‘It’s all on at Weyba Rd’
The Rococo's Bar and Bistro Noosa Tigers host all four senior preliminary finals this Saturday at our Weyba rd headquarters in what is a truly massive day for the club.
The day starts with the Coolum Noosa Colts who play the Aspley hornets from 9.30am. The Shane Dawes coached side have been exemplary this season where a merger between the two sunny coast clubs has worked beautifully. Assistant coach and Noosa stalwart David Carroll saying ’The boys have just gelled superbly and full credit to Shane and the other support staff. We are really strong in defence where it is evident we are hard to score against and I reckon that holds us in great stead hitting the finals this weekend’
The Tigers reserves finished second on the ladder after the fixture season and will play the Coorparoo Kings from midday for a place in this years grand final. The ressies have been strengthened by the return of Connor Templeton and Daniel Bence over the past fortnight and are sure to have some experience back from the seniors if Buntain and Langan come up as expected. Gary Wallace has been superb for the ressies all year as has Benny fuller and if you throw in 'snowy' Thornton and skipper 'nos' James , there is plenty of quality leadership on field to steer Tony Brennan’s boys to a second consecutive grand final by 2 pm on Saturday.
Ben Fuller has been instrumental in the reserves all year.
Photography - Craig Slaney
And of course the main game at 2.15 pm sees the top of the table Noosa Tigers up against perennial finals contenders Springwood. A side who only 2 weeks ago the tigers comprehensively thumped. With an on ball brigade featuring McDonald, Meredith, Laskey, Fraser, Hutchison, Fitzpatrick and Stack, it’s little wonder the Tigers start raging favourites.
Down back Maher has been brilliant, Stevens and Brain providing the skill and run needed out of defence whilst Buntain, O’Dywer, McCrimmon and Mac Johnston continue to repel everything that comes there way. Up forward Ben Collins experience and guile has meant that young guns Harper, Langan and Rogers can become true focal points and if the ball hits the ground then no one has the cleverness and poise of young stars Will O'Dwyer and Mav Pettigrove.
Across the board the Noosa boys are a very competent outfit and after watching training last Saturday morning you could see and hear the electricity of finals albeit a much shortened and quit unfamiliar year. All year coach Bovalino has used the ‘back to back‘ mantra but first things first we must get there starting with the pumas this week. Game starts at 2.15 pm and will be live streamed on the Noosa Tigers Facebook page. Our pre footy show on Tiger TV will go to air from 1.30 pm on Saturday.
And if that’s not enough our ladies also play their preliminary final against Jindalee from 4.45 pm. Our first ever women’s team under the tutelage of club legend Peter Trompf have done nothing but excited the Tiger faithful and added so much to the fabric of our footy club as a whole. Cass Young and Raegan Mills have been awesome for the women throughout the fixture season whilst youngster Leticia Fox and the Trompf girls, Eliza and Madi have been excellent also and a big reason why the Tigers girls have this chance to play off for a grand final. Massive day at Tigerland this Saturday , I can’t wait!
See you there. Go Tigers!