Tieri on top of the ladder
EXPERIENCE has taught Tieri City Tigers it’s going to take plenty of steely determination to take out this year’s Central Highlands Football premiership trophy.
Last season the Tigers went down by a whisker in the grand final to Emerald.
So it’s a good thing this season the older and wiser Tieri outfit are already on the front foot having all but cemented title rights to a Highlands home-game final in the coming weeks.
The news comes on the back of an impressive, come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Dysart at the weekend.
“We’re top of the table now and guaranteed a home final,” Tieri coach Steve Dawe said.
“We’ve still got one round to go but it’s a real boost for the club.
“It’s going to be great to play in front of a home crowd.”
There were early jitters for Tieri in the weekend clash, as Dysart’s Brad Pearce slotted the opening goal to take the lead.
But it wasn’t long before Tieri found their feet and after a little soul searching, bounced back with a penalty goal to Hayden Hearne, quickly followed by a late second-half goal to Ben Millar to seal the match.
It’s a formidable combination and the envy of any coach’s playbook to have the likes of Hearne and Millar in the side, both who made appearances with the Capricorn Cougars in the Queensland State League earlier this year.
“Yeah for sure, they’re definitely a great asset for us in the centre midfield,” coach Dawe said.
The Cougars coaching staff have given the Tieri representatives the tick of approval in the push for a place in next year’s state competition. If successful, the players will be not only forging a new path for football in Tieri but the region as a whole and no doubt it will come as a massive boost for the code in the new season.
Despite their star-studded line-up, coach Dawe knew the Dysart match-up was never one to be taken lightly, as Dysart routinely present as a tough customer out on the playing paddock.
“They usually put up a pretty good fight against us,” he said.
Tieri player Darren Stutz-Grimmond reaffirmed Dysart’s strong stance in the competition, particularly on home soil and was wary not underestimate them.
“Dysart typically play a lot better a home and last weekend was no different, a really strong contest,” he said.
The men’s final is expected to be played early next month.