Close Encounter in NEAFL.
In perfect conditions and with Dairy Farmers Park looking a treat – a large contingent of supporters from both Ainslie and the Tigers witnessed a hard fought, tough encounter between the respective NEAFL teams with the Tigers coming out victors with a kick after the siren.
The game had everything including the reversal of goals awarded at each end in the final quarter. The central and boundary umpires conversing on each occasion to overturn the goal umpiring decisions.
An incident involving the Tigers Neil Irwin and Ainslie newcomer Chris Barrie early in the last quarter resulted in the local favourite being reported. His time at the tribunal will be on Tuesday night to determine the outcome of the incident.
The home team came from 20 points down at three quarter time to power home with the advantage of a slight breeze posting 6 last quarter goals to seal victory. The game looked out of the Tigers reach well into the last quarter but an “unusual” left foot kick by Jeremy Kirkwood found James Kavanagh on the 50m line with just seconds to go.
The siren sounded with “Kav” lining up. He kicked truly against his former side with an enormous roar coming from the growlers deck.
It was an exciting end with many former players in attendance for the unveiling of the Tigers 2012 premiership flag and the unveiling of 200 Game plaques at the ground.
Growler 24th March 2013
NEAFL Finals Scores
Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 4, R. Quade 3, K. Stevens 2, S. Jolliffe , W. Griggs , B. Klemke Best Players: W. Griggs, M. Cavedon, K. Stevens, R. Quade, N. Kerlin, B. Walker
Goal Kickers: N. Paine 6, M. Crook 2, S. Horner , A. Vandenberg , A. Harris Best Players: C. Barrie, N. Paine, L. Highfield, R. Andrews, N. Heyne, J. Costigan
Under 18 Rising Stars
In the earlier matches the Tigers Under 18 grade Rising Stars team were too strong for Ainslie. Controversy was also the order of the day in this match with Ainslie having been found to having too many players on the field during the second quarter after posting two quick goals. They lost their entire score of three goals and by games end the Tigers had won the match 14.9 (93) to 5.6 (36).
Tigers Best: Jackson Monck, Scott Lancaster, Tim Shea, Marcus Lawrence, Liam Brogan, Jarrod Thomspon.
Tigers Goals: Thomspon 2, Lawrence 2, Adams 2, Haub 2, Callender 2, J Edwards, Maher, Oserak, Williams.
AFL Canberra Division 1
It was a different story in the AFL Canberra division 1 match with the Tricolours proving far too good for the youthful Tigers combination going down by a mammoth 93 points. They were completely outclassed but there were certainly many positives to come from the match. Final score: 24.15 (159) to 10.6 (66).
Tigers Best: Cambell Griggs, Hayden Kelly, Damian Kerlin, Paul Slater,
Tigers Goals: Fulford 3, Heaslip 2, McNeill 2, Farrugia, Grintell, Slater.