Tigers v Hills Eagles
The Tigers posted an impressive 43 point victory in Sydney last weekend over Hills Eagles at Purser Oval.
It was a much needed win for the NEAFL team as it strives to make the final five. They now have a further road trip to Sydney this weekend to take on Sydney Uni at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday – the match scheduled to start at 2.00pm.
Purser Oval was bathed in sunlight when the game started with a strong wind towards the Tigers end. They posted a number of goals early in the quarter with James Kavanagh kicking the opening three goals before the heavens opened – seemingly a storm out of nowhere which dampened proceedings for a brief period of time.
A handy 37 point lead at the first break was gone within a period of 8 minutes of the second quarter as the Eagles kicked four goals to reduce the margin substantially. The match then flowed freely from end to end in an entertaining encounter with the Tigers drawing away to record a well deserved and encouraging win away from home.
Kav was at his best up forward posting 8 majors to add to his 6 of the previous week. Had he not missed a total of 10 weeks with injury, there is no doubt the Tigers would be well placed in the top 5 at the moment.
Steve Jolliffe dominated early and was clearly the go to man around the ground. His disposal and positional play being a feature as he repeatedly delivered the ball into the forward line.
There isn’t much of this bloke, but the manner in which Will Griggs throws himself into the battle belittles his size. His ability to win the hard ball shows his absolute determination to win every contest.
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Paul Franchi continues to show dash off the half backline while the “old master” Toby Conroy racks up quality possessions and sets up play around the ground.
The Tigers have their backs to the wall to make the finals but there is a strong feeling and commitment within the playing group that given a few breaks in the last four rounds they will give every club notice of their intent to win back to back premiership titles if they somehow slip into the finals.
Goal Kickers: J. Finlayson 3, D. Costello 2, W. Bradley 2, A. Buchanan , J. Vlatko , S. Doyle , T. Stubbs , D. Steer , J. Gordon Best Players: S. Pollock, T. Stubbs, A. Buchanan, M. Dragicevic, E. Kruger, S. Doyle
Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 8, K. Stevens 3, B. King 2, T. Conroy 2, B. Fulford , P. Franchi , J. McCabe , S. Jolliffe , J. Thompson Best Players: J. Kavanagh, S. Jolliffe, K. Stevens, P. Franchi, W. Griggs, T. Conroy
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers were fielding one of their best teams of the season and confidence was high for a third consecutive victory when playing Eastlake last Sunday at Football park. It was the first time a Tigers senior grade team had graced the playing surface of Football Park since the 1st Grade premiership of the year 2000.
But that’s were the hopes of a further victory ended. The Demons opening quarter during which they posted four goals would prove the difference even though the Tigers outscored them for the balance of the match.
It was certainly a disappointing loss for the young Tigers team.
On both occasions they kicked with the wind they repeatedly kicked short to players under pressure with countless possessions being wasted.
Michael Wescombe once again displayed leadership and direction as he roamed the ground sending his young charges into action. Cam Griggs – as usual – provided a strong target up forward. Dean Ross was again solid across the backline along with Stephen Camp. Damo Kerlin and Jake Oram both played with determination along with Jack O’Halloran whose mark in the backline late in the game should be mark of year for the courage shown to run into a pack with the flow of the ball.
Goal Kickers: C. O”Rourke 2, T. Gray 2, H. Bryant 2, J. Sullivan , M. Carney Best Players: H. Bryant, C. O”Rourke, A. Wilson, A. Tett, J. Hancock, N. Jacobsen
Goal Kickers: M. Wescombe 2, D. Ross , D. Sainsbury , N. Kerlin , J. Oram , D. Hespe Best Players: M. Wescombe, D. Ross, J. Oram, D. Kerlin, C. Griggs, E. Maatouk
The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars game v Marist was postponed. Lindwell Oval being deemed unplayable. The game will be replayed – details to made available when received.
This weeks games :
NEAFL v Syd Uni @ Drummoyne Oval – 2.00pm
Tigerettes v Murrumbidgee at Bateman’s Bay – 12 Noon
Sunday: Under 18 Grade v Eastlake @ Football Park – 9.30am