The weekend got underway on Friday night when the under 9’s & 11’s played at South under lights. One of our under 13’s team played the first game Saturday morning on the main oval against South Gawler. As we get to the tail end of the season the improvement in the quality of the football played by these youngest members of our club has to be seen to be believed. It’s a testament to the coaches who have tutored these kids during the season.
The Under 15’s continued on their winning way with a 40 point win over the Lions in the first game for points on Saturday. The win put the lads on top of the table after Willaston were defeated by Tanunda. The 15’s are playing fast confident football with every player in the side doing their job. Coach Mathews said the side’s not getting ahead of themselves and each week the team will focus on the next game and let the finals look after themselves. Lachlan Roberts had a great game and was awarded the Tiger’s best player. Others who contributed on the day were Blayke Lane, Jake Billing, Caleb Manfield, Sam Dowden and Trey Mason.
After last week’s good effort the Under 17’s needed to keep focus when they came up against the old foe and keep focus they did with a tough gutsy win. The game was hard fought from the first bounce and the lads had to overcome some hard hits but eventually ran out winners by 30 points. Coach Reynolds was very pleased with the endeavor of his chargers and their ability to keep their heads under fire. The win shores up fourth spot for the Tigers. Beau Mason ran and attacked the ball hard all day and was judged the Tigers best player. Others to play well on the day were Matt Stewart, Kyle Giniotis, Paul Searle, Brandon Downie and Sean Maher.
The Reserves started off like they were going to have an easy win but all that changed after the long break. Going into the second half holding a 3 goal buffer the Tigers left their 1st half form in the huddle. The lads could only manage 1 goal in the second half against South’s 8 goals and were easily beaten by 26 points. Ian Naulty was again judged the Tigers best and is in a real purple patch of form at the moment and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Other players who contributed on the day were Zac Kerr, Adam Cox, Tyson Duffield and Haydon Schloite.
At quarter time of the A grade everyone thought we were in for a close hard fought game after both sides could only manager 1 goal each but the Tigers slowly got their game going after quarter time and blew the Lions away in the second half. The Tigers backline never gave their Lion counterparts a sniff with Corey Solly, Casey Thomas, Tyson Foreman and Jake Asher not giving their opponents any latitude at all. Our on-ballers were strong at the ball all day with Daniel Stanley again having a brilliant game. His control of the situation when he has the ball in hand is as good as anyone playing the game in the BL &G. Charlie Molyneux continued his great form while Corey Solly, Andrew Wright, Casey Thomas and Brad Hunt all contributed to the win.
This week we head north to take on the Freeling Redlegs who playing their best football of the season after beating the Angaston Panthers easily on Saturday. This will be a great a game and one the Tigers can’t take lightly.
Saturday night club held its 125th Anniversary Dinner at Starplex and what a great night it was. With 250 tickets sold the place was packed out and it was great to see so many old faces back at the club celebrating 125 years. Congratulations to the organizing committee for a great night and again our big thanks to all who kindly donated goods and services for the Club Auction.