Three from three – all losses
Unfortunately, in footy there are winners and losers.
The Clubs first round of finals footy resulted in three wins from three.
The second week of finals footy would see the reverse with three losses.
The three loses were a combined total of only 21pts.
Now what remains is the Tigerettes 1st Grade Grand Final to be played next Saturday at Manuka Oval under lights, the game commencing at 5.30pm.
Tigerettes Reserve Grade
The Tigerettes Reserve Grade lost their Grand Final last Saturday by just 5 points to Riverina Lions – the game played at Allinsure Park.
In a close and exciting encounter, the Lions held on to win in front of a strong and vocal supporter base considering the Men’s teams were playing at Manuka Oval. Little separated the teams throughout the encounter with just one point being the difference between the two at half and three-quarter times.
Riverina posted the only goal after half time in the last quarter to win back to back premierships and enjoy the long journey back to Wagga.
For the Tigerettes – in just their second season of the Reserve Grade competition, they were fantastic throughout – particularly against the more experienced Riverina combination in the Grand Final. Congratulations to Stacey Close on winning the Best on Ground Medal!!
Thank you to all participants, coaches and volunteers who were involved with the Tigerettes during the 2019 season.
Goal Kickers: C. O”Neill, M. Hurley Best Players: S. Close, M. Callender , K. Reid, O. Straker, M. Hurley, K. Pye
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
At the same time the Tigerettes were playing at Allinsure, the Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade were doing battle with Belconnen Magpies at Manuka Oval in the Preliminary Final.
Had they kicked straight in the final term, a win was there for the taking.
Posting 2.7 to the Magpies solitary 1 goal resulted in a disappointing 6-point loss for the team and for the Tigers highly respected Reserve Grade Coach Alex Lawder.
“Alba” announced he would not be continuing in the role next season but would like to be involved – although a young family will take precedence.
The Tigers started slowly against the Magpies in a low scoring encounter which has been a feature of many games in this competition during the year. Being three goals down at three quarter time, they rallied to have 9 scoring shots to one in the last period, with two posters, but it was not to be, and the footy boots are packed away for yet another few short months until preseason training commences again in November.
Their elimination was an opportunity lost considering their form early in the season.
The lack of a strong high marking forward has certainly been a downfall for the club through the grades this year with last year’s leading goal kicker Dean Lord out injured all season and the loss of Jayden Cutts through suspension through the finals hampering the Tigers goal kicking abilities.
A replacement Coach for the Men’s Reserve Grade will be announced at the Clubs Presentation Night on 18 October.
Goal Kickers: J. Fahey 2, J. Galloway, W. Morshead, D. Ross Best Players: S. Lancaster, W. Morshead, D. Ross, J. Fahey, A. Godfrey, M. Lawrence
Men’s 1st Grade
The Men’s 1st Grade Preliminary Final against Belconnen Magpies was another close encounter. Both teams went goal for goal for most of the match in what was an exciting encounter for spectators in attendance.
Belconnen featured in several opportunities in front of goals during the match which resulted in major scores courtesy of certain decisions by the controlling umpires which more than mystified many in attendance.
The difference in the two teams came down to the conversion of forward 50 entries with the Magpies taking their chances. In the last quarter the Tigers held the ball inside attacking 50 for up to 12 minutes scoring 4 behinds and again being on the wrong end of some tough no call free kicks that could’ve been the difference.
Regardless, the Tigers showed real composure and discipline to work past these calls and kept cracking in all the way to the final siren. Sometimes you can play well and still lose, the lads can hold their heads high!
The result may be disappointing for the Tigers however the positives from the experience and with the knowledge that the majority of players are continuing into 2020 has certainly be uplifting in the wake of the loss.
Goal Kickers: T. Clowry 3, A. Page 2, A. Bowyer, B. Fruend, M. Grocott, T. Collins, C. Palombi, B. Lagana Best Players: T. Conroy, T. Collins, P. Slater, L. Highfield, J. Bryce, D. Simpson