The weather conditions weren’t ideal but the Tigers were able to produce a strong showing against Tuggeranong Hawks in the NEAFL trial match at Dairy Farmers Park on Sunday.
Both Clubs showed off a few new recruits but it was the Tigers who dominated proceedings through out the game to score a convincing 17.9 (111) to 6.7 (43), the Hawks kicking three majors in the final term to make the score respectable.
From the Tigers point of view, it was pleasing to see a number of players with 50 plus games under their belts produce some early season form.
In particular Todd Dickinson and Will Griggs who were dominate throughout the match. They had strong support from by the younger age bracket of Steve Jolliffe, Alex Overs, Sam Daniel and Kaine Stevens.
In the absence of regular spearhead James Kavanagh, Daniel Campbell certainly filled the hole posting five goals.
Newcomer Josh Bryce dominated down back and indicated to Club Officials why Werribee Football Club held him in such high esteem as a team leader. Coach Kade Klemke is also a class act with precision handling of the footy and will be a valuable acquisition to the NEAFL competition.
Queanbeyan 3.2 8.6 14.7 17.9 (111) Tuggeranong 1.2 1.3 3.5 6.7 (43)
The AFL Canberra Division 1 match was a tighter affair with the Hawks managing to take the match by 3 points.
The Tigers had a number of players take the field (who haven’t been seen during preseason) with fitness levels way under expectations at this time of the year. It was certainly noticeable with the tightness of some of the jumpers !!!!!!
Ryan Price and James Manie were the stand out performers with newcomer Dale Cummins from affiliate Club Goulburn Swans showing some of the form that has secured a couple of League medals.
Sean Kelly has returned to the field after a year away due to studies but has not lost any form from his premiership performance of 2010. Ben Walsh was another strong contributor.
Queanbeyan 2.2 6.6 6.9 10.11 (71) Tuggeranong 4.3 5.6 8.6 11.8 (74)
The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars team comfortably defeated an undermanned Hawks combination 13.15 (93) to 2.5 (17).
They dominated proceedings from the outset. Daniel Hespe up forward looks taller, leaner and with a strong pair of hands looks likely to be a contender for the full forward role during the season after spending most of his career down back.
The Shea brothers also look super fit and will be hard to handle during the season.
Ruck-man Justin Galloway is “a work in progress” and should develop into one of the best big men in the competition as the season progresses. Another newcomer to the Tigers is Kyle Farrugia from Turvey Park. He certainly provides a strong target around the ground and will be a valuable acquisition to the Club whatever grade he plays.
Queanbeyan 6.2 8.10 10.12 13.15 (93) Tuggeranong 1.1 2.3 2.4 2.5 (17)