Tigers capitalise on Magpies’ errors
A 38-point win for Railways against Denmark-Walpole at McLean Park on Saturday has put a serious dent in the Magpies’ finals hopes as they slump to 1-7 heading into the two-week break.
A five-goal-to-one opening quarter put the Tigers in the box seat as they managed to maintain the buffer before kicking away in the last to finish ahead 14.8 (92) to 8.6 (54).
After conceding six goals in the first quarter the last time the sides met, Tigers coach Craig Frost said his side was focussed on starting strongly.
“We were concentrating on getting a good start so that was pleasing to be able to get a jump on them early,” he said.
The sides traded goals in the middle stages of the game with the Magpies unable to bridge the gap before a strong last quarter ensured the Tigers secured their fifth win of the season.
Zane Marwick was prolific through the midfield and finished with three goals while Logan Stubber (four goals) and Dylan Schorer also put in strong performances for the victors.
Onballer Ryan Gaerth stood out for the Magpies and got good support from Tyler Stone (three goals) and Kadan King-Davies.
Magpies coach Matt Candy lamented his side’s poor start to the game.
“We normally play better early but that didn’t happen today unfortunately,” he said.
“I thought we moved the ball the way we should but we just got tired and made some skill errors.
“We failed to capitalise overall.”
With the Magpies sitting fifth, four games behind the Tigers, Candy said the aim was still to play finals.
“You’re always playing to play finals,” he said.
“It’s going to be a hard road but we’ll just keep playing our style.”
Tigers’ key forward Zak Hortin sustained a hamstring injury in the opening quarter and did not return to the field.
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