What a wonderful day of footy at Allinsure Park last Sunday. Although the results were not in favor of the Tigers Men’s 1st and Reserve Grade teams, the Tigerettes 1st Grade team overwhelmed their Ainslie opponents to win quite comfortably.
A strong crowd attended with many former players of both the Tigers and Ainslie in attendance to witness the main game being played for the best on ground Muir Medal – the Medal played annually in recognition of the tremendous contribution of the late and great Alan Muir to the Tigers Club and that of his son Ian, whose contribution as a player and administrator to the Ainslie club is strongly recognised by “all and sundry”.
The following are results of games played over the weekend. (The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars had the bye):
Tigerettes Reserve Grade – Saturday at Rockley Oval.
The Tigers weekend of footy kicked off on Saturday morning with the Tigerettes Reserve Grade posting an emphatic win over the Woden Blues at Rockley Oval, Googong. In windy conditions, this ever-improving side were far too strong throughout the game posting their highest score for the season.
Best Players: S. McManus, J. Carter, K. Salvestro, B. Evans, M. Connell, B. Castle
Goal Kickers: M. Margosis 4, A. Carter 2, A. Dand, G. Michl, K. Svager, C. D”Elboux Best Players: G. Stephinson, M. Margosis, C. D”Elboux, M. Hurley, M. Callender
Tigerettes 1st Grade
On Sunday morning, the Tigerettes 1st Grade team walloped the Ainslie Tricolors in perfect playing conditions. A beautiful day welcomed the two
teams onto the field where the third placed Tigerettes quickly established their presence with the opening three goals.
Although Ainslie played strongly in the next term, it was the home team that eventually warmed to the strong supporter base in attendance to win comfortably by games end.
Goalkicking practice may be on the agenda this week.
Goal Kickers: M. Czubara 2, K. Dobing 2, L. Watson 2, H. Dunn 2, T. Evans Best Players: K. Dobing, T. Evans, A. Bowyer, H. Dunn, L. Watson, C. Res
Goal Kickers: T. Hawke
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
There was little between the two teams with a win for either side placing them on top of the ladder. It came down to a battle of defenses with the score line at both quarter time and half time being a strong indicator of how the game would play out. A strong wind (to the car park end) gave the visitors the edge in the last quarter as they gained the advantaged early to establish a lead the home team could not real in as the final quarter came to an end.
Goal Kickers: S. Wilkinson 2, T. Shea, A. Godfrey, H. McKenzie Best Players: A. Godfrey, M. Gorman, H. McKenzie, D. Simpson, S. Wilkinson, S. Lancaster
Goal Kickers: A. Thompson 3, M. Thompson 2, W. Spencer, F. Dwyer Best Players: J. Fleming, M. Thompson, N. McEwen, W. Spencer, G. Crampton, B. McGrath
Tigers Men’s 1st Grade
This was an outstanding game with some quality patches of play throughout. There was a strong crowd in attendance to witness two of the founding clubs of the League go head to head – the winner to move into second spot on the ladder and a possible double chance come finals.
The loss of key players through injury at training on Thursday evening – (being backline player Alec McCormick and leading goalkicker Tim Clowry) severely depleted the Tigers team. Add Jeremy Kirkwood (injured) and Jack Carroll- Tape (illness) to the absent list and the Tigers would face an uphill battle from the outset.
However, they battled valiantly throughout and were still in the hunt late in the final term to eventually going down by a respectable three goals. It was a tough encounter witnessed by the Muir Family from which the Muir Medal has been struck for a best on ground performance.
This year the Medal was won by Aaron Wiles from the Ainslie Club, the Medal presented by Ian Muir in conjunction with Tigers all-time favourite Mark Armstrong.
Goal Kickers: D. Lord 3, B. Fruend 2, L. Squire, A. Page, B. Greenwood Best Players: A. Lo Pilato, M. Bernasconi, T. Conroy, K. Evans, D. Lord, B. Lagana
Goal Kickers: N. Paine 5, N. Foley, I. Lawless, H. Armstrong, H. Delves, H. Phillips, A. Wiles Best Players: N. Paine, S. Sienkiewicz, S. Camp, J. Maynard, J. Taylor, J. Hirst