A Crucial Match!
Saturdays NEAFL game against Eastlake is the all important one.
A loss will see the Tigers two games behind the Demons(plus percentage) with only six games remaining. A win will draw the team equal in fourth spot and a real chance of participating in the first ever finals series of the Eastern Conference.
From all reports Eastlake will be close to full strength after a long period of being undermanned in the early part of the season. The Tigers will be missing a few players including Matt Liddle (wrist) and Andrew Swan (knee – season) plus are waiting on the results of an MRI on duel Mulrooney Medallist Mitch Daniher who is carrying an injury from the clash against the Sydney Swans two weeks ago.
Coach Adrian Pavese who will be officiating in only his second NEAFL match since the resignation of Rod O’Riley. He is quietly confident his charges can “do the job” this Saturday at Manuka Oval. Although reluctant to make many changes he will have a number of players coming back into selection calculations for the all important clash.
They include James Kavanagh, Tim Cook, Brett Fruend, Kaine Stevens, Sam Daniel and Paul Slater all of whom missed the last game for varying reasons.
The NEAFL match is Captain Ryan Quade’s 150th Club game. He has only 3 more to go to play his 150th First Grade game for the Tigers in what has been an outstanding career thus far.
In the other matches the Tigers Reserve Grade hope to continue their winning form when they take on the Demons at 11.30am while the Under 18’s play second placed Eastlake at 9.30am.
The Tigerettes will play Gungahlin on Sunday at the Queanbeyan Park from 10.00am .