Natte hands Royal Park an 83-point loss to crush the Tigers’ finals dreams

A muddy Tom Douglas hand passes to advantage in the forward line.

Royal Park has waved goodbye to a finals appearance after a demoralising 13.13 (91) to 1.2 (8) loss to Natte Bealiba on Sunday.

The Tigers have failed to wiggle their way back into the top eight after losing three of their last five games and remain in 10th place on the ladder after a tragic loss at the Pond.

Bushy led by just one point at quarter time of Sunday’s game after kicking 1.2 (8) to Natte’s 1.1 (7).

Incredibly, that would be the last time that the Tigers would score for the whole day, while the Swans thrived in muddy conditions to stack on the points.

A seven-goal second quarter firmly secured a big win for Natte, who went on to kick an equal amount of goals and behinds for the final half of the match.

The game was always going to be tough for Bushy who lucked out to Natte by 74 points back in round two, but for the Swans to restrict scoring to one quarter proves how locked down their defence is.

This will surely serve them well ahead of another tough finals campaign.

For more on this story see the Back Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, August 13

 

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