Tigers move into the Grand Final after an action-packed day of football
By: Edwin Smith
The highly anticipated Semi Final between Sunbury United Tigers and North West Wolves didn’t disappoint.
Ending 33-26, the tough win gives the Tigers a week off and takes them straight into the Grand Final in two weeks time.
“I was telling the boys to keep playing to our game, we knew they would eventually tire and our fitness would get us over the top of them,” Tigers coach Julian Keddy said after the match.
“It’s extremely important for us to get that week off to get the boys rested up and ready for the Grand Final,” he added.
The Tigers took a 14-0 lead but the Wolves responded with 22 unanswered points to head into the half time break with an eight point lead.
That was only the start of the drama in the second half, as the Tigers scored two tries in a row to take a two point lead while also being one player short for the rest of the game after a dismissal by the referee.
Wolves’ hooker Thomas Webb was in the thick of the action all game. Indiscretions in the eye of the referee saw him sinned bin twice, but he was able to contribute to the Wolves’ efforts, including his second try giving his side a two point lead late in the second half.
Just as an upset looked on the cards, the Tigers scored again and when Basil Api slotted the conversion, the Tigers were up by four points.
A late penalty goal and a field goal from Api sealed the victory for the Tigers.
In the Minor Semi Final, two late tries from Jonathan Toetu gave the Altona Roosters a 34-26 win over Waverley Oakleigh Panthers.
In the Second Division, Casey Sharks were too strong for Doveton Steelers, running away with the match 46-6 in the Major Semi. In the Minor Semi, Altona Roosters defeated Sunbury United Tigers 34-4.
Casey Sharks progressed to the Grand Final of the Women’s Tag with a 4-0 victory over Werribee bears, while Doveton Steelers beat Altona Roosters 4-0.
Congratulations to everyone involved. Fixtures for the weekends Preliminary Finals will be online soon.