Tigers take the points against Eastlake in both 1st Grade Matches.
An intriguing game played out at Allinsure Park on Sunday with the Tigers Men’s 1st Grade kicking on in the last quarter to take the points against a competitive Eastlake combination. The Demons held sway early in the second term and look likely to take a firm grip on the game until a late surge by the Tigers placed the home team just two points up at the main break.
From there the Tigers held onto a slender lead for the balance of the game taking the match by 16 points. Had they been more direct in front of goal, the margin may have blown out, but it was the pressure of the Demons defence that caused many indirect attempts upon goal.
A strong crowd was bolstered by many former 100 game players in attendance to congratulate Andrew Swan on his 100th 1st Grade match for the Tigers. They witnessed an entertaining game throughout highlighted by Aidan Bowyer’s first 1st Grade game – Aidan being the son of former Tigers premiership player Ian.
Ever reliable Dean Simpson was creative down back even drifting into the forward line for a rare goal. Campbell Lovell showed his class throughout often sending the Tigers into attack. There were 10 goal kickers for the Tigers which indicates a wide spread of the ball among all players from the half back line.
Goal Kickers: M. Grocott 2, B. Fruend 2, T. Collins 2, T. Clowry, J. Carroll-Tape, T. Conroy, A. Swan, C. Palombi, L. Squire, D. Simpson Best Players: D. Simpson, C. Lovell, T. Conroy, L. Squire, J. Bryce, J. Carroll-Tape
Goal Kickers: D. Biermann 4, H. Block, S. De Sousa, M. Kendrick, D. Potts, M. Beaumont, J. Roberts, N. Anderson, J. Hancock Best Players: D. Biermann, L. Lupton, S. De Sousa, A. Wilson, J. Hancock, S. Darcy
The Tigerettes continued their winning way with a comprehensive win over last years grand final opponents and premiers Eastlake. Unfortunately, it was a costly win with injuries to two-star players of the Tigerettes in Amy Morschel and Jackie Parry the latter posting 4 goals before having to leave the field. The seventy-point win has firmly established the Tigerettes on top of the ladder as they move into the second part of the season.
Playing under lights at Allinsure, the home team was best served by any number of players however there were standout performances by youngsters Jade Hamilton and Kate Woodward along with seasoned veterans Ella Ross and Hannah Dunn.
Goal Kickers: J. Parry 4, J. Stramandinoli 2, H. Dunn 2, R. Grounds, K. Woodward Best Players: J. Hamilton, K. Woodward, R. Grounds, J. Stramandinoli, H. Dunn, E. Ross
Eastlake Demons Best Players: C. Brown, S. Ajani, C. Welsh, R. Prince, M. Johnson, K. Castle
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers Rising Stars were well beaten on Sunday by Eastlake in the opening game at Allinsure Park a five-goal opening term by the Demons set the
Unfortunately, another injury has severely dented the Tigers playing list, this time to Jarrod Barker. This promising youngster recently returned from injury only to be struck down with a reoccurring shoulder problem. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for the lad.
Some good performances from Jack Armstrong, Ben Purdon and Jomel Jackson-Pomare are encouraging signs among the likes of Jordon Gilbert and Jared Foley. The highlight of the game came from the smallest guy on the field – a flying Ollie Rowley over a pack of players just missing what would have been a contender for mark of the year.
Goal Kickers: J. Manners 2, J. Armstrong Best Players: J. Gilbert, J. Foley, J. Armstrong, B. Purdon, J. Jackson-Pomare, S. Frost
Goal Kickers: A. Jones 4, J. Edwards 3, T. Kennealy 2, J. Geerdink, R. Hosking Best Players: T. Kennealy, J. Edwards, L. Thompson, R. Hosking, A. Jones, S. Roberts
Men’s Reserve Grade
The Tigers Reserve Grade lost their first game of the year to Eastlake Demons. After posting the first 4 goals of the game, they came tumbling down to a far superior Demons outfit. The undermanned Tigers team assisted by Mitch Taylor and Jack Manners (backing up from the Under 18 Grade) were far from impressive after the quarter time break posting just 1.8 for the remainder of the game while allowing the opposition to post 10 goals 8 points.
Hugh McKenzie, Bailey Greenwood and Jack Manners were standout players for the Tigers along with strong performances from Mitch Price, Ollie Hicks and Jake Kerr.
Goal Kickers: H. McKenzie, O. Hicks, E. Maatouk, K. Doherty, M. Lawrence Best Players: J. Manners, E. Maatouk, O. Hicks, J. Kerr, B. Greenwood, M. Price
Goal Kickers: L. Junk-Gibson 2, J. Kerin 2, A. Watt, P. Sharp, J. Edwards, D. Discipio, J. Askew, J. Stuart Best Players: J. Askew, R. Goodall, D. Discipio, A. Watt, J. Stuart, E. Rosin
Tigerettes Reserve Grade
The Tigerettes Reserve Grade team traveled to Cootamundra on Saturday to take on the Coota Blues and came home convincing winners by 98 points. Full credit to the players who made the journey. In near perfect conditions, the visitors outclassed an undermanned Cootamundra team having a firm hold on the game at half time. Jill Shea, Shaylee Dal Santo and Hayley Bowyer all posted three goals apiece and were adjudged among the best on the day. Jordan Barsley continues her improvement along with Jenna Williams and Julia Bedin.
A huge thank you to the volunteers who traveled to assist on the day. Their commitment to the task of providing the best for each team regardless of grade is outstanding and highly commended.
Goal Kickers: M. Perceval Best Players: M. Perceval, A. Armstrong, E. Poulton, S. Clarke, S. Ormond, A. Parkinson
Goal Kickers: J. Shea 3, H. Bowyer 3, S. Dal Santo 3, J. Bedin 2, B. James, J. Williams, J. Bardsley, S. Armistead, L. Flakelar Best Players: J. Bardsley, H. Bowyer, J. Williams, L. Flakelar, B. James, H. Verri