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Ressies fire up for good win
Eden 24 Cooma 16

June 24th 2012 by Dave Evelyn

The Eden Tigers reserve grade side showed great spirit to record a stirring victory in Cooma last Sunday. In a welcome return to the field, captain coach Corey Walker led from the front and his less experienced team mates responded with a passionate effort.

The tigers were up against it when the game commenced with only ten players at the ground. Somehow the ten men held Cooma at bay with good ball control and a gutsy effort in defence. As the rest of the players arrived and ran on Eden took control and were rewarded when Travis Blackburn scored the first try after good lead up work by Andrew evelyn. Andrew scored the Tigers second in the next set after Aaron Aldridge had sliced through the defence on a great run. Andrew Love converted both tries and Eden led 12-0. Cooma then regrouped and applied plenty of pressure but the young Tigers actually out enthused their opponents , playing with passion and commitment we haven't seen this season. Matt Evelyn and Chris Chalker and the captain led the way up the middle, and the troops followed. A couple of penalties allowed Cooma to get out of their half and go on the attack, and just before half time the extra defensive work the undermanned Tigers had been asked to do took its toll as Matt Silvestro stepped his way through the defence on a 40 metre run that led to Cooma's Dylan Litchfield score adjacent to the posts, leading to a scoreline at half time that saw the tigers leading 12-6.

The second half saw the Tigers start in determined fashion, and when Andrew Evelyn unloaded a deft short pass to Travis Blackburn for his second try the Tigers jumped to an 18-6 lead. Cooma were on the back foot now, and after Eden were awarded a (very) rare penalty hooker Matt Evelyn scooted through the defence for a good try which Aaron Aldridge converted and the Tigers had the game by the throat at 24-6.

Cooma tried to mount a recovery, and with the help of a few quick penalties they got a chance to go on the attack, and they were rewarded when M.Venables scored in the corner and Callender's sideline conversion brought the score back to 24-12.

Again as the match approached full time the tigers defence began to tire, but there Was no way they were going to let this game escape them. Grim team defence repelled Cooma's best efforts until just before time when Cooma scored a token try through Nelson parker to leave the final score Eden 24 Cooma 16.

This was a very entertaining match and all the Tigers players should be proud of their efforts. Next week we play the Pambula Merimbula Bombala side in Eden which shapes up as another entertaining and challenging match for this fast improving side.