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TIGERS DEFEAT SINGAPORE


TIGERS DEFEAT SINGAPORE Tigers send Singapore with a loss - but some memorable moments in Thailand The Thailand Tigers Australian Rules Football team scored their best win in many years to retain the Pattaya Cup last weekend, played in front of an appreciative crowd at Horseshoe Point, Pattaya. Visiting opponents, the Singapore Wombats, would have started ‘bookies favorites’ going into the event after some impressive results in the past 12 months, including their runner-up in the 12-team Asia Championships late last year. However it was the local side that got off to the best possible start in the hot conditions, when Nathan Kincaid put the Tigers on the board early, goaling only two minutes into the first quarter. The Wombats were able to get a quick reply to level the scores, however the Thailand team, cheered on by the parochial crowd, then piled on 4 unanswered goals to take a 26 point lead into the 1st break. Tigers midfielder Damien Hoo was ripping the Wombats apart with his dashing run from defense and constant delivery into the forward line. He was being well supported by fellow midfielders Roger Sefton, Brett Stone, Shane Davy, and captain Jarrad Rexilius. The 2nd quarter was a tougher affair as the Wombats rallied to get themselves back into the match. The Singapore team kicked 4 goals to the Tigers 3 for the quarter to marginally reduce the deficit to 22 points, however the half-time scores could have been a lot closer if not for the rebounding of Tigers debutant Tom Polk. Polk’s defensive work was a highlight of the game, and a great addition to the Tigers backline in the absence of the injured Kevin Hornblower. The second half was a bruising encounter, with both teams losing players to injury as they fought to trade goals throughout. Every time the Wombats kicked a goal and seemed to be mounting a challenge, the Thai locals were able to counter and maintain their slender advantage. However the Wombats kept chipping away at the margin, and were able to get within 8 points at one stage. In the last quarter, and in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Tigers were determined not to let this one slip away. Full-forward Michael Sammons, as he did in the ANZAC Day fixture last April, starred for the home team in front of goals, kicking his fourth goal for the day to again give the Tigers some breathing room. Then, in fitting tributes to the two departing Tiger players in Brett Stone and Phil Ghasseb, full-back Ghasseb spoiled what looked to be a certain mark against his Singapore opponent to foil their last challenge. The ball then went up the other end of the ground where Stoney snapped cleverly around his body to seal the game for a great Tigers victory. A terrific team performance earned the Tigers their win, however Damien Hoo was the standout player of the day and was awarded the ‘Best on Ground’ medallion by ex-player Geoff Everett.


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