It was the Tigers first home game for 2016 on Saturday when we hosted the Barossa Bulldogs. There wasn’t an U13’s game Saturday due to us having a bye.
The under 15’s got proceedings underway against a very good Barossa outfit. The Tiger lads tried hard all day but struggled against a very determined and talented Bulldogs side. Co-Coach Luke Edwards was happy with the lads endeavor and is sure they will improve as the season goes on. The Tigers better players were Josh Needham, Kai Mason, Vin Ienco, Jack Nicholls, Jacob Marsden and Thomas Cameron.
In the 17’s the boys had a great match against a very determined Barossa side in what was a terrific game of football. The lads had control of the game in the first quarter and the early part of the second but the Barossa boys steadied and played some powerful football in the second half. In the end it got down to who could win the advantage and the Tigers just fell short in a nip and tuck last stanza. Best for the Tigers was Cooper Slate who is growing in confidence every game he plays. Others to play well were Lachlan Roberts, Brandon Kemp, Hayden Reynolds, Matt Schulze and Zac Gupta.
The Reserves had another very good day on the park with a powerful display against the Bulldogs. They never let the visitors settle and took control of the game right from the first bounce. A winning margin of 71 points was a pretty fair indication of the game and showed the dominance of the Tigers. Simon Marsden who hasn’t played football for many years but has had 2 very good games for the Tigers and was judged our best player. Others to show form were Sean Maher, Matt Phillips, Brandon Downie, Jordan Neat and Jordan Purdie.
The pundits always said the A’s was going to be the match of the round and that’s exactly how it turned out. The game ebbed and flowed all day with one team dominating only to see the other get on top. The Bulldogs held a slight advantage of 3 points at half time while the Tigers were 4 points up at 3 quarter time. The last quarter was a bottler with the Bulldogs kicking away early in the quarter only to see the Tigers fight back late and we hit the front with a few minutes to go. With no bench the Tigers were brave to hold out the Bulldogs by a solitary point. Brad Mercer was superb after losing Tom Dunne in the first quarter with a hamstring he kicked a lazy 9 goals and gave a couple away and was clearly the best player on the ground. Daniel Stanley, Jake Asher, Dylan Bell, Corey Solly and Casey Thomas were also high on the best players list.
This week we head to South to play South Gawler in the Anzac game. The Lions had a good win on the weekend so they will think they are a real chance against a Tiger outfit with a few injuries. We need all our supporters to get down to South Gawler on Saturday to watch some great football and netball and help get the Tigers over the line.
April 23rd – Anzac Day match versus South Gawler at South
April 30th – Night game vs Kapunda at home.
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