Tigers and Southgate cash in on quick starts

TAMWORTH Tigers and Southgate capitalised on early advantages in their Tamworth men’s competition matches on Friday night.

The Tigers turned a six-goal lead into a 9-4 win over Eco Energy while Southgate converted a 2-nil lead into an 8-5 success against the U16 boys.

Laarn White’s first of three goals for the game was all that split Southgate and the 16s in the first quarter. 

Southgate extended its lead to two at half-time, with a three-goal second quarter, and followed that with another three in the third for a four-goal lead heading into the final quarter.

The 16s slotted the first two goals of the final quarter but couldn’t make up the difference, with Reece Rowbottom scoring with just over a minute remaining to make sure of the result.

He finished with two for the game to go with White’s triple, while Jayden Gimbergh netted a double for the 16s.

Rowbottom also picked up the three best and fairest points, with Harrison Clinch getting the two and Daniel Pyne the one. 

In the other game, the Tigers were up 2-nil at the first break, 3-nil at half-time and then 6-nil with just over a minute to play in the third quarter.

Eco Energy finally got on the board with only seconds to go.

It sparked a bit of a revival, with Eco matching the Tigers for goals in the final quarter.

Matt Sandell and Max Colby led the scoring effort for the Tigers with three apiece, and the points, with Sandell awarded the three and Colby the one.

The two went to Jordan Sharpe.

Earlier, the 16s girls and Sharks drew 4-all in their women’s clash.

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