The weekend got underway on Friday night when one of our under 13 sides played at Freeling under lights in very bleak conditions. It got so cold that the game was called off at three quarter time for the well-being of the players. Our second under 13 team played the first game Saturday morning on the main oval at Freeling in fine but cold conditions on a very wet and muddy deck. The under 9’s & 11’s played on the second oval at Freeling on Saturday morning.
The under 15’s had a very big win by 97 points in deplorable conditions on a fine but cold morning. The win keeps the lads on top of the table and playing great competitive football. Josh Denton had a great game and was awarded the Tiger’s best player. Others who contributed on the day were Jake Billing, Caleb Manfield, Brad Pilkington, Brandon Acton and Matthew Schulze.
Our under 17’s needed to back up last week’s great effort against South Gawler to keep their final aspirations in sight. It was tough game with Freeling throwing players behind the ball all day preventing us from playing the sort of attacking football that has won us most of our games this season. The boys did keep at it and won by 9 goals keeping them well entrenched in the final four with 3 rounds remaining. Paul Searle continued his good form and was judged the Tigers best player. Others to play well on the day were Brandon Downie, Branden Hope, Hayden Reynolds, Jay Frahm and Nathan Cockburn.
The Reserves fell short of the mark by 2 points in a real slog in very heavy conditions. They had a couple of chances in the last few minutes of the game but couldn’t steer one through the big sticks to seal the victory. In a very low scoring game the lads had their chances but struggled to deliver the final blow when it was needed. The lads are now are holding onto second spot by percentage and need to improve their form if they are going to make a real assault on the flag. Youngster Tyson Duffield was judged the Tigers best and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Other players who contributed on the day were Rhys Kalic, Zac Kerr, Adam Cox and Ian Naulty.
Saturday’s A grade was a bit like last week’s match when at quarter time both sides had only 1 goal on the board. The second quarter was a tough hard affair with neither side giving an inch and the Tigers went in 8 points up at the long break. The Redlegs kicked the first 2 goals in the third quarter to hit the front briefly but from that point the Tigers kicked 9 goals to the Redlegs 1 to run out comfortable winners by 57 points. The Tigers midfield led by Charlie Molyneux and Jason Blakemore were superb in the mire at Freeling and were our best 2 players while Tyson Foreman, Daniel Stanley, Paul Bova and Andrew Wright all contributed to the win.
This week we head to another oval where the surface will be very heavy when we play the Angaston Panthers. They had the bye this week so no doubt will be fresh and ready to do battle against the Tigers. This will be a tough game and one the Tigers can’t take lightly.