ACTION MAN: Grafton’s Justin Darby last week.
ACTION MAN: Grafton’s Justin Darby last week.

Tigers planning on a fast start

AFTER a disappointing first Australian football game the Grafton Tigers will be hoping for a better showing against fellow first round losers the Coffs Harbour Swans.

The Tigers started the contest against the North Coffs Kangaroos well but as the match wore on the Roos had all the answers.

The Tigers were able to stem the flow of goals at the end of the quarters which shows they had more fitness but the Roos dominated the starts and ran away winners 152-51.

The Tigers had all individual goal kickers - Blackwell, Hayman, Beaver, Gillett, Newman and Cameron. Best players were O’Malley, Meade and Zacek.

While for the Roos Norton bagged five majors and Mayer, Turner and the two Funston brothers kicked three each.

The Reserve Grade however was a complete reversal of fortunes with the Tigers dominating from start to finish recording one of their largest ever wins, 127-64. Up forward Shawn Purton dominated with seven goals and Jason Chevalley finished with four.

This week the Tigers need to win against the Swans to make the most of two home games to start the season, because the following fortnight are big away trips against Port Macquarie and Nambucca.

The Swans went down to Port last week and will be looking for win to get their season under way. In the same game last year the Tigers ran out of legs after being in front all day to be defeated by two goals.

From their form last week the Tigers appear to be running out better which should make for a very interesting game.

Grafton will swing some positional changes this week, with Daniel Zacek going back to centre half forward and big man Grahame Blackwell moves into the ruck.

The Reserve Grade kick off at 1pm with the seniors starting at 2.30pm. Grafton’s junior Tigers play at Ellem Oval on Sunday at 8.45 against the North Coffs Kangaroos.



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