Ricky Williams 7, Brett Somers 5, James Niven, Mark Crowley 3, Richard Kernick, Ricky Loughnan 2, Chris Anderson, Shane Ward, Craig Bickerton, Ian Brown 1.
Jason Burgoyne, Brett Somers, Steve Jenkins, Ricky Laughnan, Ricky Williams, Mark Crowley
The last home game for the year saw the Redcliffe Tigers host Calamvale. The Leopards had beaten us earlier this year for the first time since 2007, and didn’t they let us know about it ! Fair enough too. However this week they were facing a Tiger side not playing for the ladder position or finals, they were facing a Tiger side playing for pride!
Coach Kouvarus liked what he saw last week in the first half against Caboolture and focused on the pressure Redcliffe applied for Saturday’s clash. Captain Steve Jenkins won the toss and went with the strong breeze to expose the visitors backline early and what a result. Brett Somers up forward was nothing short of sensational, kicking the first 4 goals of the match. His courageous marking was now giving him another string to his bow, goal kicking. Craig Bickerton, James Niven, Joe Kunst and Kouvarus were brilliant in the middle and with a formalised forward structure, the Tigers were able to boot 8 majors to none in the first term.
Calamvale began to challenge in the second quarter only to bring to life the Black and Gold backline, Jenkins, Aaron Richardson, Jason Goodenough and Scott Davis were all combining with massive confidence to turn defence into lightning quick attack whilst once again Gary Spencer completely blanketed a class opponent. Up forward Ricky Williams returned to form using his accurate kicking to give the Leopards even more headaches.
Half time came but Redcliffe weren’t finished yet ! For most of the year the third term has been a blight on many of the Tigers' performances but Kouvarus and Laycock weren’t allowing their charges to relax. Damien Lee was again marking well and Mark Fitzpatrick regained his uncanny ability to create space through congestion. Richie Kernick had a new role and kicked a goal that would have seen him a regular in the world cup. Once again the injuries began to mount minimising the fluency of the Redcliffe rotations but with just one quarter to go no-one in a Tiger Jumper was submitting! Some reshuffling to the side meant little to the home team as Mark Crowley (great game) and Frank Williams proved they are excellent projects for the future and the mature performance of Ian Brown encapsulated the Redcliffe pride, taking a head knock, kicking a goal and returning to the field, when his vision returned.
An awesome victory was slightly soured by a farcical report on Chris Anderson for what could only be described as a late bump. Overshadowing this was the performances of the following 3 players: Rick Loughnan, Michael Alkin and Jason Burgoyne. It’s fair to say Loughnan has been down on confidence through lack of consistency but yesterday was given a licence and made the most of it, his clean marking and smart use was instrumental to the size of our score. Michael Alkin has gone from “a player” to a regular top 10 performer, he would be the coolest player under pressure i have seen in a longtime. For me however the best thing to come out of 2010 is the emergence of Jason Burgoyne, I’ve written many a report focusing on his 2nd and 3rd efforts but after yesterday, add class, skill and timing and this guy is a real star.
Great win guys, but remember, 2 training sessions, 1 massive game to compete in and only then we can prove who we are ..