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Tigers triumph in Cobras' swan song

Tigers triumph in Cobras' swan song

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The Cambodian Cobras pose for a team photo after their Aussie Rules football match against the Thailand Tigers in Pattaya.

In their final game under the moniker of Cambodian Cob-ras, the Kingdom’s national AFL team suffered a cruel loss to the Thailand Tigers in the dying seconds of a tightly fought contest in the Thai beachside resort town of Pattaya on Saturday.

After a slow start in the first quarter, the soon to be dubbed Cambodian Eagles took control of the game through the midfield in the second quarter and created plenty of chances that were squandered through wasteful kicking and poor disposals to static targets.

In the third and fourth quarters, the Cobras looked to have well and truly taken the ascendancy in general play but crucial defensive errors and some missed chances in front of goal let the Tigers back into the match.

With a one-point lead in the final seconds of the last quarter, Thai forward Jarrod Roberts marked uncontested on a tight angle and slotted a remarkable goal to send the hosts up by five before the final siren.

Michael Sammons from the Tigers was judged best on ground, while Mathew Olson, Allan Soutaris, Callum McCulloch, Nic Carland, Stuart Raetz and Julian ‘‘Rooster’’ Clarke all put in admirable performances for the Cobras.

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