It was a stinking hot 41 degree day in Kanchanaburi, and the Tigers were honoured to play football in front of our distinguished guest Mr Neil MacPherson, OAM and the Quiet Lions touring group, in honour of all of those who have fought for and served for our great country. This was a great opportunity for the Tigers, with an inexperienced team taking on one of Asia’s strongest football sides the Singapore Wombats.
The Tigers flew out of the blocks with Twoey clearing the ball forward and young Yusef doing a double effort to get the ball towards goals where Chippie slammed one through much to the delight of his mum who had traveled from South Africa to see him ply his wares. The early momentum was with the Tigers, whose trademark aggression at the ball and rugged determination saw them kick 3 goals to the Wombats 2 in the first quarter. GMac was dominating in the ruck, and the backline was holding up strong, with Mattaya and big Kris V sweeping well, and some great runs out of defence from Badger and Kiwi Joe in his first game. Not much changed in the second quarter, with the Tigers managing a response to the early charge from the Wombats. Twoey was dominating through the midfield, while Shieldsy was showing true Tiger grit with some nice finishing work in front of goals. Lettuce stepped up into the ruck to continue the domination from GMac, and Samo managed a few cherry picking goals over the top.
The battled continued into the third, with GMac landing a massive goal from 50m out, Sheildsy got another taking a great grab in the middle of three Wombats, and Samo first smothered and then snapped a beauty from the boundary line. Easy tried (unsuccessfully) to eat his opponents elbow, and Rappy continued to blanket his opponent including a ripping tackle that saved a goal and saw his opponent of the ground. The last quarter saw the close tightly fought battle continue, and it was young gun Mo who made an excellent rewarded tackle that represented the Tiger spirit that was evident throughout the game. In the end the Tigers got up by 19 points (69-50).
Thailand Tigers 10.9.69
Singapore Wombats 7.8.50
Goals: Samo 4, Shieldsy 3, GMac 2, Chippie
Best: Twoey, Shieldsy, GMac, Mattaya, Kris V
It was a great day for the Tigers, one for which all of those involved both as players, helpers and supporters can be very proud. Of course the weekend doesn’t happen without all the work done by volunteers to set up the venue and run the show. Apologies if I miss anyone (I did sink a few cans in celebration of a brilliant day for the club) and in no particular order;
Yorky – timekeeping and scoreboard
Umpires – who all did a brilliant job – Aggotts, Chatters, Zane and Lachlan from the Quiet Lions, Ralphy and Teaguey
BBQ, Beers and Merchandise – Blade, Dog, Al MG, Andy (from Kanch) Tugga and the lovely Gaze
MC’ing – Blade
Samo – leading the side and Shieldsy for taking the reigns as the new club captain
Rutty and the lovely Pim for dealing with all the bookings – wouldn’t happen with out you
Rappy – for bringing the extra food along and taking care of a drinking venue for Saturday night
Walshy – great positive coaching
Coxey – great job of managing the team and supporting Walshy, and taking care of the coin
2.0 – room bookings
Yoda – Vans and buses
Mr Jelly – awesome effort being there and being such a passionate supporter of the club
Bear – just phenominal effort… organised all the equipment, marked the ground, ran the Auskick. Just worked overtime to put on a great show for the club.
Thanks also to Singapore for coming, and to Ian Holding and David Piesse and whole Quiet Lions group, especially Neil MacPherson OAM. Your support makes the day special and may we keep up the tradition for years to come. Also, massive thanks to His Excellency, Mr Paul Robilliard, Australian Ambassador to Thailand. Your ongoing support of the Tigers is much appreciated.