To all Gawler Central Tiger supporters welcome to another season of football and netball. The club has had a big off-season with the installation of the new light towers on Gawler Oval. The official switch on was conducted by Tony Piccolo Member of Light on Friday night in front of our Sponsors and members. It was a fantastic sight as the whole oval lit up for the first time. All sides on Saturday wore black arm bands in respect to the passing of past President Don Robins.
Our young sides 9’s, 11’s & 13’s didn’t play this weekend and in fact their season doesn’t get underway until Friday night May 9th.
The Under 15’s started the season off in great style with a convincing win against the Tanunda Magpies. They got straight out of the blocks and built up a handy lead by quarter time and were never threaten. Coach Mathews was very pleased with the effort from the boys. Jake Billing started of his year in great form and was judged best on ground (Club Award). Others who contributed on the day were Brandon Acton, Brandon Kemp, Bradley Pilkington, Blayke Lane and Luke Johnson.
Our Under 17’s also started the season off with a win getting home by 12 points. Coach Reynolds was pleased with the overall effort from the boys but their kicking for goal could have cost them dearly. In the end they got the result on the board and can now concentrate on preparing for cross-town rival Willaston on Anzac Day. Young Matt Stewart was back from duty with Central Districts and played a great game and was rewarded with the Club best player award. Others to play well on the day were Beau Mason, Sean Maher, Brandon Downie, Jayke Dalgleish and Nick Long.
In the Reserves the game was never in doubt after the first quarter. The lads started the game with plenty of pace and team work and piled on the goals from the opening bounce. Sean Brading ran amok kicking 5 goals in the first half to set up a convincing win by over 20 goals. Kyle Wurst had the ball on a string and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. It won’t be long before we see young Kyle in the A’s based on his form Saturday. Adam Cox, Cameron Maher, Rhys Kalic, Sean Brading and Tyson Foreman also played well. Congratulations to Casey Koen – 150 senior games and Luke Stockdale – 50 senior games for the club.
There’s been great expectation over the summer on the top up recruits that the club has picked up with supporters chaffing at the bit for the first game. The Tigers got off to a fast start and had the Magpies on the back foot early in the first quarter. Leading by 5 goals at quarter time the margin steadily increased as the match went on and in the end the margin of 82 points reflected the dominance the Tigers had. Kalon Heintze was awarded the Jims Fencing best player for the Tigers with a hard running game all day. Others to contribute were Jason Blakemore (50th game), Matt Gibson, Daniel Stanley, Craig Jamar and Charlie Molyneux.
We have this weekend off for Easter then we have the big game under lights at Gawler Oval for the Anzac Day clash against cross-town rivals Willaston. The club would like to thank the co-operation of the Willaston Football Club and the RSL for making this event possible. It will be the first game under lights for points in the BL & G’s history and what a game it promises to be. Both clubs have decided that this match will be played for the Stephen Connelly Cup in honour of Stephen who played football for both clubs and passed away during the off-season. The Cup will be played between the 2 clubs at their first meeting every from this year on.
April 25th versus Willaston at home under lights.
May 3rd versus Barossa Districts at Williamstown, followed by Cocktail Night @ the Club
May 17th Sponsor’s Day versus South Gawler – Tom Symes Cup.