After a strong first quarter during which the Tigers kicked 6 unanswered goals, Sydney University then took every opportunity thrown at them in the second quarter to gain the advantage by half time and went on to take the points by games end by 14 points.
It was certainly a disappointing loss but nothing can be taken away from the Students. They are a developing team with a strong combination complete with high marking tall players and a fleet of hard running onballers who are fast and elusive.
There were few positives to come out of the match for the Tigers. Perhaps the continued development of some youngsters particularly James Armstrong is a highlight. He along with other 18 year olds Stephen Camp, Alec McCormick and Sam Jensen are the future Tigers.
The more experience they gain at this level the better the individual and the Club “down the track”.
But right now the Tigers have a battle to remain a finals contender. With a depleted list they meet GWS this Sunday at Dairy Farmers Park, the GIANTS coming off a bye.
The 200th League game for Ryan Quade didn’t go to plan but there were certainly some exceptional players on the field for the Tigers including Will Griggs whose tenacious display each and every week should be inspirational to all others. Toby Conroy had posted three goals up until leaving the field for the final quarter due to injury but he gave another faultless display throughout his time on the ground. Jeremy Kirkwood was solid in defence as was Jarrod Atkinson until moved further up the ground to try and spark the Tigers into action. Sam Jensen once again gave his utmost.
Tigers Volunteer / committee person – Matt Napier had the honour of leading the Tigers onto the field and tossing the coin – Matt and wife Wendy have spent the past five months walking across Australia raising awareness of World Poverty.
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Goal Kickers: T. Conroy 3, W. Griggs 2, C. Griggs , B. King , K. Stevens , R. Quade , N. Irwin , P. Franchi Best Players: W. Griggs, J. Kirkwood, S. Jensen, K. Stevens, J. Atkinson, K. Klemke
Goal Kickers: B. Taggart 3, T. Elkington 3, T. Barrett 2, M. Thompson , T. Ayton , A. O”Dea , A. Campbell , M. Clarke Best Players: A. Campbell, R. Bottin-Noonan, B. Taggart, T. Morrison, T. Barton, K. Barnes
AFL Canberra Division 1
The Tigers Division 1 team went down in consecutive weeks to Tuggeranong Hawks and now face a real battle with the Hawks for 4th spot by years end. They are in fourth spot on percentage from the Hawks with games against the top three teams over their next four encounters, two against second placed Belconnen. Inaccuracy cost them early in the game but with only one point separating them at the final break it was the Hawks who gained the ascendency in the final quarter to eventually take the match by 13 points.
A real positive to come from the match was the inclusion of Beau Walker, returning after a ten week lay off due to an ankle dislocation suffered in the FOXTEL Cup game against Northern Territory in Round 4. His composure and skill level in tight situations will be a huge boost to the NEAFL team in coming weeks. Damien Kerlin is easily the most improved player at this level. He always gives an honest account and in doing so collects many possessions around the ground. Hayden Kelly has been the backbone of the Tigers backline in recent weeks and once against stood tall against strong opposition. Another big improver is Daniel Hespe whose versatility whether up forward or down back has been a pleasing development for Coach Campbell.
Another youngster Mitch Haley (who has already played a few NEAFL Games this season) has again put his hand up for senior grade selection.
Goal Kickers: D. Hespe 4, M. Haley , J. McNeill , J. Henshaw , D. Kerlin Best Players: M. Haley, D. Hespe, B. Walker, D. Kerlin, M. Wescombe, T. Yeates
Goal Kickers: N. Costigan 6, T. Fenyvesi , B. McCrorey , M. Clarke , L. Jess , H. Cameron Best Players: J. McGrath, P. Ashcroft, B. McCrorey, N. Edyvean, H. Cameron, N. Costigan
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars.
The Under 18 Grade played a more mature Belconnen combination at the weekend in a top of the table clash. The Magpies came out on top in an interesting game of footy for the Coaching staff.
Had the Tigers kicked accurately in the first half the match may have been in the balance at half time. As it was Belconnen had a small but commanding lead at the long break and went on with the game as it evolved.
Once again their were some strong performances from the “older” under 18 grade players in Sam Bowden who was outstanding from the half backline as was Captain Jono Bowyer. Ethan Callender gave another strong display as did Adam Lee and Jackson Monck.
Cody Haub was the only goal kicker for the Tigers with three majors to his credit.
Goal Kickers: C. Haub 3 Best Players: J. Bowyer, S. Bowden, M. O”Toole, E. Callender, J. Monck, B. Lagana
Goal Kickers: M. Lamb 2, S. O”Sullivan 2, L. O”sullivan , C. Mcdonald , J. Walsh Best Players: C. Hargraves, B. McCabe, M. Smith, C. Miller, A. Telford, A. Lamb
The Tigerettes maintained their top of the table position with a scrappy win over ADFA at the Queanbeyan Park Oval last Sunday. Missing star players Hannah Dunn and Tegan Tisma – both involved in the ACT Ladies Representative team that won the Second Division National Titles in Cairns – the balance of the Tigerettes played with strong desire and commitment on a bitterly cold day to win their 6th game of the season being the only Tigers team to win on the day.
Lani Watson kicked a game high 3 goals with Emily Lewis having a consistent game along with Jane Vucago and Apryl Geale.
Queanbeyan 2.5 3.6 5.9 5.12 (42)
ADFA 0.0 3.0 3.0 4.1 (25)
Queanbeyan Goals: Watson 3, Newbery 1, Eldridge 1.
Queanbeyan Best: Lewis, Vucago, Thomas, Geale,, Dand, Watson