MIDDLE PRESENCE: Elise Craig has been getting back to her best form for the Toowoomba Tigers. Picture: Kevin Farmer
MIDDLE PRESENCE: Elise Craig has been getting back to her best form for the Toowoomba Tigers. Picture: Kevin Farmer

Tigers well positioned in quest for Bombers revenge

AUSSIE RULES: With one set of fixtures completed in the senior women’s competition, a familiar face sits atop the standings.

The Toowoomba Tigers lead the four-team competition on percentages through one round, however it hasn’t been all smooth sailing.

“I think we’re in a pretty good position,” coach Neville Jericho said.

“We were beaten by Souths in round one, and I think they’ll be good competition this year.

“Goondiwindi has a fair bit of potential too. Once they convert their rugby girls across to AFL, they will have a pretty good side.

“As far as confidence in our side, we’re doing what we can to take out a sixth premiership.”

They get their chance for revenge against the Bombers when the two collide at Rockville Oval tomorrow.

“We’re hoping for a different result this time around,” he said.

“It’s our Tigers past players day so there should be a solid crowd there and a good atmosphere. I’d like to think they’re up for the task.

“The girls are starting to gel together. When we played in round one, we had 10 that hadn’t played AFL before. They’re picking it up quickly and developing nicely.”

Jericho said the new brigade has laid the platform throughout the opening stages of the competition, as well as a few veterans of the team.

“Tracey Twidale is coming along very nicely, and another former Mountaineer starting to hit her straps is Elise Craig,” he said.

“She had a year off with an ACL injury. She’s finding the form she had at the end of 2018 where she was dominating the ruck because she’s so big and strong. She can stand in a tackle and deliver the ball out. We forgot how good she was.

“Our regulars like Jemma Whitney, Lauren Jericho, Courtney Lange and Carlee Mesken have all been performing well.

“Elisa Niki is a student at Downlands and she’s been playing super football.”

The other women’s fixture will see Goondiwindi searching for its first win of the season when hosting South Burnett at Riddles Oval.

COOLAROO LOOKS TO MAINTAIN TITLE CHARGE

After winning back-to-back games, Coolaroo is looking to maintain its momentum against Toowoomba tomorrow.

The 2019 grand finalists were too strong for Dalby last week, and hope to keep the Tigers without a win for the season.

Goondiwindi can re-take top spot on the ladder when hosting South Burnett.

The unbeaten Hawks sit just behind the Bombers on percentage, who will enjoy the bye round this weekend.

Dalby is looking to get off the mark when welcoming the Warwick Redbacks to town.

Both sides were soundly beaten last week, and need a win to keep their finals hopes alive.

FIXTURES

ALLIED PICKFORDS CUP: Toowoomba vs Coolaroo at Rockville Oval; Dalby vs Warwick at Dalby AFL Oval; Goondiwindi vs South Burnett at Riddles Oval. Games at 2.30pm.

SENIOR WOMEN: Toowoomba vs South Toowoomba at Rockville Oval; Goondiwindi vs South Burnett at Riddles Oval. Games at 12.50pm.