Development Day in Newcastle
Belated Match Reports:
Tyne Tees Tigers hosted 3 friendlies up in Newcastle on 25th May to help build interest in the club, assist in the skills development of the squad and also get game time into players from other clubs in AFL Central and Northern England.
In the first game the AFL CNE combined squad (players from Manchester, Nottingham and Tyne Tees) took on the Huddersfield Rams. Within the first few minutes the AFL CNE squad had jumped out to a 5 goal lead on the back of some dominant play through the midfield. The two Tyne Tees debutants were creating a lot of run and getting forward and kicking goals.
From there on though it was all the Rams as they turned things around completly after the first 10 minutes. Led by the first known father-son combination playing in one team in AFL CNE, they kicked an accurate 10.2 in the second and third quarters to go into the last with a 3 goal lead. With their superior fitness showing they kicked away to record a strong win. Final scores were Huddersfield 16.6 102 to AFL CNE 9.6 60.
In the second game a fit and fresh Tyne Tees took the field to challenge Huddersfield. With 5 players who had never played a game before the Tigers came out firing putting on two quick goals to get the Rams on the back foot. Huddersfield came back at the end of the quarter although their 7 straight behinds weren’t enough to take the lead.
Similarly to the first game the Rams took over from here with some great team play and strong marking blowing the lead out. Tyne Tees showed some great signs though with some impressive passages of play linking up with 5-6 handballs to break through the Rams midfield. The development of the Tiger’s newer players was evident as the match progressed with them showing more composure on the ball and hitting their targets. In the end the Rams ran out winners 13.21 99 to 5.3 33. Despite the scoreline the game was a tight contest played in top spirits.
In the final game a hot and dry Newcastle day was starting to get to players from both sides as Tyne Tees took on the AFL CNE side. Despite the heat both teams got out of the blocks quickly. Unfortunately for Tyne Tees they couldn’t convert their forward entries into goals, whereas the AFL CNE side were more brutal up front. Both teams got some quality game time into their players. In the end the result was a bit lop-sided with AFL CNE finishing up 17.11 113 to 0.1 1.
The most important result of the day is that 30-odd players got some really solid game time playing Aussie Rules Football. You could see many of the players improving markedly as the day progressed. Thanks to all who were involved in the day and to Ian for organising it. The beers afterward certainly tasted sweet after a long day in the sun.
Tyne Tees will be playing more social/development games over the coming few weeks. Keep in touch with the latest at https://www.facebook.com/groups/tyneteestigers/
Thanks to Tyne Tees Press Officer Zoe Vicarage for the photos and for documenting a fantastic day.