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The Tigers were completely outclassed by a dominant Belconnen Magpies combination on Sunday in what was a disappointing result tor the home team.
The Club played in a one off jumper commemorating the clubs new Community Partner – Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Foundation in addition to celebrating the 200th AFL Canberra /NEAFL game champion forward James Kavanagh. But it was the visitors from across the border who sustained an impressive attack in the third quarter to completely wipe out any hope the Tigers had of upsetting the competition leaders.
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There is an every increasing similarity between the Tigers and the Magpies based on the success of our premiership victory last year. 2011 was a developing year for the Tigers during which many youngsters were blooded into the NEAFL team. The result was only four wins for the season. Similarly the Magpies did the same in 2012 with only four wins to their credit.
2012 saw the Tigers completely upstage all the experts and take out the NEAFL Premiership – with basically the same team albeit with a few of recruits.
2013 and the Magpies have done the same with the younger players now maturing and taking the next step in NEAFL. This was no more evident than last Sunday when those players stood up and played accordingly. They are now one game clear on top of the NEAFL EC ladder.
For the Tigers no one was more proud than James Kavanagh as he took the field for the 200th occasion in Canberra footy.
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He posted a goal within the first 30 seconds of play and by days end had posted 6 – this being his first game in 10 weeks. Being the oldest player on the field he stood along side the youngest. 16 years Jarrod Thompson was fantastic in just his second outing for the NEAFL team and is a definite player of the future for the Club.
Captain Ryan Quade tried desperately to lift his side after half time but to no avail. The loss of the Tigers big man in Neil Irwin to injury at half time robbed the side of probably the only player who could counter the Magpies Matt Porter and from there they dominated the centre bounces. Ben Fulford was a live wire up forward posting three goals while yet again the backline performed creditably under enormous pressure with Andrew Swan and Matt Cavedon playing well.
The NEAFL team is certainly up against the odds for a finals berth as they now sit two games out of the five plus percentage. However – never say never. They have two roads trips to contend in coming weeks against Hill Eagles and Sydney Uni – both winnable games and provided they can turn their game around they could be an outside chance of surprising those above the m on the ladder.
The NEAFL game against Hills Eagles this Saturday at Purser Oval in Sydney has had a time change and will now be played at 11.45am not 2.00pm
Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 6, B. Fulford 3, J. McCabe , T. Conroy Best Players: J. Kavanagh, R. Quade, J. Thompson, M. Cavedon, A. Swan, B. Fulford
Goal Kickers: M. Lokan 6, J. Harper 4, A. Dess 3, C. York 2, I. Taylor , D. Bunyan , J. Bennett , P. Delaney , S. Curtis Best Players: J. Bennett, S. Curtis, J. Harper, M. Sharp, M. Porter, R. Turnbull
AFL Canberra Division 1
For the second week in succession the Tigers Division 1 team outclassed the Magpies who had dominated proceeding in their earlier encounters. Heads were shaking two weeks ago as it looked likely the Tigers may miss the finals for the first time in over a decade.
It is amazing what transformation a team can have with a few players back from injury. This has been the case with the Division 1 team and they now sit comfortably in the top four with a game against Eastlake this Sunday for equal third position.
There were some outstanding contributors in this match but one name keeps bobbing up and he is the much smaller version of his brother. Damian Kerlin is a tremendous in and under player and his size belittles his ability to win the hard ball. Once again Alec McCormick held the Division goal kicker to minimal goals. Last week it was zero, this week just one. This is a fantastic effort for the youngster. A strong pre season in the weights room and what could this lad be!!! Chase Grintell has shown the benefit of a few NEAFL games this year with his attack of the ball and willingness to run creating many opportunities up field. Michael Wescombe also shows the benefit of over 150 Club games with the wise “old master” posting 3 goals.
This week they take on Eastlake at Football Park in what is a crucial game on Sunday commencing at 11.30am.
Goal Kickers: M. Wescombe 3, C. Grintell 2, J. Oram 2, D. Smith , D. Sainsbury Best Players: C. Griggs, C. Grintell, D. Kerlin, J. Oram, D. Ross, M. Wescombe
Goal Kickers: D. Posch , V. Dutt , K. Ferns , C. Wenke , T. Alexander , S. Jessup Best Players: K. Darcy, T. Lefort, R. Bradley, A. Gatenby, B. McCabe, T. Alexander
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers moved to a top of the table position (on %) after defeating Belconnen by 9 points .The game should have been over and done with earlier in the game but inaccuracy and costly mistakes in the forward line robbed the team from a comprehensive win. As the rain developed, the match became a tough, hard fought encounter with little separating the two teams. The Magpies hit the front early in the last quarter and looked like scoring an upset victory considering the amount of ball the Tigers had in their forward 50 but two late goals – one after the siren to PJ Maher provided the Tigers with a well deserved victory.
Captain Jono Bowyer once again led his team with endeavour being assisted by Norm Lembit, Daniel Osarek, Jeremy McDonald and Brandan Lagana. Scott Lancaster provides plenty of run and carry and delivers the ball extremely well for a young age player. Jack Jacobs posted two well deserved goals as did Cody Haub.
Goal Kickers: J. Jacobs 2, C. Haub 2, P. Maher* Best Players: J. Bowyer, J. MacDonald*, N. Lembit, D. Osarek, S. Lancaster, P. Maher*
Goal Kickers: S. Ryan-Baker 2, M. Lamb , P. Horan , A. Lamb Best Players: C. Miller, S. Ryan-Baker, L. Wharton, C. Hargraves, A. Jones, S. O”Sullivan
The Tigerettes played another Division 1 team at the weekend in Gungahlin Jets and although well beaten once again showed plenty of improvement against one of the more highly fancied teams. Playing at the picturesque Queanbeyan Park the girls were unable to penetrate the white sticks until the last term when Hannah Dunn kicked truly adding another to her already impressive tally for the season.
They will enjoy the bye this weekend before meeting Murrumbidgee at the Queanbeyan Park on Saturday 27 July.
Goal Kickers: H. Dunn Best Players: S. Thomas, T. Tisma, K. Turner, K. Pyke, A. Murphy, F. Lieschke
Goal Kickers: A. Izzard 3, J. Sibley 2, J. Dorman , C. McRae , K. Dalli Best Players: T. Buckley, A. Izzard, S. Travis, B. Calver, K. Dalli, J. Sibley