Tuncurry Forster Tigers finals 2018

The 2018 junior finals series will kick off after this weekend.
The 2018 junior finals series will kick off after this weekend.

This weekend will see the final round of junior competitive football before the start of the 2018 junior finals series.

Starting with the 12s, Tigers Gold are in the box seat to secure the 2018 premiership with a win against Old Bar, but any other result will have them looking over their shoulders at the Tinonee Falcons just one point behind.

Tigers Black will look to finish with back to back wins as they take on the Wildcats. 

In the 13s, Tigers Black have the bye, meaning the only way they can take the premiership is if Cundletown Jets lose to Old Bar by a whopping 10 goals.

Any other result will see them have to settle for second going into the finals.

Tigers Gold need a win over the Wildcats to secure third place.

A tremendous effort by the two under 13s coaches Mick Stocker for Black and Greg Bartolo for Gold who have sculpted two fine teams this season.

In under 15s, Tigers Black can claim the premiership with a win over the Wildcats, and Tigers Gold need to beat the second placed Wanderers to ensure a third place finish.

Both are guaranteed finals football, which is a sensational effort considering many of the players in both teams are eligible for 14s.

Coaches Matt Camilleri and Tom Jenkins should be very proud of their efforts this season. 

The under 16s competition will also see the club's two sides in contention for finals berths.

Third placed Tigers Black are guaranteed a spot, but a massive last round clash against Gloucester who are just a solitary point behind them will determine who plays sudden death the following week.

For Tigers Gold the equation is simple; win against the bottom-placed Eagles and hope Great Lakes beat the Bullets, and fifth place, along with a finals berth, is theirs. 

The Tigers two under 18s sides are both a chance at snatching the under 18 premiership.

Tigers Black took on Cundletown recently and the resultant win had them in control of their own destiny.

They will now head into a clash with Great Lakes.

Even a draw might be enough to secure the premiership, regardless of the result of the match between Tigers Gold and Tinonee.

If Black were to lose, Gold could still take the title.

Either way, both sides have had stellar seasons under the leadership of Premier League players, Josh Treasure and Nick Chapman.

Friday night will see the Tigers women’s Southern League side take on Pacific Palms in the 1 v 4 qualifying final.

A win will guarantee the Tigerettes a week off in their quest to avenge last season's grand final loss. 

Saturday afternoon will be a huge one for the Tigers men’s sides.

Premier League reserve grade will see the Tigers take on Wauchope's reserves, with a home win scuppering the Axemen's faint hopes of a finals berth.

In first grade both clubs are playing for their Premier League survival, with the club finishing last this season relegated to the men's Southern League.

The Tigers need only a point against Wauchope to secure Premier League football in 2019, but a loss sees everything come down to the final round the following week.

After the Premier League fixture, Tigers fans should head over to Boronia Park in Forster to catch the men's Southern League Tigers in sudden death semi-final action against Great Lakes in a match that should be very close indeed.

In summary, a generally very successful season for the Great Lakes region's biggest football club, winning premier titles in the women’s and the 18s, with the possibility of additional titles in the 12s and the 15s, and finals football for at least 11 of the 15 competitive sides in 2018.

Playing at home at the Tuncurry Sports Complex this weekend are the Tigerettes on Friday night at 7.45pm, 12 Gold on Saturday morning at 9am, 12 Black at 11.50am, 13 Gold at 10.30am, 15 Gold at 11.40am, 16 Gold at 10.30am, 18 Gold at 9am, and Premier League reserve and first grade from 1.15pm.