Accuracy costs Tigers!
Accurate one week = WIN Inaccurate the next = LOSE
That’s the story of the Tigers over the past two weekends.
After posting 20.3 against Tuggeranong Hawks in R9 of the NEAFL Eastern Conference competition the Tigers were well on their way of repeating that performance when they posted 4 straight in the first quarter against Belconnen on Sunday at Manuka.
But from their next 19 shots they posted only 6 goals to go down to the previously winless Magpies by 14 points. The upset result has placed the Tigers in a precarious position mid season with two matches against the unbeaten Sydney Swans Reserves team over the next three weeks in Sydney.
Sundays loss was a result of not putting the “game to bed” when on two occasions they were four goals in front during the match but couldn’t go on to seal a win.
It was a massive turnaround for the Magpies who were soundly defeated by the Tigers in the opening round this year by 123 points.
Queanbeyan were well in control late in the third term until a 50m penalty was awarded against them after confusion (by the player concerned) as to the call from the umpire to play on when standing on the mark. The result was a goal to the Magpies and they then proceeded to post another two to bring the three quarter time margin back to just 5 points. Turnovers and missed tackle were costly for the Tigers.
The Northerners were then on a role and kicked another three before the Tigers could jag one back but it was all too late. Game, set, match to a spirited Belconnen Magpies team.
The Tigers were best served ‘again” by Captain Ryan Quade. He tried desperately to lift his team throughout. Others of note were Jeremy Kirkwood who is gaining confidence after missing the entire 2010 season through injury. Youngsters Kaine Stevens and Sam Daniel were also prominent along with Tom Hollis who worked tirelessly in defence. Todd Dickinson gained many possessions.
Belconnen 4 4 5 5 9 6 13 9 (87) Queanbeyan 4 0 6 5 9 11 10 13 (73)Belconnen Goal Kickers: A. Dess 3, J. Hodder 2, S. Boyd 2, C. YORK , B. Joyce , d. Bunyan , C. MCDEVITT , C. Campbell , A. BENNETT Best Players: C. CALVERT, A. BENNETT, M. DOUGLAS, A. Dess, S. CURTIS, S. Boyd Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 2, K. Stevens 2, A. Overs , J. Kirkwood , R. Quade , T. Dickinson , T. Bull , M. Wescombe Best Players: R. Quade, T. Hollis, K. Stevens, T. Dickinson, W. Griggs, A. Overs
Reserve Grade The Tigers Reserve Grade continued there strong form with a commanding win over last years grand final opponents. Leading by 24 points at the long break they were able to sustain the pressure of the first half to win by 52 points. The Magpies accuracy kept them in the game but they never threatened a young but experienced Tigers combination.
The Tigers are thrilled to have long serving stalwart Jon Elias back in the black and gold after missing the entire 2010 season through injury. A triple premiership player with the club, most thought his playing days were limited except the man himself. “Jonboy” or is that “Rambo” is certain to make a difference to the entire senior grade listing once fully match fit.
Some of our younger brigade stood tall with Liam Walker Eastick providing plenty of endeavour and speed to the backline. Steve Jolliffe gained heaps of possessions and is sure to be placed under the radar of senior selection as will the likes of Paul Slater, Simon Mackie, Ryan Price, Mitch May, James Manie, Ben Jabornik and Paul Franchi. “Old timers” Paul Briedis, Daniel Jabornik, Beau Watts, Greg Hair and Dave Corcoran continue to put their hands up with solid performances throughout.
BELCONNEN MAGPIES 1 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 (36) QUEANBEYAN 4 3 7 6 10 8 13 10 (88)BELCONNEN MAGPIES Goal Kickers: D. Lock 2, J. Scott , M. Finemore , J. WHITFORD , A. GATENBY Best Players: S. Batten, D. Lock, M. Hammond, A. WHITTARD, K. FERNS, D. MCPHAN QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: P. Slater 2, D. CORCORAN 2, M. May 2, S. Mackie 2, J. ELIAS , R. Price , G. Hair , J. Brooker , B. WATTS Best Players: L. WALKER-EASTICK, S. Jolliffe, P. Slater, P. Briedis, G. Hair, B. JABORNIK
Under 18 Grade
The Tigers fielded possible their best team of the season but fell well short of defeating the unbeaten Magpies combination. There were some positive signs early but they soon diminished after the half time break. Belconnen were far to accomplished in most areas. The young Tigers combination has a fair bit of ground to make up if they are to contest the finals series this year but certainly have the ability to win matches if they contest each match for four quarters. The team is basically a first year Under 18 Grade team and lacks experience at the moment. Kieren Shea played a strong game as did Michael Elliott and Alec McCormick (if you didn’t see his goal just ask him about it !!!!). Steve Camp receives another mention along with James Armstrong and Toby Yeates. Our thanks to first gamers Scott Wright and Tom Hammond . They are certainly two players to look forward to having at the Tigers club later this year and into the future.
BELCONNEN MAGPIES 3 3 5 4 7 7 12 10 (82) QUEANBEYAN 1 0 3 3 4 5 4 6 (30)BELCONNEN MAGPIES Goal Kickers: A. Pini 3, I. TAYLOR 2, P. RYAN-BAKER , L. O”SULLIVAN , S. MELLICK , S. Chalker , J. BAKER , M. KELLY , D. WRIGHT Best Players: I. TAYLOR, S. Chalker, J. BAKER, A. Pini, B. Posch, N. KELLY QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: K. SHEA 2, A. McCORMICK , A. Kenworthy Best Players: S. CAMP, A. McCORMICK, M. Elliott, K. SHEA, S. WRIGHT, J. ARMSTRONG