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A Few Concerns – Injuries hitting Tiger Land!

Tigers NEAFL Team show glimpses of form!

NEAFL The Tigers injury concerns deepened this week with the loss of Neil Irwin for the balance of 2011 with a broken arm. His loss comes on the back of season ending injuries to Tim Cook (shoulder) and Andrew Swan (knee).

Also missing from last weekends encounter with Ainslie were Matt Liddle, Mitch Daniher, Jared Daniel, Jon Elias and Tom Hollis – all through injury along with Casey Walsh and Travis Bull – both unavailable.

Add a shoulder injury to youngster Kaine Stevens just prior to the main break against the Tricolours.

Although eventually going down by 33 points the effort by the NEAFL team gained praise for the manner in which they fought for possession and never gave in at any stage. For a depleted side to match the reigning premiers in most departments during the day and to fight back after being down by five goals mid second term to just trail at the long break was a vast improvement on the previous weeks efforts against Eastlake.

There is no doubt the loss of Irwin and Stevens at half time unsettled the progress of the Tigers efforts in the second half. Both were playing well with Stevens having 13 possessions prior to the break. Ainslie also had injury concerns during the match.

Roy Jaques was in fine form holding the backline together. Captain Ryan Quade carried much of the ruck work in the second half along with Mitch Heaslip who has developed as a utility player for the Tigers this year filling in most positions as required. After a dip in confidence youngster Steve Jolliffe has fought his way back into form with this talented youngster picking up 23 possessions for the game. 17 year old Mitch May played a key role up forward posting two goals

With thirteen players in the side 21 or younger, the Club has a group of players to move forward for the balance of 2011 and into 2012.

A bye for all sides this weekend will assist with a few injury concerns and prepare for another home game on Sunday 31 July against Eastlake prior to the team travelling to the Gold Coast for a cross over game against Southport.

Queanbeyan 0 2 4 5 7 5 9 8 (62) Ainslie 1 6 5 6 9 12 13 17 (95)Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 3, M. May 2, T. Dickinson , P. Franchi , W. Griggs , T. Conroy Best Players: R. Jaques, R. Quade, S. Jolliffe, M. Heaslip, T. Dickinson Ainslie Goal Kickers: N. PAINE 4, B. Hughes 3, D. ARGALL , R. TUTT , J. HIRST , M. Crook , A. VANDENBERG , K. Morris Best Players: R. TUOHEY, A. VANDENBERG, R. Shirley, J. HIRST, N. PAINE, B. Hughes

Reserve Grade

A depleted Tigers team caused an upset when they overcome competition leaders Ainslie for the second time in a matter of three weeks. The previously undefeated Tricolours combination lost to the Tigers in Round 14 and succumbed to the reigning premiers again last weekend.

No one gave the Tigers much chance of a win with at least 7 changes from the team that defeated Ainslie in round 14. But no-one told the players that as they fought out a strong victory to celebrate Ben Jabornik 21st birthday .

It was an entertaining contest with both teams playing a strong brand of football. Beau Watts was outstanding after returning from a stint in the seniors. Dave Corcoran certainly lifted the forward line pressure after missing the previous week’s game through injury. Also returning from injury was Brett Ormston who dominated the mid field possessions along with youngster Jake Oram. The “old” stager Paul Briedis receives another mention with his experience and guidance holding the backline together.

QUEANBEYAN 4 0 8 4 11 8 14 10 (94) AINSLIE 5 2 7 2 10 7 11 8 (74)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: D. Campbell 5, D. CORCORAN 4, B. WATTS 3, B. Fruend , J. Oram Best Players: B. WATTS, J. Brooker, P. Briedis, C. Haddock, J. Oram, B. ORMSTON AINSLIE Goal Kickers: A. GROZINGER 3, P. ORCHARD 2, A. MATHIS , G. ROBERTSON , E. Stone , C. Baxter , B. SAINSBURY , D. Bloomfield Best Players: M. RENET, E. Stone, J. Cuzner, G. ROBERTSON, D. ALSFORD

Under 18 Grade

The Tigers Under 18 Grade finally had a win after so many close calls in recent weeks. They played with endeavour and purpose and never looked liked losing the contest defeating the Tricolours by 85 points.

There were so many good players it would be a shame not mention all of them but in saying that the likes of Mitch Price, Ricky Stein, James Armstrong (again), Aiden Kenworthy (his best game of the year) and Scott Wright all featured prominently during the game.

Up forward Alec McCormick posted three goals in the absence of Kyle King while around the ground Sean Van Holland used his experience at this level to push the team forward. Dave Hodder is becoming a solid big man and will be stronger for the experience.

In fact all the above mentioned players will still be available for next years team along with the majority of players from last weeks team effort.

QUEANBEYAN 4 3 7 6 11 9 15 11 (101) AINSLIE 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 4 (16)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: A. McCORMICK 3, D. HESPE 2, S. Vanholland 2, D. Hodder 2, A. Kenworthy 2, S. CAMP , K. SHEA , P. Maher , W. Perren-Leveridge Best Players: M. Price, R. Stein, J. ARMSTRONG, J. TAYLOR, S. WRIGHT, A. Walker AINSLIE Goal Kickers: D. DELORENZO , O. Schroedl Best Players: R. HAUPT, L. CARTER, M. Drummond, Z. GREIG, L. Jones, D. DELORENZO
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