Tigers claw their way to semi win
THE Tweed Coast Tigers have overcome their first ever semi final challenge in the Summerland League, defeating Ballina 20.15.135 to 6.5.41 in Lismore on Saturday.
Playing in their inaugural year, the Tigers had to come from behind to run down and then overpower Ballina to progress through to the major semi final against Lismore at Ballina next Saturday.
Tigers coach Paul Kelly was pleased with the win and commitment of his players but recognised that his side would have to step up to another level against Lismore next week.
“We have done really well to get to this point but next week is another challenge,” Kelly said.
“Ballina got off to an early start but we managed to haul tem in and then take control of the game with our fitness showing Ballina up.
“Once again we were hard to the ball and clearly were the stronger side but our shots at goal were ordinary and if we do that again next week against Lismore, they will make us pay.
“We need to be able to convert our opportunities in front of goal and if we had, the score would have been even bigger.
“Our back six have been outstanding defensively this year and they continued to deny Ballina while our midfield was able to make the most of the rebound and give us some good drive.”
For Tweed, Julian Van dan Driest kicked six goals.
Kelly and his side then stayed at the ground to see Byron Bay and Lismore clash in the major semi where Byron booked a grand final berth after downing Lismore 18.5.113 to 12.16.88.
“Lismore will be tough next week and they have beaten us before this season,” Kelly said.
“We have to step up the tempo of the game and the message is that the match is our season on the line.”