Tigers win flag in in­au­gu­ral sea­son

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - LIfestyle -

AMID a pe­riod of big change for the Jardee/ Tigers Foot­ball Club, the play­ers of the late 50s man­aged to se­cure back-to-back pre­mier­ship wins in games re­port­edly jam-packed with ex­cit­ing footy.

The 1958 LSWFL grand fi­nal saw the club face-off against Dean­mill in their last ever match as the Jardee Foot­ball Club.

Lo­cal papers at the time re­ported the game as “un­doubt­edly one of the most ex­cit­ing grand fi­nals ever wit­nessed in Manjimup,” with Jardee claim­ing a nar­row vic­tory over Dean­mill 13.10 (88) to 12.4 (76).

“Sev­eral thou­sand sup­port­ers lit­er­ally shouted them­selves hoarse,” as the teams “see-sawed their way through four quar­ters of ac­tion-packed foot­ball,” the news of the day read.

In 1959 the newly amal­ga­mated Tigers went on to make his­tory when they again claimed a win against Dean­mill in the big­gest game on the LSWFL cal­en­der.

Up against Dean­mill’s “re­mark­able goal-front ac­cu­racy,” the Tigers came back from a big deficit early in the first quar­ter to push into the lead 9.11 to 9.1 at the main break.

In a tense sec­ond half, the Tigers held on to win by 13 points, 13.17 (95) to 13.4 (82), cre­at­ing a legacy for the fu­ture of the brand new Tigers Foot­ball Club.

Tigers pre­mier­ship win­ning team from 1978.

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