Our senior boys turned out on Frday night at KGV to take on ladder leaders Glenorchy for the final roster game of 2016.
The Tigers fought hard in good conditions but were outclassed by a highly talented and mature Magpie unit.
The game opened with Glenorchy firing and the Tigers found it difficult to pentrate the strong Magpie defence. The Tiger defence lead by Marcus Davies and Ash Humphrey repelled many attacks but in the end were overwhelmed by numbers.The quarter time score was 6.5.41 to 0.1.1.
The second quarter saw the Tigers get into the game with strong play which lead to goals by Jordan Roberts and Kyle Smith. These goals were a reward for determined efforts by these players under fierce pressure. The half time scores were Glenorchy 12.10.82 to the Tigers 2.2.14.
The third quarter was the Tigers best for the day. With a determined effort they held Glenorchy to 2 goals while kicking 2 thermselves. Jordan Roberts added to his tally with a long goal and Mitch Walker scored another after a strong mark. At the three quarter time siren The Pies lead 14.17.101 to the Tigers 4.3.27.
The final quarter saw the Pies seasoned, mature bodies take over to run away from the young Tigers to score a comfortable win.
The full time score was Glenorchy 21.22.148 to the Tigers 4.5.29.
Best players were Jordan Roberts who was dangerous up forward, Lachie Clifford on the ball where he racked up lots of possessions against bigger bodies, Ash Humphrey who put in another top defensive game at full back restricting Daniel Muir to one goal, Marcus Davies across half back keeping Jaye Bowden to four goals 2 of which were from free kicks in the first half, Chris Nield at half forward using his pace to be a strong link player and Brandon Batchelor who again played his usual strong game for the Tigers in the centre.
Jordan Roberts topped his fine game with two goals with one each to Mitch Walker and Kyle Smith.
Adam Henley announced his resignation as Tigers senior coach following completion of the game.
Our development team played Glenorchy on Saturday morning. Despite a spirited effort the Tigers were unable to hold the Pies who run out winners 24.12.156 to 3.6.24.
Our under 18 boys remain right in the race. This coming Sunday they face the might of Clarence in the second semi final at KGV beginning at 11am. The boys have been acquitting themselves extremely well this season and will be in with a big chance.