â€˜Tigers off to the big dance again!â€™
The Rococoâ€™s Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers have secured a grand final berth at Yeronga on Saturday September the 15th after a super impressive victory over arch rivals Maroochydore at Fishermans road last weekend. Right from the start the pressure and attack on the footy from Noosa was just awesome in a game that featured much attack and was of a very high standard. Conditions were perfect for footy and thatâ€™s exactly what the strong crowd was getting.
Noosa took a 17 point margin in the opening break on the back of some well organised defence and a terrific opening stanza by coach Sammy Faure. The Tigers received the spark they needed with Will Oâ€™Dwyer adding some real cleverness up forward as he booted two goals in the quarter. The second quarter was all the Tigers as big Liam Kenny began to make his mark on the game attacking everything in the air and even more importantly with his forward pressure as the ball was leaving the area. At half time it was Noosa by 7 goals.
Straight after the main break the defending premiers booted three goals in three minutes before the Tigers tackling pressure again shifted into top gear with Noosaâ€™s ball movement and kicking skill on show once again. Gun on-baller Tommy Templeton was having a profound influence up forward as was Connor McDonald as the Tigers took a 57 point lead into the last break. Eight goals to one in the final quarter had Maroochydore storming home against some tired and weary Tiger legs on a very warm day. However the Tigers held on to book their place into a second consecutive grand final with an 11 point win.
It was such a terrific team performance by the Noosa boys who Iâ€™m sure will use the week off to rest up before fronting up to either Maroochydore or Caloundra in the big one. Plenty of great players for the Tigers however full forward Liam Kenny (6 goals) was my standout. Tommy Templeton (4 goals) and Jai Fitzpatrick were very influential at crucial times whilst the running and pressure of Stack again was a highlight. As mentioned earlier senior coach Sammy Faure got belted from pillar to post but continued to put his head over the footy the entire day whilst Hill and Trompfâ€™s experience to break even at least in the middle was more than important. Joel Lambourn, Jack Gleeson, Riley Oâ€™Dwyer and Aaron Laskey mopped up everything all day to be all among the best with young Will Oâ€™Dwyer also terrific with his decision making and poise for a young player.
Well done to all players; it was just awesome to watch. The Reserves also head to the big dance with an amazing second semi final victory over the much fancied Maroochydore Reserves. And donâ€™t forget our Colts who had a fantastic first semi final win in Brisbane last Saturday and front up in a preliminary for a chance to join the seniors on the big stage next week. All the best to our under 13 and 15 girls who play in grand finals at Maroochydore Friday night and also to our under 14 Division 1 boys who play in the grand final also at Maroochydore on Sunday. What a big couple of weeks for the Tigers, canâ€™t wait!