The weekend got off to a great start when our under 9’s & 11’s played at Williamstown on a very cold & wet Friday night. It was the first hit-out for the future stars of the club with many of them playing in an actual game for the first time. It was great experience for all concerned players, parents and supporters.
Our 13’s played the first game at Williamstown on Saturday morning and acquitted themselves very well in a high quality game of junior football.
The Under 15’s got back into the winners circle with a hard fought 7 point win against a formidable foe in the Bulldogs. Coach Mathews was much happier with his chargers this week mainly because they played good open football and fought the game out and came away with the win. Brad Pilkington had a great game and was judged best on ground (Club Award). Others who contributed on the day were Blayke Lane, Brodi Mathews, Trey Mason, Brandon Acton and Sam Dowden.
Our Under 17’s again struggled against a very well drilled outfit and were out of the game by half time. Coach Reynolds was pleased with the way they fought out the game by outscoring the Bulldogs in the last quarter. Brandon Downie was again the Tigers best player and is having a great start to the season and was rewarded with the Club best player award. Others to play well on the day were Matt Stewart, Beau Mason, Sean Maher, Matt Neville and Patrick Barnes-Tripp.
After a slow start in the first quarter the Reserves steamrolled the Bulldogs to run out very comfortable winners by 125 points. With the Tiger’s on-ballers completely controlling the flow of play it was no surprise to see the best players list named by Coach Pratt. Aaron Fox played a great game running all over the ground and as an added bonus he kicked 5 goals. He was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Kyle Wurst continued his great start to the season while Adam Cox, Cameron Maher, Lee Corneliusen and Cameron King played well.
The A grade game should have been all over at quarter time with 14 scoring shots to 3 but unfortunately the Tigers could not find the big sticks and only managed 4 goals from the 14 shots. After quarter time it became a procession and the goals flowed freely with 13 goal-kickers on the day contributing to the score-board. The winning margin of 149 points was a true reflection of the game as the Tigers had winners all over the ground. Tom Dunne turned on a clinic at half forward with 15 marks and 4 goals on the day and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Others to contribute were Nathan Solly who toiled in ruck all day (unfortunately tweaking a hamstring minutes before the end of the game), Charlie Molyneux, Daniel Stanley, Jason Blakemore and Shane Souter.
It was great to see the condition of the Williamstown oval on Saturday. After a week of solid rain the ground was in excellent order and teams from both clubs had no problem in handling the surface of the ground.
Club Person of the week was awarded to Marie Davis for her ongoing work around the club, way too much to list here. Well done as always Marie.
This week we are off to Nuriootpa for the battle of the Tigers. Our youngsters will start the weekend off on Friday night at Nuri. Nuri have had a sound start to the season and always give us a good contest particularly on their home deck so get over there on Saturday and support all the teams.
May 10th versus Nuriootpa at Nuri.
May17th versus South Gawler at home playing for the Tom Symes Cup.