2017 AFLCNE Plate Final
Tigers 19.14.128 def Merseyside Saints 7.7.49
Well here we are again, another plate final. This time the Tiger's were up against Mersey. The majority of the boys headed down to sheffield on a hired mini bus. After a mediocre training session on the Wednesday night coach Rodger was a little concerned on the boys being a little complacent. The bus ride down was great with great banter but any thoughts that the Tiger's might treat this game like a gentle kick on a sunday arvo down the park was squashed as the bus went quiet as we neared the ground. The tension and excitment had well and truly arrived. The boys were ready!! Kicking into the breeze in the first quarter it was important that we stamped our authority on the game early on. Working hard in the first quarter saw us up but still not working at 100%. The game was there for the taking but we needed to work for it. With Trav again repelling many forward pushes it gave the Tiger forwards and running players oportunities to make a mark in the game. Unbeknown to many, Morgs quietly (didnt know he could do quiet footy) snared 4 in the first. Not mentioning how many he kicked out on the full...oops just did!! Harry was playing the game of his life although he is still classified as an embryo. Col was doing more running than Phar Lap and was getting his hand to the ball regularly. The Tiger's we beginning to run away with the game and still we were no where near playing our best footy. With a full bench eager to make an impact the changes slowly began to arrive. Captain Slats was zipping around although not sure how much footy he got he was certainly ruffling a few feathers which coach Rodger didn't mind at all. With Mersey at the mercy of the determined Tiger's they began to loose focus with some taking their eyes off the ball. This pleased the bench no end and also showed that the game was completely controlled by the better team. Liam needed a couple of goals to become the all time leading Tiger goal scorer. This he did with ease and capped off a great season for the tattooed lovable larakin. On the same day that Morgs needed a few to become this seasons leading goal kicker...the Coleman medal was in reach for the big man!! This was also done easily as he bagged 5. All the boys were really starting to enjoy themselves as the game was panning out and none more so than Mini who was awarded the dick of the day with a lovely worm burner from full back straight to the surprised Mersey forward who probably got his first stat for the game and also scored the easiest goal of the game. Why Mini was kicking out in the first place was not lost on coach Rodger but had no bearing on the result so no need to drag the beast!! As the game went on the distance between the 2 sides became wider but that didn't mean the Tiger's were to take their foot off the pedal. This was evident with one of the best tackles this season from mr glass himself...Mikey T. We had no passengers and everyone contributed to a fantastic win and one that we deserved after another improved season.