SENIORS MATCH REPORT:
Tigers end year on a high!
The Rococoâ€™s Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers have finished off a brilliant home and away season with a thumping near 100 point victory to end Aspleyâ€™s finals hopes at the Noosa Village Autos Oval last Saturday.
In front of a large Tiger crowd (full of many past players being our annual past players day) the local boys were in for a fight in the first half as the Aspley Hornets thew everything at them pressure wise. Inaccurate kicking and a tendency to go away from the forward structures put in place also had the Tigers in a compromising position in the opening half.
The second half however showed the Noosa sideâ€™s superior physical condition as they completely ran over the Aspley boys and finished top of the Hart Sport QFA Division 1 Ladder. Noosa have a bye next week in round 18 then have earned the week off the Saturday after having finished on top of the ladder. The Tigers will now host the second semi final on Saturday August the 17th – certainly one not to be missed.
Great to catch up with so many past players on Saturday and in particular the boys from the 1999 drawn grand final including legendary coach Alan â€˜Grumpyâ€™ Smith. The day coinciding with a very entertaining â€˜Noosa Tigers AFC Inclusion Programâ€™ at the half time break and of course a guard of honour and medal presentation in memory of club great Brian Trist. Seventeen year old Wil Oâ€™Dwyer was awarded the Brian Trist medal for best man on the ground with another eye catching display. Jai Fitzpatrick had the ball on a string once again dazzling the crowd with his great array of skills whilst Tyler Stack has overcome any injury issues and is playing outstanding footy at the right time of year. Ryan Jeffreyâ€™s once again dominated the aerial contests around the ground with a terrific display in the ruck whilst McKendrick and Pettigrove continue to cause headaches in attack. Skipper Aaron Laskey returned from injury to produce a typically Laskey like performance with Harry Maher again one of the teamâ€™s best with a polished game across half back. Mitch Woods player his 50th senior game last weekend and this writer canâ€™t remember a bad one! Congratulations to Mitch â€“ what a great effort!
All in all a comprehensive win with a massive month ahead. Our annual â€˜Mega Auction Dayâ€™ was a fantastic way to finish off our Presidentâ€™s Luncheons for season 2019. Well known sporting character and guest speaker Greg Ritchie did not let us down â€“ there were many tears of laughter throughout the crowd.
A special thank you to all who helped organised and contributed to the auction in particular Chris Morris and family who continually provide unbelievable support to our great club going forward. Lock in August the 17th as one not to be missed and good luck to all Tiger junior teams that are playing this weekend. Go Tigers!
RESERVES MATCH REPORT:
The reserves finished the home and away season undefeated with a massive win over Aspley at home.
In what was a clinical display, the home side was dominant from the first bounce with an 11 goal first quarter.
The next three quarters were much the same with Noosa registering a massive 33.15 to Aspleyâ€˜s 2 points.
Liam Kenny was pivotal in his return from injury bagging 8 majors and was well supported by Daniel Bence and veteran Ryan Evans with six goals each.
Jake Stewart was dominant in the ruck, giving the likes of Garry Wallace, Benny Fuller and Nathan Winter first use.
Adam Curry continued his great form along with Conner Templeton and Nick Sutton were also good players for the home team.