Mun­dub­bera Tigers on prowl af­ter late vic­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

LAST year was a lost cause for the Mun­dub­bera Tigers, the wooden spoon an un­wanted ad­di­tion to the club’s tro­phy cab­i­net.

But the or­ange and black have shown early prom­ise that 2014 could be a dif­fer­ent story af­ter top­pling a South Bur­nett pow­er­house at home.

The Tigers made a mem­o­rable start to their Cen­tral Bur­nett sea­son with a last-gasp vic­tory against the Kin­garoy Red Ants in the best match of a huge game day at Mun­dub­bera.

Tigers’ winger Neil Reinke was the hero of the day for the home side, cross­ing the line with just three min­utes re­main­ing to break a 22-22 dead­lock.

The vic­tory was made all the more sweeter af­ter the Tigers play­ers ded­i­cated the emo­tional vic­tory to long-time sup­porter John Howlett, who passed away re­cently.

“The win was for John as he was a long-time sup­porter and spon­sor of ours,” Cap­tain/coach Bert Bee­z­ley said.

“We ded­i­cated the win to John and it was a bit emo­tional in the dress­ing rooms af­ter the game.”

Bee­z­ley said the oc­ca­sion was start­ing to get to him as the clock ticked to­wards the fi­nal siren, the game hang­ing pre­car­i­ously in the bal­ance.

“I was ner­vous at the end and the nerves re­ally started to kick in when it was 22-all as any­one could have won that game,” he said.

“But I felt re­ally good and re­lieved when Neil Reinke crossed the line, and we just dug deep at the end and that won us the game.”

The Theodore Roost­ers showed just why they will be the team to beat in the Cen­tral Bur­nett com­pe­ti­tion, out­class­ing the Nanango Stags in the sec­ond game of Satur­day’s triple header.

The 62–24 vic­tory was their third straight to start the sea­son, a run which

Roost­ers player-man­ager Ray John­ston said had con­tin­ued from late in their first sea­son back in the Cen­tral Bur­nett com­pe­ti­tion last year.

While the Tigers and Roost­ers made it a ban­ner day for Cen­tral Bur­nett clubs, it was the op­po­site for the Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors.

The Gla­di­a­tors were de­mol­ished by a ram­pant Mur­gon Mus­tangs side, 104–20.

While Cen­tral Bur­nett sides plied their trade in Mun­dub­bera, the Monto Roos had a weekend to for­get, suf­fer­ing a 72–28 loss to the Cher­bourg Hor­nets in­Wondai.

The two-time de­fend­ing pre­miers were hum­bled by the South Bur­nett cham­pi­ons in a loss which pres­i­dent Damien Hooper said would pro­vide a lot of soul-search­ing.

“We’ve got to go away and work a bit harder and learn how to gel to­gether,” he said.

“We need to work on our de­fence be­cause Cher­bourg’s speed beat us as they were very quick.”

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