The Tigers tremendous win in the qualifying game of the FOXTEL Cup against Northern Territory Thunder last Saturday has been soured by the news that youngster Beau Walker could miss the rest of the season.
He landed awkwardly on his ankle in a contested marking situation which resulted in the horrific dislocation of the left ankle.
He was named the NEAFL Rising Star the week before during round three of the Eastern Conference and had gained the plaudits of many associated with the Club for his strong judgement and silky skills.
His second quarter departure from the field fired the Tigers into action and they eventually secured a strong 53 point victory over their Northern Territory opponents.
The Tigers were able to overcome a fast start from the Thunder, surging to a 13.10 (88) to 4.9 (35) victory in the qualifying match.
“Manuka Oval” was in superb condition (now named StarTrack Oval) which resulted in a high-pressured contest that was ultimately controlled by a disciplined Queanbeyan outfit.
The Tigers kept the fast-paced Thunder to a single goal in the second and third quarters, returning eight majors of their own in the process.
1 - FOXTEL Cup 2013 preperations
2 - FOXTEL Cup 2013 warmup
3 - warmup
4 - interview
5 - James McCabe
6 - Kaine Stevens
7 - Beau Walker
8 - celebrating
9 - BOOM
10 - Norm Lembit web
11 - Quade and Klemke
12 - game over
Kaine Stevens is certainly maintaining his form of 2012 which gained him best on ground status in the grand final and subsequently the Tony Wynd Medal for the Tigers Best and Fairest. His 18 disposals and 4 goals demonstrate the quality of this youngster.
Player-coach Kade Klemke was hard at it and showed tremendous leadership throughout the match with his ferocious tackling and unselfish ball-use even though carrying an injury from the 1st quarter.
18 year-old small forward Ben Fulford proved difficult to contain, kicking three important goals for the Tigers, including two in the first quarter. Toby Conroy was also busy stamping his influence on the game through the midfield and around stoppages.
The Thunder arrived late Friday evening for the Saturday morning clash minus a few stars but had former Belconnen Magpies player and now Thunders skipper Cameron Ilett in fine form, finding the ball at will and bringing team mates into the game in a well-rounded performance.
The result of the match now sees Queanbeyan against 2012 VFL Premiers Werribee Tigers on 28 May at Etihad Stadium – a game that will be LIVE on Fox Footy that evening from 8.30pm.
Queanbeyan 2.3 6.5 10.6 13.10 (88) Northern Territory 2.2 3.3 3.8 4.9 (35)
Goals Queanbeyan: Stevens 4, Fulford 3, Quade 3, Griggs, Conroy, Kavanagh. Northern Territory: Ngalkin 2, Ilett, Dunn.
Best Queanbeyan: Stevens, Klemke, Fulford, Conroy. Northern Territory: Ilett, Ngalkin, Lockwood, Vassal.
Injuries Queanbeyan: Walker (ankle) Northern Territory: Nil
For a full reply of the FOX Footy game day presentation between the Qbn Tigers and NT Thunder visit www.AFL.com.au