Solid performances for all grades!
A one-point win to the Eastlake Reserve Grade team was the only game lost over the weekend from 5 matches. The Tigers were successful in Men’s and
Tigers Men’s 1st Grade
On a cold but relatively calm Friday night, the Tigers Men’s 1st Grade completely overwhelmed their opponents to record a convincing 62-point win at Football Park. It was possibly the best game the Tigers have produced in several years and with exception of the first ten minutes of the 1st Quarter, they were outstanding for the full game. There were very few players if any who didn’t contribute to a significant victory. It was a hard-fought tough contest with both teams playing strongly, but it was the Tigers defence that withstood a constant barrage of attacking moves particularly in the first half of footy.
Matthew Grocott’s dominance up forward resulted in five goals as he played havoc with his opponents. Christian Palombi was fantastic throughout as was the work load of Jeremy Bridger who battles every week against much taller and stronger opponents in the ruck but his maturity in this position since joining the club is to be commended. Alex Page was another who was lively around the ground particularly around the forward line. His two goals were gems. Lachie Highfield was exceptional as was Dean Simpson until leaving the field early in the third term with a concerning leg injury.
Tim Clowry had a role to play and he did that to perfection. The late withdrawal of Jack Carroll-Tape allowed Tim Shea to return to the team and he didn’t disappoint. Liam Greenwell was a class act in the backline as was Ryan Worn at fullback often sending the Tigers into attack. Brandon Lagana and Jed Simpson played strongly throughout.
The win now places enormous emphasis on the final two games of the season – both being played at Allinsure Park – (against Belconnen and Ainslie)
Goal Kickers: C. O”Rourke, S. De Sousa, P. Cole, D. Biermann, A. Wilson, B. McGinness Best Players: P. Cole, B. McGinness, M. Beaumont, J. Hancock, A. Wilson, S. Darcy
Goal Kickers: M. Grocott 5, A. Page 2, L. Highfield 2, J. Cutts 2, B. Fruend, T. Collins, T. Shea, T. Conroy, C. Palombi
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
In a low scoring match the Tigers Reserve Grade Men’s team fell one point short of retaining top place on the competition ladder. Remarkably after being down by three goals at half time, they powered their way back into the match holding a slender lead in the last term only for Eastlake to post two late points to take the match.
What’s remarkable is the fact that those two scoring shots by Eastlake were the only scoring shots for them in the last half of footy after the Tigers had dominated proceeding with 23 excursions into their forward fifty to just seven by the Demons.
Bailey Greenwood was again outstanding along with Aiden Bowyer and Alex Godfrey who is finding some form after an extended early season holiday. Wilson Morshead was equally impressive while Grant Worner was strong in defence. Costly concussions to Tom Flight and Jordan Gay in the final quarter emphasized the hardness of the game and how close the two teams are matched. Their first-round encounter resulted in a Tigers win in one of the lowest scoring games of the season – 3.7 (25) to 2.8 (20).
The Tigers have must win matches in the final two games of the season if they are to finish in a top two position – they play Belconnen and Ainslie, meeting the Magpies this Saturday at Allinsure Park.
Goal Kickers: M. Peterson 2, A. Watt, M. Kendrick, P. Sharp Best Players: E. Rosin, R. Goodall, J. Williams, J. Crowe, J. Cunningham
Goal Kickers: B. Greenwood 2, M. Lawrence, S. Lancaster, J. Gay Best Players: B. Greenwood, A. Bowyer, A. Godfrey, H. McKenzie, W. Morshead, M. Price
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Rising Stars caused the upset of the weekend with a three-point victory over Eastlake in the early match at Football Park last Saturday. With several inclusions in the team, they were able to match it with their more fancied opponents.
It was a tough encounter throughout and full credit to both teams for playing in the manner they did. It was a low scoring match in freezing conditions which hampered the talent on display to show their undoubted abilities. However, is was an enthralling encounter. Only 9 points separated the teams at the final break after the Tigers had posted 1.6 during the third term.
The Demons peppered their goal in the final quarter, but it was their turn to be inaccurate posting 1.6 to the Tigers solitary goal.
Sam Robinson played his best game for the year and he along with Ben Thurling, Nick Coghill and Wayde Derksen were standout performers in an overall team effort.
Goal Kickers: J. Geerdink, A. Jones, T. Kennealy Best Players: L. Thompson, R. Hosking, T. Kennealy, B. O”Dea, J. Edwards, L. Muir
Goal Kickers: B. Thurling, W. Derksen, S. Robinson, N. Coghill Best Players: S. Robinson, B. Thurling, W. Derksen, J. Gilbert, S. Frost, J. Fahey
Tigerettes 1st Grade
The Tigerettes had their hardest game for the year in near perfect conditions in the afternoon game at Football Park on Saturday.
Up against second placed and reigning Premiers Eastlake Demons, it took until the last quarter to finally outplay a tough opposition and eventually post a comprehensive victory. At three quarter time the scores were level and an upset were on the cards, but thankfully there was a dramatic lift. The Tigerettes posting six unanswered goals in the last term.
Jackie Parry continued her excellent form up forward kicking 8 goals. Jade Hamilton took control in the last half dominating her opponents with a polished display. Tarni Evans gave a solid all-round performance along with Megan Godfrey whose experience provided the lift required in the last quarter to take charge of the game. Cass Taylor, Ella Ross and Georgia Stephinson also deserve mention.
Another huge game this Saturday up against the now second placed Belconnen Magpies who have been slowly improving throughout the season.
Goal Kickers: C. Stuart, M. McLaughlin, R. Prince, K. Wheaton Best Players: M. Johnson, J. Allan, C. Gordon, C. Brown, K. Brewer, S. Ajani
Goal Kickers: J. Parry 8, J. Hamilton, A. Hamilton, M. Czubara Best Players: J. Parry, K. Woodward, J. Hamilton, T. Evans, A. Hamilton, E. Ross
Tigerettes Reserve Grade
A solid opening quarter posting 5 goals paved the way for a comprehensive win over the Belconnen Magpies on Saturday morning at Allinsure Park. In very cold conditions, the Tigerettes quickly adapted to the conditions outclassing their opponents with a polished display of teamwork to win by 79 points.
It was a welcome return to the field for Teena Campbell after spending most of the season overseas. Teena ran amok posting 4 goals and being adjudged best on ground for her efforts.
It was great to have former Tigers player Joe Kolano in attendance to watch his daughter Alanna in the black and gold. Joe having played in the seventies with the Tigers in an era of great hardship but when many friendships were made and still exist within the Tiger ranks. Best of all, Alanna was among the best for the Tigerettes.
Welcome back also to Bec Brown and she along with many others deserve a mention for the manner in which the Tigerettes played last Saturday. They include Morgan Margosis, Kate Reid, Hannah Verris and Kristen Turner.
Goal Kickers: T. Campbell 4, M. Margosis 3, J. Shea 2, J. Bardsley, C. Moncrieff, K. Reid Best Players: T. Campbell, A. Kolano, K. Reid, H. Verri, M. Margosis, K. Turner
Best Players: A. Lascu, G. Bye, K. Croker, I. Reid, C. Fawns, A. Thomson