U12's Into The Finals
Slow Start Against Ladder leader, But Strong Second Half Proves The Guys Have Got What It Takes
U12's Into The Finals
It was a trip to Alex Hills for our last home and away game for the year. Sitting 4th a game clear of Wynnum, who were playing Yeronga, we needed to win or hope Yeronga beat Wynnum for us to advance to our first finals series.
The first quarter got of to a flyer with the Tigers winning the centre clearance and having a shot, but unfortunately the kick missed. Within minutes we were having another shot, but again were off target falling short of the goals. Alex Hills started winning more of the ball, they knew they had a let off with the Tigers misses and it seemed to give them some confidence. Alex finished the quarter kicking 2.3 to 0.1 Our boys were trying hard, but with some skill errors came turnovers which just makes it harder on themselves by not maintaining possession. The message was to hang in there put more pressure on and take advantage.
The second wasn't real good with Alex dominating play and the Tigers not helping themselves with poor accountability. The result at half time was 4.5 to 0.1 Alex Hills kicking a further 2.2 and keeping the Tigers scoreless. The only reason Alex were well in front was because we were lazy and decided that manning up on opposition players didn't really matter. So the message at half time was to tidy this area up, show some discipline and just have a go.
The third started off well the boys had a much better attitude, they were attacking the ball not waiting, accountability was good the talk came back and we began using the footy better. After an arm wrestle the Tigers got their first goal and were looking much better. The Tigers were matching it with Alex now and they didn't like it to much. At the 3 quarter time break the score was 5.5 to 1.1. An even quarter on scoreboard, but the Tigers won the quarter on the ground it was just some of our forward entries that didn't find a teammate that limited our scoring opportunity's.
The last kicked off, a win would get us a spot in finals. It was a tough ask having to kick 5 unanswered goals to get that win, but as I've said many times before all we ask is that we have a go, and that is exactly what the mighty Tigers did. The last quarter was awesome both teams going at it, with some big tackles and solid contest a couple of the Alex players made their way to the bench. The Tigers were having a real crack, but unfortunately shots on goal were in accurate and 3 points was the result for the quarter. Alex Hills managed to score another goal, running out winners 6.5.41 to 1.4.10.
Super proud of the teams efforts in second half. Alex had 9 scoring shots to 1 in the first half. With the Tigers playing much better in the second half which they won keeping Alex to only 2 scoring shots in the second half to the Tigers 4. It was great to see the boys fight it out till the end by not giving up and just having a go. With the loss we now had to wait and see if Yeronga had helped the Tigers out by beating Wynnum which would kept us a game clear on points and get us into finals. While talking to the boys in rooms after game the news came from Wynnum that Yeronga had won therefore leaving us 4th and playing finals footy. The boys were stoked, we achieved what we set out to do at the start, play finals footy. Now we are there anything can happen we have proven throughout the year that our best footy will beat anyone and pressure does funny things to people. We play 4 quarters like we did against Alex Hills and look out Yeronga. We have had one of our best weeks on the track and with the bye this week the Tigers will be ready to pounce next week.
Go Tigers. Congratulations to the 12's 14's 16's Reserves and Seniors on all making the finals. 14's and 16's finishing top and reserves and seniors 2nd. The Reserves and Seniors won their first final and now play for a spot in the grand final this weekend at Moorooka in what looks like being a very wet game. Youth footy have a bye. All the best to all teams during finals. Lets go Tigers.
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