Ainslie Overwhelm Tigers Men’s Grades
Mixed results over the weekend but in simple terms Ainslie were far too strong across the men’s grades winning comfortably in all three encounters.
It was once again the Tigerettes in both 1st and Reserve Grades that dominated their own encounters with the 1st Grade Tigerettes flying the flag at against Ainslie in the late game grabbing a win even though missing a multiple of players through representative duty, injury or unavailability.
Tigerettes 1st Grade
The Tigerettes were missing nine quality players when lining up against Ainslie last Saturday at Alan Ray Oval, but the quality of depth and women’s program within the organisation speaks wonders for those in charge as they were able to cover those losses and maintain their unbeaten season thus far.
It was the older experienced brigade that led a very young Tigerettes side to victory with the likes of Hannah Dunn, Carl Res, Ella Ross, Ruby Grounds and Lani Watson all excelling among the likes of Kate Woodward, Ashlee Jakim and Hayley Rauter.
Full credit to Ainslie who kicked two goals in the final term never giving in to the Tigerettes.
Goal Kickers: L. Watson 2, R. Grounds, B. James, K. Dobing, H. Dunn Best Players: R. Grounds, K. Woodward, H. Dunn, E. Ross, C. Res, A. Jakim
Tigerettes Reserve Grade
The Tigerettes Reserve Grade played under lights at Allinsure Park last Friday evening accounting for the Tuggeranong Hawks. As per the 1st Grade team, they were missing many players who had been promoted to replace those absence from the Tigerettes 1st Grade team. Everyone acquitted themselves well.
Inaccuracy in front of goals was certainly an issue however they won comfortably in front of a strong Tigers gathering of supporters (mainly our younger male players !!!!) but also a large gathering of our wonderful volunteer group who continue to support all teams over any given weekend.
Melissa Hurly has a new lease on footy life and continues to provide strong guidance to her younger team mates as does Kristen turner. Sophia Arcus once again played a solid and determine game as did Jenna Williams and Chelsey Hamilton.
Goal Kickers: S. Arcus 2, J. Shea 2, C. Moncrieff Best Players: K. Turner, J. Bardsley, M. Hurley, S. Arcus, C. Moncrieff, J. Williams
Goal Kickers: H. Dunn Best Players: B. Matters, S. Lahey, L. Hayter, S. Koutsoupias, H. Dunn, K. Gregory
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers Rising Stars were well in the match right up to three quarter time but unfortunately the tide turned in the last quarter with Ainslie completely dominating the last term adding 5 goals.
Once again, the Tigers were depleted due to representative commitments which have been ongoing since the start of the season and now just when most will be returning to the fold, the Tigers have consecutive byes before they return to the playing arena in two weeks’ time.
The Tigers Coaching staff must be commended for their patience in developing this team and will reap the benefits late in the season as many of the youngsters gain maturity within the group. Jordan Gilbert continues to be hugely impressive as a 15-year-old in this age group.
Ben Thurling made an impressive return after suffering an injury at development training with the Giants. Sam Robinson in only his second game after long term injury also played a quality game as did Mitch Taylor and Lachy Brennan.