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Klemke celebrates 100th in stirring come from behind win!

The beautiful morning sunshine didn't last long last Saturday morning as the tigers returned to Aulich Park for their Round 12 clash with Ainslie. There was plenty riding on the results across all grades with each outcome having a big bearing on ladder positions for the tigers.

1st Grade Men

It took the full 120 minutes for the tigers to get the win and how important this result will be come finals will be known over the next 3 weeks.

Staring down the barrel of a 23 point deficit at 3qtr time, a loss would see the tigers fall from the top of the ladder and the likely hood of missing that all important home final - however no one told the boys that defeat was an option.

Down to 2 on the bench and kicking into a steady breeze this group again found the resilience to get back into the game and keep the pressure on Ainslie. Just like the 2020 finals campaign where injuries decimated the squad, the tigers rallied for each other and found a way with Tim Cahill aka Andrew Swan soccer kicking the match winner.

Captain Josh Bryce once again led from the front as did Will Griggs with both players leadership coming to the fore in the tight contest. Jordan Iudica & Alec McCormick continue to play well in the back half and the return of young gun Josh Fahey proved critical with his 33 touches driving the team into attack.

We wish Sam Jensen and Anthony LoPilato all the best with their injuries and hope to see both boys back bigger and stronger very soon.

Queanbeyan Tigers 2.1 2.1 5.5 11.8-74 Ainslie 3.1 6.2 9.4 11.4-70 Goal Kickers: A. Swan 4, S. Jensen 2, A. Page, K. Klemke, J. Iudica, R. Pollock, J. Bryce Best Players: J. Bryce, W. Griggs, J. Iudica, J. Fahey, A. McCORMICK, A. Swan

Rising Stars

Talk about important wins - this was definitely one of them for the young cubs. Battling Ainslie for the all important 4th spot on the ladder, this was a must win for the lads and didn't they perform!

The pressure was next level as the young cubs took it up to Ainslie all day in heavy conditions. Pambula product Will Kellar continues to grow as a player and played his best game for the club through the midfield. Caden Spinks and Dayne Posthuma's seasons have been outstanding and their efforts on Saturday were huge in the win.

Captain Bailee Gilbert once again led from the front despite being ill all week but you wouldn't have known it while his partner in crime Lachlan Fitzpatrick played out of his skin for his best game of 2021. Finally youngster Jordan Bogie announced his arrival in U18s footy with one of the toughest efforts in the midfield seen all year - well done Jordan.

The win now puts the lads one game clear plus % in front of Ainslie with 3 games to play and hopefully the boys can hang on for that finals spot as no one deserves it more than this group!

Queanbeyan Tigers 1.4 1.6 3.8 4.11-35 Ainslie 0.1 0.1 0.1 1.5-11 Goal Kickers: K. Gibbs, L. Asbock , W. Kellar, M. Armstrong Best Players: W. Kellar, C. Spinks, D. Posthuma, L. Fitzpatrick, J. Bogie, B. Gilbert

Tigerettes Reserve Grade

It was the girls first road trip for 2021 as they headed up to Cooma to play the Valley in an important game to keep their slim finals hopes alive and didn't they respond.

The team didn't suffer any jet lag and hit the ground running with a 2 goal blast in the 1st qtr and from here they managed to hold the advantage to pick up the important win. Brie Anderson continues to shine since her return and with the support of Maddi Martin and Haley Bowyer, the girls remained on the front foot all day.

It was great to see Zalie Betts return from injury while Brooke James return has also given the team a boost. New recruit in 2021 Tarsh Brockwell has had a stellar season and evergreen veteran Lon Flakelar keeps doing here thing week in week out.