Friday night under lights at Gawler Oval got the weekend off to a great start on a mild, clear night. It was a magnificent sight to see the large crowd of spectators enjoying the chance to see kids having a great time under near perfect conditions. Our two Under 9 teams both played Freeling sides with the Black side’s player awards going to Aiden Schubert, Boyd Sandrey, Hayden Rosenweig Oscar King and Callum Vivian. The Under 9 Gold player awards went to Connor Assender, Josh Green, Cameron Kerr, Darcy Smith and and Luderve Tligi. The Under 11 Black side defeated Freeling in an outstanding game of junior football. The Tiger lads played some great fast open football well above their years and awards went to Boyd Wordon, Casey McManus, Caleb Burrows and Joshua Harris. The Under 11 Gold defeated Angaston at Angaston in another excellent game where awards were presented to Logoh Tligi, Brodie McDonald, Zachery Mullan, Harry Hutchins and Tyson Kerr.

The Under 13’s got Saturday’s matches underway on the main oval. We saw the Tigers defeat a gallant Redleg’s outfit by 97 points. Our Under 13’s are playing a great brand of football and getting better every week. Better players for the Tigers were Blake Marsden, Clayton Burrows, Jack Hutchins, Jack Nicholas, Corey Smith and Kahleb Warren.

Our Under15’s struggled against a well-disciplined Freeling side. Although the Tiger lads battled manfully right to the end they were no match for the more efficient Legs. Better players for the Tigers were Captain Brad Pilkington – having a great year, Cameron Tagg, Josh Denton, Josh Needham, Vince Ienco and Jordon Bristow.
The Under 17’s again completely dominated their match against an undermanned Freeling side to win by 104 points. Coach Lane is very pleased with the way his chargers are going about their business. Better players for the Tigers were Cooper Slate, who was given a role on the ball and played an outstanding game, Blayke Lane, Adam Byster (6 goals), Alex Robertson, Sam Dowden and Matt Schulze.

At quarter time in the Reserves everyone at the ground would have been thinking how far the Tigers but a great second quarter by the Freeling side saw the margin back to 3 points at the long break. From that point on it was a real arm wrestle with the Tigers eventually running out winners by 30 points. Ryan Wenham played a hard, tough game from half back and was judged the Tigers best with Josh Edwards, Sean Maher, Tyson Duffield, Mark Mercer and Casey Koen also playing well.

In the A’s it was a real game of 2 halves. In the first half the Redlegs controlled the game with plenty of run out of the middle of the ground even though Craig Jamar was dominating the ruck. The Tiger’s small men (other than Jason Blakemore) couldn’t get their hands on the ball and a margin of 23 points to the Redlegs at half time probably flattered the Tigers. Whatever Coach Herzick said to his chargers at halftime worked because they were a different side after the break kicking 8 goals 3 points to 2 points in the third quarter and completely blew the Redlegs off the ground. Jason Blakemore was a powerhouse out the centre in a dominant display and he was easily the best player on the ground. Nathan Flynn continued his good form either at half back or up forward, Joel Latimer, Craig Jamar (most dominant ruckman on the ground), Paul Bova and Casey Thomas also played very well.

This week we host the Willaston Donnybrooks under lights in what will be a great day of football. All football matches will start 3 hours after normal time (A Grade starting time is 5.20pm). On Saturday night 27th June the club is holding it’s Red & Rump night at the club. Tickets are $50 which includes 4 bottles of complimentary wine per table. Contact Todd Lamont to book your tables.

Diary Dates:
Saturday 20th June versus Willaston at Gawler Oval.
Saturday 27th June versus Nuriootpa at Nuriootpa. Red & Rump night at the club – tickets now available.
Saturday 18th July – Junior Trivia night at the club – details to follow.

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