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