Tigers mens exit the finals

IMG_6631971449190 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.

Ray Downie is one of the most experienced Tigers of all time. Hey played for over 10 years and has won “Tiger of the year” in 2007 and 2012 and “Best Forward” multiple times.He has also captained the Tigers.

Peter Harbord retired before seasons end due his work commitments changing to another area. Boyze as he is known is a very likeable bloke amongst the Tiger crowds. His barnstorming runs will be missed. Strarting his career in reserve grade for the Tigers he picked up “Best Forward” 3 years running before joining the A Grade squad fulltime. The Tigers mens would like to thank all of their supporters and sponsors for 2014 and hope to see everyone again in season 2015.