Hot Tigers roast Swans
RECLAIMING their status as the leader of the pack, the Tweed Coast Tigers defeated Lismore Swans in one of the biggest arm wrestles of the season on Saturday.
Both teams have jostled for pole position for most of the year but the Tigers gave the Swans a 22.18-150 to 9.8-62 roasting at Mortimer Oval in round seven of the Summerland League competition.
President Colin Richards said both teams lacked a bit of nerve in the first quater of the game.
“There were a lot of mistakes and we were off the pace, not making the most of our opportunities,” he said.
“We were sloppy in general play and a couple of their forwards got a few kicks in.”
The Tigers’ engine room shifted up a gear in the second quarter and Ash Grunwald gave them a lift, believed Richards.
“Ash got us back on track and David Round took two good opportunities at goals for us,” he said.
“We were coming back and our captain Jai Purcell was playing really well for us.”
At halftime, the Tigers led the Swans seven goals to three goals but the game wasn’t quite wrapped up for the Tigers.
By the third quarter, the Tigers were revved up and raring to go, kicking 12 goals to six.
Richards said in the last quarter of the game his midfielder Arnold Knight’s brilliance came to the fore.
“Right from the word go, Arnold was absolutely sensational, kicking five goals in one quarter and six in total on the day,” he said.
“He slowly dominated the game but so did David Round who scored six also.
“It was an absolute delight to watch and we won the contest all over the ground.”
The Tigers have done exceptionally well this year, considering it is only their second year in the contest.
Richards said he was very impressed with his players as some of them had never played Australian football before and had really adapted to the game well.
“Some of these guys are just starting out and I can’t say enough about their progress,” he said.
“They are competing well and it is tough to play a game for over 100 minutes or so when you aren’t sure of everything.”