The weekend got off to a start on a very wet & cold Friday night at Nuri when the under 9’s & 11’s. The under 9 lads are starting to learn our great game and it is great to see the excitement when these youngsters hit the park. The under 11’s who have had the experience of a couple of years of under 9’s under their belt are playing with great poise and excellent skills.
Our 13’s played the first game at Nuriootpa on Saturday morning and acquitted themselves very well in a high quality game of junior football.
The Under 15’s got off to a slow start in the first quarter trailing by 3 goals at the first break and never really got much closer eventually going down by 16 points. The lads are playing some great football in patches but they are struggling to put 4 quarters together. Brandon Kemp had a great game and was judged best on ground (Club Award). Others who contributed on the day were Brad Pilkington, Trey Mason, Riley Goodfellow, Liam Sutton and Brodi Mathews.
Our Under 17’s got themselves back into the winner’s circle with a strong performance. Their first half was outstanding when they kicked 10 goals and kept Nuri to 1. After the half time the game closed up but the lads still run out winners by 49 points. Coach Reynolds was much happier with his troops this week and is starting to see the game plan coming together. Liam Neville was the Tigers best player and was awarded the Club best player award. Others to play well on the day were Brandon Downie (having an outstanding season) Matt Stewart, Jay Frahm, Hayden Reynolds and Beau Mason.
The Reserves took a half to hit their straps against a very determined Nuri side. After a rev up at half time by Coach Pratt they came out and took over control of the game and ran out easy winner by 54 points. Todd Lamont played his normal steady game and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Glenn Meulendykes, Reece Kalic, Cameron Maher, Kyle Wurst and Ben Ward also played well.
The A grade game was a match of 2 halves. In the first half we played some of the best football our supporters have ever seen us play and a lead of over 10 goals at half time was testament to the way we played. After half time it was liked the players switched jumpers because it was Nuri who hit the ground running and played fast attacking football and they started to claw back the margin. Nuri kicked 6 goals to none in the last quarter and we eventually fell over the line by 24 points. Charlie Molyneux was outstanding and clearly the best player on the ground and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Others to contribute were Brad Mercer (9 goals), Daniel Stanley, Jason Blakemore, Aaron King and Kalon Heintze.
Auskick has begun for the youngest members of our club. It is on between 9.30 and 10.30 Sunday mornings at the club. If you have a youngster who is interested in getting involved in our great game Visit and Register at: www.aflauskick.com.au
Club Person of the week was awarded to Jim Duffield for his work with the Reserves. Jim took on the Team Manager’s job this year and is doing a great job.
This week we host the undefeated South Gawler for the honour of retaining the Tom Symes Cup. This will be a great test for the A’s and Coach Herzick will hoping that we don’t see another second half fade out against the Lions.
May17th versus South Gawler at home playing for the Tom Symes Cup.
May 24th May versus Freeling at home.
May 31st May versus Angaston at home – Shuffle night at the clubrooms