Goals:Clinton Frusher 4, Shaun Dowell 3, Andrew Kouvaras 2, Ricky "Bobby" Laughnan 2, Kieran Ashby 2, James Niven 2.
Best: Shane Ward (B.O.G), Steve Broadhurst, Shaun Dowell, James Niven, Steve Jenkins, Steve Kennedy, Andrew Kouvaras, Josh Bond, Tim Rhodes, Clint Frusher, Gary Spencer.
The Boys have kept the candle, or should I say, Bombfire burning right through the night and well into the next day down at Rothwell Park.
Call into the club and say G'Day to the players and supporters and join with them in celebrating the 2008 Premiership Victory....
Go the Mighty Tigers
Division 2 Reserves Grand Final Result:
Robina 17.15.117 def Beenleigh 9.6.60
Tigers feast on Buffalo Steak
A huge crowd turned up to Wynnum AFC last Saturday to watch with great anticipation the match of the year, the 2008 State Association Seniors Division 2 Grand Final, and they weren't disappointed. The Tigers were on a 10 game winning streak before the GF, but they knew their Beenleigh opponents were the last team to stop them back in round 9, at home. Since then, both teams have met twice, with the Tigers prevailed on both occasions with a 27 point win in Round 16 and a 61 point thumping in the 2nd Semi Final, however Beenleigh also knew they were the last team to roll the Tigers and they were on a massive high after smashing early flag favourites, Robina in their Preliminary final the week before.
Nerves were tense as the players prepared, for most of them, the biggest match of their lives. Coach Paul Albon gave his charges a stirring heart felt speech before they took the field. The Tigers banner rose, with the words: TIGERS FEAST ON BUFFALO STEAK, REDCLIFFE FOR PREMIERS IN 2008, and the Boys charged through it with pride and passion. It was, Game On!!!
The Buffalo's started well, with a free kick in front of goal which resulted in 6 points. They again won the centre clearance and held the ball in their forward line scoring 2 more points, before the Tigers were able to find their Spearhead, Clint Frusher, who marked then put the first major through for Redcliffe. Beenleigh bounced right back with 2 quick goals of their own to hold a handy 15 point lead halfway through the 1st term, but as the Tigers have done countless times this year, they finish the quarter with a flurry of goals. Steve Kennedy got right on top with the centre bounces and the Tigers started to win the centre clearances. Kieran Ashby marked and goaled at the 16 minute mark, then Andrew Kouvaras followed up with his 1st for the day only a minute later to reduce Beenleigh's lead to only 3 points. Kouvaras was at it again as he took a courageous mark backing into a pack, only 20 mtrs out from the big sticks. Needless to say, he converted for his 2nd goal in as many minutes, and the Tigers were in front. There was still time left in the quarter for Shaun Dowell to weave some magic and slot through his first and the Tigers 5th straight for the quarter. At the 1st break, Redcliffe held a 9 point lead, 5.0.30 to 3.3.21.
Beenleigh came out firing in the 2nd and had added 20 points to their score before the Tigers registered their 1st score for the quarter. Tremors went through the Tiger army as they saw their joint leading goal kicker, and potential match winner, Clint Frusher leave the ground halfway through the 2nd quarter with a dislocated elbow. However, only minutes later, the Tiger Champion returned to the field to kick an inspirational team and crowd lifting goal, and the Tigers were back. Goals then to James Niven and Ricky Bobby saw the Tigers go into the sheds holding a slender 6 point lead at halftime, but they knew it was going to be a war to win this one.
As they did in the previous 2 quarters, Beenleigh got the good start again and goaled early in the quarter to square the game up. A couple of behinds to the Buffalo's saw them hold a 2 point lead in the 3rd when the Tigers were struck down with an injured to defender Steve Jenkins. Up till that time, many supporters had Jenkins as their best player on the ground, so it left a big hole to fill when Steve left the field. Joel Ralph, who had to pass a fitness test in the morning to take his place in the squad, also had to leave the field, as his injury got the better of him. So trailing by 2 points, halfway through the 3rd quarter in the 2008 Grand Final, and with 2 "Key" players now out of action, the Tigers faithful were looking for some more inspiration to come from somewhere, then Ricky "Bobby" Laughnan stood up to the plate, and snapped a great goal to put the Tigers back in front and the Tiger army responded with cheers all around the ground. James Scapelli who had been doing he's usual hard work around the ground popped the ball up to the front of the goal square allowing Clint Frusher to pull down a screamer, then top it of with his 3rd goal of the day. Another centre bounce clearance to the Tigers followed up with a long bomb to Full Forward, and Frusher did it again. He took another great contested mark, then very unselfishly fires out a handpass to Kieran Ashby who puts boot to ball and kicks his 2nd goal for the day. Beenleigh responded with a goal of their own but Shaun Dowell had unfinished business and finished the quarter by kicking his 2nd goal for game.
The Tigers held a 19 point lead at the final break, the biggest margin of the match, but the game was far from over. Coach Paul Albon had his players controlled and focused as he addressed them for the last time this year. "This is it Boys, we've got one more goal to achieve and this is the quarter to achieve it. Believe in yourself and make it happen..."
The Tigers left the 3 quarter time huddle as one, and the supporters sensed something big was about to happen, however the Buffalo's weren't going down without a fight, and as previous quarters, they had the 1st score on the board, albeit a point, but it reduced the lead to 3 straight goals. However minutes later, Frusher was at it again, pulling down another great mark, then converting with his 4th goal of the Grand Final. You could feel the Tigers starting to grow in confidence as the Buffalo's were starting to run out of legs, and frustration crept into their game, giving a 50 mtr penalty away, allowing Shaun Dowell to kick his 3rd for the match and put the game beyond doubt. James Niven also wanted to be a dual goal kicker and slotted the last goal through for the day as the Mighty Redcliffe "Magic Meat" Tigers ran out 28 point winners, 15.6.96 to Beenleigh's 9.14.68 to take out the 2008 State Association Div 2 Seniors Premiership.
Shane Ward was voted as the Best Players on the ground by the officiating umpires, which is a real credit to Wardy. He was outstanding all day, and has the lumps and bruises to prove it. The entire backline were resilient as always, lead by Steve Broadhurst, Tim Rhodes and Brett Somers, who just got off a plane from Sth Africa to play in the GF. Gary "Yahoo" Spencer also had to pass a fitness test in the morning to make the squad, but he got through the game in flying colours, other than a boot blow-out late in the game, while Scott Davis, Aaron Richardson and Shaun O'Sullivan kept their opponents in check. The onballers in Andrew Kouvaras, Damian Lee and Drew Argus were fed the ball brilliantly from ruckman Steve Kennedy and kept the forwards busy, while Josh Bond was a pivotal target at Centre Half Forward for the Premiership Tigers.
A special thanks must go to regular seniors player, Michael "Sanchez" Allkin for taking on the responsibilities of being Paul Albons runners for the day, and also a huge thank-you to Tyson Brown & Matty Palmer for keeping our Premiership boys hydrated throughout the game, your work was conducted with a very professional manner and was greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to the boys on a fantastic season, and we look forward to what's in store for next season.