This week the Redcliffe Tigers travelled to Griffith Uni to take on the newly formed Griffith-Moorooka side. Neither club had been able to grab a win in the first 3 rounds, so it was going to be a desperate contest for the 4 points. The first quarter started with the visitors slamming on 2 quick goals before the Roosters snapped one of their own. The home side’s major proved to be the catalyst for the Tigers to switch on to the game plan mode that saw them very competitive against the top 3 sides. James Niven, Andrew Kouvaras and Richie Kernick roved Brett Somers’ taps to perfection and the forwards reaped the benefits of good clearance work. Redcliffe captain Steve Jenkins followed up from his shut-down role to do the job of Mr Fixit and gave the Griffith-Mooroka players plenty of headaches whilst Ben Strang literally had the greasy ball on a string.
Going into the second quarter with a healthy lead was a real boost for the black & golds and although the Roosters put together some good passages of play, they were under enormous pressure as the Tigers applied more and more pressure. Key forwards Bond, Apps and Kern worked well together, with new player Rick Williams repaying the coaches faith with strong hands and strong attacks at the contest. Half time came and the Tigers were quick to state the job was only half done.
After the large break the game had lost some of its `sting’ with the home side looking to clog the Redcliffe forward line, but with plenty of run provided from the likes of Lee, Richardson, Ward and Backhouse, the visiting side managed to creep further in front. The last term was as enjoyable for the players as it was disciplined and produced 7 goals from a total team effort right to the siren. The forwards played exceptionally well, using the right structure and the midfield played their footy at a high standard. The Tiger backline kept their opponents to just 6 scoring shots for the match resulting in only one goal, a great effort.
Realistically, and without taking anything away from the Redcliffe Tigers, they out-played a combined side very much in a developmental phase, and with this weeks scheduled local derby against Caboolture at Rothwell Park, will need to put the game behind them and focus squarely on the next challenge during training.
There was no recovery session this week in the cool waters of Redcliffe but it was great to see some footballers at the dawn service. Very moving day and considering what those guys went through, a game of footy will never seem too tough! I will take this opportunity to introduce a new part of the regular write- up with a weekly Most Courageous Player. To catch up, the previous round results are as follows: Round 1 – Tyson Brown. Round 2 – Joey Gould. Round 3 – Brett Somers, and for putting his body on the line so often yesterday, Round 4 – Josh Bond.
A massive thank you to the many players that helped out with the necessary support roles, your assistance was greatly appreciated. Thanks again, can’t wait for Tuesday.