A Costly Defeat!
NEAFL – Hopes of Finals Campaign Now Lost.
It could be said that the Tigers were their own worst enemy last Sunday in the NEAFL match against Eastlake at Dairy Farmers Park. Costly turnovers proved to be their downfall.
But no-one could walk away saying they didn’t have a go!
They – courageously fought back on three separate occasions during the game to eventually hit the front mid last quarter only to see the efforts thwarted by some unkind decision making from other areas.
Some of those decisions mystified spectators from both camps – especially in the last quarter. They certainly turned the game in favour of the Demons. Eastlake always looked the better combination and threatened on numerous occasions to burst the game wide open.
But if persistence becomes the trade mark in future years of this young Tigers outfit then the club can look back at this game and say “that’s were it started”. They battled the game out with the eventual 37 point loss not a true reflection of the closeness of the game.Strong ball movement into the Demons forward line gave endless opportunities to Jason Duce who posted five goals for the day. At the other end the Tigers spearhead James Kavanagh posted three goals in a strong performance.
The Tigers had some good performers with Todd Dickinson leading the charge along with Will Griggs, Tom Hollis and Alex Overs.
The Tigers travel to the Gold Coast this Friday for a NEAFL cross over game against Southport on Saturday at Fankhauser Oval from 1.00pm
Queanbeyan 1 3 5 6 9 10 11 12 (78) Eastlake 4 3 8 5 11 8 17 13 (115)Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 3, B. Fruend 2, T. Dickinson , K. Stevens , S. Daniel , T. Conroy , J. Manie , M. May Best Players: T. Dickinson, W. Griggs, T. Conroy, K. Stevens, T. Hollis, A. Overs Eastlake Goal Kickers: J. Duce 5, M. Egan 3, P. MCGRATH 2, D. ROULSTONE 2, M. TAYLFORTH , A. BRUCE , D. Cummins , A. Gordon , H. Armstrong Best Players: J. Duce, M. FRAIL, M. Egan, A. Wiles, M. Kimball, J. MESMAN
With so many players unavailable due to promotion to the NEAFL team to cover injuries etc, the Tigers had to call on all its resources to field a Reserve Grade team. After losing to Eastlake in this grade some three weeks ago there was a strong possibility of losing again to the third place Demons team.
No one told them of that possibility when donning the heritage jumper of the Queanbeyan Acton Combine team. They coasted to an easy victory winning the contest by 66 points.
Daniel Campbell was again dominant up forwarded posting 6 goals. The Watts twins again showed their strong play around the ground often propelling the Tigers into action – Beau posting another three goals. Brendan Ward showed his usual dash also chipping in with three goals. Casey Walsh played like he had not been overseas for the past three weeks and racked up many possessions while Jared Daniel and Jackson Brooker were also prominent throughout the match.
The Tigers have the bye this weekend before taking on Tuggeranong at DFP on 14 August.
QUEANBEYAN 4 4 8 10 13 11 17 13 (115) EASTLAKE 1 5 3 5 4 6 7 7 (49)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: D. Campbell 6, B. WARD 3, B. WATTS 3, J. DANIEL 2, C. Walsh 2, K. WATTS Best Players: C. Walsh, C. Haddock, G. Hair, B. WATTS, K. WATTS, J. Brooker EASTLAKE Goal Kickers: R. Hall 4, C. McGuirk , B. Gaynor , J. SULLIVAN Best Players: J. Ainsworth, R. McLachlan, A. WATT, B. Gaynor, A. Godfrey, N. Perry
Under 18 Grade
The younger brigade opened the day for the Tigers with a three point win over 4th placed Eastlake. In a thrilling contest that went down to the final minutes of the contest the Tigers stood tall to win their second game on the trot. This gives them an outside chance of making the four with games against Gungahlin, Ainslie, Marist and Tuggeranong before seasons end.
Missed opportunities were nearly responsible for another close loss but with Kieran Shea, Michael Elliott, Scotty Wright and Dylan Bevan holding strong t the youngsters grabbed an important victory for the Club. Daniel Hespe chipped in with two important goals along with two from Shaun Van Holland. Other notable players were seasoned campaigners in Toby Yeates, Steve Camp and Mitch Price.
The Tigers play Gungahlin at Amaroo on Saturday from 12 noon.
QUEANBEYAN 3 2 5 6 6 11 8 15 (63) EASTLAKE 1 2 4 5 6 6 8 12 (60)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: S. Vanholland 2, D. HESPE 2, J. TAYLOR , K. SHEA , S. WRIGHT , D. BEVAN Best Players: K. SHEA, M. Elliott, S. WRIGHT, T. YEATES, D. HESPE, S. CAMP EASTLAKE Goal Kickers: B. Reid 5, M. Ryan , J. Hancock , H. Bryant Best Players: A. Wilson, M. Smith, B. Reid, M. Bayly