Big win for Tigers

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

TIGERS com­pleted a suc­cess­ful road trip to Ko­jonup on Satur­day, claim­ing a 57-point vic­tory in try­ing con­di­tions.

The vis­i­tors’ tri­umph be­gan with a best afield per­for­mance from Jef­frey Smith, who dom­i­nated in the ruck du­els and mar­shalled his team by mark­ing strongly around the ground to pro­duce the 14.15 (99) to 6.6 (42) win.

The wild con­di­tions pro­vided a chal­lenge to both sides’ skill lev­els, how­ever Tigers found a way for­ward as Smith spear­headed a charge from the mid­field al­low­ing Nathan Ward and Tim Ioan­nou to en­gi­neer a run of ma­jors.

The score­board dam­age could have been greater, how­ever the Tigers in­sisted on chip­ping the ball around, al­low­ing Cougars’ de­fence to re­pel the chal­lenge.

As in re­cent weeks, the Cougars were com­mit­ted in the ground con­tests and with Daniel Michael, Hugh Has­sell and Joshua Woods spir­ited in ef­fort, the home side lifted their work rate to slide through much-needed goals.

Tigers debu­tant Liam Ed­wards showed poise, slot­ting three ma­jors in the sec­ond term.

Hold­ing a handy 16-point lead at the break, Tigers started the third term with some gusto and kicked a cou­ple of goals.

The Cougars fought the game out man­fully how­ever with Smith lead­ing the charge, Lyn­don Muir bag­ging six goals and Ed­wards four goals, Tigers pre­vailed to take the four points.

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