CURRA AND TIGERS CLAW EX­CIT­ING VIC­TO­RIES

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

THE close re­sults have re­turned to Townsville AFL fol­low­ing a chal­leng­ing month of football, with the Curra Swans and Her­mit Park Tigers scor­ing pul­sat­ing wins over the week­end.

Curra scored a late 11.4 ( 70) to 10.8 ( 68) vic­tory over the Univer­sity Hawks af­ter trail­ing by 16 points head­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter and Her­mit Park handed Thuringowa their sec­ond loss of the year fol­low­ing an up and down match that the Tigers snatched near full- time.

Trail­ing three goals to two af­ter the first term, the Tigers soared to a 58- 39 half- time lead be­fore Thuringowa kicked six goals to Her­mit Park’s two in the third to lead 76- 73. It set the scene for an ac­tion­packed fi­nal 25 min­utes that went Her­mit Park’s way af­ter kick­ing four ma­jors to Thuringowa’s one, send­ing out a timely re­minder that this year’s premier­ship race is far from over.

“Hope­fully, it will plant the seed in the back of their heads that they can go with Thuringowa,” Tigers coach Lyle Clifford said.

“It was a re­ally good game from both sides and these are the sort of games you want to get up for with three games to go be­fore fi­nals.

“We strung a num­ber of goals to­gether in the sec­ond but the Bull­dogs came back as they al­way do. There wasn’t any­thing too in­spi­ra­tional said at three- quar­ter time, just for us to take a com­plete per­for­mance and play strongly.”

The Tigers have gone back to equal first with Thuringowa on the com­pe­ti­tion ta­ble, shar­ing the same num­ber of wins but hold­ing an in­fe­rior points dif­fer­en­tial.

Curra trailed for most of their game against Uni but got ahead when it mat­tered to score one of the sea­son’s most dra­matic wins.

Curra have now strung two vic­to­ries to­gether since get­ting thumped by Thuringowa 125 to 6 three weeks ago.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

CLOSE CALL: Bull­dogs’ Joshua Ubank and Tigers’ Daniel Cut­ti­ford com­pete for the ball in Townsville AFL ac­tion at Tony Ire­land Sta­dium.

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