Friday night at Williamstown got the weekend off to a great start on a cold, clear night. Our two Under 9 teams both played Barossa sides with the Black side’s player awards going to Callum Vivian, Aiden Schubert, James Starr, James Spicer, Oscar King and Aidan Schubert. The Under 9 Gold player awards went to Noah Seddon, Josh Green, Cameron Kerr, Shaun O’Donnell and Craig Brunato. The Under 11 Black side defeated Barossa in an outstanding game of junior football. Player awards went to Ryan Dieckmann, Thomas Allen, Caleb Burrows, Jordan Tucker and Daniel Allen. The Under 11 Gold defeated Barossa in another excellent game where awards were presented to Wyatt Seddon, Brodie McDonald, Rhys Buczko, Harry Hutchins, Jaras Stankevicius and Brayden King.
The Under 13’s got Saturday’s matches underway on the main oval at Williamstown. We saw the Tigers defeat a gallant Barossa outfit by 16 points. Our Under 13’s are playing a great brand of football and getting better every week. Better players for the Tigers were Austin Hill (2 goals), Mathew Jones, Ross Grady and Lachlan Wilson.
The Under15’s showed a lot of fight in their game against the Bulldogs on Saturday morning and in fact had 3 more scoring shots than the home side. The lads have had a hard season but the fruit of their labour is starting to show through as the season goes on. When we played Barossa earlier in the season the lads went down by over 10 goals which is a long way from the 12 point defeat on Saturday. Better players for the Tigers were Captain Brad Pilkington who has had a great year, Cameron Tagg, Josh Needham, Vince Ienco, Lachlan Corbin and Michael Geracitano.
The Under 17’s continued on their merry way with a 43 point win over the hard trying Barossa lads. Our boys didn’t have the match all their own way and it took until the second half to pull away from the determined Dogs. Better players for the Tigers were Trey Mason, who is having a great season and played an outstanding game, Kyle Hummel, Blayke Lane, Adam Byster, Jake Billing and Brodi Mathews.
Our other undefeated side the Reserves also had a real struggle in the first half against a determined Barossa outfit. An 8 goal to 1 second put the game out of reach for the Dogs but they showed some real heart in the first half. The Tigers eventually ran out winners by out winners by 30 points but the game felt much closer than that. Our 2 big fellows in Mark Mercer and Tyson Duffield gave our small men first use of the ball all with Jordan Neat, Lee Corneliusen, Tom Williams and Luke Stockdale also playing well.
With first playing last, on paper it seemed how far the Tigers but football is a funny game and right from the first bounce you could tell the lads from the Barossa were there to play. They ran hard all day and led the Tigers to the ball on most occasions. Up by 3 goals at 3 quarter time the Tiger supporters were still thinking how far but the Dogs wouldn’t go away and the Tigers couldn’t catch a break in the last quarter. The bye next week might have come at the right time for the Tigers to re-group before the last 4 games of the minor round. The Tigers had 3 outstanding players with Kyle Wurst showing many of his older team mates what is needed come finals time and was clearly our best player. Craig Jamar won every tap he went for giving our on-ballers first use of the ball while Brad Mercer was a focal point up forward all day.
Congratulations to the junior committee of the club for a fabulous trivia night at the club on Saturday night. An excellent crowd enjoyed Rachael Demachi’s questions and good funds were raised for new jumpers for the 9’s and 11’s in 2016.

Diary Dates:
Saturday 25th July – club bye
Saturday 1st August – Angaston at home
Saturday 8th August – at South then back to the Club for Bogan Bingo night

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