THE Queanbeyan Tigers are fast firming as the team to beat in the AFL Canberra under-18s competition this year after posting a third successive victory last weekend.
After wins against Tuggeranong and Belconnen to start the season, the Tigers blitzed Gungahlin at Amaroo on Saturday to run out 24.19 (163) to 1.0 (6) victors.
More impressive than Queanbeyan’s margin of victory was the side’s impregnable defensive line with Gungahlin managing just one goal for the match.
The 157-point drubbing matched Queanbeyan’s equally lopsided demolition of Tuggeranong in round one.
Phillip Maher was strong for the Tigers booting five majors, while Ethan Callendar and Jack Jacobs each grabbed three goals apiece.
In total, the Tigers youngsters have now scored 448 points and conceded 67 in their three games this season.
On Sunday, Queanbeyan will face the toughest assignment of their 2012 campaign so far when the side takes on Eastlake at Dairy Farmers Park.
Eastlake has had a less-than-ideal preparation for the match having sat through two byes in the opening three weeks.
Sunday will also see the Tigers take on Eastlake in reserve grade at home with that match to kick off at 11.30am. Eastlake will go into the game on the back of a 15-point victory over traditional heavyweights Ainslie, while Queanbeyan notched up a 32-point win against Gungahlin last Saturday.
The Tigers are the reigning premiers in the grade but are yet to hit their stride this season.
Against Gungahlin, Queanbeyan had the match sewn-up at three-quarter time after going into the final change holding a 41-point lead.