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A strong start to the Season.

NEAFL


Ben Fulford

Ben Fulford


12 goals in the second quarter against Eastlake blasted the visitors out of the contest in the NEAFL match at Dairy Farmers Park last Sunday.  In a clinical display the locals hammered the Eastlake Demons 23.18 (156) to 9.9 (63) which sparked the obvious question as to whether the Tigers had ever defeated Eastlake by such a margin.

The answer is yes.  A quick look at some of the most recent records reveals the following defeats of Eastlake by large margins:

1990

26.17 (173) to 6.7 (43)

29.19 (193) to 11.8 (74)

1994

27.14 (176) to 4.12 (36)

2004

26.13 (169) to 8.8 (56).


From the outset the Tigers were harder at the ball and look determined to continue the opening of the season with a third consecutive win.  They peppered their goals with 10 scoring shots in the opening stanza with only three majors but the writing was on the wall with a dominate display form their on ball brigade and tall timber up forward.

The Tigers were expecting a much tougher opponent considering the Demons shock loss to Tuggeranong the week before but it was not to be.

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Group

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Although missing  a number of quality players including Jarrod Atkinson, Mitch Daniher, Todd Dickinson and Neil Irwin the Tigers rose to the occasion with one of the best 2nd quarters played in many years.  The demons lost former Sydney Swans player Ryan Brabazon midway through the second quarter which robbed them of one of the classiest players in the League.

Leading 15 goals to 1 by half time the game was well and truly over but to the credit of the Eastlake players they came out in more determined fashion in the third quarter piling on the first four goals to make the score respectable by ¾ time.

The final score was overall an excellent performance by the Tigers NEAFL team.  It showed endeavour, discipline, constructive movement around the ground finished off by some wonderful forward line play through a collective group of players.    It really is a shame to make mention of individuals so perhaps some highlights would be more appropriate.