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Tigers comfortable winners over gallant Vikings

The Tigers were very pleased to be able to get a much anticipated Practice Match on a home deck yesterday at the Den after weeks of modified training and waiting to see if the grounds would be ready for action.

A late decision on Monday thanks to a big effort from a number of volunteers on Sunday meant the game against Hart Sport Division 1 newcomers the Wynnum Vikings could go ahead.

The game kicked off in beautiful conditions on a fast deck ideal for footy. The Tigers were keen to see what the Vikings would bring to their new competition and it is only fair to say that they will be sure to surprise a number of clubs during the 2022 season and their commitment to the future should see them settle in well for the years ahead.

The Vikings bring some very experienced players including Brandon Stewart who was a Wayne Stewart Medallist for the Coorparoo in the Tigers 2019 Anzac Day clash with the Kings.

The Tigers weren’t able to field their best side with a few players still sore from last weeks hitout with the Gorillas and some of the more experienced crew holding off for now so the Coaching Staff can get a look at some of the new recruits.

The game kicked off in exciting style with both sides sizing each other up over a fast and furious twenty minutes. The scores were almost level at the first break with the Tigers three points the better and still to get into their stride.

The Vikings lost their young ruckman to a hamstring strain in the first quarter and were obviously hampered by having to make some unexpected changes while the Tigers took full advantage kicking four goals to one in the second term. Tigers ruckman Daniel Schmidt took an impressive mark and goaled to show he is quickly getting back to form while Casey Barber was lively once again picking up plenty of possessions while also providing aggressive forward pressure. Cody Caught also provided that same endeavour to keep the footy in the forward half with some strong tackling and defensive strength.

It was once again the Quin show with both Zac and younger brother Louis providing plenty of dash and daring to get the Tigers up and going in what every supporter loves to come to the Den to see. The younger Quin is fast becoming a handy weapon for the Tigers and a foil for his brother as the two local products continue to grow in stature.

The Tigers continued on their way as the game progressed with the two new big men in Josh Westerberg and Chris Fletcher started to get their hands on the footy and adjust to the pace of Division 1 after moving from Coolangatta.

The experienced Ryan Eyles is enjoying his time in the middle showing his rugged style creating turnovers for the Tigers and opportunities for his team mates while Zac McLean was once again polished as he worked his magic around the ground.

The second half saw the Tigers kick away but the Vikings never gave in and will be better for the run.

Scores: Mayne 14.7.91 d Wynnum 6.3.39 Best: L Quin, Z Quin, C Barber, R Eyles, Z McLean, C Caught.

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