Another first for the Tigers Club
Quite a few players were missing through the grades for varying reasons hence the lower grades would feel the pressure of players being elevated / promoted into higher grades.
By the end of Saturday, the Tigers had won all 5 grades of footy and were set for night of celebration for Toby Conroys “50th” birthday!
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Tigerettes Reserve Grade
The Tigers gamble of entering a Women’s team in the AFL Canberra 2nd Grade
Last Saturday playing at Rockley Oval in Googong they set the tone of the day with a convincing win over Ainslie not allowing the opposition to score while posting an impressive 6.12 (48).
Goal Kickers: J. Shea 3, A. Kolano, M. Hurley, H. Rauter Best Players: S. Armistead, J. Shea, M. Hurley, A. Dwyer, C. Sutherland, K. Henry
At Allinsure Park, the youthful Tigers Under 18 Grade team were up against Marist.
The promotion to 1st grade of Bailey Greenwood and Lachlan Squire and the loss of the dynamic Harry Grant in the opening quarter plus the absence of a couple of other regulars would severely test the depth of this team. However, they came through the test with flying colours and won quite convincingly with a strong last quarter.
Even more impressive is the fact that team members (led by Captain Aidan Bowyer) coached the team throughout the week and on game day.
Full credit to coach Chris Clifton and his band of co-coaches for allowing them this opportunity.
Goal Kickers: W. Derksen 5, N. Wright 3, W. Taylor, J. Gay Best Players: W. Derksen, K. Dawson, H. Straker, A. Bowyer, B. Millynn, S. Frost
Goal Kickers: L. Palisi 2, S. Quirk, P. Sharp, B. Egan, L. Gaynor, M. Beaumont Best Players: S. Brearley, L. Gaynor, P. Sharp, I. Egan, T. Maher, M. Kemp
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
The Tigers went into this encounter having lost their two previous matches this year to competition leaders Eastlake. There has been renewed enthusiasm in the last month amongst this group and that was certainly on display last Saturday evening under lights at Allinsure Park.
They were strong around the ground for the entire encounter and won in convincing manner.
Goal Kickers: H. Kelly 2, J. Galloway, W. Taylor, T. Shea, V. Winnel, Z. Derksen Best Players: J. Simpson, J. Galloway, T. Shea, V. Winnel, A. Godfrey, S. Lancaster
Goal Kickers: J. Gunning 2, M. McCormack Best Players: J. Askew, J. Gunning, R. Crowley, M. McCormack, J. Stuart
A loss to second place Eastlake would see the Tigerettes drop out of contention for a possible top two position by seasons end. Both teams were depleted due to representative duties for players in Sydney with the Tigerettes missing 5 quality players for this match.
A determined first quarter effort would see the Tigerettes lay the foundations for a quality win which now has them just one game shy from second position with a far superior percentage at this time of the year.
Goal Kickers: K. Reid 2, C. Hamilton, M. Czubara, M. Godfrey, T. Campbell, L. Watson Best Players: A. Bowyer, K. Dobing, K. Medhurst, M. Czubara, A. Hamilton, C. Taylor
Goal Kickers: H. Wilkins 2, G. Gray Best Players: C. Nolan, R. Prince, M. Johnson, G. Gray, H. Wilkins, N. Sullivan
Tigers First Grade
The after-match celebrations in the change rooms clearly showed the importance of the Tigers win over Eastlake last Saturday afternoon.
And in the middle of those celebrations was yet another player in his debut 1st grade game being 17-year-old Lachlan Squire. The occasion not lost for the youngster with his jumper presentation being made by long time junior club mentors Scott Taylor and Lyn McKenzie. Scotty noting the importance of junior development and in the case of Lachie, him being a Tigers junior since age 4!!!!
Eastlake walloped the Tigers mid-season by 40 points at Manuka Oval. A turnaround of 90 points on this occasion is massive in terms of making a statement to the Tigers playing group of just what they can produce.
Goal Kickers: D. Lord 5, T. Clowry 3, B. Fruend 2, C. Palombi 2, L. Squire, J. Kirkwood, M. Grocott Best Players: R. Pollock, J. Bryce, K. Evans, T. Conroy, T. Clowry, M. Grocott
Goal Kickers: J. Johnson 2, S. Burge 2, S. De Sousa, L. Flaherty, L. Lupton Best Players: R. McMahon, D. Ryall, J. Johnson, S. Darcy, S. Burge, M. Frail