The Tigers suffered their first loss at NEAFL level in 2013 with a comprehensive score line being posted against them by the Belconnen Magpies on Saturday at Kippax Oval.
In ideal conditions the Magpies drew away in the last quarter from a depleted Tigers combination to win by 60 points.
Matt Liddle and Kaine Stevens
The loss was at huge expense with possible long term injuries to Todd Dickinson and David Smith with a number of other notable injuries sustained during the match which resulted in the Tigers having no bench in the final quarter.
These injuries on top of long term injuries suffered previously to Matt Cavedon (knee), Beau Walker (ankle) and the loss of key defender and assistant coach Josh Bryce for the season which occurred during pre season training.
The Magpies were relentless throughout the game and deserved to take the four points with strong tackling, structured play and a quality long kicking game that was rewarded with some outstanding goals.
At three quarter time there was little in the game with a couple of last minute goals giving the home team the lead. A goal in the opening minutes of the last quarter to the Tigers and the game was there to be won. However the Tigers injury toll started to take affect. An avalanche of play in the Magpies forward line became a huge advantage. Inaccuracy cost them from posting a larger score against an overworked Tigers defence.
Needless to say the Tigers will have to work extremely hard in coming weeks against teams of the quality of Ainslie, Sydney Swans Reserves and FOXTEL Cup opponents Werribee Tigers in Melbourne.
Best for the Tigers was Paul Slater who posted two great goals at the end of the third quarter. He is certainly enjoying time back in the game after a year off last season. Youngster Sam Jensen never stoped trying and is by far one of the more courageous players in the League. Others to play well included Matt Liddle, Jezza Kirkwood and Kaine Stevens along with Toby Conroy and Ben Klemke who took mark of the day in the opening term.
Goal Kickers: B. Weston 4, S. Curtis 3, A. Dess 3, J. Love 2, J. Hegarty 2, C. York, L. Donohoe, J. Harper, M. Lokan, M. Porter Best Players: S. Curtis, J. Bennett, A. Dess, J. Hegarty, M. Porter, N. Collins
Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 5, B. Fulford 2, K. Stevens , P. Slater , R. Quade , B. Klemke Best Players: P. Slater, S. Jensen, T. Conroy, M. Liddle, J. Kirkwood, K. Stevens
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers Division 1 side are certainly suffering the effects of the many departures over the summer months and the loss of players being promoted into the NEAFL team to cover injuries. They were given a lesson last Saturday as the Magpies ran rampant throughout the match. Even the inclusion of two NEAFL players in Neil Irwin and Jarrod Atkinson could not influence the team.
There were few winners for the Tigers team on the day but Alec McCormack continues to impress with his steadiness in the backline while Dean Ross and Daniel Hespe tried hard. There was indeed frustration as the match progressed with some undisciplined efforts – a feature of the team that has to be eliminated immediately.
The full details of the score etc were not posted on sporting pulse at the time of this article being posted.
Tigers Rising Stars Under 18 Grade.
The Tigers started the day off poorly for the Club. They were defeated by the Magpies convincingly. A slow start proved costly with the home side scoring the first three goals in the opening term of the match.
The young Tigers were in shock when team mate Tyler Collins fell heavily and damaged a knee which seen support and concerns from both clubs for this popular young man who is a former Magpies junior. Unfortunately Tyler has just returned after a year lay off due to knee surgery and now has damage to his “good” knee. All wish him a speedy recovery.
The Magpies never looked back with a commanding lead at the main break. Many rotations were made to get the right combination on the field but none seemed to work in an otherwise poor game for the Tigers Under 18 Grade team.
Jason Taylor had his best game of the season trying to lift his side while Jeremy McDonald continues to improve as he enjoys another season in this grade. The Tigers have the bye this weekend before taking on Marist at Dairy Farmers Park on Sunday 19 May at 12 noon as the feature match of the day after the Ladies play ANU at 9.30am.
Goal Kickers: J. Walsh 3, M. Lamb 2, L. McGILVRAY , P. Horan , L. Musgrave , M. Kelly , M. Smith , L. Wharton , N. Kelly Best Players: L. Musgrave, B. McCabe, L. Wharton, C. Miller, M. Lamb, J. Walsh
Goal Kickers: J. Taylor , J. Thompson , C. Haub , M. Lawrence , E. Callendar Best Players: J. Macdonald, J. Taylor, B. Stein, A. Lee, G. Ross, J. Gibbs
It was a similar story with the Ladies team that met Belconnen Magpies at the Queanbeyan Park on Saturday. The visitors were far too experienced for the Tigerettes who showed some good form in patches during the match. A full report will be added when received.
Goal Kickers: LaFranchi, Goh Best Players: Eldridge, Dunn, Turner, Newbery, Murphy, McLenaghan