Tigers sharpen claws at pinnacle point
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.
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.