Tweed Coast Tiger cubs roar
THE mighty Tweed Coast Tiger Cubs' Under-12 team travelled to Byron Bay for their Northern Rivers Junior AFL grand final game against the Byron Bay Magpies last weekend and came home victorious.
The club has won a flag in each of the three years it has been in the Northern Rivers competition.
For the under-12s, it was their second successive grand final appearance for successive wins.
It is a record of which this fledg- ling club can be very proud.
The club is building a proud history and tradition for future players.
The Cubs began sensationally with a blistering first quarter, kicking five goals while keeping the opposition scoreless.
The players in the midfield combined well, clearing the ball with some outstanding teamwork using handballs effectively and moving the ball into the forward half to perfection, from where AJ Ryan and Jacob Haines capitalised on their good work with goals.
In the second quarter the Cubs again outscored their opponents three goals to two.
At half time the Tiger Cubs led 8.4-52 to 2.0-12.
The coach stressed the importance of not relaxing and letting the opposition get back into the game.
The boys responded with a further three goals to nil in the third quarter to take a commanding lead into the final quarter.
To their credit, the boys did not let up, scoring another goal in the last quarter while keeping Byron to just two points.
Final score Tweed Coast 12.6-72 to Byron Bay 2.2-14
Best players were Kurt Skuse, who also won the trophy for the Best and Fairest player in the league, Mick Arnold, Billy Stevenson, Riley Jones and Luke Chaffer.
Seven-goal wonder Jacob Haines and young AJ Ryan were brilliant in the forward line.
Billy has been asked to join the elite Gold Coast Stingrays' under-13 squad, while Jacob Haines was interviewed by AFL talent scouts.
They thoroughly deserve all the accolades which will come their way, beginning with presentation day next Sunday at the Pottsville Oval.