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The Tigers fell 2 pts short of a dream start to the season, losing to Byron in very hot conditions at Shultz Oval Bangalow on Saturday 16.7.103 to 15.11.101
Byron started with the wind in the first quarter, and disciplined football and accurate kicking saw them lead at the first break 3.1.14 to 1.4.10. The Tigers new combinations were obviously taking time to find their feet but worked hard through the middle to create chances for the forwards up front. Unfortunately accuracy proved the undoing for the Tigers and only Benny was able to find the big sticks in the first term from several good scoring opportunities.
The second term saw the Tigers new combinations starting to flow and the big guns up front of Roundy, Jacob & Tits capitalised on some excellent delivery from the half back line through the middle. Tigers new recruit Arnold Knight was outstanding helping the Tigers to kick 7 goals to 2 for the quarter. With a 22 point half time lead the Tigers were looking good.
However you can never underestimate a champion team and the Magpies came out from the break on fire, running freely through the middle with their star forwards starting to dominate the 3/4 time score was reversed to see the Tigers down by 16 points.
The heat was playing a big factor and whilst they were down the Tigers weren’t done just yet. The final quarter saw a huge rev up from Coach Shags and the assistance of a strong tail wind the Tigers started to pull in the Magpies. The intensity at the ball lifted and the hard preseason work was paying dividends. The Tigers kicked 5 goals to 3 for the final term and with their tails up and the scent of victory the final siren sounded with the Tigers just 2 points shy of a Rd 1 win.
It was a tough result for the Tigers, with accuracy, and a lack lustre 3rd quarter proving the difference. Credit must go to Byron who used their combinations well and never stopped running.
All the Tigers players contributed in a great team effort with
best on ground going to Benny well supported by Bones,
Tigers Goal Kickers – Round 4, Benny 3, Bones 2, Jacob 2, Arnold 1, Nath 1, Pepe 1, Rambo 1.
Training will be on this Tuesday and the quiet word is goal kicking and handballing will be the order of the day.
Rd 2 next week sees the Tigers first home game of the season v Lismore Swans, Sat 17th April 2pm.
Big thanks must go to the Tigers volunteer staff (Mark, Lucy, Terry, Tony) and especially the big group of supporters who travelled to Bangalow.
Note: The above is the view of the author and may not be the view of the club or its committee.