Stub­born Tigers set a win­ning stan­dard

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ADAM SMITH

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.”

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