A Long Journey Back Home!
Coach Armstrong addressing the Troops.
Our trip to ANZ Stadium ended with a lesson in skill, speed, accuracy and a score line no club wants to travel back home with. It was a 22 goal deficit at the end of play – but – (and there is always a positive) the Tigers played well enough to suggest all is not lost.
The Swans were far too superior on the day and with the advantage of having a quality group of top up players from State level, they produced a brand of football that will be hard to beat come finals time by any team in the AFL Canberra competition.
The writing was on the scoreboard by quarter time with a ten goal quarter to the home team. In an all too familiar pattern – the longer each quarter goes – the more the score line blows out. Superior fitness is the most obvious reason. They are professional footballers and are relentless in their ambitions of securing a senior grade spot at the top level.
The Tigers produced some strong passages of play which give reason they can still impact on the competition this year. It was only three years ago that the Swans kicked 30. 11 (191) to the Tigers 10.1 (61) at the SCG that kicked started the Tigers into wining 6 of their next 7 matches and eventually a Grand Final berth against that very team.
The obvious highlight last Saturday evening was the inclusion of 15 year old Sam Jensen into the Tigers senior line-up. It was a fantastic occasion for the youngster playing at ANZ for his first senior game and then posting a goal with his first kick at that level. The excitement of his fellow team mates and the supporters in the vast arena was a sporting moment for all to witness.
The inform James Kavanagh provided plenty of forward movement with Toby Conroy gaining many possessions in a quality performance. Jason Satchell made a welcome return to the field after a long term injury.
Physio Danny Rutten has been a massive gain to the club.
The Tigers now have an all important match this Saturday at Manuka Oval against 5th placed Eastlake. A loss will draw the Demons level on points and with a stronger percentage take them into 4th position. A win for the Tigers will move them two games clear in the four with 7 games remaining.
SYDNEY SWANS 10 3 16 5 23 9 30 14 (194) QUEANBEYAN 3 2 5 4 7 9 8 14 (62)SYDNEY SWANS Goal Kickers: T. DENNIS-LANE 7, H. PLAYFAIR 5, E. KRUGER 4, N. GORDON 2, K. EMERY 2, P. VESZPREMI 2, J. MOORE 2, D. MCNEIL , M. PICKEN , C. MCKAIGUE , B. MEREDITH , J. LYNCH , L. JOHNSTON Best Players: T. DENNIS-LANE, P. VESZPREMI, B. MEREDITH, K. THORNTON, H. PLAYFAIR, E. KRUGER QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: A. LIESCHKE 2, T. DICKINSON , M. DANIHER , J. KAVANAGH , S. JENSEN , B. Neely , S. DANIEL Best Players: J. KAVANAGH, M. WESCOMBE, J. SATCHELL, A. LIESCHKE, T. COOK, B. Neely
Tough day at the office for the Tigers Coaching Staff.
The Tigers Reserve Grade team travelled to Amaroo on Sunday and played at the unfamiliar time of 2.00pm. The extra sleep-in didn’t provide any extra energy as the Gungahlin Jets provided strong opposition in the first quarter on the wide open spaces on their home ground. Eventually the Tigers took control of a quality game of footy to run out easy victors.
Brendan Ward, Freddie Nortje and Simon Mackie certainly came under notice of senior grade coach Mark Armstrong who was a keen observer of the game. The Kelly lads Hayden and Sean were both impressive throughout the match along with Michael Moss who gave plenty of drive in the third quarter when the game needed to be broken.
Ben Jabornik kept the competition leading goal kicker scoreless in a fine performance with Brett Ormston and Jared Daniel having strong performances throughout the match.
GUNGAHLIN 3 2 4 3 5 3 5 4 (34) QUEANBEYAN 3 1 7 4 10 6 14 12 (96)GUNGAHLIN Goal Kickers: N. BARB 2, K. Simpson , A. BUTLER , T. Pulford Best Players: N. BARB, T. Pulford, K. Simpson, D. Munday, R. DAVIS, A. Hess QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: J. BROOKER 4, F. Nortje 2, L. WILKINSON 2, S. Kelly , H. KELLY , B. WARD , D. JABORNIK , C. WALSH , J. Nancarrow Best Players: B. WARD, B. JABORNIK, F. Nortje, B. ORMSTON, J. DANIEL, S. Kelly
Under 18 Grade
The Under 18 Grade team enjoyed victory over Marist College at Marist. Not too many teams win matches at the Marist home ground but the Tigers played inspired football considering they were missing Sam Jensen to the 1st Grade team. By half time they had established a commanding lead. Not unexpectedly Marist came out hard in the last half and made the score respectable by full time even threatening the Tigers at one stage in the final quarter.