Today the tigers under 12's travelled to Alex Hills to play the first grading game of the year against Aspley. During the week we spoke about doing the little things, the 1 % ers, to help out both the team and your teammates. i also ask the boys to be focussed and switched on from the time they first arrived at the ground, so it was pleasing to see the majority of the team at the ground well before the 3 pm start ( thank you mums ans dads !!!!).
We had Nick Gregory as our captain for the day and i mentioned to nick that he was now playing the season for both he and his brother Marcus and as coach of the under 12's and on behalf of all our players and parents i want to wish marcus all the best in his rehabilitation and we have an open invitation for him to come down and help our under 12's if and when he likes.
The game started with the tigers kicking into a fairly swirly breeze in the first quarter and despite aspley peppering the goals they were unable to make the most of there chances and our back six led by kyle, Josh.H, Braidyn and Brodie more than held there own. brodie, in his first game for the tigers, was impassable in the backline and a special mention to jack for his two crunnching tackles in the first few minutes of the game, that set the seen for our day.
We came in a quarter time with the boys knowing they were in a game of footy, but we were happy to have held our own and not let Aspley score a goal which was a win for us.
The second and third quarters the tigers again managed to hold there own and draw the quarters with Aspley which for us was a win because we knew all our preseason training would enable us to run the game out. our midfielders Josh.p, Daniel, Ryan,Nick, Jack, Mark Connor, Ethan and Curtis were all beginning to get on top of there opponents and at three quarter time we mentioned to the boys it would only take one good quarter to win the game and they still had that quarter to go.
In the last quarter Shaun took a turn in the ruck after dan's fantastic effort and with our back six and our midfielders all working extra hard in the contests it opened up chances for our forwards and Lachlan, Bayden Billy, Jade, Jordan and Seb all benefited. A special mention to Seb, also in his first game for the tigers, who was a livewire both forward and back and will improve out of sight in the weeks to come. also i have to make special mention of Declan who played on our forward line and in the last quarter was asked for a big effort to get us over the line and took control of the game at critical points. once we got our noses in front the boys really started to believe and we run all over the top of aspley and i believe our boys could of played another quarter and still had something left in the tank.
All in all a very pleasing effort and i was happy everyone contributed to the team effort and if the boys continue to believe in, and work to our team rules and style we will improve further.
Today the under 12 boys showed true tiger spirit !!!!!
a big thank you to all the parents and our fantastic team manager wendy for today.
And l also would like to give a very special thankyou to Kyle, Lachlan, Luke and Ben for coming to todays game and supporting the boys in real team spirit. thank you very much boys.