The Wolverines traveled up to Manchester on Saturday to play the Tyne Tees Tigers. They arrived with excellent numbers including debutant Derrick Yeung, the recent Malaysian recruit from the University of Birmingham. Despite having suffered a loss last time out at the hands of reigning premiers the Manchester Mosquitoes the squad took heart from aspects of that performance.
The Wolverines were given instructions before the game from the coaching team to attack the ball and use it cleverly once they had secured possession and they didn't disappoint! They flew into every contest with speed and controlled aggression to win the ball before making good use of it to go into the quarter time break with a healthy advantage established over their opponents. Goals included a brace from the Australian forward Fraser Wittwer and returning tall forward Drew Adams, making his first appearance of the season.
The second quarter began with Tyne Tees finding their feet and kicking some early goals to reverse the momentum of the first quarter. The Wolverines had to organise themselves quickly to rectify the problems that their resurgent opponents were causing. They did this efficiently, making excellent use of the large bench to ensure fresh legs were able to re-establish the Wolverines dominance in the middle of the ground and allowing the forwards to heap more goals onto the scoreboard.
The half-time talk contained lots of warnings about complacency and encouragement to maintain, if not raise the levels of concentration and commitment to the ball. It was these things that allowed the Wolverines to truly pull away from the Tigers, kicking numerous unanswered goals to effectively seal the game before the end of the third period. More goals for Wittwer and ruckman Marcus Argent paved the way for this dominance with Craig Jones adding three goals of his own in an excellent performance.
The final quarter was more of a formality with the opposition suffering injuries to key players and a chance for the Wolverines to apply some serious pressure to the scoreboard in order to bolster their overall percentage. The moment of the game was reserved for the youngest member of the Wolverines squad as 16 year old Jordan Cox picked up the ball 25m from goal before side stepping his opponent, handing off a second tackle and slotting the ball home to the delight of the squad and travelling support.
Final score: Wolverines 24.21.165 def. Tyne Tees Tigers 6.3.39