Tigers sharpen claws at pin­na­cle point

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

BAI­LEY Kim­ber could pos­si­bly be the Mun­dub­bera Tigers’ lucky charm.

The Tigers were off to a shaky start when they took on the Monto Roos in Monto on June 25, but as they watched the score of their op­po­si­tion rise, they stepped back to sharpen their claws. An­other thing hap­pened at that point – Kim­ber stepped off from the bench and into the ac­tion.

“Af­ter Monto got ahead, Mun­dub­bera then scored a cou­ple of tries, and got back in the lead, and we just kept build­ing,” he said.

“I had been away for two weeks for work, so this was my game back,” he said. “I was really miss­ing out on the footy, and play­ing with the lads.”

For the 18-year-old, this was his se­cond sea­son with the Mun­dub­bera Tigers and win­ning the cham­pi­onship was an ex­pe­ri­ence he was yet to have.

He kicked two goals at the week­end game, help­ing the team to a 34–24 win over the Roos.

Mun­dub­bera Tigers coach Hugh Tully said, if any­thing, the team’s or­di­nary start was a mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor to push for­ward.

“The boys were sit­ting watch­ing the con­ver­sion, and just thought ‘we’re bet­ter than this’,” Tully said.

“What we did well was com­pleted our set, stuck to our game plan, tack­led hard, and were happy with the rest of the game.”

Over on the Monto Roos side, an early lead is ex­actly what they were go­ing for in an ef­fort to pre­vent en­ter­ing a game of cat and mouse.

Monto Roos coach Mathew Dahtler said giv­ing other teams leads had be­come too fre­quent an oc­cur­rence.

“Even with the start, we ended up play­ing catch-up,” he said. “We just gave them too many op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“But then again, they never got more than 12 points in front at one time.”

Dahtler said the most dis­ap­point­ing as­pect of the match was the missed op­por­tu­ni­ties slipped past them.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

MAD SCRAMBLE: Monto Roos play­ers do what­ever they can to get the ball.

Fend­ing for the ball, both play­ers have back-up wait­ing.

Mun­dub­bera Tigers player Bai­ley Kim­ber.

The Mun­dub­bera Tigers run as one.

Just 10 points sep­a­rated the teams.

The Tigers keep the ball se­cured.

Moroan Lo­hia at light­ning speed.

The Monto Roos started strongly, but then had to play catch-up.

Shane Carter runs away from a Tiger’s claws.

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