At Round 6 of the 2013 NEAFL Eastern Conference competition the Tigers were undefeated, on top of the table and looking forward to another strong attempt at a premiership title.
After Round 15, the side has slipped out of the top 5 and as such will do battle with a number of clubs over the next 7 rounds to reach the finals series in September.
The GWS GIANTS were at their very best last Sunday completing over running a depleted Tigers combination in the NEAFL game at Dairy Farmers Park.
The young Tigers combination which contained 15 players under the age of 22 were no match for a visiting team that was probably as young – but they were all listed players – being a combination of talented youngsters with experience at both AFL level and other youth representative levels. This included the return from injury of Co- Captain of the GIANTS Phil Davis.
The match was played in front of a respectable crowd considering it was a stand alone game. It was an intriguing game, sometimes fiery and not without controversy. But at the “end of the day” and throughout the match the GIANTS were a far superior combination and were deserved winners. They were hard at the ball, very quick and did not take a backward step. If they field that team each and every week they are sure to make the finals and will give the premiership title a real nudge.
They are in a logjam for a position in the finals along with all other clubs in the competition with the exception of the Hawks at the moment.
Hopefully the Tigers will have a number of players returning after the bye from injury.
If both senior teams had played last weekend there were 22 players missing due to injury.
As it was there were 9 regular NEAFL players and 16 that had NEAFL experience missing.
Plus there is now a nervous wait on the outcome of a knee injury to Mitch Daniher who had returned to the team after 5 weeks due to work commitments along with a referral of an incident on Matt Liddle.
Although well defeated there were some positive signs with the inclusion of 16 year old Jarrod Thompson – a member of the Tigers Under 18 Grade team and a junior product of the Bateman’s Bay Sea Hawks along with 18 year old Cody Haub for his second game of NEAFL – a product of Ulladulla on the South Coast.
Q v GWS Mitch Daniher web
Q v GWS action web
Q v GWS Will Griggs web
Q v GWS James Armstrong web
Q v GWS Kade Klemke web
Of the regulars, Steve Jolliffe maintained his excellent form of the season. He along with Paul Franchi tried throughout. Mitch Haley is yet another youngster who has plenty of talent and given the experience will be one to watch as the year unfolds.
Jarrod Atkinson was also prominent whether in the backline or forward but more so down back were he repelled many attacks particularly in the first half.
Goal Kickers: P. Franchi 2, S. Jolliffe , R. Quade , N. Irwin , J. Atkinson , M. Liddle , S. Jensen , M. Heaslip
The Tigerettes continued on their winning way with a tight win over the ever improving ANU Ladies team. Earlier in the season the Tigerettes easily accounted for the Students but last Saturday they sent out a warning that they are on the improve .
The game was tight affair for the most with the Tigerettes kicking away in the last term to win the match by only 15 points – the smallest margin by which they have won this year.
ACT Representative player Hannah Dunn posted two goals and was amongst the best which included Kaarin Helmers, Holly Letcher, Shaylee Thomas and Kristen Turner.
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Under 18 Grade received a forfeit from Gungahlin which is indeed unfortunate considering they have a bye next week leading into a top of the table clash with Belconnen Magpies at DFP on Sunday 14 July.
This weekend the NEAFL have a BYE with the Division 1 team up against Belconnen at Kippax Oval on Sunday afternoon commencing at 2.30pm with the Tigerettes travelling to Wagga to take on the Riverina team on Sunday at 12 noon.