Tigers head into Bye full of confidence!
The Tigers players, coaches and volunteers head into the June Long Weekend bye looking forward to a break following another successful weekend of results.
The injury hit men's and women's programs can now take some time to refresh and recharge with up to 25 players looking like they will return post bye from niggles and unavailability.
Rising Stars Men
Another tough one for the young cubs as they again fell by a narrow margin against the Valley last weekend. This is the lads 5th loss for the year and still have a % of over 100 which shows this group isn't far away from the best teams.
With numbers being very light on you certainly can't doubt the efforts and courage of this squad and with balancing 35 players between the 17s and RS teams, the boys are to be congratulated with their never say die attitude.
This was evident last week when the boys gave up a 4 goal start to not only get themsleves back in the contest but also lead late in the game. Spinks, Jack Armstrong and Jono Silver continue their great form with Alessandro Sergi leading the League Goal Kicking also having a fine season thus far.
Tuggeranong 5.3 5.4 6.6 7.6-48 Queanbeyan Tigers 2.1 4.4 6.5 6.9-45 Goal Kickers: E. Brennan 2, A. Sergi 2, Z. Levine, L. Gray Best Players: C. Spinks, J. Armstrong, J. Silver, M. Banic, D. Posthuma, O. Quantrill
Tigerette's Reserve Grade
Two wins from their last two starts have propelled Kenny's girls right back into the finals frame and with the playing list to strengthen post bye the other teams should be looking over their shoulders for sure.
It was Captain courageous Lon Flakelar once again leading from the front with Madi Lustri continuing her stella form in her first full season of senior footy. Verri and Anderson continue to be rock solid in tough contests and with the forward line boosting Shea and Chelsey Hamilton, the girls are getting rewards for efforts.
The inclusion of Maddie Martin from Wagga has also strengthened the side and has added to the midfield strength with Susie Armistead and Zalie Betts.
Men's Reserve Grade
It was the second week in a row the undermanned twos squad had to play 16 a side due to numbers and for a second week showed great heart and improvement to steal another win.
This team is really starting to find ways to win and again like the women's program are expecting an influx of players post bye to help strengthen the squad. Hugh McKenzie is showing awesome form and is really knocking on the door of the strong 1st grade team looking for a call up.
There is now plenty of senior experience in this group all looking for there chance to impress and keep pressure on the 1s with Will Taylor, Morshead, Bridger, Hicks, Kieran Shea and Lehmo to name a few.
It was great to see the return of Aidan Bowyer from long term injury and quickly showed with a month of footy under his belt he will again be in the frame for senior footy. As mentioned with numbers returning the lads will be looking forward to challenging the teams above them in the coming weeks.
Tuggeranong 0.0 0.2 0.2 2.3-15 Queanbeyan Tigers 3.4 5.5 11.9 13.12-90 Goal Kickers: A. Sergi 3, W. Morshead 2, J. Lopes 2, O. Hicks, S. Kyle, J. Bridger, A. Bowyer, K. Shea, C. Cawse Best Players: H. McKenzie, J. Bridger, W. Morshead, K. Shea, J. Lehman, A. Bowyer
Men's 1st Grade
Heading into the bye with a 5 & 1 record has the senior boys well placed heading into the next phase of the competition and the most pleasing aspect of their position is again the depth in the club at present.
Like 2020 injuries, have again hit the club however despite the hiccups the squad is able to replace injuries with ready made senior players raring to go. Selections are certainly not fun at the moment but is exciting at the same time with the 1st Grade team knowing there are plenty in the 2s ready to take their spot.
Once again the twin towers of Swan and Stapleton kicked plenty of goals but it is the work of the defense gaining the praise internally. While the team is kicking good scores at the moment the fact the squad currently has the best defense in the league is a standout effort.
Iudica continues to shine off half back and with LoPilato, Simpson and McCormick all in good form the opposition certainly have to work hard to break through. Added to this are Derksen, Highfield, Conroy, Edgar and Griggs all in solid midfield form as well.
With Klemke to return next game, Freddie Lovell also close and Collins due back in 5 weeks, the squad looks to be stronger in coming rounds.
Tuggeranong 0.1 2.1 2.3 2.4-16 Queanbeyan Tigers 8.2 14.7 18.11 26.18-174 Goal Kickers: A. Swan 7, J. Stapleton 5, R. Pollock 3, J. Bryce 3, T. Clowry 2, S. Jensen 2, A. Page, T. Conroy, J. Iudica, Z. Derksen Best Players: A. Swan, J. Iudica, Z. Derksen, R. Pollock, D. Simpson, L. Highfield
Tigerette's 1st Grade
Chemistry hits the Tigerettes 2021 campaign
Like the Tigers Women’s squads of the past 2 years, the Tigerettes have started to show signs of returning dominance as they forcefully dismantled the Tuggeranong Valley Football Club at Greenway oval during round 6.
Despite the cold conditions the Tigerettes, dominated on the scoreboard, at the stoppages and around the ground as local wildlife (Kangaroos onlooking) where on lookers to Alexia Hamilton’s masterclass where she dominated the game from the midfield and forward, contributing a 6 goal haul in an already star studded line-up.
The first half started nicely with a quick goal within the very first minutes of the game by Cynthia Hamilton. A trend that would continue through the whole game with the likes of Ruby Grounds, Mindy Quade, Kate McGrath, Sophia Arcus, India Lehman and Alexia Hamilton all scoring goals during the game.
Coach Chris Clifton also helped Jess Stramandinoli celebrate her fiftieth first grade game for the Tigeretts when she was thrusted forward to get in on the goal scoring frenzy.
MVP: Alexia Hamilton
Still being fresh from her recent stint playing with North Melbourne in the VFLW, Hamilton has transitioned back home with ease into the Tigerettes line up. She had the ball on string during Rd 6 combined with her skillful execution and disposal that was on display for all to watch.
It was graceful to watch her move in and out of the opposition defenses, as she not only provided evasive forward craft, but also providing an extra gear to the Tigerettes midfield. Her versatility must also be mentioned as she was sent to the back line for a quarter, cutting off any chance for a Tuggeranong forward 50 entry.
Tuggeranong 0.0 0.1 0.1 1.1-7 Queanbeyan Tigers 6.4 13.5 19.11 23.14-152 Goal Kickers: A. Hamilton 6, S. Arcus 3, K. McGrath 3, R. Grounds 2, C. Hamilton 2, S. Close 2, M. Quade 2, J. Hamilton, J. Stramandinoli, I. Lehman Best Players: A. Hamilton, K. McGrath, A. Morschel , C. Hamilton, S. Arcus, J. Hamilton