U12's win again...
U14's go so close...
U16's show improvement...Juniors Results
The Tigers were up against Ferny Grove on Sunday with all players keen to get back into footy after the break. We welcomed new player Luke Wilkinson into the team and hoped he could add size and strength to our midfield. The side needed to concentrate on their start, a downfall in recent games.
The first quarter started well with plenty of run out of the middle from onballers Corbin Dickfos and Trent Ely pushing the ball forward. Use of the football was good but Ferny Grove were playing tight. Brock MacIntosh was providing a target and pushed to the front of the pack to gain a free to post the first goal. Great crumbing and persistence from Corbin Dickfos provided a second but Ferny Grove hit back with two goals of their own to go to quarter time 1 point in front.
The second quarter saw the Tigers fight hard for the footy with hard tackling, second efforts and persistence. Ferny Grove were providing good opposition and goaled twice early in the quarter but the Tigers hit back with goals to Keenan Madden and Corbin Dickfos. The Tigers were made to work hard for their goals but just prior to half time the Falcons scored a further goal to go in at half time 7 points in the lead.
The coaches reminded the players that while the first half was good, they needed to start again. A few players were feeling the effects of the flu but were asked to keep pushing, and push they did with the Tigers slowly gaining control through goals to Pat Pyke (2) and Keenan Madden. New boy Luke Wilkinson and Peter Furness were
providing plenty of drive through the centre with hard running and strength, and Luke pushed forward to score his first major for his new club. The Tigers had moved to a three goal lead but unfortunately allowed the Falcons to score three goals in the last 5 minutes of the quarter and they regained the lead at the end of the quarter by two points. A harsh lesson for the Tigers who were sitting back thinking their job was done.
Once again the players were asked to dig deep in the last quarter and they started well with an opportunist goal from Zac O'Hea which put the Tigers back in front. The game was a real arm wrestle, and all players were working hard. Ferny Grove pushed forward twice for goals and had moved to a 6 point lead. The Tigers were still fighting but could not convert their good work into goals. The Falcons run the ball out of defence and scored the match winning goal just minutes before the final siren to run out 12 point winners.
A great effort once again by the fighting Tigers and we can see the results of some of our hard work paying off. The players still need to concentrate and play for 4 quarters though as that is the way to get results. We look forward to next Sunday's game against Ipswich hoping to avenge our defeat from earlier in the year.