The Rococoâ€™s bar and bistro Noosa Tigers will once again host the Caloundra Panthers this Saturday with two pretty important differences from a fortnightâ€™s got ago. One,the game wonâ€™t be played at night but at 2.10 pm and two; the game this week is a qualifying final with the victor moving on to challenge Maroochydore in a major second semi-final final in ten days time.
Yes we are finally at the business end of the season and Iâ€™m sure we will get an enormous home town crowd to Weyba road this Saturday to watch both the Tigers reserve grade and senior grade show their skills. Noosa tuned up last weekend with a comfortable 10 goal victory over Burleigh on the Gold Coast with Jack Gleeson and the Oâ€™Dwyer brothers the pick of the Tigers in a pretty even and solid team performance. Coach Sammy Faure booted 4 goals in a nice return as he continues his rehab from hip injury whilst it was the across the ground pressure that had much to do with the victory.
Selection is always a debatable issue particularly at this time of the year however Faure and his assistants have a very decent player list to pick from. I must mention the recent retirement of Danny Oâ€™Brien who for time constraints and family reasons decided to hang up the boots last week. Danny just a terrific servant to the Noosa Tigers over the past decade and his highlight reel skill wise would be something to treasure. He is also a fantastic teacher of the game to our Colts and who can forget last yearâ€™s reserve grade premiership win with Danny in charge. Thank you from everyone at the club Danny!
Only a month of football to go and I canâ€™t wait to see how it all unfolds. The feeling around Tigerland is certainly a confident excitement with Noosa knowing that on the eve of finals they have beaten everyone still left to contend. Match winners like Templeton, Hill, Fitzpatrick, McDonald ,Stack and Laskey will be ready to raise the bar over the next three weeks. Our defence with Lambourn, Maher, Woods and Gleeson will continue to be rock solid as the tigers will look to Delbridge, Kenny, Stewart and Faure to kick a winning score. The best of luck to all Noosa Tigers junior teams who start their finals campaign also this weekend and a big congratulations to Craig Schiller from â€˜The Rise Noosaâ€™ apartments who took home the $5000 in our major cash draw last Sunday!
See you at the footy