Sydney Hills Eagles player Aaron Savage is squashed between Queanbeyan Tigers' James Kavanagh, left, and Todd Dickinson. Photo: Graham Tidy
If Queanbeyan can turn its third-quarter effort against Sydney Hills Eagles yesterday into a complete match, coach Kade Klemke thinks his side will be a force to be reckoned with.
The Tigers destroyed the visitors, 20.17 (137) to 9.10 (64), in freezing conditions at Margaret Donoghoe Park to remain at the top of the NEAFL eastern conference ladder.
It was a day when a mercy rule would've been handy, not only to put the Eagles players out of their misery but the hardy supporters braving the arctic Queanbeyan conditions as well.
Queanbeyan Tigers' Nathan Kerlin gets a tap away to teammate Will Griggs. Photo: Graham Tidy
The game was effectively over at three-quarter-time and it just petered out in the final term.
Queanbeyan dominated all over the ground - Klemke shone across half-back, the midfield led by ruckman Neil Irwin smothered the Eagles, and the forwards did as they wanted.
James Kavanagh kicked six, Brett Fruend four and Ryan Quade three to heap a mountain of pain on Sydney Hills.
But Klemke was only happy with the third quarter.
''That third quarter … we just came out and we listened to each other, we communicated with each other, which was so much better. If we can play that for four quarters, we'll be a really good side,'' he said.
Eagles coach Glenn Garner struggled to pick his best players after his team was completely outgunned in all facets of the game.
Only midfielder Callen Young (two goals) and ruck Damien Charleston could leave the field with their heads held high.
It left Garner perplexed about his team's lack of intensity on a day when hard work was the best way to fight the cold.
It wasn't a good debut for Joshua Shephard, who was stretchered off and taken to hospital in the first quarter after landing on his head after a marking contest, but there wasn't any serious damage.
''As a group we were just embarrassed at the way they went about their footy and the way we went about it. We were back playing at a level that was acceptable last year [in Sydney AFL] but isn't anywhere near acceptable this year,'' Garner said.
Meanwhile, Ken McGregor (six) returned from injury to lead Ainslie to a 36-point win over Sydney University in Sydney, with Nic Paine (five) continuing his impressive start to 2012.
And Eastlake paid tribute to former chairman of football Brendan Dorman, who died on Thursday night, with an 80-point thumping of Belconnen at Manuka Oval.