Strong win over Ainslie!
It took an almighty effort after the first quarter which had the home team down by four goals at the break. Four of the goals scored in this quarter by Ainslie resulted from free kicks in front of goal from undisciplined play by the Tigers.
Queanbeyan rebounded in the second quarter posting 7 unanswered goals to take the lead at half time and were never headed for the balance of the match.
For the second consecutive week Brett Fruend unleashed another excellent game posting 8 goals bringing his tally to 14 in two matches. His “unforced” stint in the reserves has allowed him to gain heaps of confidence and his inclusion in the NEAFL team for the all important clash against Eastlake this Saturday would seem highly likely.
The pace and agility of Liam Walker – Eastick has certainly added strength to his return to the senior grade. He has gained great experience at this level of football since moving from Tathra. Once again Daniel Jabornik was a tower of strength in the back line with the laconic Brendan Ward playing another consistent game for the season.
Last years Under 18 Grade League best and fairest winner Jake Oram has improved out of sight in recent weeks. He has shrugged off most of his niggling injuries which has resulted in him staying on the park giving him valuable game time. Taylor Lee provided strong opposition up forward after a heavy knock the previous week.
The Tigers are now placed comfortably in second position on the ladder with third placed Eastlake on the agenda at Manuka Oval on Saturday.
QUEANBEYAN 1 2 7 3 9 7 14 10 (94) AINSLIE 5 4 5 5 6 7 7 9 (51)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: B. Fruend 8, T. LEE , B. WARD , D. JABORNIK , B. WATTS , S. Mackie , S. Daniel Best Players: B. Fruend, L. WALKER-EASTICK, D. JABORNIK, J. Oram, T. Bull, G. Hair AINSLIE Goal Kickers: S. CAMPBELL 2, K. Morris 2, D. Bowles , A. GROZINGER , C. Baxter Best Players: B. PERRY, C. HAINING, R. TUTT, B. SCHOLES, M. RENET
The Tigers take on Eastlake in all three grades this Saturday at Manuka Oval.
The game was previously scheduled for Sunday but has been moved to the Saturday to accommodate an after match function.
The NEAFL match is the all important of the day with the Tigers senior side now fighting desperately to keep in touch with the final four as the season unfolds. Eastlake has moved into the four after languishing in 5th position for most of the season.They have gained momentum in recent weeks and will be keen to keep the Tigers well away from a possible semi final spot.