Final quarter seals the deal for Tigers

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Shaun Hodgson of Tigers takes possession of the ball.
Camera IconShaun Hodgson of Tigers takes possession of the ball. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

After a disastrous start to their 2018 season, Tigers continue to grow as a formidable team not to be underestimated.

This fact was evident after their hard-fought 16-point victory over Boyup Brook in Round 6 of the Lower South West Football League on Saturday.

In an entertaining contest at Rea Park, Boyup Brook appeared to have worked themselves into a winning position only to relinquish control after Tigers produced a whirlwind finish to the day with a six-goal final quarter to seal the impressive win – 15.6 (96) to Boyup Brook 12.8 (80).

Benjamin Thompson keeps the ball moving for Boyup Brook.
Camera IconBenjamin Thompson keeps the ball moving for Boyup Brook. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

In ideal football conditions, the contest quickly developed into a tight struggle with the ball moving freely from end to end as both outfits registered a string of majors.

Tigers were enjoying the spoils from the efforts of Nathan Ward, who used his vigour and foot skills to set up key forwards in Rob Dawson and Lyndon Muir in many enterprising passages of play.

Boyup Brook’s Jack Campbell breaks clear of his Tigers’ opponent to mark.
Camera IconBoyup Brook’s Jack Campbell breaks clear of his Tigers’ opponent to mark. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Ward worked in tandem with Ryan Marsh, streaming through the midfield to lead the home side to a deserved buffer at the break.

The Roos remained in the contest courtesy of the work of busy midfielder McKenzi Nix, who again displayed his liking to run the hard yards and setting up forward thrusts that would bring Michael McLeod into the game who delivered with some fine grabs and multiple goals.

Paul Starkie breaks out of defence for Tigers against Boyup Brook.
Camera IconPaul Starkie breaks out of defence for Tigers against Boyup Brook. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The visitors also enjoyed the output from Josh Quinn, Ben Thompson and Braiden McMullen, who collectively turned away the constant waves of Tigers attacks with strong marks and some telling offensive moves up the ground.

Despite conceding the early goals in the final term, Tigers’ level of desperation elevated to roll forward to allow Dawson, Reece Edwards and Muir to take the initiative and ultimately set up another team victory.

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