Well last week unfortunately saw the end of our Senior sides season, but here we are again with Reserves and Under 18s in the finals series. Well done to both sides on making the business end of the season. This is a strong achievement and will hopefully hold the club in good stead for years to come. The Under 18s finished top of the ladder undefeated and have this week off before travelling to New Norfolk for their first final. A huge achievement from a side that didn’t win a game last year.
We hope the drive down to Cygnet for our Reserves elimination final (12.35 start) is a safe and comfortable one, with our Reserves putting it all on the line. We have a strong side in with 33 players qualifying to play in our Reserves side, with the Tigers coming off a narrow win in our last Reserves clash with the Sharks in Round 13. The clashes between the sides sitting level at 1-1 after regular season. With just win separating the sides on the ladder it is bound to be an exciting game.
Make sure you support Quinny and the boys, let’s hope it’s a long Finals series for the Tigers! We look forward to seeing our Under 18s play next week also, after earning the week off with at top spot finish. Go Tigers!
- September 9 – Return of “John X”
- September 24 – 100 Club
- October 7 (save the date) – Best & Fairest Count
The Year in Review – from Senior Coach Mark Beck
It’s certainly been a tough year. Hopefully we have all learnt something from this year and will become better footballers and better people for it. Nothing is ever achieved without a struggle and things can turn around pretty quick. It’s truly been an honour to coach this year and I love all the people within the club and I promise to never stop working to make myself and ourselves better.
Things started so promisingly over preseason but seemed to diminish on the back of one unexpected loss in Round 1. From then we never really got back on track despite some marginal improvement with 3 in a row before the last game against Claremont. This stretch included the unbelievable win against Cygnet which was a memorable day for the club. We should have beaten Huonville twice which would have put us in the hunt. The deficiencies were pretty consistent and it seemed like at times the coaches were always reviewing the same things. Changes in training, game plan and mindset only marginally improved these deficiencies.
It has been great to see the development of our youngsters this year as highlighted by the amount of players aged 21 and under in our final senior side and finals reserves side. Our future looks positive with the performance of these guys and especially the performance of our colts.
As a team, the things that stick out to me as collective are that:
- We have to become better at the basic skill fundamentals of football and combine this with better decision making.
- We have to become better at setting and maintaining high standards, understanding and following instructions, sticking to them and making those accountable who aren’t. This is a shared approach.
- We have to become harder, stronger and fitter. We must use the excellent resources at our disposal to do this and develop a want to be better than anyone else in this area.
What I am proud about is how the current group of players who finished off on Saturday have stuck together, ‘We haven’t let it beat us, we have been strengthened by it, and in time we will fly’. This is highlighted by the special jumper signed by the final 22 during the last round.
The fun we have together socially shows the tremendous people we have amongst us. Somewhere along the line we must turn this nice humanity into a ruthlessness pursuit of success and never fear the possibility of upsetting others within and outside with this pursuit.
Thanks again to the coaches, officials, board, volunteers and supporters for all your work and support. Good luck to the reserves and colts for the Finals. It’s going to be a big couple of weeks for the club.