Stubborn Tigers set a winning standard
THE Tigers yesterday took another step towards shredding the cubs tag that has stuck throughout their TSL existence with a stirring victory against Devonport.
After conceding the first five goals at the Twin Ovals – and being held scoreless in the first quarter – the Tigers dragged themselves back into the contest, only hitting the front early in the last quarter.
Devonport, searching for its first win of 2017, again edged ahead before the Tigers responded with the last two majors to record an important 11.8 (74) to 9.9 (63) result.
Ethan Brock was the hero in a seesawing last stanza, kicking two of his four goals, including the one which put the home side in front for good after three lead changes.
Former Carlton listed pair Mitch Carter and Marcus Davies stood tall in the final 10 minutes, using their experience to repel Magpie attacks as the visitors desperately sought a breakthrough.
“Hopefully, that gets us back on track and the guys understand the standard we want to play at each week,” Tigers coach Aaron Vince said.
“We just have to play our style of footy and we can come out of any situation and we managed to do that today.”
While the victory keeps Tigers in the hunt for a maiden State League finals appearance, it was heartbreak for Devonport.
In what has been a bleak year it was as close as the Pies have come to tasting a breakthrough, but coach Mitch Thorp hopes the pain can fuel the fire moving forward.
“We are enduring a bit of pain at the moment, realistically though that is the first game we have been in and you probably have to have a result like that to really sting,” Thorp said.
“Ultimately we fell a bit short… but I can’t be more supportive and can’t commend the boys enough for their attitude.”