A Youthful Tigers Team Fly the Flag on a Wet Sunday
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars team flew the flag with a well earned victory over Eastlake at Manuka Oval last Sunday morning in atrocious conditions.
The win has moved them to a top of the table position after the unexpected loss of Belconnen to Marist. They are now equal with the Magpies but with a superior percentage.
The usual perfect playing conditions at the newly named Star Track Oval were far from that with overnight rain drenching the ground.
It was a determined Tigers outfit that took the field even though missing two quality youngsters in Tim Shea and Brandon Lagana – both unavailable for this important contest.
It was tight affair for the majority of the contest with two goals in the final term sealing victory. Had the Demons been more accurate the score line may have been different but full credit to the pressure of the backline for not allowing the opposition to post a winning score.
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The Tigers were well served by two 15 year olds in Jereamy Edwards and Mitch O’Toole, the later posting two goals in only his second outing at this level of football.
Jason Taylor was superb throughout relishing the wet conditions. His determination is certainly coming under the radar of the senior grade selectors. Jeremy McDonald is enjoying a great season along with Adam Lee and Ethan Calender.
Goal Kickers: T. Clowry 2 Best Players: B. Fitzgerald, T. Clowry, D. Welsh, J. Roberts, I. Park, S. Askew
Goal Kickers: M. O”Toole 2, J. Taylor , J. Thompson , C. Haub Best Players: J. Taylor, E. Callender, A. Lee*, J. MacDonald*, J. Edwards, G. Ross
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers Division 1 team are improving slowly as the season evolves but with fitness levels not quite up to scratch they are failing in the last quarter against the top teams. This was the case a few weeks back against the undefeated Ainslie combination and now again against Eastlake who ran over the top of the Tigers last Sunday.
Conditions improved from the overnight drenching and with reasonable fine weather the Tigers kicked away in the first term using a strong breeze to set up a commanding lead at the first break They were unable to capitalize in the second quarter as the Demons fought their way back into contention to draw level at half time. There was nothing in the game and it looked like an upset may have been on the cards until a last quarter domination by the Demons resulted in 3.10 being posted to a solitary point by the Tigers.
Although disappointed Coach Campbell can take a lot from the match.
Once again some quality youngsters produced good games including that of Jack O’Halloran, Mitch Haley and James Armstrong along with the experienced Jarod Daniel and the ever improving Dean Ross.
With a number of players due back after the bye they will continue to improve in the later part of the season.
Goal Kickers: M. Smith 2, M. Carney 2, M. Ryan , H. Bryant , P. Westman Best Players: M. Ryan, C. Sandison, T. Catlin, M. Smith, B. Scott, C. O”Rourke
Goal Kickers: B. Fulford 2, M. Wescombe 2, J. McNeill Best Players: J. O”Halloran, M. Haley, M. Wescombe, J. Armstrong, D. Ross, J. Daniel
The Tigers NEAFL team failed to capitalize on a strong wind advantage in the first and third quarters and paid the price. It was the Tigers of old as they constantly chipped the ball around to no advantage and more times than not – lost possession.
To Eastlakes credit they took note of the Tigers inability to kick long with the wind and gained a distinct advantage on the scoreboard by constantly bombing the ball into their forward line.
The Tigers have now lost their last four NEAFL encounters and dropped to equal third on the ladder, fourth on percentage behind Ainslie and just 1% in front of Eastlake who are in fifth position.
Once again Coach Klemke led the way with his determination and desire to win the hard ball. He is rarely beaten in any contest and some could take a leaf out of his book the way he commits himself to every contest.
Captain Ryan Quade had an outstanding game for a big man in the wet. He repeatedly took strong marks and pushed his team into attack on numerous occasions. Steve Jolliffe provided plenty of opportunities with few errors and was rewarded with a three goal haul.
Toby Conroy was his evergreen best with purposeful disposal and strong awareness around him.
The Club has a bye in all grades this long weekend with the exception of the Tigerettes.
This is the first opportunity for a break since mid February when trail matches / players camps commenced.
Goal Kickers: J. Mesman 2, D. Roulstone 2, M. O”Dwyer 2, A. Bruce , X. McMahon , A. Wiles , H. Armstrong Best Players: A. Wiles, X. McMahon, S. Boden, M. Laing, C. Gibson, M. O”Dwyer
Goal Kickers: S. Jolliffe 3, R. Quade , M. Fernie , B. Klemke Best Players: K. Klemke, M. Fernie, R. Quade, S. Jensen, P. Slater, S. Jolliffe
Ladies – Tigerettes
The Tigerettes cemented their top of the table position in Division 2 of the AFL Canberra Ladies competition with a hard fought and sometimes controversial win over Murrumbidgee on a cold wet Sunday morning.
Murrumbidgee’s tactics to attack the player and not the ball initially unsettled the Tigerettes and with the ground slippery it was hard to score.
After dominating possession and field position the Tigerettes could only manage 1-3-9 in the first half whilst keeping the opposition scoreless.
In the second half the Tigerettes began to get results for their efforts. Still showing great self control and continuing play the ball they completely dominated the second half outscoring Murrumbidgee 5-3 to 0-0 to win the match 6-6-42 to 0-0-00.
The whole side showed great composure and everyone contributed.
The full back line were rock solid and when the opportunity came attacked the ball hard and cleared it from the danger area with great efficiency. The half back line completely dominated their opponents and continually drove the side into attack
The midfielders and forwards showed great courage by attacking the ball hard and making it their focus. All involved with the Tigerettes are extremely proud of the way they handled themselves during the game.
Best Players: Connie LaFranchi, Tegan Tisma, Mikaela Eldridge, Jacinta Froud, Maddi Skinner, Jane Vucago.