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Manuka Oval looked fantastic. There is no doubt it has to be one of the best boutique grounds in the country. What is lacks in atmosphere it certainly makes up in its “good looks”. It’s a quality ground.
The Tigers produced its own quality at the weekend with a quality Reserve Grade team playing quality football by quality players.
In a decisive win for the Tigers Club, the Reserve Grade team made it Back to Back Premierships in this grade with a 52 point win over the Magpies.
Tigers support staff at the final.
After an even first quarter, the Tigers posted 6 second term goals to take a commanding lead into the main change. Another five were added after the break and the game was all but over by the last quarter.
It was a jubilant coaching staff that walked to the bench from the coaches’ box ten minutes prior to the final siren. They had worked hard throughout the year particularly early when playing personal constantly changed from week to week.
Some 50 players played in this grade during the year, so to select a final 22 became a nightmare for Coach Adrian Pavese and his Assistant Rohan Langford. Their final decision making was justified with every playing contributing to the Premiership.
6 Goal Hero Andrew Lieschke getting prepared before the final.
The best on ground went to veteran Renee Ioppi whose influence on the match early in the game was a telling factor in the substantial lead the Tigers had at the main break. His bulk and guidance provided the younger players with confidence as the game evolved.
Nothing could be taken from another experienced player in Andrew Lieschke who posted six goals from a forward pocket. His senior grade experience shone out during the match but nothing shone more than the smile on his face after achieving premiership success for the Tigers after four previous losses at 1st grade level.
Jared Daniels inclusion in the selected team came down to the wire, but his contribution of four goals (one on the run from 50 out in the 3rd term) provided the team with a strong running, elusive player. He should take from this game his true ability and work hard over the summer months for season 2011.
The surprise packet in 2010 has been Simon Mackie. Although playing the later part of the season in 1st grade he qualified for the reserves. The Tigers crowd in attendance thought his contribution was outstanding with his strong running and excellent delivery of the ball PLUS two goals from the back-line being highlights of a great game.
Every player contributed and they are to be congratulated on an outstanding season; they won their final 13 games to become PREMIERS.
It “may” have been the last match for a number of veterans but lets hope not. There is another batch of youngsters progressing through the ranks that need their leadership, experience and guidance for at least “another” year !!!!
QUEANBEYAN 4 2 10 7 15 11 16 11 (107) BELCONNEN 4 1 4 2 5 4 8 7 (55)QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: A. LIESCHKE 6, J. DANIEL 4, R. IOPPI 3, S. MACKIE 2, S. Kelly 1 Best Players: S. MACKIE, A. LIESCHKE, R. IOPPI, T. HOLLIS, J. DANIEL, M. Moss BELCONNEN MAGPIES Goal Kickers: S. MIEKLE 2, D. Posch 2, J. HODDER , R. TOWILL , C. ECKERSLEY , D. Jordan Best Players: S. Boyd, K. FERNS, A. WHITTARD, D. Jordan, L. Rhodes, J. HODDER
Back to Back Joy!
Part of the big Tiger crowd supporting the Reserves.
Vice Captain Greg Hair played very well.
Simon Mackie was outstanding in the Premiership win.
First Bounce 2010 Reserves Grand Final.
Doug, Pav and Rohan calm before the Grand Final.