As is the norm for away matches the weekend got underway on Friday night when our under 9 & 11 sides played at Angaston under lights in cold but fine conditions. Our second under 13’s team played the first game Saturday morning on the main oval at Freeling in fine but cool conditions on a pretty good track. Our younger sides have done the club proud and their development this year and it’s a real credit to their coaches and support people.
The under 15’s continued on their winning way and secured top spot for the minor round with an emphatic 56 point win in mild conditions against the Angaston Panthers. This was the boy’s 11th win on the trot and they are playing great football. Coach Mathews couldn’t be happier with his troops and the way they are going about their football. Trey Mason played a great Captain’s game and was awarded the Tiger’s best player. Others who contributed on the day were Jake Billing who is having a great season, Brandon Kemp, Brandon Acton, Blayke Lane and Riley Goodfellow.
Our under 17’s let themselves down after a couple of great weeks and perhaps the bye has come at a good time for them. In what was a good game of junior football the lads were always in the game until last quarter when Angaston pulled away to win by 23 points. After a week off the boys have the Kapunda game to hone their skills before the first semi-final. Dylan Pilkington played a blinder and it certainly wasn’t his fault the side didn’t get over the line and for his efforts he was judged the Tigers best player. Others to play well on the day were Kyle Ginotis, Beau Mason, Matt Stewart, Paul Searle and Hayden Reynolds.
Things looked bleak for the Reserves well into the last quarter when they trailed by 3 goals but the lads pulled something out which has been missing for the last few weeks to run out winners by 16 points. The boys have to beat Kapunda in 2 weeks time to ensure they play in the second semi-final. Haydon Schloite played his best game for the club and was judged the Tigers best and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Other players who contributed on the day were Jason Roe, Todd Lamont, Nick Crothers, Lee Corneliesen and Rhys Kalic.
We all knew the A grade was going to a tough affair as Angaston strove to keep their final chances alive. No one was expecting the first 5 minutes of the game with 2 nasty behind the play incidents seeing 2 Tiger players being assisted off the ground. There is no place for this type of incident in our game and one would hope the officials do the right thing. To the credit of the team the boys kept their heads over the football and continued to focus on the coaching staff’s instructions. The final margin of 58 points was a clear indication of the Tigers domination over the four quarters. Craig Jamar completely controlled the ruck all day and was awarded the Jim’s Fencing best player award. Other to play well were Aaron King (5 goals) – he’s still got it, Matt Phillips, Paul Bova, Sean Brading and Brad Hunt.
This week the players have a well-earned bye and with a few sore players it couldn’t come quick enough. The following week we have our last minor round game when the Kapunda Bombers visit us.