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Venue Change doesn’t help Tigers!

Liam Walker-Eastick made his 1st Grade Debut against the Swans.

NEAFL – Eastern Conference

As the Tigers bus “reigned” in the kilometres to Sydney – the darker the day become – until such time as the heavens opened and the rain poured down for the last hour of the journey. It continued throughout the night with the obvious question being asked 1000 times – are we still playing at the SCG ???

There was no indication the game would be transferred until one hour before commencement time. The SCG Trust determined the ground would not hold up to consecutive matches and therefore the game was played at the Lakeside Oval. The Swans were fantastic in transferring the match but unfortunately it was played at a ground with no facilities to accommodate coaching staff, time keepers and interchange players. To the credit of Swans Officials, marquees were erected, the ground marked and provision for videoing of the match was arranged within an hour of the game being transferred.

The Club would like to thank everyone who travelled on Saturday / Sunday including the many supporters. Special mention must be made of the QBN FM 96.70 broadcast crew who still delivered a call of the match under very difficult circumstances. Well done Mal and Pete.

Tigers coaching and support staff try and stay dry last Sunday.

It was an even first quarter against a strong Sydney line-up. The Swans kicked the opening two goals of the quarter only to see the Tigers bounce back and lead at quarter time. For the next three quarters the home team were able to pounce early and post goals with in the first five minutes of each term. From there on the Tigers held their own but those early goals resulted in the Swans taking a four goal lead into the last quarter kicking with a strong breeze.

Once again missed opportunities robbed the Tigers of closing the gap mid last quarter and then two late goals to the Swans resulted in what looked like an easy victory. Far was the case. The Tigers came away from the defeat well satisfied with their efforts when considering the previous weeks match against the Magpies. Individually there were some strong performances.

Tom Hollis and Roy Jaques battled gallantly against seasoned AFL players. Youngster Sam Jensen was outstanding. His endeavour to win the hard ball and his tackling was a strong example for others to follow.

Toby Conroy had his best game for the season. He gained many possessions around the ground and repeatedly sent the Tigers forward. Moving back into the team was Steve Jolliffe and he didn’t let the team down. Will Griggs was another who played one of his better games.

In the end, the Swans were cleaner when handling the ball with the likes of Jarrod Moore, Paul Bevan and the tall timber of Jessie White (6 goals) and Daniel Currie being the difference between the two sides. Currie in particular took some strong marks in very wet conditions.

Sydney Swans 3 3 7 6 11 7 15 12 (102) Queanbeyan 3 4 4 5 7 9 7 11 (53)Sydney Swans Goal Kickers: J. WHITE 6, J. MOORE 3, C. HEATH 2, P. BEVAN 2, M. THOMPSON , N. GORDON Best Players: P. BEVAN, D. MCNEIL, D. CURRIE, C. HEATH, K. Murphy, B. SUMNER Queanbeyan Goal Kickers: M. Wescombe 2, S. Jensen , J. Kavanagh , M. Daniher , B. Fruend , S. Jolliffe Best Players: R. Jaques, T. Hollis, J. Kirkwood, S. Jensen, S. Daniel, W. Griggs

Reserve Grade

The Tigers had a comprehensive win over the Gungahlin Jets at Amaroo on Saturday. The size of the victory has surprised most at the club. Not only were they missing Coach Adrian Pavese (who had his hands full when in charge of the ACT Ladies team competing in the National titles in Adelaide) but there were nine players missing from the previous weeks match against the Magpies.

The quality of players missing included; Paul Franchi (inj), Jackson Brooker (inj), Ben Walsh (inj), Steve Jolliffe (promoted), Mitch May (inj), Paul Slater (promoted), Sean Kelly (unav), Liam Wilkinson(sus) and Liam Walker Eastick (promoted). Add Chris Haddock to that list (who was ruled out from seniors due to injury).

The inclusions into the team speak volumes for the quality of depth the club enjoys at the moment. Two of those players – Daniel Campbell (returning from injury) and Taylor Lee kicked 14 goals between them. “Piggy” posted ten of those goals and will certainly be considered for senior selection this week. With so many players absent, it was the likes of Jake Oram, Ryan Price, the relegated Andrew Swan, Brett Ormston, Simon Mackie and Brendan Ward who led the charge against the Jets. Wardie in particular played one of his best for the season.

The Watts twins continually caused the ball to be turned over through their intensity which resulted in the Tigers gaining possession and, a number of times, converting on the score board.

It was a complete team effort from which “stand-in” Coach Brian Campbell could not have been more pleased with. He suggested he could have named 10 to 15 in his best players.

Most of the above players mentioned (who missed last weekends round of footy) should be available for the clash against Tuggeranong on Sunday at DFP.

GUNGAHLIN 1 2 1 3 1 4 2 5 (17) QUEANBEYAN 4 4 11 8 19 9 22 13 (145)Queanbeyan Goals: Campbell 10, Lee 4, Corcoran, Manie 2, Elias, Oram, K Watts, Swan Best Players: Elias, Ormston, Swan, Price, Campbell, Ward GUNGAHLIN Goal Kickers: J. WALSH , A. Hess Best Players: B. Kane, J. Kane, J. WALSH, R. Wood, J. NOBLE

Under 18 Grade

After playing U18s on Saturday, Alec McCormick and Stephen Camp made the trek to Sydney to help out the Senior Team.

Four goals in the opening term against a Marist outfit (who were missing some of their better players) wasn’t good enough as the school team took control into the second term posting 6 goals 8 to take a commanding lead into the third quarter. A strong and bitterly cold wind assisted both teams kicking toward the Woden Plaza end but it was the college team that took full advantage of the conditions.

The Tigers lacked the intensity in a must win game if they were to keep their finals hopes alive. There is little doubt the quality of player in this team has yet to combine and perform at the level expected of them. Coach Paul Campbell was a dejected soul after the match lamenting a lost opportunity to grab a game back on the current final four.

James Armstrong was outstanding for the Tigers. His in and under approach is a fine example for his team mates. Ruck-man Justin Galloway won most centre bounces and was also a valuable contributor around the ground. Adam Lee does his job without any fanfare. He is a consistent performer each and every game.

MARIST 0 3 6 11 10 13 15 15 (105) QUEANBEYAN 4 0 5 1 5 6 6 7 (43)MARIST Goal Kickers: L. Flaherty 3, E. Miles 2, A. Bazzana 2, J. Atkins 2, S. Drummond , B. Fenech , J. Linehan , S. Kenny , J. O”Halloran , S. Darcy Best Players: C. O”Rourke, S. Drummond, B. Fenech, J. O”Halloran, N. Hall, S. Darcy QUEANBEYAN Goal Kickers: S. CAMP 2, S. Vanholland , K. King , T. YEATES , D. Hodder Best Players: J. ARMSTRONG, L. Dowling, J. Galloway, A. Kenworthy, S. CAMP, A. Lee
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