The weekend got underway on Friday night when one of our under 13 sides played under lights at the dog track. The under 9’s & 11’s played on Princess Park Saturday morning in cool but fine conditions. These kids continue to have a great time playing football in front of their family and friends. It’s a great atmosphere on Saturday morning watching these youngsters learn about our great game. Our second under 13’s team played the first game Saturday morning on the main oval against Nuriootpa and it was a great game of junior football played under cloudy skies.
The Under 15’s won their 8th game on the trot on Saturday. Nuri were the last team to defeat our 15’s and you could tell from the first bounce they weren’t going let this one slip. The game was well and truly over at half time when we led by almost 8 goals. The lads didn’t let up and ran out comfortable winners by 73 points. The great win put the team into second place (on percentage) in front of Willaston. After the game Coach Mathews was full of praise for his young chargers not just because they won but more about the way they won. Blayke Lane is in great form at the moment and was awarded the Tiger’s best player. Others who contributed on the day were Lachlan Roberts, Brodi Mathews (8 goals), Jake Billing, Trey Mason and Brad Pilkington.
After last week’s disappointing display our Under 17’s had something to prove Saturday and prove it they did with a comprehensive 65 point win over Nuri. The lads got out of the blocks in the first quarter and by half time the game was all but over. The win gives the side a handy break in fourth place with an important game coming up this week against the Lions. Brandon Downie is having an outstanding season and was again judged the Tigers best player. Others to play well on the day were Matt Stewart Dylan Pilkington, Haydon Reynolds, Adam Byster (5 goals) and Sean Maher.
The Reserves had a good percentage win against an undermanned Nuri side. With a few players back in the side from the A’s the side played some very good football and never gave Nuri a sniff. This week they need to front up to a Lions outfit who are playing some very good football. Hard nut Ian Naulty did what he does best hitting the ball hard all day and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Other players who contributed on the day were Adam Cox, Reece Kalic, Steven Gladigau, Luke Edwards and Dylan Bell.
The A’s was a close fought contest all day with Nuri not giving us an inch and in fact they hit the front briefly in the last quarter. Again our kicking for goal let us down with many easy shots missing the big sticks. Nuri made the most of our sloppy goal kicking and were in touch at every break. The last quarter started off with Nuri attacking the goals relentlessly and were rewarded for their hard work by hitting the front. This seemed to jolt our lads into gear and with 6 goals in the next 8 minutes the game was won. Even allowing for that Nuri kept at it and kicked the last 2 goals of the match. Daniel Stanley had a great game particularly his last half. His last quarter was the difference between the side winning and losing. Charlie Molyneux had another great game while Mark Mercer, Matt Phillips, Andrew Wright and Tom Dunne all contributed to the win.
This week we head south to take on the South Gawler Lions who will be smarting after a toweling by the Angaston Panthers on Saturday. These games are always worth the entrance fee and this one will be no different.
Saturday night will be the club’s 125th Anniversary Dinner at Starplex. Tickets are scarce but if you might be lucky if you ring Rod Knight. Tickets will be available for the Players Revue night from next week. This night will be held at the club on Saturday night 9th August and we will see many of our players in a completely different light.