Tigers duo form formidable partnership

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Tigers' Danial Abbott reaches for the ball.
Camera IconTigers' Danial Abbott reaches for the ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

Experienced Tigers duo Tim Button and John Santia displayed all their tricks, combining for more points than Railways Tigers could manage as a whole team in their round six men’s A-grade clash on Tuesday night.

Tigers emerged comfortable 17-point winners over their namesake, as Button and Santia joined forces in attack.

Button was a bully in the keyway, bustling through the Railways defence to knock down 16 points.

Tigers’ Jayden Scott with possession as Railways’ Kyle Smith reaches in.
Camera IconTigers’ Jayden Scott with possession as Railways’ Kyle Smith reaches in. Credit: Laurie Benson

Santia was at his damaging best from beyond the arc and his tally finished at 14 points after he was allowed far too much space by the team who slipped from top spot to fourth as a result.

Though Button and Santia were the only two to reach double figures for Tigers it was enough for their side to win a low-scoring match filled with fouls.

Tigers had opened up a 14-point lead by half-time and Railways without key trio Kalin Lane, Henrick Alforque and Cyrus Upson never looked threatening.

Fill-in player Daniel Leary managed two triples to top score with eight points and Shane Braimbridge was a presence under the glass with six.

Railways' Jack Adams shoots.
Camera IconRailways' Jack Adams shoots. Credit: Laurie Benson

Just three points separates first to sixth on the ladder after round six when Raiders and Knights also tasted victory.

The young Raiders took care of the bottom-placed Blazers, 56-41.

Blazers led by two points at half-time but Xavier Brenton-Reed scored 14 of his impressive 18 points in the second half to guide Raiders to their second win of the campaign, helping them leap into second spot.

David Arthur was also outstanding with 20 points, while Zac Pearson (10) and Jeff Fitzpatrick (11) were solid for the winless Blazers.

Knights reclaimed top spot after their 13-point win over Barking Owls in the grand final rematch.

Kye Griffiths for the second week in a row had more than 30 points, his tally of 32 the highlight as Knights won 75-62.

Four Owls players reached double figures, led by Justin Benson (18), but they were unable to halt Knights in offence for long enough periods.

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