The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars provided the only highlight at Allinsure Park last Saturday winning their last match of the season albeit by a
point. They have the bye in the last round and will miss the finals. Having won three out of their last four matches, the youngsters have shown just what they can do given a relatively full team.
The Tigerettes 1st Grade team suffered their first loss of the season going down to Belconnen while in the other two grades played at Allinsure Park both the Men’s 1st and Reserve Grade teams lost to Magpies ending any hope of finishing in the top two of either grade. The Tigerettes Reserve Grade finished off their season with a comprehensive win over the Tuggeranong Hawks at Greenway and now look forward to their second semi final clash next Saturday against Riverina Lions in Wagga.
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
On a cold and windy winters day, the Tigers Rising Stars managed to hang on in the final term in what was a dour struggle to the final siren. Belconnen having all the ascendancy during the latter part of the match.
Queanbeyan had the advantage of a slight wind in the opening term, but inaccuracy cost them dearly as they posted 2.6 to 1 goal by the Magpies. As they game progressed so did the wind and by the final term, there was quite an advantage to the club end.
Overnight rain and snow had made for slippery conditions, but this did not discourage the effort by both teams as they battled the weather to provide an enthralling contest.
The Tigers prevailed by just one point and although their season is over, they can look forward to 2020 with confidence with a strong off season.
In terms of players advancing into the senior ranks, once again the Club is blessed with any number proving they are capable of player in the higher grades. This season has already seen the likes of Jack Manners, Hayden Hunter, Alex Salmond, Josh Fahey, Sam Frost, Harry Grant and Lachie Squire play senior grade football. Grant and Squire playing mostly NEAFL and being recognised as two Rising Star nominations for the GWS GIANTS NEAFL team.
Thanks, is extended to all the volunteers that assisted this team throughout the season. Special mention to the Coaching panel of Chris Clifton (Coach) and Assistants Kenny Sissons, Andrew Harvey, Michael Robinson and Kane Cawse.
Goal Kickers: B. Rauter, W. Derksen, J. Armstrong Best Players: B. Rauter, W. Derksen, J. Gilbert, M. Taylor, B. Purdon, R. Thompson
Tigerettes Reserve Grade
The Tigerettes Reserve Grade completed their season with a win over Tuggeranong Hawks at Greenway Oval on Saturday. With snow covering the hills close bye, the Tigerettes were far too strong for their inexperienced opponents posting a 66-point win.
This completes the competition proper for the Regional Competition. The Tigerettes, who have lost just one match for the season now take on the might of the Riverina Lions next Saturday in Wagga.
Goal Kickers: M. Margosis 4, S. Dal Santo 2, S. Close, K. Reid, J. Shea Best Players: S. Close, M. Hurley, M. Margosis, C. Hamilton, K. Reid, A. Kolano
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
In a disappointing result for the Club, the Tigers Reserve Grade Men’s team boasting many quality senior grade players were well defeated by the Belconnen Magpies. A spot in the top two was up for grabs, but it wasn’t to be as they struggled to contend with the conditions and the enthusiasm of their opponents.
The Tigers had many players returning to the team including that of seasoned first grader Matt Bernasconi who broke an arm earlier in the season. However, for the second week in a row they lacked manpower up forward and have now posted just seven goals in their last two outings.
Having held top spot just two weeks ago, they are now destined to finish third with the only positive being a possible home final at this stage with just one round remaining.
Goal Kickers: A. Bowyer, S. Lancaster Best Players: L. Thompson, H. McKenzie, B. Greenwood, M. Price, W. Morshead, A. Bowyer
Tigerettes 1st Grade
Take away the likes of Stramandinoli, Dunn, Res, Tisma, Hamilton and Parry – and the team fell well short of expectations even though the replacement Tigerettes gave everything in what would be a hard contested match at Allinsure Park.
As with most games played late in the day, cold conditions began to return to the ground (that’s if it ever left) with Belconnen Magpies taking every advantage of the absentees of the Tigerettes.
A number of the above mentioned being absent due to trial matches with new teams which are to be included in the AFLW in the upcoming season. Full credit to the Pies though, their footy was hard and well structured and they will be a real threat for the flag in the coming weeks.
With one round remaining the Tigerettes need to regroup with hopefully all players available before the final’s series commencing over the weekend 24 / 25 August.
Goal Kickers: L. Watson 2, M. Godfrey Best Players: E. Ross, T. Evans, A. Dwyer, G. Stephinson, A. Tupper, C. Taylor
Tigers Men’s 1st Grade
The real disappointed of the day was the loss by the Men’s 1st Grade. Having led for most of the game and looking the goods well into the last term, they were not able to prevent a sustained attack by the Magpies in the final five minutes.
The loss leaves the Tigers lamenting what could have been!!!
A win would have made for a blockbuster next Saturday against Ainslie with a spot in the top two and a second chance come finals the following week. As it is, the Tigers have finished for the fifth season in a row in third position and although this enables a home final – preference would have been to play for a spot in the Grand Final during the first week of finals.
In saying that, the Tigers have progressed in 2015 and 2016 to Grand Finals from third position taking out the Premiership in 2015 when defeating a then undefeated Belconnen Magpies team.
Goal Kickers: B. Fruend 2, M. Grocott 2, J. Bryce, A. Page, J. Cutts, Z. Derksen Best Players: J. Taylor, Z. Derksen, J. Bowyer, T. Conroy, J. Bryce, C. Lovell
A huge gathering of former Premiership players from the 1989 1st and Reserve Grade teams, the 1999 1st Grade Premiership team and the 2009 Reserve Grade team along with family members of players from the 1939 first ever 1st Grade Premiership team will embark on Allinsure Park next Saturday to witness old enemies Ainslie and the Tigers play in three grades from 10.00am.
It should be a fantastic gathering of past and present day players in attendance at the ground with the majority expected to attend the Tigers 100 Club gathering that evening at which two new members will be inducted as Full Members of the prestigious club being Andrew Swan and Paul Slater both of whom played their 100 1st Grade game during this season.
Many former players are traveling from interstate to attend what will be a special day for the Tigers Club. Players from the 1989 era will be gathering at the Top Pub from 6pm on the Friday night with all welcome to attend in particular those from the 1999 1st Grade Premiership – some of whom doubled up with premiership medallions from the 89 and 99 years.
Game Day Time Changes
Thanks to the co-operation of the Ainslie Football Club – All games next Saturday have been bought forward one hour with the following times for the three grades:
10.20am Men’s Reserve Grade
12.15pm Men’s 1st Grade
2.45Pm Tigerettes 1st Grade