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Round one of this Domestic Season kicked off on Sunday, the first Sunday game in quite a while for the Tigers, but the unusual schedule didn’t deter the diehards. 20+ players turned out including a couple of new recruits, to try and get their respective teams over the line under the guidance of captains Saul and Cleave.

With Umpire Al on tour in the States, umpire Howie was left to his own devices with the whistle, so he threw it up straight as a honeymooner’s …. And away we went.

A really even first quarter struggled to separate the teams, however the 2nd quarter was more promising for Saul’s Blues, with Hooey shaking off the hang-over, Slimey doing some great work in the ruck and around the centre, and The Doctor presenting well out of full forward. Going into half-time, the Reds had some work to do to try and reduce a 10 point deficit.

To kick off the 2nd half Cleave put himself back into the ruck, and with Shandy and Jazza starting to offer solid targets up forward and Cranners defending brilliantly, the Reds not only got back into the game in the 3rd quarter, but even managed to get in front. Hendo linking up through the middle enabled the Reds to find targets on their own rather than having to blaze away, and with a 3 goal to 1 term, the Blues started to find it hard going.

However as usual in the domestic games, Hooey found an extra gear in the 4th quarter. With no one able to match him for endurance, Hooey took control and brought his teammates back into the game. Coxy got loose a few times in attack with good effect, and Saul was also dangerous up forward. However new players Ricky and Brad were also making their mark for the Reds, and Sefto and Cleave were working well in the guts to create a very tight finish. Both teams traded early goals and were level-pegging until the Blues, through Daniel, got two goals ahead. With only minutes remaining, Patto reduced it to 8 points, and as they surged forward again to make it even closer, the siren rang to end a close and entertaining contest.

Terrific game of fast flowing football and especially great to see some new names getting amongst the best players. Timekeeper and International selecter ‘Skirts’ Carter quoted as saying “easily the best game of domestic football I’ve seen this year!”

The scribes agreed that Slimey’s work in the ruck against Cleave was worthy of best-on-ground honours. While for the Reds who were featuring several new recruits in Ricky Whitfield and Brad Hall, Brad Hall picked up the can of Tiger for his consistant efforts in the midfield. Best players: Blues: Slimey, Hooey, Mango, Yoda Reds: Brad Hall, Cleave, Jarrod Roberts, Ricky Whitfield

In the goals department, Hooey was nailing them from everywhere kicking 3 for the day, with singles to Yoda, Mango, Coxy, Daniel, and the Doctor. While for the Reds, Jazza also kicked 3 in an encouraging sign for the Tigers forward stocks. Shandy (underpants) kicked 1, as did Hendo, Sefto & Patto.


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