 30. 11 (191) to the Tigers 10.1 (61) at the SCG that kicked started the Tigers into wining 6 of their next 7 matches and eventually a Grand Final berth against that very team.

The obvious highlight last Saturday evening was the inclusion of 15 year old Sam Jensen into the Tigers senior line-up. It was a fantastic occasion for the youngster playing at ANZ for his first senior game and then posting a goal with his first kick at that level. The excitement of his fellow team mates and the supporters in the vast arena was a sporting moment for all to witness.

The inform James Kavanagh provided plenty of forward movement with Toby Conroy gaining many possessions in a quality performance. Jason Satchell made a welcome return to the field after a long term injury.

Physio Danny Rutten has been a massive gain to the club.

The Tigers now have an all important match this Saturday at Manuka Oval against 5th placed Eastlake. A loss will draw the Demons level on points and with a stronger percentage take them into 4th position. A win for the Tigers will move them two games clear in the four with 7 games remaining.


Tough day at the office for the Tigers Coaching Staff.

Reserve Grade

The Tigers Reserve Grade team travelled to Amaroo on Sunday and played at the unfamiliar time of 2.00pm. The extra sleep-in didn’t provide any extra energy as the Gungahlin Jets provided strong opposition in the first quarter on the wide open spaces on their home ground. Eventually the Tigers took control of a quality game of footy to run out easy victors.

Brendan Ward, Freddie Nortje and Simon Mackie certainly came under notice of senior grade coach Mark Armstrong who was a keen observer of the game. The Kelly lads Hayden and Sean were both impressive throughout the match along with Michael Moss who gave plenty of drive in the third quarter when the game needed to be broken.

Ben Jabornik kept the competition leading goal kicker scoreless in a fine performance with Brett Ormston and Jared Daniel having strong performances throughout the match.

GUNGAHLIN 3 2 4 3 5 3 5 4 (34) QUEANBEYAN 3 1 7 4 10 6 14 12 (96)GUNGAHLIN Goal Kickers: N. BARB 2, K. Simpson , A. BUTLER , T. Pulford Best Players: N. BARB, T. Pulford, K. Simpson, D. Munday, R. DAVIS, A. Hess QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: J. BROOKER 4, F. Nortje 2, L. WILKINSON 2, S. Kelly , H. KELLY , B. WARD , D. JABORNIK , C. WALSH , J. Nancarrow Best Players: B. WARD, B. JABORNIK, F. Nortje, B. ORMSTON, J. DANIEL, S. Kelly
Under 18 Grade

The Under 18 Grade team enjoyed victory over Marist College at Marist. Not too many teams win matches at the Marist home ground but the Tigers played inspired football considering they were missing Sam Jensen to the 1st Grade team. By half time they had established a commanding lead. Not unexpectedly Marist came out hard in the last half and made the score respectable by full time even threatening the Tigers at one stage in the final quarter.

There were some excellent performances in this game. Fullback Kyle King continues to impress with his strong bullocking play and long kicking out of the backline ( a feature lost in modern day football these days). He provided plenty of advantage to players further a field. This quick movement of the ball from the backline has many positives if used correctly.

The ruck work of Jake Robinson and Dale Dickinson gave on ball players Jake Oram and Ryan Price a distinct advantage as both players enjoyed quality games around centre clearances. Jason Ainsworth gained his first taste of a Tigers jumper and played a solid game considering an eye injury prior to the game.

MARIST 1 1 1 5 3 7 8 10 58 QUEANBEYAN 6 3 9 6 11 9 13 11 89MARIST Goal Kickers: S. Kelly , L. Flaherty , T. Dryburgh , T. Short , K. Mahon , S. Drummond , D. Campbell , M. Laing Best Players: D. Discipio, S. Gilfedder, N. Toogood, S. Kelly, S. Drummond, D. Campbell QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: T. Lee 3, S. Winmar 3, D. Solway 2, Z. Bowden 2, S. HUNTER , R. PRICE , J. Murphy Best Players: T. Coggan, R. PRICE, L. Dowling, J. Murphy, J. AINSWORTH, J. Robinson
QUEANBEYAN 0.0 0.1 1.1 1.1 (7) EASTLAKE 5.0 8.1 10.5 13.8 (86)

Goals: Dani LewisBest: Pip Butt, Jacinta Froud, Amy McLenaghan , Davina Harris, Fran Langi, Bobbie Minniecon

The Queanbeyan Tigers can take a lot of positives out of their Friday night game against competition powerhouse Eastlake at a wet and wild Kingston Oval.

While the first quarter was not much to write home about on the scoreboard the Tigers did show they were more than capable of winning the one-on-one contests but gave the Eastlake team far too much space and were simply unable to create as many contest as they should have.

That changed after quarter time, helped somewhat by the heavens opening with torrential rain at times. The Tigers players lifted their efforts and intensity and made the Demons work hard for every kick. Pip Butt was outstanding running out of the back line and equally outstanding laying tackles and providing physical pressure. Not to be outdone was Amy McLenaghan who was also responsible for some big hits while having her best game for the season. The Tigers were unlucky not to kick a goal late in the term – the ball sailing through the big sticks to the roar of the Tigers Crowd (including some very vocal support from the Under 18s team and some ring ins from the Valley) but unfortunately it was touched off the boot.

At half time the Tigers were challenged not to be satisfied with one half-decent term and came out firing with Hannah Dunn showing the ACT coach that her ruck work is no laughing matter, Jacinta Froud leading the way as usual, Davina Harris, Jane Vucago , Chrisie Bourbous and Sarah Van Meurs working hard in the middle to give our forwards a chance. The Tigers took that opportunity and a free kick for a Eastlake throw gave Dani Lewis, who had been struggling with a neck injury all week and was only a last minute inclusion, the chance from 25m out. She kicked truly and the Tigers had the first goal of the second half, again much to the delight of the tigers supporters. The Tigers defence were outstanding for the rest of the term with Fran Langi, Bobbie Minniecon, Rach Short and Kristen Turner prominent.

The rain really came down in the final term and although the Tigers were unable to add to their score they kept making the competition front runners work hard in what was a real team effort with contributions across the ground. Besides the weather the other dampener on the night was a serious injury to Liz Langi who suffered a pretty bad shoulder dislocation.

Given the massive gap in terms of experience between the two teams the Tigers players can be happy with their efforts, particularly after quarter time, but should not get ahead of themselves and use the experience gained on the night to continue to improve in their first season. The next challenge is just as tough, travelling to Wagga Wagga to take on the Riverina Lions at 12noon next Saturday 3 July.

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