What a night it was, magnificent crowd, perfect weather conditions, a superb game of Football topped off with a moving Anzac Day tribute. Congratulations to all who were involved making the event what it was. Definitely a night our club and the whole BL & G community will remember for a long time.

The Under 15’s got the day off to a start at 1.45pm and things didn’t go quite to plan when they were beaten by a very determined Willaston side. It was a very good game of Under 15’s football and our lads were right in the mix until late in the game. We were well down at half time and fought back to hit the front in the third quarter only to be overrun in the last. Liam Sutton had a great game and was judged best on ground (Club Award). Others who contributed on the day were Riley Goodfellow (4 goals in the third quarter), Joshua Denton, Bradley Pilkington, Brodi Mathews and Trey Mason.

Our Under 17’s struggled against a very well drilled Willaston outfit in the second half of the match. They were only a couple of goals down at the long break but were no match for the Donnybrooks in the second half. Although they were beaten comfortably in the finish the lads had a less than perfect pre-season and Coach Reynolds is optimistic as the year progresses we will be a very competitive side. Brandon Downie tried hard all day and was rewarded with the Club best player award. Others to play well on the day were Nick Long, Patrick Barns-Tripp, Beau Mason, Nathan Cockburn and Sean Maher.

In the Reserves the game started hard and tough with many fierce clashes. There was no doubt Willaston had come to play and took our lads a good quarter and a half to find their feet and start to play the style of football Coach Pratt is looking for. In the end the winning margin was 79 points but the game always seemed much closer than that. Captain Michael Davis played a great game in defence all day and was instrumental in keeping the Donnybrooks out particularly in the first half. He was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Ryan Wenham back from the A’s was hard and tough at the football all day. Sean Brading (5 goals), Bryce Connole, Cameron Maher and Todd Lamont also played well.

After a moving Anzac Day tribute in the centre of the Gawler Oval the moment we had all been waiting for, with the lights on, club stalwart Don Dieckmann tossed the coin and the first night game in the history of the BL & GFA for points was under way. The game never let anyone down. It was a great contest from the first bounce with plenty of hard ball won by both sides. The Tigers got out to a handy lead in the second quarter but the Donnybrooks got back within 11 points twice in the third and last quarters before the Tigers kicked a couple of late majors to get home by 35 points. Jason Blakemore was awarded the Frank & Cleve Scott Anzac Medal for being the best player on the ground. Others to contribute were Charlie Molyneux, Tom Dunne, Daniel Stanley, Craig Jamar and Jake Asher. The Club will hold the Stephen Connelly Cup for the next 12 months. A big thank you to the RSL and the Willaston Football Club for the making the day (and night) the outstanding success it was. Without their direct involved in the planning of the day it wouldn’t have happened.

This week we are off Williamstown for the Grand Final rematch with the Barossa Bulldogs. Our young stars of the future get their season off to a start this weekend with matches being played at Williamstown oval on Friday night. The Bulldogs are always hard to beat on their own patch so get over to Williamstown on Saturday and support the Tigers as they try to redeem last year’s Grand Final loss.

Also remember this Saturday night at the club is Cocktail Night. The theme is “Op Shop” so there is plenty of scope there to dress up and have a great night – 8pm till late.

Diary Dates:
May 3rd versus Barossa Districts at Williamstown, followed by Cocktail Night @ the Club
May 10th versus Nuriootpa at Nuri.
May 17th versus South Gawler at home playing for the Tom Symes Cup.