Hawks pushed all the way by Tigerettes!
The Tigerettes have bookended July with two very competitive performances against the two teams that have shared the last nine Women’s premierships following up a 45 point defeat to Eastlake in early July with a 46 point loss to reigning premiers Tuggeranong at Town Park last weekend. The major difference was that against Tuggeranong it was a late fade out rather than a poor start that had the scoreboard probably not reflecting how competitive the game actually was.
The Tigerettes turned the first three quarters into a real slog. Stoppage after stoppage allowed the team to use their physical pressure and prevented the Tuggeranong team from playing their favoured running game. Midfielders Hannah Dunn, Lani Watson, Kristen Turner and Tegan Tisma were able to apply pressure in the midfield, giving our defenders a chance. Tracey Mosely fared much better on Hawks superstar Ange Ballerini after having had 8 kicked on her last time around only allowed one this time in an excellent defensive display, helped in part by her team mate Pip Butt playing loose across the half back line. The Tigerettes intensity was displayed best in the first term when Karen Collard beat two opponents by going a lot harder at the footy knocking over bodies and winning a free kick in the process.
In the second term the Tigerettes came under a lot of pressure but the last line of defence led by Shay Thomas with support from Clarice Huston and Amy McLenaghan were resolute and helped also by desperate goal saving spoils from Chrisie Bourbous and Kristen Turner kept the Tuggeranong team to only two goals for the half.
The third quarter was highlighted again by a hard working back line but also included some precision ball movement not seen earlier in the season. After conceding a goal from a stoppage 25m out the Tigerettes responding by lifting their work rate. Roni Jordan bombed the ball in from 50 and Lani Watson took an excellent mark and kicked truly to get the team on the board.
The fourth quarter was disappointing as the Tigerettes tired and the game opened up late with Tuggeranong doing what good teams do and doubled their score in the final term to blow out the final margin. Even with that late blow out the final margin did represent a more than 16 goal improvement from the previous meeting with the Hawks and continued to demonstrate the Tigerettes efforts in finishing this season with their heads held high.
The Tigerettes will be aiming for their fourth victory of the season when they travel to ADFA next week. The match is at 10am on Saturday.
Queanbeyan 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 (6) Tuggeranong 1.3 2.5 3.8 7.10 (52) Goal: Lani Watson Best: Pip Butt, Shay Thomas, Amy McLenaghan, Lani Watson, Siau Goh, Tracey Mosely, Tegan Tisma, Hannah Dunn