Tigers outbomb ladder rivals

MIRBOO North has replaced Yallourn Yallourn North in second position on the Mid Gippsland ladder after tenaciously defeating the Bombers by 12 points at George Bates Reserve on Saturday.
Champion rover, Barrie Burnett, led YYN through a large personalized red and black banner, to commemorate his 250th game for the Bombers.
Mirboo North promoted Tom Reiske from the thirds for his first senior appearance and Jeremy Salinger was also added to the line-up, after returning from Bendigo.
The lean and mean Tigers carried no calorie consumption overload into the match.
Mirboo North was exceptionally well served by playing coach, Clancy Bennett, whose tough front line attack was inspiring, tireless and ruthless.
Back-up support came in spades from fellow hard nuts Josh Taylor, Cameron Le Page, Dom Pinneri and Daniel Taylor.
Former St Kilda ruckman, Barry Brooks, was productive in the air for the Bombers, but the lumbering big man was no match for Isaac Abas’ pace, silky skills and athletic prowess at ground level.
Mirboo North’s half back flankers Tristan Salerno and Ben Richards, plus last line defenders Luke Palmer, Jake Nash and Dwayne Gunn, had no trouble adapting their hand and foot coordination skills to the extremely muddy conditions.
All afternoon, the younger and faster Tigers restricted many of the Bombers’ ball movement options by running down their bigger and slower opponents with solid tackles.
Leading MGFL goal kicker, Dean MacDonald, opened impressively with two quick majors for YYN, but thereafter was kept quiet by Nash.
YYN’s playing coach, Adam Bailey, kept gathering possessions at will, as he continually roamed unattended from one end of the ground to the other.
“Isn’t anyone on this fellow?” was the cry from several anxious Mirboo North supporters.
YYN’s effectiveness was nullified when two of its free kicks were reversed by some over enthusiastic ‘Johnny-Come-Lately’ altercations from the Bombers.
A goal off the ground by rangy forward, James Allen, gave the Tigers a seven point advantage at quarter time.
With both half back lines repelling most forward thrusts, goals were reduced to a trickle.
Finally, Josh Taylor found Allen who passed to Kilgower for his second which put the visitors 13 points clear after 12 minutes of the second term.
Shortly before half time, super boot forward, Tom Hutton, roosted two five star 55 metre left footers home for the Bombers in the space of 66 seconds.
After defiantly keeping YYN scoreless in the third quarter, Mirboo North took a 13 point lead into the three quarter time huddle, where Bennett told his players to keep attacking at all costs.
Kilgower brought up his third after a high mark in the goal square, but things threatened to unravel for the Tigers.
Bailey received a free kick that raised the ire of the Tigers and undisciplined loose lips resulted in a 50 metre penalty and an easy goal for the Bombers.
Both sides scrapped feverishly for hard earned possessions in pack situations and breaking away from the congestion proved challenging.
With pressure mounting, Daniel Taylor went inboard to Salerno, whose pass was marked and converted by Hudson Kerr from long range, that restored the Tigers’ lead to three goals.
Soon after, a sling tackle by Bailey on Kerr was surprisingly rewarded, and another 50 metre penalty for a harsh verbal exclamation, reduced YYN’s deficit to 11 points.
The Tigers resolutely refused to wilt and a rushed behind put them two goals clear, deep into time-on.
Then, the final siren sounded for a meritorious win by the exhausted visitors.
MIRBOO North started brilliantly with four goals straight in the opening quarter, but ended up going down to YYN by 25 points.
It was another case of the Tigers suffering second term blues when they allowed the Bombers to add 4.2 and reduce their deficit to eight points by the main break.
Hopes were high the Tigers’ momentum was rebuilding when Todd Alexander goaled after a high overhead mark and 50 metre penalty allowed him to bring up Mirboo North’s seventh goal during the third quarter.
However, the Bombers remained on a steady course and the Tigers went into free fall after speedy midfielder, Damien McLean, limped into the change rooms.
Brent Harriage, Sam Pratt and Brett Palmer were worthy contributors in the atrocious conditions that any fair weather footballer would find uninspiring.
Michael Green finished with three goals for the visitors and teammate Mitchell Stewart booted two after returning from injury.
Leading players for the Bombers were Lachlan Little, Bradley Brooks and Darcy Price.
Back-to-back reigning premier, Mirboo North, comfortably defeated YYN by 25 points in sometimes rainy and always muddy conditions.
Kyle Wilson, Jayden Hohmann and Cody Rudling were magnificent contributors for the mighty Tigers.
This Saturday, Mirboo North has a bye.
Mirboo North recorded a handy 21 point win over the Bombers with Joel Mason kicking two goals for the winners.
The Tigers have a bye this Saturday.

Close contest: Mirboo North hard nut Cam LePage and his opponent fixed on the ball. Both teams were in the match with a chance until the end.

Close contest: Mirboo North hard nut Cam LePage and his opponent fixed on the ball. Both teams were in the match with a chance until the end.

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