All Grades Powering Towards Finals!
With just two rounds remaining the NEAFL Tigers have scored an emphatic win against Sydney University in Sydney last Saturday to remain one game clear on top of the Eastern Conference competition.
Queanbeyan were far too accomplished for the students at Henson Park. Although pressured early, the Tigers took control midway through the first quarter to have a strong lead at the early break. By half time the visitors were well in control but to Universities credit they came back at the end of both quarters to register goals.
Up forward James Kavanagh was providing a handful for his opponent with five goals on the board before half time – 4 of those came in the first quarter. Mitch Daniher was back to his devastating best with quality goals coming from his fleet of foot movement particular from deep in the forward pockets.
The Tigers seemed to run out of “puff’ in the final term allowing five goals to their opponents but were still able to record a substantial victory by the final siren.
Brett Fruend was elusive throughout the match with 3 goals to his credit along with Kaine Stevens whose form at the moment warrants favouritism for the Tigers major awards at the end of the season.
There is no doubt the experience of Toby Conroy and Jarrod Atkinson along with the Coach Klemke, Captain Ryan Quade and veteran Neil Irwin are assisting the Tigers youthful group of players.
Debutant Mitch Haley had limited playing time but he still showed just why the GWS GIANTS have shown interest in him with a strong overhead grab in a pack during the final quarter.
Jenno and Gois keep an eye on the game during Tigers NEAFL game v UNI.
The Tigers performance against the Students has been described as clinical, without flare and certainly not without moments where they seemed to lose concentration – but with two “road trips” in consecutive weeks they can be justifiably pleased with the outcome from both matches.
Once again our thanks and appreciation to those who travelled to assist and who backed up the next day for the Tigers AFL Canberra Division 1 and Under 18 Grade matches against Gungahlin at Dairy Farmers Park.
This week the NEAFL team play Eastlake at Dairy Farmers Park on Saturday at 2.00pm – the Demons coming off three consecutive losses in recent weeks – the latest against Ainslie on Sunday.
Sydney Uni 4 0 24 7 3 45 9 3 57 14 6 (90) Queanbeyan 7 6 48 15 8 98 22 11 143 26 13 (169)Sydney Uni Goal Kickers: A. Campbell 3, J. Hiscox 2, J. Swarts , A. Turco , A. Lee , G. Smith , J. Haggerty , T. Barton , J. Cole , R. Silvester , T. Barrett Best Players: A. Lee, T. Barton, J. Hiscox, A. Campbell, M. Lemme, M. Krochmal Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: J. KAVANAGH 6, B. Fruend 3, K. Stevens 3, M. Daniher 3, T. Conroy 2, R. Quade 2, B. WATTS , K. Klemke , D. Campbell , N. Irwin , W. Griggs , S. Jolliffe , B. King Best Players: M. Daniher, K. Klemke, J. ATKINSON, J. KAVANAGH, K. Stevens, T. Conroy
AFL Canberra Division 1
Debutant Mitch Haley enjoying his first NEAFL win with the Tigers.
Once again the Tigers AFL Canberra Division 1 team had to contend with at least eight changes from the team that defeated Gungahlin the previous week when they took on the same opposition at Dairy Farmers Park last Sunday.
Injuries, player unavailability and suspension forced Coach Pavese to once again scrounge around to field a full team with youngster Stephen Camp and Daniel Hespe assisting out this week – Camp after completing a full game prior in the Under 18 Grade match.
Hespe had been promoted during the week so as to give him a taste of what to expect in 2013 and he didn’t disappoint with a number of quality possessions including a strong forward line mark.
Gungahlin had a few internal problems during the week but to their credit provided strong opposition away from home. Although failing to register a major throughout the match they restricted the Tigers running game and forced the home team to dig deep for an eventual 111 point victory.
The strong wind did not provide for an entertaining match – in deed the game was mistake riddled but there were certainly some player highlights. Sam Daniel returned to the Club after a stint overseas and by way of the form shown will again press for NEAFL selection by finals time.
Up forward Dave Corcoran was as elusive as ever with four goals. Campbell Griggs could have kicked a bag full but inaccuracy spoilt his otherwise excellent performance.