Tigers in fine style with big win

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Darren Flockart of the Southerners is held by Tigers Daniel Ward & Tyler Bennett.
Camera IconDarren Flockart of the Southerners is held by Tigers Daniel Ward & Tyler Bennett. Credit: Mick Hill.

It was a glorious day at Rea Park Oval on Saturday for the Tigers Football Club as it celebrated the centenary celebration of the Jardee Football Club (1918) and its 1978 premiership reunion in grand style by eclipsing Southerners to the tune of 131 points.

Cutting the banner as they entered the arena adorned in the Jardee colours of green and gold, the Tigers certainly made an impressive sight and that fact did not stop there as they took all before them on the auspicious occasion to romp to a 26.10 (166) to 5.5 (35) win over a determined yet undermanned Souths outfit.

The big crowd on hand to enjoy the celebrations took great delight as Tigers gained the initiative from the get-go and through some swift, clean ball movement, raced forward to fly through five first-quarter majors.

Robert Dawson, of the Tigers, handballs away from Dean Collins, Southerners.
Camera IconRobert Dawson, of the Tigers, handballs away from Dean Collins, Southerners. Credit: Mick Hill.

Dan Ward and Shaun Hodgson gave the home side the drive forward and in tandem with Ryan Marsh and Nathan Ward, they had Souths struggling to contain the scoreboard damage.

To Souths’ credit, particularly their defensive zone, they did enjoy some positive passages with Matt Fox, Viv Blurton, Brett Dobson and Dean Collins all contributing, albeit in the face of a rampaging Tigers outfit.

Robert Dawson of the Tigers, gets a low tackle from Dean Collins Southerners.
Camera IconRobert Dawson of the Tigers, gets a low tackle from Dean Collins Southerners. Credit: Mick Hill.

Despite these spirited efforts, Souths simply could not contain the Tigers’ run out of defence and with some pinpoint ball delivery, the home side hit up key forwards Jeff Smith and Lyndon Muir to take a 63-point lead at the break.

Although they maintained their determination, Souths could match the Tigers onslaught with Shaun Hodgson, Jethro Namnik, Kurt Donohoe, Rob Dawson and Tim Ioannou producing fine performances.

Jesse Edwards of the Tiger trys to pick up the ball, watched by Brent Piercey and Matthew Gillard of the Southerners.
Camera IconJesse Edwards of the Tiger trys to pick up the ball, watched by Brent Piercey and Matthew Gillard of the Southerners. Credit: Mick Hill.

To further delight the crowd, forward maestro Muir sparked up forward with a nine-goal return for the game while Dan and Nathan Ward delivered some old fashioned hard clash football.

Tiger Daniel Ward takes the mark as Southerner Wes Hagan comes in to tackle.
Camera IconTiger Daniel Ward takes the mark as Southerner Wes Hagan comes in to tackle. Credit: Mick Hill.
Tiger Daniel Ward and Southerners Wes Hagan and Mitch Decampo go for the mark.
Camera IconTiger Daniel Ward and Southerners Wes Hagan and Mitch Decampo go for the mark. Credit: Pictures: Mick Hill, Mick Hill.
Mitch Decampo of the Southerners goes to ground, tackled by Tiger Brett Stephen.
Camera IconMitch Decampo of the Southerners goes to ground, tackled by Tiger Brett Stephen. Credit: Mick Hill.
Lyndon Muir, starred for the Tigers on Saturday.
Camera IconLyndon Muir, starred for the Tigers on Saturday. Credit: Mick Hill.

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