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First Win at Ainslie Oval for Men’s 1st Grade since 2015

Traveling to the Alan Ray Oval (Ainslie’s home ground) – the reigning Premiers in Men’s 1st, Reserve and Under 18 Grades is never easy, in fact, it can

Four grades of footy were played with the visitors winning three – the undermanned Under 18 Grade Rising Stars unfortunately being defeated in the opening game of the day.

Men’s 1st Grade

Several forced changes to the Tigers 1st Grade Men’s team had a flow-on effect down through the grades.  But no-one told the playing group in either the 1st or Reserve grade teams. Out injured from the 1st Grade match against Belconnen would be Alec McCormick, Brandon Lagana, Ollie Hicks and Anthony Lopilato. On the eve of the game Harry Grant – (named to play his first 1st Grade match for the Tigers) – was called into the GWS GIANTS NEAFL team.

Tyler Collins and Matt Bernasconi returned from injury with Jason Taylor and Jed Simpson both elevated after brief stints in the Reserves. (Unfortunately, Matt Bernasconi broke his arm and dislocated a shoulder in the opening term and may miss the remainder of the season).

In warm conditions a rejuvenated Tigers combination were by far the more determined team on the day to defeat Ainslie on their home turf for the first time since 2015. On that occasion the Tigers stole the game in the final 30 seconds when Brett Fruend “stole” the footy from his opponent and snapped truly to win the game by a solitary point.

Prior to that the Tigers won by 47 points in 2012 – 17.12 (114) to 10.7 (67)

Wins at Ainslie Oval have been few and far between over the last decade but last Saturday the difference was a comprehensive 52 points – 17.10 (112) to 8.12 (60).

Youngster Lachie Squire was a standout with 4 impressive goals, two from the 50 metre ark at crucial stages of the game. Tim Clowry was at his best – also notching 4 goals with former Ainslie player Lachie Highfield and Matt Grocott both chiming in for a lazy 3 goals each.  Down back, the Tigers standout defender this season has been Dean Simpson.  He along with Jono Bowyer and Campbell Lovell were outstanding in what was a quality performance by the Tigers – particularly after the dismal showing against Belconnen in the last round.

Ainslie Tricolours

Goal Kickers: H. Delves 2, B. Jamieson 2, F. Hawkins, M. Ward, F. Dwyer, H. Phillips Best Players: M. Ackland, M. Teasdale, W. Beaumont, H. Delves, J. Taylor, J. Cuzner

Queanbeyan Tigers

Goal Kickers: T. Clowry 4, L. Squire 4, M. Grocott 3, L. Highfield 3, J. Bryce, J. Simpson, J. Taylor Best Players: L. Squire, D. Simpson, B. Greenwood, T. Conroy, T. Collins, J. Bowyer

Men’s Reserve Grade

There were multiple changes to the Tigers Reserve Grade side following their strong win against Belconnen in Round 5. Forced changes due to injuries

In what was the closest match of the day. The Tigers posted two late goals to seal a 1-point victory. The “clutch” of the situation being Tim Shea who continues to perform week in week out. His last goal of the day with only a minute remaining was a classic from outside fifty ably assisted by Ella Ross cheering from the other end of the field!!!

Returning after injury Aiden Bowyer, Harry Straker, Hugh McKenzie and Jackson Monck (playing his first game in three seasons) were all outstanding along w