Tantanoola brings pain

In the game gauged as the match of the sixth Mid South Eastern Football League round between Kongorong and Tantanoola, the Tigers that came away with the points.

The Tigers put the first major on the board from a brilliant ruck tap by playing coach Jak Ryan to his rover and his team was on song with run and carry from Jack Dawe and Troy Hatt.

For the Hawks, having captain Marty Von Stanke back from Injury bolstered the backline which gave Aaron Lightbody, TJ Hunter and Corbin O’Dea free rein to run straight lines.

Tantanoola had plenty of opportunity to pile on a big but with the aid of the wind doctor were stopped by Harry Evans.

Evans was darting and weaving and even leaping high to take some spectacular pack marks and stop the Tigers’ onslaught.

Tantanoola piled on four goals to one in the first quarter and it was debutant Campbell Graney who lifted the momentum of the home side going into the first break.

The Tigers came out in the second with the same intensity but the home side that lifted and piled on three majors to one and go into the main break 11 points down.

Ten minutes into the third quarter a yellow card was given to Ryan for a head high elbow on a Hawks player and it left the Tigers with only 17 on the ground.

But Tantanoola rallied around and lifted with a six goal third term to go into the last change with a handy 24-point lead.

The home side suffered some injuries to key players but it still came out in the last with a different attitude and held the Tigers scoreless thanks to some brilliant patches of play.

But in the end, it was Tant that came away with the four premiership point in a game that was set up in the first half.

For the Hawks the defense of Marty Von Stanke, Aaron Lightbody, Corben O’Dea and Brayden Leicester were in the best while better performers for the Tigers led by Jordan Hatt, Troy Hatt, Darcey Pink and Dawe.

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