Dominant first half helps Tigers set up thumping
Railways’ in-form midfield brigade shone as the Tigers posted an emotional 106-point belting of Albany at Tigerland on Sunday, courtesy of their first-half blitz.
In a difficult week for the Tigers following the unexpected death of club member Greg Steel, they produced an inspired 10-goal first half to effectively sink the Sharks.
Mitch Green ran rampant in the first half and Logan Stubber won the match ball as part of the Belt Up Round as that pair, along with half-back Craig Frost and spearhead Zak Hortin (six goals) guided the Tigers to their third straight triumph.
Hortin produced his best game in some time for the Tigers, booting 6.4 in a telling display that also included a mark for the highlight reel.
Stubber was judged best afield by the umpires after his 36 disposals and two goals were instrumental in his side recording a comfortable 20.18 (138) to 4.8 (32) win.
The Tigers kicked the first 10 goals of the game, a run ended on the half-time siren by Robbie Lee, as Green went into half-time with 21 touches and a goal to his name.
Green finished the game with 28 disposals after some heavy checking from Sharks’ Fraser Eaton in the second half, but the damage was done.
Sharks youngster Kieran Gowdie kicked the first goal of the second half but his side went goalless in two quarters yet again as they suffered their biggest loss of the season.
Tigers coach Troy Leo said he was proud of his players for their performance under difficult circumstances.
“Today showed the character of the group,” Leo said.
“It’s been a really emotional, tough few days for the club and I was a bit worried how we would start.
“But the consistency of the last two weeks performance has been pleasing. Our handling skills in the last two weeks have been better and we were dominating clearances and therefore inside 50s.”
The Sharks were best served by Taj Williams and Bryce Blaszkow, whiel Coen Marwick pushed behind the ball to collect 22 possessions and Gowdie was their only multiple goal kicker with two.
“In the first half we weren’t anywhere near it,” Sharks coach Kim Mayfield said.
“There was no pressure and intent around the ball.
“We’re not that bad but we just played badly today and we’ve got to remain positive with this group.”
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