A difficult game against one of the more established teams in the league, but never the less a game the Lions were up for. Aaron Clee rebuilt during the rest break between games was now back in his familiar position, raring to go. As the game started there were signs the Lions were prepared to match the guile of the Tigers. Every 50 50 ball was challenged for and won. Gradually the Lions drew confidence from their own endeavours. Ryan Wood and Charlie Smith held firm at the back with George Bicknell again showing some excellent tenacious tackling, accompanied with some good running. Owen Lloyd again continued to play no-nonsense defending by clearing his lines at the earliest opportunity. On the few occasions the ball did slip past Owen, Aaron Clee was quickly off his line field the ball. The second half started as the first finished. The Lions were tackling well, but getting sucked into the forward play too eagerly, leaving Owen Lloyd isolated and outnumbered by the Tiger’s attackers. Then one of the long punts over the top left the Tigers attack to once again forage freely at the Lion’s goal without any resistance. Aaron Clee came off his line to force the attacker into a decision but couldn’t stop the ball trickling into the corner of the net. Once again the Lions were fielding the restart, but still showed they could compete. Connor Byrne and Ella Spiers giving there all to try and a goal. Charlie Smith kept showing some good tackling and also added a further dimension to the teams forward play with his long throws. As the second half wore on the Lions were becoming susceptible to the ball over the top, but the opposition were unable to take advantage. On a few occasions when a threat was imminent Aaron Clee came off his line and dived on the loose ball. However, the Tigers grew in confidence and one bit of quality, late on in the game, lead to a goal.
Charlie Smith’s overall play and contribution in both games earned him a deserved Man Of The Match performance – Well Done Charlie and the rest of the team.