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.
There is much to be excited about as this team looks towards 2020.
Goal Kickers: T. Bohn 2, L. Armstrong 2, D. Vardon, J. Lynch, W. Dyer, T. Kelly, N. Weihrauch Best Players: C. Martin, W. Heferen, J. Dunstall, D. Vardon, W. Dyer
Goal Kickers: S. Robinson, J. Armstrong Best Players: J. Gilbert, B. Thurling, M. Taylor, J. Foley, S. Robinson, L. Brennan
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
The Tigers Reserve Grade suffered their third straight loss when encountering Ainslie last Saturday. Although missing a few regulars the Tigers fielded a relatively strong combination but could not match the Tri colours as the game unfolded.
There was little between the two teams however Ainslie posted a couple of quick goals early in the third term which basically set the standard for the remainder of the match. Youngsters Harry Straker and Will Taylor, two of the Tigers fantastic crop of former juniors coming through the ranks were consistent throughout. The likes of Alec McCormick, Alex Godfrey and Scott Lancaster – all returning from overseas in recent weeks will be better for the run.
But after a very strong start to the season, the Tigers will have to regroup if they are to be there at the business end of the season. Injuries have certainly player a part in the teams demise in recent weeks however Coach Lawder will be approaching this group with the knowledge of the teams potential that has taken them to the last two grand finals.
Goal Kickers: M. Thompson 2, H. Beaumont 2, A. Vaivads, H. Richardson, T. Hincksman Best Players: H. Richardson, H. Beaumont, T. Hincksman, A. Tarpey, L. McKeough, L. Morfoot
Goal Kickers: W. Taylor 2, J. Huntley, W. Morshead Best Players: W. Taylor, C. Palombi, L. Thompson, H. McKenzie, M. Price, A. Godfrey
Men’s 1st Grade
The disappointment of the day was the outcome of the Tigers Men’s 1st Grade team.
Wearing replica jumpers worn by the 1939 1st Grade Premiership team (for the supposed AFL Canberra Heritage Round), they were far from being the Tigers of old.
There was nothing between the two teams at half time with the home team having a nine-point advantage, but from there it was one-way traffic with the Tigers succumbing in the last quarter allowing their opponents to post 4 unanswered goals in a dominate display.
The Tigers lack of big quality players was never more evident. Jeremy Bridger battled hard all day as he has done so all year but around the ground, Ainslie had far too many taller personal including Best on Ground and winner of the Muir Medal Fraser Hawkins.
He was acknowledged as the Muir Medalist winning the prestigious award from the Tigers Toby Conroy. Ian Muir presented the Medal after introduction from Tiger legend Mark Armstrong.
In a sour day for the Tigers, they were best served by newcomer Ryan Worn and Tim Shea, both of whom have spent most of the season in the Reserves. Worn joined the Club earlier this year from Tasmania. Acting Captain Tyler Collins and Alex Page were certainly contributors throughout the match. The Tigers missed Captain Josh Bryce out through injury and then Lachie Highfield who suffered an ankle injury early in the match. But apart from those two there was no excuse for such an awful effort.
Goal Kickers: J. Doering 3, H. Armstrong 3, J. Costigan, F. Hawkins, J. Cuzner, B. Jamieson, S. Horner, N. Foley, L. Carter Best Players: F. Hawkins, H. Armstrong, H. Delves, L. Carter, S. Camp, N. Foley
Goal Kickers: A. Bowyer, T. Clowry, B. Fruend, L. Highfield Best Players: T. Conroy, A. Page, J. Bridger, T. Collins, T. Shea, R. Worn