Tigers continue build up for Finals with strong results!
4 wins from 5 last weekend with comprehensive victories to the Tigers Men’s and Tigerettes 1st Grade plus Men’s and Tigerettes Reserve Grades. The
Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars.
The early match at Allinsure Park last Sunday featured the Tigers Rising Stars up against the big improvers of 2019 in the Tuggeranong Hawks. The scores don’t indicate the quality of the match even though the home team was defeated by 48 points.
Inaccuracy early for the Tigers and an amazing 4 goals straight to the Hawks in the 1st quarter followed by a further 8 goals straight in the final two quarters blew the score line out in favour of the Hawks.
Wade Derksen (who featured briefly in this team mid-season last year) has returned and with his flare is sure to come under notice by senior grade selectors. He has impressed during his past two matches and with a permanent move to Queanbeyan has him poised for a strong season in 2020 in the senior ranks.
Brad Rauter is another who has impressed in recent matches since his return from injury and representative duties. He is another who could follow in the footsteps of other Under 18 Grade players who have been promoted into 1st Grade this season.
The young Tigers never gave in on Sunday with others prominent in the defeat being Ben Thurling, Hugh Clark, Sam Robinson, the high-flying Ollie Rowley and in his usual manner Jordan Gilbert.
Goal Kickers: J. Foley, A. Sergi, W. Derksen Best Players: B. Rauter, J. Gilbert, W. Derksen, B. Thurling, H. Clark, S. Robinson
Tigerettes Reserve Grade
The Tigerettes Reserve Grade became the first ever Queanbeyan team to play at Yass, where they met “half way” in a match against Cootamundra. On a very foggy and cold morning both teams ran onto the ground and quickly disappeared, being frequently seen before the fog lifted.
The Coota Ladies played well throughout with a full complement of players and gave the youthful Tigerettes a strong contest. As with the Tigers Under 18 Grade team, inaccuracy featured (if that is a feature) and interestingly both teams are coached by the same coaching group – something to think of guys!!.
The Tigerettes were best served by Melissa Hurley, Hannah Verri, Julia Bedin with Chelsey Hamilton being the main goal kicker with 2 goals.
A huge thank you to our volunteers who traveled to Yass on Saturday and then backed up again on Sunday. In particular to Tim Stephinson for once again blowing the whistle.
Goal Kickers: B. Colbertaldo Best Players: S. Bloor, E. Poulton, M. Perceval, A. Parkinson, S. Ormond, A. Armstrong
Goal Kickers: C. Hamilton 2, H. Verri 2, S. Dal Santo Best Players: M. Hurley, H. Verri, S. Close, K. Turner, K. Pye, J. Bedin
Men’s 1st Grade
The Tigers have moved back into second position on the ladder with an emphatic win over the Hawks. They produced a blistering open term with 8 quality goals. This quarter undoubtedly set the win up for the Tigers. The remainder of the match saw the Hawks display a stronger attack on the ball restricting the Tigers to just a further 12 goals for the game.
Easily a feature of the match was the debut of three players playing their respective first 1st Grade game for the Club. Jayden Cutts (after an injury riddled season) claimed a senior grade spot after posting 10 goals the previous week. His didn’t disappoint with 3 goals to his credit last Sunday. Former Marist College student Hugh McKenzie made his debut in 1st Grade since joining the Club in 2017. This very popular young man has been a constant performer in the Reserves and deserved his elevation into the senior grade.
The final player making his debut would be the second youngest in the Club’s history.
In attendance to present Josh Fahey his jumper would be the youngest player ever in the Clubs 95-year evolution in James Black. Proudly wearing his Tigers 100 Club blazer, James reflected on his first game 50 years ago in 1969, a completely different time for the Club when struggling to compete in the League often being defeated by 20 to 30 goals every week.
James went onto win four 1st Grade Best and Fairest titles, was a member of the famous ACTAFL Representative team that defeated the VFL (now AFL) at Manuka Oval in 1980 and playing 191 1st Grade matches before injury halted his career. In presenting Josh his jumper, he reminded the youngster to concentrate on any deficiencies he may have to make sure he gives himself every chance of a successful career in our great game.
The Tigers had 10 goal kickers against the Hawks, including three each to Brett Fruend, Jayden Cutts, Matt Grocott and Alex Page. Grocott being adjudged best on ground followed by Tyler Collins who probably played his best game for the Club. Other notable performances came from Christian Palombi, Ryan Worn, Jed Simpson, Campbell Lovell and Toby Conroy.
Goal Kickers: B. Fruend 3, M. Grocott 3, A. Page 3, J. Cutts 3, T. Clowry 2, T. Conroy 2, J. Fahey, J. Bryce, H. McKenzie, M. Lawrence Best Players: M. Grocott, A. Page, C. Lovell, J. Simpson, T. Conroy, R. Worn
Tigers Men’s Reserve Grade
The Tigers Reserve Grade team have moved back to top of the ladder with a 24-goal win over the Hawks posting 13 goals in both halves of footy. The Hawks lost a few players during the match with injury – hence the score blowout – however much to their credit they never stopped trying.
Justin Galloway made a return to footy after weeks out through “a self-inflicted” injury posting 5 quality goals. Aiden Bowyer dropped back from seniors for the week collecting four goals for his efforts. Scott Lancaster and Bailey Greenwood continue to place pressure on the senior grade players with consecutive strong games as does Alec McCormick and another to drop back in Jack Carroll- Tape.
Fantastic to see Luke Thompson get the opportunity to play alongside his stepson Bailey Greenwood – both being named in the best. Thomo seems to have been around the club for decades but due to work and family commitments hasn’t been a regular through the years, but he has certainly made up for lost time with an impressive performance in front of many family and friends.
Goal Kickers: J. Galloway 5, A. Bowyer 4, T. Flight 3, S. Lancaster 3, T. Shea 2, E. Maatouk 2, J. Carroll-Tape 2, W. Morshead, A. Godfrey, L. Thompson, A. McCORMICK, H. Peers Best Players: A. Bowyer, S. Lancaster, B. Greenwood, L. Thompson, J. Galloway, A. Godfrey
Tigerettes 1st Grade
The last game of the day would see the Tigerettes maintain their unbeaten season holding their opposition scoreless while posting an impressive 90 points themselves.
Tarni Evans has made a welcome return and was explosive around the field sending the Tigerettes into attack on countless occasions and posting 3 goals along the way. Up forward Jackie Parry dominated with 4 majors to her name. The Hamilton’s Jayde and Lexie were both prominent as was Ashlee Jakim and Ruby Grounds.
Over the final three weeks before finals, they will play all other finals contenders in Eastlake, Belconnen and Ainslie and will be looking continue their strong form with a number of players to return who were unavailable last week.
Well done to stand in Coach Kenny Scissons.
Goal Kickers: J. Parry 4, T. Evans 3, R. Grounds, S. Arcus, J. Hamilton, L. Watson, A. Hamilton, E. Ross Best Players: J. Parry, E. Ross, R. Grounds, C. Res, A. Jakim, T. Evans
Best Players: H. Bartholomew , K. Ghirardello, K. Greenacre, K. Davoren, N. Lockyer, N. Harvey