Wins in all Grades
The Tigers NEAFL team produced their best display since Round 6 with a quality win over competition leaders Belconnen Magpies at Dairy Farmers Park last Sunday.
It was just a month ago (at the same venue) that the Magpies easily accounted for the Tigers but the form reversal coincides with a number of players who have returned in recent weeks and gained valuable match fitness after being absent for long periods.
The NEAFL win added to a highly successful weekend with the Tigerettes, Rising Stars and the Division 1 team all victorious in their respective grades.
It has been described as a team effort but there were some particularly strong efforts from the Tigers on ball brigade who gave the forward line plenty of inside 50 opportunities from centre bounces. The likes of Griggs, Jolliffe, Conroy and Stevens enjoyed plenty of ball from Irwin and Nathan Kerlin.
The Tigers backline has been bolstered in recent weeks with the inclusion of Ryan Quade. He has certainly displayed outstanding leadership qualities in this time.
Up forward James Kavanagh once again provided a strong target posting 5 goals for his efforts while alongside him Ben Fulford adds a different dimension to the forward line with his pace and agility providing a headache to opponents. This time round he posted four goals. Ben Klemke played strongly even though carrying an injury.
Jeremy Kirkwood played his best for the year with damaging run from the half backline. Jarrod Atkinson also provided plenty of experience and pace.
The Tigers have heaps of youth in the team with Under 18 Grade Vice Captain Jason Taylor playing his first NEAFL game along side other youngsters in Kieran Shea and Sam Jensen. All were prominent throughout with strong endeavour to win the hard contest and take on their respective opponents.
The competition ladder below indicates the Tigers are just one game plus percentage out of a finals position. With one round remaining they take on Hills Eagles at DFP next Saturday while GWS GIANTS meet Brisbane Lions in Brisbane. A win to the Tigers and a loss to the GIANTS would see them on equal points in 5th position but the huge % advantage of the GWS team will see the Tigers unable to defend their 2012 title.
2013 Eastern ConferenceTEAMPWLDB%PTSSydney Swans1711604139.0444Belconnen1711604127.7444Ainslie1710704108.7540Eastlake171070494.3840UWS Giants179804134.2036Queanbeyan17890490.3132Hills Eagles177100488.2428Sydney Uni176110488.2424Tuggeranong172150442.978
Goal Kickers: J. Kavanagh 5, B. Fulford 4, W. Griggs , A. Swan , D. Smith , T. Conroy , K. Stevens , B. Klemke Best Players: S. Jolliffe, B. Fulford, J. Kirkwood, B. Walker, K. Shea, J. Atkinson
Goal Kickers: C. York 4, J. Bennett 3, A. Dess 2, M. Lokan , J. Love , B. Weston Best Players: J. Bennett, M. Porter, C. Jansen, C. York, R. Turnbull
AFL Canberra Division 1
For the third time this season the youthful Division 1 team has defeated the Magpies with a gutsy 9 point win at Dairy Farmers Park. Earlier this season the Magpies ran rampant over the Tigers posting a comprehensive win but during the last three encounters against the Magpies they have won when going into the game(s) as the underdog.
With three players backing up from the Under 18 Grade game there was strong reason to think that the home team would struggle against the second placed team. It was not to be with Brandon Lagana, Tim Shea and Scott Lancaster all providing plenty of run during the game. In fact Lagana was fantastic with quick hands and clean disposal on most occasions.
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Jake Oram was again clever with his never say die attitude giving plenty of inspiration to other team mates. Chase Grintell has improved “out of sight” this year. There is plenty of optimism about Tim Brook after playing only his second game for the Club. A mid season move to the area, then a hamstring strain in his first game has meant a lengthy stint on the sideline but there is heaps to like about him – in particular his hardness at the ball .
Jared Daniel was strong as was Jack O’Halloran – another player who the club rates highly. With a strong off season he will be primed for NEAFL inclusion.
Goal Kickers: C. Grintell 2, M. Wescombe 2, T. Brook , R. Irwin , J. Armstrong , J. Daniel , D. Hespe , S. Lancaster , C. Griggs Best Players: J. Oram, J. O”Halloran, S. Kelland, C. Grintell, S. Camp, T. Brook, B Lagana
Goal Kickers: D. Posch 3, L. Austin 2, M. Newman Best Players: B. McCabe, A. Gatenby, D. Posch, C. Calvert, T. Alexander, T. Lefort
Under 18 Grade Rising Stars
The Tigers Rising Stars team played a deferred match at Lindwell Oval against Marist on Saturday and came away with the points in an entertaining game. The win enables them to remain on top of the ladder with just two games remaining.
Adam Lee was outstanding in the backline along with Sam Bowden. Both are quality players and rarely beaten.
Up forward Cody Haub has an amazing ability to kick long range goals particular from the sideline while Marcus Lawrence is a live wirer forward line player with plenty of pace – he posted three great goals on Saturday and is a player of similar style to that of Tigers NEAFL player Ben Fulford.
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Jarrod Thompson has enjoyed a lengthy period in the NEAFL team and showed that experience when playing for the Under 18 Grade side last Saturday. He along with Jono Bowyer, Josh Gibbs and Tim Shea were strong throughout.
Goal Kickers: M. Pert 2, J. Sims , T. Keys , P. Tonkin , N. Wood , J. Kidd Best Players: W. Downing, J. Hicks, T. Keys, S. Darcy, M. Pert, P. Tonkin
Goal Kickers: M. Lawrence 3, T. Shea 2, C. Haub 2, B. Williams , E. Callender , J. Gibbs , S. Lancaster , D. Osarek , J. Thompson Best Players: J. Thompson, C. Haub, A. Lee*, T. Shea, J. Bowyer, J. Gibbs
The Tigers Ladies team have gone through the regular home and away season undefeated in the Division 2 competition and as such have been named Minor Premiers. This is a fantastic achievement for the Coaching staff (old and new) and to the many volunteers who assist week in week out. Congratulations Tigerettes and all the very best in the finals in two weeks time.
The Tigerettes held the ADFA team scoreless last Saturday in their match at RMC.
For the second consecutive week, a Tigerette played a milestone game, this time being Jane Vucago. Congrats Jane – a wonderful achievement.
The experience of Hannah Dunn once again shone through – with three goals to her credit. Tegan Tisma and Kristen Turner also played well but it was the name Lieschke that took best on ground honours.
The Lieschke name was prominent in the Tigers footy club with former player Andrew Lieschke playing over 100 1st Grade games .
Fallon (Lieschke) joined the Tigers this year and has displayed strong on ball qualities in all her games this year.
The Tigerettes have a bye in the last round before playing FINALS footy.
Best Players: C. Cosyn, T. Udycz, J. Reading, A. Scott, S. Laws, F. Geosits
Goal Kickers: H. Dunn 3, F. Lieschke 2, L. Newbery , L. Watson , R. Finley Best Players: F. Lieschke, H. Dunn, K. Turner, M. Eldridge, T. Tisma, E. Greet