The Caboolture Lions hosted the Redcliffe Tigers on Saturday afternoon, with both sides playing for the 'Councillor's Cup'. The new trophy is sponsored by Cr James Houghton and Cr Greg Chippendale from the Moreton Bay Regional Council. The Tigers had to make some late changes to their line-up meaning a quick re-structure for Coach Andrew Kouvaras. The first quarter was a real shoot-out as the onballers from both sides were setting up many forward entries, James Niven and Kouvaras were all class in keeping the visitors to a 1 goal deficit at quarter time.
The second term was the Tigers' best for some time as dominant ruckman Brett Somers gave the visitors first use giving forwards in Loughnan and Williams plenty of inside 50's. The Lions were still able to attack, though through wider avenues and the Redcliffe backline were very good. Joey Kunst lead the way with his fierce tackling and fellow back Aaron Richardson was creating his side's drive. A five goal to two term had the Tigers up by 8 points at the main break. It was going to take a big effort to maintain the desperate style of play that had the Tigers in front, but 4 quarters of football is what it takes to win.
The third quarter saw Caboolture boot five goals to one, leaving Redcliffe with a difficult assignment for the final term. Michael Allkin excelled in his role of shutting down one of the Lion's playmakers and Jason Burgoyne again showed his teammates what second and third efforts looked like. Damien Lee was marking like a key forward down back, however the Lions had many options. Some brilliant solo efforts by Davis, Jenkins and Spencer were able to create some drive for Redcliffe however an under-strength Tiger side needed the siren to re-group.
The last term was made even harder early for the Tigers as they lost solid midfielder Richard Kernick and veteran Shane Ward, and ended up with one man on the bench. After the third term the signs were ominous for the visitors as a blow-out was a real possibility. With only pride left to play for there were so many selfless acts from the black & golds and the ability to keep the margin to 6 goals was a real credit to the visiting Tigers as their hosts were a quality side. Scott Davis was another outstanding player on the day, nullifying the biggest forward on the ground. Next week Redcliffe will play their last home game for the season versus Calamvale and the coaching staff will benefit from some players returning to the side. It is also family day, featuring plenty of fun activities for the kids so we encourage all and sundry to attend in what will be our last home clash!