After falling to the Magpies in the curtain-raiser of the Crawfish Cup tourney, the Tigers looked to recoup while Austin played Dallas in a rematch of last season’s Division 3 grand final. In that match, the wind remained a major factor, although the ‘Pies managed to scored the only goal of the day against the stiff breeze.
But the Magpies class won out again and the Tigers looked to take advantage of a battle-weary Austin side.
Unfortunately, the coin flip landed in favor of the Crows and they started with the 5-goal wind. The rucks and midfielders steadied a bit for the Tigers after getting handled in the first match, but the god-damned wind smothered clearances, kick-outs, and any ball traveling more than 10 feet off the ground seemed to be inevitably buffeted back into the hands of the Crows.
The Tiger backlines played reasonably well despite giving up 11 scoring shots to Austin. For their part, the Crows were only able to take 2 goals for their efforts and headed into the break ahead only 2.9 (21) to 0.0 (0).
And here the wind would die down a bit, leaving Baton Rouge with a bit less of an edge than Mother Nature had given all day. The Tigers clawed back into the match, stringing together some clean passages of play while suppressing the Crows’ forward drive. But the combined the combined Houston/BR squad revealed no true match winners despite the relentless work of Minnesota Kavanaugh across the midfield, some more contested ball winning from Justin Vaughn and occasional spots of brilliance from Stebbing, Holwerda, and Daz Duhnke among others.
In the end, the Tigers would spend almost all of the second half in front of goal but were left wanting, managing 1.3 (9) on the day.
Best: Kavanaugh, Justin Vaughn, Holwerda.