Hawks get over wounded Tigers
September desperation arrived two months early at Cazalys on Friday night when the Manunda Hawks battled back from 24 points down in the last quarter to beat North Cairns.
The Hawks’ 18.14 (122) to 16.12 (108) victory has given the club some breathing space in fourth spot on the AFL Cairns ladder, with the Tigers now two wins off in fifth.
While his side led by two goals at halftime, Hawks coach Paul Griffiths was unimpressed with his players’ efforts and gave them a serve that measured a solid 8.8 on the Richter scale during the break.
Griffiths’ fears looked like they would be realised when the Tigers led by three goals at the end of the third term but Hawks showed enviable tenacity to fight their way back in front before the final siren.
Griffths said the Hawks’ character was thoroughly tested in the last quarter.
"The major positive to come out of the game is that there is a belief in this group that they can come back from any situation," he said.
"But we have to stop putting ourselves in that position."
While they lost on the scoreboard, the Tigers earned points in the courage stakes after suffering a horrific injury toll.
The Tigers appear to have lost influential on-baller Kane Richter (dislocated shoulder) for the season, while Nathan Reynoldson (broken foot) and Chris Jorgensen (fractured cheekbone) are the other serious injury concerns
Thanks to The Cairns Post, read more at: http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2010/07/12/117535_local-sport-news.html