We travelled down to Mt. Gravatt to play a team second on the ladder in a game most people believed we had no chance of winning. Regardless of the outcome we would finish fifth on the ladder and miss finals which is a real shame for a team that has really matured throughout the season. Our discipline and effort has been first class in recent weeks but before the bounce we spoke about accountability and pressure on our opponents as key areas to work on. The team play was great from the first bounce with Marcus bringing Sam into the game, Cooper linking up with Ronan and Macca and numerous other examples. Straight running from Conor and Damien and safe hands from Oscar in the backline looked like keeping our opponents scoreless but unfortunately some loose checking late in the quarter cost us a goal. Although we were behind on the scoreboard the mood was very positive and we could hear the opposition were rattled.
The second term didn't start how we would have like although James was winning ball in the air our opposition were beating us in the clearances and put on a couple of goals. With the game starting to slip away Noah and Brandon stood up with safe hands and good options to get the ball forward for a couple of late goals to have us in striking distance at half time.
With the weather being so good we stayed out of the rooms at half time and received encouragement from the Tigers supporters. With only 30 minutes left to play for the season we vowed to give it our best for each other and the jumper and finish of the season with three wins in a row.
With TJ and Finn having to receive medical treatment at different times it was a good thing we had a full bench to help out. Lachlan and Callum who have not played a lot with the team were asked to pinch hit in different positions and were invaluable in the team structure. In a relatively low scoring match the ball was bouncing between the half forward lines of both teams which had the midfielders working overtime. Billy and Shane harassed their opposition all day and switched on and off the ball when required without direction. Our smaller forwards including Jack and Matt were also heavily involved having a few shots at goal. At three quarter time we had our nose in front and were not going to let this one get away.
Starting the last quarter we could tell from the body language that our Tigers were switched on. The marks were sticking, players were shepharding and the talk could be heard from the bench. Elliot and Campbell who had spent time on the bench for the team structure played their part down back like they have all year and with Cooper, Marcus and Noah attacking the forward line we kicked ahead and were not headed.
The win was a fitting tribute to Emily who was chaired off the ground after playing her last game with the boys.