Tigers Overpower Belconnen.
The Tigers NEAFL team capped off a successful day at Dairy Farmers Park on Saturday winning their match against last years Eastern Conference Grand Finalist Belconnen Magpies by 32 points. The curtain raiser matches saw the Tigers 1st Grade and Under 18 Grade Rising Stars win both matches against Ainslie – last years premiership holders in the respective grades.
In perfect conditions the Tigers were only headed in the opening minutes of the game producing a blistering 7 goal second quarter to have the Magpies chasing tale for the balance of the game. To Belconnen’s credit they never gave in and chased what could have been an overwhelming score.
Up forward the Tigers Brett Fruend was dynamic and elusive producing an opportunist 5 goal haul.
Jarrod Atkinson has been a class act for the opening of the 2014 season and posted 3 goals for his efforts. Matt Liddle had a grin from ear to ear after a match producing career best three goals. Six others featured in the goals kicked tally.
There was a certain amount of relief in the change rooms as the Tigers song was belted out loud and clear for the first time this season. The centre huddle of new comers was almost as big as the main huddle of singers but it was well and truly sung with plenty of gusto.
Goal Kickers: B. Fruend 5, J. Atkinson 3, M. Liddle 3, T. Richards 3, M. Bernasconi 2, J. Kirkwood , T. Conroy , R. Quade , K. Klemke Best Players: J. Atkinson, K. Klemke, T. Conroy, B. Fruend, T. Richards, D. Johnson
Goal Kickers: I. Taylor 3, R. Turnbull 2, J. Taylor 2, C. York 2, A. Dess 2, C. Jansen , M. Sharp , A. Bennett , D. Bunyan , D. Posch Best Players: R. Turnbull, C. Jansen, D. Bunyan, M. Sharp, M. Porter, A. Bennett
AFL Canberra 1st Grade
The Tigers won this battle over reigning premiers Ainslie in a tight contest. A full report is being prepared by Coach Paul Campbell. The 1st Grade takes on newcomers to the competition ANU on Saturday as the main game at Dairy Farmers Park – the game commencing at 2.30pm.Queanbeyan188.8.131.522.13-85Ainslie1.03.24.47.6-48
Goal Kickers: M. Lawrence 3, C. Griggs 2, C. Haub 2, C. Graham 2, S. Wilkinson , M. Haley , N. Hull Best Players: S. Adams, J. Bowyer, M. Haley, N. Irwin, M. Lawrence, A. McCormick
Goal Kickers: A. Grozinger 2, D. Love 2, A. Nolan 2, J. Whatman Best Players: D. Love, B. Renet, S. Boden, M. Renet, D. Tow, M. Ward
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers Under 18 Grade Rising Stars won an enthralling encounter in the early morning game against Ainslie at 9.30am. Once again a number of players stood out including Matthew Grocott who is providing a reliable target up forward each week – posting 5 goals in a strong performance. Jed Simpson proved elusive after an accidental elbow left a number of teeth on shaky territory. Jeremy Smith showed has class in a first up performance for the Club along with Jackson Monck, Josh McGovern and Zac Douch.
Goal Kickers: M. Grocott 5, J. Simpson 2, Z. Cowley-Hilton , A. Page , M. Wallis Best Players: J. Smith, M. Grocott, J. Monck, A. Page, J. McGovern, Z. Douch
Goal Kickers: N. Rowe 2, N. Beaumont 2, H. Muir 2, B. Tomkins Best Players: T. Powell, N. Foley, T. Ford, M. Richardson, H. Richardson, W. Folkard