ROUND 2: MATCH REPORT

Gutsy win by tigers on the road!

The Rococo Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers have recorded a second straight victory to start 2019 with a gutsy 15 point victory over Sunshine Coast rivals Caloundra in heavy conditions. In fact the rain did not stop for the entire game as both teams continually traded blow for blow in a very entertaining affair. Only in the middle part of the final stanza did Noosa look to have done enough to snare the points as the resilient Panthers continued to pressure.

Noosa coach Adam Bovalino was very happy to get the four points saying ‘Gee they are tough to beat down here and especially with the conditions like they were. We’re just really proud of our boys to grind out the win. Win’s like that are really important especially away from home and against a quality opposition. The boys are pretty sore as you’d expect after going hammer and tong in those conditions. We’ll recover and then hit the road again to face Mayne next Saturday’.

Noosa’s backline was superb with Ryley Buntain and skipper Aaron Laskey just rock solid the entire day. Their constant spoiling and repelling the ball into attack made them two of the best players on the ground. Tyler Stack was awarded the players player from the Caloundra senior coach after another outstanding performance on the ball. Football manager Mitch Woods also a consistent contributor on his wing amassing 28 touches to be definitely among the best. Big Connor McDonald and youngster Mac Johnston were terrific in the ruck whilst Jai Fitzpatrick and Nick Hill were very important in the win resting up forward and snagging crucial goals. A five goal haul from Ryan Jeffrey was crucial to the result as he continued his love affair of being dominant over the Panthers. Great to have you back Ryan!

A very pleasing win to bring home the Wayne ’Dozer’ Dover memorial trophy that is played between these two clubs in memory of the great clubman he was.

On a sad note black arm bands were worn last weekend in honour of Tiger legend Raymond ‘Bones’ Murray who died last Wednesday. ‘Bones’ was a triple best and fairest winner, a multiple premiership winner and a Sunshine Coast AFL Hall of Fame recipient. Our deepest condolences go out to ‘Bones’ family and friends. The Rococo Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers are back down the Bruce highway this Saturday as we take on the Mayne Tigers which is never easy.

See you all down there!

Go Tigers

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