Tigers are now full steam ahead with pre-season training. If you would like to join the Pirtek Emerald Tigers contact Jay on 0448 154 231 or find us at www.emeraldtigers.com.au. We have a mens and ladies senior team and are a family based club. You can catch us at the Emerald Ag College Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 6.30pm.
The Tigers ladies headed to Bluff on the weekend to take on Blackwater Crushettes in and rain soaked affair. The Crushers beat Dysart the previous week and were very lively from the start. The Tigers were looking to bounce back after the shock loss to Clermont Ladies the previous week.
The Tigers mens squad headed over to the Undefeated Bluff Rabbitohs with only one on the bench. Due to work, the Flu and Injuries the Green and Whites were decimated. Although with limited numbers the Tigers spirit was there.
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As you would all know, we had our first bus trip of the year, heading out to Henricks Oval to play for the first time against the Blackwater Crushettes and boy did they turn up!
Tigers mens went down to cross town rivals Emerald Cowboys to hand back the Duroux Shield. Tigers have had a slow start to the season after losing a up to 10 players from the last years side.
Saturday 21 March saw this year’s Pirtek Emerald Tigers Ladies team have our first hit out as a full side when we played against the Central West Fillies in Barcaldine as a part of the Wren Cup festivities for 2015. With the heat soaring well above any autumn weather I’ve ever encountered, the girls done exceptionally well to keep the tempo up, even with the odd dropped ball here and there (big thanks to the ref for pointing these out to me!) The first quarter saw the Fillies score shortly after kick off, putting us in the red against an opposition that knows full well they are a larger team than we, using their forwards to bust over the try line, forcing us on the back foot immediately. However, tries to Tamyra Hunter, Cooper Hill and Amy O’Loughlin gave us a 22-12 lead at half time and more importantly, a confidence boost that continued on throughout the entire game. The second half saw the Fillies have us camped on our try line, but stout defence, quick thinking (and even quicker legs) saw Hunter blitz down the side line for a 90m run away. Further tries came from Kelsie Parter and another from O’Loughlin, gave us the 44-12 win and a promising start to our season.
Ray Ebsworth will mark his opposite number this weekend in North Queensland Cowboy Kyle Feldt. Feldt is playing on the wing for the Medhi Townsville Blackhawks on Saturday Night in the final trial for the CQ Capras. Both players will be wearing the number 5. It will be a good test for Ray and his progress made throughout the pre-season. Kick off is this Saturday 21st @ 6.30pm, Browne Park. It looks to be a wet and wild weekend where ball control could determine the winner.
The Pirtek Emerald Tigers held their Annual General Meeting and the following executive will lead the Tigers in 2015.
President- Jay Edwards
VIce-President- Pete Eversham
Treasurer- Brooke Walker
Secretary- Caity Lye
Thanks to all who attended the AGM with almost 40 in total.
Pirtek Emerald Tigers Ladies forward Casey Watkins has capped of a stellar year picking up “2014 CH Representitive Player of the Year”. Casey also picked up “Top Tackles”, “Top Tryscorer”, Player of the year” and ” Player of the Match” in Tigers 2014 Grand Final win. Casey also achieved a rare feat that we are not sure if it’s the first time in QRL history, Casey and her brother Henry (pictured) both wining “Top Tackler” for their respective teams.
Tigers kicked off a great 2014 presentation night at the Emerald Maraboon in September. Lots of laughs and drinks for the end of season party. Thanks to everyone who was a part of our successful 2014 campaign. See everyone again next year.
The Emerald tigers would like to congratulate all of the 2014 award winners!!
The Emerald Tigers hosted their annual presentation night at the Maraboon Tavern and it was a great success. Celebrating a successful year by both teams the Tigers would like to thank the Tavern for the wonderful service on the night.
Unfortunately the Tigers mens have finished one game short of the Ch Mens Grand Final. The were beaten by Clermont Bears 38-22 in a replay of last years Grand Final. The Tigers were 24-6 at halftime and needed a big lift to get the boys home. The Tigers lost prop Dan bock early with a broken hand. After the break the Tigers came out and was on the front foot for the first 15 minutes. The Tigers had a few injuries creeping in and the knee injury to workhorse Griffin Freeman After clawing back to 30-22 with 9 minutes to go the bears scored to make the deficit more than 2 converted tries. With the whistle hurting the Tigers it was hard to gain momentum. The bears finished off with a late try and sealed the Tigers fate. On the day big performances by Matt Langby, Ray Downie and Wade Campbell earned them match points. In a sad day for Tigers Captain Henry Watkins and experienced campaigner Ray Downie retired along side the earlier retirement of Peter Boyze Harbord. Henry Watkins joined the club in 2012 from Springsure Mountainmen as they had folded. His leadership was quickly showing and he was made captain in 2013. The 2013 Grand Final was his first in senior league which he captained. Henry picked up Coahes choice award in 2013 and 2014.