Seniors Match Reports
The Tigers got the first goal on the board and we looked to be up and about but it didn't take long for the Suns to answer back and bang on another couple very quickly highlighting the fact that it was going to be a tough day at the office. Dan Rolls continued his good form around the ground and proving his strength above head and at ground level.
Though the score board started to slip away in the 2nd it was a 4 goals to us, 6 goals to them affair and our backline stood strong through the like of Shaun Smith (Pup) who after playing a game already played the best football of his Tiger career completely shutting down their focal point up forward and he was closely followed by the hard hitting Lachlan Soutter and Jye Davis was reading the play really well down there too.
The Suns started to put the foot down and find the gaps in the field of play their 5 goals to our 1 really started to take the game out of reach. We kept trying to move the ball forward but unfortunately couldn't get the ball deep enough to the full forward line where Josh Bond made the most of his opportunitites kicking 4 for the day.
By this time the feeling was very flat amongst the team and the Suns continued to put the pressure on our backline and booted 7.5 for the last term and were sniffing for a 100 point victory. We managed 3.1 but it simply wasn't enough to stem the flow of forward entries the Suns produced. We had alot to think about post match due to the way we fell away and let the Suns dictate the terms of the game.
Next week the Anzac Day replay against old arch rivals Pine Rivers, still plenty to play for in both grades.
Goal Kickers: J. Bond 4, J. Niven 2, T. Hayes , R. Milligan , D. McInnes , D. Cook
Best Players: , D. Rolls , L. Soutter , S. Smith , J. Davis , J. Niven , D. Cook
With so much to play for between pride and fighting to keep the season alive their was little to be said as the whole team turned up focused and aware of what was at stake. We started strong the ball use was far superior to previous weeks. The change of direction and quick hands was exceptional.
The 2nd term went exactly the same way as we were consistently getting 1st use of the football and giving our forward plenty of action and opportunity to put scores on the board. The Pine Rivers version of bay 13 were keeping things entertaining with the usual home ground sledging. But we stuck to our guns and went into the sheds at half time for a hard earned break.
The home side began to test us in the 3rd and some lapses of judgement and critical ball turnovers allowed Pines forwards to start having an impact on the score board. Though they came back at us we steadied the ship and remained calm making sure we were getting around each other and the positivity amongst the side kept us alive.
After the speech at 3 quarter time reflecting on our injured players and what was on the line we went out to our positions with a strong feeling of high morale. We tackled hard, we moved the ball efficiently and held our ground when the pressure was on. By far our best football for the year and credit to Pine Rivers they did not fall over they continued to come at us for the full 4 quarters. It was such a team effort that individual highlights were too many, we all stood tall and took the 4 points in a hard fought match. 4 games to go, as we know in football, anything can happen!
Goal Kickers: D. McInnes 3, J. Bond 3, S. Dowell 2, J. Niven 2, B. Le Mescam 2, D. Cook , S. Helliwell
Best Players: , R. Milligan , D. Rolls , S. Dowell , B. Beatty , J. Davis , L. Soutter