Injuries mar solid Round 7 performances
However it was a train wreck in the senior men’s grades with both men’s 1sts & Res not being able to finish with a bench by the end of their games. Hopefully they aren’t serious in the wash up however the Tigers depth will be tested in the coming weeks!
The Tigerettes Reserve Grade were hoping to provide strong opposition for competition leaders Riverina Lions at home, but except for the first quarter, they offered little resistance to a polished Lions combination.
Playing at home, the Tigerettes fielded a relatively strong combination but were no match as they Lions played constructive footy using many of their experienced players to advantage. Although holding a slender margin at the half time break, the Lions piled on the points as the game progressed eventually winning by 37 points. Lauren Flakelar was a “tower” of strength down back often repelling many attacking moves by Riverina.
Mon McGrath also provided strong opposition along with Lani Watson who has been playing with a very badly injured finger much to her credit.
Goal Kickers: S. Dal Santo Best Players: L. Flakelar, M. McGrath, C. O’Neill, C. McCarthy-Partridge, J. Vucago
Goal Kickers: K. Jackson 2, K. Forrest, E. Oates, B. Georgina, H. Conroy Best Players: B. Georgina, J. Powell, A. White, K. Ireland, K. Crompton, K. Forrest
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers have gained a gun in Mitch Taylor. The more we see of this lad, the better he will be and more importantly, the more opportunities he will have at playing higher up as he progresses. Hugh Clark was outstanding as was young Ben Purdon. They are both great prospects for senior teams in the future. Harrison Miller also played his best game for the year as did the dynamic Ollie Rowley.
This young team is progressing nicely. They have a real battle to make finals but hopefully with inclusions in the latter part of the season they may be provided a finals opportunity.
Goal Kickers: M. Taylor 2, H. Hunter, A. Salmond, J. Manners, J. Armstrong, J. Gilbert Best Players: H. Clark, J. Gilbert, B. Purdon, M. Taylor, H. Miller, O. Rowley
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
From a starting lineup one short of a full team, they were down more numbers within minutes of the game commencing. Harry Straker was a late withdrawal from the team and was not replaced. Ben Millynn broke his wrist and then Anthony Lopilato limped from the field. Next to exit was Coach Alex Lawder with a serious injury requiring hospitalisation, so the Tigers played most of the match with 17 players.
Fortunately, the Tigers were able to cover the losses and were convincing victors over the Tuggeranong Hawks at Greenway. There were some excel