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Tigers slay depleted Vikings

The Tigers are back on the winners list this week after a strong performance against one the of the new teams on the block, the Wynnum Vikings yesterday.

The Tigers were desperate to return to winning form after two very narrow losses in the previous two weeks. Despite the Vikings being significantly down on personnel with injuries and absences the Tigers were ruthless in their effort to win the match.

The competition has been intense so far with no club able to stand out above their peers and while the scoreline yesterday looked like the Tigers had it all their own way the Vikings put up a strong fight but didn’t have the finish to nail the scoreboard.

The Tigers started strongly but were inaccurate for the first term to leave the door still open for the Vikings taking just a three goal lead despite nine scoring shots.

Once again the Tigers were well led by Captain Zac McLean who has taken his new role on with considerable maturity and effort. McLean inserted himself into all ends of the ground supporting and directing his troops to perfection.

Daniel Schmidt was unstoppable in the ruck but it was his endurance and work rate to push back deep into defence which was a particular feature. Schmidt continues to develop every week as a key driver for the Tigers.

The Tigers kicked right into gear in the second term straightening up to extend their lead to seven goals at the main break with Seb Miletic getting on the end of numerous raids. He ended up with six for the game but could have managed double figures had he tuned the radar a bit earlier.

The Tigers backline was almost impenetrable with Jordan Morrison showing the way while the experience of Dean Hartley continues to give the Tigers a composed disposition all round.

Around the middle Sam Threlfall is revelling in his leadership role providing in and under hard work as well as strong voice and direction.

The Quin brothers dominated around the stoppages to get the Tigers going with their pace and daring a feature as usual.

The third quarter was more of the same as the Tigers kicked away with another four goal to nil effort on the back of dour defence and hard work across the middle of the ground.

Young Hayden Fry showed plenty of courage and his growing confidence as he took relieving duties in the ruck. He continues to demonstrate enthusiasm and raw talent beyond his years to be another big find for the Tigers in 2022.

The Tigers ran the game out in greasy conditions to be worthy winners in another entertaining game. They will be looking to get off the chain again next week against the other new contenders of the competition Moreton Bay who have started their season in fine form. The game will be held at Moreton Bay and shapes as yet another game that has to be won by both sides to keep their seasons on track.

Scores: Mayne 13.15.93 d Wynnum 2.8.20 Goals: S Miletic 6, H Leong 2, C Barber, S Threlfall, T Webb, H Fry, Z Quin 1 Best: D Schmidt, Z Quin, S Threlfall, H Fry, L Quin, J Morrison

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