Four Grades Successful Over Weekend!
The Tigers have completed a successful weekend with all four grades achieving wins over a busy weekend for volunteers and officials of the Club.
Games were played on the Gold Coast, Lindwell Oval, Queanbeyan Park and Amaroo with volunteers stretched far and wide over the two days.
Our thanks and appreciation to all those who assisted over the weekend especially those who travelled to Queensland and then backed up again all day on Sunday – they being: Gary Bullivant, Fred Gisik, Chrissy Craven and Ray Daniel.
The NEAFL Tigers belt out the song after an impressive away win with debutant Mitch Price in the middle.
The NEAFL team travelled to the Gold Coast on Friday evening for their cross conference game against Broadbeach on Saturday and came away with the Clubs first win over a Northern Conference team from 4 outings.
There was plenty of action with fast movement of the ball both hand and foot. In ideal conditions on a hard track, the Tigers were competitive from the outset.
Although the skill level early in the match was down (on what we have come to expect), they did produce some passages of play equal to any this year which resulted goals. On one particular occasion Jeremy Kirkwood displayed enormous dash and confidence to take on his opponents (coming out of the backline) on the boundary line for the ball to pass through his hands on three occasions before it was swept up the field for probably one of the goals of the season.
He was one of many players who had an abundance of the ball throughout the game. Up forward James Kavanagh was exceptional with 27 possessions, taking 13 marks for a return of 6 goals. Neil Irwin was up against a giant in the ruck. At just 19 years of age, the Broadbeach ruck-man Mitch Brewer was an enormous man to handle but to Irwin’s credit (and that of changing ruck-men Ben Klemke and Mitch Heaslip), they battled enormous height and weight advantage to eventually come out on top.
Around the packs, the Tigers on ball brigade took advantage of the dry track with their pace and ability to back each other up being a feature. Ben King continues to improve every game with his enormous engine to get to the contest being a feature. Toby Conroy racked up yet another 30 plus possessions with an inspired performance. Mitch Heaslip continues to play a valuable role around the ground.
The inspirational display by player coach Kade Klemke provides many highlights with his run out of the backline setting up many forward line thrusts. Josh Bryce is another who may not gain many accolades but each week he has the enormous task of taking on the best forward and he does so with the maturity of a seasoned player even though still in his very early twenties.
Once again our 23rd man was an Under 18 Grade player promoted for his first NEAFL experience. This time round young Mitch Price slotted into the team and did not disappoint with quite a number of possessions.
The Tigers had a commanding lead going into the final term but faltered as the quarter went deep into time on. The home team had the fresher legs. And so they should. The Tigers were late arrivals on the Gold Coast on the Friday evening not arriving until 10.00pm.
That combined with hot conditions not experienced in the “Snowy Mountains” played its part in allowing Broadbeach to come back into calculations late in the game. But the endeavour and spirit that the Tigers have shown all year prevailed for an inspiring first up win on Queensland soil.
And for those Queensland’s who questioned our whereabouts – No we are not in the Snowy Mountains and we are not from Canberra. We are a NSW team located on the ACT border! And we didn’t take our own umpires this time round !!
Broadbeach 2 2 5 5 5 6 10 11 (71) Queanbeyan 3 2 8 7 10 14 13 14 (92)Broadbeach Goal Kickers: J. EAGLE 3, G. Underwood 2, T. Haley , A. Mc Kenzie , N. Stockdale , B. Davies , E. Poyas Best Players: A. Boston, R. PANTIC, T. Haley, L. Weller, A. Mc Kenzie Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: J. KAVANAGH 6, R. Quade 3, B. Fruend , S. Jolliffe , M. Daniher , B. Klemke Best Players: J. KAVANAGH, A. Swan, K. Klemke, K. Stevens, S. Jolliffe, B. King
DQ and Licka getting prepared for the Div 1 match against Gungahlin.
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers Division 1 Coach Adrian Pavese had that broad grin back on his face after successfully coaching his team to an emphatic win over Gungahlin on Sunday.
Travel weary from the Gold Coast excursion, he could have had a day with the family on Sunday but such is his commitment to this team he backed up and in doing so secured a win and a finals spot for this team.
The Tigers had a number of inclusions into the team for the match against the Jets.
It is a team that has been decimated by injuries and players being unavailable throughout the year. In recent weeks there has been season ending injuries to Liam Wilkinson, Liam Walker Eastick and Shaun Kelly. This on top of Chris Haddock, Paul Briedis, Casey Walsh and Daniel Jabornik all disappearing either overseas or interstate for the year and that of Sam Daniel.
But to the credit of “Pav” and to the persistence of the Club, it continues to provide strong on field teams at this level.
Against the Jets, Paul Franchi was inspirational with 5 goals. For four quarters this dynamo showed what class he has and in doing so produced one of his best and most dominating performances for some time. NEAFL selection is once again near but the dilemma is – the form being showed by those in the NEAFL team at the moment.
The blooding of Under 18 grade player Alec McCormick has again given an opportunity to one of our most promising youngsters and he didn’t disappoint. Playing off the half backline he gained many quality possessions.
The Tigers had a number of experienced players come to the fore against the Jets. Campbell Griggs (4 goals) Andrew Lieschke, Michael Wescombe, Tom Hollis and Jarred Daniel (3 goals) were prominent throughout.
Up forward and around the ground Daniel Campbell s has again put his hand up for senior grade selection with 4 goals. His recent fitness regime is certainly taking effect.
Jake Oram again provided plenty of zip around the park as he continues to gain the form that won major awards a couple of years back.
GUNGAHLIN 0 0 1 1 0 6 2 1 13 3 1 (19) QUEANBEYAN 4 4 28 9 6 60 14 8 92 24 12 (156)GUNGAHLIN Goal Kickers: R. Wood , J. Kane , M. Cody Best Players: R. Wood, R. Davis, J. Clarkson, D. Munday, J. Kocmar, N. Hutchison QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: P. Franchi 5, C. GRIGGS 4, D. Campbell 4, J. DANIEL 3, M. Wescombe 2, R. Price , J. Manie , D. BEVAN , A. LIESCHKE , J. Oram , T. Hollis Best Players: P. Franchi, C. GRIGGS, A. LIESCHKE, D. Campbell, D. CUMMINS, A. McCORMICK
A early start for the U18s at Lindwall Oval as they prepare to take on Marist.
Under 18 Rising Stars
It was always going to be a hard task for the Tigers Under 18 Grade team when they took on Marist at Lindwell Oval on Sunday. There was a moving tribute by the Marist Club prior to the match in respect to the recent passing of their President Damien McMahon.
The Tigers showed respect by way of being involved with a minute silence and wearing black arm bands. To Marists credit they came to play and led for most of the match against the competition leaders.
A late surge during which the Tigers posted three goals in the final 8 minutes of play saw the match snatched from the home team by 6 points. A snap from the sideline by James Armstrong in the final minute gave the Tigers victory in a heart stopping final few minutes.
The Tigers own “Dustin Fletcher” – Norm Lembit repelled many forward line movements of the Marist team. He gained a best on ground performance but was well supported by Kyle Farrugia who is certain to gain selection in a higher grade in coming weeks. Mitch Haley is another who preformed creditable with some strong marks along with Ethan Callender. James McKenna played his best game so far this year with goal of the day coming from the unassuming but extremely effective Adam Lee .
Toby Yeates and Stephen Camp showed their experience often steadying the team when Marist was moving into attack.
MARIST 2 3 4 5 5 5 6 7 (43) Queanbeyan 1 1 2 3 4 6 7 7 (49)MARIST Goal Kickers: M. Peterson , N. Hall , S. Drummond , M. Carney , M. D”Amico , T. Catlin Best Players: S. Drummond, J. O”Halloran, N. Hall, M. D”Amico, S. Mills, S. Kobal Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: J. ARMSTRONG 2, J. JACOBS , J. Macdonald , A. Lee , E. Callendar , M. Haley Best Players: N. LEMBIT, E. Callendar, K. Farrugia, J. ARMSTRONG, J. Galloway, T. YEATES
Ladies – Tigerettes – Report to follow
Queanbeyan 2012 2 2 14 3 3 21 4 7 31 5 9 (39) ADFA 2012 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 (1)
Queanbeyan 2012 Goal Kickers: M. Hurley 2, R. Finley 2, L. Watson Best Players: L. Watson, T. Tisma, C. Res, H. Dunn, M. Eldridge, J. Froud ADFA 2012Best Players: T. Udycz, J. Reading, J. Cooper, J. Winsor, S. Lowden, L. Burns