The Rococo‚Äôs Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers have began their 2019 Division 1 campaign with a thumping 72 point victory over Coorparoo last Saturday night in front of a huge opening round crowd.
On a stunning and balmy late Saturday afternoon the Noosa boys just ran their Brisbane opponents into the ground after a quick moving and skilful opening stanza where both teams were impressive. Whilst the Blues continued to show resilience it was evident that the hard running, harassing and general skill level of the Tigers was always going to take its toll. Newly appointed senior coach Adam Bovalino saying ‚ÄėI‚Äôm just super proud of the entire group. We stuck to the things we‚Äôve been talking about and their overall work rate against a side that continually plays finals was outstanding. Our leaders led the way and with the Reserves having a win is also a really satisfying day for the footy club.‚ÄĚ
One of the biggest talking points surrounding the victory was the performance of several of our under 19 boys with both Will McKenzie and Mav Pettigrove fantastic in their senior debuts. Mac Johnston was one of the best players on the ground after a terrific ruck display and pint-sized Wil O‚ÄôDwyer continues to influence games and is improving all the time. Great stuff boys!
A twelve goal win certainly is a great start to season 2019 and the Tigers had plenty of good players. Playing assistant Tyler Stack ran several opponents into the ground and finished with s game high 34 touches whilst fellow on-ballers Fitzpatrick and Hill provided poise and headaches – particularly whilst resting up forward. Connor McDonald moved well and looked lively the entire night whilst small forward Daniel Bence booted five goals in his standout senior performance for Noosa. Footy Manager Mitch Woods continues to be a model of consistency with another superb showing on the wing whilst skipper Aaron Laskey, Harry Maher and gun recruit Ryley Buntain repelled anything that came their way and showed great calm and system in defence.
The Tiger Reserves under new coach Tony Brennan had a first up three goal win in a very scrappy and low scoring affair to make it two from two for the day.
The night also featured a dinner with Carlton champion Peter Bosustow and Mark Jackson which was to say the least entertaining, whilst the ladies watched the footy from the lawn in a fabulous night. The Hiley family presented the club with a photo of Sir Thomas Hiley who was our club‚Äôs initial club patron and held that position for 18 years.
The Rococo Bar & Bistro Noosa Tigers are away this Saturday to Caloundra with the senior game starting at 2 pm. All the best to all Noosa Tigers AFC junior teams this weekend as they begin their 2019 seasons.