Maroochydore too strong for a lacklustre Tigersâ€™
The Rococoâ€™s Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers copped a bit of a reality check last Saturday at Fishermans road as a much stronger and hungrier Maroochydore proved far too strong for a pretty flat Tiger outfit. The Noosa boys were coming off ten straight wins and sat half a game clear on top of the Division 1 Hart Sport ladder with the loss relinquishing the ladder spot to their arch rivals with six games to play.
Right from the very start the Tiger faithful at Fishermans road knew they were in for more than a contest as the Roos ferocity at the ball and their on ball dominance around the stoppage superior to Noosaâ€™s. Their forward line was functioning beautifully and if not for some errant kicking the margin should have been a lot more at the first break. In fact whilst the final score shows a fourteen point loss, many tiger supporters believed the score flattered us. â€˜It was more like a six or seven goal lossâ€™, stated ex tiger Dave Carroll. â€™They dominated us in the middle again and their big forwards bagged ten between them. To our credit we did hang in there but we just looked flat and fumbled our way around the park. However we all know that flags arenâ€™t won in June and the coaching staff have some decisions to makeâ€™. Carroll said Connor McDonald battled manfully against the best ruck man in the competition whilst Tom Templeton booted three goals in a pretty solid effort. Mccrimmon and skipper Aaron Laskey stood tall for the Noosa boys with football manager Mitch Woods again well and truly among the Tigers best.
As mentioned earlier this was a much needed reality check at a very convenient time. The Tiger hierarchy know we are not far away at all with the knowledge that we gained from the match. Whilst most pundits see the Division 1 Hart Sport Cup as a two horse race, Iâ€™m sure senior coach Sam Faure will be reiterating to his charges that a bounce back win against Coorparoo in Brisbane this Saturday is essential. The Tigers sorely missed bulky power forward Liam Kenny last week after fracturing an eye socket the week before. The seconds went down also to the ladder leaders Maroochydore whilst the Colts recited a fantastic 22 point win to keep their finals hopes alive in 2018. A big few weeks coming up for the tigers with the business end of the season approaching. Canâ€™t wait to see how it all unfolds.
Go tigers Cheers Pittsy