We saw the under 9 & 11 matches re-assigned to Princess Park on Saturday after it was decided to try & take some of the pressure off the Willaston ground. Both these grades had good games against their Donnybrook opponents & it’s great to see these kids really enjoying playing football. One of our Under 13 sides played at Barossa on Friday night while the second team did battle against the Willaston boys on Saturday morning. Both teams finishing with good wins.
The Under 15’s continued their vein of good form with a comprehensive 7 goal win against the second placed Willaston side. The Tigers were in front all day and won every quarter a fact that wasn’t lost on Coach Mathews. He was very pleased with his chargers and they are starting to put some winning games together. After Saturday’s great win the boys leap-frogged Willaston into second place. This week they come up against the top side in Barossa and who would bet against them in the form they are currently in. Trey Mason had a great game and was awarded the Tiger’s best player. Others who contributed on the day were Brad Pilkington, Jake Billing, Michael Geracitano, Sam Dowden and Liam Sutton.
Our Under 17’s pulled off the shock of the day by defeating the previously undefeated Willaston outfit. Trailing by more than 3 goals at half time the lads kept at it and followed their game plan to a tee. The last quarter was a beauty with the Tigers eventually winning by 2 goals in a great team effort. Dylan Pilkington played a great hard running all day was judged the Tigers best player. Others to play well on the day were Hayden Schuggman, Matt Stewart, Sean Maher, Beau Mason and Adam Byster.
Unfortunately for the Tiger supporters that was the end of the good news for the day. The Reserves were never really in the game with a number of “retired players” coming in for the match as well the numbers being made up with Under 17’s. The top of the table Willaston boys played some very good football in greasy conditions and comfortably accounted for the Tigers. Jon Hallion tried hard all day and hung in there even after taking a couple of hard knocks and he was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Other players who contributed on the day were Lee Corneliusen, Matt Stewart and Ben Ward.
It was always going to be a tough day at the office for the A’s with 6 or 7 first pick players missing and playing a near full strength Willaston outfit. Surprisingly the Tigers held a 6 point advantage at the long break and had taken it up to their more fancied opponents to that stage. After the long break the Donnybrooks came out and played some great attacking football in wet and slippery conditions. Corey Solly battled manfully all day against the 2 giant Willaston ruckmen and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Kalon Heintze (stiches and all), Matt Phillips and Andrew Wright also tried very hard for the Tigers all day.
Next week we head we host Barossa Districts at the dog track. The boys will be out to redeem themselves and hopefully we will have a few players back. It is also Sponsor’s Day with is always a big day for the club when we show our appreciation for their continued support.
A big reminder to all supporters, 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.