Tigers Charging to Grand Finals
Tigers fans are celebrating two memorable wins over the weekend as the Tigers roar on to Grand Final honours in just over two weeks time at the Olympic stadium.
Tigers Toyota Cup team caused the upset of the first qualifying final when they trounced the minor premiers Canterbury Banks-town mini Hush Puppies Friday night at the Olympic stadium in a warm up for the Grand Final on September 30.
Number 24 seems to be a new magic number for the NYC Tigers as they beat the junior Hush Puppies 24-20 following on their 24-22 victory over the Mexicans at Leichhardt Oval HQ the week before.
Playmaking skipper Jacob Miller kicked the winning goals booting four over the little black dot to complement the four tries scored by Matt Mulcahy, winger Marika Koroibete returning from NRL Firsts duty and centre Asipeli Fine.
Marika scored his try on the stroke of half time when the Hush Puppies had a fantasy lead of 10 – nil to keep the Tigers in touch before the second half Tigers onslaught.
The Olympic stadium experience was good for the young Tigers confidence for the next two games ahead including the Grand Final which could again be against the junior Hush Puppies.
However Friday night’s win gives the Tigers a breather this weekend and go into the prelim finals in week three prior to the September 30 Grand Final encounter.
Balmain fans will be especially delighted as the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers demolished the Windsor Wolf Cubs 32 – 6 in Finals week one at Belmore sports ground.
Skipper San Meaney led by example scoring a try and booting four between the sticks for twelve of the 32 points with Josh Davis charging over for two tries and extras by Tim Simona, Players Player Jarrod Farlow and Jy Hitchcox.
They meet Wenty Maggies this Sunday at 1pm at Leichhardt Oval HQ to go onto the prelim Final prior to the big one following Sunday at the Olympic stadium Grand Final. See ya there.
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