â€˜Flat Tigers live to fight another dayâ€™
The Rococoâ€™s Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers were given a footy lesson by arch rival Maroochydore at Weyba road last Saturday. The back to back premiership Roos looked sharper, harder and cleaner from the opening bounce as big Simpson again rucked superbly early to give the away side plenty of advantage.
The Tigers going into quarter time with a four goal deficit and a clear disadvantage in the contested ball stakes. The second quarter was much better for the Tigers with Connor McDonald moving into the ruck and straight away our on-ballers began to win some ascendancy. Brock, Jeffery and Kenny were providing good targets up forward whilst Laskey, McKenzie and Fitzpatrick were starting to set things up across the ground. The huge crowd (one of the biggest this writer has seen for well over a decade) were vocal as the home side went into the main break with a slender 2 point lead.
After half time it was all Maroochydore as their relentless pressure and tacking taking its toll on a Tigers team that hadnâ€™t played for three weeks. Just the lack of sharpness that one gets from week in week contests was definitely missing and the Roos certainly didnâ€™t give Noosa a chance. The Roos thoroughly deserve their spot in the 2019 grand final with the Tigers again hosting Springwood this Saturday in a preliminary final.
â€˜Weâ€™ve earned the right to a second chance so now we just have to use itâ€™ coach Adam Bovalino said. â€˜Iâ€™m disappointed but maybe a different pathway may suit us better. We thought we prepared really well but for the most part we did look a tad flat and were just so slow to react. Weâ€™ll bounce back; donâ€™t worry about thatâ€™, Bovalino said post game.
Noosa have beaten Springwood comfortably both times this season and now face the Pumas at the Noosa village Autos oval from 2:00pm this Saturday. The Tigers will regain the services of playmaker Will Oâ€™Dwyer for the clash with a full bill of health surrounding the clubs senior list. Skipper Aaron Laskey was the Tigers best last Saturday and never gave up attempting to gain ascendancy for his team. Laskey gathered 28 touches across half back and even went into the middle in the last quarter. Star on-baller Jai Fitzpatrick picked up 26 possessions and continued the showcase the big crowd his great evasive skills through the middle just needed more of a hand. Mitch Woods and Jayden Holt battled hard all day with young Will McKenzie also a stand out across half back with his good decision making and clean skills. Hayden Brock up forward bagged three goals in a pretty good performance however overall a pretty miserable day for the Tigers.
On a positive note a thrilling win for the Reserves that puts them straight into next Saturdayâ€™s grand final in Brisbane. Big Tyson Williams was great in the ruck whilst the experience of Isles, Winter and Wallace went along way to sealing the win. Ryan Torrance was a match winner across half forward as the Tigers reach their fourth straight reserves grand final. So much happening down at Tigerland this weekend as we host the 2019 preliminary final on Saturday then junior finals on Sunday.
Check out our Tiger TV on our Noosa Tigers Facebook page which is gaining some serious momentum. A big thank you to Lenny Daddow, Greg Gibbs, Bruce Isles and Tom Sparks who manned the time keeping, scoreboard and live scoring the entire day last Saturday. Much appreciated!
Good luck to all Tiger teams playing finals this weekend!
Noosa AFC: 10.6 – 66
Mayne AFC: 9.7 – 61
The Reserves continued its unbeaten run with a five point win over a fierce Mayne in the second semi final at home.
In the first quarter Noosa jumped out of the blocks kicking the first three goals but that was quickly responded with Mayne scoring the last two majors of the quarter.
In the second quarter it was all Noosa kicking five goals to Mayneâ€™s two goals with Noosa holding a comfortable twenty-three point lead at the main break.
Early in the third quarter Noosa was doing all the attacking but was unable to put it on the score board than Mayne starting controlling the game and piled on three goals while keeping Noosa goalless. The last quarter was a real arm wrestle with Noosa holding on to run out five point winners putting them through to the grand final