Tyne Tees Tigers vs. CNE Barbarians
On a sunny afternoon in Newcastle, the Tyne Tees Tigers played their first game against an experienced CNE Barbarians side comprised of players from Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds.
The Barbarians playing with the wind got out to an early lead, which they never relinquished. Whilst the Tigers, who have only been training together for 8 weeks, started very tentatively.
Adrian Dobie, playing in his first game of Australian Football, was dominant in the ruck from the beginning for the Tigers. Continuing the North East’s history of producing quality ruckmen, but unfortunately they were unable to capitalize on his good tap work.
As each quarter passed the Tigers grew in confidence and stature, with Nolan and Wigham generating some run and carry out of the back line, Greenhow, Robinson and S. Bulmer starting to find the ball in the middle and Dobie backing up his rucking with some good work around the ground. The Tigers started to link together passages of play together that belied the teams’ inexperience, and create some delivery for the hardworking forwards Brignall and Rolt.
By the 4th quarter the tired legs of the Barbarians started to show, and the increased confidence of the Tigers allowed them to dominate passages of the play, kicking five goals to win the quarter. With Dave Rolt rounding off a great coast to coast goal for his 4th of the game and 3rd for the quarter.
Final Score: AFL CNE Barbarians 16.10 106 vs 7.6 48 Tyne Tees Tigers
Tigers Best: Dobie, Rolt, Nolan, Wigham, Robinson