Aidan Bowyer has capped of his great start to 2022 by becoming the latest Queanbeyan
player to win the prestigious Muir Medal following the Tigers 1st Grade Men's comeback win over Ainslie.
Aidan's winning of the medal now has the tally at 10 Queanbeyan Muir Medalists to Ainslie's at 9 since the Muir Medal began in 2006 with dual winners in 2008 & 2015.
Queanbeyan's Andrew Swan is the only multiple winner of the Muir Medal, taking home the award in 2010 and 2016.
It was great to see Ian, Alison, Susan and extended members of the Muir family attend the day along with over 30 Tigers past players that were attending our Past Players Function that all knew and loved the great man Alan.
Page celebrates 100th with a big win!
1st Grade Men
Queanbeyan 10.9-69 def Ainslie 8.7-55
QBN Goals: Kade Klemke 2, Michael McCormack 2, Rhys Pollock, Alex Page, Joshua Bryce, Aidan Bowyer, Andrew Swan, Ryan Price.
QBN Best: Aidan Bowyer, Michael Evans, Jonathon Bowyer, Jack Nunn, Isaac Edgar, Toby Conroy.
In the Top of the Table clash, Ainslie came out all guns blazing to hold the Tigers goalless in the 1st quarter. Their attack on the contest put the tigers on the back foot and allowed the Tri colours the space to advance the play at will.
With Both sides missing key players for the game, it was Ainslie who settled the best and built a strong lead at qtr time. It was only a late flurry towards the end of the 2nd qtr that brought the tigers within 11 points by half time.
A few key words and positional changes at half time worked with the tigers banging on
5.3 to 2.3 in the 3rd quarter to take a 7 point lead into the last quarter. The difference in the 3rd being the Tigers going back to the game plan that serves them well and every player improving by 2 to 3% that added heaps of pressure on Ainslie's defence.
The last qtr was epic with both sides trading goals with the old boys in the growlers loving the contest and becoming very vocal to get the tigers home against our old foes. In the end the tigers prevailed however this battle isn't over and more great games between the two clubs in 2022 is certainly on the cards.
Along with Aidan Bowyer, cousin Jonno also played a great game along with Toby Conroy who is still getting it done, Mick Evans who continues to impress and Jack Nunn who is settling in very well.
1st Grade Women
Queanbeyan 2.2-14 def by Ainslie 6.9-45
QBN Goals: Elizabeth Wilson, Kate Woodward.
QBN Best: Madelyne Czubara, Elizabeth Wilson, Madison Lustri, Rachel Salmond, Lauren Flakelar, Kate Woodward
Still well under strength, the Tigerettes showed great passion and want for the contest and held the lead at halftime.
The ladder leaders Ainslie who have taken all before them in 2022 didn't expect the pressure that was coming for them early in the game. Despite the great start the Tigerettes couldn't maintain the rage in the 2nd half.
Ainslie stepped up post halftime and while the tigerettes kept throwing everything at the Tri Colours, every time the tigers made a charge Ainslie would answer with a much needed goal.
What the contest did show was that our girls aren't far off the pace and when the tables turn with injury and illness we should be right in there for a crack at the title.
Madelyne Czubara, Elizabeth Wilson and Madison Lustri all played solid games while Kate Woodward continues her strong 2021 form into 2022.
Reserve Grade Men
Queanbeyan 4.1-25 def by Ainslie 11.8-74
QBN Goals: Jordan Lopes 2, Wilson Morshead, Tyler Van Luin.
QBN Best: Daniel Potts, Dean Ross, Tyler Van Luin, Owen Quantrill, Wilson Morshead, Will Taylor
A familiar outcome for the men's 2s last weekend with injury and illness affecting the balance of the team and disrupting preparations only hours from the game.
However this group continues to show up and represent the club with pride and like the women's program once numbers start to improve you can bet they will be there when the whips are cracking.
How can we say this? Trust me when I say these blokes are cracking in!
It is simple, score lines don't always tell the true story of a match, only 14 points behind at half time this group just simply ran out of troops. But their hardness for the contest and discipline to the structures despite all the changes shows everyone that this team will get it right.
2021 Best & Fairest Wilson Morshead continues to lead by example while Daniel Potts and Will Taylor played extremely well in the defeat. Great to see our Rising Stars step up again and help out with Owen Quantrill playing a ripping game in defence.
Reserve Grade Women
Queanbeyan 0.0-0 def by Batemans Bay 10.21-81
QBN Best: Sophie Jensen, Maddi McLachlan, Natasha Brockwell, Lauren Drockman, Bree Jackson, Jade Giacoppo
I sound like a broken record at the moment but no one truly knows how tough the first few weeks have been on our coaches and players with injury, illness and unavailability.
But as a club we couldn't be prouder of the way our players continually step up for the club, case in point and to reinforce the above efforts of our men's reserves was what our Reserves Tigerettes did last Saturday!
Only 15 girls were available for last weeks game and unlike other clubs who would've forfeited, our girls said no way, we will honour our commitment and not let the tigers, Batemans Bay or the competition down!
The club and coaches are in full admiration for what the girls did last weekend and to use the words of Coach Kenny "The girls who were available turned up and showed desire, determination and passion for each other, I couldn't be prouder of what they did".
Sophie Jensen continues her great start to the year and being her first season has shown great leadership while Maddi McLachlan, Lauren Drockman, Bree Jackson and Jade Giacoppo continue to play well and be the mainstays of the group.
It was also great to see Tarsh Brockwell back in tigers colours and to every player who played last Saturday - awesome effort and thank you.
Drop A Bundle Race Night
Finally our players, coaches and volunteers got to let their hair down last Saturday night for the Annual Drop A Bundle Race Night.
Over 120 people packed in to see who would take out this years 2022 Black & Gold Cup eventually run and won by Snakey Dave!
A huge thanks to the Tigers Social Committee led by Alec McCormick and Monica McGrath for putting it all together, the Googong Hogs who joined us for the event and it was great to catch up and the Tigers Club for hosting us and being exceptional hosts.