The weekend was supposed to get underway on Friday night with the Under 9’s & 11’s playing but the matches were cancelled because of the condition of the Tanunda oval. Saturday morning also saw the Under13’s cancelled for the same reason.
The Under 15’s got the day underway in what one can only describe as shocking conditions. Many parts of the oval were badly waterlogged and the centre wicket area a sea of mud. Both sides played surprising good football in the conditions with persistent rain and a strong wind blowing across the ground making clean possession very difficult. The game was very close all match with there never being more than a couple of points in it. In the end the Tigers held out a determined Magpies outfit by 2 points. Blayke Lane continued his great season and had a great game and was judged the Tigers best (Club Award). Others who contributed on the day were Brad Pilkington, Jake Billing, Josh Denton, Trey Mason and Cameron Tagg.
Our Under 17’s did what they had to do to defeat a hard trying Magpie team by 39 points. They led comfortably all day particularly allowing for the conditions. Jay Frahm played a great hard running all day was judged the Tigers best player. Others to play well on the day were Brandon Downie, Paul Searle, Sean Maher, Adrian Connelly, Beau Mason and Cameron Fletcher.
With the Reserves it was a case of missed opportunities. Playing in possibly the worse of the conditions for the day both sides could only manage 2 goals each for the whole game. In the dying minutes of the last quarter the Tigers had 4 or 5 shots on goal and couldn’t manage a score and finished up losing by the solitary point. Ian Naulty relished the conditions and worked tirelessly all day ploughing through the mud and he was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Other players who contributed on the day were Rhys Kalic, Jon Hallion and Brett Campbell.
Looking from the boundary you would have thought 5 or 6 goals by either team would win the match. Conditions had deteriorated to some of the worse seen in the BL & G for many years after a week of steady rain the ground was saturated. The Magpies kicked the first goal of the game after controlling much of the first 5 or 6 minutes of the game. From that point on the Tigers took over control and never looked in any real trouble to run out winners by 32 points. Charlie Molyneux was superb in the mud and was in and under at every contest. He was easily the Tigers best and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Others to play well were Corey Solly who rucked all day, Andrew Wright, Kyle Wurst Daniel Stanley and evergreen Aaron King. This was the Tigers first win at Tanunda since 2003 making the win all that bit sweeter.
Next week we head across the river to Willaston to play the Donnybrooks in a top of the table contest. Both sides will be without key players lost to the Zone team but no doubt it will be a great contest and well worth the $7 entry fee.
Saturday July 12th will see the club host our Sponsors when we play Barossa at the Dog Track.
Saturday July 26th the club is holding a dinner at Starplex in celebration of the club’s 125th Anniversary. Tickets are currently available at the club and are $50 and this includes a 3 course dinner, entertainment and an auction of goods and services. This will be a great night for all present and past players, supporters and officials.