5 July, 2024

Tigers vs. Lions tight battle

North Cairns Tigers host Cairns City Lions THIS colossal battle headlines round 11. Sitting at first and second  on the table respectively, this match will go a long way to deciding who will be minor premiers and host the all-important qualifying final.

By John Gillett

(Above) Crocs captain Caity Walsh will be chasing her team’s second win of the season. (Below) Hawks young gun Lusa Wagia. Pictures: RAWI/AFL Cairns
(Above) Crocs captain Caity Walsh will be chasing her team’s second win of the season. (Below) Hawks young gun Lusa Wagia. Pictures: RAWI/AFL Cairns

Both teams have swept away all-comers so far in season 2024 and are both boasting ridiculous percentages as a result. 

The only loss for either team was in the Indigenous round, where a disciplined and efficient Lions were able to withstand the Tigers in an absolute classic. 

This is the last regular season meeting between these two teams, so the Tigers will be desperate for revenge. 

There will be superstars everywhere you look on Saturday.

Three of the top five goalkickers (Warburton and Rawding for the Tigers and Martin for the Lions) will be looking to put their stamp on proceedings and help their team secure a big win. 

If you are in the vicinity, this is a clash you cannot miss.

Prediction: Tigers by 1

Port Douglas Crocs host Manunda Hawks

PORT Douglas Crocs continue to find their feet in their debut season as they search for their second ever win. 

Caity Walsh will be crucial to their efforts on Saturday. In a team second last on the ladder, she sits at fourth on the leading goalkicking charts, while Abbey Craig and Kristie Hynes have been super consistent, each securing five best six nominations. Standing in their way are reigning premiers Hawks, who will be hell-bent on putting themselves in the premiership conversation and, depending on the result from Watson’s, could be equal second with a win in Port. 

They were absolutely scintillating in their first game after the representative break, with Remie Bampton kicking six, and they will be hard to stop if they get in a groove.

Prediction: Hawks by 20

South Cairns Cutters host Cairns Saints

CUTTERS were once again gallant in defeat against Norths last week. 

They will know though that while that wins you plenty of admirers, it does not count for anything on the ladder. 

They will know the job at hand is to further entrench themselves in the top four, where a win on Saturday would put them two wins and percentage above fifth. 

What makes them a tough team to play is that they love to share the footy and the goals around, making it hard for opponents to plan for any one player. 

The Saints though should be raring to go at Fretwell. 

A double bye hindered them somewhat last week against the Hawks, but they know they will be better for the run against the reigning premiers. 

Small goals will still be the objective for this young team.

Their defence is used to facing and withstanding vast amounts of pressure, but can they string some run and carry out of defensive 50 after securing another crucial holding the ball turnover, a real hallmark of their season.

Prediction: Cutters by 33


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