REVIEW: HAGGIS CUP 2019
It was a tough day in the Scottish capital for the Tigers, who slide to defeats in all three games at the Haggis Cup.
Tigers 5.4 (34) Manchester Mosquitoes 15.22 (112)
The day got off to a difficult start against the 2018 AFL England divisional champions and eventual tournament winners, The Manchester Mosquitoes. The Mozzies racked up 67 first-half points to The Tigers one, courtesy of James Fraser. The second half showing was much stronger, with The Mozzies only outscoring The Tigers by one (5-4). A Connor Robinson double and goals for skipper Anthony Brannigan and Jason Liddell saw the team’s tally rise to 34, however, Manchester strong first half showing put them well out of sight.
Tigers 1.6 (12) Glasgow Sharks 13.10 (88)
It didn’t get any easier, as next up was eventual runners up The Glasgow Sharks. Despite trading a behind early on, The Sharks quickly moved clear, hitting 21 points in the opening 10 minutes. The Tigers looked more resilient in this second game but the demands of two consecutive games didn’t help. Connor Robinson got The Tigers only goal of the game to go along with their six behinds but The Sharks ran out comfortable winners.
Tigers 1.1 (7) Edinburgh Bloods 11.2 (68)
From one extreme to the other, The Tigers had a near two-hour break between games two and three following an instant turn-around between one and two. The Tigers struggled to get loose but battled well with The Bloods in the first half, just struggling to get a goal. Harry Telfer found the breakthrough three minutes before half time. The Tigers couldn’t match the local side in the second half, failing to add to their seven half-time points. The Bloods continued to push and secured a semi-final spot, while The Tigers had an early exit.