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Mayne Football Club

Mayne AFC

Tigers back in form

The Tigers winning form continued at the Den yesterday, when they took on the Division 1 new comers, the Hinterland Blues. Due to injuries and illnesses, the Tigers were forced to make several changes to last week’s winning line-up. This provided an opportunity for two Tigers players to make their senior debuts – Jacob Sholl, a solid performer in the reserves for the past two seasons and Josh Geurts who was last year’s third grade best and fairest.

Right from the first bounce, it was evident that the Tigers were determined to gain early possession of the ball. The mid field dominated the contest and were able to provide a steady supply of forward fifty metre entries which the Tiger forwards converted into goals. Josh Westerberg opened the scoring with a strong mark and accurate set shot, while Ryan Doolan was back to his best kicking three goals in the first quarter. By quarter time, the Tigers were firmly in control, leading their opponents by thirty-one points, having kicked five goals and one behind, while the Hinterland Blues managed only three points.

In the second quarter, the Tigers extended their lead. They consistently won the majority of contested possessions, and Tom Fry's terrific goal was a standout moment showcasing the Tigers' impressive gameplay. The Tigers' defence also shone, particularly Callum Ferguson, who took several intercept marks, and Dean Hartley, who spoiled their opponents' shots on goal. By half time, the Tigers had surged ahead, tallying eight goals and three behinds, leading the Hinterland Blues by fifty-one points to six behinds.

After the main break, the Tigers adjusted their game play and played a slower style of football, maintaining a high level of possession which continued to create opportunities for the forwards. Zac Quin made sure that any comeback by Hinterland would be difficult as he once again led the midfield and added a goal on the run. Although Hinterland managed to score three goals for the quarter, the Tigers victory was secure with the Tigers themselves kicking two goals to holding a commanding thirty nine point lead heading into the final quarter.

The Tigers sealed the win early in the final quarter, with Ryan Doolan kicking his seventh goal for the afternoon, and Captain Zac McLean adding another goal to the tally. Whilst Hinterland managed to add to their score, the Tigers dominant form continued and the Tigers were able to record their second win in a row.

Next week the Tigers travel to Coorparoo, to take on the ladder leaders.

Mayne 14.9. 93 to Hinterland 5.9. 39

Goals – R Doolan 7, J Westerberg 4, Z Quin 1, T Fry 1, Z Mclean 1

Best- C Ferguson, R Doolan, Z Quin, J Westerberg, D Hartley, T Fry

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