Tigers Rising Stars U18s Coach Paul Campbell has done a wonderful job with the young players in 2012.
Div 1 and Rising Stars Complete Home and Away Season!
Three personal achievements are to be acknowledged from the final round of home and away matches for the Tigers Divisional teams over last weekend.
Simon Kelland played his 50th Club game in Division 1 and celebrated a strong and gutsy win over Ainslie alongside Coach Adrian Pavese who has guided this team to his 67th win from 92 appearances during a five year period.
On this occasion it was his 100th Club game which includes 8 at the NEAFL level. He will be suitably recognised on this outstanding achievement by way of induction into the 100 Club next year as an Associate Member.
Along the way “Pav” has coached the team into four successive grand finals for premiership success in three being 2009, 2010 and 2011, just missing the 2008 title by a mere two points.
The team has finished this years home and away series in 4th just one game away from second position.
The other notable achievement from an individual last Saturday was that of a ten goal haul by Daniel Hespe during the Under 18 Grade encounter against Gungahlin Jets. There are not too many players kick ten goals in a game particularly at Under 18 Grade level where the quarters are just 20 minutes each.
AFL Canberra Division 1.
This was a well fought out game by both teams with the result favouring the Tigers by 10 points at the final siren.
As the quarter by quarter scores indicate, there was nothing in the match throughout. Given the importance of a win to the Tricolours, one expected them to overrun the Tigers in the last quarter with the wind advantage.
A win to Ainslie would see them maintain second position on the ladder and a double chance come finals time. It was not to be with a determined last quarter effort by the locals giving them some confidence going into the cut throat final next Sunday at Manuka Oval against Ainslie at 11.30am.
There were some tremendous efforts during the match. One never knows what Dale Cummins is going to do, but more times than not it turns out OK. His desire to win the hard ball, then run, carry and “bounce “ the ball is something to witness (reminiscent of Tim Cook). The after match discussion within the playing group shows just how much they appreciate this guys work ethic.
Chase Grintell fought for ever forward entry being rewarded with three goals. James Manie was a welcome addition after being sidelined with injury for the past five weeks. Although still a youngster he certainly added some experience to the team.
Dylan Bevan is going to be a player of the future with his uncanny ability. His recent selection in the backline has seen a completely different player. Old heads, Campbell Griggs, Tom Hollis, and Matt Liddle were again prominent throughout.
The Tigers will play in the first semi final on Sunday at Manuka Oval against Ainslie commencing at 11.30am.
QUEANBEYAN 2 5 4 7 7 11 11 12 (78) Ainslie 2 3 4 5 8 5 10 8 (68)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: C. Grintell 3, D. Campbell 3, S. Daniel , M. Liddle , J. Manie , T. Hollis , M. REDMOND Best Players: C. GRIGGS, D. BEVAN, J. Manie, S. Daniel, D. CUMMINS, B. Walsh Ainslie Goal Kickers: C. Baxter 3, A. MITCHELL 2, M. RENET 2, L. O”Neill , D. Bloomfield , B. Hackett Best Players: C. Baxter, E. McCowan, M. RENET, D. Bloomfield, S. Bromley, M. Mulroney
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers may have finished the home and away season undefeated but no-one is getting ahead of the very fact that the finals series is a different ball game. Coach Paul Campbell along with assistants Josh Bryce and Peter Jensen have done a fantastic job with this team over the past few years bringing together a well respected group of young men. They have represented the Tigers Club without fail.
The Coaches now have the very difficult job of selecting a team from a group of about 30 – some will miss selection but they can be very much part of this team as they have been throughout the season.
The name at the moment is Hespe after a ten goal haul! This is great effort at any level against any opposition. Well done. The improvement in this guy – since he has journeyed into the forward line has been remarkable.
Very hard to mention others in such a dominate win but to see young Tom Walter post four goals after such an injury riddled season is great to see and puts added pressure on the selection panel come this weeks second semi final against Eastlake on Saturday at Manuka Oval at 9.30am
Queanbeyan 6 8 13 12 22 18 28 21 (189) GUNGAHLIN U18’s 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 (7)Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: D. HESPE 10, J. Macdonald 5, T. Walter 4, C. Haub 2, K. SHEA 2, J. Hague , M. LAWRENCE , S. WRIGHT , E. Callendar , M. Price Best Players: J. ARMSTRONG, D. HESPE, J. Macdonald, M. Price, J. Galloway, E. Callendar GUNGAHLIN U18’s Goal Kickers: T. Carmody Best Players: J. Larter, A. Jago, J. Reynolds, C. Reddacliff, M. Sheldon, J. Dobing