The Tigers NEAFL side lost momentum towards a finals appearance with a disappointing loss to a more composed Sydney University team in Sydney last Saturday.
The Students were coming off a bye while the Tigers travelled for a second consecutive week to Sydney. It certainly showed. University were more alert, quicker to the ball, showed a distinct skill advantage and used there knowledge of Drummoyne Oval more effectively when going forward.
It was certainly a different Tigers outfit to that of the previous week when accounting for Hills Eagles in Sydney. Travel aside, they lacked the intensity of the previous week .
They could not contend with the powerful Sydney Uni forward line with Dugmore and Barrett extremely damaging throughout the game posting nine goals between them.
For the Tigers Coach Klemke once again tried valiantly but lacked the support of fellow players to make any headway on the scoreboard after the home team had a commanding lead at half time. Matt Cavedon was damaging until injured mid way through the second quarter and his absence was noticeable.
Neil Irwin played one of his best games for they year propelling the Tigers into attack from the ruck contests but unfortunately his strong work was not capitalised on.
With three games remaining – the NEAFL team is just one game out of finals contention. They have three winnable games against quality opposition in Ainslie, Belconnen and Hills Eagles but will have to be at their utmost best to have any chance of securing a spot in September.
Goal Kickers: P. Dugmore 5, T. Barrett 4, B. Taggart 3, T. Elkington 2, J. Weir 2, T. Morrison Best Players: G. Wilkie, D. Vincent, P. Dugmore, J. Cole, K. Barnes, N. Roberts
Goal Kickers: B. Fulford 2, R. Quade 2, J. Kavanagh 2, K. Stevens , T. Conroy , B. Klemke , S. Jensen Best Players: K. Klemke, K. Stevens, N. Irwin, B. King, W. Griggs
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The score line doesn’t reflect the dominance of the Tigers win over Eastlake.
The Demons kicked 5 goals in the final 4 minutes of play to make the score line respectable. Had Eastlake played like that for the entire game they may have won but it was the Tigers who had displayed a workman like approach throughout to set up a winning margin by the last quarter.
It is extremely difficult to pick best players. Most put up there hand in some way during the game but it would be remiss not to mention three youngsters who deserve special accolades for the manner in which they have embraced the Tigers Club in recent weeks on the training paddock and when playing. St Edmunds trio Jackson Monk, Matt Grocott and Sam Hawksworth all played prominent parts in the Tigers victory.
Captain Jason Taylor was dominant throughout. Ethan Callender posted three goals from strong marking up forward on a quality player. Tim Shea showed all the dash and experience he has gained from playing some NEAFL matches.
Brandon Lagana was creative during the match. His goal and tribute to his Mum who attended the match during a visit from hospital was both a wonderful thought and heartfelt gesture that did not go unnoticed amongst those close to this highly respected young player.
The Tigers have received a forfeit this weekend from Gungahlin and will play a deferred match against Marist the following week – day, venue and time to be advised.
Goal Kickers: S. Askew 4, D. Biermann 2, M. Marinelli , K. Warrener , M. Toy , L. James Best Players: L. Mulligan, M. Quinn, G. Gillespie, T. Clowry, D. Biermann, J. Connoley
Goal Kickers: E. Callender 3, D. Osarek 2, C. Haub , S. Lancaster , P. Maher* , B. Lagana , T. Shea , M. Grocott Best Players: J. Taylor, B Lagana, J. Monck, S. Lancaster, E. Callender, M. Grocott, C. Haub, S Hawksworth.
The Tigerettes travelled to Bateman’s Bay last Saturday to take on Murrumbidgee at Hanging Rock Oval. Down on experience (and numbers) the Tigerettes knew they would be in for a tough encounter but were able to sustain a strong second half by the “Bidgee” girls and record a strong win.
Posting five goals in the opening term they then coasted for the rest of the game allowing Murrumbidgee ladies to post three goals. A change of scenery from the backline to the forward line has unleashed a new goal kicker in Shaylee Thomas who posted five goals for the day.
Lani Watson chipped in with two majors while Apryl Geale was adjudged the Tigerettes best on the day.
This Sunday they take on 1st Division side Ainslie at the Park Oval at 10.00am and are looking forward to the clash against quality opposition.
Goal Kickers: S. Thomas 5, L. Watson 2, T. Tisma , R. Finley Best Players: A. Geale, L. Newbery, A. Murphy, S. Thomas, A. Dand, E. Lewis
Goal Kickers: H. Cogle , F. Van de Made , A. Fojtik Best Players: F. Van de Made