A Big Challenge!
Tigers Take on the Might of the High Flying Sydney Swans Reserves
It’s a nightmarish thought.
Competition leaders Sydney Swans Reserves on their own turf – the SCG at 10.50am on a Saturday morning. The Swans have lost only two games for the year both in Canberra against Tuggeranong and more recently Ainslie.
These early games are usually played on a Sunday morning allowing all players and officials to travel as group on a Saturday afternoon with an overnight stay to recoup. But changes to the AFL draw over the past two years now sees games being played in Sydney on a Saturday afternoon meaning the curtain raiser matches are now scheduled for an early kick off on Saturday mornings.
Unfortunately work commitments restrict everyone travelling on a Friday afternoon therefore the Club has two separate groups travelling – one of their own accord on the Friday, the other by plane on the Saturday morning.
It’s a different scenario, the result of which will be known about 1.30pm on Saturday.
The Swans have had the upper measure in the two previous encounters this year but with respect fielded very strong teams against the Tigers on both occasions. Ruck-man Jordan Longmore rejoins the Tigers team after four weeks sidelined while youngster Sam Jensen plays his second senior grade game for the season once again in Sydney – his previous match being at ANZ stadium.
There have been four changes to the team. In addition to Longmore and Jensen, the other two players moving into the team are Chris Haddock and James Nancarrow. Ryan Price travels as the emergency. The match will be broadcast live on QBN FM 96.7.
In other matches this weekend, the Tigers Reserve Grade plays Gungahlin at Manuka Oval on Sunday at 2.00pm while the Tigers Under 18 grade team do battle with Marist at Lindwell at 11.30am.
The Tigers Ladies team play ADFA on Saturday at ADFA at 11.30am.
Two further achievements will be played this weekend with Greg Hair and Daniel McGavin both reaching the 50 Club games milestones