The chocolates came early for the tigers on good Friday with both seniors and reserves snatching narrow victories on a glorious autumn day at spring creek, in front of a massive crowd.
RESERVES: Stuart Hill kicked off his reserve grade coaching tenure in style after taking the reins from Daniel Farrar, who was such a great mentor for our young group. After being bundled out of last years finals campaign in straight sets the ressie boys were keen to issues a warning to the competition that you can’t keep a good tiger down for too long.
Scoring was tight with Modda jumping out to an early 16 point lead at quarter time with the aid of a slight breeze, they continued the momentum in the 2nd with a handy 3 goal lead going into the major break. The third quarter was telling with the tiger wrestling momentum back their way, thanks to creative small forward Cam Sharp who finished with 4 goals for the day and Nathan Mifsud who showed his potential as one to watch at U19 level with his elusiveness and footy smarts on show. In a great display of our young up and coming talent, Ned Gilbert used his elite level skills to help bring team mates into the game, while Weylin Doyle was a rock down back with his assured aerial skills. Macca Burns also put his hand up for senior selection with a great game in the ruck and showed his hard work over the pre season is paying off. With the game on the line and the clock running thin, the tigers somehow manufactured a gutsy 6 pt win – which is a great sign of the year ahead. It’s an exciting proposition for the ressies this year with almost the perfect balance of experience and youth.
SENIORS: Modda have become a very good, dangerous football team under the great guidance of arguably the best player in BFL history, Josh Finch, many in the football community probably expected a different result on Friday, particularly after the challenges we have faced recently – but what great challenge teaches us is those most invested are last to surrender and the senior group certainly did that in one of the most courageous wins this club has had in recent times. Challenged by a very good side, our team never gave up and fought to the final siren to run out a triumphant 9 pt victors. Sam Wormald set the scene early with 2 first quarter goals – in fact between Sam (4 goals) & Paul McMahon (3 goals) we didn’t have another goal kicker for the day. With a handy 1st quarter lead, the tigers were able to keep their nose in front on the scoreboard for the day – with some poor kicking by both sides didn’t help the cause. Our back 6, who were without question the best defensive unit in the competition last year, continually repelled Modda’s charge, Billy Barnes put in another classic performance and has found incredible consistency in his game, Jack Heathcote, was fantastic down back in his 1st senior game for the club and after a year off footy.
Newcomers Jake Reeves performance was brilliant in the ruck and battled on even after hurting his ankly part way through the 2nd quarter and Patty Kelleher racked up possession in the midfield and a nasty blood nose for his trouble. It was great to see Mitch Chafer back in the strip that suits him best – the tigers black & gold, and he didn’t disappoint with a great display of his elite running capacity and plenty of possession as well.
It’s off to Queenscliff this weekend to take on the Coutas.
Thanks to all that helped over 2 big days of footy – particularly those that sacrificed their time on Easter Sunday for the VFL Geelong v Werribee clash – it was a great showcase for the club and more importantly a great demonstration of the unity within our club.