Battered and Bruised but the Tigers GET THE WIN!
The Tigers win over Ainslie at Dairy Farmers Park has come at a cost with three serious injuries coming from the match – two of which were highly contention incidents resulting in referrals to the NEAFL Board.
A third quarter frontal contact on Tigers Coach Kade Klemke could see him miss a number of games if initial fears of medial ligament damage are correct. Youngster Sam Jensen suffered a shoulder injury which will not only put him out for a number of weeks (and potentially the season) but he will also miss possible selection for the ACT / NSW RAMS Under 18 Grade team.
Ainslie were not the only ones having incidents reviewed by the NEAFL panel with the Tigers Roy Jaques also subject to a review and subsequently found to have high contact on his opponent. The Tigers Club will challenge the referral with the matter due to be heard by the Tribunal Tuesday evening.
Ben Klemke was forced from the playing arena in the last quarter when Ainslie were making an almighty comeback.
The Tigers were well in control at the three quarter time break after posting five straight goals in the third quarter. Then the visitors kicked 4 goals in the final quarter to be just 10 points in arrears going into the time on period. The play (and decisions) were favouring Ainslie before a goal by Josh Bryce in the final couple of minutes sealed a fantastic win for the Tigers.
It was a thriller from start to finish highlighted by some excellent play from both teams. It was a hard, tough affair with plenty of action all over the park. A large crowd was in attendance to witness the Tigers have an important win over the Tricolours.
The win has kept them one game clear at the top of the Eastern Conference NEAFL table.
Will Griggs was adjudged Best on Ground and awarded the MUIR Medal which was presented by former Tigers Captain and Premiership player of the 1956 team – Butch Thompson.
On top of the Bryce goal , fellow back line player Andrew Swan (who is not a notable goal kicker) slotted two important goals during the match. They were both classic on the run “all over the shop” beauties. Jarrod Atkinson showed his class during the game with some all mighty kicks into the forward line. His skill level is fantastic to watch and once fit and injury free will be an enormous acquisition to the Tigers come the business end of the year.
Alex Overs played another solid game in defence with his hard attack at the footy a feature. Up forward James Kavanagh was a focal point for the Tigers on ball brigade which struggled at times against a quality Ainslie group.
This week they take on the might of the Sydney Swans Reserves for the first time this year. The Swans have been run away winners in their last four games this season against the Gold Coast Suns, Eastlake, Brisbane Lions and Sydney University.
The match is a stand alone game at Dairy Farmers Park on Saturday 9 June at 2.00pm not 11.45am as previously thought.
Queanbeyan 4 3 27 10 4 64 15 6 96 16 10 (106) Ainslie 6 2 38 8 5 53 9 8 62 13 11 (89)Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: J. KAVANAGH 4, B. Fruend 2, A. Swan 2, T. Conroy 2, J. ATKINSON , M. Liddle , J. Bryce , W. Griggs , K. Stevens , S. Jolliffe Best Players: W. Griggs, A. Swan, B. King, A. Overs, R. Quade, J. ATKINSON Ainslie Goal Kickers: N. Paine 4, S. Horner 3, C. Baxter 2, E. Stone 2, A. Mathis , J. Fleming Best Players: R. Tuohey, D. Walker, N. Paine, R. Andrews, S. Horner, M. Crook
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers Division 1 team continues to defy the odds with their third win on the trot against a formidable opponent in last year’s grand finalists Ainslie. It was the first time the two teams have met since the Tigers triumphed over them in the 2011 premiership decider.
Although both teams have had major personal changes, the game was a tremendous contest displaying a great standard for the Division 1 competition.
It was a close affair in the first half with little separating the two teams at the long break, however it was the Tigers who came out after half time posting nine goals to just three in the final two quarters.
Chase Grintell was dominant throughout the match playing his best game for the Tigers since joining the Club earlier this year from West Wyalong. James Manie was a tower of strength at centre half back with another solid performance which continues to push his name into NEAFL selection.
Michael Redmond is showing he has not lost the talent he displayed in the Under 18 Grade a few years ago although being out of the game for the last two seasons. His display at the centre bounces is not being lost on the senior coaching staff.
Although this team is flush with youngsters a couple of old timers in Greg Hair and Andrew Lieschke add tremendous experience to a very talented group of players.
The Division 1 team has “another” bye this week before returning on Saturday 16 June to play Eastlake at DFP.
QUEANBEYAN 2 2 14 5 6 36 10 7 67 14 12 (96) Ainslie 3 3 21 4 5 29 6 8 44 7 8 (50)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: B. WATTS 4, A. LIESCHKE 2, J. Manie , P. Franchi , D. CUMMINS , D. Campbell , C. GRIGGS , L. WALKER-EASTICK , S. Kelly , M. REDMOND Best Players: C. Grintell, G. Hair, J. Manie, C. Walsh, M. REDMOND, A. LIESCHKE Ainslie Goal Kickers: K. Morris 2, F. Nortje 2, J. Hirst , M. ABLETT , C. Dobson Best Players: T. Davison, K. Morris, F. Nortje, E. McCowan, T. Price, S. GRAY
Tuggeranong Hawks 1 6 12 5 8 38 8 10 58 12 14 (86) Queanbeyan 2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0)Best Players: M. Hurley, C. Res, K. Woodbridge, O. Dawson, M. Eldridge
The Tigerettes were brought back to earth with a thump suffering their worse loss for the season going down to Tuggeranong by 86 points on the weekend.
The Tigerettes effort wasn’t that bad, but their execution was poor and they were given a lesson in running football and one touch skill by their opponents in typically wet and cold conditions at Greenway Oval.
With the exception of Hurls, who continued her good run of form, it was the first year players that stood up for the team with Carly and Olivia playing well on the wings and Kodie giving her all in the ruck.
The team has the bye over the long weekend and will then take on Ainslie at Ainslie Oval at noon on Saturday 16 June.