Friday night under lights at Gawler Oval got the weekend off to a great start on a cool, clear night. It was a magnificent sight to see a sea of spectators enjoying the chance to see kids having a great time under near perfect conditions. Our two Under 9 teams both played South Gawler sides with the Black side’s player awards going to Liam Rowland, Zander Walton, Ethan Williams and Shyla Tucker. The Under 9 Gold player awards went to Craig Brunato, Ethan Demarchi, Luke Hutchins, Zac Seaton and Connor McAskill. The Under 11 Black side played Tanunda at Tanunda in a good game of football and awards went to J Balacco, Jarrod Dieckmann, C. Burrows and H Vivian. The Under 11 Gold played South Gawler with awards going to Evan Brown, Rhys Buczko, Zachary Leeflang, Seth Claxton and Connor Guinan.
The Under 13’s got Saturday’s matches underway on the main oval. We saw the Tigers defeat the previously undefeated Lions outfit by 18 points in a very good game of football. Better players for the Tigers were Jai De la parrelle, Thomas Chamberlain, Jack Nicholas and Dylan McGrath.
Our Under15’s struggled against a well drilled South outfit. Although the Tiger lads battled manfully right to the end they were no match for the more efficient Lions. Better players for the Tigers were Captain Brad Pilkington – having a stellar season Cameron Tagg, Darren Pratt, Josh Needham, Michael Geracitano and Liam Sutton.
The Under 17’s completely dominated their match against the South Gawler side to win by a massive 157 points. This side is playing as good a brand of football as you could wish to see played in this age group. Coach Lane is giving the lads the freedom to show some flair and that’s exactly what they are doing. Better players for the Tigers were Alex Robertson, Cooper Slate, Bailey Brook, Jamie Wegener (4 goals), Adam Byster (4 goals) and Trey Mason.
The Reserves had to battle all day to get over a very dogged Lions team by 11 points in the closest match of the day. It may have a case of over confidence but whatever it was Coach Pratt will hoping for better next week against the Bombers. Young ruckman Tyson Duffield had a day out and gave the Tiger’s small men first use of the ball all day. He was judged the sides best player with Ben Walter (having a great season), Ryan Wenham, Tyson Foreman and Bryce Connole also playing well.
In the A’s it was expected to be tight hard fought match but the Tigers shot out of the blocks and the game was as good as over at quarter time when we led by 40 points. South stayed in the game in the middle 2 quarters as the Tigers took a 47 point margin into the last quarter. The last quarter was almost a mirror image of the first with the Tigers completely dominant all over the ground and finally ran out winners by 89 points. None was more dominant that full forward Brad Mercer who finished the game with 15 goals from 16 attempts. He was easily the best player on the ground. It was a pleasure to see champion on-baller Charlie Molyneux back in the gold and black and he didn’t let anyone down with a powerful display out of the centre. Andrew Wright, Joel Latimer, Craig Jamar and Kyle Wurst also played very well.
This week we head off to play the Bombers at Kapunda in what will be an interesting encounter. Kapunda have taken all before them this year with a hard running mid-field will test the Tigers around the football. Get up to Kapunda and support the boys it will be a good game of football.
May 30th vs Kapunda at Kapunda – Shuffle Night at the Club
June 6th June long weekend – bye for all clubs
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