Big win for Tigers at Kojonup
Tigers completed a successful road trip to Kojonup on Saturday, claiming a 57-point victory in trying conditions.
The visitors’ triumph began with a best afield performance from Jeffrey Smith, who dominated in the ruck duels and marshalled his team by marking strongly around the ground to produce the 14.15 (99) to 6.6 (42) win.
The wild conditions provided a challenge to both sides’ skill levels, however Tigers found a way forward as Smith spearheaded a charge from the midfield allowing Nathan Ward and Tim Ioannou to engineer a run of majors.
The scoreboard damage could have been greater, however the Tigers insisted on chipping the ball around, allowing Cougars’ defence to repel the challenge.
As in recent weeks, the Cougars were committed in the ground contests and with Daniel Michael, Hugh Hassell and Joshua Woods spirited in effort, the home side lifted their work rate to slide through much-needed goals.
Tigers debutant Liam Edwards showed poise, slotting three majors in the second term.
Holding a handy 16-point lead at the break, Tigers started the third term with some gusto and kicked a couple of goals.
With Smith continuing his damaging form and with Jethro Namnik, Shaun Hodgson, Brayden Wilson and Brent Piercey sling-shotting the ball from the back half, Tigers assumed control of the contest albeit continuing to register numerous points.
The Cougars fought the game out manfully however with Smith leading the charge, Lyndon Muir bagging six goals and Edwards four goals, Tigers prevailed to take the four points.
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