Season 2021 Starts well for Tigers - Round 1 Review
Following 14 weeks of slog and pain, Tigers Senior Competition joined the Super Two's women and finally commenced their season last Saturday at Aulich Park.
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Men's 1st Grade
The defending Premiers began their defense with a solid hit out against the Valley.
Despite not winning a preseason game, the team was settled post the first 10 nervous minutes and began where they left off from last year. The squad welcomed new players Isaac Edgar and Joe Stapleton as well as the return of 2012 NEAFL Premiership player and local junior Sam Jensen as well as Jayden Lehman who returned from a year away.
An early 5 goal 1st qtr set up the win with the team showing excellent want to get their mates into the game with some very good connections so early in the season. The depth of the team again looks to be very good with seasoned midfielder Jordan Iudica playing off Half Back and joining a very solid defense led by Alec McCormick & Dean Simpson.
Highfield, Edgar, Griggs and Conroy showed the rewards of a good preseason and hit the ground running while the return of Tyler Collins & Alex Page from injury showed signs of early season excitement.
The big three in Swan, Bryce and Stapleton kicked 14 of the 24 goals but it must be said the delivery was very good and provided the opportunities.
A good start and banking early wins are important but with a long way to go there is no doubt the team will have to continue to improve to challenge again.
Queanbeyan Tigers 5.5 11.10 15.16 24.20-164
Tuggeranong Valley 1.2 1.2 3.3 4.4-28 Goal Kickers: J. Bryce 5, A. Swan 5, J. Stapleton 4, A. Page 3, T. Collins 3, L. Highfield 2,
I. Edgar, S. Jensen Best Players: L. Highfield, T. Collins, A. Swan, J. Stapleton, W. Griggs, T. Conroy
Tigerettes 1st Grade
After 14 weeks of preparation and watching their sisters from the sidelines the 1st Grade were let loose and with no more practice matches or training its live fire.
The first half of the game started slow, with their opponents gaining an early lead in the first quarter. However, by the second the Tigers, having ‘warmed up’ with the Tigers adjusting well to the pressure mounted on their defensive line and shoring up their forwards with a strong mid field and a fresh interchange of players.
Kate McGrath had this to say about the Tiger’s progress; “The combination really started to come together in the second quarter”. A noticeable change in play as it was around the same time as the TVFC fans started to get a bit unhappy.
An honourable mention to a show of good sportsmanship was by the Captain Ella Ross during the 2nd quar