All Men’s Grade Successful
The Tigers enjoyed wins in NEAFL, AFL Canberra Division 1 and the Rising Stars competition last Sunday at Dairy Farmers Park over the Tuggeranong Hawks. The Tigerettes went down to last year’s premiers Eastlake but on all reports gave a strong showing.
In ideal conditions and with the NEAFL team without the services of Mitch Daniher and James Kavanagh (through work commitments), Neil Irwin (suspended), Beau Walker, Jarrod Atkinson and Ben Klemke (injured) all grades expected a tough encounter as players were promoted.
It was a strong performance by the NEAFL team who powered away in the third quarter to establish a strong lead at ¾ time. Inaccuracy cost them a strong win posting 2.9 in the final quarter.
Youngster Cody Haub enjoyed his first taste of senior grade selection with the 17 year old taking a strong mark in the goal square to kick truly along with enjoying a number of other quality possessions. 18 year old Stephen Camp also played well for his first game in the senior team for the year after having a rest for a lengthy period due to a “slight” indiscretion during last years finals series.
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Other notable performances came from Nathan Kerlin who is growing with confidence around the ground. He posted three goals along with live wire Ben Fulford and Captain Ryan Quade who is having a stellar season leading up to his 200th League game in coming weeks. Mitch Heaslip and Paul Slater were tremendous throughout the match with “the Shed” picking up the main award after the game.
Goal Kickers: N. Kerlin 3, B. Fulford 3, R. Quade 3, S. Jolliffe 2, P. Slater 2, S. Jensen , M. Liddle , T. Conroy , C. Haub , P. Franchi , D. Smith , B. King Best Players: M. Heaslip, P. Slater, R. Quade, S. Jolliffe, S. Camp, J. Kirkwood
Goal Kickers: B. Macleod 4, S. Wilkinson 2, J. Clark 2, B. Symons , A. Pocock Best Players: S. Wilkinson, B. Cleaver, K. Mahon, T. Cleaver, P. McGrath, C. Robinson
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers Division 1 team hit the lead in the final minutes of their encounter with the Hawks to post their first win of the season. With an abundance of players either promoted, unavailable or injured the team certainly had to work hard to eventually overcome a spirited opposition.
Veteran Michael Wescombe (who has only recently returned after Captaining Tuggeranong to the local A Grade cricket Grand Final) posted 2 goals when moved into the forward line after a strong performance in around the ground (particularly when in the backline).
Youngster Jack O’Halloran is improving with every match. His pace and ability to get out of tight situations is rewarding his team. Up front Chase Grintell provides a strong leading forward with the “old stager” Cambell Griggs steadying the ship across the centre.
Queanbeyan Best: Wescombe, Kerlin, Henshaw, McCormick, Griggs, Fernie.
Queanbeyan Goals: Wescombe, Grintell 2, Daniel, Fernie, O’Halloran 1.
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars won comfortably over the Hawks who battled gallantly throughout. Young Brad Stein played a wonderful game in defence – even posting a couple of goals for his efforts. The usual brigade of Thompson, Lagana, Shea, Monck and Bowyer were prominent throughout. Ethan Callendar with three goals and Aaron Palazzo were amongst the best. Tyler Collins played his first game for the Tigers since crossing the border and received a rousing roar when posting his first goal.
Tuggeranong Hawks 0.0 0.1 0.1 1.1 7
Queanbeyan Tigers 3.4 7.8 13.12 18.18 126
Queanbeyan Best: Shea, Callendar, Thompson, Collins, Palazzo, Monck
Queanbeyan Goals: Callendar 3, Monck, Shea, Stein, Thompson, Lennon 2, Jacobs, Bowyer, Collins, Lagana, Lawrence 1.