A last minute win
The Tigers NEAFL team grabbed a last minute win over Northern Conference team Aspley Hornets last Saturday to maintain an unbeaten run so far this year. The win is the fourth of the season (fifth counting the FOXTEL Cup game). It was also the third win against a Northern Conference team this season.
The Tigers took the field without full forward James Kavanagh and full back Matt Cavedon (both unavailable due to work commitments) and also needed to replace Beau Walker from the previous weeks team due to an ankle dislocation.
Aspley Hornets were unlucky not to take the match but then again they were lucky that the Tigers didn’t carry on their first half slaughter during which at one stage they led by 6 goals. The home team kept their opponents to a nil score at ¼ time and looked far too accomplished. By half time they held a commanding lead going into the second half.
But whatever Hornets Coach John Blair said at half time propelled the visitors into action and by mid way through the last quarter only points separated the two teams.
Down by 4 goals at ¾ time, the Hornets kicked the first goal of the last quarter within a minute of the start even though a late, intentional and behind the play incident left the Tigers Matt Liddle in the hands of three trainers. The unwarranted strike was not seen by the umpires but it certainly put momentum into the Hornets nest and they struck home with another two quick goals. They levelled the score at the 24 minute mark of the time on period and then progressed the ball forward for a further three points at the 33 minute mark.
A costly error by a Hornets player (kicking the ball away after a point was scored) awarded the Tigers a 50 metre penalty which resulted in the ball moving from one end of the ground to the other from which a free quick was awarded to Kaine Stevens in front of goal for a match winning 6 pointer with just 20 seconds left on the clock.
Coach Klemke praised the performance of Jeremy Kirkwood who had the job of stopping former Brisbane Lions player Nathan Clarke. He did so with the aplomb of a seasoned veteran with an outstanding four quarter effort. Captain Ryan Quade was superb throughout the match with some pundits regarding it as his best game this season. As was the performance of two “new” players into this years team. Paul Slater returned to the side this year after “a premiership year off” while James McCabe crossed the border from the Hawks this year. Both played strong matches – being used in various positions as the game unfolded.
The Tigers next encounter is against Tuggeranong Hawks who opened the season in fine style with an upset win over Eastlake. All three men’s teams will play on Sunday against the Hawks at DFP. The Tigers Ladies team will meet last years Premiers Eastlake at Kingston Oval at 10.00am on Sunday.
Goal Kickers: K. Stevens 4, W. Griggs 2, B. Fulford 2, M. Liddle 2, J. McCabe , R. Quade , J. Atkinson , P. Franchi , B. Klemke Best Players: J. Kirkwood, K. Klemke, P. Slater, T. Conroy, P. Franchi, R. Quade
Goal Kickers: J. James 4, D. Smith 2, C. French 2, E. Sansbury 2, M. Nickerson , J. Freeman , N. Clarke Best Players: E. Sansbury, J. Ives, A. Hughes, A. Lucy, J. James, M. Hutchinson
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers came up against a very strong Ainslie combination for the second time in only three rounds of football this year and were well and truly given a lesson by an experienced Tricolours outfit.
The locals had little to offer. They were at times as good as their opposition but failed to finish off promising moves into the forward line. It was matter of how far by games end and a blessing when the final siren sounded. But all is not lost on this team. We have seen in past years, they have been regular poor starters in this grade but by years end have surprised many by taking out the premiership.
It is a young team comprising mostly of players from the Tigers successful Under 18 Grade team of last year. Add a few experienced players to this lot and they will start upsetting a few favoured teams along the way. Two former U18 Grade B & F winners Jake Oram and Stephen Camp were amongst the better players.
Goal Kickers: C. Grintell , M. Fernie , J. McNeill Best Players: J. Oram, S. Camp, E. Maatouk, K. Farrugia
Goal Kickers: M. Renet 3, L. O”Neill 3, S. Campbell 3, J. Hirst 2, A. Grozinger 2, F. Nortje 2, T. Carracher 2, S. Bromley 2, A. Birch , B. Hackett , M. Mulroney Best Players: D. Bowles, L. Carter, E. McCowan, J. Hirst, R. Haupt, L. O”Neill
Tigers Rising Stars – Under 18 grade
Ainslie won this encounter also. The game was played at Ainslie Oval on Sunday morning and was an exciting, enjoyable encounter to witness with a goal on the siren to the Tricolours enabling them to take the game by 10 points.
The Tigers jumped to an early lead and led at the first break by 19 points but they were soon chasing tails as the Tricolours made up ground by half time and then in the third term take the lead into the ¾ time break.
It was a close encounter unit the final siren with Ainslie reversing the first round encounter in an entertaining game by both teams. Sam Bowden, Adam Lee and Bradley Stein tried hard all day while Jeremy McDonald and Brandon Lagana also were among the best. Three should injuries did little to assist the team restricting the bench and limiting the Tigers tall brigade. The Tigers certainly missed goal kicker Cody Haub who was unavailable.
The Tigers Ladies team had an outstanding first up win over ANU posting 105 points to nil. The game was the curtain raiser to the NEAFL team. An unfortunate incident saw two Tigerettes stretchered form the filed and taken to hospital but we are pleased to advise that both Carly Res and Lani Watson fully recovered from an ankle injury and head knock respectively.
A full match report will be provided by “supa coaches” Robert Anderson and Paul Lyon.