A Goal to the Veteran !!
“Give it to Neilo” , “Give it to Neilo was the chant from the small, cold and vocal crowd in attendance as the last quarter ticked down to the final siren at the end of the Tigers NEAFL match against Tuggeranong Hawks at Greenway last Saturday.
The big man had gone forward and the hope for him to post a goal in his 150th 1st Grade appearance (a rarity in all those games) became the wish of those in attendance as in the last 30 seconds the ball was delivered to him on the 50 metre ark on a slight angle. It took some time for him to line up and he was eventually moved on by the Umpire but the kick was as true and honest as the person who kicked it. To the delight of his team mates (and the crowd) a 6 pointer was the result.
It capped a tremendous win for the Tigers who had lost its 4 previous NEAFL matches.
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The competition is such that a loss can drop a team three positions on the ladder however a win can propel a team to up the ladder considerably. Had the Tiger lost the game they would have been out of the top five. As it now stands they sit in third position (on percentage) from Eastlake and one game clear of GWS and Ainslie.
The Hawks had gained a few notable returns to their side and looked the goods early in the first quarter until the Tigers posted a number of quality goals late to lead by five goals at the quarter break. Three goals each in the second term and then a commanding 8 goals to three in the third gave the Tigers a comfortable lead going into the final quarter against the wind.
Taking the field for his first game of NEAFL was last years Under 18 Grade Runner Up Best and Fairest James Armstrong – a product of both the Goulburn Swans and Queanbeyan Junior Tigers. He joined Under 18 grade team mates of last year in Stephan Camp and Alec McCormick – both B&F winner over the past two years of that grade.
With such a young team – what was pleasing was the team’s performance without many notable names missing through injury. Added to that list from the last game was Paul Slater who is set to miss the next month.
Ben Klemke was a casualty before half time so the victory is a real sign that the team is starting to lift even though undermanned. There were 14 goal kickers for the Tigers.
The Tigers had many strong performers but non more so than that of Captain Ryan Quade who led is charges from start to finish with strong marking around the ground capping this off with five goals. Down back Andrew Swan was impassable with a dominant display. Jarrod Atkinson kicked the goal of the day from 65m out and has been a real force over the past 4 games. Steve Jolliffe was solid throughout and gives his all every game.
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Mark of the day went to Mitch Heaslip in the second quarter with Ben King deserving mention after a few quite games but no one deserves more a mention the Neil Irwin who produced a vintage display in his 150th – a quality game for a quality person.
Goal Kickers: B. Macleod 3, A. Pocock 2, B. Symons , S. Kelly , J. Clark Best Players: M. Denham, J. Clark, L. Andreatta, L. Greenwell, A. Pocock
Goal Kickers: R. Quade 5, M. Heaslip 2, S. Jolliffe 2, A. Swan 2, K. Stevens 2, J. McCabe, P. Franchi, N. Irwin, J. Atkinson, M. Liddle, T. Conroy, S. Jensen, N. Kerlin, B. King Best Players: S. Jolliffe, K. Stevens, M. Heaslip, A. Swan, B. King, N. Irwin
AFL Canberra Division 1
The youthful Div 1 combination could not manage a victory over an enthusiastic Tuggeranong team who actually dominated proceedings with inside 50’s but were only able to win by 2 points.
In the end the Tigers were unlucky not to post a win with a relentless attack on goal in the final quarter. However the Hawks held on for their first win of the season and a well deserved victory.
Not even the influence of veteran Roy Jaques (after a brief retirement and knee surgery) could provide the Tigers enough to win. Though in coming weeks his inclusion will be a real plus for the Tigers senior grade teams .
Unfortunately newcomer Tim Brook – who showed some quality possessions and toughness at the ball – was forced from the field just prior to the half time break.
Ben Fulford was energetic up forward with three goals and named best player for the team. He is certainly a handful on his day and may press for senior grade selection again. Damian Kerlin, Hayden Kelly and Chase Grintell all played well for the Tigers. The Division 1 lads have another crack at the Hawks this Sunday – this time on home turf and will be looking to reverse last Saturdays result to consolidate 4th spot.
Goal Kickers: B. McCrorey 2, J. Fox , N. Edyvean , A. Ryan , L. Monger , N. Costigan , T. Fenyvesi , B. Sherring Best Players: B. McCrorey, L. Monger, A. Ryan, J. Fox, N. Edyvean, R. Knee
Goal Kickers: B. Fulford 3, M. Wescombe 2, D. McGavin , C. Haub , R. Jaques , D. Hespe Best Players: B. Fulford, D. Kerlin, D. Hespe, M. Wescombe, C. Grintell, H. Kelly
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars started the day well in extreme cold conditions at Greenway Oval. A blustery wind assisted a strong score line for the Tigers as they kicked to the Woden Town Plaza end posting 6 first quarter goals. They then consolidatedg with a further three in the second quarter to hold an 8 goal advantage by half time.
To the Hawks credit they came out a more determined side after the long break but the Tigers posted another five goals to win comfortably.
Ethan Calender continues to grow with maturity with his fitness levels taking him to a new high. His strong marking and long kicking a feature. Jarrod Thompson has been under a bit of an injury cloud but this did not stop him from posting five goals in another impressive performance. The Tigers backline has been fantastic this season with Sam Bowden and Jono Bowyer holding things together each and every week.
Youngster Brad Murphy had a strong encounter along with Mr Reliable Jason Taylor. Sam Adams posted three goals even though trying to remove one of the big sticks during the game with a strong shoulder charge.
They play Belconnen this Sunday at 9.30am in an encounter that they would hope to redeem themselves after being given a lesson by the Magpies in Round 7.
Queanbeyan Best: Callender, Thompson, Bowyer, Bowden, Murphy, Taylor
Queanbeyan Goals: Thompson 5, Adams 3, Jacobs 2, Bowyer, Edwards, Lagana,, Maher