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Tigers 14.13-97 d Swans 11.12-78
The Tweed Coast Tigers have opened there 2010 account with a gutsy win over the Lismore Swans on Saturday at home in front of a large vocal crowd.
A great week of training on the back of a narrow Rd 1 defeat by Byron saw the Tigers frothing for a first home win against the team that knocked them out of the finals last season.
Newly appointed Captain Jai won the toss and elected to run with the breeze in the first quarter, a nervous Tigers played some messy football and inaccurate kicking saw the Tigers only lead by 5 points at the first break.
Lismore then kicked into gear with the wind at their backs and their running centres delivering opportunities to their star forward Wes who kicked 4 goals for the term. Things looked menacing for the Tigers going into the half time break 20 points down.
However a steely half time discussion by Coach Shags and Captain Jai which questioned the teams hardness compared to the 2009 season, saw a big change in intensity.
Across the park the Tigers lifted with Arty, Popey and first gamer Brent in the backline consistently rebounding Lismore's attacks and the running centres of Arnold, Johnno, Nugget and Westy combined with ruckman Strope and Jacob to serve up some tasty possession to the big forwards. Roundy, Tits and Bolty capitalised on the quality service dominating the Swans backmen and taking some strong marks which resulted in goals.
At 3 quarter time the Tigers were 10 points up and a tough final quarter was predicted with the Swans having the assistance of the strong Potty Dr breeze.
The Tigers came out firing, determined not to go down in another close game and kicked the first 2 goals of the quarter to basically wrap up the contest.
All in all a great game of football in front of a big home crowd that saw the Tigers victorious by 19 points at fulltime.
Hats off to Club President Col, for putting together such a great day for all.
Huge thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time, the team support staff and of course the fantastic home crowd.
Final Score - Tigers 14.13-97 d Swans 11.12-78
Tigers Goal Kickers:
Roundy - 5
Tits Wilson - 2
Arnold - 2
Jacob - 2
Matty - 1
Nugget - 1
Players Player - Popey
Potty Cellars Award - Arnold
White Jade Award - Nugget
Hooked on Seafood Award - Bolty
Pottsville Sports Club Award - Westy
Next Game is Rd 3 away at Nimbin. All supporters are encouraged to make the day trip down to picturesque Nimbin to support the Tigers.
Note: The above is the view of the author and may not be the view of the club or its committee.