Today saw the Tigers take on Aspley at Rothwell Park, Redcliffe. The ensuring result of this game had some important significance and huge ramification placed upon it from both sides of the fence. Firstly it was a game played between 1st and 2nd on the competition ladder, one win apiece to both sides in their previous encounters, possible favouritism as to the team most likely to lay claim as being tagged the genuine premiership contender. For the Redcliffe Tigers it also marked Ben Strang’s 200th junior club appearance, a feat that is worthy of mention in its own right, but this occasion grouped with the above mentioned , meant that this game was to be like no ordinary game of football. Unfortunately for us Tigers it wasn’t the final result we had been working toward.
We started off like a sprinter out of his blocks, up and running with 3 quick goals on the board even before Aspley knew what hit them. To their credit they responded late in the first term with a couple of easy goals that came about through our own undoing, fundamental skill errors in the last line of defence. This just provided them with that little bit of momentum going into the first break and something to keep their hopes pinned upon. The second quarter saw both teams play football to the level that one would expect from the two top teams, a no inch was given and none was taken type of football, where both teams played for their footballing futures.
The half time break saw us regroup and refocus our attention to the game plan, keep in place our structures and to continue to have faith and trust in our team-mates ability to withstand and uphold their fundamental duty to the team cause, all the while acknowledging and being made aware that Aspley would continue to play the game in the same manner. The third quarter saw just that, both teams at times dominating the play only to be reeled back in, as each and every player worked at trying to step up another level. At three quarter time with the game in the balance and sensing that victory could go either way the players were again asked to dig deep. With both teams refusing to give in, the last quarter saw some fine passages of football played. We had our chances early in the quarter to kick ahead and open up a winning margin, but we were unable to capitalise on them. This in turn left the door ajar for Aspley to continue to thrust forward and take their opportunities. In the end this was the difference between the two teams.
A great game of football was played and not one parent and/or spectator could walk away from today’s game without acknowledging that fact. It will be truly remembered for a long time to come for those who witnessed the game, but unfortunately for us Tigers it won’t be a joyous or happy reminder, but a hollow empty feeling
Congratulations again to Ben ‘Spooner’ Strang, on a fantastic achievement 200 junior games. Well done!
Final Score Redcliffe 10.7.67 def by Aspley 10.9.69
Best Players Strang, Cabrera, Delahay, Wilkinson, Smith, Tansacha, Wadley