The Queanbeyan Tigers overcame the blisteringly cold conditions on their way to a comfortable defeat of the Eastlake Demons at Football Park on Sunday.
Comfortable favourites heading in to the match, the Tigers kicked the first goal in the opening stages to lay the platform for a 12.10.82 to 4.0.24 victory.
Playing on a surface that had seen five games in just two days was bound to bring the sides closer as the ball seemed hard to control in a scrappy affair.
Queanbeyan player coach Kade Klemke was proud of his side’s efforts to win the ball, following a tough day at the office last week where the Tigers struggled to gain possession.
“In the wet it’s about the team that can win the contested footy and get it down in to the forward line, and I think we did that very well today.
“It was still slippery and there wasn’t many clean skills but I thought our boys did quite well with the wet conditions.”
Eastlake struggled to get the ball past their half forward line, as Klemke led the Tigers half back line to repel wave after wave of attacks.
In stark contrast to the Demons, the black and golds were able to hit targets in the forward line with ease.
Tigers youngster Matthew Grocott reaped the rewards, booting three majors on his way to collecting Best on Ground honours.
Certainly good enough to still be on a NEAFL list, Grocott was an influential member of the potent Tigers forward line during his side’s victory.
Klemke was quick to praise Jake O’Halloran for his efforts, as he toiled hard all day to win possession for his side.
“He’s been playing a lot of back in the last couple of weeks, he did a good job on [Chris] York last week. Then we put him up forward this week.
He just goes hard at the football, and it was just his type of conditions today.”
Queanbeyan’s Tim Clowry kicked two goals against his former side, whilst former Tiger Jason Taylor slotted one for the Demons.
Taylor, who is at Eastlake as a result of the NEAFL feeder system, imposed himself on the contest early in the third term, but Queanbeyan’s defensive pressure proved too much to overcome, with the Tigers able to snatch back the ascendancy with two quick goals.
Eastlake struggled to move the ball past their defensive 50 in the final stanza, as Queanbeyan laid on four goals to one to stretch the margin to 58 points.
Eastlake coach Ashley Moloney believes that despite the loss, his young side took a step in the right direction.
“Obviously matching it with these quality type of sides is difficult, but it’s good to see progress. And I think today we were much more competitive than we’ve been in the past few weeks.
There was a couple of times there where we didn’t make the right decision in terms of adapting to the conditions, but we’re a young side so they’re still learning all of the different elements of the game.”
(PHOTO: Andrew Claridge)
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