THEY’RE a happy team at Cobram after a 3.4 (22) to 17.16 (118) win over Tocumwal at the weekend.
As finals approach, coach Trevor Mills says things seem to be falling into place for the Tigers at the right end of the season.
“We certainly don’t think we’ve peaked which is good in some ways, we think the best of us is still to come,” he said.
One of the good signs for the Tigers is a welcome return to form from 19-year-old forward Tom Thorsen who kicked nine goals at the weekend.
“He was probably our best in the first six rounds ... it’s good to see him kick a few goals which will give him plenty of confidence,” Mills said.
“Then we’ve got the bye this weekend and we’re going down to train on Gosch’s Paddock — two weeks out from finals it couldn’t be better timing.
“Melbourne will train a little before us ... to see League players training will be good for the boys.
“And where we’re coming from we’re going to have to play a few finals if we want to get anywhere so the break is coming at a good time.”
Mills said Logan Morey, another teenage Tiger, was also a stand out on Saturday.
“He’s been a real revelation for us,” Mills said.
“He turned up this year and has been great for us on the back flank.
“Then the old firm of John Lucas, Matt Hyde and Tom Crapp all contributed well.”
Mills said the Bloods didn’t let up but “had a red hot go”, suffering a blow with Daniel Phelan’s serious leg injury which brought an early end to the first and second quarters.
Having now reached finals four years in a row, it will just be a matter of how high the Tigers can finish on the ladder and who they will face.
“I don’t see it as a mountain but a series of hills we have to climb,” Mills said.
“We’ve got time, we’ve got belief in ourselves — we may not be rated by teams in the six but we’re doing our thing in our way.
“We’re a happy club and the boys are happy with each other, so when all that comes together things can happen in finals that people don’t expect.”